Pushkar Camel Fair, Golden Triangle & Varanasi (11D10N)

 

Suitable Months:

End October – November

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

This is a festival trip Festival

 

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As the tagline “Incredible India” goes, India is truly an incredible and amazing place for exploration. Out of the multiple festivals, Pushkar Fair is definitely one of the highly acclaimed. During the fair, crowds and camels congregate and you will be caught in a riot of colours, competitions and activities. It is truly one of its kinds and you will hate yourself for not being here.

In addition, the Golden Triangle of Rajasthan, namely Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are not to be missed too. This popular tourist circuit hosts many of India’s great cultural gems including that of Old Delhi City, Taj Mahal, Amber Fort as well as the bustling bazaars that have existed for ages.

If these are not enough to entice you, how about taking a boat ride in the sacred Ganges River? Watch the locals engage in their daily activities by the river and be part of the crowd at the evening aarti ceremony, this is truly an “Incredible India” experience.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

  • Chandni ChowkUpon your arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be met by your representative who will take you to the hotel.
  • Take a short break before you kick start the half day sightseeing tour visiting Akshardham temple and Chandni Chowk in the old city area.
  • Akshardham Temple in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. This complex was built in only five years through the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers.
  • Chandni Chowk, known as “Moonlit Square”, is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Designed by Jahan Ara, the daughter of Shah Jahan who designed Taj Mahal, it is also one of India’s largest wholesale markets.
  • Overnight in Delhi.

Meals provided: - Dinner (D)
Accommodation: Gulnar Hotel or similar

 

Day 2: Delhi – Varanasi

  • Red FortAfter breakfast, you will proceed for a sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi.
  • Visit Jama Mosque, the largest and best known mosque in India. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to 25,000 worshippers.
  • Visit Red Fort, named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the residence of the Mughal emperors for nearly 200 years.
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride near Red Fort to experience the hustle and bustle of the Old Delhi city.
  • Visit Raj Ghat, a black marble memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of India.
  • Drive through the India Gate which is a war memorial with the names of 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I inscribed on the memorial arch.
  • Drive past the Presidential House, the official home of the President of India.
  • Visit Humayun’s tomb, the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in India and its design sets precedence for subsequent Mughal architecture.
  • Visit Qutub Mnar, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, made of red sandstone and marble. Construction of this Islamic monument began in 1192 and was completed in 1368.
  • In the late afternoon, transfer to the airport to board the domestic flight to Varanasi.
    • Duration of flight: 1 hr 25 mins
  • Upon arrival at Varanasi airport, you will be met by the local representative and transfer to the hotel.
  • Overnight in Varanasi.

Meals provided: - Breakfast (B), Dinner (D)
Accommodation: Surya Hotel or similar

 

Day 3: Varanasi – Agra

  • Ganges RiverEarly in the morning, you get to enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges.
  • You will also visit the famous Ghats and enjoy a spectacular view of sunrise from the Ganges River.
  • After which, you will kick start the sightseeing tour of this oldest city in the world.
  • Visit Bharat Mata Temple, a temple which was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and houses one of the most perfect relief of India carved out of marble.
  • Visit Banaras Hindu University, established by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, a prominent lawyer and an Indian independence activist.
  • Next, admire the grandeur of Kashi Vishwanath temple from the outside. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been a living embodiment of India’s timeless cultural traditions and highest spiritual values.
  • After which, you will head back to the hotel for breakfast.
  • In the afternoon, you will begin your excursion to Sarnath, the fabled place bearing testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples expounding the principles of Buddhism.
  • You will also visit the Archaeological Museum which has treasures of Buddhist sculptures, inscriptions and pottery.
  • In the evening, you will proceed to Ganges for a sunset boat ride, followed by witnessing the Aarti Ceremony from the boat.
  • Proceed for dinner after the Aarti Ceremony.
  • Later in the night, you will transfer to Varanasi railway station to board the overnight express train to Agra.
    • Duration of train ride: 8 hrs 13 mins
  • Overnight on board the train.

Meals provided: - Breakfast (B), Dinner (D)
Accommodation: Overnight train

 

Day 4: Arrival in Agra

  • Agra FortUpon early arrival at Agra railway station, meet up with your local representative and transfer to the hotel to freshen up after an overnight train ride.
  • After breakfast, begin your sightseeing tour of Agra city visiting Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar over the years 1565 – 1573, with its maze of courtyards, mosques, and private chambers.
  • Visit Itmad-ud-daullah, also known as “Baby Taj”, which is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal.
  • In the evening, proceed to the banks of Yamuna River to take photos of Taj Mahal over sunset.
  • Overnight in Agra.

Meals provided: - Breakfast (B), Dinner (D)
Accommodation: The Retreat or similar

 

Day 5: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur

  • Taj MahalEarly in the morning, you will visit the landmark of Agra, the Taj Mahal, which is built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in the memory of his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal.
  • Take a tonga ride to Taj Mahal entry point and walk in to the Taj Mahal complex to marvel at the world-class monument.
  • Back to the hotel to have breakfast.
  • After breakfast, drive to Jaipur where along the way, you will visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Mughal India.
  • Among the principal attractions of Fatehpur Sikri are the large audience halls, palaces, the Mosques, the tomb of Salim Chishti, The Panchmahal, and the Buland Darwaza, which is among the biggest gates in Asia.
  • Upon arrival at Jaipur, check in at the hotel.
  • Free and easy for the rest of the day.
  • Overnight in Jaipur.

Meals provided: - Breakfast (B), Dinner (D)
Accommodation: The Wall Street Hotel or similar

 

Day 6: Jaipur

  • Jaipur bazaarsThis morning after breakfast, you will have an excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728.
  • At the Fort, you get to admire the Jagmandir or the Hall of Victory  which glitters with mirrors, Jai Mahal and the Temple of Kali.
  • You will also get to take a ride on gaily decorated elephants to the ramparts of the Fort.
  • In the afternoon, proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of Jaipur city.
  • Visit Hawa Mahal also known as The Palace of Winds, with its incredible façade of balconies and pierced screens. It is built so that the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside.
  • Visit Jantar Mantar or the Observatory, a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Sawai Jai Singh who was a Rajput king.
  • Visit The City Palace & Museum where a large part of it is still a royal residence. It is a fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture.
  • Proceed to the local bazaars and enjoy a rickshaw ride weaving in and out of the busy street.
  • The rest of the day is free and easy for shopping and enjoying Jaipur at your own pace.
  • Overnight in Jaipur.

Meals provided: - Breakfast (B), Dinner (D)
Accommodation:  The Wall Street Hotel or similar

 

Day 7: Jaipur – Pushkar

  • Pushkar Camel FairAfter breakfast, drive to Pushkar, which is the home to the popular Pushkar Fair. The fair is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair with bazaars and competitions abound.
  • Upon arrival, check in to the tented accommodation.
  • Drive to Pushkar Fair Ground to see and join in the various cultural and fair activities.
  • Overnight at the tent in Pushkar.

Meals provided: - Breakfast (B), Dinner (D)
Accommodation: Tented Accommodation

 

Day 8: Pushkar

  • Pushkar Camel FairWake up fresh and good and after breakfast, be all ready to soak in the festive frenzy and trading mood at the Pushkar Fair.  
  • Do a one hour walk to Savitri Temple which overlooks the Pushkar Lake. The view here is magnificent.
  • Move down to Pushkar Fair to enjoy the fair.
  • After the fair, back to the tents to enjoy lunch.
  • After lunch, enjoy a camel-cart ride to have a feel of local transport.
  • Take a break in the tents to avoid the blazing afternoon sun.
  • In the late afternoon, back to the Pushkar Fair to enjoy the evening aarti by the holy Pushkar Lake which is surrounded by bathing Ghats.
  • Overnight at the tent in Pushkar.

Meals provided: - Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
Accommodation: Tented Accommodation

 

Day 9: Pushkar – Mandawa

Mandawa Temple

  • After breakfast, you will depart for Mandawa and upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Mandawa is a small town with many exquisite havelis and temples.
  • Free and easy for the rest of the day to admire the impressive havelis built by the rich merchant families.
  • Overnight in Mandawa.

Meals provided: - Breakfast (B), Dinner (D)
Accommodation: Hotel Desert N Dunes or similar

 

Day 10: Mandawa – Delhi – Departure (midnight departure)

  • After breakfast, begin a morning sightseeing tour visiting the old havelis in town.
  • After which, drive back to Delhi.
  • Proceed for some last minute shopping to get some souvenirs for your loved ones at home.
  • Have a great dinner and proceed to the airport to board the flight back home, bringing back nice memories of India that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: - Breakfast (B), Dinner (D)

 

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Please contact us for pricing.

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details)

Highlights

  • Be captivated by the sheer architecture of the Akshardham Temple
  • Soak in the old world charm of the Old Delhi City
  • Take a boat ride in the holy Ganges River
  • Marvel at the pure beauty of Taj Mahal which is one of the 7 wonders of the world
  • Polish your bargaining skills at Jaipur’s bazaars
  • Get up close and personal with thousands of camels, horses and cows at the Pushkar Fair
  • Admire the beautiful havelis at Mandawa which have been abandoned by the rich merchant families
  • Feel the majesty of the forts and palaces which symbolise the strength and high life of the Maharajas

Package Inclusions

  • English speaking local tour guides for sightseeing tours
  • Assistance on arrival/departure at airport/train station/hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for all transfers, city tours and intercity travels
  • Air-conditioned II Tier Sleeper Class train tickets on Varanasi – Agra sector
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi near Red Fort area
  • Boat ride at Ganges River, Varanasi
  • Tonga ride in Agra
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Rickshaw ride in Jaipur
  • Camel-cart ride in Pushkar
  • 8 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast and dinner at 3 star hotels and Pushkar Tents
  • Single entry monument entrance fees to indicated sights
  • 2 mineral water bottles during the tour per person per day
  • Applicable goverment service tax

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Delhi – Singapore) and airport tax
  • India Tourist Visa fee (SGD 80  + application form + 2 passport-sized photos; apply in Singapore)
  • Domestic airfare  (Delhi – Varanasi) and airport tax (currrent available airfare is estimated at around USD 86 per person)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Camera Fees at the monuments
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, drinking water, dessert, laundry
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events e.g. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Any meal on board the overnight train on Varanasi – Agra sector
  • Tipping or gratuities for driver/guide

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Singapore to Delhi:

Air India (AI 381) 0825hrs – 1135hrs

 

Delhi to Singapore :

Air India (AI 380) 0005hrs – 0800hrs

 

 

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