Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Dubai, Southern India & Varanasi (ODY3)

20 days from Dubai to Delhi

2019 Tour Details

Discover India, a diverse country filled with a long history, a variety of languages, amazing monuments, and a rich cultural heritage. But first, stop off in Dubai to spend time discovering its many souks (markets) and explore this exciting city on your own. Then, head to India to visit some of its most famous sights and get to know the culture through special experiences. Of course, you’ll visit the Taj Mahal, built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Built from 1631-1648 AD, he employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen as well as a labor force of 20,000. You’ll get the chance to see this amazing structure at sunrise, plus Agra Fort, the 16th-century red sandstone fortress where Moghul rulers lived. In 1876, Jaipur was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, and it has been known as the “Pink City” ever since. Here, visit the Amber Fort, built in 1592 with white marble and red sandstone.

Remarkable structures are just part of India’s appeal. On this India tour, you’ll enjoy a rickshaw ride through a colorful local bazaar (a unique adventure included by Globus), a cooking demonstration of Indian food, and a home-hosted dinner with an Indian noble family—an out-of-the-ordinary experience offered by Globus. Another tour highlight is a visit to Ranthambore National Park. Here, three game drives give you an opportunity to see native wildlife, including the elusive leopard and Bengal tiger. You’ll also visit Mumbai, home to “Bollywood,” and Cochin, where you’ll take a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala to witness life along the scenic and serene waterways.

If you’re interested in the different religions in India, you’ll get a chance to learn more. Visit Sarnath, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy. In Varanasi, you’ll board a boat to watch the Hindu’s devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge.

These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this marvelous India tour with Dubai. If you’re a traveler looking for a new adventure, this is the vacation for you!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

DUBAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the spice souk, the gold souk, and the Burj Khalifa; Host service during your stay

SOUTHERN INDIA: MUMBAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Gateway of India, a Dhobi Ghat, Hanging Gardens, Mumbai Museum, and Mani Bhavan; Host service during your stay;

COCHIN
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Chinese Fishing Nets and Kerala Folklore Museum; walk through the Jewish quarter; cruise the backwaters of Kerala; Host service during your stay

DELHI
Visit Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; [LF] rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar; welcome dinner with Indian cooking demonstration

AGRA
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, Agra Fort by [LF] tonga, and Fatehpur Sikri

BHARATPUR–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Travel by train

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Three game drives

JAIPUR
[LF] Home-hosted dinner with Indian noble family featuring a sari- and turban-tying demonstration; visit Amber Fort, the City Palace & Museum, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal

VARANASI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the ghats for the Ganga Aarti; boat ride on the Ganges to see the Hindu bathing ritual; excursion to Sarnath; Host service during your stay

Notes:

  • Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

Transportation:

Sightseeing vehicle in Dubai, Mumbai, Cochin, and Varanasi. Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 5 dinners including a welcome dinner in Delhi and home-hosted dinner in Jaipur

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Welcome to Dubai! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2

DUBAI. This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a WALKING TOUR through the narrow lanes of the historic Bastakiya Quarter. Next, explore the souks (markets), including the SPICE SOUK with its aromas of exotic spices, and the GOLD SOUK with its 220 glittering shop windows. Lastly, visit BURJ KHALIFA, the world’s tallest building. Here, ascend to the AT THE TOP observation deck on the 124th floor for spectacular views and a presentation on Dubai’s history. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

DUBAI. Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host will be happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of your time.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

DUBAI–MUMBAI, INDIA. Today, fly to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colorful history. This vibrant city is now India’s premier seaport, center of culture and industry, and home to “Bollywood.” Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

MUMBAI. This morning’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai’s most famous monument, which commemorates a visit by Queen Mary. Then, drive along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (an open-air laundromat). You will also visit the HANGING GARDENS, MANI BHAVAN (former residence of Mahatma Gandhi), and the MUMBAI MUSEUM (closed Mondays). The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)

Day 6

MUMBAI–COCHIN. Fly to Cochin.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

COCHIN. Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area and a walk through the Jewish quarter. Next, visit the KERALA FOLKLORE MUSEUM which aims to preserve and educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India. This afternoon, enjoy an unforgettable CRUISE on the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields. (B,L)

Day 8

COCHIN–DELHI. Today, fly to Delhi.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

DELHI. Today’s sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a [LF]RICKSHAW RIDE through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Here, ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling all sorts of goods and souvenirs—from silver and saris to spices and electronics. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner that includes a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and talk on Indian cuisine with a local chef. (B,L,D)

Day 10

DELHI–AGRA. This morning, visit QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit HUMAYUN’S TOMB and GURUDWARA BANGLA SAHIB, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in for the evening. (B,L)

Day 11

AGRA. Start your day with a sunrise visit to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL, an extravagant marble monument to love. Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan built it as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth. Later, travel by [LF] TONGA (horse-drawn carriage) to AGRA FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. This impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

AGRA–FATEHPUR SIKRI–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK. Today, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI (the City of Victory), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century it was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years before it was completely abandoned due to the lack of adequate water. After lunch in Bharatpur, board a TRAIN bound for RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK, one of the best places in India to spot the elusive Bengal tiger! (B,L,D)

Day 13

RANTHAMBORE. Today, explore the park on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in an open-air safari vehicle. In addition to Bengal tigers, the park is home to leopard, sambar deer, sloth bears, marsh crocodiles, striped hyena, and more. Between game drives, enjoy free time to relax. (B,L,D)

Day 14

RANTHAMBORE–JAIPUR. Rise early this morning for one last GAME DRIVE in this magical land. Then, travel to Jaipur. In 1876, the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, and it has been known as the “Pink City” ever since. Tonight, enjoy a [LF] HOME-HOSTED DINNER with an Indian noble family, followed by a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING demonstration.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 15

JAIPUR. Today, visit the amazing AMBER FORT, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone. Tour the interior with its intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works. This afternoon, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining MUSEUM, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at JANTAR MANTAR and the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds). Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner to celebrate your journey through India.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 16

JAIPUR–DELHI. Fly back to Delhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

DELHI–VARANASI. Today, fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. This evening, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING witnesses the GANGA AARTI (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 18

VARANASI. Around dawn, board a BOAT and watch a striking religious ritual—the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. This afternoon, a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION takes you to nearby SARNATH, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 19

VARANASI–DELHI. Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 20

DELHI. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANIL BANHAL

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"My name is Anil. I have always been fascinated by the diversities and different ethnic cultures of India so I decided to pursue tourism as a career. I love the profession I am in and cannot think about doing anything else. In Indian culture we say "ATHITHI DEVO BHAVA" which means Guest should be treated equal to GOD. I try and ensure that my clients have the best and most diverse experience. A holiday to remember for the rest of their lives which will bring them back to India over and over again."

Tour Director -  ANIL BANHAL

MAYANK DIXIT

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Hi, I'm Mayank, and with my years of experience in the travel industry, I am committed to making your time in India incredible. My motto is "Atithi devo bhavah." When translated into English it means "the Guest is God" or "Guest become God," expressing the idea that each person visiting India should be served in the best possible manner."

Tour Director -  MAYANK DIXIT

 Accommodations

AGRA

TRIDENT, AGRA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

COCHIN

TRIDENT, COCHIN

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Breathtaking views of the serene Mansagar Lake and the striking Aravalli range welcome guests to this hotel situated en route to Jaipur's famous Amber Fort. The hotel's multi-cuisine restaurant serves an elaborate a 'la carte menu and extensive buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DELHI

LE MERIDIEN NEW DELHI

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DUBAI

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

JAIPUR

TRIDENT, JAIPUR

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Breathtaking views of the serene Mansagar Lake and the striking Aravalli range welcome guests to this hotel situated en route to Jaipur's famous Amber Fort. The hotel's multi cuisine restaurant serves an elaborate a 'la carte menu and extensive buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

MUMBAI

TRIDENT, NARIMAN POINT

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

The hotel, delivers a memorable experience for guests - from excellent amenities to warm and friendly service. Apart from the 555 well appointed rooms, the hotel features multiple restaurants, a bar, spa and a state of the art fitness center. A comfortable and invigorating experience awaits every time you visit Mumbai.

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

DEV VILAS

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VARANASI

THE GATEWAY HOTEL GANGES VARANASI

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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