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Thanks everyone for the comments and ideas on my first pass last week. Now I think we good to go with air, hotels, car, driver, tour guides and visa application sitting in the visa office. I am posting this “final” itinerary as a new thread in hopes that if I have a gross mistake in it, someone who has been there done that will catch it for me. We can still make changes in the land part. And I can add things that we might like to work in if time allows.

We are using the Oberoi package and as some have suggested will eat most meals in the our hotels. I know there are better places to eat in some cases, but the ease of just staying at the hotel for dinner and maybe even using room service after a long day, appeals to us big time. I do want to see the Imperial, so thought we would eat a lunch there and several have mentioned Rambagh Palace and Niro’s in Jaipur. Thought we would try for a dinner and lunch at those two places.

It is a fast and classic first timer’s short trip, mainly because DH really doesn’t want to do this and is just humoring me! I goal is to see (some of) the important “classic” sites and do some shopping. I am happy to get this much. We both enjoy photography and I know there will be excellent opportunities in that respect. Maybe DH will fall in love.....

Arrive NDelhi ~12:00AM Hotel transfer to Oberoi New Delhi Hotel. Room on arrival.

Friday - April 12 - Delhi BEGIN India Car and Driver service: Car and Driver 11 on.
Delhi Oberoi overnight
11:00AM Start
1.) Nizamuddin East Market for Anokhi Discount Outlet.
2.) Cottage Industries Emporium.
Connaught Circle for FabIndia, Anokhi maybe.
3.) Old Delhi for Chandi Chowk rickshaw ride and Red Fort for photos.
4.) Humayaum’s Tomb for photos
Back to hotel for dinner, ~6:00PM.

Saturday - April 13 - Delhi Car and Driver for the day.
Delhi Oberoi overnight
~9:00AM
1.) Lalkot and Quitub Minar for photos
2.) Dilli Haat
Shantushti Shopping Conplex or Khan Market if still looking.
3.) Imperial for lunch and colonial building
4.) The India Gate for photos
5.) Lodhi Gardens for photos
Back to hotel for dinner ~5:00PM

Sunday - April 14 - Delhi to Agra Car and Driver for the day.
Agra Oberoi Amarvilas overnight
~9:00AM
Drive to Agra (on new road).
1.) Agra Fort for photos/tour
2.) Itimad-ud-Daula for photos (either before hotel check-in or later with gardens)
Check into Amarvilas, lunch, afternoon at leisure.
3.) Mehtabh Bagh, short stop for sunset Taj photos from across river.
Back to hotel for dinner ~6:00PM

Monday - April 15 - Agra to Japiur Car and Driver for the day.
Jaipur Oberoi Rajvilas overnight
~6:00AM
1.) Taj Mahal at sunrise for photos/tour.
Return to hotel for breakfast, check, check out and leave for Jaipur by ~10.
2.) Fatehpur Sikri for photos/tour.
3.) Abhaneri for Harshat Mata temple and Chand Baori for photos.
Arrive hotel ~6:00PM

Tuesday - April 16 - Japiur Car and driver for the day.
Jaipur Oberoi Rajvilas overnight
~9:00AM
1.) Amber Fort (when it opens) for photos/tour.
2.) Photo stops for Jal Mahal Palace and elephant washing.
2.) Amber Anokhi Block Printing Museum for tour plus Amber temple and step well nearby for photos.
3.) City Palace for photos/tour and lunch
Back to hotel for leisure time
Round trip back to town later for some shopping and dinner at Rambagh Palace or Niros ~6:00PM (Gem Palace/Bazaars/Anokhi/FabIndia/Cottons) and Dinner at Rambagh Palace)

Wednesday - April 17 - Japiur to Delhi Car and driver for the day.
Oberoi Gurgaon overnight
1.) Leisurely check out. ~10:00AM
2.) Hawa Mahal for photos
3.) Jantar Mantar for photos/tour.
4.) Lunch Niros or Rambagh Palace (A little time at Bazaars??)
5.) Leave for Delhi
6.) Arrive hotel . ~6:00PM
END India Car, Driver, Guide service

Thursday - April 18 - Delhi to Amsterdam via Helsinki
Hotel transfer to airport at ~8AM for 10:30AM flight. Arrive AMS 5:45PM
Transfer to Estherea Hotel for 2 nights
April 20 to 27
AMA Verde Tulip river cruise

Unscheduled week with rent car. Fly home from FRA.

Any comments...suggestions for improvements?

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