GLOBUS 2018: Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Southern India & Kathmandu (ODY5)
17 days from Mumbai to Kathmandu
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!
|Offer valid through 6/30/2018|
|Day 1||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. (B,L)|
|Day 3||Cochin||Fly to Cochin. (B)|
|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. (B,L)|
|Day 5||Delhi||Today, fly to Delhi. (B)|
|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 [LF] 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. (B,L,D)|
|Day 7||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. (B,L) |
|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 [LF] TONGA (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. (B)|
|Day 9||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! (B,L,D)|
|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. (B,L,D)|
|Day 11||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 [LF] HOME-HOSTED DINNER with an Indian noble family, followed by a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING demonstration. (B,D) |
|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. (B,D)|
|Day 13||Delhi||Fly back to Delhi this morning. (B)|
|Day 14||Kathmandu||Today, fly to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)|
|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. (B,L)|
|Day 16||Kathmandu||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. (B,L)|
|Day 17||Kathmandu||Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1,060. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Mumbai/Cochin; Cochin/Delhi; Jaipur/Delhi; Delhi/Kathmandu. Air prices were effective on August 17, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single Room Supplement: $1,080 to $1,370Triple rooms are not available.Extra nights per person in Mumbai:in single room $228; in twin room $119Extra nights per person in Kathmandu:in single room $171; in twin room $962019 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2018.
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