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The Essence of India

Kolkata - Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Gangtok - NJG - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orcha
Gwalior - Agra - Ranthambhor - Jaipur - Delhi
25 Nights - 26 Days
 
01 Day: Arrival Kolkata
On arrival at Kolkata international airport you will be welcomed by our representative then transfer to the hotel, where we hold the room on ready occupancy basis. Evening free to rest and leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
02 Day: Kolkata
After breakfast take visit to Udayan Orphanage, later a sightseeing tour of Kolkata, visit Mother Teresa House, Birla Temple, Victoria Memorial, St. Paul Cathedral, Indian Museum. Evening free for rest and individual activities in the local market at esplanade. Overnight at hotel.
03 Day: Kolkata
After breakfast visit at child care house: Child in Need, later enjoy the cultural sightseeing tour of Kolkata visiting Kali Temple, Jain Temple, Marble Palace, Belur Math. Evening free for individual activities. Overnight at hotel.
04 Day: Kolkata - Bagdogra (By Air) Bagdogra - Darjeeling (90 Kms 4 to 5 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast checkout and transfer to the airport to board the schedule flight for Bagdogra By Jet airlines flight no. 9W 617 depart Kolkata at 1210 hours and arrive Bagdogra at 1310 hours. On arrival directly drive to Darjeeling. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
05 Day: Darjeeling
Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to enjoy the breathtaking view of colour changes during sunrise over snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kanchenzanga Range visit Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery, Tibetan Self-Help Refugee Centre, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park. Enter into the world famous tea gardens to watch the tea plantations. Evening walk around the Mall Area, the heart of the town. Overnight at Hotel.
07 Day: Darjeeling to Gangtok: (105 Kms, 4-5 hours)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Gangtok, optionally you en route you can visit Peshok Tea Gardens continue to drive to Gangtok, on arrival transfer to hotel. Later sightseeing of Gangtok covering Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Do Drul Choten, Flower Show, Cottage Industries, Ennchey Monastery. Later if time permit then take an excursion to Rumtek Monastery -24 kms, Botanical Garden, overnight at hotel.
08 Day: Gangtok
After breakfast take an excursion tour to Tsomgo Lake - 32 kms, situated at a height of 3,780 meters with an average depth of 50 ft. The cool water of the lake is perfectly attuned with the scenic beauty around and enjoy the Yak ride and Tibetans dish momo. Return back to Hotel. Overnight at Gangtok.
09 Day: Gangtok - New Jalpaigudi (124 kms 4hous) NJG-Varanasi (By train)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Jalpaigudi, on arrival transfer to the Railway station to board the train No. 2435 Rajdhani Express departs at 1240 hours. Rest of the day in train journey, arrival at Varanasi at 1.15 pm. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Varanasi.
10 Day: Varanasi
After breakfast and day for relax till lunch hours. Later take an excursion tour to Sarnath - 10 kms visit the deer park and Bodhi Tree where Lord Buddha preached his First Sermon. Drive back to Varanasi, evening free to relax and individual activities. Optionally in the evening you can visit to Ganga River and temples or a boat ride. Overnight in Varanasi.
11 Day: Varanasi
Early morning at the time of sunrise take a boat ride on the Ganges at dawn when it is full of pilgrims is an amazing place to witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. While on the boat you will also see the cremation ceremonies of dead bodies as per Hindi Rituals. After lunch visit to Banaras Hindu University - probably the largest residential university in Asia, in the university visit at Bharat Kala Museum. Later proceed on a tour of the temples of Varanasi visiting the Golden Temple dedicated to lord Shiva, the Durga temple dedicated to goddess Durga. Interestingly the Durga Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple due to the large number of monkeys found in the Temple premises, In the evening you can take a walk through the narrow lane to explore and colourful market of the ancient city. Rest of the evening free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
12 Day: Varanasi - Khajuraho (By Air)
Morning after breakfast day free for leisure. Later checkout and transfer to the airport to board the schedule flight 9W723 to Khajuraho at 1220 hrs, arrival in Khajuraho at 1300 hrs. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit Western group of Temples consisting of the massive Laxman Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, the Laxmi and Varaha temples dedicated to Vishnu's consort Laxman, the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to goddess Kali. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. Return to the hotel for overnight
13 Day: Khajuraho - Orcha (180 kms- 4 hours)
After an early breakfast visit Eastern group of Temples and visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. And the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanuman both dedicated to lord Vishnu. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. After lunch, drive to Orcha, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Orcha.
14 Day: Orcha
After breakfast take a sightseeing of Orcha visiting Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Raj Praveen Mahal, Ram Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Phool Baugh, Dinman Hardaul's Palace, Sunder Mahal, Cenotaphs, Shahid Smarak. Orcha Palace and Panoramic view of Betwa River. Return to the hotel for overnight.
15 Day: Orcha - Gwalior - Agra (208 kms - 5-6 hours)
After breakfast check out and drive to Agra en route visit Gwalior, sightseeing of the majestic Gwalior fort is one of the largest and mightiest forts in India. Also visit Sas-Bahu Temples are 11th-century temples of Lord Vishnu while Teli-ka-Mandir is a 300-metre-high Vishnu temple of the 9th Century. One can have lunch at Gwalior & proceed to Agra. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening free for leisure and individual activities. Overnight at the hotel.
16 Day: Agra:
Early morning witness incomparable Taj Mahal in Sunrise, the architectural modern day wonder of the world; this monument is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Taj, endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world. The tour continues with a visit to the Agra Fort from where one can get the most moving view of the Taj from the little octagonal tower in the Agra Fort, which lies across the river Jamuna. Later visit the Pearl Mosque and the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. In the evening you may visit to the souvenirs market of Agra, one should visit Oswal Emporium where they have built a Mini Taj Mahal inside their showroom and it took 10 years for the artists to complete the mini replica of the Taj. The show room conducts free sound & light show showing the eras of Taj Mahal. Overnight in Agra.
17 Day: Agra - Ranthambhor (280 kms - 5 hours)
After breakfast drive to Ranthambhor enroute visit Old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty - Fatehpur Sikri built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwan-e-Khas, Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Bulund Darwaza. Later continue to proceed to Ranthambhor. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Ranthambhor.
18 Day: Ranthambhor
Today morning take Jungle Safari by open Jeep or Canter with expert guide in The Ranthambhor wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best places in India to see a tiger in its natural habitat. In the dry season tigers can be seen near the watering holes and are clearly visible in the dry forest. Return to the hotel for a lunch. Later visit to Ganesh Temple and Ranthambhor fort. Rest of the evening free for leisure activities at the jungle resort. Overnight at Ranthambhor.
19 Day: Ranthambhor
Today again enjoy a Safari Ride in the park and see the majestic Tiger in the dense scrub jungle of Ranthambhor. Later in the evening one can take an excursion to Mansarovar Lake (12 kms Mansoravar Lake, lies at the southern edge of the National Park, It is a ideal place for bird watching in winters to see pintail ducks, geese, pelicans and herons. Drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.
20 Day: Ranthambhor - Jaipur (180 Kms - 4 hours)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur transfer to hotel. Later in the evening visit to Birla Temple, speculator marble temple, glitters in the in the night, later at the time of dinner visit to Chokhi Dhani - an ethnic 5 star resort serving Rajasthani & Continental cuisine with live music, astrology, games, folk dances and music, puppet shows in an ambiance of an ethnic village. Return to the hotel for overnight.
21 Day: Jaipur:
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, enjoy the experience of ride on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum. Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen, all monuments are located in the vicinity of City Palace Complex of Jaipur. Later late afternoon is kept free to visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs. One can also visit Nahargarh Fort to see it illuminated over the floodlights. Return to the hotel for overnight
22 Day: Jaipur
After breakfast you can visit to Rani Sati Garden, Galta Temple. Optionally you can excursion to Samode, the town is located close to the Aravali Hills. It is known for the famous Samode Bhawan Palace. Other here you can visit palace and later enjoy Camel ride, horse riding. Return to Jaipur for overnight.
23 Day: Jaipur - Nimrana - Delhi (260 kms - 6 hours)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Delhi on the way visit to historical Nimrana fort, converted into a heritage hotel. Later proceed to Delhi. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening free for leisure and relax. Optionally one can visit to local market. Overnight at Delhi hotel.
24 Day: Delhi
After breakfast take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi to see magnificent Red Fort, The Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, made by Taj fame Shah Jahan. Followed by the visit Rajghat - memorial of Mahatma Gandhi & a Rickshaw ride past through the silver street in Chandni Chowk. Evening free for leisure and relax at the hotel. Overnight stay at Delhi.
25 Day: Delhi:
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of New Delhi visiting, Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India's leading industrial families; Humayun's Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai's Temple , Qutub Minar , built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; in the evening you can visit to see light an sound show at Red fort. Return to the hotel for overnight at Delhi Hotel.
26 Day: Delhi-Back to Home Town:
Today is free for shopping and individual activities. Later transfer to the International airport to board the scheduled flight for hometown. On departure the tour concludes
Note:

1. Customized Tour: Above tour programme can be customized, as per the preference by the guest in terms of arrival and departure dates and destinations, adding or skipping of any destination, no. of days etc.,

2. Tour Cost: The cost of the above tour programme will be based on the preference of hotels’  category i.e. 2-  3 -  4 -  5 and 5 Star deluxe, as well as standard and deluxe heritage hotels, beside that no. of persons traveling together and travel period effect tour cost.

The tour package will be inclusive of: hotel accommodation, air-conditioned car with English speaking driver (24 hours at disposal) for all transfers, sightseeing, intercity travel, and guide at the time of sightseeing, meals as per hotel package. 


3. Individual Tour:
The above programme   is exclusive for any individual guest and their family only, (no sharing with any other tourist).

4. Group
Tours: The above tour programme can be executed for group tours, if the guest or an agency forms a group in their own country. Conducting and forming a group tour in India with different nationals is not feasible.

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