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One of the most popular festival in Rajasthan, it is a journey into the heart of the desert, the golden city of Jaisalmer, a veritable feast for the senses.

It coincides with the full moon in February when the cherished moments of its glorious past and rich culture are on display. The entire fort is floodlit at night. The langa and Manganiyar musicians, Gair Dancers and the fire dancers are the special highlights of the festival. Further excitement is in the air with decorated camel display, turban-tying competition and Mr. Desert contest. The grand finale is a trip to the Sam Sand Dunes where one can have the pleasure of a camel ride and also view the musicians and dancers performing on the dunes. To cater to the growing demand of tourists wanting to stay in tents.

Activities
The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival, held every year, when the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions an contests, especially the turban-tying contest. Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities. Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is organized wit folk artists performing against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a not-to-be missed event.

Dates & Years

Vikram Samwat Lunar Calendar

2020

13-15 Magh-S

7 - 9 Feb

 

DESERT FESTIVAL TOUR | 06 Days

Delhi - Jaisalmer Desert Festival – Barmer – Jodhpur

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Traditional Indian welcome
  • Visit to Jaisalmer
  • Enjoy the Desert Festival
  • Visit to unexplored Khajuraho of Rajasthan
  • Visit the Redana Rann Barmer
  • Explore the Bishnoi village to see the local Handicraft
  • Enjoy the visit to Meharangarh and Umaid Bhawan

Day by Day itinerary

Day 01   Arrive Delhi
Arrive Indira Gandhi International Airport, meet & greet with Traditional Indian welcome. Transfer to 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 Overnight stay at Aerocity hotel near airport

Day 02   Delhi – Jaisalmer Fly Desert Festival
After early breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight SG 471 at 08.45 hrs Arrive Jaisalmer 10.05 hrs. Later 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 Premediaval Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Haveli and Nathamal Ki Haveli with their intricately carved screens on the facades and the typical traditional architecture. Late afternoon enjoy the desert festival activities Overnight stay

Day 03   Desert Festival
Festival Activities: The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival, held every year, when the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions an contests, especially the turban-tying contest. Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities. Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is organized wit folk artists performing against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a not-to-be missed event. Overnight stay.

Day 04 Jaisalmer – Barmer 156 kms/ 3 hrs
After breakfast drive to Barmer a boarder district of Rajasthan. To date, 38 discoveries have been made in the Rajasthan block. In 12th century this region was known as Mallani. Its present name was given by its founder Bahada Rao, popularly known as Bar Rao, Parmar Ruler (Juna Barmer)
Visit to Mahabar Sand Dunes: Camel Safari can be enjoyed here best that will make the stay more memorable. Kiradu Temple-the unexplored Khajuraho of Rajasthan. Dating back to 11th-12th century AD, it was a complex of about 108 temples of which ruins of only five survive. Each nock and corner is intricately carved and depicts scenes from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata and the incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Redana Rann is a stretch of white Rann in the middle of sand dunes. It is a natural saline depression locally called as “Rann”. For a few months post monsoon it gets covered by water giving it an impression of a huge lake or a sometimes even a ocean due to its white sand. Migratory birds like pelicans, flamingos, cranes, & herons land here and this makes it an ideal spot for bird watching. Enjoy an extraordinary sunset at Rann after an excursion of Kiradu ruins.

Block Painting Centre: One can see the art and craft at Block Printing Centre that also have beautiful collection of artifacts. One can see the artistries working on the blocking printing or the fabled wood carvings of Barmer.

Day 05   Barmer – Jodhpur 197 km/ 3.30 hrs
Morning drive to Jodhpur – the Great Indian Desert, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates upon arrival check in hotel. Afternoon Sightseeing half day sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meharangarh Fort, drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent, visit the 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.

Bishnoi Village - A memorable outing in visit various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, etc. Overnight stay

Day 06  Jodhpur – Delhi Fly
After breakfast day is free for own activities later transfer to airport to board the flight 9w 689 at 16.45 hrs arrive Delhi at 1835 hrs to connect the flight for onward destination.

Price Includes
Accommodation

  • 02 Night stay in Delhi
  • 02 Night stay in Jaisalmer
  • 01 Night stay in Barmer
  • 01 Night stay in Jodhpur

Meal

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
  • During stay in Jaisalmer Lunch and dinner will provide

Transportation

  • All transfers, Sightseeing and excursions by First class Air conditioned & air condition Vehicle

Other Things

  • Entry fees in Monuments as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking Guide at the places
  • Camel Safari in Barmer
  • Desert Festival arrangements
  • Visit to Bishnoi Village

Air Fare
Domestic economic class Air Fare Delhi = Jaisalmer = Delhi

Tour Price Exclusion

India Visa, Travel Insurance, Major Meal like Lunch & Dinner apart from Pushkar fair and   Ranthambore, Expenses like personal nature like Telephone calls, Laundary, Portages, Tips and Alcoholic Beverages etc

DESERT FESTIVAL TOUR | 15 Days

Delhi –Patan Village - Shekhawati – Bikaner –Jaisalmer (Desert Festival) –Barmer - Jodhpur–Udaipur-Jaipur- Agra–Onward

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tradition Indian welcome Ceremony
  • Drive down Delhi’s impressive Raisina Hills to see India Gate
  • Enjoy the Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride in bustling Bazaar of Chandni Chowk
  • Visit Sikh Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to see the worship
  • Enjoy the Camel cart safari passing through the villages to see the rural site of Patan Village
  • Visit to Fort, palaces & Architecture of Rajasthan
  • Frescoes & havelies of Shekhawati
  • Camel ride in Jaisalmer
  • Enjoy the Desert festival in Jaisalmer
  • Visit to unexplored Khajuraho of Rajasthan
  • Visit the Redana Rann Barmer
  • Visit to Ranakpur Jain Temple
  • Visit to Romantic city Udaipur
  • Travel by Brightly Caparisoned elephant to Jaipur's Amer Fort
  • Maharaja’s City Tour, Jaipur
  • Rajasthani Country side drive to Agra
  • Visit to Ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Horse cart ride to Taj Gate
  • Stand in Front of World Famous Taj Mahal at Sunset
  • Mughal city tour

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01   Arrive Delhi

Arrive Indira Gandhi International Airport, meet & greet with Traditional Indian welcome. Transfer to 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 Overnight stay at hotel

Day 02    In Delhi 
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, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, 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.

Also 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. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon visit to New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi.  Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Also visit Sikh Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to see the worship etc. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 03 Delhi – Patan Village 190 kms/3.30 hrs

After breakfast we travel to Kotputli by air condition Vehicle to Patan Town, Built around 1790 shortly after the battle of Badal-Mahal, the Patan Mahal Palace has been lovingly turned into a heritage hotel,

Later enjoy a guided walking tour of Patan town. We then continue to Badal Mahal, an 800-year old palace, where we can admire the stunning views of the town and the surrounding mountains. You can find Rajasthani men and women busy making bangles or beautiful pots in the village. The temple also adds to the serenity of the existing ambience where one can spend a few spiritual moments on their own. And if you’d like a taste of a typical Rajasthani village, then step out of the gates of the palace to explore the quaint alleys and roads of the village. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 04  Patan – Mandawa 124 kms/2-½ hrs

Today 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. 

Afternoon 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 hundreds of Haveli’s, temples, cenotaphs, wells and forts. Later visit to Havelies in Mandawa notably the Chowkhani Saraf & Ladia Havelies, also visit Temples. See the extraordinary frescoes on the walls of the houses and medieval painting of Shekhawati. Overnight stay

Day 05   Mandawa - Bikaner 190 kms/3-½ hrs

Morning drive to Bikaner - it lies on the northern point on the triangle of desert cities. It is royal walled city dating back to 1486 AD. It was established by a Rathore Prince, Bika & came to be called to be Bikaner after him. It was, however, a major trade center as it stood on the ancient caravan route which link central Asia & north India with the Gujarat Sea Ports. Afternoon embark on a tour of Bikaner City; visit the Junagarh Fort, built in 1611 AD. The palaces worth visiting are Anup Mahal, Karan Mahal, and Bijai Phool Mahal overnight stay

Day 06   Bikaner – Jaisalmer 333 km/ 6-7 hrs

After early breakfast drive to Jaisalmer upon arrival check in hotel. Later 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 Premediaval Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Haveli and Nathamal Ki Haveli with their intricately carved screens on the facades and the typical traditional architecture

Day 07   Desert Festival

Festival Activities: The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival, held every year, when the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions an contests, especially the turban-tying contest. Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities. Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is organized wit folk artists performing against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a not-to-be missed event.

Day 08 Jaisalmer – Barmer 156 kms/ 3 hrs

After breakfast drive to Barmer a boarder district of Rajasthan. To date, 38 discoveries have been made in the Rajasthan block. In 12th century this region was known as Mallani. Its present name was given by its founder Bahada Rao, popularly known as Bar Rao, Parmar Ruler (Juna Barmer)
Visit to Mahabar Sand Dunes: Camel Safari can be enjoyed here best that will make the stay more memorable. Kiradu Temple-the unexplored Khajuraho of Rajasthan. Dating back to 11th-12th century AD, it was a complex of about 108 temples of which ruins of only five survive. Each nock and corner is intricately carved and depicts scenes from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata and the incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Redana Rann is a stretch of white Rann in the middle of sand dunes. It is a natural saline depression locally called as “Rann”. For a few months post monsoon it gets covered by water giving it an impression of a huge lake or a sometimes even a ocean due to its white sand. Migratory birds like pelicans, flamingos, cranes, & herons land here and this makes it an ideal spot for bird watching. Enjoy an extraordinary sunset at Rann after an excursion of Kiradu ruins.

Block Painting Centre: One can see the art and craft at Block Printing Centre that also have beautiful collection of artifacts. One can see the artistries working on the blocking printing or the fabled wood carvings of Barmer.

Day 09 Barmer – Jodhpur 197 km/3.30 hrs

Morning drive to Jodhpur – the Great Indian Desert, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates upon arrival check in hotel. Afternoon Sightseeing half day sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meharangarh Fort, drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent, visit the 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.

Bishnoi Village - A memorable outing in visit various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, etc. Overnight stay

Day 10 Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur 260 kms/4-½ hrs

Morning leave for Udaipur en route visit to Ranakpur – one of the biggest and most important Jain temples, it is one of the five holy sites for the Jains. The main temple in the complex is “Chaumukha temple” or the four-faced temple dedicated to Adhinathji and built in the 15th century. It has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all of which are different from each other. The Surya Narayana temple and the other Jain temples in the complex are also worth visiting. The magic of light & shade is really awe- inspiring.

Our drive continued to Udaipur – the “Romantic 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. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. on the shored of Lake Pichola upon arrival check in hotel.

Day 11   In Udaipur

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, it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as complete structure,  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, Partap Smarak: A memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap, Bhartiya Lok Mandal Museum – a museum of folk arts, it displays a rich collection of folk musical instruments and paintings. Remainder of the day is at leisure

Day 12 Udaipur – Jaipur 400 kms

After breakfast drive to Jaipur, once the capital of Rajasthan province, "the abode of rajahs" Everywhere you will see the monuments of its Rajput rulers. It has the distinction of being a well-planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of color and sound. Jaipur is one of the main centers for shopping in India -- especially with regard to textiles, Jewellery, stones carpets, etc. Upon arrival check in hotel

Day 13   In Jaipur

Morning visit the 17th century fortress of Amber Fort - marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort ascended on Caparisoned Elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Later drive to Ranthambhore National park

Later visit to maharaja’s City Palace - where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and 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.

Day 14 Jaipur – Agra 230 kms/5 hrs

Later drive Agra through the 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 the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The New 7 wonder of the world and Monument of Love 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. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori, what makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation.  Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 15   Agra – Delhi 200 /3.5 hrs

After breakfast visit to Agra Fort built by Akbar the Great and drive back to Delhi to board the flight for onward destination. Specify your flight
Price Includes
Accommodation

  • 02 Night stay in Delhi
  • 01 Night stay in Patan Mahal
  • 01 Night stay in Mandawa
  • 01 Night stay in Bikaner
  • 02 Night stay in Jaisalmer
  • 01 Night stay in Barmer
  • 01 Night stay in Jodhpur
  • 02 Nights stay in Udaipur
  • 02 Night stay in Jaipur
  • 01 Night stay in Agra

Meal

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
  • During stay in Jaisalmer Lunch and dinner will provide

Transportation

  • All transfers, Sightseeing and excursions by First class Air conditioned & air condition Vehicle

Other Things

  • Entry fees in Monuments as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking Guide at all the places
  • Camel Safari in Barmer
  • Desert Festival arrangements
  • Visit to Bishnoi Village
  • Caparisoned Elephant trip to Amer fort

Tour Price Exclusion
India Visa, Travel Insurance, Major Meal like Lunch & Dinner apart from Pushkar fair and   Ranthambore, Expenses like personal nature like Telephone calls, Laundary, Portages, Tips and Alcoholic Beverages etc

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