9 days, 8 nights
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Twisting bazaars filled with spices and fabric, the glistening early morning sun off the white marble of the Taj Mahal, the twinkling lights of Diwali adorning narrow streets and wide boulevards. Diwali is a magical time to explore North India. We’ll visit the iconic sights of India’s Golden Triangle, including Rajasthani Forts, Mughal ruins, and medieval spice markets.

We’ll celebrate Diwali at a famous temple in Jaipur, as we participate in the festivities with residents from across the city. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a special Diwali feast to ring in the occasion. Diwali is considered one of the most important festivals in Hinduism but has become popular across India for its association with firecrackers, sweets, and joyous festivities.

 

TOUR DATES 2 – 10 November 2018
TOUR COST A$1950 per person twin share

Single Supplement A$450

DURATION 9 days, 8 nights
DESTINATIONS Jaipur, Taj Mahal & Golden Temple, Amritsar, India
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DestinationIndia
Groupsize10
Dates2 – 10 November 2018
Day 1

2 Nov 2018

Welcome to India! Upon your arrival at the airport in Delhi, our representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. After checking into your hotel, spend the rest of your day at your leisure. Overnight: Delhi
Day 2

3 Nov 2018

Head to iconic, bustling Old Delhi after breakfast. We’ll admire the magnificent Jama Masjid – India’s largest mosque, and enjoy a rickshaw tour through the bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar. Before heading back to New Delhi, we’ll pass by the fantastic Red Fort, constructed in 1638. On our way to New Delhi, we’ll visit Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. As we continue to weave our way to New Delhi, we pass British era landmarks such as the India Gate, the President’s House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. Our final stop of the day is the Laxmi Narayan Temple. Overnight: Delhi
Day 3

4 Nov 2018

After checking out of our hotel, we’ll board the famed Indian railways. The Indian railways serves 13 million passengers every day. We’ll take the Shatabdi Express train to Amritsar, approximately a six-hour journey. Upon arrival in Amritsar, you’ll be greeted by an Ekno Experience representative and transferred to the hotel. After some time to settle in, we head to the Waghah border, a land crossing between India and Pakistan. Daily since 1959, security force on both sides of the border participate, with much pomp and ceremony, in a “lowering of the flags”. Once the ceremony is complete, we head back to Amritsar. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure.

Overnight: Amritsar

Day 4

5 Nov 2018

In the morning, pay your respects to the shining and magnificent Golden Temple, the most sacred Sikh sanctuary plated in radiant gold. After visiting the Golden Temple, we’ll head to the community kitchen where up to 100,000 pilgrims are fed for free every day by volunteers. You can try our hand at rolling rotis (flat bread) or peeling garlic. After the Golden Temple, we head to Jallianwala Bagh, a garden memorial for those killed by the British in 1919. We’ll end our day at the beautiful Ram Bagh Gardens, a former summer palace of the Raja of Punjab. Overnight: Amritsar
Day 5

6 Nov 2018

We’ll check out of our hotel in time for our flight to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, you’ll be greeted and transferred to the hotel. You have the afternoon free to spend at your leisure. Late afternoon, we’ll head to the colourful old bazaars of the pink city. Along the way, we’ll admire the twinkling lights adorning the city as it prepares for Diwali. Overnight: Jaipur
Day 6

7 Nov 2018

After breakfast, we visit the hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of Rajasthan. You can choose to walk, take a jeep, or ride an elephant to the forts entrance. The ascent to the fort, no matter your mode of transportation, is full of unbeatable views. Once inside the fort, wander the palace corridors, including the spectacular Sheesh Mahal (palace of mirrors). After, head back to Jaipur for a tour of the city’s iconic landmarks. We’ll visit the gorgeous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and the City Palace Museum, The museum is filled with rich collections of Rajasthani costumes and medieval armoury.
This evening we celebrate Diwali at the Birla Temple located at the foot of Moti Doongri fortress. During Diwali the gardens surrounding the temple are decorated with tea candles, garlands, and flowers. Residents from across Jaipur flock to the temple to give their offerings to the deities. Later we make our way back to the city for a special Diwali dinner. Happy Diwali! Overnight: Jaipur
Day 7

8 Nov 2018

After breakfast, we begin our drive to Agra. En route, we stop and explore the formal capital of the Mughal Empire – Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs). This is one of the finest examples of the splendor of Mughal architecture l built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later due to a water scarcity. We’ll have lunch near the Fatehpur Sikri and proceed to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Overnight: Agra
Day 8

9 Nov 2018

We wake up early to watch the sunrise, and miss the crowds, of the magnificent World Heritage site the Taj Mahal. This grand mausoleum of white marbles was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife. Breakfast at the hotel.
Later, we visit the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle. Overnight: Agra
Day 9

10 Nov 2018

We bid farewell to India today. After checking out of our hotel in Agra we drive back to Delhi. We’ll drop you at the airport in time for your return flight. We look forward to seeing you on another Ekno experience, soon.

No hotel in Delhi.

INCLUDES

Pickup and drop off Delhi airport
8 nights’ accommodation and breakfast, 1 welcome dinner
 1st A/c train Delhi to Amritsar , flight to Jaipur
 Internal transfers by car from Delhi and return to Delhi
 Entrance fees
 Local English speaking guide throughout tour

EXCLUDES

Return airfares to India
Visa on arrival costs
 Lunch and dinner
 Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs
 Tipping
 Compulsory insurance of any kind

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