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NAGAUR FAIR SAFARI
14 nights 15 days

DATES: Nagaur Fair January
 
 

DAY 01 :  ARRIVE DELHI

You will arrive Delhi International Airport. Following customs & immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in to your rooms. Overnight at the hotel The Park, Delhi.


 
 
DAY 02  DELHI
Today you will have a full-day city tour of Old and New Delhi. Delhi has long been a centre of power almost continuously since the 13th   Century.  No fewer than seven cities have been built on this site, side by side.  The huge city is divided into Old and New Delhi; the former also comprises the seventh city, Shahjahanabad and the areas further north; the latter has at its core the plan of the capital created by the British in 1911. Sightseeing of Old Delhi will include the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat.  The Red Fort was built by Shah Jahan on the eastern edge of the city along the Yamuna River. The entrance through the fort is via the imposing Lahori Gate which leads to a roof passage known as Chatta Chowk. At the end of this is the Naquar Khana (drum house) which marks the entrance the royal enclosures.  There are six main palaces but one of the best known is the Diwan-I-Am, the hall of public audience which was dominated by the legendary jewel-studded Peacock Throne.  Sightseeing of New Delhi includes the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, which was built by Shah Jehan.  Also see Raj Ghat which is a memorial to Mahatma Ghandi. The tour continues with India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar.  Rashtrapati Bhawan was once Viceregal Lodge on Raisina Hill and is now the residence of the President of India.  The 16th century Humayun’s Tomb is one of the finest examples of a garden tomb and is of a style which was perfected at the Taj Mahal at  Agra.  Finally visit the five storied Qutub Minar which was built in 1199 and is now one of Delhi’s landmarks. Overnight at the hotel The Park, Delhi.
 
 
DAY 03 : DELHI/NAWALGARH
Morning drive to Nawalgarh (5 to 6 hrs) in the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan's districts of Jhunjhunu & Sikar, known for the painted houses or " Havelis " of its wealthy merchant class, the Marwaris.  This region could be called the open-air art gallery of Rajasthan.  The drive to Shekhawati is through picturesque village and farms. Founded in 1737 AD. by Thakur Nawal Singh, a warrior statesman, whose name is enshrined in history and folklore. The town exudes an old world charm and the colourful bazaar has the largest number of painted Havelis in Shekhawati. 
Royal Welcome on arrival at the Roop Niwas Palace with horses, camels, flower garlands, folk  musicians and a non alchoholic welcome drink . The palace lies just a kilometer from the town and is a fascinating blend of European and Rajput style of architecture.  The Palace has lovely spacious lawns, a billiard room and a swimming pool. In the late afternoon  meet up at  the stables, where the riders are introduced to the safari team and the lovely ‘Marwari’ horses  and  ride around the Palace. The riders have a good chance to choose a horse of their liking. The riding leader Shri Devendra singh advises each rider about the choice of horses.  Tea is served at the stables and traditional gifts  given to every rider. Riders are given a  detailed  briefing of the tour and introduction talk on the arid region ecology followed by Dinner. Overnight at the Roop Niwas Palace.

 
 
DAY 04 :  NAWALGARH
Ride out with picnic Breakfast to the country side…. return in time for lunch . In the afternoon sight seeing of Nawalgarh town visiting havelies with paintings and frescos  with a car/camel buggy and guide. There is a possibility for the ladies to get their palms painted with henna designs later in the afternoon.
 
 
DAY 05 :  NAWALGARH
Ride out with picnic Breakfast to the country side….return in time for lunch. Afternoon free for individual activities .
CROSS COUNTRY  SAFARI BEGINS  

 
 
DAY 06 : NAWALGARH/PARASRAMPURA/LOHARGAL (32KM)
Morning ride southeast direction to Lohargal.  You follow a dry riverbed with lots of Acacia bushes. The view of Aravali ranges in the distance makes the ride very scenic. Picnic lunch is in an acacia cluster near Parasrampura, Where the Jeep, which also carries folk musicians, has transported lunch. After lunch you move towards the Aravali mountains. At the foothills of Aravalli’s is the Pilgrim town of Lohargal. It is said Bhima the strongest of the five Pandav brothers, one of the heroes of the epic Mahabharat, had his mace cast here. Hence, the name ‘Lohargal’, meaning iron smelting. This has also a place of Hindu pilgrimage.  Amidst the many old step wells and ruins old structures is the Birla Rest house facing a 2500ft Sheer rock face. In the grounds are many Banyan trees where our horses and kitchen tents are placed. Guests use the rooms, which are furnished by our camp equipment.  Overnight at the Birla Rest House.

 
 
DAY 07 : LOHARGAL /REWASA/SUJAS (38KM)
Morning ride in the southwest direction towards Danta following the mountain range again down a dry riverbed till Raghunathgarh. The stone quarries of Raghunathgarh have resulted in deep ravines. Riding past them is a great experience. Halt for Lunch at mid-day, then cross the highway leaving Sikar district.  Now you approach a large marshy tract with Salt Pans. Evening reach campsite which is on a flat area. Overnight at Camp.

 
 
DAY 08 : SUJAS/KOCHOR/SULYAS (RAMGARH) 35KMS
The riding   terrain is through semi desert region with lots of Khejri trees and some farmhouses with mud huts. Halt for Lunch at Kochor Village. The ride goes past the Roopgarh fort and mountain pass. We camp near a small water reservoir. Surrounded by acacia bushes. Overnight at Camp.
 
 
DAY 09 : SULYAS/GHATWA/SHYAMGARH 42KMS
The ride will go past village Ghatwa, Here a famous battle had taken place between Rao Shekha and Gour Rajputs, where twenty five thousand men laid their lives. The area is still known “Godati” the area of “Gaurs” the erstwhile rulers. From a high sand dune adjoining the mountain ranges riders get a breath taking view of the five famous forts of this region. Lunch is at an ancient water hole, later ride to your camp, set to the backdrop of Shyamgarh fort surrounded by Ker bushes. Overnight at Camp.
 
  DAY 10 : SHYAMGARH/BHAGWANPURA/NAWA SALT LAKE 42KMS
Morning ride  towards Nawa Salt Lake. This ride is the most picturesque part of this Safari. After lunch ride takes you around the periphery of the 100 Sq. Kms Salt lake. You will be coming across many shepherds and sheep flocks  while you ride . Not to be missed are the beautiful sunrise and sunset while at this camp site. Overnight at Camp.
 
 
DAY 11 : NAWASALT LAKE/NAGAUR FAIR
After breakfast riders will   drive by car/ van tempo traveler / deluxe coach   to nagaur two hours drive.  The horses and camp move by boxes. Nagaur was a bastion of the rathore rulers of marwar .The fort remained with the moghuls for a certain period and now is restored as a private archeological monument. Once a year a large fair for buying and selling of the famous nagauri cattle, the MARWARI horses and camels takes place in the Hindu month of magha in the shukla paksha the waxing moon fortnight. The area is famous for the ‘mathania variety of red chili peppers, and herbal crops like fenugreek  ‘methi’. Large wholesale markets of such agricultural produce come up, camel carts, metal trunks, water tanks, clothes, recycled   tarpaulins and the villagers in colourful clothes .THE FAIR IS A MOST FASCINATING VISIT. Our camp set up by the safari team will be situated about   1-2 kms from the main fair ground. Overnight at safari camp
 
  DAY 12 :  NAGAUR FAIR
Day spent riding around and looking at the fair .
 
 
DAY 13 : NAGAUR FAIR/JODHPUR
After breakfast drive to JODHPUR. Sightseeing of Jodhpur includes the Mehrangarh fort. Lunch at the mehran café at the fort. After lunch explore the old town of Jodhpur dinner and overnight at the RATANVILAS / KARNI BHAWAN hotel.
 
  DAY 14  JODHPUR/DELHI
Later transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. CD 7472 1920 / 2110 hrs in case evening flight non-operational then guests may have to leave very early and connect the morning flight. On arrival you will be met and transferred to The Park, Delhi.
 
  DAY 15 :   DEPARTURE DELHI
Depart Delhi for onward journey or fly back home.
 
 
 
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