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Charismatic Sikkim and Rajasthan Tour

Duration : 19 Nights - 20 Days
Destination : Kolkata - Bagdogra - Kalimpong - Pelling - Gangtok - Tsongo - Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Delhi - Mathura/ Vrindavan - Sikandra - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur - Bishnoi Village - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Chittourgarh - Delhi

01 Day: Arrival Kolkata
Welcome to the memorizing land of India! Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Kolkata International airport, you meet our representative who welcomes and escorts you by a private car and transfers to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would hand over the documents and brief the tour programme to you. Rest of your day is free for relaxation. Incase if your arrival is by morning flight you may take a short sightseeing tour of the city or choose to just relax yourself. Overnight at the hotel in Kolkata.

Kolkata: Grown from mangrove swamps, Kolkata is the largest metropolis in India. Kolkata's role in the national economy is of crucial importance as the Gateway to Eastern India. Ships were the beginning of Calcutta's history & the river Hoogly was the key to the city's fortunes. Vishnupur is famous for the exquisite 17th & 18th century terracotta temples, Seat of classical music. The Stylized, "Bankura horse" symbolic of excellence in rural handicrafts is native to this district. Belur Math is a modern temple within the grounds of the Ramakrishna Mission. Dakshineshwar Temple, dedicated to Kali is built in the architectural style of Bengal.

02 Day: Kolkata
After a leisure breakfast, start your day with a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the High Court Building, built in 1872 and the oldest Caholic Church in Calcutta, St. Mary's. The Howrah Bridge, built in 1943 - the bridge is crossed by approximately two million people every day; the Botanical Gardens, the oldest and largest of their kinds in India; Victoria Memorial: The symbol of Calcutta built between 1906 and 1921 at a cost of Rs. 7.5 million and is a reminder of the might of British India and has been often compared to Taj Mahal. It was conceived by Lord Curzon as both tribute to Queen Victoria and a triumphant depiction of her reign in India, St. Paul Cathedral, Indian Museum, Kali temple of Kalighat, Birla temple, Dalhousie Square & Tagore House. Overnight at the hotel.

03 Day: Kolkata - Bagdogra (By Air) - Kalimpong (80 kms: 3 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to the domestic airport to board the scheduled flight for Bagdogra. Assistance on arrival at Bagdogra airport and transfer to Kalimpong, a quiet hill station in Eastern Himalaya. Kalimpong is famous for its Orchids & Nurseries and some of the rarest cacti & Orchids can be seen. Oak, Maple and Chestnut stretch up the ridge as far as the eye can reach. On arrival, check in to the hotel. Evenings if free for relaxation and individual activities. Overnight at the hotel.

04 Day: Kalimpong - Pelling (105 kms: 4 - 5 hrs)
After morning breakfast, check out from the hotel and take a half day sightseeing in & around Kalimpong covering Durpin Dhara, Zong Dong Palri Fo-Brong Monastery and flower & Orchid Nurseries and Kalimpong Market. Later drive to Pelling, Located at an altitude of 6,800 ft, Pelling is a very small Himalayan Town in West Sikkim. Pelling is the nearest motor able point from Mt. Kanchendzonga, worlds 3rd highest peak, offers a good sunrise and all day long view of Kanchendzonga and the entire Eastern Himalayan range. On arrival in Pelling, transfer to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Pelling: Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft. it offers a good view of the entire mountain ranges and due to this locational advantages, many hotels and lodges have mushroomed in and around Pelling offering various categories of accommodation facilities.

05 Day: Pelling
After breakfast take a full day sightseeing in an around Pelling, visiting Changay Falls Singshore Bridge (Worlds 2nd highest hanging bridge) Dentam Bazaar - a beautiful Sikkimese village & Pemayangtse Monastery - the 2nd oldest monastery of Sikkim. Then return to the hotel. After rest and relaxation visit Rimbi Falls, Sacred Khechodpalri Lake, the water in this lake is placid and crystal clear. Not even a leaf can be seen floating on the water surface, Kanchendzonga Falls & Rimbi Power Project. Also visit Rabdantsay Ruins which is the 2nd Capital of Sikkim & Sunset Point. Overnight at the hotel.

Pemayangtse Monastery: Pemayangtse monastery at an altitude of about 7,000 ft is situated about 6kms from Gyalshing town. It is the most important monastery of the Nyingmapa order and first built as a small temple in the late seventeenth century by Latsun Chembo. The monastery houses numerous religious idols and other objects of worship, most of which are priceless because of their antiquity. On the top floor of the monastery there is a wooden sculpture portraying the Mahaguru's Heavenly Palace Sangthokpalri. The main festival of the monastery is on the 28th and the 29th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan calendar which normally corresponds to the month of February.

06 Day: Pelling - Gangtok (125 kms: 5 hrs)
Early morning, check out of the hotel and drive to Gangtok. Drive to Gangtok is said to be one of the best journeys in our hills. Provides us with magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga and its ranges from Ghum to Lopchu and the tea gardens itself Peshok and Lopchu bears the mark of the famous Darjeeling tea bushes with its mountains on its back ground. The drive is long but offers some scenic views of rivers, valleys, narrow gorge, falls and small towns. Our drive through Teesta bazaar is mostly along the beautiful river Teesta till we reach a small town of Ranipool, from where we gradually climb up for 30 mins towards the capitol of Sikkim. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After refreshment, visit the Banjhakari Water Park and Ranka Monastery. In the evening,take a walk through the bazaar of Bangkok through the area of old palace and return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

07 Day: Gangtok - Tsongo - Gangtok (Excursion: 32 kms one way)
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. Also visit 18 kms from the Lake Baba Mandir, (temple of disappeared army personal) and back to Gangtok. Later drive back to the city, en route visit Hanuman Tok a temple of God Hanuman, worshipped by the Hindus. Besides offering prayers, one can enjoy the scenic beauty of Gangtokand Tashi View Pointbuilt by the late King of Sikkim Sri. Tashi Namgyal, This site offers a breathtaking panorama of the majestic Mt.Kanchandzonga and surrounding hills. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

08 Day: Gangtok - Darjeeling (110 kms: 4 hrs)
Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Darjeeling, once the summer capital of India, Darjeeling is a land of infinite variety and charm. It will cater you a mix-experience of lively nature charming Himalayan people. Surrounded by Tea gardens; this little town faces some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. Take a rest and then a walk around town to appreciate the new culture you are in.Afternoon you can enjoy the Toy Train at Darjeeling, exploring the valleys, tea gardens and joy ride in mode of hills. In the evening visit to the Mall road, this is the shopping paradise for tourists. If time permits, enjoy the famous toy train ride. Overnight at the hotel.

Darjeeling popularly known as the "Queens of Hill Stations" offers a picturesque view of the Himalayan panorama. It is a superlative combination of fern-filled valleys, snow-capped peaks and tea-scented air. Darjeeling is famous for tea gardens, magnificent view of the Himalayas, Kanchenjunga peak, beautiful valleys, trekking to high altitude and famous toy train. As it is Darjeeling attracts botanists, ornithologists, adventurers, photographers and holidaymakers alike. With its array of scenic wonders and a rich folk culture, Darjeeling has something for everyone. The name Darjeeling is a composition of 'dorje' meaning 'thunderbolt' and 'ling' meaning 'place' ... 'the Land of Thunderbolt'. Until the beginning of the 18th century the Darjeeling belonged to the rajas of Sikkim. In 1780 they lost Darjeeling to Gurkhas. A series of wars were fought between the Gurkhas and East India Company, eventually leading to the defeat of the Gurkhas. Campbell (from British) built the district and laid the foundation of the, now multi-million dollar tea industry in 1841. Now after freedom Darjeeling had developed a lot and numerous tea gardens had been established. Its beauty attracts the tourist from all over the world.

09 Day: Darjeeling
Early morning take an excursion to Tiger hill to enjoy the breathtaking view of color changes during sunrise over snow capped peaks of Mt. Kanchendzonga Range. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later take a sightseeing tour of Darjeeling visiting Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery, the monastery belongs to the Yellow Sect of Buddhists. Tibetan Self-Help Refugee Centre, Established in 1959, the centre comprises a home for the aged, and orphanage, school, hospital and craft workshops that produce carpets of pure ladakhi wool, woodcarving, leather work and wool items Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, The Mountaineering Museum contains a collection of historic mountaineering equipment, specimens of Himalayan flora and fauna and a relief model of the Himalaya. Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park. This zoo was established in 1958 with the objectives of study, conservation and preservation of Himalayan fauna. The animals are well cared for by dedicated keepers. Enter into the world famous tea gardens to watch the tea plantations. Evening once again you may opt to walk around the Mall Area, the heart of the town. Overnight at the hotel.

10 Day: Darjeeling - Bagdogra (80 kms: 4 hrs) - Delhi
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Bagdogra. On arrival, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi. Assistance on arrival in Delhi; transfer to the hotel. Rest of your day is free for relaxation and individual activities. Evening you may opt to visit the Akshardham temple and the local markets. Overnight at the hotel in Delhi.

Delhi, towering capital city of the Federal Republic of India. It is one of India's modern and fastest developing cities with charismatic charm on its visitors. Delhi is situated over the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. The city is enriched with culture, architecture and human diversity, Delhi city is combination of an historical golden past with vibration of modern world. Delhi houses finest museums, historical monuments, sightseeing places, and temples in the country. Delhi was proclaimed the capital of India, designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata, the august heroes, founded Delhi, then called Indraprastha, around 1200 B.C. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities.

11 Day: Delhi
After breakfast the sightseeing tour to explore the historic city, firstly visiting Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone walls of historical Lal Qila, built in 1638, sprawled in 2 kilometers with a high of 18 meters, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated, Later in you opt to have Rickshaw ride past through the bustling Bazaar of in Chandani Chowk. The sightseeing continue to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi include President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), during the British rule this places was the residence of British Viceroys, India gate, this monument was built to honour and tribute to the Indian soldiers, sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, then visiting Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple) built by the one of the most richest industrialist Birla Family. Humayun's Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai's Temple, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; in the evening witness the light and sound show at Red fort. The show projects splendid history of 5000 years old city, a truly memorable experience. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.

Light and Sound Show: An extravagant sound and light show at the Red Fort, makes the 5,000 years old narration of the city come alive. Amidst the harmony of the fabulous panoramic and historic vicinity of the Red Fort, selected occurrence from the archives of Delhi's historic and legendary precedent are colorfully brought to life. To make this show an emotively unforgettable experience, the special effects are combined with the unique ambience.

12 Day: Delhi - Mathura/ Vrindavan - Sikandra - Agra (210 kms: 4 hrs)
Today morning check out and drive to Agra, the city of world famous Taj Mahal. Enroute you may opt to stop over at Mathura- Vrindavan, the birth place of Lord Krishna, to visit some of notable temples Bankey Bihari and Iskcon. Later continue to drive to Agra, on the way visit at 'Sikandra, a marvelous mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Akbar, spectacularly designed structure of Hindu and Muslim architecture, afterwards proceed to Agra. On arrival transfer to the hotel, after relaxation. Later start the tour of visiting the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula, 35 kms from Agra, built by Empress Noorjehan daughter of Shahjahan, this monument a tribute to her great father. Later return to the hotel the hotel for overnight stay.

13 Day: Agra
Early morning visit world's most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its' fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal, beautiful architectural monument among the 7 wonders of the world; this historical masterpiece is illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is crown of all the loveliest buildings in the world, a symbol of eternal love. The tour continues to visit Agra Fort,was built in 1576 AD., by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; in the fort you will find most splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Meena Bazaar and Musamman Bhurj where from Emperor Shahjahan, prisoner of his son rebellious Aurangzeb, he put his father in the cell of Agra fort, where from he could see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his loveliest wife was cremated. In the evening one should visit Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal it took 10 years for the artists to built this artistic epitome, also enjoy light and sound show "Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love", theonly show of its kind in India! Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

14 Day: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (240 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive pink city Jaipur. Enroute stop over at Fatehpur Sikri, the old deserted town of the Mughal kingdom, built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who blessed birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important structure here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwane e Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza, one of the largest and tallest gateways in the world. In the evening you can explore the bustling market of Jaipur by cycle rickshaw ride, which is paradise for shopping lovers, Jaipur is worldly famous for hand woven carpet, precious stones, handicraft, marble, textile, blue pottery, handmade papers, later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

15 Day: Jaipur
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city. 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. In the evening you may opt to explore the colorful bazaar of Jaipur by cycle Rickshaw ride. Overnight at the hotel.

16 Day: Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur (324 kms: 7 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Jodhpur. Enroute visit Pushkar, well-known for the world's largest cattle fair every year in the month of November, with glorious celebration. A conurbation of Pilgrimage from the time of immemorial with over 500 temples and ghats, Pushkar begets an inheritance of enduring architectural heritage. Pushkar emit an ambience of spirituality and peace that casts an allure to visit this place again and again. Take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting temple of Lord Brahma surrounded by Pushkar Lake. On the banks of the lake you will see devotees taking dip into the holy waters of Pushkar & offering prayers. Also visit the Pushkar Fair site, which is right opposite the Pushkar Lake. Then proceed to Jodhpur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening you may opt to visit On the Rocks a garden restaurant serving ethnic food followed by live music and folk dance, located at Ajit Bhawan. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

17 Day: Jodhpur - Bishnoi Village - Jodhpur (Excursion 25 kms: 45 min)
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur including Clock Tower, Mehrangarh Fort situated at an altitude of about 125 meters and is spread over an area of 5 sq. km and it has seven gates, Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, followed by visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace which is a majestic palace, was built by Umaid Singh. This is the only 20th century palace built under the famine relief project that gave employment to famine struck population. It was built in 16 years. A part of the palace has been converted into hotel, one part is the museum and the remaining is still occupied by the royal family. Later take an excursion to Bishnoi Village, the villagers known by cast "Bishnois" Protectors of animals, of course they are vegetarians and therefore they have great respect for all living things. Sure they keep buffaloes, sheep and goats but only for the milk, the wool and the manure. Then visit to the local handicrafts viz shoe makers, pottery hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, en-route watch and photograph wildlife black buck, chinkaras, peacock etc. freely moving in abundance of care by villagers. After visit drive back to Jodhpur for overnight stay at the hotel.

18 Day: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (276 kms: 6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Udaipur. En route visiting the Jain temples at Ranakpur Temples of 12 Century - The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, built out of marbles with 108 carved pillars each carved differently from others, Come across as a marvelous piece of architecture. One can have lunch at Maharani Bagh Hotel in Ranakpur and visit to local families on the way. After visit continue to drive to Udaipur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can enjoy boat ride at Lake Pichola. Overnight at the hotel.

19 Day: Udaipur
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur, visiting City Palace built in 1559, a small palace over looking at the Lake Pichola, the additions were made to it by successive Kings of Udaipur gradually evolved become the largest place in Rajasthan, Main attraction of Place are Durbar Hall, Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple. Later visit Saheli Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose and visit Lok Kala Mandal collection of folk art items like folk dresses, ornaments, puppets ,masks, dolls folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Opened seven days a week, puppet shows and folk dancing are conducted every evening from 1800 to 1900 in an adjacent open air theatre. Shilpgram to see the village arts & crafts. Followed by visit to Eklingji & Nagda Temples - built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela - 22 kms from Udaipur. Overnight at the hotel.

20 Day: Udaipur - Chittourgarh - Udaipur (115 kms: 2 hrs one way) - Delhi
After breakfast, visit to the magnificent Chittourgarh, spread over 13 square kms, unlike other forts you can explore this fort by the vehicle you are traveling, Chittourgarh fort is the mightiest Fort in Indian History, The pride and glory of Rajasthan. Chittaurgarh echoes with the tales of romance and velour unique to the Rajput tradition. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular 'chhatris'in the fort vicinity visit Kirti Stambha, Rana-Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Meera Temple and Kumbha Shyam Temple and Kalika Mata Temple, State Archaeological Museum. Later drive back to Udaipur and check out of the hotel and transfer to the domestic airport to board the evening flight from Delhi. On arrival, transfer to the airport to board the flight for hometown. Tour concludes here with happy memories.

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