ITINERARY FOR SOURCE EVENTS SPLENDORS OF INDIA & HOLI CELEBRATION
10 NIGHTS / 11 DAYS
MARCH 16, 2019 – SATURDAY – ARRIVAL IN DELHI
Arrive into New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal.
Our representative will meet you upon exiting the plane and then provide VIP assistance to you to clear through the immigration, collect baggage from the baggage belt and then guide you through the Green Channel gate of Indian Customs. As you step into the “Meet & Greet Hall”, our concierge will escort you to your chauffeur driven vehicle and escort you to the Oberoi Hotel.
New Delhi is an evocative blend of old and new. Nowhere are India’s rich cultural contrasts brought more sharply into focus than in this bustling city. And there’s no better way of exploring this vibrant destination and its wonderful contradiction than on Source Events Delhi tour.
Overnight at Oberoi Hotel New Delhi
MARCH 17, 2019 – SUNDAY – DELHI
DELHI SIGHTSEEING: Delhi’s culture has been influenced by its historic association as the capital of India, and what better way to explore it than with a walking tour through the labrinthine street of Old Delhi. Once filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court, Old Delhi still serves as the symbolic heart of the modern metropolis. Here you’ll see the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, and the Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built all out of red stone in 1638, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan started the construction of this massive fort, when he decided to shift the capital from Agra to Delhi. then hop on rickshaws (pedi-cabs) to ride around the old Chawri Bazaar and savor the ambience of an Oriental and Indian marketplace.
Post lunch proceed for a visit of New Delhi covering Humayun’s Tomb the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent and the inspiration for several monuments including the Taj Mahal & the Qutub Minar, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. Explore the government buildings, the President’s house, the India Gate. From here you visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (the temple of the followers of the Sikh religion).
Later enjoy an informal meeting with like-minded socialites of Delhi over a glass of wine. This will be an opportunity for an interesting conversations on being gay in modern India. Join us for a Welcome Dinner hosted by Source Events.
Overnight at the Oberoi Hotel New Delhi – Meals included: (B, L, D)
MARCH 18, 2019 – MONDAY – DELHI TO AGRA
DRIVE DELHI to AGRA – Check-in to the lavish Oberoi Amarvilas, where every room has a direct view of the Taj Mahal. Standing proud in the heart of Agra, the Taj Mahal is an incomparable testament to love. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunset: The beauty of the Taj Mahal varies from dawn to dusk. You will enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Taj mahal at sunset. The Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan as an eternal symbol of his love for his favorite wife, whom he called Mumtaz Mahal (“Jewel of the Palace”). The monument has immortalized him forever as one of the great architectural patrons of the world. The structure took 20,000 laborers and 22 years to complete.
Overnight at The Oberoi Amarvilas – Meals included: (B)
MARCH 19, 2019 – TUESDAY – AGRA – ABHANERI – JAIPUR
For early risers, there is the option of visiting the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast, you’ll visit the former imperial city of the Mughal rulers, the Agra Fort. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and within its red sandstone walls are a wealth of highly decorated palaces and ornate marble mosques for you to explore. Construction of Agra Fort commenced in 1565 and was completed in 1571. Built with red sandstone, Agra Fort is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture.
On the transfer from Agra to Jaipur, visit Abhaneri – the wonder of Wells. The first visual effect on setting sight of the stunning architecture is that of jaw dropping awe – an Egyptian pyramid turned upside down! Chand Baoli is a stepped well built by Raja Chand in the 8th/ 9th century AD for harvesting rainwater. The steps surround the well on three sides, having 13 stories while the fourth side has set of pavilions built one on top of another. It is a 100 feet deep. Water was drawn by means of a Persian wheel rotated by an ox from within a pavilion
On arrival in Jaipur check in to the exquisite Taj Jai Mahal Palace, located in the heart of Jaipur. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan State and is also known as the Pink City. Here, stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces fit like footprints from a rich royal past, candy floss-bright turbans blaze a trail through brilliant bargain-filled bazaars, and fluttering saris catch the eye like butterflies.
Overnight at Taj Jai Mahal Palace Hotel – Meals included: (B, L)
MARCH 20, 2019 – WEDNESDAY – JAIPUR
With it’s rose-coloured buildings, Jaipur, or the Pink City as it’s known, was the dream of the Rajput ruler Jai Singh. After breakfast at visit the magnificent palace of Amber Fort. This is one of the most fascinating of the Indian forts comprising the Palace of Mirrors, Hall of Public Audience and the beautiful gardens, all of which give a glimpse into the majesty of days gone by. The fort can be reached by riding on an elephant’s back or by jeep. Later we reach the city after taking a stop at Jal Mahal for a photographic opportunity followed by a visit to the observatory where you will understand the science of ancient astronomy, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
You’ll visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of which is converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury. Museum houses an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons.
In the afternoon, you can either relax at the hotel or go on a shopping spree as Jaipur offers the best options to buy textiles, jewelry (Gold and precious & semi-precious stones) and handicrafts.
Overnight at Taj Jai Mahal Palace Hotel – Meals Included (B,L)
MARCH 21, 2019 – THURSDAY – JAIPUR (Holi Celebration – Festival of Colors)
Experience India’s happiest and most colorful festival. Holi Festival is always held on the last full moon of winter, welcoming spring’s arrival. The entire country bursts out in a frenetic fervor, doused in a hearty splash of vibrant pigments. Shades of pink gulaal, crimson abir, and canary yellow powder take over your imagination and turn cities and villages into a riotous rainbow. These brilliant colours brighten up streets, clothes and faces for this sacred celebration, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. Each color represents deeply ingrained aspects of Indian culture. Forgiving past bitterness and moving on with a heart full of hope remains the essence of the Indian festival of colors. This spectacular celebration is sure to be one of the highlights of our Journey to India. Get ready for a private and unforgettable Holi celebration at the Diggi Palace in the pink city of Jaipur!
Overnight at Taj Jai Mahal Palace Hotel – Meals included: (B, L)
MARCH 22, 2019 – FRIDAY – JAIPUR – UDAIPUR
After an early breakfast transfer to airport to connect fight for Udaipur. Romantic Udaipur – City of lakes and gardens, water and white stone is known as the Venice of the East. Its sensual heritage is manifested in two palaces that seem to float in the middle of Lake Pichola. Explore the bustling by-lanes of Udaipur which have artisans practicing their traditional crafts handed down to them by their elders. Khari printers do decorative floral patterns in gold and silver on plain or printed fabric. Block printers print various designs and patterns in different colors with the help of wooden blocks. You’ll also find artisans carving furniture, making puppets and traditional wooden toys. Along with engraving and embossing on brass, silver, jewelry, copper and even pottery, Meenakari is a specialty of this region. Udaipur also specializes in stone carving, especially in marble and sandstone, with artisans working hard at chiseling their finest filigree work. Color as usual plays an important role in the life of Udaipur as in Rajasthan. It is wonderfully evident in ghagharas (long flowing skirts), cholis (blouses), and odhnis (long scarves) of the women as well as the turbans of the men. We will organize an opportunity for you to talk to these traditional businessmen and get an insight into their history and background as you admire the skill that they bring to their art.
Overnight at The Leela Hotel – Meals included (B)
MARCH 23, 2019 – SATURDAY – UDAIPUR
Udaipur sightseeing , after breakfast proceed for the city tour. Udaipur, a splash of color in Rajasthan that is brighter when tinged with the tones of local lore and legends. Visit the Jagdish Temple. This temple was built in 1651 and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu Trinity of Gods. Later proceed to the City Palace, built in 1725, which houses the Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal – studded with glittering Belgium Mirrors, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna all of which are ornately decorated. Visit to Crystal Museum at Darbar Hall (city Palace). Crystal Gallery is a sparkling paradise of overwhelming crystal collection which is around 129 years old but for almost a hundred years it was not open for public and drive around Fatehsagar Lake. Time permitting visit Bougainvillea – A contemporary Art Gallery and the Miniature School of Art & Painting which is unique to the region.
Late afternoon, enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Pichola. Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan, India. Located in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur enveloped by lofty Palaces, temples, bathing ghats and elevated hills on all its sides.
Overnight at The Leela Hotel – Meals Included: (B)
MARCH 24, 2019 – SUNDAY – UDAIPUR TO MUMBAI
After an early breakfast, transfer to Udaipur airport for the flight for Mumbai. Rudyard Kipling described Mumbai as the ‘Mother of Cities’ and the city’s history is the story of an incredible transformation from its foundation the present day.
Overnight at The Taj Mahal Hotel
MARCH 25, 2019 – MONDAY – MUMBAI
MUMBAI BY DAWN: Mumbai by Dawn is a unique offering, where you see the bustling city of Mumbai wake up. You get a peek into the little seen activities of the city, and get insights into what makes this magnificent Industrial capital of India tick and function.
On this morning’s walk you see hundreds of newspaper vendors sort out newspapers of 7 different languages, experience one-of-its-kind, fish auction of 20 tonnes of fish, observe an ‘only green’ herb market get set up for business across a popular bridge, watch the milkmen drive past with filled canisters, enjoy the melee of color at the flower markets, and soak in the clamour and chaos of the arrival of over 100 tonnes of vegetables, fruits and meat –‘Mumbai by Dawn’ truly defines the mercurial character of Mumbai, like none other. What’s interesting is that when you walk the same lanes a few hours later, you won’t find any evidence of the morning’s hustle bustle.
Afternoon proceed for the sightseeing tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India, erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to this colony in 1911. Drive past the Afghan Church, Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. Visit Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past Haji Ali Mosque, a shrine in honor of a Muslim Saint on an island 500 m. out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Continue to Prince of Wales Museum, considered to be one of the finest museums in the country housing rare artwork and archaeological finds.
Also stop at the ‘Dhobi Ghat’ (public laundries), where Mumbai’s ‘dirties’ are scrubbed, bashed, dyed, and hung out to dry. Watch as the local trains pass close by packed full of city commuters. (Photo stop only). Time permitting visit the Crawford Market which is extremely famous for its architecture as well as for its fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables. Also in the market, at the other end, there is a large pet animal market where dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, fish, parrots and songbirds are displayed and sold.
Overnight at The Taj Mahal Hotel – Meals Included: (B, D)
MARCH 26, 2019 – TUESDAY – MUMBAI/HOME OR VARANASI EXTENSION
Transfer to Mumbai International Airport Terminal 2 to board the flight for onward journey or continue to Varanasi extension