Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Southern India & Kathmandu (ODY5)

17 Day Tour from Mumbai to Kathmandu

2018 Tour Details

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 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.

Remarkable structures are just part of India’s appeal. 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 in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle 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.

In Nepal, sightseeing is spread over two leisurely days. Visits include Hanuman Dhoka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Temple of Kumari, residence of the Living Goddess, a child thought to be the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess. You’ll also journey to Patan and Bouddhanath, Nepal’s largest stupa.

These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this marvelous India and Nepal tour. If you’re a traveler looking for a new adventure, this is a dream vacation!
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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 Chinese Fishing Nets and Kerala Folklore Museum; walk through the 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, 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, the City Palace & Museum, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal
NEPAL
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Hanuman Dhoka, the Temple of Kumari, and Boudhanath; excursion to Patan including Durbar Square; 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
  • Hanuman Dhoka
  • Durbar Square
  • Bouddahanath
  • Patan

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 5 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 MUMBAI

Welcome 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 2 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.

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Day 3 MUMBAI–COCHIN

Fly to Cochin.

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Day 4 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.

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Day 5 COCHIN–DELHI

Today, fly to Delhi.

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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 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.

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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. Later, travel by TONGA (horse-drawn carriage) to 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. 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.

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Day 13 JAIPUR–DELHI

Fly back to Delhi this morning.

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Day 14 DELHI–KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Today, fly to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 15 KATHMANDU

Your morning PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING TOUR starts 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. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 16 KATHMANDU. EXCURSION TO PATAN

Today, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR takes you to BOUDDHANATH, 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 (“City of Beauty”). Here, stop in DURBAR SQUARE, the city’s center of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites.

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Day 17 KATHMANDU

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 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

Mumbai
Cochin
Delhi
Agra
Ranthambore National Park
Jaipur
Delhi
Kathmandu

 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)


Mumbai
Agra
Jaipur

Mumbai

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Heritage Walking Tour of Mumbai

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Agra

Kachpura Village

Kachpura Village

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Jaipur

Jaipur by Foot

Jaipur by Foot

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

Price Range: $$

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