& SOUTH INDIA
DEPARTURES ANY DAY
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bangalore & Chennai
From 01 October 2012
4 star R11 961 per person sharing
5 star R15 120 per person sharing
Excluding flights & tax approximately R9 500 per person ex Johannesburg
Prices subject to confirmation
& according to season.
Terms & Conditions apply
TOUR COST INCLUDES:
- Meet & assist on arrival and departure
- Accommodation and breakfast daily
- Entrance fees at all sites
- Sightseeing tours per itinerary
- English speaking guides during sightseeing tours
- Elephant ride or jeep ride at Fort Amber
- Train fare from Bangalore to Chennai
- All transfers/tours in private air-conditioned vehicles
TOUR COST EXCLUDES:
- International & domestic flights & airport taxes
- Visa or visa handling charges
- Drinks or any extras at hotels or during tours
- Airfare from Jaipur to Mumbai
- Travel insurance
Golden Triangle & South India
Day 01 DELHI
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 DELHI
Morning half day combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutab Minar, India Gate (War Memorial) Lakshmi Narayan Temple-Modern Hindu Temple, drive past Presidents House, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings. Also visit Raj Ghat the cremations sites of Mahatma Gandhi and drive past Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 DELHI
Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 DELHI - AGRA
Depart Delhi for Agra by car. On arrival assist with check-in at Hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of the Taj Mahal & Fort. Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this 'Love Poem in Marble'. (Friday closed). Later visit the Agra fort containing the halls of private & public audiences & other palaces. Shah Jahan spent here years of confinement at the hands of his son Aurangzeb, looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 AGRA JAIPUR
Depart Agra for Jaipur by car. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. The Fatehpur Sikri complex houses tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces, which surprisingly have withstood the ravages of time and are still in good condition. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 JAIPUR
Full day city & Amber Fort with elephant ride. The tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace,- the former Royal residence,- part of it converted into a museum. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry -pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Also see the miniature items and old carpets at the Textile Museum. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone-and-marble-crafted Observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the Observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Standing tall over a small hillock overlooking the Pink city, Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort-Palace. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride, all the way up to the Fort entrance. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 JAIPUR MUMBAI (By flight )
In time transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 MUMBAI
Morning half day visit to Gateway of India, Mumbai's principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V's visit to this colony in 1911. Drive past the Afghan Church. Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the 'Queen's Necklace'. Visit Jain temple and Hanging Gardens which offer a splendid view of the city, Chowpatty, Kamala Nehru Park and also Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past Haji Ali Mosque, a shrine in honour of a Muslim Saint on an island 500 m. out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Stop at the 'Dhobi Ghat' where Mumbai's 'dirties' are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry. Watch the local train passing close by on which the city commuters 'hang out like laundry' - a nice photography stop. Continue to the colourful Crawford market and to the Flora fountain in the large bustling square, in the heart of the city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 MUMBAI
Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 MUMBAI - BANGALORE (By Flight)
Transfer to airport to board flight for Bangalore. On arrival meet and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 BANGALORE
Morning half day sightseeing tour of the "Garden City" visiting the Lal Bagh laid out by Tipu Sultan and his father in the 18th century which has a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces and an assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Also visit the Bull Temple and drive past the Government Secretariat, Vidhan Soudha (Legislature building) and Cubbon Park. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 BANGALORE - CHENNAI (By Train)
In time transfer to station to board train for Chennai. on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 CHENNAI
Morning half day city sightseeing tour includes a visit to the Government Museum and Art Gallery, to see the art and bronze gallery (closed on Fridays and public holidays) and also a visit to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, sacred to Tamil Shivaties. Non-Hindus are only allowed up to the outer courtyard. Later drive past Fort St. George, Marina Beach and San Thome Cathedral.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 DEPART CHENNAI
In time transfer to airport to board flight back home.