India

India- Diwali Festival

Join us in India for the Diwali festival of lights-  a traditional celebration of victory of light over darkness, good over evil.  We’ll celebrate Diwali with a local family in their home.  This itinerary also includes some of the “must-do” activities in India- the Taj Mahal, Har-ki-Pauri ghat, Elephant sanctuary in Jaipur, a VIP Aarti viewing, as well as visiting markets, riding rickshaws, and we’ll even stay in a Palace!  We look forward to sharing this special, socially-conscious itinerary with you.

If you pay your deposit in 2021, the total trip package is $2865

If you pay your deposit in 2021, the total trip package is $2965

10 day, 9 night tour of India during their famous Diwali Festival- visit Delhi, Hardiwar, Jaipur, and Chomu

Fly in/out of Delhi Airport. Private transfers on arrival and departure provided.

Comprehensive travel planning, coordinated extras, personalized attention, on-site tour operator available 24/7.

Option to extend your trip on either end, pending availability, reach out to [email protected] for more info.

Itinerary subject to change based on discretion of trip leader, or tour operator, due to weather or other extenuating circumstances.

October 21-30, 2022

  • 9 nights in deluxe hotel accommodations
  • RT Train tickets from Delhi to Agra and Hardiwar
  • Diwali celebrations (includes dinner)
  • VIP Aarti viewing in Haridwar
  • RT airport transportation from Delhi
  • Daily breakfast, one lunch, two dinners
  • Rickshaw tour
  • Elephant Sancutary experience in Jaipur
  • Entrance to all temples and forts
  • Private minicoach with personal guide for all tours

Up until 90 days before the trip start date, your deposit is fully transferable to another trip or person. If you cancel less than 90 days to the trip start date you will not be able to receive a refund unless you’re able to fill your spot.

Deposit $750

If you pay your deposit in 2021, the total trip package is $2865

If you pay your deposit in 2022, the total trip package is $2965

*flexible payment options available for balance- to pay monthly or in a few equal installments

Fun Facts About INDIA

UNESCO

Amber Fort in Rajastan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is named after Amba, the Goddess of Earth & Fertility. It has the 3rd largest Wall in the world, and dates back to the 16th century.

COMMUNITY

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is probably the largest attended community kitchen in the world. This volunteer-led, free kitchen never closes and feeds 35,000 people every day.

TAJ MAHAL

The Taj Mahal is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Commissioned in 1632, it took 20 years to build and cost the equivalent of 70 billion rupees ($956 mil US).

POPULATION

India is home to 1.3 billion people and is the 2nd most populous country in the world. It is also the world's 3rd largest economy. 80% of the population is Hindu.

Day 1

ARRIVAL IN DELHI

Our driver will greet you at the airport and take you to the hotel where you’ll meet your trip leader and fellow travel buddies.

Welcome Reception!

Day 2

OLD DELHI

Morning: Old Delhi tour with a local expert on specially built Cycle Rickshaws.
Afternoon: visit Sikh Temple- the largest attended community kitchen in the world.  The practice of selfless service goes beyond the bounds of religion and serves to nourish the soul, creating a sense of unity and oneness.

Day 3

AGRA

Take the morning train to Agra and head straight to the Taj Mahal
(lunch on your own)
Afternoon visit to Agra Fort, the formal imperial residence of the Mughal Dynasty.
Train back to Delhi.

Day 4

NEW DELHI

Visit Qutub Minar, 2nd tallest Minaret in India.
Then, join a local family for Diwali celebrations at their residence- make Rangoli, light Diya, get blessings of the goddess Lakshmi who symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Enjoy dinner and sweets.

Day 5

HARDIWAR

Early train to Hardiwar
Afternoon visit to many temples. Evening visit Har-ki-Pauri one of the most sacred ghats in India. Lastly, VIP Aarti viewing on the Holy River Ganges. Participate in the religious custom of lighting an oil lamp on a leaf boat, if you wish.

Day 6

RISHIKESH

Visit the Beatles Ashram where they wrote “Abbey Road”. 

Visit Parmarth Niketan Ashram, one of the most popular ashram’s in Rishikesh and also one of the top yoga centres in India

Day 7

JAIPUR
5 Hour private transport

Afternoon visit Elefantastic- a no-ride elephant sanctuary. The owner, Rahul, rescues orphaned and abused elephants from temples and tourist attractions across India.  It’s an educational and personal experience and a highlight of the trip.

Day 8

JAIPUR

Visit the ancient capital city Amber to see the Amber Fort- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Later, local expert takes us on a walking tour to explore the vibrant bazaars of the old city. It’s a great way to explore Jaipur like locals do and learn about the rich traditions of this city.

Day 9

CHOMU

Transfer to Chomu approx 1.5 hrs

Check in at the Chomu Palace, an elegant fortified palace hotel that revives the gracious lifestyle of the royals of Rajasthan.

Day at leisure, lunch & dinner provided by hotel.

Day 10

DEHLI – DEPARTURE DAY

Morning at leisure in Chomu.
After lunch, check-out of the hotel and transfer back to Delhi (approx 5 Hrs).

Dinner is reserved at an airport hotel in Delhi.

After dinner, transfer to the International airport to connect the flight back home.

Additional INFO

Most flights back to the US will depart Delhi in the late evening and arrive in the US the next morning (due to the time difference). Our itinerary has been built around this standard flight pattern, please book accordingly.

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