Divali - India's Festival of Lights itinerary
Divali - India's Festival of Lights itinerary 1 - NORTH INDIA

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan Palace is the perfect hotel to enjoy Diwali in style and opulence.

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SINGAPORE The 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Logo Singapore (1)

Fireworks light up Marina Bay for the opening ceremony of Singapore's Youth Olympic Games.

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SINGAPORE 2010 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix Logo Singapore (1)

Visitors and locals alike come roaring to life during the Singapore's annual Singtel Grand Prix.

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SOUTH INDIA Snake Boat Race Every August Backwaters Kerala Logo Southindia

Head to the Kerala Backwaters in August to watch the lively annual Snake Boat Races.

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Sri Lanka - Perahera Festival Logo Srilanka

Visit during the spectacular Perahera Festival in Kandy, which comprises of ten nights of lively festivities, involving bejewelled elephants, street dancers and drummers.

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Sri Lanka - Perahera Festival (1) Logo Srilanka
Take in the Perahera Festival at the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka's most holy Buddhist temple where it is said that Buddha's tooth is buried 7/20
SRI LANKA -Perahera Festival Logo Srilanka

Experience the Perahera Festival in July / August to witness a fiery procession of bejewelled elephants and traditional costumed dancers

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BHUTAN - Amankora Paro traditional Bhutanese dancing Logo Bhutan

Experience some of Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage with a cham, a traditional masked dance, at Amankora Paro.

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BHUTAN - Butter lamps Logo Bhutan

You’ll find rows of butter lamps a common sight in religious places and monasteries in Bhutan. Monks light a butter lamp every day to help focus the mind.

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BHUTAN - Festival  scene Logo Bhutan

Watch a religious dance take place, called a cham, in the courtyard of a Buddhist monastery during the annual Paro Teschu festival. Monks perform festival dances and act out dramas as a form of meditation to personify their deity. Masked and dressed in elaborate silk brocade costumes, dancers demonstrate the triumph of good over evil and the power of compassion.

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BHUTAN - King's Birthday Celebrations Punakha Logo Bhutan

The King’s Birthday is a national holiday in Bhutan and it is customary to dress in traditional clothing. The Bhutanese partake in parades and festivities including eating emadatse and drinking home-distilled spirits.

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BHUTAN - traditional clothing and mask Logo Bhutan

All Bhutanese are required to wear national dress everyday but at festivals, locals can be more creative with carved masks and unusual costumes that depict scenes from their rich cultural history.

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BHUTAN - Traditional dancer Logo Bhutan

Watch a traditional masked dancer at the annual Paro Tsechu, one of the most spectacular and deeply symbolic Buddhist festivals celebrated in Bhutan.

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BURMA - Bagan - Shwezigon Paya Logo Burma (1)

There are often offerings and blessings ceremonies with special costumes happening around the stunning gold-leafed circular stupa at the Shwedagon Pagoda. 

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BURMA - Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda 2 Logo Burma (1)

Watch a holy procession snake its way through Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, one of Burma’s most sacred sites.

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BURMA New Moon Festivities Logo Burma (1)

The New Moon Festival is celebrated in Burma with traditional clothing, processions and offerings. If you’re lucky enough to witness a festival in Burma you’ll notice towns get very busy and the Burmese are in a playful mood!

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BURMA Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda Logo Burma (1)

Shwedagon is a beautiful, glittering gold 2,000 year old temple in Yangon. It is Burma's most sacred Buddhist site and draws in local people from within the city and afar. Yangon's early history is tied very closely to its magnificent Pagoda, where eight of Buddha's hairs are said to be enshrined. 

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CAMBODIA Monks Logo Cambodia (1)

Not just for honeymoons, Song Saa is able to put on exclusive and intimate weddings for its guests.

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INDONESIA Uma Ubud Procession 2 Logo Indonesia (1)

If you stay at uber-cool Uma Ubud, you can easily venture out to experience the local culture - here is a religious procession where traditional clothing is worn to take offerings to the temples.

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- Matthew Nicklin, North India
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- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
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- Leslie Siben, India
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- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
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- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
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- Mr David Wallace, North India
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- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka

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