I loved the high level of smooth organisation - all the fun, all the interest, with none of the headaches!    HELEN

This is sightseeing with soul!
 

NORTH INDIA & HOLI FESTIVAL

17 nights, Mon 24 Feb - Thur 12 Mar 2020

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Day 1. Mon Feb 24  ARRIVE DELHI  Namaste and a warm welcome to India!  

We meet you at the airport and settle you in to your hotel

Day 2. Tues Feb 25  DELHI  Sightseeing and shopping in India's grand capital. Delhi is a city of contrasts; a modern metropolis merging with Old Delhi's winding streets and bazaars, a colourful hive of energy and activity that will wake up your senses!

Day 3. Wed 26  AMRITSAR  We fly to the spiritual home of the Sikh religion - our hotel is a few steps away from the Golden Temple 

 

Day 4. Thur 27 AMRITSAR  The kitchen at the Golden Temple serves around 100,000 FREE hot meals per day! If you wish you can join the hundreds of volunteers and participate in SEVA (selfless service). This is a tour highlight for most guests. 
Day 5. Fri 28  AMRITSAR ​ You'll never forget the Indian/Pakistan Border Closing Ceremony, a colourful, elaborate, high kicking spectacle that draws crowds on both sides of the border 

Day 6. Sat 29  AMRITSAR to VARANASI Today we fly to one of the most colourful, chaotic and unapologetically indiscreet places on earth! A photographers dream. Our river side hotel has spectacular views


Day 7. Sun 1 March  VARANASI  Witness the spectacle of life and death on the River Ganges during our sunrise boat trip

Day 8. Mon 2  VARANASI to UDAIPUR  Today we fly to one of the most scenic cities in India. Also known as the ‘City of Lakes' or 'Venice of the East' - with beautiful palaces and temples and a lake cruise to enchant you, we are sure you'll fall in love with this city
Day 9. Tues 3 UDAIPUR  We explore more architectural wonders, and the rich cultural heritage of Udaipur. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels, famous among them is the Lake Palace, which appears to float magnificently on Lake Pichola
 

Day 10. Wed 4  UDAIPUR  Today we'll visit a local school and have plenty of time for shopping & sightseeing

Day 11.  Thur 5  UDAIPUR to DUNGARPUR   One of Rajasthan best kept secrets, Dungarpur is a delight!. This offbeat destination is ideal for history lovers, we actually stay overnight in a royal residence

Day 12. Fri 6  DUNGARPUR   We have the day to relax or explore before we catch the overnight sleeper train  to Agra

Day 13.  Sat 7  AGRA  Our train arrives mid morning, after lunch we'll visit The Red Fort, one of the finest Mughal forts in India
Day 14.  Sun 8  AGRA  Nothing can prepare you for the moment you see the Taj Mahal with your own eyes! You will be moved by the most awe-inspiring monument to love on the planet. After breakfast we drive to the village of Abhaneri to see a STEPWELL. Unique to India, stepwells are amazing, huge, sunken stairways that spiral or zigzag to a pool of water as deep as nine storeys’ down into the earth!  

Day 15. Mon 9   ABHANERI to JAIPUR  After breakfast we drive a couple of hours to 'The Pink City', capital of Rajasthan and our last stop. Famous for spectacular landscapes, fortresses and art treasures, this city will captivate you with its history, vibrant culture and tradition. Our heritage hotel is Diggi Palace, peacocks roam the peaceful grounds

Day 16. Tues 10   JAIPUR  HOLI COLOUR FESTIVAL. Holi is the most vibrant and colourful of all Indian festivals. It's filled with so much fun and frolic! Holi celebrates the arrival of Spring, new beginnings, a season of joy and hope
Day 17.  Wed 11  JAIPUR   There's so much to see - Jaipur's Palaces, forts, handicrafts, exquisite jewellery and art will catch your eye! We visit all the major attractions. You'll be invited home to dinner with my Jaipur friends! 
Day 18.  Thur 12   JAIPUR to DELHI   Around lunch time we'll fly you to Delhi to catch your evening flight home. Say farewell to India as you return to your corner of the world, heart full, feeling richer with a new perspective on life... where will we meet again? 
 
OR... should you wish to stay on in India, we can help you with further travel arrangements
NOTE: This itinerary is still 'work in progress' we will visit these seven cities - however the order may change
Our itinerary is well planned but sometimes we need to ‘go with the flow’, such is the nature of travel in India 
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