Shimla Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF INDIA 2196

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Durga idol

Day 1: Kolkata

Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Kolkata, included transfer to hotel.

Jain Temple

Day 2: Kolkata

Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour which includes a visit to the Indian Museum, Jain Temple and Victoria Memorial. Opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921, this imposing vision in marble often called the “Taj” of the British Raj overlooks the grassy Maidan, the city’s green belt.

Kolkata street

Day 3: Kolkata - New Jalpaiguri

Enjoy the day to independently explore Kolkata. Early this evening, you’ll board the Darjeeling Mail train. In air conditioned sleeper accommodation, relax as the train heads north to New Jalpaiguri.

Day 4: New Jalpaiguri - Darjeeling

Early this morning, you’ll continue the journey to Darjeeling by car. This popular hill station sits at a spectacular altitude with a panoramic backdrop of the mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks and surrounded by verdant tea plantations.

The toy train

Day 5: Darjeeling

Early this morning, enjoy a drive to Tiger Hill to catch sunrise over the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain. Continuing, enjoy a visit to the Ghoom Gompa (monastery) followed by city sightseeing and a visit to a tea estate.

Darjeeling tea plantation

Day 6: Darjeeling - Varanasi

Driving to New Jalpaiguri, you’ll catch the Varanasi North-East Express train to Varanasi. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned sleeper.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 7: Varanasi

Arriving early this morning at Mughalsarai, it’s a short drive to Varanasi. Varanasi, also known as the Benares, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in India. Abundant with temples and streets that resemble a mass of tangled shoe laces, Varanasi is one of India’s most colourful and exciting cities.

Bathers in the morning

Day 8: Varanasi - Agra

This morning, enjoy a boat ride on the holy Ganges to witness sunrise and the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the famous riverside ghats (steps) that line the banks. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Sarnath - the site of Buddha’s first sermon. This evening, board the Marudhar Express train to Agra.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 9: Agra

An early morning arrival in Agra allows you the chance to relax until early this afternoon. Enjoy a visit to the Taj Mahal. Built entirely of white marble it has no peers. Continuing, enjoy an exploration of the Agra Fort. Some of India’s finest Mughal buildings sit behind it’s fortified walls

Agra street

Day 10: Agra - Delhi

With the morning free to do as you wish, why not visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise - a wonderful and peaceful time to appreciate the beauty of this monument. Later this afternoon you’ll be driven to Delhi to catch the Howrah Delhi Kalka Express train to Kalka.

Rajpath

Day 11: Delhi - Shimla

Very early today, you’ll transfer onto the Kalka-Shimla Express, arriving in Shimla late morning. Shimla, the old summer capital of British India, sprawls along a crescent shaped ridge at an altitude of over 2100m. The famous ‘Mall’ lined with stately English houses, Christ Church, Gorton Castle and the former Viceregal Lodge reinforces Shimla’s English flavour.

Anarkanda

Day 12: Shimla

Free day.

Shimla main street

Day 13: Shimla - Delhi

Leaving Shimla, you'll be driven to Kalka where this afternoon you'll board the Shatabdi Express train bound for Delhi, travelling in the comfort of an air conditioned chair class. The night is spent in Delhi.

Tiger up close

Days 14-17: Delhi - Ranthambhore NP

This morning you will transfer to the station to board the 'Golden Temple Mail' train en-route to Sawai Madhopur. Upon arrival in the early afternoon you will be taken to your hotel before enjoying your first afternoon game drive! You will spend the next 2 days enjoying morning and afternoon game drives. A perfect opportunity to see the legendary Tigers!

Entrance to Ranthambhore

Day 18: Jaipur

After breakfast you will enjoy a visit to the breathtaking Amber Fort of Jaipur. If you wish can partake in an afternoon sight seeing tour. Please see the 'Enhance your holiday' page for information.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 19: Jaipur - Delhi

This morning we head back to Delhi for your final night before the flight home. Should you wish you can enhance your experience with a Delhi sight seeing tour. Again refer to the 'Enhance your holiday' page. After a long trip you may just wish to relax in your 5 star hotel.

Nrashtrapati Bhawan

Day 20: Delhi

Before your flight you will be taken on a fabulour tour of Old Delhi. Visit sights such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the extremely busy Bazaars of Chandni Chowk We will transfer you in time for your departure flight. I hope you have enjoyed your time in India!

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last updated - 22 Dec 2014 3:27 AM