Upon arrival at Delhi Airport/Railway Station, our representative will meet and greet you at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Welcome to New Delhi, one of the best cities representing modern as well as heritage aspect of India. Rest of the day is free at leisure activities.
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Old Delhi which includes a visit to Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar and Humanyu's tomb. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Delhi.
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a 5 hours drive via road to Agra. On Arrival in Agra, check in at the hotel. Later on, visit Taj Mahal, a glorious monument built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Also visit the magnificent Red Fort. Overnight stay will be in Agra.
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Jaipur (235 km/ 5hrs). En route you have an option to explore Fatehpur Sikri. Explore the colorful market and have lunch at Choki Dhani, an ethinic village resort based on Rajasthani culture.
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a details sightseeing tour of Pink city including a visit to Amber fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. Enjoy a light and sound show at Amber fort in the evening.
After healthy breakfast at the hotel, drive to Bikaner (361 km / 6 hrs). Next, visit Junagarh fort, a heritage structure built 500 years ago. Also visit camel breeding farm, famous 'Karni Mata Mandir' also famous as the rat temple at Deshnok.
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a drive to Jaisalmer (355km / 6-7 hrs). Visit the famous Gadsisar lake, a beautiful lake that has been only source of water for this golden city. Next, visit the royal cenotaphs at Bada Bagh. Overnight stay will be in Jaisalmer.
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Old Fort and Havelis. In Evening, enjoy a camel safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer.
Enjoy healthy breakfast at the hotel. Next, drive to Jodhpur (305 km / 6 hrs). In Afternoon, visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, one of the biggest forts in Rajasthan. Next, visit marble cenotaph at Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
After morning breakfast, drive to Udaipur also famous as the city of Lakes. En route, visit the glorious Jain temples of Ranakpur, built entirely with white marbles. In Evening, free to explore the lake city on your own. Overnight stay will be in Uadipur.
After breakfast, leave for a local sightseeing tour of attractions in Udaipur. Visit the much famous City Palace, Jagdish temple and the garden of maids. In Evening, enjoy boat ride in the lake Pichola.
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Later on, drive to Pushkar (300 km / 6 hrs), on the way you can visit Chittorgarh. The holy town of Pushkar is famous for its temples and sacred lake. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
After breakfast, proceed for a return journey to Jaipur. The journey takes around 3 hours to reach Pink city.
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Rajasthan is home to a fascinating range of music and dance which varies from region to region and is often associated with local festivals. Particularly important is the long and complex history of patronage that sustained many different groups of performers.
Professional musicians: The desert region of western Rajasthan is home to three castes of settled, hereditary musicians: the Muslim Manganiyars (also known as Mirasis) and Langas, and the Hindu Dholis (sometimes called Kathaks). Although Muslims, the Manganiyars perform Hindu devotional music in temples for Hindu patrons. The male members of the caste traditionally play the kamaycha (a bowed lute), now often replaced by the harmonium, the dholak (barrel drum) and kartal (wooden clappers). The Langas sing ballads for Muslim patrons, accompanied by either the gujaratan or sindhi sarangi (bowed lutes). Rajasthan Cultural Tour Packages… They also play the satara (double flute) and murli (double clarinet). The music of the Langas and Manganiyars bears similarity to Hindustani concert music with its use of raga and tan (fast improvised passages).
The Dholis are devotees of the goddess Chamund devi and Bhairojni (Shiva) who perform for high-caste Hindu patrons. Dholans (female-Dholis) sing at life-cycle ceremonies, while male Dholis play the dhol (large cylindrical drums which give the caste its name) for processions and celebrations.
Other professional groups of performers include the Bhands (actors), Jogis or Saperas (snake charms who play the murli double clarinet), and Nats (acrobats who play the dhol and thali, a metal dish used as an idiophone). Another group were the professional female courtesan dancers and singers, known as kalavant or tawaif, who use to perform at the courts or for landowning patrons.
Epic performance: Kathputli or puppet shows are performed at night by couples of the itinerant Bhat community, who are also genealogists. The woman plays the dholak, and sings the ballad to which the man makes the puppets act and dance. A discussion goes on between the two, serving as a running commentary on the show. The puppet plays are based on popular legends. Rajasthan Cultural Tour Packages…
Pabuji ki par is very popular with those who worship Pabuji, a 14th-century hero. Believers in Pabuji invite his bhopas (epic singers and priests) to their homes in times of sickness and misfortune to sing this ballad at all-night vigils. Pabuji's pad (ballad) is sung before an open scroll, about 10 metres (30 feet) long and 2.5 metres (8 feet) high, depicting his life. The bhopa sings and plays the ravanhatta (a bowed lute), while his wife sings and dances, holding an oil lamp to illuminate Pabuji's images on the scroll at appropriate points in the narrative. Rajasthan Cultural Tour Packages…
Devotional music: As elsewhere in India, the Hindus of Rajasthan gather in temples to sing collective devotional songs known as bhajan. Attached to the Krishna temple in Nathdwara is a group of professional musicians who perform devotional songs known as pad and kirtan at all rituals. They are accompanied by pakhavaj (barrel drum), sarangi and jhanj (cymbals). Rajasthan Cultural Tour Packages…
Dance: Of all traditional Rajasthani dances, the best known is the ghumar, a circle dance performed by women at the Gangaur festival and also by Rajput women at festivals and family celebrations. Each region and community has its own variation; usually women wearing wide skirts and veils, in groups, pairs or individually, spin around in alternating directions. The dancers wear pellet bells (ghunghru) around their ankles. The dances are performed to songs which articulate women's concerns, accompanied by a dholak. Ghumar in Udaipur is danced with small sticks in the dancers' hands which are struck together to the rhythm.
In contrast, the ger dance (of which there are also many versions) is performed only during the Holi festival by men alone. The singers play huge daphs (frame drums) to accompany the dance, which is circular. The ger is sometimes performed as a stick dance. Rajasthan Cultural Tour Packages…
The composite ger-ghumar dance of the Bhils is also performed at Holi and during spring. To start, the men dance in the outer circle, and the women dance in an inner one. All the dancers sing and strike sticks with attached pellet bells together, to the rhythm of a drum beat. The men and women change circles with every change of rhythm.
Kacchi ghori is a spectacular dance performed during wedding processions by three or four pairs of elaborately costumed men riding hobby-horses and waving swords. The dancers, usually of the Bavaria, Kumhar and Sargara castes, are accompanied by dhol and bankia (trumpets). Occasionally a female singer will narrate the exploits of the Bavaria dacoits (bandits) of Shekhavati.
The jasnathi agni (fire dance) is performed by the Sidh Naths of Bikaner, and is an act of devotion to the saint Jasnath. An ensemble of trumpets and drums begins to play as the devotees dance on the embers of a wood and charcoal fire. The music and dance gradually increase in tempo to a frenetic pace.
The Kalbelias (snake charmers) are a nomadic Adivasi group famous for their skillful bin (a double clarinet with a gourd air chamber) playing, and hypnotic, rhythmic dances. They play the bin and bhapang (a plucked variable tension chordophone) to lure snakes. Kalbelia women and men perform the indoni, panihari, and shankaria dances. The women wear striking bead- and cowrie-decorated veils, skirts and blouses.
The tera tali ("13 cymbals") dance of the Kamar women of western Rajasthan is performed in honour of their deity, Ramdeoji. A pair of dancers play the 13 cymbals (manjira) tied to each other's bodies, accompanied by Kamar men who play the harmonium and dholak.
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