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Rajasthan with Camel Fair


10 days 9 nights

Code NI-RJ1

Category North India Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-16 Persons
  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Rating Popular
  • Trip Starts From Delhi
  • Trip Ends At Mumbai
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Classic Circuits
  • Destination Delhi Agra Jaipur Pushkar Udaipur
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Overview

This trip surveys through the Moghul and Rajput built impressive forts and palaces of Rajasthan, picturesque Hindu, Sikh and Jain temples with fine arts and architectures, vibrant markets and allows you to witness India's largest cattle fair in Pushkar.

The tour kicks off at the seemingly daunting mega-metropolis of Delhi-a vibrant city of contrasts-divided into old and new Delhi where browse through the fort, mosque, temples and dynamic market. A less than four hours drive brings us to Agra-the land of Taj Mahal-the synonym of India without seeing it, no tour to India is complete. Another attraction of Agra is the 16th-century citadel-Agra Fort. From Agra, the tour advances to Jaipur that was painted pink in the early 20th century. On the way to Jaipur, we take a detour of Fatehpur Sikri-the abandoned capital of Emperor Akbar that culminates Hindu and Muslim architectures together and Chand Baoli -a 9th-century step well which is usually overlooked by the travelers. Jaipur also boasts a massive fort-called Amer Fort and has some of India's most colorful markets -known for jewelry and fabrics.

Now, we join Pushkar's Camel Fair which is usually held in November, India's largest cattle fair, attracting more than 11,000 camels, horses, and other animals and visited by more than 400,000 people! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the color, spectacle, and carnival of one of the last great traditional fairs, which brings livestock, farmers, traders, and villagers from all over Rajasthan.!

Next, we travel to the beautiful old city of Udaipur-set on the shores of three lakes and surrounded by scenic mountains and known for the lavish royal palaces, gardens, and lakes. From here, we take a flight back to Delhi or extend your trip to other parts of Rajasthan such as Jodhpur and Jaisalmer or you can take a flight to Mumbai.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrival in New Delhi

After completing immigration and custom formalities, meet our representative at the arrival gate! After introductions, our representative will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The balance of the day is for rest.

 

Overnight: Justa Residence GK
Day 02~Visit the attractions of Delhi

Following breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and proceed for sightseeing. We begin from the Old Delhi- a labyrinth of narrow lanes, which winds and bends between the tall and leaning buildings.We will first visit the famous Red Fort, the residence of Mughal emperors of India for nearly 200 years until mid-19th century. Spread over an area of 254.67 hectares, the fort has several buildings, open courtyards and halls with rich synthesis of Persian, European and Indian artworks.

From here, we head to the Jama Mosque- the largest mosque of India that claims to have capability of holding more than 20,000 devotees at a time! The mosque has beautiful tapering minaret and marble domes! Now, we take rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk with vibrant and colorful shops and bazaars. It's the oldest and the busiest market of Delhi. Be prepared to experience the commotion, honking cars, yelling vendors, smell of food and perhaps the fumes!

In the afternoon, we visit the Akshardham Temple Complex- the latest addition to the temples of Delhi. 141-foot-high, 316-foot-wide and extending over 356 foot long, the temple is one of the largest Hindu Temple. Constructed by the 7000 artisans with the help of 3000 volunteers, the temple has rich carvings of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians and deities!

Next, we visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, situated near Connaught Place, the head of New Delhi. This is one of the most important Sikh House of worship. The complex includes a large sacred pond, a school for Sikh studies and an art gallery.

If time allows, we will take leisurely stroll through the Connaught Place which is the largest financial and business center of India.

Overnight: Justa Residence GK
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Travel to Agra- the city of Taj Mahal

After breakfast, we drive to Agra (approx. 131miles/ 4 ½ hrs.). Upon arrival, check in the hotel and later proceed for sightseeing.

We first visit Agra Fort- the 16th-century Mughal citadel known as the Red Fort of Agra. It was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal and Delhi's Red Fort. Recognized by UNESCO as the world heritage site, Agra Fort is a citadel of the Mughal era that has witnessed centuries slip by but still stands gloriously on the bank of River Yamuna.

Towards the dusk, we visit the Mehtab Bagh (also called Moonlight Garden) which is a little known place for viewing Taj Mahal during the sunset time. The garden lies opposite of Taj Mahal on the northern shores of Yamuna River whereas Taj Mahal stands in the southern bank. Enjoy the views of Taj Mahal in tranquil surroundings with no rush.

Overnight: Grand Imperial
Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Morning Sunrise Tour of Taj Mahal. Travel to Jaipur with side trip of Fatehpuri Sikri and Chand Baori Step Well

One hundred fifty-three miles / 5 ½ hrs. drive

We get up before dawn for a sunrise tour of Taj Mahal from the southern side of the monument. It's a fantastic experience to see the iconic monument bathed in the morning sunshine! Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal is a spectacular monument ever built for love.

We return to our hotel for breakfast, and soon we head out to Jaipur. About 25 miles from Agra, we stop to visit the Fatehpur Sikri- a UNESCO recognized world heritage site. Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned capital of Emperor Akbar, has the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architectures.

About 56 miles before Jaipur, we take 12 miles detour of Chand Baori, which is an ancient step well, built in between 800 and 900 A.D. It's a fantastic architecture designed and structured as a water reservoir to supply water to the thirsty citizens of dry and arid Rajasthan.

On arrival, check in hotel and take rest for the day.

Overnight: Zone By Park or similar
Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Visit the attractions of Jaipur: Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and the Markets

After breakfast, we set out to explore the attractions of Jaipur- the capital of Rajasthan State. Jaipur is also called the Pink City. Do you know why? The king of Rajasthan, in a short notice, ordered a fresh coat of paint in Jaipur to welcome the Prince of Wales visiting India in 1905-6, but the contractor did not have any other color in stock enough but pink. So, the entire city got its pink shade that has been Jaipur's tradition till today!

We first drive 7 miles on Jaipur- Delhi highway outside the city to visit Amer Fort that lies atop Amaravali Hills. From the parking, we take an elephant ride up the hill (subject to availability and alternatively by Jeep). On the return, we will take the local shared jeep. Amer fort, also called Amber Fort was built in the 16th century and is one of the most excellent examples of culmination of Hindu Rajput and Mughal Muslim architectures. The fort, made up of red sandstone, and white marble tells the glory of the fierce Kachawaha Dynasty that ruled over the region from 12th to the 18th century. The interior wall of the palace exhibits the emotional scenes with paintings, carvings, precious stones, and mirror settings. The fort has heavily structured high walls to protect the residents from the warring enemies.

Now, we retrace our drive to the Jaipur city and visit Hawa Mahal- one of the most photographed architectures of Jaipur. The peculiarity of the palace is the high screen wall facing to the street from where the women of the royal family could observe the street activities without being seen from the outsiders!

Next, we move on to the City Palace, which is another blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. The royal family still occupies part of the palace, and we have access only to a section that now has a museum. The museum has an extensive collection of costumes, woodwork, brassware, jewelry, and pottery. Nearby is the Jantar Mantar observatory, a group of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built in the 18th century.

The afternoon is free for your interests. Jaipur is shopper's paradise and has the world famous traditional jewelry designed stylishly.

Overnight: Zone By Park or similar
Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Travel to Pushkar- the abode of Lord Brahma

Approx. 90 miles/ 3 hrs. 

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the Pink City of Jaipur and head out to Pushkar set on Pushkar Lake. On the way, we stop to visit Ajmer Dargah Sharif - a shrine in honor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti - a Sufi saint who came to India from Persia in 1192. It's an essential holy shrine for the Muslims of the world!

Upon arrival, check into your accommodations. After wash up and change, visit Pushkar Lake and Bramha Temple, the major attractions of Pushkar.

Pushkar Lake - This is a holy Lake for Hindu people and associated with Lord Bramha, the creator of the universe. More than 400 temples and palaces surround the lake. People come to the lake to take the dip in the water and cleanse the sins or purify themselves.

Bramha Temple - Pushkar is the town of Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe according to Indian mythology. The legend goes that Lord Bramha performed penance here for 60,000 years! The temple-built of marble and stone slabs, and with a red spire-a typical Indian shikhara style, is among the very few existing temples of Lord Bramha.

Overnight: Deluxe Camp
Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Join the Pushkar's Camel Festival

After breakfast, proceed to the Pushkar Fair Ground to join the area's largest cattle fair. 

The Pushkar Fair is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon and is one of India’s most highly rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale, attracting more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle and visited by over 400,000 people. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the color, spectacle, and carnival of one of the last great traditional fairs, which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan.!!

Overnight: Deluxe Camp
Meals : Breakfast
Day 08~Drive to Udaipur via Chittorgarh

205 miles 6 ½ hrs

Following an early morning breakfast, we leave for Udaipur and travel via Chittorgarh Fort (132 miles, 4-5 hours). The fort is among the most massive forts of India and recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was sacked three times between the 15th and 16th centuries by the rulers of Delhi and Gujrat. The fort stands on a hillock and expands in an area of 1.1 square miles. The fort also retains 22 of 84 water bodies in the form of ponds, wells and step wells. We visit the palaces, victory columns and some of the lakes.

After spending good 2-3 hours, we will proceed for Udaipur which is less than 2-hours' drive. Upon arrival, we check in hotel and take rest for the day.

Overnight: Jagat Nivas Palace
Meals : Breakfast
Day 09~Udaipur: Visit the palaces, temples and boating in Lake Pichola

The city of Udaipur lies in the Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan, and since it was the capital of Mewar rulers, it's called the jewel of Mewar. Udaipur, set on the shores of three lakes and surrounded by scenic mountains is also called the City of Dawn. It is a beautiful old city with narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces, and temples meandering through it.

After breakfast, we set out to explore the attractions of Udaipur. We begin from Udaipur City Palace, which is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan. Rested peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola, the palace is the most-visited tourist attraction in Udaipur. The castle claims to be the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.

We take a boat ride from the jetty of the palace and explore the lake. We can see the other side of the palace and some life in the lakeshore, including the laundrymen, called dhobis washing clothes and some people bathing. We stop at the Palace of Jagmandir Island- surrounded by an array of enormous stone elephants and it has a chhatri carved from grey-blue stone.

We return to the dock and probably, it's time for the lunch break (pay on your own). After lunch, there are more to see. We visit the Jagdish temple of the mid-17th century. An Indo-Aryan style of architecture, this temple claims to be the largest in Udaipur. We can see a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and a brass image of Garuda here.

If time allows, we visit Saheliyon-ki-Bari, also known as the Princess Garden, or the Garden of the Maids of Honor. It is a small, disheveled garden which was laid out for 48 women attendants who came as part of a princess’s dowry. It has fountains, kiosks, marble elephants and a lotus pool.

Overnight: Jagat Nivas Palace
Meals : Breakfast
Day 10~Flight to Delhi

After leisurely morning breakfast, check out your hotel and you are transferred to the airport in time for the flight back to Delhi. You can connect your international flight back home tonight. 

Meals : Breakfast

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Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • Daily breakfast at your hotels.
  • Services of local English speaking-certified-guides.
  • Admission tickets to the museum and monument except for the camera fee.
  • Elephant ride at Amer fort if you wish
  • Shared boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
  • Transport will be using the air-conditioned vehicle.
  • All currently applicable taxes. 
  • Intra-airfare Udaipur-Delhi.

The trip does not include

  • India visa fee.
  • International airfare
  • Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees, etc.
  • Car at disposal or any sightseeing on leisure days unless specified above.
  • Early check-in or a late checkout room (s) at any hotel (s) unless specified above.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule, natural phenomenon, etc.
  • Any supplement charges for New Year or Christmas.
  • Any airfare – international or domestic.
  • Camera/video camera fee at monuments.
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above as 'INCLUDED.'

Trip Difficulty Level

This trip is a motor vehicle-based tour, suitable for travelers of all ages with regular health conditions. Some monuments, forts or castles visit might require climbing stairs. Please, do not expect elevators or escalators. Subject to availability, you may have an opportunity to experience an elephant ride or camel ride, etc. You will have game drives in Ranthambore National Park

This trip does not involve any strenuous hiking or climbing. However, we have some long day drives. But we will have ample opportunities to stop on the way to stretch our legs.

Life on the Trip

A cultural sightseeing day, depending on the season, starts between 8.30 am to 9 am. We are picked up at our hotel by our guide and driver. We visit the sights and monuments or participate in activities, and we will have a lunch break around noon to 1 pm. After lunch, we again embark on the tour for 2 to 3 hours, and we are brought back to our hotel late afternoon, and our guide will generally leave us free. We will have time to take rest, write diaries, or wander about ourselves.

When we are driving from one city to another, we usually spend 4-5 hours on the road with occasional stops for photography and drinks and snacks. Some days can be longer. Some forts require climbing of stairs unless you want to stay behind with the driver.

We try our best to adhere to the itinerary, but it should be taken as a general guideline or scope of activities rather than an inflexible series of events and depending on the local conditions or time factor; it can change from the exact sight to see to the precise city to stop.

Accommodation

The accommodations in this trip are comfortable mid-range hotels, some of which are heritage properties. You will have a private bathroom with running hot and cold water. In Pushkar, accommodation will be in a deluxe tent with an en suite bathroom.

Tour Guide

We use local, certified guides for sightseeing and explorations. All guides university graduates trained and certified by local tourism authorities. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and flexible. They will show you the wonders of the areas that you would never discover on your own and also share their knowledge of Indian history, culture, and religion. Your guide carries the necessary vouchers for the hotels and will buy admission tickets where appropriate. The tour guide and the driver are not the same people. 

Transportation

Depending on the group size, Far & High will use air-conditioned SUV's, Mini Van's, or coaches for all transfers and tours. Our drivers are friendly locals with years of experience in driving vehicle in the tourism and hospitality industry. Your driver may have limited English speaking skills.

International and Internal Airfares

You may purchase your international airfare to India and return on your own. If you do need any help with this, you may certainly feel free to contact us, and we will take care of the internal airfares for you.

Booking

We request a deposit of US$ 300 with a completed booking form and a passport scan to secure your place in the trip. The second payment will be for the internal airfares that we will advise once we book the reservation for you. The balance payment is due 90 days before your arrival in India. Credit card payment other than the initial deposit attracts an additional fee of 3.5%.

We will email you a detailed trip dossier with your confirmed list of hotels, services, and travel notes within 2-3 weeks upon booking.

Cancellation

  • Ninety days before departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Forty-five days to 59 days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation, missed-connection, or loss of baggage. That may cause interruption or travel delays or total abandonment of your trip, putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation, or medical transportation when you get ill or if you are involved in an accident while you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses, so, we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to protect your travel investment and cover the unexpected costs.

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