Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Southern India & Nepal
Discover India—with its long history, variety of languages, amazing monuments, and rich cultural heritage—and Nepal, birthplace of Buddha and home to some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. On this tour, visit some of India’s most famous sights and get to know the culture through special experiences. You’ll visit the Taj Mahal, built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan from 1631-1648 AD as a memorial to his beloved wife. 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. The 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—another 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!
MUMBAISightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Gateway of India, a Dhobi Ghat, Hanging Gardens, Mumbai Museum, and Mani Bhavan; Host service during your stayCOCHINSightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Hill Palace Museum, Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, and St. Francis Church; walking tour of Jewish quarter; cruise the backwaters of Kerala; Host service during your stay DELHIVisit Qutub Minar, Humayan’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; [LF] rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar; welcome dinner with Indian cooking demonstrationAGRA Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise by [LF] tonga, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri BHARATPUR–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARKTravel by trainRANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK Three game drives by open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicleJAIPUR [LF] Home-hosted dinner with Indian noble family featuring a sari- and turban-tying demonstration; visit Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, and the City Palace & MuseumNEPAL Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Hanuman Dhoka, the Temple of Kumari, and Boudhanath; excursion to Patan including Durbar Square; Host service during your
American breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 6 dinners including a welcome dinner in Delhi and home-hosted dinner in Jaipur
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.