Holi: India's Festival of ColourDelhi, India
Ever wondered how an Indian family spends Holi, the Hindu festival that welcomes spring with a splash – OK, many splashes – of colour? Find out on an exclusive trip that begins in Delhi before heading to Jaipur.
First, you’ll visit the stunning pink Palace of the Winds, Amber Fort, the Royal City Palace and the city’s astronomical observatory. The next day the preparations begin. You’ll shop for water pistols, glitter, dry colours and water balloons at the market, take in a Bollywood movie then go to Holika Dahan, the bonfire that kicks off the celebrations the night before. Then it’s time for dinner with a local family and an early night because the next day you’ll need all your energy for the pelting of water and colour that symbolises this amazing festival. The tour finishes with a day in the rural village of Karauli and a visit to the famous Taj Mahal.
- Taking some incredible, once-in-a-lifetime photos and seeing this wonderful festival first-hand
- The opportunity to get better acquainted with locals
- Claustrophobes might be best suited to admiring the festival from afar, as Holi tends to attract large crowds of people
- If you don’t like to get messy this isn’t the festival for you
Delhi and Jaipur are in India’s north with direct flights from numerous carriers. Check out Air Asia for the best deals.
The Holi Festival can be as cheap or as lux as you like.
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India is a sensory overload and one of the most wonderful destinations on earth because of that. It can however get to you if you let it. Keep a sense of humour and embrace it.
The Holi Festival is in March each year.