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Magical MAX India: Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), and Jaipur

  • 9 Oct 2018
  • 19 Oct 2018
  • India



11 DAYS:  10/9/18 - 10/19/18





MEMBERS:  $100.  NON-MEMBERS:  $250.

We have 11 people interested in this trip so far!

Join MAX Travel Leader, Phil Walker, for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India at an incredible cost!   For those traveling and sharing a room:  $1,503.71 (we will help you find a roommate if you need one).  For those taking the hotel rooms as a single:  $2,045.08.  This includes air to India and back, roundtrip air to Jaipur from Delhi, and all hotel rooms.  We are staying at 4 and 5-star hotels.

Phil has always been mesmerized by India.  He has organized a trip there for all those intrepid MAX travelers who are intrigued as well.  After an incredible cruise to Cuba, wonderful visit to Miami, 5 magic days in Iceland, and a superb trip to Ashland (with more to follow), MAX now turns its sights to India.

 Here is how it works:  You book your own flights from SFO to DEL and back.  You depart October 9, 2018, and arrive on October 10, 2018 (depending on the flight).  There is a superb flight on Delta through Amsterdam (arriving Oct. 9, 2018).  You also book your Air India flight from Delhi to Jaipur on 10/15/18 and return on 10/18/18.   Phil will give you the suggested flights.

 Then, Phil will give you the list of hotels, and you make your own hotel reservations:

  •  Delhi:  Metropolitan Hotel:  Arrive 10/10/18 and Depart 10/14/18.
    $172.87 per room per night including taxes and fees
  •  Agra:  Doubletree by Hilton:  Arrive 10/14/18 and Depart 10/15/18
    $99.25 per room per night including taxes and fees
  •  Jaipur:  Hilton Jaipur:  Arrive 10/15/18 and Depart on 10/18/18
    $182.10 per room per night including taxes and fees
  •  Delhi International Airport:  Vivanta by Taj:  Arrive 1018/18 and Depart on 10/19/18
    $87.10 per room per night including taxes and fees

While we are in India, Phil will make tours available for all who wish to participate.  You are free to do what you want while we are there.  We meet for cocktails each evening to share what we did that day and make plans for the next.  Often, the group has dinner together.  You do as much or as little as you want with the group.

New Delhi:  National Capital of India

From Wikipedia:  New Delhi is home to several historic sites and museums. The National Museum began with an exhibition of Indian art and artifacts at the Royal Academy in London in the winter of 1947–48 It now houses 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering over 5,000 years.

The India Gate built in 1931 was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It is the national monument of India commemorating the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the British Raj in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.

The Rajpath which was built similar to the Champs-Élysées in Paris is the ceremonial boulevard for the Republic of India located in New Delhi. The annual Republic Day parade takes place here on 26 January.

The Rajghat,a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.  Gandhi Smriti in New Delhi is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and the location where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life before he was assassinated on 30 January 1948. His ashes are buried beside the Yamuna River.         

 Jantar Mantar located in Connaught Place was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets.

 New Delhi is also home to Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, National Rail Museum, and Supreme Court of India Museum.

New Delhi is particularly renowned for its beautifully landscaped gardens. The largest of these include Buddha Jayanti Park and the historic Lodi Gardens. In addition, there are the gardens in the Presidential Estate, the gardens along the Rajpath and India Gate, the gardens along Shanti Path, the Rose Garden, Nehru Park and the Railway Garden in Chanakya Puri. Also of note, is the garden adjacent to the Jangpura Metro Station near the Defence Colony Flyover, as are the roundabout and neighborhood gardens throughout the city.

For more ideas, check out 25 Incredible Things to Do in Delhi.

 Agra and the Taj Mahal

From Wikipedia:  The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world, the mausoleum of Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, and one of the three World Heritage Sites in Agra.    

Completed in 1653, the Tāj Mahal was built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumtāz Mahal. Finished in marble, it is perhaps India's most beautiful monument and is set amidst landscaped gardens. Built by the Persian architect, Ustād 'Īsā, the Tāj Mahal is on the south bank of the Yamuna River. It can be observed from Agra Fort from where Emperor Shāh Jahān gazed at it for the last eight years of his life, a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb. Verses of the Quran are inscribed on it and at the top of the gate are twenty-two small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to build.  The interiors are decorated with fine inlay work, incorporating semi-precious stones.

Agra has additional attractions, as described here.

Jaipur:  The Pink City

 From Wikipedia:  Jaipur  is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India.   Jaipur is also known as the Pink City, due to the dominant color scheme of its buildings. It is located 174 miles from New Delhi. 

 Jaipur is a major tourist destination in India forming a part of the Golden Triangle with New Delhi and Agra. In the 2008 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Survey, Jaipur was ranked the 7th best place to visit in Asia. According to TripAdvisor's 2015 Traveler's Choice Awards for Destination, Jaipur ranked 1st among the Indian destinations for the year. 

 Visitor attractions include the Hawa MahalJal MahalCity PalaceAmer FortJantar MantarNahargarh FortJaigarh FortBirla MandirGaltajiGovind Dev Ji TempleGarh Ganesh TempleMoti Dungri Ganesh TempleSanghiji Jain temple and the Jaipur Zoo.  The Jantar Mantar observatory and Amer Fort are  World Heritage Sites. Hawa Mahal is a five-story pyramidal shaped monument with 953 windows that rises 15 meters (50 ft) from its high base. Sisodiya Rani Bagh and Kanak Vrindavan are the major parks in Jaipur. Raj Mandir is a notable cinema hall in Jaipur.

Check out 15 Things to Do in Jaipur.

Next Steps

To show interest in the trip, please do the following:
  1.  Email Phil Walker at phil@askphilwalker.com letting him know you are interested in the trip.  This is not a reservation.  It just shows interest.

  2. Phil will email you the instructions for booking flights and hotel for your consideration.

  3. MAX charges our members $100 for MAX's efforts in arranging the trip.  This is in addition to the charges for air and hotels.

    Non-members pay $250.00 to MAX for arranging the trip.

  4. You may stay at any hotel you want and take any flight you want.  We simply give you suggestions.  We choose a central hotel where Phil will stay.  The group may meet there for cocktails in the evening.   Either stay at the same hotel or at a hotel you choose.   Hotels in India start at about $20 per day and go up to $450 per day.  See hotels.com.

  5. You may also take whatever flights you want.  We give suggested flights based on price, quality, and schedule.

Ask anyone who went on the trips to Iceland, Miami, and Cuba.  Phil puts on quite a trip!  We hope you will join us in India.

For MAX events that feature alcohol, we strongly encourage you to take public transportation, a cab/Uber/Lyft, walk, or have a designated driver.

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