Duration: 10 Nights/11 Days
Places covered: Delhi- Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur-Pushkar-Udaipur- Delhi
The Pushkar fair is amongst the most unique fairs of its kind in the world. It is a combination of a cattle fair and the religious fair. Both the fairs are enchanting and have their own unique aspects and quality. As per the Indian calendar the fair is held in the first lunar cycle in the month of Kartik culminating on the Kartik poornima (Full moon). The last four days of the fair are considered as the holiest occasion for all the believers in Hinduism. A bath in the sacred Pushkar Lake is considered the ultimate act of spirituality. Agra where you will visit world famous Taj and in Jaipur our program will cover Elephant Ride to the Amber Fort and Agra Fort.
Pre-departure planning is important. Here are certain things you should watch for and plan for.
Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays.
If you’re traveling to one area, check the cost of living there. If it’s high you’ll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you’ll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases.
Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.
If you don’t know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.
Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.
There may be sights and attractions you didn’t know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.
Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Asia can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Europe should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you’re prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and train seats.
Set up a pre-trip time-line so you don’t end up with a full todo list your last week of work or school.
Things to consider are doctor’s visits for a check up, inoculations, and prescription refills; purchasing plane tickets; renewing passports and obtaining visas and other documents.
The longer the trip, the lighter you should pack. This might seem strange, but it’s true you can afford to lug a heavy bag around for a week or two, but do you want to have anything extra for a year?
Stick to the absolute basics and know what you can and cannot buy at your destination(s). There’s no point in bringing 6 months of toothpaste to Europe or buying a sarong at home to take to the tropics. If you are visiting several climates, try to arrange it so you visit the warmer places first and coldest last. That way you can purchase sweaters and long pants and not have to carry them any more than needed. Alternately, visit cold climates first and then ship unneeded layers home — or sell them off.
Make sure everything goes with everything else (if that’s important to you), and remember that layers are always best.
Be prepared for uncomfortable trips. You will often find yourself in a busy, cramped, economy class environment and it could be for many hours – especially long plane trips.
If you want to arrive at your destination refreshed and able to enjoy the sights, then try a good quality travel pillow to support your head, some ear plugs to block out the screaming babies, and an eye cover to block out the sun or cabin lights.
Make contact with the locals before you go.
Maybe you have a friend-of-a-friend or a foreign exchange student from high school you remember, or just found a friend through a travel web site; almost everyone is happy to welcome a foreign visitor to their home town. This might be as elaborate as a home-stay for a few weeks, or just coffee in their home town or dinner at a locals restaurant.
A perfect city for exploring on foot with a shop around every corner. Much of the inner city can be walked without trouble, however, in parts walking include crowds, uneven streets, heavy traffic, and skinny sidewalks. If that’s a problem, there are plenty of taxi’s to ride in and scooters to rent.
How to Travel
- Subway – The metro is the fastest transportation. Running 5am to 10pm every day.
- Bus & Train – Operated by an independent organization, busses and trains include wifi access for the public. You can take any bus or train marked with the (B Public) sign for free.
- Taxi – Available in all parts of the city. From a restaurant or hotel you can have them call the city taxi service.
- Car – Rental cars are easy to get and hotels have good parking prices. Once in the main city, you can often walk so we suggest returning the when you arrive.
- Bike – The best way to get around, other than walking, is by bike. If you don’t mind hills, you can bike anywhere. If that’s not for you, stick to the inner city with your bike.
Just a few miles away you can explore the history and legacy, drink wine and relax. You can wander the hills or be lulled by the fountains. If you have time, the attractions can fill 3 days. We’ve highlighted the best ones here.
Because of the number of sights to see, some first-time visitors should start with an organized tour. Some things can be covered in depth, other are just useful for getting your bearings.
The leading tour operators use local historians to lead their tours. Guides offer walking tours, including visits to monuments, museums, and historic locations, as well as eating tours. Tour prices can be high, but most participants consider them a trip highlight. In addition, there are many family related tours, sights and more appealing activites to children.
Walking tours, like the 3 hour ghost tour, is an exclusive in the early evening. A bus excursion ruins special tours like you’ve never seen. Also worth consideration, a group of art historians and architects do a theatrical retelling from dramatic scripts. Go on a tour, expect guides to break out into a rendition of “Singing in the Rain”, it’s a lot of fun.
- Delhi – Old and New Delhi.
- Agra – TajMahal and Agra Fort.
- Jaipur –Elephant Ride to Amber Fort and a Visit to the City Palace.
- Pushkar – Brahma Temple , Pushkar Lake & Pushkar Fair.
- Udaipur – Venice of the East, Jagmandir Palace & City Palace Udaipur.
- Banks – Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Some banks are closed for lunch.
- Emergencies – For police, dial a local phone number; for ambulance call a hospital.
- Internet Access – Wifi is standard in most hotels and free in many coffee shops.
- Mail – Buy stamps at the Post Office. Convenient post offices are located all cities. Most are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
- Safety – Pickpocketing can be a common problem. It is suggested for men to keep wallets in their front pocket. Purse snatching also occurs at times.
This site contains information with a very personal and friendly structure. It also has great links to other related sites online.
Information, internet access, maps, and train passes are available at local Tourist Information terminals. These are located at various sites around the city. Expect a wait if you arrive late in the afternoon or during lunch time. Local travel agencies are also helpful for quick information and finding hotels. There is no service charge for these services. Hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm.
Getting in from the airport and other arrival locations. Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you’re going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.
- Plane – Flights arrive at the main airport near city center. If flying from European cities, you might land at a connecting airport. There is a tourist information office at the Terminal E, international arrivals, open 8am to 6pm.
- Train – A train station is on the lower level of the airport. To get into the city, follow the marked signs.
- Taxi – From the airport there is a flat-rate for the 1-hour trip, depending on traffic. Hotels charge up to $80 for shuttle service.
- Train & Bus – Trains and buses arrive a city center. This is the transportation hub for the city and is surrounded hotels.
A perfect place for exploring on foot, with local shops around every corner. You will eventually walk somewhere, it’s just going to happen. If you don’t like crowds, uneven cobblestones, heavy traffic or narrow sidewalks, take a taxi or rent a scooter.
Day 01: Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, traditional welcome and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast at hotel start a combined city tour of old & New Delhi. Start from Red Fort (from outside only) built in red sandstone, Constructed by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque and visit famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk. Enjoy rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk. Also visit Raj Ghat crimination site of Mahatma Gandhi-father of the nation. After visiting Old Delhi monuments visit India Gate built in memory of the soldiers who laid down their lives in the 1st World War drive past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, Parliament House, the other government buildings also visit Humayun’s Tomb the mausoleum of emperor Humayun’s & Qutub Minar. Visit Dilli Haat to see craftsmen from different parts of the country working.
Enjoy ride on Delhi Metro. After sightseeing return to hotel.
Day 03: Delhi-Agra (203 kms/4.5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, proceed to Agra. Agra, situated on the west bank of River Yamuna, Agra was once the flourishing capital of the Muslim rulers of India. There is more to Agra than only the Taj, not only other huge edifices that dot the town, but also something to satisfy the connoisseur for good things in life. Agra is the birth place of the Tandoor cuisine that is famous all over the world. Upon arrival check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Agra
Morning after breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour visiting world famous Taj Mahal- (closed on Fridays) built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaj, Agra Fort-built by Mughal emperor Akbar to commemorate his victory in war. Also visit the tomb of Akbar, Sikandra. The mausoleum was commissioned by Akbar, but the work was completed by Jehangir, who was his son. You would also be taken to the Itimad-ud-Daulah tomb. The Itimad-ud-Daulah was constructed on the orders of Empress Noor Jehan between the years 1622 and 1625. The tomb was built in the memory of Noor Jehan’s father Ghias-ud-din Beg. After sightseeing, return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05: Agra-Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (235 kms/5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri constructed by Akbar in 1569 to honor Sufi saint Salim Chisti. Continue drive to Jaipur-, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as ‘The Pink City’ for the color of the buildings in its wonderful old city. This Buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and is a feast for the eyes. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Rest of the time free at leisure. Evening spend few hours to discover a Community of Local Puppet maker. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Jaipur
Morning after Breakfast visit Amer Fort & enjoy ride on a caparisoned elephant up to the Amber Fort established in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh of the Kachwaha dynasty. Within the Amber Fort are ornate palaces, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions & palaces & drive past the stunning artistry of the five-story façade of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Afternoon visit the City Palace, the museum houses textiles, arms, carpets, paintings and manuscripts and other artistic paraphernalia & Astronomical observatory, built by Maharaja Jai Singh the founder of Jaipur. Enjoy enjoy rickshaw ride through the narrow alleys of old town of Jaipur . Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Jaipur-Pushkar (150 kms/2.5 hrs)
After breakfast, proceed to Pushkar. it is a holy place and is known as king of all ‘tiraths’. Pushkar Fair, is the world’s largest camel fair held in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. Pushkar Fair is undoubtedly the world’s largest camel fair and it also makes it world’s largest cattle fair in general. Competitions such as the “Matka Phod”, “moustache”, and “bridal competition” are the main attractions of this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. A spotlight of one’s holiday in India, the festival hosts around 50,000 camels which are sold, decorated, shaved and raced. From a mere 14,000 to a massive 200,000! This is how the population of Pushkar swells during the Pushkar Fair. It seems as if the whole state has come alive at Pushkar to stand witness to its pulsating cultural heritage. Villagers gather from all around the state to enjoy and make merry, breaking all the barriers of hectic schedules of their lives. Colourful sights at the fair can touch and move even the sternest heart. Hindu pilgrims can be seen flocking the place to take a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake, washing away all the sins of the past. Devotees and worshippers can be seen surrendering themselves at the only Brahma Temple. On arrival at Pushkar, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day free to explore Pushkar and visit the Pushkar Fair. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Pushkar
After breakfast visit Brahma temple –the only Brahma Temple in the world & Pushkar Lake. A holy dip in this lake on Karthik Purnima is said to wash all the sins and leads to salvation. Rest of the day free to visit Pushkar Camel Fair. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Pushkar-Udaipur (260 kms/5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast proceed to Udaipur . Situated in the state of Rajasthan, Udaipur means the ‘City of Sunrise’ have manifold attractions like imposing marble palaces, enchanting cool lakes, luxurious green gardens, and old temples. It has so many lakes and palaces that it is often called as the ‘City of Lakes and Palaces’. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 10: Udaipur
After Breakfast half day visit to the major attractions of Udaipur –
The City Palace- The Maharana’s palace built by successive rulers runs parallel to Lake Pichola. It is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The palace is a collection of buildings constructed by different Maharaja’s during their reign, but in spite of that the whole complex has retained uniformity in design.
Jagdish Temple Maharana Jagat Singh built the Jagdish temple, which is in the centre of the old town and to the north of city palace, in 1651. This temple is dedicated to God Vishnu and has a shrine with a black stone image of lord Vishnu as Jagannath (Lord of the universe).
Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden of the Maids of Honor is in the north of the city. This small ornamental garden has fountains, kiosks, marble elephants and delightful lotus pool.
Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum This museums goal is preservation and promotion of local folk arts which includes dresses, dolls, masks, musical instruments, paintings and puppets, which are all kept here as exhibits.
Evening enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola Overnight at hotel..
Day 11: Udaipur-Delhi (By Flight)
Today after breakfast, check-out from hotel at 1200 noon and in time transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi for your onward journey.
- Shirdi Bombay Tour
- Jewish Heritage Tour of India
- Churches of South India
- Christian Pilgrims Tour
- Jyotirlinga Darshan
- Ardh Kumbh Special at Allahabad
- Kathmandu and Chitwan
- Buddhist Tour in Nepal