Holi, Festival of Colour - 8 days

FROM USD $1,579

Combine a tour of the famous Golden Triangle with the exuberant festivities of Holi - India’s most dazzling celebration, when streets throughout the country are transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour.

Day 1: Delhi
Monday 02 March 2015. Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival in Delhi an included transfer will take you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at your own leisure. Overnight - Delhi
This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and the Rajpath and India Gate in New Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specialising in Indian cuisine. Overnight - Delhi (B, D)
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Day 3: Jaipur
Delhi - Jaipur. This morning we drive to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, affectionately known as the Pink City because Maharaja Ram Singh had the entire old city painted pink in 1876. We enjoy a tour of the regal City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory. Overnight - Jaipur (B)
Take an elephant ride to Amber Fort in Jaipur on a tour to India
Day 4: Amber Fort
Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur Bolt-on. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Reaching the fort is an experience in itself, as we ride up the road in princely style abroad Indian elephants - subject to regulations and availability. After we stop at a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before returning to Jaipur. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Overnight - Jaipur (B)
Join the festivities of Holi on a special tour in India
Jaipur - Bharatpur. It's an early start today as the festivities of Holi bring thousands of people out onto the streets in a dazzling display of colour and good cheer. Celebrated every year in February or March, the ancient Hindu festival of Holi originated as a celebration of the end of winter and beginning of spring in honour of Prahlada, who was protected from the flames by Vishnu when he was tricked to his near death by his father King Hiranyakashipu.

Today Holi is a time when Indians across the nation gather together with family, friends and neighbours to throw powder bombs, fire water pistols and splash coloured water as they run through the streets. Shops and businesses close down for the day, and on the eve of the celebrations a bonfire is held to remember the story of Prahlada and Vishnu.

While this is the mostly believed story, the myths and legends that surround Holi differ around the country, but 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 and time for lunch, you can pull up a chair and watch the Holi celebrations taking place out on the lawn. For those wanting to get involved we'll be providing white kurta pyjamas for you to wear and organic colours for you to throw. In this game of cat and mouse, stealth and the art of surprise will serve you well. After a bombardment of powder bombs and shower of water in every imaginable colour we'll hatch an escape plan to Keoladeo Ghana National Park for a late afternoon bicycle rickshaw ride and bird-watching. Overnight - Bharatpur (B, D)
Visit the Taj Mahal in Agra on a tour of India
Bharatpur - Agra. En route to Agra we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned 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 (B)
Days 7 - 8: Onward to Delhi
Agra - Delhi. After breakfast we return to Delhi, the latter part of the afternoon is free for you to relax or independently explore more of Delhi. The following day our tour concludes after breakfast. Goodbye India! We transfer you to the airport for your onward international flight. Delhi (B:2)

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Tour Details
  • Starts in: Delhi / Ends in: Delhi
  • Departs: Monday 02 March 2015
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:7, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
  • Tour Guide: Yes - escorted by a tour guide
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