11 days | Starts/Ends: Delhi

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  • Tour Itinerary
    Day 1

    Delhi

    Welcome to India! Upon arrival in Delhi you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure exploring India's capital city.

    Day 02-03

    Hola Mohalla Sikh Festival Delhi - Anandpur Sahib. After breakfast we take the Shatabdi Express train north to Chandigarh, travelling through the state of Haryana which is blessed with lush green scenery and beautiful lakes and rivers. Upon arrival in Chandigarh we drive to Anandpur Sahib, the local town that hosts the famous Hola Mohalla festival Hola Mohalla is an annual 3 day festival which occurs during the first lunar month of Chet, which usually falls in March and generally follows a day after the Hindu Festival of Holi. We spend the remains of day 2 and all of day 3 at the Holla Mohalla Festival, where we’ll watch the colourful festivities which include dramatic mock martial arts battles (or Gatka as they are more commonly known), daring displays of weaponry, archery and wrestling. There's music, poetry and prayers, singing and chanting. While food is served to pilgrims from all castes and creeds by women from the neighbouring villages, who set up langars (community kitchens). There are also exciting horse riding displays from the Nahib Sikh Army where the riders gallop bareback, performing tricks like riding astride two horses. One of the main attractions at the festival are the Nehangs - a prestigious armed sikh order who wear a striking blend of blue and orange, with twisted moustaches and staggeringly giant embellished turbans. The festival is a Mecca for keen photographers with all the amazing sights and vibrant colours on show. Overnight: Anandpur Sahib | Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2

    Day 04

    Chandigarh sightseeing Anandpur Sahib - Chandigarh - Delhi. Today we travel back to Chandigarh and explore its wonderful Rock Garden which has unique sculptures made entirely from industrial and urban waste. We'll be able to see sculptures made out of mudguards and marbles, broken bangles and brake pads or even handle bars and hubcaps! After Rock Garden we head over to Sukhna Lake. This picturesque man made lake is three kilometres in length and it's popular with watersports fans and is a great place to relax and unwind. Early this evening we take the Kalka Shatabdi Express train bound for Delhi. Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast

    Day 05

    Old & New Delhi This morning, a Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and the Rajpath and India Gate in New Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specialising in classic Indian cuisine. Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 06

    Taj Mahal Delhi - Agra. Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later we travel on to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and has no peers. Overnight: Agra | Breakfast

    Day 07

    Fatehpur Sikri Agra - Jaipur. En route to Jaipur we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore. Later we drive to Jaipur, the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure. Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast

    Day 08

    The Pink City of Jaipur Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur Bolt-on. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Reaching the fort is an experience in itself, as we ride up the road in princely style aboard Indian elephants - subject to regulations and availability. Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory. Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast

    Day 09

    Village life, rural India Jaipur - Alsisar. Today we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region, which lies in a triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. The small towns in this region were once important trading posts, and today their legacy is carried on through the beautiful painted havelis that were constructed by wealthy merchants here in the 18th and 19th centuries. Later we enjoy a walk through a local village and time to relax. Overnight: Alsisar | Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 10

    Alsisar to Delhi Alsisar - Delhi. This morning we make a quick visit to the children and teachers at a local school in Alsisar where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme, before returning to Delhi. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to further explore the city. Opt for a meal in the heart of the city or simply relax and chat with group members at the hotel. Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast

    Day 11

    Delhi Saturday 02 Apr 2016. Touring arrangements come to an end after breakfast. Hotel check-out and included onward departure transfer to airport. Breakfast

  • Get in touch

    Rajasthan Travel Services
    Contact Person: Mr. Suresh Sirwani
    52-55, Ground Floor, Ganpati Plaza,
    M.I. Road, Jaipur - 302001
    Cell No : 91 - 09829050852
    E-mail: suresh@rts.co.in