Holi, Festival of Colour - 8 days

Holi, Festival of Colour - 8 days

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Holi, Festival of Colour - 8 days

8 Days Starting and ending in Delhi

Visiting: Delhi, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Agra

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

879/HOL

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 24

Age range:

16 + if accompanied by an adult.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Walking

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Tour Overview

Combine a tour of the famous Golden Triangle with the exuberant festivities of Holi - India’s most dazzling celebration, when streets throughout the country are transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour.

Highlights

  • Holi – Join the celebrations at the Festival of Colour and throw powdered colour bombs in the streets - PREPARE TO GET MESSY!

  • The Taj Mahal – Enjoy a guided tour of this legendary monument, one of the most enduring symbols of love

  • Delhi – Discover the highlights of India’s capital including Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and the Rajpath

  • Amber Fort – Explore this famous fortress with a guided tour and enjoy views over the beautiful Maota Lake

  • Fatehpur Sikri – Walk around the ghostly city which was abandoned more than 400 years ago

  • Jaipur – See the highlights of the Pink City including the beautiful City Palace and the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar Space Observatory

  • Keoladeo Ghana National Park – Ride on a bicycle rickshaw around this important wetland reserve and look out for rare bird species

  • Agra Fort – Admire the impressive but lesser known fortress and explore behind its fortified walls

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: No Meals

Saturday 04th March 2023. Welcome to India for the Festival of Colour! On arrival at the airport you’ll be transferred to our hotel where the rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore, you may wish to visit Akshardham, the worlds largest Hindu temple, before meeting the group and guide at the hotel at 18:00 for a Welcome meeting.

Day 2 : Old Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we set off on a day of sightseeing in India’s capital. In Old Delhi we visit Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid - the largest and oldest mosque in India. Discover the site of Gandhi’s cremation at Raj Ghat before we continue our tour in New Delhi. Walk down the ceremonial Rajpath, formerly known as the Kings Way, and see the India Gate monument. Tonight we enjoy a Namaste dinner.

Day 3 : Jaipur
Location: Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast

Delhi - Jaipur. Say goodbye to Delhi today as we travel to the iconic UNESCO-listed Pink City of Jaipur, which earns its nickname from the pink painted buildings in the Old City that heralded a visit from the Prince of Wales in 1876. This afternoon we enjoy a tour of the beautiful City Palace and the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar space observatory, featuring 19 separate astrological instruments.

Day 4 : Jaipur
Location: Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast

You may wish to join our Balloon Over Jaipur add-on early this morning for an exhilarating hot air balloon ride over palaces, temples and hill-top fortresses. Later we travel to the impressive 16th century Amber Fort, which we reach by jeep. This sprawling fortress is laid out over four levels and sits on the shimmering Maota Lake. After our tour we visit a local cotton weaving house before we return to Jaipur.

Day 5 : Bharatpur
Location: Bharatpur
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Jaipur - Bharatpur. Friday 18th March 2022. Today is the day that India celebrates the fabulous Holi Festival. This ancient Hindu festival originated as a celebration of the end of winter and beginning of spring in honour of Prahlada, who was protected from the flames by Vishnu when he was tricked into near death by his father, King Hiranyakashipu. Holi symbolises the triumph of good over evil and is an important part of Hindu tradition.


Indians across the nation gather together with family and friends to throw coloured powder bombs, fire water pistols and splash coloured water across the streets. We have the opportunity to join the celebrations in Bharatpur - white kurta pyjamas will be provided to protect your clothes, as will organic colours for you to throw as you join the celebrations.


After the fun there is time for us to get cleaned up before we pay a visit to Keoladeo Ghana National Park and enjoy a bicycle rickshaw ride around this important wetland reserve, home to numerous bird species.

Day 6 : Agra
Location: Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bharatpur - Agra. Today we discover the eerie Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which was abandoned more than 400 years ago due to a lack of water. After our visit we continue to Agra and explore inside the fortified walls of the striking Agra Fort, former residence of the Mughal emperors. Our final stop of the day is the most famous monument in India - the legendary Taj Mahal. Built in the 17th century by 20,000 workers, the Taj Mahal was dedicated to the memory of the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, who sadly died in childbirth. We enjoy a guided tour of this extravagant symbol of love. Overnight - Agra.

Day 7 : Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Agra - Delhi. We return to Delhi this morning and the rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps visit the impressive Red Fort and watch its famous Sound and Light show when it gets dark.

Day 8 : Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Monday 21st March 2022. Our adventure comes to an end today with an included departure transfer to the airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    3 - 4 star & heritage hotels

  • Breakfast daily and 2 dinners

  • 7 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels

  • Holi essentials - Kurta pyjamas (they must be white), colours, water pistols etc

  • Guided sightseeing - Delhi, Jaipur, Bharatpur and Agra

  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi and travel by jeep to beautiful Amber Fort in Jaipur

  • Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)

  • Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sights

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 8

  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • Entrance Fees: USD$70-80pp, paid in local currency

  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$4-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

Age Policy

16 + if accompanied by an adult.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    24

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 - 4 star

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Yasser Calu  

Holi, Festival of Colour - 8 days

08-Mar-2018

My overall feedback from the tour is Excellent. I really had a great time with the group and the all travel experience, restaurants and accommodation. The tour guide, Yussuf, was excellent always there to help and ensure that the group could have the best of the tour. 110% Happy, was way much better than i expected I would definitely recommend.

Matthew French  

Holi, Festival of Colour - 8 days

11-Apr-2020

The Holi Festival Tour was a convenient way to see the some of the major sites of India and join the spirit of Holi

Kelly Chandler  

Holi, Festival of Colour - 8 days

06-May-2018

Amazing Tour Loved it. Want to come back and do the tour again but this time during the festival of lights. Superb Tour Leader, Sat was the best ever tour guide, very easy to talk to, approachable, understandable. Also our Coach/Bus Driver 'Goldie' is what he told us to call him, was a great driver, not once did I feel uneasy in that madness of traffic, and also Manjeet who helped Goldie with the Coach/Bus, he was very friendly, and always kept the coach/bus clean and tidy(even after we celebrated Holi, felt sorry for Manjeet this day). All and All absolutely thrilled and cant wait to get back.

Minette Fourie  

Holi, Festival of Colour - 8 days

05-Apr-2019

Yusuf was the best guide I have ever encountered on any guided tour. ( I have been on quite a few). He was compassionate and caring. He stuck to the timing of the tour whilst always retaining a calm and fun demeanor. The tour itself was very well laid out and I think in the short time we had, we got to see as much as possible of the World Heritage sites. (I think it was 8 in total - which Yusuf mentioned)

Tammie Campbell  

Holi, Festival of Colour - 8 days

01-Apr-2019

Amazing tour & great guide

Linda Oram  

Holi, Festival of Colour - 8 days

14-Apr-2020

There was always someone to meet us at the destinations. Tour guide Mahi was knowledgable and cared about our wellbeing. We had a great group and we all got on well. This was the first time I had visited India and it has left me with the most wonderful memories I just want to go back. We also did a tour the week before and again the tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. They also asked us what we wanted to do and never rushed us.

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