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Diwali, Festival of Lights
Every year on the dark nights of Diwali the sound of firecrackers announces the celebration of India's favourite festival. Homes are decorated, gifts are given, sweets are shared and thousands of lamps are lit to generate a world of fantasy. Join us this year to celebrate Diwali - the festival of light on a tour of India's famed golden triangle.
Day 1: Delhi
Saturday 02 November 2013. Welcome to India and the beginning of your holiday! Arrive Delhi, included transfer to hotel. Free afternoon and evening. Overnight – Delhi

Day 2: Diwali lights up Delhi
Festival of Lights in DelhiThis morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Elderly Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid – India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more. Before dinner they head to the Laxmi Narayan Temple (Hindu Temple) and the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (Sikh Temple). Both temples are visited by devotees in giant numbers for this special night. Your tour guide will take you through and help give a great insight in to the festival and how the different religions celebrate it.

Of all the festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important. The day celebration commemorates the return of Lord Rama, along with Sita and Lakshmana, from his fourteen years of exile and vanquishing the devil king Ravana. The people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, overwhelmed with joy illuminated the kingdom with earthen oil lamps and set firecrackers ablaze to welcome the return of their king
Tonight, they enjoy a special Diwali Dinner at a restaurant specialising in classic Indian cuisine. It will be an fascinating evening with the sound fire crackers and fireworks all around. Overnight - Delhi
Today, Diwali involves the lighting of tiny clay lamps filled with oil signifying the triumph of nice over evil. In the coursework of Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with relatives members and friends. Believing in nice luck and nice fortune associated with the events most Indian business communities pick to start the financial year on the first day of Diwali.

Day 3: Jaipur - the Pink City!
Pink city JaipurDelhi - Jaipur. Today, they spend the morning visiting New Delhi, including India Gate, Qutub Minar and Connaught Square. This afternoon they drive to Jaipur. Affectionately known as the Pink City as Maharaja Ram Singh had all of the Elderly City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. Overnight – Jaipur

Day 4: Jaipur
Hawa Mahal in JaipurVery early this morning there is the chance to sail over the lofy hilltop forts & regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur Bolt-on. Then they travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput concoction which hugs the hill on which it was built & overlooks the hot plains below. We’ll ascend the road leading to the palace in princely style, aboard Indian elephants, - subject to regulations/availability as the elephants are limited to the number of journeys that can make up the fort each day. Arriving at the top we'll tour the fort’s well-preserved interior & grounds. This afternoon they enjoy a tour of the City Palace, (watch out for snake charmers that dot our route) & Jantar Mantar - an elderly yet cleverly designed space observatory. Overnight - Jaipur

Day 5: Village Life
Village culture in RajasthanJaipur - Bharatpur by Abhaneri & Peharsar. Our first cease is Chand Baori, a famous 9th century stepwell in the village of Abhaneri. Then they travel to the tiny rural village of Perharsar, where they walk the backstreets discovering local life, traditions & (if open) visit the village school where they operate our ‘Change for Children’s programme. Here, we’ll also visit a charming haveli which boasts a tiny courtyard’ lawned gardens & rustic ‘shabby chic’ appeal carefully being restored to glory. After hotel check in at Bharatpur & time to freshen up they visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park. Overnight – Bharatpur

Day 6: Taj Mahal
Beautiful Taj Mahal in AgraBharatpur - Agra. En route to Agra, they visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 & 1585, it's been deserted for over centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, they visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal & witnessing an excellent golden sundown. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved spouse Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal in Agra is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love & remains of India’s most enduring symbols. Overnight – Agra

Day 7: Onward to Delhi
Agra - Delhi. After breakfast they return to Delhi, the latter part of the afternoon is free for you to relax or independently explore more of Delhi. Overnight – Delhi

Day 8: Delhi
Saturday 9th Nov 2013. Our tour concludes after breakfast. Goodbye India! Included departure transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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