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Colourful Holi Festival (14 Days)

Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur

Holi is considered as one of the most respected and celebrated festivals of India. This great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun. Holi is a famous Hindu festival that is celebrated in every part of India with utmost joy and enthusiasm. The ritual starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi and this process symbolizes the triumph of good over the bad. On the day of Holi people play with colours with their friends and families. During this tour, explore the architectural wonders of Qutub Minar, Humayun’s tomb, Amber Fort , Udaipur City Palace, Taj Mahal, searching for the Royal Bengal Tiger and the rare Siberian cranes at Ranthambore and Bharatpur and experience the culture at Amber Vatika. This is an amazing journey, unravelling the mysterious shades of life and Indian culture.

Day 01: Depart Australia – Arrive Delhi (-/-/-)

Morning flight to Deli. Upon arrival, you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Delhi (B/-/D)

After breakfast we enjoy guided sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Begin with Old Delhi as we drive past the renowned 17th Century landmark Lal Qila; the Red Fort Palace to reach Jama Masjid. Visit Jama Masjid; cycle rickshaws on our journey of Chandni Chowk. Visit the Gandhi Memorial before driving past New Delhi, the exterior the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch (India Gate) and the Vice Regal Palace, the official residence of the President of India in New Delhi. Continue your sightseeing with the visit to Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Evening enjoy your Welcome Dinner at Chor Bizarre, one of the finest Indian Cuisine restaurants in Delhi offering Kashmiri Cuisine

Day 03: Delhi – Agra (B/-/D)

After breakfast travel to Agra. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon tour to Agra Fort. Evening visit Mehtab Bagh garden, the last of eleven Mughal-built gardens along the Yamuna opposite the Taj and the Agra Fort. Stay overnight in Agra.

Day 04: Agra – Bharatpur (B/-/D)

Early morning visit Taj Mahal – the epitome of love. Made completely out of marble, this structure and its awe will instil a lasting image in your memory! Later we check-out from your Hotel. Visit Fatehpur Sikri, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site, before arriving in Bharatpur. We then check-in at your new hotel for free time this evening.

Day 05: Bharatpur – Ranthambore (B/-/D)

After breakfast visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, explore while riding eco-friendly rickshaws, accompanied by a naturalist. Return to the hotel to check-out and thereafter proceed to Ranthambore National Park – a heaven for Royal Bengal Tiger. Arrive and check-in at hotel.

Day 06: Ranthambore (B/L/D)

Wake up early this morning and prepare for your first game drive at 6:00am. A variety of birds including Owls, the ubiquitous Langur (monkey), Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Bears and various species of Deer are the main attractions. Return to the hotel approximately around 9:30am and have your breakfast. Later enjoy another game drive back to the National Park in afternoon commencing from 2:30pm, for another action packed afternoon, before returning to your hotel in the evening.

Day 07: Ranthambore – Jaipur (B/-/D)

Morning drive to Jaipur – the pink city and gateway to the land of Rajputs. Arrive Jaipur and check-in at the hotel. Evening experience to rural India, which celebrates the joys of life with the visit to Amber Vatika. Enjoy your dinner before heading back to your hotel.

Day 08: Jaipur (B/L/D)

Today is the main event! Enjoy your day with celebrating Holi! Considered as one of the most respected and celebrated festivals of India! Transfer to Narayan Niwas Palace Hotel to enjoy the exhilarating celebrations and be part of an ancient tradition. You are welcomed to a noble’s house in the erstwhile state of Jaipur and taken through the journey filled with live music, dance, drinks and mouth-watering
delicacies. Smear colours and splash water on each other, with pichkaries (water guns) and water balloons in the company of the host, his friends and family. Return back to the hotel in the afternoon.

Day 09: Jaipur (B/-/D)

Visit Amber Fort with a decorated elephant ride. Photo stop at – The Palace of the Wind. Afternoon enjoy Jaipur City including City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar; one of the famed observatories (of the heavens) which provides accurate information to this day. This evening we visit a local Rajput home to learn authentic Indian cooking with home cooked dinner. After dinner enjoy an interesting session of Heena Painting and Rajasthani Turban tying.

Day 10: Jaipur – Jodhpur (B/-/D)

Morning travel to Jodhpur, while you catch a glimpse of the splendour and magnificence of this ancient desert city built on the edge of the Thar Desert.

Day 11: Jodhpur (B/-/D)

After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of Jodhpur, visiting the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort – one of the most impressive structures in India.), the Fort Museum and Jaswant Thada. Continue to explore the city with a heritage walk passing through the narrow lanes of the blue city. The walk concludes at the famous Clock Tower where the renowned foods from Jodhpur, including “Makhaniya Lassi” (butter milk) and “Mawe ki Kachori” (fried snack stuffed with dry fruit) can be tasted.

Day 12: Jodhpur – Udaipur (B/L/-)

After breakfast drive to Udaipur, en route visiting Ranakpur – renowned for its Jain temples with intricately carved marble Pillars and Domes. Afternoon we arrive Udaipur and check-in at your designated Hotel. A Sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola has been organised for you this evening.

Day 13: Udaipur – Depart Delhi (B/-/D)

Today we start your sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Visit City Palace Complex & Saheliyon-Ki-Bari and also the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir which is an Indian folk art museum. Transfer to Udaipur airport to board flight to Australia via Delhi

Day 14: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)

Arrive home in the evening.

Number of Days 14

Price From $5295

Departure Dates

2019:
13th March – 26th March

2020:
2nd March – 15th March*

*Peak season surcharges apply from $300 per person


Inclusions

Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Domestic airfare with all taxes
Deluxe accommodation with private facilities
Travel by private air conditioned Coach
Meals as specified
Entrance fees to the monuments
Professional English speaking guide
Tips for guide and driver


Exclusions

Travel Insurance
Camera and video permits may be required at some sights
Personal expenditures
Indian Visa


Price Details

(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)

From $5,295 per person departing Sydney Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth, flying Cathay Pacific Airways. Adelaide may require domestic add on fare at additional cost.

Single Room Supplement from $1,250
Land Only Including Tipping from $4,195 per person (12 Nights)


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