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NEWS – The North, East, West & The South

NEWS – The North, East, West & the South (Tour Code: IN/007) – Biggest democracy, vast land mass, where culture changes with each step, innumerable dialects yet one country – India. We touch all sides in this programme. In the north: along Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, we go to Srinagar; South: we visit the furthest tip of India, Kanyakumari; East: Darjeeling and Calcutta; In west Gir National Park and Mumbai. Discover all corners in 22/23 days tour with us.


 Itinerary

Day 01  Arrival day In Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, our representative will meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel. Check-in at the hotel and day up to lunch at leisure. Post lunch you will be visiting Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. Late evening back to the hotel, welcome dinner overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 02  Delhi

Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Post breakfast you will visit Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, India Gate and The Raj Ghat. Back to hotel by the dinner. Overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 03  Delhi / Srinagar

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to airport in time to connect your late morning flight to Srinagar (1.5 hrs ). Arrive Srinagar and you will be transferred to the house boat. Post lunch visit Dal Lake. With the backdrop of mountains on three sides, the view of the Dal Lake looks as if you are watching a photograph. This lake counts amongst the most splendid lakes in the country. Back to houseboat by the evening. Overnight at the houseboat (hotel) in Srinagar.

Day 04  Srinagar

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast you will visit Mughal Gardens, developed by the rulers of the Mughal dynasty, it makes you fall in love with its beauty. Inside this garden there is a group of three gardens namely Chashmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar Garden. Back to the houseboat by evening and overnight at the houseboat in Srinagar.

Day 05  Srinagar

Breakfast at the hotel. This day you will drive to Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) which has one of the best Ski slopes in the world and the highest golf course of the world with 18 holes. One can also have the view of Nanga Parbhat if weather permits. The view en route from Tangmarg to Gulmarg is fascinating. You can also take a short trek up to Khilangmarg which can be covered in about 3 to 4 hrs. Chair Lifts for mountain ride are also available. Back to houseboat. Overnight at the houseboat in Srinagar.

Day 06  Srinagar / Delhi / Agra

Breakfast at the hotel. Day up to lunch at leisure. Post lunch check out from the house boat and you will be transferred to airport in time to connect your afternoon flight to Delhi (1.5 hrs). Arrive Delhi and you will be transferred to railway station in time to connect your evening train to Agra ( 180 kms / 3 hrs ). Reach Agra by the night and you will be transferred to your hotel in Agra. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Agra.

Day 07  Agra

Breakfast at the hotel. Day up to lunch at leisure. Post lunch visit to Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love which was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal and the majestic Agra Fort. Back to hotel by the evening and overnight at the hotel in Agra.

Day 08  Agra / Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel and post breakfast check-out and visit Sikandra – The Mausoleum of Akbar. Also visit Fatehpur Sikri, which is famous for its medieval period monuments. After this tour you will be transferred to railway station in time to connect your evening train to Jaipur (4.5 hrs). Arrive Jaipur by the night and you will transfer to your hotel. Check-in and overnight at the hotel in Jaipur.

Day 09  Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast today visit Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jal mahal and Amer Fort. Later in the evening take a tour of the local bazaar and back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Jaipur.

Day 10  Jaipur

After breakfast you will be further exploring Jaipur by visiting Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Central Museum and Laxmi Narayan Temple. Back to the hotel in the evening. You have an option to go for shopping in Jaipur’s Local markets which are world wide famous for their handicrafts. Overnight at the hotel in Jaipur.

Day 11  Jaipur / Ahmedabad / Sasan

Early breakfast and check out from the hotel and you will be transferred to the airport in time to connect your morning flight to Ahmedabad. Arrive Ahmedabad and our representative will meet, assist and take you on a short guided tour of Sabarmati Ashram ( Gandhi Museum ), Sidi Sayed Mosque and Heritage Houses of Poles. Later you will be transferred to Railway station with packed dinner in time to connect your overnight train to Sasan (430 kms / 9 hrs). Overnight on board your train.

Day 12  Arrive Sasan (Gir National Park)

Arrive Sasan in the morning and you will be transferred to Jungle Resort. Breakfast at the resort and day up to lunch at leisure. Lunch at the resort and post lunch you will take a Jeep safari to explore the Gir National park famous for Asiatic lions. Later back to the resort, Dinner will be served at the resort and overnight at the resort in Gir National Park.

Day 13  Sasan / Rajkot / Mumbai

Early morning take a safari into the park for lion tracking, birding and wildlife viewing. Back to resort for breakfast. Day up to lunch at leisure. Lunch at the resort and post lunch check out from the resort and drive to Rajkot Airport (165 kms / 4 hrs ). Reach Rajkot Airport to connect your evening flight to Mumbai (1.5 hrs). Arrive Mumbai and you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Mumbai.

Day 14  Mumbai

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast you will take a full day city tour of Mumbai visiting Victoria Terminus, Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India, Marine Drive and Siddhi Vinayak Temple. Back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Mumbai.

Day 15  Mumbai / Cochin

Breakfast at the hotel. Later you will be transferred to airport in time to connect your morning flight to Cochin (2 hrs). Arrive Cochin and you will be transferred to your Houseboat. Later you can explore the backwaters and the natural ambience on your own. Overnight at the houseboat in Cochin.

Day 16  Cochin

Breakfast at the Houseboat. Post breakfast you will be exploring backwaters on your houseboat. Later you will be transferred to Railway Station in time to connect your late night train to Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin : 330 kms / 6.5 hrs). Overnight on board.

Day 17  Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Arrive Kanyakumari in the early morning and you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Day up to lunch at leisure. Post lunch you will be visiting Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial. In the evening you would be amazed to see the beautiful sunset. Back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Kanyakumari.

Day 18  Kanyakumari / Kolkata (via Trivandrum)

Early morning you will see the magnificent Sunrise. Later back to hotel for breakfast. Time permitting you can visit Tirparappu Water Falls and Mathur Hanging Bridge. This is the tallest as well as the longest trough bridge in Asia, with a height of 115 feet and a length of one kilometer. Back to hotel. Check out from the hotel and drive to Trivandrum (100 km / 2 hrs) in time connect your flight to Kolkata. Arrive Kolkata and overnight at hotel in Kolkata.

Day 19  Kolkata

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast you visit The Victoria Memorial and other colonial places that still make Calcutta a city of joy. You also have an option to experience the Tram ride or for that matter the hand-pulled rickshaws. In the evening you can visit the local markets in Kolkata. Back to hotel by the night. Overnight at the hotel in Kolkata.

Day 20  Kolkata / Bagdogra / Darjeeling

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast you will be transfer to airport in time to connect your morning flight to Bagdogra (1.5 hrs). Arrive Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling (95 kms / 3 hrs) Up on reaching Darjeeling, you will be transferred to the Tea Estate (hotel) for 3 nights stay. Check in and overnight at the Tea Estate (Hotel).

Day 21  Darjeeling

Early morning drive to Tiger Hills to experience the magnificent sunrise from the Himalayas. Back to resort for breakfast. Post breakfast you will take a tour of Happy Valley Tea Estate. The Happy Valley tea estate is located towards the North of the Darjeeling town and whilst walking to this place, one cannot possibly miss the magnificent view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga. On the way to Happy Valley Tea Estate, one shall also come across the crematorium of some world famous personalities. The estate stretches to many kilometers and one can hardly perceive its end. The estate produces world class Darjeeling Tea and is one of the oldest and most renowned tea estates in Darjeeling. You have an option to have lunch during your tour of Tea Estate. In the afternoon you will be taking a tour by Darjeeling Heritage Train (3 hrs). A journey on this railway is a unique experience as one passes through the breathtaking landscape of the majestic Himalayas, through tunnels and over bridges; amid the lush green valleys embellished with pine and oak trees. The traveller is left with a long lasting memory of rhapsody and triumph. Back to resort. Overnight at the resort in Darjeeling.

Day 22  Darjeeling / Bagdogra / Kolkata / Home

Early breakfast and check out from the hotel and drive to Bagdogra airport (95 kms / 3 hrs) in time to connect your morning flight to Kolkata. (1 hr).


Tour Highlight

‘Kashmir Houseboats’, A novel way to stay & experience the most memorable holiday. Kashmir Houseboats stand out of any other type of accommodation that you might have enjoyed. Houseboats in Kashmir are moored to small islands on the Dal lake where they remain stationary. Houseboats in Kashmir can only be found in Srinagar on Dal Lake, Nagin Lake and river Jehlum. Made entirely of deodar wood, the Kashmir Houseboats exterior and interior are highly decorated with intricately carving by the most remarkable craftsmen. Kashmir Houseboats provide a tranquil stay on the lake and has just three to five bedrooms, a private dining, a spacious family style living, a front deck and a rooftop deck. The Houseboats in Kashmir act as a window to discover the life of people living on the lake.

Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of peninsular India and the meeting point of three oceans-the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Besides its importance as a Hindu pilgrim center, it is famous for its beautiful views of sunrise and sunset over the waters. The multicolored sand is a unique feature of the beach here.