THE GRAND PUSHKAR FAIR
Destinations Covered - Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Bharatpur - Sikri - Agra -
Tour Package Duration - 18 Days
Pushkar Camel Fair is the largest camel fair in India and is organized in the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November). It starts on Ashtmi, 8th day of Lunar Calendar, and ends on Poornima, the full moon day. The Pushkar fair of Rajasthan combines live stock trading, horse dealing, pilgrim destination and religious festival, all in one. The venue of the fair is Pushkar, a small town near Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan. Some of the major attractions of the fair are acrobats, comedians, traders, musicians, folk dancers, sadhus (ascetics), etc.
The first half of the fair is mainly concentrated on camel and cattle trading. However, in the second half, it takes a religious overturn. It is the time for the devotees to take a holy dip in the sacred waters of the Sarovar (lake). It is believed that the holy dip frees one from the cycle of birth and death. Numerous stalls are set up at the Camel fair of Pushkar, where you get everything, ranging from the splendid handicrafts of Rajasthan to items of daily need. You can even find accessories for everyone ranging from women to cattle, camel and other animals.
Adding to the fun are the camel and horse races, which leave you wanting for more. If you are an animal lover, then make sure to attend the camel judging competitions. The folk music echoing throughout the fair lends an air of serenity to it. Last but not the least, the live shows of the folk dancers are sure to win your heart. The Camel fair of Pushkar lasts for a number of days and attracts not only the locals, but also people from different parts of the country. So, if you happen to be in Rajasthan in October-November, do not miss this amazing fair.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 01- Home-Delhi
Arrive Delhi international airport from your home. On arrival you will be met by representative at the waiting launge. Assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel in the city center. Overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
Day 02 Delhi / Mandawa (280 Km / 6 Hrs)
Early morning after breakfast drive to Mandawa, located South West of Delhi. On arrival you are assisted to check in at our Hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 03 Mandawa / Bikaner (160 km / 4 hrs)
After breakfast we leave the hotel for an half-day sightseeing tour, covering the Shekhawati region, rich in fresco painted dwellings. Thereafter you leave for Bikaner and check in at our hotel upon arrival. Overnight stay.
Day 04 Bikaner / Jaisalmer (325 km / 6 hrs)
At Bikaner, explore 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 05 Jaisalmer
Set in the heart of Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, one of the last princely bastions of the region. Post breakfast half day sightseeing tour, covering Jaisalmer Fort, built by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 and Patwon Ki Haveli, known for its most elaborate and magnificent facade. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06 Jaisalmer / Jodhpur (290 km / 6 hrs)
Early morning drive to Jodhpur. The enchanting forts, temples and other royal residences are attractive tourist destinations. Upon arrival we help you check in at our hotel. A leisurely evening follows, highlighted by folk dances of Rajasthan. Overnight stay.
Day 07 Jodhpur
Post breakfast half-day tour of Jodhpur. Visits to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, followed by Jaswant Thada- the white marble memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899. Overnight stay.
Day 08 Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur (325 km / 5 hrs)
Morning drive and visit to Ranakpur, the secluded 1439 Jain Temple Complex. We then set off to Udaipur, 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 09 Udaipur
The "City of Lakes" awaits your attention. Discover the City Palace of Udaipur in the morning. Part of the Palace is now a museum. The tour then moves to the garden of the Maids of Honor and Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum. At sunset you can cruise along in a boat amidst the romantic waters of Lake Pichola. Overnight stay.
Day 10 Udaipur / Pushkar (275 km / 6 hrs.)
After an early morning breakfast set off to Pushkar, the tiny tranquil and the sacred town along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake. This is an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. The lake has a mythological significance associated with it. According to mythology, 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 earth 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
Pushkar brings alive the rich tradition of Rajasthan enhancing the glory of the golden sand. Spectacular Fair Ground with Camels, decorated cattle's, adventures competitions, jostling rustic crowd, meditating sadhus, holy dip, vivid stalls. The Pushkar Fair is a lifetime experience. At leisure to visit the Pushkar fair during the day. Stay overnight at Hotel / Tented accommodation.
Day12- Pushkar Fair
You get another day to visit the colorful Pushkar fair. 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. You have leisurely time in the evening.
Day 14 Jaipur
Early morning short drive to Amber, the capital of the Rajputs from 1037 to 1728 AD. Ride an elephant to the fort and take a tour of the palace. It is followed by 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, famous for Keoledeo Ghana National Park, which has the largest concentration and variety of bird life in all of Asia. Stop by at Fatehpur Sikri. Upon arrival at Agra, we assist you check in at our hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16 Agra / Delhi (220 km / 4 hrs.)
Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, has always fascinated people. Taj Mahal is simply one of mankind's most remarkable creations. Early next morning you enjoy the sight of the rising sun over the dome of the magnificent Taj Mahal. It is followed by a visit to the Agra Fort. Post breakfast depart for Delhi. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 17 Delhi
After breakfast spend rest of the morning at leisure. Then a guided tour of Delhi, beginning with a trip to Old Delhi followed by visits to the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid and the Gandhi Memorial. Afternoon tour includes visits to India Gate, President's House, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple and the Qutb Minar. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 18 Depart for onward destination
With your transfer to Airport / Railway Station, for onward travel, the 18 day long tour concludes.