North India Highlights - 16 Nights Discovery

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Start and end in New Delhi! With the discovery tour North India Highlights, you have a 16 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 7 other destinations in India. North India Highlights includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

  • airport to hotel transfer included

    In and around AmritsarAfter your flight to Amritsar, one of our staff members will be there to meet and greet you, before transferring you to your hotel for the day. Once you?ve settled in, we?ll brief you on what lies ahead, before arranging a time to collect you in the morning. | OVERNIGHT:. Amritsar hotel. | EXTRAS:. Single Room Supplement

  • A visit to Amritsar?s Golden Temple

    Our first full day of our India tour starts at the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion the Golden Temple. If you look up, you?ll notice that the entire top of the temple is made of gold and its interior is laden with jewels and gold leaf. We?ll then spend some time in the temple?s free community kitchen, which sustains over 100,000 people every day. We?ll have a meal here before partaking in a Langar Seva - where we either help to serve or prepare good, or clear up and wash up. This afternoon, we?ll make our way to rural Punjab, exploring its farmlands before experiencing the colourful Wagah Border Ceremony which occurs every day at sunset. This daily event sees the security forces of India and Pakistan join to participate in unique, rapid dancing, which signifies the brotherhood and cooperation between the two nations. We?ll travel back to Amritsar and you have the option to head back to your hotel, have dinner at a local restaurant or travel back to the Golden Temple to witness the Palki Sahib Ceremony - which sees the Holy Book, the Guru Granth Saab carried from the main shrine in Hari Mandir to the sanctum, where it rests for a few hours until the opening ceremony the following morning. We have also have the chance to explore the interior of the Golden Temple, which may have been busy with pilgrims earlier in the day. | OVERNIGHT:. Amritsar hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast, Lunch

  • Drive to McLeod Ganj. Free afternoon

    After breakfast well drive to McLeod Ganj, where youll have some free time today to explore the town, situated at the foothills of the towering Himalayas. You can visit its Buddhist monasteries, museums, temples, waterfalls, lakes, and Tibetan settlements. You can visit the local markets which sell exotic sculptures, souvenirs and Thangka paintings. McLeod Ganj is also the home of the Tibetan Government in Exile and the Dalai Lamas residence, which is well worth a visit as well. | OVERNIGHT:. McLeod Ganj hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast

  • Exploring the Dalai Lama Monastery

    After a free day in Mcleod Ganj, we?ll start things with a visit to the Dalai Lama Monastery, taking part in a prayer session known as a puja, which includes chanting mantras, bowing and making offerings. As a show of respect, we?ll offer lamps and religious cloth, made of silk and is worn around our neck. We?ll also make our way to the Bhagsunag Waterfall and Shiva Temple, which is surrounded by towering cliffs, which provides us with spectacular views. A freshwater spring runs below the temple, which is thought to have healing powers. In fact, its water is collected in large tanks, and the devotees bathe in them to cleanse their ailments. Our day ends with a trip to the Naddi View Point, which provides breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges and the pristine Dal Lake below. | OVERNIGHT:. McLeod Ganj hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast

  • Exploring the Heritage Villages of Pragpur & Garli

    Today we?ll visit the Norbulingka Institute, built to commemorate the Tibetan culture?s literary and art forms. We?ll then make our way to the Pragpur Heritage Village, which was founded in the 16th century. Pragpur is notable for its cobbled paths, mud-plastered walls and slate-roofed houses. If we have time before lunch, we?ll make our way to the Dada Siba Temple, well-known for its miniature wall paintings before exploring another heritage village - Garli in the Kangra Valley. A local guide will take us on a walking tour of the village, as we gain insight about its history before checking in at our accommodation for the evening. | OVERNIGHT:. Garli hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast, Dinner

  • A Toy Train Ride to Shimla

    We start our day with a drive to Dharampur Himanchal and hop on the ?toy train? to Shimla, situated on the edge of the towering Himalayas. Shimla used to be the summer capital of British India and is still one of the stops of the Kalka-Shimla Railway built in 1903. Its narrow gauge railway is one of the most famous train rides on the planet and has since become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We?ll board the Himalayan Queen service, missing the lowest section from Kalka, which shortens the journey considerably but shows you the most scenery. We?ll stop along the way for snacks, before arriving in Shimla in the afternoon, which is known for its unique craft shops, bazaars and markets. | OVERNIGHT:. Shimla hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast

  • Exploring Shimla

    We have some leisure time this morning to explore Shimla independently or you can choose to hike to the Tara Devi Temple, which offers spectacular views of the Himalayas which surround it. We?ll continue to explore Shimla this afternoon, this time on foot, as we explore its popular sites such as the Vice Regal Lodge, the Christ Church, the Gaeity Theatre and we?ll also take a cable car ride to Jakhu Temple which is dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. The temple is perched on Shimla?s highest peak at a towering height of 2455 metres. | OVERNIGHT:. Shimla hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast

  • A train ride to Delhi. Transfer to hotel

    We have some free time this morning to explore Shimla, but we?ll say our final goodbyes at midday, driving over the hills of Kalka, as we board an evening train to Delhi. Once we arrive, we will transport you to your hotel for the evening. | OVERNIGHT:. Delhi hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast

  • Exploring Old and New Delhi

    In and around New DelhiOur day starts with a morning tour of Indias capital, New Delhi. Built on the banks of the Yamuna river, New Delhi is a beautiful blend of a historical past and a vibrant present. We start at India Gate in the centre of New Delhi, a 42-metre high "Arc-de-Triomphe" like archway, a war memorial built to commemorate the 82,000 soldiers who partook in the undivided Indian Army. We?ll drive past various government buildings such as the Presidents Palace and the Parliament of India, before passing Humayuns Tomb - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Bangla Sahab Gurudwara Sikh Temple. Well stop at Connaught Place Station and join the locals on the metro to Old Delhi where well walk through one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, before exploring the narrow streets of Chawri Bazar which specialises in selling brass, copper and paper products. Throughout the afternoon our guide will also introduce you to the wide range of street food snacks and delicacies so you can get a final taste of the delicious and varied Indian cuisine. Our walking tour will also take in a rickshaw ride and the Jama Masjid mosque, one of the largest in India. | OVERNIGHT:. Delhi hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast

  • : Jaipur and a visit to Amber Fort

    Today we head to Jaipur, the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Western India. Well stop to visit Amber Fort, the jewel in Jaipurs crown - an ancient fortress built on a hilltop in the 16th century dedicated to the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber. Be mesmerised by this majestic architectural wonder, with its pink sandstone and marble palace shining in the sun. Its massive fortress walls sprawls across the hills, with many seeing a resemblance of the Great Wall of China. Well also stop for a Lassi tasting at MI Road - a popular traditional yoghurt-based drink made with a blend of yoghurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit, before checking in at your accommodation for the night. A fun option this evening is to head out and watch a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir cinema. | OVERNIGHT:. Jaipur hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast

  • : Exploring the city of Jaipur

    You have an option of going on an early morning hot air balloon ride over Jaipur, flying over its palaces, forts and lakes - a truly mesmerising experience. If you chose to sleep a little later, your morning starts with a sightseeing tour of Jaipur, as we visit the strange Jantar Mantar monument, a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II between 1724 and 1730. Jaipur was the first planned city of medieval India and well also explore its City Palace. Built by Raja Man Singh during 1729-1732 AD, the City Palace was once the seat of kings as it was from here that they ruled the region. This tangle of courtyards, manicured gardens and exceptionally crafted mahals is one of the most revered attractions in India. After lunch, we spend the afternoon walking in the walled city to discover some of Jaipurs famous crafts markets and craftsmen in action such as jewellers, silversmiths, textile workshops and bangle makers. Well also visit markets for vegetable, fruits and spices. | OVERNIGHT:. Jaipur hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast. | EXTRAS:. Hot air balloon in Jaipur

  • : Meet the locals at Tordi Garh, optional activities available

    Today we leave the regions popular tourist areas and head into the heart of rural Rajasthan to the village of Tordi. In the 16th century, Th. Akhey Singh, one of the descendants of Khangar Singh (the founder of Khangarot clan) overthrew the regional chief and built a hilltop fortress here, the ruins of which can still be seen today. The family still lives in the palace and fort built later in the plains below and well stay in a wing of the palace which has been converted for guests. The afternoon sees us exploring the village, visiting a temple, school and a potters house before interacting with the local villagers, getting invaluable insight into seeing their way of life. You can also take some optional activities arranged by the family at the palace. These include camel cart rides to the sand dunes and a jeep safari to a 300-year old step well, a shepherds village, local farm and sunset at the Tordi Sagar Dam or at the dunes. You can also hike to the 400-year old Tordi Fort and enjoy snacks and drinks there for sunset or sunrise. Those keen can also try some horse riding or have some henna hand art applied. | OVERNIGHT:. Tordi Garh hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast, Dinner

  • : Birdwatching and the worlds largest step well

    Today well head to Bharatpur and the bird watchers paradise that is the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Enroute, well visit the Abhaneri step well, the largest and deepest step well in the world, which boasts 3500 steps and is 13 stories deep. You may recognise this as the place that Sonny tried to express his feelings for Sunaina in the recent movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Once youve checked into your accommodation for the day, well take a guided cycle rickshaw ride through the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Originally a duck hunting reserve of the local Maharajas, the park is now a World Heritage Site, with over 360 species of birds recorded here. Its strategic location on the Central Asian migratory flyway makes it an internationally important site for wintering water birds, and it is especially famous for the endangered Siberian Crane and its huge heronry which in good years can host more than 20,000 nesting birds of various species. As well as the extensive birdlife, the park is home to wild boar, black buck, sambar, chital, mongoose, porcupine, several different wild cats, and some huge pythons. | OVERNIGHT:. Bharatpur hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast

  • : Fatephur Sikri, and a first view of the Taj Mahal

    We head to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri, a fortified ancient city which was the short-lived capital of the Mughal empire between 1572 and 1585. This sprawling and well-preserved site is fascinating to explore. Once you?ve checked in into your hotel, well spend the afternoon on a Mughal Heritage Walk through the ancient village of Kachhpura and surrounding farmland on the banks of the Yamuna River across from the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. This walk has been designed by a local NGO and helps support the local community through employment and new infrastructure. During the walk one of the villagers will give a guide to their village life, the layout of their homes, with living, cooking & religious areas, the farming done, and the local cottage industry for leather shoe making which helps Agra export shoes all over the world. Youll also see some lesser known but important Mughal era monuments. Finally today well stroll around the park at Mehtab Bagh - originally built by Emperor Babur as the last in a series of 11 parks on the Yamuna Rivers east bank, before taking in the magnificent sight of the Taj Mahal at sunset. A special evening option is available today, where you can join a Hindu family for a Vegetarian Thali cooking lesson and meal. | OVERNIGHT:. Agra hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast. | EXTRAS:. Cook with a Hindu family in Agra

  • : A Taj Mahal sunrise and a multimedia water show

    We start today early for our tour of the Taj Mahal. Truly one of the wonders of the world this elaborate monument to love was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and took over twenty-two years to complete. Sunrise is a great time to visit as the light changes gradually with the colours of the Taj changing too. After breakfast, we visit Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a huge complex with a fascinating history, being the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638 when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. After lunch, well drive to Delhi, and on arrival visit the Swaminarayan Akshardham New Delhi, a Hindu mandir and a spiritual-cultural campus, home to millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture and architecture. Its one of Indias most popular tourist attractions, in fact, its estimated that it draws in 70% of all visitors who explore Delhi. Well be mesmerized by the Sahaj Anand water show - a multimedia water exhibition, which makes use of multicoloured lasers, under-water flames, video projection, water jets combine to provide a captivating experience which tells the story of Kena Upanishad - a Vedic Sanskrit text. | OVERNIGHT:. Delhi hotel. | MEALS:. Breakfast. | EXTRAS:. Extra day in Delhi - post-tour

  • : Bon voyage! Airport transfer included

    You have some free time to buy any gifts for your loved ones back home before we transfer you to the airport to catch your flight back home. | OVERNIGHT:. N/A. | MEALS:. Breakfast. | EXTRAS:. Extra day in Delhi - post-tour

Inclusion

  • GST on total package
  • Accomodation in a well appointed room
  • Meals as per hotel plan and ones mentioned in itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle (except in the hills when the air-conditioner will be switched off)
  • All toll taxes, parking fees and driver allowances
  • All applicable hotel taxes

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  • All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
  • Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages
  • Vehicle service on leisure days for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, laundry and phone calls

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