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Rajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the region.

PLACES COVERED  DELHI-MANDAWA-BIKANER-JAISALMER-JODHPUR-UDAIPUR-PUSHKAR-JAIPUR-AGRA-DELHI
DURATION OF TRIP  17NIGHTS/18 DAYS
MINIMUM  REQUIRED  2 PAX
 ACCOMMODATION  LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION PICKUP Delhi/DROP Delhi
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:30 PM/Depends on onward Journey
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing,  sunscreen.
BASIC INCLUSION
17 Night with Bed & Breakfast
01 Jeep / Elephant Ride in Jaipur
Private Transport
BASIC EXCLUSION
Entrance Tickets To monuments
Gratuity Recommended
Food and Beverages not mentioned in Itenary

 

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1

Day-01- Arrival at Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport meet and greet by our representative later transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

2

Day-02- Old Delhi sightseeing

After breakfast Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi By experiencing the Delhi Metro train

Start By visiting the

Jama Masjid:-Jama Masjid is another marvelous treasure of the Old City, and is the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build, and was completed in 1650.

Later we will start the Rickshaw Ride to Explore the old part of town which includes

ChandniChowk:-The ChandniChowk (Moonlight Square) is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, India. Chandni Chowk is located close to Old Delhi Railway Station. The Red Fort monument is located within the market.

Spice Market: –A bit west of Chandni Market you will find yourself on KhariBaoli Road in the heart of Asia’s largest wholesale spice market. Here we found hundreds of shops dealing in refined, local and exotic spices.

Red Fort: Delhi’s most famous monument, the Red Fort, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Its walls, which stretch for over two kilometers (1.2 miles), were built in 1638 to keep out invaders.

Later back to Hotel with Delhi Metro Train,
Both Side Metro Entry passes will be given you, Stay overnight at Hotel in Delhi.

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Day-3: Delhi - Mandawa

After breakfast proceeds to Mandawa. Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of the Shekhawati region. Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north. The town lies between latitude 28° 06’ in the north and longitude 75° 20’ in the east.

On arrival at this place, check-in to the hotel, Later you will go for sightseeing in Mandawa. This place is famous for various Havelies and forts. You will visit Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli and other famous Havelies. You will also visit various houses painted having colorful fresco art & painting.

Return to the hotel for comforting overnight stay in Mandawa.

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Day-4: Mandawa - Bikaner

After breakfast proceeds to Bikaner. This place is very famous for various beautiful forts and temples. On arrival checked in at hotel. After a short relax, you will go to visit various famous tourist attractions like

Deshnoke Temple or Karni Mata Temple: This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. It is also known as the Temple of Rats. The temple is famous for the approximately 25,000 black rats that live, and are revered, in the temple.

Bhandasar Jain Temple or Banda Shah Jain temple is situated at Bikaner, Rajasthan. This temple is famous for wall painting and Artwork. This temple is protected by Archaeological Survey of India

Junagarh Fort:- Junagarh Fort is a fort in the city of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. The fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or “Old Fort” in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits.

Return to the hotel for the peaceful overnight stay in Bikaner.

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Day-5: Bikaner- Jaisalmer

After having delicious breakfast at the hotel, drive you to Jaisalmer, which is also known as “The Golden City”. Upon arrival check-in at Hotel for short relax. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaisalmer.

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Day-6: Jaisalmer (Overnight desert safari)

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Jaisalmer Fort, Gadi Sagar Lake, and various beautiful decorated Havelies. It is such a wonderful experience for every traveler coming to The Golden City of India.

Afternoon as you embark upon a great journey to visit the famous sand dunes located in Sum called “THAR DESERT”. This place is situated 50 km away from Jaisalmer and gives a wonderful retreat to each and every traveler coming to Rajasthan.

You will also enjoy the following activities and programs:-

  • Sunset camel rides on sand dunes, which is a memorable experience.
  • Evening snacks with enjoy Rajasthani Folk Cultural Dance activities
  • Buffet dinner with offering Rajasthani Cuisine, Overnight stay in camp on desert.

Evening snacks & dinner, Overnight stay in camp on the desert.

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Day 07 :- Jaisalmer / Jodhpur

Early morning after breakfast proceeds to Jodhpur. On arrival, Jodhpur checks in Hotel. Jodhpur is famously called the Sun City, as the sun is visible here first every morning. Jodhpur was founded in the year 1459 by Rao Jodha and the city earned its name after him. The second-largest city in the state of Rajasthan is divided into the old city and new city. The city is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces.

Evening visits local markets and stays overnight at hotel in Jodhpur.

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Day 08 :- Jodhpur

After breakfast start a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visit
Mehrangarh Fort:-It is one among the largest Indian forts. This invincible fort stands magnificently 400 feet above the city. Rao Jodha constructed the fort in 1459 AD

Jaswant Thada:- JaswantThada was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, the Second in the year 1899. This is close to Mehrangarh Fort.

Umaid Bhawan Palace:– Construction of Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum was started in the year 1929 and it was completed in 1943. The palace is situated on the highest point in the city.

Mandore Gardens:-Mandore, belonging to the 6th century, was Marwar’s capital before Jodhpur was established. Mandore Gardens here attract tourists in great numbers.

Later return to the hotel, overnight stay at hotel in Jodhpur.

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Day 09 :- Jodhpur – Udaipur

After breakfast drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival check-in to the hotel later transfer to the Lake Pichola for:

Sunset boat ride on the Pichola lake, to catch a view of the Lake Palace of Udaipur.
Later return to the hotel, Overnight at the hotel in Udaipur.

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Day-10: Udaipur City Tour

The morning after breakfast start sightseeing in Udaipur and visit:-

City Palace:- Udaipur, one of India’s most romantic cities and famed for its lovely palaces and lakes. Begin by visiting the City Palace and wandering through its beautiful rooms and apartments A palace complex built by MaharanaUdai Singh, the City Palace is grandeur personified.

Lake Pichola:- Surrounded by hills, gardens, temples, and havelis, Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful lakes in India and a much sought-after tourist attraction in Udaipur. The famous Lake Palace hotel is situated in the middle of Lake Pichola and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

Fatehsagar Lake, built by MaharanaFateh Singh in 1754 A.D. Also visit the Jagdish Temple, the largest and most venerated temple of Udaipur.

Then continue on to the Garden of Maidens “Sahelion-ki-bari” and the Folk Art Museum, to view the interesting collection of puppets & paintings. You shall be given enough Leisure time for individual activities.

Later drive back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Udaipur.

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Day 11:- Udaipur - Pushkar

After breakfast proceeds to Pushkar.On arrival check-in Hotel. Evening visit:

Pushkar Market:- The Pushkar Bazaar offers a variety of items, especially during the annual Pushkar Fair. The items available here are Rajasthani costumes and puppets, embroidered fabrics, souvenirs, bangles and beads, decorative pieces and accessories, curios, embroidered shoes, brass utensils, glass lamps, bags, belts, and many more handicraft items.

Stay overnight at hotel in Pushkar.

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Day 12 :-Pushkar Cooking Class Experience

After breakfast proceeds for sightseeing in Pushkar and visit:

Pushkar Lake:-Hindus from all across India consider Pushkar Lake to be one of the most sacred lakes of India. According to legend, the origin of this lake was the lotus flower petals that fell on earth from Lord Brahma’s hands.

Brahma Temple:-The Brahma Temple is the lone Hindu temple in India where Lord Brahma, the Creator of the World is worshipped. This major attraction of Pushkar is situated on the banks of the Pushkar Lake and is considered to have a special position in the Hindu Pantheons.

Savitri Temple:-Situated on the peak of the Ratnagiri Hill, the Savitri Temple is dedicated to Savitri, Lord Brahma’s consort. It was built in 1687 and pilgrims need to trek up the hill in order to reach the shrine of the temple.

Evening attend cooking class by professional Indian chef followed by dinner (Cook & Eat)

Later return to the hotel, overnight stay at hotel in Pushkar.

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Day-13: Pushkar / Jaipur

The morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan state. Upon arrival, drive pass through HawaMahal

Evening free for the local markets in Jaipur, later check-in to the hotel overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.

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DAY - 14: Jaipur Sightseeing

Early morning after breakfast proceed to sightseeing tour of Jaipur, Direct sunlight on the HawaMahal is most amazing sights to see from outside and will stop there for photoshoot

Hawa mahal:- built-in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture.

Later drive to Amer Fort there experience the Jeep Ride/Elephant ride from the old town to reach the Courtyard of Amer fort, Back days king army used the same route !!!

Amer Fort:- The old capital of the Kachhwahas stands atop a range of craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

JalMahal:-On the way Back From Amber Fort, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is in progress.

City Palace:-situated in the heart of the old city, it occupies about one-seventh of the old city area. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the center, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city.

Jantar Mantar:- built-in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonry instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dial still provides accurate time, which is subject to daily corrections.

Albert Hall Museum:- situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces.

Later back to Hotel, Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur.

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DAY - 15: Jaipur / Agra

After breakfast proceed to Agra and visit en-route to:

Fatehpur Sikri:-Built by Akbar, the Mughal emperor in 1570, the city was a tribute to Sufi Saint. Fatehpur Sikri is a perfect blend of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture and it was built using red sandstone. For around 10 years, the city remained the capital of the Mughal Empire.

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Abhaneri is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan state in India. It is situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. The place is popular for the Chand Baori stepwell and Harshat Mata Temple.

Later proceed to Agra. On arrival check-in Hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel in Agra.

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DAY - 16 :Agra / Delhi

Early Morning Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal

TajMahal:-You cannot think of Agra without thinking of TajMahal. Or, you might not have thought of Agra were it not for the monument of love. TajMahal, the white marble beauty was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, MumtazMahal.  (*TajMahal Closed on every Friday)

Later Back to Hotel for Breakfast than check-out from the hotel and visit:

Agra Fort:- You would regret if you miss Agra Fort during your visit to Agra. The 16th-century monument is yet another proof of the architectural brilliance of Mughals. This is situated near the gardens of the world-famous TajMahal.

Itmad-ud-Daulah:- India’s first tomb to be made completely out of marble, Itmad-Ud-Daulah signals the beginning of a new era in Mughal architecture. Until then, it was buildings of red sandstone. It was constructed during Jahangir’s period.

Afternoon proceeds to Delhi, Check-in to the hotel, Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

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DAY - 17: New Delhi Sightseeing

After breakfast start sightseeing tour of New Delhi visit

Qutub Minar:- QutabMinar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer.

Humayun’s Tomb:- If you think Humayun’s Tomb looks a bit like the TajMahal in Agra, that’s because it was the inspiration for the TajMahal’s creation. The tomb was built in 1570 and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun.

Lotus Temple:-The Bahai Temple is commonly referred to as the Lotus Temple, as it’s shaped like a lotus flower. It’s particularly pretty at night when it’s attractively lit up. Made out of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions.

India Gate:-The towering archway of India Gate at the center of New Delhi is a war memorial, built-in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I.

Laxmi Narayan Temple:- Built-in 1938 by the Industrialist G.D. Birla, it is one of the major temples in Delhi and is located near Connaught Place. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her consort Narayana.

Later back to Hotel for Farewell Dinner for all Group Members.

One company Memento with a group picture which will be given to each member of the Group.

Stay overnight at Hotel in Delhi.

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DAY - 18 : DELHI DEPARTURE

After breakfast day free, In the afternoon check out from hotel transfer to the airport/railway station for your onward journey.

PRICES BASED ON BUDGET ACCOMMODATION

For Budget Accommodation Same Package please click below link

https://www.abysstours.com/product/budget-rajasthan-tour/

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Services are included in the price:-

  • A safe and comfortable air-conditioned Private Bus with driver, all-inclusive. (Fuel for Bus, road and state taxes, toll fees, parking fees, Driver and driver’s food, and lodging).
  • The Bus will be with you from your arrival to departure with as many stops to sightsee as you want.
  • A Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting and sufficient English to communicate.
  • Airport Pick-up & Drop
  • Transfers and land transportation according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation Double or Twin rooms with Bed and Breakfast.
  • Sightseeing Tours in All Cities
  •  1 Boat ride in Lake Pichola Udaipur
  • Free visit in Udaipur hand painting Work Shop
  • 1 Jeep/Elephant Ride in Jaipur
  • 1 farewell Dinner in Delhi last day
  • 1 Rickshaw Rides in Old Delhi
  • 1 Cooking class experience in Pushkar (Cook & eat)
  • 1 Swiss tent in Jaisalmer’sThar desert with evening snacks & dinner
  • 1 Camel ride at sunset in Jaisalmer
  • Metro Tokens for the return trip of Old Delhi Tour
  • 1 Indian SIM Card for local use with 1 GB data every day
  • All Applicable Taxes inclusive GST
  • 1 Company Escort
  • Free visit to Jaipur’s famous block printing workshop
  • Local Registered English speaking tour guide in each city
  • Maximum Group Size 22 pax
  • Free visit to TajMahal Inlay Marble (Work Shop)

Services are not included in the prices:-

  • Tips, laundry,
  • Gala Dinner on X-Mass eve & New Year eve is mandatory and it is payable directly at hotels at the time of check-in
  • Monuments Entrance Ticket wherever applicable.(150USD Approx)
  • Any meals (Lunch or Dinner which is not specified above)
  • Luggage handling and Beverages.
  • Personal Expenses

PRICES BASED ON LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

Delhi:- Crowne Plaza, Rohini or similar
Mandawa:- MadawaCastle or Similar
Bikaner:- Vista Bikaner or Similar
Jaisalmer:- Rang Mahal or Similar
Jaisalmer:- Overnight in Swiss Luxury Tent
Jodhpur:- Indiana Palace or Similar
Udaipur:- Radisson Hotel or Similar
Pushkar:- Brahma Horizon or Similar
Jaipur:- Lemon Tree Premier or Similar
Agra:- Ramada Plaza or Similar

Important Note:-

  • International flights are not included and need to be purchased separately.
  • Tipping and gratuities (Guides/Driver) are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$5-10 per person, per day is the industry. standard).
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The applicants are also requested to visit website of the Indian Mission concerned for detailed information about Indian visa.

ONLINE VISA APPLICATION

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VISA CATEGORIES

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VISA PROCESSING TIME

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5 Student Period of course/ 5 years M Proof of admission in Indian Institution Yes
6 Foreigners of Indian Origin 5 years M Proof of being of Indian Origin Yes

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Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs of India

India’s culture is among the world,s oldest; civilization in India began about 4,500 years ago. Many sources describe it as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world, according to the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) organization.

Western societies did not always see the culture of India very favorably, according to Christina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. Early anthropologists once considered culture as an evolutionary process, and ”every aspect of human development was seen as driven by evolution,” she told Live Science. “In this view, societies outside of Europe or North America, or societies that did not follow the European or Western way of life, were considered primitive and culturally inferior.  Essentially this included all the colonized countries and people, such as African countries, India, and the Far East.”.

However, Indians made significant advances in architecture (Taj Mahal), mathematics (the invention of zero) and medicine (Ayurveda). Today, India is a very diverse country, with more than 1.2 billion people, according to the CIA World Factbook, making it the second most populous nation after China. Different regions have their own distinct cultures. Language, religion, food and the arts are just some of the various aspects of Indian culture. Here is a brief overview of the culture of India.

Language

India has 28 states and seven territories, according to the World Health Organization. There is no official language in India, according to a Gujarat High Court ruling in 2010. Many people living in India also write in Devanagari script. In fact, it is a misconception that the majority of people in India speak Hindi. Though many people speak Hindi in India, 59 percent of India residents speak something other than Hindi, according to The Times of India. Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu are some other languages spoken in the country.

Religion

India is identified as the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism, the third and fourth largest religions. About 84 percent of the population identifies as Hindu, according to the “Handbook of Research on Development and Religion” Edited by Matthew Clarke (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013). There are many variations of Hinduism, and four predominant sects — Shaiva, Vaishnava, Shakteya and Smarta.

About 13 percent of Indians are Muslim, making it one of the largest Islamic nations in the world. Christians and Sikhs make up a small percentage of the population, and there are even fewer Buddhists and Jains, according to the “Handbook.”

Food

When the Moghul Empire invaded during the sixteenth century, they left a significant mark on the Indian cuisine, according to Texas A&M University. Indian cuisine is also influenced by many other countries. It is known for its large assortment of dishes and its liberal use of herbs and spices. Cooking styles vary from region to region.

Wheat, Basmati rice and pulses with chana (Bengal gram) are important staples of the Indian diet. The food is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, dried hot peppers, and cinnamon, among others. Chutneys — thick condiments and spreads made from assorted fruits and vegetables such as tamarind and tomatoes and mint, cilantro and other herbs — are used generously in Indian cooking.

Many Hindus are vegetarians, but lamb and chicken are common in main dishes for non-vegetarians. The Guardian reports that between 20 percent and 40 percent of India’s population is vegetarian.

Much of Indian food is eaten with fingers or bread used as utensils. There is a wide array of breads served with meals, including naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, and bhatoora, a fried, fluffy flatbread common in North India and eaten with chickpea curry.

Architecture and art

The most well-known example of Indian architecture is the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. India also has many ancient temples.

India is well known for its film industry, which is often referred to as Bollywood. The country’s movie history began in 1896 when the Lumière brothers demonstrated the art of cinema in Mumbai, according to the Golden Globes. Today, the films are known for their elaborate singing and dancing.

Indian dance, music and theater traditions span back more than 2,000 years, according to Nilima Bhadbhade, author of “Contract Law in India” (Kluwer Law International, 2010). The major classical dance traditions — Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Kathakali — draw on themes from mythology and literature and have rigid presentation rules.

Clothing

Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk saris worn by many of the country’s women. The traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth that is tied around the waist and legs. Men also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length. For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees. The Nehru jacket is a shorter version of a sherwani.

Customs and celebrations

The country celebrates Republic Day (Jan. 26), Independence Day (Aug. 15) and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Oct. 2). Diwali is the largest and most important holiday to India, according to National Geographic. It is a five-day festival known as the festival of lights because of the lights lit during the celebration to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. Holi, the festival of colors, also called the festival of love, is popular in the spring.

Weather

India is situated in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan.
The climate in India varies from a tropical monsoon climate in the south to a temperate climate in the north. If you are thinking of Visiting Delhi (the capital of India) then best to visit it in October, November, February and March. That’s when the nights are cool and the days are filled with a little sunshine. May, June and July are very hot with temperatures over 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). It is a dry heat and is sometimes accompanied by dusty desert winds. Most of the rain falls between July and September but they are not the tropical rains you’ll experience in India’s coastal cities.

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02 March 2020 19 March 2020 OPEN
02 April 2020 19 April 2020 OPEN
02 May 2020 19 May 2020 OPEN
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