The Colonial North India
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On this Colonial North India tour, you will visit Delhi, an important political centre as the capital of several empires. Prominent colonial architectural of the British period are very promiment in Delhi. Chandigarh the best-planned city in India by Le Corbusier. Step back in time aboard the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by British in 1903. Discover the colonial settlement in Shimla nestled in the midst of lower Himalayas, the erstwhile summer capital of the British. And Mussoorie nestled in silent cedar forests and colonial bars where you can stay immersed, reading, writing or waiting for Godot.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport assistance & transfer to hotel (Standard hotel check in time 12pm, early check in subject to room availability). Rest time free for personal activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi visit the majestic Red Fort (closed on Monday) the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years until 1857. Jama Masjid one of the largest mosques in the world built by Shah Jahan. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Chandni chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewelry and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery and traditional Indian sweets. Raj Gath the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after his assassination.
In New Delhi visit Humayun Tomb the first garden-tomb in Indian subcontinent and an early example of Mughal architecture commissioned by Humayun`s first wife Empress Bega Begum in 1569-70. Qutab Minar a 73-metres tall minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex a fine examples of Afghan architecture. Lotus Temple a Bahai House of Worship notable for its flowerlike shape. Also drive pass President House, Parliament & India Gate etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra
Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to Agra (200kms one way).
Visit Taj Mahal an ivory-white marble mausoleum commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. Agra Fort the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638. And Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb commissioned by Nur Jahan for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg.
Drive back to Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Delhi - Chandigarh (250kms)
Breakfast at hotel. drive to Chandigarh, check in at hotel.
Later visit the best-planned city in India, with architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. The face of modern India Chandigarh is the manifestation of a dream that Le Corbusier executed. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with natures preservation. These have been planted beautifully carved out lawns and flowers beds. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Chandigarh - Shimla (by toy train)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Kalka railway station to board toy train to Shimla.
On arrival assistance and transfer to hotel. Rest time free to relax and spend time on The Mall an ideal spot for shopping, besides theater and a number of good eating joints. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Shimla
Breakfast at hotel. City tour of Shimla, once the summer capital of British India. Visit Jakhoo Temple, an ancient site dedicated to monkey god Hanuman. Set amidst the lush green background of the Shivalik hill ranges on Jakhoo Hill, the highest point in Shimla, Temple has the world`s largest Hanuman statue, which is visible from most parts of Shimla. The Christ Church the second oldest church in entire northern India. The church, which took 11 long years to complete, stands as a reminder of the British colonisation in India. Viceregal Lodge, built in 1888, this six story building constructed in Scottish Baronial style once served as the residence of Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy of India, is a perfect place for history lovers. Today, this lodge houses several articles and pictures that will remind you of the British rule.
Also visit The Ridge a wide open street located on the side of Shimla Mall Road. Best known for shopping it is often the most photographed part of the hill station covered with pine, firs, Himalayan Oak and Rhododendron trees. The Scandal Point, located on the Mall Road. It owes its interesting name to the fact that the King of Patiala abducted the daughter of the Viceroy, because he fell in love with her, from this very place. The Mall an ideal spot for shopping, besides a number of good eating joints.
Day 7: Shimla
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to visit Chail - a small village situated at a height of 2250 m above sea level known for its salubrious beauty and virgin forests. Surrounded by lush greenery and mesmerizing views from such a great height, Chail is a hiker`s paradise. The Chail Palace built as summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the British Raj is well known for its architecture. The cricket ground at an altitude of 2,444 m is the world highest cricket ground.
Next head to Kufri - which offer breathtaking views, stunning locales and tranquil surroundings. Kufri has a Himalayan wildlife zoo which hosts rare antelopes, felines and birds including the Himalayan monal. On the way back to Shimla stop at The Green Valley the beautiful and breathtaking mountain range that falls on the way to Kufri & Shimla. The Green Valley is surrounded by verdant hills on all sides that are covered with thick forests of pine and deodar. It is not uncommon to sight some Yaks wandering and grazing around in the valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Shimla - Mussoorie (260kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Mussoorie check in at hotel. Rest time free to relax and spend the time at The Mall renowned shopping district situated in the heart of Mussoorie. It is dotted with shops, cafes and a host of colonial remnants that point to Mussoories past glories. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Mussoorie
Breakfast at hotel. Mussoorie, known as the Queen of the Hills, and famous for its scenic beauty, is a fascinating hill resort. It commands a wonderful view of the extensive Himalayan snow ranges in the north-west and glittering views of the Doon Valley. The town retains much of its colonial charm and is well worth a visit for its beautiful scenery and lovely walks.
Visit Gun Hill the second highest point of Mussoorie, at an altitude of 2,024 m. Sir George Everests House also known as Park Estate, built in 1832. It was the residence and laboratory of Sir George Everest, the surveyor General of India. Lal Tibba the highest point in Mussoorie offering a panoramic view of the town and its surroundings. The place is famous for a Japanese telescope which was placed here in 1967. One can view Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch and other Himalyan ranges from this telescope. Kempty Falls, nestled at an altitude of around 4500 ft above the sea level & surrounded by high mountain cliffs, the pond formed at the bottom of the falls makes an excellent spot for swimming and bathing.
Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Mussoorie - Delhi (275kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Delhi check in at hotel. Rest time free to relax and visit any place of your interest with your driver. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Delhi - Departure
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule Departure transfer to airport.
Assistance on arrival at airport.
10 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotels. Any other meal (lunch/ dinner) if clearly mentioned in the itinerary).
Private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Kalka - Shimla heritagetoy toy train ticket.
Bottled drinking water in car.
Hotels used or similar for 10 nights accommodation
Delhi x 4 nights
3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Emarald Hotel
4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket
5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges
Chandigrh x 1 nights
3* - Red Fox Hotel/Sarovar Portico
4* - Lemon Tree Hotel/Welcomhotel Bellavista Panchkula
5* - JW Marriott Hotel/ Taj Chandigarh
Shiamla x 3 nights
3* - Toshali Royal View/ British Resort
4* - Clarks Hotel/ Radisson Jass Hotel
5* - The Oberoi Cecil/ Radission Blu
Mussoorie x 2 nights
3* - Royal Orchid Fort Resort/ Hotel Himalaya Castle
4* - Fortune Resort Grace/ WelcomHeritage Kasmanda Palace
5* - Welcomhotel The Savoy/ JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa
Any flight tickets.
Camera charges at monuments.
Meals other than mentioned in day plan.
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Gratuities & optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.