Welcome to India. On arrival, you are received and transferred to your hotel. Hotel check-in time is 1300 hours. Delhi is the capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The legacy still survives in many monuments varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi Kings to the buildings of British India's imperial past like the Parliament House and the Presidential Estate. The rest of the day is free you to relax. Overnight in Delhi.
This morning you are transferred from your hotel to the airport in time for your flight
Reception upon arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel - houseboat. Lunch at the Hotel - houseboat. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing shikara ride on the Dal Lake. Glide along in your curtained and cushioned gondola, all the while taking in the serenity and beauty of the landscape that surrounds. Dinner and overnight in Srinagar.
Wake up to breakfast at your hotel - houseboat. Tour the three Moghul Gardens along the lake - the Chasma Shahi, the Nishat and the Shalimar - each garden is more beautiful than the other. Return to your hotel - houseboat for lunch. In the afternoon, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Srinagar, visiting Jama Mosque and stroll along the Old Quarters and bridges. Dinner and overnight in Srinagar.
After breakfast at the hotel - houseboat, drive from Srinagar to Pahalgam (94 kms - 3 hours). On arrival check-in and enjoy lunch at you hotel. In the afternoon tour Pahalgam. Perched high up in the Lider Valley at an altitude of 2135 mts, Pahalgam serves as the base for excursions to Kolhoi Glacier and other treks. Dinner and overnight in Pahalgam.
Visit Gulmarg, known as "meadow of the flowers". Witness the beauty of Kashmir and the breathtaking view of the entire valley of Srinagar. Gulmarg, a favourite haunt of the British during the summers, still retains the old-fashioned hotels and shops in the village. Return to your hotel for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Gulmarg.
Drive from Gulmarg to Srinagar airport (46 kms - 1.5 hours) in time to board flight for Delhi.
Reception upon arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Chandigarh, the capital of both Punjab and Haryana, is the only Indian city to have been designed and planned by the French architect Le Corbusier. Located at the base of the Sivalik Hills, the outmost edge of the Himalayas, the city is a model of wide roads and spacious residential colonies. It is an excellent base for proceeding to the mountain trail to visit Shimla and Manali. Overnight in Chandigarh.
Set off on a morning sightseeing tour of Chandigarh, including visits to Sukhna lake, Pinjore Gardens, the Rose Gardens and the Rock Garden.
Drive from Chandigarh to Amritsar (220 kms/6 hours). On arrival check-in at your hotel. Amritsar, the holiest city for the Sikhs, is over 400 years old. The city founded by the 4th Guru Ram Dass, temple built by Guru Arjun Dev and Ranjit Singh - the Sikh ruler whose dominion incorporated this town in 1803, enriched the shrine. Overnight in Amritsar.
Your morning sightseeing tour of Amritsar begins from The Golden Temple, famous for its gold inlay works, is surrounded by a vast tank of holy water called 'The Pool of Immortality'. Later proceed to the Jallianwala Bagh, which is now a National Museum and a place of great historical importance. Its 'Flame of Liberty', is a red sand stone pillar which commemorates the massacre of hundreds of unarmed civilians ordered by the British general Dyer, on 13 April 1919. Many men women and children were staging a peaceful protest when the British soldiers started firing, without any warning, the walls of this park still bear the bullet marks as a witness of this tragedy.
Late afternoon excursion to the Indian Pakistan border to witness the change of guard ceremony. Overnight in Amritsar.
Your morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi begins with a visit to Jama Mosque, the largest mosque in India, built in 1650 AD. This is followed by a drive past the Red Fort (Closed on Mondays) (1639-48), built by Emperor Shah Jahan, creator of The Taj Mahal. Later proceed to Raj Ghat - the site of the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi begins with a drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD) while we are on the way to the Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This striking medieval tower of victory, built by the slave dynasty, is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted for over 1500 years. Continue your tour to visit the Humayun's Tomb. Later drive through the Embassy area, Diplomatic enclave, stop for a quick photo shoot at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Estate formerly Viceroy's House) and Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area. Later in the evening you are transfer to the International Airport for your onward flight.