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Rajasthan Pushkar Camel Fair 2011
November’2011

03rd - Arrive Delhi by Austrian air

Arrive Delhi by Austrian Air. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel.
04th - Delhi - Agra by surface (204 KMS, 4 HRS ) .

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning proceed for sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi visit Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India. Visit Raj Ghat – memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Drive past Chandi Chowk, once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial area of the city. Walk through Chandni Chowk to savour the ambience of an oriental bazaar.

In New Delhi visit 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years. Visit the imposing modern Lakshminarayan temple. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), the president's residence - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.

Later depart by surface for Agra and on arrival check-in at hotel.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.
05th - In Agra

Breakfast at hotel.

Full day sightseeing of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itimad Ud Daula.

Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the sill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 year to complete this 'Love Poem in Marble'. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays). Enjoy Tonga ride from Taj parking to Taj entrance gate. Also visit the Agra fort containing the halls of private and public audience and other palaces. Later visit tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula. The tomb is known as the 'Baby Taj'. It was the first Mughal structure totally built from marble with extensive use of pietra dura.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.
06th - Agra - Jaipur by surface (248 KMS , 5-6 HRS)

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning depart by surface for Jaipur en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Located 40 Km from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Akbar used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was fully occupied for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. Scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.

Continue drive to Jaipur and on arrival check-in at hotel.

Later city tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.
07th - Jaipur - Pushkar by surface (142 KMS, 4 HRS )

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning excursion to Amber fort. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. Enroute to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.

Later depart by surface for Pushkar en route visiting Ajmer.

Continue drive to Pushkar and on arrival check-in at Deluxe Tents.

Later proceed to visit Brahma Temple and Pushkar Lake.

Dinner and overnight at tent.
08Th - In Pushkar

Breakfast and full day visit to Pushkar Cattle Fair.

It is a great tourist attraction when the ancient religious town of Pushkar is transformed into a spectacular Fair Ground in the month of Kartik (October-November). People bathe, worship and delight in the dazzling wares of roadside stalls, the camels are bought, sold, adorned and paraded on the dunes. Most unusual are the small group of men and women seen tattooing names and pictures on different parts of their body.

Lunch at tented accommodation.

Dinner and overnight at camp.
09th - Pushkar - Udaipur - by suraface (285 KMS, 6 HRS )

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning depart by surface for Udaipur and on arrival check-in at hotel.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.
10th - in Udaipur

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning sightseeing of Udaipur - a splash of colour in Rajasthan that is brighter when tinged with the tones of local lore and legends. Visit the City Palace, built in 1725, which houses the Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal - studded with glittering Belgium Mirrors, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna all of which are ornately decorated. Later visit the Jagdish Temple. This temple built in 1651 is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu Trinity of Gods. Also visit the Sahelion Ki Barigardens and fountains. Later drive around the Fatehsagar Lake.

Afternoon proceed for Boat cruise over Lake Pichola - 4-Km long and 3-Km broad, surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Visit the island palace Jag Niwas which is beautifully set in the lake.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.
11th - Udaipur - Kota by surface (285 KMS, 6 HRS )

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning depart by surface for Kota en route visiting Chittorgarh.

The Fort of Chittor, said to be originally built by mighty Bhim, one of the Pandava heroes of the Mahabharata legend. Also visit the Vijay Stambh with nine storeys and 37 meters high, built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440. Kirti Stambh, the Tower of Fame, 22 meters high is covered with figures from the Jain Pantheon.

Continue drive to Kota and on arrival check-in at hotel.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.
12th - Kota - Ranthambore by surface 180 KMS.

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning sightseeing of Kota and later depart by surface for Ranthambore and on arrival check-in at hotel.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.
13th - In Ranthambore

Morning and afternoon enjoy Jungle Safari through Ranthmabore National Park.

Rajasthan's first project Tiger reserve and named after a 1000-year old fort which stands in the park . It has a congenial habitat for the stately sambar, the largest of all Asiatic deer, woodland, ground and water birds abound in the park including the uncommon red jungle fowl and varieties of eagles. The water tank harbours marsh crocodiles and pythons.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.
14th - Ranthambore - Bharatpur by surface (200 KMS, 5-6 HRS)

Morning depart by surface for Bharatpur and on arrival check-in at hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.
15th - Bharatpur - Delhi by surface (182 KMS, 4-5 HRS)

Morning visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary - Bharatpur is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town of Bharatpur was basically a royal hunting retreat. Bharatpur is however, more known due to its proximity to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, which is a bird watchers paradise.

Although there is a palace called the Bharatpur Palace which houses a museum with exhibits of mixed antiquity, what brings people to Bharatpur is the KEOLADEO GHANA BIRD SANCTUARY. Prior to 1940, this was the favourite shooting ground of the British Viceroys with a record kill of 4273 birds in a single day. From October to February, at Sunrise and Sunset is the best time to see the birds.

Later depart by surface for Delhi and on arrival proceed to city restaurant for dinner.
(NO ACCOMMODATION FORESEEN IN DELHI ON THIS DAY

After dinner transfer to international airport to connect flight Austrian Air departing early morning on 27TH Nov 2010.

16th - Leave Delhi

Leave Delhi by Austrian Air.

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All hotels check-in - check-out time 12 Noon.
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