Diwali: The Festival of Lights - October 2019

11 Days/ 10 Nights
Destinations Covered
Delhi - Mandawa (Shekawati) - Bikaner - Jodhpur -Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
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Summary :

Every year a large number of travelers go to India to discover the main attractions of the country. In lack of inspiration for your next vacation? Why not opt ​​for the discovery of India and its countless attractions? One of the best times to discover the country is during the Diwali festival. As a reminder, the festival of Diwali or Divali is an important holiday in the Indian world. It is the festival of Lights inseparable from the festival of Dusshera (which takes place 20 days before). During this famous holiday, the Indians offer each other gifts. Fireworks are also fired. The festivities last 5 days, of which the 3rd day remains the most important. This is the day dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi. This 3rd day is also the last of the year of the Hindu Vikram calendar, used in the north of India. To better discover this part of the country, nothing better than a Tour of North India and Rajasthan.

Note : Diwali festival is on 14 November 2020.

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi

Upon your arrival at the airport on the night of October 22, 2019, you will be very well received by our representative. Later directly transfer to your hotel. Take the time to rest quietly. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 02: Delhi

This morning after breakfast, get ready to discover the beauty of the Indian capital. It is a city full of charm just waiting to be explored. Also note that this is the main gateway to the country. It is a dynamic and charming city that is worth the visitor on a North India trip. The city of Delhi mixes wonderfully modernity and ancestral culture. There are many sights to discover in the heart of the city such as Hamayun Tomb, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Rakabganj Sikh Temple and Rajghat and many more. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Delhi - Mandawa (Shekawati)

After breakfast, get ready to take the road to Mandawa (280 km / 6 ½ hours drive). Discover the beautiful region of Shekawati. This is one of the must steps of any India trip. This stage of the trip will allow you to discover the famous Havelis. As a reminder, these are small mansions of rich merchants with beautifully crafted decorations. The facades of these unique hotels are painted with charming scenes and the inner courtyards are adorned with painted and carved pillars. As an indication, most of these Havelis date back to the 18th and early 20th centuries. These are the main sights of the region. Overnight at Hotel at Mandawa

Day 04: Mandawa - Bikaner

The next day, after breakfast, from Mandawa, you will drive to Bikaner those who do not know yet, Bikaner is a city in Rajasthan, and main town of Bikaner district. It is a tourist city located in the northwest of the state of Rajasthan. It is also an almost obligatory stage of any trip to India. Bikaner is located about 190 km north-northeast of Jodhpur. Note that this is the 4th largest city in Rajasthan. It is surrounded by a crenellated rampart and was once a must step on the road of caravans. Among the sights of the city are Junkagarh Fort, Bika Ki Tekri (or Old Fort), Lalgarh Palace, etc. The "tuk-tuk" walk is also a "must" once there. It is a nice way to discover the many facets of the old city  Then, dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 05: Bikaner - Jodhpur

In this morning after breakfast drive to  Jodhpur. It is a city in the state of Rajasthan in the Thar desert, in the north-west of the country. At the end of the day, you will settle down quietly at the hotel. Note that this is the largest city in Rajasthan. Each year, a large number of travelers rush to discover the many faces of the city. Do not miss Mehrangarh Fort. It is an Indian fort perched on a hill 125 m above sea level. It is the most impressive citadel of the region overlooking the old town with houses painted in blue. Then our guide will show you a succession of courses and palaces. Jaswant Thada is also part of the "must-see" during this India Tour. Overnight at Hotel

Day 06: Jodhpur - Jaipur

Morning  after having your breakfast at the hotel drive to Jaipur. It is the capital of Rajasthan full of curiosities to discover. It is nicknamed the "pink city". It owes its name to its palaces, its Havelis and its forts built in pink sandstone. Among the highlights, do not miss the discovery of the Palace of the Winds, the City Palace of Jaipur, Jal Mahal, Fort Jaigarh, etc. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Jaipur - Amber Fort - Jaipur

Today morning after breakfast excursion to Amber Fort. This is one of the main attraction of the city, not to be missed. The fort is in Amber. It is a beautiful city that is close to Jaipur. It is a mandatory step on a tailor-made trip to India in Jaipur. The Amber Fort is renowned for its characteristic elements of Hindu art. We start the day with the discovery of Amber Fort. We will continue the walking tour of the various palaces and the Temple dedicated to the goddess Kali around. On the way, we will pass the Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal). Afternoon visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 08: Jaipur

During your diwali  tour in India, take the time to explore the city of Jaipur. Many are the curiosities to discover in the heart of the city. On Day 8, you will have free time to explore this beautiful city in complete freedom and without constraints. Discover at your own pace the many attractions of Jaipur.
Stroll the streets of the city according to your desires. It is an assured change of scenery for tourists. Once night falls, you will have the opportunity to watch the screening of a Hindi film in a local cinema.

Day 09: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

After breakfast, drive to Agra (235 Kms or 6 hours drive). En route the visit the Fatehpur Sikri. It is a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It was the imperial capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1584. Note that it was built by Emperor Akbar. Then, discover Agra. It is the industrial center of the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Taj Mahal is one of the must-sees to discover. The visit of the UNESCO-classified Red Fort of Agra as "World Heritage" is also needed. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Agra - Delhi

After breakfast, departure for the visit of the Taj Mahal! On Day 10, take the time to discover the beauty of India's most famous site. This is the Taj Mahal. This picturesque masterpiece of white marble is worth a look at least once in his life. It is also the emblematic monument of the country. It would be a mistake to leave Agra without discovering the splendor of this historical monument. After this unique tour full of emotions, departure for Delhi mid-morning (4 to 5 hours drive). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Delhi (Departure)

on November 1, 2019, after the last breakfast in Delhi, you will be transferred to Delhi Airport. This tour in India during the Festival of Lights in India offers you some nice surprises.

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