|UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour|
|1.||Agra Fort, India||2.||Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi|
|3.||Amber Fort- Jaipur||4.||Red Fort Complex|
|5.||Fatehpur Sikri||6.||Taj Mahal, Agra|
|7.||Humayun's Tomb, Delhi||8.||The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur|
|Includes international air|
Day 01: Apr 04, 2017: Depart Canada for India via Seattle. Connect with Emirates Airline to India
Day 02: Apr 05, 2017: Connect at Dubai with flight to New Delhi (INDIA)
Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together and transferred to our deluxe hotel.
Overnight: Vivanta By Taj Dwarka, New Delhi (2 Nights)
Day 03: Apr 06, 2017: Delhi
The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We explore Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. Continue on a captivating Rickshaw ride passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar before ending at the Jama Masjid - a Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. Visit the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at a well-known local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 04: Apr 07, 2017: Delhi/Jaipur
Morning tour of Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570 which was recently restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. After visiting the Tomb, we drive to Jaipur, the rose pink capital of Rajasthan. It is called the pink city as most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. This goes to i876 when the maharaja of Jaipur, in commemoration of the visit of Queen Victoria had all the buildings painted in pink as a sign of welcome and hospitality.
Overnight: ITC Rajputana - A Starwood luxury collection hotel (2 Nights) (B)
Day 05: Apr 08, 2017: Jaipur
We are treated like the royalty of yesteryear with an elephant back ride to the majestic Amber Fort*. Perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town, the palace was constructed by Maharaja Man Singh. The fort comprises a number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. Visit the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal court used to watch the city from behind its intricately carved facade. Visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the Jantar Mantar*, an astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. Evening free to enjoy shopping and get a cultural experience at the bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. (B)
Day 06: Apr 09, 2017: Jaipur/Ranthambore
Drive to Ranthambore, the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The rugged terrain and the dense deciduous forests are major features of this national park, which has among the largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in India. After lunch at our lodge, we go on our first safari through the National Park seeing various indigenous animals, such as tiger, nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, the Rhesus Macaque and the black-faced Langur. About 150 bird species can be found here including migratory birds that arrive in winter.
Overnight: Ranthambore Regency (1 Night) (B, L, D)
Day 07: Apr 10, 2017: Ranthambore/Fatehpur Sikr/Agra
Ranthambore is famous for the Royal Bengal Tigers and spotting the big cat in its natural habitat is an interesting experience. After our morning safari we drive to Fatehpur Sikri*. Built during the second half of the 16th century by Emperor Akbar, the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes an artistically designed mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint, Salim Chisty. Continue to Agra.
Overnight: ITC Mughal – A Starwood luxury collection hotel (2 Nights) (B)
Day 08: Apr 11, 2017: Agra
The the most awaited day! We begin with a sunrise visit to the most beautiful monuments in the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, it was built between 1631 and 1648 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife. The Taj Mahal is the crown jewel of Muslim art in India. After breakfast we visit the Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two very beautiful mosques. Afternoon is free to enjoy this magical city. (B, D)
Day 09: Apr 12, 2017: Agra/Delhi (Drive) Delhi/Dubai (Flight)
Morning is free for personal activities. Afternoon drive to New Delhi Airport for our flight to Dubai. Welcome to Dubai the city of charm, hospitality and an interesting architecture.
Overnight: Hilton Garden Inn, Dubai (3 Nights) (B)
Day 10: Apr 13, 2017: Dubai
Our morning tour of Dubai includes the Jumeirah Mosque, photo stops by the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa buildings and a drive on the palm to visit the Atlantis Aquarium. We pass the palaces of the ruling family of Dubai, visit the Museum, as well as the Spice and Gold Souqs. In the afternoon, we experience an exciting desert safari. We drive through the magnificent sand dunes to experience the thrill of dune bashing. After sunset we reach a campsite equipped with traditional carpets and pillows. Ladies may get henna designs, before the evening entertainment begins authentic Arabic music and belly dances, followed by a barbecue dinner served under the stars. We return to our hotel at night. (B, D)
Day 11: Apr 14, 2017: Dubai
Day free to enjoy the many attractions and activities that Dubai offers. At about 6PM we are transferred for a dhow cruise viewing Dubai by night, sumptuous dinner and live entertainment. Transfer back to our hotel. (B, D)
Day 12: Apr 15, 2017: Depart Dubai
Early morning transfer for our flight back home after what will have been a wonderful journey through the Best of India with Dubai. Arrival Vancouver the same day at 4.19PM. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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