PALACES & TEMPLES OF RAJASTHAN TOUR WITH PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR

PALACES & TEMPLES OF RAJASTHAN TOUR WITH PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR –16 hotel overnights

Places: New Delhi, Agra, FatehpurSikri, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Osian, Jaisalmer, Gajner, Bikaner, Mandawa, Nawalgarh

Enliven the art, architecture, history and culture of northern India starting from its capital, New Delhi, the site of 8 capitals of mighty empires before its present status as the political capital of India. The first Mughal Emperor Babur chose Agra as his capital after defeating Sultan Ibrahim Lodi of the previous dynasty. Agra gained international fame when Mughal Emperor Akbar ruled from the Agra Fort initially and later FatehpurSikri for a short period of 14 years. His successors, Emperor Jahangir and Emperor Shahjahan also ruled from Agra before Emperor Shahjahan moved the capital back to Delhi and constructed the “Shahjahanabad”, present day old Delhi including the mighty Red Fort and India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid. The Suryavanshi (solar) dynasties of Amber & Jaipur, Chittorgarh& Udaipur and Marwar with its capital in Jodhpur were mightiest Rajput clans that retained their power for more than five centuries. The Rathore rulers of Bikaner also were a powerful force in the northern Rajasthan. Art, Culture and Literature flourished under these kingdoms. Experience the finest in culture and architecture of this fascinating region that evolved in modern India as Rajasthan. At the westernmost edge of Rajasthan lies the former desert kingdom of Jaisalmer in the midst of Thar Desert. The tribal folk festival of Pushkar is India’s most colorful and fascinating.

Day 1, Friday, 05 November 2021, Frenso – San Francisco:

Board United Airlines Flight 5395 at 4.20 PM and arrive at San Francisco at 5.11 PM. Board UA 104 at 7.15 PM. (flight schedule and timings subject to change depending on the Coronavirus situation in USA and India)

Day 2, Saturday, 06 November 2021, San Fransisco – New Delhi – UA 104

Arrive at India Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi at 11.45 PM. Traditional welcome with fresh marigold flower garland and transfer to The Surya Hotel for overnight.

Day 3, Sunday, 07 November 2021, New Delhi

After breakfast sightseeing of QutubMinar: its construction was initiated by Qutubudin-Aibak in 1198 CE upon becoming the first Sultan of Delhi.

Qubub Uddin Aibak was born in Turkestan of ethnic Mamluk descent. This was a region where youth went out to neighboring countries and joined their armies as mercenaries. Often they were enslaved when the army they were fighting with lost. Qutub Uddin was sold to the Qazi (Islamic judge) of Nishapur in Persia. There he became favorite of his master because of his skills of horse riding and archery among other warrior abilities. Qazi’s sons were jealous and they sold him after the Qazi’s death. Finally he ended up as slave of Sultan Muhammad of Ghur province of Afghanistan. He led Sultan of Ghur’s army in the 1st and 2nd battle of Tarain and was appointed Governor of Lalkot, the capital of the last Hindu Chauhan dynasty kingdom. When Muhammad of Ghur was assassinated, Qutub Uddin bin Aibak declared himself sovereign monarch and started the construction of Qutub Jami Mosque (a.k.a. Quwwatul Islam Mosque) and QutubMinar. The construction of minaret did not complete in his lifetime and many later Islamic rulers of various successive dynasties left their mark on this monument, which is now 5 stories high and 73 meters or 240 feet tall. The mosque was constructed using architectural elements of 27 Hindu and Jain temples that were demolished to build it. Much of the decorative pillars and facades of walls in the mosque were used without alteration in the new mosque, only the Arabic verses from the Quran were added new, sculpted by Hindu artisans who did not know the Arabic language and curved the endings of letters as they did with Sanskrit language carvings. QutubMinar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Later sightseeing of the Second Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb - its architecture may have influenced the construction of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Emperor Humayun died just six months after winning the throne of Delhi in 1556 CE. His widow, HamidaBano Begum (a.k.a. Haji Begum) supervised its construction under Mughal Emperor Akbar’s rule. Having recently returned from Persia and its architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, being a Persian, the monuments has elements of Persian and Hindu architecture blended in it. Many later Mughal rulering family members are also buried in this mausoleum. Humayun’s Tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Proceed further for sightseeing of India Gate (the war memorial), Parliament House and Presidents House (from outside) and for lunch at Gulati’s Restaurant in Khan Market nearby. The British decided in 1911 to move their capital from Calcutta (now Kolkata) to Delhi. Edwin Landseer Lutyens and his friend Herbert Baker were chosen for designing various buildings in the new capital. In 1914 the First World War started and continued until 1918. During this period the new capital’s construction was halted. Finally after its construction completed, the British capital was moved to New Delhi in 1931. India Gate was originally a monument to honor the fallen Indian soldiers in World War I, but now honorsthe fallen Indian soldiers of all subsequent wars.

In the afternoon stop by the Red Fort for photography from outside. The fifth Mughal Emperor Shahjahan moved his capital from Agra to Delhi in 1636 and started the construction of the walled “Shahjahanabad” city with 14 gates. The most important gates, Mori, Lahori, Ajmeri, Turkman, Kashmiri and Delhi Gates still exist along with remnants of the wall. Within the city there were many monuments constructed but the most ambitious project was the Red Fort – according to a horoscope done to determine the auspicious time for starting its construction, the work on building the Red Fort started on May 12, 1639. In the Emperor’s Balcony in Diwan-i-Am or the Hall of Public Audience, there are a set of marble panels that were made in PietraDure art by the Florentine jeweler, Austin de Bordeaux. The most famous of these is the one depicting Orpheus playing the flute. There are many other palaces in the fort that were decorated with inlay of semi-precious stones in marble. Red Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jama Masjid - is the largest mosque in India and stands across the road from the Red Fort, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan 1650-56 CE. It was originally called "Masjid-i-Jahannuma" or world reflecting mosque. Its construction was supervised by VazirSaadula Khan and its chief architect was Ustad Khalil. About 25,000 people can pray here at a time.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Surya Hotel in New Delhi.

Day 4, Monday, 08 November 2021, New Delhi – Agra (165 Kilometers or 103 miles in 2 hours):

After breakfast transfer to Agra on the Yamuna Expressway and on arriving stop at the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. This is the mausoleum built under supervision of Empress Nurjahan for her parents, Mirza Ghiaz Beg and Begum Asmat in 1628 CE almost 7 years after her father's death. Mirza Ghiaz Beg received the title of Itmad-ud-Daulah or ‘Lord of Treasure of the Empire’ from Emperor Jahangir. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Lunch in Pinch of Spice Restaurant on Fatehabad Road.

In the afternoon sightseeing of Agra Fort. Emperor Akbar moved his capital to Agra from Delhi in 1558 but the construction of the Agra Fort started in 1565. It was built on the ruins of an earlier fort named Badalgarh. The first Mughal Emperor Babur had occupied this fort after his victory in the battle of Panipat in 1526 CE. His son, second Mughal Emperor Humayun was crowned in the old fort of Badalgarh in 1530. With about 4000 laborers and craftsmen toiling for 8 years the fort's construction was completed in 1573. The entire fort was built with narrow flat brick masonry work and laminated with red sandstone from the stone quarry at Sikri village west of Agra. According to Emperor Akbar's official biography written by his trusted friend, AbulFazl, there were about 5000 buildings in the fort. Some of these buildings were demolished to make way for white marble palaces of Emperor Shahjahan, facing the Yamuna River, on the eastern side of the fort. Most of the buildings in western side were converted in to soldier’s barracks by the British East India Company. The western part of the fort is still occupied by Indian military. Emperor Akbar's style was greatly influenced by the architecture of the states of Gujarat and Bengal. It is also very unique because it reflects Emperor Akbar's tolerant religious philosophy. The best of example of his architecture is visible in the palace popularly called Jahangiri Mahal. In 1666 the great Maratha warrior, Shivaji met with Emperor Aurangzeb but the Mughal Emperor broke his promise and arrested him. He managed to escape in a spectacular manner by hiding in baskets of fruits for distribution to poor. The Jat and Maratha rulers occupied Agra Fort in later years. Finally in 1803 the British East India Company captured it and demolished most of its monuments, only about 30 monuments have survived in the south-eastern side of the fort. In 1983 the Agra Fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.

On the way to hotel wonder at the largest collection of Zerdozi Embroidery Art in India. This embossed embroidery art is attributed to the Mughal Empress Nurjahan. It uses silver, gold and colored silk thread embroidery on silk and/or velvet background and is one of the unique arts originating in Mughal period. Dinner and overnight stay in the Taj Gateway Hotel (Taj Mahal facing rooms) in Agra.

Day 5, Tuesday, 09 November 2021, Agra

Wonder at the world famous Taj Mahal in the glow of morning light at sunrise.

Ample time in the vast complex for photographing and viewing the intricate PietraDure (inlay of semi-precious stones in marble art work, used in the exterior and interior of the monument.

Prince Khurram (later Emperor Shahjahan) and his father Prince Salim (later Emperor Jahangir) met their favorite future queens in a mock market called Meena Bazaar to celebrate the Persian New Year festival of Nowroz in Agra Fort. Prince Salim wanted to marry MehrunNissa Begum, the daughter of Mirza Ghiaz Beg but his father, Emperor Akbar did not want Shiya influence in the royal family so he asked Mirza Ghiaz Beg to marry his daughter to an Afghan commander and had him posted in Bihar. Prince Khurram was third eldest and not initially in direct line of succession. He was betrothed to ArjumandBano Begum (grand-daughter of Mirza Ghiaz Beg) on April 5, 1607 but Prince Salim delayed his marriage. After death of Emperor Akbar, Prince Salim ascended the throne with the title of Emperor Jahangir and it was only in May 1610 that Mehr un Nissa, the widow of the Afghan commander finally agreed to marry him. He honored her with the title of Nurjahan (light of the world) after his marriage. On May 10, 1612, Prince Khurram was finally allowed to marry his beloved ArjumandBano Begum, who was the niece of MehrunNissa (her brother’s daughter). She received the title of Begum Mumtaj Mahal after her marriage with the Mughal prince. Begum Mumtaj Mahal was 19 years when they married. She was his constant companion and most trusted advisor. During their 19 years of marriage she gave birth to 14 children of which only 3 daughters and 4 sons survived. The youngest son, Aurangzeb fought a war of succession against his elder brothers. One after the other he won against all of them, had all the brothers killed and then put his father, Emperor Shahjahan, under arrest in his own palaces in Agra Fort. Queen Mumtaj Mahal died on June 17, 1631 while delivering her 14th child, a daughter, Gauhar Ara Begum, who survived and lived in Shahjahanabad to a ripe age of 75 years.

The site of the Taj Mahal mausoleum was a palace of the Maharaja of Amber, Mirza Raja Jai Singh. The Emperor asked him to give the palace back to him and gave him other properties in lieu. The queen was temporarily buried in Burhanpur where she died in an army encampment. Her body was transferred to Agra and again temporarily buried in the northwest section of the garden of Taj Mahal where a red sandstone enclosure still marks the site of her temporary burial. The Taj Mahal mausoleum was completed in 1648 according to an inscription on its main gate.

The tomb was built exclusively for Queen Mumtaj Mahal, so her grave stone is in the center of the grave chamber. Emperor Shahjahan died on January 16, 1666 in MussamamBurj Palace in Agra Fort. He was buried by the queen’s side and his grave stone is the only architectural feature in this mausoleum that is not symmetrical. Taj Mahal, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After breakfast enjoy a demonstration of the art of PietraDure (inlay of semi-precious stones on marble surface at Agra's oldest emporium where the not for sale section has some artifacts with inlay work much finer than the most intricate art work in the Taj Mahal itself and perhaps the world's best.

Subsequently visit Sikandara, the tomb of Emperor Akbar. Emperor Akbar started the construction of his mausoleum in his own lifetime in 1604. The emperor's friend, AbulFazl, describes it in Akbarnama, the official and historical chronicle of Emperor Akbar's rule variously as Behistan and Behistabad or the abode in paradise. The construction continued for a very long time even after Emperor Akbar's demise. Emperor Jahangir was displeased with the slow construction and personally intervened to expedite it, The main gate of the mausoleum which is more impressive was added to the complex between 1612 and 1614, Emperor Jahangir married the Persian Mehr un Nissa (title Nurjahan) in 1611. The Persian influence in the motifs and decoration of this gate suggest that Empress Nurjahan may have had a hand in its architecture.

After lunch at Pinch of Spice Restaurant in Sanjay Market in north Agra, drive to the Dayalbagh Temple which is actually a memorial of the first Guru (Teacher) of the Dayalbagh religious organization. Sir Shiv DayalSahab established this group in 1861. Its basic tenets are unity of God and its philosophy blends elements of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Islam. The construction of Dayalbagh Temple started in 1905 and was finally completed in 2018. It is now open to public. It has some of the finest sculptural elements in white and colored marble as well as very special PietraDure art work. After sightseeing return to hotel. Rest of afternoon is free to relax. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Taj Gateway Hotel.

Day 6, Wednesday, 10 November 2021), Agra – Jaipur (232 Kilometers or 144 miles in 5 hours):

After breakfast drive one hour to FatehpurSikri for sightseeing of Mughal Emperor Akbar’s deserted capital and the tomb of Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chistie in the courtyard of the grand mosque.

Emperor Akbar did not have a male heir to his throne for a long time. He came to the Sikri village to seek the blessings of the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chistie, who prophesied that Emperor Akbar would have three sons. The emperor moved with his Hindu queen, Jodha Bai, to Sikri village to live with the saint and started building an alternative capital at the site which was earlier a query for red sandstone. The entire capital was built with red sandstone from the ridge on which it is located. The first born son was named Salim after the Sufi saint. The second was named Murad or the longed one. The third son was named Daniel, probably influenced by the Jesuit priests from Goa who were invited by the Emperor to teach him about Christianity. Emperor Akbar developed the philosophy of “SulahQul” – living in harmony with all religions. Later he developed his own religion, Din-i-Ilahi or faith of God. His dear friend and official biographer, AbulFazl, was among the first to convert to the new religion which he described in “Akbar Nama”.

Visit the grand Friday “Jama Masjid” and the mausoleum of Sheikh Salim Chistie, which was renovated using the white marble by later Mughal Emperors. After Emperor Akbar moved away from this capital, living there only 14 years, the capital was deserted for more than 400 years until Lord Curzon, British Viceroy of India ordered the Archaeological Survey of India to restore this fascinating capital and this renovation work is still going on. The palaces were all covered with wild forest and wild animals lived in the palaces. The “Dargah” or mausoleum of the saint was never deserted and people from Agra and nearby villages have been coming there to seek the saint’s blessings for centuries.

After sightseeing of FatehpurSikri stop in Bharatpur for lunch.

On arrival in Jaipur check in to the hotel. In the late afternoon demonstrations of wooden block printing on cotton textiles, woolen carpet weaving as well as cutting & polishing of precious & semi-precious stones. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel Radisson City Centre in Jaipur.

Day 7, Thursday, 11 November 2021, Jaipur

After breakfast full day sightseeing of Amber and Jaipur starting with a drive through the walled pink city to Hawa Mahal, which is mere facade with about 3 feet deep balconies behind latticed screens where royal family women used to sit to watch the royal processions on the street.

Drive further north through pink city to Amber Fort where you will enjoy a royal elephant ride to the hilltop palaces of Sawai Jai Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Maharaja Man Singh (one of nine jewels of Emperor Akbar’s cabinet of nobles). On the way back stop at the Jal Mahal Island Palace for photography from the shore.

Jaipur City was designed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and his principal architectural and city planning advisor, Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya.On July 6, 2019 the entire walled and painted pink city was declared a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

After lunch at Surabhi Restaurant visit the City Palace including the Royal portraits gallery in the Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience), the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), the Mor Chowk (peacock) courtyard of Chandra Mahal, the palace where the present head of the Jaipur royal still resides.

When he is in the building the family’s royal flag flies on its roof.

Later wonder at the 16 working astronomical instruments of the JantarMantar observatory of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The BrihatSamratYantra (large sundial) here has an accuracy of 2 seconds. This masonry astronomical observatory is the largest and best maintained of the five observatories constructed in Ujjain, Varanasi, New Dehi and Mathura. The observatory in Mathura was demolished in the colonial British East India Company period.

Dinner and overnight in Radisson City Center Jaipur Hotel.

Day 8, Friday, 12 November 2021, Jaipur – Pushkar

After brealfast drive to Pushkar Camel Fair. Pushkar is an ancient Hindu Pilgrimage Site that has been mentioned in ancient Sanskrit epics of Mahabharat and Ramayan. It is popular among Hindu pilgrims from Rajasthan in particular but also from all over India in general for the annual festival of the Brahma temple. There are many temples surrounding the Pushkar lake. Coinciding with the religious festival there is a massive folk fair where thousands of camels, cattle, horses and other animals are traded during the 10 days of the festival. On arrival check-in into Luxury Tents on fair grounds. After lunch sightseeing by oxen carts of the Pushkar Camel Fair. Dinner and overnight in Luxury Tents in Pushkar.

Day 9, Saturday, 13 November 2021, Pushkar

After breakfast full day to explore the Pushkar Fair, the village street, Brahma Temple and Pushkar Lake. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Luxury Tents.

Day 10, Sunday, 14 November 2021, Pushkar - Udaipur (227Kilometers or 141 miles/ 5 hrs)

Day 10, Sunday, 14 November 2021, Pushkar - Udaipur (227Kilometers or 141 miles/ 5 hrs)

Day 11, Monday, 15 November 2021, Udaipur – Ranakpur (93 Kilometers or 58 miles)

After breakfast start the sightseeing of the City Palace of the Maharanas of Mewar. This is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The Maharanas of Mewar had their original capital in the present day pilgrimage town of Nagda, 30 kilometers or 19 miles north of Udaipur. It was established by the 1st. Maharana, Guhil, in 568 CE. In the 8th. century CE the capital was moved to Chittor, where the successive Maharanas built the largest Fort and city in contemporary India. Already before the sacking of Chittorgarh by Mughal Emperor Akbar, in February 1568 after a long siege that began in October 1567, the plans for a new capital were under way. The construction of the Mewar Dynasty’s City Palace in Udaipur started in 1559 by MaharanaUdai Singh and continued by his successors over a period of about 300 years. Today the visitors see the Mardana (male section) and Zanana (female section) of the museum part of the palace. Apart from this two other sections of the palace are converted in to palace hotels: “The Shiv Niwas Palace” and “The Fateh Prakash Palace”. The descendants of the Maharanas of Mewar still reside in one section of the palace. Later walk in front of the City Palace through the Tripolia (3-arched royal entrance) to Jagdish Temple that was constructed by MaharanaJagatSinghji in 1651 for sightseeing. In the afternoon drive to Ranakpur for sightseeing of the Chowmukha Jain Temple that was built between 1437 and 1458. Dedicated to the first Tirthankar (teacher), this Jain temple is one of the finest in India in its design and sculptures. It has one underground floor and three above ground floors. There are 1440 ornately sculpted pillars in the temple, each one is different from the other, Dinner and overnight in Mana Resort Hotel.

Day 12, Tuesday, 16 November 2021, Ranakpur - Jodhpur (170 Kilometers or 106 Miles)

After breakfast drive to Jodhpur for sightseeing of the Mehrengarh Fort &JaswantThada in the afternoon. Jodhpur was the capital of the princely state of Marwar that was founded in 1459 CE by Suryavanshi Maharaja Rao Jodha. The city is situated on the ancient Silk Route and the traders of the city contributed to its affluence. Dinner and overnight in Indana Palace Hotel.

Day 13, Wednesday, 17 November 2021, Jodhpur – Osian – Jaisalmer

After breakfast drive 1.5 hours to Osian village that is famous for its ancient Hindu and Jain temples. The Sacchiya Mata Temple is perched on top a hill and a flight of about 100 steps leads to the temple. It is dedicated to the consort of Indra, the god of clouds and rain. There is an idol of VarahaAvataar of Vishnu as well as a combined idols of Vishnu with his consort Laxmi in the north of the temple. From the beautiful arches on the terrace of the temple there is a panoramic view of the sand dunes and the village. The Surya Temple has intricate sculptures in the Khajuraho style. Apart from the idol of Surya, the sun god, the temple also has idols of Durga and Ganesh. The Kali Temple dates from 8th century. The Mahavira Jain Temple also dates from Saka period around 8th century and is dedicated to the 24th and last Thirankar of Jain religion, VardhamanMahavira. The temple is adorned with beautiful paintings depicting the life of TirthankarMahavira and Jain religious culture. After lunch drive about 2 hours to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer city, dominated by its ancient fort that is often called the Golden Fort because of the color of the stone from which it is built, is built on a ridge surrounded by Thar Desert. There is an interesting palace of the former rulers of Jaisalmer kingdom as well as several ornate Jain temples inside the fort. The city is located in the heart of sandy wasteland and huge sand dunes rising up to 150 feet in height. In the afternoon drive to the Sam Village for a camel ride on the sand dunes at sunset. Dinner and overnight in Jaisalkot Palace Hotel.

Day 14, Thursday, 18 November 2021, Jaisalmer

After breakfast sightseeing of the Jaisalmer fort and the famous Havelis: Nathmalki Haveli (late 19th. century), Patwonki Haveli (1800-1860) and Salim Singh ki Haveli (originally built in 17th. century and renovated in early 19th. century). Later visit the Chattries or cenotaphs built to honor the site of cremation of former rulers and the GaddiSagar Lake. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Jaisalkot Palace Hotel.

Day 15, Friday, 19 November 2021, Jaisalmer - Bikaner (331 Kilometers or 206 Miles)

After breakfast drive to Gajner Palace for lunch on the way to Bikaner. Drive further to Bikaner, on arrival check-in hotel. Later sightseeing of Junagarh Fort (constructed between 1587 and 1593), Bhandasar Jain Temple dedicated to SumatinathTirthankar that is famous for its paintings, and the historic Havelis of Bikaner - the recommended route to view these havelis starts with Gogagate, DaddhonKa Chowk, Rangari Chowk, AssanionKa Chowk, Mehta Chowk, BinnanionKa Chowk Daga Chowk, BK School and ends at Jassuar Gate. Dinner and overnight in Narendra Bhawan Palace Hotel.

Day 16, Saturday, 20 November 2021, Bikaner - Mandawa (200 Kilometer or 124 Miles):

After breakfast drive to Mandawa in Shekhavati region that is famous for its Havelis that have large painted murals on their exteriors and interiors. Lunch in the city. Dinner and overnight in Vivana Culture Hotel.

Day 17, Sunday, 21 November 2021, Mandawa – Nawalgarh - Mandawa

After breakfast start the sightseeing of MandawaHavelis. Following Havelis (aristocratic mansions) in Mandawa are interesting for their murals and frescos: Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, MohanlalSarafHavei, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, BansidharNewatia Haveli, LaxminarayanLadia Haveli and Chowkhani Double Haveli. Just across the road from Goenka Double Haveli is the Thakurji Temple that also has beautiful mural paintings depicting scenes from British East India Company Period and 1857 during the First War of Indian Independence. Drive for lunch at Roop Niwas Kothi and sightseeing of AnandilalPoddar and MurarkaHavelis.

Dinner and overnight in Vivana Culture Hotel.

Day 18, Monday, 22 November 2021, Mandawa – New Delhi (242 Kilometers or 150 Miles) - USA:

After breakfast drive to New Delhi for lunch at Chandni Midway Restaurant and later farewell dinner at Atria Boutique Hotel. Transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Day 19, Tuesday, 23 November 2021, New Delhi – Fresno:

Board UA 105 at 3.50 PM and arrive in San Francisco at 6 AM. Board United Airlines flight at 9.30 AM and arrive in Fresno at 10.31 AM.

CITY

HOTEL

No. Overnights

NEW DELHI

THE SURYA HOTEL

2

AGRA

TAJ GATEWAY HOTEL

2

JAIPUR

RADISON CENTER CITY HOTEL

2

PUSHKAR

LUXURY TENTS

2

UDAIPUR

FATEH NIWAS HOTEL

1

RANAKPUR

MANA HOTEL

1

JODHPUR

INDANA HOTEL

1

JAISALMER

JAISALKOT PALACE HOTEL

2

BIKANER

NARENDRA BHAWAN PALACE

1

MANDAWA

VIVANA CULTURE HOTEL

2

NEW DELHI

ATRIA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Refresh & Dinner

Price as Under:

Price per person as per following inclusions

USD 4,750.00

Single room occupancy supplement

USD 1,550.00

THE PRICE INCLUDE:

  • Roundtrip international airfare from Fresno to New Delhi in economy class
  • 16 overnights - accommodations in the mentioned or similar hotels inclusive of taxes on double or twin room occupancy basis. Of the total 16 overnights 2 are in luxury tents in Pushkar Fair Grounds.
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at your hotels. Lunches in city restaurants during sightseeing.
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  • Escort in India
  • Rickshaw ride at Jama Mosque in Delhi.
  • Horse cart or Battery Mini-coach ride to Taj Mahal in Agra.
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Camel cart ride in Pushkar Fair on the first day at the fair
  • Boat ride at Lake Pichola Udaipur
  • Camel ride sand dunes in Jaisalmer
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