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Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India - Pushkar Fair (2016)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 17  |  From: $10,295


Itinerary

Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India - Pushkar Fair

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai, India

Arrive in Mumbai, where an A&K representative meets and transfers you to your iconic hotel.

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Day 2: Mumbai | Bustling Environs

After a morning at leisure, explore the city’s classic sights, including the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage building. Skirt Marine Drive, continuing to residential Malabar Hill. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. See the Dhobi Ghat open-air laundry. Sit down to a welcome cocktail and dinner with fellow guests at your fine hotel restaurant.

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai   |   Meals: B D

Day 3: Mumbai/Udaipur | Temples and Palaces

Cruise Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see its renowned temples, carved directly out of the basalt rock. Later, fly to Udaipur and check into your hotel. Dinner is at your leisure.

Taj Lake Palace   |   Meals: B

Day 4: Udaipur | Cruise to Jag Mandir

Visit the City Palace, a marble complex of palaces and galleries overlooking the lake. Take a private tour of the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakesh Palace, and stroll through Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor). Later, take a private cruise to Jag Mandir, a palace on an island in Lake Pichola. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Taj Lake Palace   |   Meals: B D

Day 5: Udaipur | Cruise to Jag Mandir

After breakfast, set out on an excursion to Eklingji and Nagda temples. Break for lunch a nearby Lebua Devi Garh Fort Palace. Return to Udaipur to spend the rest of your day at leisure, enjoying the superb amenities of your accommodations, a former residence of royalty.

Taj Lake Palace   |   Meals: B L

Days 6-7: Pushkar | A Vibrant Fair

Early this morning, drive to the otherwise quiet, secluded desert town of Pushkar, sharing the road with camels, trucks, cattle, water buffalo and rickshaws as you approach. Spend the next two days experiencing the bustling Pushkar Fair, a colorful whirl of activity drawing people from all around the globe. See painted and adorned camels as well as cattle as they are traded; peruse stalls selling camel tassels and ancient woven gypsy dowry bags; and witness Hindu devotees as they throng the ghats around Pushkar Lake in order to bathe, cleanse their sins, and attain a place in heaven, and visit the Brahma temple. Dine each evening at the fine restaurant at your resort.

The Greenhouse Resort / Ananta Spa & Resort   |   Meals: B L D

Days 8-9: Jaipur | The Pink City

Travel overland to Jaipur and check into your hotel, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. This evening, attend a cultural dance performance, followed by dinner. The next day, explore the Mughal-style Amber Fort. Stop for an al fresco lunch, and then, on a tour of the city, visit open-air Jantar Mantar, seeing its astronomical instruments, and the pink sandstone Hawa Mahal. Time is available to shop at an A&K-recommended jeweler. Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Rambagh Palace   |   Meals: B L D (Day 8); B L (Day 9)

Days 10-11: Agra | Monuments of Emperors

Travel overland to Agra and check-in to your luxurious hotel, catching your first glimpse of the breathtaking Taj Mahal from your window, before viewing it up close at sunset. Visit this architectural masterpiece again the next morning, when the rising sun lends a warm pink tint to its marble face. Then, visit the Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mughal monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site, before enjoying lunch at your hotel and an afternoon at leisure, with the option to make an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri a “ghost city” of delicately carved red sandstone.

The Oberoi Amarvilás   |   Meals: B L D (Day 10); B (Day 11)

Days 12-13: Jhansi/Panna | Tracking Tigers

This morning, board an express train to Jhansi, where you have lunch at the Jhansi Hotel. Then, continue to remote Panna National Park, checking in to your wilderness lodge. The next day, transfer to Panna for a game drive in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, spotting crocodiles or perhaps the elusive tiger. Return to your lodge for a cooking demonstration that creates a tasty Chef’s Table experience.

Pashan Garh   |   Meals: B L D (Day 12); B D (Day 13)

Day 14: Khajuraho/ Varanasi | India’s Holiest City

This morning, drive to Khajuraho to see its magnificent Hindu and Jain temples adorned with intricate stone carvings depicting all aspects of life. After lunch, fly to Varanasi, a city sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. At dusk, head to the banks of the sacred Ganges River to witness the Aarti ceremony.

The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi   |   Meals: B L D

Day 15: Varansi/Dehi | Sunrise Cruise on the Ganges

Begin with an early morning boat ride on the Ganges at sunrise. After breakfast, set out on a city tour that includes a visit to the 18th-century Durga Temple, devoted to the Hindu deity Durga; Bharat Mata Temple, dedicated by Mahatma Gandhi to Mother India; and Banaras Hindu University. Then, see the Buddhist city of Sarnath. This afternoon, fly to Delhi and settle in to your hotel, where you later gather for a farewell cocktail and dinner.

The Oberoi, Gurgaon   |   Meals: B D

Day 16: Delhi | Exploring the Old and the New

In Old Delhi, drive past the Red Fort; visit the great Jama Masjid, and set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar. After lunch, tour New Delhi, seeing Humayun’s Tomb, which prefigures techniques later perfected in the Taj Mahal; the India Gate, an 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu traditions; and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India. Return to your hotel and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

The Oberoi, Gurgaon   |   Meals: B L

Day 17: Depart Delhi

Transfer to the airport to depart or board a flight to Kathmandu for a post-tour extension.

Meals: B





Learn More about the Pushkar Fair | A brief look at five of the world's greatest cultural festivals. Read more on A&K's blog.

Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a pre-tour extension to Kerala & Cochin (5 days, from $2,295) and a post-tour extension to Nepal & Kathmandu (4 days, from $1,395).

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