Golden Triangle, Indian Festival Special – Yoga way
Holi is a spring festival that essentially celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Coinciding with the end of winter and the beginning of a new season, it is treated as a time to give thanks for a good harvest. It is also considered a time to come together and end any conflicts you might have in your relationships with others. Holi is called festival of colors, one of the majoy Indian festival.
Holi festival begins with large bonfires where people gather to watch the burning of Holika effigies. Religious rituals and prayers are carried out in the hope that evil will be destroyed in the fire as Holika was. The following day is when the real fun starts as people hit the streets to throw colored powder(gulaal) at anyone they can. Water makes the powder go further with participants using water guns, water-filled balloons and even sprinklers to create the right environment for fun. These celebrations take place across cities, towns and villages, in urban parks, pedestrian streets and local temples. Small parades of musicians provide the soundtrack with drummers and singers moving from one place to another. Best places to celebrate holi are Jaipur, Udaipur & Delhi.
Diwali is India’s ‘Festival of Light’, a time when people come together to celebrate good conquering evil, light conquering dark. This celebration of new beginnings coincides with the Hindu New Year and the start of the new business year, so there are prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesh, the god of wisdom and luck, for a successful year. It’s the biggest event in the Hindu calendar, and Sikhs and Jains celebrate similar festivals at the same time as Hindus celebrate Diwali. Best places to celebrate diwali are Jaipur, Udaipur & Delhi.
The word “Diwali” literally means “rows of lighted lamps”, which gives you a good idea of what the festival looks like. As you might expect, Diwali celebrations are all about bright lights: firework displays are put on, and people decorate their homes with colorful lights and earthenware candles called ‘diyas’. Shops and other public spaces are similarly adorned. These lamps are said to help the goddess Lakshmi – goddess of wealth – find her way to homes and businesses, and windows are often left open to allow the goddess in, bringing wealth with her. Adding to the color are rangoli artworks on the floors of living rooms and courtyards; these are bright patterns (the most popular being a lotus flower) created from colored sand, petals, flour or dry rice.
Day 1: Arrival
Namah Shivay, Smile you are in India
On arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport, meet & greet by Overnight at Delhi.
New Delhi: The capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern era. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture, rich with cultural & architectural diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, this city is a travel hub of Northern India.
Delhi is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements absorbed into the daily life of the city have enriched its character.
After breakfast and personal Yoga and Meditation session proceed for full day city tour of old & New Delhi, drive past Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghats, Lotus Temple, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, India Gate, Humayun Tomb, President House and Qutub Minar. Overnight at Delhi.
In the morning after After breakfast and personal Yoga and Meditation session drive to Jaipur (06 hrs drive), arrive & check into a hotel. Evening to shop around the illuminated old markets of this lovely city. Overnight at Jaipur.
Jaipur: Jaipur is the first planned old city of India, located in the desert lands of Rajasthan. The city that once had been the capital of the royalty now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business center for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city. The city of Jaipur, painted in pink, grasp the appreciation of every visitor. One can see that hoary charm still alive in the avenues of Jaipur. Jaipur is the reservoir of Indian customs, traditions, civilization, and legacy.
After breakfast and personal Yoga and Meditation session at hotel move out to visit Amber fort on the elephant’s back.
Amber Fort is usually pronounced as Amer Fort. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I.Elephant ride
Visit the city palace (A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jantar Mantar (consisting of outsized astronomical instruments). Overnight at Jaipur.
Full day city tour in open gypsy(Indian SUV) to enjoy the colors of India on the day of Holi, private driver and tour guide will show around some famous places, sweets will be exchanged. Full city tour and play with some herbal colors. Evening relax and have Spa session in hotel.
Plan the same package during Diwali Festival.
During day of Diwali, after breakfast enjoy your spa session. Sweets will be exchanged today. Evening central city tour. Today the pink city looks totally different, full of lights. Enjoy the full city tour in open gypsy(Indian SUV) to look around some of the monuments, famous buildings and streets well decorated with colorful light all over the city. We can arrange a short fire cracker session with Indian family on special request.
After breakfast and personal Yoga and Meditation session at a hotel leave for Agra (06 hrs drive) en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, 37 km west of Agra. Jalal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun’s son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu’inu’d-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a child heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan-E-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal’s house, Marian’s house and the Panchmahal. On arrival at Agra check into a hotel.
Overnight at Agra.
Morning free, In time transfer to airport to connect flight to Delhi.
Meeting & assistance upon arrival & transfer to International airport to board on the flight for onward destination
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- Accommodation On Sharing Basis
- Meals : B/F & Dinner In All Places
- Transport: A/C Dlx Class Sedan Car
- Elephant Ride At Amer & Boat Ride On Ganges(Subject To Availability)
- English Yoga & Meditation Session As Per Itinerary
- Local English Speaking Guide For Sightseeing
- . Pay for Ayurveda spa separately as per your selection at the hotel property, subject to availability.
- Shopping and Laundry, add-on and personal expenses.
- Airfares to and from India – Please ask to book the same if required
- Travel Insurance
- Indian visa fee
- Meals and drinks outside of what is included in the package
- Please ask for language translator Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese as a separate cost
- Entrances Of Monuments: Approx Us$65 Per Person
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Jaipur Alsisar Haveli: Alsisar lies tucked away in the heart of Jaipur, Rajasthan. It brings back to life the grandeur of the old days and is a memorable regal Rajasthani experience for the guests. More than five centuries ago, the grandson of Maharaja Udaikaran of Amer, the great warrior Maharao Shekhaji, founded a sub-clan popularly known as “Shekhawat”. The Alsisar Hotels is owned by this branch of the “Kachawa” clan of Rajputs. The descendants of the family have since restructured and refurbished many of the old family mansions and palaces to manage a portfolio of some of the best heritage and luxury hotels. Built in 1892, a nobleman’s townhouse, restored to perfection, Alsisar Haveli lies tucked away in the heart of Pink City of Jaipur.
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