Holi Festival of Colors and Elephant Tour March 13 - March 23, 2019
13 March: Delhi Upon arrival our driver holding a Bohemian Tours sign will meet you OUTSIDE gate 5 of the terminal and bring you to the tour hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
14 March: Delhi – Agra Drive (205 Kms / 4 hrs) Morning after breakfasts check out from the hotel and proceed to Agra. Agra is popular for beholding one of the seven wonders of the world-the Taj Mahal. The architectural brilliance of the mansion, the Agra fort and the palaces is a clear remainder of the mausoleums of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Taj Mahal is one of the World Heritage Monuments and attracts maximum number of tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival check into the hotel and later visit the Agra Fort & enjoy Taj Mahal visit at sunset . Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.
15 March: Agra – Jaipur Drive(240 Kms / 5 hrs) Sunrise viewing of the Taj Mahal from across the river. It was built by Shah Jahan as a token of his love for his deceased wife, and is undoubtedly the most romantic burial site in the world.
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Jaipur. En route you will visit fatehpur Sikri -The great ruler Akbar set up his capital here, and built a grand city, but after only 14 years the water supply became too difficult to maintain in this dry area, so all of the inhabitants packed up and moved on. They left behind a phenomenal collection of grand temples and palaces, with the ruins of old houses standing between them. Now it is an atmospheric ghost city, full of green parrots and monkeys. After the visit continue drive towards Jaipur. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
16 March: Jaipur Sightseeing Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Amber fort. Here you will enjoy an Elephant ride. Visit the Amber fort and later return back to Jaipur city for sightseeing of other prominent monuments. Visit the Palace of Winds also known as Hawa Mahal, this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world. Also visit City Palace, where you can see Chandra Mahal, Shri Gobind Deo Temple and the City Palace Museum; also visit Jantar Mantar, a royal observatory with masonry astronomical instruments. In the afternoon you can visit the famous rug factory and gem factory, where you can see skilled artisans doing intricate work of gem cutting and polishing. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
17 March: Jaipur – Udaipur Drive (400 Kms / 7 Hrs) Morning after breakfast proceed to Udaipur, Udaipur is a beautiful city, set amidst the Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan, India. Known for its picturesque lakes, Udaipur also called 'the city of lakes'. The elevated hills and the beautiful lakes make a picture-perfect backdrop to the Udaipur city. Udaipur is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the World and subsequently, also known as the 'Venice of East'. In context of Rajasthan, Udaipur is the second most-sought after tourist destination of the state, the first being Jaipur. Udaipur had been the capital of Mewar for centuries.
Optional :- If time permits en route you can visit Chittorgarh Fort.
18 March: Udaipur Sightseeing Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to a city tour of Udaipur. TheCity Palace and Museum is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The Pratap Memorial-it has the bronze statue of Maharana Pratap, the legendary warrior king of Udaipur. Jagdish Temple which was built in 1651 AD. Saheliyon Ki Bari is a small ornamental garden. Late afternoon enjoy boat-ride on Lake Pichola (Optional) visiting many Ghats (banks) of washing, bathing etc and enjoy excellent views of the Lake Palace and City Palace. Overnight at hotel in Udaipur.
Optional: In evening enjoy cultural show at Bagore – Ki- Havlei.
19 March: Udaipur - Excursion Kubhalgarh Fort & Ranakpur After breakfast, leave from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh fort, visit this 15th century Fort and later on proceed to the Jain temples at Ranakpur. The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, come across as a marvelous feat of architecture. It would take anyone by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460, so well preserved & sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars – none of which is similarly carved.
After the temple visit, enjoy your lunch at a vegetarian restaurant and drive back to Udaipur. Overnight at hotel in Udaipur.
20 March: Udaipur – Pushkar Drive (290 Kms / 6 Hrs) Morning leave for Pushkar, it is one of the most respected place for Hindus and referred as Tirth Raj or the king among places of pilgrimage. The town is situated around the beautiful Lake where people come to take a dip with deep religious faith rooted in their hearts. Upon arrival check into the hotel and later on visit the Pushkar Town, the colorful market of Pushkar and enjoy sun set at Pushkar Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Holika Dahan or the lighting of bonfire takes place on the eve of Holi. The day is also popularly called 'Chhoti Holi' or the 'Small Holi'.The bigger event - play with the colour takes place on the next 'big' day.
Holika Dahan is an extremely popular tradition and is celebrated with fervour all across the country and is symbolic of triumph of good over evil. There are numerous legends associated with this ancient tradition and it is difficult to pin-point as to when actually the tradition started.
21 March: Pushkar Today enjoy the festival of colors (HoliFestival) with local people, Holi Festival is the highlight of the tour. In evening stroll through the colorful bazaar and visit the Brahma Temple, enjoy sunset at holy lake. Overnight stay at hotel.
Holi Celebration : Holi celebration takes place with lot of joy and verve throughout the country. The Holi celebration has its celebrative origins in India, particularly with dance, food, music, and lots of colors. The enthusiasm of the people reaches its peak and matches with the nature which is in full bounty at the time of Holi. Ideally, the joyous festival of Holi is meant to celebrate the arrival of Spring while the colors used in Holi are to reflect of the various hues of spring season.
Today enjoy your free morning in Pushkar and do the activities of your own choice, you can stroll around the local bazaar or can spend leisure time. in afternoon catch a train from Ajmer (11 Kms from Pushkar) to Delhi which leaves at 15:45 hrs and arrive Delhi at 22:40 Hrs at night. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
23 March: Delhi – Sightseeing Departure Today, you enjoy a half day city tour of Delhi, visit India gate, Humayun Tomb, Lodhi garden and drive by the Parliament house & Presidential building. Later in afternoon catch your flight for further destination.
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Tour cost: $1997 USD based on twin share/ $385 extra for single supplement
Tour Cost Includes:
Hotels would be in three star category and heritage hotels in Rajasthan
Accommodation on the basis of twin sharing including breakfast.
Private AC car / Bus for entire tour.
Train ticket AC chair class from Pushkar (Ajmer) – Delhi.
Service of English speaking tour Guide for the entire tour
All applicable taxes.
Excludes : - Any Flight - India Visa - All Entrance Fee (About USD 70 per person) - All meals except breakfast - Elephant ride at Amber fort, can also drive up by your car. - Boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur. - Photo & Camera Fees - Expenses of personal nature, mini bar, laundry, phone, etc. - Tips and gratitude’s for guide and driver - Any other services not mentioned at ‘includes’.
Hotel Lists: Hotel Surya International - Delhi Hotel Atulya Taj and Taj Vilas - Agra Vimal Heritage or Traditional Haveli – Jaipur Hotel Master Paradise – Pushkar Hotel Amantra - Udaipur Hotel Jaiwana Haveli – Udaipur