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.
Hornbill Tribal Festival - Nagaland
The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland - showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof. It is held in first week of December (01 – 10) every year at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions.
NAGALAND, with its diverse tribal culture, is a land of festivals. A narrow strip of mountainous territory with rugged hills, emerald valleys, sparkling streams and a rich variety of flora and fauna, the 16th State of the Indian Union has salubrious climate throughout the year. Sometimes referred to as the `Switzerland of the East', Nagaland represents unimaginable beauty, moulded perfectly for a breathtaking experience. The 20-lakh-strong Naga people, by nature, are fun lovers, and life in Nagaland is one long festival
Day 01 : Delhi – Kolkata (Flight Dep. 0710 – 0915 Hours)
Our representative will report at your residence at 0500 hours. Later transfer to airport to board the flight for Kolkata. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel The Park. Late morning full day city tour includes visit to Victoria Memorial, St. Paul Cathedral Church, Indian Museum, Birla Planetarium, Kalighat Kali Temple, Jain Temple, Mothers House, Marble Palace, Howrah Bridge, Vidyasagar Setu.
Overnight in Kolkata
Day 02 : Kolkata – Dimapur (Flight Dep. 1005 – Arr. 1255)
: Dimapur – Kohima (74 Kms.- Approx 2 ½ hours drive)
Morning transfer to airport board the flight for Dimapur. Assistance on arrival and transfer to Kohima and check in to the hotel Blue Bayou or similar. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Kohima
Day 03 : In Kohima
Full day enjoy Hornbill Festival. Overnight in Kohima
Day 04 : In Kohima
Morning visit Kigwema Village. Later enjoy Hornbill Festival. Overnight in Kohima
Day 05 : In Kohima
Morning visit Jakhama or Khonoma Village. Later enjoy Grand closing ceremony of the Hornbill Festival.
Overnight in Kohima
Day 06 : Kohima – Dimapur (74 Km Approx. 2 ½ hours drive) : Dimapur – Kolkata (Flight Dep. at 1200 – Arr. 1450 Hours) : Kolkata – Delhi (Flight , Dep. At 1830 – Arr. At 2055 Hours)
Morning transfer to Dimapur airport to board flight for Kolkata and connecting flight for Delhi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to your residence.
Note: Diplomats to arrange Inner Line Permit from Ministry of Home Affairs.
01: Delhi – Jaipur (Drive 4 -½ Hours Drive)
: Jaipur – Samode(Approx. – one hour drive)
Our representative will report at your residence at 0500 hours. Leave for Jaipur the Pink City of India.
Afternoon city tour of Jaipur, which includes visits to the City Palace of the Jaipur Maharaja, the honey-comb designed Hawa Mahal also known as the Palace of Winds from where the royal ladies, who lived in seclusion, observed life on the outside yet remained hidden inside.
Later leave for Samode.
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.
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.
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 and rugs.
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.
Day 03: Samode – Amber Fort - Delhi (By Road – 4-½ Hour’s drive)
Morning we drive 1 hour from Jaipur to visit the fairy tale like Amer Fort, as you ascend the hill like a Maharaja, on the back of an elephant. Visit Amber Fort at the back of Elephant.
Afternoon drive to Delhi.
ESCAPE TO JUNGLE
WILD LIFE ENCOUNTER
01: New Delhi – Sawai Madhopur (Dehradun Exp.– 2210 - 0505 Hours)
Our representative will report at your residence at 2045 hrs. Leave at 2100 hours for New Delhi railway station to board train to Sawai Madhopur
Overnight on Train (First Class Air-conditioned Class)
Day 02: Arrival Sawai Madhopur (At 0505 Hours)
Assistance & Welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel of your choice. Vindhyas and the Aravali Mountains, spread over an area of 392 sq. kms of thick forest with nullahs and waterfalls, surround Ranthambore. According to the naturalists, Ranthambhor is the ideal park for observing and photographing the activities of the Tiger. Other carnivorous in the Park are Leopard, Hyena, Jackal Fox, Caracal, Ratal and Bears. The park has over 300 varieties of bird’s i.e. Peafowl’s, Parakeets, Storks, Egrets, Flycatchers, Eagles, Owls, etc.
Morning & Afternoon Jeep Safari in to the Jungle.
Overnight at Ranthambore
Meals: Lunch + Dinner
Day 03: Sawai Madhopur - New Delhi (Golden Temple Exp.– 1300/1900 Hours)
After early breakfast visit Ranthambor Fort - Wildlife-rich Ranthambhor is equally rich in archeological monuments. The fort of Ranthambhor, situated on a large hill, is inaccessible even today from any side except for its gate. The Archeological Survey of India has declared it protected Monument.
At 1200 noon transfer to Sawai Madhopur railway station to board train to New Delhi.
Assistance on arrival and transfer to your residence.