Taj Majal Experience
After disembarking the ship in Cochin, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi you will proceed through Indian Immigration and Customs formalities and then board your coach for the scenic drive to Agra via the new Yamuna Expressway. The farther you drive, the more India’s vast countryside reveals its beauty. Along they way, stop at the Jaypee Greens Golf Course and Resort for a buffet lunch.
In time, you will arrive in Agra. As India’s premier city in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra became a great center for learning, art, commerce and culture. Today, it is more famous as the site of the white marble Taj Mahal, perhaps the world’s greatest monument to love, certainly for a mausoleum.
After some leisure time back at the hotel, enjoy a Kathak classical dance performance in the hotel ballroom. This dance arose from the fusion of Hindu and Muslim cultures during the Mughal era, and is characterized by rhythmic footwork, spectacular spins, mime and gestures that dramatically represent themes from Persian poetry and Hindu mythology.
A buffet dinner follows the dance performance, after which you will overnight at the ITC Mughal or similar hotel.
Discover the monumental Taj Mahal at dawn. Tea, Coffee, juices and rolls are served in the lobby, prior to your departure. The magical and monumental Taj Mahal is a place of serenity at this time of morning.
Back at the hotel you will enjoy breakfast before joining a morning tour into the Indian countryside to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone former capital of the Mughal Empire.
A buffet lunch will be served back at the hotel and for the afternoon you can decide how you wish to spend the next few hours. The options are:
(A) 2:00pm – 4:00pm Visit the Agra Fort, a World Heritage Site credited to Emperor Akbar, India’s great 16th-century visionary. Founded during his reign, this red sandstone fortress encompasses fairy-tale palaces, great halls and two beautiful mosques. Several of the buildings are made of pure marble adorned with artistic carvings.
(B) 2:00pm onwards Hourly shopping shuttle to the marble inlay factory and local markets.
(C) 2:00pm onwards Agra’s leading astrologer is available for consultation. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the hospitality
Later in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to revist the Taj Mahal for sunset when the monument appears to change colors and glow. The Taj Mahal, with its lacy white grandeur, is one of the world’s most recognized monuments. In memory of his wife, the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan
planned this extravagant and incomparable monument, built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, the monument is even more astounding close up, where the fine details can truly be appreciated.
Upon your return a buffet dinner will be served at the hotel where you will spend the evening at your leisure.
After an early buffet breakfast at the hotel you will check-out and transfer to the Delhi Airport for your
flight to Goa. Lunch will be served on the plane.
Upon arrival in Goa you will be transferred to the port and re-board the ship.
Overland Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
5:15am Disembark ship and proceed to the airport. Baggage will be collected and sent in a
separate truck to the airport for pre-check in.
6:15am Arrive at the airport and check-in
7:25am Air India’s flight to Delhi departs (Airline and flight time subject to change) Snacks will be served “aloft”
10:25am Arrive in Delhi.
11:00am Busses depart for Agra via the new Yamuna Expressway
12:30pm Buffet lunch at Jaypee Greens Resort
2:00pm Continue the drive to Agra
4:30pm Arrive at your hotel and check-in. The afternoon is at leisure
6:45pm Classical Kathak dance performance at the hotel
7:30pm Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel or similar hotel
5:45am Tea, coffee, juices are served in the lobby
6:00am Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
6:00am Breakfast is available at the hotel from 6am onwards
8:30am Return to the hotel and have breakfast
9:30am Drive to Fatehpur Sikri
12:30pm Return to the hotel for buffet lunch
2-4:00pm (a) Tour Agra Fort
2pm-onwards (b) Shopping shuttle on the hour to the marble inlay factory and local markets
2pm-onwards (c) Astronomer is available for appointments
4:30pm Revisit the Taj Mahal at sunset
7:30pm Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel or similar hotel
AM Tea, coffee, juices and rolls served in the lobby prior to departure
6:30am Luggage is collected in advance and loaded onto the luggage van
7:30am Check out and drive to the Delhi Airport
11:00am Arrive at the Delhi Airport and check in
12:15pm Indigo Air flight to Goa (flight details TBA and subject to change). Lunch will be served “aloft”
2:40pm Arrival in Goa. Transfer to the pier. Luggage will be sent ahead in a luggage truck.
4:00pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship
Days are sunny and warm with temperatures between 86-95 degrees F (30 to 35ºC). The evenings are pleasant with temperatures in the 70’s F (23 to 25 ºC).
What to Bring:
Casual wear for the day. Please bring a sweater or jacket for the early mornings and evenings. Also, important is sun block, hat, shades and comfortable walking shoes. As the Taj Mahal is also a mausoleum, certain religious customs must be observed. As a token of respect, it is customary to remove your footwear before entering. Ladies should avoid wearing tank tops or any top with spaghetti straps as well as short shorts. Knee-length shorts are acceptable for men and women.
Indian Rupee, available in denominations of 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000.
1 U.S. dollar is approximately INR 60.
220 – 240 volts. Hotel rooms are equipped with converters.
Light luggage is recommended for this 2-night trip. A maximum of one suitcase per person and one carry-on is allowed. The suitcase must not weigh more than 15kg (33 lbs.) due to flight restrictions. If your luggage exceeds this allowance, it will be subject to the fees imposed by the airline.
Airline and type of aircraft:
Air India, Airbus 320 (subject to change)
Indigo Airline, Airbus A320-200 (subject to change)
All economy class seats
Documents and Visa Requirements:
It is essential to have a valid Indian Visa and your passport.
ITC Mughal, Agra
Taj Ganj, Uttar Pradesh 28201, India
Please note: If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards.
2 nights at the ITC Mughal Hotel including breakfast, lunch and dinner- Deluxe room
House wines, beer, mineral water and soft drinks during lunches and dinners
Sodas and mineral water onboard the busses at all times
Applicable entrances, camera/video fees at the Taj Mahal and the other monuments
Kathak dance performance in Agra
Fortuneteller for consultation
Economy-class airfare from Cochin - Delhi and Delhi - Goa
Program Does Not Include:
Items of a personal nature
Hotel incidentals including mini bar
Gratuities to drivers and guides
Any meals or beverages not listed above.
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.