Day 1 : Jaipur
Arrive Jaipur by road, rail or air and meet your Tour Representative who will escort you in your chauffeur driven car to hotel Mansingh or similar in this marvellous Pink City, so called because of the extensive use of pink sandstone in its palatial buildings. On the way to your hotel from the airport you will take a brief stop at the village of Sanganer to observe at first hand traditional dyeing & hand block printing of textiles by local artisans. Continue to your hotel and checkin. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 2 : Jaipur
This morning set out to explore the Capital city of Rajasthan resplendent with the glory of the Rajput Maharaja Jai Singh who built magnificent edifices and ruled from here over two centuries ago. Visit the City Palace and Museum, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, palaces and gardens, colourful bazaars filled with exotic finery. Later ride a royal elephant to the ramparts at the Fortress of Amber. Admire the Durbar Halls, the exquisite adornments, carvings and priceless collections of Rajput Princes. You have the option of watching a sound and light show at Amber which brings Jaipur's vibrant history alive. Return to your hotel late evening. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 3 : Jaipur – Pushkar
Depart early by road for Pushkar, 150 kms, scene of the largest and most colourful gathering of Rajasthani folk ever witnessed. Every year, on a particularly auspicious full moon night (Nov. 01/02 this year), 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 that prevails here: traditional folk musicians, dancers, village competitions, camel races and plenty of folklore. Overnight will be in deluxe tents under a huge silvery moon. Note: Ajmer is an interesting town near Pushkar, which you can visit enroute to Pushkar. The 'dargah' - mausoleum and mosque of saint Moinuddin Chishti is a big draw.
Day 4 : Pushkar
Merge with the vibrant Rajasthani folk in this delightful carnival of colour, revel in song and dance in this village that never sleeps. Overnight in tents.
Day 5 : Pushkar - Jaipur/Delhi
After breakfast depart 150 kms by road to Jaipur for convenient connections to Delhi or Mumbai. Or you could extend your trto into Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Tour prices start from 500 US$ per person.
The Pushakar Fair is the world’s largest camel and cattle fair. Held over five days between the Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima of the Hindu calendar, the fair is a vibrant display of local trade, culture, lifestyle, and history. During fair days, normally in mid-November, the small town is abuzz as traders and tourists mill about, some looking for the year’s best deal while the latter soak in the amazing atmosphere.
The most popular trade and craft fair in Rajsthan, thousands gather for the Pushkar Fair every year. The lure of enchanting crafts and games against a backdrop of mystic sand dunes and the laconic Aravallis is hard to resist for tourists looking for an authentic ‘flavor of Rajasthan’. The sale of camels and other cattle, as well as horse and donkey races are the featured events. Visitors indulge in body tattooing while the visiting traders do brisk business. Conservative estimates say around 50,000 camels alone are brought to the fair, along with traders who wish to sell local products like woolen blankets of Merta, bead necklaces of Nagaur, textiles printed in Ajmer and Jodhpur, and brassware of Jodhpur and Jaipur. Other notable events are tug-of-war between the womenfolk, and other traditional games such as matka phod or moustache competitions. Saddles, ropes, and assorted household items are also on sale. The fair is a gala occasion full of music and dance, fun and frolic, echoing songs in the desert land and colorful costumes of the performers. Cultural shows and exhibitions along with movies on tales of valor and heroism of bygone days are organized at the fair.
The dates of the fair normally fall in the month of November, when the weather at Pushkar is pleasant and ideal for long days in the sun. Try and book your accommodation at the specially arranged tourist villages, where tents are provided and named after the dances of Rajasthan.
Largest camel fair in the world, housing over 50,000 camels
Hotel Mansingh Towers – Jaipur
Jai Mahal Palace – Jaipur
Pushkar palace – Pushkar
Rajputana Palace Sheraton – Jaipur
Jagat Niwas Palace – Pushkar
Visit the Brahma Temple at Pushkar. This is the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma and is a very important pilgrimage site for the Hindus. Brahma is the creator of the universe and one in the holy trinity of Hinduism along with Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. The Pushkar Lake is also one of the holiest lakes of India. It is surrounded by many ghats with a number of temples. The Pushkar fair is said to be the largest cattle-trade fair in the world.