North India tour with Pushkar camel fair
Pushkar fair is probably the world’s biggest cattle fair. This tour will allow you to join the biggest reunion of domestic animals and introduce you to the golden triangle of India, comprising Delhi, Agra and the pink city of Jaipur. This trip is the perfect tour for those who like to experience something different from the usual tourist routes. According to the Hindu chronology, the Pushkar Fair must take place in the month of Kartika (October or November) beginning on the “ashtmi” ( the 8th day of the Lunar Calendar) and continue till full moon (poornima).Read more
Pushkar fair is probably the world’s biggest cattle fair. This tour will allow you to join the biggest reunion of domestic animals and introduce you to the golden triangle of India, comprising Delhi, Agra and the pink city of Jaipur. This trip is the perfect tour for those who like to experience something different from the usual tourist routes. According to the Hindu chronology, the Pushkar Fair must take place in the month of Kartika (October or November) beginning on the “ashtmi” ( the 8th day of the Lunar Calendar) and continue till full moon (poornima).
On arrival in Delhi, you will be greeted and escorted by a representative of the staff to your hotel. Check in and overnight. (Room will be available from 12.00 noon).
Visit Old Delhi: the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, and Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial. In the afternoon visit New Delhi. Drive past President’s Palace, The Parliament and India Gate, end the day with a visit of Kutub Minar. Overnight.
Morning transfer to the railway station to board 12015 train Ajmer Shatabdi Express departing at 6, 05 and arriving in Ajmer at 1 PM. Transfer to Pushkar (11 km away). Arrive in Pushkar and free day to visit the fair, known as Camel fair, where you can find any kind of animal sold. Cows, buffaloes, horses, goats etc: you will be sorrounded by colors and lively activities. Decorated cattle, races and challenges, the local crowd made up of sadhus, singing saints, and colorful stands. Pushkar fair is an unforgettable experience, bringing back to life the Rajasthani tradition.
Overnight in a tented camp.
After breakfast visit Pushkar. Pushkar is one of the Hindu holy cities, with the only temple in the world dedicated to Brahma. Enjoy cultural shows of local artists dressed in traditional clothes.
Transfer to Jaipur. At the end of the tour, departure to Jaipur, Rajasthan's capital, called the "Pink City" because in 1876 Maharaja Ram Singh had the old city painted in that color, traditionally associated with hospitality, to receive the prince of Wales (soon to be Edward the 7th), thus starting a long standing tradition. Jaipur shows strong contrasts and a chaotic but colorful traffic: carts loaded with fruits drawn by camels make their way through the streets full of cars, rickshaws, bikes, mopeds and pedestrians trying to move around as they can. Men in Rajput clothes show off colorful turbans and slicked mustache, animatedly arguing outside restaurants serving bolonnaise spaghetti and American icecreams. In the streets of the animated bazaars strong colors dominate, from those of the saris to those of the goods being sold. The atmosphere is particularly evocative in the evening, when the palaces painted in pink and ochre magically reflect the lights of sunset.
Arrival in Jaipur and visit the monkey temple of Galta. Time to go shopping and have a walk in the colorful market. You can also choose some optional excursions (at an extra charge). Overnight.
Breakfast. Full day dedicated to the visit of the "pink city", capital of Rajasthan, a commercial and tourist hub of the highest order, which todayis a center of at least 1,300,000 people, located in a semi-desert area. Jaipur strikes because it is architecturally ordered according to precise geometries. It is famous for its pink sandstone buildings, but it seems that the name derives from an episode of 1876, when Jaipur was repainted in pink for the visit of the Prince of Wales.
The first visit will be made to the Amber Fort, 11 km away from Jaipur. The last stretch of ascent to the Fort is crossed by placid elephants to better immerse in the spirit of the place. Inside the walls you will find palaces and pavilions of refined beauty and the small temple of the Goddess Kali. Then visit the city: the Observatory, full of exceptional instruments and where is the "Sancrat" (the Prince of the Meridian), a 90-foot tall gnomon; the Palace of Winds, which stands on one of the main streets of the city, a curious, elaborate and imaginative building but at the same time a limpid example of oriental art built also with the "desert stone"; and finally visit the Maharaja Palace dating back to 1570.
Today in the evening we visit the house of an Indian family to understand a little Indian traditions, life and habits and take tea together. You can even have dinner together. Overnight.
Breakfast in the hotel and departure to Agra, stopping en route in Abhaneri, a small isolated village sorrounded by undulating corn fields possessing one of the most disquieting wells of all Rajasthan. Continue to Jaipur and second stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the most perfect ghost city in the world. Akbar emperor, who strongly wanted to have a son, decided to go on a pilgrimage to Sikri, home to Saint Salim Chisti. After the birth of his son, Akbar had a magnificent capital built calling it Sikri, which was then abandoned due to lack of water. Still today many people, trying to make their wishes come true, come here in pilgrimage to the saint's tomb, hoping grace will fall on them as it did for the emperor. Arrive in Agra, check in and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel and full day dedicated to the visits of Agra and its famous monuments, first of all the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah in Baby Taj and the Agra Fort, home of the Mughal emperors. Afternoon visit the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders in the world, a magnificent marble dream that stands in the middle of a lush garden like a pearl in a sort of immaculate landscape. Its beauty transcends all description, built by Emperor Mughal Shahjehan in 1631 in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to the 14th child after 17 years of marriage. To erect the monument gems of all kinds, pearls, corals were collected and 20,000 of the best craftsmen were called from all over the realm, and they took 22 years to complete this masterpiece. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Delhi and the airport for departure by scheduled flight to Varanasi.
Arrival, processing of airport formalities and meeting with our local organization.
Transfer to the hotel and accommodation in the reserved rooms.
Varanasi, one of the oldest cities on the planet and one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism, is known as "the city of life". According to the legend Varanasi, or Benares as the British called it unable to pronounce its splendid name,t was founded by Shiva. The first traces of urban settlements date back to the 11th century BC. Lying on the banks of the sacred river Ganges, Varanasi is the sacred place from which everything originates and to which everything returns. For the Hindu faithful, Varanasi is the place where one rejoins the divine, where one can atone for one's sins, where one can free oneself from the endless cycle of reincarnations ...
Afternoon dedicated to the Buddhist site of Sarnath (12 km - 30 minutes), one of the most revered places of Buddhism in the world, where, in ìGazelle Park, the Buddha Sakyamuni (the Enlightened) revealed for the first time the teachings of Buddhist knowledge.
In the evening, a suggestive excursion on the ghats is scheduled, for you to attend the Aarti Puja, a ceremony of light on the banks of the Ganges, during which the brahmins celebrate the river and thank the deities with sacred songs and music. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning, boat trip on the sacred river Ganges skirting the Bathing Ghats, stone steps where pilgrims greet the sunrise with ritual ablutions.
Visit the most significant places and monuments of the city: the ghats on the Ganges, the temple of Durga, also called "Temple of the Monkey God" and the golden temple of Vishvanath. During the visits you will walk through the maze of streets that wind through the Chowk, the most animated bazaar in the city, famous for its perfumes and incense, embroidered silks, copper and brass instruments.
At the end of the visits, transfer to the airport for departure by scheduled flight to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi and transfer to International Airport. No overnight stay.
Departure Dates – 10 Nov to 18 Nov.
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India: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Allahabad, Varanasi
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