Hola Mahalla or simply Hola is a Sikh festival, which takes place on the first of the lunar month of Chet, which usually falls in March. Mahalia, derived from the Arabic root hal (alighting, descending), is a Punjabi word that implies an organized procession in the form of an army column accompanied by war drums and standard-bearers, and proceeding to a given location or moving in state from one Gurudwara to another.
This custom originated in the time of Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) who held the first march at Anandpur on Chet vadi 1, 1757 BC (22nd February, 1701). Unlike Holi, when people playfully sprinkle colored powders, dry or mixed in water, on each other the Guru made Hola Mahalla an occasion for the Sikhs to demonstrate their martial skills in simulated battles. This was probably done forestalling a grimmer struggle against the imperial power following the battle of Ninnohgarh in 1700. Hola Mahalla became an annual event held in an open ground near Holgarh, a Fort across the rivulet Charan Ganga, northwest of Anandpur sahib.
|2||Delhi||Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, India Gate, President House, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar|
|3||Chandigarh||Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake|
|3||Anandpur Sahib||Hola Mohalla festival|
|6||Amritsar||Jalianwala Bagh, Durgiana Mandir, Wagha Border|
|7||Gurdaspur||Farmhouse to experience the rural Indian life.|
|12||Shimla||Visit the summer capital of British India, Shimla|
When To Go
Day 1 | Tue, Feb 27, 2018| Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met and assisted by our company representative at airport. After traditional welcome at airport transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 | Wed, Feb 28, 2018|Delhi (Sightseeing of Delhi)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later explore the sights and sounds of the city. Visit the monuments that exhibit Mughal heritage like the Red Fort (from outside) and Jama Masjid. Also enjoy the rickshaw ride in narrow streets of Chandni Chowk. Later visit New Delhi and drive past the India Gate, President House & other government buildings. Also visit Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 | Thu, Mar 01, 2018| Delhi – Chandigarh (Train to Chandigarh)
Early morning transfer to railway station to board your train Kalka Shatabdi (Dep 0740/Arr 1105 Hrs) to Chandigarh. Upon arrival in Chandigarh transfer to your hotel and get some rest. Later in the afternoon start half day city tour of Chandigarh and visit the famous Rock Garden of Chandigarh followed by scenic Sukhna Lake excursion. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 | Fri, Mar 03, 2018| Chandigarh – Anandpur Sahib-Chandigarh (Excursion to Anandpur Sahib (95 Kms one way) / 2hrs )
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later take excursion to Anandpur Sahib, is one of the most important sacred places of the Sikhs and is closely linked with their religious traditions and history. The ninth Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur founded Anandpur Sahib in 1665, near the ruins of ancient Makhowa. Witness the Hola Mohalla festival. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 | Sat, Mar 04, 2018|Chandigarh – Amritsar(Drive to Amritsar is 230 Kms & takes 5 Hrs)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later check out at hotel and drive to Amritsar. Upon arrival in Amritsar check into your hotel. Evening is free to explore some renowned local restaurant like Bhrawan da Dhaba, Kesar da Dhaba, Surjeet Makkhan Fish & Chicken center, to try out the Amritsari Kulcha (Indian flatbread stuffed with boiled potatoes & onions), Amritsari Fish fried and Lassi (A healthy & refreshing drink made by blending yogurt with water & sugar). Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 | Sun, Mar 05, 2018| Amritsar (Sightseeing of Amritsar)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later visit to the revered Golden Temple and Jalianwala Bagh followed by the sacred visit to Durgiana Mandir. Afternoon Tour of Wagha Border to witness the famous beating the retreat ceremony at Indo-Pak. Return to city by late evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 | Mon, Mar 06, 2018| Amritsar – Gurdaspur (Drive to Gurdaspur is 75 Kms & takes 1.5 Hrs)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later check out at hotel and drive to Gurdaspur. Upon arrival in Gurdaspur check into a Farmhouse to experience the rural Indian life. You may choose to go for village ride on tractor, milking the cow/buffalo, picking the eggs, plucking fruits/vegetables, sowing / harvesting / weeding etc. evening is free at leisure. Overnight at farm house.
Day8 | Sat, Mar 07, 2018|Gurdaspur – Dharamsala (Drive to Dharamsala is 130 Kms & takes 4 Hrs)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later check out at hotel and drive to Dharamsala. Upon arrival in Dharamsala check into your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day9 |Sun, Mar 08, 2018|Dharamsala(Sightseeing of Dharamsala)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later visit Mcleodganj, located in upper Dharamsala, is a beautiful hill station with breathtaking views of mountains, lush forests and a bustling Tibetan settlement. Nestled in the foothills of the Western Himalayas, Mcleodganj serves as headquarters of the Tibetan Government in Exile and home of Dalai Lama. The place is famous for some vibrant Tibetan Restaurants, souvenir shops and handicraft markets. Overnight at hotel.
Day10 | Mon, Mar 09, 2018| Dharamsala (Free day)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore the town on your own and interact with local people or may be try out some local delicacies. Overnight at hotel.
Day11 |Tue, Mar 10, 2018|Dharamsala – Shimla (Drive from Kullu is 240 Kms & takes 7 Hrs)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later check out at hotel and drive to Shimla. Upon arrival in Shimla check into your hotel. The former summer capital of the British in India, and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties which one can think of. It has got a scenic location, it is surrounded by green hills with snow capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era creates an aura which is very different from other hill.
The Prime Attractions are Viceregal Lodge, Botanical Gardens,The Mall, Himachal State Museum & Library. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day12 | Wed, Mar 11, 2018| Shimla
Morning breakfast at hotel. Full day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day13 | Thu, Mar 12, 2018| Shimla (Free day)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Full day is free at leisure and to explore the local market own your own. Overnight at hotel.
Day14 | Fri, Mar 13, 2018|Shimla – Kalka – Delhi(Drive to Kalka is 90 Kms & takes 4 Hrs & train to Delhi)
Morning after early breakfast check out at hotel and drive to Kalka railway station to board your train Kalka Shatabdi (Dep 1745/Arr 2155 Hrs) to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day15 | Sat, Mar 14, 2018|Delhi – Departure
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later check out at hotel and drive to airport to board your flight to your onward destination.