Rajasthan is synonymous with festivity and color. This state is vibrant with festivals and celebration, music and dance. It is the epitome of ceremonies, carnivals and creativity as it is the apex of passion and grandeur. All festivals, are celebrated with great pomp and overwhelming style. From the resplendent jewelry and charming costumes to reverberant processions and cattle fairs. Pushkar Festival, a weeklong festival of camels to barter, trade, sell, buy jewelry, pottery and handicrafts, and for religious devotion.
The annual Pushkar fair held here on Kartik Poornima (November) is one of the largest cattle fairs in the country. Pilgrims and tradesman come here in thousands from far and near. Camel-cart races and various cultural events are organized during the fair.
Day 01 Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Day 02 Tour Delhi
Visit Old Delhi: Expanded around Shahjahnabad, the seventh city of Delhi. Drive past Chandni Chowk - the largest trading center in North India and other grand monument of Old Delhi is Jama Masjid - the biggest mosque in India.
Visit Raj Ghat, the center where father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Later drive passing through President’s palace, known as Rashtrapati Bhawan, India gate, a World War I memorial. . Visit Humayuns Tomb; built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian born senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, a wonderful example of Mughal architecture.
Day 03 Overland Delhi -Agra
Morning drive to Agra and check in Hotel.
Afternoon visit Taj Mahal, the most extravagant monument ever built for love, this poignant Mughal mausolem has become the de facto tourist emblem of India. Described by the Indian classical poet Tagore as a “tear on the face of eternity”, the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the zenith of Moghul architecture.
The nex is Agra Fort, constructed of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of River Yamuna, was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565. In Akbar’s time the fort was principally a military structure, but during Shah Jahan’s reign it had partially become a palace.
Day 04 Overland Agra - Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, once the capital city of Akbar after the childless Mughal was blessed with a son with the blessings of the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who lived here. The new capital came up in 1569. It is a perfect example of a Mughal city at the height of the Empire’s splendor.
Drive further to Jaipur and overnight.
Day 05 Tour Jaipur
Visit Amber fort built in the 17th Century, the palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. Take a joy ride on an elephant back at Amber Fort. Set in a picturesque location, Amer is fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside.
Explore the city starting from the Pink City Palace which now houses a museum containing rare manuscript, painting and an armory; visit the Palace of Winds-a Landmark of Jaipur made of pink sandstone and of unique design.
Day 06 Drive Jaipur -Pushkar
Drive to Pushkar (approx 3 Hrs.). Arrive and check-in to Deluxe Tents, and lunch.
Today you have a tour of Pushkar, which is is one of the most sacred places for Hindus. It is considered as important as Benaras or Puri. Hindus believe that no pilgrimage is complete without a dip in the holy lake of Pushkar. Pushkar has as many as 400 temple and 52 Ghats and the only temple in the country dedicated to Lord Brahma.
While Pushkar is heaven for the religious and pious people, it is also the venue of one of the country’s most colorful and captivating cattle fairs-the Pushkar Fair.
Dinner and overnight Deluxe Tent.
Day 07 Explore Pushkar Fair
Visit around Pushkar fair and enjoy the various activities.
Overnight Deluxe Tent.
Day 08 Overland Pushkar -Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur. Arrive Jodhpur and check-in to hotel.
Later visit Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most impressive forts in Rajasthan. Sprawled across a 125m-high hill, this is Rajasthan most formidable fort. Inside the fort there is a series of courtyards and palaces, a deep-terracotta latticed network. They house a museum, with a splendid collection of the trappings of Indian royalty, including some amazing elephant howdahs, miniature paintings and the inevitable Rajput armoury and ephemera-from ivory inlaid ladies dumbbells to camel-bone carpet weights.
Day 09 Drive Jodhpur-Jaisalmer
After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer. Arrive Jaisalmer and check-in to hotel.
Afternoon at leisure to experience the local market and daily life of local people.
Day 10 Tour Jaisalmer
Morning visit Jaisalmer Fort-Founded in 1156, looks as if it has grown out of the desert. Like a giant sandcastle, its golden fort thrusts skywards out of the surrounding barren landscape. Dubbed the “Golden City” because of its honey color, it is a place that should exist only in the imagination. The fort is the most alive of any museum, there are homes and hotels hidden in the laneways, and shops and stalls are swaddled in the kaleidoscopic mirrors and embroideries of brilliant Rajasthan cloth.
Also visit several of the finely sculpted sandstone buildings built by the wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer. Prominent ones are Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli and Nathmal-Ki-Haveli. Excursion to Sam sand dunes (approx 1 hour).
Take short camel ride on the dunes- stay on to view sunset on the Thar Desert.
Day 11 Drive jaisalmer -Jodhpur
Back to jodhpur. Overnight Jodhpur.
Day 12 Jodhpur-Ranakpur Temple - Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur. visit en-route Ranakpur temples- visit Jain Temple of Ranakpur where its 1444 intricately carved pillars are unlike one another. The main temple is the Chaumukha Temple, or Four-Faced temple, dedicated to Adinath built in 1439.
Arrive Udaipur and overnight.
Day 13 Tour Udaypur
Visit City Palace & Museums-The imposing City Palace, surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas, towering over the lake, is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. A conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas, it still manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. The main part is now preserved as a museum.
Evening boat ride at Lake Pichola.
Day 14 Fly Udaypur - Delhi, and to U.S. or extension
Excursion to Eklingji & Nagda- Eklingi Temples-Visit the celebrated temple of Eklingi which was built for the tutelary deity of the Maharanas of Mewar, of sand stone and marble in 734 A.D. It's 108 temples are enclosed by high walls and has a pyramidical roof composed of hundreds of knobs. Nagda, one of the ancient palaces of Mewar dating back to the 6th century AD. The Sas Bahu Temples are among the most exquisitely carved temples.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to the International airport for flight back home, or extend your trip to Nepal, Bhutan or South India.