Pushkar Fair 2014

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Pushkar Fair 2014

Trip Highlights :-Delhi | Jodhpur | Ranakpur | Udaipur | Chittorgarh | Pushkar | Ajmer | Jaipur | Fatehpur Sikri | Agra / Delhi

Tour duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days

Cities visited:

Delhi - On the path of rapid growth and progress today, Delhi has evolved from the fabled "seven cities" established between the 13th and 17th centuries. The haunting Landmarks of yesteryears co-exist with the modern marvels of today. Ancient Forts, Mughal Architecture is juxtaposed with the state of the art architecture, modern residential projects, sky scrapers and commercial hubs of today. City boasts of some of the finest museums and centers of art and excellence. The shopping centers here offer rich heritage of traditional Indian craft as well as rich, fashionable and contemporary ensemble of products.

Jodhpur - Jodhpur, the erstwhile kingdom of Marwar, is its cultural capital. The city of Jodhpur, popularly known as the Sun City, Blue City and also the Gateway of the inhospitable Great Indian Desert Thar, had a colourful and glorious past. The history of Jodhpur is the history of the Rathore clan which ruled over this land for over six centuries and endowed it with traditions of higher values and rich heritage. The chief of the Rathore clan, Rao Jodha, 13th in the line of succession from Rao Siha, after wandering in different parts of Marwar for 15 years, succeeded in recapturing Mandore in 1453, lost by his father Rao Ridmal, founded Jodhpur - formerly known as Marwar, in 1459. Rao Jodha was crowned in 1453 and six years later laid the foundation of Jodhpur and built Mehrangarh fort. Sturdy, beautiful and the fame of Rathores, the Mehrangarh fort, remained inaccessible and impossible to capture in the battlefield. The 36th ruler of Marwar, Maharaja Umaid Singh (1918-47) is known as the maker of Modern Jodhpur. He introduced the concept of a Welfare-State. The regular droughts made the people of his State economically challenged and forced them to rush to other States. The foresighted Maharaja Umaid Singh ordered the construction of a new palace on the mountains area of Chhitar in 1929, which provided employment to 3000 people for 14 years.

Udaipur - Capital of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar, who fought the fiercest battles against the foreign intruders, Udaipur was built on the shores of Lake Pichola by Udai Singh II in 1559, when his former capital, Chittorgarh was sacked by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The 5 lakes that dot Udaipur have earned for it the sobriquet of 'The City of Lakes'. The history savants throng the city to explore its Palaces, Havelis and Museums while its fabled lakes and beautiful surroundings make it a hot spot for the honeymooners. The picturesque city has lured many Hollywood and Bollywood big shots to shoot here some of the legendry movies here.

Chittorgarh - Chittorgarh, also called Chittaur, from the 7th century to 16th was the capital of Mewar under the Rajputs. Chittaur evokes memories of great heroism and sacrifice by Rajput men and women in the intermittent battles that they had to fight against invaders from Northwest or Delhi. Chittaur witnessed both the ravages of war and the triumphs of the spirit. Allaudin Khilji who coveted Queen Padmini of Chittaur, invaded the city in 1303 A.D. Queen Padmini and the women of the court sacrificed themselves in a pyre of fire rather than submit to anybody. This supreme sacrifice has been called 'Jauhar' and epitomises the fiery spirit of the Rajputs of the day. The city stands strewn with monuments and battlements as evidence of the blood and gore that it went through in medieval times. The Chittaur Fort is the best known fort in Rajasthan. Its origins are traced to the Pandavas of Mahabharata. Standing on 180 meters high hill, the fort covers an area of 700 Acres. Inside it is the Meera and Khumba Shyam Temple. It is associated with Meera, a mystic poetess devoted to Lord Krishna whose life and bhajans have become part of the folklore and literary traditions of the region and several parts of India.

Pushkar - On the edge of the desert lies the tranquil town of Pushkar. In a narrow dry valley, overshadowed by impressive rocky hills, which offer spectacular views of the desert at sunset. The lake is almost magically beautiful in the early morning or late evening light, is one of the most sacred lakes of India and an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. The celebrated Pushkar fair, transforms the quiet village to a colourful week of heightened activity. The holy lake has 52 Ghats and pilgrims taking a ritual dip in the lake is a common sight. Every year thousands of devotees throng the lake around the full moon day of Kartik Purnima in October-November, to take a holy dip in the lake. A huge and colourful cattle fair - the Pushkar fair, is also held during this time. Dance, music & colourful shops spring up during this fair.

Jaipur - Capital of Rajasthan - the 'Pink City'. Jaipur means "the city of victory" & was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and designed by architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya in accordance with the principles of town planning set down in "Shilp Shastra" an epochal treatise on the Hindu architecture. This colorful city is enriched with royal tradition & culture, attractive monuments, Forts, Palaces like the Magnificent City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigarh fort which are some of the most exquisite blend of Hindu architecture. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853. City today has a population of more than 5 million residents. Presently, Jaipur is a major business and tourist centre with all the requisites of a metropolitan city. The city covers an area of 200.4 sq. kms and lies at an altitude of 431 m above sea level

Agra - Agra is a major tourist attraction as it contains one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal. Agra is an ancient city situated on the river Yamuna within the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city has been described as Agraba in the epic Mahabharata. The city was capital of Lodhi Kingdom and later on served the same for Mughals. During 16th and 17th century the city was developed as art, culture, commerce and learning center by Mughal Emperors like Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Some wonderful buildings were erected in Agra City by the Mughal Emperors. Agra city is famous for monuments and crafts. The monuments and crafts have preserved the cultural heritage for centuries.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi airport. Meeting and assistance at airport followed by transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: In Delhi

Morning breakfast at hotel and followed by combined city tour of Old and New Delhi visiting Mughal monuments like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Rajghat- the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. In New Delhi drive past the British landmark such as India Gate, President House, Parliament House and Govt. Secretariat. Later visit the Qutab Minar 12th century minaret built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty - this building complex dates back to the onset of Muslim rule in India and is fine example of Afghan architecture which is graceful and well sculptured and stands 75 mt and visit Lotus Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Delhi – Jodhpur (By flight)

After breakfast. Transfer to airport to board the flight to Jodhpur by AI 472 (1100 Hrs.–1200 Hrs) Upon arrival, meeting, assistance at airport and direct transfer to Mehrangarh fort, perched on the rocky cliff at an altitude of about 125 meters and is spread over an area of 5 square km with seven gates. Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is one of finest fort among various other forts of Rajasthan. Mehrangarh fort has a magnificent and imposing structure, with a commanding view of the surrounding landscape. Later visit Jaswant Thada- a royal cenotaph built in 19th century in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Transfer and check in at the hotel.

Day 04: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur ((165 kms/5hrs)

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Udaipur. Enroute visit Ranakpur temple exquisite architectural Jain temples amidst the peaceful Aravalli range three storied structure, with 29 halls, 80 domes and 1,444 pillars and no two pillars are alike every pillar is intricately carved with equal delicacy. Then continue your journey to Lake city – Udaipur. Upon arrival check in at hotel. PM – Boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Day 05: Udaipur

Morning breakfast at hotel and leave for city tour the city of lakes. The city was built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot in the continent of India. Visit the City Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Sahelion Ki Bari (Queen's resort for their friends) Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. We will also visit the Shilpgram, a tribute to the Rajasthani rural life and the craftsmen.

Day 06: Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Pushkar

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Pushkar. Enroute visit Chittorgarh town known for its massive fort atop a hill. This quintessence of Rajput heroism, Chittorgarh is proud witness of the bravery and chivalry of its inhabitants. Other places to see are The Palace of Rana Kumbha, Vijay stambh or Tower of Victory, Kirti Stambh or Tower of Fame etc. Thereafter continue your drive to Pushkar upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon Visit the Only temple of the Lord Brahma in the world on the bank of Pushkar Lake and also you can see the Pushkar fairground famous for the Annual fair being held every year in the month of November. Overnight stay at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 07: Pushkar Fair

After breakfast, visit The Pushkar fair Grounds and see the colours, sounds, and sights of Rajasthan come alive. Watch village folk in their finery wearing bright coloured clothes, Bangles, Jewellry and trinklets, Men wearing their turbans supporting big Moustaches and smiles. Witness the trading of camels, cattle, horses and other livestock. Take a camel ride or a camel cart ride and watch performances and local sports like turban tying competition, Tug of War, Moustachecompetetion. Evening back to hotel for night stay.

Day 08: Pushkar / Ajmer / Jaipur (155 kms)

Early morning visit the Ghats of Pushkar Lake; later take a walk tour in streets and bazaar of this quaint town. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later check-out from hotel and drive to Jaipur city. Enroute visit Ajmer, founded by Raja pal chauhan in 7th century A.D. it is an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus as well as Muslims. Visit the famous Dargarh Sharif, Located on the foot of the Taragarh Hill, This is a splendid tomb of the Sufi Saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, who is revered as one of the greatest relievers of sufferings. Later continue drive to Jaipur.
In the evening a visit to Birla Temple to witness evening Aarti (prayer ceremony) and also visit the Albert Hall for a photo-stop. Later check in at the hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 09: In Jaipur

Morning after breakfast and leave for full day city tour to Amber fort and ride the hill on the back of decorated elephant and to the Pink city (Jaipur) built in the 1727 A. D. Visit Hawa Mahal - Palace of winds for a photo-stop, City Palace Complex which houses the rare and rich collection of ornaments, arms, royal costumes, carpets and decorative art objects of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. Afterwards visit the Jantar Mantar- 18th century observatory. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (248 kms)

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - The city of victory beautifully preserved. The sandstone mansions of Sikri are experiments in art and architecture and to a great extent uphold Akbar's ideals and visions. Later continue your drive to Agra upon arrival check in at hotel and also visit the rusty red sand stone Agra fort. The first of the great Mughal buildings where three Mughal Emperor left their foot prints. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Agra / Delhi (210 kms/5hrs)

This early morning visit world famous Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonder of the World. A pristine monument of undying love, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. It took twenty years and hard toil of more than twenty thousand workers to construct Taj Mahal. The beauty of the Taj Mahal is enchanting and it reflects the marvellous beauty of architecture. Taj Mahal symbolize the richness of art and architecture of the Mughal period. The dome is made of white marble, but the tomb is set against the plain across the river and it is this background that works its magic of colours that, through their reflection, change the view of the Taj. Return to hotel for breakfast at hotel and drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival, proceed to a local restaurant for farewell dinner. After dinner, transfer to international airport to board return journey flight.