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Golden Triangle with Exotic East

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Darjeeling - Gangtok - Kalimpong

Duration of stay: 14 nights / 15 days

 

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal II you will be taken to your hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02 - In Delhi

Red fort and lotus templeAfter breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of  Old and New Delhi.
The visit of the old city ( belongs to XVIIth century) includes the Great Mosque, Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, a perfect example of Mughal architecture built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648. Enjoy cycle rickshaw ride around the colorful giant bazaar, Chandni Chowk.
In the new part of the city visit - the Qutab Minar (built in XIIth century), a splendid monument minaret of the Afghan period. Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Mausoleum of Humayun - a huge building that inspired Persians, is the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Rajpath, the equivalent of the Champs Elysees in France, the India Gate (erected in the memory of unknown soldiers died during First World War), The Parliament, and the house of the President. Later evening to escape the crowds, visit the Birla Mandir - a Hindu temple which is modern and colorful.
Overnight in Delhi


Day 03 - Drive Delhi - Agra (220 kms / 04 hrs)

After breakfast drive by surface for Agra, the city of Seventh wonder of the world enroute visiting Sikandra (a memorial built for The Great Mughal Emperor, Akbar The Great.). After the visit continue your drive for Agra.
Agra which is known for its world famous buildings constructed by the Great Mughals, situated on the bank of the river. On arrival in Agra, check into hotel. After a short rest proceed for the visit of Agra Fort - the construction of the massive fort was began by Emperor Akbar following with the additions by the different Mughal emperors.
Overnight in Agra.

Day 04 - Drive Agra - Jaipur (250 kms / 05 hrs) enroute Fatehpur Sikri

Early morning the sunrise visit of the famous TAJ MAHAL This spectacular white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is a most extravagant monument ever built for love. The shimmering reflection in the water channels is truly breathtaking. After viewing Taj Mahal, return back to the hotel.
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Popularly known as the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, designed in accordance with Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. En-route visit Fathepur Sikri, this magnificent fortified city was the Capital of the Mughal Empire between 1517 and 1585, but had to leave because of shortage of water. After the visit, continue your drive for Jaipur.
On arrival in Jaipur, check into hotel.
Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 05 - In Jaipur

After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting -- The Amber Fort situated on the one of the ancient ranges Aravali Hills, 11 kms from Jaipur which was the ancient capital of Jaipur Maharaja, a good example of Rajput style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes you to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings and a temple of Kali. Later visit City Palace and Observatory. City palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The son of the last maharaja and his family still reside in the part of the palace. Observatory – Jantar Mantar, built by Jai Singh in 18th Century which is the finest observatory built by Jai Singh out of five Observatories.
Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 06 - Drive Jaipur - Delhi (265 kms / 06 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure or visiting the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 07 - Fly Delhi - Bagdogra & Drive Bagdogra - Darjeeling (90 kms / 03 hrs))

Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi airport in time to board flight forRed fort and lotus temple Bagdogra. Met on arrival at Bagdogra airport and drive to Darjeeling. With beautiful tea plantations and incomparable views of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, it is logical that Darjeeling is called the "Queen of the summer season." Located in the state of West, has an altitude of 2134 meters. Darjeeling is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site..
On arrival in Darjeeling, check into hotel .
Overnight in Darjeeling.

 

Day 08 - In Darjeeling

Early in the morning, visit Tiger Hill to see the sunrise on the third highestRed fort and lotus temple mountain in the world, the Kanchenjunga. After breakfast set off for delightful sightseeing of Darjeeling where you will visit the 1875 built Ghoom Monastery to see one of the largest statues of the Maitreya Buddha. Discover the Zoo of the Himalayas, home of the only Siberian tigers of India, the Red Panda and Snow Leopard followed by a visit to the Natural History Museum, which has a fine collection of preserved butterflies, birds, reptiles, insects of the Himalayas.
Overnight in Darjeeling.

 

Day 09 - In Darjeeling

After breakfast full day at leisure. In case the toy train in operational, enjoy the ride in a toy train, declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and is one of the few steam engines still in service in India.
In the evening, visit to tea gardens where they cultivate the famous Darjeeling tea.
Overnight in Darjeeling.

 

Day 10 - Drive Darjeeling - Gangtok (98 kms / 03 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Gangtok, spectacularly located along a Red fort and lotus templeridge overlooking the Kanchenjunga Mountains, the mountainside capital of the tiny state of Sikkim. Gangtok is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning, with the presence of several monasteries, religious educational institutions, and centres for Tibetology. Nestled within higher peaks of the Himalaya and enjoying a year-round mild temperate climate. Gangtok’s houses balance precariously on steep mountain slopes above incredible scenic panoramas. Pagoda – like house, painted turquoise roofs, and busy bazaars are filled with elegantly costumed smiling faced people, adding to the magic of this scene. On arrival in Gangtok, check into hotel.
Overnight in Gangtok

Day 11 - In Gangtok

Morning after breakfast start your sightseeing tour of Gangtok visiting - a centre of Buddhist learning and culture, Gangtok's most notable Buddhist institutions the Enchey monastery, the Do-drul Chorten stupa complex and the Rumtek Monastery followed by the visit of Research Institute of Tibetology - houses a huge collection of masks, Buddhist scriptures, statues, and tapestries, Garden Sanctuary and Buddhist Monastery. Also see the Deer Park and drive through the colorful bazaar.
Overnight in Gangtok.

 

Day 12 - Drive Gangtok - Kalimpong (73 kms / 02 hrs)

Early morning drive to Tashi Viewpoint, which offers magnificent views ofRed fort and lotus templeMount Kanchenjunga and a number of ancient monasteries, scattered across the mountain sides. After breakfast continue to the hill station of Kalimpong , set in beautiful wooded mountains at the meeting point of Bhutan , Nepal, Tibet and India. Kalimpong, famous for its abundant flowers. Among the sights you will see are Raja Dorje Market and the Tibetan Monastery. This peaceful and scenic town includes a number of houses bearing testament to the town’s heritage and gracious living in the early 1900s. On arrival in Kalimpong check into hotel.
Overnight in Kalimpong.

Day 13 - In Kalimpong

Morning after breakfast half day sightseeing of Kalimpong visiting the different 'Gompas' which are Tibetans-Buddhist Monasteries and the flower nurseries which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes. Spend rest of the day at leisure visiting the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in Kalimpong.

Day 14 - Drive Kalimpong - Bagdogra (80 kms / 2.5 hrs) & Fly Bagdogra - Delhi

Morning after breakfast drive to Bagdogra airport in time to board flight for Delhi. Met on arrival at Delhi airport and drive to hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 15 - Depart Delhi
Transfer to Delhi airport in time to board flight for onward destination.
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