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  • DIWALI and DEV DIWALI in ONE and the DIVERSITY OF INDIA

Route: DELHI(2N) AYODHYA(2N) LUCKNOW(2N) KOLKATA(3N) -SUNDARBANS(1N) BODHGAYA(4N) VARANASI(3N)KHAJURAHO(2N)AGRA(1N)DELHI(1N)

Date: From 29 October 2024 to 19 November 2024

Deepavali or Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is widely celebrated across various states. But have you ever heard of Dev Deepavali/Diwali, which is celebrated only in Varanasi? Here, we explain the difference and significance of both festivals. Diwali and Dev Diwali are both significant festivals celebrated in India, but they hold different meanings and are observed for different reasons. Diwali Across India: Also known as Deepavali, it is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. It usually falls in October or November and marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year in many regions. During Diwali, people illuminate their homes with oil lamps, candles, and decorative lights. They also exchange gifts, sweets, and fireworks. The festival is associated with various mythological stories, including the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and his victory over the demon king Ravana. Dev Diwali Only in Varanasi: Dev Diwali, also known as the “Festival of Lights of the Gods,” is celebrated 15 days after Diwali, on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Kartik (usually in November or December). While it shares similarities with Diwali, Dev Diwali is mainly celebrated to honor and celebrate the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon Tripurasura. According to Hindu mythology, on this day, all the gods and goddesses descend to earth to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges, making it an especially auspicious time for spiritual activities. Believers gather on riverbanks, especially in Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world, to participate in religious rituals, light lamps, and offer prayers to the deities. The atmosphere during Dev Diwali is filled with devotion, spirituality, and festivity. In summary, while Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is marked by lighting lamps and fireworks, Dev Diwali is a more religious and spiritual festival dedicated to the victory of Lord Shiva and the descent of the gods to earth. This journey is unique as it includes both of the above-mentioned festivals. For participants, it offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

  • ITB Highlights:• Experience DEV DIWALI in VARANASI, a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • • A Culinary Delight: This tour will take you through a selection of famous Indian foods. These include Kachori, Kulfi, Chai, Paratha, Chaat, Thali, and more.
  • • Traditional Sari tying at a boutique in Varanasi
  • • Immerse yourself in the colorful everyday life of India and visit markets
  • • Engage with the local community to make an impact
  • • Folklore and local music programs at some locations
  • • Visit a village school during the trip
  • • Plus, small surprise programs throughout the journey
  • Included In The Price:
    • • 22 Nights In a Double Room with Breakfast
    • • Guided Tour By Manu Pandey
    • • All Entrance Fees To Monuments During Sightseeing Tours
    • • All Meals During Food Walks/Heritage Walks As Per The Program
    • • Chartered AC Tourist Class Vehicle For The Trip
    • • All Applicable Taxes Including GST in India
  • Package Excludes
    • • Any Flight Tickets
    • • Any Drinks
    • • Any Other Expenses Of Personal Nature like Telefone, Laundry etc.
    • • Any Tips

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Tour Plan

01

29.10.2024: Flight From Your Hometown To Delhi

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30.10.2024: ARRIVAL In DELHI

Hello! Welcome to India. You will be greeted at the airport by our representative and traditionally welcomed, followed by transfer to the hotel. Delhi is a vibrant and bustling city, full of historical landmarks, museums, galleries, shops, and countless markets. It offers numerous opportunities for sightseeing, activities, and dining.

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31.10.2024: In DELHI

After breakfast, drive to Old Delhi. Immerse yourself in the vibrant hustle and bustle of Chandni Chowk, one of Delhi's oldest and busiest markets. Wander through the narrow lanes, sample local delicacies, and browse for souvenirs. Visit Jama Masjid, one of India's largest mosques. Explore the impressive building and enjoy the view from the minarets overlooking the surrounding old city.

Then, head to New Delhi and visit Qutb Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the tallest brick tower in the world. Admire the impressive architecture and inscriptions that tell the history of this historic site.

Next, take a panoramic drive in the government district.

India Gate: Drive to India Gate, a war memorial dedicated to the Indian soldiers who fell in World War I. Stroll along Rajpath Boulevard and enjoy the majestic atmosphere.

Presidential Palace and Parliament: Continue to the Presidential Palace and the Indian Parliament, two other iconic buildings on Rajpath. Admire the impressive architecture and learn about the political significance of these buildings.

End your day with a visit to the highly revered Sikh shrine, Bangla Saheb Gurudrwara, to conclude the day spiritually.

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01.11.2024: DELHI-AYODHYA By The Fastest Train Of India "Vande Bharat Express" (06:10 - 14:30) - DIWALI FESTIVAL

Early morning transfer to the train station. Ride on India's fastest train, Vande Bharat Express, to Ayodhya. Arrival at 14:30 in Ayodhya and transfer to the hotel.

In the evening, we will go to the Sarayu River Ghat to celebrate Diwali with the locals. The Diwali festival in Ayodhya on the banks of the Sarayu River is a fascinating experience. The city is adorned with lights, from small lamps to spectacular fireworks. People flock to the temples to offer prayers and perform rituals. There are colorful processions, cultural events, and traditional performances that enliven the streets. It's a time of joy, celebration, and coming together for families and communities.

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02.11.2024: In AYODHYA

Ayodhya, a historic city in India, is famous for its religious significance and rich culture. During a visit, one can explore the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, the birthplace of the Hindu god Lord Rama. Additionally, there is the Hanuman Garhi Temple dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman, and the Kanak Bhawan Temple dedicated to Lord Rama and his wife Sita. The city is also known for its ghats on the Sarayu River, where one can enjoy the spiritual atmosphere.

The construction of the Ram Lalla Temple in Ayodhya, India, in 2024 marks a significant milestone in the long history of the Ram Janmabhoomi conflict. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Rama and is being built at the site traditionally believed to be his birthplace. The construction of the temple follows decades of dispute over the site, which erupted between Hindus and Muslims due to the Babri Mosque temple, which was destroyed in 1992. After a lengthy legal battle, the Indian Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that the site should be awarded to the Hindu temple. The construction of the Ram Lalla Temple is a symbolic and historic moment for millions of Hindus worldwide, marking a turning point in India's religious and political landscape.

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03.11.2024: AYODHYA-LUCKNOW

Nach dem Ausschlafen und einem ausgiebigen Frühstück geht die Reise weiter nach Lucknow.

 

Unterwegs statten wir einen Besuch vom Kaiserbagh Palace. Dieser königliche Palast in Lucknow ist ein architektonisches Juwel und ein Zeugnis der Pracht der Awadh-Dynastie. Auch wenn der Palast heute teilweise in Ruinen liegt, kann man immer noch die beeindruckende Architektur und die schönen Gärten erkunden.

 

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04.11.2024: In LUCKNOW

Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is a fascinating city with a rich cultural and historical heritage. During a visit, one can explore the impressive Bara Imambara, an 18th-century architectural masterpiece known for its labyrinth, the "Bhool Bhulaiya." The tour may also include the Rumi Darwaza, an impressive gateway in the Awadhi style, and the noteworthy Kaiser Palace Museum, offering insight into the region's royal history. Additionally, Lucknow offers a variety of delicious culinary experiences to try, from the famous Tunday Kababs to sweet delicacies found in traditional sweet shops.

In the evening, enjoy a culinary Heritage Walk in the old city. A Heritage Food Walk in Lucknow is a culinary adventure through the city's alleys and markets to experience Lucknow's rich gastronomic tradition. The tour navigates through historic neighborhoods and hidden corners where one can taste traditional Awadhi cuisine, known for its delicate flavors and rich tastes.

The tour might start with a visit to a local market, where fresh ingredients and spices used in the region's famous dishes can be discovered. Then, it leads to various street stalls and restaurants serving dishes like kebabs, biryanis, kormas, and Lucknawi biryani.

Throughout the tour, participants can learn more about Lucknow's culinary history and hear stories about the origins of the different dishes. The tour may end with indulging in sweet delicacies like Malai Gilori, Kulfi, and other traditional desserts.

Overall, a Heritage Food Walk in Lucknow is a unique way to discover and enjoy the local culture through its delicious cuisine.

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05.11.2024: LUCKNOW-KOLKATA Flight

Upon arrival in Kolkata, there will be a brief pause at the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise (approximately 3 hours) on the Hooghly River (the name for the Ganges in Kolkata).

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06.11.2024: In KOLKATA

Full-day visit to Kolkata city: The capital of West Bengal, formerly known as Calcutta and recently renamed Kolkata, is situated on the Hooghly River (the name for the Ganges in Kolkata). Its proximity to the river and the sea has made it a significant commercial center.

Kali Temple: The goddess Kali is the patron deity of Kolkata, and Bengalis worship this goddess with such passionate devotion that it creates an intoxicating spiritual blend for a first-time visitor. Among the many Kali temples that exist in Kolkata and Bengal, Kalighat is one of the holiest Kali temples.

Victoria Memorial (closed on Mondays): A fascinating architectural masterpiece converted into a museum housing the most memorable artifacts and collectibles from the British colonial era. The building, constructed from white marble from Jodhpur, serves as a monument to Queen Victoria.

Next, we take a stroll in Kolkata's famous artist quarter called Kumartuli. Walking through the lanes of Kumartuli in Kolkata is a captivating journey into the world of traditional pottery art and vibrant cultural scenes. The narrow lanes are lined with workshops where skilled craftsmen shape the famous terracotta gods and goddesses figures, especially the popular Durga statues for the Durga Puja festival. The scent of clay and paint fills the air as artists mold and refine their artworks.

Along the streets, you'll encounter lively scenes of everyday life, from children playing in the alleys to vendors offering their goods. The atmosphere is lively and vibrant, full of energy and creativity.

As you wander through Kumartuli, you can admire the fascinating craftsmanship and perhaps even watch the artists at work. The area is also a melting pot of culture, where different traditions and customs converge. It's an unforgettable experience that expresses the glorious artistic and cultural diversity of Kolkata.

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07.11.2024: KOLKATA-SUNDARBANS

7:30 AM: Departure from the hotel by car.
10:30 AM: Arrival at Godhlhali boat dock. Ferry departs. Breakfast served.
12:45 PM: Visit to Becon Bungalow and Hamilton Sahib Bungalow in Gosaba village.
1:30 PM: Lunch on the ferry. Cruise through the largest mangrove forest in the world. Spectacular!
4:45 PM: Arrival at Pahkirala.
7:00 PM: Evening snacks and tea.
10:00 PM: Dinner. It's just that dinner is served so late.

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08.11.2024: SUNDARBANS-KOLKATA

7:00 AM: Start of the delta safari by boat. An incredibly beautiful journey through several lagoons and small rivers in the Sajnekhali area, where, among others, the Royal Bengal Tiger resides.
9:30 AM: Breakfast is served.
12:30 PM: Visit to Bo-Banki Tiger Reserve.
1:30 PM: Then, proceed to Panchamukhi and Jharkhali Tiger Reserves and climb a lookout tower to observe the animals.
2:00 PM: Lunch is served.
7:00 PM: Ferry arrives at the port. Continue by car to Kolkata.
10:00 PM: Arrival at the hotel in Kolkata for overnight stay.

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09.11.2024: KOLKATA-BODHGAYA By Train

After breakfast, transfer to the TRAIN STATION to catch the TRAIN to GAYA and continue to Bodh Gaya.

Overnight stay in Bodh Gaya.

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10.11.2024: In BODHGAYA

After breakfast, we will visit the Mahabodhi Temple, the Sujata Village, the Niranjana River, and various international monasteries. This will be a relaxed day to immerse ourselves in the spiritual atmosphere at the site of Buddha's enlightenment.

Overnight stay in Bodh Gaya.

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11.11.2024: BOGHGAYA-RAJGIR-NALANDA-BOGHGAYA

Departure to Rajgir. Start your day early and head to Rajgir, a historic city in Bihar, India. The journey takes about 2-3 hours, depending on traffic conditions.

Rajgir Ropeway: Upon arrival in Rajgir, you can take the Rajgir Ropeway to reach the hill hosting the famous Vishwa Shanti Stupa. From here, you'll have a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Vishwa Shanti Stupa: Visit the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, also known as Peace Pagoda. This monumental stupa was built to promote world peace and provides a serene atmosphere for meditation and contemplation.

Griddhakuta Hill: Take a short hike to Griddhakuta Hill, also known as Vulture’s Peak, a sacred site of Buddhism where the Buddha delivered many discourses. Enjoy the view from this historic site.

Lunch Break: Take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant to fuel up for the afternoon.

After lunch, head to Nalanda to visit the ruins of the ancient Nalanda University. This ancient university was one of the most significant centers of learning and Buddhist studies in ancient India.

Nalanda Archaeological Museum: Visit the Nalanda Archaeological Museum, which showcases an impressive collection of artifacts and relics from the heyday of the university. Admire ancient sculptures, inscriptions, and other historical finds.

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12.11.2024: In BODHGAYA

Today is a free day. Everyone is free to explore the cultural and spiritual diversity of the place on foot. Below is a list of attractions that can all be visited on foot in one day:

1. Mahabodhi Temple: Start your day with a visit to the Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Admire the impressive architecture and feel the spiritual atmosphere of this sacred place.
2. Bodhi Tree: The nearby Bodhi Tree, under which Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment and became the Buddha, is another important site for believers. Take time to meditate under this sacred tree and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
3. Archaeological Museum: Visit the Archaeological Museum of Bodh Gaya to see an impressive collection of relics and artifacts from Buddhist history. Learn more about the history and development of Buddhism in the region.
4. Chinese Temple: Make a detour to the nearby Chinese Temple, built by the Chinese government. Admire the unique architecture and cultural influences from China.
5. Thai Temple: Visit the Thai Temple, built by Thai Buddhists. Admire the magnificent architecture and intricate decorations that provide insight into Thai culture and spirituality.
6. Japanese Temple: The Japanese Temple is another important spiritual center in Bodh Gaya. Explore the peaceful surroundings and admire the Japanese architecture and garden art.
7. Tibetan Monastery: To conclude the day, visit a Tibetan monastery to learn more about the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Experience the unique atmosphere of this place and perhaps even have the opportunity to participate in a meditation session.

The day provides a comprehensive insight into the rich spiritual and cultural history of Bodh Gaya and is an unforgettable experience for every visitor.

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13.11.2024: BODH GAYA-SASARAM-SARNATH-VARANASI

After breakfast, we drive 250 km to Varanasi.

On the way, we visit the Tomb of Sher Shah Suri in Sasaram, one of the most important historical monuments in Sasaram. It was built in the 16th century and serves as the final resting place for the famous ruler Sher Shah Suri, who founded the Sur Empire. Sasaram is known as the birthplace of Sher Shah Suri.

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14.11.2024: VARANASI-SARNATH-VARANASI

Begin the day early with a boat trip on the sacred Ganges to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the river and feel the spiritual atmosphere of the city. Then, visit the Ghats of Varanasi, especially the Dashashwamedh Ghat, to witness the traditional rituals and prayers taking place along the banks of the Ganges. Afterwards, take a stroll through the narrow lanes of the old city to experience the vibrant life, colorful markets, and ancient temples.

To fully appreciate a visit to Varanasi, one must understand the city's silk-weaving tradition. To gain a better understanding of this tradition, visit the weavers of Varanasi.

Return to the hotel for a hearty breakfast.

After a short pause, head to Sarnath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site located about 10 km from Varanasi. There, you can visit the Dhamek Stupa and the Ashoka Pillar, significant historical sites associated with the arrival of Buddha in Sarnath. Learn more about the history of Buddhism at the Sarnath Archaeological Museum, which houses an impressive collection of artifacts from the Buddhist era.

Overnight stay in Varanasi.

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15.11.2024: VARANASI DEV DIWALI

The day begins with "Subah-e-Banaras," a morning spiritual experience on the banks of the holy Ganges River in Varanasi. During this event, pilgrims and visitors gather by the river to witness the sunrise and commence the day with religious rituals and prayers. The atmosphere is filled with the sound of hymns and mantras as people offer flower garlands and ghee lamps into the Ganges water to express their reverence and seek spiritual purification. Subah-e-Banaras is a unique experience that reflects the deep spiritual significance of Varanasi, providing visitors with insight into the city's vibrant religious culture.

Then, we'll head to Banaras Hindu University (BHU), where I also studied. BHU in Varanasi is one of the most prestigious educational institutions in India, offering a wealth of attractions and activities for visitors. Some of the key things to see at BHU include:

New Vishwanath Temple: Another impressive temple on the BHU campus, featuring modern architecture and often referred to as the "Birla Temple."

BHU Museum: A museum showcasing an extensive collection of artifacts, artworks, archaeological finds, and historical items, providing insight into India's history, culture, and traditions.

BHU Gardens and Parks: BHU boasts extensive and well-maintained gardens and parks, ideal for strolling, relaxing, and enjoying nature.

Faculties and Institutes: BHU is divided into various faculties and institutes, including faculties of engineering, medicine, natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Visitors can explore the architecture of these institutions and possibly attend public lectures or events.

Dev Diwali, the eagerly awaited day, has finally arrived. In the evening, immerse yourself in the Dev Diwali spectacle, guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Row along the ghats and witness the endless rows of lights.

Overnight stay in Varanasi.

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16.11.2024: VARANASI-KHAJURAHO FLIGHT

Breakfast at the hotel followed by transfer to the airport for the flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and overnight stay.

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17.11.2024: In KHAJURAHO

Morning visit to Panna Tiger Reserve.

A jeep safari in Panna National Park in India is an exciting adventure that allows visitors to experience the rich wildlife and natural beauty of this reserve. The safari is led by experienced guides who know the best routes to optimize animal sightings.

During the safari, visitors have the opportunity to see various species such as tigers, leopards, elephants, deer, antelopes, crocodiles, and a variety of birds in their natural habitat. The jeep safari also provides the opportunity to admire the diverse flora and fauna of the park, including lush forests, picturesque rivers, and fascinating landscapes.

Safaris are usually conducted early in the morning or late in the afternoon when animals are most active and chances for animal sightings are highest. Visitors should ensure they bring warm clothing and binoculars to make the most of their safari.

Overall, a jeep safari in Panna National Park offers an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and adventurers who want to experience the beauty and wilderness of Indian wildlife up close.

Afternoon visit to Raneh Falls:

A visit to Raneh Falls and Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary in India offers a fascinating opportunity to experience the stunning nature and unique wildlife of this region. Raneh Falls is a spectacular series of waterfalls winding through the Ken River Gorge and cascading into a picturesque canyon of basalt rock. The roaring waters and dramatic landscape provide an impressive backdrop for visitors who enjoy nature and photography.

Near Raneh Falls is the Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary, a protected area dedicated to the conservation of the endangered Ganges gharials and other species. During a visit to the sanctuary, visitors can take a boat ride on the Ken River to observe the gharials in their natural habitat. These rare crocodiles, known for their long, slender snouts, offer a fascinating sight and are a symbol of successful conservation efforts in the region.

In addition to animal sightings and waterfalls, the surroundings of Raneh Falls and Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary also offer opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and nature exploration. For nature lovers and adventurers, visiting these two places is an unforgettable experience that showcases the beauty and diversity of nature in Central India.

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18.11.2024: KHAJURAHO-AGRA By The Fastest Train of India, "Vande Bharat Express"

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a sightseeing tour of Khajuraho. We can admire the temple architecture and intricately carved statues of gods and goddesses from Indian mythology. They are artistically carved from stone and feature various colors from flesh tones to pink, yellow, and brown. Various sensual representations of the human body are particularly abundant and diverse here. We also visit the largest temple, Kandariya Mahadeo, dedicated to the god Shiva.

After lunch, we'll take the high-speed Vande Bharat Express train to Agra. Arrival in Agra at 8:55 PM. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Agra.

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19.11.2024: AGRA-DELHI

Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise for breathtaking views and fewer crowds. Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
The Taj Mahal, one of the most iconic buildings in the world, was built by Shah Jahan in honor of his wife Mumtaz. The construction took over 20 years. We will stop at the Taj Mahal during sunrise - the most charming and peaceful time - to appreciate the legendary beauty of this symbol of love.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, farewell dinner at a local restaurant. No accommodation in Delhi. After dinner, transfer to the international airport to catch the flight back home.

If your flight is the next day, we will arrange accommodation for you at an additional cost in Delhi.

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