| taj mahotsav
Taj Mahotsav --- Agra (Uttar
he Taj Mahotsav is a
10 day-long extravaganza held at Shilpgram near the Taj Mahal,
one of the greatest wonders of the World. The festival which
starts on the 18th of February each year showcases diverse
art forms from across the country. The festival commences
with a spectacular procession inspired by Mughal splendor.
Caparisoned elephants, bedecked camels, drums and folk arts
recreate the glorious era of Mughals. It is a festive introduction
to India and Uttar Pradesh. Folk music, shayari (poetry),
classical dance performances, elephant and camel rides, games
and a food festival, all form a part of the festivities.
Profundity of folk arts from different
states of india, like Dundelkhand, 'Nautanki' (Drama) and
' Sapera' dance of Rajasthan and ‘Lavanj’ of Maharashtra
is the most striking aspect of the festival. Visitors dance
to the tune of folk music along with the dancers. Exquisite
cuisines are prepared which vouch for the culinary expertise
of Indians. Artisans from across the country display their
crafts including wood carvings from Saharanpur, brass and
other metal ware from Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi,
the pottery of Khurja, chickan-work of Lucknow, the silk of
Banaras and much more. Marble, of course, rule the show. Partake
in this grand gala held near the great World wonder with Indian
Taj Mahotsavv Tour Agra
Day 01 ARRIVE
Welcome to India. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the
airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
02 IN DELHI
Morning tour of the crowded streets of Old Delhi (by
cycle rickshaws), the Friday Mosque, the Red Fort,
Purana Qila, Lodi Tombs and Humayun's Tomb. Afternoon
tour of New Delhi will include visits to the Embassy
area, India Gate, the Secretariat Buildings, the President's
Palace, Parliament House and the Raj Ghat Memorial
to Mahatma Ghandi. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after early breakfast, depart by surface to Jaipur.
Upon arrival , check-in at the hotel.Rest of the day free
for the independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 IN
Morning after breakfast, Morning after early breakfast,
excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State
until 1728. Visit the Jagmandir of the hall of victory glittering
with mirrors, Jai Mahal and Temple of Kali. Take a ride
on Gaily decorated elephant to the ramparts of the Fort.
Later sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Among the principal
sights are the Jantar Mantar of the Observatory, The Palace
of Winds or Hawa Mahal, the City Palace & Museum. Jaipur
is also a major center of precious and semi precious stones,
jewellery, cotton textiles and the typical Blue Pottery.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 JAIPUR
- FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Agra en
route visiting Fatehpur Sikri the deserted capital of Mughal
India. Among the principal attractions of Fatehpur Sikri
are the large audience halls, palaces, the Mosques, the
tomb of Salim Chishti, The Panchmahal, and the Buland Darwaza,
Which is among the biggest gates in Asia.
Upon arrival check – in at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing Agra Fort built by
Emperor Akbar over the years 1565 – 1573 with its
maze of courtyards, mosques, and private chambers. Most
of the buildings originally built by Akbar were destroyed
and were replaced by his grandson Shah Jehan. The only surviving
structure from Akbar’s period apart from the solid
sand stone ramparts and the gateway is the Jehangir Mahal.
It is the biggest private residence in the complex and its
architecture indicates strong influences from Hindu overtones.
Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor
Shah Jehan, this beautiful mausoleum is built of pure white
marble and is an architectural marvel. Built in the memory
of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. The building was conceived
as a garden tomb with the mausoleum rising at the far end
of the complex with the river Yamuna flowing below. Beneath
the dome are the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jehan.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 Agra
( Taj Mahotsav)
Morning after breakfast full day participation in Taj Mahotsav
to see various cultural activities. Overnight at the hotel.
07 AGRA – BHOPAL
Morning after breakfast departure transfer to the
railway station to board Shatabdi (0817-1405 Hrs)
to Bhopal .Assistance on arrival at the railway station
transfer to the hotel. Later Half day sightseeing
visiting the Upper lake, Lower lake, Laxmi Narayan
Temple, Birla Museum, Kilol Park, Kamla Park, Moti
Masjid, Sardar Manzil and Taj-ul-Masjid. Drive past
Vidhan Sabha, Tagore Memorial and the National Archives
of India. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 BHOPAL
- SANCHI - BHOPAL
Morning after breakfast full day excursion to Sanchi
It has distinction of having the finest specimens of almost
all Buddhist architectural forms, Stupa, Chaitya, Temples
and Monasteries dating from 3rd century B.C. Visit 3 important
Stupas with circular domes and railing around them. Also
visit Ashoka Pillar, Gupta temple built in the 4th century
and Great Bowl carved of one piece of stone. The museum
displays number of sculptures found in the area. Overnight
at the hotel.
Day 09 BHOPAL
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Indore (
186 Kms. Approx.)Upon arrival check in at the hotel.Afternoon
Excursion to UIjjain – The city which traces its origin
to the very dawn of Indian history and has a great tradition
of learning and culture. It was used as the base for calculations
of Hindu astronomy, astrology and geography. Visit the temple
of Mahakaleshwar, observatory of masonry, Jantar Mantar,
bathing Ghats of Shipra river and the Gopal mandir, a 19th
century temple of Maratha-Style architecture. Overnight
at the hotel.
10 INDORE – MANDU – INDORE
Morning after breakfast full day excursion to Mandu
(Approx 97 Kms.) is a celebration in stone. The Darwazas
, The Royal Enclave Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, The
Central Group Hoshang Shah's Tomb, The Central Group
Hoshang Shah's Tomb later drive back to Indore. Overnight
at the hotel.
11 INDORE - DELHI
Morning after late breakfast visit to departure transfer
to the airport to board flight to Delhi. Assistance
on arrival at the Domestic Airport departure transfer
to the internationl Airport to board flight back to
home flight back home with the sweet memories of your
enchanting holiday with Indian Festival Tours. Overnight
at the hotel.
CHECK-IN/OUT TIME AT THE HOTELS IS 12 NOON
This programme can be tailor made to suite the number of days you have in hand yet showing you this spectacular fair.
The Festival dates are based on local calendar and are subject to change