Across India’s Legendary Desert Kingdom


Fascinating desert tribes, princely fortresses, camels painted with henna, and airy palaces of marble and onyx are among the many reasons we love Rajasthan. We bring you into this colorful world with a camel ride and sunset dune walk amid herders’ camps at the legendary Pushkar or Nagaur fairs, a rickshaw ride through the markets of elegant Jaipur, an exquisite sunrise at the Taj Mahal, and game viewing in Ranthambhore National Park, a former maharaja’s hunting ground and a great place to search for elusive Bengal tigers in the wild. From the hilltop forts and timeless bazaars of Jaipur, where we overnight at a maharajah’s palace, to the tangled lanes of the blue-hued medieval city of Jodhpur, this journey brings you an unforgettable taste of India.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Delhi / Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Ranthambhore

In Agra, we see the Taj Mahal bathed in sunrise’s soft light, explore Fatehpur Sikri’s exquisite palaces and courtyards, and head to our deluxe tented camp at Ranthambhore to search for royal Bengal tigers in the wild.

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Days 5-6

In Jaipur, an 18th century city of pink sandstone, our explorations include the ornate Palace of the Winds and the ethereal Amber Fort, a 16th century Rajput stronghold. Our hotel, the Rambagh Palace, former home of the Maharaja of Jaipur, gives us a taste of royal life.

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Days 7-8
Pushkar or Nagaur Fair

Rajasthan’s flamboyant camel and cattle fairs are a feast for our senses and a riot of color, song, and dance. We enter the festival by camel and enjoy sunset walks through the dunes among the traders and camel camps. Our overnights are at a superbly comfortable and elegant tented camp.

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Days 9-11

We explore the great monolith of the Mehrangarh Fort, a walled city of temples and palaces, and roam Jodhpur’s spice and textile markets. Depart on Day 11, or join our special Villages of Rajasthan extension.

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Enjoy the songs, dances, and colorful camel races at the Nagaur or Pushkar camel fair
Search for the remarkable wildlife of Ranthambhore National Park, including majestic Bengal tigers
Explore the markets of Jaipur, see the sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Extend your adventure to Rajasthan’s villages on our WT leader-led journey into ancient cultures


Length: 11 days
Cost From: $7295  
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 2 nights maharajas’ palaces, 4 nights first-class hotels, 2 nights tented camp, 2 nights deluxe tented jungle camp
Meals: All meals included except 4 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Overland travel with walking tours, cultural explorations