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Goa’s answer to the festival of colours, Shigmotsav can be termed a fusion between Holi and Carnival. It is the biggest festival for Hindus and is spread over a for night. The grand finale of the festival is the artistically-designed and beautifully-lit floats taken out in the state capital Panaji and other places like Ponda, Vasco, Madgaon and Mapusa. Shigmotsav is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of phalguna, the last month of the Hindu calendar. Festivities start with prayers to the village gods and goddesses. The last five days of the fortnight is when the parades are held. Men in colorful dresses carrying flags and banners parade through the streets beating drums. Later the parade assembles at the village temples where the dances are held. Festivities reach their apogee on the fifth day when gulal is used to colour everyone.
Arrive Delhi. Meeting & Assistance at the Airport, transfer to the Hotel.
Morning after breakfast, sight seeing tour of Sahajahanabad, now known as Old Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Musjid – the largest mosque of India, Red Fort, President’s house and the Secretariat buildings, India Gate – The War Memorial, Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar & Lotus temple. Over night at hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur – the Pink City Jaipur. This city owes its name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior and astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and famous for its handicrafts and precious and semiprecious stones. In the afternoon we visit the City Palace which is still the formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the museum of the city palace we visit the private collection of the Jaipur Maharajas. We continue to Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, the largest of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories. It’s complex instruments reveals us the secrets of medieval Indian astronomy. overnight at Hotel.
From the Elephant Festival in Jaipur to the Emperor’s Parade at Beawar, Rajasthan boasts of some unique ways to celebrate the festival of colours.
The Elephant Festival should not to be missed if you are in Jaipur during Holi. Brightly decorated elephants adorned with scarves, embroidered head-plates, velvet parasols, ear danglers, gold embroidered rugs and large anklets parade through the streets. The Elephant Festival of Jaipur attracts a large number of foreigners too, overnight at Hotel.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Airport for flight to Goa, arrive Goa pick up & transfer to Hotel. Evening free to stroll beach, overnight at Hotel.
Today you can see SHIGMO is similar to the “HOLI” festival of colours celebrated across India. It is the farewell to winter celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna (March), the last month of the Hindu calendar. In Goa, the land of temples, Shigmo begins with Naman or collective obeisance of villagers from 9th moon day to full-moon day. During all these days, they are to avoid non-vegetarian food and all intoxicants. The 5th day of the SHIGMO is celebrated as Rang Panchami “HOLI” the symbol of rejoicing, when people throw it on each other as a sign of full-hearted greeting.
Please note; Shigmotsav celebrate 10 to 12day in different city, like Panaji, Ponda , Margoa , Curchorem , Quepem, Vasco etc. If you wish to take experience whole festival can extend your stay for more days. Cost will amend accordingly Hired motorbikes, moped, scooters and bicycles are also a very economical mode of transport to travel around Goa, especially in the interiors. These are available in the cities as well as near most beach areas.
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