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BANESHWAR FAIR, RAJASTHAN

DURATION:14 NIGHTS/ 15 DAYS DESTINATIONS:DELHI- DUNGARPUR-BANESHWAR- DUNGARPUR-UDAIPUR – DELHI (BANESHWAR FAIR DATES FROM 19th Feb 2016 To 24th Feb 2016)

Introduction

Baneshwar Fair is organized in the month of January-February at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi in Dungarpur District, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Poornima. The name Baneshwar is derived from the Shiva Linga in the Mahadev temple of Dungarpur, Rajasthan. Majority of the people who attend the fair are Bhils, a tribal community of Rajasthan. The temple of Mahadev remains open from 5.00 in the morning to 11.00 in the night during this Fair. The morning starts with the bathing of the Shiva Linga, after which saffron is applied on it and an Aarti is performed with burning incense. In the evening, ash is applied to the Linga and an Aarti is performed again, but this time with a wick lamp. The night is livened up with the Bhils singing traditional folk songs around a bonfire. Offerings of pulses, rice, wheat flour, salt, Jaggery, ghee, chilies, coconut, cash, etc are also made at the temple, by the devotees. The other celebrations of the Baneshwar Fair include magic shows, folk dances, acrobatic feats and animal shows.

DAY 1- ARRIVE DELHI

On your arrival at Delhi International airport, you will be greeted by our officials who will transfer you to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Delhi.

DAY 2 – DELHI

Start your day with an exquisite breakfast in the hotel and let the excitement creep in. Proceed on with the day by taking a full day city tour covering both Old as well as New Delhi. Fascinate your hearts by enjoying a Metro and Auto ride while appreciating the magnificent architecture built by late emperor Shah Jahan in Old Delhi. It’s definitely worth spending at least half a day walking through the chaotic yet colourful streets of Chandni Chowk and visiting India’s biggest and most famous mosque- Jama Masjid. Visit other monuments of the city including Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple (Place of worship for the Bhai Community) and Qutub Minar, which is also considered as a symbol of the City. Then transfer to railway station to board overnight Train to Udaipur.
Overnight in the Train.

DAY 03: DELHI-UDAIPUR

On arrival to Udaipur, check into the hotel. Spend the day in relaxation.
Overnight stay in Udaipur.

DAY 04: IN UDAIPUR

Have breakfast in the hotel. Follow it up with full day sightseeing tour. If you wish to experience a cool breeze of air in hot regions of Udaipur, then come over to experience the serenity of delightful Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake and picturesque Jaisamand Lake. Go on exploring the City Palace that towers over the Pichola Lake. Although the construction was started by Maharana Uday Singh, however, it was the other Maharanas who added several palaces to the complex. The Hati Pol and Bari Pol, the main gates of entrance to this Palace are quite famous. Moving on, you can experience the warmth of royal luxury as you walk along the corridors of Fateh Prakash Palace which display large paintings of the Mewar school. Yet another reason to visit Udaipur is to get accustomed with the beautiful Lake Palace whose image lies in the middle of the lake. The mind blowing and intricate craftsmanship with ethnic themes as well as use of textile and handicrafts all over accentuate the beauty of the palace. Don’t miss visiting Jagdish temple and Saheliyonkibari. Return to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Udaipur.

DAY 05: UDAIPUR-DUNGARPUR

Morning in Udaipur, after lunch drive to Dungarpur (105kms, 3hrs)
Overnight Stay in the Hotel.

DAY 06: DUNGARPUR-BANESHWAR- DUNGARPUR

After early breakfast drive to Baneshwar (45kms, 1hr) to attend Baneshwar Fair… On the first day of this festival the main priest known as Mathadhish arrives from Sabla in a huge procession along with a silver image of Mavji. After that he takes a dip in the river along with other devotees and they immerse the ashes of their dead relatives. Next day saffron is applied to the shivalinga and a grand Aarti is performed. Wheat flour, pulses, ghee, jaggery, salt, coconut and cash is offered in the temple. In the evening Raslila is performed in the temple complex.
Overnight Stay in the Hotel.

DAY 07: BANESHWAR FAIR

Full day in Fair Ground and celebrate fair
Overnight Stay in the Hotel.

DAY 08: BANESHWAR FAIR

Another full day in Fair Ground and celebrate fair
Overnight Stay in the Hotel.

Day 09: Baneshwar-Udaipur

After breakfast drive to Udaipur (120kms, 4hrs), some sightseeing on arrival in Udaipur
Overnight Stay in the Hotel.

Day 10: Udaipur-Delhi

Morning in Udaipur, after lunch board flight to Delhi with connects international flight to your onward journey…

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STANDARD HOTELS (3*& GUEST HOUSES) HOTEL GRAND PARK INN OR SIMILAR, DELHI HOTEL GAJ VILAS OR SIMILAR, UDAIPUR UDAI BILAS PALACE OR SIMILAR, DUNGARPUR HOTEL GAJ VILAS OR SIMILAR, UDAIPUR TOUR COST USD 1399 PER PER’S
DELUXE HOTELS (4*&HERITAGE) QUTUB RESIDENCY OR SIMILAR, DELHI KAROHI HAVELI OR SIMILAR, UDAIPUR UDAI BILAS PALACE OR SIMILAR, DUNGARPUR KAROHI HAVELI OR SIMILAR, UDAIPUR TOUR COST USD 1499 PER PER’S
LUXURY HOTELS (5*&HERITAGE) HYATT REGENCY DELHI OR SIMILAR, DELHI KAROHI HAVELI OR SIMILAR, UDAIPUR UDAI BILAS PALACE OR SIMILAR, DUNGARPUR KAROHI HAVELI OR SIMILAR, UDAIPUR TOUR COST USD 1599 PER PER’S
Included Meals
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Lunch
Dinner
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TRANSPORT TOYOTA ETIOS/TOYOTA INNOVA/ LUXURY BUS TOUR STAFF DRIVER(S), EXPLORE TOUR LEADER OR GUIDE GROUP SIZE GENERALLY 02 PAX TO 22 PAX Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on double sharing basis
  • Meals plan will be on Bed and Breakfast basis
  • English speaking guide/escort
  • All currently applicable taxes.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature like mineral water, beverages, alcoholicdrinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc; Any other item not specifically mentioned above as ‘INCLUDED’