November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes
alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The occasion:
PUSHKAR FAIR. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the
liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the
world's largest camel fair. But it is much more than that.
an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a
welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do!
In dazzling style and colors.
It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the
sacred Pushkar Lake to "wash away the sins of a lifetime" and pay
obeisance at the ONLY Brahma temple in the world. The
Pushkar fair is amongst the most unique fairs of its kind in the world. It
is a combination of an animal fair and the religious fair. Both the fairs
are enchanting and have their own unique aspects and quality. As per the
Indian calendar the fair is held in the first lunar cycle in the month of
Kartik culminating on the Kartik poornima ( Full moon). The last four days
of the fair are considered as the holiest occasion for all the believers in
Hinduism. A bath in the sacred Pushkar Lake is considered the ultimate act
of spirituality. The cattle fair takes place during the first nine days of
the fair peaking from the 5th day and and finishing on the 9th day. The
animals start dispersing from the 9th day.
To witness the extravaganza of the cattle fair it is advisable to visit
Pushkar from 08 Nov. - 15 Nov. One can see the fair in all its glory, away
from the crowds that accumulate later.
Samode the small principality of Samode lies 50 kms northwest of the city
of Jaipur and dates back to the 16th Century. The 7th ruler of Amber, the
ancient capital of the Rajput Empire, had twelve sons, one of whom was
awarded the feudatory seat of Samode for his gallantry and outstanding
service. The construction of the fort began 400 years ago and each
successive ruler added to the fort and the palace.
01: Delhi - Samode
Morning drive to Samode (240 kms)
Upon arrival in Samode - check into hotel.
Samode Palace - The winner of the award for
the best Heritage hotel in the country, for 5 consecutive years, the Palace
has been meticulously restored offering a retreat into an aesthetically
beautiful environment where visitors can enjoy India's natural beauty and
rich history. It is full of architectural delights with stately corridors,
frescoed walls ethereal audience halls, harmoniously reflecting the skill of
master craftsmen. An evening at Samode is a magical experience of former
princely India and part of an ongoing tradition.
Samode Bagh or walled garden in a sprawling 10
acres was an oasis set among the dry rugged expanses of an ochre desert.
Today it rediscovers some of its lost splendour of a garden paradise. Shrubs
of Lemon, Orange, Hibiscus, Pomegranate, Jasmine Lantana and a beautiful
array of flowering & shade trees have been meticulously planted.
Surviving the years, a majestic central pavilion containing a "bath"
stands silently surrounded by "baradaris' or small open pavilions,
sparkling fountains & mughal water channels.
This afternoon is spent exploring the village of Samode through its narrow
alleys and streets. Wandering through the village streets will give you a
wonderful insight to an unchanged Rajasthan.
Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, mount saddled camels for a short camel safari through
village of Samode and into the picturesque countryside which consists of
alternating sand-dunes, farm land and low lying hills. Pass through and stop
to visit typical Rajasthani villages called "Dhanis" and get to
meet and interact with local farmers and village folk. Hot picnic lunch will
be served in a lavish style under the shade of trees, complete with carpets
Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Samode - Delhi
Morning at leisure.
Afternoon drive back to Delhi.
01: Delhi - Sariska
Morning drive from Delhi to Sariska (185 kms)
Upon arrival check in at hotel.
The Royal Hunting Lodge, Sariska Palace Hotel, beckons you to a tryst with
nature. Sariska is set among valleys, hills and deep forests that change
colour with the seasons. It is home to an exotic variety of wild animals and
beautiful birds. Here, herds of spotted deer, play hide and seek with the
shadows. And the big wild cats, the Tiger, Leopards and Panthers roam free.
Sariska Palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh of Alwar at the turn of the
century, a royal hunting lodge.
Late afternoon game drive to Sariska Sanctuary to view wildlife.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Sariska
Early morning Sariska game drive.
Afternoon Jungle walk.
Thereafter at leisure to explore the surrounding areas.
Sariska in Rajasthan, located just 200 kms from Delhi, is one of the
closest National Parks to the capital. Sculpted out of the Aravalli hills,
it spreads over 800-sq kms and is home to the majestic tiger, deer, Nilgai,
partridges, wild boar, fox, gaur, sambar, chital, hyena, and the four-horned
Area covered :800 sq. Km
Best time to visit:February to June
Prominent fauna:Tiger, sambar, chital, nilgai, four-horned antelope, wild
boar, hyena and jungle cat
Day 03: Sariska - Delhi
After leisurely breakfast drive to Delhi.