Culture & History - India: Royal Rajasthan with Pushkar Camel Fair November 03-14,

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Late morning start sightseeing of Old & New Delhi including the Jama Masjid Mosque,  a rickshaw ride through the market in Old Delhi and India Gate, Raj Ghat/Gandhi Memorial Museum, Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir)  and  Qutab Minar in New Delhi.
Start the tour with a visit to the great Jama Masjid- the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The mosque also houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including an antique copy of the Qur'an written on deer skin. It lies at the origin of a very busy central street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk.  
Next take an exciting rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar  to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan & we just drive past Red Fort and continue our tour, now driving to New Delhi. Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. An eternal flame is lit.  Opposite Raj Ghat is the Ghandi Memorial Museum.
We will stop for lunch at Pindi - North Indian Restaurant.

 

Price Per Person US$ with 3* Hotels:

Based on minimum 2 People: US$1495

Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned 3* hotels or similar in base category rooms.

2 nights Delhi at Hotel Florence Inn  http://www.florencegroup.in/

2 nights Udaipur at Hilltop Palace  http://www.udaipurhotelhilltoppalace.com/

1 night Narlai at Rawla Narlai http://rawlanarlai.com/index.html

1 night Jodhpur at Devi Bhawan http://devibhawan.com/

1 night Nimaj at Nimaj Palace http://www.nimajpalace.com/

1 night Pushkar at Master Paradise http://www.masterparadise.com/htm/accommodation.htm

2 nights Jaipur at Vista Maurya Palace http://www.vestahotels.in/sub_hotel.php?hid=3

1 night Agra at The Retreat  http://www.theretreat.co.in/

Room for wash & change at Ibis in Delhi till 2100hours on last day

 

Price Per Person US$ with 4*:

Based on minimum 2 People: US$1649

Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned 4* hotels or similar in base category rooms.

2 nights Delhi at Hotel Royal Plaza   http://www.hoteltheroyalplaza.com/

2 nights Udaipur at Ramada Udaipur Resort http://www.ramadaudaipur.com/

1 night Narlai at Rawla Narlai http://rawlanarlai.com/index.html

1 night Jodhpur at Park Plaza http://www.sarovarhotels.com/jodhpur-hotels/park-plaza

1 night Nimaj at Nimaj Palace http://www.nimajpalace.com/

1 night Pushkar at Pushkar Bagh Resort http://www.thepushkarbaghresort.com/

2 nights Jaipur at Hotel Ramada  http://www.ramadajaipur.com/

1 night Agra at Four Points By Sheraton  http://www.starwoodhotels.com/

Room for wash & change at Ibis in Delhi till 2100hours on last day

 

Price Per Person US$ with 5*:

Based on minimum 2 People: US$2089

Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned 5* hotels or similar in base category rooms.

2 nights Delhi at The Lalit http://www.thelalit.com/the-lalit-new-delhi/

2 nights Udaipur at Trident http://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-udaipur

1 night Narlai at Rawla Narlai  http://rawlanarlai.com/index.html/

1 night Jodhpur at WelcomHotel ITC Hotel http://www.itchotels.in/hotels/welcomhoteljodhpur.aspx

1 night Nimaj at Nimaj Palace http://www.nimajpalace.com/

1 night Pushkar at Green House Resort http://www.thegreenhouseresort.com/

2 nights Jaipur at Trident http://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-jaipur

1 night Agra at Jaypee Palace http://www.jaypeehotels.com/convention-center

Room for wash & change at Pride Plaza in Delhi till 2100hours on last day

 

Plus Airfare Extra Per Person: (exact when TBD when booked) Delhi - Udaipur min US$ 100 max US$295

 

Price includes:

Arrival, departure transfers & land transport in air-conditioned Toyota Innova as per itinerary.
Professional English Speaking Local Guides during sightseeing in Delhi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri & Agra as per itinerary.

Audio guide in Ranakpur

Monument entrance (single entry)

Cycle - rickshaw ride through the ancient bazar of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi

Boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur

Elephant ride to Amber Fort in Jaipur
Tonga ride (Horse Carriage) in Agra

Mineral water in the vehicle

India Govt. Service Tax

 

Meals as described in the itinerary;
Daily breakfast, 4 lunch & 3 dinner.

 

Does not include: Any air & train, Insurance, Portage, Meals other than mentioned above, Tips, Any expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, telephone calls, laundry.

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B,L: Breakfast, Lunch

B,L,D: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

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Day 1, Nov 3: Arrival in Delhi. Transfer to pre-booked hotel.

 

Day 2, Nov 4:  Delhi   (B,L)        

Late morning start sightseeing of Old & New Delhi including the Jama Masjid Mosque,  a rickshaw ride through the market in Old Delhi and India Gate, Raj Ghat/Gandhi Memorial Museum, Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir)  and  Qutab Minar in New Delhi.
Start the tour with a visit to the great Jama Masjid- the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The mosque also houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including an antique copy of the Qur'an written on deer skin. It lies at the origin of a very busy central street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk.  
Next take an exciting rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar  to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan & we just drive past Red Fort and continue our tour, now driving to New Delhi. Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. An eternal flame is lit.  Opposite Raj Ghat is the Ghandi Memorial Museum.
We will stop for lunch at Pindi - North Indian Restaurant.
Afterwards drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. President's House built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India..

The soaring spire of the Lakshmi Narayan Temple dominates the urbane skyline of Central Delhi. About 1.5 km west of Connaught Place, this garish, modern, Orissan styled temple was erected by industrialist B.D.Birla in 1938 and was inaugrated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all castes especially untouchables would be allowed in. The temple enshrines almost all the deities of the Hindu Pantheon, the presiding deity being Narayan (Vishnu, the preserver in Hindu trinity) and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity and good fortune. The revered shrine, nestling in the heart of the city, is as famous for its sanctity as for its architecture. Portraying an alluring blend of cream and red, the sacred shrine also affords a curious medley of Hindu mythology and ancient Indian architecture. The exterior is of white marble and red sandstone with tall curved towers. Visiting hours are from 7 am to 12 noon and 2 to 9 pm. Visit Geeta Bhawan – Hall where paintings pepicting scenes from Indian mythology are displayed. Aartis (puja ceremony) are performed every evening. Other attractions are the gardens and fountains inside the premises. Friday is best day to visit this Temple; it is the special day of the Goddess Vaibhav Laxmi.

Culminate the day at Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture.

Day 3, Nov 5: Delhi - Udaipur   (B)       

Early morning transfer to airport for flight SG2437 dep. 1110 / arr. 1235 to Udaipur. Transfer to hotel.

Often called the Venice of India, this is a city of lakes, palaces and gardens. There is no place in India which appeals more to the imagination of poets and painters, travelers and writers, than Udaipur, the lovely lakeside capital of Mewar. The city's inherent romance and beauty, along with its remarkable past, bristling with episodes of heroism and splendor, continue to enthrall visitors. Udaipur, sometimes called the City of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white. Surrounded by hills and mountains, and set on the edge of three lakes which give way to a fertile plain, it is bewitching in all its details - narrow streets lined by vivid colored stalls, gardens, temples and palaces - every feature mirrored in the placid blue waters of Lake Pichhola.

Udaipur retains the essence of a quaint town with cobble stone streets, plentiful local bazaars, marble palaces, lakeside gardens, temples and havelis.  It is a traditionally planned fortified city surrounded by walls and massive gates.  The rulers, beginning with Maharana Singh in the mid 16th century, prided themselves on being independent from other more powerful  regional  neighbors, particularly the Moghuls.

 

Day 4, Nov 6: Udaipur  (B)

In the morning we will visit the City Palace, the largest Palace complex in the area, and the Museum of Rajasthan. The City Palace is a blend of stern Rajput military architecture on the outside and lavish Mughal-inspired decorative art on the inside. Set on a hill overlooking Lake Pichhola, it is quite large and made up of at least four separate inter-connecting palaces, built over a period of nearly 3 centuries. The palace museum contains a wonderful collection of old Rajput weaponry. Also visit the Crystal Gallery.

We suggest lunch at the excellent Fateh Prakhash restaurant (pay direct), adjacent to the City Palace. 

In the afternoon, visit artists’ studios  of the miniature paintings and some time independent to stroll the quaint city and take a walk through the colorful Bapu Bazaar. It is easy to walk about independently just outside the city palace gates for a real experience of the local culture beyond the tourist shops.

Sunset boat ride on lake Pichola. Dinner suggested at Jagmandir Island Palace (pay direct).

 

Day 5, Nov 7: Udaipur - Narlai (150 km / 3.5-4hrs) (B,L,D)

Drive to Narlai enroute visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples with 1444 pillars.  Surrounded by tangled forests with monkeys abounding in the  courtyard, Ranakpur is one of five important pilgrim centers for the Jain community.  Noted for its grandiose scale and elaborate ornamentation, of the three temples, the Adinatha is the most outstanding.  Built by Daranshah in 1439,  the temple is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara saint. The whole, including  the extraordinary array of 1444 sculptured pillars, each distinct in design, carved  ceilings, and arches decorated with friezes depicting scenes from the lives of  the Jain saints, Jain mythology and cosmology,  is fascinating. 

Lunch at Maharani Bagh (Mango Orchard of the Maharaja of Jodhpur) near the temples.  

Afterwards drive further to Narlai (1.5hrs) an enchanting village located amidst dramatic boulders and ancient temples. The Rawla lies at a foothill of a stupendous 350 - foot single rock granite hill. Maharaj and Rani Swaroop Singh and their sons oversaw the careful restoration of this 15th century home of Marwar nobility. The ambience is a special blend of aesthetics and comfort that envelop the senses.

 

Day 6, Nov 8: Narlai - Jodhpur (130 km / 2.5hrs) (B)

After breakfast to Jodhpur. Check into hotel.

Afternoon browse the bazaars of the old city.  Jodhpur is well known for its glass bangles, puppets and other folk art.  Ornate mirror-embedded and lacquer-finished glass bangles can be found here.  The area around the bazaars is a wonderful example of 19th century town planning, blending Rajasthani concepts with more contemporary styles.  

 

Day 7, Nov 9: Jodhpur - Nimaj (110 km / 2.5hrs) /   (B,D)

Morning after breakfast tour of the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort perched majestically on a high hill.  You enter through gates which bear the evocative handprints of the Sati queens, women of the royal harem who took their own lives when their men were defeated in battle. The fort has a series of spectacular palaces, each decorated with exquisite engravings, lattice and mirror work.  Of particular note is the museum that exhibits a magnificent collection of royal memorabilia. Afterwards a quick stop to admire the graceful cenotaph at Jaswant Thada.

After visit drive to Nimaj, a fascinating little village that sees very few tourists. It offers wonderfully warm hospitality, insight into rural India, and a chance to get to know an Indian family. Nimaj was a Jagidari or a principality under the Kingdom of Marwar, the rulers of Jodhpur. The location is stunning.  

Chattra Sagar, the district where Nimaj is located, is the home of the Seervi Tribe, a tribe very similar to the better-known Bishnois.  They have the same beliefs in the preservation of living things.  You spend the afternoon sitting on a charpoy - a rope bed - in a Seervi village, drinking chai and chatting with a family through your interpreter. Later you walk through the village - completely unspoiled since tourists are a rarity here.  You can stop at a jeweler, a potter and an oil extractor.  The latter takes the locally grown sesame seed and extracts oil for the local people using something that resemble a giant mortar and pestle made of wood. The pestle is attached to a buffalo that is blind folded so it does not get dizzy while walking in endless circles grinding the seed.   Similarly the jeweler uses the most amazing tools and skills to make the silver jewelry favored by the women of the local tribes.   Everything he makes is for locals, so is not the usual touristy items you get in the towns and cities.

 

Day 8, Nov 10: Pushkar (105 km/ 2 hrs) / (B,L,D)     During Pushkar Fair

After breakfast, we drive 2 hrs to Pushkar.

Our accommodation near from the fairgrounds so one can wander through the nomadic camel herders’ camp quarters to see their lifestyles close up and to interact with them. They are very friendly and enjoy the exchange as well. The town of Pushkar surrounds a holy lake below the fair site and one can relax by the lake, explore on foot and check out cafes and shops, as well as visit the Brahma Temple.

 

Day 9, Nov 11: Pushkar - Jaipur (145 km 3hrs) /  (B)

Morning after breakfast go for another visit to the festival fairgrounds.

Later, a 2 and half hours drive Jaipur.  On arrival, transfer to hotel for lunch on your own. 

Afternoon, a city tour including the City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. Browse the shops if you wish.

At the heart of Jaipur is its City Palace which houses an extensive collection of rare manuscripts, Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures, Mughal carpets, costumes and textiles, arms and weapons, royal buggies, chariots and palanquins and a remarkable carriage -the indiraviman - that was drawn by four elephants. At the center is Chandra Mahal, the seven-tiered moon palace where the present Maharaja still resides. The City Palace complex also contains the Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna. 

Just outside the gateway of the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the Yantralaya of Sawai Jai Singh II, the last great classical astronomer in India. The modernistic structures known as Yantras are the unique creations of this astronomer-king, designed by him and built by experts to observe the movements of the sun, moon, planets and stars. This is the largest of five observatories founded by him in various parts of the country. 

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is Jaipur's most-photographed building, a honeycomb palace with 953 latticed windows overlooking the bazaar and busy streets of Jaipur. Built in 1799 by the poet-king Pratap Singh, this extraordinary building was used by purdah-bound women to watch the grand processions that were a regular feature of the city.

Dinner at local Restaurant. 

 

Day 10, Nov 12: Jaipur /Samode Haveli (B,L)

Morning excursion to Amber Fort. Amber is the name of the ancient kingdom of Jaipur as well as the name of its ancient capital, before it was shifted to Jaipur, situated 7 miles away.  Its history can be traced backed to the 12th century.  Amber Fort is superbly located, protected by the wild Arrival Hills on all sides. Originally built in the 11th century, it was expanded by Raja Mannish in the late 16th century. The rugged exterior belies a beautiful and delicate interior. The ascent to the Fort will be on elephant backs.

Afterwards we visit the lovely quaint village of Samode.  We will tour the ornate palace and enjoy a short walk about the village to observe local lifstyle. A visit to the palace and village of Samode is an excellent stop to admire the art styles prevailing in the region.  Aesthetically beautiful, this is the former home of a wealthy landowner.  The interiors are superbly decorated with murals and frescos typical of this region, mirror work, stained glass and enormous chandeliers. Enjoy lunch here on the patio of the palace.

Return to Jaipur. Evening, if you like you can go out browsing the bazaars.

 

Day 11, Nov 13: Jaipur - Agra (260 km / 6hrs) / (B)

Drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1571, it is one of the world's most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu Islamic trends.  

Fatehpur (which translates to town of victory) Sikri was built by Akbar, the third and greatest of the Great Moguls. It is over 400 years old and today its pristine red sandstone buildings are as perfect as when they were first chiseled. The town was erected after a holy man, Sheikh Salim Chisti, living in Sikri, decreed the births of three sons to Akbar after all his children had died in infancy.  

There are three sections to the City: The Royal Palace (notable for the Emperor's throne), outside the Royal Palace and the Jami Masjid (the location of the Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, a masterpiece in brilliant white marble). The centerpiece of this remarkable monument is the Jewel House of the Diwan I Khas. Architecturally extraordinary, the four doorways lead into a single story room where a huge central pillar, carved in baroque richness, supports a seat reached by midair walkways. 

 

On arrival in Agra, visit Agra Fort. 

Agra Fort, built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565. The red sandstone Agra Fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. This massive Fort is 2.5 km long & is considered as predecessor of Delhi Red Fort. 

Dinner suggested at Pinch of Spice (pay direct).

 

Day 12, Nov 14: Agra - Delhi (240 km / 4hrs) /  (B)

Enjoy a Tonga ride in Agra (a horse drawn carriage) to witness sunrise visit to the famous Taj Mahal; return to hotel for breakfast.

Check out and visit one of the artisan workshops to see a demonstration of the in-lay marble technique used on the Taj Mahal. These are descendants of the original artists who worked on the Taj Mahal.

Later drive to Delhi, check into hotel near airport for wash/change till 9 pm. Late night transfer to airport for flight home.

 

Highlights

Pushkar Fair is the world"s largest camel fair held in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. A spotlight of one"s holiday in India, the Camel festival hosts around 50,000 camels in this magnificent event which are sold, decorated, shaved and raced. It glows with colors as thousands of men and women cover the sand dunes and indulge in festivities, trade in livestock, handicrafts, participate in camel races, folk dance, and drama & music competitions. Festive India has a magical flavor and unique romance to it. Visiting India during colorful festivals is an added pleasant experience.

Route

  1. Delhi