Holy Festival India Priode March 2017
Holi, the ‘Festival of Colors’ is celebrated in India to welcome the season of spring and end of winters. It is a two-day long festival celebrated with lot of gaiety all over India but special mention should be made of Holi of Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna. On the eve of Holi, people gather to light a huge bonfire of the dried leaves and twigs. On the morning of the festival, people meet each other to apply dry and wet colors each other, play with water and eat sweets together.
Holi is an ancient festival of India and was originally known as ‘Holika’. The festivals find a detailed description in early religious works such as Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras. Historians also believe that Holi was celebrated by all Aryans but more so in the Eastern part of India.
It is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. However, the meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years. Earlier, it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped.
In some states of India, there is also a tradition to place the idols of Radha and Krishna in a decorated palanquin, which is then carried along the main streets of the city. All this while, devotees chant Krishna’s name, sing devotional hymns and dance in the name of the lord.
DETAIL ITINERARY: HOLI FESTIVAL –13 MARCH’2017
12 Mar’2017:- ARRIVE DELHI (NO MEALS)
Welcome upon arrival at Delhi International airport. After meet and assist at airport, transfer to the hotel for overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
13 Mar’2017:- DELHI – MATHURA (B/L/D)
Early breakfast and drive to Vrindavan. On arrival, check in the the hotel and enjoy the Holi festival. Lunch & and dinner serve at hotel.
14 Mar’2017:- MATHURA – AGRA (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel and then will proceed to visit the Birth Place of Lord Krishna and also visit some other temples of Mathura. Then proceed to visit Vrindavan located 9.6 km from Mathura, first visit to the most notable Krishna Balram Mandir popularly known as ISKCON temple in Vrindavan. Later in the evening drive to Agra – The city of Taj. On arrival, check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
15 Mar’2017: AGRA – JAIPUR VIA FATHEPUR SIKRI (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel and then will drive toward Jaipur – The Pink city (235 Kms, 5:30 Hrs.) En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri- 37 Kms from Agra. The deserted city of sandstone built by the Emperor. The city is rectangular in shape with nine huge gates & inside there are palaces, meeting halls (public/ private audiences), huge courtyards. On arrival, check-in at hotel and proceed for lunch at hotel. Late afternoon proceed to visit Birla Temple (Laxmi Narayan Temple) – is situated just below the Motinagri, known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble, popularly known as Birla Temple. City Palace- was the principle residence of the former ruling family and is known for its stunning architecture. It also includes museum, courtyards, and gardens. Back Dinner and Overnight in hotel.
16 Mar’2017: AT JAIPUR (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing visiting Amer Fort – 11 Kms from Jaipur is Amber, the ancient capital of Jaipur state construction of the Fort Palace was constructed in 1652 by Raja Mansingh and it was later extended & completed by the Jai Singh before the move to Jaipur. Enjoy elephant ride while climbing up to the Amer Fort. Jal Mahal – (6 Kms) on the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is in progress. Back hotel for lunch. Afternoon visit Hawa Mahal (Palaces of the Wind) – a beautiful pink colour building having many small windows from where the Royal Ladies watched the annual procession of kingdom. The tourist can take photograph from outside only.
Jaipur is a city of vibrant colors and markets (bazaars) of Jaipur verify this fact. Jaipur’s colorful markets offer a great break to stop and shop on you tour. Usually tourists include shopping and visiting the lively markets of Jaipur in their itinerary. While moving through the markets, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region. Jaipur is the perfect place to shop for Handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metal work and leather ware. Evening, we will back to hotel for dinner & overnight stay.
17 Mar’2017: JAIPUR – DELHI + DEPARTURE (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast drive to Delhi (265 km, 06 hrs). On arrival, transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. Afternoon proceed to visit Lotus Temple, later visit India gate, President House, Parliament house (Pass by). Later on free for last minute shopping of souvenir or gifts for friend or family. Evening proceed for farewell dinner at local restaurant. After dinner, you will be transfer airport to catch the flight for onward journey.
Tour Ends Here
Cost is valid From MAR’2017: HOLI SPECIAL
|Quotation as under (Per person)||3 star||4 star||4 star|
|Min paying pax 02||USD||USD||USD|
|Min paying pax 03 – 04||USD||USD||USD|
|Min paying pax 05 – 07||USD||USD||USD|
|Min paying pax 08 – 09||USD||USD||USD|
|Min paying pax 10-14 + 00 FOC||USD||USD||USD|
|Min paying pax 15-19 + 01 FOC||USD||USD||USD|
|Min paying pax 20-24 + 01 FOC||USD||USD||USD|
|Min paying pax 25-29 + 01 FOC||USD||USD||USD|
|Min paying pax 30-33 + 02 FOC||USD||USD||USD|
|Single Room Supplement||USD||USD||USD|
** FOC on Twin sharing basis
Above tour cost is valid FOR MAR’2017
0 – 5 Years – Free without any extra bed
05 years up to 12 years – 80% of adult cost with an extra bed.
05 years up to 12 years – 60% of adult cost without an extra bed.
12 years and above – will be treated as adult.
Tour Cost includes:
— 05 Nights hotel accommodation based on twin room.
— All meals as per Itinerary (B/L/D)
— Air-conditioned Transport through out the tour as per the itinerary.
— Monument Entrance + Elephant ride at Amer Fort in Jaipur.
— English speaking guide through out of tour.
— Gulal (Natural Color) & Water gun provide to each person.
— Rickshaw Ride in Mathura / Vrindavan.
— Arrival & Departure Assistance at Airport.
— All fuel charge, Toll taxes, Driver allowance, enter state taxes etc
— Presently applicable government taxes
Tour Cost does not include:
— Any Air fare, airport departure tax etc.
— Expenses of personal nature such as Laundry, telephone bill etc
— Any Kinds of Tips.
— Other services not mentioned above.
— Welcome Garland on Arrival
— 01 bottle of water per day per person
Hotels to be used:
|CITY||03 Star||04 STAR||05 STAR|
|DELHI||Hotel Yug Villa / Surya International / S.K Park / Similar||Golden Tulip / Ashok country resorts / Similar||Radisson Blu / Crown Plaza / ITC Dwarka / Similar|
|AGRA||Hotel Siri 18 / Hotel Taj inn / Hotel Kant / Similar||Howard Plaza / the Retreat / Utkarsh Vilas / / Or Similar
|Ramada Plaza / Jaypee Palace / Double tree / Hilton /Similar|
|JAIPUR||Hotel Royal Palace / Fort Chandragupta / Hotel Maharani Palace / Similar||K.K Royal / Gold Palace / Similar||Hilton Hotel / Holiday inn / Jaipur Marriot Hotel / Radisson / Similar
|Vrindavan||Hotel Royal retreat / Clarks / Similar||Hotel Nidhivan / Royal retreat / Similar||Hotel Nidhivan / Similar (4 STAR)|
IMP note: In case the Hotel envisaged or normal category of Rooms are waitlisted / sold out, alternate hotels/category will be provided & we will keep you informed on the supplement / reduction involved.
We hope you find the above in order, as per your requirement. Please do let me know if I could be of any further assistance