Diwali, Festival of Lights with Tigers & Taj Mahal

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Diwali, Festival of Lights with Tigers & Taj Mahal


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Join us on Oct 16, 2017 to experience Diwali (the Festival of Lights) while touring Ranthambore including a Tiger Safari, and India’s famed Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, including the Taj Mahal) and ride an elephant!

Every year firecrackers brighten the dark night announcing Diwali, the celebration of India’s favorite festival. Homes are decorated, gifts are given, sweets are shared and thousands of lamps are lit. Join us this year to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, while touring Ranthambore and India’s famed Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Step into the kaleidoscope that is India. Delhi is the sprawling capital city of India with beautiful examples of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Explore the walled city of Old Delhi, seat of the Mughal Empire and the British Raj. Vist New Delhi, a 20th century metropolis. Agra the heart of the Moghul empire, boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal by Yamuna river. Visit the stunning Pink City of Jaipur, take an elephant (or jeep) ride to visit the magnificent 16th century Amber Fort constructed of red sandstone and marble.

Ranthambhore National Park is one of India’s most scenic nature parks with a rich diversity of fauna and flora including the Bengal tiger, sambar, chital, nilgai, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear and a myriad of bird life. Get started spotting these exotic animals!


Day 1: Meet Up at Delhi

Day 2: Delhi | Old Delhi

Day 3: Delhi | New Delhi

Day 4: Delhi – Agra | Taj Mahal & Diwali

Day 5: Agra | Fatehpur Sikri, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Day 6: Agra – Ranthambore | Swai Madhopur

Day 7: Ranthambore | Game Drives

Day 8: Ranthambore – Jaipur | Talabgaon Castle

Day 9: Jaipur | Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal

Day 10: Jaipur | Choki Dhani

Day 11: Jaipur – Delhi | Chand Baori



Destination Hotels Rating
Delhi The Piccadily ★★★★
Agra Hotel Crystal Sarovar ★★★★
Ranthambhore The Sher Garh ★★★★
Jaipur Alsisar Haveli ★★★★

Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Hotel check-in time is 2pm and check out at 12 noon.



‣ Airport Transfers

‣ Traditional Garlanding Welcome with Welcome Kit

‣ Hotel Accommodations

‣ Daily Breakfast and Most Meals (See tour plan for more details)

‣ English-speaking Local Guide

‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments

‣ Diwali Gala Dinner

‣ Authentic Indian Dinner and Cooking Demonstration in Jaipur with a Local Family

‣ Elephant Ride in Jaipur to visit Amber Fort (Jeep Ride is available as an alternative)

‣  Game Drives in the Ranthambore National Park


Meet Up at Delhi

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

Delhi | Old Delhi

Enjoy a buffet breakfast and have a leisurely morning on your own. Meet at the hotel lobby for our welcome lunch at a colonial mansion. After lunch is a half-day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, taking in the Red Fort, Humayan's Tomb, Jama Masjid (India’s oldest and largest mosque) and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi. Get a unique glance at local life by exploring the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on a half hour rickshaw ride.
  Breakfast    Welcome Lunch

Delhi | New Delhi

Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of New Delhi including the grand Rajpath boulevard and India Gate. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city on your own with an optional add-on private car and chauffeur.
  Breakfast    Dinner

Delhi – Agra | Taj Mahal & Diwali

After an early breakfast we depart to Agra the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Tour 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 Taj Mahal is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols.
This evening we celebrate the festival of Diwali.
Of all the festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most important. It is the celebration of light over darkness and the triumph of good over evil. Diwali ignites an overwhelming sense of goodwill and bonhomie across the nation, as families and friends come together to light oil lamps, exchange sweets, presents and to set off fireworks.
We take a 30-minute walk through the bustling narrow streets of the old city to the Mankameshwar Temple. This is an Agra Heritage Walk through a fascinating area which is reminiscent of a miniature Old Delhi. We'll pass the Kinari Bazaar, the spice market and the Jama Mosque and along the way we'll see streets, shops and homes decorated with pretty fairy lights. Firecrackers light up the balmy autumn night sky as the nation celebrates Diwali - the festival of light.
The Mankameshwar Temple will be laced with colorful lights and decorated in garlands and flowers given by locals who flock to the temple on Diwali to give their offerings to the deities. Once inside we'll see people offering prayers and preparing for the Diwali aarti (religious worship). Leaving the temple, we travel to a lovely restaurant where we'll dine in the garden. There is also a small temple at the restaurant and a priest will offer prayers before the fireworks begin and we enjoy a traditional gala dinner.
  Breakfast    Diwali Gala Dinner

Agra| Fatehpur Sikri, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

After an early breakfast we depart for excursion to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Fatehpur Sikri.  Fatehpur Sikri is former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1585 due to a meager supply of water.
In the afternoon we tour the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. This is our chance to size up the Itmad-ud-Daula tomb that is a Mughal era mausoleum, often described as a "jewel box" or the "Baby Tāj".  The Itmad-ud-Daula tomb has often been regarded as the inspiration for the Tāj Mahal.
Prepare for the beautiful sunset view of the Taj Mahal as seen from Mehtab Bagh, a century old garden across Yamuna River overlooking the tomb.

Agra - Ranthambore | Taj Sunrise, Swai Madhopur

Enjoy a sunrise view of Taj Mahal, breakfast and then drive to Ranthambhore. Lunch in an old mansion at Sawai Madhopur and then continue to Ranthambore National Park.
  Breakfast     Lunch    Dinner

Ranthambore | Game Drives

Enjoy two Game Drives (morning and afternoon) in the Ranthambore National Park. The Park sprawls over an estimated 400 sq. km (150 sq. miles). Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and rivers, and on top of one of these hills is the impressive Ranthambhore Fort, built in the 8th century. The national park is peppered with the battlements and spillovers of the Ranthambhore Fort - tigers are said to frequent these ruins! The tigers can be spotted quite often, even during the day. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, the tigers seem quite accustomed to human activity and take the visitors in stride. For its relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora.
  Breakfast     Lunch    Dinner

Ranthambore - Jaipur | Talabgaon Castle

After breakfast, journey to Jaipur with a lunch stop at the Talabgaon Castle in Dausa and catch a glimpse of the real royalty of the British Rajasthan where you not only experience traditional warm hospitality but also take pleasure in all the modern-day amenities.
    Breakfast Lunch

Jaipur | Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal

We travel to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput construction, perched on a hillside overlooking the dusty plains below, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples.  Reaching its summit on an elephant (or jeep, your choice), we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior grounds. Continue to Sheesh Mahal, "Palace of Mirrors" which takes its name from the reflective glass tiles that embellish the interior.  And then to Hawa Mahal, a palace so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while remaining unseen from the outside. Visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.  Later we have a Cooking Demonstration with local flavors & style followed by dinner.
  Breakfast Cooking Demo Dinner

Jaipur | Choki Dhani

We visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing. Later we visit Chokhi Dhani, meaning "special village", a mock Rajasthani village. There are open-air restaurants, where you can enjoy tasty Rajasthani thali cusine for dinner, with a bevy of traditional entertainment – dancers, acrobats, snack stalls.
  Breakfast    Dinner

Day 11:Jaipur - Delhi | Chand Baori

Traveling to Delhi we stop in the village of Abhaneri to see Chand Baori, which is the largest and deepest step well in the world. This incredible well has a staggering 3,500 steps and is 13 stories deep.  The tour ends and you reach Delhi International airport by 5pm.  You are advised to schedule your departure flight for 8 pm or later to provide an ample buffer.

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  • ‣ Private car with Chauffeur – Half Day        CALL FOR PRICE
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A non-refundable deposit is required to hold reservations made 60 days or more before departure.  The deposit consists of the items below.
  • ‣ $900.00
  • ‣ Selected add-on cultural performances