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India: Holi Festival Foray

Our annual gay India tour is a royal journey through Rajasthan.

India—and especially the province of Rajasthan—is chaotic and colourful. While the country is laden with lavishness, it can also exasperate and confound the unprepared traveller. This all-gay tour of India fills a decadent 12 days with a 7th Wonder of the World, the Pink City of Jaipur and huge clouds of colour that define the world-famous Holi Festival. Please stand by for fiery feasts, local accommodations and a truly unique culture.


Quick Facts


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colour!
  • Witness the lighting of the Holika (huge bonfire) on the eve of Holi
  • Marvel at (and photograph) the Taj Mahal
  • Appreciate India’s glorious architecture including India Gate, Agra Fort, Chand Baori and Mehrangarh Fort
  • Discover the madness of India’s famous bazaars
  • Learn about Rajasthan’s sweeping history during walking tours of Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur
  • Enjoy a slew of Indian and Rajasthani dinners
  • Learn about, and visit with, the region’s nomadic Bishnoi tribes
  • Explore the Pink City of Jaipur, ending with an al fresco dinner
  • Imagine yourself as a Maharaja at the stunning Nahargarh & Jaigarh Forts

DATES AND PRICES

2024
March 15-26, 2024 (From $7,595 USD)
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $7,595.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $2,220.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit - Balance Due 60 Days Before Departure
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Frano Novljan, Bhuvan
2025
March 4-15, 2025 (From $8,295 USD)
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $8,295.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $2,450.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit - Balance Due 90 Days before trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Gabor Laszlo, Bhuvan
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ITINERARY

Day 1 New Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to New Delhi. Rebuilt seven times over the centuries, today Delhi marries modern hustle with historic highlights. After clearing customs and immigration at DEL Airport, an Out Adventures rep will transport you to our hotel. We’ll have a kickoff meeting this evening at 5PM, followed by a decadent Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Delhi

For the first full day of our tour we’ll begin in Old Delhi with a visit to Jama Mosque. One of the world’s most beautiful Muslim temples, it was built by Shah Jahan in 1656. We’ll enjoy a walking tour as well as briefly drive past Red Fort. With our appetites revved up, a traditional Kashmiri lunch awaits, then we’ll hit up Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi before enjoying another walking tour. We’ll be sure to swing by Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan) and India Gate (this war memorial honours 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in WWI). This evening we meet with a prominent journalist and LGBTQ+ activist at the hotel, then he joins us for an optional dinner.

Day 3 Agra

The day kicks off with a 4.5-hour drive to Agra, the second capital of the Mughal Empire. After checking-in and grabbing a bite, we’re off to Agra Fort, an imposing structure nearly two miles long. Featuring palaces, audience halls and mosques within, it flaunts both Islamic and Hindu architecture. Today’s final stop is the world’s ultimate tribute to love. Lacy white and mesmerizing, the Taj Mahal was built by the Shah Jahan for Mumtaz Mahal, his favourite wife. Tonight’s dinner is included at the hotel.

Day 4 Jaipur

At sunrise we’ll visit Taj Mahal to soak in one last view of this magnificent wonder. If this day falls on a Friday the site will be closed and we’ll visit Mehtab Bagh, a garden complex across the Yamuna river from the Taj Mahal. After breakfast and checking out, we’ll drive to Jaipur, stopping along the way for lunch and an incredible photo opportunity at Chand Baori, the largest stepwell in the world. It was originally built in honour of the Goddess of Joy and Happiness. This evening we’ll enjoy a group dinner at the hotel followed by free time to explore.

Day 5 Jaipur

Enjoy a full day in the Pink City of Jaipur (the rosy glow arose thanks to a visit from King Edward VII in 1876 – almost all of the city was freshened up with a coat of paint). We’ll take a guided tour this morning, visiting City Palace where we’ll even get to enter the royal family’s private chambers. Other stops can include the city’s Observatory as well as Hawa Maha and the Johari Bazar. This evening we discover the city’s main attraction: Amer Fort. Overlooking Maoto Lake, the fort is famed for its decorative Hindu style and immaculate landscaping. We’ll arrive at dusk to ensure epic photos of the structure lit up. After we’ve explored the landmark we head off for a delicious al fresco dinner.

Day 6 Jaipur

Enjoy a leisurely morning before we depart the hotel to visit the stunning Nahargarh & Jaigarh Forts nestled atop the Aravalli range. From here, cast your view on the city below, and imagine yourself as a Maharaja centuries ago. We’ll return to the hotel in time for an optional lunch and free time. This is a great opportunity to get some shopping done in the city. Early this evening we’ll have dinner at the hotel and rest up for our long journey tomorrow morning.

Day 7 Jodhpur

Today we journey to Jodhpur, about an 8-hour drive away. After checking in to our 5-star hotel, you’ll have some time to relax before dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 Jodhpur/Rohet

A full day of sightseeing awaits, beginning with a visit to the royal cenotaphs (tombs) and Jaswant Thada, a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, on the banks of a nearby lake. To wrap up the morning we visit the majestic Mehrangarh fort, where we’ll enjoy an optional lunch after the tour. We’ll have a bit of free time at the hotel before driving approximately one hour to Rohet where we’ll learn more about the Bishnoi tribes on a village safari, even visiting their homes and partaking in their customs. Dubbed the ‘Premier ecologists of the world’, the Bishnoi have protected nature for more than 500 years, and have ensured the survival of species like the Black Buck antelope. We’ll enjoy an exclusive and private dinner tonight in the dunes, with local folklore to accompany the night’s sky.

Day 9 Narlai

Today we journey to Narlai, just 3 hours away. This afternoon you are free to enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this tranquil village. Tonight we are treated like royalty as we visit an ancient stepwell and feast on a lavish dinner, surrounded by the twinkling lights of lamps and the stars above us.

Day 10 Udaipur

We’re off to Udaipur, with a visit to Ranakpur Jain Temple en route. This massive monument on the Magai River was built between the late-14th and mid-15th century AD. It has over 1444 marble pillars—carved in exquisite detail—with no two pillars the same. We’ll have an included lunch, then continue to our hotel on the outskirts of Udaipur where we’ll check in and get ready for tonight when we’ll bear witness to the Holika Dahan, a bonfire ceremony that represents the triumph of good over evil, followed by dinner.

 

PLEASE NOTE: On occasion the local authorities in Udaipur change the dates for Holika Dahan and Holi. In this event the itinerary will be adjusted to fit with the new dates.

Day 11 Udaipur

Today is the highlight of our holiday: Holi, the festival of colour! We celebrate the festival at a local Indian family’s private home. Lunch will be served before we let loose—Holi is a free-for-all where participants run around and shower each other with coloured powders and water. After this unicorn of a battle is over, we’ll unwind poolside at the hotel before enjoying an incredible Farewell Dinner.

Day 12 Udaipur/Departure Day

Today is our final day and we wish everyone safe travels home. From the whole Out Adventures team, we’d like to extend a royal thank you for joining us in India.


GUIDES AND HOSTS

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INDIA GROUP LEADER
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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel
  • 4-Star Hotels (4 nights), 5-Star Hotels (6 nights)
  • Breakfast daily, 4 Lunches and 10 Dinners
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff and included meals
  • Village safari by jeep in Rohetgarh
  • Entrance fees to monuments mentioned
  • Holi Festival celebrations in Udaipur
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and wet wipes on bus
  • Basic porterage at hotels & airports
  • A donation to an LGBTQ+ charity in India
  • A $50 USD Rainbow Railroad donation to help resettle LGBTQ+ refugees. Read more here.

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International Airfare
  • Meals & Activities not mentioned
  • Gratuities for your Host & Local Group Leader (budget approximately $150 – $240 USD)
  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.
  • Alcoholic beverages during meals
  • Camera/Video Fees at the monuments
  • COVID-19 rapid tests, or any expenses related to a guest contracting COVID-19. Click here for more details.

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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

New Delhi
Leela Palace
Dining area
New Delhi
Leela Palace
Grand Deluxe Room
Agra
ITC Mughal Hotel
Common Lounge
Agra
ITC Mughal Hotel
Mughal Chamber Room
Jaipur
Leela Palace Grand Villa
Pool
Jaipur
Leela Palace Grand Villa
Courtyard
Jaipur
Leela Palace Grand Villa
Grand Villa Room
Jodhpur
Taj Hari Mahal
Pool View
Jodhpur
Taj Hari Mahal
Deluxe Pool View Room
Narlai
Rawla Narlai
Grand Heritage Room
Narlai
Rawla Narlai
Grand Heritage Room
Narlai
Rawla Narlai
Stepwell lit up at night.
Udaipur
Aurika Hotel
Exterior
Udaipur
Aurika Hotel
Deluxe Room


Reviews

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Ashley S

Too many highlights to list.
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Too many highlights to list.  I loved Taj Mahal but also loved meandering through the crowds in the old towns.  Amazing.

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Steve S

Life-changing experience
India: Holi Festival Foray
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Well planned, excellent guide, life-changing experience, lived up to all my expectations!

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Neill H

Everyone should experience it at least once in their lives
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India is a difficult country of extremes: extremely beautiful as well as extremely ugly. However, it is for that reason that everyone should experience it at least once in their lives

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Leo G & Rod L

The Holi Festival is a lot of fun
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That Bhuvan is a wonderful guide. The Taj Mahal was amazing. The Holi Festival is a lot of fun

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5-Star: Truly luxurious, beautifully decorated and spacious rooms complete with extras such a bathrobe and slippers, and often including an evening turndown service. Expect premium amenities such as a fitness centre, multiple pools and restaurants, a sauna and/or spa. Customer service is exceptional, always includes a concierge service, and may include butler service.

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