Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Southern India (ODQ2)

14 Day Tour from Mumbai to Delhi

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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, 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 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.

The 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. Another tour highlight is a visit to Ranthambore 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 marvelous India tour. 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 a traveler looking for a new adventure, this is the vacation for you!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

MUMBAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Gateway of India, a Dhobi Ghat, Hanging Gardens, Mumbai Museum, and Mani Bhavan; Host service during your stay
COCHIN
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Hill Palace Museum, Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, and St. Francis Church; walking tour of Jewish quarter; cruise the backwaters of Kerala; Host service during your stay
DELHI
Visit Qutub Minar, Humayan’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar; welcome dinner with Indian cooking demonstration
AGRA
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise by Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tonga, and Agra Fort
BHARATPUR–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Travel by train
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Three game drives by open-air, 4-wheel drive safari vehicle
JAIPUR
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Home-hosted dinner with Indian noble family featuring a sari- and turban-tying demonstration; visit Amber Fort, Hawa Mahali, and the City Palace & Museum

NOTES:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 6 dinners including a welcome dinner in Delhi and home-hosted dinner in Jaipur

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Mumbai, India

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

Day 2 Mumbai

This morning, 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 (open-air laundromat). You will also visit the HANGING GARDENS, MUMBAI MUSEUM, and MANI BHAVAN, the former residence of Mahatma Gandi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 3 Mumbai–Cochin

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.

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Day 4 Cochin

Start your sightseeing tour at the HILL PALACE MUSEUM, once the home of the Kochi royal family. Next, visit the DUTCH PALACE and take a WALKING TOUR through the Jewish quarter. After lunch, visit the the CHINESE FISHING NETS, the livelihood of many fishermen in the area and ST. FRANCIS CHURCH. Afterwards, take 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.

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Day 5 Cochin–Delhi

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

Day 6 Delhi

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

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Day 7 Delhi–Agra

This morning, visit QUTAB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit HUMAYAN’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.

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Day 8 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

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Day 9 Agra–Fatehpur Sikri–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!

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Day 10 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.

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Day 11 Ranthambore–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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HOME-HOSTED DINNER with an Indian noble family, followed by a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING demonstration.

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Day 12 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. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this bustling city. This evening, join your Tour Director for a festive farewell dinner to celebrate an unforgettable journey through India.

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Day 13 Jaipur–Delhi

This morning, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining MUSEUM, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts, and stop at the famous HAWA MAHALI (Palace of the Winds). You will have some free time prior to flying back to Delhi in the early evening.

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Day 14 Delhi

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANIL BANHAL

Escorting Tours for more than 28 years

My name is Anil. I have always been fascinated by the diversities and different ethnic cultures of India so I decided to pursue tourism as a career. I love the profession I am in and cannot think about doing anything else. In Indian culture we say "ATHITHI DEVO BHAVA" which means Guest should be treated equal to GOD. I try and ensure that my clients have the best and most diverse experience. A holiday to remember for the rest of their lives which will bring them back to India over and over again

Tour Director - ANIL BANHAL

 Accommodations

Mumbai
Cochin
Delhi
Agra
Ranthambore National Park
Jaipur
Delhi

Mumbai

Trident, Nariman Point

Trident, Nariman Point Nariman Point, Mumbai,   India

Nariman Point
Mumbai, India

The hotel, delivers a memorable experience for guests - from excellent amenities to warm and friendly service. Apart from the 555 well appointed rooms, the hotel features multiple restaurants, a bar, spa and a state of the art fitness center. A comfortable and invigorating experience awaits every time you visit Mumbai.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Television

Cochin

Trident, Cochin

Trident, Cochin Bristow Road, Willingdon Island, Cochin,   India

Bristow Road, Willingdon Island
Cochin, India

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite

Delhi

Suryaa New Delhi

Superior First-Class

Suryaa New Delhi New Friends Colony, Delhi,   India

New Friends Colony
Delhi, India

The Suryaa New Delhi, located in the heart of city, delivers a warm, vibrant and lively ambience for its guests. The hotel's elegant rooms offer incredible views and a taste of pure contentment is available with a host of dining options, a robust fitness center, pool, spa, and salon services. The Suryaa New Delhi is located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.

Hotel Amenities

  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Shoe Shine
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker

Agra

Trident, Agra

Superior First-Class

Trident, Agra Tajnagri Scheme, Agra,   India

Tajnagri Scheme
Agra, India

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Ranthambore National Park

Dev Vilas

First-Class

Dev Vilas Village Khilchipur / Ranthambhore Road / Sawai Madhopur , Rajasthan,  India

Village Khilchipur / Ranthambhore Road / Sawai Madhopur
Rajasthan, India

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 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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Climate Control
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Wake-Up Calls

Jaipur

Trident, Jaipur

Trident, Jaipur Amber Fort Road, Jaipur,   India

Amber Fort Road
Jaipur, India

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Delhi

Vivanta by Taj - Dwarka, New Delhi

First-Class

Vivanta by Taj - Dwarka, New Delhi Metro Station Complex, Sector 21, Dwarka,  India

Metro Station Complex, Sector 21
Dwarka, India

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka features an edgy design with dramatic interplays of light, space, and fixtures. This design element extends to the 250 rooms. Enjoy a variety of dining options at Creo - the all-day restaurant with Italian cuisine, a Teppanyaki table, and floor to ceiling wine walls, try provincial cuisine at Indus Express, drinks at Tipple or dessert at Caramel. Rejuvenate and relax with one of Jiva Spa¿s signature treatments or head to the fully-equipped fitness center or pool.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub

Room Amenities

  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Agra
Jaipur

Agra

Kachpura Village

Kachpura Village

Enjoy a visit to the ancient village of Kachpura where you can enjoy several beautiful monuments often obscured by the Taj Mahal. Part of the experience here is your guide who works as part of an initiative encouraging women and youth from low-income communities to be self-sufficient. Here, they learn valuable skills that assist them in advancing careers in tourism and/or gain experience in building enterprises of their own.

Approximate value: $65 USD per person

Jaipur

Jaipur Walking Tour

Jaipur Walking Tour

On this fascinating evening walk observe local artisans in their workshops: jewelers and silversmiths, gold and silver foil makers. Mingle and talk with the locals while sampling some of the region's culinary delights: try pakoras, aloo tiki, samosa and sweets from some of the city's most popular street food vendors.

Approximate value: $39 USD per person

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



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