Holi Tour India 2018

Holi The Festival of colors

Tour Routing: Paris – Delhi – Mandawa – Nawalgarg – Jaipur – Bundi – Talwas – Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore la réserve des tigres – Fatahpur Sikri – Abhaneri – Agra – Delhi – Paris

Tour Duration

15 Days

Theme

Local Festival

Package Cost

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Language

Français

Day 01 – Arrival in Delhi 24 February 2018

On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport welcome by your English speaking guide and transfer to your hotel. Day adapted according to flight schedules. Free time for the rest of the day

Day 02 – Delhi – Mandawa (275 kms / 06 h) 25 February 2018

Departure to Shekhawati province where men still wear long mustaches and are often turbaned. Continuation by the visit of the village of Mandawa which was very prosperous at the time of the caravans of the Silk Road. The village is dominated by a gigantic medieval fort, still inhabited by the Raja family. Many haveli decorated with colorful frescoes prove the ancient wealth of this small village. These residences are home to one or more relatives. They are generally decorated with paintings both inside and outside. These are sometimes real frescoes representing the Ramayana or illustrating the life of Krishna. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 – Mandawa – Nawalgarh – Mandawa 26 February 2018

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Nawalgarh, a small village typical of the Sekhawati and the peaceful village of Alsisar where you can admire the finely drawn frescos in the havelis. Walk through the village and discover the Havelis, a real set of card houses, the magnificent Ladghur Palace Tarkeshvar Goenka and the Dedraj Turmal Bhudarmal Goenka, an illuminated building over 4 floors. In the evening, you will attend a puppet show. Overnight at hotel in Mandawa

Day 04 – Mandawa – Jaipur (170 Kms – 3 hours and 30 minutes) 27 February 2018

After breakfast you will take the road to Jaipur, known as the “Pink City”. It was built in 1727 by the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. You will tour the old city with the visit of “Birla Madir” a Hindu temple in white marble stone at the stake of a sacred hill of Aravali. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 05 – Jaipur 28 February 2018

After breakfast you will spend the day visiting Jaipur. You will be able to see in particular the Fort of Amber located on one of the oldest hills of Aravali which is to 11 km of Jaipur and which was the ancient capital of Jaipur. This is a good example of the Rajput style architecture. An elephant ride takes you to the top of the Fort which houses several graceful buildings and a temple of Kali. Later you will visit the City Palace and the Observatory. The City Palace of the city is a mixture of Moghola architecture and Rajasthani, the son of the last Maharaja and his family still live in a part of the palace. The Jantar Mantar Observatory, built by Jai Singh in the 18th century, is the best of the five observatories built by him. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 06 : Jaipur – Bundi (180 kms 3 hours) 1 March 2018

Departure for the province of Hadoti where men still wear long mustaches and are often turbaned. Bundi is a small and picturesque small town that has more or less preserved a medieval atmosphere. You will wander through the narrow streets and visit the Fort Taragarh, Raniji Ki Baori and the palace of the city. In the evening, you can discover the preparations for Holi and you will participate in Holika Dahan. Overnight at hotel

Day 07 : Bundi (The Day of the Feast of Hôli) 2 March 2018

Let the festivities begin ! Breakfast at the hotel. Wake up in colors and prepare weapons for Rangwali Holi in the old town of Bundi! You will see all colors in joy and good humor! Lunch. Continuation of the festivities Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Bundi – Talwas – Ranthambore (150kms) 3 March 2018

After breakfast head towards Talwas, a small village on the Ratan-Sagar lake. You will walk through the village to meet local people and you will visit a public school. Then you will go to a family where you will attend a demonstration of vegetarian Indian cuisine before sharing your meal in the family. Around 3 pm you will take the road through small villages to Sawai Madhopur better known as Ranthambore thanks to its natural park. Overnight at hotel

Day 09: Ranthambore 4 March 2018

Day starts with the jeep safaris in Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore Park is one of the rare preserved sites where tigers can be seen in daylight, covering an area of approximately 1,334 km2 and offering beautiful scenery. The park has about fifty tigers and a large population of birds. The Maharaj of Jodhpur used this park for hunting. It was declared a National Park in 1972 as part of the Tiger Project. Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 10 – Ranthambore – Fatahpur Sikri – Agra (250 kms / 5 h) 5 March 2018

After breakfast you take the road to Agra. On the way you visit Fathepur Sikri, this magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1517 to 1585. It was abandoned because of a water shortage. Continue to Agra, where is the seventh wonder of the world and known for its large buildings built by the Great Moghols which are located on the bank of the Yamuna River. After a break you will continue by visiting the Fort of Agra whose construction was begun by Emperor Akbar. Overnight in Agra.

Day 11: Agra 6 March 2018

Early in the morning at sunrise you will visit the seventh wonder of the world: the famous Taj Mahal. This white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is the most extravagant monument ever built by love. After the visit back to your hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon you will take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the old streets of Agra. Agra is also an ideal place for shopping. Free time in the evening and night at the hotel.

Day 12: Agra – Delhi (220 km / 4 hours) 7 March 2018

After breakfast you will take the road to visit Sikandra (a memorial built for the great emperor Moghol Akbar). After the tour resumption of the road towards Delhi. After lunch, guided tour of the Old (17th century monuments including the Great Mosque, the Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, are perfect examples of Mughal architecture built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648) and the New District of Delhi. You will also see the huge colorful bazaar Chandni Chowk during a tuk tuk ride. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 13: Delhi 8 March 2018

(Schedule of the day which will be adapted according to the international flights) Breakfast at hotel and continuation of visits to the city where you will discover the Qutab Minar (built in the 12th century) a magnificent minaret of the Afghan period, Raj Ghat Mahatma Gandhi Memorial and Humayun Mausoleum, large building that is inspired Of the Persians and who is the precursor of the Taj Mahal. You will also go to Rajpath the equivalent of the Champs-Elysées in France see the door of India (erected in memory of the unknown soldiers who died during the First World War), the Parliament and the House of the President. Transfer to Delhi International Airport for your international flight