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  • 12 Days / 13 Nights
  • DIWALI and DEV DIWALI in ONE and the DIVERSITY OF INDIA

Route: Delhi-Pushkar-Jaipur-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Delhi

Date: Ask us. It depends which year you want to travel

This trip offers you a first-class overview of the country’s cultural diversity. We see the “eternal river” Ganges, which flows through India, visit holy temples and fairytale palaces. The unique Taj Mahal is also part of the program, as is the “pink city” of Jaipur and the desert oasis of Udaipur. The study trip is designed so that you can visit all of India’s attractions as compactly and comfortably as possible. You can bridge longer distances with domestic flights; very good hotels and an excellent tour guide guarantee you a pleasant trip. And last but not least, you have the opportunity to celebrate one of the country’s two most important folk festivals, HOLI, with the locals.

What is Holi festival in India?

Holi in India:

Holi is one of the most important festivals in India and the liveliest of all. The joy of Holi knows no bounds. The festival is celebrated in all four corners of India or rather all over the world. The festival is filled with so much fun and frolic that the very mention of the word ‘Holi’ brings out smiles and excitement among people. Holi also celebrates the arrival of spring, a season of joy and hope.

Legend of Holi Festival:

Holi is one of the oldest festivals in India. There are many interesting stories associated with the origin of the festival as one moves through the various states from north to south and east to west. Paintings and writings represent the roots of the festival. Mythology plays a very important role in the narrative of the Holi festival. The most popular stories about the origin of Holi relate to “Holika Dahan” and the legend of Radha-Krishna.

The story of Holika:

Inextricably linked to Holi is the tradition of “Holika Dahan”, during which bonfires are lit. The ritual symbolizes the victory of good over evil and has its roots in the legend of the demon king Hiranyakashyap, who wanted to end the life of his blessed son Prahlad with the help of his sister Holika, who burned in the fire without harming Prahlad. Since then, the day has been celebrated as the victory of good over evil.

The Story of Radha and Krishna:

The legend of Radha and Krishna is closely linked to this tradition of colors on Holi. Young Krishna, who had a dark complexion, was jealous of his lover Radha’s extremely fair skin. In a mischievous mood, he applied paint on Radha’s face. Based on this old legend, lovers to this day color their beloved as an expression of their love.

Holi Celebrations in India:

Holi is known as Basant Utsav in rural India. It is one of the most important festivals in India and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy. Gulal, beer and pichkaris are synonymous with the festival. Elaborate plans are made to decorate your loved ones. Everyone wants to be the first to color the other. In the ensuing battle of colors, everyone is drowned not only in gulal, but also in love and happiness. People love to immerse others and themselves in colored water. Gujiyas and other sweets are offered to anyone who indulges in the color.

The temples are beautifully decorated at the time of Holi. The idol of Radha is placed on swings and devotees spin the swings and sing devotional Holi songs. Nowadays, small plays are also organized that reflect the spirit of the festival.

Why do we celebrate HOLI in Pushkar?

Holi is of course celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India. But hardly any other city celebrates as colorfully and diversely with incredible enthusiasm as in Puskhkar. An absolute highlight! That’s why we’re in Pushkar that day. So in the right place at the right time!

  • ITB Highlights:* Celebrate Holi festival with the locals
  • * Aarti ceremony on the Ganges at sunset
  • * A private live music concert for the group in Varanasi
  • * Spontaneous yoga and meditation offers wherever possible
  • * Traditional sari tying in a boutique in Jaipur
  • * Classic Chai ceremony with a traditional Indian family in Khajuraho
  • * Experience the colorful everyday life of India on rickshaw rides and market visits
  • * Visiting a village school during the trip
  • * unforgettable train journey with fellow Indian passengers
  • * Overnight stay at a heritage/palace hotel in Pushkar
  • * And little surprise programs from Manu throughout the trip
  • Included in the price:
    • Rooms on double sharing basis
    • 12 nights in good hotels (national cat. 4*)
    • Daily breakfast
    • Transfers/round trips in typical buses with air conditioning
    • Train journey according to the program
    • Sightseeing program according to itinerary
    • Entrance fees as per program
    • Information material
  • Not included in the price:
    • Any flight
    • All personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills and any beverages.
    • Camera fees (still or film).
    • Unspecified meals etc.

Tour Plan

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Day 1: Flight to Delhi

Scheduled flight from Vienna to Delhi (Airindia non-stop, flight duration approx. 8 hours). Arrive at 7am the next day.
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Day 2: Delhi

Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Today we take a tour of Old and New Delhi. All ruling houses have left their mark on the city and tried to outdo each other in the splendor of their palaces. We visit, among other things, the huge Friday Mosque and the impressive Qutub Minar complex as well as the impressive government district. We end the day at the Mausoleum of Humayun (UNESCO cultural monument).
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Day 3: Delhi-Ajmer-Pushkar

Early in the morning at 6.10 am departure with the Shatabdi Express express train to Ajmer. Continue to Pushkar. Visit Brahma Temple. Overnight in Pushkar
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Day 4: Holi Festival in Pushkar

We celebrate the crazy festival of colors Holi with the locals. An unforgettable experience
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Day 5: Pushkar-Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur. The city is one of the most colorful and exotic places in India. Two overnight stays.

In the afternoon, sightseeing program in the “pink city” of Jaipur and a visit to the 18th century city palace. Famous are the “Palace of the Winds”, an illusionistic masterpiece from 1799, and the Jantar Mantar Observatory, which was built by Maharaja Jai Singh.
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Day 6: Jaipur – Amber

We take a trip to the old capital Amber, which is located eleven kilometers north of Jaipur in a fascinating landscape. Elephant ride to the Mountain Palace, an impressive combination of fortress and palace architecture. We enter the magnificent complex through a magnificent portal, the showpiece of which is the Sheesh Mahal mirror palace.
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Day 7: Jaipur -Agra

Drive to Agra. Afternoon is free.
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Day 8: TAJ MAHAL

Today we visit the world-famous Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Shah Jahan created this magnificent tomb of luminous marble and precious gemstones for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. We then visit the Red Fort, which was originally built as a fortress and later converted into a magnificent palace. The huge area contains numerous representative buildings and the Pearl Mosque made of marble with almost perfect proportions.
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Day 9: Agra-Orcha-Khajuraho

Once again with the Shtabdi Express train from Agra to Jhansi. Continue about 30 minutes to Orcha. After visiting Orcha Fort and having lunch in Orcha, we continue to Khajuraho for about 3 hours. Overnight in Khajuraho
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Day 10: Khajuraho

Visit the world famous erotic temples of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples of Khajuraho, the highlight of every trip to India (UNESCO cultural monument). Architecture and architectural sculpture are masterful examples of Hindu art. In addition to a wealth of erotic depictions, which are seen as an indication of tantrism practiced here, the depictions of the Hindu world of gods are particularly noteworthy. A tour of the gardens rounds off our visit.

Rest of the day is free
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Day 11: Khajuraho-Varanasi

The city on the Ganges is considered holy for both Hindus and Buddhists. We visit the holy Buddhist pilgrimage site in Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon after his enlightenment, and admire the 34 m high stupa. In the Archaeological Museum we can see the capital of the Ashoka Pillar with the four lions, which is over 2,300 years old.

Oak corners and overnight stay in Varanasi.
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Day 12: Varanasi

At dawn we take a boat trip on the Ganges. Every morning at sunrise, thousands of pilgrims gather for the ritual bath. The numerous cremation sites are scary, because Varanasi is also a “good place to die” for devout Hindus. We then explore the old town together with its countless temple complexes and colorful bazaars.

In the evening we will host a private Indian classical music concert for the group. The day ends with an unforgettable experience by witnessing a highly spiritual lighting ceremony (Ganga Aarti) of the Hindus on the banks of the holy Ganges, which has been held there daily for thousands of years.
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Day 13: Flight Varanasi-Delhi

In Delhi we spontaneously do a little sightseeing, depending on time and possibility, before we check into the hotel.
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Day 14: Flight home

After breakfast transfer to the airport. Flight home

Location Map

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