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Pushkar Festival Tour
Duration: 12 Nights/ 13 Days
Destination: DELHI - JAIPUR - CHITTAURGARH - UDAIPUR - RANAKPUR - PUSHKAR - DELHI
Day 01: Arrive- Delhi
Arrive in Delhi by international flight. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome), our representative would meet & assist you at the airport and at our hotel for check in and overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi
Breakfast at the Coffee shop. Rest of the morning at leisure. You will be taken on a guided tour of Delhi, beginning with a morning sightseeing trip to Old Delhi and followed by visits to the 1648 Red Fort, India's largest mosque - Jama Masjid and Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat. Afternoon tour includes visits to India Gate, President's House, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple and Qutb Minar. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Delhi-Jaipur (260 km / 5 hrs.)
After an early breakfast, leave for Jaipur, the flamboyant capital of Rajasthan. Upon arrival at Jaipur, our representative will meet & assist you to check in at our hotel. A leisurely evening followed by overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Jaipur
Early morning 11 km drive to Amber, the capital of the gallant Rajputs from 1037 to 1728 AD. Ascend till the Fort on Elephant back and take a tour of the Palace. Later, visits to the City Palace, Birla Temple, Jantar Mantar Observatory and the Palace of Winds. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05: Jaipur-Chittaurgarh (320 km / 6 ½ hrs.)
Morning drive to Chittaurgarh, this magnificent fort is a spectacle of romance and chivalry. The ruined Fortier's of Chittaur symbolises all that is brave true and noble in the Rajput era. This glorious fort was attacked 3 times and every attack involved the ritual of Jauhar. This ritual involved mass immolation, where everyone threw himself or herself into raging fire or a well, to prevent themselves from the humiliation at the hands of the enemy. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06: Chittaurgarh-Udaipur (110 km / 2 ½ hrs.)
Morning post breakfast visit to Fort, Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower), the imposing 37metre high structure with nine storys. Covered with exquisite sculptures of Hindu deities and depicting episodes from the two great epics - Ramayan and Mahabharata, the Vijay Stambh, was built in 1440 A. D. by Maharana Kumbha. Next is Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame). This 22 m tall tower is dedicated to Adinathji, the first of the Jain Tirthankaras. It was built by a wealthy Jain merchant in 12th century A.D., with figures from the Jain pantheon decorating the tower. Last but not the least is Rana Kumbh Palace. This place is of great historical and architectural interest. It is said that in one of the underground cellars the legendary Rajput beauty, Rani Padmini and other women committed Jauhar. This palace is the biggest monument in the Fort of Chittaur. Later drive to Udaipur, on arrival in Udaipur check in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Udaipur
The "City of Lakes" awaits your attention on this day. Morning tour of Udaipur's fascinating City Palace. Moulded in soft yellow stone, its windowless base is crowned with ornate turrets and canopies. Part of the Palace is now a museum with its marble and granite walls laden with brilliant miniature paintings and decorated with coloured glass and mirrors. The tour continues to the garden of the Maids of Honour and Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum. At sunset you can cruise around in a boat amidst the romantic waters of Lake Pichola. Overnight stay.
Day 08: Udaipur-Ranakpur (80 km / 2 hrs.)
Morning drive to Ranakpur to visit the secluded 1439 Jain Temple Complex with 29 halls dissected by 1444 pillars, each sculpted with unique designs. Overnight stay at Maharani Bagh Orchard retreat.
Day 09: Ranakpur-Pushkar (250 km / 5 ½ hrs.)
Morning post breakfast depart for Pushkar, located on the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake. This is an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus, which has the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country and one of the few in the world. Lord Brahma is known as the creator of the world as per the Hindu mythology. It's marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site. The function of Brahma creating the world - has been completed, while Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) still have relevance to the continuing order of the universe. Brahma is also a God of the Aryan invaders and during Vedic times his cult temporarily displaced the more ancient indigenous Shiva and Shakti cults. With the passing of the period of major Aryan influence, these deities re-emerged more powerful than before. The lake has a mythological significance associated with it. According to myth, 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 warth 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 10: Pushkar Festival
The Pulsating beats of vivid images of the Sacred Brahma land, 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 cattle’s, adventures competitions, breathtaking events, jostling rustic crowd, meditating sadhus, holy dip, vivid stalls, exotic fair, colourful 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 experiences in the very Holy Land.
The evenings are possessed with its own charm, Deepdaan creates a spectacular view on the scared lake. The silent night pierced by camel calls, folk- lore, 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 favourite activity. The profusion of colours that run riot in the desert sand, the glee and the contagious enthusiasm of the village folk are a unique experience for every visitor. The village is arranged in blocks of tents, each with its own identity, named after the famous dance of Rajasthan. The village also has huts with attached western style toilets and running water. Day free to witness Pushkar Fare. Stay overnight at Hotel / Tented accommodation.
Day 11: Pushkar Festival
Day free to witness Pushkar Fare. Stay overnight at Hotel / Tented accommodation.
Day 12: Pushkar - Delhi (By train)
Day free to witness Pushkar Fare, evening transfer to Ajmer for connecting train to Delhi, departing at 15:30hrs, on arrival at 22:15hrs you will be met by our representative and transferred to Hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Depart-Delhi
Day free for shopping etc, car and driver at disposal for local use, evening transfer to airport for flight to onwards journey.