Highlights: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Amritsar - Shimla
Leaving Delhi, you will journey to Agra and its impressive fort. Highlight is Taj Mahal – a monument of love in the world. You will see the sacred city of the Punjab with its spectacular Golden Temple built between 1589 and 1601 and is a superb synthesis of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. The extraordinary building is fashioned from marble, mirror work and gold, which is beautifully reflected in a stunning expanse of water and best seen in the early morning light. This tour takes you to the beautiful hill state of Himachal Pradesh to experience the gracious living in a palace and country manor. In 1903, the Kalka-Shimla railway started making the hitherto arduous journey up much simpler and even today the quaint toy train chugs up steep hill slopes carrying eager tourists.
Highlights of the Tour:
* A Bolywood musical Bonanza " Kingdom of dreams Show" in Delhi
* One Typical Rajasthan Village Theme dinner at ChowkiDhani in Jaipur
* Colorful Change of guards Ceremony at Wagaha border
* Heritage Walk in Shimla and experience the nostalgia of British Raj
* Ride on the UNESCO World Heritage " Kalka -Shimla Himalayan Railway
* Tonga ride in Agra(Horse driven cart)
* Cycle rickshaw ride through the busy Market of ChandaniChowak in Delhi
* Visit to Taj Mhal by sunrise
* Elephant ride at Amber fort
Hotel featured or similar:
Jaipur-Country Inn & Suites
Delhi-Holiday Inn Aerocity
Day 1: London Heathrow to Delhi by flight
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel
Day 2: Delhi.
Full day sightseeing tour of Delhi. You will get a feel for this city as you explore its historic sights.
Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque. Explore the bustling cultural delight of the colourful market on the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. You will take a view of Red Fort – the 17 th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens. Afternoon you will head into New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb, an impressive garden tomb with high arches and a double dome, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16 th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Then continue on to the wonderful QutabMinar - the landmark of Delhi, the beautiful grounds feature the well preserve a huge tower of victory standing over 72 meters. You will drive on to Rajpath and through to India Gate and the Lutyens Delhi with its tree lined boulevards leading to the British Viceroy’s Palace (RashtrapatiBhavan) now the official residence of the President of India, the Secretariat, India Gate and Parliament House.
Day 3: Delhi to Agra by surface, 210 Kms/ 4 Hrs
Drive to Agra.
Upon arrival at Agra, check in at your hotel
Rest of the day at leisure
Day 4: Agra
After breakfast enjoy visiting the world famous Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, built one of the world’s most famous buildings, the ‘Taj Mahal’. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described as ‘a vision, a dream, a poem, and a wonder’. visit the 16 th century Agra fort. This commanding red sandstone monument stretches 2.5 kilometres along the banks of River Yamuna, encompasses serene gardens and terrace pavilions, with striking views providing glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal across the river. and Tomb of Itmad-ud- Daulah also called as Baby Taj
Day 5: Agra to Jaipur by surface
Drive to Jaipur, en route visit FatehpurSikri - the imperial ruins of the dream capital city of the Great Mughal Emperor - Akbar.
you will continue drive to Jaipur, the famed ‘Pink City’ and the capital of Rajasthan known for its palaces, three hill forts and a shopper’s paradise.
Upon arrival at Jaipur, check in at hotel
Evening at leisure to explore colourful bazaar
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 6: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber - capital of the old state of Dhundhar, located on the rugged hills that surround Jaipur. Ride the colourfully painted elephants up the hill, admire the massive gateways, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions and palaces that recall the glory and wealth of Amber’s association with the Mughals. During the afternoon visit the City Palace (still houses the erstwhile Royal family); JantarMantar - the Royal Observatory and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - built for the royal ladies to watch the activities on the market street below without being observed themselves.
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 7: Jaipur to Delhi by surface, 258 kms / 6 Hrs
Delhi to Amritsar by train Shatabadi express:1630-2230 hrs
Drive to Delhi railway station to board train for Amritsar
Upon arrival at Delhi railway station board train for Amritsar. Local snack, tea / coffee and dinner will be served on board
2230 hrs: Arrive Amritsar railways station
Upon arrival in Amritsar transferred to your hotel for 2nts stay.
Day 8: Amritsar
At leisure to explore, the spiritual centre of the Sikh religion - the Golden Temple, one of the most spiritual locations, including the Divine Temple and the Pool of Nectar. The temple kitchen provide an amazing meals a day also visit JallianwalaBagh the site of an infamous massacre that took place in 1919. Visitors to the Golden Temple must remove their shoes, wash their feet and cover their heads with a scarf.
Later afternoon you will travel to Wagah border, where India meets Pakistan, and observe the ceremony
Day 9: Shimla
Transfer from top to the base of the mountain and then drive to Shimla ambience attracted the British in such measure that it seemed justifiable to shift the complete administration of an Empire from Calcutta for its colonial charm.
Upon arrival check in for a stay of 3 nts
Day 10: Shimla.
Morning enjoy Heritage Walk through the town's Architectural Heritage Zone that brings you close to various architectural sites of British era. A number of old buildings such as Bantony, Betinks Castle, Railway Board Building, Gorton Castle (can see from outside), Knokcdrin (can see from outside) Sanitarium, Cecil Hotel, Inverarm, State Museum (closed on Monday) - This building was a private residence of Lord William Beresford, the Military secretary to the viceroys for many years. and Viceregal Lodge keep your eyes wide open. Viceregal Lodge Indian Institute of Advanced study: - The site for Viceregal Lodge was selected by Lord Lytton the Viceroy of India between 1876 -1880. The Viceregal Lodge, also known aRashtrapati Niwas is located on the Observatory Hill of Shima. It was formerly the residency of the British Viceroy of India. It was designed by British architect Hendry Irwin and built in the Jacobethan style during the regime of Lord Dufferin. Its construction stared in 1880 and completed in 1888 Later enjoy visiting Jhaku Temple/ Hill (2455 Mts.): This is the town's highest peak and a vantage point for Shimla's famous views. The summit is crowned with a temple dedicated to monkey God Hanuman. This also offers a very good view of the Shimla with snow capped mountains. One legend goes that Lord Hanuman stopped there to rest while he was searching for the SanjivniBooti to revive Lakshman in the Epic Ramayana
Day 11: Shimla.
Excursion to Kufri&Chail
Day 12: Shimla to Kalka by toy train
Kalka to Delhi by Shatabadi Express:1745-2155
Transfer to Shimla railway station to board the train for a scenic journey from the mountains down, the narrow gauge train which takes you through 102 tunnels, many arched bridges and several picturesque stations on its 96 Km journey to Kalka and connect with the Shatabadi express arriving into Delhi. Local snacks, tea or coffee will be served on board
2155 hrs: Arrive New Delhi railway
Upon arrival in Delhi railway station, transfer to your hotel
Day 13: Delhi to London Heathrow by flight VS-301:1255- 1735 hrs
Transfer from hotel to Delhi airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow