A 08-night journey to India’s most popular tourist circuit will bring you one step closer to exploring India. For first timers, this tour has time and again proved to be the best choice. This tour includes the history & modern life of Delhi, Jaipur’s culture and heritage & Agra’s majestic Taj Mahal and Shimla – ‘Queen of Hills’, the capital of Himachal Pradesh which offers the great Himalayan view. Shimla gives you the touch of British architecture. Walking around the Mall and shopping with friend and enjoy the local food is just splendid experience.
Arrive at New Delhi’s ‘IGI International Airport’. Meet with our company representative, warm welcome with fresh flower garlands & then transfer to hotel in your private car.
On arrival, check-in. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Delhi.
Start the tour with visit to a Sikh Temple ‘Bangla Sahib’ & then drive past major govt buildings such as Presidents Palace, Parliament House, India Gate circle. Later stop at Laxmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Temple.
Continuing with the tour visit Humayun’s Tomb – The tomb that inspired Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple (exterior photography stop only) & then visit a local co-operative society showcasing Kashmiri Arts & Crafts. Late afternoon, visit Qutub Minar – tallest stone minaret in India.
Transfer to your hotel at the end of the tour & overnight.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Old Delhi’s tour before leaving for Agra.
Start the tour by visiting memorial of Mahatma Gandhi ‘Raj Ghat’ & then visit Jama Masjid (one of India’s biggest mosque). A rickshaw-ride through the narrowest lanes of Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi) will entice you, surprise you & might intimidate you, but for sure, these chaotic streets will give you an experience of a lifetime.
Cruise on your rickshaw through many small lanes, such as silver market, book market, wedding market etc. Your rickshaw will come at a halt in ‘Khari Baoli’ – spice market, and then have a walk around in the area. Return to your vehicle by rickshaw-ride & then drive past the majestic Red Fort- where Indian PM unfurls the flag every 15th August (Independence Day) & addresses the nation.
End the tour around mid-afternoon and then drive to Agra (200kms,4 hours). On arrival check-in & overnight in hotel.
Early morning visit Taj Mahal a UNESCO world heritage site constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal that has left tourist spellbound by its beauty for years. Then return to the hotel for your breakfast.
Post breakfast head for the sightseeing for Agra covering places like Agra Fort an exemplary example of Mughal architecture, Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb (also knows as baby Taj) and Marble workshop, a place to witness the unusual Marble Inlay work done on Taj Mahal.
Post sightseeing drive to Fatehpur Sikri(50kms,1-1.5 hours), best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. And said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture. Highly popular amongst them is Buland Darwaza, which is titled as the largest gateway in the world.
Continue your drive toward Jaipur(200kms,4-4.5 hours). On arrival, check-in & overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Jaipur
We start with Amber Fort. Jeep ride uphill & downhill at the fort. Nostalgic Amber Fort, near Jaipur in Rajasthan, is one of the most well-known and most-visited forts in India. During downhill, visit a very heritage structure – Panna-Meena ka kund, which is a square-shaped stepwell, with adjoining stairs on all four sides and a room on the northern wall.
We will make our way back to the city, en-route we will stop at Jal Mahal, Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. Short stops at the Jewel & Carpet Workshops in Jaipur are must to witness how the local artisans create marvels from raw materials.
Later in the second half of the day, visit Jantar Mantar, a large grassy enclosure containing eighteen huge stone astronomical measuring devices constructed between 1728 and 1734. City Palace, originally built by Jai Singh in the 1720s and having lost none of its original pomp and splendour. Before you start exploring the local markets, stop for photography at the one world’s most famous façade Hawa Mahal.
Post your exploration in the local market. Return to hotel & overnight.
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Delhi. (300kms,5-6 hours)
On arrival in Delhi, check-in to hotel & then free for leisure time or optional tours.
Breakfast at hotel
Today we drive to Kalka and board the famous Himalayan Queen Toy Train to Kandaghat, a unique and exhilarating experience. During our 57km journey the train rumbles through numerous tunnels, passes scenic countryside and winds around narrow twists and turns. Arriving into Kandaghat we complete the journey to our hotel in Shimla by road, where the evening is at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and then tour of Shimla
Tour includes its famous main street – The Mall. This colonial street has a British feel to it and is lined with cafes, shops and restaurants like any British high street. The difference here is the incredible snow-capped backdrop of the Himalayas.
We also discover the Viceregal Lodge, former residence of the British Viceroy of India. Wander down narrow side streets, which fall away from The Ridge main road. Later, browse colorful bazaars whilst enjoying fine views of the mountains and surrounding valley.
Return to the hotel after sightseeing and stay overnight.
After breakfast drive back to Delhi. On arrival transfer to airport for flight to home.