Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond


  • 10 days

  • India

  • Active pace

Tour : OD

Up to 10% off on 2020

Small Group

From

£1,763 pp

Tour only

Based on 9th Mar 2020

From

£2,423 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Gatwick

Overview

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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 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 also 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—another out-of-the-ordinary experience offered by Globus. A final 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.

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

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

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Small Group Discovery

Sometimes, less is more. When it comes to truly immersing yourself in the local cultures and experiences, a Globus Small Group Discovery tour is the best way to explore the remarkable destinations in Africa and Asia. We never allow more than 20 guests on any Small Group Discovery tour.

Small Group Discovery

Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 9 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 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 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 this morning and prepare for your journey home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI.

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Pre Tour

+4 days Dubai Extension

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts

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

Day
4

Today, fly to India to begin your tour. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+5 days Southern India Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

ARRIVE IN MUMBAI.

Day
1

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.

MUMBAI.

Day
2

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
3

Fly to Cochin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

COCHIN.

Day
4

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
5

Today, fly to Delhi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+8 days Dubai & Southern India Extension

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches

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

Post tour

+4 days Varanasi Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

VARANASI.

Day
1

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
2

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
3

Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DELHI.

Day
4

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+4 days Kathmandu Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

KATHMANDU, NEPAL.

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

KATHMANDU.

Day
2

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
3

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
4

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.

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,763 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals

Tour with flights

From

£2,423 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes

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