$4895.00

FROM: $4895 USD

UPCOMING: Feb. 19, 2018

India Holi Festival Foray

A Royal Journey through Rajasthan

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India – and especially the province of Rajasthan – is chaotic, colourful, and laden with lavishness. This OUT Adventure fills a decadent thirteen days with a 7th Wonder of the World, the Pink City of Jaipur, Bengal tigers on safari, and huge clouds of colour that define the world-famous Holi Festival. Enthralled and exhausted by it all, please stand by for the Royal Maharajah treatment, outstanding meals, memorable accommodations and the ‘eternal tradition’ of Hinduism.

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 13 Days/12 Nights
Starts In: Delhi
Ends In: Udaipur
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750 USD
Accommodation: 4-Star+ Hotels & Heritage Palaces
Physical Rating: 2/5
Prices: Based on double occupancy

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

Feb. 19, 2018 to March 3, 2018 - 4895.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Ride rickshaws into the madness of Delhi’s bazaars
• Enjoy breakfast daily, almost every dinner, and five lunches in the trip price
• Marvel at the Taj Mahal
• Observe Bengal tigers on safari in Ranthambore National Park
• Take in the ‘Son et lumière' show at Amber fort, with a Rajasthani dinner in the
fort’s famed restaurant to follow
• Learn about, and visit with, the region’s nomadic Bishnoi tribes
• Cook a classic Indian dish with a Master Chef in Rohet
• Celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colour...and highlight of our journey!
• Enjoy a Farewell Dinner in Udairpur’s Shiv Niwas Palace

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ITINERARY:

Namaste, and welcome to Delhi. Rebuilt seven times over the centuries, today Delhi marries modern hustle with historic highlights. After clearing customs and immigration at DEL Airport, an OUT Adventures rep will transport you to our premiere hotel, where a traditional Indian welcome awaits. We’ll have a kickoff meeting this evening, followed by dinner al fresco on the hotel lawn.

Our day begins in Old Delhi with a visit to Jama Mosque. One of the world’s most beautiful Muslim temples, it was built by Shah Jahan in 1656. After a heritage walk, we’ll then ride rickshaws through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk: among Delhi’s oldest and most popular markets, it was designed by Shah Jahan’s daughter in 1648. With our appetites revved up, a traditional Kashmiri lunch awaits, then we’ll we hit up India Gate in New Delhi (this war memorial honours 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in WWI). After paying our tributes, we’ll venture to the Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan) and Humayun’s Tomb (an early example of Mughal architecture and prototype of the Taj Mahal). This evening you may partake in an optional group dinner, or venture out on your own.

Our day begins with a 3.5-hour drive to Agra, the second capital of the Mughal Empire. After checking-in and grabbing a bite, we’re off to Agra Fort, an imposing structure nearly two miles long. Featuring palaces, audience halls and mosques within, it flaunts both Islamic and Hindu architecture. Today’s final stop today is the world’s ultimate tribute to love. Lacy white and mesmerizing, the Taj Mahal was built by the Shah Jahan for Mumtaz Mahal, his favourite wife. For dinner tonight we’ll feast on Northwest Frontier cuisine in the hotel’s signature restaurant.

So magical is the Taj Mahal we’ll return to review it this morning as the sun rises. After breakfast and checking out, we’ll enjoy lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace. The highlight of our afternoon is a train ride to Sawai Madhopur, also known as Ranthambore. Once settled in at our destination, we'll meet for dinner in the hotel, with the evening to rest up before our big safari tomorrow.

Today we’ve devoted to discovering the Royal Bengal tigers of Ranthambore National Park. Other wildlife also awaits, like jackals, sloth bears, wild boar, antelope, and langurs. By offering refuge to both carnivores and herbivores, this park is a prime example of the region’s conservation efforts.

Today we drive 3.5 hours to the Pink City of Jaipur (the rosy glow arose thanks to a visit from King Edward VII in 1876 – almost all of the city was freshened up with a coat of paint). Check in and unwind, then join us at the Amber Fort, which is famed for its Hindu style and immaculate landscaping. We’ll be treated to an electrifying sound and light show, then enjoy dinner at one of the city’s most beloved restaurants, 1135 AD.

This morning we’ll stop at Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, home to a gorgeous facade that Jaipur is famous for (the ornately carved windows allowed the palace ladies to people-watch in privacy). From here, the City Palace Museum awaits with a superb collection of costumes, armory, and weaponry to admire. There’s also an art gallery with a collection of miniature paintings, royal paraphernalia and astronomical works (Sawai Jai Singh II had a passion for astronomy). Our final stop for the day is a visit up the Jantar Mantar Observatory, before we wrap with dinner.

Today we’re off to the charming village of Rohet, about a 6-hour drive away (rest assured, our impressive resort will make the ride worthwhile). After checking in, we’ll head on a jeep safari to learn about the semi-desert landscape, the Bishnoi tribes, Raika shepherds and more. For dinner tonight we've planned a private affair at the resort.

This morning we're off to Jodhpur for the day, the “Sun City” famous for glorious weather. Our visit begins at the majestic Mehrangarh fort, filled with courtyards and palaces. We’ll then visit the Jaswant Thada, a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, on the banks of a nearby lake. To wrap up our day we’ll venture into the heart of old Jaipur, where you can check out the clock tower, narrow alleys and an array of wares for sale. We’ll enjoy an exclusive and private dinner tonight in the dunes, with local folklore to accompany the night’s sky.

This morning we’ll learn more about the Bishnoi tribes on a village safari, even visiting their homes and partaking in their customs. Dubbed the ‘Premier ecologists of the world’, they have protected nature for more than 500 years, and have ensured the survival of species like the Black Buck antelope. This afternoon, we’ll trade the history lesson in for a cooking session with our hotel chef featuring a ravishing Rajasthani menu. The evening is yours to explore, or you can join the group for an optional dinner.

Today we drive to Udaipur, with a visit to Ranakpur Jain Temple en route. This massive monument on the Magai River was built between the late-14th and mid-15th century AD. It has over 1444 marble pillars – carved in exquisite detail – with no two pillars the same. Once in Udaipur, we’ll check in to our hotel (a former palace!) then take in the the fairy tale palaces that rise from the islands of steely blue Lake Pichola. Tonight we bear witness to the Holika Dahan, a bonfire ceremony that represents the triumph of good over evil. Dinner will follow tonight – at the palace, no less.

Today is the highlight of our holiday: Holi, the festival of colour! Our celebration begins at the private home of the Bedla Family. Lunch will be served before we let loose-Holi is a free-for-all where participants run around and shower each other with coloured powders and water. After this unicorn of a battle is over, we’ll unwind poolside at the resort, and for tonight’s Farewell Dinner we’ve made special arrangements to dine on the terrace at Shiv Niwas Palace (it will be decorated with flowers and candles so we’re sent off in style).

This morning includes a tour of the City Palace, which showcases uniform design despite a slew of additions. We’ll enter through the ornate Hathii Pol, or elephant gate, before we admire paintings, mosaics, intricate carvings and the architecture itself. We’ll also check out a rare collection of crystal brought here from England before our tour officially ends. From here, we wish you safe travels home, with a royal thank you from all of us.

• Arrival/Departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through OUT Adventures
• 12 nights' of Bed & Breakfast in 4-Star + hotels
• An additional 5 Lunches and 11 Dinners
• Air-conditioned transport
• Entrance fees to monuments mentioned
• Cycle Rickshaw ride in Delhi
• Train from Bharatpur to Sawai Madhopur in air-conditioned class

• Two jeep safaris in Ranthambore National Park with an expert naturalist
• Village safari by jeep in Rohetgarh
• Holi Festival celebrations in Udaipur
• Bottled water, soft drinks and wet wipes on bus
• Basic porterage at hotels & airports
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss. Click here for more info.

• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for Tour Leader, drivers, hotel staff, (approximately $100-$150 USD per person)

• Beverages during meals
• Camera/Video Fees at the monuments

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