Package Inclusions :
- Room on optional (as per plan) Occupancy as above stated hotels.
- Night accommodation as per plan.
- Daily Breakfast at the Hotel.
- Transportation with Service oriented driver.
- Fuel, Toll, Parking Fee and Driver Allowance.
- Arrival/ Departure Assistance.
- All prevailing taxes.
Package Exclusions :
- Monument Entrance Fee, that has to be paid directly on arrival at the monuments.
- International / Domestic Flights.
- Personal expense such as use of mini bar, mineral water, laundry, telephone etc. at the hotels. All such expenses will have to be paid directly.
- Any other thing that has not been mentioned in the "Cost Inclusions”.
Detailed Itinerary :
Day 01 : Delhi
Once you arrive in Delhi you'll be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure exploring India's capital. Overnight - Delhi.
Day 02 : Old Dehli & New
Today we embark on a full day guided sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specialising in classic Indian cuisine. Overnight - Delhi.
Day 03 : The Pink City of Jaipur
Delhi - Jaipur. Today, we drive to Jaipur. Affectionately known as the Pink City as Maharaja Ram Singh had all of the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. We enjoy a tour of the City Palace, (watch out for snake charmers that dot our route) and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory. Overnight - Jaipur.
Day 04 : Elephants & Lofty Forts
Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over lofty hilltop forts and the scenic landscapes of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, See our Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur bolt-on for more info. Then we travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput concoction which hugs the hill on which it was built and overlooks the hot plains below. We’ll ascend the road leading to the palace in princely style, aboard Indian elephants, - subject to regulations/availability as the elephants are limited to the number of trips that can make up the fort each day. Arriving at the top we'll tour the fort’s well-preserved interior and grounds. Back in Jaipur, enjoy the remains of the day your way. Overnight - Jaipur.
Day 05 : Village life, rural India
Jaipur - Bharatpur via Abhaneri and Peharsar. Departing Jaipur we stop in the village of Abhaneri to see Chand Baori, which is the largest and deepest step well in the world. This incredible well has a staggering 3500 steps and is 13 stories deep. Next, we drive on to the rural village of Perharsar, where we walk the backstreets discovering local life, traditions and (if open) visit the village school where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme. Here, we visit Chandra Mahal, a charming haveli (mansion house) with small courtyard, lawned gardens and rustic appeal carefully being restored to the splendour of better farming years (if open, currently under renovation). After hotel check in at Bharatpur and time to freshen up we visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park. Overnight - Bharatpur.
Day 06 : Legendary Taj Mahal
Bharatpur - Agra. En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal and witnessing a glorious golden sunset. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal in Agra is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols. Overnight - Agra.
Day 07 - 08 : Delhi - your way
Agra - Delhi. After breakfast we return to Delhi. This evening offers free time, perhaps you'd like to head out with the group for meal. There are no set plans for day 8, allowing you to head out discover Delhi - your own way. Overnight - Delhi.
Day 09 -10 : Hola Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib
Sunday. Delhi - Kangar Village. After breakfast today we take the Shatabdi Express train north to Chandigarh, travelling through the state of Haryana which is blessed with lush green scenery and beautiful lakes and rivers. Upon arrival in Chandighar we drive to Kikar Lodge in Kangar Village which will be our base for the next 3 nights, while we attend the famous Hola Mohalla festival in nearby holy city of Anandpur Sahib. Hola Mohalla is an annual 3 day festival which occurs during the first lunar month of Chet.
We spend the remains of day 9 and day 10 at the Hola Mohalla Festival, where we’ll watch the colourful festivities which include dramatic mock martial arts battles (or Gatka as they are more commonly known), daring displays of weaponry, archery and wrestling. There's music, poetry and prayers, singing and chanting, while food is served to pilgrims from all castes and creeds by women from the neighbouring villages, who set up langars (community kitchens). There are also exciting horse riding displays from the Nahib Sikh Army where the riders gallop bareback, performing tricks like riding astride two horses. One of the main attractions at the festival are the Nehangs - a prestigious armed sikh order who wear a striking blend of blue and orange, with twisted moustaches and staggeringly giant embellished turbans. The festival is a Mecca for keen photographers with all the amazing sights and vibrant colours on show. Overnight - Kangar Village.
Day 11 : Kikar
Today is yours to spend at leisure. Anyone who wants to return to the Hola Mohalla Festival can do so, or there are plenty of other forms of entertainment. The lodge is surrounded by nature trails for any keen walkers and wildlife is here in abundance. Sporting activities include volleyball and badminton and there's the opportunity to take a leisurely buffalo cart or tractor ride. Overnight - Kangar Village.
Day 12 : Delhi
Today we travel back to Chandigarh and explore its wonderful Rock Garden which has unique sculptures made entirely from industrial and urban waste. We'll be able to see sculptures made out of mudguards and marbles, broken bangles and brake pads or even handle bars and hubcaps! After Rock Garden we head over to Sukhna Lake. This picturesque man made lake is 3 km in length and it's popular with watersports fans and is a great place to to relax and unwind. Early this evening we travel by train back down to Delhi.