Holi Festival Season 15-Day Tour

$3,390 – Trip Cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

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

If you would like a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement”The single supplement fee for this trip is $650. If you would like your own room, you can purchase the additional supplement at check-out. We have made the single supplement fee as affordable as possible so that those traveling solo are not discouraged from traveling with us because of a costly single supplement fee.

If you are comfortable sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender and would like to be paired with someone on the trip to avoid paying a single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no other traveler with whom to pair you, you WILL have to pay for 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 preferences.

What is included :

  • 14 nights accommodation (Double occupancy)
  • Airport pickup 
  • Local guide throughout
  • Private ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 1 flight: Udaipur – New Delhi
  • Most activities & entrance fees
  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Airport dropoff (free airport shuttle at the hotel)

What is not included :

  • Visa
  • 4 lunches and most dinners
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
  1. Each group consists of 4 – 12 travelers.  We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the tour guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, and it is not covered in the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary.

  2. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to late 60s/early 70s and most are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    We like to think of our trips as get-togethers at amazing destinations.  Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic and the friends they made were one of the highlights of the trip.

    Check out the pictures from our last trips to get an idea of the group dynamic by clicking HERE.

  3. While most daily activities are already included in the trip price, you will have some free time which the guide can recommend and/or help arrange any activity that might interest you. Most of the activities can be arranged with little to no notice. Optional activities are not included in the trip cost and will be paid at your own expense.

  4. The official currency of India is the Indian rupee (INR).

    We strongly recommend that you use ATMs while in India as they usually offer the best exchange rates. The easiest way is to pull money out from the ATM at the airport upon arrival and throughout your trip.  It is always a good idea to carry some cash on you in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card.

    You can find ATMs at almost all bank branches, as well as at most large supermarkets, some petrol stations, in shopping malls, airports and some post offices.

    It’s important to tell your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be using your card in India. Some banks block transactions in foreign countries or currencies if they haven’t been forewarned of your travel plans.

    Your guide will be with you for the duration of the trip and she will make frequent stops for ATM withdrawals as well as banks to exchange money.

  5. Credit and debit cards aren’t widely used outside of the cities in India. However, in high-end establishments, you shouldn’t have a problem paying with your card, though American Express isn’t commonly accepted. Anywhere else, it’s advisable to carry cash in case you come across a retailer that cannot take card payments.

    The high-end shops will accept credit/debit cards and usually, they can provide shipment to your home address at a reasonable rate if you buy a large item.

  6. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for a few lunches and dinners and any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

    Like most travel destinations, India does not lack in its offerings of unique items.  Past travelers have said it was their favorite country for shopping so pack light!  You will be visiting a lot of really fantastic places that offer unique items.   Do remember that most places that offer high-end products to buy will accept credit/debit cards.

    Based on past travelers’ feedback, an estimated amount to bring for spending is between USD $400 – 600.

  7. 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 an 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.

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  8. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in India, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls and texts in that country. See the example below :

    Welcome to India! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data.

    Otherwise, all hotels we will be staying at will offer wifi and other public places will offer it as well. Please keep in mind that internet speeds in India are not what you may be used to at home, especially in rural areas.

  9. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet if coming from areas outside of Europe and South Africa.

    India has 3 associated electrical outlets, types C, D, E, F and M. These plugs are the same type used in most of Europe. See the images below for the pin types:

  10. Temperatures in India can vary depending on the region but are generally are warm/hot during the day and slightly cooler at night. Although it will be hot during the day, 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.  Because we are in the desert area the temperatures can drop low at night so make to bring a jacket for the evenings.

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

    • Sunglasses/wide-brimmed hat/umbrella for shade
    • Thin shawl/scarf (to cover shoulders and head in temples) 
    • Lightweight clothing that does not show cleavage (for females)
    • Light warm jacket (for cooler weather at night)  
    • Clothes you can throw away after Holi festival
    • Bathing suit
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Flip flops/sandals 
    • Sunscreen 
    • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
    • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine
    • Toilet paper/wet wipes/hand sanitizer
    • Electrolytes and/or oral rehydration salts
    • Travel hairdryer (some of our hotels will have but not all)
  11. Tipping is a standard in India, but there are no set of rules defining how much should be given for various services. In restaurants, taxis and for personal services, tipping habits vary around 10- 15% of the total bill. Many locals, especially those working in the service industries, are quite poorly compensated for their work, so tipping helps them earn decent wages.

    Tipping your tour guide: If you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from $5 – $10 a day.  You will also have the same driver for the duration of your trip and if you would like you can tip him anywhere from $20 – $40 for the trip. 

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

  13. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Alternative options will always be possible and luckily for you, India has a wide range of vegetarian and vegan food on offer. Most Hindus and Sikhs are vegetarian so you will have plenty to choose from.

  14. 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 pickpocketing. As with any travel destination, it is important to be aware of your surroundings with a secure over-the-shoulder day pack that closes tightly. This way your belongings won’t easily become the property of any purse-snatchers or pickpockets.

    We also recommend that all travelers, especially women be aware of their surroundings as there have been some 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.

    If you decide to go out in the evening or nighttime it is best to go with another person or in a group and not alone.

    Upon arrival in India, your guide will go over safety precautions and how to interact with beggers during our first meet & greet.

  15. No, it is not safe to drink. Bottled water is readily available for a fee at restaurants, hotels, cafes, stores, and kiosks.

    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!

  16. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers Website before traveling to India to see any recommended vaccinations.

    If you suffer from pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about what vaccinations may be right for you, we strongly advise that you check visit a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  17. Yes, we offer private tours to India for groups of 4 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

Visa

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.

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

Flights

Your arrival and departure city are Delhi (DEL).

Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us.

The hotels and accommodations in which you will be staying in India are handpicked. They are usually locally-owned or family-run hotels rather than big chains with hundreds of rooms and big crowds of tourists. We try our best to select accommodations with impeccable service as well as old-world charm and that are centrally located.

Delhi - Heritage Hotel

This heritage hotel, one of the oldest in the city, was built in 1903 and has retained its allure and a boutique, old-world charm through its graceful colonial architecture and elegant style.  If you find that you have some free time to spare at the hotel, we definitely recommend a relaxing walk among the magnificent eight acres of verdant tropical gardens or taking advantage of the swimming pool.

Dinner at The Curzon Room inside the hotel is a trip through time, where you can admire the nostalgic archive photographs of the Raj in India that decorate the walls. The Garden Terrace is a charming and informal eatery where you can enjoy both indoor and alfresco courtyard dining, while the early 19th-Century Cavalry Bar offers an intimate evening setting perfect for sumptuous cocktails.

Agra

Set on landscaped grounds, this hotel is 2 km from the 17th-century Taj Mahal with some of the rooms having a view of the Taj Mahal.

Dining options consist of a cafe, 2 restaurants, and a cocktail lounge with regular live entertainment. There’s also a gym, a spa, and a cricket ground, plus an outdoor pool.

Jaipur – Heritage Hotel

This hotel is one of the oldest heritage hotels in Jaipur. Built in 1892, for a nobleman and restored to perfection in 1994.  This Haveli (mansion) is unique as the owners who are the 6th generation still stay on the hotel premises which makes it more of a home than a hotel.

Pushkar

Nestled amidst the pristine Aravalli Range of Pushkar Rajasthan, this hotel has 38 rooms, with most rooms offering panoramic mountain views. This hotel is located in the center of the holy city of Pushkar and has an outdoor swimming pool and lounge area.

Bundi

Comfortably nestled in the heart of the Bundi township, this hotel offers a splendid view of Taragarh fort and is near to most sites and in town.

Please note that because Bundi is off the main tourist trail there are not as many hotel choices. This hotel will not be at the same standard as our other hotels.  The rooms and bathrooms are basic but clean.

Udaipur - Heritage Hotel

This hotel is an early 17th century ‘Haveli’ (mansion), with its charm and aesthetics intact, situated in the heart of the most romantic city of Rajasthan. This heritage boutique hotel is highly acclaimed for its location and for the stunning view that it provides. It was even featured in a very popular Bollywood movie.

The charming property, with its rooms restored back to their old charm and glory, is a vision in white. Surrounded by ancient Havelis, temples, and meandering lanes filled with traditional artifacts – showcasing the way of life in the “old city”, this property is submerged in heritage.

Delhi Airport Hotel

This hotel is 3.1 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport and offers a free airport shuttle.

There’s a casual international restaurant, as well as a pan-Asian noodle house and a bar with pool tables.  The courtyard has an outdoor pool, and there’s a full-service spa with a gym. 

Please note that we will arrive here in the late afternoon/early evening and unless you extended your stay in India, all will be departing the next day hence why we chose an airport hotel.

Insurance

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 E7N

Vaccinations

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

CDC India