Exploring India 2010

Exploring India 2010

Exploring India 2010

Exploring India 2010

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South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce India Trip – APRIL 14th – 23rd, 2010

Note: Departure date has changed from 4/19/09 to 4/14/09
Nine Days in India for $2,090 - Airfare and Hotel Included

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Itinerary

April 14, Wed.: Depart North America

Today you will depart on your exciting journey to experience India’s Golden Triangle, as you board your flight for Delhi.

April 15, Thu.: Across the International dateline

April 16, Fr.: Arrive Delhi

Tonight you will arrive in Delhi, India’s bustling capital city. There you will be greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and then escorted to RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL or INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL (now called THE LALIT).

Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines both the ancient and the modern aspects of Indian culture. The city’s many monuments, located amidst tall, modern skyscrapers, stand as silent reminders of the region’s ancient legacy. Delhi’s strategic location was one of the main reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising that today Delhi is actually a conglomerate of seven cities. The division between the old, walled city and what is known as New Delhi marks a division in lifestyles. The walled city retains its past traditions, and when visiting, one can get a glimpse of its many facets. In contrast, New Delhi strives to match the pace of the twenty-first century.

April 17, Sat.: New Delhi Sightseeing

After a leisurely morning, you will embark on a tour of New Delhi, driving along Rajpath, the capital’s broadest avenue. As you go you will get a chance to see Parliament House, which is now known as Sansad Bhavan. It is a low, circular structure that covers more than five acres of land. You will also see Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s Palace, which is the official residence of the president of India. Constructed on Raisina Hill, it is an imposing structure with 340 rooms, which was initially built as the official residence of the British viceroy of India. Next you will see India Gate, a 138-foot-high, arch-shaped structure that stands at the eastern end of Rajpath. On it are inscribed the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives in World War I, the North-West Frontier operations that occurred at the same time and the 1919 Afghan fiasco. Below it burns the Amar Jawan Jyoti, the Eternal Flame, in tribute to all martyred soldiers of India. The Amar Jawan Jyoti was lit after the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War.

Next you will proceed to Humayun’s Tomb. The tomb, an elegant example of early Mughal architecture, was commissioned by Humayun’s widowed queen, Haji Begum, in the sixteenth century. Architecturally it is the forerunner of the world-famous Taj Mahal. You will also have a chance to visit Qutab Minar, a soaring, 238-foot-high stone tower, which was built by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak in the twelfth century. The tower has five distinct stories, each with a projecting balcony. At its base is the Quwwat-Ul Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. A twenty-three-foot-high iron pillar, which was built in the fourth century, stands in the courtyard of the mosque. After viewing Qutab Minar, you will move on to Birla Temple, which is one of the major landmarks of New Delhi. The temple, built in 1983, is dedicated to Vishnu and enshrines almost all the deities of the Hindu pantheon. The entire temple is decorated with relief carvings of mythological scenes. The temple reaches an impressive 165 feet at its highest point.

April 18, Sun.: Old Delhi Sightseeing / Jaipur

This morning your visit will focus on Old Delhi, the seventeenth-century walled city of Shahjahanabad. You will visit the Red Fort, or Lal Quila, which is situated on the banks of the River Jamuna. Its thick, red-sandstone walls bulge with turrets and bastions and have withstood the ravages of both time and nature. Within the walls lie halls of public and private audience, domed and arched marble palaces, plush private apartments, a mosque and elaborately designed gardens. Even today, Lal Quila remains an impressive testimony to Mughal grandeur. Its magnificence leaves many awestruck and breathless.

Next you will visit the Raj Ghat, a memorial that is erected on the site where Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian nation, was cremated. You will also view the Ashoka Pillar, which is a magnificent, fourteen-foot-high structure that was created in the third century. Made from polished sandstone and tapered toward the top, the pillar is inscribed with an admonition to promote peace in the world through the teachings of Buddha.

You will then take a walk through Chandni Chowk, the old marketplace of Shahjahanabad, which is now a picturesque bazaar. It consists of many narrow lanes that are crowded with shops selling everything from authentic Indian food and clothing to electronics.

Afternoon drive to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Upon arrival, check into GOLDEN TULIP HOTEL.

April 19, Mon.: Amber Fort Excursion / Jaipur Sightseeing

This morning you will enjoy the unique experience of riding a caparisoned elephant from the foothills to the ramparts of the ancient Amber Fort. The fort was once the capital of the Mina tribes, who are believed to be the original inhabitants of the area. Tales of the fort recall the glory and wealth of its association with the Mughals. Once inside, you will explore the Sheesh Mahal, or “Palace of Mirrors,” which is inlaid with millions of tiny, glistening mirrors, the hall of Public Audience and the beautiful manicured gardens.

This afternoon you will tour the city of Jaipur, which is steeped in heritage, picturesque with exquisite architecture and vibrant with heroic lore and romance. As you head off to visit the Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of Winds,” in the old city, you will learn why Jaipur is also called the “Pink City.” All of the houses in the old city, including the famous Hawa Mahal, were painted pink in 1905 to honor the visiting Prince of Wales. Since that time, the color pink has become equated with the hospitality for which the city is known. The Hawa Mahal is Jaipur’s central landmark and boasts an extraordinary façade comprised of many airy sandstone windows that were used by the court ladies to watch royal processions without being seen by outsiders.

Next you will explore City Palace, which is characterized by balconies, tiny windows, cupolas, courtyards and arched entryways. The palace now houses an excellent collection of Rajasthani costumes, miniatures and weaponry. Adjacent to the City Palace lies Jantar Mantar, the largest and best preserved of the five observatories built by Jaipur’s founder, Jai Singh. At first the observatory appears to be merely a scattering of abstract sculptures, but it is in fact a collection of huge masonry instruments used by medieval scholars to study and measure the positions of the stars, sun and planets.

April 20, Tue.: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra

This morning as you drive to Agra, you will stop en route to visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This amazing city, a masterpiece of Muslim, Hindu and Jain architecture, was built by Akbar the Great in the sixteenth century. Comprised predominantly of red-sandstone buildings that sprawl over a huge area, the architectural style of the city is very much in tune with Akbar’s vision. A shortage of water was one of the main reasons the site was abandoned.

After visiting the Fatehpur Sikri, continue overland to Agra, the last capital of the Mughal Empire and home of the one and only Taj Mahal. Upon arrival, check into JAYPEE PALACE HOTEL.

April 21, Wed.: Agra Sightseeing tour

Enjoy your morning at leisure. Afternoon visit Agra Fort, a huge red-sandstone structure built by the famous Mughal emperor Akbar in the sixteenth century. It houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and many other noteworthy structures. Next you will move on to that magnificent monument to the memory of love, the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal, the monument is made of white marble and is a fine example of symmetry, balance of design and traditional inlay work. As you tour the famed landmark you will have an opportunity to enjoy its changing hues as it is bathed in the warm glow of sunset.

April 22, Thu.: Agra / Delhi

Morning drive to Delhi en route visiting the Tomb of Emperor Akbar. Upon arrival, check into RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL or INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL (Now called THE LALIT). Afternoon at leisure.

April 23, Fri.: Delhi / Home

Early morning transfer to the International airport for your flight back home.

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Pricing

$ 2,090.00 per person. Reservations accepted up to Sunday, February 14, 2010.

Single Room Supplement: $ 660.00

Supplement for Lunches & Dinners: $ 390.00 per person

U.S. Departure taxes: Included but subject to extra charge only if there is an increase in fuel surcharges or any increase announced by the airlines/Government. Taxes may change unless tickets are issued.

Land Price Includes:

International Airfare from Los Angeles
Twin room accommodation inclusive of tax and service charge as applicable
Daily Breakfast
Transfers inclusive of baggage handling and baggage handling
Sightseeing tours as listed with a Licensed English speaking guide
Entrance fee to the monuments
Elephant Ride at Amber Fort
Sunset visit to Taj Mahal
Assistance by knowledgeable Representative at airports and hotels
Transport services by private air-conditioned Coach
Bottles water during transfers, tours and drives

Not Included:

Any meals except as listed
Items of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, beverages, gratuities to guides and drivers (which are discretionary in nature)
Visa fees and processing; Inoculations and health requirements and items not listed above.

Note on Airfares: Based on current fares and subject to change without notice UNTIL TICKETED. Airfares are based on the current lowest fare, and subject to availability of the applicable class of service. It may be necessary to re quote a fare at the time of booking, depending on availability. At time of final payment, please check for any applicable increase in taxes and fuel surcharges. Airfares are subject to different rules and cancellation fees. Some airfares may be non-refundable once ticketed. Details will be provided on request.

Tour Reservations: We require $ 250.00 per person in order to initiate the reservations. Final payment due 60 days prior to departure.

Visa Fees and Processing: USA Passport holders require a visa for India. Applications will be sent at the time of booking.

Cancellation policy: Because of the special nature of the programs featured in this web site, suppliers impose rigid cancellation fees; please be aware that we have no control over such fees and cannot make any exceptions to these charges. Note: ALL cancellations must be received by us in writing; cancellation/s will be effective when the written notice is received at our offices in Pasadena, CA.

If a cancellation is received after we are in possession of the initial deposit, but more than 45 days prior to departure, the cancellation fee incurred will be $250.00 per person. If cancellation is received between 44 and 30 days prior to departure the fee incurred will be 50% of the entire tour price. Cancellation/s received between 29 days and 10 days prior to departure will be charged a fee of 75% of the entire tour price. NO REFUNDS whatsoever will be made for cancellations received within the last 10 days prior to departure.

Yes! I (we) would like to travel on Exploring India 2010

Or call Laurie at 626-441-2339