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


  • 20 days

  • India

  • Active pace

tour : ODY6

From

£4,189pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

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Discover India—with its long history, variety of languages, amazing monuments, and rich cultural heritage—and Nepal, birthplace of Buddha and home to some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. But first, stop off in Dubai to spend time discovering its many souks (markets) and explore this exciting city on your own.

In India, visit some of its most famous sights and get to know the culture through special experiences. Visit the Taj Mahal, built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan from 1631-1648 AD as a memorial to his beloved wife. Also see 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.

The 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.

In Nepal, sightseeing is spread over two leisurely days. Visits include Hanuman Dhoka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Temple of Kumari, residence of the Living Goddess, a child thought to be the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess. You’ll also journey to Patan and Bouddhanath, Nepal’s largest stupa.

These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this amazing India tour with Dubai and Nepal. It’s an amazing vacation!

Highlights

DUBAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the spice souk, the gold souk, and the Burj Khalifa; Host service during your stay
SOUTHERN INDIA: MUMBAISightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Gateway of India, a Dhobi Ghat, Elephanta Caves, Mumbai Museum, and Mani Bhavan; Host service during your stay
COCHINSightseeing 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 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
KATHMANDUSightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Hanuman Dhoka, the Temple of Kumari, and Bouddhanath; excursion to Patan including Durbar Square; Host service during your stay

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 19 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners

ARRIVE IN DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Day
1

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

DUBAI

Day
2

This morning, your 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.
NOTE:Many sites in Dubai are closed on Fridays. In these instances, today’s sightseeing will take place on day 3.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBAI

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBAI–MUMBAI, INDIA

Day
4

Today, fly 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MUMBAI

Day
5

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).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

MUMBAI–COCHIN

Day
6

Fly to Cochin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

COCHIN

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

COCHIN–DELHI

Day
8

Today, fly to Delhi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI.

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DELHI–AGRA

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

AGRA.

Day
11

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

AGRA–FATEHPUR SIKRI–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK.

Day
12

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!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

RANTHAMBORE.

Day
13

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

RANTHAMBORE–JAIPUR

Day
14

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

JAIPUR.

Day
15

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

JAIPUR–DELHI.

Day
16

Fly back to Delhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI–KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Day
17

Today, fly to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

KATHMANDU

Day
18

Your morning SIGHTSEEING TOUR starts with a visit to HANUMAN DHOKA, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the TEMPLE OF KUMARI, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

KATHMANDU. EXCURSION TO PATAN

Day
19

Today, a GUIDED TOUR takes you to BOUDDHANATH, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to PATAN, formerly known as Lalitpur (City of Beauty). Here, stop in DURBAR SQUARE, the city’s center of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

KATHMANDU

Day
20

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • 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.

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