We all acknowledge Tajmahal as one of the most beautiful and dynamic monument existing on the planet here I will like to tell you something about the monument named as black Taj Mahal, which is something very special and has a very deep relationship with the Taj. After the completion of Tajmahal, Emperor Shah Jahan planned to create a carbon copy of this Tajmahal, not in a real manner but in a virtual one. The Mehtab Bagh which is just to opposite of Tajmahal, adjacent to the Yamuna river was once the idea of Emperor Shahjahan to convert in to a virtual Tajmahal. He structured the layout of the Mehtab bagh fully identical with that of Tajmahal base area and planned to cover it fully with black granite. His idea was to create a shadow of the Tajmahal on that black granite during the day as well as moonlight thus constructing a Tajmahal formed by the shadow of the real Tajmahal.
Mehtab Bagh Octagonal platform
It was the weirdest of idea of that time, an idea that is not known by many people. This idea as we may assume had a lot of potential but before this potential materialized, Emperor Shahjahan was captured by his son Emperor Aurangjeb and put into prison. Had this idea being materialized, this Tajmahal and its copy would no doubt be the most historical monument of all times.
Tajmahal complex Layout
Sometimes whenever i stand at Tajmahal and face Mehtab Garden in front of me, I imagine the same virtual Black Tajmahal shining on the virtual black surface in front of me and only the one imagination of that unmade monument invigorates me with such intense joy and excitement which i even didn't encountered when i saw the real Tajmahal for the first time in my life.
1. Tips for Travel in India
A)Always carry your passport,wallet
B)Also carry Travel brochures and maps
C)If you place any valuables in luggage,hide them in the lower section of the bags.
D)Check the weather history/forecast for the area you are going to.
F)before you go to bed at night,turn the bathroom light on,leave the door open just a crack.
G)Avoid packing a lot of needless clothes.
H)Never let the real thing out of your sight
I)Don't accept an offer to share a taxi to your hotel unless you know the individual.
J) Always carry the number of your tour operator and hotels with you.
2.Tips for stay in a hotel
A)Obtain a safety box upon check-in,for your passport,visa airlines ticket,most of your cash,jewellery and valuables.Carry only passport photocopy.
B)Avoid displaying the sign requesting room-cleaning service.
C)keep a television or radio switched on in the room when out, it gives the impression that the room is occupied.
3.When you are victim of a crime.
A)Don't resist a robbers,your life or safety is more important than whatever you are carrying.
B)contact the embassy and the appropriate airlines if passport or ticket is lost
4.Always change money at a bank or hotel.
5.Never buy railway/air tickets or book hotel rooms through touts.
Sikkim Helicopter Service is daily operated between Bagdogra to gangtok and Back Gangtok to Bagdogra. A five seater Heliopter fly daily from the respective place and connecting to all flights to and from bagdogra.
The helicopter Departs from Bagdogra@14:30hrs on Sunday, Tuesday, wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
The helicopter Departs from Bagdogra@15:30hrs on Monday & Friday.
The helicopter Departs from Gangtok@12:30hrs at everyday
Kindly Note : The operation of the helicopter service is subject to weather conditions. In the event of cancellation of helicopter service due to weather conditions or other causes, alternate transportation will be provided.
Duration: 30 Minutes -50Minutes
Fare: (Indian Rupees) Rs. 2700.00 per person – 4500.00 per person
Updated Rates on 05-Dec-2010 and subject to change
Another option to reach to the Gangtok is by road. Scorpio is the best vehicle for the Mountain drives. By Road the duration of one way is approx. 04-05Hours and the cost for the transportation is around Rs. 2700.00 – Rs. 4000.00 for full vehicle for one way or one day sightseeing.
Hotels in Sikkim:
Superior : May Fair Spa Resort
Standard : Hotel Royal Plaza
Economy : Hotel The Chumbi Residency
Also other options are available with Superior Standard and Economy according to the budget.
Today you arrive atDelhi International Airport. After clearing the custom and immigration area you will come out in arrival hall where the representative will be there with your pre-printed name card. Then you will be greeted withTraditional Indian Welcomeby the representative and providedTransferto your pre booked hotel inDelhi. On arrival check-in to your pre- booked hotel. Evening is free at leisure to relax and accumulate after the International flight journey. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 02:DelhiCityTour + Rickshaw Ride + Cultural Dance Show
Morning after breakfast at your hotel full day combined city tour of Old & New Delhito visit theBirlaTemple , Red Fort , Jama Mosque followed by a Rickshow ride at Chandani
Chowk area , Raj Ghat, Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minarand then drive pass through Government Buildings likeIndia Gate, Parliament House of India, President Palace and Diplomatic Area. Evening Dances of IndiaShowwhere at single stage you can see the different forms of traditional & cultural dances ofIndia. Then back to your hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 03 : Delhi/ Jaipur ( 265 Kms / 05 Hrs )+ Amber Fort Tour + Elephant Ride
Morning after breakfast at your hotel you will be driven forPink City of Rajasthan- Jaipur. On arrival check-in to your pre booked hotel.Then Half day city tour of Jaipur to visitAmber Fort of Jaipurwhile taken to the fort on Elephant’s backlike a Royal Maharaja. Evening is free at leisure for personal activities. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Amber Fortis theformer capital of Rajput kingdom. Perched on a hillside in the desert, the grandeur of the palace and its fort recall the glory of an older age. We step back in time ourselves as we are transported up the hill to the palace on brightly caparisoned elephants Inside we find lavish courtyards beautifully decorated halls, and a lovely Chamber of Mirrors.
Day 04 : JaipurCityTour + Samode Excursion
Morning after breakfast Half day City Tour of Jaipur to visit Maharaja's City Palace - where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Birla White Marble temple and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Later Excursion trip ofThe City of Palaces and Havelis - Samodeto visitSamode Fort, Samode Home, Havelis and Traditional & cultural rich Village. Then driven back to your hotel for Overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast at your hotel you will be driven for theCity ofTaj Mahal–Agra.Enroute Excursion forAbhaneri. Then proceed toAgra. While enrouted visiting theFatehpur Sikri,Former capital of Great Mughal Emperor Akbar to visit theFort & Place, Buland Darwaza,KaliMataTempleand Shrine of Great Sufi Saint Salim Chisti who blessed Empror Akbar with a Son. On arrival atAgracheck-in to your hotel. Evening is free at leisure Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 06 : AgraCityTour
Morning after breakfast at your hotel Half day city tour of Agrato visit world famous monument of love – Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal. A Structure that is beautiful not just a Design & Technique, but also in desire & intent. When his Wife died unexpectedly, Emperor Shah Jahan vowed to honor her with a memorial of unmatched beauty. The result before you today : a massive, delicately carved White Marble Jewel floating on asea ofRed Limestone. The Agra Fort is also on today's tour & we see the fabulous Courtyards, Fountains, Gates of this Hilltop citadel. Don't miss the across – theRiver view of the Taj Mahalfrom alittle octagonal tower in the Fort. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. Evening is free at leisure cum shopping to explore theMarble Market of Agra. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 07 : Agra/Jhansi( By Train ) / Orchha / Khajuraho ( 160 Kms / 03 hrs )
Morning after breakfast at your hotel transfer toAgraCantt railway stationto Board yourBhopalShtabdi trainforJhansi( Dep. 08:17 hrs / Arr. 10:48 ). Upon arrival atJhansirailway stationyou will be driven toKhajurahoenroute visitingOrchhato visitOrchha Fort and Raja Ram Mandir. On arrival at Khajuraho check-in to your hotel. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 08 : KhajurahoCity Tour /Varanasi( Flight )
Morning after breakfast you will be taken for half day City Tour of Khajuraho, India's unique gift to the world. of the original 85 temples, 22 survive, enthralling visitors from all over the world to visitEasternand Western cluster of Erotic Temples of Khajuraho. Eveningin time transfer toKhajurahoAirportto Board your flightforCity of Lights – Varanasi. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 09 : Boat Ride atSunrise+VaranasiCityTour + Sarnath Excursion
Early MorningBoat Ride at River Gangesat theSunrisetime when it looks magnificent. Then you will be taken back to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast half day city tour of Kashi Vishwanath Temple,BenarasHinduUniversity,BharatMataTemple, Bathing & CrematingGhats. Later half day excursion trip toSarnath – Place of Lord Budha. Sarnath is the place where Lord Budha preached his first ceremony. You can also visit the magicalMeditation Tree blessed by Lord Budha. Evening is free at leisure cum shopping activities in the local market which is famous for its silk. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 10 : Varanasi/Delhi( By flight ) / Departure for Onward Journey
Morning after breakfast at your hotel in time departure transfer toVaranasiAirportto board yourflightfor Political Capital of India – Delhi. On arrival transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Rest of the time is free at leisure for the last minute shopping for your friends & family and Packing. Later in time departure transfer toDelhi International Airportto board your flight for onward destinationwith best memories of your India Trip in your heart & mind.
India ( +91 or 0091 Code ) the best destination to enjoy theCulture, to feel theTraditions, to know theHistory, to see the Architecturesand for memories with theshopping. As India is a very vast country in area and population. Where anyone can find the cultural diversity in each and every 10-50 kilometers. In each & every city one can find a different traditions and cuisines. To explore whole India time is the main concern but how much time its difficult to say. Anyone who will want to explore India with in the time limit then the Classic India Tour is the best tour to know each & every aspect ofdifferentTraditions, CultureandCuisines. This tours took the time of10 Days & 09 Nightsand covered the placesDelhi - Jaipur - Amber Fort - Samode - Abhineri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Orccha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Sarnath - Delhi. As I am a travel professional since 2007 and having experience of more than 3 years. I did lots of field research in these area and took personal experience of more than 100 tourists. After this research i found that the Classic India Tour is the Best tour to explore India with in time period and with in a limited Budget. Its took near aroundUsd700 to 750 (Including 3* Accommodation, Breakfast and Transportation). I made a itinerary adding more destination like Samode, Abhineri and Orchha in Classic India Tour. Have a look and suggest me if you find interesting or you want any modifications............... :)