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Cross the Ganges plain from Delhi to Kolkata
(Calcutta), taking in the majesty of the Taj
Mahal, remarkable wildlife in Ranthambore,
the spiritual aura of Varanasi and colonial
Lucknow and Kolkata. Finish in the tea
plantations of Darjeeling.
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Travel from London (regional connections
available) with Virgin Atlantic to Delhi. (N)
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Trident
Gurgaon for an overnight stay. Afternoon at
leisure. This evening join the rest of your group
and your guide for a welcome drink. (N)
Sightseeing in New Delhi. Take the afternoon train
to Sawai Madhopur and drive the short distance
to Dev Vilas (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)
Early morning and late afternoon wildlife drives
in search of tigers (B, L, D)
Morning train to Bharatpur and drive to Agra.
After lunch at a rooftop restaurant overlooking
the Taj Mahal, visit the marble magnificence of
the Taj Mahal and explore the imposing Agra
fort. Overnight stay at Trident (or similar). (B, L)
Travel to Lucknow for a 2-night stay at Lebua
Lucknow. This afternoon enjoy a walking
tour visiting Kaiserbagh, once described as
the most beautiful palace in the world, and
Kotwara House, home to the legendary
film-maker and artist Muzaffar & Meera Ali.
Watch clips of his most iconic films over a cup
of tea. (B)
Half-day tour of Lucknow, followed by a visit
to La Martinière school, the Lucknow Residency,
Asifi Imambara and the magical Husainabad
complex. Rest of the day at leisure before
the highlight of a dinner with a royal family
of Lucknow. Enjoy a live Kathak dance
performance before a home-cooked
Awadhi dinner. (B, D)
Take the morning train to Varanasi for an
overnight stay at Hotel Madin. This evening
watch the mesmerising aarti ceremony on the
banks of the River Ganges. (B)
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges to
see cremation sites and colourful bathing
ghats. After breakfast, visit Sarnath, the
site of Buddha’s first sermon after receiving
enlightenment. Take the evening flight to
Kolkata for 2 nights at the centrally located
LaLiT Great Eastern Hotel or upgrade to the
Oberoi Grand (Deluxe room) from £45. (B)
Half-day tour of Kolkata’s colonial heritage
including a ride on one of Kolkata’s historic
trams. Optional afternoon visit to the Victoria
Memorial, South Park Cemetery and Kumartuli
– the potter’s village where the idols are created
for the city’s festivals. (B)
Morning at leisure. Take the afternoon flight to
Bagdogra and transfer to Darjeeling for
2 nights at the Elgin Hotel. (B, D)
Enjoy a ride on the Darjeeling Hill Railway from
Darjeeling Town, through the picturesque Batasia
Loop. Visit Ghoom Monastery before heading
to the Glenburn Tea Estate (or similar) to learn
about the process of refining tea before a tea tasting session. Walk through the tea fields with
a guide and interact with the tea picker ladies
learning how to pluck the "two leaves and a bud".
Lunch will be served at a scenic location in the
colonial estate. (B, L, D)
Optional early morning visit to Tiger Hill to
watch the sunrise over the Kachenjunga Range.
After breakfast, visit the zoo, famous for its
snow leopards and red pandas, the renowned
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the
Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre and Lloyds
Botanical Gardens. Fly to Delhi for an overnight
stay at the Holiday Inn Aerocity. (B, D )
Take the Virgin Atlantic flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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