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Golden Triangle and Holi Elephant Festival Jaipur Tour

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Route: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi

Tour Description:

Another rich festival of Rajasthan, Elephant Festival is fun to be a part of. Witnessing a herd of elephants decorated with bright coloured clothes gives a delightful view. Various activities takes place in this festival include procession of well decorated elephants, ramp for the best decorated elephant, game of polo to see elephants chasing the ball with speed, tug of war between the largest elephant and ten people, Dhaph and Gair dance and dazzling display of fireworks.

Also visit to various places in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra like India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Amber Palace, Taj Mahal, Hawa Mahal and Qutub Minar.

Itinerary

Day 01 / Arrival Delhi

Arrive Delhi , meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi

After a great breakfast start your tour of Old & New Delhi

After breakfast sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British Empire. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar, India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President’s House, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 / Delhi - Agra (By train Dep 0615 Hrs Arr 0815 Hrs)

Early morning transfer to railway station to board the superfast air-conditioned train to Agra. Breakfast in the train. Arrive Agra in approx. 02 hours & transfer to hotel. Later visit the Agra fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Evening at sunset visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World surely the most extravagant _expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Night stay in Agra.

Day 04 / Agra - Jaipur (By road Approx 5 Hrs) via Fatehpur Sikri

After breakfast drive to Jaipur-the fabled “pink city” of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. This is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendours, are now living monuments enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri-a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town"" which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Jaipur in late evening & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 05 / Jaipur

After breakfast proceed for city tour of Jaipur.

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 06 / Jaipur

After breakfast enjoy Elephant festival.

The Elephant Festival is an inimitable event held annually in Jaipur. Groomed flawlessly, rows of elephants do a catwalk before an enthralled audience liked the best fashion models to make this festival an amazing one. The elephants move with poise in the pageant and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi. It is festival time with elephants, typically celebrated one day before Holi, the Indian festival of colours.

Staged at Chaugan Stadium, Jaipur, elephants put up a variety of programs and the arena is brought alive with musicians and dancers. The crowd, which includes sizable presences of foreign and Indian tourist, electrifies the atmosphere. The festival starts with an impressive procession of the majestic animals lovingly painted and tastefully attired with glittering ornaments and embroidered velvets.

A ceremonial procession is recreated with caparisoned elephants, lancers on horses, chariots, camels, cannons and palanquins. Elephant is the centre of attraction in the many races and beauty pageants.

Most of the participants are female elephants. The mahouts (elephant keepers) take great care to decorate the elephants painting their trunks, foreheads, and feet with floral motifs and adorning them from tusk to tail with interesting trinkets. Female elephants wear anklets and make music as they walk.

Finally, some lucky tourists are invited to mount the elephants and play Holi. Participants dance with great vigour and the excitement rises to a crescendo.

Activities in the Elephant Festival Jaipur :

 

Firstly there is a magnificent procession of the majestic elephants decorated with gold ornaments and velvets and beautifully coloured. The guests are greeted and offered garlands by the elephants.

* Then there is ramp where the best elephant wins the Best Decorated Elephant’ Shield.

* Then there is the game of polo , its really amusing game where you find the elephants chasing the ball in great speed.

* There is Tug-Of-War between the largest elephant and ten people.

* Gaj Shringar is an exhibition where you will find display of elephant-ornaments, textiles (Joo) paraphernalia howdahs and carriages, paintings medicines and food.

* Program of Dhaph and Gair dance to display the vibrancy and lively mood of Holi.

* The finale has the dazzling display of fireworks.

Day 07 / Jaipur > Delhi

After breakfast enjoy colourful holi at your own. Later drive to Delhi, Arrive Delhi & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 08 / Departure from Delhi

Transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination.

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