DatesStart Date: 21/03/2019 End Date: 21/03/2019
The 7-days Holi festival tour package is designed especially with the festival of colors – Holi – in spotlight. It is a festival celebrated in the spring season. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to celebrate unity and togetherness. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.
Holi is celebrated by the kids and grownups alike in India irrespective of caste, creed and religion. The festival is celebrated with so much fun and enthusiasm that it’s not only Indian but people from around the globe travel to India during this festival. Each year, thousands of tourists visit India specially Jaipur to be a part of this auspicious festival of joy and fun.
Welcome to India, you will be greeted by our representative at the arrival at Delhi airport. He would take you to the hotel, help you with the check-in procedures and brief you a bit about the next few days schedule and visits. He would also introduce you with the festival of Holi which is one of the major celebrations in India.
We would advise you to take the day to adjust to the new time zone before moving ahead with the city tour (and more) in the coming days.
Spend overnight in Delhi.
Have your breakfast at the hotel, and start with a tour of Old Delhi. The first spot to visit is the magnificent Jama Masjid which happens to be the largest mosque of India. Take a rickshaw and go for a ride in the local area for a glimpse of the market area of Chandni Chowk.
You will be driven past the Red Fort which was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years. You will be taken to the largest minaret of India – Qutub Minar built by Turk ruler Qutb-Ud-Din Aibak in 1192. The 800-years old minaret is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site and is surrounded by ancient Hindu and Muslim complexes.
The next stop is Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi and the museum built to commemorate him. The other places that you will be driven to are city landmarks of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings. The last for the day is the colorful Hindu temple – Laxmi Narayan Temple which gives an insight into the local religion.
Spend overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast in hotel, you will be taken to Agra by private car. The duration is roughly 4 hours and you are free to take halts for coffee breaks or for photography on the way. Reach hotel where you would be helped with check-ins and other formalities.
Agra was the ancient capital of Hindustan which stands on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is one of the three cities of the Tourist Circuit of Golden Triangle along with Delhi and Jaipur and is one of the major tourist destinations in the country. Agra was known as Akbarabad during the reign of the Mughals when it was through its peak and was the capital of under the Mughal rulers Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan.
In the afternoon, you will be taken to see the TajMahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built in the memory of his beloved wife Queen MumtazMahal, Shah Jahan built this marvelous piece of art crafted in white marble between the years 1631 and 1648. It stands majestically on the banks of the river Yamuna and is a mark of love and romance. An early morning visit avoids the crowd and the heat of the daytime.
Later, you will be driven to Agra Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its architectural structure exhibiting a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle. Built during the Mughal Empire in 16th century, Agra Fort has several fairy-tale palaces like KhasMahal and Jahangir Palace. You will be taken to see Diwan-e-Aam(public audience hall) and Diwan-e-Khas (Diwan-e-Khas).
The rest of the day is at leisure with the vehicle and driver at your service. You may take a round to some nearby places of interest or shopping handicrafts of marble, wood and metal.
Overnight stay at Agra.
After breakfast, head your journey towards Jaipur. On the way, take a halt for an hour or so, and explore the city of FatehpurSikri. The city was founded as the capital of Mughal Empire in 1571 by Emperor Akbar, serving this role from 1571 to 1585, when Akbar abandoned it due to a campaign in Punjab and was later completely abandoned in 1610.The dynastic architecture of FatehpurSikri was modeled on Timurid forms and styles. The city was built massively and preferably with red sandstone. The city's architecture reflects both the Hindu and Muslim form of domestic architecture popular in India at the time.
Have your lunch, and continue the journey towards Jaipur. Hotel check-in on arrival and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at Jaipur.
Holi is a two-day festival celebrated during the spring season. The celebration begins on the full moon day falling in the BikramSambat Hindu Calendar month of Falgun (spring), which normally happens between February end and the middle of March.
The first day of the festival is celebrated as the HolikaDahan. On this day people set a bonfire (holika) symbolizing the mythological tale of Prahlaad and his aunt Holika. The bonfire represents Holika killing her brother HiranyaKashipu symbolizing the power of devotion over the evil.
The second day of HolikaDahan is celebrated as Dhulandi. It is the day when people start their day by throwing colors to each other and Kids around the houses spraying colors with pichkaris and water guns. People on this visit each other houses with a packet of different color Gulaal and greet each other by putting these colors on each other faces. Kids touch feet of their parents and grandparents and take blessings from them.
You will join in to play holi colored powders (gulal in Hindi) –extracted from flowers and natural products like cornstarch. Experiencing the essence of this festival is one of the major highlights of this trip. Join several others who would be colored in vibrant hues on this colorful festival.
Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Note:- Holi is on March 21 in 2019
Have your breakfast and get ready to explore the majestic palaces and monuments of Jaipur. Start your day with a visit to the hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state.The Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake, which is the main source of water for the Amer Palace.
The Fort is entirely constructed of red sandstone and marble and is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. There is a facility of elephant ride while ascending the hill, or one may choose Jeep ride too. Visit the royal halls, including Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).
You will be driven back to Jaipur and on the way, take a halt at the famous HawaMahal (Palace of the Winds). The palace is made of red and pink sandstone. The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja SawaiPratap Singh being inspired by the unique structure of KhetriMahal in Jhunjhunu.
The City Palace Museum is the next destination, which is famous for its collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory.
The last spot to visit for the day is the JantarMantar – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an equinoctial sundial, consisting of a gigantic triangular gnomon with the hypotenuse parallel to the Earth's axis. On either side of the gnomon is a quadrant of a circle, parallel to the plane of the equator. The instrument is intended to measure the time of day, correct to half a second and declination of the Sun and the other heavenly bodies.
On the way back to hotel, check out the all-pink residential and business areas of the pink city, Jaipur. Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Have your breakfast and enjoy a free morning before being transferred to the Delhi airport to board the return flight. You may make the most of your day for last minute gift shopping before being escorted by our representative to the international airport to catch your flight.
End of Golden Triangle Tour with Holi Festival Package