BANESHWAR FAIR: INDIA’S LARGEST TRIBAL FAIR (15 days)

Nothing beats highlighting the local cultures and traditions than its vibrant fairs. If you are in Rajasthan in February, 2019 we recommend you to take a side step off the tourist trail and head to the quaint little town of Dungapur for the Baneshwar Fair. Primarily celebrated by the tribal folk of this region, Bhils the Baneshwar Fair is held on a full moon day and the sacred Shiv Linga kept in the Mahadev Temple in Dungarpur is worshipped. Join the locals and participate in the festivities as they engage in a series of activities – from belting out folk songs to exciting magic shows and fun acrobatic acts. Don’t miss the stalls that sell colourful handicraft items to take back with you as keepsakes!

For a truly immersive experience into the enchanting local culture and traditions of Rajasthan, witness the largest indigenous fair in India. We bet you’ll enjoy every bit of it! This tour is to be booked via a travel agent only. Please ask your travel agent to book your tour soon. For further details, contact .

Terms and Conditions: The Baneshwar Fair is held every year. This tour is applicable for travel from 8th February – 22nd February, 2019 and you will be at Dungarpur on 17th February, 2019 to witness the Baneshwar Fair.

Arrive in Delhi. You will be met by our Peirce & Leslie colleague who will escort you to your hotel.

This morning, you will drive to the Qutb Minar complex (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The best-known structure in the complex is the Qutb Minar, built to honor the Sufi saint Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki. From here, you will head to Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is considered an architectural triumph of the Mughal Empire. You will then proceed to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the temple of the followers of the Sikh religion.

After lunch, you will drive to the Old City. You will take a cycle-rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the 300-year-old wholesale market, Chandini Chowk. You will disembark at the Jama Masjid for a visit to the country’s largest mosque. You will return via Rajpath, where you will drive past modern India’s iconic buildings like the Central Secretariat, President’s House, Parliament House, and our War MemorialIndia Gate. (B, L)

After a sumptuous breakfast, you will drive to the Shekhawati region of Nawalgarh (approximately 5 hours, excluding stops). On your arrival, you will check-in to your hotel.

Late in the afternoon, you will visit few prominent sights like Anandilal Poddar Haveli, Aath Haveli, Hodh Raj Patodia Haveli, etc. (B)

Today you will take an excursion to Mandawa (45 minutes excluding stops)a small fort town established in 18th centuryby wealthy merchant families . On the haveli tour your guide will point out some of the lavish wall art illustrations depicting Maharajas, Lord Krishna, Rajasthani ladies, elephants and religious motifs seen nowhere else but in this region. After lunch, you will drive back to your hotel. Before sunset, enjoy a 1-hour Camel-ride.

In the evening, you will witness a folk dance performance at your hotel. (B, L)

Today’s drive takes you to Jaipur (approximately 3 hours excluding stops). On your arrival, you will check-in to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will visit the fort-palace at Amber (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Later, you will have the option of watching a Hindi Bollywood film at the art-deco splendor of Rajmandir movie theatre. (B, D)

In the morning, you will have the option of attending an exclusive one-hour Yoga class with a Yoga Instructor at the hotel.

Later, you will visit the sprawling City Palace, which is a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture. You will also take a private tour of the residential areas of the Palace not open to the general public. From the City Palace, you will enter the extraordinary Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the astronomical observatory built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II. You will end the morning tour with a stop to click pictures of the Hawa Mahal – the ornate pink façade, an icon of the city.

In the afternoon, we will take you on a specially designed walk through the bazaars of the Old City where you will get the opportunity to interact with the traditional businessmen who have been plying their trade for years or sip a cup of tea on the streets and enjoy some street food. (B)

After breakfast, you will drive to Bundi (approximately 3.5 hours excluding stops). On arrival, you will check-in to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Taragarh Fort. From here, you will proceed to Lake Jait Sagar located close to the fort where it is believed that Rudyard Kipling stayed in a small house and wrote a chapter of, Kim. On your way back, you will stop at Sukh Mahal, a small two-storied palace which was a summer retreat of past rulers. (B)

This morning you will first visit the extraordinary Bundi Palace. You will then visit Raniji-ki-Baori, also known as ‘Queen’s Stepwell’, which is a famous stepwell built in 1699 by Rani Nathavati Ji, the younger queen of the ruling king Rao Raja Anirudh Singh of Bundi. 

Later in the afternoon, you will visit Nawal Sagar Lake. Set in the heart of the town, the lake is all around surrounded by different baoris (stepwells). (B)

After an early breakfast, you will drive to Dungarpur (approximately 6 hours excluding stops).

On the way, you will stop to visit Chittorgarh (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). After lunch, you will continue to Dungarpur, where you will arrive in the evening and check-in to your hotel. (B, L, D)

Take a full-day excursion to Baneshwar today (approximately 1 hour excluding stops – each way).

Baneshwar Fair is a major fair of the tribals visiting from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and offer prayers to Lord Shiva. This is a religious fair with simple and traditional rituals. The fair grounds will be bustling with activities. If you are a tourist with keen interest in people, their customs, food habits, dances and songs, and fun activities, you will be more than satisfied. (B, L, D)

In the morning, you will visit the Dungarpur Palace and explore the town.

After an early lunch, you will drive to Udaipur (approximately 2 hours excluding stops). On your arrival, you will check-in to your hotel.

Late in the afternoon, you will take a walk in the old city with your guide. Sharing space with cows, elephants, people and bicycles, the walk through the winding lanes gives you a flavor of the lives of people in “small town India”. You will also see the very rare and ephemeral art of Jal Sanjhi, a religious art that involves drawing with colored powder on water.

Enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola in a private launch in the evening - arranged exclusively for you, sailing past its picturesque ghats and palaces. (B. L)

This morning, you will start your city visit at the City Palace. You will then walk through the Crystal Gallery which has a rather eclectic collection of Crystal Object d’art and furniture including a complete bedroom set, discovered recently in a storeroom in the palace.

Later, visit the Jagdish temple located near the City Palace. An example of the Indo-Aryan style of architecture, the temple was built in 1651, and enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu.

The afternoon hours will be at leisure for independent activities.

Tonight, you will participate in a unique culinary experience conducted by a family that was once amongst the premier nobility of Mewar. This will be followed by dinner with the host family.

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In the evening, you will meet a teacher and housewife known for her simple, delicious home-cooked meals. With her, you will visit the local market to shop at her favorite vendors and return and cook with her a meal for dinner at her home. (B, D)

After breakfast, you will drive to Palanpur (approximately 3 hours, excluding stops). On your arrival, you will check-in to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will visit the important sights of Palanpur city: Balaram Mahadev Temple, Balaram Palace and Keerti Stumbh. (B)

This morning’s drive takes you to Ahmedabad (approximately 3 hours excluding stops). On your way, you will visit Sidhpur, Patan and Modhera, to see the temples, weavers’ home and the marvellous stepwell respectively

You will arrive in Ahmedabad in the evening, and check-in to your hotel. (B, L)

After a quick cup of tea/coffee early this morning, you will start the day with a walk around the bustling, industrial, and interesting Old Quarter of Ahmedabad which is best visited early in the morning.

After a traditional Gujarati breakfast in one of the restaurants of the Old City, you will visit the Calico Museum of Textiles.


From here, you will visit the Shreyas Museum to see its comprehensive collection of contemporary rural textiles from all over Gujarat. The rest of the day will be at leisure for independent activities.


Late in the evening, you will be escorted to the airport by our Peirce & Leslie colleague in time to board your international flight to your Onward Destination. (B, L)