Colors of India
India’s Color Festival is a once-a-year event that is celebrated with the exuberant festivities of Holi. This is one of the best occasions to experience India at its happiest. As one of India’s most dazzling celebrations, you will find the streets throughout the country transformed into bursts of color. Holi in Udaipur has a very long history and is celebrated for two days back to back. On the eve, the royal family lights the bonfire on the grounds of City Palace with the locals performing a folk dance around it. On the day of Holi, you can observe or even participate in throwing color dyes. Your choice!
Combine Holi festivities with witnessing the history and culture of ancient Indian and Mughal empires, and the recent British Raj. Explore the heritage journey through fascinating Hindu and Islamic temples, ancient forts, beautiful palaces and the most magnificent shrine for a lost love, the Taj Mahal.
Reserve your spot for this fun Holi cultural experience and visit special limited access attractions for a remarkable introduction of India.
12 Days, 11 Nights: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Deogarh, Udaipur, Mumbai
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Meet Up at Delhi (DEL)
Delhi | Humayun Tomb, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk Rickshaw Ride
Let’s tour Humayun’s Tomb - one of the best preserved Mughal monuments and best example of Mughal architecture in India, Qutab Minar - the world’s tallest brick tower, and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. As we travel through both Old and New Delhi, don’t forget to add photographs of Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House), Parliament House and India Gate to your album.
Experience a busy & bustling local bazaar with a cycle rickshaw through Chandni Chowk.
Delhi – Agra | Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb
Delhi – Agra | Taj Mahal
Drive to Jaipur.
Stop for lunch and a Jugaad ride to a local village.
Jaipur | Amber Fort, City Tour, Turban Tying, Cooking Demonstration
Continue to Sheesh Mahal, "Palace of Mirrors" which takes its name from the reflective glass tiles that embellish the interior.
On our way, enjoy the sight of Jal Mahal (Water Palace), a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake.
City Palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City. It was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings. It is home to several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, (home to present Maharajah of Jaipur), Mubarak Mahal (housing a textile museum), Diwan-e-Khas (or Hall of Private audience housing the two largest silver vessels in the world), the Diwan-e-Aam ( or Hall of Public Audience) and the gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol (with four small doorways decorated with motifs depicting the four seasons).
Marvel at a 16th century step well near Kheri Gate. The step well serves as the community well, gathering place and swimming hole. If we are lucky, there will be bright red dragonflies playing on the glassy surface of the water.
This evening, learn turban tying.
Later we have a Cooking Demonstration with local flavors & styles followed by dinner.
Breakfast Cooking Demo & Dinner
Jaipur To Deogarh | Rural Life and Royal Deogarh
This afternoon, take a jeep drive to visit a local village and observe rural life.
Explore the intricate mosaic of rural and Royal Deogarh in her colorful villages and understand the ancient bonding of the feudal lords with their subjects. Unravel the treasures and view the private Vintage Car Collection with one of the members of the feudal family (subject to availability) followed by a village walk. Catch a glimpse of the humble surroundings and ancient traditions and customs.
Deogarh - Udaipur | Rural Train Ride, Kumbalgarh Fort
Drive to Lake City of Udaipur that is an oasis in the desert of Rajasthan. Udaipur is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills and dotted with palaces.
Visit Kumbhalgarh fort, a 15th century Mewar fortress and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Udaipur | City Palace, Holi Celebration at City Palace
You then pass through the triple-arched Tripolia Gate into a large courtyard, Manek Chowk. Spot the large tiger-catching cage, which worked rather like an oversized mousetrap, and the smaller one for leopards. The Mor Chowk (Peacock square) - the elaborate design of this chamber consists of three peacocks (highlights the three seasons of summer, winter and monsoon) constructed by Sajjan Singh in the 19th century. A total of 5,000 pieces of mosaic of green, blue crystal and gold, as well as concave mirrors evoke the elegant movements of the birds that are the symbol of the Rajasthan.
Visit an art gallery dedicated to modern, contemporary and traditional art.
This evening, we start the festivities of Holi.
Enjoy Holika Dahan ceremony (camp fire, dance, music) at City Palace. Palace procession, royal rituals, and parade.
Udaipur | Colors of Holi
It's an early start today as the festivities of Holi bring thousands of people out onto the streets in a dazzling display of color and good cheer. Celebrated every year in February or March, the ancient Hindu festival of Holi originated as a celebration of the end of winter and beginning of spring in honor of Prahlada, who was protected from the flames by Vishnu when he was tricked to his near death by his father King Hiranyakashipu.
Today Holi is a time when Indians across the nation gather together with family, friends and neighbors to throw powder bombs, fire water pistols and splash colored water as they run through the streets. Shops and businesses close down for the day, and on the eve of the celebrations a bonfire is held to remember the story of Prahlada and Vishnu.
While this is the most believed story, the myths and legends that surround Holi differ around the country, but the basic principle remains the same. Holi is meant to symbolize the triumph of good over evil, the importance of love and of happiness, and supports the formation of new friendships.
Enjoy the traditional music, dance and folklore during our Holi celebration. You could watch from a safe distance or get involved in throwing organic color dyes on the hotel lawn. For those wanting to get involved we'll be providing white kurta pyjamas for you to wear and organic colors.
We wrap up the celebration with lunch and special desert for Holi. The remainder of the day is free for you to wash off every imaginable colors, to relax and enjoy the hotel or explore the city on your own.
Breakfast Holi Celebration Lunch
Udaipur - Mumbai | Half-Day City Tour
Begin a ½ day tour starting at the Gateway of India, a monument that commemorates the landing of King George V and Queen Mary. Next, visit the Prince of Wales Museum**, which houses many interesting artifacts. Drive down the seaside on Marine Drive to see the Hanging Gardens.
Next, head to Mani Bhavan, Gandhi’s home from 1917 to 1934. It is now a permanent museum and memorial to the Mahatma. Enjoy a photo stop at the dhobi ghats, India's largest open-air laundry where workers pick up, wash, dry and deliver thousands upon thousands of pieces of clothing every day. The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Take a stroll through the bustling Crawford Market, Mumbai's most famous marketplace and the first building in the country to be lit by electricity in 1882. We’ll drive past the Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station.
Visit Mahalakshmi and Shri Siddhivinayak temples.
Transfer to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Mumbai | Elephanta Cave, Farewell Dinner
Cruise across the harbor to explore the amazing Elephanta Island and its famous caves, with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D.
Enjoy your farewell dinner.
Breakfast Farewell Dinner
Dates & Pricing:Departures with Minimum of 2 Guests.
2019 Tour: March 13 – March 24, 2019
|Book By||2-4 Persons *||6-8 Persons *||10-12 Persons*|
|Early Bird through Oct 31, 2018||$3,625||$3,360||$3,145|
|Regular (after Oct 31, 2018)||$4,665||$4,255||$3,835|
|Book By||2-4 Persons *||6-8 Persons *||10-12 Persons*|
|Supersaver through Apr 30, 2019||$4,665||$4,255||$3,835|
|Early Bird through Oct 31, 2019||$4,875||$4,445||$4,010|
|Regular (after Oct 31, 2019)||$ 5,130||$ 4,680||$ 4,220|
Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.* Price per person, based on double occupancy. Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price.
Deposit‣ $750 ‣ Domestic Airfare (Udaipur to Mumbai) from: $35 (Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)
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- ‣ Holi Essentials (Kurta Pyjamas & Color Packs)
- ‣ Cooking Demonstration
- ‣ Jeep/Elephant Ride to visit Amber Fort
- ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
- ‣ Heritage, 4 and 5-Stars Hotel Accommodations
- ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares/Taxes to and from India
- ‣ Travel Insurance
- ‣ Medical Expenses
- ‣ Gratuities
- ‣ Laundry Service
- ‣ Telephone Calls
- ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
- ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions