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Colors of India

2019 Tour: March 13 – March 24, 2019 | 2020 Tour: March 2 – March 13, 2020

Colors of India

$3145 $2995

per person

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

Celebrate Holi Festival (Festival of Colors)

Taj Mahal tourist attraction

Tah Mahal

City Palace, Chandra Mahal Vacation Trip

Jaipur Chandra Mahal

Amer Fort USA to India Tour

Amber Fort

Holi Eve Celebration at Udaipur City Palace

Liven up your spirits and welcome the arrival of spring with Holi. Get ready to coat yourself with oil & clothes that you can throw away. It is messy!

Holi Color Dyes

Udaipur City Palace in the Mewar Dynasty

Udaipur City Palace

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Mumbai Gateway of India

Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbor

Old Delhi Jama Masjid Tourist Attraction

Breathtaking View of Jama Masjid in Delhi

Qatar Minar


YOUR JOURNEY


1

Meet Up at Delhi (DEL)

Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or explore this bustling capital city on your own.
2

Delhi | Humayun Tomb, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk Rickshaw Ride

Delhi is the capital of modern India. It has also been the capital of at least seven previous civilizations as well as the British Raj, and each have left behind a trail of monuments.
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.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
3

Delhi – Agra | Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb

Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. This is our chance to size up the Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb that is a Mughal era mausoleum, often described as a "jewel box" or the "Baby Tāj".  This tomb has often been regarded as the inspiration for the Tāj Mahal.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
4

Delhi – Agra | Taj Mahal

This morning we visit the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631. The Taj Mahal is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols.
Drive to Jaipur.
Stop for lunch and a Jugaad ride to a local village.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
5

Jaipur | Amber Fort, City Tour, Turban Tying, Cooking Demonstration

We travel to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput construction, perched on a hillside overlooking the dusty plains below, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples.  Reaching its summit on a jeep or elephant, we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior grounds.
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 the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Cooking Demo & Dinner
6

Jaipur To Deogarh | Rural Life and Royal Deogarh

Drive to Deograph.
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.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
7

Deogarh - Udaipur | Rural Train Ride, Kumbalgarh Fort

Ride the rural passenger train that takes you through pretty rugged terrain, stunning and indeed very cinematic landscape at a leisurely pace. This is the highest track on the India’s Western Railways.
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.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
8

Udaipur | City Palace, Holi Celebration at City Palace

Surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas towering over the Lake Pichola, the imposing 16th century City Palace is Rajasthan’s largest palace.  Inside Badi Pol (northern entrance), eight arches on the left commemorate the eight occasions maharanas were weighed here and their weight in gold or silver distributed to the lucky locals.
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.

 Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

9

Udaipur | Colors of Holi

To prepare for Holi Celebration, please cover your skin with oil and Kurta pyjamas provided.  Otherwise wear clothes you can throw away!
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 the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Holi Celebration Lunch
10

Udaipur - Mumbai | Half-Day City Tour

After breakfast, fly to Mumbai. Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is a sprawling metropolis on the Indian Ocean. It is the financial capital of India.
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.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
11

Mumbai | Elephanta Cave, Farewell Dinner

Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is a sprawling metropolis on the Indian Ocean. It is the financial capital of India.
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 the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Farewell Dinner
12

Mumbai | End of Tour

After breakfast, the tour comes to an end.  Please inform us of your international or India domestic flight schedule in order to schedule your airport transfer to Mumbai (BOM) airport.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

Hotel Information

Destination Hotels Rating
Delhi Lemon Tree ★★★★
Agra Four Points by Sheraton ★★★★★
Jaipur Lemon Tree ★★★★
Deogarh Deogarh Haveli (Mansion) Heritage
Udaipur Justa Rajputana Heritage
Mumbai Ramada Hotel ★★★★★
Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

Dates & Pricing:

2019 Tour: March 13 – March 24, 2019
Book By 2-4 Persons * 6-8 Persons * 10-12 Persons*
Early Bird through Nov 15, 2018 $3,450 $3,200 $2,995
Regular (after Nov 15, 2018) $3,590 $3,350 $3,145
 
2020 Tour: March 2 – March 13, 2020
Book By 2-4 Persons * 6-8 Persons * 10-12 Persons*
Supersaver through Apr 30, 2019 $3,590 $3,350 $3,145
Early Bird through Oct 31, 2019 $3,625 $3,360 $3,145
Regular (after Oct 31, 2019) $3,770 $3,520 $3,300
Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare. * Price per person, based on double occupancy.  ** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.

Deposit

‣ $750 ‣ Domestic Airfare (Udaipur to Mumbai) from: $35    (Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)

Booking Your Flight

We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour. Buying your own international air tickets? No problem!  

Inclusions

  • ‣ 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

Exclusions

  • ‣ 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