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Delhi to Darjeeling - 15 Days map

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.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Agra – Visit the striking Agra Fort and the legendary Taj Mahal which is an enduring symbol of love
Gangtok – Tour the highlights of this town in the foothills of the Himalayas and explore the Research Institute of Tibetology
Jaipur – Enjoy a tour of the Pink City and visit the impressive City Palace and Jantar Mantar Space Observatory
Amber Fort – Discover this impressive 16th century fortress, which sits on the shore of the shimmering Maota Lake
Keoladeo Ghana National Park – Ride on a bicycle rickshaw around this wetland reserve, home to many bird species
Darjeeling – Watch the sunrise over Mount Kanchenjunga and enjoy a tour of the city including the famous Mountaineering Institute
Kolkata – See highlights of India’s culture capital including the Victoria Memorial and the Marble Palace
Delhi – Explore the highlights of India’s capital including visits to Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and the India Gate Monument
Fatehpur Sikri – Stroll around this former Mughal city, which was abandoned more than 400 years ago
Abhaneri – Gaze at the famous Chand Baori Step Well where 3,500 steps climb down to the waters edge


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

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$90-100pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$4-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$45-55pp, paid in local currency


Day 1


Saturday. Namaste! Welcome to India. On arrival at the airport you’ll be transferred to our hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure before our welcome meeting this evening at 18:00. You may wish to see the Sound and Light Show at Red Fort when it gets dark.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2

Delhi sightseeing

This morning enjoy a full day of sightseeing in India’s capital today. In Old Delhi we enjoy an exhilarating rickshaw ride and visit highlights including the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. Continue to the site of Gandhi’s cremation at Raj Ghat before we explore the highlights of New Delhi. Stroll down the ceremonial Rajpath and see the sobering India Gate war memorial. This evening there is a group Namaste dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 3-4

Jaipur sightseeing & Amber Fort

Delhi - Jaipur. Leave Delhi today as we travel to the UNESCO-listed Pink City of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful City Palace and the Jantar Mantar space observatory, made up of 19 separate astrological instruments.

On day 4 you may opt to join our Balloon Over Jaipur add-on and sail with the wind over hill-top forts, temples and rural villages, with the Pink City as your stunning backdrop. We then explore the striking 16th century Amber Fort, which we reach by jeep. Enjoy a tour of this impressive site, spread over four levels and sitting on the shore of Maota Lake. On our way back to Jaipur we stop at a local cotton weaving house, before the rest of the day is free to relax.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 5

Chand Baori step well & Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Jaipur - Abhaneri - Bharatpur. Say goodbye to Jaipur as we travel to the village of Abhaneri, home to the Chand Baori step well. This famous well features 3,500 steps and reaches down 13 stories to the waters edge. It also famously featured in the hit movie ‘Batman: The Dark Night Rises’.

After our visit we continue to a local school (if open) to meet the pupils and teachers. We operate our Change for Children programme here and any donations you give would be much appreciated. You may also wish to bring some educational items with you from home to donate to the school (see trip notes). We arrive at our hotel in Bharatpur later today and then explore Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Enjoy a bicycle rickshaw ride around this UNESCO-listed wetland reserve and look out for some of the many bird species that live here. We'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will be able to identify the species we manage to spot.
Overnight: Bharatpur  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

The Taj Mahal

Bharatpur - Agra. Our first stop today is the former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which remains well preserved despite having been abandoned more than 400 years ago. We then continue to Agra and explore the impressive sandstone castle of Agra Fort. The highlight of today is a guided tour of the legendary Taj Mahal, India’s most iconic site. It took 20,000 workers to build this 17th century monument, ordered by Emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate his beloved wife, who sadly died in childbirth. This iconic monument stands as the most prominent symbol of love ever built and has no peers.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Return to Delhi

Agra - Delhi. Return to Delhi today and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. You may wish to visit the bustling Chandi Chowk bazaar, one of the oldest markets in the city.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 8


Delhi - Kalimpong. This morning we fly to the eastern city of Bagdogra and drive to Kalimpong. This beautiful mountain city was once an important meeting point on the trade route to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. It also offers wonderful views of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Enjoy the rest of today as you please - you may wish to explore one of the city’s monasteries, such as the colourfully decorated Durpin Monastery.
Overnight: Kalimpong  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 9-10


Kalimpong - Gangtok. Today we drive to the charming town of Gangtok in Sikkim state for a day at leisure in this beautiful Himalayan cityscape. Sikkim is a tiny Himalayan state known for its orchids and flowers and for the heavy influence of Tibetan culture. You may wish to ride the cable car that passes over Gangtok for stunning views of the town and the surrounding mountains and countryside.

On the morning of day 10 we’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town. See the Royal Monastery and visit the Orchid Sanctuary, which houses more than 400 varieties of this beautiful flower. We continue to Rumtek Monastery, the largest monastery in Sikkim and visit the Research Institute of Tibetology. This world famous museum has a large collection of rare books, antiques and paintings related to the history of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. After our tour, the afternoon is free to relax as you please.
Overnight: Gangtok  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 11-12


Gangtok - Darjeeling. Today we drive to Darjeeling, which sits more than 2,100m above sea level with a stunning backdrop of the Himalayas and sprawling tea plantations. The rest of today is free to explore or relax at leisure.

On day 12 we drive to Tiger Hill and watch a breath taking sunrise over towering Kanchenjunga Mountain. We continue to Ghoom Gompa Monastery and the Mountaineering Institute, where we’ll learn about the history of mountaineering in the Himalayas and see exhibits from some of the most famous climbs in history, including expeditions to Mount Everest. Our day ends with a visit to a local tea estate - perhaps buy some of Darjeeling’s most famous export here as a souvenir for friends and family back home.
Overnight: Darjeeling  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 13-14

Kolkata Sightseeing or return to Delhi

Darjeeling - Kolkata. Today we return to Bagdogra and fly to Kolkata, arriving in the early evening.

On day 14 we explore the city, known as the cultural capital of India. Our guided tour will visit Mother Teresa’s House and the imposing Victoria Memorial, built to honour the memory of Queen Victoria. Continue to Kalighat Temple, the Indian Museum and the impressive Marble Palace. This 19th century mansion belongs to the family of Indian philanthropist, Raja Rajendra Mullick and houses his extensive art collection.

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


Saturday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today with an included airport transfer.

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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.

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, Delhi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka is a modern, luxury hotel located in Dwarka, on the outskirts of New Delhi, just a 15-minute drive from the airport. Spread over 7 acres, this striking hotel has a unique angular design and offers 250 luxurious rooms and suites. All tastes are catered for at the hotel's multi-cuisine restaurant, while the Indus Express restaurant serves mouth-watering Punjabi cuisine. Head to the popular Tipple bar for a delicious array of heady cocktails or relax by the poolside with a refreshing smoothie from the Celsuis Pool Bar. The nearby Sector 21 Metro station provides direct access to the heart of the city and after a day of sightseeing you can cool off with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the sauna and massage parlour.

The Piccadily, Delhi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 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.

Hotel Jivitesh, Delhi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Jivitesh Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Karol Bagh, a popular neighbourhood of Delhi renowned for its excellent shops and vibrant street markets. The Jivitesh offers comfortable and spacious guest rooms, with modern amenities such as free WiFi, and you can be assured of a warm welcome and excellent customer service from the hotel staff. Enjoy authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine at the hotel's restaurant and take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool after a day of sightseeing in the capital. Please note: The swimming pool at the Jivitesh hotel is currently under renovation and is expected to be finished by September 2020.

Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini, Delhi

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Located just footsteps from the nearest metro station, the Crowne Plaza New Delhi offers a beautiful blend of contemporary facilities and warm Indian hospitality. Each en-suite guestroom features traditional wood furnishings and a minibar, free WiFi and a flat screen TV. Guests can unwind in the Adya Spa which features a mix of Asian and European therapies or take a swim in the outdoor pool to escape the heat. The hotel prides itself on its range of dining options including the Spice Art restaurant, which serves delicious North Indian cuisine, and Moasic, where you’ll find a range of international dishes.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Made of pink and red sandstone, the beautiful heritage-style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthani architecture. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits, with modern amenities such as free WiFi and ensuite bathrooms. Spend an evening dining on continental, Indian or Rajasthani cuisine on the outdoor terrace or request a private, candlelit dinner on the rooftop under a star-studded sky. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, this hotel is 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 located right in the heart of Bharatpur city. 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, where you will be enthralled by traditional music and dance performances. Keoladeo National Park, one of the most well-known bird sanctuaries in India, is also just a five-minute drive away.

Hotel Royale Residency , Agra

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Situated a stone’s throw away from the legendary Taj Mahal, the Royal Residency Hotel is perfectly located for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in Agra’s famous monuments. Each comfortable air-conditioned room features a minibar with tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV as well as excellent en-suite facilities. Guests can enjoy an array of flavours around the world in the multi-cuisine restaurant, or perhaps sip on a cocktail next to the outdoor pool.

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.


Travellers have rated this tour as 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Kolkata (or opt to end in Delhi)
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 7
Jama Masjid
The Taj Mahal reflected in the water in Agra
Sunrise over mountains of Kalimpong
Tiny village nestled in the cliffs next to the lake in Gangtok
Lush, green tea garden in Darjeeling

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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
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