Holi is the festival of colour, love and fertility. Celebrated across the Indian subcontinent, the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil are honoured with vibrant decorations and jubilation. There’s nowhere more exciting to experience this cultural and religious phenomenon than India, and nowhere more authentic to do so than Jaipur.
The tour is built around India’s Golden Triangle: the bustling buzz of Delhi, the iconic grandeur of Agra, and the kaleidoscopic beauty of Jaipur. An addition to this circuit is the magnificent Ranthambore National Park, where the chance to spot the incredibly rare Bengal Tiger as well as a host of exotic birdlife will add to your Indian experience.
Whether it’s the sumptuous cuisine, fascinating culture, stunning architecture, captivating wildlife, or simply the striking landscape that’s got you thinking about visiting India, this tour is the ideal introduction and Holi is the perfect time to bring that idea into reality.
Wednesday 21 February Depart UK
Depart from London Heathrow to Delhi on Jet Airways. (Other airlines are available).
Thursday 22 February Delhi
A Traditional Indian welcome awaits you! Met by our local representative and transferred to your chosen hotel in Delhi for overnight.
Friday 23 February Delhi
Delhi Sightseeing – depart after an early breakfast. Visit Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, drive past Red Fort, walking and cycle rickshaw tour of Chandani Chowk. Drive past Presidential Estate and other buildings part of Lutyen’s Delhi. Photo stop at India Gate. Visit Gandhi Smriti and Bangla Sahib. Overnight at your chosen hotel.
Saturday 24 February Agra
Depart after breakfast and drive towards Agra. On arrival stop at Itmad-ud-Daula, also known as Mini-Taj and check in to your hotel for overnight. Agra is renowned as the home of the world’s most famous monument to love – the Taj Mahal. Started in 1631 the Taj Mahal was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen, it is believed to have taken 18 years to complete. Elsewhere in Agra is the impressive Agra Fort, where you can visit the chambers of this royal residence. Fatehpur Sikri, another Heritage Monument, was built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. For 10 years it was the capital of the Mughal Empire. The complex of monuments and temples includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.
Sunday 25 February Agra
Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later enjoy sightseeing in Agra. Visit Agra Fort and the Catholic Cemetery where you will find the lesser known Red Taj. You have the evening to explore Agra’s marble bazaar. Overnight at your hotel.
Monday 26 February Ranthambore
Depart after breakfast and drive from Agra towards Ranthambore. Once the hunting ground of the Maharajah of Jaipur, Ranthambore was declared a game sanctuary in 1955 and in 1980 it became a national park. Set between the Aravalli and Vindhya mountain ranges, its deciduous forests were once part of the magnificent jungles of central India. The terrain is rugged and there are rocky ridges, hills and open valleys with lakes and pools, plus remnants of the 10th century fortress from which the park takes its name. Ranthambore is famous for its tigers and offers some of the best opportunities to see these magnificent creatures, along with many other species of wildlife. This evening enjoy an introductory chat with a naturalist about Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Dinner and overnight at your chosen hotel.
Tuesday 27 February Ranthambore
Early morning and evening game drives in a shared canter. All meals and overnight stay.
Wednesday 28 February Jaipur
After a leisurely breakfast, drive towards Jaipur, one of India’s most beautiful cities. One of the most photographed buildings in Jaipur is the five-storied Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), which is, in fact, just a spectacular façade with overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. The City Palace Museum houses an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions. Overnight stay at your chosen hotel.
Thursday 1 March Jaipur
After an early breakfast, depart for a sightseeing tour of Jaipur. A short distance from Jaipur stands Amber Fort, a marvellous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. You can walk up to the Fort, or you may wish to take an elephant ride. The interiors of the fort offer various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Later embark on a heritage walk that covers the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and the maze that is Jaipur’s colourful bazaars. End the day with a unique ceremony that is hosted within the compounds of the City Palace. The royal family ignites the auspicious fire, samples of which are collected by locals holding hay torches. The fire is passed onwards in a kind of relay race until it reaches the home of every Jaipur resident. Overnight stay at your chosen hotel.
Friday 2 March Jaipur – Holi Day
Holi is a colourful religious festival celebrated all over India. It marks the arrival of spring and is a celebration of fertility, colour, love and triumph of good over evil. We’ve arranged for a Holi celebration at a unique location situated at the base of the Aravali Hills. Depart after breakfast, where a traditional welcome awaits you with colour and drum beats. The property has a family of elephants and camels who will be at the arrival gate decked in their finery. Play with the arsenal of colours and water pistols provided. Lunch is hosted here. You have the remaining day at leisure. Overnight stay at your chosen hotel.
Saturday 3 March Delhi
Depart after a leisurely breakfast for return journey to Delhi. Overnight stay at your chosen hotel.
Sunday 4 March Depart India
After breakfast, transferred to the airport for return flight to London Heathrow on Jet Airways.
This tour is available as 4* Staying in the following properties
Delhi – Hilton Baani Square
Agra – Crystal Sarovar Premier
Ranthambore – Ranthambore Kothi
Jaipur – Indana Palace
From £1765 per person
This tour is available as 5* Staying in the following properties
Delhi – Vivanta by Taj
Agra – Courtyard Marriott
Ranthambore – Ranthambore Kothi
Jaipur – Hilton Jaipur
From £1940 per person
Return flights from Heathrow to Delhi with applicable airport taxes
Met and assisted by our local representative
Accommodation on twin/double sharing basis – single room supplement price on request
All meals as indicated in the itinerary
All transfers, sightseeing and excursions using an AC tempo traveller for 6 passengers or AC mini coach for 8 to 10 passengers
Applicable entrance fees as per itinerary
English speaking guide based on min 6 passengers booked on the tour
Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
One visit to the iconic Taj Mahal
Orientation talk with a naturalist about Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
2 game drives at Ranthambore in shared canter
Holi celebrations in Jaipur with lunch included. All clients will be provided with a white kurta, pyjama trousers, cotton cloth headgear and flip-flops for the Holi festivities
All applicable taxes
Unlimited water in the vehicle
Wi-Fi in the vehicle
Telephone 0800 810 8404 or fill in our contact form for more details.
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