DEPARTURES ANY DAY
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai
TOUR COST from 01 October 2012:
4 star from R7 551 per person sharing
5 star from R9 756 per person sharing
Excluding flights & tax of approximately R8 250 per person ex Cape Town or Johannesburg - subject to availability
Prices subject to confirmation
Terms & Conditions apply
TOUR COST INCLUDES:
- Meet & assist on arrival and departure
- Accommodation and breakfast daily
- Entrance fees at all sites
- Sightseeing tours & transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles
- English speaking guides at sites
- Elephant ride or jeep ride at Fort Amber
- All transfers as indicated
TOUR COST EXCLUDES:
- International & domestic flights & airport taxes
- Visa or visa handling charges
- Drinks or any extras at hotels, cruise or during tours
- Airfare from Jaipur to Mumbai
Golden Triangle & Mumbai Itinerary
Day 01 DELHI
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi and transfer to hotel. Overnight Delhi..
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 - AGRA
Morning depart for Agra by surface and on arrival check-in at Hotel. Overnight 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 04 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 05 JAIPUR
Full day city and 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 06 JAIPUR MUMBAI (By Flight)
Morning depart for Mumbai by air (not included in tiour price) and on arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 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 08 Mumbai
Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Leave Mumbai
In time to transfer to airport and board flight back home.