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Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015
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Join Gandhi India Tours and Arun Gandhi on a journey through India following the philosophies of his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi. Visit Gandhian historical sites with Arun and his son Tushar Gandhi. …

Join Gandhi India Tours and Arun Gandhi on a journey through India following the philosophies of his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi. Visit Gandhian historical sites with Arun and his son Tushar Gandhi. Travel through Mumbai, Pune, Porbandar, Rajkot, Surat to Dandi, Ahmedabad and New Delhi. http://www.gandhitour.info

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  • 1. 1 New Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour 2015 December 01, 2015 - December 15, 2015 Day 01 (1st December): Arrive Mumbai, India Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the primary international airport in Mumbai, India. The Airport's IATA code – "BOM", is derived from Bombay, Mumbai's former name. The airport is South Asia's second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic and the busiest airport in India in terms of international passenger traffic and the second busiest in terms of overall passenger traffic. Upon arrival at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, proceed to immigration, customs clearance and luggage collection. Continue to the exit where you will be met and transferred to The Ramee Guestline Juhu Hotel, check-in after 2:00 pm. We will have the opportunity to walk the streets of Mumbai and drive through the more modern city, seeing the Taj Hotel, the Gateway of India, the University of Mumbai, and the Court House. You can see the British influence in the architectural design which displays a mini-version of Big Ben in a part of the Court House structure. We catch the sun setting down over the Arabian Sea. Mumbai is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 20.5 million. Mumbai lies on India’s west coast with a deep natural harbor. The seven islands that came to constitute Mumbai were home to communities of fishing colonies.
  • 2. 2 For centuries, the islands were under the control of successive indigenous empires before being ceded to the Portuguese and subsequently to the British East India Company. Mumbai lies at the mouth of the Ulhas River on the western coast of India, in the coastal region known as the Konkan. It sits on Salsette Island, partially shared with the Thane district. Mumbai is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west. Weather - The Climate of Mumbai is a tropical wet and dry. Mumbai's climate can be best described as moderate temperatures with high level of humidity. Its coastal nature and tropical location ensures moderate temperatures throughout the year, average of 27.2 °C or 81 F and average precipitation of 242.2 cm (95.35 inches). The temperatures in average about 30 °C or 86 F in summer and 18 °C or 64.4 in winter. Mumbai's experiences 4 distinct seasons winter: (December–Feb); Summer: (March–May); Monsoon (June–Sep) and Post Monsoon (Oct–Dec). Meals Included: Dinner at 7:30 - 9:00 pm. The group will meet Dr. Arun Gandhi and Tushar Gandhi over an Indian buffet dinner at the hotel with over- night stay. Accommodation: The Ramee Guestline Juhu Hotel December - The day highs hover around 32.0 °C or 89.6 F. The nights in the beginning of December do not fall below 18 °C or 64.4 F. By late December the day temperature ranges between 28–31 °C or 82.4- 87.8 F. The nights may dip to 12 °C or 53.6 F in late December but average around 18.2 °C or 64.8 F. Humidity is low in December. LifeScapes of Gandhi Tour December 1 to December 15, 2015 Cost - US$4820.00 per person sharing a room. Tour itinerary does not include airfare. This is an English speaking tour.
  • 3. 3 Day 02 (2nd December): Mumbai / Pune We will enjoy buffet breakfast at the hotel and after the group will drive to Pune. We will engage in considerations and debrief about the history, the tour, our visits while on the bus further bonding as a group. Arrive and check into the Hotel HYATT Pune formerly known as ISTA Pune. We will visit the Aga Khan Palace in Pune which is a national monument of India’s freedom movement. Following the launch of Quit India in 1942, Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba, and his secretary Mahadev Desai were imprisoned at the Palace from August 9, 1942 to May 6, 1944. Mahadev and Kasturba passed away while in captivity at the Aga Khan palace and their samadhis are located on the campus. Situated near the River Mula, the palace is a simple memorial to Gandhi and his life. Accommodations: Hotel HYATT Pune Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Hotel Ramee Guestline Juhu + Lunch & Dinner will be at the local restaurant in Pune. Travel By: (VOLVO Bus – Approx 4 hrs drive) Weather: Winter begins in November; November in particular and is referred to as the Rosy Cold. The temperatures fluctuate between 28 °C (82 °F) to evening temperature below 10 °C (50 °F) for most of December and January, and can drop to 5 to 6 °C (41 to 43 °F).
  • 4. 4 Day 03 (3rd December): Pune / Mumbai / Porbandar After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will drive to Mumbai domestic airport to board the flight to Porbandar. On arrival at Porbandar Airport, the group will be met and transferred to the Hotel Harmony and then Visit the Kirti Mandir, the ancestral home of Bapu (MK Gandhi) and Ba (Kusturba). The Kirti Mandir: Porbandar is very well known as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. It is the memorial temple built in memory of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi. The ancestral house of the Gandhi family, where Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 is just adjacent to the Kirti Mandir. The height of the temple is 79 feet symbolizing Gandhi's 79 years of life. Kirti Mandir symbolizes the religious integration of six religions of the world, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, Muslim and Christian demonstrating Gandhi's respect toward all religions. We will participate in the evening prayers at the Kirti Mandir. If time permits, a trip to the Porbandar sea shore at sunset. Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Hotel HYATT Pune + Lunch on the flight + Buffet dinner at the Hotel in Porbandar. Kathiwadi Folk dance show subject to availability. Accommodations: Hotel Harmony Travel: Pune-Mumbai (By VOLVO Bus – Approx 4 hrs drive) and Mumbai- Porbandar (By Jet Airways # 9W 3403 - 1:25 PM / 3:40 PM) Weather: December is the winter season in the city of Porbandar and is the best time to visit. Temperatures fluctuate between 36°C (96.8 °F) and ten degrees 10°C (50 °F) in the evening.
  • 5. 5 Day 04 (4th December): Porbandar / Rajkot After breakfast at the hotel, we will re-visit the Kirti Mandir (residence of Bapuji). In India you will hear Mahatma Gandhi referred to as Bapu or Bapuji,or Father of the Nation. Later, the group will drive to Rajkot by bus, on the way pass through Kutiyana the town adjacent to Porbandar that gave the clan its family name Gandhi, ‘Grocers’). Once we arrive in Rajkot, we will check into the Imperial Palace Hotel. Rajkot is where MK Gandhi attended high school in 1883. Rajkot was formerly the capital of the state of Saurastra which is in Gujarat. Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Porbandar Hotel + Lunch at the midway restaurant + Buffet dinner at the Imperial Palace Rajkot. Cultural program or lecture with Arun Gandhi + Tushar Gandhi Travel By: (By Deluxe Bus) – Approx 4/ 5 hrs drive) Accommodations: Imperial Palace Rajkot Weather: December average temperatures range between 29°C (84 °F) to 12°C (54°F), with low humidity.
  • 6. 6 Day 05 (5th December) : Rajkot Gandhi's Childhood After enjoying a buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Kaba Gandhi no Delo, which means Gandhi's House, Gandhi’s father’s home, and Gandhi's childhood home. The house is typical of homes built in 1880 and now is a museum called Gandhi Smirti not to be confused with Gandhi Smirti in New Delhi. Currently classes for young girls to learn sewing and embroidery are offered on the premises. Visit to the Rashtriya Shala Rashtriya Shala. "During the period of the non-violent movement to liberate India from British Rule, Mahatma Gandhi birthed the novel idea of non-cooperation. Gandhi directed the people to boycott the government, including judiciary and educational institutions. During the same time Bapu (as the people of India referred to him) started the educational institution Gujarat Vidyapith in Ahmedabad and the Rastriya Shala began in Rajkot." Visit to the Alfred High School Mohandas Gandhi completed his schooling from Alfred High School. After India gained its independence the name his high school was changed from Alfred High School to "Mohandas Gandhi High School." Mohandas Gandhi is also known as, MK Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi and Bapu. Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Imperial Palace Rajkot. Accommodations: Imperial Palace Rajkot
  • 7. 7 Day 06 (6th December): Rajkot Kahdi Cooperative After breakfast at the hotel, a full day visit to the Kahdi Cooperative in Rajkot. In India, khadi is not just a cloth, it is a whole movement started by Gandhi.The Khadi Movement aimed at boycotting foreign goods and promoting Indian goods, thereby improving India's economy. Mahatma Gandhi began promoting the spinning of khādī for rural self-employment and self-reliance (instead of using cloth manufactured industrially in Britain) in 1920s India, thus making khadi an integral part and icon of the Swadeshi movement. In Bardoli 1921 through to 1922, Gandhi, launched a protest movement against various policies initiated by the British Government. In India's history this protest movement by Gandhi is known as Bardoli Satyagraha. This was a movement of the local farmers and in its memory the Swaraj Ashram was established. Meals Included: Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Imperial Palace Rajkot. Accommodations: Imperial Palace Rajkot
  • 8. 8 Day 07 (7th December): Ahmedabad Sabarmati Ashram Arrive Ahmedabad at 6:30 AM - Early check-in will be subject to availability of the day Upon arrival at the Ahmedabad Railway Station the group will be transferred to the Pride Hotel where we will enjoy breakfast. After breakfast, we will visit the Sabarmati Ashram and Manav Sadhana an NGO based in the Gandhi Ashram. "Manav Sadhanda is dedicated to the upliftment of the under privileged through love." Manav Sadhana - In 1990, a team of young volunteers, inspired by Gandhian values, began gathering under the branches of a tree in the Gandhi Ashram every Saturday to play with street children. They provided the children with a nutritional meal and taught them about basic hygiene by cutting their nails and bathing them. This activity quickly came together into a full time endeavor working to brighten the future of underprivileged children. Today, from a quiet corner in the Gandhi Ashram, Manav Sadhna serves more than 8000 children and women through more than 35 projects. We also indirectly touch the lives of many more individuals through our healthcare and educational support projects. The projects are created based on the needs and participation of the community. Sabarmati Ashram - True, indeed, that wherever Gandhi stopped has become a place of pilgrimage and wherever he roamed has become a sanctified place. The Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, so named after the holy river Sabarmati, situated on the river’s banks, is such an example. This site no longer functions as a working ashram but as a museum and an institution whose aim is to preserve and propagate the legacy of the Mahatma.
  • 9. 9 Hundreds of visitors, both foreigners and locals, with curiosity and feelings of devotion arrive here and feel inspired and enlivened. More than half a million visit here every year. The Sabarmati Ashram is a source of inspiration for the present generation, and will serve as such for the generations to come. Indeed, Gandhi’s ideals will serve as a beacon light for all generations. The Ashram has stood witness to many important happenings, happenings which were instrumental in shaping the Karmavir Mohandas into the Mahatma and the Father of the Nation. Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Pride Hotel, Ahmedabad + Lunch at Manav Sadhana + Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant in Ahmedabad. Accommodations: Pride Hotel, Ahmedabad
  • 10. 10 Day 08 (8th December): Gujarat Vidyapeeth We start the day with a buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we visit the Gujarat Vidyapeeth, tour the campus and then engage in student interaction. Gujarat Vidyapith was founded by MK Gandhi October 18, 1920. The Institute provides a higher education with a blend of courses teaching nursery to doctorate classes. The main objective is to develop workers of character, skill, culture and dedication for the conduct of all movements connected with the regeneration of country in accordance with the ideals taught and lived by MK Gandhi. The guiding principles are: • Adherence to truth and non-violence • Participation in productive work with a sense of dignity of labour • Acceptance of equality of religions • Priority for the need of villages dwellers in all curricula and • Use of mother-tongue as a medium of instructions. The education system of Gujarat Vidyapith includes regular participation in community work, residential life, social service, community prayers, simple and self reliant living, study tours and field studies, hand spinning and training in craft work. The chief concern of the Gujarat Vidyapith is to conduct experiments in various fields of education with a view to develop the application of Gandhian thought and way in all aspects of education. Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Park Plaza Ahmedabad + Lunch at Gujarat Vidyapeeth + Dinner at local restaurant and debrief with Dr. Arun Gandhi. Accommodations: Pride Hotel, Ahmedabad
  • 11. 11 Day 09 (9th December): Ahmedabad / Surat / Bardoli Early morning, before breakfast, enjoy a heritage walking tour in the old city of Ahmedabad. See how the women compensate who are in the city where they might not have access to a river or lake to wash their clothes. Visit a Muslim Mosque in session, a Jain Temple in morning session, cows sitting relaxing outside the Jain Temples. Walk among the camels, elephants, bicycles and motorcycles as we walk from temple, to mosque to temple. Visit the Kavi Dalpatram Memorial -Kavi Dalpatram was born into a Brahmin family which was rich in Vedic knowledge and culture. He had powerful analytical and intellectual skills enabled him to continuously uphold his integrity and humanitarianism, well supported by his wit and humor. He grew from a budding poet at twelve, to a full flowered genius in his lifetime. His prolific library career spanned 60 books and 25 awards and included drama, poems, songs, essays and articles .He utilized his liberty skills to bring about changes in society. His vivid imagination, rich imaginary, simple language and humor endeared him to his readers. His creations like 'Hari Lila Amrut' brings peace and goodwill into disturbed minds: "Kutch Garbawadi" sensitively aims for creating awareness among women. "Mithyabhiman" and "Laxmi" are satires on human ego and pride. His other publications include works on the ecstasy of man's power of imagination and harmonious integration in multifaceted social structures and systems.
  • 12. 12 Visit Jami Masjid In Maneck Chawk – A. D. 1423 This mosque was built in 1423 by Sultan Ahmed Shah, (1411-1442). The founder of Ahmedabad. Its open court is 87,096 square feet in the area and its prayer hall contains 256 pillars and 76 pilasters. The Tree of Life is carved at the opening of the Mosque. As you continue to walk see the shopkeepers opening up their shops. See produce, tobacco products, malas, foodstuffs, textiles, flowers vendors open as the city is beginning to come to life for the day. See elephants and camels among the street traffic. Move through the street shops and then pick up a rickshaw taxi, for the full India driving experience. (optional) After breakfast, the group will drive to Surat by bus to visit Bardoli on the way visit the Ashram where Gandhi and Sardar Patel stayed and led the Farmers in anti tax agitation, look at the activities of the ashram, and proceed to Surat. Accommodations: The Gateway, Surat Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Park Plaza Ahmedabad + Packed lunch from hotel for the bus ride + Buffet dinner at the hotel in Surat. Travel by: (Deluxe (VOLVO) Bus – 5/ 6 hrs drive)
  • 13. 13 Day 10 (10th December) : Surat / Dandi & Valsad After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, the group will drive to Dandi and Valsad by bus. Stopping at Matvad the group will walk the last 5 kilometers (3 miles) to Dandi retracing the footsteps of Bapu and the 80 handpicked satyagrahis who accompanied him from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi on the epic 241 mile Salt March Satyagraha. Then from Dandi drive to Dharasana and visit the site of the raid on the Government Salt Depto. Dandi is a small village in the Jalalpore district, Gujarat, India. It is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea near the city of Navsari. It shot into worldwide prominence in 1930 when Mahatma Gandhi selected it to be the place for the Salt Satyagraha. He marched from Ahmedabad to Dandi with some of his followers to protest against the imposition of a tax on salt. See the place the Salt March ended, see the camp site at Karadi and the Gandhi Smriti railway station, visit Dharasana Salt Works memorial. The Saifee Villa Museum, established in memory of this march, houses artifacts and pictures that exhibit Gandhi’s life and achievements is another prominent attraction of the destination. Valsad is bounded by Navsari District (located at a distance of 16 km from Dandi). On the east, the district is surrounded by the Dang District, while to the west lies the Arabian Sea. The history of Valsad can be traced back to the time when the Parsis first entered India from Sanjan Port. From here, they marched into the different areas of the country. Later, the group will drive back to Surat and overnight stay at the hotel. Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Lord Plaza Surat + Packed lunch from the hotel + Buffet dinner at the hotel in Surat. Accommodations: The Gateway, Surat
  • 14. 14 Day 11 (11th December): Surat/ Mumbai After early breakfast at the hotel, the group will drive to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai we will visit the Hanging Gardens situated over the Arabian Sea and later onto the Hotel West End or Hotel Ritz for buffet dinner, wash and change (no rooms). At 7:15 PM, the group will be transferred to the Mumbai Railway Station to board our overnight sleeper train the "Duronto Express" to Nagpur at 20:15 hours. Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Gateway Hotel + Packed lunch on board the bus to Mumbai. Dinner at hotel in Mumbai Travel by: Surat-Mumbai by Volvo Bus; Mumbai-Nagpur (via overnight sleeper train the Duronto Express, departing at 20:15 hrs)
  • 15. 15 Day 12 (12th December): Arrive Nagpur Sevagram Ashram Legacy of Love narration by Arun Gandhi Upon arrival at Nagpur railway station, the group will be met and transferred to the Pride Hotel where we will enjoy a buffet breakfast. The group will drive to Wardha to visit Sevagram Ashram for photo opportunities and where Arun Gandhi will narrate his "Legacy of Love" stories firsthand about the period of time he lived and served with his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi at this very location as a young boy. At 3:30 we go to see the activities at Bajaj Wadi and by 5:00 PM we leave for Nagpur. We arrive Nagpur around 7:00- 7:30 PM and will have dinner with overnight stay. Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Pride Hotel Nagpur + Packed lunch from hotel + Buffet dinner at the hotel in Nagpur. Accommodations: Pride Hotel Nagpur Legacy Of Love: My Education In The Path Of Nonviolence
  • 16. 16 Day 13 (13th December): Nagpur / Mumbai / Delhi Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Late morning, the group will be transferred to Nagpur airport to board the flight to New Delhi via Mumbai. Upon arrival at the Delhi airport, the group will be met and transferred to the Suryaa Hotel. Accomodations: Suryaa Hotel Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Pride Hotel Nagpur + Lunch on the flight + Dinner at the local restaurant in New Delhi. Travel by: (Indigo Flight – 13:25 hrs / 17:55 hours )
  • 17. 17 Day 14 (14th December): New Delhi Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, visit Gandhi Smriti housed in the Old Birla House. Post lunch visit Raj Ghat and National Gandhi Museum, and if time permits visit the Qutab Minar. Delhi, the Empress of Indian cities has a fascinating history and a stimulating present. She has often been sacked and desolate. But she could not be despoiled of the incomparable situation that marks her for the metropolis of a Great Empire. The capital of India, Delhi has been the seat of power of a number of dynasties – the Rajputs, the Afghans, the Turks and the Mughals who continued their imperial line until the British. Scattered over are surviving ruins, remnants of mighty edifices, tombs of warriors and saints, which in an impressive sense of magnificence are memorials not of a single city but of supplanted nations. After breakfast, visit the Raj Ghat with Arun and Tushar Gandhi. This is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, a beautiful sacred black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation one day after his assassin- ation and then to the National Gandhi Museum which showcases the life and principles of Bapu. In the afternoon, visit to the Gandhi Smriti, housed in the Old Birla House on 5, Tees January Marg, New Delhi, is the sacred place where Mahatma Gandhi's epic life ended on 30 January 1948. Mahatma Gandhi lived in this house from 9 September 1947 to 30 January 1948. Thus, the hallowed house treasures many memories of the last 144 days of his life.
  • 18. 18 The Old Birla House was acquired by the Government of India in 1971 and was converted into a National Memorial of the Father of the Nation and was opened to the public on August 15, 1973. Preserved at Gandhi Smriti are the rooms where Mahatma Gandhi lived and the prayer ground where he held a mass congregation every evening. It was here where assassin’s bullets felled Gandhiji. The building and the landscape have been preserved as they were in those days. Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Suryaa Hotel + Lunch at the Chor Bizarre restaurant + Dinner at the Yum Yum Tree (Chinese restaurant). Accommodations: Suryaa Hotel, New Delhi Weather: New Delhi January temperature varies from 2°C or 35.6 F to 10°C or 50 F.
  • 19. 19 Day 15 (15th December): New Delhi Departure Travel participants who are taking the optional Agra Trip, will stay on overnight in New Delhi at the Suryaa Hotel. Buffet dinner included. Taj Mahal, India - http://www.airpano.ru/files/Taj-Mahal-India/2-3 Weather: Agra January temperature varies from -2°C or 28.4 F to 31°C or 87.8 F.
  • 20. 20 Day 15 (15th December): Trip to Agra Taj Mahal After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will leave for Agra by bus (approx 4 hrs drive, one way). Arrive Agra and proceed to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Later, the group will drive to Delhi International Airport to board flight back home. No dinner this evening. Visit the Taj Mahal. With its incredible lacy white grandeur the Taj Mahal is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. To the poet Tagore it was a `tear on the face of eternity’. In memory of his wife the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan constructed this most extravagant and incomparable monument built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, it is the close up detail, which is really astounding. Agra Fort is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna, another monumental mission accomplished by the great Mughal visionary Emperor Akbar. His son Jehangir and grandson Shah Jehan added to this imposing structure during their rule. The palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its massive wall of red sandstone are perfect examples of blending Islamic and Hindu traditions. Agra, the city known for the famous monument of love – the Taj Mahal. The Mughal Emperor, Shah Jehan, constructed Taj Mahal. It is said he built this monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is ethereal at any part of the day – blushing in the rosy glow of dawn or sunset, appearing
  • 21. 21 like a pearly mirage in the moonlight or reflected in the pools of the garden. Perhaps the most moving view of the Taj is from an octagonal tower in the Agra Fort further along the river Yamuna. There are very few cities in the world that can match the history and heritage of Agra. Located at a distance of 204 km south of Delhi, Agra is the single most famous tourist destination of India. Situated on the west bank of River Yamuna, Agra is a part of the great Norther Indian plains. The architectural splendor of the city is reflected in the glorious monuments of medieval India built by great Mughals who ruled India for more than 300 years. In the mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. The buildings made during this era were purely in the contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality, which is still reflected in whatever monuments remain in Agra. Taj Mahal, India - http://www.airpano.ru/files/Taj-Mahal-India/2-3 Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at the Suryaa Hotel + Lunch at local restaurant in Agra and no dinner schedule this evening as part of the tour. Weather: Agra December temperature varies from -2°C or 28.4 F to 31°C or 87.8 F. NOTE: for those who are joining Agra Trip: International flight tickets should be booked for December 16, 2015, early morning flight. End of Tour NOTE: As per the hotel policy check-in is at 2 PM and check out is at 12 PM Regarding Domestic Flight Tickets within India : We need the complete names (as per the passport) before 120 days, so that we can purchase/ issue the flight tickets, to avoid the increase in airfare. Regarding Train Tickets within India: We need the complete names with the passport numbers, gender & ages before 120 days, so that we can purchase/ issue the train tickets, to avoid any wait-listed status. Train bookings opens 120 days (4 months) before the date of travel.
  • 22. 22 List of hotels and contact info for LifeScapes of Gandhi Tour December 1, 2015 – December 14, 2015 Ramee Guestline Juhu, Mumbai from Dec 01 to 02, 2015 (1 night) 462, A B Nair Road, Juhu, Mumbai - Tel : +91-22-66935555, 65705555 Fax : +91-22-26202821, 26703344 http://www.rameehotels.com/guestline The Hyatt Pune, Pune from Dec 02 to 03, 2015 (1 night) Hyatt Regency Pune Weikfield IT Park, Nagar Road Pune, India, 411014 Tel: +91 20 6645 1234 Fax: +91 20 6645 1235 Email: pune.regency@hyatt.com http://pune.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html Hotel Harmony, Porbandar from Dec 03 to 04, 2015 (1 night) HOTEL HARMONY Old Fuwara, M. G. Road, Porbandar - 360 575 (Gujarat) INDIA. Ph: +91-286-2244230, 2244231 Fax:+91-286-2244229 Email: hotelharmony@yahoo.com.au, or info_pbr@hotelharmony.co.in web: http://www.hotelharmony.co.in/porbandar/home.html Grand Bhagwati Rajkot from Dec 04 to 07, 2015 (3 nights) Opp. Drive-in Cinema, Kalawad Road, Rajkot-360005, Gujarat, India. Ph: 0281 2783344 M: 990 990 55 18 Fax: 0281 2783411 http://www.thegrandbhagwati.com/rajkot/rajkot.aspx?htl=3
  • 23. 23 The Park Plaza Ahmedabad from Dec 07 to 9, 2015 (2 nights) Park Plaza, Ahmedabad FP 581, Purshottam Mavlankar Marg, Opposite Gujarat College Ellisbridge Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380006, India +91 79 4050 5050 www.parkplaza.com/ahmedabad-gujarat-hotel-in-380006/indahmb The Gateway, Surat from Dec 9 to 11, 2015 (2 nights) The Gateway Hotel Athwalines Surat Ambika Nietan Surat Dumas Road Surat – 395 007, Gujarat, India. Ph: 91 261 6697000 Fax: 91 261 2227294 Email: gateway.surat@tajhotels.com Web: http://www.thegatewayhotels.com/athwalinessurat/overview.aspx The Pride Hotel, Nagpur from Dec 12 to 13, 2015 (1 nights) Opp. Airport Wardha Road, Nagpur - 440025, India. Phone +91-712-2291102 / 06 and +91-712-6622555 Fax +91-712-2290440 Email: centralreservations@pridehotel.com Web: http://www.pridehotel.com/nagpur-hotels/ The Suryaa Hotel, New Delhi from Dec 13 to 15, 2015 (2 nights) Mr. Greesh Bindra Vice President & General Manager New Friends Colony New Delhi 110025 T: +91 (0) 11 2683 5070 F: +91 (0) 11 2683 5071 Email: res.mgr@thesuryaa.com Web: http://www.thesuryaa.com/photogallery.asp
  • 24. 24 LifeScapes of Gandhi Tour Included Meals 1. December 1 Meals Included: Buffet Dinner at the Ramee Guestline Juhu Mumbai 2. December 2 Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel Ramee Guestline Juhu + Lunch & Dinner will be at the local restaurant in Pune. 3. December 3 Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel Ista Pune + Lunch on the flight + Buffet Dinner at the Hotel in Porbandar. 4. December 4, Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at the Porbandar Hotel + Lunch at the midway restaurant + Buffet Dinner at the Imperial Palace Rajkot. 5. December 5, Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Imperial Palace Rajkot. 6. December 6, Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Imperial Palace Rajkot 7. December 7, Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at the Cama Park Plaza Ahmedabad + Lunch at Manav Sadhana + Dinner at the hotel / restaurant in Ahmedabad. 8. December 8, Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at the Park Plaza Ahmedabad + Lunch at the Kochrab Ashram + Dinner at the hotel / restaurant in Ahmedabad. 9. December 9, Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at the Park Plaza Ahmedabad + Packed Lunch from hotel for the bus ride + Buffet Dinner at the hotel in Surat. 10. December 10, Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at the Lord Plaza Surat + Packed Lunch from the hotel + Buffet Dinner at the hotel in Surat. 11. December 11, Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at the Gateway Hotel + Packed Lunch on board the bus to Mumbai. Dinner at hotel in Mumbai 12. December 12, Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at the Pride Hotel Nagpur + Packed Lunch from hotel + Buffet Dinner at the hotel in Nagpur. 13. December 13, Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at the Pride Hotel Nagpur + Lunch on the flight + Dinner at the local restaurant in Delhi. 14. December 14, Meals Included: Buffet breakfast at The Suryaa Hotel + Lunch at the Chor Bizarre restaurant + Dinner at the Yum Yum Tree (Chinese restaurant). 15. December 15, Agra Option: Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast at The Suryaa Hotel + Lunch at the local restaurant in Agra and no dinner on this evening.
  • 25. 25 LifeScapes of Gandhi Tour prices include the following: Hotel accommodations MEALS - breakfast, lunch and dinner All transfers, sightseeing tours, land transportation & vehicle at the disposal as per the tour program by AC VOLVO bus. In Nagpur & New Delhi, we will provide AC Deluxe Bus for the local use. Meeting Assistance services at the Mumbai & New Delhi airports as per the program. Services of accompanying tour escort for the entire tour program in addition to Arun and Tushar Gandhi Entrance fees at the monuments & museums as per the tour program. Lectures by Arun and Tushar Gandhi Porter age at the railway stations during the tour. Train Fares for 2nd AC Sleeper Class for Mumbai/ Nagpur sector only. Air Fares for Economy Class for Mumbai/ Porbandar + Nagpur/ New Delhi sectors. 02 bottles of mineral water per person, per day during the tour. All currently prevailing taxes on the hotels, transport and Govt. service tax 3.09%. LifeScapes of Gandhi Tour prices DO NOT include the following: Any International Airfares mentioned in the program. Any Early check in/late check-out will be subject to the room availability of the day, at any of the hotel. Personal expenses like telephone calls, laundry, shopping, table drinks, fee for the cameras/video camera at the monuments / museums etc. Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in the trip due to circumstances beyond our control such as airline & railway delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions (mechanical breakdown) and other conditions like sickness, natural disasters, wars etc. Liability for insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents, damage or loss of goods. Any tips to drivers, airport - hotel staff or local tour guides.
  • 26. 26 NOTE - TRAIN BOOKINGS OPEN 120 DAYS IN ADVANCE. We need the complete names with the passport numbers, gender and ages 120 days in advance so that we can purchase and issue the train tickets and to avoid being wait listed. NOTE – Domestic Flight Tickets: We need the complete names (as per the passport) 120 days before in order to purchase flight tickets within India. NOTE: Hotel policy check-in is at 2 pm and check out is at 12 pm. NOTE: Train Fares: 2nd AC Sleeper Class NOTE: The check-in time at the international airport in India is at least 3 hours before the flight and not before 4 hours. You will be turned away and they check your tickets. The international tickets should be booked for December 16 early morning flights. OPTIONAL OVERNIGHT TRIP TO AGRA 1. December 14th – Dinner at Suryaa Hotel. Overnight stay in New Dehli. 2. December 15th – Buffet breakfast at the Suryaa Hotel, New Delhi. Lunch at local restaurant in Agra. Dinner not included. Optional Agra Trip Includes (December 15): · Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at the Suryaa Hotel, Delhi + breakfast. · Land transportation from Delhi to Agra and back · Services of accompanying tour escort · Entrance fees at the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort in Agra. · Lunch at local restaurant in Agra. · 02 bottles of mineral water per person, per day during the tour. · All current prevailing taxes on hotels, transport and government service tax 3.09%. We recommend arriving one day before the tour begins. Supplement prices for early and late departures for Mumbai and New Delhi hotels will be arranged by request
  • 27. 27 Lifescapes of Gandhi Tour Weather Forecasts for month of December Mumbai: December, the day highs hover around 32.0 °C or 89.6 F. The nights in the beginning of December do not fall below 18 °C or 64.4 F. By late December the day temperature ranges between 28– 31 °C or 82.4-87.8 F. The nights may dip to 12 °C or 53.6 F in late December but average around 18.2 °C or 64.8 F. Humidity is low in December Pune: Winter begins in November; November in particular and is referred to as the Rosy Cold. The temperatures fluctuate between 28 °C (82 °F) to evening temperature below 10 °C (50 °F) for most of December and January, and can drop to 5 to 6 °C (41 to 43 °F). Porbandar: December is the winter season in the city of Porbandar and is the best time to visit. Temperatures fluctuate between 36°C (96.8 °F) and ten degrees 10°C (50 °F) in the evening. Rajkot: December average temperatures range between 29°C (84 °F) to 12°C (54°F), with low humidity. Ahmedabad: December the average temperature in Ahmedabad 29°C (85°F). The minimum average temperature in December is 13°C (55 °F). There is an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day in the month of December. Surat: December the average temperature in Surat 29°C (85°F). The minimum average temperature in December is 15°C (60 °F). Nagpur: December the average temperature in Nagpur 28°C (82°F). The minimum average temperature in December is 13°C (55 °F). New Delhi: December averages a high of 23°C (73°F) to the average low of 8°C (47°F) Agra: December averages a high of 20°C (75°F) to the average low of 9°C (49°F)

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