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Highlights

  • Experience the Holi celebration
  • The 'blue city' of Jodhpur & the 'lake city' of Udaipur
  • Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
  • Leopard safari in rural Rajasthan
  • Heritage hotels & havelis
  • Small group of like-minded ladies

Key Facts

  •   India

  •   Great for culture lovers

  •   14 days

  •   Hosted by Melanie Hamilton

‘Holi India' is an annual journey offered by the ‘Secret Women’s Series’ – a 'sell out' tour that is designed specifically to coincide with the annual Holi colour festival that celebrates the beginning of Spring. Escorted by our co-conspirator Melanie Hamilton, this itinerary will awaken your senses and touch your heart as you immerse yourself in all the wonder of India.

For the culturally inquisitive, India is a nation of contrasts, a treasure trove of stunning forts, sprawling palaces, diverse landscapes, splendid cuisine, incredibly hospitable people and amazing shopping!

This action packed 14 day journey will guide you through the fascinating cities of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur as well as taking you to the remote reaches of rural Rajasthan, offering a feast for the senses at every turn. We will wake to the sound of the muezzin’s call, dine by candlelight in an ancient stepwell and ride rickshaws and bullock carts like locals. Rising at dawn we will experience 'real' India as the cities wake, wandering through the fragrant flower markets & narrow cobblestone alleyways lined with 'chai wallahs'. We will visit ancient forts and palaces, take a boat ride on Lake Pichola and spot leopards in the hills surrounding Narlai. Of course we will also visit the iconic Taj Mahal which is every bit as enthralling as one imagines, especially at the quieter times of sunrise and sunset. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities for retail therapy and we'll meet countless friendly and inspiring people, both in planned activities and in the unscripted, every day way that is typical of India.

During our journey the streets will explode in a display of riotous colour with the Hindu Spring Festival of Holi. Holi is India’s most dazzling celebration of life, love and colour and we will be swept up in the mesmerising displays of dance & music which take place on this hugely significant, joyous day. An unmissable specatcle!

 

Itinerary Details

Day 1 | Delhi | 2 nights             

Arrival transfer to hotel with time for a tipple or a cup of tea before heading to bed.

Day 2 | Delhi             

Morning sightseeing tour of New Delhi before an afternoon of retail therapy in Khan Market and a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3 | Agra | 1 night

Walking tour of Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque and a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Chandhi Chowk before driving to Agra in time to view Agra Fort & watch the sunset over the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh. Check in to the ITC Hotel with the remainder of evening at leisure.

Day 4 | Jaipur | 3 nights

An early start to visit the Taj Mahal this morning before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Before departing for Jaipur visit the 'restorers of the Taj' to marvel at the inlay work that has been handed down for generations and famous 'Sheroes Cafe'. On arrival in Jaipur, enjoy a hosted dinner before heading to bed in preparation for Holi celebrations tomorrow.

Day 5 | Jaipur

(Optional) Early morning walking tour of Jaipur to see the city awake. Immerse yourself in the celebration of Holi at Narain Niwas Palace. Evening at leisure.

Day 6 | Jaipur

Visit the Stepwell beneath Amber Fort, explore the Fort & spend the afternoon at leisure at Samode or indulging in retail therapy in the many boutiques and stores in Jaipur! Dinner (to own account) at Bar Palladio before returning to Samode Haveli.

Day 7 | Jodhpur | 3 nights

Depart Jaipur bound for Jodhpur ‐ a long but scenic drive with comfort stops en route. Sunset drinks before a hosted dinner this evening.

Day 8 | Jodhpur

This morning visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort and nearby Cenotaph before undertaking a walking tour through the Old Blue City. Later this afternoon visit an ancient stepwell and Textile Art Emporium (where you will be offered the best samosas in all of India!). Evening at leisure.

Day 9 | Jodhpur

Visit a Bishnoi tribal village today to witness traditional durry weaving before returning to Jodphur for an afternoon at leisure. Hosted dinner this evening.

Day 10 | Narlai | 2 nights      

A leisurely departure for Narlai has us arriving by lunch time (lunch to own account). Spend the afternoon exploring this fabulous property with time to relax by the pool, to go for a walk or enjoy a spa treatment (to own account). A hosted dinner at the Hotel Rawla Narlai is included this evening.

Day 11 | Narlai

This morning take a gentle walk through the local village to see the traditional way in which people live, and observe a variety of different craftsmen working their trade. Mid afternoon set out on a jeep safari in search of leopard before returning to the lodge to prepare for a spectacular stepwell dinner this evening

Day 12 | Udaipur | 2 nights

Depart Narlai bound for Udaipur. Afternoon at leisure before enjoying a cooking demonstration at Fateh Garh followed by a dinner of your own creations. 

Days 13 | Udaipur

Morning sightseeing tour of Udaipur including visiting the City Palace Museum, Jagdish Temple and a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Return to Fateh Gargh Palace Hotel for a farewell dinner.

Days 14 | End of itinerary

Morning at leisure prior to departure. Transfer to Delhi airport to begin homeward journey or continue with onward arrangements.

Key Facts

  • Hosted by Melanie Hamilton
  • 14 days
  • 6 - 19 March 2020
  • Begins & ends: Delhi
  • For further details and a full itinerary please contact us

About Melanie Hamilton

Mel Hamilton is the owner of Confetti Emporium in Wagga Wagga.

Since its inception this unique store has gone from strength to strength thanks to Mel’s carefully curated collection of  high quality garments, unique homewares and fabulous gifts. Her reputation as a stylist has been firmly cemented in the Riverina region of New South Wales.

Mel has travelled to India multiple times with The Secret Women’s Series and her ‘stylist’s eye’ is impeccable when it comes to seeking out perfect treasures on our travels through Rajasthan. Her fun loving nature also adds a lot of laughter to any adventure!

 

 

Melanie Hamilton (left) with Secret Women's Series founder, Sarah Hoyland (right) celebrating Holi in 2018

 

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