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Pushkar
Pushkar

Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India.  The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the whole world. Rajasthan- the land of royalty is a glittering jewel set in the golden sands of a barren deserts landscape. The light that reflects off the golden sands engulfs a land renowned for its vibrant colours, people in bright clothes and beautiful jewellery, living in cities dotted and dominated by towering forts and palace that rise from the sands like a mirage. In a society that was as well formulated as that of Rajasthan, it was expected that there would be systems of both healings as well as preventive cures, and ways of aiding longevity. Though it is viewed as a spiritual experience in India, yoga, for most people is a form of exercise that has benefits beyond just aerobics, for example, since it heals while cleansing the body of certain ailments.

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Itineraries

Day 1 ARRIVE DELHI

BY INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

Arrive today at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel, Upon arrival proceed for check in at your hotel. India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combine in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor travelling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks. Overnight at hotel

Day 2 DELHI

After breakfast, proceed for the city tour of Old Delhi.

OLD DELHI - The 300-year-old walled city was built by Emperor Shah Jehan in 1648 as his capital and named after him. The magnificent Red Fort built of red sandstone dates from the very peak of the Mughal power. Within its walls are marble palaces and a grand audience chamber, the Diwan-i-Khas, where Moghul Emperors held court and the Peacock Throne once stood? Enjoy a Rickshaw Ride in the streets of Chandni Chowk and drive through the old city subject to traffic restrictions. Later proceed for city tour of New Delhi. The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar which is the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutamish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m. The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. The tour also includes a drive past the Parliament buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence. Also, visit the Sikh temple called Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Gurudwara Shri Bangla Sahib is situated in the Delhi City. Built in the sacred visit of SHRI GURU HARKARISHAN JI to Delhi. Overnight at hotel

DAY 3: DELHI - JAIPUR

BY SURFACE – 265 KMS/06 HOURS

Breakfast at hotel and drive to Jaipur, arrive Jaipur and check in at hotel. Jaipur’ past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add color to this fascinating city. Overnight at hotel

Day 4

Jaipur

After early breakfast visit the ancient Rajput capital of Amber 11 km from the city. You will also drive past Hawa Mahal for a photo stop. Amber Fort Palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. See the Diwan I Am or hall of public audience, Kali temple, Jai Mandir or hall of victory with its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling and Sukh Niwas. The Fort provides breathtaking views of the lake below. You will ride on the back of the Elephant to reach the top of the Fort. Later proceed for the visit of Maharaja’s City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Jaipur’s walled City Palace (1732 AD) occupies one-seventh of the city’s area. See the Mubarak Mahal, museums of textiles and armoury etc, and the Diwan I Khas and Diwan I Am. Jantar Mantar- literal meaning “instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens” is the oldest in India. Each instrument has a specific purpose and gives an accurate reading. After sightseeing, you will also have the opportunity to wander around local markets. Overnight at hotel

DAY 5 JAIPUR – PUSHKAR

BY SURFACE – 145 KMS/2.5 HRS

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Pushkar, arrive and check in at hotel Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India. the tranquil city of Pushkar is a favored destination for thousands of tourists and devotees flocking to Rajasthan. According to legends, Lord Brahma, believed to be the creator of the Universe dropped a lotus to the ground leading to the immediate creation of a lake. He then decided to name the place after the flower, and thus the name, Pushkar. The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the whole world. Hindus consider a journey to Pushkar to be the ultimate pilgrimage that must be undertaken to attain salvation. You will visit the Pushkar Lake, temple and beautiful local market of Pushkar city. Free to move around in the city and Pushkar Fair ground Overnight at hotel

DAY 6

PUSHKAR

Breakfast at hotel and free to move around in the city and Pushkar Fair ground. Overnight at hotel

DAY 7:PUSHKAR–BIKANER

BY SURFACE – 250 KMS/04 HRS

After breakfast drive to Bikaner, on arrival check-in at your hotel BIKANER-on the northern tip of the desert triangle stands the royal city of “Bikaner “. The genesis of this desert town dates back to 1486 A.D., when Rao Jodha’s eldest son, Rao Bika set out of his father’s kingdom to conquer a separate kingdom for himself. Once a major center of trade in the 16th century situated on the ancient silk route, today Bikaner has retained much of its medieval aura. Unlike most other cities of Rajasthan, outside influences are minimal here and the traditional life style endures in the old city surrounded by a high crenellated wall. After check in proceed for sightseeing – the tour begins with a visit to the “Junagarh Fort” built between 1588 and 1593 built by Raja Jai Singh who was a general in the army of the Mughal emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions & 2 entrances, and it is famous for the super quality of stone carvings. The tour also includes a visit to the fascinating “Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok, an incarnation of the goddess Durga. The huge silver gate and marble carvings donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh, lead you into the sea of swarming rodents who are considered auspicious. Devotees throng this temple to make offerings to the rats. Other places of interest include the famous camel - breeding farm just outside the town (closed on Sunday). Overnight at hotel

DAY 8 BIKANER – JAISALMER

BY SURFACE – 290 KMS / 04.5 HRS

After breakfast at hotel drive to Jaisalmer approximately for 04.5 hrs, on arrival check-in at your hotel Jaisalmer founded in the year 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Often described as Golden City & rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage the commanding Fort etched in yellow sandstone, dominates the amber-hued city with its entire awesome splendor. Because of its strategic location it was an important ancient trading centre & camel caravans laden with precious spices & silk crossed the territory en-route India, Sindh, Arabia & Europe. The merchants of the 19th century built Havelis (Mansions) that are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone & are still in a beautiful condition. The life within the Fortified town conjures up images of medieval majesty visible in its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palace, havelis, temples, & of course skilled artisans & ubiquitous camels. After check in proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer city – visiting Jaisalmer Fort, Haveli visit & Local Market Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city. The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital -Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill. Later in the afternoon enjoy camel ride on Sand dunes Overnight at hotel

DAY 9: JAISALMER – MANVAR

BY SURFACE – 170 KMS/2 HRS

After breakfast at hotel drive to Manvar camp, on arrival check-in at tents Lunch & Dinner at Camps Overnight at Manvar Camp

DAY 10: MANVAR – JODHPUR

BY SURFACE – 115 KMS / 1.5 HRS

Breakfast at Camps and drive to Jodhpur, on arrival check-in at your hotel JODHPUR-Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajput who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. A high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions encompasses the city. Overnight at hotel

DAY 11:

JODHPUR

After breakfast proceed for city tour of Jodhpur - Gateway to the desert beyond and home of the Rathors of Marwa. The tour will start with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family. North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thanda is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. Overnight at hotel

DAY 12: JODHPUR – RANAKAPUR -UDAIPUR

BY SURFACE – 265 KMS /05 HRS

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Udaipur enroute visit Ranakpur Jain temple. The beautifully sculptured Jain temples lie in a tranquil valley of the Aravalis. The main ‘Chaumukha Temple’ is dedicated to the tirhankara Adinath and has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all distinctly carved. Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple a little distance away, are also noteworthy. Continue drive to Udaipur, Arrive Udaipur and check in at hotel Udaipur – is known of city of lakes and is one of the important cities of Rajasthan. Possibly no city in Rajasthan is quite romantic as Udaipur, even though the state is replete the fantastic hilltop fortresses, exotic fairy tale palaces and gripping legends of medieval chivalry and heroism. Udaipur has been called the Venice of East founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh following the final sacking of Chittorgarh by the Mughal emperor, Udaipur rivals any of the World – famous creations of the Mughal with its Rajput love of venctical and superbly crafted alleged Overnight at hotel

Day 13

UDAIPUR

After breakfast proceed to the sightseeing tour of Udaipur. This is possibly the most romantic city in Rajasthan. There would be no doubt as to why it is called "The Venice of the East". Maharana Udai Singh founded the city in 1568. Udaipur is full of palaces, temples and havelis, ranging from the modest to the extravagant. Begin the tour with a visit to the City Palace. At this palace complex, you will marvel at the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows, inlaid marble balconies and the peacock courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari gardens, the Jagdish temple and the local folk museum. Later enjoy a boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. The beautiful Lake Pichola was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh after he founded the city. The city palace extends a considerable distance along the east bank of the lake. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. One would get an interesting view of the Dhobi (laundry) ghats. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - a lovely island Palace in the middle of the lake. Overnight at hotel

DAY 14: UDAIPUR – BUNDI

BY SURFACE– 260 KMS /05 HRS

Breakfast at hotel and drive to Bundi, on arrival check-in at your hotel Overnight at hotel

DAY 15: BUNDI - RANTHAMBHORE

BY SURFACE– 152 KMS/2.5 HRS

Breakfast at hotel and drive to Ranthambhore, on arrival check-in at your hotel The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country where more visitors spending a couple of nights are likely to spot one of these majestic animals. Once, private tiger reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur, in 1972 the sanctuary came under the Project Tiger scheme. It covers 410 sq km and runs from the easternmost spur of the Aravalis to the Vindhya Range. It has both the old forest and the wildlife sanctuary, also known as Sawai Madhopur, after the town, which has some Jain temples with gilded paintings. Apart from tiger you can see herds of Chital and Sambar deer and sounde4rs of wild boar, Nilgai antelope and chinkara gazelles. There are also sloth beer, a few leopards and crocodiles. Extensive bird life includes spur flown, jungle forwl, patridges, quails, crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flycatchers etc. There are also water birds like storks, ducks and geese at the lakes and waterholes. Overnight at hotel

DAY 16

RANTHAMBHORE

Morning & later afternoon Jungle Game Drive inside the Park by shared Canter. Moring Safari: – 07:30 – 10:30 AM Afternoon Safari: – 15:00 – 17:30 AM Overnight at hotel

DAY 17: RANTHAMBHORE – AGRA

BY SURFACE -260 KMS/06 HRS

Breakfast at the hotel, check out & drive to Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. FATEHPUR SIKRI: the deserted red sandstone city built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition. After visit of Fatehpur Sikri continue drive to Agra. Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughal besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best. The massive but elegant Agra Fort TAJ MAHAL: In AD 1628, Khurram became king after a bloody battle of succession; he took the name Shahjahan or King of the World and showered his beloved begum with the highest titles. She became Mumtaz Mahal, the Exalted of the Palace and Mumtaz-ul-Zamani, the Exalted of the Age. In 1631, Shahjahan went on an expedition to the South and, as always, Mumtaz Mahal accompanied him. But she died in childbirth at Burhanpur. She had borne Shahjahan fourteen children, of whom four sons and three daughters survived. When Mumtaz Mahal died, she was just 39 years old. Shahjahan was inconsolable and contemporary chronicles tell of the royal court mourning for two years. There was no music, no feasting, and no celebration of any kind. Shahjahan, who was a passionate builder, now decided to erect a memorial marble that the world would never forget. The site was also chosen because it was located on a bend in the river, and so could be seen from Shahjahan's personal palace in Agra Fort, further upstream. The construction of the Taj Mahal started in 1631. It took 20,000 artisans 22 years. Most museums in India are closed on Mondays, and Site Museums, those near archaeological monuments, on Fridays. (TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY) Return to the hotel after sightseeing, later free for shopping etc. Overnight at hotel

DAY 18: AGRA - DELHI

BY SURFACE – 204 KMS/04 HOURS

After breakfast visit the Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions. Checkout from hotel and drive to Delhi, arrive and check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel

DAY 19: DELHI DEPARTURE

BY INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

Breakfast at hotel, our representative will meet you at the hotel Lobby and assist you to board your onwards International flight.
  • 19 Nights accommodation on TWIN sharing basis at the hotel mentioned above or similar category hotels.
  • Meal Plan–Bed & breakfast basis at the hotels.
  • Local English speaking guide will be provided as per the itinerary.
  • All transfers, excursions, city tour etc. by Ac Tempo Traveller as per the itinerary.
  • Entrances to monuments as per the itinerary
  • Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all hotels.
  • Tripmia Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.  All currently applicable taxes including service tax.

OUR QUOTE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • The expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc
  • New Year Eve supplement dinner will be paid by the guest directly.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • International or Domestic airfare.

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