Across India’s Legendary Desert Kingdom

Overview

Fascinating desert tribes, festooned camels, princely fortresses, and airy palaces of marble and onyx are the enchanting lure of Rajasthan. We bring you into this colorful world with a sunset dune walk and camel ride amid herders’ camps at the legendary Nagaur (or Pushkar) Cattle and Camel Fair, a rickshaw ride through the markets of elegant Jaipur, and an exquisite sunrise viewing of the Taj Mahal. You’ll also enjoy 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 glorious palaces of Jaipur to the tangled lanes of the blue-hued medieval city of Jodhpur, this is an unforgettable taste of India.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

From Delhi, we head to Agra and rise early to see the Taj bathed in sunrise’s soft light. In evocative and perfectly preserved Fatehpur Sikri, we explore its exquisite palaces and courtyards en route to our deluxe tented camp at Ranthambhore, where on game drives you’ll search for tigers as well as other wildlife, including 300 species of birds.

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Days 5-6
Jaipur

Our journey brings us to Jaipur, an 18th century city of pink sandstone. You’ll weave through the narrow lanes and lively outdoor markets, and explore the splendid City Palace, with its lavish, frescoed interiors. In a nearby valley, visit the mighty Amber Fort, a Rajput hilltop stronghold fortified by natural hills and high ramparts. Our hotel, the Rambagh Palace, former home of the Maharaja of Jaipur, gives you a taste of the royal life.

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Days 7-8
Pushkar or Nagaur Fair

Rajasthan’s flamboyant fairs are a feast for the senses and a riot of color, song, and dance. At this festive gathering, we enter by camel and later enjoy a sunset walk through the dunes among the traders and camel camps. Overnights at a superb tented camp.

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Days 9-11
Jodhpur

Explore mighty Mehrangarh Fort, perched atop a steep rocky eminence rising over the desert valley, and walk through Jodhpur’s spice and textile markets. Depart on Day 11 or join our extension to Rohet, Ranakpur, and romantic Udaipur.

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Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy songs, dances, and colorful camel races at the Nagaur or Pushkar Camel Fair
Gameviewing in Ranthambhore National Park
Markets of Jaipur, sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Extend your adventure to Rohet, Ranakpur, and Udaipur for a total immersion in Rajasthan’s culture

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6995  
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
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Overland travel with walking tours, cultural explorations