India's Treasures featuring Holi Festival 2020
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Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Delhi, India.
Day 2 Delhi, India - Tour Begins
Welcome to Delhi, India’s capital city. Made up of seven ancient cities, today it remains a cultural melting pot.
Day 3 Delhi
Immerse yourself in India’s bustling capital during a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Discover the history of Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Explore Old Delhi’s narrow streets by rickshaw, the traditional mode of transportation, during an exhilarating food tour. Traveling down narrow streets and corridors, see plates bursting with color as you interact with local vendors and taste some of the best food India has to offer. Enjoy some leisure time to explore independently. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Delhi
Following breakfast, visit Humayun's tomb, built by the widow of a great Mughal Emperor. Drive past the India Gate war memorial, the Parliament and the palatial Rashtrapati Bhawan – the President's residence. Proceed to the holy shrine of Sikhs, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.* Originally a bungalow owned by Raja Jai Singh, this huge complex features a devotion center, a large pond for the holy dip, a missionary school, an art gallery, a charitable hospital, and a free kitchen – called Langar (community dining). Hear the holy hymns recited by the priests as you marvel at the beautiful gilded structure. At the community dining hall, get a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into feeding 10,000 people each day. (B,L)
Day 5 Delhi - Jaipur
Depart for a scenic drive through the countryside to the “Pink City” of Jaipur. Later, head out for a brief stop at Hawa Mahal, home to a former Maharaja, with its impressive façade of 953 windows. Then it’s on to the City Palace, the residence of the Royal family of Jaipur. Stroll through the gardens and courtyards and delight in the intricate decorative art and carved doorways. (B,L)
Day 6 Jaipur
Participate in Holi – the traditional “festival of color.” This Hindu festival of spring celebrates fertility, love, triumph of good over evil, and of course, color. Join people from all around India and the world in throwing powdered color in celebration of the arrival of spring. For centuries, Holi has remained a joyous occasion, a time for friends to come together and enjoy themselves. Experience the Holi up close, under the brilliant Technicolor rains of green, orange, red, and purple colored water, and see India and the Hindu culture in a new light. This evening, sit down to dinner at the home of a local family and learn more about Indian culture and their traditions at their home. (B,D)
Day 7 Jaipur
This morning, participate in a relaxing yoga class and learn basic exercises and breathing techniques from a local. Then, board a vintage jeep and ascend to the top of the majestic Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site and India’s former seat of power. Visit a local school** where the children are part of a midday program supported by the efforts of the Collette Foundation. Tap into local customs during lunch when you learn about turban and sari tying. (B,L)
Day 8 Jaipur - Agra
Continue your journey to Agra, a city rich with the splendors of the past. En route, stop in Abhaneri village to visit Chand Baori, one of the largest and most beautiful stepwells in the world. Built during the 8th and 9th centuries, this amazing feat of engineering has 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry that descend to the bottom of the well. (B)
Day 9 Agra
Behold one of the most impressive sites in the world – the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build in the 17th century, this wonder of the world was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Then, after breakfast, discover Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 11th century. Stand in awe of this sprawling fort that was built as a military structure but later transformed into a palace. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a special farewell dinner at a restaurant popular with locals. (B,D)
Day 10 Agra - Delhi - Tour Ends
Return to Delhi where you may choose to reserve a day room to freshen up prior to the departure of your return flight home. (B)
All This Included
Explore India’s Golden Triangle showcasing some of the most beautiful sites in the country during stays in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a local family in Jaipur. Explore the bustling streets of Delhi by rickshaw during an exhilarating food tour. Tap into local customs when you learn about turban and sari tying. Spend 3 nights in the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur, visiting the majestic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal, home to a former Maharaja. Experience Holi, the cacophony of colors known as the "festival of love." Discover the quaint village of Samode, nestled among rugged hills that are dominated by its famous and beautiful Palace. At sunrise, behold one of the most impressive sites in the world – the Taj Mahal.
Delhi: To be determined
Jaipur: The Lalit
Agra: Radisson Blu Taj East Gate
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