Cultural Splendours of Indian Festivals

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Delhi
Today, arrive in New Delhi, the capital city of India and upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, transfer to your Aerocity hotel for 01 Night stay.

Overnight Stay in Delhi
Day 2 Discover Delhi; Drive from Delhi to Agra [240 Kms / 04 Hrs]
Today, post breakfast, enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin!

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and drive past the majestic Red Fort spread over an area of 2 km, visit India’s largest mosque - Jama Masjid, travel through the bustling market and take a cycle rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk. Apart from all this you will also get opportunity to enjoy a walking tour with your guide through the largest spice market in Asia called Khari Baoli along with some other local areas.

Later discover the modern city of New Delhi, Humayun's Tomb- the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India commissioned by Humayun's first wife; Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate.

Later in time, embark on a leisurely drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal and upon arrival; check in at your hotel for 2 nights’ stay.

Overnight Stay in Agra
Day 3 Discover Agra
This morning, witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display “Cultural Splendours of Indian Festivals” of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, You may choose to wake up early to witness the glistening white marble beauty at sunrise.

Later visit the splendid Agra Fort built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public, private audience, & beautiful gardens.

Also, visit Baby Taj Tomb “a jewel box in marble”. This mausoleum was built by the Empress Nur Jahan as a gesture of love for her father. The tomb is built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and beautiful inlay of work of semi previous stones. The central chamber contains the yellow marble tomb of Itmad- ud-Daulah and his wife. The tomb is painted with floral decorations and fine marble screens of geometric latticework suffuce the interior in a soft light.

Overnight Stay in Agra
Day 4 Drive from Agra to Jaipur [245 Kms / 05 Hrs] En Route, Visit Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri Step well
Today after breakfast embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur – land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is known as the 'Pink City', home to ancient forts and palaces. En-route to Jaipur, you will make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century
The Chand Baori “Abhaneri”: A small village of Rajasthan has one of the largest Step wells in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones.
Later, continue your drive for Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. It is an enthralling historical city and the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state, The city’s colourful & chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Careering buses dodge dawdling camels; leisurely cycle-rickshaws frustrate swarms of motorbikes, and everywhere buzzing auto rickshaws watch for easy prey.

Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for 03 nights’ stay.

Overnight Stay in Jaipur
Day 5 Discover Jaipur
Rise early this morning to visit Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort. En route, take a guided walk through the flower market of Jaipur whrere the beautiful yellow and orange marigolds and other seasonal flowers are traded. In close vicinity is also the wholesale vegetable market where farmers bring fresh produce to begin the day’s trading. Walking through the markets brings you to a junction where you will find the interesting and unusual shops and post brief walk through the local trading markets, drive onwards to visit Amber Fort, built in the 16th century. The fort is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The Amber Fort was used by the Rajputs for the dual purpose of defense and private residence. The fort encompasses charming gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones, richly decorated with intricate stonemason works and paintings, which represented royal splendor and luxury of the Rajput era. To ascend up the fort, you may choose to walk, drive by Jeep or take an elephant ride.

Then, take a photo stop at the iconic water palace Jal Mahal-a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city; Then ,take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, with its unique layer-cake honeycomb windows designed to enable erstwhile women of the royal court to observe passing life without being seen; Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone and the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums.

Later visit local market to know and explore the facets of Jaipuri crafts such as semi-precious jewels, pottery, colourful embroidered fabrics with mirror work, woven carpets etc – watch artisans at work and enjoy souvenir shopping in the city of Jaipur.

Overnight Stay in Jaipur
Day 6 Diwali Festival
Today, experience one of the most popular Hindu festivals, ‘Deepawali’ or ‘Diwali’, which is celebrated to mark the homecoming of Lord Rama from exile. Also called the 'Festival of Lights', Diwali is symbolized by people lighting up their houses, shops, offices with lights, earthen lamps and candles. Lakshmi Puja is performed in the evening to seek divine blessings of Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth. After the religious puja ceremony, friends and family share a grand feast and sweets, followed by a splendid display of fireworks on almost every street of the country. Diwali gifts are exchanged amongst all near and dear ones.

Overnight Stay in Jaipur
Traditional cultural programme is organized for the guests. During the cultural event, guests may place orders for drinks (chargeable) and snacks. Orders will be served at the tables.
Day 7 Drive from Jaipur to Bundi [220 Kms / 03 ½ Hrs]
Check from hotel and drive to Bundi which is an erstwhile princely state with rich collection of heritage monuments. Embark on a heritage walk, exploring wonders like Sukh Mahal- lying on the banks of Jai Sagar Lake, it has beautifully carved Chhatris; Maharao Raja Bahadur Singh Museum- placed in Moti Mahal, it houses royal weapons, stuffed wildlife and royal portraits; Bundi Palace- built during the reign of Rao Raja Ratan Singh, was home to the royal family of Bundi till 1948, and Chitrashala Art Gallery- an 18th century structure with wonderful paintings.

Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight Stay in Bundi
Day 8 Discover Bundi
Today, enjoy a visit to Taragarh Fort which circles the summit of a steep hill overlooking the town. The architecture is of note and the views are stunning. Next, visit the Sukh Mahal. It is the magnificent summer palace on the Jait Sagar Lake beautified with lush garden and surroundings of the Aravali mountain range.

Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight Stay Bundi
Day 9 Drive from Bundi to Udaipur
Today, travel to the one of the most romantic cities in India-Udaipur-by road. It is located in southern region of the royal Rajasthan state. With Aravallis in the background, the city looks wonderful. The city houses a number of temples & forts along with other delights

En route is one of the greatest forts in the state of Rajasthan called Chittorgarh Fort, whose walls shout of great sacrifices and valor of the Rajput men. It is situated on the banks of Berach River, in the southern part of Rajasthan. The magnificent fort is built on a huge expanse of around 700 acres on a hilltop. Legends has it that this UNESCO world heritage site was built by one of the Pandavas, Bhima of Mahabharata. In history books, Chittaur was founded back in 7th century AD, under the rule of Mauryans.

Later, continue your drive to Udaipur and upon arrival; check in at your hotel for 03 nights’ stay

Overnight Stay in Udaipur
Day 10 Discover Udaipur
Today, after breakfast, visit the 16th century City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan comprising residence of the current Maharaja, heritage hotels, museums and galleries, courtyards and reception halls where royal events take place even today; Jagdish Temple, the 17th century Indo Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe; Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, garden of the maids of honour, with beautiful green lawns, flower beds, water pools, marble elephants and bird fountains. Later visit Monsoon Palace, which is also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop palatial residence in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake, The palace offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was built chiefly to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace

Overnight Stay in Udaipur
Day 11 Discover Udaipur
Today after breakfast, spend the day at leisure and for personal activities

In evening, enjoy a boat cruise at the serene Lake Pichola.

Overnight Stay Udaipur
Day 12 Drive Udaipur to Jodhpur [250 Kms / 04 Hrs]
Post breakfast, check out and proceed on your drive to Jodhpur-a city ringed by high stone walls with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. Owing to its unique pale blue architecture, Jodhpur is often referred as the ‘blue hued city’ of Rajasthan.

En route, visit the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are one of the largest Jain temples in India. The temples are known for their architecture, grand structures and exquisite sculptures.

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and relax.

Overnight Stay in Jodhpur
Day 13 Discover Jodhpur
Today, visit the rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort, and the grand palaces within the fort – Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana, which are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex also visit the Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble while in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles such as embroidered shoes, metal curios, and silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics

Later in the evening, visit local market to explore the old city and know some facets of spices, etc... Enjoy TUK TUK Ride in Old market

Overnight Stay in Jodhpur
Day 14 Drive from Jodhpur to Pushkar
Today, drive to Pushkar. Upon arrival, check into hotel, Rest of the day is at leisure for your independent activities.

Enjoy a mouth-watering lunch and Proceed for the visit of Pushkar Fair

Overnight Stay in Pushkar.
Day 15 & 16 Discover Pushkar Fair
Winding their way down tracks across hills under the blazing sun and onto the yellow shifting sands arrive merchants, herders and traders, on camels, horses, and on foot to one of the largest camel fair in the country.

Pushkar is a small town, believed to be one of the most ancient surviving cities of India, and one of the five, held most sacred by Hindu religion. The beautiful lake emerged where the rose petals from Brahma’s (the Supreme Creator) flower fell. Innumerable temples including the only Brahma temple surround the enormous pool of water. The clear skies in their varying hues of blue, white, yellow, and gold giving way to pitch black darkness reflected in the tranquil waters, bestow a calm mesmerizing serenity in this otherwise harsh desert land.

The Pushkar Fair is held every year, on the full moon of Kartik month of the Hindu calendar. Although the largest camel fair, horses, cows, goat sand sheep are also sold here. Bedecked in bright cloth, dyed, printed and embroidered, wearing outrageously oversized jewellery of tinkling bells, the animals manage to shine over their human competition. Proud owners astride their elegant camels sashay down the runway, showing off their beloved’s beauty made resplendent by careful and painstaking effort. Yet others are more interested in showing off their favourite animal’s prowess in carrying the maximum numbers on its back. When people gather in Rajasthan, can the dancers and musicians, the folk singers, and craftspeople be far behind! Do be a part of this exuberant, colourful and boisterous five-day fair.

Overnight Stay Pushkar.
Day 17 Drive from Pushkar to Ajmer [18 Kms /45 Minutes]
Today, have breakfast at leisure and later in time proceed on your drive towards Ajmer and transfer to Railway Station to board your Shtabdi Express for Delhi.

Upon arrival at Delhi Airport, transfer to your hotel and check in for 01 Night’s Stay.

Overnight Stay Delhi
Day 18 Departure Transfer to International Airport.
This morning, enjoy breakfast and later in time you will be transferred to airport to board your international flight back to home.
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