Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Southern India 2021

Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Southern India 2021


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

Day 1: ARRIVE IN MUMBAI.
Welcome 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.

Day 2: MUMBAI.
This morning’s GUIDED TOUR includes the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai’s most famous monument, which commemorates a visit by Queen Mary. From here, cross Mumbai Harbor by ferry to the ELEPHANTA CAVES (closed Mondays), a collection of cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Mumbai and drive along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (an open-air laundromat). You will also visit the MANI BHAVAN (former residence of Mahatma Gandhi) and the MUMBAI MUSEUM (closed Mondays). (B,L)

Day 3: MUMBAI–COCHIN.
Fly to Cochin. (B)

Day 4: COCHIN.
Your GUIDED TOUR starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets—the livelihood of many local fishermen—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 5: COCHIN–DELHI.
Today, fly to Delhi. (B)

Day 6: DELHI.
Today’s sightseeing starts with an orientation drive 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, visit QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. 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 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 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. Later, travel 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 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 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 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. (B,D)

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. 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 13: JAIPUR–DELHI.
Fly back to Delhi this morning and prepare for your journey home. (B)

Day 14: 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 10, and you will have to depart for the airport late in the evening on Day 9 or just after Midnight on Day 10.

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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:

SOUTHERN INDIA: MUMBAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Gateway of India, a Dhobi Ghat, Elephanta Caves, 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 MahalSightseeing vehicle in Mumbai and Cochin. Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

Meals:
American breakfast daily, 6 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 $618. Required intra-vacation air segment is: Mumbai/Cochin; Cochin/Delhi; Jaipur/Delhi. Air prices were effective on August 14, 2019, 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:
$1,020 to $1,100

Triple rooms are not available.

Extra Nights per person in Mumbai:
in single room $229; in twin room $120

Extra Nights per person in Delhi:
Le Meridien (Pre Nights): in single room $195; in twin room $103
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity (Post Nights)
January-March, October & December: in single room $148; in twin room $79
February & November: in single room $186; in twin room $98

2021 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2020.

Mumbai: Trident, Nariman Point
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.
Address:
Nariman Point
Mumbai , India
Cochin: Trident, Cochin
Breathtaking views of the serene Man Sagar 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:
Bristow Road, Willingdon Island
Cochin , India
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: Sawai Vilas
Situated adjacent to the famous Ranthambhore National Park, Sawai Vilas is the one stop destination for an authentic jungle experience. Set in an area of green belt, and surrounded by lush woodlands, Sawai Vilas is a perfect luxurious getaway amidst a rustic surrounding.
Address:
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
Delhi: Novotel New Delhi Aerocity
This modern hotel is located adjacent to the airport and within walking distance to the Aero metro station, offering convenient access to the city.
Address:
Asset No 2; Aerocity Hospitality Dist, IGI Airport
Delhi , India

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