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Holi – The Festival of Colors (8 Days / 7 Nights)
Holi – The Festival of Colors (8 Days / 7 Nights)
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.
TOUR COST: A$1375 per person twin share.
Single Supplement A$450.
Prices based on minimum 6 people with English speaking guide
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.
Day 1 - 9 March 2017
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 - 10 March 2017
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 - 11 March 2017
This morning we head to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. 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 - 12 March 2017
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 - 13 March 2017
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 - 14 March 2017
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 - 15 March 2017
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 - 16 March 2017
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.
- Pickup and drop off Delhi airport
- 7 nights’ accommodation and breakfast, 1 welcome dinner
- Internal transfers by car from Delhi and return to Delhi
- Entrance fees
- Local English speaking guide throughout tour
- Return airfares to India
- Visa on arrival costs
- Lunch and dinner
- Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs
- Compulsory insurance of any kind
Safety & Security: India is safe in general. However we will be providing you with some local numbers, emergency numbers and few tips & tricks. Also you have our Travel Expert travelling with you to advise you on critical situations. Always keep your valuable items such as passport, wallet and any medications close to you or in a hand bag or back-pack. Women should exercise caution while travelling in India due to sexual assault cases in the past, even the risk is very low in this trip.
Health: All our travellers are expected to be in good physical health to take on activities. Drinking clean water is essential to avoid sickness. From our experience, there is a chance that you might get sick. If that happens, we will take you to local doctor to get medical advise and the cost is not covered in the trip price.
Warning: India is naturally full of surprises. But mostly pleasant ones. So we request you for a minor flexibility in visiting few places and people.
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