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Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day yours to relax after your long flight.
This morning after breakfast we will transfer you to the domestic airport for your flight to Srinagar (IC825 1145:1300). Srinagar is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. This afternoon we will explore the Mughal gardens of Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar which were the Mughal Emperors' concept of paradise.
Today we drive to Gulmarg - one of the premier hill resorts in the country. Gulmarg was a favourite haunt of Emperor Jehangir who once collected 21 different varieties of flowers from here. Today Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty - it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an altitude of 2,650 m, and is the country's premier ski resort in the winter.
Today its an early start as we visit the floating vegetable Market to try the local produce. This afternoon we visit Dal lake
This morning we take the flight back to Delhi (IC 826 1340:1450) and drive directly to agra - home to India's most iconic monument - and transfer you to your hotel for the Christmas Eve Dinner and celebrations (dinner mandatory).
This morning we visit the beautiful Taj Mahal in the ethereal morning light; enjoy a guided explanation of this once powerful mogul emperor’s monument to love. The Taj truly is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We then visit Agra Fort which, during its time has been a military structure, a palace and a prison! Then we take the drive to Jaipur, en route we will also pay a visit to the ghostly former Moghul city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where you will enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon you tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.
After breakfast today we will take you to the airport for your flight to Goa (IT 611 at 1110/1330), and welcome to the palm-fringed shores of Goa. A one time Portuguese colony, Goa is truly a tropical paradise.
Sit back and relax here in this laid back coastal area of India, walk along palm fringed beaches looking for shells and watching the fishermen at work, or simply kick back and enjoy some fresh fruit cocktails in this beautiful setting.
Its an early start today as we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Mumbai (9W 480 at 0810/0910). On arrival we will transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure to explore the home to Bollywood and one of the most highly populated cities in the world, accommodating approximately 18 million people!
This morning after breakfast we take the cruise to visit Elephanta caves - Mumbai's premier tourist attraction. The rock-cut temples on peaceful Elephanta Island are thought to have been carved between 450 and 750 AD. The main cave contains large sculpted panels, including an astonishing 18-foot depiction of Shiva. This afternoon enjoy a tour of the city; highlights include the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India and Marine drive.
After a leisurely breakfast we transfer you to the airport to your flight to Chennai (9W 481 at 1105/1250). On arrival we will transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the afternoon free. This evening celebrate the New Year at your hotel with a New Years Eve Dinner (compulsory - price tba).
Happy New Year! An afternoon tour of the city includes a visit to St George Fort, built in 1653 and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British church in India. Chennai is hailed to be the liveliest city in entire South India. The city has its own unique charm, which sets it aside from the rest of the big cities. The vibrancy of rich culture and traditions exuded by the city leads it to be known as the 'Gateway to South India'.
Today, we visit Kanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India and also the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. The city is also famous for handwoven silk. In Mahabalipuram, the huge rock-cut sculptures and mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th to 8th centuries.
Its farewell to Incredible India as we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.
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