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An Invitation To India: Diwali Special Departure

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  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSLILID

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

​Experience the history, culture and charm of India during Diwali, the famous Hindu festival. On your journey around the 'Golden Triangle' cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur you will visit the magnificent Taj Mahal and mighty Amber Fort, and celebrate Diwali with drinks and dinner in a local family home.

​Experience the history, culture and charm of India during Diwali, the famous Hindu festival. On your journey around the 'Golden Triangle' cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur you will visit the magnificent Taj Mahal and mighty Amber Fort, and celebrate Diwali with drinks and dinner in a local family home.

PRICE FROM ? £1999 per person
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What's Included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Jet Airways
  • 6 nights in 4 and 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners

PLUS

  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • Receive a Diya lamp & Diwali sweets in Delhi
  • ​​Sightseeing tour of New Delhi
  • Explore Old Delhi
  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Diwali drinks & dinner with a local family
  • Visit the Amber Fort
  • Discover the Jantar Mantar & walk through a spice market
  • Evening visit to Jaipur City Palace including dinner

Not Included

Itinerary

  • Day 1 UK to Delhi
  • ​Depart on your flight to Delhi, arriving on day 2.​
  • Day 2 New Delhi
  • ​We'll arrive in Delhi today and transfer to our comfortable hotel. There will be time to settle in and freshen up before we set off for an afternoon of sightseeing in New Delhi.

    This spacious, imperial city was created by the British in 1911. Our drive takes us through elegant boulevards and lush green parks where the iconic India Gate and imposing Parliament House are both reminders of a colonial past. We'll step back in time at the ancient Qutub Minar, a soaring tower of sandstone, and visit Humayun's Tomb, both UNESCO-listed sites.​

  • Day 3 Old Delhi
  • After breakfast, join your Tour Manager on an included sightseeing tour of the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. Temples and mosques fill every available space and tempting food stalls flood the narrow streets with colour and heady aromas. As we explore we'll pass by the spectacular Red Fort, the impressive marble domes of Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

    This afternoon has been left free for you to explore at your own pace, in the company of your fellow travellers. If you wish, you could join our optional excursion which will introduce you to India's array of different religions. We'll visit Birla Mandir, the Hindu temple inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, and the Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral before arriving at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Hundreds of devotees are fed every day at this Sikh place of worship, and we'll have a chance to volunteer in the kitchens before our tour continues to Nizamuddin Dargah, the shrine to Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya.

  • Day 4 Agra
  • ​Today we'll travel south to Agra, where we'll stay overnight. After checking in to our hotel we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. Once the imperial city of the Mogul rulers, this mighty red-sandstone fortress is where the Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son.​
  • Day 5 Jaipur
  • ​We have an early start this morning for what is sure to be a memorable highlight of the holiday – a dawn visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife, nothing will prepare you for the breathtaking sight of this magnificent mausoleum, whose white marble walls are inlaid with semi-precious stones.

    After leaving the Taj Mahal we'll drive to Jaipur, affectionately known as the 'Pink City' because all of the buildings are painted in a distinctive shade of pink.

    This evening we will visit a local family and join their Diwali celebrations. Diwali, the festival of lights, lasts for five days. It is a time when people decorate their homes with colourful candles and lights, as they celebrate the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. Families and friends come together and this evening we'll be warmly welcomed by our hosts, when we enjoy drinks and dinner with them.​

  • Day 6 Jaipur
  • This morning we'll drive to the marvellous Amber Fort, a 17th century stronghold set on top of a hill. It's a wonderful blend of Hindu and Muslim elements and we'll step inside to explore the palace, courtyards and gardens.

    When we return to Jaipur we'll head to the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century, and then take a stroll through Chaandpol Bazaar, where pungent aromas emanate from the shops which grind and sell all manner of brightly coloured spices.

    This evening we'll visit the City Palace and see rare personal items of the Maharajas of Jaipur. During our visit we'll watch a state-of-the-art light show narrated by a Bollywood star, and enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the palace.

  • Day 7 Delhi
  • We have left this morning free for you to explore Jaipur at your own pace.  Alternatively, you could join our optional walking tour, which is one of the best ways to appreciate the rich heritage of the walled city. As we wander around the houses and workshops, local people will be delighted to tell you more about life in the bustling capital of Rajasthan.

    Later we will drive to Delhi, where we will each be presented with Diwali sweets and a Diwa lamp. These traditional oil lamps are lit in homes across India during Diwali and if you wish, you'll be able to light your lamp and float it on the river.

    Why not join our optional to see the lights and festivities around Delhi, before joining a local family for an authentic Diwali experience. ​


  • Day 8 Delhi to UK
  • ​After breakfast we'll transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.​
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Accommodation

    • Radisson Blu Dwarka
    • Guests of the 5 star Radisson Blu can really look forward to taking advantage of the brilliant facilities and service on offer. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, salon and spa. There are three onsite restaurants offering a varied selection of cuisines. The contemporarily styled rooms are furnished with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The private facilities come equipped with a hairdryer and complementary toiletries. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi.
    • Ramada Plaza Agra
    • The Ramada Plaza Agra is a contemporarily styled property that also offers a great location – being less than 4 miles from the Taj Mahal. The fantastic facilities and services on offer will also ensure guests have a great stay. There is an outdoor pool, fitness centre as well as a shared lounge area. Guests can dine at the in-house restaurant and grab a drink at the bar. Rooms are fitted with a flat screen TV, kettle, and minibar. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and complementary toiletries.
    • Fortune Select Metropolitan
    • The 5-star Fortune Select Metropolitan is situated in the heart of Jaipur.

      Hotel facilities include a bar, gym, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.
    • Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity
    • This 5-star hotel is set in New Delhi. Every room has private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Other hotel facilities include free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and a spa centre.
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Optional Excursions

  • ​An Introduction to India's religions
  • Walking tour of Jaipur
  • Diwali Lights and Authentic Dinner​
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Further Information

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