14 Nights/ 15 Days
Places Covered :
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi- Shimla - Manali - Dharamshala - Dalhousie - Amritsar - Delhi
Day 01 - Arrival Delhi :
Arrive Delhi, Meet, assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02 - Delhi :
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi :
OLD DELHI - A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
NEW DELHI - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 03 - Delhi - Agra ( By fast air-conditioned train Dep 0615 Hrs Arr 0815 Hrs ) :
Early morning pick up from hotel & transfer to railway station to board the superfast air-conditioned train to Agra. Breakfast in the train. Arrive Agra in approx. 02 hours & transfer to hotel. Later visit the Agra fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcoveof inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms.Evening at sunset visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant _expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife . Night stay in Agra.
Day 04 - Agra - Jaipur ( By road Approx 5 Hrs) :
Early morning a second visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise , Later drive to Jaipur-the fabled “pink city” of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. This is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendours are now living monuments enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri-a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town" which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Jaipur in late evening & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 05 - Jaipur - Delhi ( By fast air-conditioned train Dep 17:45 Hrs Arr 22:30 Hrs ) :
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
AMBER FORT PALACE -
Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression. Continue sight-seeing.
CITY PALACE -
A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR -
This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL -
The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Evening transfer to railway station to board the air conditioned train to Delhi, Dinner in the train. Arrive Delhi & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 06 - Delhi - Kalka ( By fast air-conditioned train Dep 07:40 Hrs Arr 11:45 Hrs ) Kalka - Shimla ( By Toy train Dep 12:10 Hrs Arr 17:20 Hrs ) :
Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Kalka. On arrival in Kalka board the Toy train to Shimla. On arrival in Shimla meet assist at railway sttaion and transfer to hotel. Shimla - perched at 7000 feet above sea level, The heady combinations of Chill mountain air, orchards and colonial charms still make Shimla a dream get away. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore various scenic sights or visit mall road. Night stay in Shimla.
Day 07 - Shimla :
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Shimla - Kalbadevi Temple, Jakhu Temple, Hanuman Temple or stop for a while at the beautiful stained – glass - windows of Christ Church, which was built in the 1850 ‘s. Also visit Fagu, Indira Gandhi Holiday Home and enjoy horse riding (optional) in the apple orchids. Rest of the day is free to explore various scenic sights or visit mall road and shopping. Night stay in Shimla.
Day 08 - Shimla - Kullu - Manali ( By road ) :
After breakfast checkout from hotel and procced for excursion to Kufri a 30 Minutes drive from Shimla, an exotica of nature as a place surrounded by dense forest and snow caped mountains amidst virgin peaks and natures flora and fauna where one can completely relax and tune oneself for natural beauty, evening free to enjoy the scenic beauty of Kufri. Later drive to Manali (7Hrs), valley of Gods, is a combination of natural splendor and rich cultural heritage there are many scenic spots as you pass by Kullu valley, Beas river, Dashehra maidan etc On arrival, transfer to hotel. Night stay in Manali.
Day 09 - Manali :
Morning after breakfast proceed for full day tour of Rohtang Pass – The majesty of the mountains and the glaciers can be seen at their best, you have next two hours to enjoy this snowy heaven. Take a sledge ride down the slopes, try your luck climbing the little snow hills. On you’re descents to Manali, halt at the Rahalla falls and Solang Valley. The Magnificent views and natural beauty are a never-ending source of delight. Also halt at Marhi, Ralha falls, Nehru Kund. Night stay in Manali.
Day 10 - Manali - Dharamshala ( By road ) :
Morning proceed for a half day tour of Manali visiting Hadimba Devi Temple – built in the tranquil and serene woods Vashist Bath, Tibetan Monastery, and Roerich art Gallery. In the afternoon half day tour of Naggar Castle and local Bazar. Later drive to Dharamshala (6 hrs). On arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Dharamshala.
Day 11 - Dharamshala – Dalhousie ( By road ) :
Morning after breakfast local tour of Dharamshala visiting the Official residence of Dalai Lama the exiled Tibetan Leader, McLeodganj, Palampur etc.Later drive to Dalhousie (4 hrs), situated at 2039 mts in the outer slopes of the Dhaula Dhar range with its natural beauty and natural surroundings. On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Dalhousie
Day 12 - Dalhousie :
Morning drive to Khajjiar, one of the most scenic saucer shaped Plateau and is surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests, its beauty has further been enhanced by a small lake in the center with a floating island and 9-hole golf course here are the other interesting places to cover. Return to Dalhousie for night stay.
Day 13 - Dalhousie – Amritsar ( By road ) :
Morning after breakfast drive to Amritsar .Arrive and transfer to hotel. At sunset visit Wagah Border to watch Border Retreat Ceremony The pageant of the beating of the retreat and the change of guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces here makes the most charming of the spectacles as a daily evening drill. Ascertain the timings before you leave to see this spectacle since these are changed seasonally. Wagha is the only land border open between Pakistan and India. Night stay in Amritsar
Day 14 - Amritsar - Delhi ( By fast air-conditioned train Dep. 17:00 hrs. Arriv. 23:00 hrs. ) :
Morning visit Golden Temple -is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is a symbol of the magnificence and strength of the Sikh people all over the world. In the evolution of the Darbar Sahib, is entwined the history and ideology of Sikhism. In its architecture are included, symbols associated with other places of worship. This is an example of the spirit of tolerance and acceptance that the Sikh philosophy propounds.Also visit Jallianwala Bagh- Martyrs’ Memmorial built in the shape of eternal flame of liberty is situated on the outskirts of Golden Temple. Here about 1500 and 2000 persons who were attending a peaceful meeting during the freedom movement fell under the bullets of the British General Dyer on 13 April 1919 and the city of Amritsar. Afternoon transfer to railway station to board the train back to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 15 - Departure :
Transfer to airport to board the flight back to your home.