Jaipur has tons of converted havelis (palatial city mansions, originally owned by royalty and aristocrats) that have been turned into fantastic—and oftentimes quite affordable—heritage hotels. Here are a few of the finest the Pink City has to offer.
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of India’s most important religious festivals. Held over five days every autumn at the beginning the month of Kartika (the eighth month in the Hindu calendar), this festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and is often referred to as the festival of light.
Aptly nicknamed the Land of Kings, Rajasthan, India is steeped in history and culture. Home to vibrant culinary traditions and festivals, colorful outdoor markets, and some of the world’s most cherished historical sites, adventurous travelers will revel in the region’s array of attractions.
One of India’s most fascinating and unique regions, the Punjab, comprises the Indian half of the province divided after Partition. Home to a majority of India’s Sikh population, India’s Punjab is one of the nation’s most prosperous states, and a rewarding destination for any traveler.
Ashish Solanki grew up in a village near India’s famous Taj Mahal. He became a private Viator guide after graduating university and for the past three years has led travelers from around the world through the famous and not-so-famous sites in Agra and New Delhi.
India is one of the most colorful, vibrant and exciting places to visit anywhere on the planet, no matter the time of year, but there’s something special about visiting during one of the nation’s many festivals and celebrations. These annual events represent some of the best festivals in India for travelers, and are each worthy of consideration as you plan your trip.