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<p>PADMASHREE DR. D. Y. PATIL UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALITY &amp; TOURISM STUDIES.</p> <p>SUBMITTED BY : MR .VIKAS.C.MEENA</p> <p>STUDY TOUR REPORT OF AGRA, SHIMLA &amp; MANALI.</p> <p>T. Y. DEGREE YEAR 2010-11.</p> <p>Index TOUR PROFILE</p> <p> OBJECTIVE ITENARY DAY TO DAY REPORTING DETAILS ABOUT VARIOUS DESTINATION SPECIALITY CUISINE BUDGETTING MY EXPERIENCE</p> <p>TOUR PROFILENATURE OF TOUR: Study tour DESTINATION: Agra, Shimla, Manali DATE: 3rd Dec 2010 to 13 Dec 2010 DURATION: 11 Days NO. OF STUDENTS: NO. OF STAFF: M- 67 M- 04 F- 09 F- 00</p> <p>TRAVELLING: Train, Bus &amp; Qualis ACCOMMODATION: 3* Hotel FOOD: Mughlai Food &amp; North Indian Food LANGUAGE: Gadwali, Bihari &amp; Hindi CULTURE: Brij &amp; Rich culture of Agra &amp; HP CLIMATE: Cold Climate BEST SEASON TO VISIT: Winter (Mid-Dec to Mid-Feb) COST: 7500 RESULT: Good</p> <p>OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY TOUR</p> <p>The Main Objective of tour as follow</p> <p>To study about tour operation system To know about culture. To know about climate. Beauty of the place. To do time management properly.</p> <p>DAY TO DAY REPORTING3RD DEC 2010 :</p> <p>Reporting to CST (CHATRAPATI SHIVAAJI TERMINUS) at 6.40 pm . Moving to platform no.15 to Board Train to AGRA PUNJAB MAIL XPRESS at 7.40 pm .</p> <p>4TH DEC 2010 : Train Journey Had Breakfast @ 9.00 am Lunch at 2.00 pm Arrived AGRA @ 7.30 PM. From there Departed to the Hotel CHANAKYA by BUS. Reached Hotel by 8.00 pm. Done the check-in in the hotel in our respected room. Got fresh &amp; took a rest for 2 hrs. 10.00 pm Went for dinner A Buffet was set for us which included both veg &amp; non-veg food. 11.00 pm the day ended with a good sleep.</p> <p>5TH DEC 2010 : Wake up in the morning @ 8.00 am got fresh went for breakfast @ 9.00 am. After havin breakfast departed from the Hotel for Visiting FATEHPUR SIKHRI the famous fort of AKBAR in AGRA. Atfer visiting the fort got back to hotel @ 1.30 pm packed our luggage &amp; put it in the bus &amp; got departed from Hotel. Had lunch there @ 2.00 pm.</p> <p>At 3.00 pm we departed to see one of the seven wonders of INDIA i.e., TAJ MAHAL a famous monument built by Emperor SHAHAJAHAN in the memory of his wife MUMTAZ MAHAL in AGRA. After visiting the monument we started our journey for SHIMLA @ 7.30 pm by Bus. At 10.00 pm we took a Hault on the way for dinner. 11.30 pm we finished the dinner &amp; started the journey to SHIMLA again. Over night journey.</p> <p>6th DEC 2010 : Morning 8.00 am we reached Chandigarh &amp; took a hault there for breakfast. Again continued the journey for SHIMLA from 10.00 am. Reached SHIMLA @ 3.00 pm got checked-in our respective Room by 3.30 pm. Got fresh in room &amp; then @ 4.30 pm Brunch was organized along with Tea Coffee. Had it . Evening was left free for shopping &amp; rest. I along with my group went for shopping @ 6.00 pm @ THE MALL ROAD. Came back from shopping @ 8.00 pm. Rested in the room till 9.30 pm. Went for dinner @ 9.30 pm in Hotel Banquet Hall a beautiful Buffet was organized along with dessert.. Completed the dinner by 10.30 pm &amp; went back to our rooms for a beautiful sleep of that night.</p> <p>7th DEC 2010 : Received a wake up call a@ 7.00 am. Got fresh &amp; went for breakfast @ 8.00 a. Breakfast was served at the hotel.</p> <p> After the breakfast departed the hotel @ 9.00 am to visit a place KUFRI . Lunch at the site. Returning back hotel @ 4.00 pm. Taking rest for 2 hrs &amp; then moving out for shopping @ 6.00 pm @ The Mall. Returning back from shopping @ 9.00 pm. Having dinner in hotel @ 9.00 pm. Going back to room from dinner @ 10.00 pm doing timepass by watching T.V or chitchatting with frnds till 10.30 pm. At 10.30 pm the day ends with a sweet sleep.</p> <p>8th DEC 2010 : Early morning at 7am had the breakfast &amp; checked out the room &amp; departed for MANALI by Bus. Enroute lunch at Mandi @ 1.00 pm. Reached MANALI @ 5.00 pm. Got check-in in the hotel &amp; went to our respective rooms. Took rest for the evening. 9.00 pm Dinner in the Hotel.</p> <p>10.00 pm day ended with a beautiful sleep.</p> <p>9th DEC 2010 : Wake up @ 7.00 am got fresh had breakfast in the Hotel @ 9.00 am. Departed for ROHTANG PASS @ 10.00 am by 4 wheeler QUALIS. Lunch at the site. Returning back hotel @ 4.00 pm. Evening @ 6.00 pm went for shopping. Returned back @ 9.00 pm. Had dinner at hotel @ 9.00 pm. Ended the day with a sweet night.</p> <p>10th DEC 2010 : Wake up @ 10.00 am got fresh &amp; had breakfast by 10.30 am. Went out @11.00 am for roaming the local market near the hotel. Returned back to the hotel by 2.00 pm. Took 1 hr rest. Went for lunch by 3.00 pm. Returned back to room from lunch by 4.00 pm. Rested in room did timepass watching T.V. &amp; by playing cards till 6.00 pm. Again went out @ 6.00 pm for shopping in the local market returned from there by 8.00 pm. Got fresh. 8.30 pm went for a DJ party organized by the Tour Operator in the banquet hall of the hotel. The DJ party ended by 10.30 pm. Then the dinner started by 10.30 pm in the restaurant a beautiful buffest was arranged having both veg &amp; non-veg menu along with dessert. 11.00 pm the day ended with a good sleep.</p> <p>11th DEC 2010 : Got a wake up call @ 8.00 am. Got fresh &amp; packed our bags till 11.00 am. At 11.00 am brunch was organized in the hotel itself. After having our breakfast we moved to our rooms to take our luggage by 12.00 pm since we were checked-out of the hotel. Kept our luggage in bus by 12.00 pm &amp; departed for NEW DELHI since we hav to board a train from there to return back to MUMBAI. 7.30 pm haulted for dinner @ Hotel Sagar View at the baundry of HP. 9.00 pm started the journey again for DELHI overnight.</p> <p>12th DEC 2010 : Reached chandigrah by 8.00 am &amp; haulted there for breakfast. Again started from there by 9.00 am &amp; reached delhi by 12.00 pm. Took our luggage &amp; moved to waiting room in station since the train was late it was @ 1.30 pm. Then me along with one of my friend paddy planned to see RED FORT which is in CHANDNI CHOWK. And we asked one local resident how to go there &amp; started our journey. We went there by DELHI METRO CHANDNI CHOWK was the 3rd station from DELHI by METRO RAIL. Reached CHANDNI CHOWK by 12.40pm went running to RED FORT visited RED FORT &amp; departed from there to DELHI by 1.00 pm. Reached DELHI @ 1.30 pm. Took our luggage &amp; moved to platform no.4 from were we have to take train KOCHUVELI EXP. For MUMBAI. By 1.40 pm the train departed from DELHI station. At 2.30 pm we got lunch a pack of veg biryani was there. The full day in train went doing timepass by playing cards, antakshari &amp; for some alsi people by sleeping etc. 9.00 pm we got our dinner which was very bad &amp; we didnt had it. I returned it back to Sir. The day ended @ 10.00 pm by sleeping.</p> <p>13th DEC 2010 : Wake up @ 7.00 am. Got fresh in train itself. Had our breakfast @ 9.00 am. Reached PANVEL by 1.30pm with sweet memories.</p> <p>DETAILS ABOUT VARIOUS DESTINATION</p> <p> AGRA1. TAJ MAHAL 2. FATEHPUR SIKHRI, BULAND DARWAZA</p> <p> SHIMLA1. KUFRI / NALDEHRA</p> <p> MANALI1. ROHTANG PASS / SOLANG VALLEY 2. HIDIMBA TEMPLE 3. BOTANICAL GARDEN.</p> <p>TAJ MAHAL</p> <p>The Taj Mahal attracts between 2 million and 4 million visitors annually, including more than 200,000 from overseas. A dual- pricing system is in place, with a significantly lower entrance fee for Indian citizens than for foreigners. Most tourists visit in the cooler months of October, November and February. Polluting traffic is not allowed near the complex and tourists must either walk from parking lots or catch an electric bus. The Khawasspuras (northern courtyards) are currently being restored for use as a new visitor center. The small town to the south of the Taj, known as Taj Ganji or Mumtazabad, was originally constructed with caravanserais, bazaars and markets to serve the needs of visitors and workmen. Lists of recommended travel destinations often feature</p> <p>the Taj Mahal, which also appears in several listings of seven wonders of the modern world, including the recently announced New Seven Wonders of the World, a recent poll with 100 million votes. The grounds are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, except for Friday when the complex is open for prayers at the mosque between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. The complex is open for night viewing on the day of the full moon and two days before and after, excluding Fridays and the month of Ramadan. For security reasons only five itemswater in transparent bottles, small video cameras, still cameras, mobile phones and small ladies' pursesare allowed inside the Taj Mahal.</p> <p>FATEHPUR SIKHRI</p> <p>According to contemporary historians, Akbar took a great interest in the building of Fatehpur Sikri and probably also dictated its</p> <p>architectural style. Seeking to revive the splendours of Persian court ceremonial made famous by his ancestor Timur, Akbar planned the complex on Persian principles. But the influences of his adopted land came through in the typically Indian embellishments. The Easy availability of sandstone in the neighbouring areas of Fatehpur Sikri, also meant that all the buildings here were made of the red stone. The imperial Palace complex consists of a number of independent pavilions arranged in formal geometry on a piece of level ground, a pattern derived from Arab and central Asian tent encampments. In its entirety, the monuments at Fatehpur Sikri thus reflect the genius of Akbar in assimilating diverse regional architectural influences within a holistic style that was uniquely his own. The Imperial complex was abandoned in 1585, shortly after its completion, due to paucity of water and its proximity with the Rajputana areas in the North-West, which were increasingly in turmoil. Thus the capital was shifted to Lahore so that Akbar could have a base in the less stable part of the empire, before moving back Agra in 1598, where he had begun his reign as he shifted his focus to Deccan. In fact, he never returned to the city except for a brief period in 1601. In later Mughal history it was occupied for a short while by Mughal emperor,Muhammad Shah , and his regent, Sayyid Hussain Ali Khan Barha, one of the Syed Brothers, was murdered here in 1720. Today much of the imperial complex which spread over nearly two mile long and one mile wide area is largely intact and resembles a ghost town. It is still surrounded by a five mile long wall built during its original construction, on three sides. However apart from the imperial buildings complex few other buildings stand in the area, which is mostly barren, except of ruins of the bazaars of the old city near the Naubat Khana, the 'drum-house' entrance at Agra Road. The modern town lies at the western end of the complex, which was a municipality from 1865 to 1904, and later made a "notified area", and in 1901 had a population of 7,147. For a long time it was still known for its masons and stone</p> <p>carvers, though in Akbar time it was known and 'fabrics of hair' and 'silk-spinning'. The village of Sikri still exists nearby.</p> <p>KUFRI / NALDEHRA</p> <p>The region around Shimla including Kufri was once a part of the Kingdom of Nepal until the area was ceded to the British Raj as part of</p> <p>the Sugauli Treaty. This region remained obscure from the rest of the world until the British 'discovered' it in 1819. Kufri is located at 31.10N 77.25E. It has an average elevation of</p> <p>2,743 metres (9,000 feet).</p> <p>ROHTANG PASS</p> <p>The pass is open from May to November. It is not particularly high or difficult to cross on foot by Himalayan standards, but it has a welldeserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards.</p> <p>This pass is an ancient trade route between the people on either side of Pir Panjal. The local name for this pass is a generic name of pass. There are many other passes in Lahaul and Spiti which have specific names (Kunzam La, Baralacha La, etc.). This is suggestive of the fact that this must have been the oldest and most frequented pass</p> <p>in the region, or the fact that it is the main pass leading from one cultural region (Indian) to another, quite different one, to the north. The road through the Kullu Valley, past Manali and over the Rohtang Pass to Keylong, and Lahul and on to Ladakh, has become very busy during the summer months as an alternate military route, following the Kargil Conflict in 1999 in addition to tensions in Kashmir. Traffic jams are common as military vehicles, trucks, and goods carriers try to navigate the tight roads and rough terrain, compounded by snow and ice at certain points and the large number of tourists vehicles. Partially due to the military significance of the pass, the Indian government began building the $320 million Rohtang Tunnel project in 2010 which promises to create a year-around link which is much safer and faster.</p> <p>HIDIMBA TEMPLE</p> <p>The Hadimba Devi Temple is dedicated to the wife of Bhim, one of the Pandava brothers. Bhim married Hadimba and stayed togather for a year. Hadimba gave birth to his son and took care of him till he was old enough to look after the kingdom. After this, she went into isolation and meditated. The place chosen by Hadimba for her meditation was Dhungri. Later, in 1553, a four storeyed wooden temple was erected in her respect. The temple is constructed in pagoda style and has no idol within. A footprint on stone is at the centre of worship. A fair remembering Raja Bahadur Singh (who constructed the temple) is also held on the first of Savan every year. This fair is known as the Bahadur Singh Re Jatar.</p> <p>TIBETAN MONASTERY</p> <p>With a huge population of Tibetan people settled in the region of Kullu, several Tibetan Monasteries have been set up in Manali. The monasteries are rich in preserving the culture of the Tibetan people. The literature and the handicrafts of the people of Tibet are preserved in the Tibetan monasteries in Manali. The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa is situated near the Mall in Manali. The monastery is run by the local people who gather funds through donations. The unique feature of the monastery is the handicrafts of Tibetan artistry and the carpets that are woven and sold in the monastery. The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa in Manali was constructed in the year 1969. The architecture of the monastery represents the Tibetan style of architecture designed with hued frescoes. The statue of the Lord Buddha presides in the monastery. The Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa is situated near the market place in Manali. The architecture of this monastery replicates a more modern style than the earlier one. Placed in the midst of sunflowers, the monastery glows at night with light bulbs lit to lighten it up. The huge gold faced statue of Lord Buddha presides over the monastery. The aromatic fragrance of the Tibetan incense sticks that are lit in the Tibetan Monasteries of Manali lays an enchanting charm on the tourists and lures them to visit the monastery again. The Tibetan monasteries at Manali are one of the chief Manali tourist attraction</p> <p>and features chiefly as an important pilgrim itinerary on a tour of Manali.</p> <p>SPECIALITY CUISINEAGRA :</p> <p>APPETIZER...</p>