Holi Festival WIth Rajasthan

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FIXED DEPARTURE TOURS: 15th March 2019

Unrivaled beauty explains why it’s regarded as one of the modern day Seven Wonders of the World The magical trip starts with your visit to the capital city of India, Delhi, a cosmopolitan Holi marks the beginning of spring in the country and is one of the most important festivals in celebrated with a lot of pomp and joy. In 2019 Holi will be celebrated on 21st March and one of the best places to experience this festival is Jaipur. 
 

 

Holi is played with abeer and gulaal, which are lightly scented, organic powder in vibrant hues – red, blue, green, yellow and anything else one can think of. Colored water is sprayed from squirt guns or pichkaris. Among many mythological tales, the most common one is about Shri Krishna playing Holi with Radha on the banks of river Yamuna city, which has a rich history and an urban presence. This, will be followed by a visit to the desert state of India, Rajasthan. It’s exotic cities Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur holds the charm with its palaces, forts, monuments and handicrafts. 
 

After Rajasthan, our next stop will be at Agra, the land of the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built by the grieving Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal’s. 



HIGHLIGHTS

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED:

  • GUARANTEED HOTELS,
  • RICKSHAW RIDE AT OLD DELHI, 
  • OLD CITY WALKING TOUR IN DELHI,
  • BOAT RIDE AT LAKE PICHOLA IN UDAIPUR,
  • RANAKPUR TEMPLE VISIT WITH PRIEST,
  • VILLAGE & RIVERBED 4X4 SAFARI IN JODHPUR,
  • BISHNOI VILLAGE VISIT IN JODHPUR,
  • DINNER WITH AN INDIAN FAMILY IN JAIPUR,
  • HOLI EXPERIENCE WITH AN INDIAN FAMILY IN OLD HAVELI IN JAIPUR,
  • ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMER FORT IN JAIPUR,
  • HIGH-TEA AT NAHARGARH FORT IN JAIPUR,
  • HERITAGE WALK WITH HIGH TEA AT AGRA,
  • HORSE CART RIDE TO TAJ MAHAL IN AGRA AND
  • KALAKRITI – THEATRE SHOW IN AGRA.

 

SPECIAL PRIVILEGES INCLUDED:

  • UNLIMITED MINERAL WATER AND TISSUES DURING DRIVES AND 

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  • Day 1: Delhi Arrival, 15th March 2019

    Our representative will receive you on your arrival at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. 

     

    DELHI, the capital of India is the third largest city in the country. It has remnants of many past great empires in the form of monuments and ruins all around the city. Delhi is a melting pot of various cultures that has evolved from the numerous settlers through ages. Each street of the city has its own history and significance. While the narrow streets (‘gullis’) of Old Delhi brings in flavours of a bygone era, the wide avenues of New Delhi is an example of a city living up to the best of 21stcentury standards. 

     

     

    Overnight stay will be at Delhi.

  • Day 2: Delhi, 16th March 2019

    After a lavish breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a guided tour of Delhi. 

     

    Our first stop will be at Qutub Minar. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it was built in 1193 by Qutubuddin Aibak and is the tallest minaret in the world. It is surrounded by several other medieval structures and is collectively known as Qutub complex.

     

    The next stop will be at the stately Humayun’s Tomb, which was inspired by Persian styles. The structure was erected in memory of Emperor Humayun, father of the Emperor Akbar, by his widow Hamida Banu Begum. An avid scholar, who died an untimely death after falling down the steps of his library, Humayun himself was an architecture enthusiast and well-versed in the Persian style of building. 

     

    Situated on the eastern side of Rajpath is the India Gate, a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who died during the First World War and Third Anglo-Afghan war. Close by are the majestic Parliament House, the seat of the world’s largest democracy and the Rashtrapati Bhavan.Rising high over the Raisina Hills, it is the official residence of the President of India. The Mughal Gardens within the Rashtrapati Bhavan is very popular for its fountains and beautifully manicured gardens and lawns. It is open to the public during spring. 

     

    The New Delhi area with its tree lined, low-rise white buildings, is called Lutyen’s Delhi, after Sir Edwin Lutyens who was the architect.

     

    The name Lotus Templeor Bahai Temple comes from its flower shaped construction and is the Bahai House of Worship. There are nine pools around the temple, each shaped like leaves of a lotus flower and there are no images, pictures or idols inside, except a calligraphy in the ceiling.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Delhi.

  • Day 3: Delhi, 17th March 2019

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Later, proceed for a full day sightseeing of the city, starting with the Akshardham Temple. 

     

    The fascinating Akshardham Temple,built entirely with Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble without the use of steel or concrete supports, features a blend of architectural styles from across India.

     

    After lunch, proceed for a guided tour of the walled city of Old Delhi, the Mughal side of the capital. 

     

    Raj Ghat– This memorial was built in the memory of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi and is located on the banks of river Yamuna.  The black marble platform is surrounded by well-manicured garden. As you enter, the brown stone walls surrounding the garden is inscribed with Gandhi’s sermons in various Indian languages. A flame burns continuously on the black marble platform and Gandhi’s last words ‘Hey Ram’ is inscribed on the marble.

     

    The imposing Red Fortbuilt with red sandstone, was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1639. The Prime Minister of India delivers the Independence Day speech from the ramparts of this fort every year. The fort wall is 3 km in length and has two gateways. It is one of the most significant landmarks of Delhi. 

     

    The Jama Masjidsits right in front of the Red Fort and was built by Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. The sheer size of the mosque will make you gush with amazement with three imposing entry gates that leads to a one of the largest central halls.

     

    In the same area of the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid lies the bustling markets of Chandni Chowk, the celebrated 17th century market complex, designed by Jahanara, Emperor Shah Jahan’s daughter. 

     

    Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling, winding alleys of Chandni Chowk.

     

    After soaking in the ambience of Old Delhi, the tour continues to New Delhi.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Delhi.

  • Day 4: Udaipur, 16TH MARCH 2019 SATURDAY

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

     

     

    Transfer to the airport to take flight for Udaipur. Reach and check into the hotel.

     

     

    The picturesque city of Udaipur is also known as the Venice of the East or the City of Lakes. Surrounded by four lakes, it was founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559. The placid waters of the lakes reflecting the ethereal palaces, the shimmering Aravalli Hills at a distant is a sight to behold.  Udaipur is a captivating city with palaces, temples, gardens that carry the essence of the Rajputs’ heroic past that epitomize chivalry and valor.
     


    The city was called the jewel of MEWAR – a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 years.


    Overnight stay will be at Udaipur.

  • Day 5: Udaipur, 19th March 2019, Sunday

    After having breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace.

     

     

    CITY PALACE: Located on the east bank of lake Pichola, the palaces’ main entrance is through a triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. It leads to a series of courtyards, terraces, corridors and gardens – all built in a harmonic profusion. The external walls of the City Palace have delicate art painted on them in muted shades. There are spots of bright colours in these paintings, which enhance the artwork rather than overwhelm it.

     

     

    The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the world-wide famous Lake Palace hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and the city of Udaipur on the other.  The palace is a maze of galleries, passages, rooms, staircases, terraces and apartments. The royal crest of Mewar, the sun, is repeated in different forms in various parts of the complex. Another recurring motif in various frescoes, paintings and sculptures is the peacock, and the Mor-chowk is a beautiful mosaic of dancing peacock. Each room in the City Palace is decorated differently – the blue room, sheesh mahal decorated with mirrors and also includes the Chini Chitrashala which has a fantastic collection of paintings. The museum in the palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils that attracts thousands of visitors every day.

     


    SAHELIYON KI BARI: Built by Maharana Sangram Singh in the mid-18th century, the 'garden of the maidens' was built for the ladies of the court. The garden is located on banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake. It has a beautiful lotus pool surrounded by kiosks and fountains that were imported from England. The fountains work with an ingenious pressure technique with various valves at different points to control the pressure.

     

     

    BAGORE KI HAVELI: Barely 100m from the City Palace lies the Bagore Ki Haveli right in front of Lake Pichola at the Gangori Ghat. It was built by Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar in the 18th century. It has a typical Mewari architecture with courtyards and fountains. The haveli has over 100 rooms and it is a joy to wander around for a glimpse into the erstwhile royal family lifestyle. The vast courtyard includes a two-storied Lotus fountain that circulated cool air in the haveli when water cascaded from it. The interiors of the haveli are embellished with intricate and fine mirror work. The Chambers of the Royal Ladies still bear fine frescoes of the Mewari style. There are beautiful coloured-glass windows in some of the rooms as well as two peacock coloured glass mosaics that display the superb craftsmanship of the 18thcentury. There are various sections – turban section, weapon section, wedding section that showcases the time of the Rajput kings and ministers of Rajasthan in all its glory. The haveli also has a lot of dolls on display in the Puppet museum.
     

    JAGDISH TEMPLE: The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdish-ji, is situated in the middle of the city. The temple dates back 1651 and was built by Maharana Jagat Singh. Designed in an Indo-Aryan style of architecture it is the city’s largest temple, and dedicated to the protector of the universe, Vishnu. Carved from black stone, the four-armed statue is decorated lavishly in gold and is a sight to behold. The viewer of Vishnu is said to be transported to a place of calm and serenity.
     

     

    In the evening, enjoy a motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.
     


    Overnight stay will be at Udaipur.

  • Day 6: Udaipur – Ranakpur, 20th March 2019, Monday

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

     

     

    Start for Jodhpur visiting Ranakpur enroute.

     

     

    The RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century, is a sacred Jains’ site. It is not a single shrine but a series of miniature temples that look fascinating from a distance. Built in marble the three storeyed marble edifice has exquisite carvings and artwork. The temple is said to be built sometime in the 15th century it took around 50 years to complete the construction.

     

     

    Reach Jodhpur and check in at hotel.

     

     

    Indigo blue ink-spilled patterned buildings make Jodhpur a picture-perfect city. The city is Rajasthan’s ‘Gateway to the Thar Desert’ and is surrounded by a 10 kms wall, complete with eight gates. The fabled city, bathed in blue, is viewed at its spectacular best from the looming Mehrangarh Fort. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha - chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana.

     

     

    UMAID BHAWAN PALACE: The Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the world’s largest private residences, home to the erstwhile Royal family. It was built with the purpose of giving employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long drawn famine. One part of the palace houses a well-maintained museum, while another part is leased to the Taj Hotels.

     

     

    Overnight stay will be at Jodhpur.

     

     

  • Day 7: Jodhpur, 21st March 2019, Tuesday

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.
     

     

    Enjoy another day of sightseeing in the city.

     

     

    MEHRANGARH FORT: Mehrangarh Fort, which towers 125 mtrs above the city, is one of the largest forts in India. Built in 1460 by Rao Jodha, with seven different entrance gates, is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of the fort can be seen in its exquisitely latticed windows, carved panels, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. The formidable cannons are preserved and displayed on the roof of the fort.

     

     

    JASWANT THADA: Built in the 19th century, the Jaswant Thada cenotaph lies very close to the Mehrangarh Fort. It’s a royal cenotaph built in white translucent marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The building is surrounded by individual sealed chambers housing the remains of the past rulers as well and a garden.

     

     

    Later in the day, the ‘Rustic and Rural’ experience will begin in a jeep safari that will unravel before you rural Rajasthan in its full glory. Meet the expert team at village KAKANI, where you will engage in an off-road adventure through the semi-arid desert of.

     

     

    Drive in a four-wheel-drive vehicle and experience the road less travelled in Rajasthan while enjoying the unadulterated view of the Thar Desert. Experience the rugged desert landscape that is filled with natural beauty combined with the simplistic purity of rural life in Rajasthan. Feel the thrill of driving through villages and the adrenaline rush of negotiating the rough terrain of a river bed. Visit the homes and hutments of the local communities, interact with them to understand their simple lifestyle and learn how they’ve lived in a difficult terrain in complete harmony with nature. Be prepared to encounter wildlife that is abundant in this area like black buck, chinkara, Neel gai, wild boar, desert fox and a large variety of bird life, migratory and indigenous.

     

     

    This will be followed by a village visit, where a senior member of the local community will taking you around to understand the village life of Rajasthan and offer a glimpse of local craftsmanship.

     

     

    After a couple of home visits, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at a scenic spot or under the shade of a tree.

     

     

     

     

    Overnight stay will be at Jodhpur.

  • Day 8: Jodhpur – Jaipur, 22nd March 2019, Wednesday

     

    After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be driven to Jaipur.

     

    The Pink City of Jaipur got its name when the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited the city on 1876. As pink is the colour of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur got the entire city painted pink to welcome the guests. Dotted with havelis (traditional mansions), bazaars, opulent palaces and majestic  forts the city showcases the glorious past of its rulers, the Rajputs.

     

    Witness the ceremonial Holika Dahan bonfire, in the evening, which includes the burning of an effigy of demon Holika. This will be an event celebrated with much fanfare and beating of drums, symbolising the victory of good over evil. Later, enjoy a traditional dinner with an Indian family.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Jaipur.

     

     

  • Day 9: Jaipur, 23rd March 2019, Thursday

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Soon it will be time to participate in Holi, India’s festival of colours.

     

    Holi is played with abeer and gulaal - lightly scented, organic powder in vibrant reds, greens, blues and every conceivable shade in between. Colored water is sprayed on participants from multicolored indigenous squirt guns or pichkaris.

     

    In the evening proceed for a high-tea experience at the rooftop of Nahargarh Fort from where you get to enjoy the spectacular view of the Pink City. Sip your favourite tea while breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the sun setting across the Aravallis mountain ranges.

     

    Enjoy the experience and spend the night at Jaipur. 

  • Day 10: Jaipur , 24th March 2019, Friday

    Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast. Enter the fort royally, atop an elephant.

     

    Situated on a hill top, Amber Fort was commissioned by Man Singh in 1592 and was later completed by Jai Singh I. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a testimony to the classic Rajputana legacy. This central courtyard has a history of being the victory parade spot of the army after returning from battles.

     

    The Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 for the women of the royal household to observe the city below. This fortress built with pink sandstone and cascades over the city of Jaipur with its honeycombed façade and latticed balconies that glorifies the grandeur of Rajput architecture.

     

    Just behind the Hawa Mahal is the City Palace built by city founder Sawai Jai Singh II and has been the home of Rajasthan royalty since the 18th century. The palace includes Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal and other structures that combines Rajput, Mughal and European styles in its design. The Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum inside the palace showcases historical relics and art from the city and the region.

     

    Next stop is at the Birla Temple in the evening, another popular religious site in Jaipur. It is also called the Laxmi Narayan temple and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. Built with white marble this temple is full of sculptures based on Hindu mythology as well as include images of Christ, Virgin Mary and Socrates. 

     

    Your visit will coincide with the aarti ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. The priests wave the lamps is circles and the devotees chant prayers with hopes and aspirations. It is such a powerful sight that even those who are completely devoid of spirituality will be enthralled by this experience. Enjoy the ceremony and spend night at Jaipur.  

     

     

    Overnight stay will be at Jaipur.

  • Day 11: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra, 25th March 201

    After breakfast drive to Agra.

     

    Lunch will be at an old hunting lodge in BHARATPUR.

     

    Visit FATEHPUR SIKRI before reaching Agra.

     

    Fatehpur Sikri or the city of victory was built by Akbar and served as the capital city of the Mughal Empire for 14 years. It is situated 37kms west of Agra city.  Fatehpur Sikri includes many secular buildings like the Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal. One of the main attractions of the edifice is the colossal Buland Darwaza that was built to mark the conquest of Gujarat by Emperor Akbar. The courtyard also includes the mausoleum of Saint Salim Chisti whom Akbar revered is said to have visited him in his nearby cavern to seek blessings for a male heir. The tomb of the Salim Chisti made of white marble with intricately carved marble screens is situated in the central courtyard of the structure.

     

    Reach Agra and transfer to hotel.

     

    AGRA: Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, Agra was the seat of the Mughal court before it was shifted to Delhi in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Mughal emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan ruled from the city giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. They built luxurious palaces and monuments during their tenure of which the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri has been declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The modern city still reflects its glorious heritage blatantly with its contrasting edifices of red sandstone, white marble and a maze of narrow streets that, in spite of gentrification, were original Mughal neighbourhoods.

     

    Later in the evening enjoy a captivating show - Mohabbat-the-Taj. The show is performed in Urdu and Hindi and is further available in French, English and German language through headphones. The one and half hour soulful drama will surely transport you to the Mughal era.

     

    Overnight will be at Agra.

  • Day 12: Agra, 26th March 2019, Sunday

    Proceed for SUNRISE visit of the monument of love – TAJ MAHAL.

     

    TAJ MAHAL – The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. Often described as a shrine of love, the Taj was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. The structure manifests the wealth of Mughal architecture in each of its elements. Built with white marble the Taj showcases refined aesthetics in its fine filigree screens, calligraphic and inlaid panels and carved decorative designs on stone. The inlay works were originally done with precious and semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli, turquoise and malachite. These were later ripped off by invaders and subsequent rulers and are now replaced with either paint of poor replica of the original gemstones.  Religious passages from the Koran were designed on the surface of the Taj by Persian calligraphers in black marble. The tomb is surrounded by the ‘charbagh’, typical of Mughal era garden that is divided into four quarters. The water panel in front of the tomb was irrigated from the river Yamuna which flows by its side. The Taj captures passing daylight with varied moods and can be viewed in different shades at different hours of the day. However, it is best viewed in full moonlight – a sight which Emperor Shah Jahan is believed to have appreciated the most.

     

    Return to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast, post which proceed for a full day sightseeing of Agra.

     

    SIKANDRA – The Mughal Emperor Akbar was buried in this quaint village situated on the outskirts of Agra. Local folklore says that the Emperor himself designed and commissioned this mausoleum and was later completed by his son Jehangir. The central tomb of the mausoleum is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Red sandstone, white marble inlay work and black slate has been used in this magnificent structure and the four minarets on each corner. The most interesting aspect of this structure is that it imbibes the best of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs, signifying the new religion started by Emperor Akbar – the DIN-E-ILAHI.

     

    AGRA FORT – Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is made of red sandstone. The structure is surrounded by a moat which was once fed by the river Yamuna.  The entry to the fort is through the striking Amar Singh gate. Inside is a maze of courtyards and halls. There is also a dungeon below the ground level. Other main features are a huge marble pool and a harem (women quarters) and various ‘mahal’ or halls such as Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Jahangiri Mahal. The Muamman Burj, better known as the old age prison for Emperor Shah Jahan, is a double storey tower with views of the Taj. The fort also houses the Mina Masjid (Gem mosque), Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Nagina Masjid and the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque).

     

    After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ or the ITMAD-UD-ULLAH – The tomb was built by Nur Jehan, the Empress of Emperor Jehangir for her father Mirza Ghiyas Baig. He was made the chief minister by Emperor Jehangir and was honoured with the title of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. The mausoleum is made of white marble that has intricate inlay decoration and marble-jali or screen that filters light and captures the reflection on the marble.

     

    Agra is not only about its famous monuments, which you will discover next on the HERITAGE WALK guided by our representative on the other side of river Yamuna.

     

    This walking tour will offer you the opportunity to understand the rich Mughal Indian history. The settlement along the river Yamuna fostered the development of Agra and you will have the opportunity to speak with the villagers and understand their rural life. Witness elders smoking the hookah in front of colourful houses. Enjoy the setting sun on the Taj Mahal while sipping on masala chai on the Tea Terrace.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Agra.

  • Day 13: Agra – Delhi – Departure, 27th March 2019, Mon

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Drive to Delhi in the afternoon where you are free to relax, shop or explore the city of Delhi independently. Later, we will drop you to the airport in time for your flight home.

     

    TOUR ENDS

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Single Room Accomodation
 $ 2899
Double Share
 $ 2199


Hotel Details

HOTELS:

DESTINATION

BOUTIQUE HOTELS

NO OF NIGHTS

DELHI

THE VISAYA

03

UDAIPUR

UDAI KOTHI

02

JODHPUR

RANBANKA PALACE

02

JAIPUR

UMAID BHAWAN – HERITAGE HAVELI

03

AGRA

JAYPEE PALACE

02

NOTE:

Please note that lunches are not included (if not mentioned in the inclusions) nor are movie camera, etc. fees at the monuments, tips and personal expenses. All hotels/flights mentioned are guaranteed at the time of quotation. Indian Visa along with international return airfare is not part of the tour package.