India 15-Day Adventure

India Holi-Fest

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Experience India in Comfort!
Itinerary includes: Delhi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, Chandigarh, Shimla

Cost: $2,899

Dates: March 9 - 23, 2019

Activity Level: Moderate

Group Size: 8-12

 

Overview

Join Unbounded Adventures for the trip of a lifetime!

Whether you're looking for an out-of-the-box cultural experience or personal voyage to this special country culture, you are sure to find new adventures in this amazing place!

We will arrive on Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Delhi via international flight. Upon arrival in Delhi, after crossing immigration and baggage, you will be met by a Tour representative at the arrival hall, who will transfer you to your hotel...and then the journey begins!

Some of the attractions we will see are listed below, but we'll start by telling you a little about the main attraction—HOLI FESTIVAL!

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Holi Festival

Thursday, 21st March 2019

The Holi Festival is an ancient and popular Hindu religious festival celebrated throughout India that commemorates the victory of good over evil, brought about by the burning and destruction of the demoness named Holika. 

Holi got its name as the "Festival of Colors" from Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors.

The festival also marks the end of winter and the abundance of the upcoming spring harvest season.

The colorful festival of Holi is the second most widely celebrated festival of India after Diwali.

So bring out your best colors and have some fun!

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DELHI —
March 14-15

Delhi reflects the legacy and heritage of Mughal Delhi which is popularly known as Old Delhi. Pulsing with energy and color, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes where you get a glimpse of all the contrasting flavors from wedding bazaars to spice markets to graceful architecture.

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UDAIPUR —
March 16-17

Often referred to as the 'Venice of the East', the city of lakes, Udaipur, is located around azure water lakes and is hemmed in by lush green hills of Aravallis. The famous Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful sights of Udaipur.

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JODHPUR — March 18-19

Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan has a fascinating past. Jodhpur is famous for its blue buildings, which were originally painted to signify that they were occupied by Brahmins, the highest caste in India.

 

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JAIPUR —
March 20-22

Jaipur is known as one of India's architectural wonders, and houses some of the country's most ornate royal palaces. Largely built in the 1700s, the elaborate structures still captivate visitors today.

Jaipur is surrounded by a city wall and several defensive forts. If you take one look at the glorious stucco buildings that line Jaipur's wide streets, you'll understand why it is nicknamed "The Pink City."

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AGRA —
March 23-24

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal (who died in childbirth in 1631). It is in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The Taj Mahal isn’t the only attraction here. The legacy of the Mughal empire left a magnificent fort and a liberal sprinkling of fascinating tombs and mausoleums; and there’s also fun to be had in the bustling chowks (marketplaces).

DELHI — One-Night— Transfer night

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SHIMLA —
March 25-27

Shimla was a retreat destination for Mahatma Gandhi, who frequented a Georgian mansion in Shimla’s suburbs from the mid-1930s to '40s. Snow-capped Himalayan peaks and green pastures surround Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh.

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+ Highlights

DELHI — Two-Nights

  • Old Delhi
  • New Delhi
  • Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street”
  • Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan

UDAIPUR — Two-Nights

  • City Palace
  • Lake Pichola
  • Jagmandir Island

JODHPUR — Two-Nights

  • Ranakpur Temple
  • Jain temple complex
  • Surya temple
  • Mehrangarh Fort

JAIPUR — Three-Nights

  • Royal city of Rajasthan
  • Holi Festival
  • Anokhi Museum
  • City Palace
  • Albert Hall

AGRA — One-Night

  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Bharatpur at the Laxmi Niwas Palace
  • Agra Fort
  • Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions
  • Taj Mahal

DELHI — One-Night Transfer Day

SHIMLA — Three-Nights

  • Anglican church
  • Gaiety Theatre
  • Vice Regal Lodge
  • Jakhu Temple
  • Kufri Yak

What Is Included

Prices Include:

  • Accommodation for (14) nights on twin share basis in the mentioned hotels and similar

  • Buffet breakfast in the mentioned hotels and similar

  • Transport in an air conditioned vehicle.

  • Accompanying English speaking Tour Guide from start to finish.

  • Boat ride on lake Pichola

  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi, Elephant ride in Jaipur.

  • Holi Playing in Jaipur.

  • Entrance fees as per itinerary.

  • Porterage at train stations.

  • 02 Bottles of Mineral water per day per person.

Prices DO NOT Include:

  • International air fare, visa fees.

  • Any tips to hotel staff, bell boys, restaurants, representatives.

Accommodations

2 nights - Radisson Udyog Vihar B, Delhi

2 nights - Fateh Niwas in Udaipur

2 nights - Indana Palace in Jodhpur

3 nights - Narian Niwas Palace in Jaipur

1 night - Crystal Sarovar Premiere in Agra

1 night - Holiday Inn Mayur Vih in Delhi

3 nights - Clarke in Shimla

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India Itinerary

Printable 9-day itinerary here. It is possible for the itinerary to change or adjust due to weather or another reason we don't even know about yet. Every group is different so we're always happy to adjust based on the specific interests of the group.

+ Day 1: Delhi Thursday, March 14, 2019

We will arrive on Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Delhi via international flight. After crossing immigration and baggage, you will be met by a Tour representative at the arrival hall, who will transfer you to your hotel.

Delhi reflects the legacy and heritage of Mughal Delhi which is popularly known as Old Delhi. Pulsing with energy and color, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes where you get a glimpse of all the contrasting flavors from wedding bazaars to spice markets to graceful architecture.

In contrast to Old Delhi is the imperial city of New Delhi, which was created by the British and has numerous fine colonial structures, magnificent buildings and wide boulevards laid according to the master plans of the great colonial architect Lutyen’s.

+ Day 2: Delhi Friday, March 15, 2019

Today you will be taken for a full day tour of New Delhi.

We will start the tour by exploring the fascinating living legacy of the Indo-Islamic culture and lifestyle in Old Delhi. Wander in the busy and narrow streets of the mile long Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street”, surrounded by shops and bazaars. Visit the largest mosque of Old Delhi which can accommodate 20000 people at one time - Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. You will also have an opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride here.

In the afternoon, we will drive past the magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate in New Delhi.

We will culminate our tour at Humayun’s Tomb, built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

+ Day 3: Delhi - Udaipur Saturday, March 16, 2019

After a relaxing morning you will be met and transferred from your hotel to Delhi airport for your flight for Udaipur, upon arrival in Udaipur you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day is free for independent activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

+ Day 4: Udaipur - Jodhpur Sunday, March 17, 2019

We will spend the morning visiting the City Palace—actually a series of interconnected palaces that reveal private apartments, airy gardens on the upper floors, paintings and portraits, and a miniature-painting gallery.

In another of the nearby palaces, we will view a splendid private collection of crystal, before seeing the Maharana’s collection of vintage cars.

Later we will take a walk through the old part of the city, where we will experience the culture first-hand—and where fruit and vegetable markets abound. You will have a chance to sip on a cup of tea at a local vendor, after which will be an introduction to the arts of Udaipur—including miniatures.

There will be some free time for you to enjoy the luxurious environs of your hotel until later in the afternoon, when we will enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Pichola, visiting Jagmandir Island and taking in the heady lakeside vistas (water levels in the lake permitting).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

+ Day 5: Udaipur Monday, March 18, 2019

After Breakfast, we will drive to Jodhpur via Ranakpur Temple. Later we will visit the largest Jain temple complex dating to the 15th century, where intricate carvings detail mythological figures, patterns and motifs on the walls, pillars and domes. The unique thing about this temple complex is its 1444 ornately carved marble pillars and none of them are similar. The beautiful lace-like interiors of the domes are a superb example of western Indian temple style. Surya temple and other Jain temples are side attractions.

Rest of the day is free for independent activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast

+ Day 6: Jodhpur Tuesday, March 19, 2019

This morning we will visit the stunning Mehrangarh Fort.

Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathores, a Rajput clan, founded Jodhpur in 1459. Until recent times, Jodhpur was known as the ancient kingdom of Marwar, the largest kingdom in Rajputana. Standing at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is dominated by the huge Mehrangarh Fort that sits atop a sheer rocky ridge right in the center of the town.

After visiting the Fort we will walk out from the back gates of the Fort and take a walk through the back streets of the Old walled city. There will be time to shop in Jodhpur before returning to our hotel for a late lunch (or have lunch in town).

Your evening will be at your leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

+ Day 7: Jodhpur - Jaipur Wednesday, March 20, 2019

After breakfast we will drive to the first royal city of Rajasthan – Jaipur (6 hours) — Assisted check-in upon arrival.

This evening you might like to take a walk through Jaipur’s traditional markets, set amidst the memorable backdrop of Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob’s vernacular architecture. Walk through the colorful fruit and vegetable markets and bustling alleyways of original haveli’s (traditional townhouse), still inhabited by merchant families in the old part of the city.

Meals Included: Breakfast

+ Day 8: Jaipur Thursday, March 21, 2019

After breakfast, we will drive the short distance north to Amber, the ancient capital that preceded Jaipur. Originally built in the 11th century AD and expanded in size and scope by succeeding dynasties and their rulers, Amber is a fortress town of visual awesomeness.

We will ride to its imposing hilltop location by jeeps and explore the maze of passage’s, corridors, pavilions, ornamental gardens and ramparts. On the way back we will stop at Anokhi Museum, where we can see a collection of old costumes with hand block prints that are typical to Rajasthan.

From here, you will proceed to the City Palace, home of the royal family and known for it’s clutch of excellent private museums that display royal memorabilia, particularly armaments, art, books, costumes and textiles.

We recommend a visit to Albert Hall, that houses the central museums superb collection of fine art and traditional crafts from across Rajasthan.

Meals Included: Breakfast

+ Day 9: Jaipur Friday, March 22, 2019

This day is free for independent activities. Car and guide is booked at your disposal.

Later in the afternoon you will be taken to Dera Amer, a camp located in the foothills of Aravalli Range and surrounded by the wilderness of a reserved forest with no urban civilization in the vicinity, just a few hamlets housing the local villagers occupied by farming on the their fields bordering a pretty lake.

Here, you will take a private elephant safari—yes, we said elephant safari—through the hills, followed by dinner within the grounds of the camp—a truly magical and unique experience!

+ Day 10: Jaipur - Agra Saturday, March 23, 2019

After breakfast, we will drive to Agra (5.5 hours drive) – en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri, an enigmatic deserted Mughal city. The great Mughal Emperor, Akbar, one of India’s greatest rulers, built this spacious, red sandstone city in the 16th century. The architecture of Fatehpur Sikri is a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles, expressing Akbar's vision of synthesizing the two cultures. Akbar occupied Fatehpur Sikri for 14 years before the city was mysteriously abandoned. This hauntingly beautiful city has been painstakingly restored and is now a World Heritage Site.

We recommend you have lunch at nearby Bharatpur at the Laxmi Niwas Palace.

Later in afternoon visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture at the seat of Mughal rule and administration. Present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls, gates and first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added impressive imperial quarters to the mosque while Aurangazeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

+ Day 11: Agra - Delhi Sunday, March 24, 2019

Today we will take in the early morning sunrise as we visit Taj Mahal: Undoubtedly India’s most famous monument. Taj Mahal on banks of Yamuna River is a crowning glory of Mughal architecture in India. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in the mid 17th century. The construction began in 1631 and building took 20 years and over 20,000 workers to complete, along with a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport white marble quarried from 200 miles away. The Taj is covered with beautiful domes and has walls decorated with fine carvings. One of the most fascinating details about Taj Mahal is its perfect symmetry. Its marble inlay work is astounding.

After visiting Taj Mahal, we will return back to the hotel for breakfast. Later you will be driven to Delhi (4.5 hours)

The remainder of the day is free for independent activities.

+ Day 12: Jaipur Monday, March 25, 2019

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

We will transfer you to the railway station for your departure by train to Chandigarh (Kalka Shatabdi 12011 departing Delhi at 7:40 AM / arrival Chandigarh at 11:05 AM). On arrival to Chandigarh you will be met and driven to Shimla.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

+ Day 13: Shimla Tuesday, March 26, 2019

CELEBRATE –HOLI Festival! Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring and is celebrated over the course of several days. We will arrange Holi celebration with the locals

Holi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals!

+ Day 14: Shimla Wednesday, March 27, 2019

After breakfast we will go sightseeing at Jakhu Temple & Vice Regal Lodge.

Relax at the hotel in the afternoon. Transfer to The Mall at Shimla in the evening with free time.

Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

+ Day 15: Shimla - Chandigarh - Delhi Thursday, March 28, 2019

Breakfast at hotel & check-out followed by transfer to Shimla Railway station. Train No. 256 departs to Kalka (dep.10h30 / arr.16h05). (Toy Train)

Packed lunch onboard.

At Kalka board the onward Train No. -2012 for New Delhi (dep.17h30 / arr.21h45).

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