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    November 2019

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Bhutan Extension Itinerary

14TH APRIL 2019

Kathmandu & transfer to Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Transfer to Kathmandu airport and board flight AI: 214 (1025 / 1145 hrs).

Arrive at the New Delhi International airport.

Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will be waiting for visitors with a hand held signage bearing the name of the group as you exit the arrivals terminal building. You will be assisted and transferred to the hotel.

Rooms will be available for check in from 1400 hours onward.

Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt here. Interestingly, a number of Delhi's rulers played a dual role, first as destroyers and then as creators.

Overnight at the hotel.

15TH APRIL 2019

Delhi

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning city tour of Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat: Mahatama Gandhi’s memorial, Jama Mosque with rickshaw ride through the streets of Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest market of Asia.

The tour of the magical city of Old Delhi includes a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi; the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque and architectural extravaganza dating to 1658. The highlight of the tour is a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of the colourful streets of the fabled shopping bazaar, Chandni Chowk (Silver Street). Unravel the mystery of the City of Djinns exploring this part of the city by bicycle rickshaws with a connoisseur. Visit Humayun’s Tomb - the first great example of a new distinctive style, which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Afternoon proceed for the guided sightseeing tour of New Delhi with drive past India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhawan – the President’s Residence, the Parliament House – the Government headquarters and other Government buildings. Also visit Qutab Minar (Tower of Victory) - built to establish the might of Islam and onset of Muslim rule in India and Humayun’s Tomb - the first great example of a new distinctive style, which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Overnight in Delhi.

16TH APRIL 2019

Agra

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning drive to Agra (205 kms / 04 hrs). Arrive Agra and check into your hotel (Check in time is 1400 hrs). Afternoon visit to Taj Mahal.

Referred to as one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is the epitome of tourism in India and is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. 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.

Overnight in Agra.

17TH APRIL 2019

Agra – Jaipur

Morning visit to the magnificent Red Fort.

Few forts in the world have a more fascinating story to tell than the Great Fort of Agra, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Situated 1 km upstream of the Taj Mahal, on the right bank of the Yamuna, the Agra fort was built under the direction of Akbar, by Mohammed Quasim Khan, his commander-in-Chief and Governor of Kabul and added to by his son Jehangir and grandson Shahjahan.

Return to the hotel and enjoy a buffet breakfast at the coffee shop.

Post breakfast you will be driven to Jaipur (221 Kms/approx 5 hours) en-route visiting the abandoned Mughal town of Fatehpur Sikri.

Akbar’s abandoned capital; Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti. It was the Mughal capital for 14 years after which it was abandoned due to lack of water. It is made of red sandstone and combines influences from both Hindu and Mughal architecture. Even to this day, the entrance to the fort is through the road that Akbar built which leads to the Buland Darwaza, a huge 54 metres gateway. Other inspiring monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are the Hiran Minar that Akbar built in memory of his favourite elephant, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Birbal's House and the Diwan-i-Khas.

Later continue to drive to Jaipur (205 kms/04 hours) with en-route lunch. Upon arrival in Jaipur check- in to hotel.

Jaipur is the famous city and capital of Rajasthan. It was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city has been named. Jaipur is known as the Pink City of India because of the colour used exclusively in the walled city. The city was built on the principles of Shilpa Shastra, the science of Indian Architecture. The city was divided into nine blocks. Two of which contained the state buildings and palaces, while the remaining seven were allotted to the public. Huge fortification walls were built, along with seven strong gates. The directions of each street and market are east to West and North to South. The Eastern gate is called Suraj (Sun) Pol, while the Western gate is called Chand (Moon) Pol. There are three gates facing East, West, and a Northern gate (known as Zorawar Singh gate) which faces toward the ancestral capital of Amber.

Overnight in Jaipur.

18TH APRIL 2019

Jaipur

Morning excursion to Amber Fort with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds. Stop for a brief photo stop at the elaborate façade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below.

Then proceed out of the city to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. On arrival at the foothills of the fort, take an elephant ride up to the fortress.

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.

Travelling back to the city we will then visit the City Palace and Observatory. You will also visit the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiselled handles. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. It also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit.

Finally proceed to the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. This is an incredible construction which provided unbelievable precision in the measurement of the heavenly bodies. Listen to the BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’ programme devoted to it via this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hmpdd .

Overnight in Jaipur.

19TH APRIL 2019

Jaipur – Udaipur

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport and board Spicejet flight SG-8623 (0830 / 0930 hrs).

Udaipur – the ‘City of Lakes’ was established around 1567 A.D. Also called ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is located in the Aravalli ranges of the royal state of Rajasthan. Surrounded by ancient mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, it is a beautiful old city with narrow lanes meandering through it.

On arrival Check-in and Lunch at hotel.

Then visit the City Palace which stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The gate leads to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens. The Rai Angan (Royal Courtyard) has a shrine, which is the oldest part of Udaipur.

Continue on to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour), a small ornamental garden which was a popular relaxing spot where Royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name.

In the evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola on which the majestic Lake Palace Hotel is situated. See the ghats along the lake and the interesting buildings on the banks. The view of the city palace from the lake is spectacular. Dock at the Jagmandir Island where the Maharana of Udaipur once gave Shah Jahan sanctity.

Overnight in Udaipur.

20TH APRIL 2019

Udaipur

Breakfast at the hotel.

Spend the day at leisure enjoying hotel facilities of the wonderful Leela Palace Hotel.

Overnight in Udaipur.

21ST APRIL 2019

Udaipur

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning at leisure for independent activities then transfer to the Udaipur airport and board Jet Airways flight 9W-838 to Delhi (1350 /1520 hrs).

Arrive at Delhi domestic airport and connect to International for flight back home.

HOTELS

14–16 April 2019 - Delhi Taj Palace, Deluxe Room (2 nights)
16–17 April 2019 - Agra ITC Mughal, Mughal Room (1 night)
17–19 April 2019 - Jaipur Taj Jaimahal Palace, Luxury Room (2 nights)
19– 21 April 2019- Udaipur Leela Palace, Grand Luxury Lake View Room (2 nights)

 

PRICE

Price based on 2 persons staying in a double or twin bedded room:
£2250 per person (inc flights: Kathmandu – Delhi on Air India AI: 214 - 1025 / 1145 hrs Jaipur – Udaipur on SG-8623 - 0830 / 0930 hrs & Udaipur – Delhi on 9W-838 to Delhi - 1350 / 1520 hrs)
£1199 per person Single Room supplement

The price includes:

  • Kathmandu – Delhi on Air India AI: 214 - 1025 / 1145 hrs
  • Jaipur – Udaipur on SG-8623 - 0830 / 0930 hrs
  • Udaipur – Delhi on 9W-838 to Delhi - 1350 / 1520 hrs
  • 7 nights accommodation on twin/sharing basis at the hotels mentioned above or
    similar
  • All transfers, sightseeing tours and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary will be provided by 1 air-conditioned Innova
  • Services of local English speaking guide as per the above itinerary during sightseeing only
  • Entrances at all the monuments (single visit), as mentioned in the programme
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort (subject to availability)
  • Rickshaw ride Old Delhi
  • Battery van ride in Agra to visit Taj Mahal
  • Boat ride in Lake Pichola in Udaipur
  • All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all hotels and airports
  • Our representative on all arrival/ departure transfers
  • All currently applicable taxes including compulsory 5% Government service tax
  • Domestic airfare

The price excludes:

  • Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, and telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc
  • Meals other than those specified above
  • Anything, which is not mentioned in the itinerary
  • International Airfares

Special notes:

  • Hotel check in at 1400 hours/ check out at 1200 noon
  • Distances mention in the itinerary are approximate & driving time depends upon the traffic/ road conditions

 

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