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


  • Enjoy songs, dances, and colorful camel races at the Nagaur or Pushkar Camel Fair
  • Game viewing 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.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

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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

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

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

Nov 13-23, 2015  Pushkar Fair

Feb 8-18, 2016*  Nagaur Fair
Nov 4-14, 2016  Pushkar Fair
Jan 28-Feb 7, 2017  Nagaur Fair

*Please note: date change since catalog publication

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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Extension Costs
Villages of Rajasthan Extension
   from: $3095

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!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

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.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation arriving to and departing from Delhi, India. For more detailed information, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers.

Delhi, India
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Delhi, India (airport city code: DEL)
Suggested arrival time: evening

Jodhpur, India
Date: Day 11

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Jodhpur, India (airport city code: DEL)
Suggested departure time: after 8:00 pm

Claridges Hotel Delhi

Claridges Hotel Delhi

Day 1 (1 night), 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 2 (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

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), 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.

Hashmat Singh

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 extensively as his father was posted in various remote regions of India. His first big Himalayan trek was at age 12, with his school group, and during college, he headed into the Himalaya to take mountaineering courses. “Big mountains of the world, whether they are in the Himalaya, Alps, or the Andes, hold a special fascination for me, as do the people living amongst them, holding on to their ancient cultures in a world where everything is rapidly changing.” A passionate traveler, Hashmat has been instrumental in designing new adventures for us throughout Asia. The profession of Trip Leader combines several of his interests—hiking, exploring the mountains, photography, and meeting new people. Hashmat lives in Delhi with his wife and two children.

Upcoming Trips:

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Total Solar Eclipse of 2016: From Bali to Borneo, March 1-15, 2016
Himalayan Mountain Kingdoms, April 11-25, 2016
Journey to Ladakh, June 26-July 7, 2016

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Client Testimonials:

This is my fifth trip with Hashmat. He is affable and unflappable. Lisa C., Seattle WA Hashmat was terrific. He is so knowledgeable and proud of his country. He made India come alive for all of us. We loved his enthusiasm and encouragement. Barbara C., Toronto, Canada This is our second trip with Hashmat–he’s a great leader. Betty R., Lexington MA
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This is my fourth WT trip and second with Hashmat. He is the best! Matthew H., Ukiah CA
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Again, Wilderness Travel exceeded my expectations! Hashmat and Ang Tsering took extra care to locate beautiful, quiet, set-apart campsites off the main trail. Amy S., Denver CO
Ultimate Evereset
We couldn’t have asked for a better trip leader than Hashmat Singh. This trip raised our standards to a new high! Ann and Fred S., Wyoming OH
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Hashmat is simply the best! Mary C. Farnsworth, Fort Mills SC
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I can’t tell you how comfortable I feel traveling with Hashmat. The experiences he provided for us were unforgettable. Melinda M., Berkeley CA
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As always Hashmat organized a rich and full trip experience. Not only was he, as usual, an incredibly well organized and knowledgeable leader, but added to our experience by keeping away from the usual tourist crowds and arranging special events to entertain, relax, and teach us. He remains an ideal leader who deserves his superb reputation. Michel and Deborah W.
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Hashmat Singh is without question the best leader, hiker, and friend any WT client could hope to have. His enthusiasm and curiosity is contagious. Stephanie B., Cambridge, MA Hashmat Singh’s knowledge, experience, and professionalism are of the highest order. Philip and Sally M., Wersham, Wrexham Hashmat Singh is a remarkably effective leader. I think I have joined the Hashmat Fan Club. John N., Monarch Beach, CA Hashmat is always on task, behind the scenes as well as during events. Nancy W., Prescott AZ
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What can I say? He’s the best! Fulton W., Prescott AZ
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I understand why Hashmat has a committed group of fans who will follow him anywhere, who choose trips according to his leadership. He is knowledgeable, passionate, wonderful. Andrea L., Brooklyn NY
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Hashmat is simply the best. Knowledge, communication, attention to detail, adding special experiences, and he’s a really fun person to be with. William N., Long Beach CA
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I cannot imagine a better guide...always helpful and knowledgeable about the history and culture of the trip! Craig K., Sewickley, PA
Royal Rajasthan - Pushkar Fair
Hashmat is an inspiring trip leader, extremely knowledgeable, both in terms of cultural and historical aspects and the area traveled, and very supportive of staff and trekkers. It was a real privilege to trek with him and I hope I have the opportunity to do so again. Henry P., Boston, MA
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Hashmat is truly one of your 'stars!' Jeff P., Paradise Valley, AZ
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Hash is a terrific guide in every way, the consummate professional, concerned with individual's needs. His passion for India is palpable and contagious, and his leadership is an integral part of what makes this trip so special. Kristin E., Morristown, NJ
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Wow—best trip leader I've ever encountered! Always personable, informative, organized yet spontaneous, thorough, pro-active. A real treasure. Elizabeth L., Santa Barbara, CA
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Eleven trips with Hashmat so far. What more is there to say? Jack H., Cockeysville, MD
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Once again Hashmat knocked one out of the park! So many wonderful sights and new experiences all brought to life with his brilliant leadership. Can hardly wait to travel with him again. Peter F., Cambria, CA
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This man is an amazing treasure! He made the trip so memorable, and made us crave more. Abbe L., Melbourne Beach, FL
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Hashmat was simply the very best. He has great knowledge, knows how to share it to the group, interacts with us on a personal basis, is considerate of our needs, and has personality second to none. Mark L., Melbourne Beach, FL
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One could not ask for a better guide than Hashmat: knowledgable, kind, funny, resourceful. Priscilla H., Cockeysville, MD
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My fifth trip with Hashmat, all of which have been outstanding. His knowledge and experience are unsurpassed, and he is a great trip companion. I'm looking forward to the next trip! Marilyn H., Barnstable, MA
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Hashmat is a great trip leader—there are very few individuals who are as knowledgeable about culture and natural history of the region. Henry P., Boston, MA
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Cannot say enough about what an excellent leader Hashmat is. That a number of our group had been with him on several other trips is a testament to his guiding prowess. Ed F., Annapolis, MD
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Hashmat is an exceptional leader. His love and knowledge of Indian history, culture, religions, current events, etc. gave me a deeper appreciation of the country. His warmth, high spirits and wit made the journey all the more delightful. Sandi H., New York, NY
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Hashmat is a wonderfully knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader. James S., Washington, DC
Royal Rajasthan - Nagaur Fair
Hashmat remains one of your "superstars." His helpfulness and knowledge are unsurpassed and I'd recommend him as a guide to anyone. Jeff P., Paradise Valley, AZ
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Hashmat is the best trip leader we have had on our 10 trips with WT. He knows culture, religions, food, nature—you name it. He is simply outstanding. Tom A., Urbana, IL
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Hashmat is the best guide we have ever had. His enthusiasm and friendliness were never-ending. I felt like I was his special friend (but I'm sure everyone else in our group felt the same!). Susan C., Alamo, CA
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Hashmat is fabulous (but you already know that!). We were so fortunate to be able to enjoy his expertise and learn from him. Barbara B., Redmond, WA
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As always, Hashmat was the perfect leader! His sensitivity, compassion, patience, and humor are second to none. Elizabeth P., Santa Fe, NM
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Optional Extensions

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


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 Royal Rajasthan was fantastic, the best trip we have ever done. Susan C., Alamo, CA This trip was a magical mystery tour filled with beauty, knowledge, and a surprise around every corner. Ginger K., Adairsville, GA

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