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Pushkar Tour Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan India, comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The occasion: Pushkar Camel Fair. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar.

Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world's largest camel fair. But it is much more than that. It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to "wash away the sins of a lifetime" and pay obeisance at the Only (!) Brahma Temple in the world. For the visitor, it is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place.

Tour Itinerary:

Duration : 10 Nights/ 11 Days
Destinations Covered :
Delhi - Jaipur - Pushkar - Ajmer - Ranthambore


Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clasped together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are assisted and driven through the city to our hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Delhi (2 nights)
(Dinner)

Day 2: Delhi
The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit first the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and the Qutub Minar - a perfect minaret towering 102 m into the sky. New Delhi is a blend of Moghul India, Hindu India, British India and, certainly, modern independent India. Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the famous Red Fort. Built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Moghul Empire. Next we visit another Moghul majesty, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, followed by the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. We end our tour with a bazaar experience at Chandni Chawlk, the street of silver and goldsmiths.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Delhi / Agra (drive 220 km / 5 hrs)
Taj Mahal, Agra TourThis morning we pass interesting Indian scenery as we drive to Sikandra. This is where lie the remains of Akbar the Great - one of the greatest of the Mughal rulers. It is a very simple mausoleum for a person of his stature. The mausoleum brings in a lot of visitors and black-faced monkeys keen to grab food you may be holding in your hand. We then proceed to Agra - the city that is home to the most well known of the wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal. We leave for Agra visiting Akbar the Great's Tomb in Sikandara en route. We are welcomed with a visit to one of the most well known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is built of white marble, beautifully carved and inlaid with semi-precious stones. Next we visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son to prevent him from spending the family fortunes on a black echo of the Taj Mahal.
Overnight: Hotel in Agra (1 night)
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Agra / Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (drive 235 km / 5 hrs)
A short drive gets us to the World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Moghul king Akbar the Great and was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Moghul architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir. From here we continue on a scenic countryside drive to Jaipur, the rose pink capital of Rajasthan.
Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur (2 nights)
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Jaipur
A royal experience awaits us as we take an elephant ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. After enjoying the panoramic view, we return to Jaipur to visit the old astronomical observatory built by Jai Singh who founded the city. We also visit the majestic Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the colorful bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. One of the most beautiful is Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. Evening is free to enjoy both shopping and a cultural experience in the bazaars of Jaipur.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Jaipur / Pushkar (drive 140 km / 3 hrs)
Pushkar Travel HolidaysIn the morning after breakfast we set for on our journey to the Pushkar fair grounds.
Overnight: Deluxe Tents in Pushkar (2 nights)
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Pushkar
The annual fair in Pushkar is serious business for villagers who spend days traveling across the desert to Pushkar hoping to turn camels into much needed cash. The Pushkar Lake is holy to the Hindus and religious ceremonies are performed simultaneously as camels are being traded. The night at the fairground takes on a Carnival atmosphere. The ferries wheel attracts line-ups of giggling Rajput women in richly colored saris and sparkling bangles that stretch from wrist to shoulder. Roadside vendors sell pots, pans, bangles, saris, belts and other various items. Campfires dot the dark desert like bright stars as the evening meal is prepared. This day is free to experience the festivity and mingle with the people.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Pushkar / Ajmer / Ranthambhore (drive 350 km / 6 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast we drive to Ranthambhore. En-route we visit Ajmer, situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills has been a witness to an interesting past. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. Today, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center for the Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khawaja Muin-ud-din Chisti, which is equally revered by the Hindus and Muslims. Later we visit the Dargah of Sufi Saint Khawaja Muin-ud-din Chisti. The Dargah at the foot of a barren hill is situated India's most important pilgrimage center for people from all faiths. The mausoleum has a gigantic gate, which was built by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The two massive cauldrons in the courtyard are of particular interest and on the right side of the courtyard in the Akbari Masjid built in white marble. There is another mosque in the courtyard built by Shah Jahan.
Overnight: Resort / Lodge in Ranthambhore (2 nights)
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Ranthambhore
Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park is situated in Eastern Rajasthan at the confluence of the Aravali hill ranges and the Vindhyan plateau. Two rivers flow through the Ranthambore National Park - the Chambal River in the South and the Banas River in the North. Six man-made lakes and many perennial streams pass through the entire national park. The Ranthambore National Park is nestled between the Aravali and Vindhya mountain ranges. 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.

Today we take an exclusive jeep safari through the National Park in an open jeep. On our journey we will see various indigenous animals such as: nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild bear and Tiger! Other habitants of the Park include the muntjac, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, the rhesus macaque and the black-faced langur. About 150 species of bird are also found here including migratory birds, like the steppe eagle, that arrive in winter. Later we return to our resort for lunch. Ranthambore is famous for the famous Royal Bengal Tigers and spotting the big cat in her natural habitat will be of great experience. Relying on our luck and how much lucky we are today, we take another exclusive jeep safari through the National Park. If we are lucky enough we may be able to spot the Big Cat in her natural environment.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Ranthambore / Delhi (Train # 2059- Kota Jan Shatabadi, Departure 07:10 hrs, Arrival 12:25 hrs)
In the morning we are transferred to Railway station for our train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transferred to our Hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure for personal activities or shopping. Today we will have a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: hotel in Delhi (1 night)
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Delhi – Home
Today we bid farewell to India and the festivities of Pushkar. We are transferred to airport for our departure flight.
(Breakfast)

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