DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer to prebooked hotel.
: India's capital & a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi
is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient
& the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons
why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also
reflects the legacy the British left behind . The division between New
& Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British
& the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes, he will
invariably confront the citys' past.
02 : DELHI
After breakfast, half day city tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid,
the largest mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan, the construction was
started in 1844 and was not completed until 1658; Red Fort, which was
also built by Shah Jehan. This massive fort was built from 1638 to 1648;
Chandni Chowk and Rajghat - the cremation site of Mahatma
Afternoon, city tour of New Delhi. Visit Humayuns Tomb : built
in mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture; Qutab
Minar, drive past India Gate, President House, Connaught Place.
The tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple or Gurudwara Bangla
Sahib (Sikh Temple).
03 : DELHI-JAIPUR
(260 KMS, 05 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Jaipur - The city owes its names, foundation
and its careful planning to the great warrior - astronomer Maharaja Jai
Singh II. In 1727, with Mughal power on the wane, Jai Singh decided to
move down from his hillside fortress at nearby Amber to a new site on
the plains. He laid out the city, with its surrounding walls and six rectangular
blocks, according to the principles of town planning set down in Shilpa
Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture.
Arrive Jaipur and
check in at prebooked hotel.
breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride from the foothills
of the Aravallis to the fort entrance.
Amber Fort : At a distance of 11 kms from Jaipur, Amber was the
ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in 1592
by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army and is a superb
example of Rajput architecture.
Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace which has
museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware and
weapons ; Jantar Mantar - the observatory built my Maharaja Jai
Singh in 1728 and the façade of Hawa Mahal.
05 : JAIPUR-FATEHPUR
SIKRI-AGRA (240 KMS, 06-07 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Agra. Enroute visit the abandoned Mughal
city of Fatehpur Sikri : built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the
old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to
scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid,
Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are
still preserved in its original glory.
Continue drive to Agra.
Arrive Agra and check in at prebooked hotel.
AGRA-DELHI (203 KMS, 04-05 HRS DRIVE)
DELHI-KALKA (KALKA MAIL, 2230-0500 HRS)
After breakfast, city tour of Agra : Visit Red fort,which was built
by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of
his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences
amongst many other beautiful structues ; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was contructed
by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she
constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan; the highlight
of the day - The Taj Mahal, which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory
of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Contruction of the Taj began in 1631 and was
not completed until 1653.
leave for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and have dinner. After dinner. After
dinner, transfer to the railway station to board train for Kalka at 2230
hrs. Overnight in the train.
07 : KALKA-SIMLA
(TRAIN, KALKA SIMLA EXPRESS, 0600-1100 HRS)
Arrive Kalka and take train for Simla. A narrow railway links Kalka with
Simla. This important rail link was built in 1924 and its toy trains still
ply between teh two stations, passing through 105 tunnels and beautiful
rail-road stations. Half way through, the journey, after Solan the lights
of Shimla flow in the distance, looking like glimmering jewels studding
the dark green of the mountains. The train takes six hours and at every
stop on the journet are smiling faces giving a warm welcome.
Arrive Simla and
transfer to prebooked hotel.
08 : SHIMLA
The British called Shimla the " Queen of Hill Stations " Situated
in the north-West Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before
independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its
name from "Shyamala" - the goddess Kali, whose temple existed
in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century.
The English named it Simla. Shimla is well connected by air, road and
rail with all parts of Himachal Pradesh, and the neighbouring states of
Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashimir and the Union territory of Chandigarh.
Covering the area of 18 sq. km. at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded
by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Its well developed facilities,
easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of Indian's most
popular and biggest hill-stations.
Day free to visit Shimla - The Mall - The Mall is the main shopping
centre of Shimla. It also has many Restaurants, Clubs, Banks, Bars, Post
Offices , Christ Church: Situated on the Ridge is Christ Church, which
is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic
appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent
faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. Shimla State Museum
: The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to project hill-out
and the cultural wealth of the state. There
is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings
and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region
09 : SHIMLA
Day excursion to Kufri : 16 kms. from Shimla at a height of 8,600
ft. Kufri is the winter
sports capital. During winter, visitors have the facility for skiing.
The skiing season is at its best during January and February. Equipment
for sking is available from HPTDC winter sports club at Kufri.
Apart from skiing, Kufri is a lovely picnic spot with a beautiful view
of the hills around and the snowy peaks.
Further drive to Chail - is a little mountainous heaven 45 kms. from Shimla.
It was the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala before Independence.
The forests near Chail have many species of birds and deer. Chail is known
for its cricket pitch, which is the highest cricket ground in the world.
Return to Shimla in the evening.
10 : SHIMLA
11 : SHIMLA
- DELHI (360 KMS, 07-08 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, free. Afternoon, drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check
in at prebooked hotel.
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home.