Pushkar Camel Fair With Rajasthan Tour.
Pushkar camel fair with Rajasthan 16 Days / 15 Nights
Destinations: Delhi - Mandawa - Gajner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur - Ranakpur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
With a long range of monuments raised to portray the feelings of love, Rajasthan is indeed romantic. Hop on the tour to Pushkar Fair that elongates to some marvelous destinations like Kumbhalgarh, Udaipur, Jaipur and Agra.
Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, the guests will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi
This morning you will be taken to visit Old Delhi - Former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 and board the 'cycle rickshaw ride' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue heading west from the Fort. Later visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon visit New Delhi - drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 : Delhi - Mandawa ( Distance of 257 kms )
Morning drive to Mandawa Upon arrival in Mandawa - check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 : Mandawa – Gajner ( Distance of 224 kms )
Early morning visit the town, a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leads to the bazaar. You can wander through the streets where mansions of rich merchants are adorned with elaborate & lively frescoes, cataloging the life, habits/fashions of the Marwari community.
Later drive to Gajner uppon arrival in Gajner - check-in at hotel.
Gajner - Gajner is a historical city of Rajasthan. The chief attraction in Gajner is the Gajner Palace built by Maharaja Sir Ganga Ji of Bikaner which was used as a hunting resort for the royal families and their guests. The red sandstone palace is well known for its architectural beauty and luxuriously appointed suites and rooms. A travel to Gajner can let us experience the greenery and serenity around the palace. The chirping of birds and peacocks make it a truly memorable experience for all kinds of tourists. The palace has a wildlife sanctuary housing endangered species and one can try a camel, horse or jeep safari into the sanctuary. Stay overnight at hotel
Day 5 :Gajner - Jaisalmer ( Distance of 292 kms )
Morning drive to Jaisalmer upon arrival in Jaisalmer - check into the hotel.
Late afternoon visit the sand dunes and enjoy a camel ride to view the sunset, as the sky is set on fire and Rajasthani folk musicians play haunting tunes. It can be an unforgettable experience. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 : Jaisalmer
Morning visit the city's magnificent havelis or merchant's houses, each richly decorated and carved from golden yellow sandstone - Patwon-ki-haveli (House of the Brocade Merchants) is the largest and most elaborate of the famous havelis of Jaisalmer. The Nathmalji-ki-haveli (The Mansion of Nathmalji), the last of the great havelis was built in the late 19th century. End the morning with a visit to Gadisar Lake ? the large natural oasis that attracted Rawal Jaisal to this site.
Late afternoon visit the Royal Cenotaphs of the Rawals in Barra bagh where the rulers were cremated. This is also the best place from which to watch the spectacular desert sunset, and photograph the fort. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur ( Distance of 285 kms )
Morning drive to Jodhpur, upon arrival check in the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 : Jodhpur – Kumbhalgarh ( Distance of 170 kms )
Morning city tour of Jodhpur - the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur, Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. It was founded by Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rajput clan of Rathore. The tour includes Meherangarh Fort ? one of the most impressive & formidable fort in the whole of fort?studded Rajasthan. It is situated on a high natural rock bluff from where you can look down on the wonderful panorama of the bustling city below. Also visit Jaswant Thada ? the Royal Cenotaphs.
Afternoon drive to Kumbhalgarh, upon arrival in Kumbhalgarh - check into the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9 : Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur ( Distance of 110 kms )
Morning visit Kumbhalgarh Fort (alt 1,087 m) was the second most important fort of the Mewar Kingdom after Chittaurgarh. Built mostly by Maharana Kumba (1485), it is situated on a west facing ridge of the Aravallis, commanding a great strategic position on the border between the Rajput Kingdoms of Udaipur (Mewar) and Jodhpur (Marwar). It gives superb views over the lower land to the North-West, standing over 200m above the pass leading via Ghanerao towards Udaipur.
Afternoon drive to Udaipur upon arrival in Udaipur - check into the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 : Udaipur – Ranakpur ( Distance of 90 kms )
Morning city tour of Udaipur, one of India's most romantic cities and famed for its lovely palaces and lakes. Begin by visiting the City Palace and wandering through its beautiful rooms and apartments, then continue on to the Garden of Maidens "Sahelion-ki-bari".
Afternoon drive to Ranakpur, on arrival check in the hotel.
Afternoon visit the Ranakpur Jain Temples ? the most magnificent 15th century Jain temples situated in the deep secluded valley of the Aravalli Hills. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition. In the centre is the main "Chaumukha temple" dedicated ot Adinath. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images. Includes visit to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 : Ranakpur - Pushkar ( Distance of 190 kms )
Morning drive to Pushkar, on arrival check in the Deluxe Tents The Royal Camp which captures the luxurious nostalgia of a bygone age of the Maharaja's Safari and Shikar camps, combined with innovative design demonstrating many of the skills and crafts of Marwar. The camp consists of tents, each with verandah, bedroom and bathroom. There is a large dining tent serving the best of Rajasthani cuisine and a large open reception tent with seating areas.
Pushkar is famous for its colourful annual fair during kartik poornima (full moon) in the November each year. At this time, this otherwise peaceful and gentle village on the banks of holy Pushkar take is thrown into colourful confusion when the desert tribes and camel caravans meet to trade cattle, camels, goat, sheep, clothes, jewellery and spices. Upto 200000 traders and 50000 cattle pour into town, along with numerous festooned camels and colourful pilgrims. After 10 hectic days of livestock dealing, camel racing and colourful festivities, on the night of the full moon (Kartik Purnima), everybody goes for a big holy dip in the lake and performs religious rituals in its waters, to the accompaniment of temple & folk music. Overnight at Camp
Day 12 : Pushkar
Full day at the fair. Built as 'an explosion of fun, frolic, games and laughter', the fair provides some wonderful photographic opportunities and is a rare change to see Rajasthani women decked out in all their traditional jewellery, dress and finery. It is worth getting up early to see the camels and tribes rousing themselves in the pink of the dawn desert light. Temple music wafts through the night, as the fires die down and the Rajasthani melodies played on the stringed ek-tara come to a close. Overnight at Camp
Day 13 : Pushkar – Jaipur ( Distance of 150 kms )
Late morning drive to Jaipur and on arrival check in the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur - "The Pink City" is spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills, dotted with ancient ruined fortresses. Your tour will include the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 14 : Jaipur ( Distance of 140 kms )
Morning tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.
Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri – Agra ( Distance of 260 kms )
Morning drive to Agra enrooting Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted, red sandstone city was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the 16th century. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza the largest gateway in the world.
Thereafter continue drive to Agra and upon arrival, check-in at hotel.
Afternoon visit the famous Taj Mahal -.This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal "the lady of the Taj". It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, for the emperor was heartbroken when Mumtaz died after 17 years of marriage, during the birth of her 14th child.The central structure has four small domes surrounding the huge, central dome. Above the tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are false tombs, a common practice in Indian mausoleums. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays). Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 : Agra - Delhi - Onward journey
Morning visit the Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. It was built by Akbar 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. Afternoon drive to Delhi (203 kms). Upon arrival, transfer to the International airport for flight for your onward journey. Depart Delhi.