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Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Udaipur & Southern India 2024 - Small Group

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

How do you express your eternal devotion to the love of your life? Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan enlisted the help of more than 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants to erect a towering white marble mausoleum dedicated to his wife who died during childbirth. A sunrise visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the New7Wonders of the World, is just the beginning of your love affair with India. Beyond India’s most sparkling jewel lies a priceless gem mine of experiences you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Hop in a rickshaw for a ride through Delhi’s centuries-old Chandni Chowk bazaar, sit down for traditional Indian cuisine in the home of a noble family in Jaipur, and embark on three thrilling open-air safari game drives through Ranthambore National Park in search of marsh crocodiles, striped hyenas, and the elusive Bengal tiger. In Udaipur, explore the Jagdish Temple and take a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola. Tour bustling Mumbai and witness its tiffin lunch box delivery system and visit the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi. Tour the highlights of Kochi and cruise the backwaters of Kerala to witness life along the scenic and serene waterways. A mosaic of memories awaits on this radiant tour of India.

Countries Visited

India

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN DELHI, INDIA
    Hello, Delhi! Welcome to Delhi, India’s capital city. Hotel check-in available mid-afternoon.

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  2. Day 2
    DELHI
    Delhi Delights Today’s sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Then, visit Jama Masjid and take a [LF] rickshaw ride through a local bazaar. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of free 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)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    MARKET HIGH Hop on a rickshaw and explore Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling a variety of goods and souvenirs—from silver and saris to spices and electronics.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    DELHI–AGRA
    Remembrance & Worship 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. After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in for the evening. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE As Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship), Gurudwara Bangla Sahib has religious significance and splendid architecture. The grand edifice is built in the Sikh architectural style, while this magnificent house of worship is made using stunning white marble below its commanding golden dome.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    AGRA
    Moghul Monuments Start your day with a sunrise visit to the captivating Taj Mahal. After a bit of down time, 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)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    LOVE REMEMBERED Explore the extravagant Taj Mahal, a marble monument to love. Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan built it as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    AGRA–FATEHPUR SIKRI–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK AREA
    By Road & Rail 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 merely 10 years before it was completely abandoned due to the lack of adequate water. After lunch in Bharatpur, board a train bound for Sawai Madhopur, gateway to Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places in India to spot the elusive Bengal tiger! (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    RANTHAMBORE AREA
    The Game is Afoot Today, explore Ranthambore National Park on morning and afternoon game drives in an open-air safari vehicle. Between game drives, enjoy free time to relax. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE In addition to Bengal tigers, Ranthambore National Park is home to leopard, sambar deer, sloth bears, marsh crocodiles, striped hyenas, and more. Take the opportunity to spot them all on guided game drives today.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    RANTHAMBORE AREA–JAIPUR
    Jaunt to Jaipur Today, travel to Jaipur. In 1876, the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales and known as the “Pink City” ever since. After lunch, visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar, consisting of 19 astronomical instruments used for measuring time and dates back to 1728. Next, visit the City Palace Museum, once the royal residence and now showcases a collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes from the past. (B,L)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  8. Day 8
    JAIPUR
    Jewels of Jaipur Today, visit the amazing Amber Fort in the morning. Lastly, visit a [LF] local vocational training program for children. Tonight, enjoy a home-hosted dinner with an Indian noble family, followed by a sari-and turban-tying demonstration. (B,D)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE Ladli is a training program teaching orphaned children valuable skills to keep them off the streets. Here, learn about the project while interacting with the children and helping them practice their English skills.

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    FORMIDABLE FORTRESS Visit the legendary Amber Fort, known as the “Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan,” built entirely of white marble and red sandstone. This fortress-palace has a somber exterior that hides a richly ornate interior of royal apartments, including an alabaster Hall of Victory and a superb Chamber of Mirrors.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    JAIPUR–UDAIPUR
    Radiant Rajasthan Today, fly to Udaipur, known as the “City of Lakes,” to continue your exploration of Rajasthan, India’s largest state. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    UDAIPUR
    Only You, Udaipur Your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Guide in this romantic City of Lakes starts with a visit to the City Palace, the largest palace in Rajasthan. Then, visit the Jagdish Temple and the Crystal Gallery. After some free time in the middle of the day, embark on a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola. (B,L)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  11. Day 11
    UDAIPUR–MUMBAI
    City Slicker Today, fly to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a vibrant history—now India’s premier seaport and home to the “Bollywood” movie industry. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    MUMBAI
    Magical Mumbai Join your Local Guide for an orientation of some of the city’s famous sites, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Gateway of India. Then, witness Mumbai’s fascinating tiffin lunch box delivery system. Lastly, stop to see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (open-air laundromat) and visit Mani Bhavan, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi. After lunch, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. (B,L)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    LUNCH BOX HEROES At Churchgate Station, the dabbawalas (box carriers) transfer the lunch boxes onto a wooden cart on a local train as they have done since the late 1800s. This color-coded lunch delivery system began over 100 years ago as migrants moved to work in what was then Bombay. 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.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  13. Day 13
    MUMBAI–KOCHI
    Headed South Today, fly to Kochi, the “Gateway to Kerala,” India’s southernmost state known for its natural beauty. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    KOCHI
    Diversity & Heritage Your Local Guide takes you to visit 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. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  15. Day 15
    KOCHI–KUMARAKOM
    Just out for a Cruise Today, drive out of the city to embark on an unforgettable private afternoon cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. Afterward, continue to your lakeside resort. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    GOD’S OWN COUNTRY Explore the serene waters of Kerala – India's tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches on the narrow coastal region below the mountains of the Western Ghats. Cruise through a world of lush green vegetation and paddy fields in a paradise that reaches to the Arabian sea. See why Kerala is named one of the “10 paradises of the world” and one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Places of a Lifetime.”


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  16. Day 16
    KUMARAKOM
    Free day, Yes! A full day at leisure to explore the area or enjoy resort amenities. (B,L,D)

    FREE TIME TIPS
    EXPLORE A LITTLE, RELAX A LOT Consider a trip to visit a local village, relax by the pool, or pamper yourself with a spa treatment. More optional excursions throughout your tour are available at MyGlobus.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  17. Day 17
    KUMARAKOM
    Homeward Bound Your India exploration ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Small Group Discoveries
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Breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 7 dinners

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Accommodations

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: Ranthambhore Kothi
Nestled in lush green forest and just a stone's throw away from Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambhore Kothi offers British-style bungalows with private balconies. The ideal spot for your jungle safari and chance to view very rare tigers.
Address:
Near helipad, Village Khilchipur
Sawai Madhopur , India
Jaipur: Jaipur Marriott Hotel
Experience a winning combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience at the Jaipur Marriott Hotel. Entrenched in the cultural legacy of India's Pink City,
Address:
Ashram Marg, Near Jawahar Circle, Rajasthan
Jaipur , India
Udaipur: TatSaraasa Resort & Spa, Udaipur
TatSaraasa Resort & Spa is nestled between the divine Aravalli Ranges and tranquil Lake Lakhawali in a calm setting outside the city center. There is so much to discover at the resort from relaxing by the lake and admiring the serenity of nature to soaking in the pool and stress relieving spa treatments. Spacious rooms offer a private balcony and contemporary design with all the modern amenities for your comfort and convenience.
Address:
Village Bhilwara, Gram Panchayat Lakhawali, National Highway 76
Udaipur , India
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
Kochi: 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
Kumarakom: Kumarakom Lake Resort
Kumarakom Lake Resort, acclaimed as one of the finest luxury heritage resort in India, is nestled on the serene banks of the Lake Vembanad, the vast stretch of tranquil, emerald green backwaters, in one of India¿s popular holiday spots, Kerala. Sprawling across 25 acres of lush greenery and set in soul-stirring ambience, the resort exudes the charm of Kerala's true heritage while offering a complete range of amenities for a luxuriously comfortable stay. From the luxury-laden rooms and the relaxing spa to the multi-cuisine restaurants and endless swimming pools the resort offers the simple luxuries of life, in the grandeur befitting a royal.
Address:
Kumarakom North Post - Kottayam
Kumarakom , India

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