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  • DIWALI and DEV DIWALI in ONE and the DIVERSITY OF INDIA

Celebrate the festival of colors, HOLI

ROUTE: Delhi(2N) – Pushkar(2N) – Jaipur(2N) – Agra(2N) – Khajuraho(2N) – Varanasi(3N) – Delhi(1N)

DATE: From 11.03.2024 to 25.03.2024

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
  • * Live music concert in Varanasi
  • * Spontaneous yoga and meditation offers
  • * Traditional sari tying in a boutique in Jaipur
  • * Chai ceremony with a Indian family
  • * Experience the colorful life on rickshaw
  • * Visiting a village school during the trip
  • * Unforgettable train journey with local people
  • * Heritage hotel in Pushkar
  • * Surprise programs wherever possible
  • Included in the price:
    • Air conditioned vehicles
    • Train journey according to the program
    • 12 nights in good hotels (national cat. 4*)
    • Daily breakfast and dinner (half board)
    • Sightseeing programs according to the itinerary
    • Entrance fees as per the program
  • Not included in the price:
    • Any flights, International or domestic
    • Any flights, International or domestic
    • Visa
    • Tips
    • Any expenses of personal nature
    • Anything which is not in the program

Day Wise Itinerary

01

10.03.2025: International Flight to Delhi

02

11.03.2025: Arrival in Delhi

Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

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12.03.2025: Delhi

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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13.03.2025: Delhi-Pushkar

Departure after breakfast to Pushkar. Overnight in Pushkar

05

14.03.2025: Celebrate Holi Festival in Pushkar

We celebrate the crazy festival of colors Holi with the locals. An unforgettable experience

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15.03.2025: 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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16.03.2025: Jaipur-Amber-Jaipur

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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17.03.2025: Jaipur -Agra

Drive to Agra. Afternoon is free.

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18.03.2025: 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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19.03.2025: Agra-Khajuraho by Train Vande Bharat Express

After breakfast catch Vande Bharat Express train from Agra to Khajuraho.  Overnight in Khajuraho

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20.03.2025: 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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21.03.2025: Khajuraho-Varanasi by flight

Fly to 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.

Overnight stay in Varanasi.

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22.03.2025: 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.

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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23.03.2025: Varanasi

Free day at leisure to absorb the intense impressions gathered during last days, enjoy the swimming pool or you are free to do your own programme. Our guide will give you tips what all you can do today

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24.03.2025: 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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25.03.2025 Flight back home

Flight back home

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  • Sylvia Trettner-
    2024-04-21 11:32:44

    Indienreise, ein Traum wird war

    Es war eine organisierte Kleingruppenrundreise von Delhi nach Varanasi.Ich habe das Programm gelesen und dachte, genau das will ich sehen. Das Holi-Fest in Pushkar,Delhi in einer Rikscha erkunden, das Taj Mahal natürlich oder die Aarti-Zeremonie am Ganges bei Sonnenuntergang, das alles würde ich sehen. Aber es wurde viel mehr als Das.Wir durften das wahre Indien mit all seinen Facetten kennen lernen, dank Manu.Dem weltbesten Reiseleiter überhaupt. Er trägt so viel Liebe für sein Land in sich und das hat er mit uns geteilt. Vielen Dank dafür. Ich kann nur Itb weiter empfehlen, sie lassen Träume wahr werden. Und mit Manu an deiner Seite, wird es die perfekte Reise. Ich werde auf jeden Fall wieder kommen. Namaste 🙏

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  • Sabrina Mileder-
    2024-04-17 08:34:05

    Spektakuläre Rundreise im Herzen Indiens

    Man weiß gar nicht wo man anfangen soll, da diese Reise einfach so viele Eindrücke mit sich gebracht hat, die alle noch immer erst verarbeitet werden müssen ☺️! Nie hätten wir so viele Dinge abseits der Touristenströme erlebt, wenn wir nicht Manu an unserer Seite gehabt hätten 🙏🏼🥰! Das farbenfrohe Holifest, das Taj Mahal, die unzähligen Tempelanlagen, der Nationalpark, das Lichterfest am Ganges und vieles mehr werden mir für ewig in Erinnerung bleiben 🫶. Ich möchte mich auch hier nochmal für die tolle Begleitung bedanken und würde Indien jederzeit wieder buchen, aber nur mit dem weltbesten Reiseleiter Manu an meiner Seite!

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  • Ernst and Lore Tost-
    2024-04-16 20:42:04

    Was wir als Indienreise bei der India Travel Boutique zum Holi-Fest gebucht hatten, stellte sich als liebevoll geplante Individualreise in kleiner Gruppe, und unter fachkundiger und umsichtiger Leitung durch Manu heraus. Das Holi-Fest bestimmte die Reisezeit zum Frühlingsbeginn, die auch sonst in jeder Hinsicht angenehm für uns Europäer ist. Indien zum Holi-Fest in Pushkar war ja schon alleine ein erster Höhepunkt. Es sollten aber fast täglich weitere folgen. Old Delhi mit einer Rikshafahrt, das faszinierende Jaipur mit Sonnenuntergang vom Jahargarh-Fort, die alte Festung Amber, deren wahre Ausmaße erst auf dem Rücken eines Elefanten erritten werden kann. Agra mit der Traumkulisse des Taj Mahal. Eine bequeme Zugfahrt mit einem modernen Expresszug nach Khajuraho, wo ein Tempelbezirk mit tausenden filigranen Steinfiguren aus dem Alltagsleben, natürlich auch der berühmten erotischen Szenen einlädt. Als abschließender Höhepunkt stellte sich der Besuch Varanasis heraus, angefangen von der Morgen-Pooja, von einem Ruderboot auf dem Ganges erlebt, und abends die Ganga-Aarti, eine märchenhafte spirituelle Zeremonie tausender Hindus, von einem Logenplatz aus zu genießen. Schließlich ein Empfang beim Shankaracharya, einem hinduistischen Lehrmeister, wie ihn wohl nur wenige miterleben dürfen. Dazwischen immer wieder Besuche bei alten Handwerksbetrieben, in einer ländlichen Schule, ein Stufenbrunnen abseits der Touristenpfade, Tuk-Tuk-Fahrten, Krokodile in einer spektakulären Schlucht, oder einfach ein Masala-Chai von einem Händler am Straßenrand. Fünf Sterne für den Reiseveranstalter, die vorausschauende Auswahl der komfortablen Hotels und Verkehrsmittel, und die hervorragende Reiseleitung. Ich kann die India Travel Boutique nur wärmstens weiterempfehlen.

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  • Karin Unger-
    2024-04-09 06:41:06

    Indien erleben mit Manu

    Ob Holifest, Taj Mahal oder Sonnenaufgang am Ganges - alles ist ein unvergessliches Erlebnis, wenn man mit Manu reist. Er macht jede Reise zu einem einzigartigen Erlebnis! Bin das zweite mal in Indien und wieder schwer begeistert von all den Eindrücken, die dich nicht unberührt lassen! Indien hautnah erleben ist mit Manu etwas besonderes - ich komme wieder! Namaste 🙏🏼

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