Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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Pushkar Camel Fair - 9 days

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

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Pushkar Camel Fair - Possibly the world's biggest camel fair with cattle trading, competitions, music, dance, colourful market stalls and fairground events
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
Old and New Delhi - Humayun's Tomb, 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
Ajmer Sherif - Shrine of a famous Sufi seer

Included

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners. A wide variety of vegetarian meals are served during Pushkar
Train journey aboard the Ajmer Shatabadi Express from Delhi to Ajmer. Air conditioned chair class seating
Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
Pushkar Fair with visits to Pushkar lake, Brahma Temple, Bazaars of Pushkar and fair ground.
8 nights accommodation in 3 - 4 star and heritage hotels
All transportation and transfers in private air conditioned vehicles
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
Touring of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar and Ajmer

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: USD$30-$35, paid in local currency
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
Entrance Fees: USD$65-$70, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Delhi

Saturday 28 October 2017. 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

Delhi sightseeing - Old & New

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and in New Delhi Rajpath and India Gate. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Ajmer

Delhi - Ajmer - Pushkar. Early this morning we take the train to Ajmer. Upon arrival in Ajmer, we embark on a sightseeing tour of the area with visits to the Muslim Sufi Saint Chisti Mausoleum, the town centre, college area and market place before driving north the Pushkar which is just 11km away.
Overnight: Pushkar  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 4-5

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar - Jaipur. Once a year the sleepy lakeside town of Pushkar 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. 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 pilgrim’s flock to the Ghats of the lake to bathe in its sacred waters. Our sightseeing today includes Pushkar Lake and Brahma Temple before we head over to the fairgrounds in the afternoon.

The following morning is free to continue enjoying the delights of the Pushkar Camel Fair. Later we drive to Jaipur, the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan.
Overnight: Pushkar (1), Jaipur (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 6

The Pink City of Jaipur

Today we explore the Pink City of Jaipur. We start the day with a jeep ride up to 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

Fatehpur Sikri

Jaipur - Agra. This morning we drive to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. En route we visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore. The behemoth complex is divided into four parts - the women's quarter, emperor's quarter, a quarter for princes and noblemen and weapons housing. Upon arrival into Agra we check in to our hotel before heading over to the imposing Agra Fort early this 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 several enchanting mosques and stunning palaces.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 8

The legendary Taj Mahal

Agra - Delhi. Today we visit the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunrise, which truly is one of the wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal is a monument of love built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. For twenty-two years 20,000 men laboured day and night to build this masterpiece, which has held the world awe-struck ever since. This afternoon we drive back to Delhi where we spend our final night.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Delhi

Sunday 05 November 2017. 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

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 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 and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Extra Prices

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Person
Single
Supp.
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Delhi
USD $90
USD $70
Post-Tour Accommodation - Delhi
USD $90
USD $70

Hotels

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.

The Piccadily, Delhi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The grand lobby of the Piccadily is a perfect introduction to this elegant luxury property. Rooms are bright, airy and furnished in a sophisticated and contemporary fashion. Staff are helpful, attentive and go above and beyond to make sure your stay is a memorable and happy one. Dining at popular Zune and contemporary Twenty-9 is highly recommended. Located in the west of town, close to the airport. Access to the rest of the city is very simple with the Janakpuri West Metro station just next door.

Bhanwar Singh Palace, Pushkar

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Bhanwar Singh Palace encompasses several stunning buildings, featuring traditional Indian architecture, which sit around the hotel's sparkling outdoor pool and exquisitely manicured garden. Each structure houses luxurious rooms that benefit from plush furniture, spectacular views and a range of modern amenities. The property also includes a restaurant, which serves a range of heavenly dishes from India, China and beyond. The final touch to this wonderful property is its spa, where guests can indulge in a bit of pampering after a day of exploring Pushkar.

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.

Khandela Haveli, Jaipur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Once the home of the Rajputs, Khandela Haveli is designed in a classical Rajasthani style. Guest rooms offer a distinct experience of princely living and no two rooms are the same. All are well furnished with all modern amenities and are beutiful in design. The haveli boasts a traditional courtyard with a beautiful marble fountain and delicious meals are served in the restaurant. Why not order your meals and a tasty beverage and enjoy them by the rooftop pool - our top tip! Well located in the north of Jaipur.

Seven Hills Tower, Agra

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The modern and stylish Seven Hills Tower hotel boasts a range of facilities and services designed to ensure the quality of each traveller's stay. Guests can enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool or laze on the sun loungers before heading to the equally lofty restaurant for some mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine. The spacious guestrooms are elegantly decorated with neutral colours and fabrics covered with traditional patterns and all have excellent ensuite facilities. Why not head to the rooftop pool and al fresco dining area for beautiul views of the Taj - perfect for a sunset drink.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.83 out of 5 based on 6 recent reviews

The tour was fantastic ... every detail was planned and covered .... would recommend it to anyone, of all ages Thank you for everything

• Submitted 21 Nov 2016
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I had a fabulous time in India and it was MADE by our guide Harsh who was kind, responsive and resourceful. We experienced some real difficulties halfway tgrough the tour that were unforeseen--- the Indian government demonitised the currency so we were left a little high and dry. Harsh did his best to subtely tweak our itinerary in view of this and gave us additional options as there were a number of keen photographers on the trip.

It was well organised, no unwelcome surprises and the tourist bus was comfortable and well driven making for a relaxing trip (not the first thing that springs to mind when talking about India).

• Submitted 19 Nov 2016
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We enjoyed an excellent tour and On the Go Tours were exceptional value. All the arrangements went smoothly and our hotels were first class. Particularly the hotels in Agra and Pushkar who provided an excellent degree of comfort. Food in all venues was first class. I cannot speak highly enough of our tour guide Harsh who ensured that our trip was most enjoyable. He was very knowledgable and explained the history surrounding the places that we visited. He advised us on restaurants to eat in at night and on one occasion we could not find the restaurant and he came and found us and stayed with us until he was certain that we had a table. One of the group had purchased an expensive bracelet and a stone fell out but it was problem as our guide arranged for a courier to collect it and have it repaired. Nothing was too much trouble for Harsh. He turned a good tour into an exceptional tour.

• Submitted 16 Nov 2016
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Harsh our tour guide was very knowledgeable and went beyond his expected duties. He provided a lot of good advice in providing good quality restaurants at reasonable prices. He ensured that we were all looked after in all hotels we visited. We would highly recommend him as a capable, competent and professional tour guide. We enjoyed this trip very much and will be considering On The Go Tours in the future

• Submitted 14 Nov 2016
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Excellent. I trouble free journey that was well organised.

• Submitted 17 Nov 2015
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the tour was wonderful. Our guide was very informative, knowledgeable whilst at the same time relaxed and accommodating to all.

• Submitted 14 Nov 2015
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Departs
28 Oct 2017
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
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

The tour was fantastic ... every detail was planned and covered .... would recommend it to anyone, of all ages Thank you for everything

Emma Carey