Icons Of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond With Varanasi 2019

Icons Of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond With Varanasi 2019


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

India

Tour Itinerary

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, you’ll visit some of India’s most famous sights and experience some of its fascinating rituals. 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. 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 in an open-air safari vehicle give you an opportunity to see native wildlife, including the elusive leopard and Bengal tiger. 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—some practicing yoga, some meditating, and others bathing fully clothed. These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this spectacular India tour with Varanasi. It’s a dream vacation!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN DELHI, INDIA.
Welcome to India’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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. (B)

Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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. (B,D)

Day 8: 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)

Day 9: JAIPUR–DELHI.
Fly back to Delhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Day 10: 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)

Day 11: 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)

Day 12: VARANASI–DELHI.
Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi. (B)

Day 13: DELHI.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

  • 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.

Sightseeing & Activities:

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 stayPrivate, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring. Sightseeing vehicle in Varanasi.

Meals:
American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 dinners including a welcome dinner in Delhi and home-hosted dinner in Jaipur


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Accommodations

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $546. Required intra-vacation air segment is: Jaipur/Delhi; Delhi/Varanasi; Varanasi/Delhi. Air prices were effective on August 15, 2018, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$920 to $990

Triple rooms are not available.

Extra Nights per person in Delhi:
Le Meridien (Pre Nights): in single room $192; in twin room $101
Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport (Post Nights): in single room $126; in twin room $69

2020 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2019.

Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi
Ideally located in the heart of New Delhi, the luxurious Le Meridien New Delhi stands tall over the historic landscape of Lutyen's Delhi. The hotel features a sophisticated and modern design, and sweeping views of New Delhi.
Address:
Windsor Place, New Delhi
Delhi , India
Agra: Trident, Agra
The Trident, Agra is set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, and built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The hotel is literally, a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
Address:
Tajnagri Scheme
Agra , India
Ranthambore National Park: Dev Vilas
Dev Vilas inspires romance and adventure, recreating the atmosphere of the hunting lodges of the Maharajas. Set amidst guava and mango orchards, and adjacent to 13th Century monuments, it offers breathtaking view of the Aravali hills of Ranthambore. Conscious of the environment, Del Vilas sourced all materials and craftspeople locally, allowing for a unique and memorable experience.
Address:
Village Khilchipur / Ranthambhore Road / Sawai Madhopur
Rajasthan , India
Jaipur: Trident, Jaipur
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.
Address:
Amber Fort Road
Jaipur , India
Varanasi: Taj Ganges, Varanasi
Featured among the top hotels in the city, The Gateway Hotel Varanasi is nestled amidst 40 acres of lush gardens. Enjoy their outdoor pool, fitness center, restaurants and bar. De-stress with their rejuvenating Spa therapies. Inspired by the principles and practices of yoga and yogic lifestyle, the unique experiences infuses your mind, body, and soul with positive energy.
Address:
Nadesar Palace Ground Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi , India
Delhi: Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport
This comfortable hotel is located near the airport and just a 5 minute walk to the Aero City metro station, offering convenient access to the city.
Address:
Asset Area 12, Hospitality District Aerocity
Delhi , India

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