The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is planning its first familiarization tour of India in the fall of 2017. Following the success of our 2014 trip to China, the Chamber is offering an all-inclusive 10 day trip to the Indian cities of Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur and Jaipur with a departure date of September 21, 2017.
Travelers will experience such thrills as an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the streets of Delhi, sunset at the Taj Mahal, a tour of the majestic monuments at Amber Fort, and playful exchanges with the monkeys of Galta ji Temple. This fully escorted trip will offer Prince George and area residents an introduction to the people, history, culture, commerce and beauty of India. As an exclusive savings to Prince George Chamber members, the cost of the tour will be $2290 (per person on a twin sharing basis) all inclusive. Non- members may join the tour at the regular rate of $2440 (per person on a twin sharing basis).
“We received such outstanding feedback from the participants of our China trip in 2014 that we can’t wait to see what exotic adventures India will bring. If you’ve ever wanted to immerse yourself in the experiences that India offers with a focus on quality and safety, this is your chance.” Chamber President, Cindi Pohl.
The trip includes airfare from Vancouver as well as in-country transportation, hotel accommodations at deluxe hotels, meals, professional drivers and English-speaking tour guides.
DAY 01: 21SEP DEPART VANCOUVER
Today make your own way to your gateway international airport to depart on your flight to India. Enjoy in-flight meals and services.
Overnight on board the flight.
DAY 02: 22SEP ARRIVE DELHI
The capital of India is a bustling metropolis that successfully combines the ancient and the modern in its folds. Delhi can broadly be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Delhi’s Muslim rulers notably the Mughals between 17th & 19th centuries. New Delhi on the other hand is referred to as the Imperial city when the British decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911.
On arrival you will be met with a traditional Indian welcome of a Tikka and Garland before being transferred to the hotel for a non-alcoholic welcome drink.
Dinner & Overnight in Delhi
DAY 03: 23SEP DELHI
Start your day with a visit to Old Delhi. Begin at Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Revel in an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the by-lanes of Chandni Chowk (Silver Street). Walk through the old dusty alleyways and other interesting sights! Drive past the mighty and sprawling Red Fort, which was built in 1648 and stands along the river Yamuna. Continue on to New Delhi to see the colonial architecture that defined the British era in India. We’ll travel to the Qutab Minar complex – the tallest tower in the world for centuries, erected by the first Islamic rulers of India and still the most imposing, artistically carved and engraved sandstone pillar anywhere! Your day culminates with a visit to a famous the Sikh Temple, the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Sikhism is a progressive religion (and in many respects, ahead of its time). At Bangla Sahib, you will see how this religion blends practices from Hinduism and Islam into something new. You can watch (and join if you like) the langar, the voluntary group cooking and feeding program at the Gurudwara.
Dinner & Overnight in Delhi
DAY 04: 24SEP DELHI – AGRA (232 KMS / 05 HRS)
This Morning drive to Agra, the yesteryear capital of the mighty Mughal Empire and currently home to some of the world’s top tourist sites. Even if the idea of visiting what is arguably the world’s greatest ‘monument to love’ doesn’t appeal; there’s actually more to see in Agra.
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
This afternoon visit the magnificent Agra Fort before visiting the Taj Mahal at sunset, one of mankind’s greatest architectural feats. Built out of white marble by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it was erected by 20,000 labourers over a 12-year period. The entire monument is a masterpiece of symmetry.
For those interested make a short visit to the “Mother Teresa Home Missionaries of Charity” to meet the nuns at the orphanage who devote their lives to the homeless children of India. Most of the orphans are girls who are more frequently abandoned at birth. The dire poverty of these unwanted children is heartbreaking, and this visit is therefore optional. No one at the missionary will ask you for a cash donation however if you wish to contribute something of value, a simple set of sheets that you pack in your luggage would be greatly appreciated.
Dinner & an overnight in Agra
DAY 05: 25SEP AGRA
Optional: CAD 60 per person
Taj by Sunrise – Wake up early to get the glimpse of Taj Mahal as the sun rises behind it.
Return back to hotel for breakfast.
Explore Agra by foot – meet your expedition leader at the prefixed point in the city and explore the city by one foot. Get to know Agra the local way, by exploring the city’s hidden lane-ways, bustling spice market, and religious mosques and temples, all with your feet to guide you. Sample treats at a 200-year-old sweets shop, hop on a cycle rickshaw, and learn why Hindu families dress their idols. Hear the legends that have been passed down through generations and learn how modern-day India is reshaping itself.
Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner and Overnight in Agra.
DAY 06: 26SEP AGRA – BHARATPUR (120 KMS / 02 HRS)
After a leisurely breakfast depart for Bharatpur – a birder’s paradise, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri an eerily abandoned capital from the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture; Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks. Sadly, it served as capital for little more than a decade, eventually abandoned for lack of accessible water. Afterwards continue on to Bharatpur. Upon arrival; check in to your hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Dinner & Overnight in Bharatpur
Optional: CAD 40 per person
Enjoy an escorted visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary by bicycle/ paddle rickshaws. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the finest bird parks in the world; Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.
DAY 07: 27SEP BHARATPUR – JAIPUR (180 KMS / 04 HRS)
This morning drive to Jaipur “the City of Victory” was first intended to be “Sawai Jaipur” after the boy Prince who commissioned it – Maharaja Jai Singh II – a warrior, astronomer and politician who reigned over the Mughals from 1699 to 1743. Today’s Jaipur is pink, visually described as the city shaded with the autumn colors of a sunset.
On arrival, check into the hotel.
This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the city. Begin with a photo-stop at the Hawa Mahal often called the Palace of Winds and is a striking landmark. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh specifically for the women in the royal family, this building allowed them to watch the city’s processions through tiny, latticed windows and balconies without ever being seen. Next visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, a UNESCO World heritage site. It’s a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. Continue on to the City Palace Museum, home to a priceless collection of antiques, costumes and armory of the Mughals and Rajputs. It also has an art gallery that displays a collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit.
Dinner & Overnight in Jaipur
DAY 08: 28SEP JAIPUR
This morning visit Amber Fort. Located approximately 11km outside Jaipur, this majestic monument was created using elements of both Hindu and Islamic architecture and design. Murals, frescos and paintings depict daily life of a bygone era on walls also etched with carvings and decorated with mosaics and mirror work. Afterwards pay a visit to the Galta Ji Temple a large Hindu temple complex that lies 10km to the east of Jaipur. These temples are a popular tourist attraction as they are home to a large colony of monkeys and this has given rise to the common name of the complex, the monkey temple. Galta Ji Jaipur is a unique Hindu temple as it is centred around a natural spring that has been channeled to fill seven large pools. In these pools pilgrims come to bath away their sins while, at quiet moments, the playful monkeys can be found swimming in the holy waters.
Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Dinner & Overnight in Jaipur
Optional: CAD 70 per person
Paddle to Heritage (Jaipur by Cycle) – This afternoon get ready for a bicycle tour of Jaipur; starting a statue circle at 1700pm with a brief introduction from your accompanying guide and escort; you will receive a route map and safety jackets will be distributed, before cycling south to Amar Jawan jyoti, Rajasthan vidhan Sabha (Assembly), to Tapri a tea shop famous for its different tea servings and local snacks – there will be time to sample their wares before continuing on to see a local jeweller and then on to Birla Temple to attend an evening Aarti ceremony before cycling to the Moti Dhungri Ganesh Temple, Hawa Mahal before ending the tour at Albert Hall.
Optional: CAD 70 per person
Visit an elephant village, home to approximately 100 Asiatic elephants. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with elephants, learn the ways to control an elephant, try your hand at painting like the elephants do and enjoy watching elephants bath before enjoying a ride on elephant back.
DAY 09: 29SEP JAIPUR – DELHI (260 KMS/06 HRS)
After a leisurely breakfast we travel back overland to Delhi to Indira Gandhi International Airport to check in for your flight back to North America via Abu Dhabi
Optional – CAD 120 per person: Depending on the flight schedule you may have time to visit the Kingdom of Delhi bringing to life a blend of India’s art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing art. Take in a performance of Zangoora – the Gypsy Prince. It is India’s answer to Broadway; it is the biggest Bollywood musical ever. Introducing a brand new genre of entertainment where storytelling & Bollywood style song & dance meet stagecraft and technical wizardry like never seen before.
DAY 10: 30SEP DEPART DELHI
Early this am you will depart back to North America
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