Taj Mahal With Pushkar
Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Ajmer - Delhi
Day 01 : Abroad - Delhi
Arrive at Delhi International airport. On arrival in Delhi, the guest
will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi
This morning you will be taken to visit Old Delhi - Former centre of
Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and
bustling bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 and board the
'rickshaw ride' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni
Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of
this very busy avenue heading west from the Fort. Later visit the Jama
Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan
who also built the Taj Mahal.
This afternoon you will be taken to visit New Delhi - drive past the
stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens,
including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto
the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the
world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab
Overnight at hotel
Day 03 : Delhi - Agra
Morning drive to Agra (203 km)
Upon arrival in Agra - check into the hotel
Afternoon visit red fort and famous Taj Mahal.
Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart
of the town. It was built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1563-73
in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of
red sandstone and a moat.
Taj Mahal -This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Emperor
Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal "the lady of the
Taj". It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever
built for love, for the emperor was heartbroken when Mumtaz died after
17 years of marriage, during the birth of her 14th child.The central
structure has four small domes surrounding the huge, central dome. Above
the tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are false tombs, a common practice
in Indian mausoleums. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday).
Stay at pristine Taj Mahal for sunset, to see this true Wonder of the
world in gentle late afternoon light.
Overnight at hotel
Day 04 : Agra - Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur (221 km), en route visit Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri the deserted, red sandstone city that was built by Emperor
Akbar as his capital and palace in the 16th century. Also visit the
Bulund Darwaza the largest gateway in the world.
Thereafter continue drive to Jaipur Upon arrival in Jaipur - check
into the hotel Afternoon at leisure to explore the city
Overnight at hotel
Day 05 : Jaipur
Morning tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just
outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned
elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your
entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early
18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted,
offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling
Afternoon tour of the City - "The Pink City" is spectacularly
set within surrounding rugged hills, dotted with ancient ruined fortresses.
Your tour will include the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja
although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques
and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including
a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace
of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see
the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful
bazaar before returning to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel
Day 06 : Jaipur - Pushkar
Late morning drive to Pushkar (130 km)
Pushkar - is famous for its colourful annual fair during kartik poornima
(full moon) in the November each year. At this time this otherwise peaceful
and gentle village on the banks of holy Pushkar take is thrown into
colourful confusion when the desert tribes and camel caravans meet to
trade cattle, camels, goat, sheep, clothes, jewellery and spices beside
the sacred Pushkar Lake and to perform their rituals in its waters,
to the accompaniment of temple & folk music. Upto 200000 traders
and 50000 cattle pour into town, along with numerous festooned camels
and colourful pilgrims. After 10 hectic days of livestock dealing, camel
racing and colourful festivities, everybody goes for a big holy dip
in the lake on the night of the full moon. (Kartik Purnima).
Upon arrival in Pushkar - check into the Royal Camp captures the luxurious
nostalgia of a bygone age of the Maharaja's Safari and Shikar camps,
combined with innovative design demonstrating many of the skills and
crafts of Marwar.The camp consists of tents, each with verandah, bedroom
and bathroom. There is a large dining tent serving the best of Rajasthani
cuisine and a large open reception tent with seating areas. The campfire
is the focal point for the evening entertainment programme with cocktails
& rhythms of the Thar-music, dancing, magicians, puppet shows, jugglers,
flaming torches & camel parades.
Afternoon City tour of Pushkar - Pushkar boasts temples, though few
are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site,
since many were deserted by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. The
most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples
in the world dedicated to this deity. It's marked by red spire, and
over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who
is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site.
Overnight at Camp
Day 07 : Pushkar
Full day at the fair. Built as 'an explosion of fun, frolic, games and
laughter', the fair provides some wonderful photographic opportunities
and is a rare change to see Rajasthani women decked out in all their
traditional jewellery, dress and finery. Temple music wafts through
the night, as the fires die down and the Rajasthani melodies played
on the stringed ek-tara come to a close.On the night of the full moon,
the pilgrims bathe by moonlight, then send marigold and rose petals
floating across the lake on green plate-like leaves. It is worth getting
up early to see the camels and tribes rousing themselves in the pink
of the dawn desert light.
Overnight at hotel
Day 08 : Pushkar - Ajmer - Delhi
Morning drive to Ajmer (15 Km) Upon arrival in Ajmer, straight proceed
for city tour. The Emperor Shah Jehan's white marbles pavilions are
in a delightful park on the east banks of the man-made Ana Sagar Lake.
Ajmer, located 135 km southwest is the most sacred of all Muslim places
of pilgrimage in India. Ajmer is a green oasis on the shore of Ana Sagar
Lake, hemmed in by barren hills. Historically Ajmer has always had great
strategic importance. It was founded in 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan.
He named it Ajaimeru the 'invincible hill', because here he raised Taragarh,
India's first hill fort. The city's Muslim history began when Prithviraj
Chauhan lost Ajmer to Sultan Muhammad Ghori in 1193 A.D. The Persian
saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti who came with Muhammad Ghori from Persia
in 1192 settled here. Thus the place where he was buried is today known
as the Dargah Sharif. Construction of the shrine was completed by Humayun
and the gates were added by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Later Shah Jahan
constructed a mosque of white marble, it has 11 arches and a Persian
inscription running the full length of the building. Beyond the Dargah
is the Adhai din ka Jhonpra an ancient Sanskrit college, which was converted
into mosque in 1198 and remains one of the finest monuments of medieval
Afternoon transfer to railway station for train to Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, the guests will be met by our representative and
straight proceed to International airport for flight back to home.
Day 09 : Delhi - Abroad