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15 Nights/ 16 Days

New Delhi-Kolkata-New Delhi-Agra-New Delhi Indore-Mumbai

Highlights of the tour
1. Traditional welcome on arrival with fresh Marigold flower garland at New Delhi airport.
2. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
3. Enjoy IInd Cricket Test match at the Eden Garden Stadium Kolkata.
4. Dawn view visit of Taj Mahal.
5. Enjoy IIIrd Cricket Test match at the Holkar Stadium Indore.

Day 01: Wednesday, 28th Sep, 2016 Arrive at New Delhi

Traditional welcome on arrival at New Delhi airport by Travel Pals India executive with fresh marigold flower garlands and then transferred by air conditioned exclusive car to your reserved hotel.
New Delhi On December 12, 1911, George V, the then Emperor of India along with Queen Mary made the announcement to shift the Capital of the British Raj from Calcutta to Delhi at the Delhi Durbar and laying the foundation stone for Viceroy's residence in the Coronation Park. The capital city can be easily divided into two parts Old & New Delhi. While Shahjahan built a new walled city which served as the capital of Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857 AD and is now regarded as Old Delhi has many ancient & medieval monuments, archaeological sites & remains. The New Delhi was planned & built by leading 20th century British Architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker and contracted to Sir Sobha Singh. The present President House, Indian Parliament & other Government Secretariat buildings were built by them.

Day 02: Thursday, 29th Sep, 2016 New Delhi / Kolkata (by air)

Breakfast at hotel and then your guide will meet you at hotel's lobby for a tour of the historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re built over seven times. The guided tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras.
The tour including following monuments:
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Laxmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Mandir, is one of Delhi's major temples and a major tourist attraction. Built by the industrialist G.D. Birla in 1938, this beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple is dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (The preserver). The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and people of all religion and faiths can worship in the temple. The design is in the Orissan style with tall curved towers (sikhara) capped by large amalakas.A rickshaw rides through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi passing through Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar etc and ending up at the Jama Masjid.
Jama Masjid
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Jama Masjid between 1644 and 1656. It was constructed by more than 5000 workers. It was originally called Masjid i Jahan Numa, meaning 'mosque commanding view of the world'. The Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD. The mosque was inaugurated by a Imam Bukhari, a mullah from Bukhara, Uzebekistan, on 23 July 1656, on the invitation from Shah Jahan. About 25,000 people can pray in the courtyard at a time and it is sometimes regarded as India's largest mosque.The mosque is commonly called "Jama" which means Friday.
Red Fort (Exterior)
The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the centre of Delhi and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political centre of Mughal government and the setting for events critically impacting the region. Constructed in 1648 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad,[2] the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone and is adjacent to the older Salimgarh Fort, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546.
Raj Ghat
Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Originally it was the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) on the banks of Yamuna river. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, Antyesti (Antim Sanskar) on 31 January 1948, a day after his assassination. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end.
Humayun Tomb
Humayun's Tomb is probably one of the most innovative and experimental monuments of its time, incorporating within it Indo Islamic architectural styles. This magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. It was built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable features are the garden squares (Charbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome.
India Gate
At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an "Arc de Triumph" like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. Under the arch, the Amar Jawan Jyoti commemorating Indian armed forces' losses in the Indo Pakistan war of 1971.
President House
The Rashtrapati Bhavan or The Official Residence of the Head of the State is the official residence of the President of India, located at Raisina Hill in New Delhi. Until 1950 it was known as "Viceroy's House" and served as the residence of the Viceroy and Governor General of India. The construction of the building was planned for 4 years, but World War I intervened and construction took 19 years to complete. All-important Indian State and Official ceremonies are held here.By early evening transfer to Delhi domestic airport to board flight for Kolkata (1730/1940 hrs). On arrival at Kolkata airport, met and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly river, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India. n the late 17th century, the three villages that predated Kolkata were ruled by the Nawab of Bengal under Mughal suzerainty. After the Nawab granted the East India Company a trading license in 1690, the area was developed by the Company into an increasingly fortified mercantile base

Day 03: Friday, 30th Sep, 2016 Kolkata

Relaxed breakfast at hotel then transfer to Eden Garden stadium to enjoy IInd Cricket test match.
Eden Garden
Eden Gardens is a cricket ground in Kolkata, India. It is the home of the Bengal cricket team and the IPL's Kolkata Knight Riders, as well as being a venue for Test, ODI and T20I matches. With a seating capacity of 66,000, it is the largest cricket stadium in India, and the second largest cricket stadium in the world behind the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Eden Gardens has been called "cricket's answer to the Colosseum" and is widely acknowledged to be one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world. The stadium has hosted matches in major competitions including the World Cup, World Twenty 20, Asia Cup and Indian Premier League matches. In 1987, Eden Gardens became the second stadium to host a World Cup final, after Lord's, London which had hosted the first three finals.
The stadium gets its name from the Eden Gardens which is among the oldest parks in Kolkata designed in 1841 and named after the Eden sisters of Lord Auckland, the Governor General of India. Initially it was named 'Auckland Circus Gardens' but later changed to 'Eden Gardens' by its makers inspired by Garden of Eden in the Bible. The stadium itself was established in 1864 and currently holds 66,349 people following renovations for the Cricket World Cup 2011; a capacity down from an estimated 100,000 before the upgrade. Before the 1987 World Cup, the capacity was said to be approximately 120,000; however, no official figures have been recorded. Nonetheless, there have been six matches at this venue which were attended by over 100,000 spectators on a day.
By evening return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04: Saturday, 01st Oct, 2016 Kolkata

AM transfer to Eden Garden stadium. PM return back to hotel.

Day 05: Sunday, 02nd Oct, 2016 Kolkata

AM transfer to Eden Garden stadium. PM return back to hotel

Day 06: Monday, 03rd Oct, 2016 Kolkata

AM transfer to Eden Garden stadium. PM return back to hotel

Day 07: Tuesday, 04th Oct, 2016 Kolkata

AM transfer to Eden Garden stadium. PM return back to hotel.

Day 08: Wednesday, 05th Oct, 2016 Kolkata / New Delhi (by air) / Agra (220 kms / 4 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to Kolkata airport to board flight for Delhi (at 1100/1325 hrs).Met on arrival at Delhi airport and staright driven to Agra via Yamuna express way (one of the best express way in India). Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 09: Thursday, 06th Oct, 2016 Agra

Early rise today to enjoy the dawn view visit with guide to the famous wonder of the world Taj Mahal built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Dawn view Taj Mahal
Early rise today to enjoy the dawn view visit with your guide to the famous wonder of the world Taj Mahal built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. One of the best views of the Taj is during dawn with less people around. The porous nature of Taj's white marble helps it absorbs light and thus reflecting different shades of white making it look even more stunning for pictures. Have relaxing hour or so to enjoy the views through different angles. Taj, as a symbol of love has many stories to tell. The perfectly symmetrical monument standing tall since 1653 AD took 22 years & 20,000 labourers to complete. The unquestionable beauty of this piece of extravagance can only be treasured by visiting it. Return to hotel for wash '&' change and breakfast.Return to hotel with wash '&' change and breakfast. Later guided visit to the following:
Itmad Ud Daula / Baby Taj
Visit the halls of private and public; Itimad Ud Daulah (Baby Taj) described as a 'Jewel Box' and often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built between 1622 and 1628 and also visit to a local marble factory to witness the inlay work of precious stones also known as Pietra dura. It's the same art of stone work which is illustrated on the Taj Mahal & Baby Taj.
Agra FortA UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in red sandstone originally mentioned in 1080 AD and came into limelight when great Mughal emperor Akbar (grandfather of Shah Jahan) made Agra his capital in 1558 and made major changes to the fort's structure to red sandstone. Later Shah Jahan added white marble palace inside the fort, built in red sandstone by Mughal emperor Shah Jehan.
Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is the city's name was Vijaypur Sikari, of the Sikarwar Rajput clan; the later city was founded in 1569 by the Emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. After his military victories over Chittor and Ranthambore, Akbar decided to shift his capital from Agra to a new location W.S.W on the Sikri ridge, to honour the Sufi saint Salim Chishti. Here he commenced the construction of a planned walled city, which took the next fifteen years in planning, and construction of a series of royal palaces, harem, courts, a mosque, private quarters and other utility buildings. He named the city Fatehabad, with Fateh, a word of Arabic origin in Persian, meaning "victorious." It was later called Fatehpur Sikri. It is at Fatehpur Sikri that the legends of Akbar and his famed courtiers, the nine jewels or Navaratnas, were born. Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best preserved collections of Indian Mughal architecture in India.

Day 10: Friday, 07th Oct, 2016 Agra / New Delhi (220 Kms / 4 hrs) / Indore (by air)

After breakfast at hotel drive to Delhi Airport to board flight for Indore (at 1430/1605 hrs).
On arrival at Kolkata airport, met and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11: Saturday, 08th Oct, 2016 Indore

Relaxed breakfast at hotel then transfer to Holkar Cricket stadium to enjoy IIIrd test match.
Holkar Cricket Stadium
Holkar Cricket Stadium is located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It was earlier known as Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground. But in 2010, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association renamed it after the Holkar dynasty of the Marathas that ruled Indore.It has a seating capacity of around 30,000 spectators. It is also equipped with flood lights for night matches. Virender Sehwag recorded the second highest ODI score of 219 at this ground. Gwalior's Roop Singh Stadium is a bit smaller than Indore's Holkar Cricket Stadium. However, capacity of Roop Singh Stadium is more than Indore's Holkar Cricket Stadium. The ground stages the majority of Madhya Pradesh cricket team's home matches in the Ranji Trophy. The stadium was selected one of the six new Test venue in India.The credit for giving land for the stadium goes to the royal 'Maratha' clan Holkar's of the Maratha Confederacy, who encouraged and pioneered cricket in this part of thecountry. Holkar cricket team appeared in ten Ranji Trophy season's, reaching the final eight times and winning the title four times.It is on some part of this ground that an older stadium was present where the Holkar's cricket team won its three Ranji Trophy titles, in late 40's and early 50's. In this sense, some part of this stadium has seen greats like C.K. Nayudu and Mushtaq Ali playing for Ranji Trophy. By evening return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12: Sunday, 09th Oct, 2016 Indore

AM transfer to Holkar Cricket stadium. PM return back to hotel.

Day 13: Monday, 10th Oct, 2016 Indore

AM transfer to Holkar Cricket stadium. PM return back to hotel

Day 14: Tuesday, 11th Oct, 2016 Indore

AM transfer to Holkar Cricket stadium. PM return back to hotel

Day 15: Wednesday, 12th Oct, 2016 Indore

AM transfer to Holkar Cricket stadium. PM return back to hotel

Day 16: Thursday, 13th Oct, 2016 Indore / Mumbai Depart

Relaxed breakfast at hotel. Later at appropriate time, Travel Pals executive will meet you and transfer to Indore airport to board flight for Delhi or Mumbai to connect your international flight for onward destination with sweet memories of Test Matches.Check in for international flights commences 3 hours prior to flight departure time for economy class and 2 hrs prior for business/first class.

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