Festival of Color

India with Holi

Rajasthan with Holi Tour
March 17th  –  April 6th 2021
3870 USD Single

HOSTED BY:

LOUISE ORPIN

OVERVIEW

A romantic trip around "The Golden Triangle" of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, this private tour explores India's most popular, and fascinating cities from the inside. Start and end in Delhi - India's teeming capitol - as you experience a comprehensive, insider view of the incredible contrasts of India.

 

You'll see the fabulous wealth of the early Moghuls - the palaces and forts dating back to the 1500's and the famous Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and Red Fort. Marvel at Akbar's Buland Darwaza, or the "Gate of Magnificence", built in 1601 at Fatehpur Sikri - a testament to the architectural daring of the great ruler. We'll spend time in nature too. A visit to Unesco site Keoladeo National Park, reveals a wealth of bird and animal life. This man made wetland was originally built for the duck hunting parties the Maharaja held on this land. Raised dikes and paths surround the quiet lakes where you can lose yourself for hours in the calm atmosphere. 

 

DAY 1 Delhi

Pick up at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Relax with an optional Ayurvedic massage or spa. Welcome refreshments with your guide and driver in the evening. Overnight Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi

Breakfast and then start your city tour including Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Humayan's Tomb. Lunch at your leisure. Afternoon free time browsing the bazaar on Janpath Road or visiting the Crafts Museum. Dinner at your leisure. Overnight Delhi.

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DAY 3 Delhi

Leave for Qtub Minar and the archeological site of Mehrauli. Lunch in Hauz Khas before exploring Lodhi Gardens. Visit to Gurudwara and afternoon at your leisure.  Overnight Delhi.

Optional evening program of a Food Crawl through Chandi Chowk or Purana Qila Sound and Light Show and Indian dinner.

DAY 4 Agra

Leave Delhi early and travel to Agra - approx. 3.5 hours. On the outskirts of Agra, is Sikandra and the Tomb of Akbar the Great. Also called Akbar's Mausoleum, this masterpiece of architecture was constructed in the 1600's. It's noteworthy for the beautiful sandstone buildings inlaid with marble and slate and the surrounding grounds. One of the greatest Mughal rulers, Akbar's tomb is a fitting monument to his life and accomplishments. Covering over 119 acres, it hosts a wildlife park, expansive gardens and several tall minarets.

Break for lunch before we check-in to your hotel. Dinner at your leisure. Overnight Agra.

DAY 5 Agra

In the early morning we'll watch the sunrise across the Jumana River illuminate the beautiful Taj Mahal. We'll take in the view from the Moon Garden or Mehtab Bagh at the riverfront. Then back to your hotel for breakfast before we see more of Agra.​ We'll start with the lesser known, but still impressive, tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, called the “Baby Taj”. The buildings are smaller but wonderfully decorated with painted and raised plaster designs.​ We return to Taj Mahal by midday - the stunning monument to Mumtaz Mahal, Shah Jahan’s beloved wife. Designed and built over 22 years by Persian architect Ustad Isa, it stands forever as a testament to the heart-broken Shah’s undying love. 

Afternoon at your leisure. Overnight Agra.​

Optional evening program of the Mohabbat The Taj show - a song, dance and musical depiction of the romantic love story of Emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Held in the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center and followed by Indian dinner.​​

DAY 6 Agra

Breakfast and head to our next famous monument - the Agra Fort. This was the summer palace of Shan Jahan and from the high terrace you can view the Taj Mahal in the distance. Built of intricately embellished red sandstone it provides a distinct contrast to the marble palaces within. Visit to Sheroes for coffee then afternoon walk through the Shah Jahan Gardens. Afternoon at your leisure. Overnight Agra.

DAY 7 Bharatpur

Today we leave early for Bharatpur - approx. 1.5 hours from Agra. On our way, we will stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the city Akbar built in 1570 and abandoned 10 years later. This Unesco site has been well preserved with the palaces, gates and sandstone exteriors lying undisturbed over the centuries. Check-in to your Bharatpur hotel and lunch before our visit to Keoladeo National Park. The former duck hunting preserve of the Maharajas is an important overwintering area for thousands of migrating water birds as well as home to over 300 endemic species. Quiet trails surround man-made lakes and wetlands interrupted by grassy savannah and dry tropical forests. This Unesco World Heritage site spreads over 29 square kms and we will enjoy a naturalist guided hike and rickshaw ride for approx. 1.5 hrs.  Dinner at your leisure. Overnight Bharatpur.​

 

DAY 7 Bharatpur/Jaipur

Early morning boat trip around the river in Bharatpur before we leave for Jaipur. We'll pass by the small town of Abhaneri, famous for Chand Baori-the deepest step well in the world at 100 feet deep.

​Check-in to your Jaipur hotel and dinner at your leisure.

The grand Amer or Amber Fort, built by Raja Man Singh in the 1600’s, awaits our morning arrival. Walk the long way or try the caparisoned elephant ride to the main Sun Gate. The huge enclosure holds the stunning Palace of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal), Hall of Public 

Audience (Diwan-e-Aam), the Hall of Private Audience (Diwan-e-Khas) and the innovative Sukh Niwas - early air conditioning using the wind that blew over water soaked reeds within the palace!

Nearby is the Tiger, or Nahargarh Fort, standing on the edge of the 

Aravalli Hills overlooking sprawling Jaipur below. Although smaller, the palace has wonderful views and impressive frescoes throughout.

Tea stop and light lunch enroute to "The Pink City" where we will stop at the iconic Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). On our way we can view the Jal Mahal - the lovely Water Palace set it Man Sagar Lake. Now abandoned, it floats like a mirage surrounded by the lake and mountains. 

 Back to your hotel and dinner at your leisure.

DAY 6 Agra

Today we explore the City Palace built by Raja Man Singh during 1729-1732. The complex includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces as well as a colourful bazaar.

There is a wonderful museum and opulent palace rooms decorated with antique carpets and furniture. Parts are still inhabited by the royal family members today.​Light lunch in a Indian restaurant outside the palace.

​Next is Unesco World Heritage Site Jantar Mantar. The site is a collection of stone, brass and masonry instruments that were used for astronomy and built following  ancient Hindu sanskrit texts. It also has the world's largest stone sundial.

That will conclude our afternoon with free time back at our hotel. Dinner at your leisure.

 

DAY 7 Bharatpur

After breakfast and check-out we’ll have a chance for browsing the many shops and craftspeople enroute to Delhi on Day 6.

DAY 8 Bharatpur

After breakfast and check-out we’ll have a chance for browsing the many shops and craftspeople enroute to Delhi on Day 6.

 

DAY 9 Jaipur

After breakfast and check-out we’ll have a chance for browsing the many shops and craftspeople enroute to Delhi on Day 6.

 

DAY 10 Neemrama

After breakfast and check-out we’ll have a chance for browsing the many shops and craftspeople enroute to Delhi on Day 6.

DAY 11 Neemrama

After breakfast and check-out we’ll have a chance for browsing the many shops and craftspeople enroute to Delhi on Day 6.

DAY 12 Delhi drop for onward travel

After breakfast and check-out we’ll have a chance for browsing the many shops and craftspeople enroute to Delhi on Day 12.

 

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