Pushkar Festival 

Pushkar Fair is a fascinating opportunity to travel to Rajasthan. During this religious festival, which falls on the full moon of October / November, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, from all over northern India, reach the small town of Pushkar to bathe in the sacred waters of the lake, which will purify their soul. At the same time, the villagers trade cattle, giving rise to the largest camel market in the world. The other stops on this itinerary, in Jaipur and Agra, will fascinate you for the history, the colors of the saris, the scents of spices and the pride of the famous Taj Mahal.

13 November: Arrival in Delhi

Upon arrival at the airport in Delhi, meeting with the staff of our staff for presentations. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit of New Delhi. Overnight at Hotel.

 

14 November: Delhi / Ajmer (by train) , Ajmer / Pushkar (Km.20 - approx 30 min)

Departure in the morning by intercity train to Ajmer (about 6 hours). Arrival and transfer to Pushkar (30 minutes). Accommodation at the Tented Camp. In the afternoon, visit the Pushkar Fair, the ghats and the Brahma Temple, the only one of its kind in India. Return to the camp.

15 November: Pushkar

Day dedicated to the visit of the Pushkar Fair where the negotiations between the cattle merchants take place, the sacred rites of the pilgrims who immerse themselves in the lake to purify themselves. Dinner and overnight.

16 November: Pushkar / Jaipur (Km.150 - approx 3 hrs)

After breakfast, departure for Jaipur and, capital of Rajasthan, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and called the "pink city" for the color of its buildings. In 2008 the Readers Conde Nast Traveler Choice Survey ranked Jaipur the 7th best place to visit in Asia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

17 November: Jaipur

Breakfast and visit to the famous Amber fortress, 11 km away. from the city, whose construction began in 1592 at the hands of Raja Man Singh I and which was the ancient capital of the state and the seat of all the Rajput dynasties until the foundation of Jaipur. The austere exterior hides highly decorated interiors with sculptures, mirrors and precious stones. Access to the entrance of the fort is provided by elephant or by jeep (subject to availability), along the ramparts of the fortress. Afterwards, return to Jaipur to see from the outside the Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal, established in 1799 and composed of five beautifully decorated floors, structured to allow the ladies of the court to observe, without being seen themselves, life daily in the streets and watch the processions. Visit of the City Palace, whose construction was started between 1729 and 1732 by Sawai Jai Singh II, of its courtyards, gardens and buildings, which forms the heart of the old city and which was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur and still today , in part, it is the residence of the royals. Then visit the Jantar Mantar, the Astronomical Observatory, a World Heritage site, a set of architectural forms that serve as astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai ​​Singh II between 1727 and 1734 on the model of similar structures already erected in Delhi. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

18 November: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri /Agra (Km.240 - approx 5 hrs)

Breakfast and departure for Agra with a stop in Fatehpur Sikri, the city built in 1569 by the Emperor Akbar who wanted it to be a magnificent witness to the power of his court and which was abandoned 15 years later due to water shortages. Its red sandstone buildings and pavilions are perfectly preserved. In the afternoon access to the very famous Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), the mausoleum of Muslim art that the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan had built in memory of his second wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631 and whose construction ended in 1653. The Taj Mahal houses the remains of both. The monument has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

19 November: Agra / Delhi (Km.210 - approx 4 hrs)

Breakfast and visit of the Agra Fortress. This fort, which takes its name from the color of the sandstone with which it is made, has also been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its construction was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Inside, among other wonders of great beauty, there are also palaces and mosques of white marble inlaid with precious stones. Visit of the Pearl Mosque and the Audience Halls. Afternoon departure for Delhi. Upon arrival, accommodation in the hotel. Dinner and

20 November: Depart from Delhi

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for boarding the flight to return home.

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