Diwali is one of the most significant and beautiful festivals in India, which is celebrated in autumn. No matter how many stories or legends there are about it, it is always a festival about victory, harvest, happiness, and reunion. This 8-day tour of India's Golden Triangle is designed for the travelers who want to visit the must-see attractions and have an exclusive Diwali festival experience.
In 2023, Diwali falls on November 12th and the main celebrations last from November 10th to 14th. We suggest that you could arrive in New Dehli on Nov.6th and celebrate the Diwali day in Jaipur. However, we can also customize an itinerary according to your interests and schedule.
- Discover Old Delhi in Chandni Chowk with a rickshaw ride.
- Visit the Taj Mahal, the world-famous mausoleum that was built with perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship.
- Take a tuk tuk to Diwali Market to experience the happy atmosphere when preparing for the Diwali celebrations.
- Celebrate the Diwali festival with a local family in their home.
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Itinerary in Detail
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Namaste! Welcome to Delhi. Your guide and driver will meet you in the arrivals hall and take you to your hotel. After you check in, you will enjoy the rest of the day at your hotel, relaxing and decompressing after your long flight.
Starting with Old Delhi, you will drive past Red Fort. The national flag flying above the Mughal sandstone fort will make you say to yourself 'Yes! I am in India'. Next, you will visit the sacred Jama Masjid , which is the biggest mosque in India. Afterward, take a rickshaw ride through the bustling Chandni Chowk market , which is a great way to discover the local people's lifestyle in Old Delhi.
In the afternoon, visit Qutub Minar , where Qutbuddin Aibak announced the advent of the Muslim sultans. Then visit Humayun's tomb , the first great example of a Mughal garden tomb. Listen to stories about the splendid dynasties that were created by Indian Muslims.
You will be driven from Delhi to Agra in the morning. Have a short rest after checking in to your hotel
Visit the world's most elegant and extraordinary mausoleum complex, the Taj Mahal in the afternoon. This beautifully constructed garden mausoleum is a masterpiece that was created by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to show his love for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The closer you walk toward it, the more moved you will be by the spectacular ivory-white marble building and the emotion that sparked its creation.
visit Mehtab Bagh in the late afternoon for a classic view of the Taj Mahal. Watch the Taj Mahal as the sun sets and imagine that its hostess is as beautiful as the sunset glow.
Visit Agra Fort , which is an imposing red sandstone rampart that contains an enormous complex of courtly buildings. The tall sandstone walls, the elaborate stone carvings, the elegant courtyards, and the beautiful gardens present the glory of the great empire. The emperor Shah Jahan spent the last years of his life there in an octagonal tower with clear views of the Taj Mahal. It makes his love story both sad and beautiful.
Your next stop will be Itmad-ud-Daula's Tomb , which is a small yet elegant garden tomb that is often called the 'Baby Taj'. This 17th-century Mughal building was constructed with white marble and decorated with colorful mosaics and stone inlays.
Have a Walk in the village near the Mehtab Bagh in the afternoon. Say hello to the local villagers and have a glimpse of their daily life. Enjopy a simple high tea in a villager's house. And then take a tuk tuk to the local Diwali Market . Feel the festival atmosphere and buy some handmade Diwali Diyas
You will be transferred to Jaipur by car. On the way, stop at a village near Jaipur to find the most magnificent stepwell, the Chand Baori .
Start your day with the glorious Amber Fort . The corridor with elegant pillars, the lovely colors of the patterns on the walls, the shining mirrors in Sheesh Mahal - any of them can make you feel as though you have gone back in time to the great dynasty.
In the afternoon, continue your trip to Jaipur's City Palace . The abundant exhibits highlight what life was like for the maharajas of Jaipur. Afterward, Appreciate the beautiful pink palace,the Hawa Mahal – built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799.
Afterward, go to a local's homestay where you will learn about basic Indian ingredients and spices. Following the host's instructions, you will prepare a meal of authentic local dishes and some traditional dishes for the Diwali festival. Participate in the Diwali decoration. Then enjoy dinner there.
Visit the less touristy Nahargarh Fort in the morning for a great view of Jaipur. This fort was originally built to enhance the city defenses and eventually became a summer house for the royal family. You can walk into the living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, washrooms, and cloakrooms of the maharajas and their wives. The beautiful colors on the walls of each room will impress you because of the natural resources they came from. The technique used to make these long-lasting colors is still a mystery.
Then visit the Jantar Mantar . Be impressed by the wisdom of the ancient Indians. And experience the Heena painting on hands and feet.
In the evening, celebrate the Diwali festival with a local family . You can participate in some of the rituals. Join in with the festivities, such as dancing and burning sparklers. Enjoy the fireworks and music. Enjoy a splendid evening filled with Indian traditions and light, happiness, and love.
We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.
We recommend to experience palace hotels, heritage hotels, or nice resorts in order to get the high-quality service and to your experience.
Our Service Includes:
- Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
- All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
- 4-star accommodations for 7 nights
- Private transfers between cities mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary
- Governmental taxes
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