Holi In Braj Festival Tour

8 NIGHTS – 9 DAYS

Delhi – Vrindavan – Barsana – Nandgaron – Mathura – Agra – Bharatpur

Holi festival is one of most interesting and colourful festivals celebrated in India. But, the Holi in Braj region is especially charming in its uniqueness. The festivities begin days before the main day of the festival, from the PhalgunAmavas to Ekadashi. During this period, the region comes alive with artists singing around in Braj language and performing dance dramas depicting the life of Lord Krishna, temples and houses beautifully lit up and decorated, and streets covered with colors. State Express has designed a special Holi tour to witness this unique experience. Besides, you will also see world famous “Taj Mahal” in Agra and historical city of Delhi.

Golden triangle Tour Map
Tour starts : 23 February 2018 In Delhi
Tour ends : 03 March 2018 In Delhi
Festival location : Vrindavan
Festival Dates : 23 February – 02 March 2018

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Double sharing room in listed or similar hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • All meals for two days in luxury camp accommodation in Anantpur Sahib
  • Air-Conditioned car/van/coach with driver for all transfers, city tour and excursion as per program, inclusive off fuel, parking and all interstate taxes
  • Services of local English speaking guide for sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • AC Chair car train fare for Delhi to Amritsar
  • Entrance fee to the monuments
  • Our assistance
  • All taxes

Tour Cost Excludes :

  • Air fare, travel insurance
  • Drinks during meals
  • Other expenses of personal nature
  • Anything which is not covered above under “Tour cost includes”

Hotels Envisaged:

Place Hotels Hotel Category
Delhi Hotel Jaypee Siddharth 5 Star
Amritsar Hotel Ramada 4 Star
Anandpur Sahib Deluxe Tents   ( Swiss Tentes )
Chandigarh Hotel  Park Plaza 4 Star
Rishikesh Aloha On Ganges 4 Star

1

Day:

Delhi – Vrindavan 23 Feb, 2018 : ( Holi Celebration At Barsana)

Morning drive to Vrindavan for check in at the hotel. Afternoon leave for Barsana to witness the most vibrant festival of Color. Thousands of people from all corners of India visit Mathura and Vrindavan especially on this occasion. The festivities begin with Lathmar Holi played in Barsana, a small village in Mathura. Lathmar Holi usually begins around a week before the main Holi day. During the celebrations, women from Barsana village gather with wooden sticks in their hands to welcome men from Nandgaon, with lath (stick) and beat them. This is part of the tradition as Hindu Mythology says that Lord Krishna along with his friends visited Barsana, Radha’s village (Radha was Lord Krishna’s 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. Even today, people from Nandgoan and Barsana follow the ritual. Men soaked in colored water arrive in Barsana and tease women by singing provocative songs. The women then beat them with sticks (lathis) and men use shields to protect themselves. Later in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

2

Day:

Vridavan : 24 Feb, 2018 ( Holi Celebration At Nandgaon )

Morning breakfast at the hotel and then leave for Nandgaon as celebrations in Barsana is followed by similar celebrations in Nandgaon (Krishna’s village) on the very next day. It was at Nandgaon that Krishna spent his childhood. As the legend goes, Radha with her friends called gopis would come to Nandgaon on this day to take revenge on Krishna and his friends by splashing color on them. Since the women do not go, men and trans-genders dressed as women representing women from Barsana go to Nandgaon to celebrate Holi with the men there. They are welcomed with water and colour in the village. This is very unique as the menfolk play Holi with women in a way which is not sexual in its approach but it has the rustic element of wooing and teasing. The main celebrations are held in the courtyard of the temple at Nandgaon as soon the courtyard transforms itself into a visual delight of beautiful colour-explosion. People from both the villages sit across each other singing and dancing here. Overnight stay.

3

Day:

Vridavan : 25 Feb, 2018 ( Holi Celebration At Banke Bihari Temple )

The Banke-Bihari Temple hosts a week long celebrations during Holi here. During the festivities, Bihariji (Krishna’s popular name in Braj area) is dressed up in white clothes. Goswamis (priests in the temple) sprinkle colours on everyone The whole atmosphere is made even more lively with music (bhajans) in the background and people dance to the tunes. But on this day of Ekadashi before Holi, there are special celebrations at famous Banke Bihari Temple at Vrindavan in the afternoon after the Temple gate opens at about 4 pm and holi is not celebrated with colours, but with flowers. That is why it is called Phoolonwaliholi meaning Holi with flowers. Overnight stay.

4

Day:

Vrindavan – Agra – Vrindavan : ( 120 Kms ) 26 Feb, 2018

Morning leave for Agra. On arrival visit world famous “Taj Mahal”, the monument of love immortalized in marble. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his Queen Mumtaj. Everyone has most likely seen a picture of Taj, but nothing really comes close to the real thing – the Taj Mahal looks a lot better in reality than in a picture. Also visit Fort and then Sikandara, where lies the Tomb of the Emperor “Akbar the Great”. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

5

Day:

Vrindavan : 27 Feb, 2018

Today is the day to celebrate Holi festival with emotions as you will witness a special celebration with poor widows. Widows in India always had a difficult life. They were often banished from their homes and were compelled to live in far off ashrams in places like Varanasi and Vrindavan. They could wear only white clothes and never could use colours or played with colours. It is only couple of years ago that the widows of Pagal Baba Widow Ashram, Vrindavan decided to do away with this ritual and play with colours. It will be really be very encouraging if you support this noble cause by playing holi with them and bring some cheer and colour to their life. Overnight stay.

6

Day:

Vrindavan – Bharatpur – Fatehpur Sikri – Vrindavan : ( 120 Kms ) 28 Feb, 2018

In the morning drive to Bharatpur National Park to experience something different and get away from Holi for a day. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary provides a totally unique experience as it is a host to many rare species of migratory birds. The park is a combination of marshland, scrubland and grassland. You will explore the park in a rickshaw or by walk and capture rarest species that have migrated from China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Siberia, Europe, and central Asia. Later also visit Fatehpur Sikri which served as short term capital city of the Mughal Empire under the supremacy of Akbar the Great. The city was a perfect presentation of Indo Islamic style. Later return to your hotel for overnight stay.

7

Day:

Vrindavan : 1 March, 2018

Today again the focus will shift to Banke Bihari temple in the morning as the temple opens its doors to all visitors to come and play Holi with the lord Krishna himself. The priests throw colours and holy water and the crowd chants madly in unison. It’s an unbelievable experience to be a part of this event until the doors of the temple are shut at lunch time. In the afternoon, leave for Mathura to participate in the colourful Holi procession which starts at Vishram Ghat. In the procession, there are about ten vehicles which are decorated with flowers, and some even have kids dressed up as Radha-Krishna, participate in it. Later in the evening, it is time for HolikaDahan which means burning of effigy of Holika, the devil. There are women who come and pray at various events. Overnight stay.

8

Day:

Vrindavan (Mathura) : 2 March, 2018

Today is big Holi day, the biggest event takes place at the historical Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura. On this day, there is tradition of making and drinking bhang which is an edible preparation of cannabis. We shall come to Vishramghat to catch the process of making Bhang by the priests. You may also try a glass yourself. The temple opens at 10 in the morning and there is a big crowd outside the gates by then playing Holi and throwing color on anyone who comes there.The atmosphere inside the temple is really great. Priest play Dhols and everyone there is singing and dancing. You can also join and enjoy the celebration by taking part.Later return to hotel and it is time to relax after all these fun frolic activities. Overnight stay.

9

Day:

Vrindavan – Delhi ( 160 Kms ) : 3 March, 2018

After breakfast, leave for Delhi and the tour ends.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this trip possible for single traveller or for private small group?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveller. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

If you go for a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice but you must consider that you are on right place and right day for festival. We also need to check the availability which we shall let you know after you send us your request.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. We may also include other travel related services and may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in tour cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

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Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

 

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Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

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We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.
Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24 X 4 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

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1. Check availability
Go through the tour details in our website carefully. If you are interested, send us an email to check availability and get the final quotation or for any other information that you may need to decide. We can also design a special private tour just for you based on your requirement.
2. Make your reservation
Once you have received all details and confirmed availability with us, you need to send us advance deposit for guaranteed reservation on the tour besides other details as requested. You can send the same to us through credit card or bank remittance. You will need to send us balance amount as per payment details which you will receive from us at the time of reservation.
3. Book your flights
You can then book your international flight, buy appropriate travel insurance and obtain necessary visa. We can book domestic flight or train if you arrive in any other city in India at extra cost. Our representative will come to receive you at airport or any other location in the city where the tour begins and you will be dropped at airport or other location of your choice in the city where tour ends.
4. Pre & Post tour services
We can also provide you hotel accommodation, airport transfer or any other travel related services if you arrive earlier or leave later than the tour dates. Feel free to contact us by sending us mail at info@statexp.in for the rate for any such services or for any other information.

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