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£3495

Varanasi, Darjeeling & Himalayas

Travelling by train to a trio of gems, across northern India and into the Himalayan hills, this tour includes a trip on the Darjeeling Toy Train, and shows you sunrise views of Everest, sunset at the Taj Mahal, and sacred ceremonies at Varanasi

A fascinating tour to India offering an extra Himalayan perspective, this is a journey through landscapes from the Ganges’ banks to head-in-the-clouds hills, and through the region’s centuries of culture and creeds. The country’s northern reaches are an interwoven tapestry of Sikh and Hindu shrines and Buddhist temples, Christian churches and Muslim ‘imambara’ halls, Mughal monuments, colonial avenues, and charismatic cities. This tour links them all by train, beginning in Delhi, assaulting the senses with its chaos of cultural heritage, and countless relics of a chequered past; and contrasting it with Agra, where the Taj Mahal is lauded by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the world’s heritage. Lucknow is known as a city of culture, for its manners and gentility, its art and music, and its monumental architecture. Varanasi is a boisterous, flamboyant, frenetic place of pilgrimage for spiritual rites in the sacred Ganges. Beside the Hoogly River, Kolkata blends its metropolitan modernity with characterful colonial districts; and hill stations don’t come better than Darjeeling, with mountain peaks, tiered tea plantations, and Raj buildings.

Overview

  • Delhi  - 1 night
  • Agra  - 1 night
  • Lucknow  - 2 nights
  • Varanasi  - 2 nights
  • Kolkata  - 3 nights
  • Darjeeling  - 3 nights
  • Kolkata  - 1 night
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Travelling by train to a trio of gems, across northern India and into the Himalayan hills, this tour includes a trip on the Darjeeling Toy Train, and shows you sunrise views of Everest, sunset at the Taj Mahal, and sacred ceremonies at Varanasi

Notes:

This is a full itinerary with visits on foot over uneven surfaces and inclines.

Accommodation

The Claridges Hotel - Delhi

Right where New Delhi meets Old Delhi, The Claridges Hotel is in a peaceful area, only a 10 minute walk to the serene Lodi Gardens yet still close to shopping centres, markets and the famous India Gate. The hotel extends a warm welcome and offers a several dining options, a bar, swimming pool, gym and spa. The rooms are a blend of classic and contemporary styles and provide air-conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, mini bar and safe.

Taj Hotel & Convention Centre - Agra

A luxury 5-star hotel providing the perfect vantage point to take in the many riches of Agra. A selection of restaurants, bar, rooftop infinity pool with magical views of the Taj Mahal, spa, fitness centre and WiFi (free). 239 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Taj Mahal - Lucknow

A 5-star hotel located near the banks of the river Gomti. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 110 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Taj Ganges - Varanasi

A 4-star hotel located amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 140 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

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Oberoi Grand - Kolkata

A 5-star heritage hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free). 209 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Elgin Hotel - Darjeeling

Elgin Hotel - Darjeeling Once the summer residence of the Maharaja (King) of Cooch Behar, the Elgin Darjeeling is now a luxury 4-star heritage hotel. The hotel is situated in the heart of Darjeeling town. Dining hall, lounge, garden, WiFi (free) and 23 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Emirates from Heathrow

October
October 11 (Friday)
November
November 15 (Friday)
Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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