Take in India’s vibrant heritage and incredible landscapes on this customized tour. Not just the famed Golden Triangle of India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – also discover centuries old traditions in spiritual Varanasi. In East India, discover Kolkata’s colonial past on personalized tours and explore the Himalayan landscapes and verdant tea gardens of Gangtok and Darjeeling.
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Delhi, the City of Djinns (spirits) is yours to discover! Let us take you on a journey of India’s capital that covers 5,000 years, from its imperial history and two World Heritage sites to today’s electric contemporary vibe.
Highlights of Delhi Whether you want a whirlwind tour or wish to enjoy an in-depth experience of Delhi’s numerous sights, the choice is yours on this full day tour! Discover the Old Town with its bustling markets, including Chandni Chowk, once the grandest Indian market. Head to the imposing Red Fort and onto India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, beautifully decorated with paintings, inlaid stones, carvings and glazed tiles. Feast at the colorful, open-air food and craft bazaar of Dilli Haat. Visit Laxminarayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, and its beautiful gardens. Discover the UNESCO World heritage site Humayun’s Tomb, a monumental landmark in Indo-Islamic architecture with its perfect synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Red Fort closed on Mondays)
Cycle Rickshaw Ride Jump into the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi on a fascinating and comfortable cycle rickshaw ride! Sit back, relax and observe as your rickshaw wallah weaves you through the narrow, popular lanes, amidst the swarming masses of people. Your local guide will highlight all the different sections of the market as you breathe in the wonderful aromas of the spice market, the largest in Asia, and the wafts of burning incense from nearby stalls. There’s a sense of the medieval in these bazaars, and items for sale range from the colorful to the quirky, from bangles and silver jewelry to herbal potion concoctions. Supported by your local guide, this is undoubtedly one of the best and most thrilling ways to experience traditional Delhi!
Discover the magic of white marble at Agra! The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
Highlights of Agra Romance at sunset and have your audience with the white marble Mughal mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, grandly overlooking the Yamuna River, during your Half day tour of Agra. Head to the lesser known Mehtab Bagh for prime viewing of the world’s greatest monument of love. The Taj Mahal is not the only UNESCO World Heritage site to explore in Agra – you can witness the divine red sandstone Agra Fort, also a player in this renowned undying love story. (Activity Type : Private;Ideal For: All;Best Time to Visit: All Year;Total Duration: 5 hours;Timings: 08:00 – 18:00 hours;Closed: Taj Mahal Closed on Friday.)
Visit to Fatehpur Sikri Discover the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri that was built and founded in the 1500s by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar. This was a planned imperial city that would bring leaders of many religions together as Akbar held ideals of a syncretistic faith. Unfortunately just ten years after completion the city was deserted due to drought and water shortages. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, this half day tour is a very popular stop en route from Agra to Jaipur. (Duration: 1.5 hrs; Private En route Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy; Please note that guests will need to travel from the car parking area to the main entrance – a distance of 1 km – by boarding the Government owned battery operated bus)
Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan.
Highlights of Jaipur Wander into regality during your full day tour! Explore Amber Fort, a fabulous sandstone fort complex that overlooks the city. Visit Albert Hall, the state museum of Rajasthan with its vast collection of interesting regional Indian artifacts. Observe the aesthetically beautiful honeycombed façade of Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Discover the architecturally rich City Palace with its many regal courtyards, temples and pavilions, and Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna, situated in the heart of the old city. Head to the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. Visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, which acts to preserve the traditional Indian technique of hand block textile printing and boasts numerous beautiful examples. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Discovering Jaipur by Night Uncover the treasures of Jaipur by night as you experience the vibrant city and its centuries-old attractions in a different light. Begin your open-air jeep ride as you drive past the lit-up exteriors of the atmospheric Albert Hall Museum. Admire the illuminated intricate façade of Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), a sight dramatically different from but as alluring as its day-time avatar. Pass by Birla Mandir to view the glistening reflections of Jal Mahal (Water Palace) on Man Sagar lake. Finally, stop by the Amer Palace lit up in all its glory. Marvel at these stunning examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture dotted across the rustic and royal cityscape, as your guide shares trivia, local legends, and historical anecdotes about the Pink City. (Half Day; Time: 1800 hrs; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate)
Varanasi, the holy city, is older than history and legend! Located along the banks of the holy River Ganges, it is the oldest living city in the world.
Highlights of Varanasi (Half Day): Evening Begin your evening tour of Varanasi with a delightful visit to a bustling local market, brimming with vibrant colors where it seems that everything is for sale! Venture into modern spirituality with a local temple visit. Take a thrilling auto rickshaw ride towards the ghats (steps) of India’s holiest river. Cruise around the River Ganges on an evening boat ride as the sun begins to set. Participate in the enthralling Ganga Aarti, a heartwarming and fascinating prayer ceremony, where you can watch Hindu pilgrims giving offerings to their holy river. (Half Day, Private Evening Activity & Transfer; Time: 1500 hrs – 2000 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy)
Highlights of Varanasi (Half Day): Morning Head out on a sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges before you explore the colorful, bustling maze of ghats and temples lining the this holy river. As a meeting place between the physical and spiritual worlds, this can be an intense experience as you witness life and death come together. After a short breakfast, discover architectural relics and artwork at Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum. Venture to a nearby hamlet and observe daily village life, and experience Ramnagar Fort, an 18th century Mughal Fort. On every day except Fridays, you can visit the ancient seat of wisdom Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first lecture after attaining enlightenment.(Half Day, Private Morning Activity & Transfer; Time: 0530 hrs – 1300 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy; Sarnath Museum closed on Fridays)
Gangtok is a popular Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage site and capital of the alpine-laden state of Sikkim.
Visit to Labrang Monastery Visit Labrang Monastery, a Buddhist monastery built in 1814 and belonging to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Unlike most monasteries which were destroyed by fires, this one still retains its original structure. The name literally means ‘the Lamas dwelling’, consecrated to the memory of Latsun Chembo of Kongpu of Tibet, who initiated and propagated this school of Buddhism in Sikkim.
Gangtok-English Tour Escort
Highlights of Gangtok Delve into the major delights near Gangtok, starting with the Three Point View of Ridge Park, which boasts an amazing vantage point. The two-story 1930s White Memorial Hall built in British colonial style is just a little distance away. Visit the Enchey Monastery and Rumtek Monastery. Enjoy enchanting views of the Kanchendzonga peak from Hanuman Tok, before discovering a wealth of natural beauty at the Flower Show Hall. The significant Do-Drul Chorten (stupa), houses 108 Mani-lhakor (prayer wheels) that are regularly turned by devout monks as they invoke Bodhisattva (Lord Buddha). (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Darjeeling is known as East India’s Queen of the Hills. Encompassed by verdant tea plantations and perched atop a steep ridge, the town offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Highlights of Darjeeling Allow your spirit to soar as you venture for an early morning tour to the 2,500 meters high Tiger Hill, not far from the town center. On a clear day, you can view the world’s third-highest mountain peak – Kanchenjunga. With a quaint toy train ride up the mountain as prayer flags flutter in the breeze, you can visit Yiga Choeling Gompa, known provincially as Ghoom (Ghum) Monastery. Built in the 19th century, the monastery is considered one of the world’s holiest as it was personally blessed by the renowned Tibetan lama, Tomo Geshe Rinpoche. It’s also home to a 15-foot statue of the Maitreya Buddha (a Buddha who will appear in the future). In the afternoon, you can visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), and the local zoo. (Full Day, Time of Day: Morning, 0330 hrs; Travel time: 45 mins to Tiger Hill; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate (Guests with heart-related ailments or asthma are requested not to visit Tiger Hill due to the climbing required), HMI & Zoo closed on Thursdays)
Tea Garden & Local Market Visit (Half Day) Naturally, a trip to Darjeeling would be incomplete without appreciating the fabulous plantations that create its home-brewed and a famous cup of chai (tea)! Head to a Tea Garden and soak in the views. You can also visit one of the marvelous local markets. Not only do these often sell exotic varieties of tea, Tibetan curios, and discounted imported clothing and beauty products from nearby Thailand, they are the perfect spot to soak in the local culture and observe daily life! (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time)
Kolkata was once the epicenter of the British Raj and a major trading post of the East India Company.
Highlights of Kolkata Explore Dalhousie Square with landmarks like St.John’s Church, the imposing High Court, the Governor’s House surrounded by vast gardens, General Post Office and Writer’s Building which is the seat of the state government. Visit the iconic Victoria Memorial, on top of which a charming one-winged fairy is perched forever, and St. Paul’s Cathedral that offers an oasis of calm amidst the bustle. Visit Mother Teresa’s House, where many devotees pay respects at this most-revered nun’s tomb. Examine the Indian Museum with its many objet-d’-arts. Embrace Bengali high art at the famous Tagore House where the late Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore composed some of his many great works. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Mother Teresa House closed On Thursdays & National holidays, Victoria Memorial & Indian Museum closed On Mondays & National holidays.)
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 16 days / 15 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Jaipur – Varanasi
Varanasi – Kolkata
Flight from Kolkata to Gangtok
Bagdogra – Kolkata
All activities as listed :
Delhi: Highlights of Delhi
Delhi: Cycle Rickshaw Ride
Agra: Highlights of Agra
Agra: Visit to Fatehpur Sikri
Jaipur: Highlights of Jaipur
Jaipur: Discovering Jaipur by Night
Varanasi: Highlights of Varanasi (Half Day): Evening
Varanasi: Highlights of Varanasi (Half Day): Morning
Gangtok: Visit to Labrang Monastery
Gangtok: Gangtok-English Tour Escort
Gangtok: Highlights of Gangtok
Darjeeling: Highlights of Darjeeling
Darjeeling: Tea Garden & Local Market Visit (Half Day)
Darjeeling: Darjeeling-English Tour Escort
Kolkata: Highlights of Kolkata
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
Fees and taxes
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
What our guests say about this trip
This was our 7th trip with Enchanting. This company is truly consistent throughout the entire process. From the planning stage all the way through your return home. We have traveled to many different countries and the accommodations, guides and activities have always been wonderful! Thank-you Enchanting for another spectacular adventure!