Twisting bazaars filled with spices and fabric; the early morning sun glistening off the spectacular white marble of the Taj Mahal; the twinkling lights of Diwali adorning the narrow streets and wide boulevards. Diwali is truly a magical time to explore North India. Come with Ekno and explore sights of India’s TajMahal, taking in Rajasthani Forts, Mughal ruins, and medieval spice markets.
We’ll celebrate Diwali at Jodhpur, 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.
|7-16 November 2023,
27 October-5 November 2024
|A$3400 per person twin share
Single Supplement A$1190
* Fixed departure – price based on minimum 6 people
Independent Travels – Price on Application
|10 Days, 09 Nights|
|Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Udaipur, India|
7 November 2023
You will be met by your representative at the International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Delhi. Rest of the day at leisure. Tonight, you will be our guest for our Welcome Dinner.
8 November 2023
Morning drive to Agra, arriving in time to plenty of free time to explore Agra including the Agra Fort.
The Taj Mahal, is the worlds’ most grand monument to love, built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz. However, not all love stories have happy endings, Shah Jahan was imprisoned in Agra Fort by his son and where he spent his final years.
9 November 2023
Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is India’s most-photographed monument, and today you’ll see why. Built between 1632 and 1653 in memory of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s third wife, the Taj Mahal is world-renowned and widely admired.
After the Taj, return to your hotel for breakfast and travel to Jaipur, the Pink City by car reaching the capital of Rajasthan in the mid afternoon.
You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore Jaipur with a visit to the Hawa Mahal, City Palace or do some more shopping in one of the many bazaars, or check out a Bollywood film at the famous Raj Mandir cinema.
10 November 2023
On your second day in Jaipur, you’ll visit the magnificent Amber Fort as a group. Take an elephant ride up as the Fort is located high on a hill. Amber fort was built in 1592; and it has seen renovations and improvements for over two centuries! Its name is said to derive from the many jewels that are used for decoration inside…see for yourself!
11 November 2023
After breakfast travel to Jodhpur, arriving in the early afternoon (5 hours) and settling into your hotel.
Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City” owing to the many blue houses with the backdrop of the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest in India. Why not head to Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India, for handicrafts and antiques. The diversity of what’s on offer is impressive.
12 November 2023
Start the day off right with a delicious Omelette and a famous Makhani lassi, one of many Indian delicacies that originated in Jodhpur before heading to the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest in India, to take in the sweeping view of the city.
You can either have the late afternoon free or attend a cooking class at a local family’s house and sample your cooking with traditional Indian spices (taste the difference).
This evening we celebrate Diwali at the hotel. During Diwali the temple, houses and gardens surrounding the city are lit up and decorated in garlands and flowers, and locals flock to give their offerings to the deities. Later we make our way to the city for a special Diwali dinner.
13 November 2023
After breakfast we will drive to Udaipur. Arrive in Udaipur and transfer by rickshaw from the transport to hotel.
Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is one of India’s most picturesque cities. Palaces surround the city, the most famous being The Lake Palace, which covers an entire island and was featured in the James Bond film Octopussy. The city was founded in 1559 and was the capital of the Mewar kingdom. There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy this relaxing, seductive city.
Relax on your orientation walk of this beautiful city so you can get your bearings. The rest of the day/evening will be yours to relax and explore the city.
14 November 2023
After a late breakfast visit the massive City Palace and boat ride on the Lake Pichola. Afternoon visit to Bagore-ki-Haveli, a beautiful Haveli, housing an interesting art gallery featuring contemporary and folk art. Late afternoon at lesiure
Dinner tonight is at the Udaigarh Hotel which overlooks the stunning Lake Pichola, the City Palace and enjoy the sweeping views and many treasures housed inside.
15 November 2023
After breakfast leave for your flight to Delhi, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is yours to pick up that bargain to take home, visit or revisit any of the sites that you are interested in. Our final night is our final farewell dinner.
16 November 2023
This morning our trip will sadly come to an end as a group before we bid our farewells.
9 nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinners
Udaipur to Delhi
Following transportation by Toyota Innova Car or similar
Pickup/drop off from Delhi and Udaipur airport
Private vehicle from Delhi to Udaipur
Boat ride in Udaipur
Local Guides in Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur
Service of Local English speaking guide throughout tour
Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs
Camera and Video entry charges local sights
Compulsory insurance of any kind
- Cart ride
- Cooking Class at Jodhpur