Pushkar is a little lakeside village in Rajasthan, bordered by the Nag Pahar or the Snake Mountain and the edge of the Thar Desert. At the full moon of Kartik Poornima each year, almost 200,000 people flock to Pushkar, bringing with them 50,000 heads of cattle, for several days of pilgrimage, camel racing and colourful festivities. The Government of Rajasthan has been promoting this fair as an international attraction by adding vibrant folk dances, the music of the itinerant Bhil and Langa minstrels and other cultural and sporting events. The Department of Tourism, Govt of Rajasthan and many other private operators set up luxurious tented camps, complete with all modern amenities for foreign visitors. Over the years, the Pushkar Fair has become a big draw internationally. In 2015 it was held from 18th to 25th November. Here's a 5 day tour that takes you through Jaipur and into the Pushkar Fair.
ITINERARY (04 nights)
Day 1: Jaipur
Arrive into Jaipur. Your car and driver will be waiting for you. Check in to your hotel in the Pink City. Go on a short city orientation tour. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 2: Jaipur
This morning set out to explore the capital city of Rajasthan. Visit the City Palace and Museum, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar. Then visit the famous Amber Fort- you can ride an elephant up to the ramparts! Admire the durbar halls, the exquisite adornments, carvings and priceless collections of Rajput princes. Later, you can visit the colourful bazaars of Jaipur. The city is a shopper's paradise. Return to your hotel for the night. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 3: Jaipur - Pushkar
Depart early by road for Pushkar, 150 kms away, scene of the largest and most colourful gathering of Rajasthani folk you'll ever see. Every year, on a particularly auspicious full moon night, thousands converge to have a sacred dip in the holy lake at Pushkar. It is also the scene of a traditional cattle fair. The Rajasthan Government has made special arrangements for tourists to stay and enjoy the festive spirit: traditional folk musicians, dancers, village competitions, camel races and plenty of folklore. You can stay in deluxe tents under a huge, silvery moon. Overnight Pushkar.
Note: Ajmer is an interesting town near Pushkar (14 km), which you can visit enroute. The 'dargah'- mausoleum and mosque of saint Moinuddin Chishti is a big draw.
Day 4: Pushkar
Merge with the Rajasthani folk in this delightful carnival of colour, revel in the song, dance and festivities. Overnight Pushkar.
Day 5: Pushkar & onward
After breakfast, drive 150 kms by road to Jaipur for convenient connections to Delhi or Mumbai. Or you could extend your trip into Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
Tour prices start from 600$ per person on twin sharing basis.
Booking & Cancellation Policy
- 04 nights' accommodation with breakfast, dinner and taxes.
- Private a/c car with driver, fuel, tolls and taxes
- Services of an English speaking guide for specified sightseeing in Jaipur.
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort.
- Personal expenses like telephone calls, laundry, beverages, etc
- Meals other than breakfast and dinner
- Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides and hotel staff
- Government Service Tax @ 4.5%
The Brahma temple at Pushkar is one of very few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma anywhere in the world, and it's an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. According to Hindu belief, Brahma is the creator of the universe and is part of the holy trinity of Hinduism with Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. The Pushkar lake is also one of the holiest lakes of India. It's surrounded by ghats and a number of temples.
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