Himalayas and Taj Mahal tour is ideal for the admirer of architectural beauties and picturesque Himalaya mountains. Explore the royal sites of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur along with the scenic, appealing landscapes of Srinagar. A city popular year round. The highlight of the India tour is your stay onboard a houseboat. Each room has hand-crafted ceiling and paneled walls. Traditional and colorful Kashmir rugs cover the floors. Life onboard a houseboat is unique and your tour also includes a Shikara ride on the day of arrival. A soothing and relaxing way to see the sights of Dal Lake. Embark on a full day tour to Gulmarg, “the meadow of flowers”. Undoubtedly, the feeling of being surrounded by snow-clad mountains will complete your Srinagar stay.
Because of its natural beauty and lakes, many tourists decide to include a stop in Srinagar.
At a glance
Day 1 Welcome to Delhi. Transfer to your hotel
Day 2 Delhi to Srinagar ( Flight). Transfer to houseboat
Day 3 Full day tour to Gulmarg
Day 4 Srinagar: day free to explore its lustrous sceneries
Day 5 Return to Delhi (Flight)
Day 6 Delhi city tour and travel to Agra
Day 7 Visit the famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Day 8 Stop at Fatehpur Sikri before arriving in Jaipur
Day 9 Tour of Jaipur with Elephant ride to the Amber Fort
Day 10 Return to Delhi Airport for onward/return flight
Arrive Delhi (By flight)
- You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
- Check-in at hotel 12h00 noon.
- Overnight at your hotel in Delhi.
Delhi – Srinagar (B)
- In the morning you will be transferred to Delhi Airport for your flight to Srinagar.
- On arrival at Srinagar Airport, you will be met and transferred to your Houseboat.
- In the evening enjoy a Shikara ride at Dal Lake.
- Overnight on board the houseboat.
- After breakfast you will proceed for full day excursion to Gulmarg.
- Gulmarg – India’s finest ski resort; Gulmarg; 53 kms from Srinagar; is known as “the meadow of flowers.” It also has the distinction of offering the highest natural golf course in the world at 2890 metres. From mid-December to March; Gulmarg becomes an exciting winter sports resort. Skiing; tobogganing and ski-bobbing; are some of the activities offered here; with instruction and equipment facilities.
- Overnight on board the houseboat.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- 9 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels in a double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride/jeep ride
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- India visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 18 and 31 MAR 2019
- Seasonal supplements for travel between 18 DEC 18 and 10 JAN 19
Contact us for any other date of travel required
India’s Different Seasons
India climate is considered hot; however, the weather varies a lot depending on which part of the country you visit. The South has Monsoons whereas the North may be covered in snow. The best time to travel is between October and March (except for the Far North, where you will encounter winter conditions from November onwards)
Overview of food & drink
India’s food is tantalizing and spicy and comes in so many varieties. Rice is the foundation of each dish. This does not exclude a number for breads from light to roasted. Northern Indian food mostly consists of meaty stews and kebabs. Southern India is known for its spiced vegetarian curries and dosas. Goa and Kerala will serve you the best seafood dishes.
Drink only bottled water during your stay in India. Nimbu Pani (Lemonade) is a traditional and most common Indian drink, made of lemon and ginger juice. Coconut water is preferred by many locals across India. Toddy is a famous alcoholic drink in Madhya Pradesh that is made from various palm plants. Jal Jeera, the magical drink to survive the hot Indian Summers
Usually, add 10 to 15% when eating out. Restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai often charge a ‘service charge’, not to be confused with ‘service tax’ (which is a government-levied tax). When a ‘service charge’ is levied no tip is expected. When you have a driver over multiple days you should tip him between 150 – 300 INR per day. Again, base this on how happy you were with his service and local knowledge
Culture and Language
It’s traditional to greet people using ‘Namaste’; place both hands together and bow slightly. In urban areas this is often overlooked. Indian culture is based on a hierarchical system, so elders and superior are greeted first. Avoid standing too close to others. Use your right hand to touch, accept or give something. Do not use public displays of affection. Hindi is the official language, but English is widely spoken throughout the country
Getting around in India
Air carriers serve all major cities and large towns. There are several domestic “low Budget” options
Taxis and auto rickshaws are a very popular way of getting around the major cities. These rides are charged by the kilometer. Insist that your vehicle has a meter before going on your journey. Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have metro systems. Rail is India is widely available. Shatabdi Express connects major and secondary cities. Advanced reservations are essential
Here are some traditional dishes
Alu Gobi: a dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi) and Indian spices
Butter Chicken: traditionally cooked in a tandoor; but may be grilled, roasted or pan-fried with a special gravy
Rogan Josh: consists of braised lamb chunks cooked with a gravy based on browned onions or shallots, yogurt, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices
Malai Kofta: cooked in a creamy gravy made of tomatoes and cashew nuts
Naan: leavened, oven-baked flatbread normally served with all meals
Come, Seek and Discover. Match India’s rhythms to your heart, its colors to your mind, and find a travel experience that is yours alone. A country like no other. Friendly, warm, welcoming … and uniquely your own.
India is many things, but dull is never one of them. From the frozen Himalayas to the lush backwaters of Kerala, it’s a true feast for all the senses. Experience the unique magic of this beautiful country by exploring the cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur – the country’s celebrated Golden Triangle. Experience the grandeur of the Taj Mahal, the splendor of Rajasthan’s pink-washed palaces, and the electric buzz of New Delhi’s spice markets and bazaars. A stay in Srinagar will be your highlight of the tour.
This exclusive tour keeps in mind the interests of the tourists who share a passion for mountains and a curiosity for India’s tradition. Undeniably, one has never seen anywhere in the world a more beautiful place such as Kashmir. Your journey is a smorgasbord of colors, flavors, aromas. For that reason, come along and experience a jam-packed tour with unforgettable highlights.