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Diwali, Festival of Lights

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Diwali, Festival of Lights

$2315

per person

Join us Oct 16, 2017 for Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and a tour of India’s famed Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, including the Taj Mahal and elephant/Jeep ride.

Every year firecrackers brighten the dark nights of Diwali, announcing 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 for Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and tour India’s famed Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Step into the kaleidoscope of India with us. 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.

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

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 – Bharatpur | Sunrise Visit, Fatehpur Sikri, Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Day 6: Bharatpur – Jaipur | Chand Baori

Day 7: Jaipur | The Pink City

Day 8: Jaipur – Delhi | Self excursion

Day 9: Depart Delhi

 

HOTELS

Destination Hotels Rating
Delhi Holiday Inn Mayur Vihar/The Piccadily ★★★★
Agra Utkarsh Vilas ★★★★
Bharatpur Laxmi Vilas Palace ★★★★
Jaipur Alsisar Haveli ★★★★
Alsisar Alsisar Mahal ★★★★
Delhi Holiday Inn Aerocity/The Piccadily ★★★★


Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Hotel check-in time is 1400 hrs and check out at 1200 noon.

 

INCLUSIONS

‣ 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

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

1

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.
2

Delhi | Old Delhi

Enjoy 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. 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 chauffer. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste dinner at our hotel.

  Breakfast    Welcome Dinner
3

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
4

Delhi – Agra | Taj Mahal & Diwali

This evening we celebrate 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 celebrate 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 today to give their offerings to the deities. Once inside we'll see people offering prayers and preparing for the Diwali aarti (religious worship). From the temple, we travel on to a lovely restaurant where we'll dine in the garden. There is also a temple at the restaurant and the priest will offer prayers before the fireworks begin and we enjoy a traditional gala dinner.

  Breakfast    Diwali Gala Dinner
5

Agra - Bharatpur | Sunrise Visit, Fatehpur Sikri, Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Departing Agra at sunrise, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, 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 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. Hotel check-in at Bharatpur and freshen up before we visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park.

  Breakfast
6

Bharatpur – Jaipur | Chand Baori

Traveling to Jaipur 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.

  Breakfast
7

Jaipur | The Pink City

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 by elephant or jeep (your choice), where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.

  Breakfast
8

Jaipur – Delhi | Self excursion

Drive from Jaipur to Delhi, a journey of 160 miles and approximately 6 hours. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own or simply relax at the hotel.

  Breakfast
9

Depart Delhi

The tour comes to an end after breakfast. Hotel check-out and transfer to departure airport.

  Breakfast

DATES & PRICING

Departures and Prices Guaranteed
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TripCompanion Price Assurance TripCompanion Price Assurance ensures that you always pay the lowest published price for your small group journey - if the price of your journey is reduced after booking, TripCompanion will refund you the difference - guaranteed. Our Price Assurance applies to all group journeys available through TripCompanion USA, excluding international and internal air fares and extra services. The TripCompanion Price Assurance applies only to 2017-2018 advertised rates on TripCompanion.com for the same program, travel date and accommodation classification. TripCompanion reserves the right to modify or cancel the Price Assurance for future bookings without prior notice.

DEPARTURE DATE DBL OCC SGL OCC AVAILABLE
Oct 16, 2017 $2,315 $3,035 Yes



DBL OCC: Price per person with double occupancy sharing a room in US Dollars. SGL OCC: Price per person with single occupancy room in US Dollars. Total price = relevant per person price, plus selected add-ons. Private tours and single-person tours are available with nominal supplement price, call for details. Discount is available for a group of 10 or more, call for details. Prices include all currently applicable taxes.

*OPTIONAL ADD – ONS
ALL INCLUSIVE MEALS                                     $270
PRIVATE CAR – HALF DAY WITH CHAUFFEUR               $CALL FOR PRICE

EXCLUSIONS
‣ Any Travel Insurance
‣ Medical Expenses
‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Tax
‣ Gratuities
‣ Laundry Service
‣ Telephone Calls
‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
‣ All other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions