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    China & India 11 Days (code: CI9D)

Duration:   11 Days 8 Nights
Cities:   Beijing-New Delhi-Jaipur-Agra
Tour Type:   Group tour of fixed departure dates
Tansport:   International flights included
Hotels(local):   5 stars
Deal:   From AU$3899 per person
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Day 1: Depart from Australia   

Board your flight heading for China!

Day 2: Arrival at Beijing Hotel:Asia Hotel Beijing or similar ( 5 stars )  

Welcome to China! Meet local tour guide upon arrival at Beijing airport. A comfortable transfer will take you to hotel. Free for the rest of the day!
Meals: none

Day 3: Beijing ( B'fast + Lunch + Dinner ) Hotel:Asia Hotel Beijing or similar ( 5 stars )  

After breakfast in hotel, head north of the city to visit the famous Juyong Pass segment of the Great Wall of China. Surrounded by beautiful rugged mountains, this part of the wall stands out for its stunning Cloud Platform gate – a white marble fortification standing at 9.5 metres tall. Afterwards, visit the site of the 2008 Olympic Games (no admission)and marvel at structures such as the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Enjoy famous Peking Roast Duck for dinner and then get back to hotel. During the bus ride, take the resplendent night view of Tiananmen Square and buildings around it such as Great Hall of the PeopleNational Theatre, National Museum, Monument to the People's Heroes, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao etc..

Day 4: BEIJING ( B'fast + Lunch + Dinner ) Hotel:Asia Hotel Beijing or similar ( 5 stars )  

Morning visit to Summer Palace. Renowned for its beautiful gardens which were once visited only by emperors and their families, Summer Palace has also a number of stunning lakes and ornate architectures. Take a boat ride (no boat ride during winter time) on the lake and admire this amazing place from a difference angle. Continue to Forbidden City, a 15th-century palace complex which now houses a museum full of collections from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Admire the beautiful architecture, which has earned a UNESCO World Heritage-listing due to its influence on the architectural and cultural developments of East Asia and beyond.

Enjoy dinner of Beijing Noodle with Fried Sauces before attending breathtaking acrobatic show.

Day 5: Beijing New Delhi ( B'fast ) Hotel:Radisson Blu Plaza Airport or Novotel or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

Fly to New Delhi. Meet local guide and get transferred to check in hotel.
Please note that flight might arrive at New Delhi on early morning the next day.

Day 6: New Delhi ( B'fast ) Hotel:Radisson Blu Plaza Airport or Novotel or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

After hotel breakfast, visit Qutub Minar, the tallest tower (72m) of India . It is regarded as one of the seven Indian wonders, a blending of Hindu culture and Islamic culture.  The Iron Pillar near the minar has survived vagaries of weather for over 1500 years with any rust on it. Continue with a drive through embassy area, government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital. Later, cross the city and get to the Old city with visit to Jamma Mosque (1650) the largest mosque in India and one of the three great mosques in the world.  Take a ride on cycle rickshaws. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the color of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description.  Drive through the fabled area of Chandni Chowk (aptly translated as Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi. Continue to Raj Ghat and nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and there after Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were remated.

Day 7: New Delhi Jaipur ( B'fast ) Hotel:Four Points by Sheraton or Crown Plaza or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

Head for Jaipur by bus. Check in hotel upon arrival. Afternoon will be followed by sightseeing of Birla Temple, a main tourist site of Jaipure, also one of the first group of temples regardless of caste system in India.

Day 8: Jaipur ( B'fast ) Hotel:Four Points by Sheraton or Crown Plaza or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

This morning, visit Amber Fort overlooking Maota Lake, the former capital of the royal Jaipurs. You may try elephant ride (fee on your own account) up to the hilltop palace, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur entered for 400 years. We will visit the Hawa Mahal (known also as Palace of the Wind), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-Octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city.
Later in the afternoon, we proceed on a tour of City Palace. Used to be the old city’s center, it is now a complex of museum, gallery and also residence for descendants of royal Maharajas. Proceed to Solar Observatory nearby- an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date. Today you will also have a Heena paint experience where you can receive this traditional Indian body art on your hand. Lastly, you will also discover traditional Indian clothing as you witness the Saree Drapping demonstration (photo experience).

Day 9: Jaipure Agra ( B'fast ) Hotel:Double Tree by Hilton or Radisson or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

After hotel breakfast, drive to Agra with a stop at deserted capital city enroute, Fatehpur Sikri. This abandoned capital of the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empire’s splendor. The city divided into religious and secular parts with exquisite buildings. From here we continue riding to Agra. Upon arrival, check into hotel. Evening, we will visit to Mehtab Bagh, also known as Moonlight Garden, just opposite to Taj Mahal with a river in-between.  It is a tranquil garden ideal for a far-away view of Taj Mahal.

Day 10: AgraNew DelhiHome ( B'fast ) Hotel:inflight ( )  

At sunrise we visit one of the greatest sights of ones lifetime - Taj Mahal. A dawn visit to the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colors of the rising sun (if weather permits) on this brilliant white marble building. Later we return to hotel for breakfast.  After that, drive to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles, built by Emperor Akbar. The maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. Then we drive to the airport for your flight back home as your trip comes to an end.
Transfer to airport and board your flight back.

Day 11: Return Australia ( Flight meals )   

Home Sweet Home!
Please note that due to flight scheduling some passengers may need to have overnight stopover in Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou, and they would arrive into Australia the next day.  In such cases, overnight hotel accommodation and transfers will be provided by the airlines.