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Experiencing British-Raj in Uttarakhand
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13 days
Duration
8 / 10
Physicality
India
Location
11/01/2017
Start Date

TOUR DESCRIPTION

  1. Visit in Delhi – Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb
  2. Drive past in Delhi - Red Fort, Rajghat, President House and India Gate
  3. Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk
  4. In Mussoorie, visit Gun Hill point by aerial ropeway, Sir George Everest estate and Lal Tibba
  5. Jungle safari in Corbett National Park
  6. In Nainital, visit Tiffin Top, Land’s End and Cheena peak
  7. Boat-ride in Naini Lake
  8. Getaway to Ranikhet – Richness of natural beauty and Pine trees
  9. Accommodation in best of the heritage hotels / resorts at each destination, with show-around
  10. Assistance at airport and sightseeing tours by private air-conditioned vehicle
  11. Start From Delhi and End in Delhi

DEPARTURE / RETURN
Delhi
DEPARTURE TIME
Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Airfare
Accommodations
Local transportation
Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity
IMPORTANT NOTES

2N Delhi, 3N Mussoorie, 3N Corbett, 2N Nainital, 1N Ranikhet, 1N Delhi


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Day 1: departure

Arrival in Delhi, Meet our representative upon arrival in Delhi and proceed to your hotel. After reaching, check-in at the hotel and spend rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Delhi.

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Day 2:

After breakfast, proceed for a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. This fascinating city has been in existence since the 6th century BC and has seen ups and downs from the rule of the Pandavas right up to the British Raj. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can hold about 25,000 worshippers. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi…noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian. You will then drive past to the Red Fort, which was constructed during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan and served as the residence for the Mughal royal family. It continues to be significant till date, as every Independence Day, the Prime Minister makes a speech from its ramparts as the Indian flag is hoisted. Later, drive past President House and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s Delhi before you head toward Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. This simple memorial marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Thereafter, visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale. Later in the evening visit the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world; it was commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi. (Optional) - Attend a Sufi ceremony at Nizamuddin Dargah). Return back to Hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

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Day 3:

After breakfast, drive to Mussoorie - established by the British in 1823, Mussoorie became hugely popular with the Raj set. The influence of that era linger on in the architecture of the churches, libraries, hotels and summer palaces, also on adjacent town Landour. Both Mussoorie and Landour are collectively known as the Queen of the Hills. The name Landour is drawn from Llanddowror, a village in Carmarthenshire in southwest Wales. During the Raj, it was common to give nostalgic English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish names to one's home (or even to British-founded towns), and reflecting one's ethnicity. Upon arrival, check-in at designated heritage hotel – Fortune Savoy and take show-around tour of this heritage resort. Fortune The Savoy is an elegant and historic hotel that was opened by Cecil D. Lincoln, an Irish barrister, here in 1902. Built in English Gothic architecture style, Fortune Savoy is a wonderful mix of old world charm and new-age conveniences, and promises to give its guests an unparalleled experience. Overnight stay in Mussoorie.

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Day 4:

After breakfast, enjoy full day sightseeing tour starting with Gun Hill, which is the 2 nd highest peak of Mussoorie and can be reached by ropeway too. It offers beautiful panoramic view of snow- capped Himalayan ranges and Doon valley. In British era, Gun mounted on top used to be fired at mid-day for people to adjust their watches. Later, visit the park estate of Sir George Everest, who was the first surveyor general of India, Mt. Everest was named after him. The place provides excellent view of surrounding valleys and peaks. In evening, stroll down on Mall road – structure of the road will take you back to the colonial period of British. Along with restaurants, hotels and shops, there is a 100 year old Methodist church too. Overnight stay in Mussoorie.

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Day 5:

After breakfast, enjoy full day at leisure. Alternatively, you may visit Lal Tibba, which is the highest point in Mussoorie. A 20 meter tall tower is situated at the edge of cliff, with a telescope. One can take close look of the mighty Himalayas. Overnight stay in Mussoorie.

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Day 6:

After breakfast, proceed to Corbett National Park – formerly Hailey National Park, is the oldest national park in India which came into existence in 1936, lies on the foothills of Himalayas, to protect the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger. Corbett is a home to densest tiger population in the world which guarantees the glimpses of the elusive big cat in its premises. It is a vast Eco-Sphere that is blessed with the plethora of wildlife where you can enjoy several activities like jungle safaris, trekking, bird watching, elephants ride and much more. Upon arrival, spend rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at resort in Corbett.

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Day 7:

Early morning and afternoon game drive to the national park. Other residents of the park include four kinds of Deer, Wild Boar and some lesser-known animals. Leopards are mostly found in the hilly areas of the Corbett Park. Some nocturnal cats found here are the Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat and Fishing Cat. Sloth Bear is found in the lower regions of the park while the Himalayan Black Bear is seen in the higher hills only. The Dole or Wild Dog, though they can be seen in the southern areas of the park along with the Jackal. Some of the smaller residents of the park are Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Common Otter, Black Naped Hare and Porcupine. Elephants are among one of the main attractions of Jim Corbett Park. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight stay at resort in Corbett.

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Day 8:

Early morning and afternoon game drive to the national park. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at resort in Corbett.

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Day 9:

Drive from Corbett – Nainital (70 kms / approx. 2 hours) After breakfast, drive to Nainital - which was a popular summer vacation resort for the British. In 1817, the commissioner of Kumaon, G.W. Traill was the first European to visit the place. However, he did not mention about the place among his folks in order to retain the religious sanctity of the place. Later, British sugar trader P. Barron settle down here and built a colony for Englishmen on the banks of the lake. Upon arrival, check-in at designated heritage hotel – Naini Retreat and take show-around tour of the most prestigious heritage resort of Nainital, historically referred to as the residence of the maharaja of the Pilibhit. Overnight stay in Nainital.

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Day 10:

After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing tour starting with Tiffin top and Land’s End. Both offers excellent views of neighboring hills and green valley with rural houses. Later, trek for 6 kms or hire a pony to reach at the highest point called Cheena/Naina peak, which offers snow clad peaks of the Himalayan range, bird eye view of Naini Lake and Nainital town. In evening, enjoy a boat-ride in Naini Lake or take a stroll on adjacent Mall road. Spend evening at leisure, followed by Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 11:

After breakfast, drive to Ranikhet – means Queen’s meadow. In 1869 the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here and used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. Till date, it is home to the Kumaon Regiment and bristling with good old- fashioned military atmosphere, spreads over rolling green hills with some lovely views over the distant Himalaya. Upon arrival, check-in at the designated heritage resort – Chevron Rosemount and take show-around tour of this heritage resort. Overnight stay in Ranikhet.

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Day 12:

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Delhi. By evening, reach Delhi and check-in at hotel for Overnight stay.

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Day 13: return

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Delhi airport for return flight back home.

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