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Pushkar Camel Fair

9 days  |  Starts/Ends: Delhi  |  from USD $2,159  |   Guaranteed Departure 

See the sights of the famed Golden Triangle before joining the colourful festivities of the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan for two days of camel races, beauty pageants, folk dancing, and fun competitions set against the vibrant backdrop of market stalls and rhythmic tunes.

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Day 1

Saturday 14 November 2015. Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2
Old & New Delhi

Today embark on a full day sightseeing tour of the city, kicking off in the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi. Here we will see the famous Red Fort, the towering minarets and marble domes of Jama Masjif – one of the oldest and most impressive mosques in the city, and government buildings. Later we head into New Delhi, with its wide boulevards, plentiful parks and majestic parliament buildings and palaces. View the lofty Qutab Minar tower, and the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb. In the evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner in an Indian restaurant.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Delhi – Ajmer - Pushkar. Today we take an early morning train to the town of Ajmer and enjoy a sightseeing tour upon arrival. Located just 11 kilometres away from Pushkar, Ajmer is an important railway town and home to the mausoleum of Muslim Sufi Saint Chisti. Not being part of any principality, it represents the multi-religious character of India and is a blend of Sufi culture and Hindu religion. Ajmer also has a reputation as a great centre of education, with the Mayo College standing above the rest. Later this afternoon we drive on to Pushkar for the evening.
Overnight: Pushkar  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 4-5
Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair. Today is our first day at the Pushkar Camel Fair. Once a year this sleepy lakeside town erupts into a frenzy of activity, as hundreds of thousands of cattle traders, pilgrims, breeders, herdsmen, farmers and travellers descend upon the town for the annual Pushkar Camel Fair. After lunch we head over to the fair grounds for a glimpse of this authentic cultural affair. Here you can witness the serious business of livestock trading as well as watch (or take part) in some fun activities, such as a game of tug of war, a cricket match, a competition for the longest moustache, and a camel beauty-pageant. There are also plenty of market stalls with local wares on sale, including bracelets, clothing, and fabrics.

As well as the colourful activities of the fairground this annual event also carries some religious significance. According to legend, while searching for a place to perform a fire sacrifice the Hindu god Brahma made Pushkar Lake appear out of thin air and as such on the day of a full moon during the fair thousands of pilgrims flock to the Ghats of the lake to bathe in its sacred waters. On day 5 enjoy free time at the fair in the morning before an afternoon drive to Jaipur.
Overnight: Pushkar (1) Jaipur (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 6

We start the day with a stately elephant ride up to the lofty Amber Fort. Once inside the sheer rock walls we explore palaces, gardens, temples and opulent private apartments that were once home to Mughal rulers. In the afternoon we enjoy a city tour of Jaipur. Here we will see the remains of the Hawa Mahal palace, visit the ancient Jantar Mantar observatory, and explore the vast City Palace, with its many courtyards, gardens and majestic buildings. There will also be the chance to browse several museums and art galleries.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 7
Fetehpur Sikri & Agra Fort

Jaipur – Agra. This morning we set out for Agra, home to the magnificent Taj Mahal. En route we visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569. Upon arrival into Agra we check in to our hotel and enjoy some free time before heading over to the imposing Agra Fort in the early evening. This 16th century sandstone fortress was once home to Mughal rulers, and within its fortified walls you can still find evidence of the empire’s grandeur with a number of enchanting mosques and stunning palaces.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Agra - Delhi. In the morning we visit the magnificent Taj Mahal just in time for sunrise. This iconic white marble mausoleum was constructed to commemorate the late wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, taking over 22 years to build. In 1983 the structure was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is possibly one of the most universally recognised masterpieces in the world. Later on we begin our drive to Delhi arriving in the evening.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Sunday 22 November 2015. Today we say goodbye to India as our tour comes to an end. After breakfast and check-out you will be transferred to the airport for your onward travel.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Almondz Hotel, Delhi
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The modern and smart Almondz Hotel offers guests good sized well appointed rooms which all come with complimentary Wi-Fi. The in-house restaurant is highly recommended providing diners with delicious food and a friendly service. Please note that the majority of hotel rooms do not have windows.

Royal Desert Camp, Pushkar
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Camp

Royal Desert Camp is a seasonal camp, with cottages and luxurious tents, originating back to Mughal battle times.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The beautiful heritage style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthan architecture - set in terraced gardens with pretty courtyards. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits. An evening spent enjoying a lavish Rajasthani dinner in front of a traditional folk dance is highly recommended. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.

The Retreat, Agra
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The newly constructed Retreat in Agra tastefully creates an artful balance of contemporary elegance and modern design. Guest rooms are bright with a chic design and luxury hard wood flooring. The hotel has a mouth watering multi cuisine restaurant containing Chinese, Continental and Indian Cuisine. A tasty tipple at the Just Madira bar is a great way to spend the evening after a hard days wandering around the various forts and mausoleums that Agra is famous for. Perfectly located just a short drive from Agra’s most famous sites including Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.

Trip Highlights

Pushkar Camel Fair - Possibly the world's biggest camel fair with cattle trading, fun competitions, music, dance and colourful market stalls
Agra - The spectacular Taj Mahal, India's most famous monument and impressive Agra Fort
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort
Ajmer Sherif - Shrine of a famous Sufi seer
Old and New Delhi - The magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city

Included

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners. A wide variety of vegetarian meals are served during Pushkar
Train journey from Delhi to Ajmer. Air conditioned chair class seating
All transportation and transfer in private air conditioned vehicles
8 nights accommodation in 3-4 star equivalent hotels
Fully escorted by an qualified English speaking tour guide for groups of 6 or more

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $30-$35 USD
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
Entrance Fees: $65-$70 USD

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $2159
USD $1059
Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Departs
14 Nov 2015
Hotel Rating
3-4 star & heritage hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 3
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