INDIA COLOUR FESTIVAL
INDIA COLOUR FESTIVAL
10 Day tour from $1,999
DELHI • AGRA • JAIPUR • TAJ MAHAL • HOLI FESTIVAL
10 DAYS 15th MARCH 2019

India is like a jumpstart to the senses; a riot of colours, sounds, flavours and sensations. During the annual Holi Festival, that sensory overload is dialled up to 11 – and it’s truly magnificent! An annual celebration of love, laughter and happiness, the festivals see locals and visitors cover the streets (and each other) in every colour of the rainbow. When combined with a tour of India’s Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – you have all the makings of a lifechanging adventure!

Experience the magic of India and the Holi Festival on this 10 day bucket list adventure visiting the bustling streets of Delhi, the stunning palaces of Jaipur, the wondrous Taj Mahal, and so much more! This once-in-a-lifetime tour includes return flights, eight nights hotel accommodation, 11 meals, English speaking tour guides, return airport transfers with meet and assist, and more.

Tour Highlights
  • See the highlights of India’s Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
  • Celebrate the dazzling Holi ‘Festival of Colours’
  • Enjoy the highlights of Delhi on a full day tour
  • See Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid Mosque and more
  • Tour colourful Chandni Chowk Market by rickshaw
  • Visit the beautiful Lotus Temple in New Delhi
  • Be awe-struck by the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • Explore UNESCO listed Fatehpur Sikri
  • Tour Jaipur, the picturesque capital of Rajasthan
  • Visit the Royal Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and more
  • See Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds
  • Enjoy a sari and turban tying demonstration
Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    DELHI • AGRA • JAIPUR • TAJ MAHAL • HOLI FESTIVAL

  • When
    :

    15th MARCH 2019

  • What
    :

    HISTORY AND CULTURE

Itinerary

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or *Adelaide for Delhi! Fly with either Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines or Singapore Airlines, to name a few (subject to availability).

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.

Upon arrival, meet the tour representative and receive a welcome garland at the airport. Then, travel to the first hotel. While check-in is organised, a representative will also hand over the “Welcome Folder” documents and brief you on the tour programme.

Overnight: Delhi (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast, start a city tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat (where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated); Red Fort (made famous by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan); and Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India) which has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, the main street of Old Delhi in the colourful shopping bazaar.

Next up is Laxminarayan Temple, a site dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. India Gate is a 42m high stone of triumph and is a war memorial. The tour continues with a visit to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the palace-like building home to the President of India. Afterwards visit the beautiful Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahai Temple. Adherents of any faith can visit, pray or meditate.

Overnight: Delhi (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

After breakfast you will travel to Agra. On arrival check in at the hotel. Agra is the quintessential Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, The Taj Mahal one of the wonders of the world. So overwhelming is the magic monument, that Agra has been immortalised, as the City of the Taj. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling streets, they cannot help but wonder, if the man contentedly smoking a hookah, is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal.

Overnight: Agra (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a morning city tour visiting the Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Besides the Taj, the Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort) makes an interesting sight.

Overnight: Agra (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Early risers can take the opportunity to head to the Taj Mahal and experience the monument just after sunrise (not included), then return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast you will depart for Jaipur, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri. A UNESCO world heritage site due to its stunning imperial complex of pavilions and palaces spread amongst a large abandoned ‘city’. On arrival in Jaipur check-in at the hotel.

The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is instantly recognisable for it’s pink-washed buildings, a colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This beautiful city along with Agra and Delhi form what is known as the Golden Triangle of Indian tourist circuit. Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, where fighting for the honour of the clan has never been a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial.

There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colourful bazaars where you can shop for Rajasthani textiles and trinkets. The beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvellous heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas are all worth a look. Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that make your trip to the pink city a memorable one. Enjoy a sari and turban tying demonstration and a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jaipur (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Today enjoy a full day city sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Begin with a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Located 11km from Jaipur, it was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of Amber. The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. The fort in itself is a beautiful sight to behold.

This afternoon visit the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen. Also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

Overnight: Jaipur (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy Holi, an ancient festival of India which was originally known as ‘Holika’. The festival finds a detailed description in early religious works such as Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras. Historians also believe that Holi was celebrated by all Aryans but more so in the Eastern part of India. It is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. However, the meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years. Earlier it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and wellbeing of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped.

Overnight: Jaipur (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will travel to Delhi, on arrival in Delhi checkin at the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before a farewell dinner at the hotel in the evening.

Overnight: Delhi (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Arrive in Australia

Please note: some flights may arrive +1 day later due to flight scheduling.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    FROMSTANDARDPREMIUM
    $1,999$2,299

    INCLUSIONS

    • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/ BNE/*ADL
    • 8 nights hotel accommodation (Standard or Premium Option)
    • Enjoy 11 meals (Standard Option)
    • Enjoy 22 meals (Premium Option)
    • English-speaking tour leader and guides
    • Airlines taxes and surcharges
    • Sightseeing and monument entry fees
    • Welcome garland on arrival
    • Complimentary gift on departure
    • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
    • Return airport transfers with meet and assist
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