GLOBUS 2018: Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Dubai, Southern India & Varanasi (ODY3)
20 days from Dubai to Delhi
Discover India, a diverse country filled with a long history, a variety of languages, amazing monuments, and a rich cultural heritage. But first, stop off in Dubai to spend time discovering its many souks (markets) and explore this exciting city on your own. Then, head to India to visit some of its 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. On this India tour, 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 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.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, you'll board a boat to watch the Hindu's devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river's edge. These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this marvelous India tour with Dubai. If you're a traveler looking for a new adventure, this is the vacation for you!
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 20 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Dubai||Welcome to Dubai! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.|
|Day 2||Dubai||This morning, your PRIVATE 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. (B)|
|Day 3||Dubai||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. (B)|
|Day 4||Mumbai||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.|
|Day 5||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. (B,L)|
|Day 6||Cochin||Fly to Cochin. (B)|
|Day 7||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. (B,L)|
|Day 8||Delhi||Today, fly to Delhi India's capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. (B)|
|Day 9||Delhi||Today's sightseeing starts with an orientation 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, 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. (B,L,D)|
|Day 10||Agra||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. (B,L)|
|Day 11||Agra||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. To add to this memorable experience, you'll also travel by [LF] TONGA (horse-drawn carriage) during your visit. Later, visit 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)|
|Day 12||Ranthambore National Park||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! (B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Ranthambore||Today, explore the park on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles. 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. (B,L,D)|
|Day 14||Jaipur||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. (B,D)|
|Day 15||Jaipur||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. (B,D)|
|Day 16||Delhi||Fly back to Delhi this morning and prepare for your journey home. (B)|
|Day 17||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. (B)|
|Day 18||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 practicing 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. (B)|
|Day 19||Delhi||Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi. (B)|
|Day 20||Delhi||Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1,592. Required intra-vacation air segment is: Dubai/Mumbai; Mumbai/Cochin; Cochin/Delhi; Jaipur/Delhi; Delhi/Varanasi; Varanasi/Delhi. Air prices were effective on August 17, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.Single Room Supplement: $1,250 to $1,900Triple rooms are not available.Extra nights per person in Dubai:April: in single room $199; in twin room $113January-March & October-November: in single room $260; in twin room $144 Extra Nights per person in Delhi:Le Meridien: January-March & October-December in single room $207; in twin room $109April: in single room $148; in twin room $80Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport: January-March & October-December: in single room $123; in twin room $67April: in single room $112; in twin room $622019 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2018.
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