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THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

February 20 - March 8, 2018 • 17 days

$5570 based on double occupancy from Delhi, India
Single Supplement $1990
Based on minimum of 2 participants

International airfare additional

 

 

The country India, or as we say "Bharat", is mind stirring with varied elements of heterogeneity. From age long traditions to authentic customs this land is a historical paradise from every corner one looks at. With a multitude of indifferent places in its storehouse, stories to tell and share here are endless. This is a country with limitless possibilities of exploration from anywhere one starts with and every place is bound to spellbind one like a charmer. What adds to the miracle is the diversified creed of humanity, which simply changes as one shifts region. In a whole, it is a land of manifold discovery, unique experiences & multifarious stories.

So, come let us walk through some of those mythical, magical and mystical places which are shrouded with glory of the erstwhile saga. On this trip of yours, you will be witnessing two of the most important festivals of India - Khajuraho Dance festival and Basant (spring) Panchami (5th day of the fortnight in the Hindu lunar calendar) festival.

Be part of the festivals, learn the culture, explore the surroundings and spend time with nature. Your journey will start in the capital city Delhi - where you can travel through the layers of time and history. Travel on from Delhi to Jaipur - a n enthralling city with colorful and chaotic streets. Spend few days in the walled city before you drive to the Mughal city of Agra. The magical allure of the Taj Mahal and the fascinating tomb from the Mughal empire will be impressive highlights. From Agra take a short train ride to Khajuraho to discover the sensuous moods of the ancient temples. You will also witness one of the annual dance festivals - where dancers from all over the country participate and perform their local dance. Take a flight to Varanasi - the sacred city, observe the divine beauty of River Ganges. You will then take a flight to Kolkata - to explore the old world charm of the city. Celebrate Basant Panchami with enthusiasm and spreading smiles by smearing the vibrant colors. You will then travel north to the beautiful city of Kalimpong - a small hill station on the foothills of Himalayas. Indulge in the landscape while you cover the gompas of this region. Finally spend time in the tea gardens of Darjeeling with a freshly brewed cup of tea before you return home.

Preliminary Day by Day Itinerary

February 20 ARRIVE DELHI
Tuesday

  • Arrive Delhi by your international flight
  • Meeting on arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel

Overnight in Delhi at Novotel

February 21 IN DELHI – TAKE AN EVENING FLIGHT TO JAIPUR
Wednesday

Meals: Breakfast

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning : Experience a metro ride from Aero city to old Delhi.
  • Embark on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat, Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid
  • Take a cycle rickshaw ride in the narrow alleys of Chandni Chowk
  • Afternoon : Sightseeing tour of New Delhi driving past India Gate, the Presidential Palace, Government Secretariat. Also visit Qutab Minar - a UNESCO World heritage Site
  • Return to hotel to pick up the luggage
  • Evening: Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Jaipur
  • Meeting upon arrival in Jaipur and transfer to hotel

Overnight in Jaipur at Trident

February 22 IN JAIPUR
Thursday

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning : Excursion to Amer Fort.
  • Ride a jeep to ascend the hill on which the fort is located
  • Afternoon : Sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the City Palace and the Observatory
  • Evening visit a local home to try your hands on Rajasthani cuisine, this will be followed by a dinner
    with the family

Overnight in Jaipur at Trident

February 23 DELHI - TAKE A TRAIN TO BHARATPUR & DRIVE TO AGRA
Friday

Meals: Breakfast

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • In the morning transfer to railway station to board train to Bharatpur
  • Arrive Bharatpur, and drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Visit the mausoleum of Salim Chisti
  • Afternoon, visit Agra Fort and Mehtab Bagh

Overnight in Agra at Radisson

February 24 AGRA/ KHAJURAHO
Saturday

Meals: Breakfast

  • Early morning visit Taj Mahal with sunrise view
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • After breakfast, leave for railway station to board train to Khajuraho departing at 11:00 hrs
  • The train is expected to arrive in Khajuraho in the late afternoon.
  • Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel

Overnight in Khajuraho at Radisson

February 25 IN KHAJURAHO - DANCE FESTIVAL
Sunday

Meals: Breakfast

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning: Visit Eastern & Western Group of temples. Visit the Chaturbhuj temple dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe, according to Hindu mythology, in the western group of temples.
  • In the evening attend the Cultural Dance festival of Khajuraho - classical dancers from all across India perform in open air corridors of the Khajuraho group of temples.

Overnight in Khajuraho at Radisson

February 26 KHAJURAHO/ VARANASI
Monday

Meals: Breakfast

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning: At leisure (Optional: participants can go on a cycling experience to the nearby village)
  • Afternoon: Transfer to airport to board flight to Varanasi
  • Arrive Varanasi, meeting upon arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel
  • Evening: attend the aarti ceremony at the ghats of holy river Ganges

Overnight in Varanasi

February 27 VARANASI/ KOLKATA
Tuesday

Meals: Breakfast

  • Early morning, take a boat ride on Ganges followed by a walking tour through the narrow alleys of Varanasi
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • After breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Sarnath
  • Evening : Transfer to the hotel to board flight to Kolkata
  • Arrive Kolkata, meeting upon arrival and transfer to hotel

Overnight in Kolkata

February 28 IN KOLKATA
Wednesday

Meals: Breakfast

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning: take an excursion to Kumartuli to witness the making of idols.
  • From Kumartuli, drive to 'book bazar' - there are more than 2000 bookstores along side the road and many students and educationalist purchase books from the street shops. Also taste a cup of coffee at the famous "Indian Coffee House" which is known as the place for all intellectual discussion.
  • Experience a ride on a local tram which is still a prominent mode of transport prevailing in the city of Joy
  • Evening: visit Missionaries of Charity, established in 1950 by Mother Teresa

Overnight in Kolkata at Oberoi Grand

March 1 IN KOLKATA
Thursday

Meals: Breakfast

  • Early morning visit the colorful flower market, see the buying and selling of flowers
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning: Embark on a heritage walk through British Kolkata to explore some of the old buildings. Also visit Victoria Memorial
  • Later, proceed to Dakshineshwar Temple - a temple to worship Goddess Kali on the ghat of river
    Ganges
  • In the late afternoon visit Marble Palace & Parasnath Jain temple on the way back to hotel

Overnight in Kolkata at Oberoi Grand

March 2 IN KOLKATA - A DAY TO CELEBRATE BASANT PANCHAMI
Friday
Meals: Breakfast

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Today you will board a train from Kolkata until Bolpur. Upon arrival take a cycle rickshaw ride to reach
    Shantiniketan- famous for the university created by the nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore
  • It is a special day on the calendar as here you will get to see students attired in pale yellow clothing and ornaments made out of flowers. The celebration is marked with the music of Rabindranath Tagore, dance, drama and smearing of vibrant dry colours on each other
  • In the evening board back your train to Kolkata

Overnight in Kolkata at Oberoi Grand

March 3 KOLKATA/ BAGDOGRA/ KALIMPONG
Saturday

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to airport to board your morning flight to Bagdogra
  • Meeting on arrival at the airport and drive to Kalimpong (03 hrs)
  • Upon arrival in the afternoon you will visit a handmade paper making factory. See the process of making paper in an environmentally friendly manner where the shrubs and plants are cleaned, boiled and then cooked. Finally these paper turn out in colorful batik print, tie and dye prints and block prints.
  • After the visit to the paper factory, return to the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel

Overnight in Kalimpong at The Elgin

March 4 IN KALIMPONG
Sunday

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Start your day with a guided tour of Kalimpong visiting Tharpa Choling Monastery situated on a hill-top. You will then visit Thongsa Gompa which is a bhutanese monastery and is know as the oldest monastery in Kalimpong.
  • Close to Thongsa Gompa also visit Mangal Dham, a temple dedicated to Guruji Shri Mangal Dasji
    Maharaj who dedicated his life serving the poor and needy people of Kalimpong
  • Afternoon visit: Zang Dog Palri Monastery, also known as Durpin Monastery, located at the Durpin Dara Hill. This monastery exhibits wall paintings and offers great views of the town.
  • In the evening visit pine view nursery which has a great collection of cactus and ornamental plants.
  • Lunch and Dinner at the hotel

Overnight in Kalimpong at The Elgin

March 5 KALIMPONG/ DARJEELING
Monday

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning, leave for Darjeeling (3 hrs)
  • Enroute stop at the tea estate, where you will see variety of tea grown in these area.
  • Lunch will be arranged in the tea estate
  • Try some local tea before you continue your drive to the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel

Overnight in Darjeeling at The Elgin

March 6 IN DARJEELING
Tuesday

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Early morning: Visit Tiger Hill (2673 m) to view the sunrise over Kanchenjunga.
  • Return to hotel for breakfast.
  • After breakfast take a ride on the Himalayan Toy Train from Ghoom station along the Batasia loop with a panoramic view of Darjeeling including that of Hill Town as well as the snow peaks of Kanchenjunga
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Afternoon: Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tibetan Refugee center. The Mountaineering Institute gives a fascinating insight into the history of Himalayan exploration and mountaineering.
  • Evening: visit the Tibetan market, stroll around the mall road which showcases different souvenirs and local goods

Overnight in Darjeeling at The Elgin

March 7 DARJEELING/ BAGDOGRA/ DELHI
Wednesday

Meals: Breakfast

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • After a leisurely breakfast transfer to Bagdogra airport (3 hrs) to board flight to Delhi
  • Meeting on arrival and transfer to an airport hotel
  • Rest of the evening is free to relax before the international flight

Overnight in Delhi

March 8 DEPART DELHI
Thursday

  • Transfer to airport to board your onward flight
  • Leave Delhi by international flight

Flight schedules always subject to change.

B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner

 

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

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