India/Delhi – Agra – Jaipur

Anniversary incentive for multinational company to engage and reward their preferred retailers.

120 people (all couples)

5 nights

Day 1

Evening

Meet & Greet at LHR International Airport where guests are met by Travel Talk II directors
Assistance given with check in for the overnight direct flight to Delhi

Day 2

Morning

Arrival into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

On entering the Arrivals Hall, guests were greeted by local traditional Indian girls and offered a floral garland. Porters relieved guests of their luggage and whisked it away securely to the hotel.

Transfer by four luxury Volvo coaches to the Oberoi New Delhi hotel.

On arrival, guests were welcomed with a traditional “aarti ceremony”, which involves the application of a red “tikka” on the forehead.

Immediate access to bedrooms, as rooms were booked from the night before.

Afternoon

Board the waiting coaches for the 2-minute transfer to the welcome lunch venue: the Lodi Garden Restaurant, where a three-course lunch was served in the garden.

Delhi – India’s Past and its Future

After lunch we proceed for our visit, which evokes what New Delhi, stands for – one of the most beautiful, well planned cities of India, which also happens to be the “seat of the Largest Democracy in the world “.

Our first stop is an innocuous parking lot where a surprise awaits us: we disembark to the sight of Auto Rickshaws, which had the client’s branding on, in the parking area.  This was our mode of transportation as it allowed us to get a very “local” feel of the city as well as get an authentic experience similar to that of the inhabitants of this teeming city.

The visit started with a drive to Raisina Hill to the Viceroy’s House (now the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the residence of the President of India) and Lutyen’s magnum opus. At the foot of Raisina Hill is the India Gate, a war memorial arch which Lutyen built in honour of 60,000 soldiers who died in WW I.

Our next stop is at the Parliament House, which Lutyen built in a circular coliseum design. It was here that the constitution of independent India was drafted.

 

 

Organized Chaos – a unique visit of Old Delhi

We transferred guests from New Delhi to Old Delhi using the ultra-modern metro system.

As we emerged from the station into the chaos that is Old Delhi, guests boarded Cycle Rickshaws for an immersive experience through the hustle & bustle of this vibrant Medieval part of the city.

On arrival at Chandini Chowk (Moonlit Square), guests were divided into small groups of 20 and guided on foot through some of Old Delhi’s narrower streets.

Afternoon return to the hotel for some free time.

Evening

Private Welcome Dinner at Veda, an opulent restaurant, is named after the revered Hindu scriptures.

Day 3

Early Morning

Check out. Luxury coach transfer to Agra (luggage sent securely by road to Jaipur).

Mid-morning

Arrival into Agra where a convoy of branded cycle rickshaws were waiting to transfer each couple to the gates of the Taj Mahal.

Lunch

Brunch on the lawns of the Jaypee Palace.

Evening

Arrival into Jaipur and transfer to the exclusive Oberoi Rajvilas.

Private dinner served in the hotel’s Surya Mahal Courtyard.

Day 4

Morning

Amber – The Medieval Rajput Citadel

Visit to Amber Fort by 4 x 4 jeeps.

Amber, the former capital of Jaipur state stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake, which reflects its terraces and ramparts.

Lunch

Return to the hotel for a private lunch in the Raj Mahal restaurant.

Afternoon

Free. Options were the Oberoi Spa, Shopping Extravaganza, Private Viewing of Spectacular Jewellery.

Evening

Exclusive Village Fair Theme dinner at Dera Amer

A dinner revolving around a village mela (fair) theme set amidst the grounds of Dera Amer.  Guests were escorted to the venue by a procession led by minstrels. A village setting was created with bamboo huts, benches and a variety of food counters under thatched huts and in Indian décor.  There were also stalls, each of which has an Indian craftsman who displayed traditional Indian handicrafts such as henna artists, potter, bangle makers, quilt maker, ironsmith, etc.  There was an astrologer who reads the palms of the guests.  At the other stalls guests witnessed the making of Indian sweets and snacks. Entertainment included a palmist, snake – charmer, puppet show, hand driven ferris wheel, a goat grazer, and a traditional village dance performance with a dummy horse, dancers and singers.  Guests played Cricket and also enjoyed a short elephant safari (15 elephants). Entertainment was provided by local folk musicians, dancers and the Royal Military Band.

Sumptuous buffet dinner was served with international wines.

Day 5

Free Day

Optional activity – discovery of the markets of Jaipur or time to enjoy the leisure facilities at the Oberoi Rajvilas.

Lunch

Three-course inclusive lunch at the hotel.

Evening

20th Anniversary Gala Dinner: an exclusive dinner at the City Palace of Jaipur.

We disembarked the coaches and proceeded to the driveway of the Palace, which was lined with decorated elephants, horses and camels.  As we approached, the band of musicians, dancers and horsemen began the “tamasha” (extravaganza) and preceded the procession amidst showers of rose petals. Guests were encouraged to ride on horses, elephants, camels, horse carriages or camel carts and truly enter the palace gates as did the Maharajas returning to their palaces after being victorious in war.

 

Flower and “tikka ceremony” on arrival in the palace’s courtyard, where musicians and folk dancers entertained.

 

Upon entering the private gates of the palace, we proceeded to the Chandra Mahal Verandah and enjoyed canapés and an open bar before entering the Grand Inner Courtyard of the royal family, where a traditional “thali” was served.

 

An International band entertained throughout the evening.

Day 6

Early

Departure to Jaipur airport for our return flight back to the UK via Delhi.

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