Taj Mahal Marathon
20th – 25th September 2007

For the first time in history, the Taj Mahal Marathon will be run in September 2007.

Starting from the sleepy village of Niyamat Pur, the route follows a good tarmac road through beautiful rural countryside and villages, before joining the main highway to Agra. The highway runs through fertile fields dotted with eucalyptus trees and mango groves, and past small bazaars and hamlets lining the side of the road. With 7 km to go, we turn from the main highway and onto the secondary Fatehabad road, where we run past rickshaws and bullock carts until a picture perfect view of the Taj Mahal unfolds over the final kilometres. The final straight takes us into the heritage garden of the Taj Mehtab Bagh (Moon garden) on the banks of the Yamuna River, with direct views of the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is India’s most celebrated monument and was built as a symbol of Sha Jahan’s eternal love for his bride Mumtaz. It was built over a period of 20 years by 20,000 labourers and craftsmen, the overall architectural design is as exquisite as the close up detail of semi precious stones inlaid into the marble surface.

Remaining places 199

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The Extreme Challenge

The extreme element for this marathon is the heat. Temperatures can rise to around 35ºc during the day and there is no shade along the route. This is not a marathon for the faint hearted or novice runner, and we recommend that all participants can run a normal road marathon in under 6 hours.

Because of the elements and the route, (we have to cross a railway line and you may have to wait for the train to pass!) this will not be a fast marathon. It will also be compulsory for all runners to start the race carrying a minimum of 1litre of water in either bottles or hydration system, their will be 4 water stations en route for you to re-hydrate.

Map Of The Route
Charity

As you are taking on an extreme challenge, why not run this event for charity? Many charities will agree to cover a percentage of the costs if you agree to and meet a fundraising target. Links to charities that already support the extreme series will be added shortly, or alternatively contact the charity you wish to support.

Prices

Costs for the event are £1264 per person based on twin room accommodation and flights with Jet Airways.

Ground only prices without flights are £700.00 but you must make your own way to and from Agra.

Costs outlined:

£150.00 Registration Fee

£500.00 required by 20th April

£614.00 balance required by 12th July

Flight Schedule

Flights are with Jet Airways from London Heathrow at the following times:

9W121 20th September 2007 London Heathrow / Delhi 2045 / 1000+1 (arrives 21st)

9W122 25th September 2007 Delhi / London Heathrow 1350 / 1830

Online Booking Form And Payment

To book your place click here.

Insurance

Our policy is £45.00 for up to 10, or part thereof, days travel. For each additional week a charge of £9.00 per week is payable. Click here to purchase our travel insurance.

Click here for our policy overview.

Visa

All foreigners require visas to enter India.

The general requirements for visas are:

  • Original passport valid for at least six months
  • Correct visa fee (currently £30 for a short duration tourist visa)
  • Two Recent passport-size photographs
  • Itinerary and as supporting document for application
  • Completed application form

Please note the following details when completing the form:

Purpose of visit: Tourism
Type of visa: Tourist visa
Places to be visited in India: Delhi, Agra (send copy of itinerary with application)
Details of referee in India: Altaf Chapri, Discovery Journeys India, Chapri House, 88 Sector 23, Gurgaon – 122017, Haryana, New Delhi, India

Once the Visa is received please inform ATD of the visa number together with passport details.

Visas can be obtained from the following:

High Commission of India,
London
India House
Aldwych
London, WC2B 4NA

Consulate General of India,
Birmingham
20 Augusta Street
Jewellery Quarter, Hockley
Birmingham, B18 6JL
Please contact the Consulate for the current working hours for Visa Services
Tel: 0121 212 2782

Consulate General of India in Edinburgh
17 Rutland Square
Edinburgh, EH1 2BB
Please contact the Consulate for the current working hours for Visa services
Tel: 0131 229 2144

Indian Embassy,
Ireland
6 Leeson Park
Dublin 6, Ireland

For forms and further information see High Commission of India website:
http://www.hcilondon.net/visa/index.jsp/

Terms and Conditions

Please click here for our full terms and conditions.

FAQs

Who are Across the Divide?

Across the Divide was established in 1996 by Mark and Karen Hannaford, using their many years of experience in organising expeditions and managing large events. Across the Divide has ten years of working closely with our charity clients to deliver exceptional worldwide challenges. Please visit Across the Divide for further information.

Will the marathon be safe?

Yes. Across the Divide’s main focus is on participant safety.
The marathon route has been fully checked and approved.
The route is on tarmac roads of good quality.
The roads are quiet with no heavy traffic.
A lane will be closed off for runners on the main highway to Agra.
There will be 4 water stations along the route.
There will be a minimum of 1 UK doctor, local doctor and ambulance at each water station, and each will have a comprehensive medical kit.
There will be a team of vehicle based UK doctors along the route.
Full risk assessments and casualty evacuation plans are in place.
The route will be clearly marked with marshals at the railway crossing and at road junctions.
A local team will be on hand to control traffic along the route.
The race will start at 6.30 am to avoid the mid day heat.

Is there a recommended kit list?

Yes. Please click here to take you to the kit list download page.

Are Across the Divide Atol bonded?

Yes. Our Atol number is 6475.

What standard is the accommodation?

We have 3 nights at the luxurious 5 star Jaypee Palace hotel.

Amongst the most contemporary of 5 star hotels in Agra India, Jaypee Hotels offer luxury with a subtle blend of Mughal Architectural brilliance and modern amenities.

Set in 25 acres of landscaped gardens, tree lined walkways, dancing fountains, the Jaypee Palace has speciality restaurants, a health club, and 350 elegantly appointed luxury rooms.

Please click here to be directed to the hotel's website.

Do I have to share a room?

Yes. In order to accommodate everyone at the same hotel rooms must be shared. You can prearrange to share a room with a friend, or use the forum to find someone you would like to share with.

What is the route like?

The route is all on good quality tarmac roads. There are a few hills but nothing too major with most of the route flat or on a slight incline. All junctions are marshalled. There is one rail crossing and depending on when you reach it, you may have to wait for a train to pass.

Can I raise money for charity?

Yes and we would encourage you to do so. Links to charities that already support the extreme series will be added shortly, or alternatively contact the charity you wish to support.

Can I extend my stay?

No, if you wish to stay longer then you will need to buy the non-flight package.

Can I book my own flights?

Yes. You must inform us that you do not wish to take our flights, advise us of your alternative flights, and your plans to either meet the group at Delhi Airport or at the Jaypee Palace in Agra. Failure to do so will mean that group tickets will be issued and charged for.

I have my own insurance policy so do I need to take out your insurance?

No, but you must send us a copy of your policy either by fax to 01460 30444 or to

Susan McDonagh
Taj Mahal Marathon
Across the Divide
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Thorncombe
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Kit List

Main luggage bag weighing no more than 20kg

All items marked with a * are compulsory

  • Running Shoes*
  • Shorts or running trousers*
  • Running T-shirt (long sleeved recommended)*
  • Running cap*
  • Sunglasses*
  • Running socks*
  • Camelbak or bottles to carry at least 1L of water*
  • Energy Gels or snacks

Personal Items

  • Loose cool clothing to wear in Delhi and Agra
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Camera, lots of film and a spare battery
  • Padlock or means of securing/locking luggage
  • Money belt
  • Sun cream minimum factor 30*
  • Lip salve with sunblock*
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera

First Aid kit

  • Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory (not for asthmatics)
  • Imodium for diarrhoea
  • Antihistamine tablets and cream
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Plasters
  • Zinc oxide tape (or Leucotape which is much better)
  • Moleskin and/or 'Compeed' for blister treatment
  • Dehydration mix such as Dioralyte*
  • Small tub of Vaseline
  • Tweezers (not in hand luggage on flight)
  • Scissors (not in hand luggage on flight)
  • Alcohol hand gel

Drop Bag* – small bag for the end of the marathon to include essentials for after the finish.

Itinerary

20th September 2007 LONDON HEATHROW – DELHI
We board our international flight from London Heathrow bound for Delhi.

21st September 2007 DELHI – AGRA
We arrive in Delhi mid morning and board our coaches for Agra stopping en-route for lunch. Arriving in Agra, mid afternoon we check into our hotel and are given an orientation briefing. The rest of the day is free.

22nd September 2007 AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI
After breakfast we visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Between 1570 and 1586 it was the capital of the Mughal Empire and is a perfectly preserved example of a Mughal city at the height of the Empire’s splendour. We return to our hotel for lunch and the rest of the day is free to prepare for the epic race the following day.

23rd September 2007 - TAJ MAHAL MARATHON
We take a very early transfer to the start of the race for a 6.30 am start which will enable us to avoid the heat of the afternoon. After the race we have regular transfers back to the hotel for a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony.

24th September 2007 - AGRA
After an early morning sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal we return to the hotel for breakfast. The rest of the day is free to explore Agra at your leisure.

25th September 2007 AGRA – DELHI – LONDON HEATHROW
We take an early morning transfer to Delhi for our return flight to the UK, arriving the same day.

Hotel

We have 3 nights at the luxurious 5 star Jaypee Palace hotel.

Amongst the most contemporary of 5 star hotels in Agra India, Jaypee Hotels offer luxury with a subtle blend of Mughal Architectural brilliance and modern amenities.

Set in 25 acres of landscaped gardens, tree lined walkways, dancing fountains, the Jaypee Palace has speciality restaurants, a health club, and 350 elegantly appointed luxury rooms.

Please click here to be directed to the hotel's website.

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