Tour: OIE - 2013 (OIE) - 2013

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Delhi, India

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

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DAY 2Delhi

The morning is at your leisure to rest before meeting your traveling companions and Tour Director for sightseeing in the afternoon. Your Local Guide will show you the sights of “Old Delhi.” Start with a visit to the JAMA MOSQUE followed by a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite RICKSHAW RIDE through Chandni Chowk, a colorful local bazaar. Tonight your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner, including a COOKING DEMONSTRATION followed by a talk on Indian cuisine. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 3Delhi

This morning’s sightseeing will focus on “New Delhi.” Visit the INDIRA GANDHI MEMORIAL MUSEUM and Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Then, visit HUMAYUN’S TOMB and Qutab Minar followed by the grand government buildings, the President’s House, and Parliament House. The afternoon is at leisure. Consider an optional visit to three famous temples for an introduction to India’s most popular religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Your Tour Director has suggestions for other activities. (Breakfast)

Marvel at the incredible detail of the Qutab Minar Admire the detailed Mughal architecture of Humayun’s Tomb 
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DAY 4Delhi-Varanasi

Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, which is situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Sightseeing today visits SARNATH, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy. For a truly memorable experience, join tonight’s optional tour: a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of this unique city followed by a sunset cruise on the Ganges. Here you will witness fascinating religious rituals being performed—a truly unique experience. (Breakfast)

The city of Varanasi is the cultural and religious center of Northern India View the Hindus devotional bathing along the Ganges River in Varanasi 
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DAY 5Varanasi-Khajuraho

Around dawn, board a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BOAT to watch a striking religious ritual—the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. You’ll observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. A late-morning flight takes you to Khajuraho, where sightseeing focuses on the mysterious TEMPLES, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that have been isolated for centuries. Art historians have long puzzled over myths and legends in an attempt to understand the bizarre combination of prolific religious and erotic temples. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Admire the detailed Hindu sculpture at Khajuraho 
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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 6Khajuraho-Orchha-Jhansi-Agra

Today, enjoy the scenery as you pass through rural areas en route to Orchha. Upon arrival, visit the impressive MEDIEVAL PALACE COMPLEX, once the capital of a locally powerful Rajput kingdom. Later, arrive in Jhansi to board your train to Agra, where much of the city’s impressive past is still evident today in the majesty of her buildings. (Breakfast)

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DAY 7Agra

Start your day with a sunrise visit to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL, an extravagant marble monument to love. The 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 tongas (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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 8Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur

This morning, visit FATEHPUR SIKRI (City of Victory) en route to Jaipur. In 1876, the city was painted pink to welcome Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II and it has been known as the “Pink City” ever since. Tonight, enjoy a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING LESSON followed by a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HOME-HOSTED DINNER with an Indian noble family. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) 
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DAY 9Jaipur

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. Then, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining MUSEUM, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. You will also stop at the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds). In the late afternoon, take a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WALKING TOUR through a local market, known for its arts and crafts, including jewelry, enamel work, hand-painted fabrics, and stone sculptures. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Hawa Mahal Marvel at the intricate stonework of the Amber Fort 
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DAY 10Jaipur-Jodhpur

This morning, head west to Jodhpur. This afternoon, visit the massive MEHRANGARH FORT, which sits 393 feet above the surrounding plains. The view will reveal why Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City.” Next, visit JASWANT THADA, a stunning white marble cenotaph built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 11Jodhpur-Udaipur

Enjoy time at leisure this morning before flying to Udaipur, the “City of Lakes.” This evening, CRUISE on Lake Pichola (water levels permitting), with a short visit to the island palace of JAG MANDIR. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The grand City Palace in Udaipur at night 
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DAY 12Udaipur

Your full-day sightseeing starts this morning with a visit to EKLINGJI TEMPLE, dedicated to Shiva, the guardian deity of Mewar, followed by the JAIN TEMPLES OF NAGDA that date back to the 11th century. This afternoon, discover the massive granite and marble CITY PALACE with its courtyards, pavilions, terraces, and narrow corridors. Then, visit the adjacent CRYSTAL GALLERY before wrapping up your sightseeing at SAHELION KI BARI. Tonight, your Tour Director will host a festive farewell dinner to celebrate an unforgettable journey through India. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 13Udaipur-Kathmandu, Nepal

Today, fly via Delhi to Kathmandu. Your sightseeing starts this afternoon 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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 14Kathmandu-Royal Chitwan National Park

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Kathmandu. Later, fly to Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s famous wildlife reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will enjoy GAME VIEWING by elephant or jeep. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 15Royal Chitwan

This morning, EXPLORE THE PARK by elephant or jeep for your chance to see some of the native wildlife. Royal Chitwan protects over 347 square miles of forest, grasslands, and marshes, and is home to many animals, including the elusive tiger, leopards, and the endangered Great One-Horned Rhinoceros. The afternoon is at your leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 16Royal Chitwan-Kathmandu. Excursion to Patan

Today, return to Kathmandu and stop at BOUDHANATH, 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 or “City of Beauty.” Here, stop in DURBAR SQUARE, the center of business in the city and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites. (Breakfast)

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DAY 17Kathmandu-Delhi

Today, fly back to Delhi for overnight stay. (Breakfast)

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DAY 18Delhi

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

NOTE:
Some flights depart Delhi very early in the morning. In these cases, breakfast is not included and you will have to depart for the airport late in the evening on Day 17 or just after midnight on Day 18.

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