Indian girl lights Diwali candle
Diwali – Celabrate New Year Hindu Calendar – DIWALI is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians

The highlight of your trip is to combine a different experience in each city on each day.

While learning about the history, discovering palaces and monuments, you will partake on their local Diwali events.
Witness rituals and all different activities held in the markets, streets, and together with an Hindu family as well.
They celebrate by shopping and giving presents, fireworks, and other joyful family and friends happenings.
You will be part of it!

Your 7 day Golden Triangle tour of India includes four amazing cities coinciding with the festivity of Diwali The Festival of Lights!

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Mandawa at a Unique Time of the Year – Diwali –

Diwali is one of the mayor Hindu festivals in India and essentially celebrated the victory of good over evil as per ancient Indian mythology.

 

Your 7 day Golden Triangle tour of India includes 4 amazing cities coinciding with the festivities associate with Diwali – The Festival of the Lights.

The tour includes a private guide for sight-seeing, who will shed light on the cultural influences and architectural styles of each palace, monument and understanding of peoples life on the area you will be visiting.

Michi´s journey is to facilitate you with authentic moments and for you to experience them accordingly to what you feel.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 (Oct 30th – 2016, Sunday): Delhi

Pickup at your hotel or Delhi International Airport. Your driver will transfer you by air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel to check in.

Optional activities
Yoga and meditation
Visit to NGO`s
Tughlaqabad Fort
Visit to various religious places
Cooking Class
Dance Class
Blockbuster Bollywood Movie
Local market / shopping mall visit

 

Day 2 (Oct 31st, Monday): Delhi

After breakfast, pick-up from hotel & full day city tour

Sight-seeing
Old Delhi – Chandni Chowk Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Red Fort
Raj Ghat – a memorial built to honor Mahatma Gandhi
Qutub Minar – UNESCO World Heritage Site. India’s highest minaret, constructed in 16th century
India Gate (WWI Memorial), Rashtrapati Bhavan (Indian President’s palace)

Diwali festivities special: Dhanteras
Considered an auspicious day to buy new things, especially jewellery & kitchen utensils.
Visit a local market to witness people purchasing kitchen utensils from shops.

Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in Delhi

 

Day 3 (Nov 1st, Tuesday): Delhi – Agra (220 kms ; 4  hrs approx)

After breakfast, pick-up from hotel & full day city tour

Sight-seeing
Taj Mahal: UNESCO World Heritage-listed; one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Agra Fort: 16th-century fort which combines both Islamic and Hindu architectural styles.
Tomb of Itmad-ud-daulah: built between 1622 and 1628; Also known as the Baby Taj

Diwali festivities special: Chhoti Diwali (Small Diwali)
Witness the sea of activity in a local market – decked-up shops selling customers gift items, sweets, fire-crackers, candles, idols of gods & goddesses, etc. Some people burn fire-crackers also in the evening.

Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in Agra

 

Day 4 (Nov 2nd, Wednesday): Agra – Jaipur (250 km, 4.5-5 hrs approx)

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. Enroute stop at the red sandstone compound of Fatehpur Sikri.

Sight-seeing
Fatehpur Sikri: Walk within the walled complex, visiting Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti Chisti,
Panch Mahal & other buildings.

Afterward, check in at your hotel upon arrival in Jaipur, and enjoy evening with Diwali festivities.

Diwali festivities special: Diwali day
Diwali signifies the day Lord Ram returned home after defeating the demon king Ravana.
Since the date of his return coincided with a moonless night, the residents illuminated the village to welcome Lord Ram, his consort Seeta and his brother Laxman. In essence marks the day of victory of good over evil.

Traditional welcome at the home of an Indian family.
Learn about the festival’s history and the associated festivities, accompanied with chai Tea & light Indian snacks.
Pooja / Aarti (prayers) for around 15-20 minutes at a local temple or at home.
Rangoli decoration – intricate Indian designs on floor with powdered colours.
Henna – non-permanent tattoo applied on hands
Fireworks – Lightning of fire crackers and fireworks display.
Authentic Indian meal – Enjoy an authentic Indian meal with a selection of dishes

Please note a lot of families prefer to have vegetarian meal only on Diwali day.

Overnight:  4- or 5-star hotel in Jaipur

 

Day 5 (Nov 3rd, Thursday): Jaipur

After breakfast pick-up from hotel for sightseeing of Jaipur – also known as the ‘Pink City’ for its houses with pink plastered stone

Sight-seeing
Amber Fort: 16th century hilltop fort; elephant ride
City palace: collection of textiles, costumes and armor at the City Palace.
Hawa Mahal – Palace of the Winds
Jantar Mantar: 18th century stargazing observatory

Diwali festivities special

Goverdhan Puja / Annakoot, Vishwakarma Day
Witness rituals and prayers in a temple marking the occasion.
Govardhan Puja, also called Annakut (meaning a heap of grain), is celebrated as the day Lord Krishna defeated the rain God Indra.
For Annakut, a mountain of food is decorated & offered to the deities.
This day also marks Vishwkarma Day – people using implements / machines (as a source of earning) don’t work with the tools but clean then and offer prayers.

Overnight:  4- or 5-star hotel in Jaipur

 

Day 6 (Nov 4th, Friday): Jaipur – Mandawa (180 kms, 3.5-4 hrs approx)

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Mandawa – a busy market town fortified in the 18th century by wealthy merchant families of Rajasthan. These businessmen constructed the havelis and baolis (stepwells), and commissioned artists to paint the building walls with their elaborate designs.


Sight-seeing
Mandawa Fort: 18th-century fort
Havelis

Diwali festivities special
Bhai Dooj
A festival on which sisters pray for the well being of their brothers. Sisters perform a ceremony and give gifts to their brothers. In return brothers bless their sisters & treat them also with gifts. Witness all the activities of the celebration at the home of an Indian family.

Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in Mandawa

 

Day 7 (Nov 5th, Saturday): Mandawa – Delhi (250 kms; 5 hrs approx)

After breakfast pick-up form hotel for drive back to Delhi and directly transferred to the airport to board your flight for your onward destination.

 

Happy Diwali!

 

 

 

 

 

Diwali – Celabrate New Year Hindu Calendar – DIWALI is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians

Day 1.-  Arrival to Delhi
Day 8.- Departure from Delhi

Group Tour Price:
23,920 sek/per person on double occupancy at 5* Hotel  / Single room supplement 6,890 sek
20,000 sek/per person on double occupancy at 4* Hotel / Single room supplement 5,297 sek
Stockholm – Delhi -Stockholm regular flight included
Price is based on a minimum of 6 passengers

Price for Free Independent Travelers:
16,260 sek / 1,857 usd / 1700€ / per person on double occupancy at 5* Hotel
12,740 sek / 1,455 usd / 1340€ / per person on double occupancy at 4* Hotel
You wont be mixed with other travelers. Same program. International flight not included
Amount of days can be personalized with new quotation.

Includes:

  • Entrance fees
  • Airport/hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in 5 star hotels
  • All meals: B/L/D described on itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • English-speaking driver
  • Swedish escort (Michele Hallmen) minimum 6 people
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Experiences related to Diwali and related festivities in each city
  • Visits to temples, prayer ceremony, meals at home of local Indian cultured families (at select locations) –
    with pickup / drop included
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur

Does not include:

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Additional expenses during free time
  • Personal insurance

Additional info:

  • On the last day, once can expect to return to Delhi by around 2-3 p.m. Interantional flight to Stockholm leaves very late night (04:30). We have booked a night hotel in Delhi for your better convenience. (included on tour price)
  • Clothing as per season (Pleasant during the day & mildly cool in the evening – Temperature: 20 – 35 C
  • During prayers, please keep a scarf handy to cover the head.
  • At Temples people have to take off their shoes. Bring socks in case you dont wish walking barefoot.

The tour includes a private guide for sight-seeing, who will shed light on the cultural influences and architectural styles of each palace, monument and fortress you visit. Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking driver.
A different experience in each city on each day – learn about the history, traditions and partake in associated festivities.

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