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TAJ MAHAL TOUR WITH FATEHPUR SIKRI & JAIPUR

PACKAGE COST FROM: A$2,550/- PER PERSON LOW SEASON INCLUDING AIRFARES + TAXES




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DAY1- DEPART MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/BRISBANE & ARRIVE DELHI VIA KUALA LUMPUR

Depart Melbourne by Malaysian Airlines flight at 0045 hrs and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 0545 hrs. On arrival, you will be transferred to your Hotel including lunch courtesy of Malaysian Airlines. Evening transfer back to Kuala Lumpur Airport for flight to Delhi departing at 1840 to arrive Delhi at 2150 hrs. On arrival at Delhi International Airport, our representative will meet you at arrival terminal & will escort you to your hotel.

Delhi: Indias capital and a major gateway to India. Contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the regions ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks. Overnight in Hotel.

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DAY2- DELHI HALFDAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

After Breakfast at the hotel. You will proceed on the half day sightseeing tour of New Delhi. The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutab Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutbuddin Aibak and completed by the sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m. The Qutab Minar is still the highest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. Post Lunch, you will be visiting India Gate, President House, Parliament House (all Photo stop). Then visit Humayuns tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
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DAY3- DELHI-AGRA (205Kms/4Hrs.)

Early morning, Transfer to Railway Station for Train 2002 Shatabdi (Dep. 0615 / Arr. 0817). You will be served B/fast in the Train. On Arrival in Agra, you will be met by our Representative & will be transfered to Hotel. Check into Hotel.

In terms of ambiance, Agra is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all & the 7th wonder of the world is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best.

This afternoon visit the Agra Fort, the original red sandstone fort built by Akbar in 1565. Shahjahan added the marble palaces inside. Inside the fort is a famous pure marble mosque, the Moti Masjid. Explore the colourful local bazaar, and also see the intricate work of marble inlaid with fine gemstones, which is unique to Agra.

Then late afternoon you will be taken to experience the ethereal beauty of the Taj Mahal - symbol of love - at sunset. The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century. The Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work bearing verses from the Quran, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. Overnight is at hotel.

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DAY4- AGRA-JAIPUR (250kms/05hrs)

After breakfast leave for Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city, 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. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Jaipur - Rajasthans kingdoms are an enduring legacy to Indias history. A land endowed with invincible forts, magnificent palaces and waves of sand dunes and serene lakes. No other region in the country assembles the many paradoxes of India, as does the desert land of Rajasthan. By far it is most colourful region in India. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY5- JAIPUR FULLDAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbars most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.

An elephant [subject to availability / alternatively by jeep) will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, you may stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. In the afternoon, you will visit the city of Jaipur.

Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets. Overnight is at hotel.

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DAY6- JAIPUR-JODHPUR

Breakfast at Hotel. Morning Free at leisure. Afternoon Transfer to Railway Station for Train 2465 (Ranthambhore Express) to Jodhpur Dep. 1740 / Arr. 2300. On Arrival, Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY7- JODHPUR

Breakfast at Hotel.
Enjoy a tour of Jodhpur, this morning visiting Mehrangarh Fort a place that is in the itinerary of every visitor to Jodhpur. The Fort is a living testimony of the military might of the Rajputs. With the strategically located cannons on the walls, the fort is spread over an area of 5 km at an altitude of about 125 meters. Thousands of tourists visit this fort every year to have a glimpse of the artillery system of the Rajput warriors. A bird's eye view of the city from above the fort is fascinating. Ummaid Bhawan - the only 20th-century-built palace, was constructed to give employment to the famine-struck population of Jodhpur. Made of sandstone, it took 16 years to complete. Jaswant Thada - a white marble cenotaph, built in 1899 in memory of the maharaja Jaswant Singh. Portraits of some leaders of Jodhpur are visible inside the monument. Evening will be at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel, Jodhpur.

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DAY8- JODHPUR - UDAIPUR

Buffet breakfast at the Hotel. Drive to Udaipur enroute visit RANAKPUR JAIN TEMPLES.

Ranakpur, the beautifully sculptured Jain temples lie in a tranquil valley of the Aravalis. The main Chaumukha Temple is dedicated to the tirhankara Adinath and has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all distinctly carved. Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and the Sun Temple a little distance away, are also noteworthy. After Ranakpur, drive to UDAIPUR. On Arrival Check into Hotel. Overnight at Hotel

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DAY9- UDAIPUR

Buffet breakfast at the Hotel.
Morning city tour introduces you to the city of Udaipur - the city of lakes, also known as "the Venice of the East", It is the second most visited city in Rajasthan, after Jaipur. A royal past makes itself evident in every nook and corner in Udaipur. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1568, and considered the jewel of Mewar, Udaipur's air is filled with a strong sense of romance, adventure and the best of Rajputana. Udaipur is also a centre of historic arts and crafts of Mewar, like the Mewar School of Miniature Painting.

Your tour begins with City Palace Built in 1725; the grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. Then proceed to Jagdish temple Built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, this temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in marble. Further move towards Lake Pichola with its main attractions being the two palaces on the islands in the lake, Jagniwas and Jagmandir. Lake Pichola is about 4 km in length and 3 km wide. Jagniwas was earlier the summer retreat of the prince of Mewar and now a five-star hotel. The city palace extends along the eastern shore of the lake. Evening will be at leisure.

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DAY10- UDAIPUR - MUMBAI - MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/BRISBANE FLIGHT

Buffet breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Airport for Flight 9W 3401 UDR BOM ( DEP. 0840/ARR 1020)

Upon arrival at Mumbai Airport, representative will meet you at arrival & will escort you to City.

Mumbai - Bombay, or Mumbai, is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. Its the fastest moving, most affluent and the most industrialized city in India. Yet, once upon a time, Bombay was nothing more than a group of low-lying, swampy and mud flats presented to the British by its Portuguese occupiers as a wedding gift in 1661.

You will be introduced to Mumbai with half day sightseeing of Mumbai visit some of the highlights of this business center of India. You will visit the Prince of Wales Museum, a legacy of British Empire, which houses a fine collection of sculpture & paintings. You will also visit Mani Bhawan, a small museum where wax miniatures depict scenes from Mahatma Gandhis life and Indias freedom struggle. Also visit Marine Drive, Victoria Terminus, Crawford Market, Javeri Bazaar, Hanging Garden and Parsee Towers of Silence. Evening right time Transfer to Airport for your International Flight with Malaysian Airlines departing 2355 hrs to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 0720 the next day & departing KL at 0955 to arrive Melbourne at 2035 hrs.
 


Tour includes:
09 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis as per Hotels listed below or similar.
Daily Buffet Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Return International Airfares from Melbourne or Sydney to India
Domestic flight from Udaipur Mumbai (Y-Class)
Train Ticket (A/c Class) DEL AGRA JAIPUR JODHPUR.
Transportation JODHPUR - UDAIPUR, transfers and sightseeings as per Itinerary by an   exclusive chauffeur driven air-conditioned Medium Car
Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
Services of an English speaking local guide in each city, during sightseeing and visits to   monuments.
Indian Tourist Visa
Porterage at airport and hotels.
Mineral water in the car
All applicable Taxes.

Tour does not include:
Meals other than specified above
Any expense of a personal nature, like liquor, laundry, telephone calls etc
Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column.

Notes:
Above rates are applicable for travel in low season and not valid during Christmas & New   Year holidays season.
Checkin / Checkout time at most of the hotels in India is 1200 hrs noontime.


HOTELS INCLUDED IN TOUR

PLACE
NIGHTS
HOTELS
WEBSITE
DELHI
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WHITE HOUSE
http://www.hotel-whitehouse.com/
AGRA
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JAYPEE PALACE
http://www.jaypeehotels.com/
JAIPUR
02
KK ROYAL DAYS
http://www.daysinn.com/
JODHPUR
02
RANBANKA http://ranbankahotels.com/
UDAIPUR
02
PARAS MAHAL http://www.hotelparasmahal.com/index.html


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