Colors of Holi and Hola Mohalla Festival, India February 21-March 4, 2018
Colors of Holi and Hola Mohalla Festival, India February 21-March 4, 2018
India is a land that has inspired a multitude of cultures and religions. With such a rich heritage, India has for ages been home to people of diverse beliefs. Recognized throughout the world as a land of vibrant celebrations, it calls one to experience that vibrancy through fairs and festivals. These are celebrated in their own special ways, with high spirit within each and every town in India.
Holi is one such festival celebrated across India, especially in northern India. Holi is the most colorful, exuberant and fun-filled festival, usually celebrated in the latter half of March. It is a festival known for dancing, singing, and famously the free-throwing of brilliant powder paint along with colored water. Numerous legends and stories associated with the Holi celebration come alive during the festival, through the vivid and visceral expressions of vibrant colors transforming all they touch.
Colors of Holi Festivals in Northern India, including the Hola Mohalla Festival
India is a multicultural land that houses assorted range of religions. The country has a rich cultural heritage and is home to people from diverse religions. India is worldly known as a land vibrant celebration; one can see the culture and life of India during the celebrations of various fair and festivals, celebrated with high sprit in each and every town in India.
Holi is one such Festival which is celebrates across India , especially in north India. Holi is a colorful and most fun-filled festival which is celebrated in the month of March, usually in the latter half of the month. It is a festival, with dancing, singing, and throwing of powder paint and colored water. Numerous legends and stories associated with Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. The most popular one is related to the killing of Holika.
NGO Documentary visit
We start off our travels through Rajasthan in Jaisalmer, and spend a couple of days visiting and documenting Citta.org projects for the empowerment of girls and women there. There will be lots of opportunity to photograph the real Rajasthan. We will visit women's cooperatives, homes, families, and everything in between. As we walk through the villages we will discuss how to be culturally responsible photographers and how to best to capture the deep access we will have to people.
Itinerary at a Glance
DAY 01 Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018
Arrive in New Delhi, India at 21:30 (14 hours; +9 hours 30 minutes time difference).
Upon arrival, independently proceed through immigrations and collect your luggage. Continue through customs to reach the arrivals hall, where your guide will be holding signboard with your name.
Private transfer to your hotel
Check in to your hotel
DAY 02 Thursday, 22 Feb 2018
At 09:30 Am check out from your hotel and meet your guide in the lobby for your private transfer to the airport. Flight Delhi to Jodhpur , Duration 01 hour 20 min. Upon arrival private transfer to Jaisalmer (05 hours 30 Min) Check into your hotel, evening at leisure.
DAY 03-04 Friday-Saturday, 23-24 Feb 2018
Jaisalmer lies in the western extremity of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. The ancient city, which stands on a low range of hills, surrounded by a stone wall three miles round, was founded in 1156 AD. Within its walls lie temples, forts and palaces, all built of yellow sandstone. The Jain Temples in the fort are decked with deities and dancing figures in mythological settings. The library attached to these places of worship contains some of the most ancient manuscripts in India, some dating back to the 12th century, written on palm-leaf in black ink with hand painted wooden covers. Down in the city are the renowned Havelis or mansions of Salim Singh, Nathmalji and the Patwas, every house boasting superb latticework in innumerable and intricate designs.
During your stay in Jaisalmer you will be working with the NGO citta.org where we will have the opportunity to create photographs and video to help in their fundraising efforts. We will travel through the villages of Jaisalmer to photograph to document women's handicrafts cooperatives as well as the daily life there. We will have a deep access to the people as their families. It will be a rare opportunity to visit through this area and have such closeup visit with the people.
Day 05 Sunday, 25 Feb 2018
Morning , check out of your hotel and meet your guide for your private transfer from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur. (approx. 05 hours 30 Min) Upon arrival check in to your hotel. Evening visit Mehrangarh fort Mehrangarh Fort: the most famous landmark of Jodhpur. Straddling the rocky crevices it rears up high, its sheer walls reflect the strength of its warrior builders. The museum within the fort is one of the finest in Rajasthan; it displays royal apparel, ancient paintings and manuscripts, fabled treasures of the royal household and an armoury.
DAY 06 Monday, 26 Feb 2018
This morning we visit the Blue city a kaleidoscope of colours, of ceaseless activity, people, shops, stalls, fine buildings, temples, bicycles, holy cows, rickshaws, buses and markets make up some of the passing scene. Post breakfast check out from your hotel. Private transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi. Flight Duration 01 hour 20 min. Upon arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to Mathura, driving time 03 hours. Check in to your hotel.
DAY 07 Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018
Holi is one of the biggest Indian festivals and is also one of the most fun ones. Of course there are prayers to the Gods, but the festivities then continue on the streets as colourful street festival.
DAY 08 Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018
Morning post breakfast check out from the hotel and meet your guide in the lobby for your private transfer to the Delhi airport for your flight to Amritsar. Driving time 03 hours Flight duration 01 hour 10 min. Upon arrival at Amritsar transfer to your hotel and check in. Evening visit the Harmandir Sahib. The temple is the informal name for Harmandir Sahib (meaning the abode of God) or Darbar Sahib, the holiest shrine in Sikhism for it houses the Adi Grantha, the sacred scripture of the Sikhs. Adi Granth, declared the eternal guru of Sikhism by the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, is a collection of devotional poems, prayers, and hymns composed by the ten Sikh gurus and various Muslim and Hindu saints.
DAY 09 Thursday, 01 March 2018
Post breakfast this morning we go on a heritage walk, deep inside the narrow lanes and Bye lanes of the 400 year old city of amritsar. One gets to see Katras, Akharas Bungas, Havelis,and Hatties. The walk takes you back in the time as you witness town planning traditional trade and crafts being Practiced in the same place and in the same manner as has been done for centuries.
It is in the However, the famous intricately carved wooden facades that will mesmerise you This walk is an opportunity to feel part of this beautiful, sacred, vibrating city. Check out from hotel and drive to Anandpur Sahib. Driving time 04 hours. Hola Mohalla is celebrated in Anandpur Sahib. On arrival check into your camp.
DAY 10 Friday, 02 March 2018
Hola Mohalla dedicated to the Sikh community especially the armed order called Nihang. It is an annual fair where Nihangs known for their brave acts going back to the days of Ranjit Singh, display their skills in martial arts in aunique yet traditional style. Since this day is celebrated after Holi, they also play holi by applying colors at each other. As part of an old tradition started by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind SinghJi at Anandpur Sahib, this fair shows the prowess of a dedicated army initiated by him called the Khalsa Panth. Hola witness the arrival of Nihangs in thousands at AnandpurSahibtodisplaytheirmartialskillsandpromotereligiousbeliefs.Dressed in their ceremonial garb, the Nihangs show astounding feats of combat, drills and 'gatka' ormock-battles to the people gathered there.
DAY 11 Saturday, 03 March 2018
Witness this annual event with its formidable display of martial art and sword fighting by Nihang Sikhs, the warrior class of Sikhs in simulated battles, thousands of people arrives at Anandpur Sahib. This is also an apt platform to honour both brave as well as spiritually-evolved Sant and Babas. Young fighters who learn under the tutelage of veterans of the weaponry techniques display various maneuvers with knives, daggers, and swords. The horse riding by the Nahib Sikh Army is a treat to watch as they engage in several dare-devilry acts which typically include Gatka-style encounters and duels, tent pegging, riding a stride two horses and showing off acrobatic skills. Many Gatka schools send their best teams to compete in the events. Marches, parades and military-style weapon pageantry are witnessed by a huge gathering.
DAY 12 Sunday, 04 March 2018
DEPARTURE DAY Post breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your guide for your private transfer to Chandigarh. Driving time 02 hours. Flight from Chandigarh to Delhi .
On arrival at Delhi airport your trip comes to an End.
Cost for the trip
$4,350 per person twin share
Airfare supplement: $440 per pax (approx. and subject to change) Delhi/jodhpur/Delhi/Amritsar and Chandigarh/Delhi
Single supplement: $800
- All accommodation on Bed & breakfast
- All Meals at Anandpur Sahib
- All transportation by Tempo Traveler or mini coach
- All entrances for sightseeing
- Services of a local tour and Camera Voyages Photography leader
- Mineral water and Standard refreshment in the vehicle
- Any lunches or dinners not mentioned above
- Domestic Airfares –quoted separately
- Any Travel / Medical insurance
- Any Gratuities (suggest between USD 200 to 300 per person)
- Any expenses of a personal nature including alcohol, beverages, laundry
- Any expenses arising due to unavoidable circumstances beyond our control including flight cancellations
Some examples of Hola Moholla