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					                                                         India 2010
                                          Dates: Sunday 7 November – 18 November

Date            Program                                                                      Information
November        Arrive India Mumbai                                                          Mumbai, a melting pot of cultures, it
                Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel                      pulsates with activity. India’s financial
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Sunday 7        The Gordon House Boutique Hotel                                              powerhouse and also the capital of
                www.ghotel.com                                                               Maharashtra, Mumbai dazzles the visitor
Day 1                                                                                        with glitzy shopping centres, exciting
Mumbai          On arrival, you will be greeted with traditional garlanding                  theatre and music, gourmet restaurants
                                                                                             and interesting sightseeing. This gigantic
                                                                                             metropolis also boasts of an excellent
                                                                                             suburban transport system, a salubrious
                                                                                             climate, towering skyscrapers, historic
                                                                                             bungalows, and is also the hotbed of
                                                                                             India’s film industry
Mumbai          Breakfast at hotel
AM              Half day excursion to Elephanta caves (closed on Mondays)
                Visit Elephanta caves by motor launch. Deriving its name from a stone
                elephant discovered by the Portuguese, this beautiful green island is
                about one hour’s boat ride from Bombay harbour. The celebrated Hindu
                cave temple on the island is excavated from a cliff high above the water
                and is approached by long flight of steps. These temples carved during
                the Golden age of the Guptas have been inspired by the worship of
                Shiva. The sculptures are beautifully executed and the most
                outstanding of these is the Maheshmurthy or Trimurthy, a 5m (18 ft )
                high, three headed bust hewn from a single rock representing the three
                aspects of Shiva viz. The Creator, The Preserver and The Destroyer).
                Half day city tour of Mumbai

                Visit the Gateway of India, Mumbai's principle landmark. This arch of
                yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate
                King George V's visit to this colony in 1911. Drive past the Secretariat
PM              of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly
                known as the 'Queen's Necklace', Jain temple, Hanging Gardens,
                Chowpatty, Visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during
                his visits to Mumbai. Drive past Haji Ali Mosque, a shrine in honour of
                a Muslim Saint on an island 500 m. out at sea and is linked by a
                causeway to the mainland. Stop at the 'Dhobi Ghat' where Mumbai's
                'dirties' are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry. Watch the
                local train passing close by on which the city commuters 'hang out like
                laundry' - a nice photography stop. Later visit Bhau Daji Laud
                museum, built in the Greco-Roman style & housing archaeological
                finds, maps and photographs depicting the history of Mumbai. has
                recently been restored to its original splendour by INTACH, the Indian
                National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage. The project won the UNESCO
                2005 Award of Excellence for Conservation, the highest international
                award in the field.

                Thereafter visit Good Earth a lifestyle store that celebrates fine living.
                Combining exotica with glamour, the boutique specializes in décor
                accessories, designer furniture collections, home spa products, lamps,
                cushions, chandeliers, mirrors, vases, textiles and object d’ art. Next to
                Good Earth is Phoenix Mills, which has designer boutiques & other
                lifestyle stores (if time permits).
                On your return to the city drive pass Crawford market, Victoria
                Terminus and to the Flora fountain in the large bustling square, in the
                heart of the city & Prince of Wales Museum.

Evening         Evening Dinner at local restaurant
                Overnight at Hotel



Day 2           Breakfast at hotel transfer to domestic airport: 9W333                       Delhi is as modern or ancient as you
AM              In the afternoon proceed for half day city tour of New Delhi                 want it to be. Today's Delhi is
                                                                                             cosmopolitan, modern and fun-loving.
Mumbai          In New Delhi visit the QUTAB MINAR, a Tower of Victory that was built        With feasts for art and theatre lovers,
Delhi           in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard        concerts for the musically inclined and
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Monday 8        stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears    food that can make a gourmet cry with
Transfer to     a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The HUMAYUN’S TOMB - the         delight, Delhi is a place with something
domestic        magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the       for everyone. People from all parts of the
airport         finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal.       country inhabit Delhi. There are different
0805            Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are              cultural pockets with Punjabi's being the
                characteristic of Mughal architecture. Also visit INDIA GATE, the           most dominant section here. The most
                memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to       common languages spoken here besides
                PRESIDENT HOUSE.                                                            English are Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

PM              Thereafter visit Connaught Place shopping area Return to hotel
                Dinner & Overnight at Hotel: Svelte Personal Suites
                www.svelte.in [Executive]
Day 3           Breakfast at hotel
Tuesday 9       Half day Old Delhi tour
Delhi           In Old Delhi visit the historic RED FORT (closed on Mondays) –
AM              Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone, which was built as an
                octagon measuring 900m by 550m and surrounded by a 9-meter deep
                moat which was at its inception fed by the waters of the Yamuna river.
                Very near the Fort is the JAMA MASJID (Friday Mosque), India’s
                largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan. Take an interesting rickshaw
                ride through the famous bazaars of CHANDNI CHOWK, which is
                adjacent to both the Fort and the Mosque. Also visit RAJ GHAT - the
                memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

PM              Afternoon at leisure (vehicle at disposal for half day) OR Optional visit
                to Akshardham temple Akshardham is not just a temple, but a place
                of education, entertainment and enlightenment. There are 73 richly
                patterned and 63 partially carved pillars. Spread across a 23-acres, this
                complex is flooded with shrines, sculptures, parks, lakes and rides. All
                these come together to create the most powerful experience of Indian
                culture ever to exist. Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and inspired by
                Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Akshardham is a miracle worked by
                the service and devotion of thousands of volunteers.

                Dinner at local restaurant in Hauz Khas
                Overnight at Hotel
Day 4           Breakfast at hotel.                                                         On the right bank of the River Yamuna,
Wednesday       to Agra (ca.208 kms/ca.5 hrs) en-route visit Sikandra 8 kms. north of       Agra reigns over a glorious past created
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10              Agra lies Sikandra, the site of the tomb of Akbar. The emperor’s            by warriors as skilled in art and
Delhi to Agra   mausoleum lies inside a huge garden. The slim minarets of the               architecture as they were on the
Early AM        imposing gateway sprout from a wealth of Moghul inlay work in stone.        battlefield. The city’s historical origins
                Each floor of the four-storied mausoleum is a series of arcades,            before the Mughal conquest are dim and
                tapering to a marble cloister which seems to float on the top. Legend       it was practically founded by the Mughal
                says that the pedestal in the tomb chamber once supported the               Emperor Babur. To the lover of art and to
                Kohinoor diamond. Agra                                                      the traveler seeking the wonders of India,
                Arrive & check-in at the hotel.                                             Agra is the goal of a pilgrimage, its
                                                                                            shrines being the Taj Mahal and Agra
PM              Visit Taj Mahal by sunset. Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white         Fort.
                marble. Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah
                Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal
                remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World. Around
                20,000 workers from all over the country and central Asia were recruited
                to translate this dream into a reality. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)
                Dinner and overnight at hotel Marina Agra www.google.com [Deluxe]
Day 5           Visit Taj Mahal by sunrise Return to hotel for                              Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai
Thursday        breakfast.                                                                  Madhopur District of Rajasthan state.
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11              Thereafter visit the AGRA FORT built by three Mughal Emperors               Ranthambore national park was declared
Early           starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of         a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it
morning         design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite          gained the protection of "Project Tiger".
Agra to         buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal         It got it's status of a National Park in
Ranthambore     and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman               1981. Ranthambore National Park is
                Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a            famous for its Tigers and is a favorite with
                prisoner.                                                                   photographers. For a relatively small
                                                                                            area, the park has a rich diversity of
                                                                                            fauna and flora - species list includes 300
                Thereafter drive to Ranthambore (294 kms/ca.8 hrs) enroute visit            trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12
                Fatehpur Sikri, which is 35 minutes from Agra . This exquisite city built   reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile &
                by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone; with its forts, palaces and   amphibians and 30 mammals.Tigers, the
                mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political          park's pride makes it one of the best
PM              reasons. The Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave        places in the country to observe them.
                daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle which              Apart from that a large numbers of
                contained all the major functions of the Palace,                            Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazzelle, Boars,
                Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, Jodha Bhai’s Palace,    Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards
                Mariam’s Palace, Birbal’s Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are            and a large number of birds.
                some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday
                  Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious
                  grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular
                  buildings.
                  Arrive and late check in. Dinner and overnight at hotel
                  Ranthambore Regencywww.theconsortiumhotels.com [Standard]
Day 6             0630 hrs Morning Wildlife Safari by Canter (packed breakfast)
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Friday 12         Return to hotel for lunch
Ranthambore       1530 hrs Afternoon Wildlife Safari by canter
AM & PM           Dinner & Overnight at Hotel
Day 7             0630 hrs Morning Wildlife Safari by Canter (packed breakfast)                         Built by Sawai Jai Singh, the city of Jaipur is
Saturday 13
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                  Return to hotel Ranthambore          ca.1100 hrs                                      amongst the first of India’s planned cities. The
Ranthambore       Check-out & drive to Jaipur (166 kms/ca. 4 hrs)                                       ancient heart of the Pink City still beats in its
                                                                                                        fairy tale palaces; rugged fortresses perched
to Jaipur         Arrive & check-in at the hotel
                                                                                                        on barren hills and broad avenues. Jaipur has
AM                                                                                                      a timeless appeal in its colorful bazaars that
                  Evening Proceed to Samode Palace for dinner                                           delights for its Rajasthan handlooms and
PM                Samode is about 1 hr’s drive from Jaipur and has beautiful Palace &                   trinkets. Beautifully laid out gardens and
                  Bagh (Garden). Website www.samode.com                                                 parks, attractive monuments and marvelous
                  Overnight at Hotel The Golden Tulip www.goldentulip.com[Superior]                     heritage hotels, once the residence of
                                                                                                        Maharajas, are worth admiration that makes a
                                                                                                        trip to the pink city a memorable one.
Day 8             Breakfast at hotel
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Sunday 14         Excursion to Amber Fort
                  11kms in the outskirts of the city is AMBER FORT, the ancient capital of
Jaipur            the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai
                  Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of traveling
AM                on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is
                  situated. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur
                  until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private
                  audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces
                  which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The
                  Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family
                  is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on
                  which the Fort is situated. (Elephant ride is subject to availability
                  failing which jeep ride will be provided)
                  Half day city tour of Jaipur
                  During your tour of the pink city, visit the CITY PALACE the former
                  royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles
                  which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani
                  costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of
PM                different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with
                  an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal
                  paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and
                  Sanskrit. Also visit the JANTAR MANTAR - an astrological and
                  astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century,
                  which is remarkable for its accuracy even at the present times. Lastly
                  stop at PALACE-OF-WINDS for taking pictures and spend time in
                  crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir- hunting.
                  Evening: Proceed to Spice Court restaurant for a cooking
                  demonstration followed by dinner
Evening           Overnight at Hotel
Day 9             Breakfast at Hotel                                                                    The most auspicious pilgrim centre for a
          th      Drive to Pushkar enroute visit Ajmer. (145 kms/ca.4 hrs)                              devout Hindu in India, Pushkar is an
Monday 15
                  Ajmer is the 'Mini Kaba' of India and a most venerable spot for the Muslims. Not      immensely numinous place prescribing at least
                  only for Muslims but even for the followers of other religions the sacred 'Dargaah'   one visit in a lifetime. There is a Brahma
Jaipur to
                  of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the Sufi saint, is an object of adoration. In Ajmer,      Temple here dedicated to the creator of the
Pushkar           another famous place attracting visitors is the 'Hut of Two-and-a-half days", a       world Lord Brahma exclusively, behind which
AM                peculiar name which might arouse curiosity.                                           there is also a temple of his consort Savitry.
                  Pushkar PM                                                                            Pushkar is also famous for its grand annual
                  Arrive Pushkar & check-in at the hotel.                                               fair presenting diverse things and exhibitions
PM                Lunch at hotel                                                                        for the interest of people in general.
                  Dinner at hotel Jagat Palace www.hotelpushkarpalace.com [standard]
Day 10            Breakfast at Hotel
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Tuesday 16        Half day city tour of Pushkar
AM                Visit the Brahma Temple- the only temple of Lord Brahma (creator of
Pushkar           the world) in the whole world constructed in the 14th Century, houses a
                  life-size statue of Lord Brahma. Savitri Temple- is dedicated to
                  Goddess Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma. Positioned on the Ratnagiri
                  Hill, this temple holds a legend to itself, Pushkar Lake.- The legend
                  behind the Pushkar Lake is that the lake originated when some Lotus
                  petals fell on Earth from the hands of Lord Brahma. Surrounding the
                  lake, are 52 ghats, each having water with special powers. The Pushkar
                  Lake also serves as the venue for the renowned Pushkar camel fair
                  held every year.
PM                Lunch at hotel
                  At leisure to enjoy the Pushkar camel fair
                  Dinner & Overnight at Hotel
Day 11       Breakfast at hotel.                                                           Jodhpur- Situated in the extreme
Wednesday    Drive to Jodhpur (216 kms/ca5 hours)                                          eastern part of the Desert Thar is this
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17                                                                                         spectacular land of whitish-golden
AM                                                                                         sand dunes, yellowish-green shrubs,
Pushkar to   Arrive Jodhpur & check-in at hotel.
Jodhpur      Thereafter proceed for half day city tour of Jodhpur Visit the THE
                                                                                           leafless thorny trees,etc. , and great
             MEHRANGARH FORT, spread over an area of 5 sq. km in the heart of              natural beauty. Founded in 1459 AD
PM           the city. Inside the fort, a series of courtyards and palaces greet the       by Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathore
             visitor. The palace apartments house a splendid collection of the             clan of Rajput, Jodhpur is the second
             trappings of the Indian royalty. Visit JASWANT THADA: It is a white           largest city after Jaipur in Rajasthan.
             marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899. Also          It is one of the aristocratic and
             visit the museum in the UMAID BHAWAN PALCE.                                   majestic places of India and is the
                                                                                           home of valourous Rathores who
Evening      Dinner & Overnight at Hotel Ajit Bhawan Palace. [Executive]                   claimed descent from Rama. The
             www.ajitbhawan.com
                                                                                           City lies at the foot of a low range of
                                                                                           sandstone hills about 125m above
                                                                                           the surrounding plains is divided into
                                                                                           two parts as Old and New ones. The
                                                                                           old city is hazed by 10 Km long, a
                                                                                           high and thick wall of sandstone with
                                                                                           eight gates leading out of it, and the
                                                                                           new city being outside the walled
                                                                                           city. In the reign of Maharaja Umed
                                                                                           Singh Jodhpur flourished into a
                                                                                           beautiful modern city. Since the
                                                                                           medieval times the traditional sport of
                                                                                           the aristocrats of Jodhpur has been
                                                                                           Polo.
Day 12       Excursion to Bishnoi Village
Thursday                                                                 Jeep Safari to
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18           the Bishnoi village, a memorable outing in open air jeeps, visit various
AM           traditional villages, look at local handicrafts viz., shoe makers, pottery,
Jodhpur to   hand weaving. Bishnois are an integral part of this region, a very hard
Mumbai       working and hospitable tribal community. See village folk in their rustic
             and traditional attire, women clad in their ancestral silver jewellery, en-
             route watch and photograph wildlife, black buck, chinkaras, peacocks
PM           etc., all endangered species protected by “Bishnois’.
13h30        Leave for Mumbai (W3408
15h30        Arrive and transfer to hotel.
             Room for wash and change followed by dinner at an airport hotel.
             Transfer to International Airport.
                                        David & Anne-Marie Moore
                                           Email: dmoore@iafrica.com
                                           www.creative-escapes.co.za

                                                 India Tour 2010
                                     Dates: Sunday 7 November – 18 November


The tour includes:
       International [from ORTambo Johannesburg South Africa] and domestic airfares in India.
    12 nights accommodation in twin share in standard category of rooms unless otherwise specified in hotels
       mentioned or similar.
    Meal plan on half board basis (breakfast & dinner) except in Ranthambore & Pushkar where it is on full
       board basis (breakfast, lunch & dinner) as mentioned in the itinerary.
    Rooms for wash & change and dinner at an airport hotel in Mumbai (depending on group size).
    All transport by an air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary & as specified above.
    Entrance fees to places of visit as mentioned in the itinerary
    Elephant failing jeep ride at Amber fort and Jeep safari at Bishnoi.
    03 wild life safaris by canter only in Ranthambore as per the itinerary.
    A local English-speaking guide for sightseeing tours and excursions as per itinerary
    Services of a LPTI English speaking representative to assist at airports and hotels.
    All taxes at hotels as on date including government service tax, subject to change in the event of
       increase or new taxes.


The tour excludes:
    Domestic and International airfares.
    Porterage at airports/ hotels.
    Items of a personal nature -i.e. drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, still/video camera fees at monuments or
       any items not specified above.
    Visa charges for India & neighboring countries.
    Any items not mentioned above.
    NB: Any significant change due to currency fluctuations, taxes, petrol/ hikes etc to be borne by
       client.

      Single supplement: ZAR7500

We look forward to welcoming you on this special tour to India

Best wishes

David and Anne-Marie Moore

				
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