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Rajasthan: Circuit et Festival des couleurs Holi

Inde : Circuit au Rajasthan et festival des couleurs Holi

Festival of colors India Holi

Holi India festival


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India Rajasthan tour and Holi color festival with full board 

Duration: 15 Nights / 16 days departure from Paris or Brussels

DATES: March 13 to March 29, 2024 

Price: From 2,270 / person in a double room 

                                                                 INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS INCLUDED FROM PARIS OR BRUSSELS AND FULL BOARD 

 

Udaipur

ITINERARY : 

Delhi (2 nights) – Mandawa (2 nights) – Bikaner (1 night) – Jodhpur (1 night) – Udaipur (2 nights) – Pushkar (1 night) – Jaipur (3 nights) – GHS (1 night) – Agra  ( 1 night) – Delhi (1 night)

 

Highlights of this trip:

    1. Participation in the Holi festival, festival of colors in Jaipur. 

2. Delhi  : Visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib – one of the most important Sikh gurdwara or Sikh place of worship

3.Delhi  : A stroll through street shopping paradise at Connaught place, “Janpath”

 DelhiA rickshaw ride through the oldest and most inspired market of Chandni Chowk

4.Mandawa – visit the artistically painted ancient havelis Ladia haveli, Chokhan haveli, Binsidhar haveli, Gulab Rai haveli and Newatia haveli

5.Visit Meharangarh Fort – One of the largest forts in India, Jaswant Thada

6. Night walk in the old town to the clock tower and old bazaar area.

7.Pushkar – Brahma Temple Visit

8.Sambhar – Sambhar a timeless exotic wetland and the largest salt lake in India. An amazing tour and many movie locations. Ideal for photographers. Migratory birds are in large numbers here including Maigatary cranes and pink flamingos. Visit to the salt manufacturing factory.

9.Jaipur – City walk through old lanes and local bazaar, Govind Devji temple to witness evening prayer ceremony       

10. Jaipur  : A Day Trip to Amber Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) Visit the magnificent 16th century well known as by Panna Meena ka Kund

11.Jaipur : Visit Galtaji Temple – Galta is a prehistoric Hindu pilgrimage site often called the Monkey Temple, due to the large number of monkeys found here, was built in the 18th century.

12.Village GHS (Garh Himmat Singh) – Un authentique village du Rajasthan hors des sentiers battus, hors des tourites, un bijou caché de l’Inde. Un déjeuner avec la famille locale.

13.Agra – Merveille du monde Taj Mahal et le Fort d’Agra

14.Udaipur  : Promenade en bateau au lac Pichola

L’origine de la fête

Like many celebrations in India, Holi has its origins in Hindu mythology. Legend has it that King Hiranyakashipu reigned as a despot, sowing trouble around him. Proud and arrogant, he demanded that everyone bow down at his feet. Unfortunately for him, his own son Prahlad preferred the god Vishnull. Hiranyakashipu then wanted to get rid of his son. He tried to kill him several times but in vain. He then asked his sister Holika for help, who had the special gift of not fearing fire. The king challenged his son to lie in the flames with his aunt. Prahlad accepts and triumphs.Holika was punished for her vanity while Prahlad was saved and rewarded by the gods for his loyalty and devotion. It is from this story that Holi was born, symbol of the victory of good over evil,

Sprinkle yourself with colors

Several days before Holi, the Indians begin to gather wood to light the big fire called Holika. The day before the festival, huge bonfires are lit in every city in India. These fires, which celebrate the cremation of Holika, sister of King Hiranyakashipu, symbolize the destruction of evil. The embers are then collected by residents who take them home and use them to light a new fire.

The day of festivities is called Dhuletti. This is when the festival of colors takes on its full meaning. During the preceding days, everyone stocks up on chromatic munitions – balloons filled with colored water and tinted powder called  gulal . On the big day, you have to be ready to spray your friends, your family or even complete strangers you meet in the street.

Expect to be covered in color, as tourists are a target. Be careful what you wear, because the mixture of powder and water results in a sort of indelible slime. It’s hard to take off your clothes after Holi! You have been warned…

The colors used each have a particular meaning: green represents harmony, orange optimism, blue vitality and red joy and love. After spraying the victim with paint, it is customary to exclaim “  Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!”  » (“Don’t be angry, it’s Holi”). The day is marked by celebration: everyone has fun, sings and dances to the sounds of Bollywood. It’s also an opportunity to taste delicious dishes specially prepared for Holi and to swallow a few sips of  thandai , this mixture of iced milk, almonds, spices and cannabis!

In the evening, when calm has returned, residents visit their relatives and friends. It is a good time to exchange wishes and gifts. The families then share a hearty meal and stay up late into the night. In some parts of India, Holi celebrations continue for a week.

PROGRAM

 Day 01- Wednesday March 13, 23 : Departure for Delhi flights from Paris or Brussels.

Day 02 – Thursday March 14’23 : Arrival Delhi in the morning:

On arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to the hotel for 02 nights.

Freshen up in your room. Next, visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple) – is one of the most important Sikh gurdwaras, or Sikh houses of worship, in Delhi. Known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, as well as the swimming pool inside his complex, known as ‘Sarovar’. Also visit the largest kitchen which serves meals called ‘Langar’ to all visitors. People sit on the floor and eat together, and the kitchen is tended by volunteers from the Sikh community.

Followed by a visit to CONNAUGHT PLACE – Connaught Place is famous for its Georgian style architecture. The building forms two concentric circles with seven roads depending on the outer circle and the inner circle.

A stroll through the street shopping paradise at Connaught place, “Janpath”. Whether or not you end up buying something, Janpath Market is a shopping experience to be reckoned with. Janpath is such a beautiful representation of one of the most beautiful things in Delhi’s handicrafts and other products. Breakfast in a local restaurant.

No matter how many villages are redeveloped or subcultures redefined, nothing will be more synonymous with Delhi than Connaught Place. The colonial heart of the capital, CP is lined with chic cafes, beer bars and famous restaurants, all interspersed with shops… and stories. You can easily spend a whole day here.

Return to the hotel and relax. Dinner and Night in Delhi.

 

Day 03 – Friday March 15’23: Delhi

After breakfast, we leave for an incredible tour in Old Delhi . Starting from the Red Fort from the outside, we continue visiting the Jama Masjid, one  of the architectural gifts given by Shah Jahan, is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. 

Rickshaw ride

Let us take you on an exciting rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of one of Delhi’s oldest and most talked about markets – Chandni Chowk, whose origin dates back to the Mughal era .

What better way to soak up the hustle and bustle, chaos and old world charm of this market, with shops full of spices, dry fruits, silver jewelry, saris and sweets. Local restaurant lunch.

Afternoon guided tour of Delhi including Qutub Minar,  one of the world heritage sites – the Victory Tower, which Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak built in 1199, after the Sultan of Delhi.

En route, enjoy a panoramic tour of India Gate , Parliament Street and Rashtrapati Bhawan . Dinner and Night in Delhi.

 

Day 04  – Saturday March 16’23: Delhi – Mandawa (250Km / 05h)

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Mandawa, check-in on arrival at the hotel for 02 night. Lunch en route.

 

Hotel Koti Mandawa

Hotel Koti Mansawa

Koti Mandawa Hotel

Mandawa is also known as the ‘open art gallery’ of Rajasthan as the entire area is adorned with artistically painted havelis, mansions and houses. Some of the popular havelis which have become important tourist destinations are Ladia haveli, Chokhan haveli, Binsidhar haveli, Gulab Rai haveli and Newatia haveli. Dinner and Night in Mandawa.

 

 Day 05 – Sunday March 17’23: Mandawa – Nawalgarh – Mandawa (28 km/1/2 hour) one way

In the morning, after a good breakfast, drive to Nawalgarh. Nawalgarh is a town in Jhunjhunu district of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is part of the Shekhawati region and is halfway between Jhunjhunu and Sikar. Nawalgarh is famous for its fresco and havelis and is considered the golden city of Rajasthan . It is also the home of some of India’s leading business families. Visit Murarka Haveli, Poddar Haveli , Bhagat Haveli. Lunch and return to Mandawa. Dinner and Night in Mandawa.

 

Day 06 – Monday March 18’23: Mandawa – Bikaner (193Km / 3h30)

In the morning, after a good breakfast, departure for Bikaner, check-in on arrival for 01 night. Lunch. Afternoon, guided tour of Bikaner including Junagarh Palace  and Lalgarh Palace.  Visit  to the camel breeding farm. Dinner and Night in Bikaner. 

 

Day 07 – Tuesday March 19’23: Bikaner – Jodhpur (252Km / 05h) 

After our breakfast, drive to Jodhpur. Check-in at the hotel for 01 night and relax for the rest of the day with lunch and dinner planned at local restaurants.

Jodhpur – the Great Indian Desert, site on a sandstone hill surrounded by a wall fort, approximately 6 miles long with 7 gateways. “The City of Sun  ” was founded by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is divided into two parts: the old town and the new town. The old city is separated by a 10 km long wall surrounding it.

In the evening, let’s go for a passionate walk in the old city in the area of ​​the clock tower and the old bazaarNight in Jodhpur.

 

Day 08 – Wednesday March 20’23: Jodhpur – Udaipur (243 km / 05h) via Ranakpur

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel, guided tour of the city of Jodhpur. Guided tour covering Mehrangarh Fort  situated at the height of 150 meters is the largest fort in India founded by Rao Jodha in the 14th century, Jaswant Thada – the graveyard of Jodhpur ruler Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Lunch.

Afternoon, drive to Udaipur. En route, we visit the temples of Ranakpur , which are acclaimed worldwide for their intricate and superb architectural style. These temples form one of the five great pilgrimages of the Jains. Located in Ranakpur village near Sadri town in Pali district of Rajasthan, Ranakpur temple is at a distance of 95 km north of Udaipur city. On arrival in Udaipur, check into hotel for 02 nights.

Dinner and Night in Udaipur.

 Day 09 – Thursday March 21’23: Udaipur

Morning breakfast at the hotel, and guided tour of Udaipur including the city palace , on the banks of Lake Pichola. The magnificent and impressive citadel is, in fact, a complex of several buildings that were added at different times by different rulers spanning almost three hundred years. The Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum houses a very interesting collection of Rajasthani folk art – costumes, paintings, folk deities, musical instruments, masks, dolls and weapons. You can also spend a few quiet moments at the Sahelion ki Bari, (Garden of the Bridesmaids), a small ornamental garden with fountains.

In the evening we enjoy a boat ride at Lake Pichola.

Dinner and Night in Udaipur.


 Day 10 – Friday March 22’23 : Udaipur – Pushkar (299 km / 51/2 hours)

After breakfast at the hotel, departure and drive to Pushkar.

Pushkar, the land of saints and seers, is a perfect fusion of tradition and modernity. The small and beautiful town is located in a valley about 14 km off the coast of Ajmer in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the other, Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a fitting backdrop for the annual religious and livestock fair which is world famous and attracts thousands of visitors from all parts of the world in November.

Visit the Brahma Temple . Temple of Brahma. Pushkar is also known as Jagatpita Brahma Mandir which is a Hindu temple  located in Pushkar , near the holy Pushkar Lake .  Lunch, dinner and  night in Pushkar.

 

Day 11 – Saturday March 23, 23 : Pushkar – Jaipur (146 km / 03 h) via Sambhar

After breakfast, we leave for a timeless exotic destination, off the beaten track,   Sambhar . We visit Sambhar Salt Lake, one of the largest salt lakes in India and is located near the city of Jaipur. It surrounds the historic Sambhar Lake town. Visitors enjoy getting a glimpse of migratory birds on the lake in winter. Picturesque and very photogenic atmosphere.

Visit the temple of Goddess Shakambhari… called Shatakshi , who is also a goddess of food. She is considered an incarnation of Mahadevi , and identified with both Lakshmi and Durga in Hinduism . Lunch in the village.

We continue by car to Jaipur . On arrival, check-in for 02 nights.

In the evening, stroll around the city , including the old streets and the local bazaar. Let’s end our walk at the Govind Devji temple to attend the evening prayer ceremony. The temple represents the royal past of Jaipur and is dedicated to Govind Dev Ji (another name of Lord Krishna),  Govind Devji Temple Jaipur is located in the City Palace complex. Dinner and Night in Jaipur.

 

Day 12 – Sunday March 24’23 : Jaipur

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel; Let’s go for an excursion to Amber Fort – it is the classic romantic fort palace of Rajasthan. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. Followed by a visit to the magnificent 16th century stepwell known as Panna Meena ka Kund , which lies in the shadow of a famous fortress.

Panna Meena ka Kund is a square-shaped stepwell, with adjacent stairs on all four sides and a room on the north wall. It is believed that this room was used for religious ceremonies before weddings or on the dates of popular festivals.

Breakfast in a local restaurant. We continue to visit the   City Palace one.  A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace covers one-seventh of the area of ​​the walled city. Continue to visit Jantar Mantar , the largest and best preserved of the five observatories incorporated by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory composed of extraordinary astronomical instruments is still used; Visit to Hawa Mahal , the ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is an important landmark in Jaipur. Their five-story structures of pink plastered sandstone inlaid with fine lattices and elaborate balconies.Return to the hotel and relax.

Holika Dahan ceremony evening in Jaipur.
Holika Dahan – Holika Dahan is designated to honor the victory of good over evil and to mark the arrival of spring. The festival is also known as Chhoti (small) Holi, and it is described a day before Holi, the festival of colors.

Dinner and Night in Jaipur.

 

Day 13 – Monday March 25’23 : Jaipur

Jaipur “festival of colors”

Rendez votre voyage au Rajasthan mémorable en célébrant Holi à Jaipur. In the morning after breakfast . Let’s play Holi. Holi, also known as the “festival of colors”, is a designated spring festival throughout India. Holi celebrations begin the day before. Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire. The next morning, celebrate Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colors, where people smear colors and drench each other. Everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. In the evening, after sobering up, people get dressed and visit friends and family.

After having an amazing experience of playing holi with colors at Govind Deo Ji temple, we return to the hotel.

Lunch, dinner and night in Jaipur.

Day 14 – Tuesday March 26’23 : Jaipur – GHS (125 km / 21/2h)

Today, after breakfast at the hotel , drive to GHS. En route we visit  Galtaji, Galtaji,  an ancient Hindu pilgrimage about 10 km from Jaipur. The site consists of a series of beautiful Hindu-style architecture, in a narrow crevice in the ring of hills that surrounded Jaipur.

Before reaching Jaipur, we visit GHS (Garh Himmat Singh) village. It is a small village – on the edge of eastern Rajasthan and is an off the beaten track visit. The tour considered as an interactive tour between the inviter and the host and our effort to take you here is also to show you an authentic lifestyle other than visiting the normal tourist trails. Let’s explore Garh Himmat Singh village together covering the potter’s house , Panchayat Bhawan (village headquarters), girls’ and boys’ schools ,  local bazaar. 

Have lunch and dinner with local family.

 Night at GHS.

 

Jour 15 – Mercredi 27 Mars’23 :      GHS – Agra (125 km / 21/2h) 

Aujourd’hui, après un petit-déjeuner chaleureux au GHS, route vers Agra. À notre arrivée à Agra , installation pour 01 nuit .

Agra , une ville de l’État de l’Uttar Pradesh, dans le nord de l’Inde. Elle abrite l’emblématique Taj Mahal, une mausolée construite pour l’épouse du souverain moghol Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal (décédée en canapés en 1631). L’imposant bâtiment principal dispose d’un dôme massif et de marbre blanc finement sculpté incrusté de pierres précieuses. Celui-ci est situé derrière une piscine réfléchissante à l’intérieur d’une cour définie par 4 minarets. Installation à l’arrivée à l’hôtel. Déjeuner et dîner.

Nuit à Agra.

 

Jour 16 – Jeudi 28 Mars’23 : Agra – Delhi (240 km / 04h)

Visite matinale du Taj Mahal au lever du soleil, (fermé le vendredi), réputée pour son architecture spectaculaire et ses sept merveilles du monde, construite par Shah Jahan pour sa reine Mumtaz Mahal en 1632. La construction aurait été réalisée par une main-d ‘œuvre de 22 000 personnes qui ont travaillé entre autres ouvriers, des ouvriers Naqqashi, des peintres, des tailleurs de pierre, des jardiniers, des jardiniers, des brodeurs et des maçons.

Retour à l’hôtel, savourons un bon petit-déjeuner à l’hôtel, et partons  pour une visite guidée du fort d’Agra, construit par le grand empereur Akbar en 1565 après JC, qui est un chef-d’œuvre de conception avec de belles mosquées et palais. Déjeuner.

Après midi, route pour Delhi via Mathura.

Mathura est une ville sacrée de l’Uttar Pradesh, au nord de l’Inde. La divinité Lord Krishna serait née sur le site de Sri Krishna Janma Bhoomi, un temple hindou. La rivière Yamuna est parsemée de 25 ghats (volées de marches jusqu’à l’eau), dont Vishram Ghat est considéré comme le plus sacré. Sati Burj est une tour commémorative du 16ème siècle. Le temple Dwarkadhish est une entrée sculptée et une idole en marbre noir du Seigneur Krishna.

Explorez Mathura en pousse-pousse : le temple de Krishna, le temple Dwarkadish, Radhakund.

Continuons jusqu’à Delhi. Dîner et Nuit à Delhi. (B)

Jour 17 – Vendredi 29 mars’23 : Delhi

Aujourd’hui, tôt le matin, transfert à l’aéroport international de Delhi pour embarquement sur noter vol retour. Arrivés le meme jour.

Fin du voyage

 

Propositions de logements

15 Nuits/ 16 jours en Inde

 

VilleHôtelCatégorie d’hôtelChambreCatégorieN° de Nuits

Delhi

14/16 mars’23

 

Retraite du colonel

https://www.colonelsretreat.com/

Séjour chez l’habitantChambre d’amis02

Mandawa

16/18 mars’23

Koti de Mandawa

http://mandawakothi.com

Patrimoinechambre de luxe02

Bîkâner

18/19 Mars’23

Jaswant Bhawan

www.hoteljaswantbhawan.com/

Séjour à la maisonchambre de luxe01

Jodhpur

19/20 Mars’23

Ratan Vila

https://www.ratanvillas.com/

3*Une chambre supérieure sur cour01

Udaipur

20/22 mars’23

Palais Ram Pratap

www.fatehcollection.com/rampratap-palace-hotel-udaipur/

PatrimoineChambre de luxe face au lac02

Pushkar

22/23 mars’23

Palais de Pushkar  

www.hotelpushkarpalace.com

Patrimoine 01

Jaipur

23/26 mars’23

Haveli de Mandawa

http://www.mandawahaveli.com/

Patrimoinesuite de luxe03
SGHFort SGH

chambre d hote

Chambre d’amis01

Agra

27/28 mars’23

Coral Country 

https://coralcountryhomestay.in/

chambre d hote

Chambre d’amis01

Delhi

28 mars 23

Cardinal-Express

https://cardinalhotels.com/

03 EtoileChambre de luxe01

Le coût basé sur 08 personnes inscrites est de 2270 €/ personne en chambre double

                                                                 VOLS INTERNATIONAUX COMPRIS DEPUIS PARIS OU BRUXELLES.

Le supplément chambre individuelle est de 700€

Inclus :

  1. Chambre double.
  2. Petit-déjeuner quotidien dans tous les hôtels
  3. Tous les déjeuners et dîners.
  4. Promenade en bateau à Udaipur
  5. Entrées aux monuments selon l’itinéraire
  6. Guides francophones locaux à Delhi, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Jaipur et Agra selon l’itinéraire aux monuments uniquement 
  7. Toyota AC mini Van combi space for all transfers
  8. All applicable taxes
  9. French-speaking Belgian guide from Brussels: Nathalie Abbeloos
  10. RC Pro professional liability insurance
  11. Visa for India, which is done via the government website

The cost does not include:

  1. Any personal expenses
  2. Anything not included in the itinerary.
  3. Tips
  4. Travel insurance strongly recommended

 

Remarks :

  1. Confirmation of rooms subject to availability of places at the time of booking.