Icons Of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond With Varanasi

12/27/2018 through 11/29/2019
12/27/2018 through 12/02/2019
Globus

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, you’ll visit some of India’s most famous sights and experience some of its fascinating rituals. 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. 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 safari vehicle 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-some practicing yoga, some meditating, and others bathing fully clothed.

These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this spectacular India tour with Varanasi. It’s a dream vacation!

Included Features:

DELHI
Visit Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; [LF] rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar; welcome dinner with Indian cooking demonstration

AGRA
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, Agra Fort by [LF] tonga, and Fatehpur Sikri

BHARATPUR–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Travel by train

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Three game drives

JAIPUR
[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

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

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi, India
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Day 2 Delhi
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Day 3 Delhi – Agra
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Day 4 Agra
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Day 5 Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Ranthambore National Park
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Day 6 Ranthambore
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Day 7 Ranthambore – Jaipur
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Day 8 Jaipur
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Day 9 Jaipur – Delhi
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Day 10 Delhi – Varanasi
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Day 11 Varanasi
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Day 12 Varanasi – Delhi
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Day 13 Delhi
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