Pushkar Fair Tour
20 Nights / 21 Days
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Ranthambhore - Kota
- Bundi - Chittaurgarh - Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner
- Mandawa - Delhi
Day 01: Arrival at Delhi
Arrive at Delhi International airport. On arrival in Delhi, you will be met
by our representative and transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel. Delhi is
just not a city but it is a book-- a book which narrates the history of India.
The city was built and destroyed seven times and has been witness to the various
events which has brought India through the history books. Seven times this city
went through the pain of being built and rebuilt. Today as the capital of India
Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of
a bygone era stand there. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past
and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi
is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors,
Conquerors and poor in equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of
'Dilwalas' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true colour when
one goes around the lanes of Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi - Agra
Morning drive to Agra (203 kms). Upon arrival in Agra - check into the hotel.
Afternoon visit Red Fort and famous Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
Overnight at hotel.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the
memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum took
22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000 craftsmen and master builders,
who came from all over Asia to join in this great work from Baghdad, Shiraz,
Delhi, Samarkand and Turkey. The marble, India s finest; was quarried at Makrana
near Jodhpur. Precious and semi precious stones were imported from distant
lands : Jasper from Punjab, Jade & Crystal from China, Turquoise from
Tibet, Lapis from Afghanistan and Ceylon, Chrysolite from Egypt, Amethyst
from Persia, Agate from Yemen, Malachite from Russia, Diamonds from Golconda
and Mother of Pearl from the Indian Ocean. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Agra - Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur (221 kms), en route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri
the deserted, red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital
and palace in the 16th century. Also visit the Buland Darwaza the largest gateway
in the world. Thereafter continue drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur -
check into the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Jaipur
Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts
of Jaipur. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. Overnight will be at Jaipur. Jaipur,
the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the ' Pink City ' because
of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lake bed in
a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and
crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts
and a feast for the eyes. All through, Jaipur has retained its strong Rajputana
flavour tempered by several influences - the mughal being the most prominent.
The region's strong cultural heritage is distinctly evident even today. The
city is a visitor's delight. From the intricate, delicate looking Hawa Mahal
to the graphic forms of the Jantar Mantar - an open air observatory of outsized
astronomical instruments, the Badi Chaupar lined with shopsand business establishments
on both sides to the majestic fort-palace at Amber; from the colorful fountains
of life to the sublime Birla Temple; from the architectural delight of the City
Palace to the serene Jal Mahal.
Day 05: Jaipur - Pushkar
Proceed for Pushkar after breakfast. Reach Pushkar by noon and relax. Check
in at the SWISS TENTS. Overnight will be at hotel.
Day 06: Pushkar
Full day will be spent in PUSHKAR FAIR. Surrounded by hills on three sides,
Pushkar, 11 kms from Ajmer, abounds in temples. of these the most famous is
the Brahma temple - the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country.
Once a year, during the Kartik Purnima, the entire region comes alive with a
pulsating Camel and Cattle Fair. There is a week long celebration with an explosion
of fun, frolic, games and laughter with threads of religious fervour. Bedecked
and festooned cattle wait in the clouds of sand and the pious gather at the
break of dawn to take a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake to absolve themselves of
all their sins.
Day 07 Pushkar - Ranthambhore
Visit the BRAHMA TEMPLE - The only one in the world. Start early after breakfast
for Ranthambhore. Overnight will be at Ranthambhore.
Day 08: Ranthambhore
Enjoy the day at Ranthambhore going out for JUNGLE SAFARIS into the PARK.
Overnight will be at Ranthambhore.
Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state.Located
at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range, this is one of the finest
places to view animals, especially as they are used to being stared at here.The
park covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km and if combined it with the area
of sawai man singh sanctuary area,it is around 500 Sq km. Ranthambore national
park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection
of "Project Tiger". It got it's status of a National Park in 1981.
Day 09: Ranthambhore - Kota
Proceed for the morning SAFARI. Start for KOTA after breakfast. Overnight
will be at Kota.
The history of the city dates back to the 12th century A.D. when
the Hada Chieftain, Rao Deva, conquered the territory and founded Bundi and
Hadoti. Later, in the early 17th century AD during the reign of the Mughal Emperor
Jahangir, the ruler of Bundi -Rao Ratan Singh, gave the smaller principality
of Kota to his son, Madho Singh. Since then Kota became a hallmark of the Rajput
gallantry and culture.
Day 10: Kota - Bundi - Chittaurgarh
Start for Bundi after breakfast. After visiting the FORT proceed to stay at
the BIJAIPUR CASTLE SUITE. Overnight will be at the CASTLE.
The pride and glory of Rajasthan. Chittaur echoes with the
tales of romance and valour unique to the Rajput tradition. A ruined citadel,
where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular
'chhatris'. This fortified settlement has been ravaged thrice and each time
the outcome was 'Jauhar' - when women and children immolated themselves on a
huge funeral pyre while men donned in saffron robes of martyrdom rode out of
the fort towards a certain death.
Day 11: Bijaipur - Udaipur
Start for Udaipur after breakfast. Reach and check in at hotel. Relax in the
evening. Spend night at Udaipur.
Day 12: Udaipur
Breakfast will be at hotel. Overnight will be at Udaipur.
The city of Lakes, Located in the Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan,
the city of Udaipur is situated at a distance of about 405 km from the state
capital Jaipur. The City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains
and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes
flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. The city is famous
for its palaces, lake, museums, temples, and gardens and much more.
Day 13: Udaipur - Jodhpur
Proceed in the morning after a leisurely breakfast and reach Jodhpur. Relax
in the hotel and visit the museum of UMAID BHAWAN PALACE. Overnight will be
Day 14: Jodhpur
Morning go for a village safari in the jeep and have a rare glimpse into the
rich culture and true essence of India. Abundant wildlife (game) and memorable
moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the
countryside. Overnight will be at Jodhpur. At the edge of the Thar Desert, the
imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of
the desert. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of
a rocky hill, soaring 125 mts. above the plains. A high wall encompasses the
city -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. The lifestyle in Jodhpur
is unusually fascinating with people wearing lovely multi hued costumes, artistically
designed. Shopping in Jodhpur bazaars is a heady experience with a colourful
display of the rich collection of exquisite handicrafts. The tie-and-dye fabric,
embroidered "jutis" or slippers in suede, camel skin, velvet and leather,
beautiful silks, durries, marble souvenirs from Makrana, an extensive range
of useful and decorative items etc., are of interest. he Mehrangarh fort is
one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Invincible from the outside,
the fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within the fort are some
magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels with latticed windows These
palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including
a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings of
various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.
Day 15: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
Proceed for Jaisalmer after breakfast. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight
will be at Jaisalmer.
Day 16: Jaisalmer
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden
City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple,
fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately
carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Visit the JAISALMER FORT
- The oldest living Fort in the world. Stay overnight at the SWISS TENT CAMP.
Rising from the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. The
Jaiselmer fort etched in yellow sandstone stands with all its awesome splendour.
The life within the citadel conjures up images of medieval majesty visible in
its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palaces, havelies, temples and typical
desert life of men women cattle and camels. The 80 meter high fort, perch on
the hill, houses the entire township within its ramparts. It has enchanting
narrow lanes dotted with exquisite havelis, beautifully sculptured Jain temples
of the 12th-15th century and palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways
-Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol. Some of the most exotic mansions
or havelis, all intricately latticed, are strewn all over Jaisalmer each with
a different facade. The Havelis of Nathmalji, Patwon and Salim Singh all in
Yellow Marble of Jaisalmer are exquisite works of art. A camel safari through
the interesting and remote desert villages of Roopsi, Doojasar, Kanoi, Kuldara
and the Cenotaphs of Barabagh can be interesting. The villages are very special,
as different communities inhabit them.
Day 17: Jaisalmer to Bikaner
Breakfast will be at the camp. Proceed to Bikaner. Check in at hotel. Relax
in the evening. Overnight will be at Bikaner. Bikaner, the royal fortified city,
with a timeless appeal in the North State of Rajasthan, retains the medieval
splendour that pervades the city's lifestyle. More popularly called the camel
country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. This
city stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven-km long
embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, in reddish-pink
sandstone created with delicacy, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural
legacy. Undulating lanes, colourful bazaars and bright and cheerful folks make
the visit Bikaner an interesting experience. Visit the Junagarh Fort, built
in 1593 AD by Raj Rai Singh, one of the best in Rajasthan. It comprises of 37
palaces with pavilions, mosaic courtyards, carved balconies, kiosks and windows
dotted all over the structure. The Shish Mahal, the Grand Durbar Hall, the 17th
century Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal and the Phool Mahal bring to life the grandeur
of a bygone era. The Fort museum has a rare collection of Sanskrit and Persian
manuscripts and miniature painting.
Day 18: Bikaner - Mandawa
Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Reach and
check in at hotel. Overnight will be at Mandawa. Shekhawati is a colourful fantasy
having a fascination uniquely of its own. The open-air art galley, as it is
popularly called, is famous for its plethora of painted havelis, all commendable
pieces of the rich artistic tradition of this region. It is famous for its Havelis
(mansion) built by rich merchants of the region, display a unique architectural
style that evolved around the courtyards to ensure safety and privacy of the
women folk and protection from the heat of the long and harsh summers. The Havelis,
painted predominantly in blue, maroon, yellow, green and indigo have beautiful
wall paintings that adorn their walls.
Day 19: Mandawa - Delhi
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Overnight will be at Delhi.
Day 20: Delhi
Proceed for a full day tour of Old & New Delhi after breakfast. Relax
in the evening. Overnight will be at Delhi.
Day 21: Delhi - Home
Breakfast will be at hotel. Day will be free to explore the city and finish
last minute shopping. After the show you will have FAREWELL DINNER before
reaching the airport for flight home with sweet memories of India