Start in New Delhi and end in Kolkata (Calcutta)! With the in-depth cultural tour Delhi to Darjeeling - 15 Days, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 11 other destinations in India. Delhi to Darjeeling - 15 Days includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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.
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.
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.
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. Well be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will be able to identify the species we manage to spot.
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.
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.
In and around KalimpongDelhi - 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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today with an included airport transfer.