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UPCOMING: March 11, 2019

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 twelve days with a 7th Wonder of the World, the Pink City of Jaipur, Indian cooking class 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: 12 Days/11 Nights
Starts In: Delhi
Ends In: Udaipur
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750 USD
Accommodation: 4-Star+ Hotels & Heritage Palaces
Physical Rating: 1/5
Prices: Based on double occupancy

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

March 11, 2019 to March 22, 2019 - 5395.00 USD CLOSED
Feb. 29, 2020 to March 11, 2020 - 5495.00 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
• 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 a decadent welcome dinner.

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 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 drive to Jaipur stopping along the way for lunch and an incredible photo opportunity at Chand Baori, the largest stepwell in the world. It was originally built in honour of the Goddess of Joy and Happiness. This evening we'll enjoy a group dinner at the hotel followed by free time to explore.

Enjoy a full day in 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). We'll take a guided tour this morning, visiting City Palace where we'll even get to enter the royal family's private chambers. Other stops can include the city's Observatory as well as Hawa Maha. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the luxury of our accomodations or explore on your own. Dinner will be at the hotel where we'll be joined by a local LGBT activist.

Another day in Jaipur, beginning with breakfast at the hotel before taking the morning to explore on your own. For the shoppers amongst us, Jaipur is well-known for its bazaars and markets. Pick up authentic gems, jewellery and artisan products. In the afternoon we'll reconvene for tours of Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. Then it's off to the city's main attraction: Amer Fort. Overlooking Maoto Lake, the fort is famed for its decorative Hindu style and immaculate landscaping. We'll arrive at dusk to ensure epic photos. After we've explored the landmark, it's back to our luxurious hotel for 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 you'll have some time to nap and freshen up before joining the group for an exclusive meal on either the poolside terrace or lake view terrace.

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).

Today is our final day and we wish everyone safe travels home. If you're on a later flight you may choose to tour of the City Palace, which showcases uniform design despite a slew of additions including a rare collection of crystal. From the whole Out Adventures team, we'd like to extend a royal thank you for joining us in India!

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through Out Adventures
• 11 nights' of Bed & Breakfast in 4-Star + hotels
• An additional 5 Lunches and 10 Dinners
• Air-conditioned transport
• Entrance fees to monuments mentioned
• Cycle Rickshaw ride in Delhi

• 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

• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for Tour Leader, drivers, hotel staff, (approximately $100-$150 USD per person)
• Travel Insurance on tours with a start date of January 31st, 2019 or later. Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.

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

RATING:

Steven C.

India: Holi Festival Foray

Well run trip that covered what I wanted to see in India with a great ending at the Holi Festival. Hotels were great.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 4/5

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