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Holi Festival Tour Package 2021 | Kumbh Mela Festival

Holi Festival Tour Package 2021 | Kumbh Mela Festival

Duration: 08 Days/ 07 Nights
Price: $ On Request
Best Season: Feb & March

Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India also known as the "festival of colours" or the "festival of love When Holi is celebrated, bright colors and happiness soak each and every corner of the state and bring much joy to the lives of the people. Hola Mahalla is an important Indian Sikh festival held in Anandpur Sahib in Punjab which follows Hindu festival of Holi. Holla Mohalla is an occasion for the Sikhs to reaffirm their commitment to the Khalsa Panth. Chadi Mar holi is popular way to celebrate holi in Vrindavan, Barsana and Mathura. Chadi Mar holi in which people hit with sticks (Lath). Mathura and Vrindavan is famous in world for its temples and lord Krishna birth Place.

 

Holi Festival (29th March 2021) - Holi, amongst the most distinct culturally-rooted festivals of India, evokes the buoyant spirit of the spring season. The way Holi in India stirs up excitement among people, no other festival can. Well known for its high-octane celebrations, the Holi festival is famously associated with colours and water balloons. Falling in the month of March/April in the Hindu calendar, the Holi festival celebrates the onset of spring and renewal. Coming forth with the full flush of life, the invigorating air of Holi festivities spreads into the lives of people throughout the year.

However, the most interesting moments of Holi festival is the pyramid-type arrangement with a pot of buttermilk hung very high up in the street. Men climb up this pyramid to break the pot, in the same way as Lord Krishna did when he was a child. Holi in India is never complete without the special Holi menus which include especially homemade rich sweet dishes like, 'gujiyas', 'malpuas' 'puranpolis' Cool summer drinks like 'thandai', mixed with the intoxicating 'bhang', are eagerly looked forward to. Holi celebrations can be seen in full exuberance with children and adults indulging in a frenzied display of colored water play with friends, relations and peers. The evening is a more formal affair, with people greeting each other with 'gulal' or dry colours, wearing new clothes. Mathura, Vrindavan and Nandgaon in Uttar Pradesh are the bastions of Holi celebrations. 'Braj Holi' is extremely famous and people come from everywhere to play out the love legends associated with young Radha and Krishna. The traditional ideas of good versus evil and upholding of moral values are borne out by several mythical events associated with Holi celebrations. The burning of Holika figuratively played out by burning the effigies of Holika. 




Kumbh Mela Festival 2021

Haridwar Kumbh Mela -
Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering in the world, is held every 12 years in rotation at the four holy places of Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik. The 2021 Maha Kumbh Mela will be held at Haridwar. It will witness the coming together of millions of pilgrims, accompanied by sadhus and different akharas, to take a dip in the holy River Ganges. The bathing dates for this mega event have already been announced and they are mentioned below.

Rituals of Kumbh
Although taking the dip in the sacred waters on all days of Kumbh beginning from Makar Sankranti is considered holy, yet there are some specific auspicious bathing dates. There are magnificent processions of saints and their disciples, members of various Akharas take part in the ritual of Shahi Snan at the start of Kumbh.

Mythological Significance
The origin of Kumbh Mela was transcribed by the 8th-century philosopher Shankara. The founding myth of the Kumbh Mela points out to the Puranas (compilation of ancient legends). It recounts how Gods and demons fought over the sacred pitcher (Kumbh) of Amrit (nectar of immortality) called the Ratna of Samudra Manthan.

HOLI FESTIVAL & KUMBH MELA TOUR 2021 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENTIAL TOUR

(HARIDWAR, RISHIKESH, MATHURA, AGRA & DELHI) INDIA

BEST SEASON - Feb & March

NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 08 Days/ 07 Nights

ACTIVITY: Colour, Romance, Music, Bravery, Mock Battles

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

* Witnessing millions of people taking bath in holy River Ganges (Our visit dates fall between Maha Shivratri & Falgun Purnima, part of the Kumbh Mela celebrations)

* Heritage walk in Haridwar & Rishikesh

* Heritage walk in Rishikesh

* Visit to the Beatles Ashram

* Holi Celebrations in Mathura / Gokul

* View the mesmerizing sunrise during early morning visit to the Taj Mahal, Agra

* Old Delhi city Tour



Haridwar Kumbh Mela Auspicious Bathing 2021 Dates

January 14, 2021 (Thursday)
Makar Sankranti Snan
February 11, 2021 (Thursday) Mauni Amavasya and Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)
February 16, 2021 (Tuesday) Basant Panchmi Snan
February 27, 2021 (Saturday) Magh Purnima Snan
March 11, 2021 (Thursday)  Maha Shivratri Pratham Shahi Snan - (Royal Bath) 
March 28, 2021 (Sunday) Falgun Purnima Snan
April 12, 2021 (Monday)  Somavati Amavasya Royal Bath
April 13,2021 (Tuesday)  Nav Samvatsar Snan
April 14, 2021 (Wednesday) Baisakhi  Pramukh Shahi Sanan (Main Royal Bath)
April 21, 2021 (Wednesday)  Rama Navami  Snan
April 27, 2021 (Tuesday)  Chaitra Purnima/Vasishnav Akhara Snan 
May 26, 2021 (Wednesday) Vaishakh Adimasaha Purnima Snan



Holi Festival 2021 Date in India

* 22nd Mar'21- Monday : Laddu Holi 

* 23rd Mar'21-Tuesday : Barsana Lathmar Holi

* 24th Mar'21-Wednesday: Nandgaon Holi

* 25th Mar'21-Thursday: Mathura Vrindavan Holi

* 26th Mar'21-Friday : Gokul Holi

* 27th Mar'21-Saturday : Dwarkadheesh Holi

* 28th Mar'21- Sunday : Holika Dahan

* 29th Mar'21- Monday : Dhulendi, Colourful Water Holi

* 30th Mar'21- Tuesday : Baldev Holi

 

 

Day

Date

Itinerary

Distance

01

 21 March

 Delhi – Haridwar 

 (230kms/ 6 Hrs)

02

 22 March

 Hariwar Old City Experience &  Kumbh Mela Experience 

03

 23 March

 Am - Visit the Yoga Capital / Rishikesh Town, Pm - Kumbh Mela Experience

04

 24 March

 Drive to Agra (400kms/ 8 Hrs)

 (400kms/ 8 Hrs)

05

 25 March

Taj Mahal Visit/ Drive to Mathura (70kms/ 2 Hrs)

 (70kms/ 2 Hrs)

06

 26 March

 Holi in Mathura/ Vrindavan

07

 27 March

 Holi in Mathura/ Vrindavan

08

 28 March

 Drive to Delhi (180kms/ 4hrs)/ Visit Old & New Delhi

 




Day 1: Delhi – Haridwar (230kms/ 6 Hrs)

* Drive to Haridwar. Quick lunch enroute in a local restaurant

* Arrive Haridwar around 06:00 pm

* Experience “Aarti” at Har Ki Paudi Ghat

* Check into Hotel & Overnight in Hotel

 (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2: Hariwar Old City Experience &  Kumbh Mela Experience 

* 8:00am - Post early breakfast, Spiritual ceremony for well being of all "FRIENDS" at the Ganga ghat with the priest

* 9:00am- 3 Hours heritage walk of the old Haridwar Town. Witness Asthi Visarjan- body ashes submersion in the holy River Ganga

* 1:00pm - Post lunch, drive to the Kumbh Mela site

* 2:00 pm - Experience Kumbh–Ganga Snan/ Bath in the River Ganges. Attend Hawan (Yajnas) / Mela Gatherings/ Rituals at the ghat

* Overnight in Hotel

 

 (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3: Am - Visit the Yoga Capital / Rishikesh Town, Pm - Kumbh Mela Experience

* 8:00am - Post early breakfast, drive to Rishkesh town

* 9:00am Enjoy white water rafting

* 11:00am- 3 Hours heritage walk of the ancient Rishikesh Town. Visit Beatles Ashram, Laxman Jhula bridge

* 2:00pm - Post lunch, drive to the Kumbh Mela site

* 3:30 pm - Experience Kumbh–Akharas/ Attend Hawan (Yajnas) / Mela Gatherings/ Rituals at the ghat

* Drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel

 (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4: Drive to Agra (400kms/ 8 Hrs)

* 8:00am- Post breakfast, we drive to Agra, the city of the greatest love story in the world

* Lunch enroute

* Arrive Agra and check into the hotel. Enjoy the lovely hotel.

* We go out for dinner in a restaurant

* Overnight in the hotel

 (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day5: Taj Mahal Visit/ Drive to Mathura (70kms/ 2 Hrs)

* After few hectic and fast paced days, we take this day easy and enjoy the lovely hotel.

* Check out of the hotel post 12 noon and we for shopping for white clothes for Holi

* Lunch in a restaurant

* 4:00 pm - Visit the Taj Mahal

* 6:30 pm – Drive to Mathura

* Check into the hotel. Dinner in the Hotel and Overnight

(Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

Day 6:Holi in Mathura/ Vrindavan

* Vrindavan - Banke Bihari holi/ Dwarkadhish temple

* Whole day for experiencing the Holi festival

* Dinner in the Hotel and overnight

 (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

Day 7: Holi in Mathura/ Vrindavan

Gopinath temple - Today, you can join the widows of Vrindavan and participate in holi with them. These ladies who are banished from homes come and stay in the Pagal baba ashram and devote their life to spirituality and god. Few yers back, they were not allowed to celebrate holi in colours.

For the last few years it has changed and one can play holi with them in colours. It is a good feeling and you can also donate to the noble cause. Go to Gopinath temple in Vrindavan around noon and take part in the festivities.
Whole day for experiencing the Holi festival
Dinner in the Hotel and overnight

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Drive to Delhi (180kms/ 4hrs)/ Visit Old & New Delhi

* 8:30am - Post breakfast, we drive back to Delhi

* 12:30pm - Lunch in Delhi

* 1:30pm - Visit Old Delhi on a rickshaw ride. Visit Jama Masjid Mosque, Spice Market 

* 4:30pm – Drive to visit Sikh temple. 

* 5:30pm - Visit the Sikh temple, community Kitchen, sarovar etc

* 7:30pm – Farewell dinner

* Transfer to the airport for flight back home

 Meals: Breakfast Only

* We would be delighted to share with you the detailed itinerary which is certainly more exciting. Do write to us/ fill in the query form so that we may send you the program in specifics 

 

Prices Inclusions

Price: On Request

 

PRICE INCLUDES

 * All accommodation on twin sharing basis in unique and Experiential 4/5 star category hotels 

* Meals as per the itinerary

* All transfers as per the itinerary

* All Transportation in AC mini coach

* Local English speaking guide in Mathura & Vrindava, Agra, Haridwar & Delhi

* All excursions, entrance fees, and visits as described in itinerary

* All sightseeing and entrance fees

* All activities as per the itinerary

* Two bottled water per person per day

* Government Service Tax 5%

PRICE EXCLUSION

* International airfare

* Passport and visa fees

* Medical and trip insurance & evacuation costs

* Airport taxes; excess baggage charges

* Video & Camera fees

* Tips to drivers or guides

* Items of a personal nature, including alcoholic beverages, laundry and telephone calls

* Other items not specifically mentioned as included.


 

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