GLOBUS 2025: Independent Highlights of Northern & Southern India (IAI3)

14 Day Package from Delhi to Kumarakom

Eclectic temples and imposing forts. Pristine wildlife refuges and lively metropolises. Pink cities and golden triangles. Fairytale monuments and tantalizing cuisine. There's no better introduction to India than this incredible Independence by Globus journey. Tour bustling Mumbai and witness its tiffin lunch box delivery system and visit the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi. You'll also explore the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the highlights of Kochi and cruise the backwaters of Kerala to witness life along the scenic and serene waterways. Enjoy the I-time you crave with free time and optional excursions to experience this fascinating destination in your own way.

Call (917) 945-9852 for more information or to book today! Mention code 17541598

Tour Operator
Offer valid through 12/31/2023
14 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1Delhi

Welcome to India! Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2Delhi

- Your private guided sightseeing tour starts with a drive to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace.
- Take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling goods and souvenirs-from silver and saris to spices and electronics.

Day 3Agra

- This morning, explore Delhi on a private guided tour. Start at Qutub Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret constructed in the early 13th Century.
- Visit Humayun's Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi's largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship).
- After lunch, drive to Agra, a city where much of the city's impressive past is still evident in the majesty of her buildings.

Day 4Agra

- Meet your Local Guide for a special visit to the captivating Taj Mahal at sunrise. This extravagant marble monument was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth.
- In the afternoon, a private guided tour brings you to Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Moghul Emperor Akbar, this impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces.


Today's I-Time Tips
Explore more on your own or join an optional excursion to Itmad-ud-Daula, the city's beautiful 'Baby Taj.'
Day 5Jaipur

- Today, drive to Jaipur, often referred to as the 'Pink City.'
- After lunch, visit Jantar Mantar and explore the City Palace Museum with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons, and costumes.
- Lastly, visit Ladli, a training program teaching orphaned and destitute children valuable skills to keep them off the streets. Here learn about the project, interact with the children, and help them practice their English skills.

Day 6Jaipur

- Visit the legendary Amber Fort, known as the 'Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan.' This fortress-palace was built entirely of white marble and red sandstone, and features intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works.


Today's I-Time Tips
Join a guide for a walking tour through old Jaipur.
Day 7Mumbai

- Fly to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a fascinating history. This vibrant city is now India's premier seaport, center of culture and industry, and home to the 'Bollywood' movie industry.

Day 8Mumbai

- Your private guided sightseeing starts with an orientation for photos at some of the city's famous sites, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Gateway of India.
- Then, witness Mumbai's fascinating tiffen lunch box delivery system. At Churchgate Station, the dabbawalas (box carriers) transfer the lunch boxes onto a wooden cart on a local train. Board the train for the short ride to Mahalaxmi Station where you'll disembark and watch the boxes being sorted by color for final delivery.
- Lastly, stop to see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (open-air laundromat) and visit Mani Bhavan, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi.

Day 9Mumbai

- Today, enjoy an excursion to Elephanta Island to visit the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to the mid-5th century.
- Start with a ferry ride to the island where you'll have ample time to explore the seven caves rock cut caves and the carvings and sculptures within them. One of the highlights is the beautiful Sadashiva, which represents three aspects of Shiva: the creator, the preserver, and the destroyer.

Day 10Kochi

- Today, fly to Kochi, the 'Gateway to Kerala,' India's southernmost state known for its natural beauty.

Day 11Kochi

- Your private guided sightseeing tour starts with a visit to the Chinese fishing nets that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area. You'll also take a walk through the Jewish Quarter.
- Then, visit the Kerala Folklore Museum, which aims to educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India.

Day 12Kumarakom

- Today, drive out of the city and embark on an unforgettable private afternoon cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields.
- Transfer to your lakeside resort.

Day 13Kumarakom

- A full day at leisure to explore the area or enjoy resort amenities.


Today's I-Time Tips
Consider a trip to visit a local village, relax by the pool, or pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Day 14Kumarakom

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


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