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Golden Triangle Pre-conference Extension Itinerary

DELHI

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. One of the most historic capitals in the world, Delhi is a treasure trove that reveals the ultimate combination of tradition and trends. A visit to Delhi will provide the guests with much to see and admire from Mughal monuments to modern malls, from traditional arts and crafts to trendy fashion shows, from skyscrapers to parks and gardens.

AGRA

The city of Agra, the quintessence of the grand Mughal era, reigns to this day in the public mind as the embodiment of royal grace, imposing architecture and power. Agra is globally renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal. No tour to India can be complete without paying a visit to this erstwhile capital of the Mughals and the city of the Taj Mahal, the world's most beloved monument. With its laidback lifestyle and its immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewellery, Agra is amongst the most remarkable city of the world.

JAIPUR

The vibrant capital of Rajasthan renowned for its forts and palaces is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. An ideal base for touring the royal state, the city has the distinction of being the third jewel of India's "Golden Triangle". Its main claim to fame is that it is India's first 'planned' city built by the famous 18th century astronomer King Sawai Jai Singh II.

12TH NOVEMBER 2019

Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi International airport and transfer to the hotel.

Experience Indian warmth and hospitality as you are greeted with a traditional welcome – enjoy a welcome drink and an ‘Aarti’ ceremony where the forehead is anointed with the traditional red ‘tikka’ which is considered auspicious and a hostess will shower guests with flower petals.

In the late afternoon, experience a Tuk-Tuk ride in Lutyen’s Delhi.

Overnight at Imperial Hotel

13TH NOVEMBER 2019

Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel.

The tour of the magical city of Old Delhi includes a visit to the largest mosque in India, the colossal Jama Masjid, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It was built in 1644 and was the last in the series of architectural indulgences of "Shah Jahan", the Mughal emperor who also built the "Taj Mahal" and the "Red Fort".

Also, enjoy a thrilling ride on a rickshaw (pedalled tri-cycle) though the narrow lanes and bazaar of Chandni Chowk (moonlight square).

In the afternoon, visit Humayun’s Tomb which is the first of the grand dynastic mausoleums that were to become synonyms of Mughal architecture with the architectural style reaching its zenith 80 years later at the later Taj Mahal. It was built in the 1560’s, with the patronage of Humayun’s son, the great Emperor Akbar. Persian and Indian craftsmen worked together to build the garden-tomb, far grander than any tomb built before in the Islamic world.

Overnight at Imperial Hotel

14TH NOVEMBER 2019

Delhi–Agra

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning leave for Agra. Traditional aarti-tikka welcome on arrival at the hotel.

In the afternoon, visit Agra Fort. Agra Fort is the great monument of red sandstone dominating a bend in the river Yamuna, 2 km northwest of Taj Mahal. The Mughals constructed it during 1565-1571. Emperor Akbar laid the foundation of this majestic citadel in 1565, however Emperor Shahjahan Akbar's grandson completed the fort in 1571.

At sunset, visit Taj Mahal "the epitome of love", "a monument of immeasurable beauty" which stands majestically on the banks of River Yamuna. A symphony in white marble, a tribute to eternal love, it was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. There are tombs of Mumtaz and Shahjahan within the mausoleum. The construction started in 1631 a year after Mumtaz's death, it took 22 years in the making and an estimated 20,000 people worked to complete this enchanting mausoleum.

Dinner at Veda.

Overnight at ITC Luxury Collection, Agra

15TH NOVEMBER 2019

Agra–Abhaneri–Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enroute to Jaipur, we will visit the Abhaneri stepwells and enjoy a camel cart ride in the Abhaneri village followed by lunch at Aagman camps. Chand Baori or Abhaneri stepwells is said to be named after a local ruler called Raja Chanda.The oldest parts of the step-well date from the 8th century onwards, but the upper stories were built around the 18th century during the Mughal era.

Evening is free for exploring the bazaars of Jaipur.

Overnight at Fairmont Hotel, Jaipur

16th NOVEMBER 2019

Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, visit Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s 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. Once on top, 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.

Enjoy an elephant or Jeep ride for the upward journey and Jeep ride while coming down from the fort.

In the afternoon, visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar.

Overnight at Fairmont Hotel, Jaipur

17th NOVEMBER 2019

Jaipur–Chennai

Early morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Chennai (via Delihi).

Packed breakfast from the hotel.

 

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