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The chance to explore two unique cultures on one trip is yours. Spend 10 days touring India and Dubai with stops at the Taj Mahal, New Delhi, Abu Dhabi, and more!
- Day 1 | Depart USA
- Day 2 | Delhi
- Day 3 | Delhi
- Day 4 | Agra
- Day 5 | Jaipur
- Day 6 | Jaipur
- Day 7 | Dubai
- Day 8 | Desert Safari
- Day 9 | Abu Dhabi
- Day 10 | Return to USA
Depart the US on your flight to Delhi *. *Those making their own flight arrangements will join the EOX tour on Day 2.
Arrive at Delhi. On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by a representative and transferred to the hotel. (Transfer included if air is purchased through EOX or if you provide EOX with your flight information at least one month prior to your departure.) For hundreds of years, several different empires centralized their power in Delhi. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times, and, interestingly, those who vanquished also ruled. Modern Delhi is a fusion of two distinct cultural lineages—Old Delhi and New Delhi. Juxtaposed against the immaculately planned New Delhi created by the British Raj, Old Delhi, which was once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinthine network of lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. Visit the Jama Masjid. This great Old Delhi mosque is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It has three immense gates, four towers, and two minarets. Enjoy a rickshaw ride, which will provide a peek into the local scene. Drive through Dariba Kalan, which means “street of the incomparable pearl.” It is the oldest jewelry market in the city. At Kinari Bazaar (meaning “wedding market”) see the Hindu and Sikh temples and the spice market. The Red Fort, Shah Jahan's elegant citadel made of red sandstone, was built on the western bank of the Yamuna River. Inside is a veritable treasure trove of buildings, including the Drum House, the Hall of Public and Private Audiences, the Pearl Mosque, Royal Baths, and Palace of Color. Enjoy some leisure time at Connaught Place Market, a popular shopping hub. Nearby, and worth exploring, is an observatory named after astronomer and nobleman, Jantar Mantar. (B)
Explore the New Delhi area. Visit Humayun Tomb, one of the most innovative and experimental monuments of its time. It is the oldest substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. New Delhi houses several government buildings and official residences reminiscent of the British colonial architecture. You will get to see the Parliament House and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India. Stop for a photo at the India Gate, an "arc-de-triumph" style archway. Like its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial also bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed on the northwestern frontier in the Afghan War of 1919. Qutub Minar is a soaring tower of victory built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. The tower has five distinct stories, each marked by a balcony. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it, your wish will be fulfilled. Then enjoy a cultural dance or Bollywood dance performance before dinner. (B)
Agra reminds the world of the opulence for which the Mughal Empire was known. While its significance as a political center ended in 1634, its architectural wealth has secured its place in international tourism. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who descend from those who worked under the Mughals. Itmad-Ud-Daula is often described as a 'jewel box' and is sometimes called the Baby Taj because of its diminutive resemblance to the Taj Mahal. Built entirely out of white marble and inlaid with semi-precious stones, this riverside mausoleum exhibits a strong Persian influence. “Taj Mahal” translates into “crown of palaces.” It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. A world-renowned wonder, the Taj Mahal looks the same from all four sides and is widely recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India. (B)
On the way to Jaipur, enjoy a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. The complex consists of religious, residential, and administrative buildings. The Shrine of Sheikh Salim Chishti is housed here. Continue to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City, thanks to the color of its buildings. There are innumerable sagas of culture, traditions, practices, and valor to enchant. (B)
The Hawa Mahal Palace was built by Sawai Pratap Singh and is easily the most well-known landmark in the city. This five-story building overlooks the busy bazaar with its delicately honeycombed 953 pink sandstone windows, known as 'jharokhas'. Originally, it was designed so that the royal ladies could remain in veiled comfort yet observe the exploits of common life. Amber Fort was made in red sandstone and white marble and is a classic example of the romantic fort-palace. Elephants symbolize royalty in Rajasthan culture, and you’ll get to feel like royalty yourself with an elephant ride to Amber Fort. Mounting and riding the elephant will be safe and secure from the provided raised platform and specially designed seating arrangement. The City Palace Complex contains some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture in the city. The palace blends Mughal and Rajput architecture, and the once-royal family still lives in a part of the palace. Enjoy free time to walk through the narrow side streets of Jaipur. The Old City is surprisingly well laid out, with its wide, straight streets. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Dubai. Upon arrival, journey to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood to explore Old Dubai. Part of the attraction of the district is simply wandering through its narrow lanes. You’ll discover creative art spaces, museums, and cafés. Buildings topped with distinctive wind towers will surround you. Visit the Textile Souk full of colorful fabrics and kitsch souvenirs. The Saruq Al Hadid Museum displays archaeological treasures discovered in and around Dubai. Embark on a water taxi ride from Bur Dubai Abra Station. Board a traditional wooden boat and cross the creek to Deira. Once on the other side, visit the Gold Souk where you can haggle with shopkeepers for beautiful jewelry. Then continue to the Spice Souk. Aromas of cardamom, turmeric, dried lemons, and rose petals will envelop your senses. (B)
Visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Its viewing platform is almost 1500 feet high, and the 360-degree view encompasses all of Dubai. Motor on into the remote Lahbab Desert that lies outside of Dubai. Bright red dunes look like giant beanbags of sand. Make use of optional quad bikes. Send plumes of red sand flying. Your adrenaline will surge as your vehicle plows up the dunes and slip-slides back down. Enjoy the evening views. The desert landscape at sunset is truly captivating. (B, D)
Embark on an exhilarating tour of Abu Dhabi. On the way, you’ll visit a grand church in the Jebel Ali area and hear from a local Christian church on what life is like in a predominantly Muslim country. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the acclaimed symbol of contemporary Islam. Abu Dhabi Corniche exudes a relaxing vibe with its sweeping harbor, pearl white sand beaches, and beautiful promenade. Next stop is Emirates Palace. Be sure to capture your visit with a photo in front of this eminent destination. Travel to the stunning Etihad Towers. Its five towers shout out the aggregate story of everything Abu Dhabi, combining luxury and modernity. Qasr Al Watan is a palatial reflection of Emiratis and its leaders. Get a glimpse into Emirati governance and culture via exhibits at the palace. Freshen up at your hotel before embarking on your special dinner cruise on board the Bateaux Dubai. As you sail, you will pass the illuminated Maktoum Bridge, Clock Tower, Twin Towers, and Grand Mosque. (B)
Return home filled with the magic and mystery of India and Dubai.