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12-Day India Tour to Experience the Holi Festival

A Trip to Experience the Holi Festival in India

Experience the cultural richness and spiritual traditions as you explore iconic cities like Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Marvel at the majestic beauty of the Taj Mahal, witness the traditional rituals at historic temples, and indulge in authentic Indian cuisine. The highlight of the tour is the immersive celebration of Holi, where you will partake in the lively festivities, drenching in vibrant colors and enjoying the festive spirit. This unforgettable journey offers a unique opportunity to experience the magic of India's Holi Festival while discovering the treasures of this incredible country.

We can customize this trip by adding anything you're interested in and scheduling days to fit your pace. We would happily organize a unique theme or activities for birthdays, young children, anniversaries, etc.

  • Days:12±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$3599p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Experience the unique culture of Holi and India.

holi festival

Have a picture in front of the Taj Mahal in Indian traditional dress.

Taj Mahal

Explore the magnificent Agra Fort, a historical gem built by Emperor Akbar

Agra Fort

Fall into a magical dream when looking at the thousands of mirrors at Amber Fort.

the Sheesh Mahal

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Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

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Your preferences will shape the authentic journey. We are fully prepared to craft an tailor-made tour that fulfills your desires.

Day 1
New Delhi Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in New Delhi. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
New Delhi to Vrindawan by private car | Humayun's Tomb

Embark on an exciting 30-minute cycle rickshaw ride through Chandani Chowk, the bustling nerve center of commercial activity in Delhi. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you explore the narrow lanes filled with traditional craftsmanship that has made Delhi famous. Let the rhythmic pedaling of the rickshaw transport you through this lively hub of local culture.

Humayun's TombHumayun's Tomb

Next, discover the cultural treasure of Humayun's Tomb, a remarkable architectural marvel. This tomb, constructed in 1570, holds immense significance as the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Its design and beauty served as an inspiration for numerous architectural wonders, including the iconic Taj Mahal. Marvel at its grandeur and absorb the historical and cultural significance of this remarkable structure.

Day 3
Vrindawan Discovery | Experience Lathmar Holi

Begin your day with a unique cultural experience in Nandgaon Village. Witness the lively Lathmar Holi, a distinctive celebration where men from Barsana Village visit Nandgaon. Here, the spirited women of Nandgaon joyously engage in the tradition of beating the men with sticks as part of the vibrant Holi festivities. This age-old ritual has been a cherished part of the Holi celebration for more than a century.

women beat men with sticksWomen beat men with sticks

Spectacular Views from Local Rooftops: Position yourself on the roof of a local house, thoughtfully selected by your guide, offering an elevated vantage point to witness the lively festivities unfolding on the streets below. Capture the essence of this colorful and dynamic celebration as the playful chaos unfolds.

Afternoon Temple Visits and Rural Exploration: As the morning festivities wind down, delve deeper into the cultural tapestry of the region. Explore the local temples, each with its own unique charm and significance. Alternatively, venture into the heart of the villages to experience the authentic rhythms of rural life, gaining insights into the traditions and daily practices that shape the community.

Day 4
Vrindawan to Agra | The Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal - Monument of Love: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Taj Mahal, an architectural masterpiece and symbol of eternal love. This flawless structure took 22 years and 20,000 skilled artisans to construct. The gleaming white marble was painstakingly quarried from a quarry located 200 miles away and transported by a fleet of 1,000 majestic elephants. Built in the mid-17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, this iconic monument is a testament to their enduring love story. Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

Taj MahalTaj Mahal

Don Traditional Indian Attire: Enhance your Taj Mahal experience by dressing in traditional Indian attire. Whether it's a graceful sari or stylish kurta pajama, embracing the Mughal-era fashion will connect you with the rich heritage of the surroundings. As you spin around in front of the Taj Mahal, feel the joy as the hems of your skirt dance in the air, creating a mesmerizing photo opportunity. Your knowledgeable guide will arrange the rental of traditional clothing, ensuring you fully immerse yourself in this captivating cultural experience.

Day 5
Agra Discovery | Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

Agra Fort: Explore the magnificent Agra Fort, a historical gem built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the Yamuna River. Over time, it was adorned with palaces and gardens by Jahangir, making it a grand landmark that dominates the center of the city. Marvel at architectural masterpieces like the Diwan-i-Arm (hall of public audience) and the Diwan-i-Khas (hall of private audience), which were added by Shahjahan for receiving important guests.

Agra FortAgra Fort

Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah: Discover the "jewel box" of Agra, the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah. This Mughal mausoleum is located in the city of Agra and is believed to have inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal. Constructed between 1622 and 1628, this tomb represents a transition in Mughal architecture. It combines red sandstone with intricate marble decorations, creating an exquisite structure filled with Persian motifs such as wine vases, trees, and flowers. Explore the monument's numerous outbuildings and gardens as you appreciate its charm and historical significance.

Day 6
Agra to Jaipur by private car | City Transfer

Your private driver will transfer you from Agra to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, your private guide and driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 7
Jaipur Discovery | Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal

Amber Fort: Begin your journey with a visit to the magnificent Amber Fort, an ancient capital with a rich history. Constructed in the 17th century by Maharaja Mansingh, who was Mughal Emperor Akbar's esteemed general, this fort is a testament to architectural grandeur and strength. Explore its intricate corridors, stunning courtyards, and majestic halls as you uncover the stories of its past.

Amber FortAmber Fort

Hawa Mahal: Next, marvel at the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds. Built by King Sawai Pratap Singh, this five-story structure is a captivating architectural masterpiece. Admire its 953 pink sandstone windows, called jharokhas, which intricately frame the bustling cityscape below. Your guide will show you the best angles to capture the beauty of this unique palace, providing you with photo opportunities that will surely leave a lasting impression.

Experience Holi with a Local Family (including traditional kurta pyjama, herbal colors, and local drinks): Immerse yourself in the vibrant festivities of Holi by visiting a local family and participating in this joyful celebration. Don traditional kurta pyjama attire and enjoy the experience of throwing herbal colors with the family and other locals. This authentic Holi experience will allow you to embrace the lively spirit of this festival of colors. You can even try your hand at preparing some local sweets that are customary during Holi celebrations.

Day 8
Jaipur to Mumbai by flight | City transfer

Your tour guide will transfer you to Jaipur Airport for the charming Mumbai flight. Upon arrival in Mumbai, your private guide and driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 9
Mumbai Discovery | Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves: Discover the mesmerizing Elephanta Caves on Elephanta Island, just 10 kilometers from Mumbai. Carved between the 5th and 8th centuries CE, these rock-cut temples showcase intricate sculptures, particularly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The main cave, Cave 1, features grand halls, massive pillars, and the famous Trimurti statue. Take a scenic ferry ride from Mumbai's Gateway of India to reach this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the captivating artistry and mythology of the Elephanta Caves.

Day 10
Mumbai to Goa by flight | City Transfer

Your tour guide will transfer you to Mumbai Airport for the charming Goa flight. Upon arrival in Goa, your private guide and driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 11
Goa Discovery | Free day on the beach

Free Day on the Beach : Enjoy a free day on the beach. You can arrange some water sports activities according to your interests. Enjoy a massage or have fun in some clubs or bars.

Day 12
Goa Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Goa Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

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Exceptional experiences can be added to brighten a honeymoon trip, a family vacation, a birthday, or satisfy personal interests.

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Private tour for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies based on program, travel date, number of people, chosen hotel. We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hand-picked star-rating accommodations
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

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