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Diwali, Festival of Light

2019 Tour: OCT 23 – 31, 2019 | 2020 Tour: NOV 11 - 19, 2020
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Diwali, Festival of Light

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$4665

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

Taj Mahal tourist attraction

Tah Mahal

City Palace, Chandra Mahal Vacation Trip

Jaipur Chandra Mahal

Jaipur Amber Fort

Arranging rangoli to welcome guests and goddess Lakshmi at Diwali.

Lighting Diwali Oil Lamp

Diwali Sweets

Udaipur City Palace in the Mewar Dynasty

Udaipur City Palace

City Palace, Udaipur

Mandawa Hindu Temple

Old Delhi Jama Masjid Tourist Attraction

Breathtaking View of Jama Masjid in Delhi

Chand Baori Stepwell Famous Landmarks

Chand Baori Stepwell, Abhaneri

Qatar Minar

 


YOUR JOURNEY

 


1

Meet Up at Delhi (DEL)

Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or explore this bustling capital city on your own.
2

Delhi | Old and New Capital City

Delhi is the capital of modern India. It has also been the capital of at least seven previous civilizations as well as the British Raj, and each have left behind a trail of monuments.
 
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.
 
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch
3

Delhi – Agra | Mughal Emperors’ Monuments

Drive to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire. Visit Agra Fort, a prison built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal. Later we visit a Marble Inlay workshop run by local craftsmen who maintain the Taj Mahal.
 
This evening we celebrate the Day of Fortune with a dinner.
 
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast      Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
4

Agra | Mughal Emperors’ Monuments

Let’s size up the Itimad-ud-Daulah tomb, the "Baby Tāj”, a Mughal era mausoleum.
 
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.
 
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
5

Agra - Jaipur | The Pink City

En route to Jaipur we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory), which has been deserted for over four centuries. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri remains well-preserved and a fascinating place to explore.
 
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.
 
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
6

Jaipur | The Pink City

Visit the stunning 16th century Rajput Amber Fort on a jeep or elephant. The fort is perched on a hillside overlooking the dusty plains below, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples.
 
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.
 
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
7

Jaipur – Painted Mansions

Drive to Mandawa, a busy market town fortified in the 18th century by wealthy merchant families of Rajasthan. These businessmen constructed many havelis (mansions) and commissioned artists to paint the walls with elaborate designs.
 
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.
 
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
8

Mandawa – Delhi

This morning, relax and enjoy the hotel or explore Mandawa on your own.
 
Have an early lunch then checkout and depart at noon. Return to Delhi with an approximately 6-hour drive.  Relax this evening.
 
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
9

Delhi | End of Tour

After breakfast, the tour comes to an end.  Please inform us of your international or India domestic flight schedule in order to schedule your airport transfer to Delhi (DEL) airport.
 
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

Hotel Information

Destination Hotels Rating
Delhi Lemon Tree ★★★★
Agra Four Point Sheraton ★★★★★
Jaipur Lemon Tree ★★★★
Mandawa Shahi Palace (Haveli) ★★★
 Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

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
2020 Tour: November 11 - 19, 2020
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  
 Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare. * Price per person, based on double occupancy.  Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price.

Deposit

‣ $750

Booking Your Flight

We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour. Buying your own international air tickets? No problem!  

Inclusions

  • ‣ 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

Exclusions

  • ‣ 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