8 days, 7 nights
Duration

Holi – India’s most dazzling festival. Join us, and millions of people across the country, in this joyous spring celebration of color and the victory of good over evil.

Celebrated by throwing magnificently colored powders on family, friends, and for the mischievous at heart, strangers;  Holi, the “Festival of Colors”, is one of India’s most adored festivals. Our Festival of Colors tour highlights the best of India’s “Golden Triangle” (Delhi-Jaipur-Agra) with the opportunity to join in this festive spring celebration.

 

TOUR DATES 26 February – 5 March 2018
TOUR COST A$1950 per person twin share

Single Supplement A$650

* Prices based on minimum 6 people with English speaking guide

DURATION 8 days, 7 nights
Map Holi-Festival of Colors

Additional information

DestinationIndia
Groupsize10
Dates26 Feb – 5 March 2017
Day 1

26 February 2018

Arrive at Delhi International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Welcome to Incredible India. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at your own leisure. Overnight: Delhi
Day 2

27 February 2018

Visit the wonders of New Delhi – Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Rajpath and Secretariat Buildings, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum. Afternoon shopping at one of Delhi’s bustling outdoor bazaars. Tonight, we enjoy a Welcome (Namaste) Dinner at a restaurant specialising in Indian cuisine. Overnight: Delhi
Day 3

28 February 2018

Early morning, leave for Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan by train. Jaipur, affectionately nicknamed the Pink City, was painted its distinctive orange-pink by the Maharaja Ram Singh in honor of the Prince of Wales’ 1876 visit. Jaipur is also known for its colorful hand block printing, rugs,  and sweet lassi, a yogurt based milkshake.  Today we explore Jaipur’s old city by touring the regal City Palace and the Jantar Mantar – a fascinating space observatory dating from 1724. Overnight: Jaipur
Day 4

1 March 2018

Today we travel to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we wind our way through the fort’s twisted interior  and manicured gardens.  Reaching the fort is an experience not to be missed, as we ride to the fort in princely style aboard Indian elephants. On the way back to Jaipur, we stop at a cotton weaving house for demonstrations of traditional Rajasthani fabric dyeing and block printing. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Overnight: Jaipur
Day 5

2 March 2018

Travel from Jaipur – Bharatpur, a historically significant medieval town with royal lineage dating back to 11th century AD. It’s an early start today as the festivities of Holi bring thousands of people into the streets in a dazzling display of colour and good cheer.

Today,  Indians across the nation, largely regardless of religious affiliation,  gather together with family, friends and neighbours to throw colorful powders, drench each other with water pistols, and splash coloured water as they gather in celebration of spring.

While the myths and legends that surround Holi differ around the country, the basic principle remains the same. Holi is meant to symbolise the triumph of good over evil, the importance of love and of happiness, and supports the formation of new friendships.

After hotel check-in in Bharatpur and lunch, you can watch or participate in the Holi celebrations taking place on the hotel lawn. For those eager to join in, we’ll provide white kurta pyjamas (Holi traditional wear) and organic colours for you to throw. After the fun of the festivities we visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park by bicycle rickshaw, a bird sanctuary known for its 230 species that flock there throughout the year.  We’ll spend the duration of the day birdwatching and enjoying the verdant habitat.  Overnight: Bharatpur

Day 6

3 March 2018

Today we drive from Bharatpur to Agra, home of the majestic Taj Mahal.  En route to Agra we visit the ghostly abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, deserted for over four centuries allegedly  due to a lack of water. Upon arrival in Agra we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in fond memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal has been described as the most extravagant monument to love ever built and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols. Overnight: Agra
Day 7

4 March 2018

After breakfast we return to Delhi, the latter part of the afternoon is free  to relax or independently explore more of Delhi. Overnight Delhi.
Day 8

5 March 2018

Our tour concludes after breakfast. Bid phir milenge (Until we meet again)  or continue onwards to another exotic destination in India. We transfer you to the airport for your onward international or domestic flight.

INCLUDES

Pickup and drop off Delhi airport
7 nights’ accommodation and breakfast
Internal transfers by train from Delhi to Jaipur and car from Jaipur to Delhi
Local English speaking guide in Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur and Jaipur

EXCLUDES

Return airfares to India
Visa on arrival costs
Entrance fees
Lunch and dinner
Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs
Tipping
Compulsory insurance of any kind

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