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Desert to Himalaya

Tour Duration: 14 Nights/ 15 Days
Itinerary: Delhi(2N) - Jaipur(2N) - Agra(1N)- Varanasi(1N) - Kalimpong(1N)- Gangtok(2N) - Darjeeling(2N) - Kolkata(2N)
Best Season: October to March
Tour Theme: Must see destinations, Hinduism in Ganges plains, life in Himalayan hills and Buddhist monasteries, tea estates,
Highlights: Visit to Forts, Palaces, Culture in Ganges plains, Hindu Temples. In second phase visit Himalayan terrains, tea-estates, British era buildings, trekking, Buddhist monasteries, Bengali culture.

TOUR FLOW MAP
DAY 01: DELHI
Golden Triangle Tour On arrival at Delhi, meet our representative and transfer to hotel. Here all tour documents will be handover to you and small briefing with answers to your questions will be provided to you. Rest of the day will be free for you. You may opt to do some sightseeing or shopping.
Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
DAY 02: DELHI
This day will be dedicated to Delhi city tour in which we will visit must see World Heritage Sites: Humayun Tomb, Qutab Minar, Red Fort Complex. In addition to this we will also cover Sir Edward Lutyen's creation India Gate, President House, Parliament house etc.
Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
DAY 03: DELHI - JAIPUR
On early morning, drive to railway station to take train for Jaipur. On reaching Jaipur, check-in to your hotel. We will being city tour in afternoon in which we will visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar (World Heritage Site).
Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
DAY 04: JAIPUR
On this day we will do full-day city tour of Jaipur city in which we will visit Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal and Nahargarh Fort. Among them Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal are in city zone where as Nahargarh Fort is about 15kms from city. At Amer Fort we can enjoy the beauty of fort on elephant back.
Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
DAY-05: JAIPUR - AGRA
On this day we will take morning train to Agra city so that we can do half-day sightseeing. We will visit the World Heritage Site and wonder: Taj Mahal today.
Overnight at hotel in Agra.
DAY-06: AGRA - VARANASI
After breakfast, we will proceed for full day sightseeing in which we will visit World Heritage Sites Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Both are made during Mughal dynasty rule and are magnificent example of Mughal architecture and engineering. Both are developed by using red-sandstone. Fatehpur Sikri was developed by Mughal emperor Akbar as capital by he did not stayed here for long time due to political reasons shifted Lahore before coming back to Agra fort. Both the Mughal monuments are in good condition uncovers the living style during Mughal era. Later in evening we will take overnight train to Varanasi so that by early morning we will reach Varanasi and enjoy the morning boat ride.
Overnight at air-conditioned sleeper coach in Train.
DAY-07: VARANASI
Begin the day with boat-ride to attend morning sunrise from Ganges. After breakfast, visit important Varanasi temples like Kashi-Vishwanath Temple, Bharatmata temple, Tulsi-manas temple etc. Varanasi is a holy city where impression of an historic living city is spread all over. It is counted among top seven sacred cities of Hindu religion. In evening again go for boating to witness evening arti which is a popular activity among tourists.
Overnight at hotel in Varanasi.
DAY-08: VARANASI
After visiting popular Hindu pilgrim centers, temples, ghats in Varanasi, on this day we will visit Buddhist pilgrim destination Sarnath which is just 10 kms from city. It is the place where Lord Buddha gave its first sermon after attaining enlightenment. It is a archeological site where we can visit the excavated stupas, pillars, building base etc. In addition to excavated site, we can also visit nearby Jain temples, museum and other newly constructed Buddha temples. Later in evening we will take overnight Shatabdi train to New Jalpaiguri railway station in West Bengal state.
Overnight at air-conditioned sleeper coach in Train.
DAY-09: VARANASI - KALIMPONG (By Train)
On reaching New Jalpaiguri railway station, drive to Kalimpong (90kms/02:30hrs). On reaching Kalimpong, we will just relax at our hotel or go out to visit local market.
Overnight at hotel in Kalimpong.
DAY-10: KALIMPONG - GANGTOK
In this day we will do Kalimpong local sightseeing in which we will visit Buddha monasteries and enjoy the surrounding nature at this hill station. It is popular for educational institutions. We can also visit British era buildings and institutions. Later in evening, drive to Gangtok
Overnight at hotel in Kalimpong.
DAY-11:
On this day we will explore the natural beauty and pilgrim centers in Gangtok city. It is capital of Sikkim state and is important tourist destination due to natural beauty and presence of important Buddhist monasteries. In year 1840, Enchey Monastery was constructed with which this town gained importance and by 1894 it becomes state capital. It was also an important stopover in trade route between Lahasa (in Tibet) and Kolkata during British rule in India. It is located at a height of 5500 ft. from sea level on lower Himalayan hills. Buddhist monasteries like Enchey, Rumkek, Dro-dul stupa, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (museum), Himalayan Zoological Park, Thabkurbari Temple, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok are the important tourist attractions here.
Overnight at hotel in Gangtok.
DAY-12: GANGTOK - DARJEELING (100kms/03:00hrs)
After breakfast, we will drive further to Darjeeling which is South direction to Gangtok. It is a popular hill station, tea plantation area in West Bengal state of India. It is known for UNESCO World Heritage Himalayan Railway that links Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri, 86kms long, built between 1879-1981. Here we will visit local township, tea-estates, natural surrounding.
Overnight at hotel in Darjeeling.
DAY-13: DARJEELING
Here full-day will be dedicated to Darjeeling local sightseeing. We will first drive to Tiger Hill which is an ideal place to witness sunrise from snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga hills (3rd highest mountains in world). Later we will visit Dhoom Gompa which is 8 kms from Darjeeling where statue of Maitrayie Buddha is established along with Buddhist manuscripts. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is another important tourist attraction here established by Tenzing Norgay (sherpa accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary in 29/May/1953). Nearby Zoological garden is also interesting place to visit.
Overnight at hotel in Darjeeling.
DAY-14: DARJEELING - KOLKATA
Do half-day Darjeeling sightseeing and later drive to Bagdogra airport to take flight to Kolkata. In evening you we will visit Victoria memorial, a beautiful building built during British era in dedicated to Queen Victoria. While making this building, British India government had in mind to make such a masterpiece that will over-shadow Taj Mahal. In evening we will attend light & sound show.
Overnight at hotel in Kolkata.
DAY-15: KOLKATA
In this day we will do full day sightseeing of Kolkata city. It served as a capital of India till 1917, during British rule in India due to which we will find many British era buildings in Kolkata, now serving for Government offices or Bungalows. Kolkata in India is popular for sweet dishes, man-driven rickshaws, Hooghly river, Howrah Bridge, Tram service, Communist ideology. These are the popular images that comes first in mind when discussed about Kolkata city. During British era it was largest city in India. Here we will visit Fort William, Howrah Bridge, Belur Math, Eden Garden Stadium, Writer's Building. In evening drive to Kolkata international airport to fly back to your home.

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Tour Duration: 14 Nights/ 15 Days
Itinerary: Delhi(2N) - Jaipur(2N) - Agra(1N)- Varanasi(1N) - Kalimpong(1N)- Gangtok(2N) - Darjeeling(2N) - Kolkata(2N)


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