A Passage to India


Friday, January 6 Travel to New York

Depart Tucson: AA Flight 1521 8:57AM Arrive JFK 4:00PM. Baggage claim. Then find AirTrain to Howard Beach Station and take the A train.

Buy Metro Card at Howard Beach and pay for Air Train.

At Jay Street-Metro Tech> change to R train to 86th Street/4th Ave. near Fort Hamilton Parkway.

Stop in at Deli & Beer and pick up stuff for breakfast and beer/wine. Get some Bagels next door.

Take the S53 bus across the Verazzano Narrows Bridge. Get off bus at Lily Pond Ave/McClean Ave.

Walk to Navy Lodge and check in.

Walk to restaurant for dinner. Maybe Seaside Turkish/Mediterranean on 1214 Ocean Ave.


Saturday, January 7 Tour Manhattan

Take the S51 [the bus goes through FW on the hour, and LiLy Pond oon the half hour] to the Staten Island Ferry terminal and

take the Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan for the day.

Walk around Financial District and World Trade Center.

Take the 2 or 3 Subway line at Chambers Street and get off at 72nd Street. Take the M72 across

Central Park. Get off of the bus on Madison Ave. & 70th Street and walk towards Central Park to the The Frick Collection

After touring the collection take a bus south on 5th Ave. to Rockfeller Center.

Check out Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree --last night!

Dinner?

Return to the Navy Lodge.


Sunday, January 8 St. Patrick Cathedral, etc...

Take S51 to ferry terminal; take ferry to Manhattan.

Free day except for Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral

Return to Navy Lodge fairly early to prepare for Monday departure -- maybe do laundry.


Monday, January 9 Travel to New Delhi

Get up early and catch S53 bus back to the R train, etc... Go to JFK Terminal 4

Check in at Emirate Airlines for Flight EK204 departing 10:40AM


Tuesday, January 10 Arrive in New Delhi

Arrive DXB at 8:10 AM. Check in for Flight EK516. Depart at 10:00AM. Arrive Indira Gandhi irport at 2:45PM.

Get baggage and go through customs. Check for Gate1 agent just outside customs.

Use transfers to get to the hotel The Park Hotel in New Delhi


Wednesday, January 11 Old & New Delhi City Tour

Pre-trip Prep: Walking Tours in Delhi

Lonely Planet: Delhi

Here is an informative YouTube on the tour: 2015 Trip - New & Old Delhi

Here is a swell New Delhi City guide: New Delhi City Guide

Full day tour.


Thursday, January 12 Travel to Jaipur

Check in to hotel Four Points By Sheraton Jaipur


Friday, January 13 Amber Fort, Jaipur

Pre-trip Prep: Walking Tours in Jaipur

Lonely Planet: Jaipur

Here is an informative YouTube: Jaipur India

Here is an informative YouTube: Jaipur India Documentary

Morning tour of Jaipur. The afternoon city tour of Jaipur begins at the magnificent 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal,

the "Palace of Winds" built in 1799, with its lacy ornamental façade, allowing royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later, the tour continues

to the opulent City Palace, former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of

miniature paintings, costumes and armory.Then dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Show. Enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a popular

local restaurant. You’ll be entertained by performers in traditional attire as they re-enact stories of a past era with dance and music. Transfers to and

from the venue are included.


Saturday, January 14 Travel to Agra via Abhaneri

Check in to hotel Trident Hotel in Agra


Sunday, January 15 Taj Mahal and Tour Agra

Pre-trip Prep: Walking Tours in Agra

Lonely Planet: Agra

Tour the Taj Mahal in the morning.

Here is a swell YouTube Taj Mahal Secrets

And here is a guide to Agra: Agra Guide

Afternoon visit to the red sandstone Agra Fort, built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The Fort's incredible maze of courtyards, marble mosques and lavish private

chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Next, to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah "a jewel box” built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and

inlay of semi-precious stones. In the central chamber, view the yellow marble tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and his wife, hand-painted with floral decorations and screens of

geometric latticework. Based on its layout, designs and latticework, this mausoleum is considered the imminent precursor to the Taj Mahal.

Dinner at a local restaurant along with an evening of Indian culture. Discover the fun and excitement of "Bollywood beats" as you watch an energetic dance performance to

recorded music that takes place during or after dinner. Transfers to and from the venue are included.


Monday, January 16 Return to New Delhi-Gurgaon

Check in to hotel Hotel Gurgaon

Depart Agra. Freshen up for evening festivities. Tip everybody.


Tuesday January 17 Start the Long Journey Home

Sleep as late as possible. Check out of the room as late as possible.

The return flight does not leave Indira Gandhi airport until 9:25PM!

Transfer frm the hotel to the airport at the appointed hour. Probably around 5-6PM

At airport check-in for Flight EK515 to Dubai

Depart New Delhi at 9:25 PM arriving at Dubai at 11:55PM.


Wednesday, January 18 Continue the Long Ordeal Home

Depart Dubai on Flight EK203 at 2:35AM arriving JFK at 8:15AM

Try to find a place to rest at JFK.

Check in to Flight AA1340 before 3:00 PM, departing JFK 5:00PM and arriving TUS at 9:12PM.


The End