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Toronto - Delhi
Departure from Toronto International Airport
DelhiThe capital of India is a bustling metropolis that successfully combines the ancient and the modern in its folds. Delhi can broadly be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Delhi’s Muslim rulers notably the Mughals between 17th & 19th centuries. New Delhi on the other hand is referred to as the Imperial city when the British decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911. On arrival you will be met transferred to the hotel for a non-alcoholic welcome drink.Overnight in Delhi
BDelhiYour adventure begins in Old Delhi, take a morning walk through the city visit Delhi’s famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) and climb the minaret for a bird’s eye view of the Old City. Walk through Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest markets, and learn the history of the Sikh religion at the important Gurdwara, (Sikh place of worship) Gurdwara SisGanj. Enjoy rikshaw ride in Shahjahanbad enroute stop for photos at the colourful spice market.Afternoon: Visits the Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a stunning 240-foot minaret, the tallest in the world, surrounded by an elaborate complex built in the Indo-Islamic architectural tradition.Overnight in Delhi
BDelhi - AgraDrive to the medieval city of Agra, home of the world-famous Taj Mahal. Agra is one of India’s prime tourist destinations for specifically this reason, though its attractions also extend to an array of other impressive historical sights. The Taj, however, is in a league of its own and needless to say is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 15th century as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it is an architectural masterpiece of exquisite craftsmanship and perfect proportions.Afternoon: At leisure or perhaps book an optional tour to the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah.Optional: Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah: USD 35 / CAD 46 per personKnown as the "Baby Taj", the first Mughal structure totally built from marble. In addition, visit the Sikandra, thesandstone and marble tomb of Akbar which blends Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles.Overnight in Agra
Visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. When declaring it a world heritage site, UNESCO described it as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. Marvel as light and colors transform this stunning monument in the beautiful rising sun’s rays. Return to the hotel
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or perhaps book an optional tour to Agra Fort.
Optional: Agra Fort: USD 60 / CAD 78 per person
Known as the Red Fort of Agra, this walled imperial city was founded in 1565 by the Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) and is a well-deserving UNESCO World Heritage site, located just 2.5 kilometers from the famous Taj Mahal. Its palaces, grand mosques and elaborate public hall are crafted from pink-red sandstone and are testament to an era when Indo-Muslim art, strongly marked by influences from Persia, was at its height. Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal for his deceased wife, was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort. He is said to have died in the Musamman Burj, a marble tower he himself built, with one of the most alluring views of the Taj Mahal.
Overnight in Agra
BAgra - ChambalDrive to Chambal. With a rich heritage stretching back many millennia the Chambal Valley has much to offer and the Chambal Safari helps visitors discover the many facets of this ancient land. Accompanied by experienced local guides and naturalists, guests may explore the Chambal Valley at their own pace: on boats, jeeps, camels or on foot.Optional: The River Safari: USD 70 / CAD 91 per personSet against a stunning backdrop, framed by the ravines and sandbanks, the calm waters of the Chambal River are best explored on boats. The gentle pace of the River Safari is designed to provide spectacular sightings of the gharials, muggers & turtles basking in the sun; the many migratory and resident birds flying sorties; the occasional glimpses of the Gangetic river dolphins breaking surface. The National Chambal Sanctuary is 01 hr drive from the hotel.Optional: Jeep Safari-Sarus Trail: USD 70 / CAD 100 per personThe Sarus Crane Conservation Reserve starts around one-hour drive from the hotel, extending to about 100 km. It is a widespread wetland area, interspersed by cultivated fields, where large numbers of the Sarus Cranes breed. Although not a protected area, since 1999 the Supreme Court of India, recognizing its importance as a habitat has designated the area a reserve with restrictions on development. Several species of wetland birds and raptors are also found along the course of this safari.Overnight in Chambal
B, DChambal - JaipurDepart for the “Pink City” of Jaipur - Rajasthan’s capital, the origin of Jaipur’s nickname becomes immediately apparent as we enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn. Jaipur is an excellent place to enjoy unparalleled shopping and people watching. You may want to spend time in the oldest and busiest of markets in the walled city, Johori Bazaar, a true feast for the senses. Aromatic spices fill the air, while oxcarts, rickshaws, cows, bejeweled women and men with shocking pink turbans jostle through the labyrinthine streets.Dinner: Authentic Rajasthani dinner (included)Overnight in Jaipur
BJaipurTake a half-day tour of the city visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace where you will see the Mubarak Mahal, the Museums of Textiles, the Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-am. The City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, the City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. Afterwards drive past the Hawa Mahal - an impressive bee hive like tower with a beautiful façade for a photo stop.Afternoon: At leisure or perhaps pre-book one of our optional tours.Optional: Half a day tour of Amber Fort: USD 45 USD / CAD 59 per personAmber Fort, officially known as the ‘Amer Palace’, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan attracting around 4000 to 5000 visitors a day during peak tourist season. The palace was named after the small town of Amer, where it is situated - only eleven kilometres from Jaipur. Perfectly picturesque, this 16th century hillside residence is well preserved, boasting grand pavilions and mirrored halls that open onto flourishing gardens and courtyards. Although the palace’s main construction started in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh, it was added to over the years by successive rulers and continued to be occupied by them until Jaipur was built.Optional: Visit of Jantar Mantar: USD 35 USD / CAD 46 per personJantar Mantar, literally meaning “instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens” is the oldest in India. Each instrument has a specific purpose and gives an accurate reading. The impressive Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 1700s by Maharaja Jai Sing II, the astronomer to which this city owes its name. The term "Jantar Mantar" literally means "instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens". It houses various architectural and astrological instruments that have caught the interests of astronomers, historians and architects around the world. It is one of the largest observatories ever built.Optional: Traditional Indian Cooking Lesson: USD 60 / CAD 78 per personEnjoy a lesson on Indian style cooking, interact with a local family and learn about the mysteries and secrets of Indian CookingOvernight in Jaipur
BJaipur - Mandawa
Breakfast at hotel.
Optional: Experience with the Elephants: USD 75 / CAD 98 per personVisitors are taken on a journey to the world of elephants and are guided through an unforgettable experience with these magnificent creatures. Visitors can touch, feed, paint, wash, cook and get to know these animals. This tour offers visitors the incredible opportunity to walk hand-in-trunk with elephants. Enter the world of elephant with an Elephant Back Ride. Bare-back Elephant Back Riding enables us as humans to feel the power and bulk of an elephant in contrast with the quietness, delicateness and grace of these mammoth creatures’ movement as they walk/glide across the ground. Understand the height at which an elephant stands and experience their environment from an elephant’s perspective
In the afternoon arrive at Mandawa; check in to the hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of Mandawa dominated by a painted
arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows. Visit Chokhani and Ladia Havelis and the street with
Accommodation: Overnight in Mandawa
Meals Included: Breakfast
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning depart back to Delhi.
In the late afternoon free time for last minute shopping in Delhi.
In the evening transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport to check in for onward flights
Meals Included: Breakfast
Arrive back in CANADA.
$2310 (based on double occupancy)
CITIES NIGHTS DELUXE HOTELS
Delhi 02 Night Leela Shahadra Hotel
Agra 02 Night Courtyard by Mariott
Chamba (Dholpur) 01 Night Raj Niwas
Jaipur 02 Nights Trident Jaipur
Mandawa 01 Night Desert Resort.similar
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
• 08 Nights’ accommodation at listed hotels or similar
• Daily Breakfast
• Special Rajasthani dinner in Jaipur
• On arrival meeting & assistance by our representative
• Visit to Qutab Minar and Taj Mahal
• Excursion to Maharaja’s City Palace in Jaipur
• Sightseeing & Entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Services of an English-speaking tour guide
• Transportation in an AC deluxe vehicle
• International Return Airfare from Toronto
• All Air Taxes & fuel surcharges
• All locally applicable taxes
TOUR PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips & gratuities
- Visa fees if applicable
- Optional tours
- Travel Insurance
- Beverages with meals
- Items not mentioned as included