Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Delhi

Summer Offer (April – September 2010 )

Can words describe 3.2 million sq. kms. of the Indian subcontinent? Can pictures capture a terrain as diverse as verdant forests, golden deserts and the majestic Himalayan range? Can stories tell you all you want to know about the complex cultures of the Indian people, their languages and dialects, their rituals and traditions? To feel her magic, be touched by her spirituality, experience her intensity or join in her celebrations, you have to be in India.
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
  • NamesteArrive Delhi
  • Transfer to the Hotel
  • Overnight at the hotel

Arrival Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport late this evening. Welcome to India!! Met upon arrival at the airport by Creative airport Representative as soon as you come out from the main hall after clearing all formalities of customs and immigration. A special welcome awaits at the airport with nice / fresh garlands of marigold flowers. After meet and greet at the airport transfer to your chosen hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle. Upon arrival check into the Hotel. Overnight Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

DAY 02: IN DELHI
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning Visit Old Delhi
  • Afternoon visit New Delhi
  • Overnight at the hotel

Greet the morning on your first day in what is the world largest and most vibrant democracy. As you embark on your journey through this land you will experience the sights and sounds of what is India.

Following breakfast you will leave the hotel for a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. red-fort-1Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi’s glorious renaissance. Here you will see Red Fort the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan’s symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial centre of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts. Enjoy your Lunch at Delhi’s so many fine restaurants on own cost. After lunch venture back into the city. This afternoon you will visit New Delhi.

New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920’s-it’s a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King’s architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi’s eight city – New Delhi. Lutyens designed an “Imperial City” having palatial sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi’s past – Qutub Minar and Humanyuns tomb. Your drive takes you past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

Return to the Hotel for an overnight stay.

NOTE: Red fort is closed on Mondays.

DAY 03: DELHI – AGRA ( Drive: 205 kms – 4½ hrs approx.)
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning drive to Agra
  • Afternoon visit Agra Fort
  • Visit Taj Mahal at Sunset
  • Agra Red FortOvernight at the hotel

Morning after breakfast drive to Agra ( 4½ hrs drive approx) and upon arrival check into the hotel. Late afternoon proceed to visit the Agra fort. Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1565, A.D. although additions were made till the time of his grandson Shah Jehan. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise. There are a number of exquisite buildings like Moti Masjid – a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl; Diwan-I- Am, Diwan-I-Khaas, Musamman Burj – where Shah Jehan died in 1666 A.D. Jahangir’s Palace; Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal.

http://www.welt.de/multimedia/archive/00465/Tal_mahal_DW_Wirtsc_465848g.jpgAt Sunset visit that magnificent monument to love – Taj Mahal, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori’s hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as lush garden where running streams flow When the Moghuls brought this concept to India they elevated it to the heights of incomparable history.

Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

NOTE: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

DAY 04: AGRA – JAIPUR ( Drive: 235 kms / 6½ hrs approx)

Jaipur City Palace

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive to Jaipur
  • Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri
  • Evening free in Jaipur
  • Overnight at the hotel

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur . The Journey will take approx. ( 6 hrs drive ) to reach at Jaipur . On way stop at Fatehpur Sikri to visit this deserted city of Agra.

Fatehpur Sikri – the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ‘ruins’ are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. http://farm1.static.flickr.com/175/378199096_c4d46cdfb1.jpg?v=0 After visiting Fatehpur Sikri continue the drive to Jaipur. On way stop at local motels / restaurants for tea / coffee break followed by the drive to Jaipur.

Upon arrival check into the hotel with rest of the evening is free. Overnight at the Hotel.

Known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of the colourful state of Rajasthan. It has the distinction of being a well planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of colour and sound.

  • DAY 05: IN JAIPUR
  • India - Jaipur - Elephants at Amber Fort 3Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning visit Amber fort
  • Afternoon free
  • Overnight at the hotel

Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast depart the hotel for a Full -day tour of the city visit the Amber Fort. 11 Kms. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvellous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort by Jeep. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualize the pomp & grandeur of a kingdom never conquered Afternoon free for independent activities or shop around local market of Jaipur. Overnight at the hotel. IMPORTANT; Elephant ride at Amber Fort can not be guaranteed in advance. This is due to the fact that the number of elephants and the trips each elephant can take is very limited. All guests have to reach the Amber Fort in time and stand in line to wait their turn to climb the elephant, these lines could sometimes be very long and some guests have had to be turned back.

DAY 06: IN JAIPUR
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • City-Palace-insideMorning city tour of Jaipur
  • Afternoon free
  • Overnight at the hotel

This morning proceed for a half day visit of Jaipur city. Here you will visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

Rest of the day is free for independent activities.

Optional: Excursion to Sanganer to see Jain Temple. Also visit the factory where you can witness block printing / carpet weaving & Pottery.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Jaipur – Delhi & Depart ( DRIVE: 265 kms / 5 hrs approx.)
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning is free to explore Jaipur on own
  • Afternoon drive to Delhi
  • Transfer to International Terminal for flight back home

Breakfast at the Hotel. Rest morning is free to relax in the Hotel.

Afternoon drive to Delhi upon arrival enjoy your dinner at a local Restaurant ( on own cost) and then transfer to Delhi‘s Indira Gandhi International airport to board flight for onwards destination.

TOUR TERMINATES

Hotels envisaged or similar subject to availability:

SUPERIOR FIRST CLASS HOTELS:

 CITY HOTELS  ROOM CATEGORY  NO. OF NIGHTS
DelhiCrowne Plaza or similarStandard room02
AgraJaypee Palace or similarStandard room01
JaipurPark Prime or similarStandard room03

 Based on the above our per person cost is as under:

VALIDITY: THE BELOW ALL PRICES ARE VALID TILL 30 SEPTEMBER 2010

TOUR COST ( 1- 9 Persons) – tour Cost subject to confirmation at time of booking

PLEASE NOTE: An Acceptance Payment of £200 per person is paybale on booking iN Addition to the price shown below.

Per person cost on twin sharing basis All PRICES in USD including all taxes plus £200 Acceptance Payment
1 paying personsUS$ 890 total for one person using single room throughout the tour plus £200 Acceptance Payment
2 paying personsUS$ 564 per person on twin sharing basis plus £200 Acceptance Payment
3 paying personsUS$ 500 per person on twin sharing basis plus £200 Acceptance Payment
4- 6 paying personsUS$ 475 per person on twin sharing basis plus £200 Acceptance Payment
7 9 paying personsUS$ 452 per person on twin sharing basis plus £200 Acceptance Payment
Single room SupplementUS$ 255 per single extra over and above twin sharing price

n case additional night is require in Delhi at the end, then the supplement cost would be as follows:

US$ 44 per person on twin sharing basis extra over rand above price Single room supplement is US$ 40 per single extra over and above tour price.

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UPGRADE SUPPLEMENT TO 5 STAR HOTELS AT ALL PLACES FOR THE SAME PROGRAMME:

  • Delhi: Le Meridien ( 02 nights)
  • Agra: ITC Mughal Sheraton Hotel ( 01 night)
  • Jaipur: Rajputana Sheraton Hotel ( 03 nights)

Using above upgraded hotels the supplement cost is as follows: For 01 – 09 persons US$ 151 per person extra over and above twin sharing price for all 06 nights Single room supplement is US$ 155 per single extra over and above tour price.

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IMPORTANT:

  • All elements included in this quotation are subject to availability until the booking is made. The hotels services as quoted may change while our giving you the final confirmation based on current availability.
  • Kindly note, our above tour prices are based on the currently prevailing rate of exchange, fuel prices, entrances to monuments, government tax structure. Since these elements are controlled by the government and are always subject to change without prior notice – therefore, in case of any excessive hike in all or any of these elements our tour price might get affected and change accordingly.

TRANSPORT WILL BE USED AS FOLLOWS:

  • 1- 3 persons : Deluxe air-conditioned Toyota Innova car
  • 4- 6 persons: Deluxe air -conditioned Micro Mini Van ( 8 seaters)
  • 7 – 15 persons: Deluxe air- conditioned Mini Coach ( 18 seaters)
  • 16 – 30 persons: Deluxe air-conditioned Large coach ( 35 Seaters)

THE ABOVE COST INCLUDES:

  • 06 NIGHTS – Accommodation on twin sharing room with breakfast at all the places as per the above mentioned Hotels or similar.
  • Supplement for upgraded to 5 Star Hotel quoted separately in case needed.
  • All transfers, sightseeing’s & excursions by air-conditioned VEHICLE as mentioned above.
  • Services of a local English speaking guide in each city with entrance fee at the monuments.
  • Supplement for an accompanying escort for the group (only) quoted separately.
  • Elephant / Jeep ride at Amber fort in Jaipur ( Subject to operations)
  • Basic Porterage at the airport & hotels (not tips).
  • All currently applicable taxes. If any new tax levied in near future shall be charged extra

ABOVE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Any Expenses of personal nature such as table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mineral water, tips, shopping etc.
  • Any airfare and airport taxes.
  • Any other meals /services not mentioned in the program
  • Any taxes

Payment. 1.On acceptance – £200 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) by cheque payable to “S W & M Miller” OR by International Bank Transfer to UK Bank Account or in euro to French Bank Account

Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with Creative Travel Delhi, India to whom payment for the tour is made.

2. You pay eight weeks prior to arrival in India, or on Acceptance if earlier – 50% of the total in US $, by Credit Card or International Bank Transfer, direct to Creative Travel, India.

3. On arrival in India – 50% payable, in US $, by Credit Card or Cash.

Cancellation Charges

Before 60 Days: Full Refund. 60 – 46 Days: 25% of the Tour Cost. 45 – 31 Days: 50% of the Tour Cost. 30 – 16 Days: 75% of the Tour Cost. 15 days to Day of Departure: 100 % of the Tour Cost or No Refund. Acceptance Payment non refundable

Important note: In case the programme includes 5 Star Deluxe hotels like Oberoi Resorts and Taj Hotels or similar standard, full cancellation fee will be applicable if the cancellation received less than 35 days of the arrival date.

Included in the Cost

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability.
  • 06 NIGHTS – Accommodation on twin sharing room with breakfast at all the places as per the above mentioned Hotels or similar.
  • Supplement for upgraded to 5 Star Hotel quoted separately in case needed.
  • Any single room subject to supplement shown.
  • Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)
  • Full board at Wildlife Park if applicable.
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicle where appropriate.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks)
  • Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable
  • Tricycle ride during the visit Old Delhi in the market
  • Elephant / Jeep ride at Amber fort in Jaipur
  • Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips).
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Where US$ are quoted the UK pounds price shown is for comparison only and is subject to change.

Excluded from the Cost

  • Expenses of a personal nature: table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping etc.
  • Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.
  • Any international airfares to India and Asia
  • Domestic economy airfares, indicated in the itinerary, are subject to change.
  • Any airport taxes where applicable in each country
  • Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs, monuments/sightseeing fees.
  • Any other taxes subsequently introduced by Government, State or Tourist Ministry.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fees, if applicable, in any country
  • Any Christmas, New Year and Gala Dinners

General note: All elements included in this quotation are subject to availability until the booking is made. The hotels/ services as quoted may change when giving you the final confirmation, based on current availability.