Festival of Lights
Tour to Diwali and Dev Diwali
Immerse yourself in India’s festive spirit with this tour to not one, but two of India’s colourful festivals – Diwali and Dev Diwali. On this vibrant journey witness the illuminated cities, partake in joyful celebrations, and create lasting memories. From the bustling streets of Delhi to the serene ghats of Varanasi, this trip offers a truly enchanting experience of India’s rich traditions and ancient heritage.
As part of your tour to Diwali and Dev Diwali, stay in converted forts, some of which are hundreds of years old, former palaces that were once home to royalty, and revel in the festive atmosphere of India’s festivals alongside the local people.
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Departure Date: 30 October 2024
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TOUR TO Diwali and Dev Diwali HIGHLIGHTS
- Experience the warm hospitality of a local Indian family as we join the for their Diwali celebrations
- Be amazed at the festival of lights – Dev Diwali in the holy city of Varanasi as you witness the ghats lit by thousands of lamps and the nirvana of a traditional ganga aarti ceremony
- Savor traditional Rajasthani cuisine with a food walk through chaotic Old Delhi, visit the serene Lotus Temple and wonder at Humayun’s Tomb
- Absorb the sights, sounds and vibrant colours of India’s villages, as well as meet the real local people of this amazing country with visits to Bijaynagar and Deogarh.
- Stay in stunning former palaces, old forts and traditional havelis, as well as experience these cities with enough free time to have your own adventure.
Trip style: Unique
Max group size: 15
Reasons you’ll love this tour
- You want to visit India’s iconic sites & cities, as well as wanting to get to know the real India with visits to regional areas
- You enjoy colourful local festivals
- You want authentic experiences with the people in India and to make local connections
- You’re happy to visit somewhere that is likely outside your comfort zone
- You like trying new foods, especially if it’s something spicy
- You’re looking for a place that could possibly move you spiritually.
Details – Tour to Diwali and Dev Diwali
Duration: 19 Days
Trip style: Special Interest – Festival
Group size: Minimum 6 / Maximum 15
Trip code: FLDD
Cost: $8558 AUD twin share
Single supplement: $2042 AUD
- 18-nights accommodation in heritage and traditional-inspired hotels, former palaces, forts, and havelis
- Meals as specified in itinerary (B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner)
- Flights from Udaipur to Delhi one-way and Varanasi to Delhi return in economy class
- Services of your Inverted Atlas trip leader and local guides
Optional experiences (not included):
- Deogarh: Bird watching
- Deogarh: Village Ramble
- Deogarh: Train trip into the Aravali Hills
* Please note some optional experiences must be booked prior to travel. You will be given the option to add these experiences at check out
Trip price does not include
- International airfares
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure
- Visa for India
- Meals not included as per trip itinerary including drinks and mini bar
- Additional accommodation before or after the tour
- Items of a personal nature including but not limited to laundry, souvenirs, porterage etc.
- Travel insurance – please note comprehensive travel insurance is a condition of travel with Inverted Atlas
Journey Rating – Journey
This tour to Diwali and Dev Diwali travels through a relatively well traveled part of India, a country that is somewhat accustomed to tourists and travellers. On occasion, you will find that the local people are very curious about you and where you come from and at times you may even feel like a celebrity. This trip does involve a lot of walking during the sightseeing, to get the most out of this trip you should be able to walk confidently across uneven surfaces and climb stairs.
Women are strongly advised to either wear a floor length dress or pants with a long kaftan over the top. While not mandatory, this will avoid causing offense culturally and prevent a lot of unwanted attention. To be culturally sensitive, men should wear trousers.
Good quality hospitals, pharmacies and other public amenities will be limited to big cities but should never be too far away.
A note about fitness
This tour to Diwali and Dev Diwali requires a good level of physical fitness. You should be able to walk up to 4km at times and manage uneven surfaces during sightseeing, which will sometimes be at an incline. In addition, you should be able to climb up to 200 stairs unassisted and use an eastern style squat toilet (beware if you have knee issues).
You will need to be able to carry your own luggage to and from the coach. (Due to OH&S regulations our trip leaders are not able to assist with luggage.)
In addition, you should be in good health, with no major chronic conditions requiring frequent medical attention. This trip sometimes travels through remote locations where the availability of a hospital or even phone reception to call an ambulance is limited. While all our trip leaders are required to have a valid first aid certificate, they are far from doctors and any assistance they are able to provide will be limited to basic first aid. For more information please see our booking conditions.
Traveling by yourself? No problem, we love single travellers and don’t believe in penalising them by charging half the trip price again for our single supplement. With us you are only paying the actual cost to have a room all to yourself. If you’re up for making a new friend, you can elect to share with another single traveller of the same sex and only pay the twin-share price (if available). The choice is yours!
Trip leader description
Accompanying you on your tour to Diwali and Dev Diwali will be your Inverted Atlas trip leader. Your trip leader is a logistics extraordinaire, keeps the trip running smoothly and ensures you have the best time possible on your trip. It is important to know that while your trip leader has the best job in the world, they aren’t actually on holidays, but rather they are there to make sure you have the best time while you are on your holiday! Your trip leader may at times need some time out so that they can complete back of house tasks that ensure everyone continues to enjoy the trip. It is also your trip leaders’ job to handle any issues (heaven forbid!) that come up while you’re on your trip like:
- If you lose your passport or other travel documents
- If there is a problem with your room at the booked accommodation – seriously please tell your trip leader don’t wait until you leave
- If you become unwell and need to find a pharmacy
- Assisting with restaurant recommendations or additional sightseeing during free time
- Questions regarding the itinerary
Your trip leader will have some good local knowledge about the destination in which you are traveling, however they are not a ‘local guide’. You’re welcome to ask your trip leader anything about the trip and if they don’t know they will find out and get back to you. Other people you will meet along the way are ‘local guides’ who are generally available to the group in specific towns or at specific sites like national parks, temples or archaeological sites. These people are the local experts and will be able to answer any questions you may have about the history and culture of a specific site.
This itinerary for this tour to Diwali and Dev Diwali, is correct at the time of upload to our website and we have composed it in good faith. From time to time we may elect to make changes before departure, if we are making a big change we will of course notify you, however if it is a small change this will be reflected in the final trip notes. So, make sure you download these prior to departure. Small changes prior to departure are usually made with the groups best interests in mind and come about due to liaising with our best resources – our past travelers and of course our trip leaders! The ability to change and evolve depending on what our travelers enjoy is what makes us such a great trip operator.
While we strive to operate our trips exactly to the letter of the itinerary, sometimes we may need to make changes on the ground while the group is on the road. This is all part of the adventure of traveling and we would ask that you come on your trip with an open mind and a good sense of humour because as much as we want it to, everything doesn’t always go to plan. In fact, these impromptu situations often make the best stories that you can have a laugh with your friends about later.
Minimum Age: 16 years
There is no shared accommodation on this tour to Diwali and Dev Diwali, and we will be traveling through a relatively well travelled part of the world, in this instance we would welcome everyone above the age of 16 years. Should you wish to bring younger children, please give us a call.
There is no upper age limit for this trip, but you should consider the above fitness requirements prior to booking. If you are 65 years or over, you will be asked to complete our Health Check Form and have your medical practitioner sign it to confirm you are in good health and able to participate safely on this trip.
Please note that comprehensive travel insurance is a condition of travel with Inverted Atlas. Insurance must include provision for medical situations, emergency medical repatriation to your home country and personal liability at a minimum. Proof of valid travel insurance will be requested by your trip leader on arrival at the pre-departure meeting. Please have this paperwork available for them. If you are unable to provide proof of comprehensive travel insurance, you may not be allowed to join the trip and no refund will be payable.
What is the difference between Dev Diwali and Diwali?
Diwali or the ‘festival of lights’ is a celebration that takes place all over India. It holds immense cultural and religious importance, uniting people from diverse backgrounds in a spectacle of lights, joy, and festivities. Diwali is a captivating and harmonious festival that highlights the rich cultural heritage and religious diversity of India.
Dev Diwali or the ‘Diwali of the Gods’ is a local version of Diwali only celebrated in the holy city of Varanasi where the whole city and ghats are lit with lamps.
Diwali is observed on Amavasya, or No Moon Day, whereas Dev Diwali is observed on Purnima or Full Moon Day.
What is Dev Diwali?
Dev Deepavali, is a unique and grand festival celebrated in the holy city of Varanasi, India. Falling on the full moon day (Purnima) of the Hindu month of Kartika, it is observed to honor and pay homage to the river Ganges and its divine significance. Dev Deepavali is an extraordinary celebration that showcases the soul of Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. With its mystical aura, the festival epitomizes the city’s devotion to the river Ganges and its belief in the divine. Witnessing Dev Deepavali is a transformative experience, as it provides a glimpse into the age-old traditions and the spiritual fervor that have been an integral part of Varanasi’s cultural heritage for centuries. This divine celebration continues to inspire and touch the hearts of all those who become part of its sacred embrace.
Is Dev Diwali an auspicious day?
Also called the ‘Diwali of the Gods’ Dev Diwali is only celebrated in India’s most holy city – Varanasi.
During Dev Diwali the entire city, as well as it’s ghats are lit with small oil lamps, making it the entire city a spectacle.
Dev Diwali is also celebrated on the full moon and takes place 15 days after Diwali celebrations which happen all over India. Lord Shiva is worshipped during Dev Diwali.