14 Day Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan

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The enchanting and magical tour begins with our representative picking you up from Delhi, with its vibrant urban presence as the capital of India.  Then you will be taken to the camel country called Rajasthan where the cultural heritage of the Rajputana kingdom and its cities like Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur will come alive during the annual Pushkar camel fair held from 15th November-23rd November.

 



HIGHLIGHTS

The tour will show both the colourful sides of the Pushkar camel fair with the first few days reserved for cattle barter and markets for selling the products as well as the cattle. The next few days are reserved for the religious part of the fair with colorfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, sadhus etc. from all parts of the country celebrating the colours and vibrant imagery of the arid desert of Rajasthan.

 

The tour ends with a trip to Agra to visit and marvel at the symbol of love built in white marble, that Shah Jahan built for his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. The taj mahal will enthrall the senses with its rich architectural heritage that has made it one of the seven wonders of the world.

 

Day by Day plan

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  • Day 1: Delhi Arrival

    18th Nov, 2019

     

    Our representative will collect you from the airport. after refreshments, you will be taken on a tour of the vibrant city of Delhi.

     

    The city is a mix of the old and the new. with lassi from the narrow alleyways of Delhi to the rich cultural heritage of the city as seen from its magnificent monuments, Delhi will leave you spellbound with its influence from all the empires that have fallen and gained the throne of Delhi through decades. the cafes, bakeries, and glass spires represent the new age.

     

    Overnight comfortable stay in Delhi.

     

  • Day 2: Delhi Attractions

    19th Nov 2019

     

    After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will take you on a complete tour of the vibrant city of Delhi.

     

    The tour begins with the eternal symbol of the efforts of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi--- the raj ghat. The shrine is very simple so as to honor the man who changed the world with ahimsa(non-violence) and the concept of satyagraha.

     

    Red Fort: This magnificent fort built by Shah Jahan in 1639 is a standing example of Mughal architecture that served as their ruling fort during Shah Jahan's reign and now is the place from where the prime minister delivers his speech on the Independence day.

     

    A rickshaw ride through the colourful alleys will take you to the Jama Masjid, which showcases the Mughal architecture at its full splendour with its magnificent domes and minarets.

     

    Next stop will be the new Delhi which was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens at the orders of the British in the 1930s. it is an architectural feat and is often called Lutyens delhi.

     

    The red sandstone arch which is the India gate is the memorial for all the soldiers who died as martyrs in the first world war. It leads us to the Parliament House, the magnificent seat of the world’s largest democracy. We shall also see Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Indian President’s official residence. The famed Mughal garden inside is resplendent with lush lawns and beautiful statuettes. It admits visitors in spring.

     

    The day’s tour ends at the Qutub Minar. This structure with its rust resistant properties was built during the Delhi Sultanate in India by Qutubuddin Aiback who was called the ‘wisest fool’ because of his crazy but illustrious ideas.

     

    The bahai temple can be visited if time is available. This peaceful place will connect to your inner soul and leave you rejuvenated.

     

    You will stay overnight at Delhi.

     

  • Day 3: Delhi-Udaipur

    20th Nov 2019

     

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    After breakfast, our representative will provide you with the choice of visiting the Akshardham temple or click pictures in the local area with its colourful bazaars and indulge in shopping.

     

    The Akshardham temple is the symbol of the Vedic influences of purity, peace and eternal haven of the omniscient God. Swami Narayan Akshardham in New Delhi is a vivid portrayal of ancient Indian culture with its Vedic scriptures carved into the walls made of stone. The flower motifs and the carvings show an India of long ago which stands resplendent in its grandeur.

     

    Later, you will be taken to the airport to catch the flight for Udaipur. Our representative will help you check into the hotel.

     

    The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a gorgeous area at the banks of the azure lake, surrounded by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. It is a romantic and gorgeous place tinged in white and refreshes you through its scenic beauty.


    Udaipur is the city of wondrous palaces, lakes, temple and gardens which brings the right cultural grandeur of the proud Rajputs alive in front of our eyes.

     

    Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR – a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Udaipur.

     

  • Day 4: Udaipur

    21st Nov 2019

     

    After breakfast our representative will take you on the tour, starting with the city palace.

     

    CITY PALACE: Standing with its majestic columns on the east bank of the Lake Pichola, is a large series of palaces built at from 1559 A.D. The balconies provide picturesque views of "Jag Niwas", Jag Mandir and the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way leads to a series of courtyards, gardens, arches and other architectural marvels which are beautiful and indescribably gorgeous. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The Chini Chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of KRISHNA are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are several other places such as Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna villas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princes. The palace with its antique furniture, carvings, utensils takes you to an era of regal splendor.

     

    Here you will be awestruck by the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, many-hued glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the resplendent Peacock Courtyard.

     

    SAHELIYON KI BARI: Maharana Sangram Singh built this beautiful structure in the mid-18th century. The 'garden of the maidens’ is like a portrayal of the lives of the ladies of the Rajput era. The gorgeous gardens are quiet and secluded with beautiful corners here and there. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The garden is decorated with a lotus pool and garden where the striking ladies would laze and enjoy themselves in their full grandeur.

     

    BAGORE KI HAVELI: This old building was built right on the banks of the Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has as more than a hundred rooms and displays of the Rajputana costumes and art. The glass and mirror work in the interiors of the Haveli are fragile but well preserved. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of the Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork. After the death of Badwa, the building became the property of the State of Mewar. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-ki-Haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence, the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.

     

    JAGDISH TEMPLE: It is the huge temple outside the royal palace with 32 marble steps and a brass image of the lord garuda and hand carved stone iconography telling stories of the Hindu mythology. It is finely decorated and follows the Maru Gurjara style of architecture. It is significant as the temple of Lord Vishnu and is a marvelous spectacle.

     

    Next comes the Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat, you will be able to witness the panoramic city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. A visit to the Jag Mandir Palace will be carried out if time pertains. Overnight stay will be at Udaipur.

     

  • Day 5: Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur

    22nd Nov 2019

     

     After Breakfast at the hotel, our representative will start the tour.

     

    En-route, you will visit the RANAKPUR TEMPLES, which are architectural marvels from the 15th century. ThiJainin temple honours the first Tirthankar of the present Jain cosmology. It has a Surya temple, an Amba temple in is precinct which has beautiful sculotures and statuettes with erotic carvings.

     

    Reach and check in at hotel.

     

    Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the regal city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. 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.

     

    VISIT MUSEUM IN UMAID BHAWAN PALACE: the principal residence of the royal family of jodhpur till now, this palace is a blend of the beaux arts style of architecture. It was built to give employment to people during a famine. It was recently awarded the worlds best hotel award. It also has a museum with displays of cavalry items, painmtings, swords and so on.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Jodhpur.

     

  • Day 6: Jodhpur - Pushkar

    23rd Nov 2019

     

    After breakfast, our representative will take you on a sightseeing tour.

     

    MEHRANGARH FORT: Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet above the city, with several palaces inside boasting of intricate carvings and spacious courtyards. The imprints of war are still visible with the imprints of cannonballs on the palace walls reminding one of the days in which kings fought. There is the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda who was martyred on the spot, defending the fort. There are many gates including the victory gate (Jayapol) and palanquins on display.

     

    JASWANT THADA: Close to the fort complex, lies Jaswant Thada. This 19th-century royal cenotaph built in white marble in memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other cenotaphs stand nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh showcases the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. A tour inside the cenotaphs, with some villagers of the region, would bring forward the reverence they still hold for their brave kings.

     

    Proceed to Pushkar. Reach and check into the hotel.

     

    Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus situated 11 km off Ajmer. The charm of this sleepy, lakeside settlement is the lake, which has a natural water supply. This lake in the arid surroundings of a desert is no less than a miracle as it is an oasis. The great Hindu epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata make references to this religious place while evidence points to its having existed during the fourth century B.C. the Pushkar fair is perhaps one of the most colourful festivals in India with lots of exciting things to do like camel riding or visiting the temples running along the length of the lake. Clicking pictures and conversing with the locals will be a great and enjoyable experience for you.

     

    Enjoy your day and spend the evening visiting the GHATS and the local market for a shopping spree on Kundan jewellery and local specialties.

     

    Overnight stay will be arranged in a deluxe tent.

     

  • Day 7: Pushkar

    24th Nov 2019

     

    After a hearty breakfast at the camp, with camel milk being the special addition, our representative will begin the tour.

     

    The hue and cry of the Pushkar fair is an enjoyable experience with its celebration of village life and culture in the arid desert. It is a joyous and vibrant celebration of the very soul of the desert.

     

    It is an occasion for the Hindu pilgrims to take a dip in the holy river to cleanse their sins and attain moksha (salvation). The entire vibrant community comes together in this endeavor.

     

     

  • Day 8: Pushkar

    25th Nov 2019

     

    You can experience below-mentioned activities at the fair ground.

     

    • Camel milking competition                                   
    • Wrestling competition                                                      
    • Safari on Camel and Camel carts                                     
    • Horses, Camels and Nagauri bull competition       
    • Matka Race (where rural Rajasthani women race while balancing earthen pots on their heads)                         
    • “Shilp Gram” or arts & crafts fair                                      
    • Matka Phod competition (Local v/s Visitors)                    
    • Village market place
    • “Desert Symphony” or best of Rajasthan cultural program   
    • Gir and cross breed cattle competition                             
    • Musical chairs                                                     
    • Inter Panchayat Samiti rural sports competition i.e. competition amongst various village bodies               
    • Champion Cattle Competition                                           
    • Cultural performances by Kuchamani (local Rajasthani artists) 

     

    Overnight stay will be arranged in a deluxe tent.

     

  • Day 9: Pushkar - Jaipur

    26th Nov 2019

     

    Drive to the city of Jaipur through its vibrant and rustic villages. Our representative will help you reach and check in at the hotel by afternoon.

     

    Jaipur is the capital of India's Rajasthan state. It was founded by Jai Singh II after whom the city is named. It is called the resplendent ‘pink city’ because of the distinctive pink colour of the buildings to commemorate the arrival of Prince Albert. The entire planning of the city was done by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya abiding by the principles of Vastu Shastra and Shilpi Shastra. The Maharaja of Jaipur was given the title of Sawai to denote that this city had a high position because it was ‘one and half quarter’ that is more than one only.

     

    Enjoy the Sound & Light Show at Amber Fort in the evening.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Jaipur.

     

     

  • Day 10: Jaipur

    27th Nov 2019

     

    After breakfast, our representative will take you on a ride to the Amber Fort on the back of an elephant. It will be extremely exciting for you.

     

    AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the resplendent and gorgeous Rajasthani fort palace in Jaipur.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh II.  Its forbidding exterior hides can Oikos (inner chamber) which is significant of the conglomeration of Indian and Mughal architecture.

     

    Continue sightseeing.

     

    CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city.  It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

     

    JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.  This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

     

    HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur.  It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

     

    This afternoon is free for you to relax at the hotel spa, shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for local wood carvings, silk and cotton sarees, exclusive handicrafts, miniature paintings and Kundan jewellery.

     

    In the evening, you will visit the BIRLA TEMPLE to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity.

     

    Enjoy the experience and spend the night at Jaipur. 

     

     

  • Day 11: Jaipur - Ranthambore

    28th Nov 2019

     

    After breakfast, our representative will take you on a jeep to Ranthambore where you will spend a few very exciting hours.

     

    Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 kilometres from Sawai Madhopur. The link to nature will rejuvenate your senses and provide you an astounding experience trying to witness wildlife in action.

     

    It spreads over a highly undulating topography varying from gentle to steep slopes; from flat-topped hills of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravalis, from wide and flat valleys to narrow rocky gorges. An important geological feature the ‘Great Boundary Fault’ where the Vindhya plateaus meet the Aravali Hill range meanders through the Reserve. The rivers Chambal in the south and Banas in the north bind the National Park.

     

    The main attraction is the ace predator the Tiger which is frequently spotted (according to luck!) prowling around stealthily. If not a tiger, then also their pug marks are available and can be spotted often.

     

    Dinner will be at the resort and retire early for the night. Overnight will be at Ranthambore. 

     

  • Day 12: Ranthambhore

    29th Nov 2019

     

    Wake up early in the morning and leave for your safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Ranthambhore is best known for its tiger population and the chances of catching sight of these majestic creatures are relatively high in the wilderness.

     

    Machhli or T-16 the superstar tigress of Ranthambhore has been one of the most popular tigers of the world. Highly photographed and known for her spirited and feisty nature, Machhli can be credited with catching the imagination of wildlife lovers and becoming a symbol of tiger conservation. Today Ranthambhore is home to her lineage including her daughter Krishna and grand-daughter Arrowhead. It also boasts of feisty male tigers like Kumbha  and Fateh.

     

    Spend the rest of the morning at the lodge pool or visit the town. If interested you could also take a look at the temple on top of the Ranthambhore Fort.

     

    The formidable Ranthambhore fort is an important historical landmark known for its role in the Rajput dynasties and historical developments. Declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site the fort is known for the 12th century temple in its complex as for its strong and strategic layout. The trails leading to the fort are scattered with statues and the view from atop the fort is worth beholding.

     

    Post lunch proceed for the afternoon game drive in National Park. The safari will be till evening at 17:00 – 18:00 hr and then return to the resort / lodge.

     

    Dinner will be at the resort and retire early for the night.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Ranthambore. 

     

  • Day 13: Ranthambhore - Abhaneri - Agra

    30th Nov 2019

     

    After an early breakfast drive to Agra.

     

    Visit the rustic and simple but beautiful village of ABHANERI before reaching Agra.

     

    Abhaneri village near Bandikui district of Rajasthan is a village plundered for its wealth by Mahmud of Ghazni, the invader. It is believed to have been set up by the Gurjar Pratihar King Samrat Mihir Bhoj. Originally called Abha Nagri meaning’ city of brightness’ the continued mispronunciation changed its name to Abhaneri.

     

    Chand Baori is about 100 feet deep open well with flights of steps on three sides is another 10th century monument. The stairs of the Chand Baori are in the shape of an inverted English letter “V” in sets of 4-5 steps. This Baori is not an ordinary structure, but is a marvel of Architecture. The Chand Baori has beautiful carved panels inserted into the sides. Nobody has been able to count the steps. One can see the two royal toilets with carved windows and Jharokhas, which were used by the then Kings & Queens. The water for the royal toilets was used to be pulled from the Baori with the help of bulls. The carved stone pillars, which have now been damaged, were once strong enough for supporting pulleys to draw water. One can also witness all 24 Avatars of Lord Vishnu which were carved on the stone inside one of the cenotaph. There are three tunnels which have an opening of about 20 Km away from Chand Baori, were being used by the rulers as escape routes in care of attack by the enemies. An encyclopedia of stone architecture showing a fine degree of craftsmanship lies strewn all around the village. In fact, Chand Baori is a unique example of its own kind of stone architecture where one can see the ladies figures with various kinds of musical instruments and the dancing possess.

     

    Reach Agra and transfer to hotel.

     

    AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shahjehan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.  A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

     

    Later in the evening some tantalizing shows depicting the Mughal era – Mohabatt-e-Taj.

     

    The Taj Mahal is a symbol of everlasting love. Its soul is the mausoleum of Shah Jahan's beloved, Mumtaz Mahal. This opulent structurenot only celebrates mohabbat (love) but also celebrates the labour of several artisan who carved the dome and the minarets for 22 long years.

     

    Our representative will also show you the Taj Mahal in all its glory with the tint of the moonlight falling on it, giving it an ethereal glow.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Agra. 

     

  • Day 14: Agra

    1st Dec 2019

     

    After a leisurely breakfast, our representative will take you on the remaining places of interest.

     

    Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

     

    SIKANDRA – The final resting place of Akbar The Great, and named after Sikander Lodi of the Lodi dynasty, this structure with its beautifuil and magnificent carvings depicts the din I ilahi religion introsuced by Akbar as a very important part of the Mughal era.

     

    AGRA FORT – The red sandstone structure is surrounded by chahar-bagh, a foursquare formal garden. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone.  Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

     

    After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ or the ITMAD-UD-ULLAH – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. It is one of the most beautiful Mughal tombs and was built by Nur Jahan, the Empress of Jahangir for her father in 1628. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, whose life is very interesting. Ghiyas begs daughter Mehr-un-Nissa became Jahangir's Noor Jahan and played an active role in administration and the creation of this structure.

     

    Proceed for a HERITAGE WALK to the other side of River YAMUNA with your guide.

     

    The other side of the TAJ MAHAL across the river Yamuna where Mughal History has been written in edicts of stone, the river Yamuna lined with the residences of mobility was the artery, the very lifeline, which fostered the development of Mughal Agra. These heritage relics have been weaved together for a historic experience of Mughal Agra. You would walk through the various monuments in midst of rural setting intertwined with the communities along with a stunning view of the TAJ MAHAL.

     

    Enjoy the extended hospitality of the local villagers sipping a cup of Masala Chai on the Tea Terrace with standard, comfortable, clean, affordable, and safe facilities. The whole village walk through India’s Mughal History and amiable people is an unforgettable experience.

     

    Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chishti, the founder of the Chishti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir, heard about Saint Salim Chishti and visited him in 1568; The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.


    As per your train timings, board your train to Delhi. Reach Delhi and as per the international flight timings you will be transferred to the airport to fly back home with sweet memories and mementos  from your trip to India’s camel country Rajasthan.

     

    TOUR ENDS!

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