The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan with a courtyard. Thus it is an architectural triumph. Then we will pass over the commercial area of Chandni Chowk - The main street of Old Delhi is the colourful shopping bazaar. Chandni Chowk's speciality is the variety of its markets and their Indian-ness. Then have a photostop at Red Fort (From outside) – One of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal Quila or the Red Fort. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. In length with the height varying from 18 meter on the river side to 33 meter on the city side. The old walled city from Mughal India, the chief attraction is the huge fort that contains within it palaces and impressive public buildings. The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaw. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. Take a small tour of Khari Baoli, it is among the markets of spices largest in Asia.
Leave to see Raj Ghat – On the banks of the Yamuna River, a simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.
Later Continue to visit Rajpath – The Kingsway is another focus of New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side by Ornamental ponds. India Gate – India Gate is a majestic high arch, 42 meters high, built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in the World War I. Beneath it burns an eternal flame. Rashtrapati Bhawan – The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Qutab Minar – This is a soaring tower of victory which was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73 meter high and tapers from a 15 meter diameter base to just 2.5 meter at the top. Humayun's Tomb - This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. On the way visit various government buildings and the Embassy area.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3 - Delhi / Guwahati / Kaziranga National Park
Breakfast at hotel. Later transfer to the airport for your flight to Guwahati. Upon arrival in Guwahati continue towards Kaziranga.
Kaziranga - It is the oldest park in Assam covers an area of 430 Sq kms along the river Brahmaputra on the North and the Karbi Anglong hills on the South. The National Highway 37 passes through the park area and tea estates, hemmed by table-top tea bushes. One can even see the rhinos and wild elephants straying near the highway. Kaziranga National Park a world heritage site is famous for the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, the landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes & shallow pools. It has been declared as National Park in 1974. Kaziranga National Park is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds.
Checkin and Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4 - Kaziranga National Park
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari. You will have surely will be able to trace Indian Elephants, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Hog Deer, Sloth Bears, Tigers, Leopard Cats, Jungle Cats, Otters, Hog Badgers, Capped Langurs, Hoolock Gibbons, Wild Boar, Jackal, Wild Buffalo, Pythons, Monitor Lizards, etc besides one horned rhinoceros. Later in afternoon Leave to visit tribal village to see the silkworm rearing. The people rear silkworms to weave silk material and gives fascinating insight into the land and the people apart from the taming wildlife. Return back to hotel and overnight at hotel
Day 5 - Kaziranga National Park
Early in morning one can leave for an elephant-back-ride. One could see wild Elephant herds roaming around or Indian Rhinos browse past visitors unconcernedly. Since Kaziranga wildlife Sanctuary is easily accessible, its provides a chance to see animals in the wild at such close quarters, thus making a trip to this National Park a very rewarding experience. In Later afternoon Leave to visit the Tea plantation and the factory. Overnight at hotel
Day 6 - Kaziranga -Guwahati / Bagdogra / Kalimpong
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Guwahati airport for your flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival in Bagdogra continue towards Kalimpong.
Kalimpong - The first thing that strikes the traveler visiting Kalimpong is its quiet atmosphere. The peaceful ambience that pervades is heightened by the presence of monasteries and churches across the town. Kalimpong is also known for its bustling bazaars and traditional handicrafts. It is famous for its orchids and nurseries. Kalimpong offers panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges that lie beyond it
Upon arrival checkin and overnight at hotel.
Day 7 – Kalimpong
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for the sightseeing tour of Kalimpong:
Flower Nurseries:The climate of Kalimpong is ideal for the cultivation of flowers and plants. Kalimpong is famous for its nurseries which export exotic flowers like Amaryllis lilies, Anthuriums, Roses gerberas, Dahilias, Gladiolias as well as Orchids and Cacti.
Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery : This is a fairly new monastery located in Durpin Dara, from here one can get an exclusive panoramic view of the town and surroundings. The prayer room inside the monastery is adorned with wall paintings and there is a rare three-dimensional mandala upstairs.
Tharpa Choling Monastery at Tirpai hill on route to Dr.Graham’s Home belongs to the Yellow Hat sect of Lamas to which the present Dalai Lama belongs.
Thongsa Gumpa: this monastery is of Bhutanese origin and built around 1692. It is the oldest in Kalimpong.The original structure was destroyed in the inter-clan wars before the British arrived .
Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 - Kalimpong / Siliguri / Kolkatta (Night in Train)
After breakfast at hotel. Drive to Siliguri to catch a train to Kolkatta. Overnight in train
Day 9 – Kolkatta
Arrive at Kolkatta and transfer to hotel
Calcutta also known as Kolkatta is a bustling city with a teeming population. It is the cultural capital of India and the gateway to the East. More than 300 years old, the city gained eminence when the British developed Calcutta as the second city of their empire, next only to London. It became the capital of India. When Queen Victoria died, Lord Curzon the Viceroy of India built the white marbled Victoria Memorial in her remembrance.
Calcutta is an Anglicized version of Kalikata. According to some, Kalikata is derived from the Bengali word Kalikshetra, meaning "Ground of (the goddess) Kali." Some say the city's name derives from the location of its original settlement on the bank of a canal (khal). A third opinion traces it to the Bengali words for lime (kali) and burnt shell (kata), since the area was noted for the manufacture of shell-lime. Still another opinion is that the name is derived from the Bengali term kilkila (meaning, "flat area"), which is mentioned in the old literature. Maybe the name springs from the fact that being the home of the 'Kol' tribe known as 'Kolka Hota’
You will discover there the Eden gardens, the Law courts, the French National Assembly and one of the missions of Mother Theresa
Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Calcutta / Sunderbans National Park
Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Basanti Port. Arrive in Sunderbans. Later Cruise to Sajnekhali by a dedicated motorised launch (2 ½ hr.) There is a Mangrove Interpretation Centre here. There are watchtowers at Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali, Netidhopan, Haldi and a number of other places. Birds of prey include osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Pallas's fish eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus), white-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), grey-headed fishing eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), Oriential hobby (Falco severus), northern eagle owl (Bubo bubo) and brown fish owl (Ketupa zeylonensis). Overnight in the Boat.
Day 11 - Sunderbans National Park / Kolkatta
Morning visit in cycle rickshaws to Rangabeloa Tagore Society to see the rural development project. Return to Basanti by the afternoon. Transfer to Calcutta by car. Overnight in a hotel
Day 12 - Kolkatta / Delhi / You Country
Breakfast at hotel. Later transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival Transfer to the international airport for your onward flight back home with the sweet memories of India.
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