Independent Highlights of Northern & Southern India ( IAI3)

14 Day Package from Delhi to Kumarakom

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Eclectic temples and imposing forts. Pristine wildlife refuges and lively metropolises. Pink cities and golden triangles. Fairytale monuments and tantalizing cuisine. There’s no better introduction to India than this incredible Independence by Globus journey. Tour bustling Mumbai and witness its tiffin lunch box delivery system and visit the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi. You’ll also explore the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the highlights of Kochi and cruise the backwaters of Kerala to witness life along the scenic and serene waterways. Enjoy the I-time you crave with free time and optional excursions to experience this fascinating destination in your own way.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

14 Day Package from Delhi to Kumarakom

Notes:

The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. In these instances, it will be visited in the morning prior to transferring to Jaipur.

Elephanta Caves is closed on Mondays. Mumbai sightseeing days will be flipped in these instances.

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Eclectic temples and imposing forts. Pristine wildlife refuges and lively metropolises. Pink cities and golden triangles. Fairytale monuments and tantalizing cuisine. There’s no better introduction to India than this incredible Independence by Globus journey. Tour bustling Mumbai and witness its tiffin lunch box delivery system and visit the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi. You’ll also explore the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the highlights of Kochi and cruise the backwaters of Kerala to witness life along the scenic and serene waterways. Enjoy the I-time you crave with free time and optional excursions to experience this fascinating destination in your own way.

 Meals & Itinerary

 Meals

Breakfast daily; 6 lunches; 2 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN DELHI, INDIA

Welcome to India! Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2

DELHI

• Your private guided sightseeing tour starts with a drive to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace.
• Take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling goods and souvenirs—from silver and saris to spices and electronics.


Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 3

DELHI–AGRA

• This morning, explore Delhi on a private guided tour. Start at Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret constructed in the early 13th Century.
• Visit Humayun’s Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship).
• After lunch, drive to Agra, a city where much of the city’s impressive past is still evident in the majesty of her buildings.


Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 4

AGRA

• Meet your Local Guide for a special visit to the captivating Taj Mahal at sunrise. This extravagant marble monument was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth.
• In the afternoon, a private guided tour brings you to Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Moghul Emperor Akbar, this impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces.


Breakfast Breakfast


Today's I-Time Tips
Explore more on your own or join an optional excursion to Itmad-ud-Daula, the city’s beautiful “Baby Taj.”

Day 5

AGRA–JAIPUR

• Today, drive to Jaipur, often referred to as the “Pink City.”
• After lunch, visit Jantar Mantar and explore the City Palace Museum with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes.
• Lastly, visit Ladli, a training program teaching orphaned and destitute children valuable skills to keep them off the streets. Here learn about the project, interact with the children, and help them practice their English skills.


Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 6

JAIPUR

• Visit the legendary Amber Fort, known as the “Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan.” This fortress-palace was built entirely of white marble and red sandstone, and features intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works.


Breakfast Breakfast


Today's I-Time Tips
Join a guide for a walking tour through old Jaipur.

Day 7

JAIPUR–MUMBAI

• Fly to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a fascinating history. This vibrant city is now India’s premier seaport, center of culture and industry, and home to the “Bollywood” movie industry.


Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

MUMBAI

• Your private guided sightseeing starts with an orientation for photos at some of the city’s famous sites, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Gateway of India.
• Then, witness Mumbai’s fascinating tiffen lunch box delivery system. At Churchgate Station, the dabbawalas (box carriers) transfer the lunch boxes onto a wooden cart on a local train. Board the train for the short ride to Mahalaxmi Station where you’ll disembark and watch the boxes being sorted by color for final delivery.
• Lastly, stop to see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (open-air laundromat) and visit Mani Bhavan, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi.


Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 9

MUMBAI

• Today, enjoy an excursion to Elephanta Island to visit the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to the mid-5th century.
• Start with a ferry ride to the island where you’ll have ample time to explore the seven caves rock cut caves and the carvings and sculptures within them. One of the highlights is the beautiful Sadashiva, which represents three aspects of Shiva: the creator, the preserver, and the destroyer.


Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

MUMBAI–KOCHI

• Today, fly to Kochi, the “Gateway to Kerala,” India’s southernmost state known for its natural beauty.


Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

KOCHI

• Your private guided sightseeing tour starts with a visit to the Chinese fishing nets that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area. You’ll also take a walk through the Jewish Quarter.
• Then, visit the Kerala Folklore Museum, which aims to educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India.


Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

KOCHI–KUMARAKOM

• Today, drive out of the city and embark on an unforgettable private afternoon cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields.
• Transfer to your lakeside resort.


Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 13

KUMARAKOM

• A full day at leisure to explore the area or enjoy resort amenities.


Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner


Today's I-Time Tips
Consider a trip to visit a local village, relax by the pool, or pamper yourself with a spa treatment.

Day 14

KUMARAKOM

Your vacation 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.

S.P. GUPTA

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

" I have been working as a Tour Guide for more than three decades in India. I have a great passion for my work and always look forward to welcoming my guests to my incredible homeland and highlight its unity in diversity."

Tour Director -  S.P. GUPTA

 Accommodations

DELHI

LE MERIDIEN NEW DELHI

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
  Free Wifi

AGRA

TRIDENT, AGRA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

MUMBAI

TRIDENT, NARIMAN POINT

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
  Free Wifi

KOCHI

TRIDENT, COCHIN

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

KUMARAKOM

KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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