Indian Festival of Lights | Unseen Trails

Duration: 5 HRS

Location: Deira and Bur Dubai, Dubai



Minimum age of 18 years recommended given duration and walking.
Ticket price stated is not inclusive of 5% VAT and online processing fees. Refund/rescheduling policies on legal section of our website.

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This street photography walk, co-hosted with Gulf Photo Plus, combines photography and food in the vibrant Indian neighborhood of Old Dubai.

  • Experience the thrill of celebrating Diwali in a colorful and vibrant Indian neighborhood of old Dubai.
  • Practice your photography skills on-the-go.
  • Learn camera settings & composition relevant to street photography.
  • See a different side of Dubai & see the city in a new light - along a well-paced 5 hour adventurous route.
  • Savor delicious snacks with other photography lovers.

Runs only on the evening of Diwali.

Indian snacks and sweets.

Tastings include Gluten/Lactose/Dairy/Nuts. Please notify us of severe allergies.

Carry earphones for our guide audio system.

Dress to walk; cover shoulders and legs above the knees.

Minimum age of 18 years recommended given duration and walking involved. No infants/strollers.

The tour requires a minimum of 4 guests; we may cancel and refund tickets if the minimum is not met.

Journey past a sixty-year-old temple tucked away in the alleys of Meena Bazaar, where we will capture glittering streets, visit family-run jewellery shops that hold Diwali rituals (or “pujas”), and stroll alongside local celebrants decked out in their finest festive wear. For one unparalleled night, the neighborhood explodes with an abundance of street-side energy and kaleidoscopic colors that will dazzle any urban explorer.

Aside from practicing our street photography skills, we will also feast on sweet and savory treats from bustling Bur Dubai eateries. From freshly-buttered buns spiced with vegetable masala to a plethora of traditional Indian sweets, there will be something to satisfy every palate.

Abra Ride

Cross the creek from Deira to Bur Dubai.

Textile Souk

Stroll through a short section of the textile souk, with a focus on religious diversity. Visit the Hindu temple alleyways.

Indian 'Chaat' Counter

'Pop' a round of vegetarian Indian street snacks: tangy chutney and lentil filled crisp 'puris.'

Punjabi Restaurant

Fresh-pressed sugarcane juice | Chicken tikka (one of the city's all--time favourites!) | Paneer tikka.

Sweet Stop

Crispy fried 'jalebi' dipped in saffron-sugar syrup.

Street-side Snack Stop

'Bombay Burger' snack - chutney coated, mashed potato patty sandwiched in a pillowy bun.

We meet outside the Baniyas Square Metro Station, Exit 1.

Please be on time, we don't wait for latecomers! Given the heavy traffic, limited parking and different starting and ending locations, we strongly recommend that you take the metro rather than driving to the trail. If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic.

Contact us for a CAREEM car discount code.

Nearby metro stops: Baniyas (start) and Al Fahidi (end).

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Have questions? Here are the most frequently asked.

What are Unseen Trails?

Unseen Trails are urban exploration and cultural photography walks co-hosted with Gulf Photo Plus. We always feature our favourite snacks and foods.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please be sure to let us know if you (or anyone in your group) have a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. In most cases, nuts, lactose and gluten may be in the foods featured on our experiences. If you have a serious allergy, we recommend contacting us at ‘’ prior to purchasing tickets to enable us to advise you if our tours are suitable for you.

Are bathrooms available during the walking tours?

Yes, bathrooms are available during our Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage, Little India on a Plate, Dubai Souks and Creekside Food Walk and Old Dubai Souks and Stories tours at selected stops. The Emirati Cooking Session and Lunch takes place at a restaurant which is equipped with a bathroom.

For the Unseen Trails experiences,

  • For Naif by Night and Old Dubai Iftar Walk, we recommend using the bathrooms in the metro station before the tour starts (you need to purchase a card to enter the metro). We also have a bathroom stop at the dinner restaurant towards the end of the tour.
  • For the Indian Festival of Lights experience, we recommend using the bathrooms in the metro station before the tour starts (you need to purchase a card to enter the metro). We also have bathroom stops at the restaurants featured through the tour.

Are children allowed?

We do have an age limit for most tours. Please note the minimum age requirement (must be accompanied by a legal guardian) for the experiences below:

  • Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage: 14 years
  • Little India on a Plate: 14 years
  • Dubai Souks and Creekside Food Walk: 14 years
  • Emirati Cooking Session and Lunch: 12 years
  • Sufra Experiences: As stated on each individual Sufra Experience page.
  • Unseen Trails: 18 years

Is parking available?

Parking is challenging to find at most of our tour starting point locations; our starting point and ending point on the routes are often different. We recommend taking the metro if it is near the starting point. If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic on the roads especially between 5PM and 7PM.

The only exceptions are the following:

  • For our Emirati Cooking Session and Lunch, valet parking is available at the hotel. Please make sure to have your valet card stamped at the restaurant, after the class, to avoid being charged.

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