Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal - Double Accommodations
BOM-810 | Mumbai, India |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- Taj Mahal
You will see:
Approx. 68 hours
Max. Group Size: 80
Your journey begins at the pier where you'll be driven to the airport. Photo stop enroute to the Gateway of India. At the airport, board your plane for the two-hour flight to Delhi. On arrival, a narrative drive by orientation of government buildings, the President House and India Gate. Visit the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Afterwards check-in and relax before dinner served at the hotel. You'd be wise to turn in early, as you'll be getting a very early start to your day.
On day two, Tea, coffee and cookies will be served in the hotel lobby before you depart for the Train Station with boxed breakfast. Board the Shatabdi Express train for a two-hour pre-dawn trip through the Indian countryside to Agra, once the capital of the Mughal Empire. Upon arrival in Agra, board your motorcoach and proceed directly to Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is a magnificent mausoleum built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan during the 17th century for his third wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Grief stricken after she died during the birth of their fourteenth child, the king commenced construction of the Taj Mahal in 1632, as a tribute of everlasting love. The queen is interned in the lower chamber. The emperor's body was later added, reuniting them for eternity.
Taj Mahal was constructed over a period that spanned more than 20 years, employing some 20,000 workers. The entire complex was completed in 1653. Pass through the entryway of its battlement to a structure that rises above the gardens with a mirrored image reflected in the pool. The interior boasts marble walls with inlays of precious stones. A translucent screen of carved marble surrounds the sarcophagi of the emperor and his queen.
Afternoon Check in. Lunch at the hotel. Relax for an hour and a half before you tour the Red Fort of Agra located just beyond the Taj Mahal. This red sandstone fortress was the seat of Mughal political and military power founded in 1565 by the Emperor Akbar. In a sad bit of irony, Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort. The emperor is said to have died in the Musamman Burj, a tower with a balcony that had a view of the Taj Mahal.
Evening relax to a performance before dinner. Enjoy elaborate costumes, pantomime, music and poetry in "story play," an Indian art form dating to the 17th century. Dinner will follow the show.
After an early breakfast on day three, board your motorcoach for your four-hour transfer to Delhi. On arrival at the hotel, check in and enjoy a buffet lunch. Proceed on a guided tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid and enjoy a bicycle rickshaw ride in narrow lanes of the Old Delhi market. Before returning to your hotel near the airport for dinner, visit the Raj Ghat - a square platform of polished black marble marks the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated on January 31, 1948. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
On the last day, breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport for your flight where you will rejoin your ship.
For the Dawn Princess, Voyage D412, this tour is NOT available to passengers disembarking in Dubai.
This tour must be reserved at least 30 days prior to the cruise and is non-refundable after booking or being waitlisted. Any booking cancelled within 30 days of the voyage (i.e. bookings cancelled on the Cruise Personalizer) will be assessed cancellation fees on your shipboard account. Waitlisted requests will be cleared in the order received and are subject to the same cancellation policy.
Your fare includes the following:
* Sightseeing as described subject to timing
* Transportation via coach, train and plane
* English speaking guide
* Accommodations in Agra and Delhi
* Meals as stated
* Entrance fees
Your fare does not include the following:
* Photo/Video Fees
* Telephone calls
* Room Service
A minimum number of participants are required to operate this tour.
The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays and the order of the tour may vary to accommodate visits when the site is open. Visitors to the Taj Mahal may not use a wheelchair inside but they are allowed only on the grounds.
Please limit luggage for your three night stay to one light hand-carry piece per person. You are responsible for carrying your luggage on and off all transportation and in and out of your hotel.
When packing please note that dry cell batteries are prohibited in the passenger cabin on flights within India.
Tour itinerary may be changed based on flight schedules or hotel availability. All sightseeing is subject to flight arrival times.
Each passenger must have three photo copies of their passport available for the hotel and pierside Immigration authorities. Copies, should include, front page and Indian Visa page. Please be sure to also include your permanent address on the copy.
Visa for India required
4 days / 3 nights