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Extension: The Taj Mahal and Agra

Program Number: 19869RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/15/2014 - 4/19/2014; 12/13/2014 - 12/17/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Agra
Price starting at: $1,210.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 10; 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

After an inspiring high-altitude adventure in the Nepalese Himalayas, forge a connection with another mystical region by immersing yourself in the cultural wonders of India’s Golden Triangle. Make your way to important historical sites by way of the bustling marketplaces in Delhi and Agra. Spend a morning at the Taj Mahal, visit the serene Lodhi Garden and walk amongst locals at the India Gate.




Highlights

• Embark on an early morning visit to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun rise.
• Take a rickshaw ride through Chandini Chawk, one of the oldest marketplaces in Delhi.
• Take a guided walk through the old part of Delhi with young street children.



Activity Particulars

Walking on uneven terrain; some stairs.



This program may only be taken as an extension to "Trekking in Nepal: The Height of Adventure in the Himalayas (#20336)." If booking your own flights, please refer to the day-by-day itinerary for correct arrival and departure dates.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Delhi; coach to Agra, 2 nights; coach to Delhi, 2 nights; departure.



Arrival Delhi, coach to Agra
2 nights

Watch the sun rise during an early morning visit to the Taj Mahal and explore Agra Fort, one of the many residences of Shah Jahan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel in the white marble architecture of the tomb of Itmad-Ud–Daula. View sunset of the Taj Mahal from Metabh Bagh.



Coach to Delhi
2 nights
Departure

Explore the Jama Masjid Rajghat Raj Ghat, the largest mosque in Asia. Delight in a rickshaw ride through the marketplace of Chandini Chawk and enjoy a walk along India Gate where locals congregate.




Agra

Agra lies on the banks of the Yamuna River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658. Many of the splendid Mughal-era buildings still exist today, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. All three are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.



Accommodations
Delhi: Elegant hotel on lush, sprawling seven-acre grounds. Agra: Four-star hotel set in quiet landscape of gardens, within walking distance of the Taj Mahal.
Meals and Lodgings
   Trident Hotel Agra
  Agra, India 2 nights
   Suryaa New Delhi
  Delhi, India
In Flight
2 nights
 Trident Hotel Agra
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel is within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, set in a quiet landscape of gardens.
  Contact info: Fatehabad Rd.
Agra,  282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com/agra/index.asp
  Room amenities: 138 rooms with central air-conditioning with individually controlled thermostat, mini-bar, electronic safes, tea- and coffee-making facility, direct-dial telephones with dataport connection, Internet access, satellite television, hair dryer. Nonsmoking rooms available.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants and Bars, outdoor swimming pool, barber shop, beauty salon, concierge desk, gift shop, safety deposit box, laundry service, foreign currency exchange, and business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Suryaa New Delhi
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.
  Contact info: New Friends Colony
New Delhi,  110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/
  Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board
  Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: n/a Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program starts on Day 1 at the program hotel in Agra. Note transfer time from Delhi airport to Agra is approximately 4 hours. You will be staying at Trident Hotel Agra that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after dinner on Day 4 at the program hotel. You will be staying at Suryaa New Delhi the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On January 15th, 2010 India changed its laws regarding re-entry to India with a tourist visa. Currently tourists re-entering India within 2 months are required to get a re-entry visa. Due to the complexity of these laws, there is still some ambiguity on what documentation is required for tourists traveling with a group. We ask that you please carry a copy of your full flight itinerary with you when you enter India for the first time, and show this to the customs officials.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: There are no vaccinations required to enter India unless visitors are coming from a contaminated area. However, it is always a good idea to check with your personal physician before going abroad. Routine vaccines, as they are often called, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, MMR, and DPT are given at all stages of life should be up to date. Malaria pills are a consideration. Please check with your doctor or travel clinic.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Agra
  Transportation to site: This program, Extension: The Taj Mahal and Agra is designed as a post extension of your main program 20336, Trekking in Nepal: The Height of Adventure in the Himalayas. All transfers from the main program to the post-extention are included in your program cost.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Delhi
  Transportation from site: You may want to inquire with the concierge at the program hotel about alternative transportation services from the hotel to the airport. Private arrival and departure transfers -at an additional cost- may be arranged in advance by the calling Road Scholar Travel Services.


Required innoculations:

Yes: There are no vaccinations required to enter India unless visitors are coming from a contaminated area. However, it is always a good idea to check with your personal physician before going abroad. Routine vaccines, as they are often called, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, MMR, and DPT are given at all stages of life should be up to date. Malaria pills are a consideration. Please check with your doctor or travel clinic.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival / Transfer to Agra / Sunset at the Taj
(Tuesday, April 15)

Note: This program is an extension to 20336 Trekking in the Himalayas. Transfer time from the Delhi Airport to Agra is approximately 4 hours.



   
 Morning: In the late morning, arrive to Delhi from your flight from Kathmandu. Transfer to Agra.
 Lunch: Box lunch en route to Agra.
 Afternoon: Participate in an en route presentation by your Study Leader on Indian History. Upon arrival in Agra in the late afternoon, view the Taj Mahal from across the river at Mehtab Bagah translated as "Moonlight Garden". The octagonal pool in the centre of the terrace provides a great setting to view the Taj Mahal.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Trident Hotel Agra
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Early Morning at the Taj Mahal / Agra Fort / Itimad Ud Daulah
(Wednesday, April 16)

Note: Note, you will be walking to the Taj Mahal with your Study Leader. The walk is approximately 10-20 minutes.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel upon return from the Taj Mahal.
 Morning: Set out in the early morning to watch the sun bathe the pristine white marble of the Taj Mahal in warm hues of gold, ochre and orange. Take some time to explore the exquisite grounds and view the highly decorated inside chamber. Next, visit Agra Fort. 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore Itmad Ud Daula the first tomb in India built entirely with white marble. Then return to the hotel for some time to relax.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Trident Hotel Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Depart for Delhi / Lodhi Garden / New Delhi Exploration
(Thursday, April 17)

Note: Transfer to Delhi will take about 4 hours with rest stops.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to Delhi. Upon arrival explore the Lodhi Garden on foot, a beautiful garden with many small tombs built during the Mughul time, and a peaceful place in the heart of Delhi.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore India Gate, Parliament house via walking. India Gate is constructed as a memorial and was built in the memory of 90,00 soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I. Today, it stands as a popular hangout spot for locals, where can you can watch monkeys perform, enjoy a camel ride, blow soap bubbles all over the lawns, play with balloons and just experience the vividness of India come alive. Then transfer to your hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Suryaa New Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Connaught Place / Old Delhi and Chandni Chowk.
(Friday, April 18)

Note: The group flight departs around midnight or 1am in the morning.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Explore Raj Ghat - the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi. Visit Connaught Place and spend some time with the guides of the NGO Salaam Baalak Trust, who have developed an exciting city walk through the enchanting streets of the inner-city of Paharganj and the New Delhi railway station area. Nobody knows Delhi's streets better than the young people who are fully trained as guides. These spirited youngsters will share their life journey and take you on a guided walk by visiting the schools that are funded by this walk.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore Old Delhi. Drive past the Red Fort, and then go on a bicycle rickshaw ride around the heart of Chandni Chowk, - named for the silver merchants - navigating narrow alleyways, and a bustle of people, to end at Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Your program ends after dinner on this Day five. Please note that most flights depart Delhi in midnight or later.
   
Accommodations: Suryaa New Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Return flight home
(Saturday, April 19)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival back home.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi


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Description: Dalrymple infectiously interweaves his own experiences over a year in Delhi with the art, architecture, history and literature of the city.



Delhi, Jaipur, Agra Map


Author: Globetrotter


Description: Covering Northern India and the neighboring Himalayas, this double-sided map also features detailed city plans, site diagrams and an index.



Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur


Author: Anuradha Chaturvedi (Editor)


Description: With chapters on Taj Mahal, Amber Fort Palace, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Red Fort and dozens of other highlights for the traveler, this compact, gorgeously illustrated guide to Delhi and its environs features 900 color photographs, maps and site plans.



Hindu Art and Architecture


Author: George Michell


Description: An excellent survey of Hindu art and architecture, explaining the meaning and construction of principal images and buildings, as well as the development of Hinduism and the corpus of myths that have influenced its artistic tradition.



In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India


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India


Author: Stanley Wolpert


Description: Reflections on India - its religion and philosophy, its art, culture, and politics - by the dean of the country’s Ameri-can historians: beautifully written, and provocative as well as evocative.



India, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Chandrahas Choudhury (Editor)


Description: Each of these 14 stories evokes place and landscape, providing an excellent introduction both to contemporary writers and to India's diverse cultures and history.



India, In Word and Image


Author: Eric Meola (Photographer)


Description: Meola deftly pairs colorful photographs of people, traditions, art and architecture with choice quotations by Salman Rushdie, R. K. Narayan, Jhumpa Lahiri and others in this dazzling visual celebration of the culture and pagaentry of India.



Midnight's Children


Author: Salman Rushdie


Description: Crowned Best of the Booker in 2008, Rushdie's greatest novel is a madcap, comic take on the birth of modern India in all its splendid and unexpected manifestations.



Mughal India, Splendours of the Peacock Throne


Author: Valerie Berinstain, Paul Bahn (Translator)


Description: This illustrated pocket guide presents the history, culture and splendor of the Mughal court and its celebrated architecture in hundreds of archival photographs and drawings.



Taj Mahal


Author: Giles Tillotson, Mary Beard (Editor)


Description: An enlightening pocket guide to the myth, meaning and legends of the celebrated tomb, "the queen of architecture."





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