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Highlights: Delhi - Agra- Parwanoo - Shimla - Delhi
Day 01 - London Heathrow to Delhi by flight VS-300:0950-#1145 Hrs
Day 02 - Delhi
1145 Hrs: Arrive Delhi airport
Upon arrival at Delhi airport welcome, meet and assist by our representative and transfer to Hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 03 - Delhi
After breakfast proceed for city tour of Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. The memorial lies in the midst of landscaped gardens and made of a simple square platform of black marble inscribed with his last words “Hey Ram”. Drive Pass Red Fort (closed on Monday) – the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens.
Board the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque where more than 20,000 people can kneel in prayer at one time. New Delhi visiting Humayun’s Tomb, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal.
The Qutab Minar - the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. The Minar is 72.5m high with a diameter at the base 14.4m and 2.7m at the top.
Proceed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Drive Pass) once the Viceroy’s residence and now the official residence of the President of India. Designed by Lutyens, it combines western and eastern styles - the dome reflects the Buddhist stupa, the chhattris “Hindu” and the graceful colonnades very “British”. It has 340 rooms.
The India Gate (42m), C commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. 13516 names of British and Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan War of 1919 are engraved on the arch and foundations. Under the arch, glows the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame commemorating Indian armed forces’ losses in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.
Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 04 - Delhi to Agra by surface (Approx. 210 kms, 4 Hrs)
After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive from Delhi to Agra – medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. It was founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in the year 1506. Agra achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings. Most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Upon arrival at Agra, check in at Hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 05 - Agra
Morning visit the world famous monument Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) – Overlooking the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is a classic example of Mughal architecture, with the Taj itself built as a mausoleum at the northern end of an extensive formal walled garden designed in the charbagh style and structured on the Islamic theme of ‘paradise’. The whole site was built by Shah Jahan between ad 1632 and 1653 as the final resting place of his favourite wife Arjumand Bann Begum (also known as Mumtaz Mahal) who died in ad 1631 shortly after giving birth to their fourteenth child. Upon his death in ad 1666, Shah Jahan was buried alongside his wife in the Taj Agra Fort – Agra Fort was originally a brick fort and the Chauhan Rajputs held it. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. Sikandar Lodi (1487-1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi who shifted to Agra and lived in the fort. He governed the country from here and Agra assumed the importance of the second capital. He died in the fort in 1517 and his son, Ibrahim Lodi, held it for nine years until he was defeated and killed at Panipat in 1526. He built several palaces, wells and a mosque in the fort during his period.
Itmad –Ud-Daulah Tomb also called “Baby Taj” has a special place in the chronicles of both historyas well as architecture. This is precisely because Itmad ud Daula is the very first tomb in India that is entirely made out of Marble. This is actually a mausoleum that overlooks the River Yamuna and is a tomb of Mir Ghiyas Beg, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan. Evening enjoy sunset view of Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh - The Garden complex, situated on the opposite bank of the Taj Mahal, is known as Mehtab Bagh.
Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 06 - Agra to Delhi by surface Delhi to Kalka by train Shatabadi Express:1715-2120 HrsKalka to Parwanoo by surface
After breakast check out from Hotel and drive from Agra to New Delhi railway station in time to board train for Kalka.
1715 Hrs: Depart for Kalka by shatabadi Express. Local snacks tea/coffee and Dinner will be served on board.
2120 Hrs: Arrive Kalka railway station.
Upon arrival at Kalka railway station drive to Parwanoo and check in at Hotel.
Overnigh stay at Hotel. Day 07 - Kalka to Shimla by train Shivalik Express:0545-1035 Hrs
Early morning transfer from Hotel to Kalka railway station in time to board toy train, offers the charm of old-world travel amidst lofty pines and lush green, misty mountains. Laid out on a 96 km long narrow gauge track that passes through 103 tunnels and across more than 800 bridges and viaducts, it is one of the most beautiful hill railways in India. It was considered the “crown jewel” of the Indian National Railways during British times.
1035 Hrs: Arrive Shimla railway station.
Upon arrival at Shimla, check in at Hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 08 - Shimla
After breakfast Heritage Walk of Shimla. This soft walk will commence at the Mall and will end near Cecil Hotel – en-route admiring the important buildings consturcted during the days of the British Raj. During the Heritage walk your local guide will give you brief history of each building. After breakfast Heritage Walk from Hotel to Mall road.
Viceregal Lodge Indian Institute of Advanced study:- The site for Viceregal Lodge was selected by Lord Lytton the Viceroy of India between 1876 -1880. The Viceregal Lodge, also known a Rashtrapati Niwas is located on the Observatory Hill of Shima. It was formerly the residency of the British Viceroy of India. It was designed by British architect Hendry Irwin and built in the Jacobe than style during the regime of Lord Dufferin. Its construction stared in 1880 and completed in 1888.
Jhaku Temple/ Hill (2455 Mts.): This is the town's highest peak and a vantage point for Shimla's famous views. The summit is crowned with a temple dedicated to monkey God Hanuman. This also offers a very good view of the Shimla with snow capped mountains. One legend goes that Lord Hanuman stopped there to rest while he was searching for the Sanjivni Booti to revive Lakshman in the Epic Ramayana.
Gaiety Theatre -The Gaiety Theatre, and a tradition of amateur theatrical remains in the stump of the once colossal edifice that was the Town Hall. The architect Henry Irwin, who built the Viceregal Lodge, designed the theatre building.
Overnight stay at Hotel Day 09 - Shimla to Kalka by surface
Kalka to Delhi by Train Shatabadi Express:1745-2155 Hrs
After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive from Shimla to Kalka railway station in time to board train for Delhi. Local snacks, tea / coffee and Dinner will be served on board
2155 Hrs: Arrive New Delhi railway station
Upon arrival at New Delhi railway station transfer to Hotel
Overnight stay at Hotel Day 10 - Delhi to London Heathrow by flight VS-301:1335-1730 Hrs
Transfer from Hotel to Delhi airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow