Festivals and fairs are important occasions and major attractions that display the ritual of diverse religions, rich heritage and history. In India, festivals are celebrated with a great enthusiasm by the peoples of each sects, cast and religion together by revelry under one roof. To learn more about this part of the world & get a unique travel experience, let’s join one of the proposed festivals to dip deep in to the color of Indian culture.
While travelling on the caravan routes, you'll discover the mysterious havelis of Shekawati, its oases, villages and citadels, Fort of Bikaner and temple of Deshnukh, Jaisalmer emerged in the desert, once an important destination on the caravan route. spectacular and gorgeous sand dunes of Khuri, Blue city of Jodhpur dominated by Mehrangarh fort, the softness of Aravalis and its rural villages, the green Bundi and pink city of Jaipur. In Rajasthan Maharajas, princes or wrens and the Rajputes each of them has built fortresses and palaces even in a few acres of desert, to end the tour visit one of the 8th wonder of the world the Taj Mahal.
Rajasthan, ‘the land of Maharaja’ in India is at its exotic and colorful best. This is the home of the Rajputs, its exotic atmosphere not only extends to far more than just the splendid forts, but also to the Rajasthanees themselves as they are a brilliant splash of colors. Men top their outfit with a huge, pastel colored turban and the women wear colorful bright mirrored skirts.
Geographically Rajasthan is dry and inhospitable place. A line drawn south–west to north–east divides the state into the hilly and rugged south–east region and the barren north-east Thar desert, which extend across the border into Pakistan.
Rajasthan has usual Indian festivals as harvest festival of Gangaur is particularly important, Teej at the end of Aug or beginning of Sept. There are many fairs but best known of them all is the immense and colourful cattle fair.
Arrive at Delhi
Transfer to the hotel and overnight at the hotel.
Delhi-Mandawa (Nawalgarh), 257km/160 Miles 5 to 6 hours’ drive by minibus or jeep to the Shekawati region; visit the fort and some havelis in Mandawa, a charming town built in the 18th century. Afternoon visit Nawalgarh founded in 1737 AD by Nawal Singh; explore the town and overnight at the hotel.
Mandawa (Nawalgarh) to Bikaner, 190 km (200 km/124 Miles) Drive early morning, on the way visit some beautiful Havelis in Fathepur famous For its wall paintings and continue towards Bikaner; by the evening visit Bikaner Fort; overnight at the hotel
Bikaner to Jaiselmer, (The Golden City), 325 km (333 km/207 Miles) Leave early morning, to visit the world famous temple of rat (Karni Temple) at Deshnukh). After 6 hours’ drive you will reach Jaisalmer, bewitching citadel at the gate of the desert. It is a former step to the caravan roads, a very charming place, you can have a stroll in the market, see the sunset near to Gadi Sar, a kind of lake; overnight at the hotel.
Leave to visit the fort Gadisar, the Jain temple, Patwon ki Haveli and Salim Singh Haveli; afternoon excursion to Sam dune, enjoy the camel ride and later the sun set against the dunes; back to hotel for overnight stay.
Jaiselmer to Jodhpur (Blue city), 6 hours, 264 km/164 Miles
On the way we will visit some rural villages and meet the people, afternoon check-in at the hotel; after lunch visit Jodhpur, which is the second most populated city in Rajasthan. Stand at the edge of the Thar Desert and one can see the most impressive fort, built in the 15th century dominating the city, it is built in red stone, Visit the Mehrangar fort, and the Jaswant Thada, the white marble tomb; stroll in the Sadar Bazar of the blue city. Jodhpur is fondly referred to as the ‘blue city’ because of indigo coloured houses in the old town. Traditionally, blue signified the home of the Brahmanas. One can view nicely these houses from the ramparts of the Meharangarh which looms high above the buzzing city; overnight at the hotel.
Jodhpour to Udaipur via Ranakpur, 300km (275 km/165 Miles)
Ranakpur situated in a quiet and beautiful remote valley of the Mount Arawali. The main temple is Choumukha or four faced temple dedicated to Adinath. It has been built in 1439 AD, superbly crafted and well-kept temple has 29 halls, 1444 pillars and don’t have similarity to each other. Later driving through the mountain road reach one of the most charming city in Rajasthan, that is Udaipur, which is situated on the bank of Pitcola lake and high hills around. Check-in at the hotel; evening free visit ; overnight at the hotel.
Visit the City Palace, Sahelion ki Bari, walk in the bazar, (optional boating on the lake), overnight at the hotel.
Udaipur to Pushkar, 300 kms, 6 hours
Afternoon arrive at Pushkar, check in hotel and visit the holy town. According to the legend, the sacred lake of Pushkar sprang up at the spot where Brahma (Lord of creation), dropped a lotus flower from the sky. It is a sacred pilgrimage centre for the Hindus and it is said that the devotee should visit it at least once in the life time. There are a large number of Sadhus who mainly congregate around the lake and the temples. Several Ghats run into the lake where pilgrims are constantly taking bath in holy water of the lake. Pushkar is world famous for its spectacular camel fair.
Pushkar to Jaipur, 125 km
Departure to the Pink city, capital of the State, check-in at the hotel and then visit the Amber fort 10 km far from Jaipur. It is an impressive fort built in a scenic place. This has been the capital of the Kachwahas for 5 centuries; evening free, next morning city tour to visit the Observatory, City Palace and Hawa Mahal (wind palace); evening free; overnight at the hotel.
Jaipur to Fathepur Sikri–Bharatpur, 176 km/109 Miles
Early morning, departure to Fathepur Sikri, 4 hours drive. It was the former capital of the Mugal Emperor Akhbar in the 15th century. After lunch drive to Bharatpur, one of the most important ornithological reserves in India with more than 400 different kinds of birds! You can visit it on foot or by cycle; overnight at Bharatpur.
Bharatpur to Agra, 56 km/35 Miles
After one and a half hour drive, reach Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal, sumptuous white marble tomb one of the most beautiful piece of Mughal architecture and the 7th wonder of the world. It has been built by Shah Jahan Emperor in 17th century for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit the Red Fortm overnight in Agra.
Agra to Delhi; 203 km/126 Miles
After breakfast drive to Delhi for 4 hours, half day sightseeing; evening transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.