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ROMANCING THE TAJ
Exclusive Add Ons & Highlights
• Superior category rooms in each hotel
• Large Car for all long drives
• Visit Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise
• Breakfast in Mehtab Bagh with an overview of Taj Mahal
• Jaipur – visit the elephant farm
• Witness evening prayer ceremony at a Hindu Temple in Delhi
• Meal & interaction with an Indian family in Delhi or Jaipur
• Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
• Cultural evening with Indian dances & dinner
• Optional Indian Music show / theatre
• Visit an Indian Village
• Superior Rooms can further be upgraded to Suites
• Hotels can be further upgraded
• Your large cars can be upgraded to more luxurious cars or Mercedes
JEWELS OF INFORMATION (options given)
1. Lord Bentinck, governor general 1828-35, planned to have the Taj dismantled and sold off in pieces by auction in England. Cranes were even erected in the gardens. The plan was only abandoned when a pilot auction of part of Agra Fort failed to attract enough interest.
2. Pietra dura – this Florentine technique is said to have been imported by Emperor Jehangir and developed in Agra as Pachikari. Local artisans still employ this technique, extensively used in Taj for small souvenirs.
DAY 01 Arrive Delhi
Arrive New Delhi, the Indian Capital where you will be met at arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 02 Delhi
Morning is at Leisure. Afternoon’s sightseeing takes you to the Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and a drive along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, the 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Also visit Humayun’s tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Early evening visit the Laxminarayan Temple to see the evening Puja ceremony. Welcome Dinner at an Indian restaurant accompanied with ethnic folk dances & music.
Day 03 - Delhi
This morning, a visit to Old Delhi, the former Mughal Capital includes the majestic Red Fort, the vibrant bazaars of Chandni Chowk and the Jama Masjid mosque. On your way back, visit the Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Afternoon is at leisure. In the evening you can choose to visit an Indian Family Home and your hosts will be happy to invite you for dinner and cocktails. Optionally, we would be happy to arrange for a visit to the theatre or music show of the day.
Day 04 Delhi - Agra
An early start today to the railway station to board the express train to Agra. Arrive in the morning itself and check in to your hotel. Later, visit the magnificent Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). India’s most famous world heritage monument was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved, Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th century. Also visit the Agra Fort on the banks of the Yamuna. Return to see the Taj Mahal at sunset.
Day 05 Agra - Jaipur
Visit Taj Mahal at sunrise and have breakfast at Mehtab Bagh, overlooking the Taj Mahal from across the river Yamuna. After breakfast, leave for Jaipur in a private chauffeur driven car. Visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri en route where you will also have lunch. Optional visit to the Bharatpur sanctuary is available and can be arranged at short notice.
Arrive late afternoon. This evening is free to independently explore the crowded and colourful lanes of the pink city’s bazaars.
Day 05 In Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, is perhaps the most beautiful examples of Rajasthani forts and gives a grand view of the city down below. You can have the unique experience of travelling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated and also see the elephants getting ready.
Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur includes the City Palace known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum with its large collection of woodwork, jewellery, costumes, brassware, and pottery. Another monument near the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen.
Day 06 ToDelhi
In the morning drive back to Delhi visiting a local village en route. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities and last minute shopping in Delhi. Rooms have been booked at a city hotel for the day.
Later in the evening, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight for onward destination.