Pushkar Fair Extravaganza: 14 Days()

Delhi / Varanasi/ Agra / Jaipur / Pushkar / Jodhpur/ Udaipur / Delhi


Originally begun as a festival to honour Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, it also became the biggest camel fair on earth. The 200,000 pilgrims, farmers and camel drivers who at tend it each year are joined by 50,000 camels and cattle, all descending on the small town of Pushkar at the edge of the Marusthali Desert.

The annual Pushkar Camel Fair is an experience that will make for a magical sojourn to Rajasthan.

A tented city is created adjacent to Pushkar Lake during the full moon days for this fair. It is here that thousands of men and women cover the sand dunes and indulge in festivities, trade in livestock, handicrafts, Participate in camel races, dances, drama, and music competitions.

This is a truly dramatic event that shimmers and gleams with rich colours and vibrant life. The annual fair in Pushkar is serious business for villagers who spend days traveling across the desert to Pushkar hoping to turn camels into much needed cash.

The Pushkar Lake is holy to the Hindus and religious ceremonies are performed simultaneously as camels are being traded. The night at the fairground takes on a Carnival atmosphere.

The Ferris wheel attracts line-ups of giggling Rajput women in their richly coloured saris and sparkling bangles that stretch from wrist to shoulder. Roadside vendors sell pots, pans, bangles, saris, belts and other various items.

Campfires dot the dark desert like bright stars, as the evening meal is prepared. Hindu holy men, vendors, musicians, actors, tattoo artists, marriage brokers, outsiders and tourists in a combination of county fair, binge eating, cattle trading and sports activities in an exciting festival that lasts seven days. At night, the sounds of folk music, storytellers, dances and partying carry well out into the desert.

Video on Pushkar fair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzWPiphoXs0


Why Pushkar Fair?

  • It is the world's largest Camel & Cattle Fair.
  • Pushkar is the only place with a Brahma (God Of Creation) Temple in the world.
  • Huge gathering of foreign and Indian tourists, sage and hermits of India.
  • A colourful affair, an unparalleled heat and festivity all around.
  • The Holy Pushkar Lake with 52 Ghats (bathing and religious areas) is unique.
  • Cultural events during the fair, where you can participate yourself.
  • You can enjoy hot air ballooning and other activities during the festival.
  • This is a great opportunity for photo-shoot and captures India's festivity.
  • Occasion to enjoy deluxe tented accommodation around the Pushkar fair ground.
  • Fantastic fiesta of camels.
  • Rare combination of religious fervours and cultural vibrancy of Rajasthan

What happens at Pushkar Fair?

Cattle Fair
Religious Fair
Organized Events

This fair can be segregated into two distinct natures: The Cattle fair and the religious fair. Those who wish to see how cattle trading are done at the biggest cattle fairground the first few days are very important and relevant for those who wish to enjoy the heat and frivolous religious aspect and the entertaining events organized by Govt. of India the last few days are quite relevant to them.

Cattle Fair:
The first few days is supposed to be the cattle fair, when thousands of cattle, camels and horses are brought to Pushkar to be bartered for and sold. This year, 2017, the cattle fair commences from 28th October continuous till 04th November 2017. This fair is one of the largest in India and the only one of its kind in the entire world. During the fair, Lakhs of people from rural India flock to Pushkar Fair, along with camel and cattle for several days of live stock trading, horse dealing.

Religious Fair:
31st October /01st November onwards it will start taking the religious flavour, when this small town, becomes a cultural phenomenon, with colourfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, sadhus and tourists reach here during Pushkar Religious Fair. During the latter half, religious activities dominate the scenario, culminating with devotees taking dips in the holy "Pushkar" lake, as the sacred water is known to bestow salvation on the last day / 17th Nov, during full moon.

A Sample of Events:
Officially organized by Rajasthan Govt., besides all other activities that goes on in the Mela (fair) ground and other nearby sites, events organized are as follows:

Note: The events keep changing, wholly or partially every year, as per the authority of Rajasthan St ate Government. Also the events (morning t ill evening) take place every day from the day of inauguration (Oct 28, 2017 till the end, 04 Nov 2017, on full moon day).



Pushkar Fair Extravaganza: 14 Days

Delhi / Varanasi/ Agra / Jaipur / Pushkar / Jodhpur/ Udaipur / Delhi

COMPASS REPRESENTATIVE will receive you on arrival at the airport and receive you. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.

DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope – that is India.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

After breakfast at the hotel, we shall embark on a full day’s sightseeing.

The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Yamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi peddling through the narrow by lanes of Chandni Chowk.

After lunch proceed for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi, which reflects the legacy of the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence. If time permits then visit the Lotus temple located in south of Delhi. It is lotus shaped and has right ly been given the name. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquillity. Its founder, Bahaullah (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahai as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded t ime and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take flight for Varanasi. Reach and check into the hotel

Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Varanasi, which was in use till May 1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue …soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air…and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi – The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world – renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art, which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk saris, and silk brocades that are cherished as collector’s items across the world today.

Enjoy the evening AARTI at the GHATS. The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the AARTI of the river.

Overnight will be at Varanasi.

Drive to Dashashwawamedh Ghat early in the morning and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we’ll transfer you to the banks of the river Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tears from the water’s edge. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga".

As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.

Return for breakfast to the hotel.

Proceed for a guided day tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi Manas Temple, crafted from white marble featuring the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Visit Sarnath – 5 miles out of Varanasi for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Here he revealed the eightfold path that leads to the attainment of inner peace, Enlightenment and Ultimate Nirvana. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.

Overnight will be at Varanasi.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Varanasi airport to board the flight to Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and straightaway drive to Agra.

Reach and check in at hotel.

AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

Proceed for a HERITAGE WALK to the other side of River YAMUNA with your guide.

The other side of the TAJ MAHAL across the river Yamuna where Mughal History has been written in edicts of stone, the river Yamuna lined with the residences of mobility was the artery, the very lifeline, which fostered the development of Mughal Agra. These heritage relics have been weaved together for a historic experience of Mughal Agra. You would walk through the various monuments in midst of rural setting intertwined with the communities along with stunning view of the TAJ MAHAL.

Enjoy the extended hospitality of the local villagers sipping a cup of Masala Chai on the Tea Terrace with standard, comfortable, clean, affordable, and safe facilities. The whole village walk through India’s Mughal History and amiable people is an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy TAJ MAHAL from the royal gardens beyond the river at sunset.

Overnight will be at Agra.

Proceed for a sunrise tour of TAJ MAHAL.

Taj Mahal: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Return to hotel and enjoy breakfast.

Freshen up and leave for sightseeing of the old Mughal city.

Agra Fort – The red sandstone structure is surrounded by chahar-bagh, (a four-square) formal garden. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it 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.

After Agra Fort we will visit Baby taj or the Itmad-ud-daullah – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. Nur Jahan, the Empress of Jehangir for her father in 1628, built one of the most beautiful Mughal tombs, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, whose life is very interesting. Formerly a very poor Persian merchant then named MirzaGhiyas or Ghiyas Beg he became a minister and a trusted treasure in Akbar's court. After Akbar's death in 1605, his son Jahangir rose into power. Jahangir made Ghiyas Beg his chief minister and honored him with the title of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the Pillar of State. Later, Jahangir met a beautiful daughter of Ghiyas Beg named Mehr-Un-Nissa and married her. Mehr-Un-Nissa soon played a significant role in the Jahangir's court and was called Nur Mahal, the light pf the Place. Owing to her influence, her father and brother were granted with privileges in the court. When Ghiyas beg (Itmad-Un-Daulah) dies in 1622, Nur Mahal decided to build a mausoleum for him. Queen Mumtaz Mahal or the lady of the Taj was also from this prevailing family. The mausoleum is entirely made of white marble and graced with intricate decoration of inlay work, and marble-screen work belonging to the Islamic style. With its tranquil, small garden on the bank of Yamuna River, the tomb stands impressively elegant from a distance.

Sikandara – This beautifully maintained monument is where EMPEROR AKBAR was buried. It is a very low profile monument but it has one of the most awe – inspiring tombs. It is surreal how one of the greatest emperors has been put to rest. The manicured lawns has spotted and other varieties of deer roaming in them. Named after the Afghan ruler Sikander Lodi, Sikandra is the final resting place of Emperor Akbar. The Emperor began the construction of his own garden mausoleum during his lifetime. However, his son Jahangir completed the construction in 1613. An impressive marble - inlaid gateway leads to the spacious four - tiered monument, which is crowned by a white marble cenotaph and screen. What is interesting is that the structure imbibes the best of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs, signifying the new religion started by Akbar – the DEEN E ILAHI.

Relax at the hotel in the evening.

Overnight will be at Agra.

After breakfast proceed for Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri.

Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. JALAL - UD - DIN - MUHAMMAD AKBAR named Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568, the saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri, built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan -I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.

Continue to drive and visit Abhaneri.

Abhaneri is an ancient village in Rajasthan famous for its post Gupta or early medieval monuments. The sculpture and architecture of Abhaneri suggests that it must have been a great center of art and architecture. The sculptures of Abhaneri are the best example of Gurjar Pratihari art. The stop here is to experience the unique STEP WELLS.

Chand Baori is about 100 feet deep open well with flights of steps on three sides is another 10th century monument. The stairs of the “Chand Baori” are in the shape of an inverted English letter “V” in sets of 4-5 steps. This Baori is not an ordinary structure, but is a marvel of Architecture. The well has beautiful carved panels inserted into the sides. Nobody has been able to count the steps. One can see the two royal toilets with carved windows and Jharokhas, which were used by the then Kings & Queens. The water for the royal toilets was pulled from the well with the help of bulls. The carved stone pillars, which have now been damaged, were once strong enough for supporting pulleys to draw water. There are three tunnels opening at around 20 Km away that were being used by the rulers as escape routes in care of attack by the enemies.

Enjoy lunch en-route at Abhaneri before proceeding for Jaipur.

Later, drive to beautiful Pink City - Jaipur. Reach and check in at hotel.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean ’one and a quarter’, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

Enjoy the hotel facilities and relax.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for a morning excursion will be taken to the Amber Fort. Enjoy the fort ascent on elephant back in a royal manner.

Amber fort – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting...

City Palace – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri GovindDev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

Jantar Mantar – It is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

Hawa Mahal – The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

This evening is free for you to relax shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewelry, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Pushkar. Reach and check into the deluxe tent.

Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus situated 11 kms off Ajmer. The charm of this sleepy, lakeside settlement is the lake, which has natural water supply. This lake in the inhospitable surroundings of a desert is no less than a miracle. The great Hindu epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata make references to this religious place while evidence points to its having existed during the fourth century B.C. Enjoy India's and perhaps the world's most colorful folk festival – the Pushkar Fair. Observe, explore and photograph the colors of this amazing fair. Enjoy a camel ride, the festivities and many interesting events or visit the many temples along the Pushkar Lake including the grand Brahma temple.

Visit the fair ground in the evening and enjoy activities.

Overnight will be in a deluxe tent with attached western toilet and hot/cold running water.

Enjoy breakfast at the camp.

Enjoy the festival atmosphere at the colorful Pushkar fair; very few fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. While most people associate the Pushkar fair with the world's largest camel fair, it is much more than that. It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do – in dazzling style and colors.

It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to "wash away the sins of a lifetime" and pay obeisance at the only Brahma temple in the world.  It is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place.

Overnight will be in a deluxe tent with attached western toilet and hot/cold running water.

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Start for Jodhpur by 9AM and pass through the desert landscape of Central Rajasthan.

Reach and check into the hotel.

Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by RaoJodha-chief of the RATHORE clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the RASEPTEMBERANA. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. A high wall encompasses the city – 10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.

Visit Mehrangarh Fort: Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. Mehrangarh Fort, spreading over 5 km on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 meters, presents a majestic view on city horizon. It was built on advice of a saint in 1459 to establish an impregnable headquarters. This Fort is one of the best in India with its exquisitely latticed windows, carved panels, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, and Sheesh Mahal. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture and the cannons on the fort's ramparts are well preserved.

Jaswant Thada:Close to the fort complex, lies JaswantThada. This 19th century royal cenotaph built in white marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other cenotaphs stand nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh holds the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. A visit inside the cenotaphs, with some villagers of the region, would bring forward the reverence they still hold for their brave kings.

Overnight will be at Jodhpur.

Breakfast would be at the hotel.

Visit the Bishnoi Villages. Have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. This famous BISHNOI community inhabits this village. They are staunch believers in the sanctity of plant and animal life. Villages are marked by Khejri trees and deer, which thrive well in the absence of any hunting / poaching. The great desert landscape usually fascinates one while driving along the countryside.

Later start for Udaipur visiting Ranakpur enroute.

En-route, visit the Ranakpur temples, dating back to the 15th century. 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures.

Reach and check in at hotel.

The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.

Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace.

City Palace: Standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola, is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559 A.D. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the world wide famous Lake palace hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens - a harmonic profusion hard to describe. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of KRISHNA are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are numerous other palaces such as Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna villas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princess. Now the palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day.

Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.

Saheliyon Ki Bari: Maharana Sangram singh builds this in the mid 18th century. The 'garden of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The Foundation of the Sahelion Ki Bari functions solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool, a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics. The whole ambiences are flavored by the nostalgia of those beautiful bells enjoying themselves in a lavish aura.

Bagore Ki Haveli:This is a very congenial old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli delicate work and well preserved too. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork. After the death Badwa the building became the property of Mewar State. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-Ki Haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.

Jagdish Temple:The temple is situated in the middle of the city. The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdish-ji, is a major monument and should be seen carefully. Raised on a tall terrace and completed in 1651, it is a tribute alike to the tenacity of its builders and the resilience of the art tradition it represents. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double - storied, saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bell - roof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, non - functional stories. Lanes taking off from many of the sheharpanah (city wall) converge on the Jagdish Temple and walking leisurely through them brings you face with the many layers of the cultural palimpsest that Udaipur is. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D.

Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.

Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning is at leisure.

Afternoon you will be transferred to the Udaipur airport to board your flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and onward your International flight taking back HAPPY memories.

TOUR ENDS

COMPASS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
  • DAILY BREAKFASTS,
  • DAILY DINNERS,
  • ENGLISH SPEAKING COMPASS EXPERT ESCORT ALL THROUGH,
  • WINDOW SEAT IN DELUXE MINI COACH,
  • ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,
  • ALL MEALS AT PUSHKAR,
  • PUSHKAR FAIR ACTIVITIES,
  • MONUMENT ENTRANCE CHARGES,
  • ALL INTERNAL AIRFARE,
  • ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES AND
  • ALL ROAD TAXES, GOVERNMENT TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED:
  • RICKSHAW RIDE AT OLD DELHI,
  • OLD CITY WALKING TOUR IN DELHI,
  • BOAT RIDE IN RIVER GANGES,
  • OLD CITY WALKING TOUR IN VARANASI,
  • HORSE CART RIDE TO TAJ MAHAL IN AGRA,
  • LUNCH AT CAMP IN ABHANERI NEAR JAIPUR
  • WALKING TOUR OF THE OLD JAIPUR CITY,
  • ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMER FORT IN JAIPUR,
  • CAMEL CART RIDE IN PUSHKAR,
  • ALL LOCAL ACTIVITIES AT PUSHKAR FAIR,
  • BISHNOI VILLAGE VISIT IN JODHPUR,
  • RANAKPUR TEMPLE VISIT WITH PRIEST,
  • AND BOAT RIDE AT LAKE PICHOLA IN UDAIPUR.

HOTELS:

CITY HANDPICKED FIRST CLASS & HERITAGE HOTELS NIGHTS
DELHI OBEROI MAIDENS 02
VARANASI RIVATAS BY IDEAL 02
AGRA RADISSON BLU 02
JAIPUR SHAHPURA HOUSE 02
PUSHKAR DELUXE CAMP 02
JODHPUR RANBANKA PALACE 01
UDAIPUR LAXMI VILAS PALACE 02

TOUR PRICE: IN USD

OCCUPANCY DETAILS TOUR PRICE
PER PERSON ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY 1997 US$
PER PERSON ON SINGLE OCCUPANCY 3497 US$

NOTE:
Please note that lunches and dinners are not included (if not mentioned in the inclusions) along with camera fees at the monuments, tips and personal expenses etc. All hotels / flights mentioned are guaranteed at the time of quotation. Indian Visa along with international return airfare is not part of the expedition price.




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