Mysteries of India featuring Holi Festival

The magical landscapes of Ranthambore. The romantic scope of Rajasthan. The spiritual oasis of Varanasi, and the frenetic banks of the Ganges. Discover a perfect synthesis of nature, spirituality, and regal legacy in the land of the maharaja - a mysterious, dizzying enigma that breathes new life into the soul and resurrects the senses. Experience Holi, the cacophony of colors known as the "festival of love." Fall head over heels for the eclectic and exciting country of India.

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14 Days
Day 1DelhiOvernight Flight: Discover India's perfect synthesis of nature, spirituality, and regal legacy - an electric color wheel that breathes life into the senses and resurrects the spirit. Step by majestic step, begin your love affair with India's splendors, and its mysteries.
Day 2DelhiDelhi, India - Tour Begins: Delhi is the 'City of Djinns' - place of the spirits. It is a frenetic paradise of contradiction, vitality, vibrancy and color. Experience everything this dynamic metropolis has to offer, from modern New Delhi to historic Old Delhi.
Day 3DelhiDelhi: Cut through Old Delhi's buzzing streets on a rickshaw - your mode of transportation for an exhilarating food tour. Down narrow streets and corridors, see plates bursting with color as you meet local vendors and taste some of the best food India has to offer. You'll also pay a visit to a sacred Sikh temple that features a communal kitchen. Continue to Humayun's Tomb, one of the best preserved Mughal monuments, and round out your tour at the India Gate war memorial, Parliament, and the President's sprawling, palatial residence, Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Day 4DelhiDelhi - Udaipur: The gateway to Rajasthan, Udaipur's regal forts and palaces evoke fairy tale stories and exotic prose. On an evening cruise of Lake Pichola, views of City Palace dominate and the sight of the southern island reveals the glittering, three-storied palace of Jag Mandir. Your hotel, a restored historic palace, is perched on a hilltop overlooking the lake.
Day 5UdaipurUdaipur: As the dawn meets the day, it's your choice! Join a local expert to learn the basic practices of yoga -OR- embark on a leisurely walking tour as the streets of Udaipur come to life. This afternoon, explore the City Palace and marvel at its windowless walls, domes, and tiered balconies. Follow the steps of royal ladies in the enchanting Sahelion-ki-Bari - 'Garden of the Maids of Honor.' The remainder of the day is yours.
Day 6UdaipurUdaipur - Jaipur: A scenic drive through the countryside delivers you to Jaipur, the 'Pink City.' Our first stop is at the 953-windowed facade of Hawa Mahal, the former home of a maharaja. Immerse yourself in the architectural glories of Jaipur as you stroll the heart of the Old City. Walk the perfumed aisles of a flower market where garlands are created for traditional Indian ceremonies. Not far away, marvel at the impeccable masonry at Jantar Mantar. This evening, discover the art of simple eating during a home-hosted cooking class. Shop for fresh ingredients with your host at a local market, then return to her home where the joys of cooking - and eating - are revealed over a magnificent vegetarian meal - a cornerstone of India's gastronomic culture.
Day 7JaipurJaipur: Participate in Holi - the traditional "festival of color." This Hindu festival of spring celebrates fertility, love, triumph of good over evil, and of course, color. Join peopole 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 the Holi upclose under the brilliant Technicolor rains of green, orange, red, and purple colored water, and see India and the Hindu culture in a new light.
Day 8JaipurJaipur - Ranthambore National Park: This morning, ascend to the top of the extensive palace complex of Amber Fort aboard a vintage jeep. This is India's former seat of power, and a prelude to an incredible cultural experience in Jaipur. Depart for Ranthambore. The tiger is a creature of unending fascination in India. Seek them out 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. You'll also meet a naturalist who'll introduce you to India's extensive wildlife. Surrounded by deep forests and scattered ruins, board a canter and watch for marsh crocodiles, sloth bears, hyenas, and of course, tigers.
Day 9RanthamboreRanthambore: The barking deer and the Indian gazelles come out to play in the early hours of the morning. Under the cover of exotic birdlife, follow the path of the desert cats as you go in search of the wildlife this sanctuary is known for. Then, it's your choice! Return to your hotel to simply relax -OR- visit Ranthambore School of Art, which recruits students from neighboring villages and trains them to be self-sufficient artists.
Day 10RanthamboreRanthambore - Agra: The sound of your train's engine is the only thing that cuts the still of the early morning. Through tunnels and around bends, follow the rails to Agra, a city rich with the splendors of the past.
Day 11AgraAgra: The Taj Mahal, a stunning vision in white marble and sandstone, was constructed 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 white marble facade and shimmer in its reflective pool. Later, visit Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire. Then enjoy lunch at Sheroes' Hangout - a cafe that empowers female survivors of shattering acid attacks so that they may reclaim their lives, and livelihoods, through employment and sisterhood.
Day 12AgraAgra - Khajuraho: Aboard a public train this morning, make passage to Khajuraho. In the shadow of the Vindhya mountain range lies a city of stone - a place where India's near-mythic aesthetic is forged into the stonework of dozens of temples.
Day 13KhajurahoKhajuraho - Varanasi: Behold the Chandel Temple complex, where some of the finest examples of temple architecture in northern India reside. Then, fly to Varanasi - India's holiest city with a palpable mystique. In Varanasi, spiritual energy radiates from the ground up. Sail along the River Ganges on a journey along the ghats, or banks, of the river. From the Dasaswamedh Ghat, experience the Ganga Aarti ceremony as it illuminates the night sky.
Day 14VaranasiVaranasi: Today we travel to Sarnath, where Siddarth Gautama, later known as Buddha, gave his first sermon in the 6th century B.C. Celebrate your passage through India alongside new friends at a farewell dinner.
Day 15VaranasiVaranasi - 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.

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
03/05/2020$3,349.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
ITC Mughal Agra, India
Radisson Jass Hotel Khajuraho Khajuraho, India
ITC Rajputana Jaipur, India
Lalit Laxmi Vilas Udaipur, India
Juna Mahal Sawai Madhopur, India
Rivatas Hotel Varansi, India
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.


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