Two camels in silhouette at sunset at Pushkar, India

Camels at the Pushkar Camel Fair, India

Thousands of camels are brought to Pushkar for the annual rural fair at this desert outpost, famed for its camel races, musicians, and melting pot of Rajasthani tribal peoples.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6695  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Jodhpur, 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 Day 1
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Overland travel with walking tours, cultural explorations
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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


I can’t imagine a more successful trip than the one we just had. It was truly perfect in every way.Jackie F.—Charleston, SC

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Departure Notes

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Special Offer!

$500 discount per person
Jan 21-Feb 2 2015

Limit 4 people, valid for new sign-ups only. Please note that these special offers cannot be combined with other discounts.

Fascinating desert tribes, festooned camels, and airy palaces of marble and onyx are the 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 sunrise viewing of the Taj Mahal. You’ll also enjoy gameviewing 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

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

From Delhi, head to Agra and rise early to see the Taj bathed in sunrise’s soft light. In evocative and perfectly preserved Fatehpur Sikri, explore exquisite pavilions 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.

Days 5-6
Jaipur

In Jaipur, an 18th century city of pink sandstone, weave through the narrow lanes and lively outdoor markets, and explore the splendid City Palace, with its lavish, frescoed interiors. Our hotel, the Rambagh Palace, former home of the Maharaja of Jaipur, gives you a taste of the royal life.

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. 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.

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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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 1+, Easy. It is a comfortable, vehicle-based sightseeing trip. Accommodations include comfortable, modern hotels reflecting the traditional architecture of Rajasthan as well as former palaces and royal residences that have been converted into luxurious heritage hotels. At our tented camp at the Pushkar Fair, we sleep in Rajasthani-style air-conditioned tents furnished with cots and en suite facilities. There are some long days of driving on rough, bumpy roads.

An optional early morning camel ride is offered at the Pushkar or Nagaur fair for an “above the crowd” view of the activities around the fairgrounds as the day begins. Anyone participating in this optional activity must acknowledge the inherent dangers in riding and agree to accept any and all risks.

Please remember that travel in India is an intense experience. The essential requirements are flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity, enthusiasm about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
Jan 21-Feb 2, 2015  * Nagaur Fair

Nov 13-23, 2015  Pushkar Fair
2016
Feb 5-15, 2016  Nagaur Fair

*Please note: January-February 2015 departure is 13 days. Please call for details.

Trip Cost

Prices valid through September 30, 2016
$6695 (13-16 members)
$6995 (10-12 members)
$7395 (7-9 members)
Single supplement: $2895
Forced single supplement: $2895
Internal airfare: $265 (subject to change)
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations
  • All meals included except Day 1
  • Ground transportation
  • Airport transfers

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal airfare, airport departure taxes, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, hotels en route to or on return from Delhi or additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, visa fees, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $500
150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
90 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Claridges Hotel Delhi

Claridges Hotel Delhi

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Delhi, India

Set on three acres right in the heart of New Delhi, this hotel has been a landmark since the 1950s and it’s just a five-minute walk from the ...
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ITC Mughal Agra

ITC Mughal Agra

Day 3 (1 night), Agra, India

The ITC Mughal Agra Hotel is a comfortable property set on 35 acres of lush gardens complete with two swimming pools and an excellent spa.  It ...
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Sher Bagh

Sher Bagh

Day 4 (1 night), Ranthambhore National Park, India

You’ll enjoy a glass of bubbly upon arrival at this deluxe tented camp, a haven for nature lovers and arguably the best place to stay while ...
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Taj Rambagh Palace

Taj Rambagh Palace

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Jaipur, India

Experience one of life’s rare treats—a stay at the Rambagh Palace, an authentic royal residence and a treasure of India, with its ...
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Camp Thar

Camp Thar (Pushkar Fair)

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Pushkar, India

Set in the Thar Desert near Pushkar, where one of India’s captivating traditional livestock fairs takes place each year, Camp Thar offers ...
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Ranvas Nagaur

Ranvas Nagaur (Nagaur Fair)

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Nagaur, India

Ranvas (“Abode of Queens”) is a stunning new heritage hotel built in the heart of an ancient fort on the edge of the Thar Desert. The ...
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Raas Haveli

Raas Haveli

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Jodhpur, India

The Raas Haveli occupies a stunning position beneath Jodhpur's imposing Mehrangarh Fort and is the only boutique hotel in India located right within ...
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Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel (Day Room)

Day 11, Day Room, Delhi, India

This stylish business hotel is just a few miles from Delhi’s international airport, with comfortable rooms and all the services you’d ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Buddha Basnyat

Departure Dates: January 21-February 2, 2015

Buddha Basnyat, MD, is one of Nepal’s top docs and a world expert on high altitude medicine, and we feel honored to count him among our team. Trained in India, the US, and Canada, Buddha now serves as the Medical Director for the Himalayan Rescue Association. He is also a Professor of ...
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Hashmat Singh

Departure Dates: November 13-23, 2015

Hashmat Singh has led over 100 journeys on three continents for us since 1990. He holds a BA in History from Delhi University and is a noted photographer. His book, Trekking in the Himalaya (Roli Books), features photographic essays from Ladakh to Bhutan. Born an army brat, Hashmat traveled ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

India

Kanha National Park Extension

Gameviewing in one of India’s Great Wildlife Reserves

Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South India Extension: The Malabar Coast

Cochin and a Cruise Along the Backwaters of Kerala

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 1+

Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension

Holy City Along the Ganges, Magnificent World-Famous Temples

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Villages of Rajasthan Extension

Rohet, Ranakpur, and Udaipur

Cultural Adventures, Walking, Safaris, Photography
5 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

I can’t imagine a more successful trip than the one we just had. It was truly perfect in every way. Jackie F., Charleston, SC A wonderful collection of the luxurious and the romantic! Peter F., Cambria, CA Our Trip Leader shared his enthusiasm for the history and beauty, was sensitive to the needs of each individual, and had an unfailing sense of humor along with tremendous knowledge. It was a splendid experience all around. I did not want to come home! Elizabeth P., Santa Fe, NM I loved every minute! John L., Santa Fe, NM
It was a splendid experience all around. I did not want to come home. Elizabeth P., Santa Fe, NM Great trip, great hotels (how can you not like staying in palaces), and a great itinerary with just enough down time. William B., Portland, OR The camel fair went beyond anyone's expectations. It was an incredible experience! Donna B., Sacramento, CA Exciting, amazing, insightful, historical, educational, and fun. Abbe L., Melbourne Beach, FL