Rapid North India Tour
Places Covered : Delhi - Srinagar - Gulmarg - Kargil - Leh - Alchi - Jammu - Amritsar - Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Duration : 17 Nights / 18 Days
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive into Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by company's representative to your hotel.
Later proceed on a Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi.
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi - Srinagar
This morning after breakfast transfer to airport to catch the flight for Srinagar. On arrival transfer to Deluxe Houseboat.
Evening Boat trip to floating gardens.
Overnight at A/C Deluxe Houseboat.
Day 03 : Srinagar
This morning after a leisurly breakfast we will proceed for sightseeing.
Visit Dal Lake, the Mughal Gardens and other lakeside sites, including the famous Hazratbal mosque, Shankracharya Temple atop the hill called Takhte Sulemani, Hari Pabat fort, built by an Afghan governor of Kashmir in the 18th century, the temple of goddess Sharika.Overnight at A/C Deluxe Houseboat.
Day 04 : Srinagar - Gulmarg - Srinagar
This morning you will proceed for a full day excursion to Gulmarg, Meadow of Flowers ( 56 kms /2 hrs)
The journey to Gulmarg is half the enchantment of reaching there - roads bordered by rigid avenues of poplar give over to flat expanses of rice fields interspersed with picturesque villages. Depending on the season, nature's colours could be the translucent green of spring, summers rich emerald, or autumns golden hues, when scarlet chillies festoon windows of village homes. After Tangmarg, the climb to Gulmarg begins through fir-covered hillsides. At one point, known simply as View Point, travelers generally stop their vehicles for a few minutes and look out a spectacle of snow-covered mountains, almost within touching distance.
After visiting Gulmarg drive back to Srinagar.Overnight at A/C Deluxe Houseboat.
Day 05 : Srinagar - Kargil
This morning after breakfast we will proceed for Kargil and the way passing through the Kargil, the valleys of Suru, Drass Wakha and Bodkarbo lie midway between the alpine valleys of Kashmir, and the fertile reaches of the Indus valley of Ladakh.
The region is politically part of India, ethnically part of Baltistan and geographically and integral part of Ladakh. Geographically, there is little doubt that one has crossed the Himalayan watershed. The steep barren hills now stretch to the snow line. As the snows melt, the waters flow freely down into the heavily irrigated valleys. Here Tibetan-style settlements thrive. Whitewashed mud and stone houses contrast with deep-green barley fields.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Kargil - Leh
After brakfast drive to Leh - on arrival check in at hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Leh
Day at leisure, so you could get used to altitude, evening - visit to Market and Leh Palace. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08: Around Leh
After breakfast Full day Sightseeing Of Shey, Thiksey, & Hemis. Shey was the old Capital and the home of the kings of Ladakh before the new capital became established in Leh the palace sits in a strategic position on a spur jutting out into the indus valley. The main temple contains a large Buddha Statue sculpted by nepalese craftmen. Thiksey, this large gompa is an impressive sight, situated on top of a craggy hill while the rest of the complex sprawls down beneath. It was founded in the 15th century by Gelukpa Monks. Hemis is famous Gompa in this area, around 35 Km from Leh.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09: Leh - Alchi
This morning drive to Alchi. On arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon - sightseeing tour of Alchi and surrounding areas.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10: Alchi - Leh
Morning at leisure. - afternoon drive to Leh. On arrival check in at hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11: Leh- Jammu
This morning after breakfast transfer to airport to catch the flight for Jammu.
Upon arrival at Jammu check into your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12:Jammu - Amritsar
After breakfast drive to Amritsar, on arrival in Amritsar check in at hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Amritsar.
Visit Golden Temple - It is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is a symbol of the magnificence and strength of the Sikh people all over the world. In the evolution of the Darbar Sahib, is entwined the history and ideology of Sikhism. In its architecture are included, symbols associated with other places of worship. This is an example of the spirit of tolerance and acceptance that the Sikh philosophy propounds.
Also visit Jallianwala Bagh - Martyrs’ Memmorial built in the shape of eternal flame of liberty is situated on the outskirts of Golden Temple. Here about 1500 and 2000 persons who were attending a peaceful meeting during the freedom movement fell under the bullets of the British General Dyer on 13 April 1919 and the city of Amritsar.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Amritsar - Delhi
This morning transfer to railway station to catch train for Delhi. On arrival check in at hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14: Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur : The capital city of the state of Rajasthan also known as Pink City owes its name, its foundation and planning to the great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city of Jaipur has broad avenues. The city sits on a dry lake bed in a wild and somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by fortresses and crenellated walls.
Upon arrival, check-in at Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 Jaipur
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort enroute witness the façade of Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds which was built in 1799. Amber Fort - The ancient capital of the state until 1727 when Jai Singh decided to move from his hillside fortress at Amber to new site on the plains. The construction of this fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jal Mahal & temple of Kali. Ascend on elephant back, the hill, on which the fort is situated.
Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur. Visit the Jantar Mantar the observatory built by Jai Singh in 1728; the City Palace which is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It also has a museum with an extensive collection of art, carpets, paintings, enamel ware and weapons dating back to the 15th century.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16 Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Morning, breakfsat, drive to Agra. Enroute visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri : built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Mughals, 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 in the evening and check in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17: Agra- Delhi
After breakfast proceed on a city tour of Agra :
Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), Red fort & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. Later you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop. Afternoon, drive to Delhi and check into your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 18: Delhi
This morning after breakfast transfer to airport to catch flight for your onward destinations with sweet and unforgettable memories.