Experience the spectacular Diwali festival in Jaipur, India

India is a spectacle in itself, but with this festival of lights in the mix you’ve got a serious adventure on your hands. Explore the old city of Delhi, a delightful clash of new and old; gaze out the window of the train as the country rolls by; perhaps catch a Bollywood flick in India’s coolest cinema; and soak up the beauty of the Taj Mahal, that iconic paen to Mughal romance. If you think you’ve experienced India, think again. Time to turn up the volume on India with the Diwali festival and more.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Delhi, India
Destination
India
Style
Original
Theme
Festivals and Events
Code
HHSV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Watch as the rooftops of Jaipur light up in dazzling colour as the fireworks of the Diwali Festival unfold

  • Slip into a saree and experience the Diwali night dressed like a local. If you’re going to do it, you’ve got to do it right!

  • In Karauli, you’ll be more than impressed with your new digs – a gorgeous heritage property, with dinner included of course

  • The Taj Mahal may be one of the most visually striking buildings in the world, but its history is just as breathtaking. A local expert will tell you all about it.

  • Sit down to a Bollywood blockbuster in one of the most stylish and legendary cinemas in all of India

Is this trip right for you?

  • Want to know more about what Diwali in India is like? Check out our guide here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/diwali-festival-india/

  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • Old Delhi can be a bit frenetic. While it’s an exciting place to see local life moving around you, be aware that on the walking tour you’ll need to navigate through people, tight spaces and walkways.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019.
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Namaste! Welcome to Delhi. There are no planned activities today so if you're arriving early check out one of our Urban Adventures and take in this amazing city. Join the welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your tour guide and fellow travellers. After the meeting, why not continue the introductions over an optional group dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time for today's welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.
Join your Leader into the sights and sounds of Old Delhi! Set off on the city's modern metro system, then get a taste of India's famed public transport with a cycle rickshaw ride through chaotic streets including the famous Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place. Visit Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest mosque and one of its most impressive buildings, then explore Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) and learn about the Sikh religion. Your Leader will be right there to guide you through this kaleidoscope of the wonderful, fascinating, and bizarre.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Get excited, tonight we celebrate! Travel by express train into Rajasthan and onto its 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 finest 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, 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cultural Dance Show Diwali Celebrations in Jaipur)
  • Indian Dress up for Diwali
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
If you have joined our October 24th departure you will celebrate Diwali in Jaipur on Day 4 of your itinerary. Today you will visit the Amber Fort and have the option to watch a Bollywood blockbuster at the memorable Raj Mandir Cinema in the evening.
The optional balloon safari can be arranged for you on Day 5 before departing for Suroth Mahal.
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. Mid afternoon visit the Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is an authentic example of Rajput architecture and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is one of its more spectacular buildings. As the walls are completely covered in little mirrors, the hall illuminates with the light of a single match. Tonight, you’ll can 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Head to Suroth, an ancient walled town (approximately 3-4 hours). Take a guided walk around Suroth, interacting with friendly locals and learning about rural Indian life off the tourist trail. Tonight, stay in the Suroth Mahal, a stunning 800 year old Rajput palace where dinner is included.
Accommodation
  • Heritage Property (1 night) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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 city 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 motorised 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Perhaps return to the Taj Mahal at sunrise, then explore the awesome Red Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River – stroll the palatial 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agra - Agra Fort
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
End things on a sweet note, with a taste of our favourite 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. Bid farewell to your new travel mates as the trip comes to an end after breakfast. Don't forget to check out an Urban Adventure or two if you've got some extra time in Delhi.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Train, Shuttle Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Auto rickshaw, Metro

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Heritage Property (1 night)

Included activities

  • 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
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available for purchase on this trip.
2. Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March. Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost. You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip. Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$260pp (subject to change). Flights are subject to ticket availability and weather conditions. Tickets are fully refundable in case of poor weather.

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