Day 01: Europe – Delhi
Arrival at the International airport of Delhi the national capital of India is famous for its culture, tradition and effervescent history.
Delhi is the third largest city in India and now the most preferred city in terms of investments, industrialization, Information Technology, Healthcare. You will be received by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Over night at Hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Breakfast at hotel and depart for visit of Delhi is just not a city but it is a book-a book which narrates the history of India. The city was built and destroyed seven times and has been witness to the various events which has brought India through the history books. Seven times this city went through the pain of being built and rebuilt.
You will visit the Old and New Delhi which includes visit to Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Humayun's tomb, Kutub Minar, Raj Ghat, India Gate, President's House.
Over night at Hotel.
Day 03: Delhi – Agra
Breakfast at hotel and depart to Agra. On arrival check-in your hotel and move out to see the Agra fort and the magnificent Taj Mahal .
Agra is known for it’s 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. But Mumtaz Mahal was not destined to be queen for long. In 1631, Shahjahan went on an expedition to the south and, as always, Mumtaz Mahal accompaniedhim. But she died in childbirth. She had borne Shahjahan fourteen children, 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 to his queen in pristine marble that the world would never forget. The site selected for the tomb was a garden by the Yamuna River. 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.Work on the mausoleum began in 1633 and 20,000 workers labored for 17 years to build it.
After the Visit of Taj Mahal proceeds to the Visit of Red Fort, it was designed and built by the great Mughal ruler, Akbar, in about 1565 A.D. It was initially built as a military establishment but later on his successors made many additions to the main structure. Several Mahals , which were built afterwards, converted half of the structure into a magnificent palace. The Red Fort is situated in Agra, on the banks of Yamuna River. It is known as Red Fort because it is built of a kind of red sandstone. Within this Fort there lies some of the most exquisite architecture of the Mughal Period; like the Pearl Mosque, Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am and Jahangiri Mahal.
Over night at Hotel .
Day 04: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel and depart for Jaipur on the way visit of Fatehpur Sikri Greatest of all the Mughal Emperors who ruled India, Akbar ascended to the throne in 1556 at the tender age of 14 years. Apparent reason of ascending throne was the sudden demise of his father, Humayun. Akbar turned his attention towards building a magnificent Imperial capital at Agra as soon as he consolidated his power.
Instant result of his interest was impressive Agra Fort, which was a great asset militarily as well as it served as the royal residence. In due course of time Akbar decided to shift his capital to nearby. There is a difference of opinion among historians about this decision of Akbar. According to the legends Akbar used to visit the hamlet of Sikri to take the blessings of the great Sufi saint Salim Chisti in order to have an heir to his throne.
Akbar's visitations were fruitful, for he was blessed with three sons. He built the new city according to the instructions of Salim Chisti whose mausoleum is a part of Fatehpur Sikri. Another set of historians say that he built the new city at Fatehpur Sikri as it was falling on the highway towards South India from North India. From this place he was able to control all parts of the country and move in any direction without much trouble. The new city was set on a hilltop that made it reasonably safe from future attacks.
The new city, built on a ridge, grew into a magnificent township larger than contemporary London. Akbar did not stayed in this magnificent city for long and reasons for deserting Fatehpur Sikri are as much mysterious as wasits construction. Reaching Jaipur check in to your hotel and over night at your hotel
Day 05: Jaipur
Breakfast at Hotel and Morning excursion to Amber Fort Amber Fort is located in Amber (Jaipur), which used to be the capital of the Kachhwaha clan, till Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727, The journey up to the fort is an experience itself. Winding around the old Aravalli hills. You will undertake this climb on elephant back. An elephant ride is also a good way to view the city’s huge ramparts and get great photographs. The Amber Fort looks stunning, all-built in white marble and red sandstone. To add to its charm, Maotha Lake makes its foreground. The crystal mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seems to be a beautiful illusion.
Amber Fort is usually pronounced as Amer Fort. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I. How Kali Temple, which is also known as Shila Devi Temple, forms the part of the Fort. It is renowned for its glorious past, huge silver lions and silver doors. The Hall of Public Audiences, Diwan-I-Aam is a pavilion with double row of columns. Ganesh Pol, another feature of the Fort, directs the way to the inhabited apartments of the King.
The Hall of Victory, Jai Mandir has a stunning ceiling comprised of mirror work and an inlaid panel. The Fort has numerous other halls and pavilions with their own specific attraction. Ever, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I.
Afternoon Visit of the Jaipur City. The history of the Pink City of Jaipur dates back to the 18th century, during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. It was after it became difficult to accommodate the increasing population at Amber (which is about 11 kilometres from Jaipur), Sawai Jai Singh was in search of safe and secure place to built a new city.
The paucity of water at Amber further aggravated the problem of increasing population. It was in 1727, Swai Jai Singh with his architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya founded the Jaipur city. As a security measure from external aggression, the city was en-circled with a strong wall with seven gates.
City Palace situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city.
Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public audience) has intricate decorations and collection of manuscriptsJantar Mantar (Observatory) - built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dial still provides accurate time, which are subject to daily corrections.Over Night at the Hotel.
Day 06: Jaipur – Pushkar
Breakfast at Hotel and drive straight to Pushkar after the leisurely morning. Reach Pushkar in the noon and check-in the hotel/ tented accommodation.
Move out to see the colorful people, camels, trading of cattle, camel races and dazzling displays of bangles, brassware, cloths, camel saddles and halters at Pushkar fair.
Over Night at Hotel.
Day 07: Pushkar
Breakfast at Hotel and visit to the one and only one Brahma temple in the world and the sacred Pushkar Lake. According to the Hindu scripture Padma Purana, Brahma saw the demon Vajranabha (Vajranash in another version) trying to kill his children and harassing people. He immediately slew the demon with his weapon, the lotus-flower.
In this process, the lotus petals fell on the ground at three places, creating 3 lakes: the Pushkar Lake or Jyeshta Pushkar (greatest or first Pushkar), the Madya Pushkar (middle Pushkar) Lake, and Kanishta Pushkar (lowest or youngest Pushkar) lake.
When Brahma came down to the earth, he named the place where the flower ("pushpa") fell from Brahma's hand ("kar") as "Pushkar".
Pushkar is said to have over 500 temples (80 are large and the rest are small); of these many are old that were destroyed or desecrated by Muslim depredations during Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's rule (1658–1707) but were re-built subsequently; of these the most important is the Brahma temple. Though the current structure dates to the 14th century, the original temple is believed to be 2000 years old .Rest of the day at your discretion to enjoy the colorful fair at Pushkar. Over Night at Hotel.
Day 08: Pushkar – Udaipur
Breakfast at Hotel and Drive to Udaipur is known as the city of lakes. The city hailed as the 'Venice of the East' set amidst the Aravalli hills of South Rajasthan, is one of the most romantic destinations in India. Udaipur was founded in 1559 A.D. and has a profusion of marble palaces, lakes, temples, cenotaphs and rugged hills.
Experience a wonderful Boat ride over the lake Pichhola with a visit of Jag Mandir is one of the beautiful island palace on Lake Pichola in the evening.
Over Night at the Hotel.
Day 09: Udaipur
Breakfast at Hotel and depart for the visit of the City Palace One of the largest royal complexes in Rajasthan, the City Palace is situated on a promontory on the picturesque Lake Pichola. The complex has 11 beautiful Mahals (palaces) with balconies and towers, offering a breathtaking view of the lake and the city.
Its Durbar Hall, which had been used as a venue for formal occasions like state banquets and meetings, has most luxurious interiors highlighted by some of the largest chandeliers in the world. The Palace also houses a Museum exhibiting a rich collection of artifacts. In the afternoon visit of the the Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden was built in early 18th century AD as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure.
The enchantingly beautiful Garden is famous for its lotus pool, fountains (in the shape of birds), lush green lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions, offering a breathtaking view to visitors.Over night at the Hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur – Ranakpur – Jodhpur
Breakfast at Hotel and depart for Jodhpur the blue city. En-route visit Ranakpur (80 Km from Udaipur) Ranakpur is named after Rana Kumbha whom Dharna Sah, a Jain businessman, approached when he had the vision of his great temple to ask for the land for its construction.
Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. These temples were constructed in the AD 1439. It is located in the mountain ranges of Aravali Hills.
Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey.
The Ranakpur Jain Temple were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns.
The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight.
In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kgs. whose sound echoes in the entire complex.After the visit of Ranakpur depart for Jodhpur.
Over night at the Hotel.
Day 11: Jodhpur – Mandawa (Shekhawati)
Breakfast at the Hotel and Visit of Mehrangarh fort and depart for Mandawa, Jodhpur the second largest city of Rajasthan, at the edge of the Thar Desert was once the capital of the Marwar state. The city dominated by the massive Mehrangarh fort on a rocky hill is charming with its wealth of historic attractions and colorful markets which specializes in antiques. Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort History is related to Rao Jodha.
He became the fifteenth Rathore ruler in 1458. One year after his accession, Jodha was advised to move his capital to a safer place. The one thousand years old Mandore fort was slowly and gradually deteriorating. This led to the foundation of Mehrangarh Fort.Past of Mehrangarh fort in Rajasthan, India has no mention of any seizure. The invincible fortifications are six meters thick. Some of the walls still bear cannon marks they had once withstood.
Today this magnificent Jodhpur fort is a living testimony that recounts the chronicles and legends of Jodhpur's rich past.
Day 12: Mandawa – Delhi
Breakfast at hotel and visit of and depart for Delhi Shekhawati is a semi-arid region that encompasses. The towns dotting the Shekhawati region are famous for housing beautiful painted havelis’. In fact, a tour to Shekhawati in Rajasthan means a visit to the “open gallery of Rajasthan”, having the largest concentration of frescoes in the world.
The ‘Marwaris’- the influential business community from the Shekhawati region, have played a significant role in the development of the frescoes in the Shekhawati region, thereby aiding in the promotion of Shekhawati as a tourist hub. Between 1830 and 1930 the Marwaris built several buildings in their homeland Shekhawati, as evidence of their success.
They employed artists to paint these buildings lavishly, such that these paintings become the ultimate symbol of their opulence. Having migrated from Shekhawati to various parts of India, the Marwaris now dominate the Indian economy. Today the major trading and industrial houses of India have their roots in Shekhawati. Over Night at Hotel.
Day 13: Delhi – Europe
At an appropriate time you will be transferred to the international airport for your onward journey with wonderful memories of your India trip…..BON VOYAGES!!!
The Tour Ends.
Pushkar Fair: The tranquil Pushkar is transformed into spectacular fair ground for 12 days in the month of Kartik. Trading of cattle, camel races and dazzling displays of bangles, brassware, cloths, camel saddles and halters are the major attractions of this colourful event. Devotees come in their thousands to take a ritual dip in the lake on the day of Kartik Purnima and to worship at the one and only one Brahma temple in the world. Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences,
The Pushkar Fair is divided into two parts - Cattle Fair & Religious Fair. This year, the Fair dates are in 26 October – 06 November of which the first four days would be for animal trading and second half, i.e. five days for the Religious Fair.
Significance and Attractions: Pushkar is sacred to Hindus. The lake at Pushkar is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself and has the same sanctity as Manasarover in Tibet. The lake is situated on the edge of the desert and surrounded by hills from Ajmer by “Nag Parvat”. No pilgrimage is complete without a visit to Pushkar. There are 400 temples and the lake is circled by 52 Ghats built over the years by several kings and nobles.
Pushkar is world famous for its cattle fair normally held in the Hindu month Kartika, which is normally in October-November. At this time the town is jam-packed with people from all over Rajasthan and tourists from outside. It is commonly known as the Camel fair, bringing with them several camels and cattle to the pilgrimage. The fair ground is in a celebratory mode and is packed with shops selling souvenirs and eateries. Games and circus shows are also popular during the fair. Villagers come and sell camels, horses, cattle and other livestock. Elaborate arrangement for accommodating visitors is made, including luxury tents. Just don’t miss the Pushkar Fair if you are in India around that time.