Friday, November 21, 2008

Holiday to India - sorted!

After the hassle of the original tour company cancelling the holiday, Ann spent a few evenings looking into alternatives. We wanted to keep the itinerary as close as we could to the original as well as flying with Virgin rather than anyone else.

So, we got in touch with Trailfinders and let them sort it out for us. We received an email from them on Thursday with the proposed itinerary and it looked spot-on. Now all we have to do is pay for it!!!

itinerary2009 Day 1 To Delhi: Fly from London to Delhi with Jet Airways. (N)

Day 2 Delhi: Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the InterContinental Eros (or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of Old Delhi, including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat. (N)

Day 3 To Agra: Morning tour of New Delhi, including India Gate and the former Viceregal Residence, both fi ne examples of British Imperial architecture. Continue to the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and the Qutb Minar tower. Afternoon drive to Agra and stay for 2 nights at the Mughal Sheraton (or similar). (B)

Day 4 Agra: Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal in time for sunrise. After breakfast, visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Agra Fort. Optional excursion to the Taj Mahal at sunset (payable locally). (B)

Day 5 To Bharatpur: Morning drive to the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri. Continue to the former royal mansion of the rulers of Bharatpur, Laxmi Vilas Palace, for 1 night. Afternoon visit to Deeg Palace, which was once the summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur. Evening cultural show and dinner. (B, D)

Day 6 To Jaipur: Optional early morning excursion to Keoladeo National Park. After breakfast, continue to the Pink City of Jaipur. Stay at the Rajputana Sheraton (or similar) for 2 nights. Afternoon visit to the ancient fort palace of Amber. (B)

Day 7 Jaipur: Morning visit to the City Palace, home of the present Maharaja. Afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Jaipur’s many bazaars. (B)

Day 8 To Delhi: Drive to Delhi via the beautiful palace at Samode, a fine blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Following a sightseeing tour and lunch (optional), continue to Delhi. Overnight at the InterContinental Eros (or similar). (B)

Day 9 To London: Morning transfer to the airport. Fly to London with Jet Airways. (B)

Meal Basis: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals