FESTIVAL TOUR SUGGESTIONS # 8
Best during Period : September
17 nights / 18 days
Cities covered : Mumbai
- Pune - Delhi - Leh - Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Colorful festivals covered :
- Pune Festival at Pune
- Ladakh Festival at Leh (1st - 15th Sep.'08)
A sweeping tour across West and North India
from the shores of Mumbai and the Pune Festival with live
performances by the country’s finest classical music starts to
India’s splendid capital and on to the northern most reaches
of India. Leh: a rare lunarscape of bleak rock and gravel,
the exotic land of Buddhist monasteries at the time of the
annual , Ladakh Festival: A live with drumbeats, dances and
blazing hues. Return to the plains for a Golden Triangle
[These Festival Tour Programs are best
run with minimum 6 travelers to a group & more]
Day 1 - ARRIVE
The romance and colour of India greets you as you
disembark from your jet in Bombay – a metropolis of energy and
vitality. Our representative escorts you to the hotel.
On the arrival at the hotel ladies in authentic local costumes
greet with garlands and anoint your forehead with the
traditional red “tikka”. Afterwards relax with a welcome
Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 - BOMBAY
This morning city tour will take you to all of
Bombay’s best known landmarks; impressive Gateway of India
built in 1911, the handsome Prince of Wales Museum famous for
its collection of miniature paintings, Marine Drive, Bombay’s
sweeping shoreline, unique Hanging gardens and Mani Bhawan, a
memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon free. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 – BOMBAY / PUNE
Morning take a short flight for Pune – the cultural
capital of Maharashtra, and once the inviolable bastion of the
Maratha empire, Pune has a colourful heritage, a special kind
of magic all its own.
The intrepid Peshwas, lovers of art and learning who later
made Pune their home, left their legacy in the gardens,
palaces and Universities spread over the city.
Arrive and check in at hotel. Afternoon witness THE PUNE
Eleven days of revelry and worship. And a memory to warm your
heart, forevermore. Imagine 100 woodstocks or 50 live aid
shows running simultaneously. With close to 50,000,000
impassioned participants from all over Maharashtra paying
tribute to one powerful entity.
The eleven day Pune Festival will encompass Western India’s
most picturesque religious festival, live performances by the
country’s finest classical music starts, folk art, music and
theatre, exotic customs and cuisine. Besides, Pune abounds
with ancient caves, forts, temples and museums.
Lord Ganesh is perhaps the best beloved and most benign God of
Hinduism. Part human, part elephant, pot-bellied and four
armed, Ganesh is as colourful and fascinating a diety as one
could ever hope to find. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 - PUNE
This morning explore the colourful activities at
THE PUNE FESTIVAL. The Pune Festival reflects the spirit of
the people – warm, friendly, honest, welcoming. They’d love to
share their joy with you. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 - PUNE
This morning you will again visit THE PUNE
FESTIVAL. Full day explore the colourful activities of the
Day 6 – PUNE / DELHI
This morning you visit Singhagarh Fort, depicting
the scene of one of Shivaji’s most daring battle, parvati
temple atop a hill, Raja Kelkar Museum, Aga Khan Palace where
Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned and the samadhi of his wife
Kasturba Gandhi. Also visit Shanwarwada the historic palace of
Afternoon transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi –
India’s splendid capital. Founded on the sight of several
cities it has been the seat of power for centuries. Today Old
and New city combine to present a harmonious whole offering
the traveller elegant shops, broad laburnum lines avenues,
sunwarmed elegant forts and mosques that were once stronghold
of Mughal powers and colourful bazaars.
Our representative escorts you to the hotel. Overnight at
Day 7 – DELHI / LEH
This morning transfer to airport to board flight
for Leh – A rare lunarscape of bleak rock and gravel, Ladakh
is dotted with towering edifices of granite and grail
mountains which surround it. It is an exotic land of
monasteries carved into hillsides; statues of the Buddha,
Bodhisattvas and Lamas, of rich art treasures and of paintings
and murals; each one a further testimony of a glorious
civilization that once survived. Our representative escorts
you to hotel. Time free for acclimatization. Overnight at
Day 8 - LEH
Full day visit to LADAKH FESTIVAL.
When the Sun turns mellow gold and a moist breez sweeps the
rocky moonland of Ladakh, Leh bursts with drumbeats and
dances. The streets and alleys are stroked with blazing hues
and life pulsates with an extravagance of gaiety. The people
of the mountains throng, bedecked in gold and silver ornaments
and exotic turquoise headgears. The monks in the ritual
regalia and elaborate masks dance in a slow, languorous
movement to the rhythm of cymbals, flutes and trumpets. There
are Yak, Lion and Tashishpa dances, portraying the legends and
fables of Ladakh, the hermit kingdom. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9 - LEH
Full day at LADAKH FESTIVAL.
The flags in myriad colours fluttering on the ancient
monasteries, an enchanting display of Tankhas, a mock marriage
archery contest, horse polo and a festival of Ladakh cuisine
mark the celebrations, exquisite handicrafts and antiques
overflow in the narrow lanes and tiny bazaars. The guests are
served with Chang a potent barley concoction that adds an
element of abandon to the religious fervour. Evening visit a
Ladakhi home. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10 - LEH
This morning your day starts with the sightseeing
tour visiting the – Shankar Gompa which has innumerable
statues of pure gold and a number of interesting paintings.
Also visit the Leh Palace. Drive to the Spituk Monastery,
which contains a large collection of tankas and old masks.
Thereafter, visit Phyang Monastery. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 - LEH
Today you take full day excursion to Shey, Thiksey
and Hemis with box lunch. Shey was once the residence of the
royal family and is famous for its 7.5 meter high glided
statue of Buddha. Thiksey is one of the largest and most
impressive monasteries famous for its various images, stupas
and exquisite wall paintings. It also houses a two storied
status of Buddha. Return to Leh in the evening for Overnight
Day 12 – LEH / DELHI
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for
Delhi. Our representative escorts you to hotel. Overnight at
Day 13 – DELHI / JAIPUR
Morning depart for Jaipur – gateway to Rajasthan
and a city ablaze with colour when latticed rose – pink
monuments fight with brilliantly turbaned men and vividly
costumed women for attention. Arrive and check in at hotel.
This afternoon you visit the City Palace, a picturesque
complex of palaces and courtyards famous for its collection of
Rajput miniatures, carpets and manuscripts. You also visit the
exquisite Palace of Winds with its honeycombed ffaçadeand 18th
EVENING WITNESS PUPPET SHOW. PUPPETEERS NARRATE LOCAL LEGENDS
AND TRADITIONAL FOLKLORE WITH A COMIC TWIST.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 - JAIPUR
Your day starts with an excursion to Amber Fort,
you ride up the ramp of this 11th century bastion atop a gaily
Later time free for shopping. Jaipur is a major gems and
jewellery centre where one can find some of the finest
jewellery besides woolen and carpets, hand block printed
sanganeri and Bagru cotton fabrics. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 – JAIPUR / AGRA
Morning depart for Agra. Enroute stopping at
Fatehpur Sikri: a glittering imperial capital conceived and
built by the emperor Akbar. It is filled with red sandstone
buildings, mosques and courtyards. The pearl Mosque here is
designed after the mosque of Mecca and is a fine blend of
Persian and Hindu architecture.
Continue your journey to Agra – Synonymous with the timeless
beauty of the Taj Mahal – radiant at noon and amber at dusk.
Arrive and check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 – AGRA / DELHI
This morning you visit the world’s greatest love
tribute. The Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shahjahan for his
beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.
Mark Twain said of this monument “You cannot keep your
emotions within bounds, when that soaring bubble of marble
breaks upon your view”. Taj Mahal is like a silent rhapsody
that you will carry in your heart. You will also visit Agra
Fort, an impressive cluster of palaces, fortresses and mosques
on the banks of river Yamuna across the Taj Mahal. Afternoon
depart for Delhi. Arrive and check in at hotel. Overnight at
Day 17 - DEPART DELHI
Your India experience comes to an end as you are
transferred to the International airport to board your
homeward bound flight.