Raj & Taj Sojourn - Vision Impaired - 3 nights

New delhi, Agra

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 eth...

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.

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.

This tour attempts to unfold all this and an opportunity to understand experience and enjoy her sublime beauty.

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  • This leisurely trip has been especially curated for Vision Impaired travellers. It 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.
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1,667 * per person
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Inclusions
  • Dates & Price
  • Before you Go
  • Important Info

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transfers, sightseeing tours and excursions by air-conditioned vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • English speaking local guide during sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Assistance of an Enable Travel representative at airports.
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Itinerary in Brief

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  • Day 1 Arrive Delhi

  • Day 2 Delhi

  • Day 3 Delhi - Agra

  • Day 4 Depart Agra - Delhi

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrive Delhi
    • After a hearty breakfast, you're off to Agra. It's time for a scenic and smooth drive on the Yamuna Expressway to explore the renowned, ancient capital city of the Mughals - Agra (a journey of 202 km / approx. 5 hours drive). There are provisions along the way to stop for a cup of tea or coffee along with fairly clean washrooms.


      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 and a perfect draft of the iconic Taj Mahal.

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

      This morning, following a leisurely breakfast, you will be picked up by your local guide for your day's excursion. Please don't forget to pack your suntan lotion, sunhat, etc.

      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.

      Drive past 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 April 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.

      Drive past the imposing 42-metre tall India Gate (War Memorial Arch), 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 stand facing the tomb, visualise perfect symmetry - the cornerstone of Mughal architecture.

      Run your fingers over the intricate patterns carved on the red sandstone lattice screens and feel the dexterity of the stone artisans of yore to be able to create fine masterpieces on stone - a perfect marriage of skills and simplistic tools.

      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 13th century buff sandstone tower, the Qutab 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.

      As you touch the pillars in the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, you realise the haphazard placement of stones and columns carrying figures or patterns from Hindu temple architecture. This is indicative of the non-existence of any architectural plan preceding the construction of Qutub Minar.

      Run your fingers over the calligraphic arches and feel the intricacy of the patterns carved on its various curves. India gets its first crude arch!

      The day is action-packed and busy, you may still get some time to indulge in retail therapy at the designer mall - Emporio.

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

    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • The Imperial New Delhi
  • 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, you're off to Agra. It's time for a scenic and smooth drive on the Yamuna Expressway to explore the renowned, ancient capital city of the Mughals - Agra (a journey of 202 km / approx. 5 hours drive). There are provisions along the way to stop for a cup of tea or coffee along with fairly clean washrooms.


      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 and a perfect draft of the iconic Taj Mahal.

    • The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • The Oberoi Amarvilas
  • Day 4
    Depart Agra - Delhi
    • Visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort followed by a 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.

      Next, 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.

      Later, 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.

      On arrival, proceed to the airport in Delhi for your onward journey.

    • 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 Imperial New Delhi

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

    The Oberoi Amarvilas

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

Inclusions

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

Exclusions

  • Cost of international / domestic airfares.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Air, train or bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.
  • Visa fee.
  • Travel insurance.
  • 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 & 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 4730 per person payable over and above the tour cost.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Supplement charges applicable for long weekends and festivals.
  • Goods and Services tax of 5%

Dates & Price

Price Validity Category Twin / Double Single
1st Oct 2019 - 31st Mar 2020 ECONOMY 562 697
1st Oct 2019 - 31st Mar 2020 HERITAGE 608 768
1st Oct 2019 - 31st Mar 2020 SUPERIOR 635 838
1st Oct 2019 - 31st Mar 2020 DELUXE 710 976
1st Oct 2019 - 31st Mar 2020 LUXURY 1,667 2,749

Before you Go

Red Fort, Delhi, remains closed for visitors on Mondays.
The Taj Mahal remains closed for visitors on Fridays.
We request all our guests to let us know of all their special requirements, i.e. dietary, mobility, accessibility, vision, speech or hearing, at the time of booking, enabling us to plan the trip accordingly.
Please be informed that guide dogs or any other pets are not allowed in aircraft and many other places in India.
Voltage available in India is 220-240 V. International adapters are available at most hotels.

Important Info

  • The following monuments/sites are closed to visitors on:

    • Red Fort, Delhi: Monday
    • Taj Mahal, Agra: Friday
  • Check-in time will be 1400 hours and check-out time will be 1200 hours.
  • Early check in is subject to availability.
  • Visas for India should be obtained by all passengers well before their departure for India.
  • 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 travellers, 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 have been envisaged in the tour cost. Including any such activity results 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.