7 Nights/ 8 Days
Places visited: Delhi – Agra – Bharatpur – Jaipur – Pushkar – Jaipur – Delhi
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 Kartik with bedecked Camels, decorated cattles, 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 marvellous juxtaposition of commerce and devotion, Pushkar Fair, a lifetime experience in the very holy land.The fair in conjunction with having religious entity is famous for its Cattle Fair.
Camels, Horses, Donkeys, Bulls, etc are bought, sold, beautified, raced and paraded on the sand. In fact, the fair is predominantly a rural gathering, where villagers from different parts of the state of Rajasthan, comes with their animals and lakes are flooded with the pilgrims for the Holy baths.
The evenings are possessed with its own charm, lighted diyas creates a spectacular view on the scared lake. The silent night pierced by camel calls, folk lores, 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. 23 – 26th November 2004 are the dates for the fair.
Day 1 – Delhi
Arrive Delhi ,India. On arrival at Delhi’s international airport, we will meet at the arrival hall outside immigration & ransferred to the hotel . Enjoy a welcome drink with other members of the group . Afternoon visit the red fort comprisingexquisite palaces reflecting Mugal Architecture .Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the colorful & bustling Chandini chawk bazaars of Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 – Delhi – Agra
In the morning we will continue to explore Delhi. visit the Qutab Minar,the astonishing victory tower built in the early 13’th century,a masterpiece of a perfect proportions . We also visit Humayun’s tomb , one of the earliest monuments of the grand Mughal Empire. Afternoon Transfer by car / coach to Agra, the city of world’s most famous love story, Taj Mahal. visit the world famous Taj Mahal at sunset, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains.The Taj Mahal is considered to the ultimate symbol of love with its Majestic marble domes & elegant minarates
Day 3 – Agra – Bharatpur
In the Morning visit the Agra Fort containing the pearl mosque and the hall of public and private audience. Also, visit Itmad-Ud-Daula’s Tomb built by Empress Noorjahan in memory of her father. Transfer by car / coach to Bharatpur and visit Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, the largest concentration of exotic birds in Asia and nesting ground of thousands of egrets, Siberian cranes, waterfowls and other rare species. Night Stay in Bharatpur
Day 4 – Bharatpur – Jaipur
Early morning drive to Jaipur, a showcase for Rajasthan’s distinctive architecture. Visit the astronomical observatory & city palace.The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, costumes , miniature paintings,carpets & an armory.
Day 5 – Jaipur – Pushkar
Early Morning Transfer to Pushkar Fair by car / coach. It is believed that Hindu God Brahma was pondering about a place to perform a Vedic rite when a Lotus flower fell from his hand and water gushed out from that spot in this desert. Lake Pushkar is considered to be the only one of its kind in India! Thousands of faithful assemble here every year on a full moon day to celebrate the occasion & pay homage to their lord. In a continuos celebration for three days & nights they turn this desert land into a colorful bazaar. The desert becomes alive with colors, music, sounds and excitement. Walk to Brahma Temple, located across the fair grounds, go for a hot ballon ride,try your hand at body tattoing,consult a local astrologer, watch camels racing, enjoy cultural dances & let the festive spirits overtake you.
Day 6 – Pushkar
Early morning visit bathing ghats of Pushkar, where thousands of pilgrims take holy bath. Return back to Hotel for breakfast .After breakfast, day at Pushkar Mela. Spend the day walking through the traditional decorated fair ground and view various activities, like – dance, camel races and many more. Overnight stay in Pushkar
Day 7 – Jaipur
Early morning drive to Jaipur.Afternoon, excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state until 1728. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jal Mahal and Temple of Kali. Ascend on elephant back, the hill on which the fort is situated. Drive past Hawa Mahal , the palace of winds and through the pink rose residential / business areas of Jaipur.In the evening you have enough time for shopping for some colorful handicrafts , ornate jewelry & ethinic cloths in the bazar . Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 – Jaipur – Delhi
Drive to Delhi by car / coach. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon free for shopping and independent activities . Overnight at hotel.Transfer to Airport in time to catch flight for Onward destintaion.