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India: Holi Hai! Goddesses on the Ganges

Holi hai!

Namaste and welcome to India! Join us for this epic 10-day/9-night tour that brings you through some of India’s best destinations, including Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Hardiwar and Chomu, where we’ll be celebrating and participating in the colorful and iconic Holi festival.

From the ganges to the temples, we’re showing you India with the help of our friends at Sodha Travel (experts in the Indian subcontinent) to show you India like no one else can!

With a little bit of luxury and a whole lot of fun, this Holi tour to India is an absolute gem. Are you in?

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Trip Dates Availability Price Payment
March 10-19th, 2022 $3999 USD
Reserve this trip with a $500 deposit, or pay in full. The balance of your tour is due in full 60 days before departure.

Day 1: Welcome to India!

Namaste and Welcome to India!

Today you’ll arrive in Delhi, and, after having done all the formalities of immigration, baggage, and customs as you exit the arrival halls, you will be greeted by a Damesly representative waiting to receive you with a placard bearing your name.

You will then be assisted & transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals: D

Day 2: New Delhi

Morning is at your leisure to relax and recover from your long flight.

In the late afternoon, we’ll take a heritage walk of Mehrauli.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 3: New Delhi

Today, after breakfast, we’ll set out for the Old Delhi tour on specially customized Cycle Rickshaws.

Following this, we will visit the Sikh Temple (Gurudwara Bangla Sahib).

This temple is probably the largest attended community kitchen in the world. The food is freshly prepared and comprises of parshaada (roti), cooked vegetables, daal, kheer, and karaha prashad. The service is performed by volunteers called Sewadars.

This practice of selfless service goes beyond the bounds of religion and serves to nourish the soul, creating a sense of unity and oneness. The experience of the Gurudwara Walk will empower you to be one of the sewadars at the Gurudwara. In the role of a sewadar, experience the ultimate joy of giving.

Later enjoy some free time in the local street markets of Delhi.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals: B, L, D. 

Day 4: Agra Day Trip

We’ll start our morning early today with a packed breakfast, and after, you will be assisted & transferred in your private vehicle to Delhi Railway Station to connect for your train to Agra. (Gatimaan Express – 0810 / 0950)

On arrival in Agra, you will be met at the railway station, and will proceed with a visit of the Taj Mahal.

After the visit, we will break for lunch at the iconic Oberoi Amarvilas (lunch on your own).

Following this visit, we will head to the massive and iconic Agra Fort. After, you’ll be transferred to Agra Railway Station to connect for the train back to Delhi. (Gatimaan Express – 1750 / 1930)

On arrival in Delhi, you will be met & transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals: B, D

Day 5: Haridwar

This morning is another early one, but we promise it will be worth it! We’ll leave our hotel with a packed breakfast, and you will then be assisted & transferred to Delhi Railway Station to connect train to Haridwar. (DDN Shatabdi – 0645 / 1136)

On arrival in Haridwar, you will be met & assisted for your transfer to the hotel.

Later, we will visit Har Ki Pauri for the evening aarti ceremony, which is performed at the time of Sunset.

This divine light ceremony is filled with devotional song, prayer, ritual, and a palpable sense of the divinity of Mother Ganga. The aarti, an ornate oil lamp, lined with dozens of flames burning in pure ghee is offered to God.

After the Aarti, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Haridwar

This morning, start leisurely with yoga at the hotel

After breakfast, we will take a city tour of Haridwar, visiting some famous sites such as Shantikunj Ashram, Chandi Devi Temple (by cable car) & Daksh Maha Dev temple.

This evening you’ll have some downtime to just enjoy, meditate or wander through this lovely small city. Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Jaipur

This morning we’re flying to Jaipur! After breakfast, you will be assisted & transferred to Dehradun airport to connect on your flight to Jaipur.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Later in the afternoon, we will visit Elefantastic, an elephant orphanage and rescue, to spend time with the Elephants.

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, has so many delights in store for you, and we can’t wait for you to experience them!

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Jaipur

This morning after breakfast, we will explore more of beautiful Jaipur, including a visit to the Amber fort, followed by some shopping along the streets of the Pink city!

Later this evening, we’ll experience a cooking class, followed by dinner at Ikaki Niwas.

Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 9: Chomu for Holi

Holi Hai!

Today after breakfast, we’ll check-out from the hotel and transfer in your private vehicle to Chomu Palace (approx 1 Hr).

Here, we’ll be celebrating the colorful festival of Holi! Bring your camera and sense of adventure for this bright, powdery, hilarious experience. There’s nothing else like it in the world!

Evening Dinner at the Durbar Hall. Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Departure

Today enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

Later after lunch and check-out, you will be transferred in your private vehicle back to Delhi (approx 5 Hrs).

On arrival in Delhi, we will have time to wash up and change for our farewell dinner.

After dinner, you will be assisted & transferred to the International Flight to connect your homebound flight.

Bon Voyage!

Meals: B, L, D

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Cost includes:

  • Private transportation
  • Dedicated Indian travel expert
  • Most meals
  • Internal flights in country
  • Train rides in country
  • Shared accommodation
  • All entrance fees to attractions

Does not include:

  • Flight
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

What to pack:

Additional Info:

Where will we stay?

New Delhi:

The Maidens Hotel is a heritage hotel established in 1903. It is a luxury hotel providing comfort and exhibits hospitality within a traditional setting. The establishment has 53 rooms categorized by superior rooms, premier rooms, deluxe suites and luxury suites. The assortment caters to the various requirements of visitors.

Dining facilities at the Maidens Hotel includes the Curzon Room serving selected Indian and European cuisine, the Garden Terrace a coffee shop serving Indian and continental cuisine and the Cavalry Bar serving cocktails and a variety of beverages.

Hardiwar: 

Haveli Hari Ganga is set between the river and hills with a view of central Haridwar on the other side. The atmosphere at the Haveli Hari Ganga is intimate and comfortable.

The hotel has 20 air conditioned rooms and suites. Each room has basic amenities to suit the modern traveller.

There is plenty to see and do in and around the Haveli Hari Ganga. Facilities for visitors at the hotel are multi-cuisine restaurants, a coffee shop, massage and steam room. Guests can also book sightseeing tours to explore the hotel’s surroundings: safari tour of the Rajaji National Park, nature walks, bird watching and white water rafting.

Jaipur: 

The Shahpura House derives it’s name from the ruler of Shekhawat Maha Rao Shekhaji and the Manoharpur Shahpura family. The establishment is 200 years old and is set amidst green surroundings. All of the 38 guest rooms at Shahpura House are equipped with modern facilities to make a guest feel at home. Each room is embellished with marble and semi precious stones accompanying the marble bathrooms, private porches and lobbies.

Facilities available for use in each room includes LCD TV, satellite television, wired and wireless broadband internet access, electronic safe, direct dial telephone with voice mail, personal minibar and a tea or coffee maker.

Activities of leisure at the hotel are open to all guests. There is a cocktail bar, rooftop restaurant serving Rajasthani dishes, the Shahpura Spa, cooking classes with the chef, outdoor pool and pool area. Additionally, guests can go on horse buggy rides or on camel safaris.

Chomu:

Chomu Palace, a reflection of the Royal Palaces of India, is a 300 year old elegant fortified palace hotel. It revives the gracious lifestyles of the princes of Rajasthan and the heritage of India. It is an authentic and historic palace that discreetly blends with the modern amenities and facilities.

Guest services and recreational services include concierge, laundry, swimming pool, henna painting, palm reading, library, health spa and gymnasium.

This historic monument is designed according to the Indian Vastushastra philosophy. Chomu Palace is an integral part of Rajasthan Tourism and is a must see when visiting this beautiful destination

Can I have a private room?

Sure! Upgrade to a single room costs $697 for this tour.

What's the climate like?

The weather is mainly hot most of the year with significant variations from region to region. The coolest weather lasts from around the end of November to the beginning of March, with fresh mornings and evenings, and mostly sunny days. The really hot weather, when it is dry, dusty and unpleasant, is between April and June. Monsoon rains occur in most regions in summer anywhere between June and early October.

What should I wear?

For most locations and seasons in India, thin, loose linen or cotton pants and button-down shirts will keep you comfortable in hot, humid weather and help you blend in. While you may see Indian young adults sporting tight jeans and fitted brand-name tops, you’d stand out significantly more in the same outfit. If you visit anywhere in northern India – not just the mountains, Delhi too – during the winter, prepare for seriously cold weather. Bring jeans and heavy shirts and pick up an Indian wool wrap.

When visiting temples and other religious sites on your own or part of a tour, be on the lookout for signs advising visitors to dress in a specific way to enter the temple. The government of India advises that some religious institutions require visitors to cover their heads or remove their shoes, and covering your legs and arms in respect goes without saying. Certain sites may carry more specific requirements, such as donning a certain colored sash or sarong-like covering. Take your cue from other visitors exiting the site.

Will there be wifi?

Most accommodation offer Wifi (free or paid) in their business centers, rooms, or restaurants. Internet cafes are found in most business areas and shopping malls. In addition, some Indian restaurants offer WiFi access (free or paid).

Electricity and plugs

For the most part, electrical sockets (outlets) in India are the “Type D” 5 amp BS-546 sockets. This is actually an old British standard. The “Type D” Indian plug and socket is not to be confused with the “Type M” South African plug and socket. In pictures, they look very similar, but the South African type is much larger than the Indian type, and they are physically incompatible. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.

Electrical sockets (outlets) in India usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you’re plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliances are not compatible with 220-240 volt electrical output, a voltage converter will be necessary.

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