Dubai & Varansi Tour - Globus® Escorted Tours

Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Dubai & Varanasi (ODY)

16 Day Tour from Dubai 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. But first, stop off in Dubai, spend time discovering its many souks (markets), and explore the city on your own. Then, head to India, visit some of its most famous sights, and experience some of its fascinating rituals. Of course, you’ll visit the Taj Mahal, built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan from 1631-1648 AD as a memorial to his beloved wife. Plus, visit 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. 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—another 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.

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, 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 spectacular India tour with Dubai. It’s a dream vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

DUBAI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Jumeirah Mosque, the spice souk, and the gold souk; 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, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri
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 Mahal, and the City Palace & Museum
VARANASI
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the ghats for the Ganga Aarti; boat ride on the Ganges to see the Hindu bathing ritual; excursion to Sarnath; Host service during your stay

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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Agra Fort
  • Taj Mahal
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Humayun's Tomb
  • Qutab Minar
  • Amber Fort
  • Red Fort

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 8 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, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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

Day 2 Dubai

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Dubai

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Dubai–Delhi, India

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 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 6 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 7 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 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!. 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 MAHAL (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 13 Delhi–Varanasi

Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Early this evening, witness the GANGA AARTI (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges.

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Day 14 Varanasi

Around dawn, board a BOAT and 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. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. This afternoon, an excursion takes you to nearby SARNATH, the “Cradle of Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy.

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Day 15 Varanasi–Delhi

Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16 Delhi

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 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 20 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

Dubai
Delhi
Agra
Jaipur
Delhi
Varanasi

Dubai

Marco Polo Hotel

First-Class

Marco Polo Hotel Dubai, Dubai,  United Arab Emirates

Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Marco Polo Hotel offers quick and friendly service to travelers. A sleek, classy experience of primary hospitality filled with warm ambience lies within the glass curtain façade. The hotel has a host of premium restaurants that takes you on a culinary journey while the recreational facilities and culture of hospitality helps you unwind and enjoy a relaxing stay.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Delhi

Le Meridien New Delhi

Moderate Deluxe

Le Meridien New Delhi Windsor Place, New Delhi, Delhi,  India

Windsor Place, New Delhi
Delhi, India

Ideally located in the heart of New Delhi, the luxurious Le Meridien New Delhi stands tall over the historic landscape of Lutyen's Delhi. The hotel features a sophisticated and modern design, and sweeping views of New Delhi.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Jaipur

Trident, Jaipur

Moderate Deluxe

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

Varanasi

The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

Superior First-Class

The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi Nadesar Palace Ground Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi,  India

Nadesar Palace Ground Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi, India

Featured among the top hotels in the city, The Gateway Hotel Varanasi is nestled amidst 40 acres of lush gardens. Enjoy their outdoor pool, fitness center, restaurants and bar. De-stress with their rejuvenating Spa therapies. Inspired by the principles and practices of yoga and yogic lifestyle, the unique experiences infuses your mind, body, and soul with positive energy.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Voicemail

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Dubai
Agra
Jaipur

Dubai

Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner

No trip to Dubai is complete without experiencing a desert safari! Experience the thrill of a life time with a rollercoaster ride on sand dunes.

Price Range: $$

Abu Dhabi City Tour - Private

Abu Dhabi City Tour - Private

Once a peaceful fishing village, Abu Dhabi is capital of the United Arab Emirates, and is known as the "Manhattan of the Middle East" for its many skyscrapers dominating its skyline. Your journey begins in Dubai, where you will travel past the World's largest man made port at Jebel Ali and onward for the two-hour drive to Abu Dhabi.

Price Range: $$$$

Agra

Kachpura Village

Kachpura Village

Leave the bright lights of Agra behind and visit the ancient village of Kachhpura.

Price Range: $$

Jaipur

Jaipur by Foot

Jaipur by Foot

Discover the largest city in Northern India on foot, experiencing local delights and sights.

Price Range: $$

 Know Before You Go

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