15 Day Indian Festivals - Experience Diwali & Pushkar Camel Fair Plus Witness The Taj Mahal! Includes Flights 54% OFF

Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan , India
Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan , India
Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan , India
Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan , India
Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan , India
Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan , India
Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan , India
Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan , India
Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan , India
Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan , India

The new moon of late October signals the beginning of two spectacular Indian events. Picture neighbourhoods ablaze in colourful fireworks and lanterns, 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 right across Rajasthan. With one date only, make 2017 the year to witness the unique spirituality, customs, legends and holiday celebrations of this nation for yourself.

The Offer
Celebrate two magical Indian events in one trip with this amazing 15-day festival package to Diwali and the Pushkar Camel Fair. Choose a standard or premium hotel package and spend 13 nights in hotel accommodation as you explore many of India's world famous attractions. Tour Old and New Delhi on city tours; witness the impressive Red Fort, Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid Mosque. Explore colourful Chandni Chowk Market shopping for local handicrafts, and see the unique design of the Lotus Temple. In Agra, marvel at the splendour of the ultimate architectural testament to love, the Taj Mahal; explore UNESCO listed Fatehpur Sikri; visit the colossal Royal Amber Fort in Jaipur and so much more. Also enjoy cultural experiences including a turban and sari tying demonstration, and welcome garland on arrival. With return international flights, A/C transport, return airport transfers and more, this unique package will be the trip of a lifetime!

The Itinerary

Day 1: Australia – Delhi, India (In-Flight Meals)
Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Delhi! Fly with either Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines or Singapore Airlines, to name a few (subject to availability). *Please note, some flights may depart the day before.

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 also hand over the “Welcome Folder” documents and brief you on the tour programme.

Overnight: Delhi (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)

Day 2: Delhi City Tour - Diwali Festival Celebrations (B,D)
After breakfast enjoy a half day city tour of New Delhi visiting Laxmi Narayan Temple, dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune; India Gate, this 42m high stone of triumph is a war memorial which bears the names of 85,000 Indian army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WWI; Rashtrapati Bhawan, a palace-like building is the official residence of the President of India and an interesting blend of Mughal and western architectural styles; Bahai Temple, or Lotus Temple, is a marvel of modern architecture, set among pools and gardens - adherents of any faith can visit, pray or meditate.

Celebrated with great excitement and grandeur, Diwali or Deepavali is one of the prime Hindu festivals that unites the whole of India. This sparkling festival is celebrated in different parts of the country. This ancient festival of Diwali has been celebrated for ages in India and annual celebrations are still held each year all over the country with great flourish, enthusiasm and gaiety. Traditionally believed to be a Hindu festival of wealth and prosperity, it is amazing to see how Diwali has become an occasion for all Indians irrespective of their status and castes. In the afternoon, visit the local market to see and witness the grandeur of the Diwali festival of lights known for bringing prosperity. Continue with the celebrations into the evening and witness the Puja at the hotel followed by dinner.

Overnight: Delhi (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (approx. 203 kms) (B)
Continue exploring Delhi today with a half day city tour of Old Delhi - Raj Ghat (Red Fort), where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, the Red Fort is the largest in India, with three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. From here your senses will come alive in Chandni Chowk; this main street of Old Delhi is a colourful shopping bazaar with all the back streets, colour and bustle that you would expect. This afternoon, relax as you travel from Delhi to Agra and the wonders of the Taj Mahal. Agra is the quintessential Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, the Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world. So overwhelming is the magic monument, that Agra has been immortalized, as the City of the Taj.

Overnight: Agra (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)

Day 4: Agra - Taj Mahal (B)
Early risers can take the opportunity to head to the Taj Mahal for sunrise, (not included), then return to the hotel for breakfast. It is the most magical time of the day to see the building in all its glory.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a city tour visiting the Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Besides the Taj, the Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort) makes an interesting sight and the artwork and crafts of the region make great gifts to bring home.

Overnight: Agra (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)

Day 5: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Bharatpur (approx. 64 kms) (B)
Bid Agra farewell after a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Today travel to Bharatpur, along the way visit Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory), this small fortified city is built out of red sandstone and was the capital of the Mughal Empire for 10 years. Bharatpur is a bird lovers paradise, with no less than 377 bird species already spotted. This afternoon experience a bird watching tour by rickshaw. If your luck permits, it is not too tough to spot 50-100 species in a day. The fact remains that Bharatpur is one of the only two known wintering haunts of the Siberian Crane.

Overnight: Bharatpur (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)

Day 6: Bharatpur - Abhaneri - Jaipur (approx. 198 kms) (B,D)
Enjoy breakfast before setting out for Jaipur, visiting Abhaneri Caves along the way. Abhaneri is famous for the deepest step well in world. The well is located opposite a temple known as Harshat Mata temple. It is believed that the Chand Baori step well has a religious connection and that’s the reason to build it 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 worth a look.

Overnight: Jaipur (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)

Day 7: Jaipur - Amber Fort - City Tour (B)
Enjoy a full day city sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Begin with a morning excursion to Amber Fort. The Amber Fort is located 11km from Jaipur and was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of Amber, which used to be the capital, till it was moved to Jaipur. The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. This afternoon, continue your tour visiting the City Palace - the former royal residence and Jantar Mantar - the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh, The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen.

Overnight: Jaipur (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)

Day 8: Jaipur - Jodhpur (approx. 335 kms) (B)
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)

Day 9: Jodhpur City Tour (B)
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)

Day 10: Jodhpur - Pushkar (approx. 185 kms) (B)
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. Their colourful veils, turbaned heads, and colourfully dyed skirts, with sounds of the ektara and the soulful tunes of the Rajasthani folk songs will make your time unforgettable.

Enjoy an afternoon tour of Pushkar visiting the Brahma Temple, beautifully painted in shades of blue and red and was constructed using marble and stone slabs. Also visit the Pushkar lake, surrounded by almost 500 temples. The lake has 52 ghats, 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)

Day 11: Pushkar Camel Fair (B)
The sprawling annual festivities of the 100 year old Pushkar Mela 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)

Day 12: Pushkar - Mandawa (approx. 255 kms) (B)
After breakfast enjoy some more events before departing late in the afternoon for Mandawa. Mandawa is a small town in the heart of the Shekhawati region. The place is known not only for its havelis (mansions) but also for its Fort Palace. The structure of the palace reminds you of the cultural and social importance of this region in the past.

Overnight: Mandawa (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)

Day 13: Mandawa - Delhi (approx. 220 kms) (B)
Spend the morning exploring Mandawa visiting the havelis, the most important are the Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and enjoy their beautiful murals and paintings, here you will realise that Mandawa is like an open air art gallery with intricately crafted mansions, amazingly decorated archways and excellent paintings. Mid afternoon, depart Mendawa and return to Delhi for the last night of your tour.

Overnight: Delhi (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)

Day 14: Depart Delhi (In-Flight Meals)
Today transfer to the airport to board your return flight home for Australia.

Day 15: Arrive in Australia
Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later

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* PLEASE NOTE: all vouchers/booking dates must be confirmed within 7 days of purchase

    FLIGHTS
  • Return international flights (economy class) from SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • 13 nights accommodation (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
  • DINING
  • Enjoy 14 meals (Standard Options)
  • Enjoy 36 meals (Premium Options)
  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Pushkar and Mandawa
  • Witness the famous Pushkar Camel Fair
  • Take part in Diwali Festival celebrations 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
  • See the breathtaking Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra
  • Discover the UNESCO listed Fatehpur Sikri
  • Experience a bird watching tour by rickshaw in Bharatpur
  • Visit one of the world's deepest step wells at Abhaneri
  • Enjoy a visit to the Royal Amber Fort on Jaipur sightseeing tour
  • Visit Jaswant Thada on a city tour of Jodhpur
  • See Brahma Temple and Pushkar Lake on a sightseeing tour
  • Explore the Havelis of Mandawa
  • Enjoy a sari and turban tying demonstration
  • TOUR ESSENTIALS
  • Professional English-speaking local guides
  • Sightseeing and monument entry fees
  • Welcome garland on arrival
  • Complimentary gift on departure
  • Airlines taxes and surcharges
  • TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • TRANSFERS
  • Return airport transfers with meet and assist

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  • After purchase, you will receive your Travel Voucher via email. This email will direct you to an Online Booking Form. You must return your booking form within 7 days of purchase
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  • OFFER ESSENTIALS
  • Voucher valid until 18th October 2017
  • Voucher valid for one person based on twin share
  • Single Supplement
    For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies
    - Standard Package: $500
    - Premium package: $700
  • Departure Dates (2017)
    October: 18
  • Departure Cities
    Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane / Adelaide / Perth
  • FLIGHTS
  • Airline(s) Used
    Cathay Pacific, China Southern, China Eastern, Virgin Airways, Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Jet Airways or Air India plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability)
  • Arrive Early in Delhi
    $100 per person/voucher subject to availability
    Please note:
    - This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
    - No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
    - Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • Stay Behind in Delhi
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  • ACCOMMODATION
  • Accommodation Used
    STANDARD PACKAGE
    3-4 Star (self-rated)
    - Delhi: Sk Premium Park (Formerly Park Plaza Hari Nagar)
    - Agra: Hotel Royal Residency
    - Bharatpur: Hotel Udai Vilas Palace
    - Jaipur: Hotel Park Ocean
    - Jodhpur: Madhuram Royale
    - Pushkar: Pushkar Fort
    - Mandawa: Hotel Desert N Dunes

    PREMIUM PACKAGE
    4-5 Star (self-rated)
    - Delhi: Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini
    - Agra: Hotel Clark Shiraz
    - Bharatpur: The Bagh Resort
    - Jaipur: Hotel Sarovar Portico
    - Jodhpur: Marugarh Venture Resort OR Park Plaza Jodhpur
    - Pushkar: Hotel Bhanwar Singh Palace
    - Mandawa: Sara Vilas Hotel
    Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel
  • Extra Nights
    - Delhi (Standard Package): $120 per room including breakfast and transfers
    - Delhi (Premium Package): $160 per room including breakfast and transfers
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  • Maximum Room Capacity
    3 people (subject to availability)
  • Child Policy
    - No child discounts apply; a full priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling with their parents
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  • Triple Share
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  • Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 40 per coach
  • Meals
    Please note: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are only included if you choose the Premium Package, and only on days part of the main tour itinerary. Arrive Early or Stay Behind meals at own expense.
  • Optional Tours / Activities
    DAY 4: Sunrise at Taj Mahal – 1035 rupees (approx. $21 AUD)
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    - prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
    - Some tours require minimum numbers to operate
  • EXCLUSIONS
  • - Visa fees and requirements (A visa for India is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
    - Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
    - Recommded gratuities/tipping 250 rupees (approx. $5 AUD) per person/day
    - Optional activities/tours
    - Personal expenses
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    2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
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    If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply
Linda S, NSW

This photo was from a recent trip to India with a very small group of Australians. WHAT A WONDERFUL TRIP. I cannot praise enough our guide and the warm hospitality of the Indian people. Our guide went out of his way to make our tour absolutely one to remember. We were matched with people the same age and meals and hotels were of a very high standard. Would do another tour with trip a deal in a heartbeat. This is a photo of our fun loving group.

Linda S, NSW

Dorothy A, NSW

India, definitely a land of contrasts. A marvellous trip, well organised with some very special people in our group. It was a real eye opener, and we were shown so many amazing sites and sights, that I will always fondly remember. The jewel of the crown, was seeing the fabulous Taj Mahal. Many thanks for making the trip so memorable.

Dorothy A, NSW

Vickee B, NSW

India, an amazing contrast of colours, sights, sounds and smells! One of the best experiences of my life! stunning scenery! I never expected to see women wearing their sari's every single day but they work and play in their native dress and the sight is nothing short of stunning. Accommodation in old palaces gave me such an experience of history, culture and adventure all rolled into one! Simply the best!

Vickee B, NSW

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