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Rajasthan with Camel Fair


10 days 9 nights

Code NI-RJ2

Category North India Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-16 Person
  • 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 exquisite arts and architectures, vibrant markets and gives you opportunity 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 vibrant 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 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 jewelries and fabrics.

Now, we join Pushkar's Camel Fair which is usually held in the month of November-India's largest cattle fair, attracting more than 11,000 camels, horses and other cattle 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.!

The tour concludes in 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 flight back to Delhi or extend your trip to other parts of Rajasthan such as Jodhpur and Jaisalmer or you can take 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, you are transferred to the hotel for check in. 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 where as Taj Mahal stands in the southern shores. Most travelers visit Taj Mahal from the main gate at the southern side. 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

153 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 an amazing experience to see the iconic monument bathed in 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 an amazing architecture designed and structured as 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 was painted pink which 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 elephant ride up the hill (subject to availability and alternatively by Jeep). On the return, we will take the local shared jeep.

Amber fort, also called Amer Fort was built in 16th century and is one of the finest examples of culmination of Hindu Rajput and Mughal Muslim architectures. The fort is made in red sand stone 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 expressive painting scenes with 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 architecture 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. Part of the palace is still occupied by the royal family and we have access only to the part that now has a museum. The museum has a large collection of costumes, woodwork, brassware, jewelry, and pottery. Nearby is the Jantar Mantar observatory, a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built in the 18th century.

Afternoon is free for your personal interests. Jaipur is shopper's paradise and has the world famous traditional jewelries designed in stylish way.

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 important 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. The lake is surrounded by more than 400 temples and palaces. 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. It is said that Bramha performed penance here for 60,000 years. This temple is among the very few existing temples of Lord Bramha. Built of marble and stone slabs, the temple has red spire which is typical Indian shikhara style architecture.

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 largest forts of India and recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was sacked 3 times between the 15th and 16th centuries by the rulers of Delhi and Gujrat. The fort stands on a hillock and expands in area of 1.1 square mile. 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 ponds.

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 is situated 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 as 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 palace claims to be the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.

We take boat ride from the jetty of the palace and go around the lake. We are able to see the other side of the palace and some life in the lakeshore, including the laundry men, called dhobis washing clothes and some people bathing. We stop at the Palace of Jagmandir Island. The palace is surrounded by an array of enormous stone elephants and 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 Udiapur. A black stone image of Lord Vishnu and a brass image of Garuda can be seen here.

If time allows, we visit Saheliyon-ki-Bari, also known as the Princess Garden, or the Garden of the Maids of Honor. This 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 a leisurely morning breakfast, check out your hotel and you are transferred to the airport in time for 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 guide.
  • One time entrances to the monuments as per the itinerary.
  • Elephant ride at Amer fort if you wish
  • Shared boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
  • Transport will be using air conditioned vehicle.
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • All current Government taxes are included in the above price, which are subject to change without any notice.
  • Intra-airfare Udaipur-Delhi.

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; cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, 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 is basically a motor vehicle based tour, suitable for travelers of all ages with normal 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 elephant, camel, and/or canoe rides.

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. Although, no major preparation is necessary for this trip, it’s recommendable that you start a soft training program such as walking, jogging, cycling, or aerobics about a month ahead of the trip to keep yourself physically fit.

Life on the Trip

A sightseeing day, depending on the season, starts between 8.30 am to 9 am. You are met by your Guide at the hotel lobby and proceed for the sightseeing. You will have the lunch break around noon to 1 pm. After lunch, embark on the tour that will last for 2 to 3 hours and then you are brought back to your hotel. Your guide and driver will be happy to drop you somewhere else if you want some time on your own. When you are traveling from one city to the other, usually you will spend 4-5 hours on the road with occasional stops for photography, drinks, and snacks.

We will try our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a general guideline or an indicative of the scope of activities. Depending on the local conditions and other variables; the sightseeing order may change. During the tour, you will have time enough for photography and to interact with the locals. The guide and driver will be flexible and will do their best to help you enjoy the trip the way you like. 

Accommodation

The accommodations in this trip are comfortable mid-range hotels, some of which are heritage properties.You will have private bathroom with running hot and cold water. In Pushkar, accommodation will be in deluxe tent with 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 on Indian history, culture, and religion. Your guide carries the necessary vouchers for the hotels and will buy admission tickets where necessary. The tour guide and the driver are not the same person. 

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 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. The local airport taxes may or may not be included in the airfare.

Booking

When you have decided that you would like to travel with us, it advisable to initiate reservation as early as possible so that we can secure the reservation in the preferred hotels as well as the flights. A deposit of US$ 300 is requested along with the completed trip application forms and passport copies.

If any ground suppliers or hotels need a deposit to secure the reservation, we will request a second part payment will be due to cover those deposits. The balance of your payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. 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

  • 90 days prior to departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 30 days to 44 days prior 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 delay or total cancellation 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, that being said, we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions with Travel Insurance.

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