This 16-days trip to Rajasthan and Varanasi India especially base on colorful spectacle Bikaner Camel festival, explore the Rajputana & Mughal Architecture, Cultural, History and heritage Rajasthan and the sacred city Banaras
Arrive Delhi meet and privately transfer to your iconic hotel. Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles. Specify your flight
After breakfast visit to Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, take a Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride through the bustling and colorful market of the old city is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce Afternoon visit to Humayun's Tomb. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Overnight stay at hotel
Today drive to drive to (Shekhawati) Mandawa - The region lies the triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner and includes Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Churu districts of Rajasthan upon arrival check in to Hotel.
later visit the Mandawa -Shekhawati The semi-desert region of Shekhawati is popularly known as the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. Shekhawati is unique as no-where else in the world there is such a hundred of Haveli’s, temples, cenotaphs, wells and forts. Later visit to Havelies in Mandawa notably the Chokhani Saraf & Ladia Havelies, also visit Temples. See the extraordinary frescoes on the walls of the houses and medieval painting of Shekhawati. You could enjoy the countryside sitting from the cart Overnight stay at hotel
After breakfast drive to 190 kms take 3.30 hrs to reach camel country Bikaner. Enjoy the festival starts with a procession of camels adorned beautifully in traditional necklaces and anklets, and vibrantly colored bridles. This colorful parade starts from the magnificent Junagarh Fort and ends at the Dr. Karni Singh Stadium. It is upon reaching the open ground that the Camel Festival begins in earnest. The camel pageant is held, with camel owners showing off their majestic camels decked up to the brim. There are also competitions for camel milking and the best fur cutting design. But it is the dancing competition that is the most eagerly awaited. The audience is left spellbound by the jingling of anklets to rhythm of music, as the day ends with cultural performance by the local artists
There are also number of competitions for both the tourists and the locals. These competitions include tug of war for both males and females, and the water pot race for women. There is also the Turban tying competition for tourists from other countries, not forget the villagers wrestling competition and a kabbadi display match. Like the previous day, this is followed by an evening of cultural programs where the audiences are bewitched by the colorful swirling skirts and the music. A dazzling display of fireworks brings the Bikaner Camel festival to a close.
INDULGE YOUR TASTE BUDS
The Camel Festival gives the visitors a great opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine. The dishes here use minimum water and instead rely on milk and buttermilk, using lentils and beans such as sangri and ker. You can also try the unique but delightful camel milk sweets and camel milk tea. Experience this colorful celebration that showcases the unique bond between man and animal. Enjoy the legendary hospitality of the people of Rajasthan when you visit the Bikaner Camel Festival, and take home not just a memento but memories that will last a lifetime
After breakfast six-hour drive 330 kms/7 hrs to Jaisalmer - the ancient citadel on the Caravan route linking India with Persia, Arabia and The Mediterranean. Few cities in the world can match the Magnificence. Jaisalmer is renowned for its intricately carved & chiseled Haveli’s (Mansions), which illustrate superb craftsmanship
Morning embark half day tour of Jaisalmer fort. Afterwards visit to the Gadisar Tank & large houses of the merchant called havelies, some of them dating to the Premedieval Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Haveli and Nathamal Ki Haveli with their intricately carved screens on the facades and the typical traditional architecture. Afternoon desert Camel Safari - start for Sam Sand Dunes on edge of desert national park to see the spectacular sunset over the sand dunes also interact with local people to know about their day today lively hood, Back to hotel for Overnight stay.
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur 290 kms away takes 5.30 hrs. Jodhpur – the Great Indian Desert, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates and the largest city of Rajasthan after Jaipur, also called the "blue city" because of the many blue houses that can be seen from the ramparts of the fort. Originally this color was reserved for Brahminsr
Afternoon visit to Meharangarh Fort, built in 1459. Dominating the city and perched on a hill at 125 meters above sea level, it is the most impressive citadel of Rajasthan that you reach by a long winding road. You will be able to admire the apartments of the palaces which shelter a marvelous collection of royal rooms as well as the terrace with the cannons from where you will have a splendid view on the city, Jaswant Thada Cenotaph, the royal cremation site and then proceed to see the most magnificent, modern 20th century Palace, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and its museum – a treasure trove. Drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast countryside drive to Udaipur – romantic city of lakes en-route visit to Ranakpur temples of the Jains, built in the 15th century in the lovely valley of Aravallis. It has grand structure & beautiful Sculptures. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kgs whose sound echoes in the entire complex.
Our drive continues to Udaipur – the “City of Lakes” is perhaps the most romantic and beautiful cities of India. In contrast to its desert neighborhood it stands out with an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes, gardens and temples surrounded by hills and mountains
Today Sightseeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace – this is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, construction of which was started by Udai Singh. This white marble architectural marvel, standing majestically on a hill is surrounded by crenellated walls. This huge edifice 30.4 meters high and 244 meters long was added on to, by later rulers, but the additions are so well planned and integrated, Visit to Sahelion-ki-Bari or “Garden of the Maids of Honour” was laid out for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of dowry visit to Jagdish temple vishnuite built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 the temple enshrines a black stone image of Lard Vishnu. There is a brass image of Garuda the Lord Bird carrier. The exterior and the plinth are covered with base relief of alligators; elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rise in tiers. Chanting, bells and music can be heard throughout the day. It is the largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur Introduction to a few traditional recipes in a family.
Afternoon short drive to Delwara and the temple complex of Eklingji and Nagda - A Religious complex Northern region of Mewar 22 Km It houses 108 temples chiselled out of sandstone and marble, this temple of Eklingji was built in 734 AD. Enclosed by high walls, it is devoted to Eklingji (A form of Shiv Deity adored under the epithet of EKLINGA). Return to Udaipur for lunch at a specialty fine-dining restaurant before returning to the hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure Stroll through the Bazaar and streets, famous in RAJASTHAN for these silver jewels sunset cruise at lake Pichola. Overnight stay at hotel
After breakfast drive to Jaipur 400 kms take 6-7 hrsthrough Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants & scenes of rural lives, upon arrival check in hotel. Later visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple. Built of marble in the Orissan style, the temple is a wonderful example of modern Indian architecture and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the god of preservation and destruction, and his female consort Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. One of the most popular Hindu temples in India, it was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, with the stipulation that it was to be open to all castes and all faiths — a symbol of peace, love and prosperity.
After breakfast drive to Jaipur ‘the pink city’ and check in hotel later visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nicknamed “The Pink City” for the unique color of stone used in many of its buildings, Jaipur’s architecture dazzles.
Start this day Maharaja City Palace where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani & Mughal Art, The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Birla White Marble temple and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.
After breakfast drive to Agra 232 kms /5 hrs, en - route visit tothe Ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1569 by the Great Emperor Akbar. Today, it is deserted and left in solitude to reminisce over its past glory also visit to Deeg a small town can visited, with its beautiful palaces, fortresses and gardens. The palace of Suraj Mahal is a perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal style, dating du19e century beautiful antique furniture.
Evening take Horse cart (Tonga Ride) visits the UNSCO heritage site Taj Mahal – The New 7 wonder of the world and Monument of Love in the and watch its surface subtly shift in color, as the setting sun bathes it in a soft orange glow. In the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. As you drive through the city witness the local life, Shopping and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world. Also known as Banaras, this city has been the center of the Hindu faith for all of recorded history. Kashi, Banaras or Varanasi is the oldest living city in the History of Mankind. This City is acknowledged as the cultural Capital of the Oriental part of the Globe. This is treated as an embodied diving. India, the nation with diversified culture has one unity or common that is Varanasi where cultures from all the walks of this country congregated and accepted this city as their spiritual Destiny. Evening see “aarti” Ceremony on the River Ganges at Dashmesh Ghat. Overnight stay at hotel
Today sightseeing enjoy the sunrise boat excursion on the Holy River Ganges to see the bathing Ghats and crimination sites. Watching people bathing and worshiping at the Ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. The Spectacular 4 kms sweep of the Ghats is a unique sight, best view at dawn, in that "soft first light" when the river and Ghats have a timeless appeal. Life in almost panoramic details unfolds here from dawn to dusk as a steady stream of devotees-swelling to thousands of auspicious days-perform rituals by the Ganga. The Ghats are best approached by Dashashwemdha Ghat, where boats are available on hire. After breakfast at hotel explore the Old City on foot, including the Bharat Mata Temple and stroll along the bazaars near to hotel full of shops selling, among other things, the world famous Banaras silk.
Afternoon day return excursion to Sarnath, 10 kms from the holy city of Varanasi. It is the blessed locale where more than 2,500 years ago Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon, after attaining Nirvana. Gautam Buddha with his five disciples formed the first Sangha along with Yasa of Varanasi and his 54 friends. The beginning of the celebrated Mantra, “Buddham Sharanam Gachhami” owes its origin to Sarnath. The three jewels “I go for refuge to the Buddha, I go for refuge to the Wheel of Law, and I go for refuge to the Sangha” first laid down here, have remained unchanged ever since. Hence rightly, every Buddhist Pilgrim after Bodhgaya endeavors to be blessed with a visit to Sarnath in his lifetime. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast fly to Delhi If your flight is in late evening than we will provide you hotel near airport in Aerocity
Around Connaught Place, see Sri Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, a historical Sikh temple dedicated to the memory of Guru Hari Krishan, who once stayed in the gold-domed building when it was still the palace of Raja Jai Singh. Guru Hari Krishan distributed sanctified water from a tank in the palace to cure the sick, believing it had miraculous healing powers, and worshippers still come to collect water from these pools. The temple’s massive kitchens prepare free meals for thousands of residents and visitors of all faiths, every day.
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