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Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which is popular in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours.
Holi, also known as the “festival of colours”, is an Indian and Nepali and celebrated all across the Indian subcontinent as well as in countries with large Indian subcontinent diaspora populations. It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalguna, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi, or Phagwah.
Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours, where people smear each other with colours and drench each other. Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and colour each other. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Some customary drinks include bhang (made from cannabis), which is intoxicating. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up and visit friends and family.

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Day 1

Date : 19/03/2019

ARRIVE DELHI (BY: FLIGHT)

Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel. Meal: Nil. Overnight stay at Hotel in Delhi.

Day 2

Date : 20/03/2019

DELHI - MATHURA (BY: SURFACE)

Morning drive to Mathura (Approx. 170 kms/ 3 ½ hrs drive) and check in at hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing of Mathura visiting temples. Meal: B,L,D. Overnight stay at Hotel in Mathura

Day 3

Date : 21/03/2019

MATHURA

While Holi is celebrated in almost every part of India, Holi in Braj is especially famous. Braj is a historical region which covers the area of Mathura, Vrindavan and some nearby areas. Holi here attacts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world because of it’s special customs and traditions. Mathura is the birth-place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he grew up in his childhood. When Krishna was young, he cribbed to his mother about Radha (his friend) being fair while Krishna himself was dark complexioned. His mother (Yashoda) suggested him to colour Radha with colors in a playful manner. Over the years, Krishna from his village Nandgaon used to go to Barsana (Radha’s village) to color Radha and other Gopis. They also used to playfully beat him with sticks. And hence the tradition evolved Meal: B,L,D. Overnight stay at Hotel in Mathura

Day 4

Date : 22/03/2019

MATHURA – AGRA (BY: SURFACE)

Morning drive to Agra (Approx. 180 Kms/ 4 hrs drive) and proceed for sightseeing of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Taj Mahal (Friday) - Someone rightly said, ‘see the Taj and die’ and the Taj certainly surpasses this thought. Described as the most spectacular monuments ever built for love, Taj Mahal is the Agra fascination and greatest pride of India. One of the legendary Indian poet -Rabindranath Tagore described its beauty as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died after giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Around 20,000 workers devoted day and night to construct this magnificent monument. Taj Mahal proved to be the costliest tomb ever build on this earth. Specialists were brought in from Europe and other Asian counties to produce the exquisite marble screens and pietra dura made with the thousands of semi precious stones. It is said that Shah Jahan also wanted to built a black Taj Mahal as a tomb for himself on the opposite side if the river Yamuna. Locals guides are found saying that he want to portray his negative image, when his own son Aurangzeb threw his son into the jail, but sadly he could not afford his grandiose plans. Agra Fort (Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. More often than not, the Agra Fort is overshadowed by the pristine beauty of the Taj, but for those looking for something beyond romance, the Agra Fort is worth seeing. Situated on the bank of river Yamuna, the Agra Fort today, stands as a citadel of the past that has witnessed centuries slip by). Meal: B,L,D. Overnight stay at Hotel in Agra

Day 5

Date : 23/03/2019

AGRA – JAIPUR (BY: SURFACE)

Morning drive to Jaipur (Approx. 245 Kms/ 5 hrs drive) and upon arrival check in at hotel. Enroute visit Abhaneri step well. What makes Abhaneri a place to visit is the presence of Chand Baori. The Chand Baori is a step well which is regarded as a unique invention of the people of Abhaneri; it was created for rainwater harvesting. Located in the front of the Harshat Mata temple, this colossal step well has a depth of 20 meters, with 13 levels. Chand Baori is regarded as one of deepest and largest step wells in India. Despite being so huge, the well still has delicate and intricate carvings which are a visual treat. Various structures are also built around the step well. Meal: B,L,D. Overnight stay at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 6

Date : 24/03/2019

JAIPUR

After breakfast, you will be taken for sightseeing of Jaipur. Morning proceed to Amer fort using shared Jeep while going uphill the fort. After seeing the fort come back down the fort by open Jeep. Amber fort complex stands amidst wooded hills. One of the finest examples of Rajput/Mughal architecture. Built in 16th century it stands as a testament reflecting the glory of the fierce Kachawaha Dynasty that ruled over the region from 12th to the 18th century. The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Sawai Jai Singh I the fort is made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort- palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maota Lake providing a breathtaking look. Built mainly for the warring enemies as a safe place, the heavily structured walls could defend the residents within the ramparts of the fort. Then proceed to visit Hawa Mahal which is the best-known landmark of Jaipur. In the heart of the city is situated the City Palace, a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The place is now a museum except for one section where the erstwhile royal family still lives. Jantar Mantar is only one of the five observatories constructed by Jai Singh to whom the city owes its name. Central Museum has a large collection of costumes, woodwork, brassware, jewelry, and pottery. The hilltop forts of Nahargarh, Jaigarh, and Amber constitute the real Rajputana legacy. The Maota Lake offers a breathtaking reflection of the magnificent Amber Fort-Palace. Meal: B,L,D. Overnight stay at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 7

Date : 25/03/2019

JAIPUR – MANDAWA (BY: SURFACE)

Morning after early breakfast transfer to Mandawa ( Approx. 170 Kms/ 3 ½ hrs drive) enroute visit Nawalgarh, a town where one of the finest of the Shekhavati’s frescoes can be seen. Its Haveli's, or mansion's still bear witness to the rich and prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. Places that are worth visiting are the Aath Haveli complex, Anandilal Poddar Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli and the Chokhani Haveli. Then continue to Mandawa and upon arrival check in at hotel. Late afternoon you shall visit a Haveli, or mansion that has many stunning frescoes. The medieval fort of Mandawa gradually rises on the horizon much like a mirage. The painted arched gateway is adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leading into to the bazaar.

Day 8

Date : 26/03/2019

MANDAWA - DELHI (BY: SURFACE)

Morning drive to Delhi (Approx. 250 kms/ 5 ½ hrs drive) and then proceed to visit India Gate and drive pass President House and Parliament. Later proceed for dinner followed by transfer to airport to board flight back home. Meal: B,L,D and Departure

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Package Inclusions:
• Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per itinerary
• Transport using 01 A.C 18 Seater for 10 Pax and 12 Pax
• Transport using 01 A.C 27 Seater for 15+1 Pax
• Meals as per the itinerary (No Meal on Day 1)
• 01 bottle of mineral water per day
• Monuments Entrances
• Language speaking guide as per the itinerary

 

Cost Not Includes:
• Any personal expenses, airfare, visa fee and insurance fee.
• Tips to Guide and Driver
• Any thing that is not mentioned in cost inclusions.

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