Tour: OIQ3 - 2013 (OIQ3) - 2013

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

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DAY 2Dubai

This morning, enjoy a city tour that begins with a stop at the JUMEIRAH MOSQUE, one of Dubai’s great landmarks, then a drive along Dubai Creek, the lifeline and pulse of the city. You will also have time to stroll through the narrow lanes of Bastakiah, the city’s old district, and through the souks (markets), including the SPICE SOUK with its aromas of exotic spices and the GOLD SOUK with its 220 glittering shop windows. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

Do your shopping at the local market, also know as a "souq" 
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DAY 3Dubai

A full day at your leisure. You may wish to take a full-day trip to Abu Dhabi, enjoy a dinner cruise on a traditional dhow, or simply explore the area on your own. Your local host will have recommendations. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Dubai-Mumbai, India

Fly to Mumbai. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Mumbai

Today, enjoy sightseeing in 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.” Start at the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai’s most famous monument commemorating the visit of Queen Mary. Then, drive along Marine Drive—a seafront promenade—and see a traditional DHOBI GHAT. You will also visit the HANGING GARDENS and MANI BHAVAN (former residence of Mahatma Gandhi). (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Mumbai-Cochin

Today, fly to Cochin, the “Gateway to Kerala.” Located on the Arabian Sea in Kerala, India’s southernmost state, Cochin is the perfect starting point to explore the region’s natural beauty. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (Breakfast)

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DAY 7Cochin

Today’s sightseeing includes the CHINESE FISHING NETS that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area. You will also visit ST. THOMAS CHURCH, the HILL PALACE MUSEUM, DUTCH PALACE, and will walk through the Jewish quarter. The afternoon is at leisure. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Cochin

Enjoy an unforgettable full-day CRUISE in the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 9Cochin-Delhi

Fly via Mumbai to Delhi, India’s capital city. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Delhi

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 11Delhi

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)

Admire the detailed Mughal architecture of Humayun’s Tomb Marvel at the incredible detail of the Qutab Minar 
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DAY 12Delhi-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 13Varanasi-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 14Khajuraho-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 15Agra

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 16Agra-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 17Jaipur

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)

Marvel at the intricate stonework of the Amber Fort Hawa Mahal 
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DAY 18Jaipur-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 19Jodhpur-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 20Udaipur

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 21Udaipur-Delhi

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Udaipur. Later, return to Delhi. (Breakfast)

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DAY 22Delhi

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 21 or just after midnight on Day 22.

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