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clock-o5 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy the color-throwing antics of India’s annual Holi festival on this 5-hour experience in Delhi. Meet a local family, and after a traditional ‘tikka’ forehead-marking and flower garland greeting, join in a frenetic color bombardment: splashing and throwing wet and dry powders over the family and fellow guests. Refuel with snacks and drinks, and after the colorful cat-and-mouse game, savor a traditional Indian lunch. Round-trip transfers from New Delhi hotels included.
  • 5-hour Holi celebration experience with a local family in Delhi
  • Join in the colored-powder bombardment of Holi's ‘festival of colors’
  • Throw and splash colors over each other to the sound of ‘dholak’ drums
  • Enjoy a traditional ‘tikka’ and flower garland ceremony and learn about Holi’s roots
  • Vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch and snacks, with beers, sodas, and juices included
  • Pickup and drop-off at New Delhi hotels included
  • Small group limited to 10 at most
After pickup from your New Delhi hotel, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the venue for your Holi festivities.
This ancient Hindu festival plays out across India every March, celebrating the advent of spring and triumph of good over evil. Nicknamed the ‘festival of colors,’, its best-known event involves people throwing colored powder over each other — a tradition derived from the legend of Krishna, who liked to drench local girls in colors. The powders are splashed by hand, water pistol, or powder bombs in a frenetic celebration, leaving everyone drenched in multiple colors.
Meet your local family hosts, and enjoy a traditional Indian welcome, accepting a flower garland and tikka, a teardrop of color applied to your forehead. Then, head for the outdoor terrace to enjoy the fun-filled color bombardment to the beat of dholaks — the traditional drums of Holi.
Throw and splash the dry and wet organic colors at the other participants, breaking for sodas and homemade snacks like gujiya (sweet dumplings) and mathri (flaky biscuits).
After the fun-filled cat-and-mouse game, relax over a delicious lunch served with beer, sodas, and juices. See Itinerary for a sample menu.
Then, with the celebrations over, your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off.

Itinerary

Sample Holi Lunch Menu:

Snacks: Two vegetarian dips and one non-vegetarian dip

Main course: Choice of three vegetarian and one non-vegetarian main dishes served with scented rice, Indian breads, salads, pickle, and popadums

Dessert: Bengali sponge rasgulla (balls of cottage cheese soaked in syrup)

Drinks: Beer, sodas, and fruit juices
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