Pushkar Fair
The color and life in the desert blooms in winters. This journey takes you through Delhi—home to several empires—Turkish, Mughal and British; Agra—seat of Mughal power well into the 17th century and the ancient lands of Rajasthan where you witness the Pushkar Cattle Fair, the largest fair in India and the only one of its kind in the entire world. During the fair, lakhs of people from rural India flock to Pushkar, along with camels and cattle for several days of livestock trading, horse dealing, pilgrimage and religious festivities. This small town becomes a cultural phenomenon when colorfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, ‘sadhus’ and tourists reach here during the fair. It takes place in the month of Kartika (October or November) beginning on the eighth day of the lunar calendar and concluding on full moon day. Devotees take dips in the holy lake, as the sacred water is known to bestow salvation. Pushkar is transformed into a spectacular fair ground, as rows of makeshift stalls display a variety of goods, from objets de art to utilitarian items of daily use. Cheering crowds watch camel and horse races, and pageants to select the finest camels are also popular. Evenings are livened by the performances of folk musicians and dancers from each district and town of Rajasthan. Pushkar fair has featured in numerous travel shows, films and magazines.

  • Code: Promotion (A Concierge Small Group Experience)
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Destinations: Delhi (2), Shekhawati (1), Bikaner (1), Jaisalmer (2), Jodhpur (1), Ranakpur, Udaipur (2), Pushkar (2), Jaipur (2), Fatehpur Sikri & Agra (1)
  • Theme: Heritage, Culture, Cuisine & Cattle Fair in Pushkar
  • Experience Highlights:
    1. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites—Red Fort, Qutab Minar & Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, Taj Mahal & Agra Fort in Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.
    2. Enjoy a welcome cocktail dinner party at a Gay Home.
    3. Go shopping and sightseeing in the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.
    4. Visit famous havelis in Jaisalmer and Shekhawati; the forts of Bikaner and Jaisalmer; and the city palaces of Udaipur and Jaipur.
    5. Marvel at the Jain temples of Ranakpur.
    6. Enjoy an elephant ride to Amber Fort, a camel safari in the desert and a boat ride across Lake Pichola.
    7. Visit the largest camel breeding farm in Asia in Bikaner.
    8. Enjoy the goings-on at the Cattle Fair in Pushkar.
    9. Farewell dinner at an authentic Indian Cuisine Restaurant.
    10. Choose additional services from the pinkEscapes Bespoke Menu.
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Day 1: Monday, 12 November 2012, Arrival Delhi 
Arrive at Delhi International Airport.

Delhi, the administrative and political capital of India, is a major tourist attraction and a perfect start for a holiday in India, because of its rich heritage and cultural past, revealed in its monuments, parks, Government buildings and other places of interest. Delhi’s attractions range from forts and monuments dating back a thousand years to modern shopping malls, nightclubs and golf courses, as well as a wide range of cuisines to suit every taste.

Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, a pinkEscapes representative will meet you to extend a warm welcome. Drive through the Diplomatic Enclave to arrive at your hotel. The representative will provide assistance with check in and will present a welcome pack including all necessary documentation as well as the travel plan. Enjoy the rest of the day / night at leisure

 
 
Day 2: Tuesday, 13 November 2012, Delhi 
Begin the morning with a visit to Birla House, where Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, lived before his assassination. Then view India Gate, the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1572

Visit Qutb Minar and the monuments surrounding it. Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art, and two mosques.

Spend the afternoon in Old Delhi, with a visit to the Red Fort. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546. Next, visit the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. End the day with a walk down Chandni Chowk, the busiest bazaar in Old Delhi.

This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at an Indian Home.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 3: Wednesday, 14 November 2012, Delhi – Shekhawati 
After breakfast, drive from Delhi to Mandawa in the Shekhawati district of Rajasthan (260 km / 6 Hrs), to view the painted havelis that are typical of this region. Mandawa was settled in the 18th century and boasts a fort dating from that period.

The architecture of the havelis focuses on the interior courtyard, to ensure the safety and security of the womenfolk, and to protect the wealthy merchants living there from the heat of the desert. Spend the night at your hotel in Mandawa.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 4: Thursday, 15 November 2012, Shekhawati – Bikaner 
After breakfast, drive to Bikaner (250 km / 5 Hrs). Bikaner city has a 16th century fort that includes old palaces, temples and a mosque. Founded by Rao Bika, the fort features 37 pavilions, several balconies and windows of varying designs. An enormous arched doorway leads to the Jaramal Temple. Har Mandir is where royal weddings and births were once celebrated. Bikaner’s fort has some of the finest interiors in India, and the old walled city itself includes dark red sandstone havelis and exquisitely painted Jain temples. Bikaner is known for the intricate rich gold painting work by Muslim Usta artisans.

Check in to your hotel on arrival in Bikaner. Go to Lalgarh palace, built of red stone by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881-1942) is a memorial to his father Maharaja Lal Singh. It is an imposing building, with overhanging balconies and delicate latticework. Then view the Junagadh fort, constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, who was a general in Akbar’s army. Visit the largest camel breeding farm in Asia!!

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 5: Friday, 16 November 2012, Bikaner - Jaisalmer 
Early morning take a rickshaw tour of Bikaner and visit some rare sites including the vegetable market and the spectacular Bhanwar Niwas Palace hotel. Return to hotel for breakfast and then drive to Jaisalmer (330 km / 6 Hrs) early in the morning and check into your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at the hotel lazing, dip in the pool or just sinking in the golden surroundings. Later you take a short drive to explore the cenotaphs of the royal family at the ‘Bada Bagh’ (the big garden) and return to the hotel after witnessing the Sunset behind the dunes. Spend rest of the evening at leisure.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 6: Saturday, 17 November 2012, Jaisalmer 
In the morning, tour the city of Jaisalmer, visiting the fort built by Maharawal (Maharaja) Jaisal in 1156 AD. It is one of the oldest and a living fort in Rajasthan, also view the ancient Jain temples built around it. Go to Gadisar Tank, a scenic rainwater lake surrounded by temples and gates that have folklores to tell. Visit the Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and Nathmalji ki Haveli. Explore the Folk Museum and early evening drive to Sam village in the desert, to go on a camel safari into the sand dunes. Explore the life of the local people and after the safari witness the rare splendor of Rajasthan’s folk music and dance at a nearby camp followed by dinner, before returning to your hotel.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 07: Sunday, 18 November 2012, Jaisalmer - Jodhpur 
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur (300 km / 5 hr). Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha of the Rathores, Jodhpur prospered from trade in opium, sandalwood, dates and copper.

Visit Mehrangarh fort, built in 1459 by Rao Jodha. It rises steeply from a rocky foundation and the path to the fort winds up to Jai Pole and Loha Pole, the gates to the fort, which are marked with the palm prints of satis. The fort consists of several palaces designed around courtyards, which are decorated with terracotta jalis. The fort houses a museum, with a splendid collection of elephant howdahs, miniature paintings and the inevitable Rajput armory and ephemera from ivory inlaid ladies dumbbells to camel bone carpet weights.

Visit Jaswant Thada, a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, a peaceful array of domes, about 1 km from the fort. The royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs that stand nearby followed the Cenotaph built in 1899. Finally, visit the museum at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, now a luxury hotel.

This evening a smart Gay Host joins you for dinner at the hotel.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 8: Monday, 19 Nov. 2012, Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur 
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur (290 km / 6 Hrs). Ranakpur, known for its marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, is amongst the five holiest places of pilgrimage of the Jain community. These temples were constructed in 1439 and rise majestically from the slope of a hill. There is one main temple and four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and several domes supported by over four hundred columns. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, no two alike, support the temple. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 Kilograms whose sound echoes in the entire complex.A delightful selection of lunch awaits you in Ranakpur. After visiting Ranakpur, continue your journey to Udaipur. After check in at the hotel enjoy rest of the evening at leisure.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 9: Tuesday, 20 November. 2012, Udaipur 
Visit the City Palace, known for the Mor Chowk and its stunning peacock mosaic and the Bhim Vilas Palace with its lovely wall paintings. View the Lake Palace from the City Palace. Visit the Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake and Saheliyon Ki Bari, the Garden of Maids. End your tour of Udaipur with a boat ride across Lake Pichola and a visit to Jag Mandir, a palace built on an island in 1551, which the royal family used as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 10: Wed, 21 Nov. 2012, Udaipur - Pushkar 
After breakfast, drive to Pushkar (280 km / 5 Hrs), a bewitching little town, with temples, bathing ghats, onion domes and chalk colored buildings clustering around its holy lake, which is said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. Since it is an important pilgrimage center, sadhus are ubiquitous, as are travelers experimenting with spirituality, bhang and facial hair. Pushkar has several temples, but not as ancient as you would expect at such an important center, although it is claimed that Aurangzeb destroyed several that were subsequently rebuilt. Pushkar is also known for its cattle fair—residents of the surrounding villages and towns come here to convert their camels into cash. The annual fair is like a carnival, where the townspeople interact with visitors. Observe the sari-clad women waiting their turn for a ride on the Ferris wheel and enjoy the campfire sessions at night. On arrival in Pushkar, check in at your hotel and spend the day at the fair. On arrival enjoy a walk around the Pushkar Lake and glimpse the prayer ceremonies on its banks.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 11: Thursday, 22 November 2012, Pushkar 
Visit the Brahma Temple and spend the day at the fair, observing the manner in which camels are bought and sold. Enjoy the street performances and the works of skilled artisans, who are there to sell their goods.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 12: Friday, 23 November 2012, Pushkar - Jaipur 
Spend the morning at the fair. In the afternoon, drive to Jaipur (145 km / 3 Hrs) and check in at your hotel. Enjoy a glimpse the beautiful Hawa Mahal, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind an intricately carved facade. Spend rest of the day shopping in the bazaars, Jaipur is known noted for its Textiles and Ccraftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting.

This evening enjoy a welcome dinner amidst traditional folk music, dance and puppet show.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 13: Saturday, 24 November. 2012, Jaipur 
Enjoy an elephant ride to Amber Fort, located in a valley formed by a range of the Aravallis known as Kalikho hills. The palace and fort are located on top of the hill with the city on its slopes, and the valley is protected by the walls of the fort with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The construction of the fort began in 1592. It illustrates the evolution from the purely defensive fort settlements of the early medieval period to the palace fortress typical of the 16th century. This palace fortress, which was never invaded, features gardens, courtyards, and palatial spaces, many of which illustrate the influence of Mughal architecture.

Return to Jaipur to visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art. Visit the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 14: Sunday, 25 Nov. 2012, Jaipur –Fatehpur Sikri –Agra 
After an early breakfast, drive to Agra, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route (235 km/ 5 Hrs). Built in the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for ten years. The complex of buildings, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India and the artistically designed mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint, Salim Chisti.

Continue your drive to Agra and check in at your hotel on arrival. After a short rest and lunch at the hotel, visit the Taj Mahal, known for its beauty, grace and exquisite workmanship, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. End your tour with a visit to some of the local factories famous for marble inlay work and witness the complex art of inlaying precious and semiprecious stones on the marble from the Makrana Mines. Enjoy the ‘Saga of the Taj’, a musical performance that would leave you spellbound before returning to the hotel.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 15: Monday, 26 November. 2012, Agra-Delhi 
After breakfast, drive to ‘Mehtab Bagh’ for a distant viewing of the Taj Mahal in the rising light of the Sun. Visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan was imprisoned by his son in the later years of his life. After lunch, drive to Delhi (220 km / 5 Hrs). On arrival in Delhi spend an hour in an upscale mall and enjoy a farewell cocktail dinner at an authentic Indian Restaurant, reminisce your memorable journey through incredible India. Go to the airport to catch your flight back home.

 
 
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Day City Hotels
1DelhiTaj Palace
2DelhiTaj Palace
3ShekhawatiCastle Mandawa
4BikanerLaxmi Niwas Palace
5JaisalmerSuryagarh
6JaisalmerSuryagarh
7JodhpurThe Gateway Hotel
8UdaipurFateh Prakash Palace
9UdaipurFateh Prakash Palace
10PushkarThe Green House Resort
11PushkarThe Green House Resort
12JaipurJai Mahal Palace
13JaipurJai Mahal Palace
14AgraRadisson Blu
15Departure
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