PUSHKAR FESTIVAL SPECIAL
Cultural tour of India

The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most well-known fairs. Held each November during the Kartik Purnima full moon, it is a spectacle on an epic scale, with over 11,000 camels, horses and cattle’s performing various activities. For visitors, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional fair, which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. This specially tailored 11-days journey includes the serene experience. The tour starts with the arrival in Delhi followed by Agra – home of the most appreciated monument of love “Taj Mahal”; Ranthambore famous for its Tigers; Jaipur the seductive pink mayhem; enchanting Pushkar around its holy lake with temples, bathing Ghats, onion domes and chalk –colored buildings clustering around it. We culminate our Indian experience at the city of lakes and palaces – Udaipur. Certainly, a fun way to see and experience India.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Agra Fort 5. Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
2. Hill Forts of Rajasthan 6. Red Fort Complex, Delhi
3. Fatehpur Sikri 7. Taj Mahal, Agra
4. Humayun's Tomb, Delhi 8. The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 11 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 16 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
 
Day 02: Delhi
(B, D)
Day 03: Delhi/Agra (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 04: Agra
(B, D)
Day 05: Agra/Ranthambore (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Ranthambore/Jaipur (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 07: Jaipur
(B, D)
Day 08: Jaipur/Pushkar (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Pushkar/Udaipur (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 10: Udaipur
(B, D)
Day 11: Udaipur/Delhi/Home
(B, D)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.
Overnight: Vivanta By Taj Dwarka New Delhi (2 Nights)

Day 02Delhi

The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We explore Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. After visiting the Red fort, we embark on a captivating journey on a Rickshaw passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar, it was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his daughter Jahan Ara in 17th Century since then many changes have taken place however it still remains Old Delhi's one of the Oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. Finally end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. After visiting the mosque we proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner at hotel. (B, D)

Day 03Delhi/Agra (Drive)

We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570. We continue to Qutub Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutub Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. After the tour of New Delhi, we drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, we check in our Hotel.
Overnight: Jaypee Palace (2 Nights) (B, D)

Day 04Agra

To many today is the most awaited day. We begin our day before sunrise with a visit to one of the most beautiful monuments in the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1631 and 1648 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the crown jewel of Muslim art in India and across the world. Set in a vast Mogul garden located on the right bank of the Yamuna River, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. After our sunrise experience at this artistic masterpiece, we return to our hotel for breakfast. Later we visit Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two very beautiful mosques. In the afternoon we visit Fatehpur Sikri*. Built in 1640 by the by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great, it was the capital of the Mughal Empire for about ten years before it was abandoned. The complex of monuments and temples features a uniform architectural style and includes one of India’s largest mosques and the beautiful Mausoleum of Salim Chisty, a revered Sufi saint. Evening is free to loiter around this small town housing three UNESCO World Heritage sites. (B, D)

Day 05Agra/Ranthambore (Drive)

A countryside drive takes us to Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park lies at the edge of a plateau, and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. There are several lakes in the park. It is named for the historic Ranthambhore Fort*, which lies within the national park. The rugged terrain and the dense deciduous forests are major features of this national park, which has among the largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in India. In the afternoon we take a safari through the National Park, where we encounter a variety of mammals, including tigers. About 150 bird species have their habitat here and in winter a variety of migratory birds can be seen.
Overnight: Ranthambore Regency, Ranthambore (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 06Ranthambore/Jaipur (Drive)

An early morning safari in time when animals are looking out for their prey. We try and spot nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, muntjac, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, rhesus macaque and black-faced langur. Ranthambhore was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973 and spotting the big cat in its natural habitat is an unforgettable experience. After our morning safari, we drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan called the Pink City, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. In the evening we enjoy our dinner followed by Rajasthani Cultural dance show.
Overnight: ITC Rajputana, Jaipur - A Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 07Jaipur

Today we will be treated like the royalty of yesteryear with an elephant ride to the majestic Amber Fort*. Perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town, the palace was constructed by Maharaja Man Singh. The fort which started construction in 1592 comprises a number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. We return to Jaipur to see the beautiful the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal court used to watch the city from behind its intricately carved facade. We then visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the Jantar Mantar*, an astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. The evening is free to rest or perhaps enjoy both shopping and get a cultural experience of the bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. (B, D)

Day 08Jaipur/Pushkar (Drive)

An interesting drive to Pushkar, a bewitching little town on the edge of the desert known for its temples, bathing Ghats, onion domes and chalk-coloured buildings clustering around the holy lake which is said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. It's an important pilgrimage centre and we shall see plenty of Sadhus. Pushkar is renowned for its annual fair and many residents from surrounding villages and towns make their way across the desert in hopes of turning camels into the much needed cash. Upon arrival we check in at our camp. Later we visit the famous temple of Lord Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. Balance of the day is spent enjoying and witnessing the many activities that take place during the Pushkar Camel Fair. One of the nation’s biggest livestock fairs, the Camel Fair draws many from all over north-west India to participate in the buying, selling and negotiating of prized animals. With dancers in the street and skilled artisans selling their goods, the Camel Fair is a jamboree of colour and excitement. Take the opportunity to meet and interact with local Rajputs on this very special occasion.
Overnight: Hotel Pushkar Palace, Pushkar (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 09Pushkar/Udaipur (Drive)

Morning is free to enjoy the Pushkar fair. Afternoon as we drive to Udaipur. Rajasthan literally means “the land of the Rajas” and we notice that still. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar and no other city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic. Misty ochre-shadowed hills and pale, intricate buildings encircle shimmering Lake Pichhola. On arrival, we check in our hotel. Balance of the day is free.
Overnight: Trident Udaipur (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 10Udaipur

Our yet another interesting day starts with a visit to the enchanting City Palace, which overlooks the Lake Palace located in the blue waters of Lake Pichhola. The palace features several architectural and artistic treasures, such as the stunning peacock mosaics in the Mor Chowk and the murals of the Bhim Vilas Palace. We then visit the Jagdish Temple, to view some remarkable friezes dating back to 1651. Next we explore Fateh Sagar Lake and Saheliyon Ki Bari, the Garden of Maids. We end our tour of Udaipur with a boat ride on Lake Pichhola, sailing past the picturesque Ghats and palaces and visit Jag Mandir, a 17th century palace built on an island in Lake Pichhola. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and a pleasure palace for holding parties. (B, D)

Day 11Udaipur/Delhi/Home

After an incredible tour, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Delhi where we are transferred to hotel Vivanta By Taj Dwarka New Delhi for day rooms until 8:30 PM. After a farewell dinner, we are transferred to the international terminal for our flight home. We bid farewell to India after what will have been a memorable journey into history, culture, art, architecture, making new friends and lots of memories. (B, D)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

October 25

Tour Price

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Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
October 25, 2017 US$ 1925 / CA$ 2550 US$ 750 / CA$ 975


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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Regional/domestic airfare in coach class
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 22 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • Boat Ride (Common Boat) at Lake Pichhola in Udaipur.
  • Elephant Ride at Amber Fort (Subject to availability)
  • 2 Safaris by canter through Ranthambore National Park (Subject to availability)
  • Rickshaw Ride in Delhi
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1000

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 16 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
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