TAJ MAHAL EXPERIENCE
After an early breakfast on board, depart the pier in Mumbai and drive through the city en route to the airport. With a population exceeding 18 million, this one time group of low lying mud flats is now India's economic power base and her most industrialized city, bustling with activity of incredible diversity and complexity, her color and elegance, her wealth corresponding with her historic struggle against poverty. Certain affluent areas give Bombay an air of mini-Manhattan! The most admirable features of Bombay's cityscape are the Gothic revival buildings raised in the last century after its original fortifications were removed. Indeed it is because of these buildings that Bombay is often cited as a `unique Victorian city'.
On arrival at the airport, guests receive boarding passes and proceed through security before boarding the flight to Delhi. Refreshments and snacks are served `aloft'.
On arrival into Delhi, enjoy a scenic drive to Agra via the new Yamuna Expressway with vistas of India's vast rural farming countryside. Along the way, stop at the Jaypee Greens Golf Course Resort for a buffet lunch along with wine, beer soft drinks and mineral water.
Agra, the city of Taj Mahal was one of the grand cities of South Asia. With the arrival of the Mughals in 1526 led by Babur, Agra entered a completely new era during the reign of emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Akbar made it a great center for learning, art, commerce and culture. Its cosmopolitan bazaars and its strategic location on the river Jamuna, was altogether a worthier setting for the focus of an empire.
Arrive at your hotel in Agra in the evening and check-in.
In the evening, enjoy the classical dance form of Kathak in the ballroom, along with wine, beer and soft drinks. A buffet dinner follows the dance performance. This Mughal Court dance arose from the fusion of Hindu and Muslim cultures during the Mughal era, characterized by rhythmic footwork, spectacular spins, mime and gestures that are a dramatic representation of themes from Persian poetry synthesized with Hindu mythology.
Discover the monumental Taj Mahal at dawn. Tea, Coffee, juices and rolls are served in the lobby, prior to departing for the Taj.
The Taj Mahal, with its incredible lacy white grandeur is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. In memory of his wife, the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan planned this most extravagant and incomparable monument built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, it is the close up details, which are really astounding.
Return to the hotel for breakfast.
A) 10:00 - 12:30 p.m. Visit the Agra Fort, a World Heritage Site credited to Emperor Akbar, India's great visionary. His sons and theirs added to this imposing structure situated by the banks of the Yamuna River. The astonishing palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its massive walls of red sandstone became once more a monumental mission of the Mughal empire embellished by the artistic fusion of Islamic and Hindu tradition.
B) 10:00-12:30 pm Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the old city, the first Mughal structure pioneering the extensive use of `pietra dura', the inlay work of marble, so characteristic of the Taj Mahal. This mausoleum is small and squat when compared to the Taj, but the more human scale has its own attraction, and the skillfully patterned surface of the tomb is exquisite.
C) 10:00 am onwards Hourly shopping shuttle to the Marble inlay factory and local markets.
Agra's leading astrologer will also be available for consultation. Appointments for an analysis of your personal
horoscope can be made at the hospitality desk.
A buffet lunch will served at the hotel along with wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water. After lunch, drive back to Delhi and check-in to your hotel where dinner will be served.
Overnight in Delhi.
Today you will have an early wake-up call so you can catch the flight to Mangalore and re-board your ship. After coffee/tea, croissant and juices, transfer to Delhi airport, collect boarding passes and proceed through security and then onto the plane. Breakfast will be served on the flight to Mangalore via a stop at Mumbai airport.
Upon arrival in Mangalore, transfer to the pier to rejoin the ship in time for lunch on board.
Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and flights indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
Day 1 - Friday, November 28th, 2014
7:00am Disembark and board motor coaches for the transfer to Mumbai airport.
(Baggage is transported in a separate van for a pre check-in).
8:00am Arrive at the domestic terminal, receive boarding passes and proceed through
9:25am Depart for Delhi on Indigo Airline's scheduled service. Snacks with
refreshments are served aloft. (flight subject to change)
11:25am Arrive in Delhi
12:00pm Buses depart for Agra via the new Yamuna Expressway
1:00pm Arrive at the Jaypee Greens Resort for a buffet lunch
2:30pm Continue with the drive to Agra
5:00pm Arrive at your hotel and check-in
6:45pm Classical `Kathak' dance performance
7:30pm Dinner at the hotel
Overnight in Agra at the ITC Mughal or similar hotel
Day 2 - Saturday, November 29th, 2014
5:45am Tea/coffee/juices and rolls served in the lobby
6:00am Proceed to visit the Taj Mahal, at dawn
8:00am Return to the hotel
8:30am Breakfast at the hotel
10:00am a) Proceed to visit the Agra Fort
10:00am b) Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the Old City
10:00am c) Hourly Shopping shuttle to the Marble inlay factory and the local markets
12:30pm Buffet Lunch at the hotel, Agra's famous Astrologer will be present
2:00pm Drive back to Delhi.
5:30pm Arrive Delhi and check-in to your hotel
7:30pm Dinner at the hotel
Overnight in Delhi at the Oberoi or similar hotel
Day 3 - Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Early Tea/coffee/juices and rolls served in the lobby prior to departure.
6:00am Transfer to the airport. (Baggage is transported in a separate van to the airport for a pre check-in).
6:30am Arrive at the airport, receive boarding passes and proceed through security.
8:00am Air India's Scheduled flight departs for Mangalore making a stop at Mumbai. Breakfast with juices & refreshments served `aloft'. (flight subject to change)
12:15pm Arrive in Mangalore and transfer to the pier. (A separate van is provided for transportation of bags to the pier).
1:30pm Arrive at the pier and re-board your ship in time to enjoy lunch on board
The days are sunny and comfortable with temperatures between 23 to 25 ºC. The evenings get cooler (13 to 15 ºC) and temperatures drop as the night progresses.
What to Bring:
The program is casual throughout. Please bring along a sweater/jacket for the evenings and early morning visit to the Taj. Also, important is sun block, hat, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes. As the Taj Mahal is also a mausoleum there are certain religious customs to be observed. As a token of respect, it is customary to remove your footwear before entering. Avoid tops with spaghetti straps and short shorts for ladies - knee length shorts are okay for ladies and gents.
Indian Rupee, available in denomination of 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. 1 USD is approx INR 50.
220 - 240 volts. Hotel rooms are equipped with converters.
Light luggage would be most suited for this 2 night trip. Maximum 1 suitcase per person and one carry-on. Suitcase not to weigh more than 15kg (33 lbs). Guests are responsible for any overweight luggage fees.
Airline & type of aircraft (subject to change) :
Indigo Airlines, Airbus A320 - Economy class seating.
Air India, Airbus 320 - Economy class seating
Documents and Visa Requirements:
It is essential to have a valid Indian Visa.
Taj Ganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh - 282001, India
Tel : +91 562 4021700
Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi - 110 003. India
Tel : +91 11 2436 3030
1 night at the ITC Mughal, Agra or similar and 1 night at The Oberoi, New Delhi or similar
All meals which are inclusive of house wines, beer, mineral water and sodas
Deluxe buses in Bombay/Mangalore and deluxe Volvo buses (with restroom on board) for the Delhi-Agra-Delhi trip. Sodas, mineral water onboard busses at all times.
Applicable entrances, camera/video fees at the Taj Mahal and the other monuments.
Kathak dance performance in Agra.
Fortuneteller for consultation.
Economy class air tickets Bombay - Delhi - Mangalore
Program Does Not Include:
Any meals or beverages not listed above
Gratuities to guides and drivers
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
TAJ MAHAL EXPERIENCE
Price: $1,999.00 per guest based on double occupancy.
TAJ MAHAL EXPERIENCE
Price: $1,899.00 per guest based on double occupancy.