Rajasthan Festival Tour
Rajasthan is a land of striking diversity where every day is a celebration and people enjoy life to the hilt. Every day here is a celebration and every celebration centers on the rituals of prayer, seeking the benevolence of the gods, cleaning and decorating houses, colorful clothing, music and dance.
This trip is e specially designed to ensure you are at the right place at the right time to enjoy some of the numerous fairs and festivals that are celebrated here.
Where are you going?
Day 1: Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel. Morning sightseeing takes in the highlights of New Delhi and in the afternoon visit the largest mosque in Asia, Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and the Gandhi Memorial.
Day 2: Morning drive to the open-air art gallery of Rajasthan: the Shekahawati region. Visit the Havelis of Indian businessmen, richly decorated with high quality frescoes.
Day 3 : The fortified town of Bikaner , deep in the Thar Desert, has spectacular city walls, an impressive fort, palace and an intriguing rat temple . Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, the bazaars are still contained within impressive city walls.
Day 4: In Khimsar there is the opportunity to take a camel safari to Bishnoi village and enjoy the sunset on the sand dunes.
Day 5: Busy and chaotic, Jodhpur is home to the impressive Meherangarh Fort, symbol of the glorious history of the Maharajas of Marwar Kingdom. You also visit the nearby pure white marble cenotaph of the Maharajas of Jodhpur and within the city's winding streets there are some excellent antique shops.
Day 6: Rawala Narlai, which was the hunting lodge of Maharaja. Take in the spiritual energy from the fresh air descending down from the Shiva Temple , deep in a primal cave.
Days 7 & 8: Rolling hills, white marble palaces and lakes all combine to give Udaipur a very special appeal, living up to its reputation as India's most romantic city. It is a center for artisans and tribal jewelry with miniature paintings a specialty. Take a boat to the famous Lake Palace , stroll the city and relax at one of the many rooftop cafes.
Day 9: With India's only Brahma temple and a holy lake, Pushkar is a major destination for pilgrims and Saddhus from all over India. The atmosphere is friendly and mellow, there is hardly any traffic and the town is small enough to walk around. Spend time exploring the many bazaars - some great shopping to be done here – and walk around the lake with its ghats and temples
Days 10 & 11: Jaipur, the 'Pink City', is a fascinating place with bazaars filled with jewelry, textiles and folk crafts. It is home to the famous Palace of the Winds, India 's most photographed building after the Taj Mahal. Nearby, the palace complex of the old capital of Amber sits majestically on a ridge.
Day 12 : In Bhandarej we stay in the Bhadrawati Palace. A blend of Mughal and Rajputana architecture, it has courtyards, arched windows, traditionally painted verandahs and front lawns. The nearby Bhangarh village with its temples and historical sites has a history, which dates back to 11th century.
Day 13: En-route to Agra stop at the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. Originally used by the Maharajah of Bharatpur and his guests for duck shooting, it has more than 400 species of local and migratory birds and is renowned as one of the world's finest bird sanctuaries . Akbar's magnificent Red Fort dominates central Agra . A fter exploring it, visit Itmad-ud-daula or also known as Baby Taj on the other side of river Yamuna.
Day 14: The Taj Mahal is a spectacular monument; built by Emperor Shahjahan in pure white marble in memory of his beloved Mumtaz. Afternoon return to Delhi and transfer to the airport.