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Jaisalmer Desert Fair 2014

Duration : 12 Nights/13 days
Destinations Covered : Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Pushkar-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi

 Jaisalmer, the Golden city, lies in Western Rajasthan.  The perfect time to visit the city is between November and March for camel safari in desert jaisalmer. AND the best time is to be there during the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer. 12-14 February  2014 would see this city in its best of glory when it reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions and contests, especially the turban-tying contest, Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the Jaisalmer desert festival. The highlights of the three long day festival is colourful craft bazaars, Sound and Light Show with folk artists performing live against the backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Others, not to be missed are Turban Tying, the longest moustaches competition, Rustic physique, singing, dancing.  For tourists there is still lot more to see like puppeteers, acrobats, camel tattoo show, camel races and polo, Jaisalmer desert safari, camel mounted band and procession, folk dances, Tug of war.  Come and join the trip in February 2014 to see the most colourful event of lifetime.

07 Feb. :  Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by international flight
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12 Noon

Overnight at the Hotel.

08 Feb. Delhi

Delhi,  the capital of India, conceals within its bosom the remains of civilization that flourished over the last three thousand years.  Since those legendary days,  many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil.  The legacy of that past survives in the  many monuments left behind by the regents.
 
Old Delhi’s landmarks are Red Fort built by Emperor Shahjehaan in 1638 AD, Jama Mosque largest mosque in India also built by Shahjehan. Raj  Ghat and Shanti van -the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru are on the banks of river Yamuna, behind Red Fort. Chandni Chowk, the main congested shopping hub of Old Delhi is still a major attraction to visit by Cycle Rickshaw.

New Delhi was planned by British architect Edwin Lutyens in 1911 and was inaugurated on 13th Feb. 1931 by Viceroy Lord Irwin.  The southern Delhi which saw several rulers,  had seven ancient cities.  The most notable were the Mughals who ruled Delhi from 1799 to 1849.  The prominent  places are  Qutab Minar,  one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD ) Humayun’s Tomb,  the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal . India Gate, the 42 metre high arch that was raised as a memorial to soldiers, Parliament House, President’s House, Secretariat, Govt. Building and Connaught Place, the shopping hub of New Delhi, all were constructed during the British rule in India.

09 Feb. : Delhi-Mandawa drive, 260 km
After breakfast, drive to Mandawa.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Afternoon sightseeing tour.

The land of Shekha (Rao Shekhaji 1433-1488) is known for its artistic enterprises.  This region has been the home of Marwari community, for more than a century has been the backbone of commercial entrepreneur-ship in India. They had built hundreds of havelies, temples, cenotaphs, wells and forts in this region which have intricate wall paintings, frescoes. Many of these havelies have been converted into hotels. The remaining important ones to be seen are in Mandawa, Mukandgarh, Dundlod and Nawalgarh.

10 Feb. : Mandawa-Bikaner drive, 200 km

After breakfast, drive to Bikaner.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
 
Afternoon sightseeing tour.
Bikaner stands on the northern tip of the desert triangle.  Bikaner is most famous for Junagadh Fort built around 1587, perhaps the most well preserved Fort in Rajasthan. There are palaces, temples and pavilions within, the fort, one of its kind. Today Junagadh houses a museum of valuable miniature paintings and other rare items that are several centuries old.  The 14th century Jain temples of Bhandeshwar and Sandeshwar; and their gold leaf paintings are located in the old part of Bikaner.  
 
camel safari in jaisalmer11 Feb.   Bikaner-Jaisalmer drive, 333 km
After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon witness Desert Fair activities.
 
12 Feb.  : Jaisalmer
Morning sightseeing tour.

Jaisalmer,  the sheer magic and brilliance of this Desert City is astonishing. The foundation of the Fort was laid by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. The Jaisalmer Fort stands almost 100 metres over the city with its 99 bastions, several entrance. Within the fort is a  group of Jain Temples built  during 12th to 15th century.  The other places of interest include Tazia Tower with its five tiered splendor, each storey graced by a delicately carved balcony for its intricately latticed and conspicuous facades. The Manek  Chowk is just outside the fort, which is centre of local activities.  The most famous carved havelies are located in the lanes close to the Fort. The best known are Patwon-ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-k-Haveli and Salim Singhji Ki Haveli built in 18th and 19th centuries, all built of yellow sand.

Afternoon witness Desert Fair.

Evening camel ride at Sam sand Dunes.
42 km from Jaisalmer, are one of the  major attractions of visit to this area.  'The Great Thar Desert'. Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation.  A camel ride at sunset standing on the Dunes of the Thar provides a majestic view.

jaisalmer desert safari13 Feb. : Jaisalmer

Full day to witness Desert Fair activities.
Overnight at the hotel.
 
14 Feb. : Jaisalmer-Jodhpur drive, 287 km
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
 
Afternoon sightseeing tour. 
Jodhpur,  the former capital of Marwar state was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha.  The city's landscape is dominated by Umaid Bhawan Palace, the residence of Maharaja and also a luxury hotel and  Mehrangarh Fort spreading over 5 km on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 metres, the fort appears rugged and impenetrable from the outside but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal are some of the important areas to visit  A collection of royal cenotaphs, built in while marble, lies very close to the fort.  Built in 1899, the cenotaph also houses portraits of rulers of Jodhpur.
 
Overnight at the hotel.
 
15 Feb. : Jodhpur-Pushkar drive, 220 km
After breakfast, drive to Pushkar.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Afternoon visit Pushkar lake and temples.

According to legend,  the lake at Pushkar is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself. Pushkar is one of the holiest cities for Hindus.  There are nearly 400 temples in Pushkar town and around lake.  The lake  is circled by 52 ghats built over the years by several kings and nobles.  The most sacred and important temples are dedicated to Lord Brahma, Shiva, Badri Narayan, Varaha, Gayatri and Savitri.  The important ghats are the Varaha, Brahma and Gau where million of pilgrims come for a holy dip.

16 Feb. : Pushkar-Jaipur drive, 143 km
After breakfrast, drive to Jaipur.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.
 
17 Feb. : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location.  Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.  Built in the 16th century  by Raja  Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting sections. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol and Temple of Kali  are some of the prominent areas of interest.  Elephants are provided to ascend the fort. 
 
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
The city was planned and built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. The City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory,  RamNiwas  Gardens, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and Birla Temple are the most important tourist sites.
 
 
18 Feb. : Jaipur-Agra drive, 235 km
After breakfast drive to Agra, visiting en-route Fatehpur Sikri.
The beautiful city was planned and erected by Emperor Akbar in 1569. The story behind the city relates to birth of his Son Salim who was named after a Muslim Saint – Sheikh Salim Chishti.  Emperor Akbar hearing his renown, had visited the Saint, asked of the blessings of a child.  When a son was born, he decided to built a city near the place where the Saint lived.  The city was abandoned after 14 years due to shortage of water and growing population.  The imposing pavilions, Mosque, massive Buland Darwaza (Gate), Panch Mahal and other buildings are worth a visit.
 
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
 
jaisalmer desert fair19 Feb. : Agra-Delhi drive, 204 km
Morning city sightseeing tour.
Agra Fort’s importance can be judged with the great names of Mughal dynasties Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shahjehan and Aurangzeb who lived here. The imposing structure on the banks of the river Yamuna is replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period. The beautiful pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Jehangir palace, Moti Masjid are to name a few that form the part of this great fort.  Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, this immortal monument, the inimitable poem in white marble is the true expression of love of Emperor Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal.  The monument was completed in 1653 AD and thousands of workers and artisans were employed.  It took little over 20 years for its completion.
 
Afternoon drive to Delhi.Dinner in a local restaurant and later transfer to airport for return flight. 
 

 

 


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