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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.
Today enjoy a half day exploring Old Delhi Ambling through the historic old city you’ll see a few sites most notably the famous Red Fort. Other highlights include the Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid and a rickshaw ride to lively Chore Bazaar. Remainder of afternoon at leisure.
Today enjoy a half day exploring the sights of New Delhi including the majestic India Gate, Rajpath and Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in India in the 11th century and a carpet emporium. Remainder of afternoon at leisure.
This morning we take a short flight to Himalayan foothills in Shimla. Arrival and check in we then explore the summer capital of the Raj, Shimla, on foot, dropping in at the India Coffee House, which has been going since colonial times. Remainder of afternoon at leisure.
Take in the fresh mountain air and breath-taking Himalayan vistas draped in pine, rhododendron, and oak – today and tomorrow free days to explore Shimla as you wish.
We ride along UNESCO’s world heritage listed Toy Train narrow gauge railway to Kalka, meandering our way through the Himalayan foothills. I Kalka it’s back to Delhi on one of India’s more modern express trains. Arrival transfer to your hotel.
Today, we drive to Jaipur the Old City was painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. We enjoy a tour of the City Palace, (watch out for snake charmers that dot our route) and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.
We travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort we’ll ascend the road leading to the palace in princely style, aboard Indian elephants, - subject to regulations/availability as the elephants are limited to the number of trips that can make up the fort each day. Arriving at the top we'll tour the fort’s well-preserved interior and grounds. Back in Jaipur, enjoy the remains of the day your way.
En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal and witnessing a glorious golden sunset.
Morning you can re visit Taj for sunrise in your own time if you like. After breakfast we drive to Delhi airport for your afternoon direct flight to Surat. Arriving there we will transfer you to your hotel.
Enjoy a half days sightseeing tour including highlights such as the Old Fort which was constructed by Muhammed Tughlak in the 14th century & Sardar Patel Museum which is around 100 years old and it boasts of a collection of over 10,000 specimens of arts and crafts of the state.
Free day to explore.
Today we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival we transfer you to your hotel.
Today we embark on a glittering city tour, with a morning visit to the cave temples of Elephanta Island sculpted during the 5th to the 8th centuries. In the afternoon visit the Prince of Wales museum, Marine Drive and the Mani Bhawan Jain temple.
This morning take a walking tour of the main buildings in South Mumbai, which form an integral part of the cities architectural heritage. Late this afternoon embark upon further exploration of the city, visiting the Afghani Church and the holy Banganga Tank - an ancient water tank built in the 14th century. This evening enjoy a leisurely horse and buggy ride along Marine Drive toward Chowpatty beach.
Free day to explore. If feeling charitable we can organize a visit to the Dharavi slums where you can bring pens, pencils, coloring books for the children.
This morning we transfer to the airport for your short flight to Goa. Arrive Goa included transfer to your hotel.
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 served on a silver platter.
We bid you farewell with a transfer to Goa airport in time for your flight home.
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