Mughals, Maharajas & Himalayas
Route : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Shimla - Rishikesh - Delhi
A delectable mishmash of imposing Mughal era’s architectural masterpieces; imposing mansions (Havelis) of Jaipur and the refreshingly delightful Himalayan town of Shimla, summer retreat of the English during the British Raj. Enjoy quality accommodation at each location; the entire tour ably assisted by our local guides. This classic journey concludes with a spiritually and physically rejuvenating stay at one of the best Indian spa resorts, located in the Shivalik hills of Rishikesh.
Dive into the land of mysteries, mysticism and meditation, witness the immaculateness of nature, passing through Himalayas
Start your journey from the capital city Delhi where you will visit the pièce de résistance architectures of Delhi and then to the Pink City, Jaipur. Enjoy the royal treatment, delectable cuisine and medieval monuments. Take a road trip to Agra, visit the Taj Mahal and cherish the scenic beauty. From there, reach the famous hill-station, Shimla, which was the summer capital of British Raj and from there, to the world capital of yoga and meditation, Rishikesh.
• Explore both parts of Delhi (Old & New) by visiting historic monuments (Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb)
• Immerse in the hospitality of Pink City Jaipur and visit City Palace, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, etc.
• Get amazed by Medieval Mughal architecture at Agra including Taj Mahal, Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula and Fatehpur Sikri.
• Enjoy a scenic journey in Kalka-Shimla Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and reach Shimla (The Queen of Hills).
• Stroll around the Ridge, Mall Road, visit some of the most famous places of Shimla such as Scandal Point, Viceregal Lodge, Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla State Museum, etc.
• Be a part of enchanting Aarti at Rishikesh, located in the foothills of Himalayas and take a walk over Laxman Jhula hanging above the river.
• Immerse yourself in the spirituality of Haridwar at return back home from Delhi with endless memories.
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Arrival TimeMidnight or Late night
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable and Light
Tour Itinerary : - Mughals, Maharajas & Himalayas
Day 1, Arrive Delhi:
Arrive at New Delhi International airport. After completing the immigration and customs, proceed towards the arrival hall. Meeting and assistance upon arrival with a traditional welcome of garlanding and transfer to the hotel (the room being held from 1400 hrs).
Overnight in Delhi
Day 2, Delhi to Jaipur: Flight
After an early breakfast, set off for a quick exploration of Old and New Delhi covering a few highlights of the city. The combined tour of Old and New Delhi includes the visit to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk is one of the liveliest places in Old Delhi which happened to be the imperial avenue where Emperor Shah Jehan rode at the head of the royal parade. Now, Chandni Chowk is full of shops, ateliers and stalls. Later, we explore New Delhi to include the visit to India Gate, built-in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. After this, we will head to New Delhi to visit India Gate which was built as a war memorial for the soldiers who were killed during WW I. Next, we will visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Viceroy’s imperial residence which was built in the 20th century. Today, it is used as Parliament and official residence of the President of India. After exploring this royal building, we will explore the first Mughal garden tomb, Humayun’s Tomb built in the 16th century. This afternoon, departure transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight to the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. The City of Victory was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a well- planned city built from rose-colored terra cotta. Evening, visit Hawa Mahal before participating in the evening prayer ceremony in the Govindji temple. The peaceful transcending end to the day is by a visit to the Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, located in the City Palace. It is one of the most followed temples of Jaipur and the royal family is a great devotee of this temple. There is daily aarti (prayer) at different times of which the most spectacular is in the evening.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 3, Jaipur:
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the nearby 16th-century hilltop fortress of Amber, ascending the tortuous paved pathway to the fort on a four-wheel. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Raja Man Singh began this medieval capital of Rajputs with highly decorated palaces and apartments and was used as a stronghold. When Sawai Jai Singh II became the king, he moved the capital to Jaipur which was newly created. Afternoon, visit the Jantar Mantar and the City Palace. Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century by the astronomer king Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, consisting mainly of 18 stone instruments that help to interpret the position of celestial bodies and calculate local time. It is no longer a working science center but is maintained as a monument by the archeological department and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The City Palace Museum which includes the Mubarak Mahal (The Palace of Reception) that now houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum displays a vast and unique collection of royal costumes, delicate Pashmina shawls, Benaras silk sarees, and other dresses with Sanganeri prints and embroidery.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Experience – Cycling In Pink City or Heritage Walk
Day 4, Jaipur to Agra: 265 km about 5 hrs
This morning, after an early breakfast drive to Agra with a stop along the way at the deserted 16-century city of Fatehpur Sikri, the most important artistic center in South Asia in its heyday. After the visit continues the drive to Agra - India’s capital during the 16th and 17th centuries, the city is home to an outstanding collection of Mughal architecture. This evening during the Sunset, visit the long-standing symbol of love and devotion, The Taj Mahal(closed on Friday), was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan in the image of his deceased queen.
Overnight in Agra
Day 5,Agra to Shimla: By Overnight Train
This morning repeat visit to the greatest Indian monument of all – The Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) during Sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Late morning visit Agra Fort - on the west end of the Yamuna River, Akbar’s magnificent fort dominates the center of the city. Also, visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the tomb also referred to as the ‘Baby Taj’, as it was the very first Mughal structure to be built from marble and make extensive use of Pietras. (Room being held till 1200 hrs or Noon hrs) Afternoon drive to Tundla railway station (60 km/about 1.5 hrs), to board the overnight train to Kalka railway station – this is the terminus for the main railhead before the start of the mountain rail journey.
Overnight onboard the train
Day 6, Arrive Kalka (Shimla):
Arrival at Kalka station during the early morning hours and board the five-hour mountain railway journey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that connects Indian plains to the Queen of Hills Shimla - spread along the ridge that overlooks terraced hillsides and cultivation, it is magnificently robed in dense forests of oak, pine, fir and rhododendron. Originally a small village with a temple to Shamla Devi as its main attraction, the British developed the settlement for its bracing climate and scenic location to make it the summer capital of India for many years. The toy train journey is one of India’s incredible feet covering through a series of tunnels, bridges and curves. Meeting on arrival at Shimla station and transfer to the hotel. (Room will be available at 1400 hrs).
Overnight in Shimla
Day 7, Shimla:
This morning after a leisurely breakfast we set off to explore this hill town. The visit to the places of interest to include The Mall, Simla's principal promenade which terminates at Scandal Point, from where the views of the Himalayas are unmatched; the Viceregal Lodge, the erstwhile viceroy's residence is today the Institute of Advanced Studies. The Shimla State Museum houses numerous art objects from around India including a priceless collection of paintings.
Overnight in Shimla
Day 8, Shimla to Rishikesh: 285 km about 8 hrs
This morning after an early breakfast we embark on a long journey along the foothills of the western Himalayas to Rishikesh – a renowned center of Yoga discipline and learning, Rishikesh is dotted with shrines and ashrams, located right on the Bank of Ganga, surrounded on three sides by the Himalayan Ranges. The evening is the time to witness the Aarti ceremony (this happens at a specific time only)
Overnight in Rishikesh
Day 9, Rishikesh:
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we set off to visit the famous temple of Laxman Jhoola, dedicated to Laxman, the brother of Lord Ram, where he is believed to have performed penance. We have the rest of the day at leisure or you could also enjoy the rejuvenation packages.
Overnight in Rishikesh
Day 10, Rishikesh to Haridwar: 30 km about 1 hr & Haridwar to Delhi: (1810/2250 hrs)
The morning is at leisure. Later in the afternoon, we drive along the mighty Ganges to explore Haridwar (the closest railhead to Rishikesh). In the evening we board the superfast train Shatabdi Express to Delhi. Meeting and assistance upon arrival Delhi railway station and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 11, Departure:
Today you will be transferred to the airport to board your onward international flight back home taking back fond memories of the trip Mughal Maharajas and Himalayas.
Mughals, Maharajas & Himalayas
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Price, Inclusions and Exclusions
Prices per person
01 paying person in a Single Room
02 paying persons in a Double Room
Validity - April 2021 till April 2022.
• Accommodations in one room for 11 days/10 nights
• Meal plan
✓ Buffet Breakfast at all cities
• Transport services using Good Conditioned Small Car as follows
✓ Arrival transfer from Delhi airport to Hotel on Day 01
✓ Sightseeing of Delhi on Day 02
✓ Departure transfer to Delhi airport on Day 02
✓ Beginning with the pickup from Jaipur airport on Day 02 till drop at Tundla Railway station on Day 05
✓ Beginning with the pickup from Shimla Railway station on Day 06 till drop at Haridwar Railway station on Day 10
✓ Arrival transfer from Delhi railway station to the hotel on Day 10.
✓ Departure transfer from the hotel to Delhi international airport on Day 11.
• Meet and greet services in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Shimla, and Haridwar only.
• One time entrance fee to monuments/temples as per the program.
• Cycle Rickshaw ride in the market of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi (02 persons in a Rickshaw)
• Jeep ride at amber fort
• Services of English speaking local guides (different guides in each city) as per the itinerary:
> Day 02 Half day in Delhi
> Day 02 Half day in Jaipur
> Day 03 Full day in Jaipur
> Day 04 Half day in Fatehpur Sikri
>Day 05 Full Day in Agra
> Day 07 Full day in Shimla
> Day 09 Full day in Rishikesh
> Day 10 Half day in Haridwar
• Train travel
✓ From Agra to Kalka in 02 tier air-conditioned sleeper
✓ Toy train from Kalka to Shimla in Non-Air-condition Chair car
✓ From Haridwar to Delhi in the air-conditioned chair car
• Domestic air travel (ONLY INDICATIVE)
✓ Airfare(economy class) - Delhi to Jaipur
• All currently applicable taxes
• International airfare for travel (from your home country to the destination and return)
• Visa charges or fees
• Airport taxes
• Camera fees during the visit to the monuments, temples or National Parks
• Elephant ride during visit of Amber Fort in Jaipur
• Tips to driver/guide/naturalist
• Additional meals
• Drinks or mineral water at the hotels or restaurants
• Ayurvedic massages or treatments, laundry etc or any other items of personal nature
• Travel, health and cancellation insurance
• Any other expense/changes due to unforeseen circumstances while in India
• Any other thing not mentioned in program or “Price Inclusions”
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