12 Days Golden Triangle & Kashmir Tour Package!! (SSTT 001)
Saturday. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city. Overnight at Hotel.
Day-2 Old Delhi:
This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and the Rajpath and India Gate in New Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specialising in classic Indian cuisine. Overnight at hotel.
Day-3 Delhi – Agra:
Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later we travel on to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and has no peers. Overnight at hotel.
Day-4 Agra – Jaipur:
En route to Jaipur we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore. Later we drive to Jaipur, the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur Bolt-on. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Reaching the fort is an experience in itself, as we ride up the road in princely style aboard Indian elephants - subject to regulations and availability.
Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory. Overnight at Hotel.
Day-6 Jaipur – Alsisar:
Today we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region, which lies in a triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. The small towns in this region were once important trading posts, and today their legacy is carried on through the beautiful painted havelis that were constructed by wealthy merchants here in the 18th and 19th centuries. Later we enjoy a walk through a local village and time to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day-7 Alsisar - Delhi.
This morning we make a quick visit to the children and teachers at a local school (if open) in Alsisar where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme. If you have bought any educational items with you to hand out to children this would be the time to do so. You can also make a donation to the school if you choose via our Change For Children project.
Leaving Alsisar we return to Delhi. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to further discover the city. Opt for a meal in the heart of the city or simply relax and chat with group members at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day-8 Delhi - Srinagar.
Today we take our included transfer to Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, situated in the northwestern region of India. Jammu and Kashmir is bordered in the north by China, to the east by the autonomous region of Tibet, to the south by the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, to the west by the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi and on the north western side by Afghanistan.
Upon arrival you'll be met and transferred to your houseboat on Nageen Lake, part of the larger Dal Lake, which will be your home for the next four nights. Dal Lake covers an area of 18 square kilometres and is lined with stunning Mughal Gardens, resorts, houseboats and colourful shikaras - small wooden vessels used to transport almost everything around the lake from goods, to people. This evening we will take a ride in a shikara to witness the sunset. Overnight onboard houseboat.
Day-9 Mughal Garden:
This morning we visit some of the stunning Mughal Gardens that Srinagar is famous for, including the terraced Nishat Bagh Garden on the eastern side of the lake, whose name translates in Hindustani as "Garden of Joy". Later we visit Shalimar Garden, which is equally as stunning and located on the northeast side of the lake. After visiting the gardens the rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight onboard houseboat.
Day-10 Floating Vegetable Markets:
Today we board one of the colourful shikara to visit the floating gardens, known as "Rad" in Kashmiri. Here mounds of earth protrude from the water and act as a planting ground for local produce. Tomatoes, cucumbers and melons have been found to grow the best here with a constant source of irrigation.
Later we visit the Old City of Srinigar with its winding streets and alleys lined with shops selling and making the finest Kashmari goods. Spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure. Overnight onboard houseboat.
Day-11 Relaxing on your houseboat:
Today is free for you to do as you please. Explore the local markets for some last minute bargains or simply relax on your house boat and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of Lake Dal. Overnight onboard houseboat.
Day-12 Srinagar – Delhi – Departure:
After breakfast we return to Srinagar and transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to the international departure terminal for your onward flight.