India for Holi

Holi Moli!

No other country on the planet can simultaneously thrill, aggravate and inspire you as India can. In India, you should expect the unexpected. The people, food and culture are dynamic and you can feel the country’s pulse running through your veins. Love it or hate it, India will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on you. For even the most seasoned travelers, India will leave you dumbfounded, confused and utterly lost at some point.

Rajasthan, just one of the amazing stops on our tour, is filled with mighty forts and jeweled temples; all a testament to this monumental empire where Rajput warriors once flourished. The area is reminiscent of an Arabian Nights fairytale complete with snake charmers, gypsies and camel safaris. This land is the most tribally diverse, artistically decorative and architecturally magnificent among all the states in India. Welcome to the land of the Maharajah kings!

Our visit to India coincides with one of the most famous festivals in the world…Holi! Get ready to throw colors at each other and see the amazing celebrations happening around town!

Day 1 : Delhi Arrival

Namaste! Welcome to the capital of India. The chaos of Delhi can be at first a bit overwhelming; horns honking, cows mooing, exhaust in your eyes, crowds of people and the smell of food among other things encompassing the air in this thriving and hectic city. Take a second, let it sink in and then the euphoric excitement and surreal feeling of that you’re in India will hit you. Once your culture shock has subdued, you will see stunning architecture, crumbling old buildings, delicious food, bazaars and more delicious food all around you! This city was built and destroyed seven times over the last few thousands years, but Delhi has always bounced back, even more vivacious than before. The favorite activity here is wandering through Old Delhi with its brightly colored bazaars and appetizing street food carts.

Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel in the city. There are no planned activities today, but we recommend some R&R by the pool to overcome jetlag and a good night’s sleep so you’re well-rested for the start of your grand adventure tomorrow!

Included :

  • Activities : Arrival; Airport transfer; Free time
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 2 : New Delhi

Your Indian expedition begins with an introductory meeting with the local guide who will accompany us throughout our trip. The guide will proceed to to lead us on a jaunt around Old Delhi to take in the impressive sights of this bustling capital by rickshaw. Cruise around Chandni Chowk and the pandemonium among the narrow lanes of this famous marketplace. You will be transported through time as you observe the traditional crafters and beautiful bangles of the Churi Wali Gali. Stop by the Sisganj Gurdwara to learn a bit about the history of the Sikh religion. After a day of sightseeing, we’ll go back to the hotel for a little down time before we head out for dinner as a group at one of the most ornate and elegant restaurants in Delhi!

Included :

  • Activities : Delhi guided tour by rickshaw; Free time; Welcome dinner
  • Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 3 : New Delhi – Agra (Transfer time approximately 2 hours)

This morning, we’ll hop on the “Gatimaan Express” train to southbound to Agra. Take a ride in the lap of luxury on this high-speed train until we’ve reached Agra, the home of India’s most famous monument; the Taj Mahal. Almost all travelers to India will pass through Agra to see the 8th wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal. The magnificence of the Taj Mahal can’t be done justice by pictures, but only when you are there, gazig up at it, can you understand its grandeur. Then, let’s head back to the hotel later that evening and have dinner at the rooftop restaurant in our hotel that overlooks the Taj Mahal.

Included :

  • Activities : Agra luxury train transfer; Taj Mahal; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel (Upgraded rooms with view of Taj Mahal)

Day 4 : Agra – Jaipur (Transfer time approximately 5 hours)

We will make our way to Jaipur today with arrival in the afternoon. Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan and is also known as ‘The Pink City’ thanks to its pretty pale hues of pink that characterize many of its buildings. There are still many royal descendants living here and the city is chalked full of palaces, temples and the occasional cow. You can rest for the remainder of the day at the hotel pool or check out the city and its numerous shops.

Included :

  • Activities : Jaipur transfer; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 5 : Jaipur

It’s Holi time! We’ll celebrate this ancient Hindu festival as we put on our Holi garb…the more colorful the better! Get ready to be showered in all the colors of the rainbow as you spray each other with colors; all part of the fun of Holi! To begin, we will pass the first part of the day with a more toned-down version of Holi with the guide and his family who live locally. On this nice and courteous affair, you will put colors around the cheeks of the family and offer them sweets and blow colors into the air. Later, the niceties will end and the battle will begin – this is a colorful war filled with love and affection. Your leader will break you into teams, arm you with water balloons and colors and then we’ll let go of our fury with colors!

Once you are all painted in colors and exhausted and hungry, you will be able to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal prepared by your host, sit with the family and enjoy the conversation and debate who won the battle of colors.

Included :

  • Activities : Holi color fight & festivities; Home-cooked meal with local family; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 6 : Jaipur

This morning, we will take 4WD all-terrain vehicles and make our way to Amer Fort, an opulent palatial complex with pretty hues of pink, yellow and white. This fort was constructed in the 17th century by the revered Maharaja Mansingh. After we’ve explored the splendor of Amer Fort, we’ll head back to Jaipur and take a jaunt about town by tuk tuk. This food tour will take you around the city to showcase the beauty of Jaipur as well as the traditional feel of the old historic city of Jaipur. Enjoy roaming around Jaipur’s classic shopping streets and tasting the amazing food of Jaipur.

Included :

  • Activities : Amer Fort; Food tour by tuk-tuk; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch (Food tour)
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 7 : Jaipur – Manvar (Travel time approximately 5 hours)

Our next stop marks the official beginning of our desert journey. Imagine yourself on the caravan trail as we make our way further into the Thar Desert. We will be camping among the sand dunes in luxury tents that are reminiscent of where kings slept before going into battle! Tourists rarely visit these parts of the country so we will be some of the lucky few who get to experience this luxury tent hotel in the middle of the desert. At night, you can watch a music & dance performance by local gypsies while eating and drinking around a bonfire. You will also have the option of taking a camel trek on the sand dunes at sunset. Many small local villages surround this area and you can visit them to see how these people manage to carve a life for themselves in this extremely harsh environment.  

Included :

  • Activities : Manvar transfer; Camel trek; Traditional dinner; Live entertainment; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation : Luxury desert camp

Day 8 : Manvar – Jodhpur (Travel time approximately 5 hours)

We’ll say goodbye to the tranquility of the Thar Desert as we head towards Jodhpur. Upon arrival, we’ll get checked in to the hotel. Jodhpur is known as “The Blue City” and it is really blue! Many locals say the blue colors keep the mosquitoes away and the houses cool, but history suggests that the Brahmins painted their houses blue in order to differentiate themselves from the other casts; nobody really knows the real reason. Some even speculate that it prevents termites. No matter the reason, it is a stunningly beautiful city with hues of blue, green and lavender always within sight. 

Included :

  • Activities : Jodhpur transfer; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 9 : Jodhpur

Jodhpur offers an extraordinary fort, one of the grandest in India. Fort Mehrangarh is perched atop of a cliff face and is one of the largest forts in all of India. The beauty and opulence of numerous palaces within the fort narrate a saga of times past. Inside the fort, there is a series of stunning courtyards and palaces that will leave you in awe!

You will have the rest of the day free and if you are up for a thrilling activity, you can zipline over the fort.

Included :

  • Activities : Mehrangarh Fort; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 10 : Jodhpur

Today is a free day to do as you wish. We will be in this city for 3 nights so we can rest and have some time to relax. This  is a great city to walk around and is one of our favorites in India. The small alleyways are painted in bright blue with Rajasthani woman strolling the streets in fluorescent traditional dress making this is a photographer’s paradise.

Included :

  • Activities : Free time; Optional activities (At your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 11 : Jodhpur – Udaipur (Travel time approximately 2 hours)

We’ll hit the road again this morning as we make our way to Udaipur with a transfer full of mind-blowing scenery. Along the way, we will stop at a Jain temple, which is one of the biggest and most important Jain temples in India. It was built in the 15th century and is made of milk-marble. The exquisitely carved marble is spectacular and a must-see. Thereafter, we’ll continue on our way to Udaipur with arrival in the early evening at which time you’ll have to rest. Our hotel has sweeping 360 degree views of the city so you won’t even have to leave the hotel as our hotel is known to have the best views in the whole city!

Included :

  • Activities : Udaipur transfer; Jain Temple; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 12 : Udaipur

We’ll get the day started with a city tour of Udaipur as we visit a couple of the city’s numerous gems. City Palace : A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls; it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the ‘Tripolia’, with eight marble porticos. Jagdish Temple : Built in 1651, this Indo-Aryan temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images. After lunch, we’ll go for a leisurely boat ride at the far-reaching Lake Pichola which is surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments.

Included :

  • Activities : Guided city tour; Lake Pichola boat ride; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Bed and Breakfast

Day 13 : Udaipur

Udaipur is most notably known as the ‘romance city’ and the filming of Octopussy, the famous 1983 James Bond. And in case you were wondering, many of the local restaurants around town offer viewings of the movie all day and night so don’t fret if you have not seen it yet. This is a great city to unwind and kick back for dinner and a movie as it is much more easy-going than most other cities in India. It has a beautiful lake that surrounds the city and many palaces and forts. It feels a bit like “Venice”, but with a very distinct Indian flair. Most of the forts in Rajasthan are mud-colored, but here in Udaipur, the palaces and forts are white and cream colored making for an interesting contrast to the other cities we will be visiting. You can sit at a café overlooking the lake or maybe you fancy a cooking or yoga class. There are many great places to see here, but most people prefer to take a break from the chaos of India and just chill. Udaipur also has some great shopping; some of the best in India! Clothing can be tailored and ready for you in less than an hour! The jewelry and home decor is also very nice in this city.

Included :

  • Activities : Free time (Optional activities at you own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Bed and Breakfast

Day 14 : Udaipur – Delhi (Travel time approximately 2 hours)

This morning you’ll have some time to get in any last snapshots or souvenir shopping and then we’ll board a plane to return to Delhi. Upon arrival, you’ll get re-settled in at the hotel and have the rest of the evening free.

Included :

  • Activities : Udaipur – Delhi flight; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 15 : Delhi Departure

Namaste…Bid farewell to India and all of its treasures! Depending on your flight time, you will have free time on your own in Delhi before catching your flight back home.

Included :

  • Activities : Free time; Airport transfer; Departure
  • Meals : Breakfast


*Itinerary is subject to change.

Holi Festival Season 15-Day Tours

$3,400 Trip Cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like to be paired with someone of the same gender on the trip to avoid paying the single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no other traveler with whom to pair you, you WILL have to pay the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. At the time of booking, there will be a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please complete it accurately, so that we can try our best to accommodate your needs.

If you want a single room throughout the tour, you can buy the “single supplement”The single supplement fee for this trip is $750. If you would like your own room, you can buy the additional supplement at check-out.

What is included :

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 1 domestic flight
  • Ground transportation
  • Activities as noted in itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

What is not included :

  •  Optional activities
  •  Some meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • International flight
  • Insurance
Group Size

Each of our groups has a maximum of 12 travelers plus a local guide throughout the tour in India. We try to price our trips very reasonably while taking into consideration the small group sizes as well as the meals and activities that are included.

When tour group sizes increase to 15-30 travelers, the general ambiance of the trip is less authentic and travelers tend to be less able to integrate into a society. Large tour groups also generally have less authentic contact with the locals. The more people in a tour group, the more the group experiences their own culture rather than the one of the country they are visiting.

Small group sizes are beneficial because they tend to allow for easier transport and communication. They are more mobile and can be more easily integrated into a social scene in India. A small group traveler is also less likely to be treated as a tourist ready to be exploited for his/her money. Additionally, small groups are more flexible as travel plans can be more easily changed or altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival in India that they would like to attend, and this is not covered by the original tour itinerary; it is possible to change the itinerary. A small group size also means that travelers will receive more individual attention from their tour guide. As a small group, it is easier to come to an agreement and for the tour guide to alter reservations.

Small groups are low impact in both countries because they don’t introduce a large number of foreigners to a local scene where they can have adverse impacts on the local society and other travelers. For example, a large tour group can take up all the seats on a local bus or fill up an entire restaurant forcing locals and other travelers away from their preferences.


India uses the Indian rupee (INR). Other currencies such as the euro and US dollar are generally not accepted for legal tender. The most convenient way to handle money is to bring US dollars/euros to exchange and/or to use a debit card for withdrawals from an ATM.

We recommend buying a small amount of rupees on arrival in India. You can exchange a small amount at the New Delhi airport. When exchanging at the airport, it’s usually best to exchange only a small amount and then seek a better deal elsewhere. There are plenty of money changers in most of the main tourist cities across India so finding a place to exchange foreign currency for INR won’t be an issue.

*Please note that traveler’s checks are not advised and are no longer widely accepted.

Cash is king in India, but credit and debit cards are generally accepted at large-scale hotels and tourist restaurants and shops. However, most local shops and street vendors only accept cash so it’s always best to have cash on you at all times. When possible, it is always best to pay in smaller denominations because making change for large bills can often be difficult for vendors.

ATMs are generously distributed in India, but have been disappearing as cost of maintenance has been rising and they have been starting to disappear. As a general rule, using ATMs for cash withdrawal is one of the smartest ways to get money when they are available and functioning. However, exchanging at a licensed money exchange bureau is an equally convenient and secure alternative. The exchange rates applied are usually fair and they’re convenient to use. When using ATMs, do make sure you know what fees your home bank charges and watch the machine for fees added by the ATM operator. If your bank adds a per transaction fee, for example, then taking out larger sums less frequently would be a more sensible way to reduce overall costs.

We suggest bringing or having access to anywhere from $300 – $500 while on the trip, either in cash or on your debit card. WE HIGHLY ADVISE BUDGETING MORE MONEY THAN YOU EXPECT TO SPEND IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.


There are plenty of souvenirs to be found in India. India is a shopper’s paradise and there are countless souvenir shops in all of the places we’ll be visiting. You can spend hours browsing for that perfect souvenir. Local craft markets can be found as well. These creations will make a special gift for your loved ones – or yourself! Some examples of unique Indian souvenirs are elegant Pashmina shawls, curry powder, hand woven rugs, and the list goes on…

A good rule of thumb in responsible traveling is to buy locally. Keep in mind the source of the souvenirs. It is obvious that some are not from India at all, but clearly marked China or some other foreign country.


If you have a smart phone, it will likely work in India, but coverage may be spotty if not absent in the more rural, isolated areas of the country. At the luxury desert camp, cell phone coverage may be inconsistent, but more than likely absent. Keep in mind that you will still be able to get in touch with family and friends via wifi during the trip. Be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming while abroad. You also may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts, and data.


In general, hotels, restaurants and other public places in just about any tourist area in India offer free wifi. Bear in mind that although it’s available, it’s not always as fast as you may be used to. Also, some establishments may offer wifi usage for a feee.

What to Bring 

Temperatures in India in the beginning of March can vary depending on the region, but are generally are hot during the day and slightly cooler at night. The month of March has generally little rainfall and hotter temperatures with average daily highs in the 80s – 90s°F throughout the month with the possibility of slightly cooler temperatures (60s – 70s°F) at night.

Below are some things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable :

  • A positive attitude and open mind
  • Lightweight clothing that does not show cleavage (for women)
  • Long-sleeved or 3/4-sleeved shirts (lightweight & loose fitting)
  • Loose-fitting pants (lightweight & loose fitting)
  • Long dresses (lightweight & loose fitting)
  • Thin shawl/scarf (to cover head & upper body)
  • Comfortable walking shoes (sneakers)
  • Walking sandals
  • Flip flops (shower shoes)
  • Toilet paper
  • Diarrhea/Constipation medicine
  • Motion sickness medicine (if needed)
  • Flashlight
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Ear plugs (for light sleepers)
  • Dry bag
  • First Aid kit
  • Wet wipes
  • Cable lock (for suitcases)
  • Electrolytes and/or oral rehydration salts
  • Adapter/Converter (for electronics)
  • Bug spray
  • Ziplock bags
  • Prescription medicine (if needed)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Umbrella (travel-sized)
  • Sunglasses
  • Light sweater/Jacket
  • Swimsuit
  • Clothes you can throw away after Holi festival

The weather in India is hot and dry in the month of March so be prepared to bring appropriate clothing for the climate. Although it will be hot, it is important to dress modestly in order to be respectful of the culture as well as to avoid unwanted attention. Shorts and tank tops are not recommended, especially for females. Long-sleeved shirts and pants are recommended, but make sure they’re lightweight so you don’t overheat. A travel-sized umbrella can also provide shade on hot days. All of our accommodation and transportation will be air/conditioned and for this reason, we suggest a light sweater or jacket, especially if you tend to run cold.

When visiting temples, it is best to avoid short shorts and spaghetti straps/tube tops while in India. The temples we’ll be visiting all require modest clothing. An alternative would be to bring a light scarf that folds up easily so you can carry it in your daypack and cover up with it when visiting local places of worship. Sarongs are another great option for covering up in India and they will be plentiful for purchase. Please also consider appropriate footwear for India as almost all temples require you to remove your shoes upon entering. Comfortable and supportive shoes that you can easily slip on and off are recommended.

A comfortable and securely closable bag is also a good idea if you have a camera or other travel items while out and about on excursions. For an extra measure of protection, a cable lock is a good idea. It is also advisable to avoid flashy, expensive accessories and/or jewelry that are valuable or precious to you.

India has 3 associated electrical outlets, types C, D and M. See the images below for the pin types. All are 230V/50Hz. We recommend an all-in-one universal plug adapter/converter if you plan on bringing electronic devices.


Almost all of the hotels on this trip offer laundry services for a fee, if needed.


In general, India is a safe country in terms of common crime, violent and non-violent. The crimes that do occur are usually petty in nature such as pick pocketing. Those who get their belongings stolen or have had something bad happen to them usually have acted irresponsibly. In most cases of theft, drugs and alcohol are usually involved. If you steer clear of illegal and irresponsible behavior, you will have an unforgettable experience!

We also recommend that all travelers, especially women be aware of their surroundings as there have been reports of harassment. Keep in mind that you will be with a group most of the time and will be transported in a private bus. You will also be under the care of your local guide.


It is generally not recommended to drink the tap water in India. Bottled water is readily available for a fee at restaurants, hotels, cafes, stores, and kiosks. It is also advised to brush your teeth with bottled water. Some hotels will offer filtered water that is safe for consumption.

As in most countries we travel to, we encourage our travelers to be conscious of the world’s growing plastic waste problem. We suggest pooling money together with other travelers in the group to purchase larger bottles or jugs of water and refilling your own personal water bottles from there.

Another thing you can do to help the environment is to put purchased items in your day pack/backpack rather than using the plastic bag that the store provides you. Small things can add up to make a big difference!

Medical Facilities

The U.S. Embassy in India’s website has a list of doctors and medical facilities in various cities throughout both countries. In the unlikely case of a medical emergency, you will be directed to a medical facility of good standing.


In India, tipping is generally expected, but more modest than most Western countries. Most modest restaurants will appreciate 10% of the total bill. In higher end restaurants, you should tip 10% or more. If you received exemplary service, you are welcome to tip more.

  • Bellhops/Luggage porters : 75 ~ 100 rupees ($1 USD) per piece of luggage.
  • Taxi : Round up to the next 100 rupees, especially if the service exceeded expectations. (i.e. If the fare is 375 rupees, give 400.)
  • Hotel maid : 75 ~ 100 rupees ($1 USD) a day, daily or at the end of your stay in cash on the bedside table or bed.
  • Waiter : 10% of the bill in modest restaurants unless already included. 10% ~ 15% of the bill in luxury restaurants.
  • Tour guide : 300 ~ 700 rupees ($3 ~ $10 USD) per day or more, especially if you feel that your trip was enhanced by the guide’s services.
  • Driver : 100 ~ 200 rupees ($1 ~ 2 USD) per day or more, especially if you feel that your trip was enhanced by the driver’s services.

In your pre-departure notes you will receive the name of the hotel in both the local language and English as well as pertinent phone numbers.


All visitors for tourist purposes need a visa to travel to India. Travelers from Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada and the United States must obtain a Indian electronic travel authorization (ETA) online prior to arrival. For this trip, you’ll need a single-entry visa that will be valid for a stay of up to 30 days. To apply for the visa online, please click on the link below :

India Electronic Travel Authorization Application

If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with the nearest Indian embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to India.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your travel dates and have at least 2 blank pages.


Your arrival and departure city is Delhi, India. Once you have booked your flights, please forward your flight information to us.

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation email from us which will be sent to you within 1 ~ 2 business days after booking the trip. 

PEAK Season : October to March – This is the most popular time to enjoy India’s long, warm days with blue skies and very little rain. March is just before monsoon season and it is a relatively dry month. The weather is quite hot, but less so than the approaching months.

SHOULDER Season : April to early May – Shoulder season experiences extremely hot temperatures in this short time period making it not a very ideal time to travel in India.

LOW Season : June to September – Monsoon season in India is in full effect during this period and the weather is incredibly hot and humid. A rain jacket is a must in these months. This is not really an optimal time to visit, especially for beach goers.

Delhi – Heritage Hotel

Agra – Premier Rooms with view of Taj Mahal

Jaipur – Heritage Hotel

This Heritage Hotel was built in the 19th century as the palace for General Amar Singh Ji, the then Thakur of Kanota. Designed in a fanciful version of The Anglo-Indian style popular in the Victorian Era, the palace now serves as a hotel.


Thar Desert – Luxury Desert Camp

Jodhpur – Heritage Hotel

This residence is owned by the younger brother of the late Maharaja of Jodhpur, Umed Singh Sahib. Built in 1923 for Maharaj Ajit Singh.




*Accommodation is subject to change.


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Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to India.

CDC India

Trip Date

MARCH 20, 2020
USD $3400

Price based on double occupancy. Single Supplement can be purchased for an additional $750.