Holi Festival Celebration in Varanasi 11 Days

$4,299.00

Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho & Varanasi

We are excited to offer for the first time, a tour package to India's Varanasi city during Holi 2018.

This 'Festival of Colours' is perhaps the most well-known Hindu festival in the world. Holi signifies many things, including the end of winter, victory of good over evil, thanks-giving, and love. Celebrated with brightly-coloured powders, music, and street parties, this is a joyous occasion for Indian and Nepali Hindu communities around the world. Now you can experience the spectacle for yourself!

Over 11 days, you'll enjoy the Holi extravaganza, cruise down the sacred Ganges River, visit the Taj mahal, take in the unique architecture and erotic 'kama sutra' sculptures of the Khajuraho temples, and much more!

Highlights

  • Celebrate Holi festival with locals in Varanasi beside the Ganges River
  • Witness the sacred evening rituals along the ghats (stone steps) in Varanasi
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the holy Ganges River
  • Explore the fascinating Orchha Palace complex
  • Take in the dreamy façade of the Taj Mahal
  • Admire the architectural brilliance of the erotic stone carvings and temples in Khajuraho

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Departures

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
22 Feb From $4,299
Land only from $3,799
per person twin share
$900

Package Inclusions:

  • China Southern Airlines, Air China, Etihad Airlines, Thai Airways or Malaysia Airlines economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • 2 domestic flights (Khajuraho > Varanasi > Delhi)
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary incl. a special farwell dinner
  • Transportation and transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English-speaking locally based tour guides
  • English-speaking tour escort
  • Provision of special outfits and coloured powders for Holi festival
  • Prepaid tipping to tour guide and driver

Package Exclusions:

  • Optional activities and excursions
  • India visa (mandatory)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expense and anything else not stated

Hotel Accommodation

Location Accommodation Local Rating
Delhi ITC WelCome Dwarka or similar
Jaipur KK Royal or similar
Agra The Retreat or similar
Orchha Orchha Resort or similar
Khajuraho Clarks Khajuraho or similar
Varanasi Hotel Hindustan International or similar

Namaste! Arrive in Delhi, the capital of India, where you will be met by a tour representative on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Please note: Depending on the city of departure chosen, some flights may depart the night before on Day 0. Flights to Delhi will be via connecting cities and may involve more than one transit.

Indian lady
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of the major monuments of Delhi. See the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Join an optional bicycle rickshaw ride in the alleyways of Chandni Chowk. Later this afternoon, visit Humayun’s Tomb, an inspiration for the Taj Mahal. Final stop is Qutub Minar, Delhi’s tallest brick minaret.
Qutub Minar in Delhi
Drive to Jaipur this morning. See the City Palace followed by the Jantar Mantar Observatory, an impressive collection of enormous astronomical instruments that were once used to measure time, chart constellations, and observe the planets and stars.
Jantar Mantar Observatory
Ascend to the Amber Fort (a.k.a Amer Fort), by jeep/elephant. This dramatic building is around 450 years old and overlooks Maota Lake. Inside the main palace, the Ganesh Gate is a particularly beautiful feature, consisting of three levels from which the palace ladies would observe functions hidden by lattice windows. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Elephant ride in Amber Fort
Travel to Agra and take in the stunning Taj Mahal. Then, stop by Agra Fort, which served as a military base and royal residence during the great Mughal reign over India.
Taj Mahal in Agra
Board an express train to Jhansi. On arrival, hop on a motorised rickshaw (‘tuk tuk’) and journey past traditional villages en route to the scenic town of Orchha. Explore the Orchha Palace complex.
Orccha Complex
Proceed to Khajuraho, a town well-known for its UNESCO World Heritage medieval 10th and 11th century archaeological Hindu and Jain temples. Explore the Western group of temples and admire the skilled workmanship seen in the exquisite stone carvings and sculptural wall embellishments. The main attraction is the elegant Kandariya Mahadeva temple as well as the erotic carvings, which are a feast for the eyes.
Fly to Varanasi, the spiritual hub of India and one of the oldest cities in the world with a history dating back to 11th century BC. Head to the ghats (stone steps) along the Ganges River and witness the sacred rituals that take place every evening. This special evening is Holika Dahan, the eve of Holi, where an effigy of the devil named Holika is lit up and destroyed on a pyre to symbolise the triumph of good over evil.
Celebrate Holi with the locals today until noon and get bathed in a kaleidoscopic sea of colours. The Holi festival in Varanasi is not to be missed as the alleyways and the ghats leading to the Ganges River are covered in every colour imaginable.
Holi festival
Sail along the sacred Ganges River on a boat ride and observe activities happening along the ghats. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then proceed to the airport to board your flight to Delhi. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.
Varanasi
Transfer to the airport for your flights home via connecting cities.
Arrive home today.