The legacy of erstwhile Emperor of India is still present in the form of refined English architecture at various cities of the country. The British Raj Tour explores the then traces of British royalty in the cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata and Darjeeling Delhi got its new name and status as a capital from Britain only 100 years ago. Designed with English aesthetics, Lutyen’s Delhi including Parliament House, India Gate and Rajpath depict the minimalist character. Agra showcases the fusion of Indo-Iranian architecture through the masterpiece in white - Taj Mahal. The next destination, Jaipur expresses its British touch through the Pink colour as a gesture to welcome Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II. Kolkata, the then capital of British too depicts the British royalty through the most famous Victoria Memorial. Darjeeling in The British Raj Tour takes a tourist to the vintage era through the famous Toy-Train on the hilly terrains.
Upon arrival in New Delhi meet, greet and transfer to the hotel. Delhi is the capital of India. Her history goes back 3000 years. Various rulers built eight successive cities in and around present day Delhi. Few capitals in the world have as many monuments of which Delhi is justly proud. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning tour of New Delhi. Designed in 1911 by the British, New Delhi is one of the greenest capitals in the world. Your tour includes a visit to the impressive Qutab Minar, a 234 foot sandstone tower and Humayun's tomb, a predecessor to the government buildings and presidential palace along the broad and majestic Rajpath,Diplomatic Enclave etc.Afternoon tour of old Delhi .See the Red Fort, a symbol of Mughal power. Drive past Chandni Chowk(old shopping street) and the Jama Mosque area. After returning, visit Rajghat, a memorial to the great Mahatma Gandhi. Over night at the hotel.
This morning you drive to Agra (200 kms /4 hrs). The earliest reference to Agra is in the epic "The Mahabharat". Ptolemy, Alexander the Great geographer, also called it Agra. It was however in the medieval period that Agra earned prominence as a capital city under the Mughal::,. It's m!3ny wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, have given it a unique position as a major tourist centre. Taj Mahal, simply, is beauty - not just in design and technique, but in desire and intent. It was built as a monument to love, a manifestation of life's most powerful emotion. When his wife died unexpectedly, Emperor Shahjahan vowed to honour her with a memorial of unmatched beauty. He commissioned the world's best craftsmen and 20,000 workers to build this beautiful structure. The result stands before you today - a delicately carved, white marble jewel, which seems to float on a sea of red limestone. Visit the Taj Mahal and the Agra fort this afternoon(Taj mahal is closed on Friday). Overnight at the hotel.
This morning drive to Jaipur (250 kms /5 hrs) visiting en route Fatehpur Sikri the once fabled Mughal capital, which has taken on a sleeping beauty quality, lying quietly but wonderfully preserved. We will see the Halls of Public and Private Audiences, the tower of Victory and the tomb of Salim Chisti, which is laced with mother-of-pearl. Jaipur, the rose pink capital of Rajasthan, is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, the city was founded in 1727 by the astronomer-king, Sawai Jai Singh II and built according to the Shilpa Shastra , the ancient Hindu treatise on architecture and sculpture. It is a walled city with seven rectangular blocks. The Maharaja's palace stands in the centre of the city amidst lovely gardens. Jaipur is aptly called the "Pink City"of India. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
An interesting stop on this route is the bird sanctuary at Bharatpur, where either a walk or a promenade in rickshaws (Pedi cab) or even bicycles can be arranged for the more energetic to spend a couple of relaxing hours in this lovely nature preserve which has over 250 species of birds.
Morning travel just north of Jaipur to visit Amber and famous palace . Riding on elegantly caparisoned elephant ,approach the palace in drive past the Taj Mahal elephants, approach the palace in the traditional way. The high gateways allow you to enter on these broad-backed animals. Inside will find lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and the Chamber of Mirrors. Afternoon visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory which is equipped with memorial to the great instruments astonishing size and precision, including a 90 foot high sun dial which is remarkably accurate. you will also see the ornate and elaborate Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal- a famous landmark of Jaipur and the City Palace Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning drive to Delhi (260 kms / 4 hrs)' and connect flight for kolkata.
Morning tour of Calcutta - visit the Victoria Memorial, the most solid reminder of British Calcutta is a huge white marble museum, a strange combination of classical European architecture with Mughal influences. The idea behind the memorial was conceived by Lord Curzon and the money for its construction was raised from voluntary contributions by the princes and the people of India. Also visit the Indian Museum, the Jain temple and the Botanical Gardens. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning transfer to Darjeeling for your flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival assistance and transfer from the airport to Da~eeling (95 kms/4 hrs uphill). Darjeeling is famous for producing one of the finest teas in the world with a unique flavour and delicate aroma.Darjeeling also holds a special interest for the botanist, the ornithologist, the trekker, the photographer and the artist, apart from the regular holiday maker. The Toy train, narrow gauge rail links between Siliguri and Darjeeling, started in 1879 and completed in 1881, is even by today's standards a marvel of engineering. You will cross the train tracks several times on your drive up to Darjeeling. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. The 11 km journey to Tiger Hill starts in the dark, uring early hours in the morning. On reaching there, one has to wait patiently to witness one of the most unforgettable sights of this tour - of the black night turning lighter and getting suffused with dull-red turning into brilliant orange and then bright gold as the sun rises over the Kanchenjunga Range. Later visit the small monastery at Ghoom and return to Darjeeling. Afternoon tour of Darjeeling visiting Mall Road, Sherpa Tenzing School of Mountaineering etc. Overnight at the hotel.
Full day at leisure to explore the valley on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to Bagdogra airport for your flight to Delhi, Kolkata from where you could take a flight back home or to your onward destination.