Taj at Full Moon Tour

Tour Duration : 06 Days Tour
Destinations : Delhi, Sikandra, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur.

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Tour Description : Twenty years after security concerns ended the practice, India's Supreme Court allowed opening of Taj Mahal for nighttime viewing. Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the seven wonders of the world, and some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. The Taj is the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals, the Muslim rulers of India. Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble. Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description, particularly at dawn and sunset. The Taj seems to glow in the light of the full moon. Bestway Tours brings in for you an opportunity to see Taj Mahal at full moon. This trip will provide you the opportunity to sample the Taj Mahal at full moon, the magnificent architecture of Jaipur, including Amber Fort and countless monuments in Delhi. This is only a quick introduction to the subcontinent, and we are sure that you will return to see more.
With limited access, the Taj is now open for five nights each month for night time viewing around the full moon nights. The total number of visitors is restricted to 400 each night. Only 40 are allowed at a time for 30 minutes each. Taj remains closed on Fridays.
Tickets to view Taj Mahal at night can only be purchased 24 hours in advance. For a small service fee, we can assist you in purchasing the tickets.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are assisted and driven through the city to our hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Delhi (2 nights) (B)

Day 2: DelhiLotus Temple - Delhi
The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and the Qutub Minar - a perfect minaret towering 102 meters / 112 yards into the sky. New Delhi is a blend of Mughal India, Hindu India, British India and certainly of modern independent India. Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the famous Red Fort. Built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire. Next we visit another Mughal majesty, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, followed by the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. We end our tour with a bazaar experience at Chandni Chawlk, the street of silver and goldsmiths. (B)

Day 3: Delhi / Agra (Drive 200kms / 125miles)Taj Mahal - Agra
This morning we pass interesting Indian scenery as we drive to Sikandra. This is where lie the remains of Akbar the Great - one of the greatest of the Mughal rulers. A very simple mausoleum for a person ofhis stature. The mausoleum brings in a lot of visitors and black-faced monkeys keen to grab food you may be holding in yourhand. We then proceed to Agra - the city that is Home to the most well known of the wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal. We leave for Agra visiting Akbar the Great's Tomb in Sikandara en route. We are welcomed with a visit to one of the most well known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is built of white marble, beautifully carved and inlaid with semi-precious stones. Next we visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son to prevent him from spending the family fortunes on a black echo of the Taj Mahal. Later in the evening we witness Taj Mahal under full moon light. Overnight: Hotel in Agra (1 night) (B)

Day 4: (Drive 235kms / 145 miles) Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur
A short drive gets us to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir, the builder of the Taj. From here we continue on a countryside drive to Jaipur, the rose pink capital of Rajasthan.
Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur (2 nights) (B)

Day 5: JaipurAmber Fort - Jaipur
A royal experience awaits us as we take an elephant ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. After the tour and enjoying a panoramic view, we return to Jaipur to visit the old astronomical observatory built by the founder of the city, Jai Singh. We also visit the majestic Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the colourful bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. Evening is free to enjoy both shopping and a cultural experience in the bazaars of Jaipur. (B)

Day 6: Jaipur / Delhi (Drive 262 kms / 160miles)
Completing The Golden Triangle, we take a countryside drive to Delhi airport. This is an excellent first time cultural tour of India or one that covers the most in the least number of days. Today we bid farewell to India. (B)

(B) = Breakfast
Dates and Prices

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Departure Dates Coinciding with Full Moon
2011 Jun 13, Jul 14*, Aug 11*, Sep 10*, Oct 10, Nov 08 & Dec 08.
2012 Jan 07, Feb 05, Mar 06, Apr 05

Tour Price
All Prices are per person in US $
Price Valid from June, 2011 to September, 2011
Hotel Category Double Occupancy Single Room Supplement
First Class US $ 414 US $ 240
Superior US $ 445 US $ 278

Price Valid from October, 2011 to April, 2012
Hotel Category Double Occupancy Single Room Supplement
First Class US $ 546 US $ 364
Superior US $ 602 US $ 442

Other Supplements
Entrances to Monuments of Visit – (Excluding Night visit to Taj) – USD 74
Optional visit to Taj at Full Moon Night – USD 25


City First Class Superior
Delhi (2 Nights) Jaypee Siddharth - 5 Star Maidens Hotel - Heritage
Agra (1 Night) Jaypee Palace – 5 Star The Trident - 5 Star
Jaipur (2 Nights) The Ramada - 4 Star The Trident – 5 Star

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions Exclusions
Accommodation on twin share basis in the mentioned hotels for 05 Nights with daily buffet Breakfast as per the itinerary. All entrances to Monuments of visit as per the itinerary.
Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary by air-conditioned Vehicle. Any personal expenses such as laundry bills, telephone bills, alcoholic / Non Alcoholic beverages.
Road tax, Toll Charges, parking fees and driver's overnight wages. Tips and other such cost which is to be paid to the drivers, guides, porters etc.
Elephant Ride at Amber Fort (Subject to availability) Visa fees or International flight tickets and insurance.
Demonstration of Marble craftsmanship in Agra. Any other services not mentioned in the cost inclusions.
Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi.  
All presently applicable taxes.  

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