Pushkar Camel Fair

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DELHI – JAIPUR – PUSHKAR – JODHPUR – DELHI

To westerners, this is perhaps one of India’s most famous fairs, held every year in the month of November. Pushkar Camel Fair is the ideal occasion to witness the charisma of Rajasthan in full bloom. Everything that makes Rajasthan a distinct place can be spotted at the festival including men dressed in colourful traditional clothes, women in mirrored skirts and vivid shawls, embroidered clothes, exquisitely designed jewellery, pots and ornaments.

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First, you travel to the capital of Rajasthan to the pink city of Jaipur where we include sightseeing of Amer Fort and other sights in the old town. Then proceed to Pushkar for the fair, one of the holiest towns in India, Pushkar is known to be the only temple of the Divine Creator, Lord Brahma; it has over 400 temples and about 52 bathing Ghats

This ancient and busy town traces its roots and references to the ancient holy scriptures and revered and visited by thousands of devotees all over the year. It is a favourite not just for the religious reasons but also for another annual affair, and that is the internationally famous camel fair; which is held every year for five days in the month of October. It is known as the largest exchange ground of livestock, cattle and the favourite camels.

It feels as if suddenly in between the religious rituals and formalities there is a sudden burst of colours and activities. People from all over Rajasthan come with their cattle and the fully decorated camels for sale and to purchase. The camels are cleaned and decked up in a special way with ankle bells and neckpieces; after all, they also compete for their master’s fashion sense in the competitions. You can witness a variety of competitions like camel races to camel parades etc. Tattoo lovers have a blast here with the traditional tattoo artists showcasing their talent, and there is more to see like silversmiths, block printers and tarot readers. So either walk around or rather meander through the curious native crowd or opt for a ‘camel’s eye view’ riding through the fair on a camel.

Your tour takes then takes you to Jodhpur, where you get a different flavour after a rather busy time in the camel fair!

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Starting from £2607.00

International flights & VIP meet at aircraft door included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • Useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Full day sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
  • Full day sightseeing in Jaipur, highlights of the old city, and Amer Fort
  • You own guide with you while at the Pushkar Camel Fair
  • sightseeing of Jodhpur with time for shopping

Our  Tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

JAIPUR: The Pink City, the largest city of Rajasthan, is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727 by Jai Singh II and is India’s first planned city. It is known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city.
The Pink City stands out as one of the most spectacular and vibrant destinations on the planet, its rich lineage, striking culture and beautiful architecture painting a vivid picture of Indian society. Missing out on The City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh or the Amber Fort is a big no-no, but make sure you reserve time for those chaotic bazaars and delicious cuisines. Jaipur is also known for its traditional handicrafts and unique souvenirs such as camel-leather slippers. The John Madden 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (You can link this to your Best Marigold tour) stole our heart presenting India in an entirely new light, one that suddenly catapulted some of its more exotic destinations like Udaipur and Jaipur to instant stardom.

PUSHKAR: Despite being one of the oldest cities and a major pilgrimage town of India, Pushkar still manages to retain that serene and tranquil atmosphere. The town is situated around a lake that is believed to be holy and is full of burning ghats and beautiful temples. Hums of the countless prayers, gongs and drums can often be felt reverberating in the air, and there’s just something so unique about this place. The main street of Pushkar is sure to steal your fancy. It is essentially a huge bazaar that sells everything you can imagine. The best time to visit Pushkar is in the month of November when the town celebrates the grand Pushkar Camel Fair, a unique spectacle where more than 400,000 people and 11,000 cattle, camels and horses visit the city. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and probably one of the most beautiful and colourful festivals you’ll ever see.

JODHPUR: The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is littered with beautiful palaces and ancient mosaics and is perhaps the best place to understand how different dynasties left their imprints on India’s architecture, history and culture. Sheesh Mahal, the Hall of Mirrors makes use of huge mirror pieces to create a mesmerising sight while the artistic treasures of Phool Mahal and Daulat Khana leave you speechless with their beauty and ingenuity. Once you’re done enjoying the best of architecture and 16th-century walls, dive into the city’s rich culture. Discover hidden hamlets of traditional Rajasthan in a desert safari, sip on some authentic masala chai (spiced tea) or just have a blast shopping in those labyrinth alleys of Sardar Market, striking bargains on everything from beautiful shoes to pottery pieces.

What our clients say

Happy to send a testimonial to you… Mystic India, a big thank you for designing and arranging such a lovely trip to India. The Pushkar Mela was an amazing experience we now wish we had taken your advice and stayed longer than just two nights as there was just so much to see. Ideal location to do some shopping for small gifts at the fair and in Jaipur the month before Christmas. Our guide Naveen who stayed with us throughout our time at the fair was a great help as he explained many things and made us feel very safe as it was very crowded. We even got stuck in with some of the games and had a whale of a time. We enjoyed the experience so much we are thinking of coming back to India to experience another festival, perhaps Varanasi or Kolkata. thanks again and all the best from both of us. 

John & Karen – Southampton

Pushkar Camel Fair tour route

World famous Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan

DAY 01 – DEPART FOR DELHI
Depart your chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi today. VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be meet at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. 

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

DAY 04 – DELHI TO JAIPUR (B)
After breakfast depart for Jaipur by road (5.5 hrs). On arrival after hotel check in the rest of the day is then at leisure to relax after your road journey.

DAY 05 – JAIPUR (B)
Today you will travel just outside the city to Amber Fort, where if you wish you can take an elephant ride up to the fort. But if like us we love elephants, we would prefer you to take the jeep up, but of course, the choice is yours. 

After exploring Amber Fort, you are driven back to Jaipur when the afternoon is then at leisure to relax or take a walk out on your own.

DAY 06 – JAIPUR (B)
This morning you will be taken by your guide to visit Palace of the Winds, the Observatory, and the City Palace, later take a drive out to see the Monkey Temple. Return to your hotel this afternoon then at leisure. 

DAY 07 – JAIPUR TO PUSHKAR (FB)
After breakfast depart for the holy town of Pushkar (3 hrs). On arrival check into your Maharaja style tent which is your base for three nights where you are on a Full Board basis. Please note only vegetarian food is available as this is a holy city.

After a freshen up you will meet your private guide who will be with you throughout your stay at the Camel Fair.

Now go and enjoy the fair and the many experiences it offers.

DAY 08 – PUSHKAR (FB)
Today is a free day with your guide to enjoy the fair, take part in the many games on offer, watch dancing horses, and camels. You can even take a balloon ride over the fair, what a great way to see the expanse of the ground it covers, but this must be booked a long way in advance as it gets full. (operational status  is subject to weather conditions if it does not take place we will arrange a refund on your return).

DAY 09 – PUSHKAR (FB)
After breakfast another day with your guide to enjoy the Camel Fair

DAY 10 – PUSHKAR TO JODHPUR (B)
Today you depart for Jodhpur (4 hrs). On arrival check in to your hotel then at leisure to relax after your road journey or take a walk out on your own. 

DAY 11 – JODHPUR (B)
This morning your local guide will meet you at your hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Mehrangarh Fort. For adventure lovers, you may like to take a ride on the Flying Fox, the zip line as six circuits which take around 1.5 hrs to complete.

After sightseeing of the fort, you will proceed to Jaswant Thada the intricately crafted cenotaph (empty commemorative tomb) was built in 1899, in honor of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

Later proceed to theSadar Market located around the Clock Tower (which is still not working) for some shopping.

DAY 12 – JODHPUR TO DELHI (B)
After breakfast, you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight back to Delhi.

On arrival transfer to your hotel, then your driver is at your disposal for local city drives and more shopping  if you wish. or why not visit the Akshardham Temple (closed Mondays) with its amazing sandstone carvings and evening sound and light water show .. don’t forget to take the boat ride exhibition taking the viewer back to ancient India. 

DAY 13 – DELHI HOMEBOUND (B)
India bids you farewell today, transfer to the international terminal for your homebound flight.

Pushkar Camel Fair tour route

World famous Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan

Hotels

Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.


Pushkar Camel Fair tour route

World famous Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan

Extensions

Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.


Add an extra day in at Jaipur and learn to cook Indian food with a local family Contrary to popular belief, Indian food is not just about curry and chilies; it’s diverse, delicious and not as difficult to cook as you might think.

Wildlife & Tigers – Ranthambore NP
Just 3.5 hrs from Jaipur is Ranthambore NP, add on an extra few days for safari experiences and hopefully see the elusive Tiger.

Add on a few nights at the 5 star Amanbagh en route Jaipur to Delhi Situated in the foothills of the Aravalli Hills and built, haveli-style, using soft sandstone and pale pink marble, Amanbagh is a regal garden estate

Pushkar Camel Fair tour route

World famous Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan

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