Enjoy Breakfast in your Hotel
This morning, we will take you on an “inner city walk” conducted in partnership with the Salaam
Baalak Trust, which works with street children in Delhi, providing them with a secure environment as well as health and education. The Trust has developed an inner city walk, and your guide will be a young person who has been rescued and knows the area intimately. While introducing you to the heritage and the life in the backstreets of Delhi, he will also share with you stories of his life. (This is not a slum tour as the walk does not take you into the slums and photography is not allowed in certain sections of the walk. The tour is “seeing the life in the city through the eyes of your young guide”.)
You will next drive to the Old City. Here you will take a fun cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the 300-year old wholesale market, Chandini Chowk. Colorful, chaotic and bustling with life, this is a great market to visit and see organized chaos in motion. You will disembark at the Jama Masjid for a visit to the country’s largest mosque. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
You will return to your hotel via Rajghat, the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The cremation of Mahatma Gandhi took place at the Delhi Raj Ghat on 31st January 1948. The memorial stone of Mahatma Gandhi placed there is a simple square platform made of black stone, with the words “Hey Ram” (Oh God!) inscribed on it. An eternal flame, in a copper urn is kept in homage to the Mahatma. Enclosing the memorial is a low wall; simple with no ornamentation. Every Friday, a remembrance ceremony takes place at the Delhi Raj Ghat National Memorial.
As you return to your hotel your guide will point out some of the famous landmarks that you will drive past: Rajpath (Kingsway), the imposing approach to New Delhi, India Gate, the national War Memorial, Parliament House and the grandest of them all, Rashtrapathi Bhawan which is the official residence of the President of India.
The rest of the day will be at leisure
Hotel Bar is open between 5.30pm – 6.30pm with house wine, beer, soft drinks included exclusively for Individual Travellers
Dinner is at your leisure
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Breakfast in your Hotel
This morning with your chauffeur you will drive to Agra by the new Expressway. The drive will take 3.5 hours, excluding stops. Upon arrival, you will have lunch at your leisure then complete the check-in formalities.
At 4.00 pm you will meet our local guide in the hotel lobby to visit the Taj Mahal (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a symbol of devotion and love and an expression of the magnificence of Mughal architecture. The monument is best seen at different times of the day when the white marble reflects the nuances of the changing light from the sun. We will time your visit with the sunset.
Dinner is at your leisure
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