Tour OverviewDiscover 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 to spend time discovering its many souks (markets) and explore this exciting city on your own. Then, head to India to 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 at sunrise, 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. 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. A final tour highlight is a visit to Ranthambore National Park. Here, three game drives in an open-air 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 spectacular tour to India and Dubai. If you're a traveler looking for a new adventure, this is the vacation for you!Included Features:DUBAISightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the spice souk, the gold souk, and the Burj Khalifa; Host service during your stay DELHI Visit Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar; welcome dinner with Indian cooking demonstrationAGRA Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri BHARATPUR–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Travel by train RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Three game drivesJAIPUR [LF] Home-hosted dinner with Indian noble family featuring a sari- and turban-tying demonstration; visit Amber Fort, the City Palace & Museum, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal
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Day 1 ARRIVE IN DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Welcome to Dubai! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 DUBAI. This morning, your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a WALKING TOUR through the narrow lanes of the historic Bastakiya Quarter. Next, explore the souks (markets), including the SPICE SOUK with its aromas of exotic spices, and the GOLD SOUK with its 220 glittering shop windows. Lastly, visit BURJ KHALIFA, the world's tallest building. Here, ascend to the AT THE TOP observation deck on the 124th floor for spectacular views and a presentation on Dubai's history. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)NOTE:Many sites in Dubai are closed on Fridays. In these instances, today's sightseeing will take place on day 3.
Day 3 DUBAI. Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host will be happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of your time. (B)
Day 4 DUBAI-DELHI, INDIA. Today, fly to Delhi, India's capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. (B)
Day 5 DELHI. Today's sightseeing starts with an orientation drive to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a 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, visit QUTUB MINAR, the world's tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. 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 6 DELHI–AGRA. This morning, 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 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. Later, travel 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. (B)
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! (B,L,D)
Day 9 RANTHAMBORE. Today, explore the park on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in an open-air safari vehicle. 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 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 HOME-HOSTED DINNER with an Indian noble family, followed by a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING demonstration. (B,D)
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. 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 12 JAIPUR–DELHI. Fly back to Delhi this morning and prepare for your journey home. (B)
Day 13 DELHI. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B) NOTE:Some flights depart Delhi very early in the morning. In these cases, breakfast is not included on Day 10, and you will have to depart for the airport late in the evening on Day 9 or just after Midnight on Day 10.
Tour Dates & Pricing
- Friday October 9th, 2020 - Wednesday October 21st, 2020
- Friday October 16th, 2020 - Wednesday October 28th, 2020
- Friday October 30th, 2020 - Wednesday November 11th, 2020
- Friday November 27th, 2020 - Wednesday December 9th, 2020