HAVELI DIWALI AND PUSHKAR FAIR
Join us for a fascinating small group journey on less travelled routes, visiting the Golden Temple of Amritsar, following old camel caravan trade routes to Bikaner and the majestic fort and walled city of Jodhpur along with more out-of-the-way destinations, joining us for Diwali celebrations in a beautiful old painted haveli, and discovering Rajasthani culture at the iconic Pushkar Fair.
Offering a warm welcome and stylish travel, our Haveli Diwali tour is an ideal introduction to India if you like to get away from the crowds.
On the Haveli Diwali tour you will travel as part of a small group. Prices are based on two people sharing; if you are travelling on your own and would like help finding someone to share with, please enquire.
This is one of our most popular tours with a limited number of places, so early booking is recommended.
2017: Friday 13 October to Thursday 26 October 2017 Available
|TOUR PRICE from $3390* based on two sharing. What's included>|
|TOUR EXTENSIONS You may extend to include the Taj Mahal and Golden Triangle or any other destinations in India on request. See details >|
|DAY 1 DELHI On arrival, transfer to New Delhi's renowned The Imperial hotel for a warm welcome and an opportunity to meet fellow travellers and view one of India's finest art collections, with colonial-era drawings and engravings of places you will visit during the trip.|
|DAY 2 AMRITSAR (Golden Temple) Take the Shatabdi Express train to Amritsar. Afternoon at leisure before an evening visit to the Golden Temple. All faiths are welcomed. Visit community kitchens which feed thousands daily and witness temple rituals as the Guru Granth Sahib, Holy Book of the Sikhs, is carried to the inner chamber for the night. Two night stay at the Hyatt hotel.|
|DAY 3 AMRITSAR Return to the Golden Temple as morning light plays on the waters. Join pilgrims in community services, serving tea, clearing utensils or preparing food, or explore lively bazaars nearby. After lunch, drive to Wagah for the evening ceremony at the border between India and Pakistan. Amritsar is renowned for its food, with speciality stalls and markets. Evening visit to one of the most famous old restaurants for a traditional Amritsari dinner.|
|DAY 4 PATIALA Drive to the former princely state of Patiala. See the Qila Mubarak, Darbar Hall, Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) and Moti Bagh Palace, and the street tailors, who shelter from the sun and rain under umbrellas. Stay overnight at the 19th century Baradari Palace.|
|DAY 5 MUKUNDGARH Drive through rural villages to reach Mukundgarh, in Rajasthan’s fascinating Shekhawati region, for a three night stay in our restored painted mansion. Rest of the day at leisure.|
|DAY 6 MUKUNDGARH Take a walk in the village. Meet families engaged in tie and dye work, visit the library and Laxminarayan temple and ride in a colourful tuk-tuk to see everyone preparing for the festival. Later, help us shop for Diwali and decorate the haveli with lights for the celebrations.|
|DAY 7 MUKUNDGARH Happy Diwali! Visit Lakshmangarh and Fatehpur or Nawalgarh to see beautiful frescoed havelis then drive back to Mukundgarh for the Diwali rituals, festive firecrackers and a traditional celebratory haveli dinner.|
|DAY 8 BIKANER Drive to Bikaner, one of the great trading posts of the old caravan routes. As well as one of the finest forts of Rajasthan there's a colourful market, fascinating havelis, temples and museums and the National Research Centre on Camel. Stay in the Laxmi Vilas Palace, a classic of Raj-era architecture.|
|DAY 9 JODHPUR Drive to Jodhpur, visiting a local temple on the way. Your day is at leisure to explore the blue city and shop in the colorful bazaars around the clocktower. Two night stay at Ajit Bhawan.|
|DAY 10 JODHPUR A morning tour of the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort and the royal cenotaphs of Jaswant Thada. In the afternoon you may join us on a trip to the Osiyan Jain temples. We suggest dinner under the stars at the Fort restaurant.|
|DAY 11 PUSHKAR Drive to Pushkar for a three night stay in our luxury tents at Camp Bliss. Rest of the day at leisure.|
|DAY 12 PUSHKAR Visit the fair to see camel herds, horses and traders arriving. The early days of the fair are less crowded but with plenty to see. Visit Pushkar Lake and the Brahma Temple and walk in the bazaars.|
|DAY 13 PUSHKAR You may hike up to Savitri Temple in the morning to take in spectacular views over the fair. Day in the fair. You may opt for a camel cart or hot air balloon ride in the morning or evening.|
|DAY 14 PUSHKAR Morning free to relax or make a last visit to the fair before checking out from Camp Bliss ready for departure for Delhi or your next destination.|
|WHAT'S INCLUDED Prices from $3390* are based on two people sharing (single room occupancy at additional cost). If you are travelling on your own and would like help finding someone to share with, please contact us.|
Tour cost includes: Stay at proposed hotels in double/twin occupancy room • Breakfast and dinner during the entire tour; breakfast, lunch and dinner during stay at Camp Bliss, Pushkar • Transportation in AC Toyota Innova or Tempo Traveller • Entrance to monuments • Guided sightseeing in Amritsar, Shekhawati, Bikaner and Jodhpur • Train fare in AC Executive class for Delhi-Amritsar sector • Fuel and transport taxes • Assistance at all arrival and departure points.
Tour cost excludes: Personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills, beverages, mineral water during hotel stays, etc • Extra meals • International air fare • Any optional, suggested or unspecified activities • Visa fees • Insurance and Mediclaim.
|*Prices are subject to change and are only guaranteed once the booking is confirmed and the deposit payment is received. Prices do not include international air fares or suggested or optional activities.|
Our small group journeys and tailor-made itineraries offer you a warm welcome and insightful travel, with the emphasis on the quality of your experience.
Tours can be extended on request to take in the classic ‘Golden Triangle’ destinations of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with the Taj Mahal and great World Heritage sites of Mughal India, or any other destinations in India. For details, please enquire.
|DAY 14 JAIPUR After breakfast drive to the Pink City, Jaipur, for a two night stay. Your day is free to visit the Pink City bazaars. In the evening drive up to Nahargarh Fort, high above the city with views over the illuminations of Jaipur.|
|DAY 15 JAIPUR A day of guided sightseeing around the City Palace complex and Amber Fort. In the evening visit a farmhouse for a Rajasthani dinner.|
|DAY 16 AGRA Drive towards Agra visiting the 1000-year-old Abhaneri Stepwell on the way. Afternoon tour of Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned citadel of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Agra.|
|DAY 17 AGRA — DELHI Sunrise guided tour of Taj Mahal. Later visit the historical Agra Fort before transferring to Delhi for a two night stay.|
|DAY 18 DELHI Daylong sightseeing of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad) and Lutyen’s Delhi (New Delhi). Evening free to shop around the hub of New Delhi, Connaught Place.|
DAY 19 DELHI Transfer to New Delhi international airport for departure to your onward destination.