Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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Delhi to Darjeeling - 15 Days

Take in the best of India - the capital of Delhi, Pink City of Jaipur and the magnificent Taj Mahal, before exploring the remote hill station of Kalimpong, Gangtok - capital of Sikkim, the tea plantations of Darjeeling and Kolkata, India's second largest city.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Darjeeling - home of the top cuppa, tea plantations, Tiger Hill, Buddhist monasteries & colourful markets
Gangtok - capital of Sikkim, Buddist monasteries, Tibetan sites & flower orchards
Old and New Delhi - Humayun's Tomb, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The Pink City of Jaipur - the lofty Amber Fort, the very regal City Palace and the ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Keoladeo Ghana National Park - UNESCO heritage site with up to 300 migratory birds
Bharatpur - rural India at its friendliest
Kalimpong - hill station and monasteries
Kolkata - the iconic Victoria Memorial, the stately Indian Museum & Marble Palace, Kalighat Temple and Mother Teresa's House
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
Fatehpur Sikri - an ancient abandoned Mughal city
Abhaneri - the iconic Chand Baori 9th century step well

Included

14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Rickshaw ride in Delhi
Bicycle rickshaw ride in Keoladeo Ghana National Park
All relevant transfers and transportation
Touring of Delhi, Jaipur, Chand Baori Step Well, Agra, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Darjeeling and Kolkata
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
14 nights - 3-4 star and heritage hotels
Travel by jeep to the Amber Fort in Jaipur
Economy class flights - Delhi to Bagdogra and Bagdogra to Kolkata (or Bagdogra to Delhi)
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 15
Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: USD$80-90, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$40-50, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Delhi

Saturday. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2

Old & New Delhi

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. Then we embark on a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and a carpet emporium where we can witness a demonstration on the art of carpet weaving. Tonight, we enjoy a Namaste Dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 3-4

Amber Fort

Delhi - Jaipur. Today, we travel by road to the architecturally flamboyant Jaipur - capital of Rajasthan which was founded in 1727. We enjoy a tour of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar, a medieval astronomical observatory - both of which were built by Jaipur’s founder - Jai Singh. On day 4 early-risers can opt for a morning hot air balloon ride over Jaipur and sail over hilltop forts, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples. Then we travel to Amber Fort, reaching the summit of this stunning 16th century Rajput fort by jeep. A visit will be made to cotton trader this afternoon before returning to our hotel for free time.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 5

Abhaneri Stepwells

Jaipur - Abhaneri - Bharatpur. Departing Jaipur, we stop in the village of Abhaneri to see Chand Baori, which is the largest and deepest step well in the world. This incredible well has a staggering 3500 steps and is 13 stories deep. Next, we discover local life, traditions and visit the village school (if open) where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme. After hotel check in at Bharatpur and time to freshen up we visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park.
Overnight: Bharatpur  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

The Taj Mahal

Bharatpur - Agra. Today we travel to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri - the magnificent fortified Mughal capital of Emperor Akbar. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal and watching a magical sunset. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is simply breathtaking.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Delhi

Agra - Delhi. After breakfast we return to Delhi, the latter part of the afternoon is free for you to relax or independently explore the city.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Kalimpong

Delhi - Kalimpong. This morning we fly to Bagdogra, where upon arrival we drive to Kalimpong. This remote hill station was once part of Sikkim and a meeting point on the trade route to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, it sits amid beautiful mountain scenery where orchids and other flowers grow in profusion. Kalimpong offers wonderful views of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world and the town is home to several important monasteries, including the brightly painted Zong Dog Palri Phodrang Gompa (simply known as Durpin Monastery) and Thirpai Choling Gompa founded in 1892 and recently renovated. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town at your own pace.
Overnight: Kalimpong  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 9-10

Gangtok

Kalimpong - Gangtok. Leaving Kalimpong we drive to Gangtok, where the remains of the day are at leisure. The charming town of Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, a tiny Himalayan state known for its orchids and flowers and for the heavy influence of Tibetan culture. Beyond the busy market areas, lie monastic complexes and striking countryside.

On day 10 we enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Gangtok taking in the Royal Monastery – Tsuklakhang, the Institute of Tibetology and the Orchid Sanctuary. Built in 1958, the world famous Research Institute of Tibetology has a large collection of rare books on Buddhism and a museum with a rare collection of antiques, coins and Tibetan paintings. We also visit Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim’s largest and most active monastery. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Gangtok  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 11-12

Darjeeling

Gangtok - Darjeeling. Leaving Gangtok we drive to Darjeeling. Sitting at a spectacular altitude of 2124m with a backdrop of mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks and surrounded by verdant tea plantations, Darjeeling has been a popular hill station since the British established it as an R&R centre for their troops in the mid 19th century. Draw cards include several Buddhist monasteries, tea plantations and colourful markets.

On day 12, we drive to Tiger Hill to catch sunrise over the snowy peak of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain. Continuing, we visit the Ghoom Gompa (monastery) and the prestigious Mountaineering Institute, followed by a visit to a tea estate, where you can purchase some of Darjeeling’s most famous export.
Overnight: Darjeeling  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 13-14

Kolkata Sightseeing or return to Delhi

Darjeeling - Kolkata. On day 13 we drive to Bagdogra to catch an afternoon flight to Kolkata. Arriving in the early evening, we transfer to our hotel for check in and free time. Kolkata (formally Calcutta), in the state of West Bengal, is a compelling medley of the ancient and the modern with its skyscrapers and Raj-era architecture. It's a true assault on the senses with poverty and urban decay weaved in with colour and effervescence. The following day we embark on a full day sightseeing tour of the city, taking in sights such as Mother Teresa's House, St John's Church and the imposing Victoria Memorial, made from marble it's one of Kolkata's most important landmarks and one of India's greatest buildings. We will also visit Kalighat Temple, the stately Indian Museum, which was founded in 1814, and the extraordinary Marble Palace, which houses paintings by Rubens. Spend your final night at leisure.

Option to end your tour in Delhi
If you do not want to travel on to Kolkata you can opt to fly from Bagdogra to Delhi in the afternoon of day 13 and stay overnight in Delhi. Then on day 14 (Friday) your holiday will conclude with a departure transfer to the airport. Please inform us at time of booking (as there is a reduction in the cost of this tour) if you wish to take this option. Please note, the end date of this tour is 1 day earlier than the date noted within our 'Prices & Dates' section.
Overnight: Kolkata  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 15

Kolkata

Saturday. This morning our tour of India comes to an end. After breakfast and hotel check-out a departure transfer will take you to the airport.
Breakfast

Discover the Kingdom of Bhutan

Extend your stay with our Wonders of Bhutan - 7 day holiday. Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan has for centuries remained cautiously aloof from the rest of the world. Opening its doors to the world in 1974, Bhutan's incredible scenery & hospitable charm has been revealed to travellers hungry for new experiences.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Extra Prices

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Private Tour Supplement
USD $890
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Post-Tour Accommodation - Kolkata
USD $130
USD $120
Delhi to Darjeeling - end in Delhi
USD $-210
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Pre-Tour Accommodation - Delhi
USD $90
USD $70

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

The Piccadily, Delhi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The grand lobby of the Piccadily is a perfect introduction to this elegant luxury property. Rooms are bright, airy and furnished in a sophisticated and contemporary fashion. Staff are helpful, attentive and go above and beyond to make sure your stay is a memorable and happy one. Dining at popular Zune and contemporary Twenty-9 is highly recommended. Located in the west of town, close to the airport. Access to the rest of the city is very simple with the Janakpuri West Metro station just next door.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The beautiful heritage style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthan architecture - set in terraced gardens with pretty courtyards. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits. An evening spent enjoying a lavish Rajasthani dinner in front of a traditional folk dance is highly recommended. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.

Udai Vilas Palace, Bharatpur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set amongst 2 acres of landscaped gardens, the Udai Vilas Palace is a traditional hotel taking guests back to a bygone era. Guest rooms are spacious and well equipped with comfortable beds and large windows. The hotel is famous for its barbecue nights and Rajasthani Folklore evenings. On an evening why not grab a nice cold beer and sit by the pool - a great way to end the day! Well located near the Bharatpur Bird sanctuary - great for keen twichers!

Seven Hills Tower, Agra

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The modern and stylish Seven Hills Tower hotel boasts a range of facilities and services designed to ensure the quality of each traveller's stay. Guests can enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool or laze on the sun loungers before heading to the equally lofty restaurant for some mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine. The spacious guestrooms are elegantly decorated with neutral colours and fabrics covered with traditional patterns and all have excellent ensuite facilities. Why not head to the rooftop pool and al fresco dining area for beautiul views of the Taj - perfect for a sunset drink.

The Orchid Retreat, Kalimpong

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A pleasant family run retreat providing simple cottages and lodgings with spacious and comfortable rooms, the Orchid Retreat is a lovely place to enjoy the Himalayas. The peaceful surroundings of exotic flowers and birds are complimented by homemade food and a personable service. Meals are served in the dining hall situated in the basement of the main house. A small but growing library is available in a corner of the dining hall with comfortable seating. Without the distractions of modern living, guests can completely unwind and escape the hustle and bustle.

Nor-Khill, Gangtok

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Translating as 'house of jewels' in reference to the wealth of natural beauty that surrounds the property, the Nor-Khill is an Elgin heritage hotel with typical Sikkimese architecture and spacious, elegant rooms. Restored to its original grandeur, the snug and cozy interior of the Nor-Khill is decked with etchings and lithographs and period furniture. Each of the deluxe rooms and suites affords a little luxury with rich furnishings and magnificent views of the Himalayas from the windows. An added benefit is the WiFi access throughout the property.

RJ Resort, Darjeeling

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled among the rolling mountains of Mourt Kanchenjunga, the RJ Resort combines architectural elegance and outstanding service with a stately location. Each spacious guestroom is individual in terms of layout and decor with beautiful bathrooms and the convenience of WiFi services, electronic safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV. White Orchid restaurant serves a fine selection of local and international dishes. Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages can be enjoyed at the Terrace Bar.

The Peerless Inn, Kolkata

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of Kolkata, the Peerlees Inn is the perfect mix of warm and friendly service with excellent facilities offering modern comfort. The homely rooms have large windows overlooking the city streets with the conveniences you'd expect of a 4 star hotel. Authentic Bengali cuisine can be enjoyed at the Aaheli restaurant with international cuisine served at the Oceanic restaurant. Those with a sweet tooth can head to the Tea Lounge for mouthwatering pastries, chocolates and cookies. The Peerless Inn on Chowringhee is in Kolkata's city centre. It is close to Eden Gardens, New Market and the Victoria Memorial.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.33 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

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Satish Dhar was very professional, gave us lots of information & always happy to answer our questions.

Sunil Pradhan went out of his way to make sure we saw everything in Sikkim.

• Submitted 12 Dec 2014
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Well organised and coordinated. Our tour guide Satender was very friendly and did an awesome job showing us India.

Kammal Dilmohamed • Submitted 27 Oct 2014

We are in the middle of our Indian experience and every minute has been outstanding. Much of the excellence of this tour has been because of our guide, Yusuf, who leaves us today as the larger group splits into smaller ones and goes different directions. Yusuf has shown us many things throughout the journey and also offered suggestions, laughed at our jokes, and generally kept us in line. His knowledge of India seems endless and I have learnt so much more than I learnt from school of this amazing, vibrant country. Thank you Yusuf and On The Go.

• Submitted 30 Sep 2014
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We are in the middle of our Indian experience and every minute has been outstanding. Much of the excellence of this tour has been because of our guide, Yusuf, who leaves us today as the larger group splits into smaller ones and goes different directions. Yusuf has shown us many things throughout the journey and also offered suggestions, laughed at our jokes, and generally kept us in line. His knowledge of India seems endless and I have learnt so much more than I learnt from school of this amazing, vibrant country. Thank you Yusuf and On The Go.

• Submitted 30 Sep 2014
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A huge thank you to our guide, Yusuf who was extremely knowledgeable, personal and helpful in every way possible. He has gone above and beyond for us all and we are very grateful.

Laura Anderson • Submitted 04 Feb 2014

Excellent tour, very very good guide, Satendra is a credit to your company. I have travelled twice with on the go and can't wait to book again.

Lee Redfearn • Submitted 21 Feb 2013

I had such an amazing time - thank you On The Go! I really liked the erotic temples at Khajuraho as we had them to ourselves and this was truly an amazing experience given how crowded India is! I also fell in love with Varanasi such a beautiful chilled out place. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who has yet to or would like to visit India again.

Louise Dewis • Submitted 14 Mar 2012

A very well organized, informative and safe tour.

Ellen Barbour • Submitted 01 Feb 2012

Hi, Just a short note to thank you and your team for looking after Jeanette Forrest and myself during our recent visit to India.

At all times your agents were there to meet us off and on all trains and planes, all were more than courteous and helpful, and always on time to pick us up for what ever was planned for the day. All your drivers were excellent and the vehicles were spotless. All guides were very informative and knowledgeable.

Would highly recommend your team/On the Go.

Once again, many thanks

Carl Brook • Submitted 20 Oct 2010

Hi John,

We came back from India couple of days ago and I have to say we had a blast over there! We throughoutly enjoyed the tour. Our group was perfectly matched up, we got on so well with everyone and made some good friends. Our guide was very informative and ready to answer all our questions, and believe me - there were plenty of those.

We would definitely recommend India with On the Go. Fantastic tour!

Thanks John,

D.Middleton • Submitted 03 Dec 2009
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Kolkata (or opt to end in Delhi)
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 7
Visiting
Countries
Updated
26th May 2017

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Satish Dhar was very professional, gave us lots of information & always happy to answer our questions.

Sunil Pradhan went out of his way to make sure we saw everything in Sikkim.

Jill Raven