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Namaste! Welcome to Kolkata and the start of your eye-opening adventure! Our friendly team will be waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day.
For today enjoy a city sights tour including a visit to the imposing Victoria Memorial. Opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921, this vision in marble is often called the “Taj” of the British Raj. We also visit the New Market – a bazaar on Chowringhee Road, the stately Indian Museum founded in 1814 and the oldest and largest in India, St Paul’s Cathedral and the extraordinary Marble Palace which houses paintings by Rubens, Titian and Reynolds.
This morning we pay a visit to Barrackpore which was a military and administrative center under British rule, and was the scene of several acts of rebellion against Britain during the 19th century. This town was also the first established cantonment of the British East India Company. After your sightseeing concludes we will return to your hotel - Remainder of the day at leisure.
Day at leisure - Later today we will transfer you to the train station in Jalpiaguri to embark the sleeper train to Varanasi. (HWH DLI Kalka mail 1940/0617 hrs - - 1st class air conditioned sleeper)
Arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing to the Sarnath which is where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; preaching the middleway to final 'NIRVANA’. This evening enjoy a walking tour of various bathing ghats along the river all fronted with ancient buildings of stone this will conclude with seeing the evening ritual worship of the holy river.
Today enjoy full day with your guide visiting the amazing sites of this ancient city places covered will be Alamgir Mosque, Bharat Mata Temple, Government Museum with interesting antiquities, Great Mosque of Aurangzeb, Pandit Malaviya Temple, Ram Nagar Fort and Museum.
This morning a visit to Chunar, 40 kms from Varanasi, is a town with a huge fort overlooking the river Ganges. Former site of many battles, the fort not only has great views of the Ganges, but a sun dial, a huge well, prison an execution room. It is a good option to see the Ganges outside of the crowds in Varanasi. Later we take you to the station for the express train Lucknow - Arrival and we will take you to your hotel. (BSB LKO intercity 1620/2210 hrs)
Today and tomorrow with your guide you will spend visiting the many interesting places in this wonderful and historic city highlights will be Bara Imambara, The British Residency of Lucknow, Chattar Manzil, Jama Masjid, Rumi Darwaza, Clock Tower, Moti Mahal, Lakshmana Tila and Hussainabad Imambara and more depending on level of interest and preference.
Continue with your in-depth sightseeing today.
Morning transfer to railway station for train to Gwalior - BJU GWL Mail 1150/2100 hrs 2nd class air conditioned carriage - Arrive Gwalior and transfer to your hotel.
Today we enjoy a guided tour of Gwalior's huge fort that was constructed in the 15th century, a vast complex that encompasses several interesting temples, ruined palaces after we visit the deserted Man Singh Palace and its subterranean rooms is a definite highlight of the day.
We continue our exploration of Gwalior today visiting the Jai Vilas Palace and a few other highlights time permitting. Later we travel by Car to Agra - Arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening we take a motorised buggy to visit the legendary Taj Mahal remainder of the evening at leisure.
Morning visit to the Agra fort with it's impressive Mughal feature, onward drive to Deeg interestingly during the Raj the British people couldn't enter in the city, the last wish of British people was to see the Deeg palace when they were leaving India but the royal jat raja did not allow them. After visiting the palace at your leisure (No guide) and other highlights we continue to Delhi.
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation - we take a drive to see the Government Buildings and Rashtrapati Bhawan inside if open and more time permitting.
This evening your guide will transfer you to visit to Akshardham Temple (no guide required/included you pay entrance at the door) Enjoy some time to for shopping or exploring then late this afternoon you will travel by train on the express train to Amritsar. Amritsar Shatabdi 1630/2235 hrs Air conditioned chair car. Arrival transfer to your hotel.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the historic Amritsar, including the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. This afternoon travel approximately 28km to Wagah, which is the only border crossing between India and Pakistan where the changing of the guards and the ceremonial lowering of the flags ceremony is carried out with great pomp which you will see this evening.
This morning you travel by train toward the mighty Himalayas -ASR CDG SUP 0520/0945 hrs -- Air conditioned chair car. Arriving at Chandigarh we drive you to Kalka and you will transfer onto the toy train that takes you up to Shimla on the winding narrow gauge railway. Arrival and we will transfer you to your hotel. (Himalayan Queen 1210/1720 hrs -- Non air conditioned chair car)
Today offers free time for you to independently explore Shimla. You can opt to stroll, drop by the colourful Lakkar Bazaar or hike to the summit of Jakhoo Hill, Shimla’s highest point. Here visitors are rewarded with panoramic views of the eternal snows set as a glorious backdrop to the sleepy township of Shimla beneath.
Free morning to explore. Hotel check out is at 12 noon, opt for some lunch and pack an evening picnic meal before your transfer to board the Kalka Shatabdi Express at sunset and arriving into Delhi late this evening. (Kalka Shatadi 1745/2155 -- Air conditioned chair car)
Today we will transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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