Desert festival in Jaisalmer
A classic itinerary to get to know the North India, especially Rajasthan, made even more special if made at the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer, annually organized by the Indian government, which marks the end of Poormina, the full moon day. The three-day festival taking place in Sam Sand Dunes, 42 kilometers from Jaisalmer, where it is celebrated the local culture of Rajasthan. typical dances, gair, fireworks, kites, incantori of snakes, acrobats, fire-eaters, knights, camels and elephants adorned festively races so Jaisalmer and Sam Sand Dunes become a big market full of local people, with colorful clothes, turban or longer mustache. The charming town of Jaisalmer, the Thar Desert to the limit, with its ancient ramparts and finely carved palaces, havelis, still inhabited by craftsmen and traders, will be an unmissable setting of this unique festival. As often happens in India, every major event has its religious roots, and in this case the legend, the god Krishna, head of the Yadav clan, told Arjuna that some descendants of the clan would construct a kingdom atop the Trikuta hill. His prediction came true around 1156 A.D. when Rawal Jaiswal, who belonged to their own Yadav clan, abandoned the fort Lodurva and formed the present city of Jaisalmer.
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Upon arrival at the airport in Delhi, personal encounter with our staff for presentations. Transfer to hotel and overnight.
Day 02: Delhi
Breakfast and then tour in Old Delhi. Visit the Red Fort Outside, built in 1639 by Emperor Shah Jahan Mogul and UNESCO patrimony. Visit the Jama Masjid, an imposing mosque in 1656. Step in Chandni Chowk 17th century market. Visit Raj Ghat, where Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Continuation for New Delhi to the government district. stop India Gate, in memory of the Indian soldiers who died fighting arc for the British in World War II. Visit the complex of the Qutub Minar, a tower of 73 meters, engraved with verses of the Koran, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Delhi / Jaipur (Km.270 - about 6 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, the "Pink City", with antique pink sandstone buildings. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Jaipur
Breakfast and visit the Amber fort, red clay and white marble, whose construction began in 1592 at the hands of Raja Man Singh I, the state capital and seat of the ancient Rajput dynasties until the founding of Jaipur. The interior is decorated with sculptures, mirrors, precious stones. A elephant back or jeep (if available) you will walk the ramparts of the fort until joining. Return to the city and stop at the magnificent Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal, 1799. Visit the capital of Rajasthan, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Visit the City Palace, the sixteenth century, the historic seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, built by Sawai Jai Singh II, and today is the Royal residence. Visit the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory, UNESCO heritage, architectural forms used as astronomical instruments built by Maharaja Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734. Around the middle of a typical Indian city, Tuc Tuc. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Jaipur / Bikaner (Km. 335 - about 5 hours)
Breakfast and departure to the ancient capital of Bikaner and visit the Junagarh fort built by Raja Raj Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled from 1571 to 1611 and fought for Akbar. The sharp, red and gold-colored sandstone of the most beautiful fortresses in the world, is surrounded by a wide moat, it has seven gates and contains several palaces, pavilions and temples and Hindu jianisti, the first dated to the 16th century. Inside the walls, the old city with its bazaars, founded in 1488 by Rao Bikaji, which in medieval times was located on an ancient caravan route. Leave for Jaisalmer. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Bikaner / Jaisalmer (Km. 330 - about 5 hours)
Breakfast and visit to Jaisalmer, in the Thar desert, on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fortress which houses the palace and many Jain temples. Around, endless sandy hills. Characterized by ancient alleys, splendid temples and "havelis", Jaisalmer was founded in 1156 by the Rajput Rawal Jaisal. Called the "desert island" because a resting place and passage of caravans traveling along the Silk Road, conserves havelis, beautiful buildings carved in the sandstone yellow constructed by princes and merchants who gave the area the name of "city of gold ". Visit of two Jain temples in 1100 or village. Afternoon excursion to Sam or Khuri, to watch the sunset over the dunes. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Jaisalmer (Desert Festival)
In the morning, visit to the fortified city through its maze of ancient streets, the splendid temples and Jain Haveli. Participation in the celebrations of the Desert Festival. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Jaisalmer / Jodhpur (Km. 275 - about 5 hours)
Breakfast and departure to Jodhpur in the Thar Desert, the second city of Rajasthan, called the "blue city" for many of the fifteenth century houses painted indigo. Afternoon visit the Mehrangarh Fort on a hillside. Its construction began in 1458 at the hands of Rao Jodh and there have always lived rulers. Inside, collections of palanquins, elephant sedans, musical instruments, costumes, furniture, weapons and tombs. Visit Jaswant Thanda, a white marble mausoleum built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 where they cremated the real Jodhpur. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 09: Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur (Km. 264 - about 5 hours)
Breakfast and departure to Udaipur and stop in Ranakpur with the largest complex of Jain temples in India and dates from the 15th century. Inside, refined mythological sculptures, marble columns, stained, decorations like fine embroidery, as the West Indian style. Continue to Udaipur. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur
Breakfast and visit Udaipur, the "Venice of the East", the "white city", with fabulous white marble palaces and Lake Pichola. Founded in the sixteenth century by Maharana Udai Singh, is known for its handicrafts, marble items , paintings, silverware, terracotta. in the morning visit the City Palace, the largest palace of Rajasthan, made up of five buildings, where he currently lives Maharaja. in the late afternoon, boat trips on the lake for sunset. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel .
Day 11: Udaipur / Delhi (flight)
Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. Free time. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Departure from Delhi (boarding)
Transfer to the airport to board flight to return you home.