EJT- 40 - Special Tour - North India, Pushkar Camel Fair & Nepal - 15 Days (2010)

Delhi • Agra • Taj Mahal • Fatehpur Sikri • Bharatpur • Jaipur • Pushkar Camel Fair • Kathmandu • Varanasi • Khajuraho

November 9 - Departure
Depart with group from New York, Newark or Chicago. You may also choose your own airline to travel to Delhi.

November 10 - Delhi
Arrive Delhi late in the evening. Meeting and transfer to hotel.

November 11 - Delhi

Delhi is a city of immense past. It is dotted with hundreds of landmarks and has accumulated a tremendous heritage of art, architecture and culture. City tour visiting Presidential Palace, Parliament House, Jantar Mantar - the medieval observatory, the 16th century tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun and India Gate, Red Fort, Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in Asia, Raj Ghat and Shantivana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru and local bazaars.

November 12 - Agra
Agra has long been renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal. This has often overshadowed the fact that this royal city has, in addition to the legendary Taj, many magnificent monuments that epitomize the high point of the Mughal architectural achievement. Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer by car / coach to Agra, the city of world's most famous love story, Taj Mahal. City tour visiting Agra Fort, Taj Mahal at sunset, Itemad-ud-Daula and local bazaars.

November 13 - Fatehpur Sikri  - Bharatpur
Transfer by car / coach to Fatehpur Sikri – the now deserted capital built by emperor Akbar. You will visit some fabulous palaces and a mosque dedicated to Muslim saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar with his only son, Salim. Proceed to Bharatpur – and visit Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, the largest concentration of exotic birds in Asia and nesting ground of thousands of egrets, Siberian cranes, waterfowls and other rare species.Transfer to Jaipur.

November 14 - Jaipur
The "Pink City" is known around the world for its people and exotic palaces, its culture and arts. City tour visiting City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind), Jantar Mantar observatory. An afternoon elephant ride will take you to Amber Fort and its sandstone palaces perched atop a hill. Within its precincts are Sheesh Mahal or chamber of mirrors reputedly the best in the world, Victory Hall and Pleasure Palace.

November 15 - Pushkar Fair
Transfer to Pushkar Fair by car / coach. It is believed that Hindu God Brahma was pondering about a place to perform a Vedic rite when a Lotus flower fell from his hand and water gushed out from that spot in this desert. Lake Pushkar is considered to be the only one of its kind in India! Thousands of faithful assemble here every year on a full moon day to celebrate the occasion and pay homage to their lord. In a continuous celebration for three days and nights they turn this desert land into a colorful bazaar. The desert becomes alive with colors, music, sounds and excitement.

November 16 - Pushkar

At the fair. View and participate in various festival activities and camel races.

November 17 - Kathmandu

Transfer to Delhi airport. Fly to Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Valley, the capital, is the political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal. It is an exotic and fascinating showcase of a very rich culture, art and tradition.

November 18 - Kathmandu
City tour visting Hanuman Dhoka, Temple of living Goddess, Machendranath and Swayambhunath. Afternoon excursions to Patan and Bhaktapur.

November 19 - Varanasi

Morning free in Kathmandu. Fly to Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the most sacred cities of India, holding great importance to Buddhists, Jains and Hindus alike. Kashi does not only symbolize creation, it is also possibly the greatest example of destruction and life’s end.  

November 20 - Varanasi

Sunrise cruise on Ganges to witness burning and bathing ghats. City tour visiting Sarnath, Aurangzeb Mosque, various temples, Well of Knowledge and boat ride on river Ganges. 

November 21 - Khajuraho
Fly to Khajuraho. Khajuraho, the temple city of central India, is famous throughout the world for its exquisitely carved temples in stones. Thousands of visitors and tourists from all over the world flock together to envisage this immortal saga of Hindu art and culture engraved in stone by shilpies (stone craftsmen) a millennia ago. Khajuraho is a small village but a thousand years ago it was a large city of the Chandelas, medieval Rajput kings who ruled over Central India. The Chandela temples represent the finest creative examples of temple architecture. Explore the World Heritage Site Chandela temples.

November 22 - Delhi

Fly to Delhi. Change planes.

November 23 - Homebound
Depart on your onward journey.

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