Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Southern India & Varanasi (ODY2)

17 days from Mumbai to Delhi

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Discover India, a diverse country filled with a long history, a variety of languages, amazing monuments, and a rich cultural heritage. On this India tour, 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 from 1631-1648 AD as a memorial to his beloved wife. Plus, visit 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.

The remarkable structures are just part of India’s appeal. 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—another out-of-the-ordinary experience offered by Globus. Another tour highlight is a visit to Ranthambore National Park. Here, three game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle 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, 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. It’s an amazing vacation!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

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 Hill Palace Museum, Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, and St. Francis Church; walking tour of Jewish quarter; cruise the backwaters of Kerala; Host service during your stay

DELHI
Visit Qutub Minar, Humayan’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 by [LF] tonga, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri

BHARATPUR–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

Travel by train

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Three game drives by open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle

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

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:

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.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 8 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 Mumbai, India. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2

Mumbai. This morning, enjoy sightseeing in 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.” Start at the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai’s most famous monument commemorating the visit of Queen Mary. Then, drive along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (open-air laundromat). You will also visit the HANGING GARDENS, MUMBAI MUSEUM, and MANI BHAVAN, the former residence of Mahatma Gandi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)

Day 3

Mumbai–Cochin. Fly to Cochin, the “Gateway to Kerala.” Located on the Arabian Sea in Kerala, India’s southernmost state, Cochin is the perfect starting point to explore the region’s natural beauty.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

Cochin. Start your sightseeing tour at the HILL PALACE MUSEUM, once the home of the Kochi royal family. Next, visit the DUTCH PALACE and take a WALKING TOUR through the Jewish quarter. After lunch, visit the the CHINESE FISHING NETS, the livelihood of many fishermen in the area and ST. FRANCIS CHURCH. Afterward, take 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 5

Cochin–Delhi. Fly to Delhi India’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

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 7

Delhi–Agra. This morning, visit QUTAB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit HUMAYAN’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 8

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. To add to this memorable experience, you’ll also travel by [LF] TONGAS (horse-drawn carriage) during your visit. Later, visit 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 9

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 10

Ranthambore. Today, explore the park on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles. 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 11

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 12

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. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this bustling city. This evening, join your Tour Director for a festive farewell dinner to celebrate an unforgettable journey through India.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

Jaipur–Delhi. This morning, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining MUSEUM, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts, and stop at the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds). You will have some free time prior to flying back to Delhi in the early evening. (B,L,D)

Day 14

Delhi–Varanasi. Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Early this evening, witness the GANGA AARTI (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 15

Varanasi. Around dawn, board a BOAT and watch a striking religious ritual—the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. You’ll 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, an excursion takes you to nearby SARNATH, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 16

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

Day 17

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

JAIPUR

TRIDENT, JAIPUR

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior 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.

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

TAJ GANGES, VARANASI

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

 Optional Excursions

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