The Spiritual Seeker: Kensington Tours, Rajasthan
Catch India at its most colorful during Holi—an ancient Hindu religious festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil—and Jaipur’s Elephant Festival on a customized 12-day trip through Rajasthan. Starting from Delhi (and ending in Agra), guests will travel through Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur, enjoying an itinerary that features visits to important monuments and temples (City Palace, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort), dinner, an Indian cooking class and meetings with local spice merchants and textile artisans. During Holi (March 17–18, 2014; March 6–7, 2015), decorate an elephant with the help of a mahout (elephant rider) and throw powders of brilliant hues. Recharge each night in the region’s top hotels, such as Taj Lake Palace (tajhotels.com). Rates start at $11,995; 888-903-2001; kensingtontours.com.