Official Excursions

Excursion Day – November 20, 2018

Please note most of the excursions are subject to a maximum number of participants, particularly the Agra, Jaipur and Golf excursions.

All excursions will depart from the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity (the meeting HQ hotel) or from the Novotel, which is inter-connected with the Pullman. Please meet in the hotel lobby as per the assembly time mentioned under each excursion description below.

Your excursion number will be printed on your name badge, which is to be worn at all times.

Casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended for all excursions except Golf excursion. Participants for Golf excursion are requested to wear proper Golf attire. Please carry a light jacket or wrap for the evening.

Dreams of Taj: A Day Trip to Agra:

Code: E1

Timings: 6:45 am – 9:30 pm

Assembly Time: 6.30 am

Assembly Location: Hotel Pullman Lobby

A special chartered train departs from an exclusive railway station and takes you to Agra. Breakfast will be served on the train. Visit the mesmerizingly beautiful and captivating Taj – one of the wonders of the world and tour the impressive Agra Fort, which is more like a palatial walled city and was the most important fort of the Mughal Empire. Between the visits to these sites, enjoy an outdoor lunch at the Kalakriti Mughal Gardens. Our special train departs from Agra at 6 pm. High tea will be served on the train. You will be back at your hotel by 9:30 pm

Pink City of India– Jaipur:

Code: E2

Timings: 5:45 am – 9:15 pm

Assembly Time: 5:30 am

Assembly Location: Hotel Novotel Lobby

Think of India, and think of forts, palaces, temples, rich cuisine and handicrafts. All this, and more, exists in Jaipur, known as India’s Pink City owing to the colour of the sandstone buildings and monuments which dominate its landscape. A limited number of seats have been blocked for APAA participants on the short flight from Delhi to Jaipur and back. This day trip will showcase it all – the City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and lively bazaars. Enjoy a sumptuous outdoor lunch at Dera Amer, a beautiful campsite situated behind the famous Amer Fort, surrounded by the wilderness of a forest reserve. Participate in unique elephant interactions during the lunch break.

A Day for Sport– Golf:

Code: E3

Timings: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Assembly Time: 6:45 am

Assembly Location: Hotel Pullman Lobby

Enjoy a day’s golf at the DLF Golf and Country Club, arguably two of the best golf courses in India. The club has two designer courses – the 9-hole Arnold Palmer course, which is the first AP signature course in the country. The second is the Gary Player 18-hole, Par-72 course. The club hosts some of the most coveted golf tournaments in the country including the PGA tour. The club and the courses have been exclusively reserved for APAA for that day. Also enjoy breakfast, on-course refreshments, and lunch with alcoholic beverages.

The APAA golf tournament will commence with a shotgun start, with a break for lunch at the clubhouse. A limited number of golf sets will be available for hire – however, you are advised to carry your own clubs.

A Day for Sport– Cricket:

Code: E4

Timings: 8:00 am – 5.00 pm

Assembly Time: 7:45 am

Assembly Location: Hotel Novotel Lobby

Cricket is nothing less than a religion in India. Get into the spirit of this game at the APAA Cricket Match – India vs The Rest of the World at the idyllic TERI Oval Ground, one of the best cricket facilities in the National Capital Region of Delhi – but reminiscent of the English countryside! .Kits will be available, delicious street food from food trucks will be at hand so you can enjoy a picnic lunch whether you are playing, or cheering from the side-lines or just lazing around! This will be a remarkably exciting and relaxing day.

Art, Architecture, Automobiles & Terracotta Workshop:

Code: E5

Timings: 8:30 am – 6:15 pm

Assembly Time: 8:15 am

Assembly Location: Hotel Pullman Lobby

The Heritage Transport Museum is India’s first comprehensive transport museum. It is a private collection of an individual who has spent a lifetime collecting interesting automobiles and other modes of transport, including planes, boats, bikes and more. Lunch will be alfresco at Olive Bar & Kitchen – one of the best restaurants of Delhi. Then visit the Qutub Minar, a 12th Century sandstone tower – a UNESCO world heritage site. The program ends with a visit to the terracotta museum at Sanskriti Anandgram, which includes an interactive workshop on Indian Terracotta.

Introduction to India – Museums of Delhi:

Code: E6

Timings: 9:00 am – 5:45 pm

Assembly Time: 8:45 am

Assembly Location: Hotel Novotel Lobby

The museum tour showcases the width and richness of the collections of some of the most important museums in Delhi – The National Gallery of Modern Art, The Crafts Museum and The National Museum. From showcasing a unique collection of crafts from all over India to the most representative collection of antiquities of India going all the way back to the Indus Valley Civilization and the evolution of art in India, this experience offers the opportunity to view the works of some of the best artists of India.

The Great Revolt of 1857 – India’s first war of Independence:

Code: E7

Timings: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Assembly Time: 8:45 am

Assembly Location: Hotel Pullman Lobby

The Indian Revolt of 1857 (as the English would say) or the First War of Independence (as we Indians describe it) was an uprising against the rule of the British East India Company. This revolt is of importance as it was the first time that various kingdoms within the country united to fight for freedom and so it is considered by Indians to be our first fight for freedom. This experience takes to you some of the key sites that reflect this piece of India’s colonial history – St. James’ Church, the Mutiny Memorial and Nicholson Cemetery. Lunch at the iconic Oberoi Maidens, built in 1903 and declared a Heritage hotel in 1994.

Heritage Walk of Old Delhi with visit to Masterji Ki Haveli:

Code: E8

Timings: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Assembly Time: 8:15 am

Assembly Location: Hotel Novotel Lobby

Start the tour by exploring the narrow lanes of the medieval city of Shajahanabad, named after the fifth Mughal ruler, Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal. Old Delhi bazaars are full of interesting shops and enticing street food, which you can taste1. Take a ride on a tri-cycle rickshaw and end the tour with a traditional home-style Indian vegetarian lunch at Masterji ki Haveli, a traditional Hindu home – a trip back into history. The haveli is built on the lines of l Muhal architecture and has a terrace which offers a panoramic view of Old Delhi.

Salaam Balak Walk & Heritage Tour of New Delhi:

Code: E9

Timings: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Assembly Time: 8:45 am

Assembly Location: Hotel Novotel Lobby

Salaam Balak Trust is an Indian not for profit non-governmental organisation which provides care, protection and support to street children in National Capital Region of Delhi. The Trust now has six shelters and reaches out to about 6000 children every year. You will be guided on this part of the tour by some of the children themselves. After lunch at Chor Bizarre, where you can enjoy classic India cooking with a contemporary twist, drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India and some other impressive examples of colonial architecture. Finally visit the tomb of Humayun – the second Mughal Emperor – set amongst a beautiful garden and built in a style said to be the predecessor of the fabled Taj Mahal.

Delhi Sightseeing Tour:

Code: E10

Timings: 9:00 am – 6:15 pm

Assembly Time: 8:45 am

Assembly Location: Hotel Pullman Lobby

Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds – ancient and modern. Start the tour with a visit to Agrasen ki Baoli, an ancient step well which is a protected monument. Believed to have built by the legendary king, Agrasen, during the period 3000 BCE it was later rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal community. After lunch at a fine Indian restaurant, view Mughal architecture at Humayun’s tomb, and end the tour at the Baha’i temple of worship, or the Lotus Temple as it is known, due to its resemblance to an open lotus flower. This tour offers glimpses of the diversity and variety that Delhi has to offer.