Taj Mahal (2 nights)

KOC 301-201
Highlights
  • Visit the famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • See Jama Masjid Mosque and Bangla Sahib Temple
  • Enjoy the Mohabbat-the-Taj play about the saga of love between Shajahan and his wife Mumtaj Mahal
Program Overview
Country: India
Depart: 03/02/2017 0330
Return: 03/04/2017 2000
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 25 / Max 40
Program Fee
$862 (early booking: $813)

Field Work Conflicts
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  • HDFS 101 Individual and Family Development

Explore one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, while also having the opportunity to visit Delhi. 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.

 

Day 1 (March 2): After an early morning flight, arrive in Delhi and straight drive to Agra. Later during the day visit monument of love – Taj Mahal. In the evening enjoy ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’, a play depicting the true and immortal love of Shahjahan for Mumtaz Mahal, his beautiful wife. You will have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 (March 3): This morning visit the impressive Agra Fort, a city within a city. Here you will visit the Diwan-i-Am – the Hall of Public Audiences, the Diwan-i-Khas – the Hall of Private Audiences, and much more. Later drive to Delhi with packed lunch. Upon arrival in Delhi visit UNESCO world heritage site of Humayun’s Tomb. Later visit old Delhi to visit the resplendent “Mosque of Friday” Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Other sites you will see in Old Delhi include the Red Fort (drive past) and Raj Ghat. During your orientation tour of New Delhi, you will drive past some magnificent monuments designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens such as the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan (President Palace). In the evening visit the Sikh Temple, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, the most prominent Sikh house of worship in Delhi. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 (March 4): This afternoon connect flight to Kochi.

*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 surprised by this.  See this article for additional details. 

Itinerary

Day 1

* Please note, all times are approximate and subject to changes. Please be flexible.

Day 1, March 2 (Thu): Kochi / Delhi by flight | Delhi / Agra by surface
03:30 AM: Transfer from pier to Kochi airport (early morning!)
06:00 – 09:05 AM: Onboard flight to Delhi. Breakfast onboard.
09:05 AM – 02:00 PM: Drive to Agra. Lunch packed.
02:00 – 03:30 PM: Rest at hotel.
03:30 – 06:30 PM: Visit Taj Mahal.
06:30 – 08:00 PM: Mohabbat The Taj Show
Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 2

Day 2, March 3 (Fri): Agra / Delhi by surface
07:00-08:00 AM: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
08:00-10:00 AM: Visit Agra Fort and Mother Teresa’s orphanage.
10:00-02:30 PM: Drive to Delhi with packed lunch.
02:30-07:30 PM: Tour of Delhi visiting
–Visit UNESCO world heritage monument: Humayun’s Tomb
–Visit 3 temples of Old Delhi: Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Jama Masjid and Jain Temple (view from the outside)
–Rickshaw ride through the busy Chandni Chowk market
–Drive past war memorial India Gate and Government buildings / embassy area
–Shop at the handicrafts market: Dilli Haat
07:30-08:30 PM: Drive to hotel and check in
Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 3

Day 3, March 4 (Sat): Delhi / Kochi by flight
07:00-1030 AM: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
11:30-11:30 AM: Transfer to airport.
01:30– 04:40 PM: Onboard flight to Kochi with onboard lunch.
04:40 – 06:40 PM: Drive to Kochi pier.

Meals Included

March 2: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
March 3: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
March 4: breakfast and lunch