This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Old 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 we head to the Laxmi Narayan Temple (Hindu Temple) and the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (Sikh Temple). Both temples are visited by devotees in large numbers for this special night. Your tour guide will take you through and help give a great insight into 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 five day celebration commemorates the return of Lord Rama, along with Sita and Lakshmana, from his fourteen years of exile and vanquishing the demon 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
Today, Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil signifying the triumph of good over evil. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. Believing in good luck and good fortune associated with the events most Indian business communities choose to begin the financial year on the first day of Diwali.
Tonight, we enjoy a special Diwali Dinner at a restaurant specialising in classic Indian cuisine. It will be an exciting evening with the sound fire crackers and fireworks all around. Overnight - Delhi