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|Arrival on:||Delhi, India||Departure from:||Delhi, India|
Holi festival tour in Jaipur will take you on an amazing journey through the beautiful cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a feast for the senses. Starting the journey in the hustle and bustle of the Indian capital city, it takes you to the vibrant and colorful pink city of Jaipur that treats the visitors with its bazaars, palaces and havelis. This festival tour in India takes you to numerous fascinating spots en route, and in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra like Fatehpur Sikri, Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Qutab Minar to name a few. Celebrating India’s Holi festival – the fiesta of color, not only lets you be a part of this colorful carnival, but at the same time it also lets you explore the very best of India’s culture and architecture when you embark upon a Holi festival tour package. Discover the Mughal city of Agra and experience the sunset over the Taj Mahal with its lacy white grandeur, possibly the perfect architectural monument in the world.Take part in India’s most dazzling celebration with the exuberant festivities of Holi, smearing each other with bright hued powders and squirting colored water upon family and friends. Witness the frenetic city’s Holi celebrations and see the streets being transformed into a kaleidoscope of colors.
Upon arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, we will be greeted by a representative of Himalayan Glacier who will escort us to our designated hotel. After short relaxation and refreshment, upon our discretion, we will make a short excursion around the traditional bazaars as well as few historic and monumental sites in the Indian capital city. Overnight in Delhi.
Early in the morning, we will visit Laxmi Narayan Temple and the Giant Shiva Statue. Then we will come back to our hotel for breakfast. We will then drive to the ‘Eternal Pink City’ – Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. On arrival at Jaipur, we will be transferred to our hotel. In the late afternoon, we will visit and shop at textile industry. Other attractions of Jaipur that we will see are the City Palace of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal (the Wind Palace), Central Museum, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) and Pink city bazaar. Overnight in Jaipur.
After breakfast, we will be transferred to Khasa Kothi to celebrate the festival of color, Holi. This is a Hindu spring festival in India, also known as the festival of sharing love, which signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, the end of winter, thanksgiving day for a good harvest and other bewildering reasons. The department of tourism of the Rajasthan government on this day organizes this festival so that the foreign tourists can enjoy this colorful festival in a safe environment, with live folk performances in the lawns of Khasa Kothi, Jaipur between 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Holi festival lasts for two days starting on the full moon day, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March. The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the second is called Rangwali Holi Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan. The second day is celebrated by people throwing, or more politely exchanging colored powder and colored water at each other. Evening is our free leisure time. Overnight in Jaipur.
In the morning, we visit Amer fort, which is the best tourist attraction of Jaipur. The fort, which visitors are able to explore today dates back from the 16th century and is situated on a natural ridge 11 km north of Jaipur. Then, we continue our scenic drive to Agra. En route to Agra we will stopover at Fatehpur Sikri, the Mughal’s finest folly and the former imperial capital of the great emperor Akbar. This monument has been described as the world’s most preserved ghost towns. History has it, that Akbar had visited the village of Sikri to consult the Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chisti, who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. When the prophecy came true and the emperor was blessed with three sons, Akbar built his new capital here, including a stunning mosque and three palaces, one for each of his favorite wives – one a Hindu, one a Muslim and one a Christian. Stroll around and marvel at such graceful buildings as the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), the tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal, Diwan –E – Khas and other palaces. The monuments are examples of the fusion of Islamic architecture with Hindu and Jain decorative art. After arrival in Agra, we will be transferred to our hotel. Overnight in Agra.
After breakfast today, we make a sightseeing tour of Agra, the majesty of the Taj, before driving to Delhi. We visit the legendary Taj Mahal built by the emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died while giving birth. This wonder of the world is the finest amalgam of love and architecture and is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols. We also visit the impressive Agra Fort, which houses many fairy-tale palaces such as the Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal, Diwan-E-Khas, Shish Mahal (Mirror Palace), Anguri Bagh and Nagina Masjid (Gem Mosque). After this, we drive to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, we visit the popular monuments of Qutab Minar, Lotus temple, India Gate, Parliament House, Birla Temple and Raj Ghat. Transfer in the evening to our hotel. Overnight in Delhi
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.