A Festival of Colors
Held every year in late February or early March, Holi Festival was inspired by an ancient Hindu legend celebrating the triumph of good over evil. The two-day festival also marks the beginning of spring, a season of rebirth and vivid colors. The revelries begin with a bonfire on Holi eve and then erupt in a flurry of bright hues as festivalgoers toss colorful powders at each other. You’ll have a chance to participate in the festivities during this 11-day tour of India from Bohemian Tours. You’ll also visit a number of iconic sites, including the Taj Mahal and the Jain temples of Ranakpur.
The tour includes:
- Two nights at Hotel Gulnar or Hotel Clark Surya in Delhi
- One night at Rajmahal Hotel or Hotel Crystal Inn in Agra
- Two nights at Hotel Mahal Khandela or Hotel Vimal Heritage in Jaipur
- One night at Hotel Master Paradise or somewhere similar in Pushkar
- Three nights at Jaiwana Haveli, Mewar Haveli, or Hotel Aashiya Haveli in Udaipur
- An overnight train ride from Udaipur to Delhi
- Private, air-conditioned car or bus transport for the entire tour
- An experienced, English-speaking guide for the entire tour
- Airport transfers included
- Daily breakfast
Note: This tour does not include airfare. Travelers are responsible for booking their own flights into Delhi, arriving March 13, 2014.
See the full itinerary.
March 14–15: Agra
Travel time: 4-hour drive from Delhi
March 15–16: Jaipur
The Palace of Winds, a pink sandstone structure with hundreds of ornate windows designed to circulate cool air while allowing royal women to observe the street below without being seen, is one of the highlights in Jaipur. Be sure to catch the Elephant Festival on the evening of March 16—the annual event features a parade of pachyderms painted with traditional motifs and wearing embroidered velvet rugs, silver and gold rings, and fanny packs crammed with peanuts.
Travel time: 5-hour drive from Agra
March 17: Pushkar
Toss colorful powders at passersby and wish everyone a happy Holi—“Bura na mano, Holi hai!”—during the annual Holi Festival.
Travel time: 3-hour drive from Jaipur
March 18–21: Udaipur
Visit the lakefront City Palace and pay your respects to a bronze statue of legendary warrior-king Maharana Pratap on a guided sightseeing tour around Udaipur. Next up are the Jain temples of Ranakpur, which feature intricate engravings on white marble.
Travel time: 7-hour drive from Pushkar
March 22–23: Delhi
Travel time: 12-hour overnight train ride from Udaipur with an option to fly for an additional $187, which includes an extra night of accommodations and all airport transfers.
Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal? Airfare is not included in this feature.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal? Since this tour is centered around the Holi Colorfest in India there is only one tour date, which is from March 13–23.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available? There is only one tour date (March 13–23). Limited inventory is available.
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available? Your Groupon will be refunded.
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room? Any child over 6 years old requires a groupon. If you wish to bring a child between 2–6 years old please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the arrangements.