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

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
Jaipur

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
Jodhpur

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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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: $8195  
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 Day 1 and dinner on Day 5 (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Overland travel with walking tours, cultural explorations