HOLI INDIA with Sarah Hoyland
Celebrate the world's most chaotic & colourful festival - Holi - in India.
Holi Celebration in Jaipur
Blue City of Jodhpur & Lake City of Udaipur
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Leopard Safari in rural Rajasthan
Unique Step Well dinner
Ancient Aarti Ceremony on the Ganges
Holy City of Varanasi
Heritage Hotels & Havelis
Small group of like-minded ladies
- Ultimate cultural immersion
- 15 days
- Escorted by Sarah Hoyland
‘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 Classic Safari Company Director, and Founder of The Secret Women's Series, Sarah Hoyland, this journey 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 Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Narlai and Udaipur 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, witnessing morning rituals on the ghats along the holy Ganges River, 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, spot leopards in the hills surrounding Narlai and we will meet friendly and inspiring people along the way. Of course we will visit the iconic Taj Mahal which is every bit as enthralling as one imagines, especially at the quieter times of sunrise and sunset, and there will be plenty of opportunities to satisfy your desire for retail therapy along the way!
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! Read More: India | Rajasthan | Sarah Hoyland | Secret Women's Series
Welcome to India! The group will arrive in Delhi today and spend one night at the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity hotel,
close to the airport.
Fly to the holy city of Varanasi, check in to The Gateway Hotel and enjoy a Welcome Lunch on arrival.
Visit the banks of the Ganges River and wander the ghats before boarding a boat to cruise the shoreline and ultimately witnessing the Aarti Ceremony
at dusk. Return to the Gateway Hotel for overnight.
After a dawn boat cruise, to watch the early morning holy rituals on the banks of the Ganges, fly to Agra this afternoon arriving in time to watch
the sunset over the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, with views across the Yamuna River. Check into ITC Mughal Hotel, a luxury hotel minutes from the Taj Mahal, before enjoying a traditional Indian meal at Mughal
Rise early to catch the soft light of sunrise at the Taj Mahal before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Explore Agra Fort and view the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, known as the Mini Taj Mahal, before enjoying lunch at Sheroes Hangout. This little cafe is run entirely by female acid attack survivors and has made a huge difference in empowering these 'sheroes'. This afternoon is at leisure to explore Sadar Bazaar, indulge in the spa or take a swim in the ITC pool.
A leisurely departure by road bound for the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. On arrival check in to the fabulous Samode Haveli. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure before joining a hosted dinner this evening.
Celebrate Holi today. We will attend a royal party in a Jaipur Palace with dancing, a decadent lunch and plenty of colour! Truly a
once-in-a-lifetime celebration and unique, cultural immersion.
Embark on an exciting full day tour of Jaipur including Amber Fort, the 16th Century stepwell of Panna Meena, both the Anokhi Museum and
store, Hawa Mahal - the Palace of the Winds, and the Gem Emporium.
Drive to the photogenic 'blue city' of Jodhpur and check into RAAS Jodhpur, a luxury design hotel in the shadow of arguably one of India's most impressive forts - the Mehrangarh Fort. Enjoy the ambience of RAAS before joining a hosted dinner beneath the floodlit edifice this evening.
Take to the streets for a privately guided walking tour of Jodhpur visiting Mehrangarh Fort and Cenotaph before returning to RAAS for some time at
leisure to enjoy this glamourous hotel. Later wander the Clock Tower market, visit a textile emporium and a browse through some of India's
most fabulous boutique stores.
Travel through rural Rajasthan to reach the 15th century old village of Narlai this morning. Rawla Narlai is a gem of a property offering the unique opportunity to experience an idyllic rural village. This
afternoon take a jeep safari in search of leopards who can be seen basking in the sun in the rocky outcrops that surround Narlai.
Rise early to climb 750 steps up to 'Elephant Rock' for magnificent views and the ideal location to watch the sunrise. Later join an escorted
meander through the village, venturing into houses, meeting local blacksmiths, shoemakers and bakers. This is a delightful insight into the lifestyle
and culture of the close knit Narlai community who still lead a traditional way of life. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the spa, swimming
pool or simply have a siesta before dining by a spectacular Step Well, lit by thousands of candles beneath a star studded sky.
A short drive from Narlai leads to the famed Lake City of Udaipur. After checking in to Fateh Garh Palace Hotel undertake a boat cruise on Lake Pichola, passing the famous Oberoi Lake Palace
Hotel and Jag Mandir, before following the lake edge to view the white marble palaces, temples, mansions and ghats that give the city its nickname
of 'the Venice of India'.
Visit the City Palace, boutiques and local markets on a walking tour of Udaipur this morning. Return to Fateh Garh for an afternoon at leisure
to prepare for the flight home. A Farewell Dinner will be hosted this evening.
An optional cooking class is on offer this morning, enjoying your culinary creation for lunch before transferring to Udaipur airport to begin your journey home or continuing with your onward arrangements.
- Escorted by Sarah Hoyland
- 15 days
- 16 March to 30 March 2019
- Begins & ends: Delhi
- A$7,490 per person twin share. Excludes international flights.
- For further details and a full itinerary please contact us
Here's to all the wonderful women that made this one of the most amazing trips I have ever been on, I cannot thank you enough. I Loved every minute of it - Jenny, Sydney.
Well, what trip!!!!! Sarah, I know I speak on behalf of everyone when I say thank you for making our trip to India the trip of a lifetime. Your generosity of spirit, patience, gorgeous fun manner, “nothing is too much trouble” attitude, enormous level of expertise, and sharing your love of India with us all helped to contribute to a seamless, fun, incredible experience. Thank you, thank you , thank you! - Libby, Sydney