Watch the country erupt in happiness and festive lights when you visit India during Diwali.
Celebrate the festival of lights like a local and earn bragging rights for life. Explore the old city of Delhi, wondering how some places could be so ancient yet at the same time modern. Ride the rails and watch the country goes by. Maybe catch a Bollywood flick and gawk at the marvel that is the Taj Mahal. You have not seen India if you have not visited during Diwa.
- Light the roof on fire! And by that, we mean light up the rooftops of Jaipur with fireworks for Diwali Festival.
- Saree not sorry.
- Look radiant for Diwali night in a colorful and dazzling saree to match your surroundings.
- While in Karauli experience royal Rajasthani swagger in your very own palace crib.
- The Taj Mahal may be one of the most recognizable buildings in the world, but do you know its poetic history? A local expert will fill you in.
- Check out a Bollywood blockbuster in the coolest cinema in the country.
- Breakfasts Included: 1.
- Dinners Included: 2.
- Hotel (6 nights), Heritage Property (1 night).
- Private vehicle, Train, Shuttle bus, Cycle rickshaw, Auto rickshaw, Metro.
- Age: min 16, max 29.
- Group Size: 1 – 16.
- Delhi – Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour.
- Delhi – Jama Masjid.
- Delhi – Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple).
- Cultural Dance Show Diwali Celebrations in Jaipur).
- Indian Dress up for Diwali.
- Jaipur – Amber Fort.
- Karauli – Village walk.
- Agra – Taj Mahal.
- Agra – Agra Fort.
Day 1 – Delhi
Namaste! Welcome to Delhi. There are no planned activities today except for a welcome meeting at 6 pm, where you’ll meet your tour guide and fellow travelers. After the meeting, why not continue the introductions over an optional group dinner.
Day 2 – Delhi
Catch the new metro to Old Delhi and visit the old city’s market area by cycle rickshaw, taking in Chandni Chowk as well as Connaught Place. Check out the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque and one of its most impressive buildings, then visit the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religion.
Day 3 – Diwali Festival in Jaipur
Today is the day! Travel by express train into Rajasthan and onto it’s capital, Jaipur (approximately five hours). After arriving in the ‘Pink City,’ you will join your leader to shop for fireworks where they will help you choose the right ones for the celebrations later. Take a detour to visit local sweet shops as during Diwali sweets are a traditional gift. Some of these shops have been making amazing sweets for generations. Your leader will point out which sweets to choose and their significance. Since Diwali is a victory celebration of good over evil, Indians typically dress in their most beautiful clothes. As a gesture of good will, it is appropriate for you to dress nicely for this evenings celebration. There may even be a saree surprise in store for you later! Tonight, dark lanes and alleys will be brightly lit, the sound of fireworks and happiness floating through the wind. The evening we will be spent with a local family on their rooftop, celebrating Diwali in their traditional style with you. Your leader will help you through the intricate customs of Diwali rituals, prayer sessions, gift exchanging, the lighting of candles and oil lamps, eating snacks, and drinking. Take in the rooftop views with fireworks all around while sharing a home-cooked meal with the family and being entertained by local musicians singing traditional Diwali songs.
Day 4 – Jaipur
For those willing to wake up early after a night of celebrations and would like to see the Pink City a bit differently this morning, ‘there’s the option to drift high over Jaipur in a hot air balloon, a highlight for many visitors. For more information, please see the important notes section of your trip notes. ‘Here’s just a sprinkling of things to do in your free time today: drop by Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), the impressive five-story facade with pink, honeycombed windows making it the most photographed building in the country after Taj Mahal. Then maybe head out to the old capital of Amber and an exploration of the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Fort. The Sheesh Mahal inside the fort is a must-see. As the walls are completely covered in little mirrors, the hall illuminates with the light of a single match. Hit the streets for raj kachori chaat – a big fluffy chaat served with chutney, yogurt, and potato. Then cool off with a lassi from Lassiwala on MI road, Jaipur’s oldest and most famous lassi shop. Tonight, ‘you’ll experience the cinema like never before with an extravagant Bollywood blockbuster at the memorable Raj Mandir Cinema – ‘there’s usually romance, drama, and music all rolled into one.
Day 5 – Karauli
- Leave the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur behind and drive to Karauli (approximately 5-6 hours). This delightful town was founded in 1348 and is packed with rustic ambiance and traditional temples. Take a guided walk around the Old Quarter, interacting with friendly locals and learning about rural Indian life off the tourist trail. Be sure to visit the various market stalls along the way and sample some seasonal local sweets made from Indian ingredients, including petha (pumpkin), jaggery (organic sugar), peanut brittle and gazak (sesame seeds). Stay in a restored heritage property tonight where dinner is included.
Day 6 – Agra
Head east by public bus to Agra (approximately 6 hours). Agra might not be the prettiest city in the world, but the minute you check out its top-notch sites that won’t matter one bit. After arriving into the town, you’ll head to the most iconic sight in India. It doesn’t matter who you are; the Taj Mahal will explode all your expectations with the morning light shimmering off its white marble surface. Maybe jump on a motorized rickshaw to pick out the rest of the city’s monuments – Akbar’s Mausoleum is a beautiful sandstone and marble tomb built for the greatest of the Mughal emperors.
Day 7 – Delhi
Maybe return to the Taj Mahal at sunrise, then explore the impressive Red Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River – stroll the magnificent gardens of this red sandstone stronghold with cheeky monkeys in tow. We will drive back to Delhi and the rest of the day is free for you to do as you like. Practice your bargaining skills in Chandni Chowk in the maze of shops and kiosks that sell everything imaginable, buy local crafts straight from the hands of the artisan in Janpath market, or gobble down street chaats – snacks like deep fried fritters and flatbread. Then maybe find time for a quiet drink in this teeming metropolis tonight.
Day 8 – Delhi
End things on a sweet note, with a taste of our favorite treats – Sandesh, rosogolla and chanar payesh. There are no activities on the last full day, so take a look around and maybe even stay on a couple of nights to keep up the exploration. Swap Facebook deets with your new travel mates, and then it’s over and out after breakfast. Don’t forget to check out an Urban Adventure or two if you’ve got some extra time in Delhi.
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