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Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond

Price per person
from £2,244

Price based on
London Heathrow
17th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 11 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

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 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 in 1631-1648, the Taj Mahal was created by thousands of artisans and craftsmen as well as a labour 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 also enjoy a rickshaw ride through a colourful local bazaar (a unique adventure included by Globus), a cooking demonstration of Indian food, and a home-hosted dinner with an Indian noble family—another out-of-the-ordinary experience offered by Globus. A final tour highlight is a visit to Rathmore National Park. Here, three game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle give you an opportunity to see native wildlife, including the elusive leopard and Bengal tiger. 

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

At a glance

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

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 5 days: Southern India extension

  • 4 days: Varanasi extension

  • 4 days: Kathmandu extension

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Make your own way

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Overview

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 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 in 1631-1648, the Taj Mahal was created by thousands of artisans and craftsmen as well as a labour 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 also enjoy a rickshaw ride through a colourful local bazaar (a unique adventure included by Globus), a cooking demonstration of Indian food, and a home-hosted dinner with an Indian noble family—another out-of-the-ordinary experience offered by Globus. A final tour highlight is a visit to Rathmore National Park. Here, three game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle give you an opportunity to see native wildlife, including the elusive leopard and Bengal tiger. 

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

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Delhi

Day
2

On arrival in Delhi you will transfer to your hotel.

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

Delhi

Day
3

Today’s sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Delhi - Agra

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Agra

Day
5

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 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambore National Park

Day
6

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
7

Today, explore the park on MORNING and 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
8

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 HOME-HOSTED DINNER with an Indian noble family, followed by a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING demonstration.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Jaipur

Day
9

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
10

Fly back to Delhi this morning and prepare for your journey home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delhi - UK

Day
11

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Mumbai

Welcome to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colourful history. This vibrant city is now India’s premier seaport, centre of culture and industry, and home to “Bollywood.” Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Mumbai

This morning’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai’s most famous monument, which commemorates a visit by Queen Mary. Then, drive along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (an open-air laundromat). You will also visit the HANGING GARDENS, MANI BHAVAN (former residence of Mahatma Gandhi), and the MUMBAI MUSEUM (closed Mondays). The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Mumbai - Cochin

Fly to Cochin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cochin

Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area 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

Today, fly to Delhi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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 practising 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Varanasi - Delhi

Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Delhi

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Delhi - Kathmandu, Nepal

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kathmandu

Your morning PRIVATE 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

Today, a PRIVATE 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 centre of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kathmandu

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travellers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

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.

  • Location

    Windsor Place, New Delhi, New Delhi, 110001, India

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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.

  • Location

    Tajnagri Scheme Agra, India

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

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 a 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.

  • Location

    Village Khilchipur, Ranthambhore Road, Sawai Madhopur, 322 001, Rajasthan India

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Pool

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.

  • Location

    Amber Fort Road, Opposite Jal Mahal, Jaipur

  • Facilities

    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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