Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Varanasi


  • 13 days

  • India

  • Active pace

tour : ODE

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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!

Highlights

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; Host service during your stay

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2022 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

ARRIVE IN DELHI, INDIA.

Day
1

Welcome to India’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DELHI.

Day
2

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
3

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
4

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
5

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
6

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
7

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
8

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
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI–VARANASI

Day
10

Today, fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VARANASI

Day
11

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 evening, your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING witnesses the GANGA AARTI (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VARANASI–DELHI

Day
12

Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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