FESTIVALS OF INDIA
FESTIVALS OF INDIA
14 Day tour from $2,299
DELHI • AGRA • JODHPUR • PUSHKAR
INCLUDING FLIGHTS

The new moon of the Hindu month ‘Kartika’, which lasts from mid-October to mid-November, signals the beginning of two spectacular Indian events – Diwali and the Pushkar Camel Fair. Picture neighbourhoods ablaze with lanterns and fireworks, endless feasts and the exchanging of sweets; and a camel fair of such grand proportions that it attracts over 11,000 camels (and their owners) from across Rajasthan. Simply put, this is the greatest time to experience India.

Discover the unique spirituality, customs, and holiday celebrations of India on this 14 day package visiting Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. Enjoy tours of New and Old Delhi; witness Red Fort, Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid Mosque; explore vibrant Chandni Chowk Market by rickshaw; witness the Taj Mahal, the ultimate symbol of love; visit Jaswant Thada on a city tour of Jodhpur; attend the famous Pushkar Camel Fair; and so much more! This incredible tour includes 13 nights accommodation, 16 meals including daily breakfast and a farewell dinner, return airport transfers and more.

Tour Highlights
  • Explore Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Pushkar
  • Witness the incredible Pushkar Camel Fair
  • Celebrate the Diwali Festival of Lights in Delhi
  • Enjoy two half-day tours in New and Old Delhi
  • See Red Fort, Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Explore the colourful Chandni Chowk Market
  • Visit the beautiful Lotus Temple in New Delhi
  • Marvel at the wondrous Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra
  • Discover the UNESCO listed Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit Chand Baori, one of the world’s deepest step wells
  • Enjoy a visit to the Royal Amber Fort on a Jaipur sightseeing tour
  • Visit Jaswant Thada on a city tour of Jodhpur
  • See Brahma Temple and Pushkar Lake on a sightseeing tour
  • Go bird watching by rickshaw in Bharatpur
  • Enjoy a sari and turban tying demonstration
Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    India

  • When
    :

    6th NOVEMBER 2018

  • What
    :

    Culture and Heritage

Itinerary

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Delhi, India! Fly with either Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines or Thai Airways to name a few (subject to availability).
Upon arrival, meet the tour representative and receive a welcome garland at the airport. Then, travel to the first hotel. While check in is organised, a representative will provide the ‘Welcome Folder’ documents and brief you on the tour program.

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.

Overnight: Delhi (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast enjoy a half day city tour of New Delhi. Visit Laxminarayan Temple – dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune – and India Gate, a 42m high stone of triumph and war memorial. The tour continues with a visit to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the palace-like building home to the President of India.
Afterwards, visit the beautiful Lotus Temple, a Bahai house of worship. Adherents of any faith can visit, pray or meditate. See the Pre-Diwali Festival Celebrations with the city and buildings illuminated and the local markets a buzz with Diwali gifts and souvenirs.

Overnight: Delhi (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Celebrated with great excitement and grandeur, Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a Hindu festival that unites the whole of India. Traditionally believed to be a Hindu festival of wealth and prosperity, Diwali has become an occasion for all Indians irrespective of their status and castes. In the afternoon, visit the local market to witness the grandeur of this festival of lights.
Continue the celebrations into the evening and witness the Puja (prayer) at the hotel followed by dinner.

Overnight: Delhi (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Delve deeper into Delhi today with a half day city tour of Old Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat (where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated); Red Fort (made famous by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan); and Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India) which has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through vibrant Chandni Chowk market, a colourful shopping bazaar in Old Delhi.
This afternoon, relax as you travel from Delhi to Agra – the quintessential Mughal City. It is here you will witness the famed Taj Mahal. So awe-inspiring is the monument that Agra has been immortalised as the City of the Taj. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling streets, they cannot help but wonder if the man contentedly smoking a hookah is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal.

Overnight: Agra (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Early risers can take the opportunity to head to the Taj Mahal and experience the monument just after sunrise, (not included), then return to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast everyone will embark on a city tour visiting the Taj Mahal, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 to enshrine the mortal remains of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Besides the Taj, the Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort) makes an interesting sight.

Overnight: Agra (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Today after breakfast travel to Bharatpur. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory). Built out of red sandstone, the small fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire for 10 years. Continue on to Bharatpur, a bird lover’s paradise home to more than 370 bird species.
This afternoon you will experience a bird watching tour by rickshaw. If luck permits, you could perhaps spot 50 – 100 species. Bharatpur is one of the only two known wintering haunts of the Siberian Crane.

Overnight: Bharatpur (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast before setting out for Jaipur. Along the way, visit the Chand Baori Step Well – located opposite a temple known as Harshat Mata Temple. It is believed that the step well has a religious connection and that’s the reason it was built in front of the temple.
The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is instantly recognisable for it’s pink-washed buildings, a colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colourful bazaars, where one can shop for Rajasthani textiles and trinkets. The beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas, are all worth a look.

Overnight: Jaipur (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Enjoy a full day city sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Begin with a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Located 11km from Jaipur, it was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of Amber. Built of white marble and red sandstone, the fort looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground.
This afternoon enjoy a city tour visiting the City Palace, the former royal residence, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles; Jantar Mantar, the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh; and Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, which was constructed for the royal ladies to watch royal processions without being seen. Enjoy an Indian costume tying demonstration and also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

Overnight: Jaipur (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur. On arrival check in at the hotel. Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. The graceful palaces, forts and temples of the city bring the historic grandeur to life, while exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city.

Overnight: Jodhpur (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Relax over breakfast before taking the day to explore Jodhpur visiting Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, followed by Umaid Bhawan Palace, the only 20th century palace built under the famine relief project that gave employment to the famine struck population. It was completed in 14 years.

Overnight: Jodhpur (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Head to Pushkar today. Characterised by a picturesque valley, mountainous regions and several pilgrimage sites of importance, Pushkar is well known. It marks one of the revered Hindu pilgrimage sites of India and houses the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world. Join in the festivities and fun of the Pushkar Camel Fair. The locals dress up in traditional clothing during this much-awaited camel fair. The soulful tunes of the Rajasthani folk songs will make your time unforgettable.
Enjoy an afternoon tour of Pushkar, visiting the Brahma Temple, constructed using marble and stone slabs, and beautifully painted in shades of blue and red. Also visit the Pushkar Lake, which is surrounded by almost 500 temples. The lake has 52 ghats, steps leading to the water, each of which were once the personal ghats for the 52 Maharajas of Rajasthan who performed sacred rituals here. Walk through the narrow lanes of the town to see the bustling street market and crafts.

Overnight: Pushkar (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

The sprawling annual festivities of the 100 year old Pushkar Fair commence today. The day of the full moon, according to legend, when the Hindu god Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake, thus numerous people swim in its sacred waters. This iconic fair attracts thousands of livestock and almost a million tourists including many from across the world.

Overnight: Pushkar (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy some more events before departing this afternoon. Depart for the Ajmer Railway Station to board the Shatabdi Express for Delhi. The journey is approx. 5 – 6hrs. On arrival into Delhi you will be transferred to the hotel and treated to a farewell dinner.

Overnight: Delhi (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Today transfer to the airport to board your return flight back to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.
Late check out has been arranged for those passengers with later flights. *Please note some flights may arrive +1 day later due to flight scheduling.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    FROMSTANDAR PACKAGEPREMIUM PACKAGE
    $2,299$2,699

    Normally $4,999.
    Prices per person based on twin share, subject to change and availability.

     

    INCLUSIONS

    • Explore Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Pushkar
    • Witness the incredible Pushkar Camel Fair
    • Celebrate the Diwali Festival of Lights in Delhi
    • Enjoy two half-day tours in New and Old Delhi
    • See Red Fort, Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid Mosque
    • Explore the colourful Chandni Chowk Market
    • Visit the beautiful Lotus Temple in New Delhi
    • Marvel at the wondrous Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra
    • Discover the UNESCO listed Fatehpur Sikri
    • Visit Chand Baori, one of the world’s deepest step wells
    • Enjoy a visit to the Royal Amber Fort on a Jaipur sightseeing tour
    • Visit Jaswant Thada on a city tour of Jodhpur
    • See Brahma Temple and Pushkar Lake on a sightseeing tour
    • Go bird watching by rickshaw in Bharatpur
    • Enjoy a sari and turban tying demonstration

    FLIGHTS

    • Return international flights (economy class) from SYD/MEL/ BNE/ADL/PER

    ACCOMMODATION

    • 13 nights accommodation (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)

    DINING

    • Enjoy 16 meals (Standard Options)
    • Enjoy 37 meals (Premium Options)

    TOUR ESSENTIALS

    • English-speaking local guides
    • Sightseeing and monument entry fees
    • Welcome garland on arrival
    • Complimentary gift on departure
    • Airlines taxes and surcharges

    TRANSPORT

    • 1-way Shatabdi Express Train: Ajmer to Delhi (A/C cabin)
    • Transportation by A/C vehicles

    TRANSFERS

    • Return airport transfers with meet and assist
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