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ITINERARY

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi: 7 days

Holi is known as the festival of colours - and colourful it is! Gulal (a special kind of coloured powder) can be seen everywhere in the markets and on roadside stalls in the days leading up to Holi. Then come celebration day, watch as people throw the coloured powder on each other. If you would like to join in, we'll provide you with some white kurta clothing and your own coloured powders. 

Celebrate Holi in Jaipur - it's a fun time in India and a great way to enjoy the Golden Triangle. 

We have included the Holi celebration as part of our 7 Day Golden Triangle Tour - visit the 3 cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra that make an almost perfect triangle. The golden part refers the wealth of culture, history and magnificence on offer. 

If seven days is not quite long enough, you can do this same tour and include an extra two days with the Tigers in Ranthambhore, or try one of our other wonderful India tours - also available for Holi departure dates. 

* Price includes 6 nights' accommodation, air-conditioned vehicle, all entrance fees, guides, 12 meals and more. Price does not include international return flights to India. 

We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from Australia to Delhi are approximately $900 - $1100 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! 

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Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Your journey begins in Delhi, one of the world’s great cities - with a colourful mix of history, culture and modernisation, Delhi is a fantastic place to discover. 

On arrival in Delhi you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Overnight in Delhi: Justa the Residence or similar - Deluxe room (Standard); Hotel Park Inn or similar - Deluxe room (Deluxe); Hotel The Met, Maidens/Sheraton or similar - Deluxe room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Discover Delhi - the heart of India

A special opportunity to soak in the sounds and aromas of Delhi and discover why it is known as the heart of India.

In the morning enjoy a guided tour of Delhi. Explore Old Delhi's heritage walking through the narrow lanes and experience a rickshaw ride.

You will visit key places such as: Jama Masjid - one of the largest mosques in India and iconic of DelhiRaj Ghat - Mahatma Gandhi's monument, Sikh Gurdwara  an important Sikh temple and quiet refuge in the busy city and the iconic Lotus Temple. You will also drive to India Gate, the President's House and Lutyen's buildings and have the opportunity to shop at some local markets. 

Overnight in Delhi: Justa the Residence or similar - Deluxe room (Standard); Hotel Park Inn or similar - Deluxe room (Deluxe); Hotel The Met, Maidens/Sheraton or similar - Deluxe room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: The magnificent Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

After breakfast, you will be driven to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal (around 4 hours driving). Visit the majestic Agra Fort and take yourself back in time to an era of great palaces and grand forts. The fort itself is magnificent, and you also get great views of the Taj Mahal in the distance. 

Visiting the Taj Mahal at sunset is something not to be missed. Watch as the marble changes colour as the sun sets and wander the grounds of the Taj Mahal with your guide. Your will then be taken back to your hotel.

Overnight in Agra: Hotel Seven Hills Tower or similar - Deluxe room (Standard); Courtyard by Marriott/Radisson Blue  or similar - Deluxe/Superior room (Deluxe and Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4: Travel to Jaipur via the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri

After breakfast you will be collected for the drive to Jaipur (around 5 hours). Visit a local school (subject to the school being open) and village then visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Walk through the city with your guide hearing the intriguing story behind the abandoning of the city and learn about its great architecture.

Continue on to Jaipur, stopping at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Located in the Keoladeo National Park, a world heritage site and protected sanctuary, it is home to thousands of birds. Enjoy this wonder of India as you ride through the park on a rickshaw.

You will be then driven to your hotel in Jaipur and in the evening you will be taken to a lovely but simple cafe located in Naharagarh Palace. Perched on top of a hill, it offers a superb bird’s eye view of the city. 

Overnight in JaipurHotel Park Regis or similar - Deluxe room (Standard); Mariott/The Lalit/Shahpura House or similar  - Suite/Deluxe room (Deluxe and Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Celebrate and enjoy the colourful Holi Festival

Enjoy the morning celebration of Holi in Jaipur. It's a colour frenzy as different coloured powders are thrown at each other. It is also called the Spring Festival and marks the celebration of the new beginning spring offers. Continue the celebrations with a special lunch. 

You can either watch the throwing of the coloured powder from afar or if you would like to join in we will provide you with some white clothing and powders. 

Overnight in JaipurHotel Park Regis or similar - Deluxe room (Standard); Mariott/The Lalit/Shahpura House or similar  - Suite/Deluxe room (Deluxe and Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Explore the Amber Fort and Jaipur City Palace

After breakfast visit the ancient palace of Amber Fort*, which is exquisite in many ways – size, scale, craftsmanship, history and sits on a hilltop overlooking the lake with stunning views. One of the most spectacular buildings contained in the fort is the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), with its walls completely covered with tiny mirrors. It has been designed so that even if a single ray of light is to enter the hall, this light is reflected in all the mirrors and the entire hall lights up. 

Later visit the key sights and wonders of the Pink City in the heart of Jaipur. Visit the Observatory, the Maharaja's City Palace and Palace of the Winds (viewed from the outside only). Built of red and pink sandstone it is said to resemble the honeycomb structure of a bee’s nest. It was called the Palace of Winds as in the original design it had a clever cooling system that once spread gentle breezes throughout the Palace – very welcome in the hot Rajasthani summers. It is said to have been built as an observatory where the women of the Maharaja's City Palace could observe the outside world whilst remaining inside the palace.

In the afternoon you will then be driven back to Delhi (around 5 hours).

*You have the option to take an elephant ride to Amber Fort. The cost of this is AUD15 per person (2 people on an elephant) or AUD30 (one person atop an elephant). There are strict regulations in place to limit the total number of journeys each elephant can do in a day, and they are only allowed to carry 2 passengers at a time to prevent any over working of elephants. 

Overnight in Delhi: Justa the Residence or similar - Deluxe room (Standard); Pride Hotel or similar - Deluxe room (Deluxe); Crowne Plaza/Hilton or similar  - Deluxe room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Time to go home or onto your next adventure

Today the tour ends. You will be taken to the airport in time for your flight home or onto your next adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast 

 

* All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.

INCLUSIONS
Inclusions:
  • 6 nights' accommodation 
  • 12 meals included: Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 2 dinners.
  • All transportation throughout the tour in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • All airport transfers – a representative will be there to meet you on arrival and get you to the airport on time for your departure.
  • Assistance at airports and all major cities. 
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and parks as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle during journeys and transfers. 
Highlights:
  • Celebrate Holi in Jaipur and enjoy India's famous Festival of Colours.
  • Discover the colourful mix of history, culture and modernisation in Delhi including a walking tour of Old Delhi and a rickshaw ride. 
  • Discover sights and architectural marvels of Delhi including the Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, Sikh Gurdwara and Rajghat - Mahatma Gandhi's monument. 
  • Enjoy a visit to Rajasthan's "Pink City" of Jaipur and discover why it is known as the pink city (we'll give you a clue - it's to do with the buildings).
  • Discover the magnificence of the Amber Fort. 
  • Experience the amazing Taj Mahal, discover why it is often considered one of the wonders of the world and watch as the marble changes colour during sunrise and sunset. 
  • Enjoy the majestic Agra Fort, also known as the Red Fort.
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Travelbay India Tours - Celebrate Holi on 7 Day Golden Triangle Tour Map

How to get there:

This tour starts and ends in Delhi. 

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and is happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange flights yourself you can find more information and suggestions here.

If you are wanting to know more about how far it is between destinations and how long your flight will take, you can visit www.travelmath.com and use their trip calculator.

    Timezones:
    To help you calculate the time difference we recommend World Time Buddy.

    Visa information:
    Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to India. You need to apply for and receive your visa before you depart

    You can apply for your visa via VFS Global who works in conjunction with the Indian embassy. You will need to send your passport and application form by mail to VFS. See here for more information. 

    Or you can apply for an e-visa online here. Please note, if you apply for an e-visa you may have to wait in queue once you arrive in India (additional to immigration). Sometimes this line can be an hour or more.

    Currency information:
    The currency used in India is the Indian Rupee.

    What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines available and you should let your bank know that you will be using your card over there to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

    Vaccination information:
    Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels.  Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information. 

    Climate:
    India is a large country with a huge range of varying climates - it is tropical in the South and alpine in the North in the Himalayas. The following information is specific to the region of this tour (Delhi - Jaipur - Jabalpur - Varanasi).

    The region can be very hot in the summer time (April to July) with temperatures ranging from 22°C to 45°C. In the winter months the temperatures range from 22°C to 5°C.

    Monsoon season: July to September.

    Dry season: April to June.

    Peak season: The end of December and into February is peak season for travel in India.

    October to April is a popular time for visitors’ due to the milder and cool climate. There are some tours to the North of India that we do not run in the summer time due to the sizzling weather in the dry areas such as Rajasthan.

    Diwali and Holi are festivals in India and during this time places are more likely to be crowded and accommodation fills up quickly. Diwali falls in October and is the festival of lights. Holi is also known as the Festival of Colours and is celebrated in March. Whilst crowded, it can be a great time to enjoy the festivities with the locals. 

    Travelbay tip: Ask the local guides about the best places to dine.

    Tipping tips:

    Tipping is entirely at your discretion. 

    In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

    It is usual to tip the waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bills for hotels, transport companies or any other suppliers. At hotels and restaurants, about 10% of the bill is usually acceptable. Tipping is not necessary for taxis or for cheaper restaurants. It is a good idea to check if service charges are included in your restaurant bill. If not, a tip of 10% of the total bill is normal. 

    Although we give below a few general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received. 

    Please note the below amounts are per person for individual travellers. 

    Guides, Escorts and Transport:

    • Guide (Full Day) Rs 500 – Rs 800 per day 
    • Guide (Half Day) Rs 400 – Rs 600 per day 
    • Tour Escort Rs 500 – Rs 1000 per day 
    • Driver for the tour Rs 300 – Rs 500 per day 
    • Driver for local duties Rs - 500 per day 

    Hotels/ Restaurants:

    • Bell Boy Rs 30 – Rs 50 per member of staff 
    • Room Service & Restaurants About 10% of the bill total (Unless service charge is mentioned as included) 

    Population: 1.3 billion

    Language: There is no national language in India. Hindi and English are both official languages. India has over 1,000 spoken languages. The languages with the most number of speakers are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and Tamil. 

    Predominant religion: Hinduism followed by Islam, Christianity, Sikh, Buddhism and Jainism

    Some interesting facts:

    India, Pakistan and Bangladesh used to be one country. After British rule ended in 1947 these countries eventually became independent. 

    Delhi is the capital of India but Mumbai is the most populated with a population of over 20 million. 

    India prides itself on being the world's largest democracy. In the 2009 election there were over 417 million voters. 

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    Travelbay Tip:

    Do the same tour with the addition of 2 days with the tigers of Ranthabhore or add on some time in Kerala. 

    Travelbay India - 9 Day Golden Triangle plus Tigers of Ranthambhore Travelbay  India - 12 Days from Golden North to Irresistible South   

    More Travelbay India Tours:

    Travelbay  India - Treasures & Tigers - 15 Day Private Tour Travelbay  India - Paradise Found - 12 Day Kerala Private Tour 

    Travelbay  India - 7 Day Irresistible Kerala Tour Travelbay  India - 15 Day Colourful Rajasthan Tour 

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        Inclusions:

        • 6 nights' accommodation.
          • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
          • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 2 dinners included (total of 12 meals). 
          • All transportation throughout the tour in an air-conditioned vehicle. The vehicle used will depend on the size of the tour and will range from an air-conditioned car for groups of 2, a Toyota Innova for groups of 3, a minivan for groups of 4-10 people and for groups over 10 a coach will be used. The vehicle will be used accordingly to the number of people booked on each date. 
          • All airport transfers – a representative will be there to meet you on arrival and get you to the airport on time for your departure.
          • Assistance at airports and all major cities.
          • English speaking guide for sightseeing as per the tour program (in each location you will have a different guide).
          • Entrance fees to the monuments and parks as mentioned in the itinerary.
          • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle during journeys and transfers. 

            Exclusions:

            • International airfares to and from India (we can provide you with a quote for these).
            • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
            • Drinks for all meals.
            • Elephant ride at Amber Fort - The cost of this is AUD15 per person (based on 2 people sharing) or AUD30 per person (single person on elephant). 
            • Camera fee wherever levied. 
            • Any visa fee.
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            • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future will be payable by the guest.
            • Any sudden increase in the entrance fee. The price is based on the presently applicable fee. 
            • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
            • Tips and gratuities.
            • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
            • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

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