pushkar camel fair
Duration : 17 Nights / 18 Days
Covered Destination : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer -Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Bharatpur - Sikri - Agra - Delhi
What is known about Pushkar Fair is that it attracts the pious, cattle breeders/traders and the merry makers alike.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi Pushkar Fair Tour
You arrive in Delhi by international flight. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would meet & assist you at the airport and at our hotel for check in and overnight stay.
Day 2: Delhi / Mandawa (280 km / 6 hrs)
Early morning you drive to Mandawa, located South West of Delhi. On arrival we assist you to check in at our Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3: Mandawa / Bikaner (160 km / 4 hrs)
Post breakfast departure for a half day sightseeing tour covering the Shekhawati region, rich in fresco painted dwellings. This region is often referred to as the "Open Air Gallery" of Rajasthan. Later you leave for Bikaner and check in at our hotel upon arrival. Overnight stay.
Day 4: Bikaner / Jaisalmer (325 km / 6 hrs)
Bikaner, located at a distance of 160 Kms from Mandawa, features in the tourist map because of the Junagarh Fort, which has palatial rooms richly decorated with emeralds and intricate carvings in gold. Later you leave for Jaisalmer. On arrival, you check in at our hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5: Jaisalmer
Set deep in the heart of Thar desert lies Jaisalmer, one of the last princely bastions of the region. Founded on the crossroads of lucrative trade routes, where the rich merchants hired craftsmen who worked with great diligence on the sandstone mansions they built, filing up facades with sculpture filigree, screen windows, delicate pavilions and balconies. Post breakfast half day sightseeing tour covering Jaisalmer Fort on the 80m high Trikula Hill built by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 and Patwon Ki Haveli, known for its most elaborate and magnificent facade. Next on is a camel ride at Sam dunes, 45 km from the city. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Jaisalmer / Jodhpur (290 km / 6 hrs)
Early morning drive to Jodhpur, a glittering blend of modern and traditional architecture reflecting upon its numerous palaces. The enchanting forts, temples and other royal residences have retained a medieval character, which comprises of the town's multifaceted attractions. Upon arrival we help you check in at our hotel. A leisurely evening follows highlighted by folk dances of Rajasthan. Overnight stay.
Day 7: Jodhpur
Post breakfast half day tour of Jodhpur. Visits to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, undoubtedly the most prominent landmark of the city, followed by Jaswant Thada - the white marble memorial of Maharaja Jaswant singh II, built in 1899. Overnight stay.
Day 8: Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur (325 km / 5 hrs)
Morning drive to Ranakpur to visit the secluded 1439 Jain Temple Complex with 29 halls dissected by 1444 pillars, each sculpted with unique designs. Lunch is suggested at the nearby Maharani Bagh Orchard retreat. Tour continues to Udaipur, which is another 80 km and a drive of roughly 2 hrs. Set around the vast Pichola Lake and dominated by dramatic palaces, Udaipur is Rajasthan's most picturesque city. Overnight stay.
Day 9: Udaipur
The "City of Lakes" awaits your attention on this day. Morning tour of Udaipur's fascinating City Palace. Moulded in soft yellow stone, its windowless base is crowned with ornate turrets and canopies. Part of the Palace is now a museum with its marble and granite walls laden with brilliant miniature paintings and decorated with coloured glass and mirrors. The tour continues to the garden of the Maids of Honour and Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum. At sunset you can cruise around in a boat amidst the romantic waters of Lake Pichola. Overnight stay.
Day 10: Udaipur / Pushkar (275 km / 6 hrs.)
Morning post breakfast depart for Pushkar, located on the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake. This is an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus, which has the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country and one of the few in the world. Lord Brahma is known as the creator of the world as per the Hindu mythology. It's marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site. The function of Brahma creating the world - has been completed, while Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) still have relevance to the continuing order of the universe. Brahma is also a God of the Aryan invaders and during Vedic times his cult temporarily displaced the more ancient indigenous Shiva and Shakti cults. With the passing of the period of major Aryan influence, these deities reemerged more powerful than before. The lake has a mythological significance associated with it. According to myth, Lord Brahma was on his way to search for a suitable place to perform a "Yagna' (a fire sacrifice) while contemplating, a lotus fell from his hand on the warth and water sprouted from that place. One of them was Pushkar where Lord Brahma performed" Yagna". Evening at leisure and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Pushkar Fair
The Pulsating beats of vivid images of the Sacred Brahma land, Pushkar brings alive the rich tradition of Rajasthan enhancing the glory of the golden sand. Spectacular Fair Ground in the month of Kartik with bedecked Camels, decorated cattle's, adventures competitions, breathtaking events, jostling rustic crowd, meditating sadhus, holy dip, vivid stalls, exotic fair, colorful desert, so typical, so obvious, It can be nothing else but Pushkar Fair. An amalgamation of a marvelous juxtaposition of commerce and devotion, Pushkar Fair, a lifetime experiences in the very Holy Land.
The evenings are possessed with its own charm, Deepdaan creates a spectacular view on the scared lake. The silent night pierced by camel calls, folk- lore, dramas and heart throbbing beats of folk music and dances.
The fair attracts a great number of tourists from far and wide. The fair grounds reverberate with festivity, as rows of make shift stalls display a bewildering array items. Body tattooing is yet another favorite activity. The profusion of colors that run riot in the desert sand, the glee and the contagious enthusiasm of the village folk are a unique experience for every visitor.
The village is arranged in blocks of tents, each with its own identity, named after the famous dance of Rajasthan. The village also has huts with attached western style toilets and running water. Day free to witness Pushkar Fare. Stay overnight at Hotel / Tented accommodation.
Day 12: Pushkar Fair
Day free to witness Pushkar Fare. Stay overnight at Hotel / Tented accommodation.
Day 13: Pushkar / Jaipur (132 km / 3 hrs)
Early morning leave for Aarti (Prayer) and post breakfast departure for Jaipur. Upon arrival we assist you to check in at our hotel. Leisurely evening followed by overnight stay.
Day 14: Jaipur
Early morning 11 km drive to Amber, the capital of the gallant Rajputs from 1037 to 1728 AD. Ascend till the fort on elephant back and a tour of the Palace. Later visits to the City Palace, Birla Temple, Jantar Mantar Observatory and the Palace of Winds. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15: Jaipur / Bharatpur / Sikri / Agra (260 km / 6 hrs)
Early morning drive to Agra via Bharatpur , erstwhile royal hunting retreat famous for its proximity to Keoledeo Ghana National Park, which has the largest concentration and variety of bird life in all of Asia. Stop by at Fatehpur Sikri, one of the capital cities of Akbar. This new capital came up in 1569. Upon arrival at Agra, we assist you check in at our hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16: Agra / Delhi (220 km / 4 hrs.)
Agra, the erstwhile capital of India under the great Mughals and home to Taj Mahal, has always fascinated the Indians as well as foreigners alike. Most of Agra is on the West bank of river Yamuna, with the Agra Fort and the Taj at its nucleus. Taj Mahal is quite simply one of mankind's most remarkable creations. Early next morning you enjoy the sight of the rising sun over the dome like structure of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Next on is a visit to Agra Fort. Post breakfast depart for Delhi. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 17: Delhi
Breakfast at the Coffee shop. Rest of the morning at leisure. You will be taken on a guided tour of Delhi, beginning with a morning sightseeing trip to Old Delhi and followed by visits to the 1648 Red Fort, India's largest mosque - Jama Masjid and Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat. Afternoon tour includes visits to India Gate, President's House, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple and Qutb Minar. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at hotwel.
Day 18: Depart for onward destination