This tour combines better of Holi festival, colorful festival celebrated in Braj region near Mathura – Birth place of Lord Krishna and Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib as Holi is understood there in Punjab. The festivities at both places are enthralling but very different.
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This tour combines better of Holi festival, colorful festival celebrated in Braj region near Mathura – Birth place of Lord Krishna and Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib as Holi is understood there in Punjab. The festivities at both places are enthralling but very different. Besides the spectacular events, the tour also gives you possibility to go to Historical city of Delhi, Amritsar – City of Golden Temple, Agra – City of “Taj Mahal” and Chandigarh – City of Le Corbusier , the planet famous architect. This festival is actually a treat for those that have interest in photography.You can also customize this itinerary to create your tailor-made trip to india
Arrival at Delhi Airport. You’ll be greeted by our representative at the airport. Straight transfer to Agra. On arrival check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon visit world famous “Taj Mahal”, the monument of affection immortalized in marble. it had been built by Emperor Shah Jahan within the memory of his Queen Mumtaj. Everyone has presumably seen an image of Taj, but nothing really comes on the brink of the important thing – Taj Mahal looks tons better actually than during a picture. Also visit Fort then Sikandara, where lies the Tomb of the Emperor “Akbar the good . Overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Vrindavan, on arrival check-in at the hotel. Afternoon leave for Barsana to witness the foremost vibrant festival of Color. Thousands of individuals from all corners of India visit Mathura and Vrindavan especially on this occasion. The festivities begin with Lathmar Holi played in Barsana, alittle village in Mathura. The Lathmar Holi usually begins around every week before the most Holi day. During the celebrations, women from Barsana village gather with wooden sticks in their hands to welcome men from Nandgaon. this is often a part of the tradition as Hindu Mythology says that Lord Krishna along side his friends visited Barsana, Radha’s village (Radha was Lord Krishna’s spiritual girlfriend), to tease her and other Gopis (girls) by throwing colored water on them. In retaliation, Radha and Gopis chased Krishna and his friends to beat them up with sticks. Men soaked in colored water arrive in Barsana and tease women by singing provocative songs. the ladies then beat them with sticks (Lathis) and men use shields to guard themselves. Later within the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.
Morning breakfast at the hotel then leave for Nandgaon as celebrations in Barsana is followed by similar celebrations in Nandgaon (Krishna’s village) on the very next day. it had been at Nandgaon that Krishna spent his childhood. because the legend goes, Radha together with her friends called Gopis would come to Nandgaon on today to require revenge on Krishna and his friends by splashing color on them. Since the ladies don't go, men and trans-genders dressed as women from Barsana attend Nandgaon to celebrate Holi with the lads there. they're welcomed with water and color the village. this is often very unique because the menfolk play Holi with women during a way which isn't sexual in its approach but It’s the country element of wooing and teasing. the most celebrations are held within the courtyard of the temple at Nandgaon and shortly the courtyard transforms itself into a visible delight of lovely colour-explosion. People from both the villages sit across one another singing and dancing here. Overnight stay.
The Banke-Bihari Temple hosts every week long celebrations during Holi here. Go-Swamis (priests within the temple) sprinkle colours on everyone. the entire atmosphere is formed even livelier with music (Bhajans) within the background and other people dancing to the tunes. On today of Ekadashi before Holi, there are special celebrations at famous BankeBihari Temple at Vrindavan within the afternoon after the Temple gate opens at about 4 pm and Holi isn't celebrated with colour, but with flowers. that's why It’s called Phoolonwali Holi. remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.
Morning breakfast at the hotel then leave for Delhi. On arrival sight-seeing tour of latest Delhi with wide tree lined avenues, parks and fountains surrounding the imposing Government and State Buildings. Drive past the imposing India Gate, The Parliament Buildings and President House. Then visit QutabMinar, inbuilt 1193 A.D. It’s a striking medieval tower of victory of Persian architecture style. Next stop is Humayun’s Tomb.
Early morning after breakfast our driver will transfer you to New Delhi railway station to catch train for Amritsar. On arrival at Amritsar station, transfer to hotel. Later this afternoon we'll visit Wagah Border, located on the India/Pakistan border, 28 km from Amritsar. an honest number of tourists come to the present place to witness the “Changing of the Guard” ceremony and therefore the flag hoisting and lowering activities which are through with great skill and precision by the border security forces of both the countries, a sight you can't afford to miss. Stay overnight at hotel.
Early this morning we attend Golden Temple for early morning procession referred to as prabhatpheri. There’s endless singing of gurbani kiran, hymns from the opening of its portals (doors) to their closing. After the departure of the Palki Sahib (palanquin) carrying the sacred book – Sri Guru Adi Granth to the Akal Takhat Sahib Temple, the devotees, amid the Gurdwara’s Temple staff, clean the Sri Harimandir Sahib for 60 minutes. Toward the fruition of the ardas (sikh supplication), karah prasad (sacred contribution) is appropriated among the enthusiasts. We’ll spend most of our morning at the Golden Temple, which offers great photo opportunities. The Golden Temple is found within the heart of the town and characterized by its four entrance doors (called deoris) altogether four directions and therefore the tastefully decorated shrines, in terms of art and architecture. Golden Temple welcomes everyone no matter the faith or faith one follows. The stunning sanctum, shimmering within the water of the holy tank, flanked by spotlessly clean marble walkways and pavements makes it breathtakingly beautiful. Afternoon drive to Anandpur Sahib and check-in at camp. Overnight stay.
After delicious breakfast you have full day discover the most famous SIKH festival The Holla Mohalla. The Hola Mohalla is a powerful traditional display of Bravery and Valor that's a requirement see. The last word display of machismo – Hola Mohalla, an annual Sikh Festival held each day after holi, has the drama, the sweat and therefore the incredible colours that Indian celebrations are known for with great presentations of weaponry, arrow based weaponry and wrestling, there's additionally music, verse and supplications, singing and reciting. A crucial a part of the festival is that the langar (community food) that's served to pilgrims regardless of their religion or caste.
One of the most attractions at the festival are the Nihangs — a prestigious armed sect of the sikha who wear a striking blend of blue and orange, with thick bent mustaches and overwhelmingly enormous and adorned turbans.They additionally exhibit exciting pony riding shows where the riders jog without any protection, performing stunts like riding on the back of two ponies.Hola Mohalla is held at Anandpur Sahib within the state of Punjab, and It’s estimated that over 100,000 sikh devotees attend the festival. this is often a tremendous festival with great photo opportunities! Overnight at camp.
We will start early within the morning to witness and capture the varied activities that happen during the festival. We’ll spend the day here photographing this colorful and amazing festival.
Later driver to Chandigarh which is undoubtedly best-planned Indian City designed by world famous architect Le Corbusier who realized dream of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehra, the primary Prime Minister of India.
On arrival at Chandigarh you will visit the capitol complex which is most spectuacularrokd of Le Corbusier . The luxurious builidings, set against the shivalik peaks, stand “as massive sculptures, representing the monumental character authority that the complex represents. The complex consists of three master-pieces: The secretariat, the Supreme Court and therefore the legislature. Besides the master work of Le Corbusier, the town is additionally known for unique world acclaimed rockery which houses art objects made from industrial and concrete waste. Rock Garden’s entrance results in a powerful display of boulders, broken chinaware, discarded fluorescent tubes, broken and discard glass bangles, building waste, to make a dream folk world of palaces, soldiers, monkeys, village life, women and temples. The outdoors sculptures and concealed gateways separating them are at places enhanced by a waterfall, pools and an outdoors theatre with proper mise en scene. Overnight stay.
Morning drive to Delhi airport to catch flight for onwards destination. Counting on the departure flight time, you’ll spend a while for visiting more attractions of Delhi city before getting to airport.