This amazing adventure through historic India takes us to some of the glorious country's most exciting sights. On our fascinating journey we discover thriving cities, spectacular Historical forts & Palaces, Museums, Frescoes & Semi of heritage and have the chance to see a tiger in the wild.
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Arrive Indira Gandhi International Airport, meet & greet with Traditional Indian welcome. Transfer to hotel. Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 02 In Delhi
After breakfast proceed for Old Delhi sightseeing, taking a rickshaw puller ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's bazaar for an incredible insight into the lives of the millions of people who live in the city. As your Rickshaw ride travel towards bustling bazaar of Chandni Chowk, you will be immersed in real India, if you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit the Jama Masjid - India's largest mosque,
Afternoon proceed for New Delhi sightseeing.
New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Evening proceed to see how skilled artisans & craftsmen in India work to create high-end exclusive handicraft products. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 03 Delhi - Mandawa 260 kms / 4 .30 hrs
Today drive to (Shekhawati) Mandawa - The region lies the triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner and includes Jhunjhuniun, Sikar and Churu districts of Rajasthan upon arrival check in to Hotel.
Afternoon visit the Mandawa -Shekhawati The semi-desert region of Shekhawati is popularly known as the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. Shekhawati is unique as no-where else in the world there is such a hundreds of Haveli’s, temples, cenotaphs, wells and forts. Later visit to Havelies in Mandawa notably the Chokhani Saraf & Ladia Havelies, also visit Temples. See the extraordinary frescoes on the walls of the houses and medieval painting of Shekhawati. You could enjoy the countryside sitting from the cart. Your home for 2 Nights stay at hotel
Day 04 Nawalgarh & Dundlod
After breakfast combined sightseeing of 2 remote areas Nawalgarh - Founded in the 18th Century by Nawal Singh, it has some of the finest frescoes in the Shekhawati region. A huge fort with a colorful bazaar and numerous havelies with elaborate architecture make it an interesting destination. There are a few prominent havelies like Anandilal Poddar Haveli, Aath Haveli, Hodh Raj Patodia Haveli, etc., which are to be visited, as also the two forts. The palace hotel Roop Niwas is a beautiful heritage property and is provided with modern facilities. The palace offers spacious painted rooms, luxurious interiors, graceful hospitality and thematic evenings with sumptuous cuisine. The painting in their Art Gallery is a great visual treat.
Dundlod – 7 km from Nawalgarh is a tiny town against picturesque surroundings offers an interesting stop over. It has a rugged fort and a palace now run as a heritage hotel. Havelies of the Goenka family ornate with fine frescoes are a visual delight. Kila of Dundlod the 17th century Rajputana Fort studded with monumental Nostalgia of Shekhawati, the warrior Rajputs who with stood the onslaught of Mughal hordes. Since then the cultural heritage of splendid Rajasthan is preserved as its ethos are imbibed in architectural grandeur of the Dundlod Fort. The silent ripples of the golden sand dunes, which besiege the Kila lures, and enchants tourists and villagers as well. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 05 Mandawa - Jaipur 170 kms / 3.30 hrs
Morning countryside drive to Jaipur On today’s drive to Jaipur through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants & scenes of rural lives. Upon arrival check in hotel, later visit to Sanganer village situated of outskirt of Jaipur Look at the teeming Jain temple from the 17th century and visit the traditional wood block painting, tie and dye fabric, paper factory and blue pottery that make the reputation of the craftsmanship of the city rose. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 06 In Jaipur
Morning visit the 17th century fortress of Amber Fort - marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort ascended on Caparisoned Elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Later drive to Ranthambhore National park
Afternoon visit to Maharaja’s City Palace - where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art, The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Birla White Marble temple and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires Overnight stay at hotel
Day 07 Jaipur – Abhaneri – Agra 230 kms / 5-6 hrs
On today’s drive through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants & scenes of rural lives. En route visit the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Begin at Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India, fortified on all sides. This unique idea, conceived by the early natives to function as a water reservoir, is located adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness. Then, stop for an unforgettable experience, an authentic camel cart ride. Afterward, continue to Agra
Evening take Horse cart (Tonga Ride) to the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The New 7 wonder of the world and Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, what makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. As you drive through the city witness the local life, Shopping and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 08 Agra – Delhi 200 kms 3 hrs Bagdogra -Darjeeling 90 km/3 hrs
After breakfast drive to Delhi airport to board the flight for Bagdogra to take afternoon flight upon arrive at Bagdogra countryside hill drive to Darjeeling is exhilarating, with highways running along the Teesta River for long stretches, passing through forest, fascinating view of the valley, Tea Gardens & Majestic Snow Clade Mountains of the Himalayan Range. Darjeeling is famous for Tea. Tea drinkers all over the world must be constantly blessing the memory of the person who dedicated around 1840 that the climate of the Darjeeling region was very conducive to the growth of tea. Upon arrival check in hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 In Darjeeling
Early morning at 0300 hrs an excursion to Tiger Hill where early morning Sunrise displays a panorama of colors, beyond in the distance is the Himalayan Peak. Return via the famous Ghoom Monastery - The monastery is said to be built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso. It is considered to be one of the holiest monasteries as this was personally blessed by the renowned Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. It is also said that the monastery keeps rare books on Buddhism. The monastery has a statue of the ‘Coming Buddha’ known as Maitreya Buddha.
After breakfast visit to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Ava Art Gallery & Rock Garden.
Toy Train Joy Ride: Toy train with a 2 ft. gauge, the Darjeeling Hill Railway is indeed a “toy train” being the narrowest of the regular narrow gauges. The tiny century-old engine is a connoisseur’s delight allowing the traveler an uninterrupted view of the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas. Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]
Day 10 Darjeeling – Pelling 118 kms / 4 hrs
After breakfast fascinating drive to Pelling is exhilarating, with highways running along the Teesta River for long stretches, passing through forest, fascinating view of the valley, Tea Gardens & Majestic Snow Clade Mountains of the Himalayan Range to Pelling.
Pelling is situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft. including the Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kabru, Dom, Khangchendzonga, Pandim, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Siniyalchu and others. Pelling gives spectacular views of the Mount Khangchendzonga, the Guardian Deity of Sikkim and the world’s third highest mountain along with other sister mountains bowing before the Godly figure in reverence. Pelling is an ideal getaway for tourists as its vicinity has numerous waterfalls, soft trek routes, villages and soothing atmosphere for all discerning.
Upon arrival check in hotel. Afternoon visit Pemayangtse Monastery, Changay Waterfalls, Dentam Valley & Sings Shore Bridge. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 11 Pelling – Gangtok 132 kms / 5 hrs
After breakfast drive to Gangtok – capital of Sikkim situated in the Eastern Himalayas, along the Border of Bhutan (East), Tibet (North), Nepal (West) & West Bengal (South). This capital, Gangtok, has a lot to see specially the Research Institute of Tibetology, a World Centre for the Study of Buddhist Philosophy & Religion and has a rare collection of Thankas, Statues and over 200 Buddhist Icons.
Upon arrival check in hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12 In Gangtok
After breakfast city sightseeing of Gangtok.
Enchey Monastery – 200 years old monastery, which stands 3 kms away from the city centre. This monastery was built on the site blessed by the great tantric master Lame Druptab Karpn, known for his flying powers.
Deer Park Tibetology – The Vanasthalipuram deer park Mahavira Harina Vanasthali is named after the renowned Indian saint “Lord Mahavir” in commemoration of his 2500th birth anniversary in the year 1975. Vana means forest, sthali means place and puram is locality or site. Once the nizam's shikargarh or hunting grounds, the Mahavir Harina Vanasthali national park is today home for a few hundred black bucks along with several species of birds. A deer park was set up in order to preserve this precious heritage and rehabilitate.
Cottage industry – Institute of cottage industries is situated on the main road above the town which is specialized in the production of hand-woven carpets, blankets, shawls, Lepcha weaves, patterned decorative paper and 'choktse' tables exquisitely carved in relief.
Afternoon return excursion to Rumtek Monastery, 24 kms away from Gangtok, embodies the vision and aspiration of the Sixteenth Karmapa, Rang Jung Rigpe Dorje, to establish his seat-in-exile to help spread the teachings of the Buddha throughout the world. The monastery, the largest in Sikkim, is home to the monks’ community, the place where they perform the sacred rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Many sacred objects are housed within the complex, and one of the most magnificent is the Golden Stupa, which contains the precious relics of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa. Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]
Day 13 Gangtok – Kalimpong 95 kms / 3.5 hrs
After breakfast drive to Kalimpong. Once the headquarters of a Bhutanese Governor, the word 'Kalim' means King's Minister and 'Pong' means the stronghold of the King's minister. It is also called 'Kalibong' or the black spur by the hill people. Kalimpong was originally part of Bhutan. In 1865, after the Anglo-Bhutan War, it was merged with Darjeeling, and became a sub-division of Darjeeling in 1916, and developed as a hill station. It flourished as a wool trading centre with Tibet till 1950, when the Chinese took over Tibet. It continues to be part of Darjeeling District, and is now an attractive tourist and educational centre. Upon arrival check in hotel.
Afternoon visit Flower Nurseries, Durpin Daar hills (view point and birding point), Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang-Gompa Monastery – Consecrated personally by the Dalai Lama in 1976, it contains the Kanguyar, in 108 volumes, brought by the Dalai Lama when he fled Tibet. Excellent view point for snow and valley views. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14 Kalimpong – Bagdogra (80 kms / 3 hrs) Delhi 2h 5m
After breakfast drive to Bagdogra & transfer to airport to board the flight AI 880 departing at 1410 hrs to Delhi. Arrive Delhi airport at 1615 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15 Delhi - Onward
After leisurely breakfast check out from hotel & proceed for Old Delhi sightseeing, taking a rickshaw puller ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's bazaar for an incredible insight into the lives of the millions of people who live in the city. As your Rickshaw ride travel towards bustling bazaar of Chandni Chowk, you will be immersed in real India, if you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also we visit the Jama Masjid - India's largest mosque, Raj Ghat, a simple but moving memorial to Gandhi, "the father of the Nation". Say goodbye to this fascinating and memorable tour. Transfer to international airport to board the international flight to Melbourne.
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