Featuring Pushkar, Nagaur Camel Fairs or Holi, Festival of Color

Rajasthan, with a plethora of magnificent forts and palaces, is the fabled land of the Maharajas of India. The Rajput’s highly evolved code of honor and chivalry rivaled that of the medieval European knights. As proud as the Rajputs are, they are friendly, warm and delight in welcoming visitors into their homes. Like the rest of India, festivals play a major role in the Rajasthani way of life where, against the backdrop of stark, desert sands, the gaiety of the festivals epitomizes the spirit and resilience of the Rajputs.

The Pushkar and Nagaur Camel Fairs are a riot of color and excitement where thousands of camels, horses and livestock – all elaborately decorated – are brought together for trading. There are camel races, musicians, entertainers and crowds of people from all over Rajasthan, decked out in their traditional finery.

Holi is one of India’s beloved festivals and celebrated across the nation. This festival of colors celebrates the triumph of good over evil with bonfires, dances, and ritual games using rich pigments. Traditionally, Holi heralded the arrival of spring, fertility of the land, and a good harvest. Revel in the festivities in the city of Jaipur.

Our “Festivals of Rajasthan” tour is designed to include one of the above mentioned festivals in each of the three departures.  The following outline is specific to the fair at Pushkar, which will be substituted with the Nagaur Fair or Holi Festival in our Spring departures.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive Delhi

You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city or resting and relaxing in your hotel.

Day 2 | Exploring Delhi

Enjoy sightseeing today in both the “old” and “new” Delhi.

Days 3-4 | Bishnoi Tribes in Jamba

Spend two days discovering the traditional hospitality of rural Rajasthani life.  You will also have the chance to go four-wheeling and experience the thrill of a camel safari or a ride on a camel cart.

Days 5-7 | Pushkar camel Fair

The Pushkar Camel Fair is a riot of color and excitement where close to a quarter of a million camels, horses and livestock – all elaborately decorated – are brought together for trading. There are camel races, musicians, entertainers and crowds of people from all over Rajasthan, decked out in their traditional finery.

Days 8-9 | Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the “Pink City.” Explore the colorful bazaars of the old city, Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Mughal Art Museum, Amber Fort and Palace, Temple of Kali, Jai Mahal the Hall of Victory.

Day 10 | Agra via Fatepur Sikri

Explore Fatepur Sikri en route to Agra. The Mughal Emperor Akbar’s eerily abandoned city is full of elegant small palace structures carved from red sandstone.

Day 11 | Agra

Start your day with an unforgettable sunrise over the Taj Mahal. This day’s tour includes visit to Itmad ud Daula, the Agra Fort and free time for shopping.

Day 12 | To Delhi and Outbound

Enjoy the morning further exploring Agra.  After lunch,drive to Delhi, where you will tansfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

Trip Dates & Pricing

Dates:

Pushkar Camel Fair:
November 20 – December 1, 2020
November 10 – 21, 2021
Get a $550 per person discount for the 2020 tour to Pushkar Camel Fair by booking before September 1.
(Full refund if unable to travel due to the pandemic restrictions still in place during November.)

Nagaur Camel Fair:
February 13 – 24, 2021

Holi Festival:
March 10 – 21, 2021

2020/2021 Land Cost:

4-9 Travelers             $6,555 per person
10+ Travelers            $5,745 per person

Internal Airfare:       $130 per person

Single Supplement: $1,930 per person

NOTE: Land Price is based on double occupancy and
Internal Airfare is subject to change by airlines.

Activity Level

This is an easy to moderate touring trip, staying in 4 to 5-Star hotels and first class lodge. Sightseeing excursions and intercity drives can be exhausting and long (5-6 hours), thus giving the tour a “moderate” rating. Bathroom facilities during sight seeing excursions and long drives are frequently nonexistent and limited to the facilities at a local restaurant, which could be just an “out-house.” Inter India flights can be delayed without reason, or much advance notice.