We are pleased to announce our exclusive tour to India this March of 2020. On our exclusive 7 day tour you will experience the Taj Mahal at sunrise, you will attend a cooking class, see the best of India AND take part in the Holi Festival or as it is also known, the Festival of Colors.
So what is the Holi Festival you ask? One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar.
The entire country wears a festive look when it is time for Holi celebration. Market places get abuzz with activity as frenzied shoppers start making preparations for the festival. Heaps of various hues of gulal and abeer can be seen on the roadside days before the festival. Pichkaris in innovative and modern design too come up every year to lure the children who wish to collect them as Holi memorabilia and of course, to drench everybody in the town.
Womenfolk too start making early preparations for the holi festival as they cook loads of gujiya, mathri and papri for the family and also for the relatives. At some places specially in the north women also make papads and potato chips at this time.
On the eve of Holi, called Chhoti or Small Holi people gather at important crossroads and light huge bonfires, the ceremony is called Holika Dahan. This tradition is also followed in Gujarat and Orissa. To render greatfulness to Agni, god of Fire, gram and stalks from the harvest are also offered to Agni with all humility. Ash left from this bonfire is also considered sacred and people apply it on their foreheads. People believe that the ash protects them from evil forces.
So what is the Holi Festival? Great excitement can be seen in people on the next day when it is actually the time for the play of colours. Shops and offices remain closed for the day and people get all the time to get crazy and whacky. Bright colours of gulal and abeer fill the air and people take turns in pouring colour water over each other. Children take special delight in spraying colours on one another with their pichkaris and throwing water balloons and passers by. Women and senior citizen form groups called tolis and move in colonies – applying colours and exchanging greetings. Songs, dance on the rhythm of dholak and mouthwatering Holi delicacies are the other highlights of the day.
Bring your camera as you will be taking a ton of pictures on this tour and at the Holi Festival and when you are at the Taj Mahal at sunrise just to name a few of the amazing experiences you will have on this trip.
This trip is ONLY available from InterlineTravel.com!!!
You can also bring non-interline friends with you on this trip, at the same price. They just need to take care of their airfare to and from Delhi.
But space is very limited on this tour so you need to book ASAP so secure your space with us! Call us at 800 766-2911 to book.
Our price this year will include your travel insurance INCLUDING Cancel For Any Reason* Insurance. More info on this coverage can be found here!
- Cancel for any reason insurance gives you 75% back when you cancel at least 72 hours in advance for any reason. Get 100% back if you cancel for a covered medical reason.