The pulsating beats of vivid images of Pushkar brings alive the rich tradition of Rajasthan enhancing the glory of the golden sand. Spectacular Fair Ground in the month of "Kartika" (November)with bedecked Camels, decorated cattle, adventures competitions,yoga & meditation, breathtaking events, jostling rustic crowd, meditating sadhus, holy lake dip, vivid stalls, exotic fair, colorful desert, so typical, so obvious, It can be nothing else but the Pushkar Fair.
An amalgamation of a marvelous juxtaposition of commerce and devotion, Pushkar Fair, is a lifetime experience in conjunction with having religious entity and is famous for its Cattle Fair, Camels, Horses, Donkeys, Bulls, etc are bought, powdered, beautified, raced, paraded and sold on the sand.
Destination Covered – Delhi – Jaipur - Pushkar – Ajmer – Jaipur – Agra -Delhi. Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Day 1: Arrive Delhi. You are greeted on arrival at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminal 3) and driven to your chosen Hotel. Afternoon proceed for Half Day guided tour of New Delhi. The buildings designed by Edward Lutyens, architect of modern Delhi - are truly majestic. The Presidential Palace, Parliament House and India Gate are all reminiscent of the British “Raj”. Drive through Delhi’s beautiful tree-lined avenues and the Diplomatic Enclave En route to the 12th century, 234-foot high fluted minaret of Qutab Minar. Your tour will terminate with a visit to Humayun’s Tomb; the mausoleum of the second Mughal Emperor to rule India, before returning to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay (Room on immediate occupancy)
Day 2: Delhi – Jaipur. Morning after breakfast complete check out formalities and proceed by surface for City of Jaipur - an exuberance of colors, dance and song with traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', it is one of India's most well planned cities with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. A 5 hours’ drive gets us to this land of Maharajah's, Forts and Palaces with its diversity of colors and culture that is unique to the State of Rajasthan.Later on arrival at your chosen Hotel, you will be met by our company representative who will facilitate your check in at the hotel.
Afternoon is reserved for guided sightseeing tour of the City Palace situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The City Palace SMS Museum displaying a collection of clothes, armory & weapons located within the premises of the City Palace and Jai Singh's Observatory also called “Jantar Mantar” built in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, where the huge Masonry instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and Stars in the sky. Drive past Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognized monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning Semi-octagonal Monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput Architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Stop here for photos, before continuing on to Albert Hall Museum, located in the premises of Ram Niwas Garden. Its Ind-Saracenic architecture and stone ornamentation became a source of reference for varied classical Indian styles of design from Mughals to Rajputs. The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876 and was completed in 1887 AD. Return to your hotel for overnight stay. (B)
Day 3: Jaipur – Pushkar. Morning after breakfast, depart by car for Pushkar- Just 11 km from Ajmer, on the edge of the desert, lies this tiny tranquil town along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar lake an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. On arrival, check into your chosen hotel. Afternoon is free to observe fairground activities. Watch cultural programs, folk dances, camel races, take a ride on the hot air balloon and more before retiring for Overnight stay. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Pushkar. Early morning visit the bathing Ghats of Pushkar, to witness thousands of pilgrims take their daily holy bath. As we approach the closing, fair activities are at its upbeat. Return to hotel for breakfast. Spend your day at Pushkar Mela (Fair). Wonder through the traditional decorated fair ground and view various activities, like – dance, camel races, body tattooing and many more. Return for overnight stay in the hotel. . (B, L, D)
Day 5: Pushkar. Today being the last day of the fair, all activities are at its peak. After breakfast, visit the Brahma Temple, on foot located across the fairgrounds, Option to go for a hot balloon ride or try your hand at body tattooing, consult a local astrologer, watch camels racing or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the various cultural dances and let the festive spirits overtake you. Watch the closing festivities before returning for overnight stay in your hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Pushkar - Ajmer – Jaipur. Morning after breakfast, complete check out formalities and proceed by surface for Ajmer - A city of composite culture. It is a popular pilgrimage center for the Hindus as well as Muslims. On arrival visit the famous Dargah Sharif - Tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, with a splendid marble dome in the center of the second courtyard surrounded by a silver platform. In the corner of the inner court of this magnificent building lies Mughal Emperor Sahajahan's Mosque sculpted in white marble with a long (30.5 m) and narrow courtyard having low arcade and delicate carvings with trellis-work. It is the most marvelous of all the sanctums within the sanctuary of Dargah. The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of south Asia. Also visit the Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra: a remarkable structure and a masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture, located on the outskirts, of the city. Later on arrival at your chosen Hotel, you will be met by our company representative who will facilitate your check in for overnight stay. (B)
Day 7: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra. Morning after breakfast, complete check out formalities and depart by surface for Agra. En-route halt to visit the impressive Amber Fort the former capital of the Royal Family of Jaipur. Renowned for its combination of Hindu and Mughal architecture, the citadel was the seat of the Kachhawa Rajputs who ruled Amer from the 11th to the 16th century pulsating with a legendary past of 600 years & 28 kings of the Kachhawa dynasty before the capital was moved to present day Jaipur. On arrival at the fort grounds, mount an elephant (subject to availability) otherwise we will use jeeps, to ride to the main entrance located on a hilly mountain top. It is beautiful on the inside and boasts of various buildings of prominence like the 'Di wan-i-Aam', Di wan-i-Khas, the 'Sheesh Mahal' and 'Sukh Mahal', 'Shila Devi' Temple and the 'Ganesh Pol' which is a gate that leads to the private palaces of the kings.
Finish your visit and continue by surface for the Mughal splendor of Agra - City of Taj (4.5 hrs drive). En route we take a second halt to visit the ghost city of Fatehpur-Sikri (UNESCO Heritage Site) lying 35 Km away, from Agra. On arrival at Sikri, you will be met by your Guide.
Fatehpur Sikri shared its imperial duties as a capital city with Agra, where a bulk of the arsenal, treasure hoards and other reserves were kept at its Red Fort for security. During a crisis, the court, harem, and treasury could be moved to Agra, only 26 miles away, less than a day's march. Built in red sandstone in honor of Sufi saint Salim Chisti in 1571 by Mughal emperor Akbar, who foretold the birth of 3 sons to the Emperor, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them are the Diwan - e - Khas, Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza a gateway built by the great Mughal emperor, Akbar in 1601 to commemorate his victory over Gujarat.
Complete your tour before you are driven to Agra and on arrival transfer to your chosen hotel where you will be met by our company representative who will facilitate your check in for overnight stay. (B)
Day 8: Agra. Morning after breakfast, start your tour driving 20 Km out of Agra city to visit Sikandra, tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great. Return to Agra and visit the mighty Agra Fort (UNESCO Heritage Site) which lies across River Yamuna. An era marked by invasions and fortifications, where power was symbolized by grand palaces and grander forts…..during such time was built this awesome Fort and It was here that Aurangzeb, the 3rd son of Shah Jahan (the then Mughal Emperor) kept his father under house arrest till his final demise.
Next visit a Marble cutting & manufacturing factory. You can use the rest rooms here. Agra Marble craftsmanship lives up to its reputation of creating some of the finest marble inlay artwork in the Industry today. It is interesting watching how the designs you see at the Taj Mahal are produced and continue to be manufactured for consumption around the world. This tour will take you through the production process from start to finish.
Have Lunch at a local restaurant (Optional – not included in the package price) After lunch take a Tonga ride to the gates of the Magnificent and incomparable Taj Mahal. (UNESCO Heritage Site) This monument a fine example of fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Built in 1652 by Emperor Shahjahan, It took 22 years and 20,000 skilled artisans to complete this poem in white marble. Take your time to marvel at this unfathomable beauty built by human hands and enjoy the changing colors of the “Taj” as the sun goes down. Return to your hotel for Overnight stay (B)
Day 9: Agra - Delhi. Morning after a relaxed breakfast depart by surface for Capital city of Delhi. A 3 .5 hrs drive brings us back to the capital city of India. On arrival, meeting and assistance in checking into your chosen hotel. Afternoon is free to explore the exotic markets, boutiques and art galleries of Delhi. (Vehicle with driver will be at your disposal) Overnight stay. (B)
Day 10: Delhi. Morning after breakfast, proceed for half day guided city tour of Old Delhi. Explore the magnificent Red Fort, built at the zenith of the Mughal Empire in India. The centuries - old international market-place that sprawls at its feet is still one of Delhi’s most important commercial hubs: Chandni Chowk, or “Moonlight Square”. Walk through the bustling silver market and the wholesale spice market. The sounds, smells and colors of the bazaar and the throngs of people who animate it makes this an unforgettable spectacle. Visit Jumma Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia and Raj Ghat - final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, before returning to hotel.
Afternoon is free to explore the exotic markets, boutiques and art galleries of Delhi. (Vehicle with driver will be at your disposal) Overnight stay. (B)
Day 11: Departure Delhi. In time departure transfer to Indira Gandhi International airport – Terminal 3 to connect your outbound flight for onward destination (Room till departure).
End of Our Services - We sincerely hope you had an “incredible” experience while in India and take this opportunity to wish you a happy & memorable journey back home.
- 9 Nights’ Accommodation in DELUXE category Double AC rooms on twin sharing basis with private attached toilet & bath in 5/4 star & Heritage category hotels on Breakfast basis
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