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Indian Tours > Rajasthan - Pushkar

Nov’03

02 : Leave...
Accommodation blocked from this day to ensure rooms on arrival.

03 : Arrive Delhi
Early morning arrival in Delhi and transfer to hotel. Overnight. 

Morning Half day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi. 

Old Delhi pulses with the energy and colour, the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars and is laced by a maze of narrow lanes which twist and turn between tall, leaning houses full of the sights,sounds and aromas of the Indian sub-continent In Old Delhi you will see the famous Red Fort surrounded by shops, and bazaars (built by the Emperor Shah Jehan - the builder of Taj Mahal), the Jama Masjid mosque with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi's business nerve center), the hustle-bustle of everyday Indian life all around you and chattering voices. 

New Delhi stands in formal splendour, like a lone sentry guarding an outpost of a long-gone empire. It is a city of wide boulevards which offers ever changing perspectives of Lutyen's landscaped city. It is a city rich with formal parks and you'll see the magnificent Parliament Building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens), once the awe-inspiring residence of the British Viceroys and now the Presidential Palace, the Raj Ghat (cremation site of Mahatama Gandhi), India Gate (a majestic 42 mts high arch, built as a memorial to the Indian Soldiers killed in World War I), Qutab Minar (the 72.5 mts high tower dating back to 13th century and one of the greatest bequests of Islamic Culture), Humanyun's Tomb (built in the 16th century and architecturally the fore runner of the Taj Mahal, has Mughal Architecture at its graceful best) and the Birla Mandir (a large Hindu Temple built in 1938). 

Delhi/Agra (204 Kms) Afternoon transfer to Agra by surface. On arrival check-in at hotel. 
Overnight. 

04 : Agra
Morning sightseeing of Agra including – 
TAJ MAHAL 
The Taj Mahal truly is one of the wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal is a monument of love built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. For twenty two years 20,000 men labored day and night to build this masterpiece which has held the world awe struck ever since. 

RED FORT 
Shah Jehan was imprisoned by his son in the magnificent fort at Agra. Here you'll see the art and crafting of the white marble that has made the area so famous, the Pearl Mosque, the halls of Public and Private Audience, and finally the tomb of Itmad-ud-daula built by the Empress Noorjehan in the memory of her father. 

Agra – Jaipur (237 kms) Afternoon transfer to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. 

Fatehpur Sikri 
Visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after fifteen years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, the Tomb of Salim Chishti, the Panch Mahal & the other palaces. 

On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the hotel for overnight. 

05 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to the Amber Fort which is ascended on an elephant back. Afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaipur. 

Amber Fort 
Amber, built by Man Singh, embodies the Rajput belief that the fort symbolises the strength of the King. Its commanding view, sheer walls and rock face, and the curved route that leads to the palaces within, all point to concern with security and defence. The fort is mirrored in Maota Lake which stands adjacent to the Dilaram Garden. The private apartments begun by Man Singh in the17th century combine Hindu and Mughal styles and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), its walls covered with tiny mirrors , becomes a dazzling fantasy with the light of a single match. Visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory, glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and the Kali Temple

Afternoon: Jaipur - city sightseeing 
Jaipur is blessed with a wealth of wonders. Here you'll see the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its incredible facade of balconies and pierced screens, the Jantar Mantar (the Observatory), and the Maharaja's City Palace. Jaipur is a city of pink , and you'll be enchanted by the light playing upon the buildings, creating shadows and highlighting every nuance of the architecture. 

Overnight at the Hotel 

06 : Jaipur / Pushkar(149 kms)
Morning after breakfast, transfer by surface to Pushkar and on arrival check in at Tented Camps (Swiss Cottages). 
Balance day at leisure.
Overnight in Tents. 

07 : PUSHKAR
Pushkar on the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake - an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus.The "Nag Pahar" or the snake between Ajmer and Pushkar. 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 earth and water sprouted from three places. One of them was Pushkar where Lord Brahma performed his yagna. Every year thousands of the devotees throng the lake around the full moon day of Kartik Purnima in October-November. 

Overnight in Tents. 

08 : Pushkar / Udaipur (285 kms.)
Morning in time departure by surface for Udaipur. 

Evening at leisure and overnight at the hotel. 

09 : Udaipur
Morning sightseeing tour of Udaipur - 

Udaipur, the enchanting City of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white. City Palace was built in 1725, and has various palaces inside such as Dilkush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, the Palace of Krishna etc, all ornately decorated. Saheliyon Ki Bari - this 'Garden of Maids of Honour' is a small ornamental pleasure garden, contains an elegant lotus pool, gushing fountains, beautiful black marble kiosks on the corners of the pool and stunning bougainvilleas covering the wall of the enclosures. Shilpgram situated on the outskirts of Udaipur, the Shilpgram is a crafts and performing arts center and houses various craftsmen from different states who display live their crafts and products for the benefit of the visitors. 

Afternoon – Excursion to EKLINGI & NAGDA 

Eklingi & Nagda are set in a deep ravine containing the Eklingji Lake. The white marble Ekalinga Temple with a two storey mandapa to Siva, the family deity of the Maharanas, dates from 734 AD but was rebuilt by Raimal in 15th century. There is a silver door and screen and a silver Nandi facing the black marble Siva. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

10 : Udaipur / Ranakpur / Jodhpur
259 kms Morning leave by surface for Jodhpur. En route visit the Jain Temples of Ranakpur. 

RANAKPUR 
It is situated about 98 Kms from Udaipur in Aravalli hills.This 15th century temple is the centre of Jain community . The central temple is called the Chaumukha. It's 29 marble hall are supported by 1444 pillars. 

On arrival at Jodhpur, check in at the hotel for overnight. 

11 : Jodhpur
Morning city tour of Jodhpur – Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of Rajput clan known as the Rathores, Jodhpur was the capital of the Rathore Kingdom. Until recent times, Jodhpur was known as the ancient kingdom of Marwar, the largest kingdom in Rajputana. Standing at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is dominated by a massive fort that sits atop a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of the town. 

Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 when he shifted his capital here from nearby Mandore. There are Palaces, housed within this daunting structure, among them are Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Jaswant Thada, constructed out of thin sheets of marble which allow the sun to filter in, was built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, in 1899. 

Jodhpur – Jaisalmer (295 kms.) Afternoon leave by surface for Jaisalmer. 

On arrival check in at the hotel for overnight. 

12 : Jaisalmer 
The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Over the years the remote location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outside. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climatic conditions, together amounting to a memorable experience. Jaisalmer Fort - Like a yellow sand stone fabric that seems to issue skywards from the golden sands, Jaisalmer Fort is sheer magic. Standing proud to a height of hundred meters over the city with its 99 bastions, the fort is a splendid sight in the afternoon sun. One of the largest and the most elaborate houses in Jaisalmer is Patwon ki Haveli which is five storeys high and extensively carved. 

Few places in India could rival the medieval charm and magnificence of Jaisalmer. Year after year countless tourists visit the fairytale land and go home mesmerized. There is so much to explore in the town of Jaisalmer. One of the major attractions is the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. Built by the Bhatti Rajput ruler Jaisala, the fort crowns the 80m high Trikuta Hill. The beautifully carved Jain Temples of Jaisalmer built between 12th and 15th centuries are another draw of the place. There are beautiful havelis in Jaisalmer, which were built by wealthy merchants. The most interesting means of exploring the desert around Jaisalmer is by way of a camel safari. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

13 : Jaisalmer / Bikaner (333 kms.)
Morning leave by surface for Bikaner and on arrival check in at the hotel. 

Afternoon city tour of Bikaner visiting: 
CAMEL BREEDING FARM 
This farm, perhaps the only one of its kind in Asia, is managed by the Central Government. Bikaner's Camel Corps was a famous fighting force and still maintains its importance. This is the center for the Camel research and breeding scientifically. 

JUNAGARH FORT 
The fortified city of Bikaner is encircled by imposing battlements and stands on a slight eminence. Its roads undulate through colourful bazaars and the predominant hue of the buildings is the strong reddish pink of local sandstone. The Junagarh Fort was built by Raja Rai Singh who was an outstanding general of Mughal Emperor, Akbar. It is encircled by a moat and contains palaces made of red sandstone and marble with kiosks and balconies embellishing the structure at intervals. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

14 : Bikaner / Mandawa (170 kms.)

Morning leave by surface for Mandawa, on arrival check in at the hotel. 

Afternoon sightseeing of MANDAWA 

The city of Mandawa was founded in the mid-18th century, it has interesting murals in the large rugged fort - now a hotel boasting of excellent views. The Castle Mandawa is located just outside the walled city of Mandawa. The hotel therefore allows the guests to take walking tours into the colourful city or just relax in the peaceful atmosphere. Mandawa boasts of the finest painted havelis in the region and is a perfect place for wandereing at random. The Goenka Havelis in the city are well worth the visit -Ladhuram Tarkesvar, Dedraj Turmal & the Ladia havelis (of which there are a number). The Shiva temple here has a rock crystal lingam. The Harlalkabaoli (a working step well) should be visited early in the morning to watch the oxen at work on the ramp to raise water. Another well located nearby is the Majisa ka Kuan. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

15 : Mandawa / Delhi (283 Kms.)

Morning Free. Afternoon transfer to Delhi. (No rooms envisaged). 

Later in time transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward destination. (on 16th Nov).


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