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To travel is to discover and explore in the world. To travel has always made people see and know more, to grow to understand other cultures long separated by vast distances. During this holiday, you will experience the finest of India's cuisine and have a true journey of the senses. Visit different Indian cities and discover the true beauty of this ancient country full of culture, traditions, and magnificent landmarks that will leave you breathless!
During this holiday, you will be staying in luxurious hotels across India. You will spend three nights in Le Meridien hotel, in Delhi, one night in Agra, two nights in Trident hotel, in Jaipur, and two nights in Mumbai.
Arrive at your luxury accommodations.
Delhi is the capital of modern India, the world's largest democracy, where the old and the new mingle. Made up of seven ancient cities, Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, who have left stunning monuments. Tour New Delhi, built by the British in the 1920s, and visit two monuments of Delhi's past, the Humayuns Tomb and Qutub Minar, both of which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Your drive will take you past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and relax. Later this evening, enjoy your interaction at a private house of a culinary expert and author, Ms. Komal Taneja, who will welcome you for a cooking class / demonstration, followed by dinner. The meals for this day are breakfast and dinner.
Start the day with a cycle rickshaw ride though Old Delhi. Drive past the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate, Lahore Gate, faces Chandni Chowk, which is filled with twisting lanes, small streets, and crowded bazaars. Continue on to Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi, followed by Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.
Stop by the markets of Old Delhi, where sacks of spices and nuts, edible sheets of silver, and local pickles make for an aromatic day out. In the lanes of Khari Baoli, you will be introduced to saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, by one of the oldest and largest distributors of this exotic spice. The other amazing highlight is to be taken into his beautiful home, which for a guest would be hard to achieve otherwise.
The house's rooftop is where another Delhi comes into view, with flying kites and other surprises. The best seat in the house is on the open terrace, with the Jama Masjid soaring up on one side, an old couple watching TV in a little house on the other, and the whole neighborhood unfurling like a gleaming, glittering, wrinkled skirt before your eyes. The meals for this day are breakfast and dinner.
Today, enjoy a morning drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent monument of love, the Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a memorial to his favorite wife, Arjumand Bano Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal. The monument is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, combining elements of Persian, Ottoman, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles.
Later, visit Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is more like a palatial walled city than a fort. This evening, enjoy dinner at Peshawri Restaurant: ITC Mughal, where you will discover a definitive dining experience with refined cuisine and impeccable service. The meals for this day are breakfast and dinner.
After breakfast, drive from Agra to the Pink City of Jaipur, known as one of the world's best planned cities, built in accordance with Vastu Shastra, the Indian alternative to Chinese Feng Shui. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted, red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital, now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Continue on the drive through the picturesque Rajasthani countryside. Here, you will see camels, elephants, age-old villages, and traditional women dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region. On the way, stop at Bharatpur for lunch and continue on your drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. The meals for this day are breakfast and lunch.
Today, enjoy a morning tour of the Amber Fort, a marvelous example of Rajput architecture, decorated in intricate ivory, mirror, and glasswork overlooking the scenic Maota Lake. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure, feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered. Your afternoon is at leisure.
In the evening, enjoy an elephant safari ride on a picturesque track passing through a private jungle area surrounding the camp of Dera Amer. As the sun sets over the hills, fields, and a medieval fortress lit up at night by flame torches (mashaals), arrive at the camp situated in the middle of the forest for your exclusive dinner, surrounded by Aravali hills and the wilderness. The meals for this day are breakfast and dinner.
This morning, visit the City Palace Museum, where you can observe a remarkable blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art, including a collection of royal princess robes, finely detailed carpets, an armory of old weapons and miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battles, and processions.
Afterwards, stop at local markets to sample the authentic colors, scents, and flavors of Rajasthan. In the evening, enjoy dinner with a cooking demonstration at a local family's house, including a hands-on experience of chappati, which is the Indian bread making. The meals for this day are breakfast and dinner.
Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, you will be met by the representative and transferred to your hotel. Mumbai is a cluster of seven islands and derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants. The city is also India's financial powerhouse, the nation's industrial heartland and its economic nerve center. After a leisurely afternoon, enjoy dinner at the famous Khyber Restaurant. The meals for this day are breakfast and dinner.
After breakfast, enjoy a morning city tour. Begin at the Gateway of India, Mumbai's principal landmark, continuing to Crawford Market, named after Bombay's first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford, and finishing at Prince of Wales Museum, a magnificent, but somewhat strange structure, built in a confluence of Gothic and Moorish styles and crowned by a sparkling white dome.
It boasts a good collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts, dating back to 2000 BC, plus some priceless Tibetan and Nepali art. Enjoy your lunch at Trishna Restaurant, serving mouthwatering delicacies like king crabs and tandoori dishes. The remainder of the day is at leisure. The meals for this day are breakfast and lunch.
Today, your magical journey comes to an end, as you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. The meal for this day is breakfast.
This holiday will take place in India, where you will experience a rich cultural tapestry with its stunning beauty and intriguing cultural sites. A deep spiritual country with a diverse population of nearly 1.2 billion people, India is the world's largest democracy and an emerging economic power.
India offers a wide variety of traditional and delicious dishes that will be available for you to taste during this holiday. You will have the chance to experience mouth watering delicacies, such as king crabs and tandoori dishes, and learn about the local colors, scents, and flavors that distinguish this beautiful country.
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