Duration: 11 Nights - 12 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Mathura - Vrindavan - Delhi - Bagdorga - Darjeeling - Pemayangtse - Gangtok - Bagdogra - Delhi
Day 1 : Delhi - Jaipur (250 Km / 5h)
Arrival in Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Hotel accommodation. Recreation. Breakfast in the hotel. Delhi is the capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers flourished on his royal land in the past 3000 years. The legacy of them still lives in many monuments, from the mausoleum of the Lodi Kings of the 13th century to the buildings of the British Empire, like the Parliament Building or the Presidential Palace. In the afternoon - sightseeing tour of Delhi . You will get acquainted with the capital of modern India, a city of contrasts, where religions, epochs, riches and poverty are intermingled. Delhi will appear before you with a kaleidoscope of bright saris and moto rickshaws, majestic temples and skyscrapers, tiny shacks and palaces. You will get to know the world's tallest brick minaret, Qutub Minar , which is the center of a complex of historical monuments from different eras and the famous Temple of the Lotus, whose doors are open to followers of all faiths. It is an ideal place for meditation and gaining inner peace and harmony. Further, Moving to Jaipur (240 km / 5.5 hours). On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, a city sometimes called the "pink symphony" - it is this color that symbolizes hospitality in the culture of Rajasthan. Built by the Raja Jai ??Singh in the 18th century, the city is surrounded by high hills with powerful fortress walls. Fabulous palaces, brilliant clothes of local residents, unique craftsmanship of local artisans - this is the legacy of this mountainous region. Come to this city - a city of love, legends and traditions. Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
Day 02: Jaipur
Amber Fort (Amber Fort) - the original Palace was built by Raja Man Singh and later rebuilt by Savage Jai Singh. One of the finest examples of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of the rulers of Rajasthan. Enough to enjoy Amber, we'll go to the other interesting sights of the city and visit the City Palace (City Palace) and the first for the trip Hindu Temple Birla , which affects and is long in the memory. It is deservedly considered one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the world. After that, we are waiting for acquaintance with one more unique sight of the city - Jantar Mantar- a majestic observatory, a grandiose complex of astronomical structures, built in the XVIII century by Rajo Jai Singh. The complex consists of 14 buildings-gigantic instruments that were used to determine the time, predicting eclipses and weather, determining the distance to celestial objects and much more. Here are stored the world's largest sundial, with a diameter of 27 meters and as part of the fascinating story guide will show that until now they are very clearly show the time. The last point of our excursion program for today is the delightful "Palace of Winds".This five-story building of pink stone, decorated with columns and balconies, was built in 1799. The bizarre relief of the palace from a thousand lattice windows on the carved facade is considered a symbol of Jaipur and is truly impressive. After the tour, return to the hotel and free time. Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
Day 03: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (260km / 6 hours)
After breakfast departure to Agra (260 km / 6 hours). On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri (Fatehpur Sikri) - a masterpiece built from red sandstone, stunning elegance of its palaces and surrounding areas. This city, built by Emperor Akbar, is just a reflection of the majestic past. Very briefly it was the capital of the Great Moguls, after which the inhabitants left it because of a shortage of water. Upon arrival in Agra, accommodation at the hotel. Free time. Overnight at hotel in Agra.
Day 04: Agra
Breakfast at the hotel. Agra is an ancient city that was the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries, today it shares with us a splendid panorama of magnificent monuments of architecture and rich traditions of culture and art. Agra is the place where one of the wonders of the world is located - the marble symphony "Taj Mahal". Tour of the city, during which you will see the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). This original marble monument of love was built by Shah Jahan in 1653 as the tomb of his beloved wife - Mumtaj Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum of pure white marble was built for 22 years. At the construction work 22000 people. Continuation of the tour will be Fort Agra, built of red stone in 1565 by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The maze of internal fortresses of the Fort, a marble mosque and luxurious inner chambers reflected the greatness of the Mughal Emperor. In the afternoon you will see the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula , built in honor of Father Nur Jahan, and also the tomb of Akbar in Sikandra . Overnight at hotel in Agra.
Day 05: Agra - Mathura - Vrindavan - Delhi (220km / 5 hour)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Delhi (220 km / 5 hours). On the way to Delhi, visit the temples of Mathura (Shri Krishna Temple Janam buhmi) and Vrindavan (Temple of Iskon), connected with the birth and childhood of Lord Krishna. (The temples are closed between 12:00 and 16:00). Arrival to Delhi - accommodation at the hotel. In the afternoon - tour of Delhi. We will visit the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (Raj-Ghat). Raj-Ghat is a city park, the main attraction of which is a black pedestal, installed on the site where the leader of the national liberation movement of India was cremated. The next point of our excursion program will be the magnificent Akshardham - the largest Hindu temple in the world, which affects not only its size, but also its beauty. Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
Day 06: Delhi - Bagdorga - Darjeeling (100 km / 3 hours)
In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival, a meeting with representative of Sushant Travels at the airport and the Darjeeling transfer. On the way you will discover picturesque mountain landscapes. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Darjeeling.
Day 07: Darjeeling
Located at an altitude of 2133 m, Darjeeling, one of the most famous heights of the Indian subcontinent, is a city located among the tall snowy mountain peaks, of which the highest is Kanchenjunga (8598 m). Early in the morning visit the Tiger Hill (8500 m), watching the sunrise. Return to the hotel. On the way visit the most famous monastery in these parts - Ghum, built in 1875. Then a small move along the toy railway to Darjeeling. Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, visit the Himalayan mountaineering institute, the Tibet refugee camp and the local market. In the afternoon, visit the museum, the botanical garden and the tea plantation, a radius of 20 km. Return to the hotel, overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Darjeeling - Pemayangtse (65 km / 4 hours)
In the morning, after breakfast, transfer to Pemayangtse. The monastery of Pemayangtse is located in the warm, humid valley of the Tista River with lush green vegetation, sometimes reaching a height of 650 m. Here in the 17th century one Buddhist sage built a hut that later became a monastery in Pemayangtse. Later, in the afternoon, visit the second largest monastery in Sikkim - Pemayangtse , located at an altitude of 2100 m. From here you can see the ruins of Rabdentse - one of the former capitals of the principality. This ancient monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect. In the monastery are the statues of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), depicting his eight reincarnations, as well as a good collection of statues and mural paintings. In the evening free time. Overnight at hotel in Pemayangtse.
Day 09: Pemayangtse - Gangtok (100 km / 4 hours)
After an early breakfast drive to Gangtok ("high hill") - the capital of Sikkim, stretched along the western bank of Ranipool. You will see snowy mountain Himalayan peaks. Also, along the way you will see the flowers of Rhododendron, orchids, rare varieties of butterflies, red panda. You can taste the local cuisine. Accommodation in the hotel and evening visit to the monastery Enchey, built in 1909. At present, about 100 monks of Nyingmap live in it. Overnight at hotel in Gangtok.
Day 10: Gangtok
After breakfast transfer to the Rumtek Monastery (about 24 km), accommodation Gyalwa Karmapa - head of the Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. In the afternoon visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology , which maintains the Tibetan language and culture, which has preserved in its collection many rare ancient manuscripts of the Buddhist sect of Mahayana. Free time. Overnight at hotel in Gangtok.
Day 11: Gangtok - Kalimpong (80 km / 2 hours)
Early morning transfer to Kalimpong, a city with many monasteries. Upon arrival, a meeting with representative of Sushant Travels and accommodation at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Thongs Monastery (Bhutan Monastery), founded in 1692 and the Tibet Monastery. Visit to the "Crookety House", where Helena Ivanovna Roerich lived her last years of life. Now here is the International Center of Agni Yoga. Next visit to the nursery of cacti "Pineview" (2 km from Kalimpong), which contains the largest collection of rare exotic cacti in Asia, more than 1500 different species from India, Africa, the Mediterranean, Jamaica, Cuba, North and South America. Overnight at hotel in Kalimpong.
Day 12: Kalimpong Bagdogra - Delhi
Early morning transfer to the airport to Bagdogra for flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to the international/national airport for a flight to home or towards your next destination. (without accommodation at the hotel).