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DARJEELING & SHIMLA TOUR

LAND PACKAGE COST : $2,300/- Per Person Twin Share


DAY 01 (FRI) ARRIVE DELHI
You will arrive in the evening at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a SITA representative will meet you as you exit the ARRIVAL TERMINAL building, after which you would be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. In the hotel you will meet other guests who will be part of your group.
India’s capital and a major Gateway to thé country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with thé modern. Amidst thé fast spiraling skyscrapers thé remnants of a bygone time in thé forme of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to thé region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from thé airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.



DAY 02 OLD & NEW DELHI FULLDAY TOUR
After breakfast at thé hotel you will proceed for a city tour of Old and New Delhi.
You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past thé Red Fort. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking thé river Jamuna was built during thé years 1638 - 48 when thé Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques anda which is viewed from thé outside. People stream in anda out of thé mosque continuously and thé presence of a nearby bazaar means that thé area is rarely quiet.
The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to thé Qutub Minar, which is thé tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak anda completed by thé sultan's successor anda son-in-law, Iltutmish. The Qutub Minar is still thé highest stone tower as well as one of thé finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence. Overnight at your Hotel.

DAY 03 DELHI-KALKA SHATABDI EXP.0740/1200
KALKA-SHIMLA TOY TRAIN                   1210/1720

Breakfast is at hotel. This morning transfer in time to New Delhi rail station to connect with your train to Kalka. On arrival connect with the famous toy train from Kalka, covering 90 Kms, chugging through 103 tunnels, reaching Shimla by evening.
Upon arrival at Shimla you will be transferred to your pre-booked hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight is at hotel.

DAY 04 SHIMLA CITY TOUR
Breakfast is at Hotel. In the morning proceed with the city tour of Shimla. The most prominent sites to visit are Viceregal Lodge, once the seat of the power, possesses one of the most commanding positions in Shimla. The imposing six-storied building, with nice manicured gardens is today an institute for advanced studies. The style of architecture is English Renaissance, the masonry of the walling is light blue limestone and the wrought stonework is done in sandstone in a beautiful light gray tint. Jakhoo Temple (2 km from the Ridge at a ht. of 8048 ft.) If in search of solitude - climb the Jakhoo Hill at a height of 8048 feet. One can have a glorious spectacle of the sun rising over the eternal snows and a panoramic view of Shimla spread-eagled below. Here, there is famous Jakhoo temple, which is dedicated to monkey god Hanuman. This is the spot that interests tourist with a great deal. The others places to visit are wild flower hall, Kufri, Indira Holiday Home, Fagu, Mashobra, Naldhera.
Evening is at leisure. Overnight is at hotel, Shimla.

DAY 05 SHIMLA – MANALI   265KMS/07 HRS
Breakfast is at the hotel. Later you will be driven to Manali. On arrival, check-in to your hotel.
Manali is Situated at the northen end of the Kullu Valley, Manali has spectacular views of snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes. The Beas rushes along its rocky course amid grassy meadows carpeted with wild flowers and wagtails hop along from stone to stone along the stream's edge. There are marvellous walks too, through dappled orchards and fairy-tale forests of deodar. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight is at hotel, Manali.

  DAY 06 MANALI
Breakfast is at the hotel. Full day excursion to Rohtang & Sollang Valley Overnight is at hotel, Manali.

DAY 07 MANALI – KULLU     50KMS/1 ½ MINS
KULLU – DELHI BY FLIGHT  0830/0950

Breakfast is at hotel. Later in time, you will be driven to Kullu airport to connect the flight for Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi, our representative will meet you & transfer you to your hotel.
In the afternoon proceed for a half-day sightseeing of New Delhi. The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m. The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence. Overnight is at the hotel, Delhi.

  DAY 08 DELHI – BAGDOGRA BY FLIGHT  1030/1420 BAGDOGRA–DARJEELING DRIVE               96KMS/3HRS
Breakfast is at hotel. Later in time, you will be driven to Delhi airport to connect the flight for Bagdogra.
Upon arrival at Bagdogra our representative will meet you & transfer you to Darjeeling. Rest of the day is at leisure. Darjeeling - Located on a ridge at 2134 m and surrounded by forested hills and tea plantations, Darjeeling has been a popular hill station since the British established it in the mid-1800s. With its idyllic setting, exhilarating climate and stunning views of the Kanchenjunga peaks it also attracts trekkers. It is a fascinating town where one can see Buddhist monasteries, visit tea plantations, bargain-hunt or go trekking. Overnight is at hotel.

DAY 09 DARJEELING
Take an early morning excursion to Tiger Hill (2590 m) to view the sunrise and its reflection on Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest in their majestic glory. Later drive to Ghoom (8 km away, altitude 2550 m) to see the important Yiga-Choling gompa, a Yellow Hat sect Buddhist monastery. The 19th century gompa, one of the oldest in the area, enshrines an enormous gilded statue of the Maitreya Buddha and also houses valuable Tibetan manuscripts.
Return to your hotel for breakfast.
Later take an half day tour of Eastern India’s most beautiful hill station see the Lebong Race Course, once the highest in the world. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Everest Museum and the house of Tenzing Norgay, who shared the first climb of Mt. Everest in 1953 and also visit tea Plantations. Overnight is at hotel, Darjeeling.

  DAY 10 DARJEELING–GANGTOK DRIVE   98KMS/3HRS
Breakfast is at the hotel
Later check out from the hotel and drive to to Gangtok – (meaning ‘High Hill’) is the capital of Sikkim state and sits on a ridge overlooking the Ranipul river. The scenery is spectacular, with fine views of the Kanchenjunga range. Within the city and its immediate environs are some fascinating places to visit.
Upon arrival at Gangtok, check in at your hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight is at hotel, Gangatok.



DAY 11 GANGTOK
Breakfast is at the hotel
Later proceed for Sight seeing places such as Rumtek Monastery. 24 kilometers from Gangtok is the awe – inspiring Rumtek Monastery, the world Dharma Chakra Centre and the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, who is the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Behind the main monastery is the lavishly decorated Karmae Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies, which attracts students from the world over. Opposite the entrance to the Institute is a small hall featuring a beautiful jewel studded Chorten the Golden Stupa, which contains the ashes and remains of His Holiness the XVI Gyalwa Karmapa. According to legend, it is believed that after years of meditation, the first Karmapa was said to have been visited by ten thousand fairies, which came to congratulate him, each of whom offered a strand of her hair as a gift. These were said to have been woven into a black hat, which was passed down and is still at the Rumtek Monastery today. It is said that unless held on to by the wearer [who of course, cannot be anyone else but the Karmapa] or kept in a box, the hat would fly away.
Enchey Monastery – an important seat of the Nyingmapa order, the Enchey Monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptok Karpo, a tantrik master known for his power of flying. Next you will visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology [closed on Sundays]. The most prestigious of its kind in India, this Buddhist institute is a treasure of vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan & Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare thanks (tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy). It is over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art. Today it is a renowned worldwide centre for Buddhist philosophy and religion. Overnight is at hotel, Gangatok.

  DAY 12 GANGTOK–BAGDOGRA DRIVE    141 KMS/4HRS BAGDOGRA – KOLKATA FLIGHT                1355/1455
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Later in time your will be driven to Bagdogra airport to board the flight for Kolkata. Upon arrival at Kolkata, our representative will meet you & transfer you to your hotel. Kolkata, previously known as Calcutta was the first capital of the British in India. The city was established in 1686 when the British moved to the small villages of Sutanati, Govindpur, and Kalikata from their trading port of Hooghly. It progressed well until 1756 when Siraj-Ud-Daula (Nawab of Bengal) attacked the town and drove away the British. Lord Clive retook Kolkata and until 1911, it remained the capital of the British government in India. Being the centre of power for so long created a unique culture and heritage, totally unlike any other city in India.
Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight is at hotel, Kolkata.

DAY 13: KOLKATA
Breakfast is at the hotel
Later proceed for half day city sightseeing tour visiting the Jain temple, Kali temple, Victoria Memorial, drive past the Howrah bridge, Dalhousie Square, Fort Williams, Secratariat buildings and old Court House Street.
Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight is at hotel, Kolkata.

  DAY 14: DEPART KOLKATA
Check-out from hotel. In time you will be transferred to Kolkata airport to connect with flight to your home.

 
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