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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK EXPERIENCES – 9 Nights in India’s Golden Triangle & Mumbai

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK EXPERIENCES

Spend 9 Nights in India's Golden Triangle & Mumbai

From R 22 630 per person sharing

Valid 15 Jan – 31 Mar 2019

Spend 9 Nights in India's Golden Triangle - visiting Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur and Mumbai

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Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

India’s capital city, Delhi, is a unique and fascinating blend of two very different cities, each with its own distinctive flavour and character. No visit to India is complete without visiting these two complementary halves. Old Delhi, the former walled city, is home to some of the city’s most iconic monuments, the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. The streets of Old Delhi are crowded, bursting at the seams with people, tiny shops, rickshaws, and ever more people. The city’s bazaars are a treasure-trove of everything you could possibly want – and lots you didn’t know you wanted. New Delhi, the seat of government and diplomacy, and the showcase of modern-day India, moves to a different rhythm. Wide, tree-lined avenues, laid out as part of the Lutyen’s master plan in the early 20th century give New Delhi a sense of space. Yet scattered throughout this astonishingly green city are superb ancient monuments, such as The Lodhi Gardens and Humayaun’s Tomb.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast, visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, and Drive past the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Proceed to New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India and India Gate – A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President’s House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place– the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center.
Afternoon at leisure. No Transport.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 : Delhi – Agra
After breakfast drive to Agra by surface On arrival, check in at hotel.
Later that afternoon, proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Taj Mahal, & Fort. The Taj Mahal, was built over a period of 22 years by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. 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 . (Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday).
Also visit the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD. From the Agra fort one can get an amazing view of the Taj which lies across the river Jamuna. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 : Agra – Jaipur
After breakfast you will be driven from Agra to Jaipur, en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted red sandstone city was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. A town larger than London when it was originally constructed, it is now an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.
After your visit, continue your drive to Jaipur and upon arrival, check-in at your hotel.
Jaipur (City of Victory) was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The architect who formalized the city’s plans on the Shilpa Shastra, the epic Hindu treatise on architecture, mixed it with the sublimity of the Mughal and Jain influences of those times. The city was painted pink in 1853 in honour of the visit by Prince Albert.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 : Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for a full day of sightseeing.
Start the tour with a visit to the Amber fort. . Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. The Amber Fort, the capital of the State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace.
Afternoon city tour: Half day city tour begins with a visit to the City Palace – the former royal residence which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the Jantar Mantar – an astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even at the present times.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Jaipur- Udaipur
After breakfast drive to Udaipur. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Udaipur
After breakfast, proceed on a guided tour visiting the City Palace built in 1725. This is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. One of the largest, most beautiful palaces in the state of Rajasthan, it is now a museum, royal residence and a luxury hotel. This intricately designed monument is an architectural wonder in granite and marble. Next visit the Jagdish Temple built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in marble. In the evening you will enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, thereafter you will be at leisure to explore the local colourful market.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 08 : Udaipur – Mumbai (By Flight)
Transfer to the airport to board a flight for Mumbai. You are met and assisted on arrival and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Mumbai
After breakfast, visit the 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 Mumbai in 1911. Drive pass the Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. Visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past the Victoria Terminus, the principal railways station of Mumbai, a beautiful building that symbolises the ethos of the Edwardian architecture, well worth a photo stop. At the Church gate station see the Dabbawala’s- a unique tiffin delivery service run by over 5000 semiskilled workers who deliver lunch to corporate executives from their homes. Visit the ‘Dhobi Ghat’, an open laundry where Mumbai’s ‘dirties’ are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry – a nice photography stop well worth a visit. Continue to the colourful Crawford market and Flora fountain – a large bustling square, in the heart of the city.
Overnight at hotel

Day 10 : Leave Mumbai
In time, transfer to airport to board flight back home

What's Included
  • Return flights from Johannesburg
  • All airport taxes
  • Transfers throughout
  • Domestic flight Jaipur to Mumbai
  • 2 Nights Delhi at the 4* Holiday Inn Hotel
  • 1 night Agra at the 4* Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
  • 2 Nights Jaipur at the 4* Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
  • 3 Nights Mumbai at the 4* Fariyas Hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Air conditioned transportation with English speaking guides
  • Porters at airport/hotels
  • Entrances at monuments
What's Excluded
  • Gratuities for guides
  • All other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional tours
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages
Ts & Cs

Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply.
Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified.
Terms and conditions apply, subject to changes due to currency fluctuation, flight price increases and / or availability

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