Diwali, Festival of Light
Celebrate 5 days of Diwali the Hindu New Year and the ancient legends behind each of the five days. Feast on delicious festival food and enjoy the sight of fireworks. Witness thousands of glowing lamps on the evening of Diwali also known as Festival of Lights. You get to share these experiences with the locals.
In addition to the Diwali experience, witness firsthand the culture of Indian, Mughal empires and the British Raj. A heritage journey through Hindu and Islamic temples, forts, grand palaces and the most magnificent Taj Mahal. Explore the history, the boom and bust of the wealthy ancient merchants and their mansions filled with beautiful frescoes and mosaics.
Join us to celebrate the most famous festival of India with a deep dive into the culture of India’s famed Golden Triangle.
9 Days, 8 Nights: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Mandawa
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Meet Up at Delhi (DEL)
Delhi | Old and New Capital City
Explore both Old and New Delhi, including Humayun’s Tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Qutab Minar - the world’s tallest brick tower and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. Experience a busy & bustling local bazaar with a cycle rickshaw through Chandni Chowk.
Enjoy a communal lunch at a local Sikh Temple (Gurudwara), it is an expression of equality and sense of community.
Delhi – Agra | Mughal Emperors’ Monuments
This evening we celebrate the Day of Fortune with a dinner.
Agra | Mughal Emperors’ Monuments
Visit the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631. The most extravagant monument ever built for love and one of India’s most enduring symbols.
Enjoy a festive celebration dinner tonight.
Agra - Jaipur | The Pink City
Marvel at an AD800-AD900 century step well, Chand Baori, in the village of Abhaneri. The step well stores water in the desert state. At the bottom of the well, the air remains 5-6 degrees cooler than at the surface. It was also a community gathering place, a pavilion and resting room for the royals. Chand Baori has been used as filming locations many times including for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Continue to Jaipur. In the evening, watch Jaipur’s skyline light up with a breathtaking fireworks display and join the celebration as locals light firecrackers in the streets. We celebrate with an authentic Indian Diwali feast.
Jaipur | The Pink City
City Palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City with a series of temples, pavilions, gardens and palaces like Chandra Mahal (home to present Maharajah of Jaipur), Mubarak Mahal (housing a textile museum). Continue to Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), its interior embellished with reflective glass tiles that embellish the interior. Enjoy the sight of Jal Mahal (Water Palace), a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Visit Jantar Mantar, an open-air astronomical observatory and UNESCO world heritage site. See Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), it’s high screen wall allowed the women of the royal household to observe street life without being seen.
Celebrate the 4th day of Diwali, New Year Day, this evening.
Jaipur – Painted Mansions
Half-day sightseeing tour, visiting havelis that reflect the cultural splendor of this bygone era. See 18th-century Mandawa Fort. At the palace, you’ll find antique murals, a marble fountain, a whimsical weather vane in the design of a peacock and an arched window that overlooks a lush garden.
Mandawa – Delhi
Dates & Pricing:Departures with Minimum of 2 Guests.
2019 Tour: October 23 – 31, 2019
|Tour Date||2 Persons *|
|Oct 23 – Oct 31, 2019||$4,665|
|Book By||2 Persons *|
|Supersaver through June 30, 2019||$4,830|
|Early Bird through Dec 31, 2019||$4,990|
|Regular (after Dec 31, 2019)||$5,365|
Booking Your FlightWe can find the best flights and airfares for your tour. Buying your own international air tickets? No problem!
- ‣ Amber Fort Jeep or Elephant Ride
- ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
- ‣ 3, 4 and 5-Stars Hotel Accommodations
- ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
- ‣ English-speaking Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares/Taxes to and from India
- ‣ Travel Insurance
- ‣ Medical Expenses
- ‣ Gratuities
- ‣ Laundry Service
- ‣ Telephone Calls
- ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
- ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions