Jaipur & Taj Mahal (3 nights)

KOC 406-201
Highlights
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • Amber Fort, City Palace, and Royal Observatory in Jaipur
  • Rajasthani folk dances
  • Old and New Delhi
Program Overview
Country: India
Depart: 03/02/2017 1300
Return: 03/05/2017 2200
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 60 / Max 120
Program Fee
$923 (early booking: $871)

Field Work Conflicts
  • MGT 340 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • HDFS 101 Individual and Family Development

Here is your opportunity to see not only Agra and the Taj Mahal but also Jaipur the “pink city” and Delhi. Explore the sites in the Golden Triangle of Norther India and experience the enchanting culture.  Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. Situated on the banks of the Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal is the famous symbol of Emperor Shah Jehan’s love for his wife Mumatz Mahal. It took 20,000 artisans 22 years to complete this poignant mausoleum with its superb inlay work in marble and soapstone. Delhi is a near perfect blend of the ancient and the modern and is seamlessly divided in two parts: Old Delhi designed by the Mughals and New Delhi designed during English rule and also known as “Lyutens” Delhi.

*Please note! The Taj Mahal is currently undergoing cleaning and will likely have scaffolding surrounding parts of the famous monument while you are there. Though it won’t affect your itinerary, it will affect your photos and we don’t want you to be caught off-guard.  See this article for additional details. 

Itinerary

Day 1

Thursday, 2 March 2017

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport. After arriving in Jaipur, transfer to the hotel and retire for the evening.

 

Day 2

Friday, 3 March 2017

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before setting out a full day of activities. Begin with a scenic drive to the Amber Fort. Along the way stop for a photo at Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds). Spend the morning exploring the Amber Fort* before  visiting the City Palace and Jantar Mantar (astronomical observatory). Then, indulge in a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

Spend the afternoon at a local NGO. Depending on the size of the group, visit either Surman Sansthan, an NGO providing shelter and other necessary amenities for children and women of the area for the last 17 years, or Jaipur Foot, an organization that provides artificial limbs and other assistance to those in need completely free of charge.

Enjoy some time at the local market before gathering for a festive dinner. Enjoy Rajasthani folk dances at Hotel Narain Niwas Palace before retiring to the hotel for the evening.

*In effort to support responsible tourism best-practices, Semester at Sea strongly advises against use of wild animals in tourism activities, which includes elephant rides. Many people enter the Amber Fort in Jaipur via elephant back, however, your program fee does NOT include this. We encourage you to research this complex issue and make a decision for yourself.  Recommended articles:

Day 3

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Wake up early to catch the train to Agra. Enjoy a packed breakfast and scenic route on the way to India’s most well known site. The Taj Mahal is called the finest architectural achievement of the Moghuls, and perahps of mankind. 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.

Form there, visit the Agra Fort.  The Fort was built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, and is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, and Musamman Burj, where the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan died as a prisoner.

Finally visit Mother Teresa’s Center before being transferred back to Delhi. Retire to the hotel for the evening.

 

Day 4

Sunday, 5 March 2017

After breakfast at the hotel, set out for a full day of touring Delhi. During this, drive past war memorial India Gate and Government buildings. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the various religions of the area with visits to three temples in Old Delhi: Gurudwara, Jama Masjid and Jain Temple. Take a rickshaw ride through the busy Chandni Chowk market before stopping at the Dilli Haat handicrafts market.  Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant as a way of wrapping up the time in Delhi. Transfer to the airport and fly back to Kochi, reflecting on this program which traveled the Golden Triangle of northern India.

Check out the Semester at Sea Student India Photo Gallery

Meals Included

3B, 4L, 4D

Special Note

This program requires a lot of traveling in a short amount of time. This program is usually a large group; for those seeking a smaller group experience that travels to the same places, consider KOC 603- 102.