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Taj Mahal of India and The Great Wall of China
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Detail Itinerary
Day 1 USA/Delhi
Depart USA for Delhi, India.
Day 2 En route
Day 3 Delhi - Agra B,
Upon arrival at Delhi, your tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Check-in your hotel and rest. After breakfast, you will tour both the New and old Delhi, where you will visit Rajghat, India Gate (the war memorial) and Presidents House (From outside) Lotus temple - this distinctive lotus shaped marvel in Marble is a symbol of peace, Qutub Minar- is the tower of victory started by Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak in 1199AD upon becoming sultan of Delhi. In the afternoon, you will be driven to Agra. On arrival, you will check in to the hotel.
Day 4 AGRA B,
Visit Taj Mahal early in the morning. With its incredible lacy white grandeur the Taj Mahal is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. To the poet Tagore it was a "tear on the face of eternity". In memory of his wife, the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan constructed this most extravagant and incomparable monument built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, it is the close up detail, which is really astounding. After breakfast at hotel, you will then proceed to visit Agra Fort, which is situated on the banks for the river Yamuna, another monumental mission accomplished by the great Mughal visionary Emperor Akbar. His son and grandson added to this imposing structure during their rule. The Palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its massive wall of red sandstone are perfect examples of blending Islamic and Hindu traditions.
After breakfast in the hotel, you will be driven to Jaipur, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned red sandstone city built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India’s greatest rulers. Upon arrival at Jaipur, you will check in to the hotel and then experience the carpet weaving, the block printing demonstration and the Turban wearing which plays a vital role in the Rajasthani life. Rest of the day is free at leisure or you may opt out to go shopping. In the evening, you will enjoy Rajasthani dinner.
The day begins with a visit to the Amber fort, the former seat of the Rajput rulers of Jaipur. Ascending the fortress seated on the elephant (subject to availability), wander around the beautiful palaces and visit the Shiladevi temple with its exquisite marble carvings and silver door. Afternoon visit the Pink City which includes Hawa Mahal: the palace of winds (Photo-stop), Jantar Mantar: the open-air royal observatory, with gigantic, astronomical instruments; and the City Palace Museums which contains the original collection of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Watch a Gem-cutting & polishing demonstration as Jaipur is one of the world’s most noted gem producers. Thereafter enjoy Rickshaw ride thru old part of Pink city.
After breakfast at hotel, you will be driven to Ranthambhore. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will visit Jungle safari at Ranthambhore National Park.
Morning Jungle safari at Ranthambhore
Take an early morning train to Delhi. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the International airport to board your flight for Beijing, China.
Day 10 Delhi - Beijing
Fly to Beijing. Upon arrival. your tour guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
Day 11 Beijing B,L,D,
Your tour begins in Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing and the largest public space on earth. Step back in time as you pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and enter the Forbidden City, home to the Imperial Courts of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for more than 500 years. The Forbidden City is an enormous complex of perfectly preserved palaces, temples, magnificent squares and formal gardens. You will stroll down cobblestone paths once known only to the Emperor’s most intimate advisors, visit the private chambers of Imperial concubines and see stunning collections of priceless art, furnishings, and jewelry. After lunch you will visit the Summer Palace, a fairyland of pagodas, pavilions and stone bridges on the outskirts of the city. This evening you will enjoy a special cultural performance - Legend of Kung Fu.
Day 12 Beijing B,L,D,
Leave the bustle and traffic of Beijing behind and journey through the countryside to see one of the Wonders of the World - The Great Wall. You will walk along a portion of this 3700-mile long marvel or to simply sit and contemplate the wonders of China’s past. After lunch you will visit the massive tomb complex of the Ming Emperors where you’ll walk along the “Sacred Way” passing between pairs of huge stone sculptures. Visit a Jade Stone Center on Route. Enjoy the most famous dining experience in China - a Peking Duck Dinner.
Day 13 Beijing B,L,
This morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven, one of the most photographed attractions in China. This ornate wooden structure was where the "Sons of Heaven", as the Chinese Emperors were known, worshiped the gods and prayed for good harvests. It is the largest temple complex in China and the lovely park surrounding the ancient tower is a popular spot for morning Tai Chi. Afterwards, venture into a Hutong neighborhood, where the atmosphere of Old Peking lives on. You will bicycle or ride rickshaws down narrow lanes and alleyways, pass vegetable markets, traditional medicine shops and tiny, wooden teahouses. You will also have photo stops for 2008 Summer Olympic Venues. Tonight, you will take a night tour to the colorful Wang Fu Jing Street.
Day 14 Beijing / USA B,
Say "zaijian" (goodbye) to Beijing. You will be driven to the airport for your flight home.