20 Day Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Dubai, Southern India & Varanasi

Globus Small Group Discovery starting in Dubai and finishing in Delhi

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Overview
Operator: Globus
Type: Small Group Discovery (Premium)
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 20 Days
From: Dubai to Delhi
Tour Code: ODY3
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: United Arab Emirates, India
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Day By Day
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1
Arrive In Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Welcome to Dubai! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
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. (B)
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. (B)
4
Dubai - Mumbai, India
Today, fly to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colourful history. This vibrant city is now India's premier seaport, centre of culture and industry, and home to "Bollywood." Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in. (B)
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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)
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Mumbai - Cochin
Fly to Cochin. (B)
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)
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Cochin - Delhi
Today, fly to Delhi. (B)
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Delhi
Today's sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a 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)
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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)
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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 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. (B)
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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)
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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)
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 HOME-HOSTED DINNER with an Indian noble family, followed by a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING demonstration. (B/D)
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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. (B/D)
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Jaipur - Delhi
Fly back to Delhi this morning and prepare for your journey home. (B)
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. (B)
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. (B)
19
Varanasi - Delhi
Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi. (B)
20
Delhi
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B) NOTE: Some flights depart Delhi very early in the morning. In these cases, breakfast is not included on Day 20, and you will need to depart for the airport late in the evening on or just after Midnight on Day 20.
Globus Inclusions
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Trip Inclusions
  • DUBAI: Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the spice souk, the gold souk, and the Burj Khalifa; Host service during your stay.
  • 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; rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar; welcome dinner with Indian cooking demonstration.
  • AGRA: Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, Agra Fort by tonga, and Fatehpur Sikri.
  • BHARATPUR-RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK: Travel by train.
  • RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK: Three game drives.
  • JAIPUR: 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.
  • MEALS: American breakfast (B) daily, 6 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner in Delhi and home-hosted dinner in Jaipur.
  • Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Included Meals
  • 19 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
Accommodation
  • Hotel Classifications: Moderate Deluxe (MD), First Class (F), Superior First Class (SF)
  • Delhi Le Meridien New Delhi (MD), Agra Trident, Agra (SF), Ranthambore National Park Dev Vilas (F), Jaipur Trident, Jaipur (SF), Delhi Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport (F)
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
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