TAJ MAHAL EXPERIENCE
After an early breakfast, depart the pier in Mumbai, formerly Bombay, and drive through the city en route to the airport. With a population exceeding 18 million, this one time group of low lying mud flats is now India's economic power base and her most industrialized city. It's bustling with activity of incredible diversity and complexity. Her color, elegance and wealth corresponds with her historic struggle against poverty. Certain affluent areas give Bombay an air of mini-Manhattan! The most admirable features of Bombay's cityscape are the Gothic revival buildings raised in the last century after its original fortifications were removed. Indeed it is because of these buildings that Bombay is often cited as a `unique Victorian city'.
On arrival at the airport, you will receive your boarding passes and proceed through security before boarding the flight to Delhi. Refreshments and snacks are served aloft.
On arrival into Delhi, buses take you on a scenic drive to Agra with vistas of India's vast rural farming countryside. Along the way, stop at the Jaypee Greens Golf Course Resort for a buffet lunch along with wine, beer soft drinks and mineral water.
You will arrive at you hotel in Agra in the evening and check-in.
Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, was one of the grand cities of South Asia. With the arrival of the Mughals in 1526 led by Babur, Agra entered a completely new era during the reign of emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Akbar made it a great center for learning, art, commerce and culture. Its cosmopolitan bazaars and its strategic location on the river Jamuna, was altogether a worthier setting for the focus of an empire.
Following some time at leisure, you will enjoy the classical dance form of Kathak in the ballroom, along with wine, beer and soft drinks. A buffet dinner follows the dance performance. This Mughal Court dance arose from the fusion of Hindu and Muslim cultures during the Mughal era, characterized by rhythmic footwork, spectacular spins, mime and gestures that are a dramatic representation of themes from Persian poetry synthesized with Hindu mythology.
Overnight in Agra.
Discover the monumental Taj Mahal at dawn. Tea, Coffee, juices and rolls are served in the lobby, prior to our departure.
The Taj Mahal, with its incredible lacy white grandeur, is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. In memory of his wife, the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan planned this most extravagant and incomparable monument built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, it is the close up detail, which is really astounding.
Return to the hotel for breakfast.
A) 10:00 - 12:30p.m.
Visit the Agra Fort, a World Heritage Site credited to Emperor Akbar, India's great visionary. His sons and theirs added to this imposing structure situated by the banks of the Yamuna River. The astonishing palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its massive walls of red sandstone became once more a monumental mission of the Mughal Empire embellished by the artistic fusion of Islamic and Hindu tradition.
Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the old city, the first Mughal structure
pioneering the extensive use of `pietra dura', the inlay work of marble, so characteristic of the Taj Mahal. This mausoleum is small and squat when compared to the Taj, but the more human scale has its own attraction, and the skillfully patterned surface of the tomb is exquisite.
C) 10:00am onwards
Hourly shopping shuttle to the Marble inlay factory and local markets.
You will enjoy a buffet lunch at the hotel with wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water. During lunch, Agra's leading Astrologer will be available for consultation. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the Regent Cruises hospitality desk.
Following lunch, drive back to Delhi and check-in to your hotel.
Dinner is at the hotel with wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water.
Overnight in Delhi.
You have an early wake-up call for your flight to Cochin. After coffee/tea, croissants and juices, you will transfer to Delhi airport, collect your boarding passes and proceed through security for our 6:00 a.m. flight. Breakfast is served on our almost three hour flight to Cochin.
Upon arrival in Cochin, you will tour the famous Fort Cochin area before rejoining 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.
DAY 1 : Sunday, December 8, 2013
6:30am Disembark the ship and transfer by coach to the Mumbai Airport. Your luggage will be transported in a separate van for pre-check-in.
7:45am Arrival at the airport. Check-in and proceed through security
9:25am Depart for Delhi on Indigo Air’s scheduled flight # 6E 178
11:25am Arrive in Delhi
12:00noon Busses depart for Agra via the new Yamuna Expressway
1:15pm Lunch at the Jaypee Greens Resort (buffet)
2:45pm Continue your drive towards Agra
5:15pm Arrive at your hotel and check-in
6:45pm Classical Kathak dance performance
7:30pm Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at the Jaypee Palace Hotel or similar
DAY 2 : Monday, December 9, 2013
6:00am Tea, coffee, juices and rolls are served in the lobby
6:30am Visit the Taj Mahal at dawn for sunrise
8:30am Breakfast at the hotel
10am–12:30pm a) Visit the Agra Fort
10am-12:30pm b) Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the Old City
10am c) On the hour shopping shuttle bus to the Marble Inlay Factory and local markets.
12:30pm Buffet lunch at the hotel, Agra’s leading Astrologer will be available for consultation.
2:00pm Check out and drive to Delhi
6:00pm Arrive in Delhi and check in at your hotel
7:30pm Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at the Oberoi Trident Gurgaon Hotel or similar
DAY 3 : Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tea, coffee, juices and rolls are served in the lobby prior to departure
5:00am Transfer to the airport. Your luggage will be transported in a separate van for pre-check-in.
5:20am Arrive at the airport, check-in and proceed through security
6:00am Air India’s scheduled flight # AI 467 for Cochin.
9:20am Arrive in Cochin and transfer to the pier with an orientation tour of Fort Cochin en route
1:00pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship
5:00pm Ship sails from Cochin
Days are sunny and comfortable with temperatures between 23 to 25 ºC. The evenings get cooler (13 to 15 ºC) and temperatures drop as the night progresses.
What to Bring:
Casual wear for the day. Please bring along a sweater/jacket for the evenings and early morning visit to the Taj. Also, important is sun block, hat, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes. As the Taj Mahal is also a mausoleum there are certain religious customs to be observed. As a token of respect, it is customary to remove your footwear before entering. Avoid tank tops and short shorts for ladies - knee length shorts are okay for ladies and gents.
Indian Rupee, available in denomination of 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. 1 USD is approx INR 50.
220 - 240 volts. Hotel rooms are equipped with converters.
Light luggage would be most suited for this 2 night trip. Max 1 suitcase per person and one carry-on. Suitcases not to weigh more than 15kg (33 lbs) for the flights. Guests exceeding the luggage restrictions will be subject to paying the fees imposed by the airline.
Airline & type of aircraft :
Indigo Airlines, Airbus A320-200 - All economy class
Documents and Visa Requirements:
It is essential to have a valid Indian Visa and bring your passport
Accommodations - We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards.
Jaypee Palace Hotel
Fatehabad Road, Agra - 282 004
Tel : +91 562 233 0800 Fax : +91 562 233 0850
The Oberoi Trident Gurgaon
443 Udyog Vihar, Phase V, Gurgaon, New Delhi - 122016
Tel : +91 124 245 0505 Fax : +91 124 245 0606
Airfare in economy class Bombay - Delhi - Cochin
1 night at the Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra or similar (in Deluxe rooms)
1 night at the Trident Gurgaon, Delhi or similar
With all meals - House wines, beer, mineral water and sodas during lunches and dinners.
Deluxe tour buses with restrooms. Sodas, mineral water onboard at all times.
Applicable entrances, camera/video fees at the Taj Mahal and the other monuments.
Kathak dance performance, in Agra.
Fortuneteller for consultation.
Program Does Not Included:
Items of a personal nature such as spa use, telecommunications, mini bars and alcohol. Gratuities and meals 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.