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PUSHKAR – A CULTURAL ODESSEY
BOMBAY- AHMEDABAD-MOUNT ABU- UDAIPUR- ROHETGARH (JODHPUR)- PUSHKAR- JAIPUR- AGRA-DELHI
Day 01 Arrive Bombay (Mumbai)
Arrive Mumbai, the Indian Commercial Capital where you will be met at arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 02 Mumbai
Morning is at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing of Mumbai includes the Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum (closed on mondays), Crawford Market and Dhobi Talao.
Day 03 Mumbai - Ahmedabad
Take a short flight to Ahemdabad this the morning. Visit the Calico textile Museum, the intricately carved step well and Gandhi Ashram. In the evening enjoy traditional dinner at the famous Vishala restaurant where they have a small museum of utensils.
Day 04 Ahmedabad – Mount Abu
Drive to Mount Abu this morning visiting the ancient Sun Temple at Modhera enroute. Mount Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan with excellent weather all year round. Time permitting, visit the famous Dilwara Jain temples in the afternoon.
Day 05 Mount Abu - Udaipur
Morning is at leisure to enjoy Mount Abu. Later in the day drive to Udaipur, the city of lakes & Palaces. Evening is at leisure. Enjoy a Rajasthani dinner at the Fateh Prakash Palace overlooking the Lake Palace.
Day 06 Udaipur
Morning sightseeing includes the City Palace and Museum with a stunning collection of objects collected by different Maharanas of Udaipur over the centuries. Other sights that you will visit include Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Jag Mandir, and Ahar Museum.
Evening is at leisure to explore the city on your own and perhaps do some shopping for miniature paintings.
Day 07 Udaipur-Rohetgarh
Drive to Rohetgarh visiting Ranakpur enroute. Here you will see the interesting Jain temples and have lunch at the Maharani Bagh orchard. You arrive Rohetgarh early evening.
Day 08 Rohetgarh
Visit Jodhpur in the morning to see the majestic Mehrangarh fort and Jaswant Thada. Continue to enjoy the Royal family’s hospitality in Rohetgarh.
Day 09 Rohetgarh-Pushkar
After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel proceed for a drive to Pushkar, 11 Kms from Ajmer on the edge of the desert lie the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake- an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. Surrounded by hill on three sides, Pushkar abounds in temples. Of these the most famous is the Brahma temple- the only one dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country. Although a serene town, Pushkar bustles with life during the joyous celebrations during the cattle fair held annually in november.
Day 10 Pushkar - Jaipur
After breakfast, this morning leave for Jaipur, visiting the famous Dargah of Mohammad Chisti in the nearby town of Ajmer. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the colourful bazaars of the Pink City.
Day 11 Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, is perhaps the most beautiful examples of Rajasthani forts and gives a grand view of the city down below. You can have the unique experience of travelling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. This afternoon is free to independently explore the crowded and colourful lanes of the pink city’s bazaars.
Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur includes the City Palace known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum with its large collection of woodwork, jewellery, costumes, brassware, and pottery. Another monument near the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen.
Day 12 Jaipur- Agra
Leave for Jaipur this morning, visiting the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri enroute. After checking in at your hotel, visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. India’s most famous world heritage monument was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved, Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th century. Also visit the Agra Fort on the banks of the Yamuna. Return to see the Taj Mahal at sunset.
Day 13 Agra – Delhi
In the morning drive back to Delhi visiting a local village en route. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Early evening visit the Laxminarayan Temple to see the evening Puja ceremony. Dinner at an Indian restaurant accompanied with ethnic folk dances & music.
Day 14 Delhi
This morning, a visit to Old Delhi, the former Mughal Capital includes the majestic Red Fort, the vibrant bazaars of Chandni Chowk and the Jama Masjid mosque. On your way back, visit the Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Afternoon sightseeing takes you to the Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and a drive along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, the 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Also visit Humayun’s tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
In the evening you can choose to visit an Indian Family Home and your hosts will be happy to invite you for dinner and cocktails. Optionally, we would be happy to arrange for a visit to the theatre or music show of the day.
Day 15 Leave Delhi
In time transfer to the airport for your departure flight for onward destination.