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Mysteries of India featuring Holi Festival 2021 (Explorations)

15 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Delhi, India.

Day 2 Delhi, India - Tour Begins
A paradise of contradiction, Delhi features a mesmerizing modern energy, age-old monuments and an all-encompassing vitality that courses its way through the busy streets. Experience everything this dynamic metropolis has to offer, from modern New Delhi to historic Old Delhi.

Day 3 Delhi
Start your morning at the expansive Humayun’s Tomb, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments dating back to the 1500s. This sprawling complex inspired countless mausoleums, including the legendary Taj Mahal. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Gather with your group in the evening for a memorable dinner featuring Indian specialties. (B,D)

Day 4 Delhi
Participate in Holi - the traditional "festival of color." This Hindu festival of spring celebrates fertility, love, triumph of goods 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 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. Later, cut through Old Delhi’s buzzing streets on a rickshaw – your mode of transportation for an exhilarating food tour. Down narrow streets and corridors, enjoy bites of local flavor as you meet Delhi’s friendly food vendors. Your culinary adventure continues in the sacred Sikh temple, where you’ll find a lively communal kitchen. In the afternoon, see the famous monuments of New Delhi such as the India Gate and Parliament building. (B,L)

Day 5 Delhi - Jaipur
A scenic drive through the countryside delivers you to Jaipur, the “Pink City.” Your first stop is at the Hawa Mahal, the former home of a maharaja. Marvel at the architectural brilliance of Jaipur as you stroll through the heart of the Old City. Walk the perfumed aisles of a flower market, where garlands are created for traditional Indian ceremonies. (B)

Day 6 Jaipur
Take in the extensive palace complex of Amber Fort, India’s former seat of power. Head to the palace by means of a vintage jeep, scaling the hills overlooking Jaipur. This afternoon, experience the vibrancy and aromas of the Jaipur Spice Market. In the evening, get to know a local family as you join them for a hosted dinner in their home. (B,D)

Day 7 Jaipur
Set out to explore the beautiful city of Jaipur, starting with the City Palace. Nearby, take in the impeccable masonry at the Jantar Mantar – the world’s oldest stone sundial. The afternoon is yours to discover Jaipur however you please. (B)

Day 8 Jaipur - Ranthambore National Park
The tiger is a creature of unending fascination in India. Seek out tigers in their natural habitat at Ranthambore National Park. Learn about Project Tiger’s conservation efforts and the impact the organization has had on the Ranthambore sanctuary. Connect with a naturalist, introducing you to India’s extensive wildlife. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Ranthambore
Surrounded by deep forests and scattered ruins, board a canter (open-air truck) and pass by barking deer, Indian gazelles and exotic birdlife as you follow the tigers’ paths in search of the sanctuary’s renowned wildlife. Then, it’s your choice! Return to your hotel to relax -OR- visit Dastkar Ranthambore, a social enterprise dedicated to providing employment and training for local artisans. In the afternoon, return to the wild for another opportunity to watch for marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, hyenas and the park’s famous tigers. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Ranthambore - Agra
Hop on a train, coasting through tunnels and around bends as you follow the rails to Agra, a city rich with the splendors of the past. Home to stone forts and marble mausoleums, culture comes alive in this animated city. (B)

Day 11 Agra
The Taj Mahal, a stunning vision in white marble and sandstone, was built as an expression of love by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Experience the romantic spirit of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, when the colors of the sky dance on the bright façade and shimmer in its reflective pool. Later, visit Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire. Enjoy lunch at Sheroes' Hangout – a café that empowers female survivors of violence, allowing them to reclaim their lives and livelihoods through employment and sisterhood. (B,L)

Day 12 Agra - Khajuraho
Start your morning with a train ride to Khajuraho. In the shadow of the Vindhya mountain range, find a city of stone temples and mystifying sculptures. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Khajuraho - Varanasi
Take in the Chandela Temple complex, home to unparalleled temple architecture and intricate stone carvings. Fly to Varanasi – India’s holiest city – where spiritual energy radiates from the ground up. Sail along the River Ganges and pass by the ghats (banks) where locals wade into the river. From the Dashashwamedh Ghat, enjoy a reserved seat to experience the Ganga Aarti ceremony as it illuminates the night sky. (B)

Day 14 Varanasi
Today, take advantage of a morning boat ride for an opportunity to see the sunrise on the River Ganges. Travel to Sarnath, where Siddhartha Gautama – later known as Buddha – gave his first sermon in the 6th century B.C. Discover this holy site and gain insight into the country’s divine past. Celebrate your adventure through India alongside new friends at a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 15 Varanasi - Delhi - Tour Ends
Enjoy a morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi, where a day room has been reserved for you to freshen up before your return flight home. (B)
Map
All This Included
From the fabled Taj Mahal to the iconic tigers of Ranthambore, step into a world of captivating mysteries and vibrant color featuring the renowned Holi Festival. Feast your way through Old Delhi on a street food tour, weaving through the streets on a rickshaw. Join a local family for an unforgettable home-hosted dinner. Walk on the wild side in Ranthambore National Park and seek out its most popular residents: Bengal tigers. Stand in awe before the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Ignite your spirit during the holy Ganga Aarti ceremony in Varanasi. Welcome to India—a perfect synthesis of nature, vitality, spirituality, and regal legacy.
  • 24 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
Highlights
  • Travel to Khajuraho on an exciting train journey.
  • Marvel at the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony.
  • Participate in the Holi celebration of color and springtime's arrival.
  • Venture through the main streets and back roads of Old Delhi via rickshaw.
Accommodations
Delhi: The Park New Delhi 
Jaipur: Trident Hotel 
Ranthambore: Sawai Vilas 
Agra: Trident Hotel 
Khajuraho: Radisson Jass Hotel 
Varanasi: Radisson Hotel 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Tour Extension:
  • 3 Night Dubai Extension ( Land Only )
Pre Night Hotel:
  • The Park New Delhi
Post Tour Extension:
  • 5 Night Nepal Extension ( Land Only )
Notes
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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