Celebrate India’s Spring Festival – Holi at the Royal Palaces of Taj
1st – 2nd of March 2018
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur – Rambagh Palace, Jaipur – Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
This Spring, guests of Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris iconic hotels in Rajasthan can fully embrace India’s famous Holi festival of colour, from the comfort of their palaces. They can rub shoulders with royalty, discover fascinating traditions and truly immerse themselves in the local celebrations. Holi celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the end of the winter season, with fun and vigour. Festivities kick off on the night of 1st March, with a Holika Dahan – ‘a burning of Holika,’ performing religious rituals in front of the bonfire. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours, where anyone is fair game to be smeared in colour and drenched in water fights.
Guests staying at Taj’s authentic palaces immerse themselves in the fun and incredible atmosphere, whilst escaping the boisterousness of the big cities – observing the private rituals and traditions observed by the erstwhile royal families. Hotel guests can join the Maharaja of Jodhpur and family as they let their hair down within the private gardens of Umaid Bhawan Palace; observe the sunset prayers and ceremonies with the Maharana of Udaipur or choose petals for a colourful ‘fight’ within the Mughal gardens of 19th Century Rambagh Palace, in the Pink City of Jaipur.
FUN AND FESTIVITIES IN THE BLUE CITY OF JODHPUR
One doesn’t need to be a personal friend of His Highness Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur, to join in the fun and frolics of the family at the magnificent art deco Umaid Bhawan Palace. All guests can take part in two days of celebrations, including the lighting of the bonfire on the eve of Holi, a day of playful colour throwing and enjoying the mesmerising Gair folk dances in the peacock filled palace gardens, which span 26 acres. The palace will gift residences with white Kurtas and pyjamas and after a day of partying, the splendid marble bathrooms of the palace are the ideal place to retreat. A top tip from the Crown Princess is to make sure you cover yourself in olive oil as it will help to scrub the colour off! Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India, perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, where His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur and his family still reside. Designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, the palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences and features 64 lavish rooms and suites decorated in Art Deco style.
LAKESIDE CEREMONIES IN UDAIPUR
Guests staying at the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur are invited to join His Highness Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar and his family as they attend the Holika Dahan ceremony at the City Palace, lighting an effigy of the Holika, marking the triumph of Good over Evil. The next morning, guests don white Kurta pyjamas to be ferried across to the Badipal Jetty to throw organic dry colours over each other with local musicians and Dhol drummers playing, surrounded by the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola. Built in 1746, Taj Lake Palace was originally a lake island palace named Jag Niwas after his highness Maharana Jagat Singh II, 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar. It is a truly regal building, its gleaming, white marble façade rising from the surface of the lake topped by domes, arches and gilded detailing. Inside, the public areas combine breathtaking views with eye-catching interiors. Intricately carved, pure white walls and ceilings stand above tiled floors - all punctuated by fountain courtyards, roof terraces and secluded corners. The 66 rooms are exquisite palatial, complete with frescoes and superb original features, showcasing the finest modern craftsmanship, yet never leaving their heritage behind.
On 1st March, make sure you visit the Pink City. Witness the symbolic burning of evil through the ritual of Holika Dahan and top these experiences with sumptuous food, cultural performances, and a luxurious stay at the Rambagh Palace. Set in the heart of Jaipur, this historic palace was once the home of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh and his legendary wife, Maharani Gayatri Devi. Rambagh Palace exudes a regal elegance – from its antique chandeliers to the peacocks on the lawn. Rich textures, opulent furnishings and exquisite objets d'art abound, whilst the expansive, ornamental gardens are arranged in perfect symmetry.
About Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris
Established in 1903, the iconic Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is lndian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) brand for the world’s most discerning travellers seeking authentic experiences in luxury. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the crown jewel has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house. Vivanta new generation travellers a contemporary and creative hospitality experience that matches their work-hard, play-hard lifestyles. The Gateway Hotel welcomes guests to a refreshingly enjoyable and hassle-free experience, anytime, everywhere, offering the highest consistency in quality, service and style.
Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is the flagship brand of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL). IHCL also operates hotels in the economy segment with the Ginger brand, a pioneer in the branded budget hotel space in India and also its largest. Indian Hotels Company Limited runs TajSats Air Catering, a joint venture of the Indian Hotels Company, and SATS (formerly known as Singapore Airport Terminal Services), the market leader in airline catering, providing inflight catering at key cities.
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