Taj Mahal Full Moon Glow Experience India
Exhilarating, lasting memories……We are off to visit Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab & Uttrakhan criss crossing over India’s religions – Hinduism, Sikhism & the Muslim faith, the sacred river Ganga & Yamuna, golden sands of Thar Desert, Taj full moon spectacular, shimmer & glistening rays of sunset & sunrises.
Taj Mahal ‘ the epitome of love ‘ has charisma & we have 2 visits to bath in the charismatic energy & imposing beauty. It is the immense love behind this outstanding monument that has given life to this masterpiece. Nothing short of an architectural marvel, no wonder it stands proud as being one of the ‘ Seven Wonders of the World ‘. Walk along the pathway beside the reflecting pool with fountains up to the mausoleum crafted in soft & pure marble, jewelled with semi precious stones, where in the serenity of paradise rests Mumtaz Mahal, the Reason, in peace with Shah Jahan, the Maker her husband. Dawn when the first rays of the sun hits the dome of this epic monument, it radiates like a heavenly abode, cloaked in bright golden. Wait…. at night, basking in the glory of a full moon glow , it shines like a perfectly carved diamond, appearing as if straight out of some magical tale, leaving us awestruck by its sense of grandeur. The story of Shah Jahan, his beloved wife Mumtaz & Taj Mahal!
We explore New Delhi, a city of stark contrasts & once my home for 4 years past. An internal air flight takes us to romantic Udaipur soaking in beautiful sunsets over massive Lake Pichola, travel to Jaipur the Pink City to experience Rajasthan’s royal Amber Fort & Hawa Mahal via the Aravalli Hills & Ranakpur Valley, rest & relaxation in the charming village of Samode, see the ancient now deserted city Fatepursekri. Visiting Agra & Agra Fort to learn the mystery of the beautiful Taj Mahal built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz 1653. Another internal air flight takes us far into the northern state Punjub, food bowl of India & sense the awe of the Golden Temple Amritsar, train travel on the Shatabdi Express will take us on to Haridwar under the foothills of the Himalayas to view devotions & rituals on the Ganges, not just a sacred river, a goddess & the Life Source of India.
Full itinerary below.
9th May 2016
Arriving into New Delhi I will meet you. Transfer arrangements will be made for you to our guesthouse where you will have time to relax after your long flight.
New Delhi. We meet 8am, make our way for breakfast at New Delhi’s famous landmark Imperial Hotel known for it’s heritage & legacy. Tour Old Delhi, see Red Fort, travel thru on rickshaw Chandi Chowk & Spice Market. Afternoon is away from the crowds, we go to Gandhi’s Remembrance Museum, after we will explore the fascinating area of Nizamuddin my home away from home base in New Delhi. Overnight New Delhi.
Early breakfast. Today we to fly north to the State of Punjub, food bowl of India, into the capital city Amritsar. In this area we experience the spectacular patriotic energy at the Pakistan India Wagah Border for the sunset Changing of the Guards then onto the Golden Temple, soak in the awe & beauty of this sacred holy place for India’s 20 million Sikhs. Overnight Amritsar.
Early morning we depart Amritsar with a picnic breakfast, traveling by day train to arrive in Haridwar on the Ganges. Viewing sacred devotions & rituals on the Ganges gives you an insight to the depth of belief Hindus have for the Ganges, not just a sacred river but a goddess & the life source of India. Hindus believe that life is incomplete without bathing in the Ganges. Overnight Haridwar.
Early morning yoga followed by partaking in a priest lead Havan – worship thru a sacred fire -on the edge of the Ganges if you wish this is an option. Hotel breakfast. We drive away from the ‘ Land of Gods’, this name refers to the many holy Hindu temples & pilgrimage ashrams found throughout Uttarakhand. Arriving back to New Delhi late afternoon. Dinner this evening is feasting on North West Frontier Peshawari cuisine at Bill Clinton’s favourite New Delhi restaurant. Overnight New Delhi.
Hotel breakfast. This morning we fly southwest to beautiful Udaipur, in former days the historic capital of the Mewar kingdom world famous for the Rajput- era palaces. This afternoon we soak up the beautiful sunset views, lakeside from our historic Haveli, what is a Haveli? Haveli is the private mansion of rich merchants this one dating back to 1750’s. Recommend option is a sunset lake boat cruise. Overnight Udaipur 2 nights.
Optional early morning walk up to the vista point of Neenach Mata Temple, 850 meters up hill walk above Udaipur. On return to our haveli time for a relaxed breakfast. The day sight seeing Udaipur, visit a local artisit studio, you can loose many hours in the flamboyant City Palace, palaces within the Palace & viewing the ‘forgotten’ amazing crystal gallery. If it is shopping you are after, Udaipur will send you home with a great collection of home decor & fashion. Overnight Udaipur.
Few more details . . .
The accommodation I have selected has a story to it, meaning some places with long history’s & royal connections in Rajasthan. In Delhi a modern private guesthouse with an Indo Western ambience, in the northern city Amritsar a modern chic hotel followed by in Haridwar a heritage haveli. All places I have stayed at before & always found them clean & safe with air conditioning.
The cost of $3951 is per person in twin share accommodation. Costs would be higher for a single traveller, invite someone to join you & have fun together. For road travel our small bus is with a professional driver who I use regularly. Our driver is not a Tour Guide. During May weather is hot during the day with beautiful warm evenings perfect for sitting outside, bring along your swimmers. Maximum of 8 people on tour plus myself, your companion.
Your trip cost, $3951 covers:
Ros to welcome you on arrival in New Delhi at Indira Ghandi International Airport
9 days bus, driver & driver assistant
2 internal flights
1 day train trip
15 nights Accommodation. 1 night arrival + 14 nights Taj Full Moon Glow Experince India Tour 2015 – twin share with breakfast
1 New Delhi Experience evening dinner
A deposit of $900 with the Booking Form is required to confirm your booking. Final payment due on or before 24th March. Receipts will be issued at all times. See Terms & Conditions for details.
Extras costs for you
Taxi cost on your departure from Hotel to Indira Ghandi International Airport. Approx. $20-$30 per car
Meals [other than all breakfasts & the Experience dinner in New Delhi] & drinks [other than Experience dinner drinks] . Meals can vary from $8 to $30 ex alcohol
Other than the delicious Indian Kingfisher Beer, alcohol is expensive
If you wish to do morning yoga, to suit all levels, that is an extra cost of no more than $20 per session
Tipping is expected in India, this will come from a daily kitty, amount to be decided on our first tour day together. Covering occasions such as but not restricted to, toilet stops, meal tipping [other than breakfast] & hotel tipping
Tip for our driver at the end of 9 days approx. $35 per person.
Entry & guides to/at all sites – approx. 11 sites -. Entry cost per person can range $5 up to $20 for the Taj Mahal. Guides max $5 per person
Shop around for special return flights Brisbane to New Delhi, approx. $1150 Economy
You must have a Visa to visit India. Apply for a Tourist Visa online http://www.vfs-in-au.com/ or thru your Travel Agent. I can give direction with this. Allow 30 days for the process cost $110
Travel Insurance is compulsory on this trip. I require you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. Your policy also is to cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment & loss of luggage & personal effects. See Terms & Conditions for more on compulsory Insurance.
Depending on your arrival times into New Delhi you may need a hotel prior to 9th May, I can assist. Depending on your departure times out of New Delhi you may need a hotel on 24th May, I can assist.
If you want to do more in India I suggest to add extra days after our trip finishes on 24th May. I am happy to pass on what I know of the places you may wish to visit.