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July 1, 2014

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India offers a wide variety of itineraries using every transportation mode.

As out-of-the-ordinary travel experiences become ever more popular, your clients may want to consider India—an exotic destination abounding with alluring possibilities. They can choose to travel to the “Pink City” of Jaipur and its grand former royal palace rising up like a jewel out of the desert sands; bustling Delhi, a fusion of ancient bazaars and colonial modernity; and, of course, Agra’s Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most breathtaking buildings.

Known as the “Golden Triangle,” the Jaipur-Delhi-Agra circuit blazes a tourism pathway stretching back centuries. In the 1970s this region—straddling the northern states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana—saw the initial establishment of a modern tourism strategy, with national highways enabling a range of hotel offerings and resort villages, niche sectors catering to golf and adventure travel, and essential infrastructure to support all this burgeoning growth.

Thirty years on, signs of India’s most recent development boom fill nearly every corner of the country. Foremost is the brand-new 3,633-mile expressway linking Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta. A masterpiece of high-tech ingenuity, the six-lane superhighway has greatly reduced travel times and allowed giant tour companies to come in and demystify Indian road travel.

Only a few years back, chauffeured cars were thought to be the only reliable road option. Not anymore. “Myths about India are just that. “When you get to India, the infrastructure is there.”

Next up is a network of local highways that is projected to reach every town of more than a thousand people. Until its completion, however, our clients will still have to endure second-rate pothole-filled roads when turning off the main highways.

In the meantime, you can fill the gap with local trains or hop excellent extra-fast air-conditioned long-distance “express” trains, which are great if you have limited time in India. One of the most popular is the Rajdhani Express, linking Delhi with regional capitals such as Mumbai and Calcutta.

Beyond auto and rail travel, the biggest game-changer for India’s transportation by far is a crop of new domestic airlines blanketing virtually the entire subcontinent. Passengers traveling domestically can now choose from one government-owned full-service airline: Indian Airlines; three privately owned full-service airlines: Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and IndiGo Airlines and three privately owned, low-cost carriers: SpiceJet, JetLite and Go Air. Fueled by a boom in passenger growth, regional air connectivity has finally arrived—and with it an expansion of choice in destinations.

In addition to a unique collection of legendary heritage hotels, our clients can now add special tented camps and jungle lodges to their list of options. Adventure holidays in the Himalayas are increasingly accessible, as are stunning village beach getaways, scenic tea and coffee estate cottages, and some of the world’s finest spa and yoga retreats. “Half the properties I represent, you couldn’t get there by train or road transport,” which represents more than 30 independent boutique properties. “The new infrastructure is opening up India and allowing people to explore more.”

Think of India’s size—1.1 billion people in a vast land mass—and it’s easy to feel intimidated. An essential planning tool is Friends Travel, LLP Indeed, provides endless combinations, with a sampling below emphasizing up-and-coming destinations along with tried-and-true standards.

Experiencing eco-tourism in Madhya Pradesh. The big “heart of India” is situated in the center of the country and boasts spectacular mountain ranges, dense forests and a network of national parks that are home to the largest tiger population in the country. Besides tigers, there’s a great deal more wildlife, such as chital (a small deer), wild boars, monkeys, striped hyenas and jackals. This region is a birdwatcher’s paradise with more than 200 species.

Until 2007, the game lodges operating alongside the national parks were no-frills operations. That changed in early 2007 when Taj Safaris opened a lodge. Other high-end safari companies have since moved in and now, just after completing its fourth lodge, Taj has begun operating India’s first tiger circuit tour—consisting of Mahua Kothi (Bandhavgarh National Park), Baghvan (Pench National Park), Pashan Garh (Panna National Park) and Banjaar Tola (Kanha National Park).

One challenge guests can face in getting to these lodges, however, is transportation. The nearest airports (at Jabalpur and Nagpur) are a four-hour ride by car to the parks, although trains can bring guests closer.

To solve the transportation dilemma, some tour companies choose to nibble at the edges just outside Madhya Pradesh, with trips to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Ranthambore National Park, where it’s possible to track tigers. This keeps your clients within closer reach of the Golden Triangle, yet it’s equally possible to tour the Taj Mahal and Jaipur and then head to Madhya Pradesh by either venturing back to Delhi for a flight or taking a train from Agra to Jhasi.

Madhya Pradesh also is home to the village of Khajuraho, whose 22 temples are a World Heritage Site famous for erotic carvings often described as the Kama Sutra in stone. Varanasi, the great holy Hindu city on the Ganges, is also within reachable distance in the southern portion of neighboring Uttar Pradesh state.

Exploring the backwaters of Kerala. If your clients are looking for somewhere to surround themselves with nature, the 500 miles of backwaters in Kerala are the perfect place to unwind. Kerala—situated along the southwestern tip of India—is the country at its greenest. After the Golden Triangle, it’s the second-most popular destination for Western travelers.

Kerala is better known for eco-tourism initiatives than tour groups. Most visitors explore the backwaters on small two- and three-bedroom, traditional rice barges over a few days. It’s a fantastic way of seeing rural Indian life.

The largest backwater body, Vembanad Lake, flows through Alappuzha and Kottayam districts and opens out into the sea at the Kochi port. The second-largest stretch is the Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam, hailed as the gateway to the majestic backwaters of Kerala. The eight-hour cruise from the Ashtamudi Lake to Alappuzha—the Venice of the East—is the longest and the most enchanting journey.

Cochin, Kerala’s atmospheric city, features an old fort and thriving spice trade, while the lovely beaches of Varkala remain largely secluded from mass tourism. The state also has appealing hill stations in Ponmudi and Munnar, and a number of eco-friendly resorts and hotels offering Ayurvedic treatments, spa therapies and yoga instruction.

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital and gateway city to Kerala, though our clients can also fly into Kozhikode or Kochi.

Riding the rails to Darjeeling and beyond. For intrepid rail travelers, the ride to Darjeeling is a must on the overnight “Darjeeling Mail” train from Calcutta to New Jalpaiguri. Your clients can then catch a spectacular steam train up to Darjeeling, the legendary hill station surrounded by tea plantations in the eastern Himalayan range of West Bengal. Gangtok, in the neighboring state of Sikkim, forms a tourism triangle with Darjeeling and Kalimpong, and is prominent as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site.

Of course, the train to Darjeeling isn’t the only top rail journey in India. Perhaps the most famous historic train is the Palace on Wheels, whose seven-night circular trip takes in the key sites of the Golden Triangle.

In the south, the Golden Chariot is a brand new luxury train launched in 2008 with state-of-the-art cabins and a 10-night round-trip itinerary heading out of Bangalore. Stops include historical, religious and wildlife sites, with Mysore and Hampi among highlights, as well as Goa’s golden beaches.

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February 10, 2011

Experience INDIA Affordable 7days Golden Triangle Tour Delhi Jaipur Agra JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi in the evening, you are met, greeted and escorted to the Hotel. You are welcomed in the hotel in a Traditional Indian style on arrival and check into the hotel for overnight.
Day 02 Delhi
After breakfast in the hotel, we leave for city sightseeing tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi.Old Delhi came into prominence when Shah Jahan moved his capital from Agra to Delhi. You visit 300 year old Chandni Chowk market. A maze of lanes crowded with shops selling an extraordinary variety of items and food, the noise and crowds are a quintessential part of any Indian market. From here you continue to the Jama Masjid or Friday Mosque. This is India’s largest mosque designed by Shah Jahan, and was his last architectural legacy. Originally it was called Masjid-I-Jahanuma, which means “mosque commanding a view of the world”. In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi, is Raj Ghat, a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the main architect of India’s independence. You pass through the Red Fort that dominates this area is the landmark. Built in the mid 17th century by Shah Jahan, it was plundered by the marauding armies of Nadir Shah and later by British soldiers.

Afternoon, we take our tour of New Delhi, visit Qutab Minar, the tapering monument begun in 1199 was built to symbolize the supremacy of Islam. This structure was eventually the prototype of all minars or towers in India. Our next stop is Humayun’s tomb, built by his senior wife and mother of emperor Akbar. This is the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. It is believed that it was this mausoleum, which inspired Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal. We drive pass the India Gate, Presidential Palace and Parliament House.
Overnight at hote

Day 03 Delhi – Agra (200Kms/05Hrs)
Check out from the hotel and drive to Agra enroute we visit Sikandra – Akbar was a Mughal emperor who was also a great connoisseur of the arts. He had contributed towards many a famous architectural construction, all incorporating various styles into their designs. The emperor began construction on his own tomb in Sikandra, near Agra, in 1605. The building was completed by his son, who finished the structure using designs and methods not originally intended, like leaving out a crowning dome. The tomb of Akbar is an arcuate structure built from red sandstone and white marble. On each of its four sides, the grand portals are inlayed with complex mosaics.Check in at hotel upon arrival. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight is at hotel.
Day 04 Agra
At sunrise, we take our Tonga (Horse Carriage) to the visit the world famous Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the sill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and that took 17 years to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’. We return to our hotel for breakfast. Rest of the morning is free for independent activities.Afternoon we tour Agra Fort and Itmad –ud – daulah. Agra fort, built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 & 1573, which reveals the Mughal talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design. This fort palace was begun by Akbar as a purely defensive citadel and was subsequently completed by two successive generations that added the delicate mosaic and magnificent marble palaces. The fort is the history of Mughal life in Agra and offers a magical view of the Taj Mahal. Itmad-ud daulah, one of the most beautiful of Mughal tombs, stands across the river Yamuna from the Taj Mahal, nearly one and a half kilometres up-stream. Belonging to the age of Jahangir, it contains cenotaphs of the parents of the powerful Mughal Empress Nurjahan, queen of Jahangir, an exceptional beauty and an astute administrator. In the evening at sunset we return to the Taj Mahal to see it fired by a different palette, drive you back to your hotel.
Overnight is at hotel.
Day 05 Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, located 40 Km from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. The emperor used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was fully occupied for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. Scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the ‘Ghost City’ including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughal empire at the height of its power. Continue drive to Jaipur.
Check in at the hotel upon arrival. The evening is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight is at hotel
Day 06 Jaipur
After breakfast we leave for excursion to Amber Fort. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride (subject to availability) all the way up to the Fort entrance. This journey on caparisoned elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. En route to Amber Fort from your hotel, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds.In the afternoon, we tour the city of Jaipur. We first visit the Maharaja’s city Palace, the former Royal residence part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. The main entrance leads to the courtyard at the center, which is the Mubarak Mahal. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. On the first floor is the Textile and Costume Museum, which is the fine example of fabrics and costumes from all over India. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world built by Jai Singh from 1728 to 1734. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. We finish our city tour with a walk through the busy lanes of the city.
Overnight is at hotel.
Day 07 Jaipur – Delhi
Check out from the hotel after the breakfast and drive to Delhi. You have time in your hands for the last minute shopping. In time you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight
Rates include:
• 6 Nights accommodation at chosen hotels
• Breakfast daily
• All transfers
• Assistance on arrival / departure at the airport by our local representative
• Entrance fee at all monuments of visit
• Sightseeing as per program
• Air conditioned transportation
• Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
• Tonga ride at Agra
• Motor Rickshaw Ride at Jaipur
• Local English speaking guide for visits as per program
• All local taxes
Rates do not include:
• Any airfare
• Airport taxes
• Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve Dinner
• Expenses of personal nature like telephone bills, laundry, table, drinks, tips, etc.
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Hotels in Category A
DELHI – 2 nights – Crowne Plaza (5*)
AGRA – 2 nights – Trident (5*)
JAIPUR – 2 nights – Trident (5*)
Hotels in Category B
DELHI – 2 nights – Crowne Plaza (5*)
AGRA- 2 nights – Clarks (5*)
JAIPUR- 2 nights – Four Point Sheraton (4*)
Hotels in Category C
DELHI – 2 nights – Residency (3* Superior)
AGRA – 2 nights – Mansingh Palace (3*)
JAIPUR – 2 nights – Ramada (4*)Reservations: INDIA@FriendsTravel.com 24/7/365

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January 31, 2011

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