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Holi Festival of Colors Tour in India, Rajesthan tour, Dehi - jaipur - agra puskar udipur tour

Delhi - Agra - Taj Mahal - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Ranakpur  ( Rajeshtan India tour)
 Holi Festval tour in India from February 26 - March 8, 2015

Holi Festival of Colors and Elephant Festival Tour

26 Feb:  Delhi Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by our representative having a placard displaying your name and transferred to the hotel in Delhi. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi. 

27 Feb:  Delhi – Agra             Drive (205 Kms / 4 hrs) Morning after breakfasts check out from the hotel and proceed to Agra. Agra is popular for beholding one of the seven wonders of the world-the Taj Mahal. The architectural brilliance of the mansion, the Agra fort and the palaces is a clear remainder of the mausoleums of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Taj Mahal is one of the World Heritage Monuments and attracts maximum number of tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival check into the hotel and later visit the Agra Fort & enjoy Taj Mahal at sunset across the river. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.

28 Feb: Agra – Jaipur       Drive(240 Kms / 5 hrs) Early morning visit the Taj Mahal. It was built by Shah Jahan as a token of his love for his deceased wife, and is undoubtedly the most romantic burial site in the world. 
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Jaipur. En route you will visit fatehpur Sikri -The great ruler Akbar set up his capital here, and built a grand city, but after only 14 years the water supply became too difficult to maintain in this dry area, so all of the inhabitants packed up and moved on. They left behind a phenomenal collection of grand temples and palaces, with the ruins of old houses standing between them. Now it is an atmospheric ghost city, full of green parrots and monkeys. After the visit continue drive towards Jaipur. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.

01 Mar:    Jaipur   Sightseeing      Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Amber fort. Here you will enjoy an Elephant ride. Visit the Amber fort and later return back to Jaipur city for sightseeing of other prominent monuments. Visit the Palace of Winds also known as Hawa Mahal, this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world. Also visit City Palace, where you can see Chandra Mahal, Shri Gobind Deo Temple and the City Palace Museum; also visit Jantar Mantar, a royal observatory with masonry astronomical instruments. In the afternoon you can visit the famous rug factory and gem factory, where you can see skilled artisans doing intricate work of gem cutting and polishing. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur. 

02 Mar: Jaipur – Udaipur            Drive (400 Kms / 7 Hrs) Morning after breakfast proceed to Udaipur, Udaipur is a beautiful city, set amidst the Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan, India. Known for its picturesque lakes, Udaipur also called 'the city of lakes'. The elevated hills and the beautiful lakes make a picture-perfect backdrop to the Udaipur city. Udaipur is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the World and subsequently, also known as the 'Venice of East'. In context of Rajasthan, Udaipur is the second most-sought after tourist destination of the state, the first being Jaipur. Udaipur had been the capital of Mewar for centuries.
Optional :- If time permits en route you can visit Chittorgarh Fort.
 
03 Mar: Udaipur                                    Sightseeing Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to a city tour of Udaipur. TheCity Palace and Museum is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The Pratap Memorial-it has the bronze statue of Maharana Pratap, the legendary warrior king of Udaipur. Jagdish Temple which was built in 1651 AD. Saheliyon Ki Bari is a small ornamental garden. Late afternoon enjoy boat-ride on Lake Pichola (Optional) visiting many Ghats (banks) of washing, bathing etc and enjoy excellent views of the Lake Palace and City Palace. Overnight at hotel in Udaipur.
Optional: In evening enjoy cultural show at Bagore – Ki- Havlei. 

04 March: Udaipur - Excursion       Kubhalgarh Fort & Ranakpur After breakfast, leave from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh fort, visit this 15th century Fort and later on proceed to the Jain temples at Ranakpur. The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, come across as a marvelous feat of architecture. It would take anyone by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460, so well preserved & sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars – none of which is similarly carved.
After the temple visit, enjoy your lunch at a vegetarian restaurant and drive back to Udaipur. Overnight at hotel in Udaipur.

05 March: Udaipur – Pushkar          Drive (290 Kms / 6 Hrs) Morning leave for Pushkar, it is one of the most respected place for Hindus and referred as Tirth Raj or the king among places of pilgrimage. The town is situated around the beautiful Lake where people come to take a dip with deep religious faith rooted in their hearts. Upon arrival check into the hotel and later on visit the Pushkar Town, the colorful market of Pushkar and enjoy sun set at Pushkar Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Small Holi:Holika Dahan or the lighting of bonfire takes place on the eve of Holi. The day is also popularly called 'Chhoti Holi' or the 'Small Holi'.The bigger event - play with the colour takes place on the next 'big' day.
Holika Dahan is an extremely popular tradition and is celebrated with fervour all across the country and is symbolic of triumph of good over evil. There are numerous legends associated with this ancient tradition and it is difficult to pin-point as to when actually the tradition started.

06 March: Pushkar                Today enjoy the festival of colors (Holi Festival) with local people, Holi Festival is the highlight of the tour.  In evening stroll through the colorful bazaar and visit the Brahma Temple, enjoy sunset at holy lake. Overnight stay at hotel. 
Holi Celebration :
Holi celebration takes place with lot of joy and verve throughout the country. The Holi celebration has its celebrative origins in India, particularly with dance, food, music, and lots of colors. The enthusiasm of the people reaches its peak and matches with the nature which is in full bounty at the time of Holi.  Ideally, the joyous festival of Holi is meant to celebrate the arrival of Spring while the colors used in Holi are to reflect of the various hues of spring season.

07 March: Pushkar – Delhi     Train (15:45 Hrs / 22:40 Hrs)
Today enjoy your free morning in Pushkar and do the activities of your own choice, you can stroll around the local bazaar or can spend leisure time. in afternoon catch a train from Ajmer (11 Kms from Pushkar) to Delhi which leaves at 15:45 hrs and arrive Delhi at 22:40 Hrs at night.  Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.

08 March: Delhi – Sightseeing                     Departure
Today, you enjoy a half day city tour of Delhi, visit India gate, Humayun Tomb, Lodhi garden and drive by the Parliament house & Presidential building. Later in afternoon catch your flight for further destination. 
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Tour cost: $2,197 USD  on twin sharing basis ($385 extra for single supplement)Solo travellers can be matched according to gender when possible otherwise single supplement is applicable

Tour Cost Includes:-  Hotels would be in three star category and heritage hotels in Rajasthan -  Accommodation on the basis of twin sharing including breakfast.-  Private AC car / Bus for entire tour. -  Train ticket AC chair class from Pushkar (Ajmer) – Delhi. -  Service of English speaking tour Guide for the entire tour-  All applicable taxes.  

Excludes:- Any Flight - India Visa - All Entrance Fee (About USD 60 per person) - All meals except breakfast - Elephant ride at Amber fort (about $20) , Can also drive up by your car. - Boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur (about $10)- Photo & Camera Fees - Expenses of personal nature, mini bar, laundry, phone, etc. - Tips and gratitude’s for guide and driver - Any other services not mentioned at ‘includes’.  

Hotel Lists: 
Delhi - Hotel Surya International, Hotel Gulnar or similar
Agra -  Hotel Atulya Taj 
Jaipur - Hotel Mahal Khandela, Hotel Vimal Heritage or similar
Pushkar - Hotel Master Paradise
Udaipur - Hotel Amantra , Jaiwana Haveli or similar 

Very Important note:

Please read Lonely planet and other travel books well before coming to travel so you are well informed about the culture and customs here. You are Travelling to Asia. Although our effort is there please don't expect very luxury services, it is more experience than luxury.

Here is some important info for your upcoming  Holi Festival India tour.

Hope you are preparing yourself well for an incredible India adventure. Please read Lonely planet and other travel related books / forums well before coming to travel to India so you are well informed about the culture and customs here. For some it might be shocking. Although our effort is there to make the trip as smooth as possible please don't expect very luxury service, it is more an experience of the country and culture than luxury. The roads, hotels, etc.. are not the western standard as you would find in Europe or America.  Please be informed and prepare.

Notes

 Please carry a copy of your passport along with India visa upon arrival so that we can make various copies to be handed over to hotels for check in.

Please note that if you are flying from Udaipur to Delhi there is a limit of 15Kgs free baggage allowance (as check- in)

Extra Hotel Nights

If you are arriving early or leaving late please contact Mr. Santosh at earthboundindia@gmail.com to book your extra nights if you have not already done so.
Indian Visa

 You must have Indian visa before you fly into India.  If you have not yet applied for your TOURIST VISA please do this right away. On the application form where they ask for reference person or address in India please put:

HOTEL GULNAR 7A/45,W.E.A, CHANNA MARKET KAROL BAGH

 NEW DELHI-110005 Tel : +91-11-47243737,65353737  Email:info@hotelgulnar.com

 Again you must have Indian visa before you land to India otherwise you will not able to do the tour and we will not be able to assist with this.

If you have not yet sent your flight details please send them.

Flight details and Airport pickup

If you have not yet sent your flight details please do so asap. Please include arrival and departure info and:

Date:  ------ Time: -------- Airline: --------- Flight #:---------------

For airport pickup please meet our driver holding an Earthbound Expeditions sign inside the international terminal. He will be standing with other drivers also holding placards. Please be patient because there might be other tour members still passing through customs. If you wish to tip the driver after arriving at the hotel you can give a couple of dollars.

 Contact person:

Please note down the name, email and phone number of your India contact person.

Mr. Santosh Gupta

Email - earthboundindia@gmail.com

Tel: +91-9910355477 or 9810785965

In case of flight delay or other complications please call or email him and coordinate.

 Delhi extra Day Tour

 If you have not yet confirmed your Delhi day tour and would like to join please do this right away.

 Regarding Holi Festival

 This is a special trip we prepared to enjoy the colourful Rajasthan with the Holifestival. It will be fun and good experience for sure, but be always careful about your belongings/money, passport etc. The tour guides are there to take care of you and explain the things, please listen to them. There will be lots of vendors trying to sale the stuff in every place you go.

Safety in India

 The Festival is fun but we warn that there is absolutely no way you should venture outside of the hotel during the morning hours of Holi (unless you ask guide). You can enjoy the safe Holi event for all of you tourists to play and have fun.  Some of the dangers outside of the hotels may include drunken men groping tourists, chemical paint spray guns (instead of the safe dyes they provided), and literal mobs of people who wouldn’t be able to contain their excitement if they saw a Westerner… so be safe and play well and enjoy!! I am sure you will love it.

 You can read some of the stories of the Holi festival enjoyment at this link - http://alittleadrift.com/2009/03/holi/ a blog written by some of the westerner who been to Holi festival in India.

Tipping

Tipping is customary in India. If you are satisfied with the services of your guide and driver please feel free to offer a tip at the end of the tour. The typical tip would be about $8 - $18 USD daily which can be given to the guide who will distribute appropriately. 

The weather in Mid March should be warm but in the early morning you might require a light sweater or shawl. Please go over your checklist. 

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