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8-Day Colourful India: the Golden Triangle & Holi

Tour route: India : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur

  • Tour code: INOT-IN-004B
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: Welcome to Delhi, India!

When you arrive at India Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted by our representative, who will then help you check-in to hotel and brief you about the coming tours. Have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.

Overnight: Delhi

Day 2: Delhi Classic Attraction Sites
After breakfast at hotel, your tour guide will escort you to Old Delhi for the magnificent Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Next, you will take a unique glance at the local life by exploring the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on a rickshaw.

Passing by Red Fort before driving to New Delhi for the tallest stone tower in India, the 800-year-old Qutub Minar surrounded by ancient Hinduand Muslim complexes. The next stop is Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Then you will be driven along the city landmarks of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings. Today’s journey finishes with an insight into the local religion at a colorful Hindu Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Tips: Female tourists are asked to wear robes before entering Jama Masjid. If you don’t have one, rent one at 50 rupees from the temple.

Overnight: Delhi
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Car Ride from Delhi to Agra (Approx. 4.5 Hrs, 220 Km)

After breakfast, you will head to Agra by private car. Stopovers for coffee break and photo taking are at your request any time en-route. On arrival, check in at hotel then spend the rest of day on your own.

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4: Discover the World Wonder in Agra

Today’s tour starts with Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), which was built by a great emperor in memory of his beloved wife. A visit in the early morning frees you from the crowds and the heat in daytime.Later, you will visit the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle. The rest of the day is at leisure with the vehicle and driver at your service.

Tips: Strict security check is needed before entering Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, battery chargers etc. are all prohibited. 

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 5: Agra to Jaipur with Stop at Fatehpur Sikri (By Car, Approx. 5 Hrs, 289 Km)

After breakfast, you will head east to Jaipur. On the way, you can take a stop to explore the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs). Built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later because of the scarcity of water, it is one of the finest exhibitions of Mughal architectural splendor at its height. After lunch, you will continue to proceed to Jaipur. Hotel check-in on arrival and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6: Jaipur’s Glorious Palaces & Architectures

After breakfast, you will first visit the hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state. Inside you'll also experience the kingly palaces like the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). Drive back to the 'pink city' of Jaipur and take a stop at the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), and your tour guide will show you the best angle for a perfect picture. Next stop is the City Palace Museum, which is famous for its superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury. Check the local time by yourself at Jantar Mantar, the largest stone observatory worldwide that is still in service today. Later, you will pass by the pink rose residential and business areas. 

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 7: Holi - The Carnival of Color

Holi is a two-day festival which starts on the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Bikram Sambat Hindu Calendar month of Falgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. Experiencing the Holi Festival is one of the highlights of this trip. You have a blast at the Eleday (or other theme package), a sanctuary for beautiful female elephants, to enjoy this local holiday. In the afternoon, if interested, you can drive back to the city to visit a local bazaar.

Note: Holi is on March 13 in 2017 & March 2 in 2018

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 8: Fly to Delhi & Departure

Enjoy a free morning before heading to the airport for the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you may make most of the afternoon for last-minute gift shopping before our representative escorts you to the international airport for your return flight.

Hotel day use: Delhi
Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class

Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.

Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour Class

Usually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class

Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class

Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.

Meals

Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

Reviews on: Colourful India: the Golden Triangle & Holi

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Clients: Antonella Martoglio

From: Italy

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Mavis Jiang
We have just booked our holiday in India with Mavis. She was very responsive and her help in arranging our tailor-made tour was great! Surely it will be an amazing experience! �
Rating: May 27th, 2017

Clients: Maureen Muldaur

Travel Consultant:
Eric Kong
We haven't taken our trip yet, but the service we've received from Eric Kong has been superb. He put together an India itinerary that is fabulous and has been such an excellent communicator, helping us all the way along. Eric, you're the best!
Rating: May 19th, 2017

Clients: David Walker

Travel Consultant:
Don Li
Summary:We had a great time and we would take another tour with Odyssey Tours. I definitely would (and have) recommended this company to my friends and family.Before the tour:The planning process could not be easier. We initially were interested in a Delhi, Agra, Jaipur tour. Later, we decided to add Ranthambore, and there were absolutely no issues. Don prepared us well for the trip, making sure we had all of the necessary documents and with advice for what we would need once we were there.The tour itself:The tour itself exceeded all expectations. We had a great driver who picked me up from the airport at the beginning of the tour and dropped us off at the airport at the end. Part of the experience of going to India is the food, and it didn't disappoint. The tour guides and our driver were excellent resources to suggest restaurants and, having a driver, it was very easy to get around. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and the tours of the sights were extremely interesting. Because it was a private tour, we could really make the most of our limited time there because the guides always knew where to go (we didn't have to figure it out) and we weren't waiting for a bunch of other people.
Rating: May 16th, 2017

Clients: Susan Larsen

Travel Consultant:
Owen Zhou
Many thanks to Owen for organising our tour of northern India. I would definitely recommend him and Odyssey tours. We were looked after every step of the way with a local guide meeting us at each hotel and helping us check in. On top of that we received a call from head office every 3 days to check everything was OK.
Rating: May 9th, 2017

Clients: Mark Tafel

Travel Consultant:
Owen Zhou
Owen was our rep for planning an 8 day Golden Triangle tour of India. The planning process was swift and efficient. He consistently responded by email within 24 hours, and everything was arranged really clearly. The trip went off without a hitch. In each city, the staff met us immediately upon arrival and everyone was courteous and hospitable. The main office checked in with us from Delhi several times, so we always knew that our satisfaction was really important to them.I would definitely recommend working with Owen to arrange a tour.
Rating: May 7th, 2017
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