Raj & Taj Sojourn - Vision Impaired - 3 nights

New delhi, Agra

India and her culture is said to be older than the history itself. Her ancient history, fabled forts and palaces, stories of luxurious life styles lived by the maharajas; adventures of chivalrous kings make her an enigma for travellers from all pa...

India and her culture is said to be older than the history itself. Her ancient history, fabled forts and palaces, stories of luxurious life styles lived by the maharajas; adventures of chivalrous kings make her an enigma for travellers from all parts of the world. This programme is an attempt to unfold and an opportunity to understand, experience and enjoy her sublime beauty. Golden Treasures of North India, by far the most popular tour programme in entire subcontinent, offers a cross section of India's culture, history, sights, sounds, smells and tastes.

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  • This leisurely trip has been especially curated for vision impaired guests. It will will include the services of a specially trained driver and guides who will be able to bring alive all monuments and attractions to enhance the experiences. In addition to important monuments, we have included places that could delight an explorer's soul for the sounds, smells and tastes.
  • With Local Guide
starting from
28,430 * per person
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Optionals
  • Inclusions
  • Dates & Price
  • Before you Go
  • Important Info

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transfers by air-conditioned Toyota Innova as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned Toyota Innova as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • English speaking local guide during sightseeing at all sightseeing places.
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Itinerary in Brief

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  • Day 1 Arrive Delhi

  • Day 2 In Delhi

  • Day 3 Delhi - Agra

  • Day 4 Depart Agra - Delhi

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrive Delhi
    • You will arrive at New Delhi International Airport. The airline staff would escort you through customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, to the exit at arrival terminal where an Enable Travel representative will receive you with a placard bearing your name. The representative will guide you to the awaiting vehicle, facilitating your smooth transfer to your hotel and assist with check-in (check-in time 1200-1400 hrs / early check-in are subject to availability).

      A smooth check-in would also involve one of the staff members familiarising you with the layout of the room and the amenities within the hotel premises.

      A megacity with myriad faces, Delhi, the capital of India, has the allure of history and the liveliness of kitschy bazaars. A gateway to the country, today's Delhi is a potpourri of mixed cultures, mega structures, haunting antiquity and an ethereal legacy. Home to an unparalleled variety of Nizami, Punjabi, fusion and international cuisines, Delhi is a food lover's paradise. Swim through the numerous chowks and bylanes brimming with food vendors and stalls, restaurants and food carts that paint the air with rich aromas and delectable flavours - from the street food of North India to gourmet fare, Delhi answers to every craving with aplomb.

      Unwind in the comfort of your hotel or explore your neighbourhood for the day.

    • Meals included: None (meals on your own)
    • The Surya
  • Day 2
    In Delhi
    • Enjoy a city tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi.

      This morning, following a leisurely breakfast, take in the sights and sounds of Old Delhi with the visit to the magical old town.

      Your introduction to the old city begins with a short drive around the locality enveloping the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Situated on a mound in the heart of the erstwhile capital of the Mughals, this impressive red sand stone structure projects beautifully into the Old Delhi skyline with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Due to a huge flight of stairs, the monument is not accessible. However, after seeing the whole structure, you are not missing much inside the monument as the mosque is quite plain inside. The main charm of the old Delhi is actually around the monument as you get to experience all the hustle-bustle of the old city.

      Later, drive pass the Red Fort. Once the residence of the Mughal Kings till 1857, the Red Fort was the pride of the Mughal Empire, built at the pinnacle of the reign. Head to the calm and serene Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Raj Ghat with its sublime expanse of lush green trees affords a perfect ode to one of the greatest souls ever. It is bound to leave you with an aftertaste of inspiration.

      Proceed to visit Bangla Sahib - the Sikh Temple. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent Sikh Gurudwara, or Sikh house of worship. If you are lucky and in time, you may not only get the opportunity to visit the main prayer hall but also the community kitchen that feeds free food to a large number of people every day without any discrimination. What's more, major part of the work in the kitchen is done (including cooking service and cleaning) by volunteers.

      In Afternoon, we start a mesmerising tour of the City of Djinns with a visit to Imperial Delhi, accompanied by your local guide. Soak in the grandiose of the city with a drive past the imposing 42-metre tall India Gate (war memorial arch), set amidst the sprawling gardens. With its eternal flame and the names inscribed on its arch, it affords a perfect tribute to the 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the First World War.

      We now drive past the Parliament House and the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President's Residence), a structure epitomising India's strength, democratic traditions and secular character.

      Our next destination is the magnificent Tomb of Humayun, a perfect culmination of distinctly evolved Mughal architecture in the Indian subcontinent, inspiring the Taj Mahal.

      This impressive structure is built on a monumental scale, grandeur of design, square garden (charbagh) setting inspired by the description of paradise in the Holy Quran, with no precedence in the Islamic world for a mausoleum such as this.

      A beautiful synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions, exemplified by the arched alcoves, corridors, the high double dome, the kiosks, giving it a pyramidal outline from distance.
      As you face the tomb, visualise perfect symmetry - the cornerstone of Mughal architecture.

      The initial path leading you to the main complex of Humayun's tomb has some slightly bumpy patches of cobbled stones, which gradually smoothen out into fine sandstone gravel, leading up to the base of the plinth carrying the main mausoleum.

      Though the principal edifice on the plinth is inaccessible to wheelchairs, it is anyway viewed better from a distance.

      We drive through the busy streets of Delhi catching a glimpse of a bustling life not ready to stop at any point of time. We arrive at the stone tower of Qutab Minar, a well ramped complex with easy access to most parts within the precincts. In AD 1199, Qutbu'd-Din Aibak laid the foundation of this masterpiece in stone, to which were added three more storeys by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu'd-Din Iltutmish.

      Qutub Minar, the leaning tower of India (it leans 2 feet off its axis), located ideally in the lush green complex still stands tall despite being hit several times by lightening and earthquakes. Though, it was the first formal entry of Islamic rule in India, its various structures offer very interesting insights into its architecture.

      Time permits, enjoy some shopping at the Emporio designer mall.

      After a satisfying day of sightseeing, return to the hotel.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • The Surya
  • Day 3
    Delhi - Agra
    • Transfer from hotel in Delhi to hotel in Agra, en route visit Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb.

      After a hearty breakfast, it's time for a scenic and smooth drive to explore the renowned, ancient capital city of the Mughals - Agra, via the Express Highway (a journey of 202 km / 4.5-hr drive approx). There are provisions along the way to stop for a cup of tea or coffee along with fairly clean washrooms, which might not be totally wheelchair-friendly. Conversely, we suggest reducing your intake of beverages for this journey due to paucity of designated wheelchair toilets.

      The reservoir of epic stories and wondrous romance, Agra is enveloped in a tapestry of magic and allure. Known to the world as the city of the Taj Mahal, Agra is a story woven by the Mughals with their political design and artistic propensity. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, forts and palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the empire that came to shape the ethos of the region for centuries to come. From the Taj Mahal to the massive Agra Fort, Agra is rife with beauty, opulence and an unfound grace.

      The charisma of times of yore greets you right at the outskirts of the city, as you stop to visit the magnificent Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, popularly known as the 'Baby Taj'. Filled with gardens, mini structures and heritage monuments, this elegant tomb is the first structure of its kind to be constructed of pure marble in Mughal India - a perfect draft of the iconic Taj Mahal.

      The complex itself is very well ramped right up to the last platform. But there is no wheelchair accessibility to the final enclosure where the cenotaphs lie.

    • The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • Crystal Sarovar
  • Day 4
    Depart Agra - Delhi
    • Visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort followed by transfer to airport in Delhi.

      Your day begins after a sumptuous breakfast with a visit to the Taj - the epitome of marvellous Mughal architecture. Partake in the poetry of the beautiful Taj and the lost love stories that surround the mausoleum, as it sits reminiscing by the gurgling Yamuna.

      In order to protect the Taj Mahal from vehicular pollution, tourist vehicles are allowed only up to the designated parking zone which is a short distance away from the Taj Mahal entrance. Here onwards, we are expected to board battery operated vehicles (golf cart / bus) to reach the main entrance of the Taj and back.

      Celebrated for its structural magnificence and aesthetic beauty, symbolically, the Taj Mahal complex was conceived as a replica on earth of the house of Mumtaz in paradise.

      Additionally, sound was also used to express ideas of paradise. The interior of the mausoleum has a reverberation time of 28 seconds, providing an atmosphere where the words of the Hafiz, as they prayed for the soul of Mumtaz, would linger in the air.

      Truly a symphony in white marble, its magical serenity almost merges with the calmness of the river Yamuna.

      Words fail us as we describe the exterior decorations of the Taj Mahal as among the finest in Mughal architecture.
      Worth caressing are its calligraphic panels, its abstract forms, its recessed arches, its lattice screens, vegetative motifs andpassagesfrom theQuranthat comprise some of the decorative elements.

      We will now head off to Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal art and architecture. An impregnable military structure built by Akbar, the Agra Fort luxuriated with the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace - a perfect synthesis of civic and military architecture. Relive the era as you step into the seat of power and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire. Absorb the glory of this imposing, red sandstone structure and visualise the fabled peacock throne, which incorporated virtually all the important gems of the imperial treasury here, as well as the beautiful Diwan-e-khas, or Private Audience Hall within the fort.

      As you move towards the fort entrance, be ready to hear the excited and forceful vendors hawking away cheap souvenirs.

      Go back in time as you walk up the ridged ramp which was once used by royalty to enter or exit the fort on horsebacks. Put your ear to the hollow walls in the summer palace and hear voices reverberating in the room.

      Experience the masterpiece of acoustics in the hall of public audience which meant the emperor was loud & clear enough for all those present there. If you are lucky, with not many people around, you could easily hear the finest of the sounds from a distance.

      In the evening, a scenic drive back to Delhi (202 km/ 6 1/2 hrs approx) allows you soak in all that you have experienced in your trip across the myriad landscapes of Indian grandeur. You could take refreshment stops along the way. Upon arrival, proceed to Delhi Airport. You bid farewell to your tour, continuing onwards to your next destination.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
About
  • New Delhi
  • Agra

Magnificent, mystic and magnetic, Delhi is a bustling backstreet of mausoleums and vibrant bazaars. Explore the chaotic bylanes of Old Delhi, tussle in the gleaming gardens at dusk and gorge on the most delicious roadside chaat. The city of Djinns is overwhelmingly fascinating to all!

The mystical appeal of one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal draws tourists from all over the world. But the Taj isn't the only attraction here. The magnificent legacy of the Mughal empire includes a grand list of tombs and mausoleums that are all worth a visit. Also, don't miss out on the bustling bazaars and splurge a bit on luxurious carpets and leather goods!

Accommodation

  • New Delhi
    2 nights

    The Surya

    Deluxe Room
    • Bar
    • Air Conditioner
    • Restaurant
    • Cafe
    • Room service
    • Business Center
    • Pool
    • Gym
    • Internet
  • Agra
    1 night

    Crystal Sarovar

    Deluxe Room
    • Bar
    • Air Conditioner
    • Restaurant
    • Room service
    • Business Center
    • Pool
    • Gym
    • Internet

Activities

  • City na
    • Supplement for Accompanying Guide

Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transfers by air-conditioned Toyota Innova as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned Toyota Innova as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • English speaking local guide during sightseeing at all sightseeing places.
  • Assistance of an Enable Travel representative at airports.
  • All currently applicable taxes, i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Porterage at airport - 2 pieces of baggage per person.

Exclusions

  • Air, Train or Bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.
  • Any meals / en route meals unless specified.
  • Any additional sightseeing tours other than the mentioned in inclusions.
  • Items of personal nature, viz, tips, porterage, room service, laundry, mineral water, alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages, phone calls, additional sightseeing tours and excursions not included in the itinerary, still or video camera fees etc.
  • Any increase in fuel cost, government taxes, entrance fees, intra and interstate taxes, etc. The tour price will be amended in accordance.
  • Entrance fees @ INR 429 per person payable extra over and above the tour cost.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned in the 'Tour Price Includes' column.
  • Supplement charges applicable for long weekends and festivals.
  • Any rides, safaris, boating charges, additional sightseeing tours other than the mentioned in inclusions.
  • 5% Govt. Service Tax.

Dates & Price

Price Validity Category Twin / Double Single
21st Apr 2018 - 30th Sep 2018 ECONOMY 27,390 34,020
21st Apr 2018 - 30th Sep 2018 SUPERIOR 28,430 36,100
21st Apr 2018 - 30th Sep 2018 HERITAGE 29,730 38,700
21st Apr 2018 - 30th Sep 2018 DELUXE 31,434 40,808
21st Apr 2018 - 30th Sep 2018 LUXURY 70,021 1,13,116

Before you Go

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Important Info

  • Red Fort, Delhi: Monday
  • Taj Mahal, Agra: Friday
  • Check-in time will be 1400 hrs and Check-out time will be 1200 hrs.
  • Prices are subject to change without any prior notice.
  • Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.
  • Distances mentioned in itinerary are approximate and driving time depends on traffic conditions.
  • During the visit to the Taj Mahal, tourists are required to travel from the parking lot to the main gate (and back) on foot or by battery operated non air-conditioned vans. These vans cannot be pre-booked ad guests will have to wait in queue for their turn. These vans are not wheelchair-friendly. For our wheelchair-bound guests, permission to drop and pick them up at the monument gate is subject to local conditions.
  • Visitors going to any religious places, e.g. Jama Masjid (Delhi) should be modestly dressed. Admission will be denied to anyone wearing short pants/skirts, sleeveless T-shirts/blouses. Bare shoulders and midriffs are not permitted and should be covered with shawls.
  • No wearing footwear and no carrying plastic or leather articles while entering any temple.
  • The rates mentioned above are confidential and should not be shared with a third party without written consent of Enable Travel. All arrangements made by Enable Travel are in the capacity of an agent only. Enable Travel will not be liable for claims or expenses arising from circumstances beyond our control such as accidents, injuries, delayed or cancelled flights and acts / forces of nature.
  • In case, at the time of booking, accommodation is not available in the hotels mentioned above, we will book an alternate hotel / category of room for which the supplement / reduction will be advised accordingly.
  • A refund / discount would not be applicable if breakfast or any meals included in the package are not utilised.
  • Enable Travel's costs are based on contracted rates for leisure business. No conference / business / corporate activity has been envisaged in the tour cost. Including any such activity April result in the above being treated as a Business Delegation and the hotels are likely to charge a separate contracted rate for the same.
  • In case of any additional expense incurred due to a change in Government of India and Reserve Bank of India regulations pertaining to taxes, fuel hikes, entrances to monuments, transport, fluctuation in the rate of exchange and any force majeure situation due to natural / political conditions, Enable Travel reserves the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
  • Smoking in Public Places has been prohibited in India. Public places include open spaces, restaurants, hotels, pubs, discotheques, banquet halls, etc. No services would be permitted / provided in separate smoking enclosures / areas, if available, with the exception of rooms designated as 'smoking rooms' in hotels.
  • Force Majeure Situations: Enable Travel and its associates shall not be liable to pay any compensation where the performance / prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented / affected or any damage or loss is suffered as a result of a "force majeure" situation. In these Booking Conditions, "force majeure" would stand for any event which Enable Travel or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events April include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, actual or threatened terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside of our control. Enable Travel and its associates are not liable for any compensation for damage caused by a force majeure or other unforeseen events. Enable Travel would notify our clients / agents timely of such force majeure events as and when feasible and will aim to limit the damage and supplement cost befalling the clients / agents for alternate arrangements deviating from the planned programme.