10 Day Golden Triangle & Pushkar

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The Pushkar Animal Fair in the Thar Desert, the sprawling palaces and a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal awaits you.



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The Pushkar Animal Fair in the Thar Desert, the sprawling palaces and a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal awaits you.

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

    Our representative will meet you at the Delhi airport and help you check into the hotel.

     

    Delhi is the capital of India and the seat of the central power and government. With multiple administrative and state headquarters, important political hubs and national landmarks, Delhi is a modern world capital city with its multi-lane highways, snarling traffic, sky-high buildings and malls, and modern glass constructed financial and commercial centers. However, at the same time, Delhi is also a timeless entity, carrying within its folds, a rich history and a repertoire of artistic, aesthetic architectural wonders, that bear stamp on the different dynasties and rulers that have made their indelible mark on the landscape and culture of the city. Old Delhi hums the influence of the Mughal period, New Delhi, on the other hand, shines with colonial, contemporary and modern outlook.

     

    Have a pleasant overnight stay in your hotel. 

     

  • Day 2: Delhi Attractions

    After breakfast served at the hotel, begin a day of sightseeing the tourist's spots of the city.

     

    The sightseeing tour will include the following destinations:

     

    Raj Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna is the memorial built in the memory of the nation’s most iconic and revered personality, Mahatma Gandhi.  A stone footpath surrounded by lawns marks the way to the simple black platform with the eternal flame which is the site of cremation.

     

    The Red Fort built by Shah Jahan in 1639 is a fortified structure built in red sandstone and it is from here that the Prime Minister of India delivers the Independence Day speech every year. The massively built fort emits grandeur and grit and is one of the most visible and recognizable landmarks of the city.

     

    The Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in Asia and was built by Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. Take a look at its splendid outer architecture manifested by the towering minaret, domes and arched gateways.

     

    From the splendor of the Mughal age, proceed to the area of New Delhi.

     

    Built by the British as their capital city sometime in the 1930s, New Delhi is distinguished by its colonial influence. Sir Edwin Lutyen was commissioned to build the new city and hence the imposing government buildings and tree-lined streets of the New Delhi are also referred to as Lutyen’s Dehli.

     

    The India Gate is a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who died during the First World War and Third Anglo-Afghan war. The India Gate is situated on the Rajpath which is one of the main areas where the Republic Day celebrations are carried out. The Parliament house a circular building where the ministers of the country meet regularly as well as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India are at close quarters to the India Gate. The Mughal Gardens within the Rashtrapati Bhavan popular for its fountains and well-maintained lawns is open to the public during spring.

     

    Qutub Minar though built in 1193 by Qutbuddin Aibak has been rebuilt by various rulers over the years and marks the site of the country’s first Muslim Kingdom. The iron tower opposite the structure is unique since it is known not to have ever rusted through all these years.

     

    The Lotus Temple is a flower-shaped construction and is the Bahai House of Worship. Open to people of all religions and race, this architectural wonder is a place for quietude and peace with oneself.

     

    Return to the hotel after an eventful day of sightseeing and rest well. 

     

  • Day 3: Delhi to Pushkar, by rail

    Leave for the train station in the morning with a delicious breakfast packed by the hotel. Our representative will meet you at the station and escort you to the luxury camp where you will be staying for the next few days. You will also meet the rest of your group here.

     

    Pushkar is one of the holiest cities in Hindu and Sikh mythology and is located around a large natural lake. A few kilometers away from Ajmer Pushkar finds mention in many Hindu epics and records suggest that the city exists since 4 BC. It is famous for its temples, ghats and the annual Pushkar Fair.

     

    Overnight stay will be at the camp in Pushkar.

     

  • Day 4: Pushkar Attractions, Camel Fair

    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing.

     

    The Brahma Temple lies at the banks of the Lake Pushkar and is one of the most famous sites of worship in the city. The evening Aarti is one of its main highlights and should not be missed.

     

    However, it is the Pushkar Fair that hogs the largest piece of tourist attention. In late fall, animal rearers from across India make their way to the city for a weekend-long fair. Animals including camels, horses and cattle turn up in hordes as the fair abounds in animal competitions, shows and races that bring the otherwise quiet town of Pushkar to a noisy frenzy. The fair is alive with myriad talents, acrobats, parlor tricks, circuses, cultural shows, as well as with curio sellers, filmmakers, photographers and tourists.

     

    Catch the Shilpa Gram Arts and Crafts Fair, the fabulous performances by the Rajasthani troupe Kuchaman, the Desert Symphony Concert or the various competitions, such as camel milking, rural sports, wrestling and the wonderful Matka race, where local women run with an earthen pot balanced on their heads.

     

    Try your skills in Kabaddi or 'Matka Phod' or the Beard and Moustache Competition that has been mastered by local professionals for years.

     

    For lesser adventurous activities, try the memorable camel or cart rides in the sand dunes or visit the Sunset Point for some of the best desert views.

     

    Overnight stay will be in the Pushkar camp.

     

  • Day 5: Pushkar Attractions, Camel Fair

    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing.

     

    The Brahma Temple lies at the banks of the Lake Pushkar and is one of the most famous sites of worship in the city. The evening aarti is one of its main highlights and should not be missed.

     

    However, it is the Pushkar Fair that hogs the largest piece of tourist attention. In late fall, animal rearers from across India make their way to the city for a weekend-long fair. Animals including camels, horses and cattle turn up in hordes as the fair abounds in animal competitions, shows and races that bring the otherwise quiet town of Pushkar to a noisy frenzy. The fair is alive with myriad talents, acrobats, parlor tricks, circuses, cultural shows, as well as with curio sellers, filmmakers, photographers and tourists.

     

    Catch the Shilpa Gram Arts and Crafts Fair, the fabulous performances by the Rajasthani troupe Kuchaman, the Desert Symphony Concert or the various competitions, such as camel milking, rural sports, wrestling and the wonderful Matka race, where local women run with an earthen pot balanced on their heads.

     

    Try your skills in kabaddi or Matka Phod or the Beard and Moustache Competition that has been mastered by local professionals for years.

     

    For lesser adventurous activities, try the memorable camel or cart rides in the sand dunes or visit the Sunset Point for some of the best desert views.

     

    Overnight stay will be in the Pushkar camp.

     

  • Day 6: Pushkar to Jaipur, by road

    After breakfast, drive to Jaipur.

     

    Jaipur is the land of the erstwhile Rajput kings who are deemed to be warrior legends. Their valor, strength and focus on integrity and values set them apart and are remembered as one of the most notable era in Indian history.

     

    King Jai Singh II who was also titled as Sawai Maharaj by the Mughals is the Rajput king after whom the city of Jaipur is named.

     

    Jaipur, also called the ‘Pink City’, is fraught with palatial architecture, mahals and forts that glorify the rich past, as well as, with clambering auto rickshaws, alleyways and camel laden rides making Jaipur a heady mix of the old and new, the grand and the mundane.

     

    Visit the Birla Mandir in the evening with its stunning three towers signifying the three different approaches to religion is an iconic landmark of the city of Jaipur. The white marble structure boasts of elegant carvings on pillars of gods, goddesses, as well as, of Christ and Virgin Mary. Witness the surreal aarti or lighting of lamps in the evening.

     

    Overnight stay will be in Jaipur.

     

  • Day 7: Jaipur Attractions

    After breakfast, proceed for an elephant ride and excursion to the Amber Fort.

     

    Amber Fort Palace situated on a hilltop was constructed by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Jai Singh I. The interiors of the palace are breathtaking and the different sections within, such as, the Sheesh Mahal or palace of mirrors, Jas Mandir with its decorated ceiling and latticework and the Shila Devi temple with the splendid silver carved door are some examples of the intricate, delicate yet well thought and planned layout of the palace’s interiors.

     

    The Amber Fort Palace with its formidable red sandstone exterior plastered as white façade melts your heart once you step inside.

     

    Next, the City Palace built by Sawai Jai Singh II has been the home of Rajasthan royalty since the 18th century. The palace is a blend of the Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and is an interesting and unique construction of various pavilions, temples, gardens and palaces. The City Palace Museum displays a wide range of items and souvenirs used by the Royals and Kings.

     

    Jantar Mantar built by King Jai Singh II is a scientific and astronomical architectural delight. Walk through this geometric maze of wonder to sharpen your intellect and flex some brain cells.

     

    Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds is another architectural wonder in the city of Jaipur. With an exterior that reminds one of a honeycomb or beehive, the Hawa Mahal is built with perfect logical conclusions in order to allow the maximum circulation of air during the hot summers. This five-storied structure is made of lime and mortar and intricately decorated with delicate designs and lattice works. The 'Jharokas' or windows offered privacy for the queens to peep out onto the world making Hawa Mahal an architectural feat of historical significance.

     

    You are free in the evening to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay will be in Jaipur.

     

  • Day 8: Jaipur to Agra by road, Fatehpur Sikri en route

    After breakfast drive to Fatehpur Sikri.

     

    Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar served as a capital for the Mughal Empire for a short 14 years, however, its architectural splendor and Indo-Islamic influences are hard to miss or found any place else.

     

    Visit the tomb of Salim Chisti with its stunning white marble façade and intricately carved marble screens is built in the honor of the saint who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne.

     

    Other attractions include the magnificent Buland Darwaza built by Akbar as a mark of victory over Gujarat and the historically iconic Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khaas, where the just king held hearings of the general public in the former and private meetings with his talented and trusted 'navratnas' or nine ministers in the latter. In fact, Birbal, one of the most famous and witty ministers from Akbar’s court of 'navratnas' lived in Fatehpur Sikri.

     

    Besides, the palace of Jodabai, Akbar’s Hindu wife is also a popular tourist attraction.

     

    Continue your drive to Agra.

     

    Agra conjures images of the Taj Mahal as well as the impressive Agra Fort. Poised on the banks of Yamuna, Agra is every bit a tourist hub, with its much sought after Mughal era architectural wonders, mausoleums, bustling marketplaces or 'chowks', hordes of rickshaws and buzzing guides.

     

    In the evening attend the Mohabbat-e-Taj, a modern dance performance that tells the touching story of the Taj Mahal.

     

    Overnight stay will be in Agra.

     

  • Day 9: Sunrise at the Taj Mahal, Other Agra Attractions

    Proceed to the Taj for an early morning escapade.

     

    The absolutely magnificent Taj Mahal. Deserving of all the hype that surrounds this structure, the Taj Mahal is an ode of love built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This splendid white marble structure though imposing is laden with intricate designs and carvings that are delicately detailed and finely carved.

     

    Return to the hotel for breakfast, after which proceed for further sightseeing.

     

    At Sikandra lies the grave of one of the most beloved kings, Akbar the great. The beautifully elegant and well-kept memorial has architectural motifs of different religions that inspired him. This is more significant since Akbar was a great secular king and also introduced Din-i-Ilahi a religion that was an amalgamation of the fundamentals of different religions, such as, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.

     

    About two and a half kilometers from the Taj, stands the Agra Fort, a massive monument in red sandstone which can be described as a walled city. The planning and layout within the fort is highly impressive and strategic since the Fort acted as the residence of the Mughal dynasty till 1638. It is believed that Shah Jahan spent the last days of his life in Agra Fort in the Muasamman Burj, a tower with a balcony view of the Taj Mahal.

     

    Your final stop for the day is at Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Also known as Baby Taj, it was in fact built much before the Taj Mahal, by Nur Jehan wife of Jahangir, in the memory of her late father. Built in white marble and encrusted with semi-precious stones, the interiors of the mausoleum have intricate carvings, which many believe inspired the same in Taj Mahal.

     

    After an eventful day spent in visiting the famous tourist sites of Agra, spend the night relaxing in the comfort of your hotel.

     

  • Day 10: Agra to Delhi, by Road

    After breakfast, you are free in the morning to explore the city on your own. You will be driven to Delhi in the afternoon where our representative will escort you to the airport from where you may proceed for your onward destination.

     

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