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: $7995  
Length: 13 days
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 4 nights maharajas’ palaces, 6 nights first-class hotels, 2 nights tented 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 the sights, sounds, and colors of the Pushkar Fair or Nagaur Fair, an exuberant gathering of desert tribes
  • Overnights in maharajas’ residences: Rambagh Palace Hotel, Lake Palace Hotel
  • Romantic Udaipur, markets of Jaipur, sunrise at the Taj Mahal
  • Remote temple towns of Kumbalgarh and Ranakpur
  • Extend your adventure to Varanasi, South India, or to see tigers at Kanha National Park


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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Desert tribes, festooned camels, and airy palaces of marble and onyx are the lure of Rajasthan, and we bring you into this colorful world with a sunset dune walk amid herders’ camps at the Pushkar Camel Fair, a rickshaw ride through the markets of elegant Jaipur, sunrise viewing of the Taj Mahal, and overnights in two maharajas’ palaces. From the blue-hued medieval city of Jodhpur to romantic lakeside Udaipur, this is an unforgettable taste of India.

Itinerary at a Glance

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November 2014-Febraury 2015 Itinerary

Please note the itinerary below is for our November 2014-February 2015 departures. Call for details for the November 2015-Febraury 2016 departure itinerary (11 days).

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

After a day in Delhi, we head to Agra and arise early to see the Taj bathed in sunrise’s soft light. In the evocative and perfectly preserved Mughal site of Fatehpur Sikri, we explore exquisite pavilions en route to our country estate outside Bharatpur.

Days 5-6
Jaipur / Rambagh Palace Hotel

In Jaipur, an 18th century city of pink sandstone, we weave through the narrow lanes and lively outdoor markets where artisans work in wood, silver, and precious stones, and walk through the courtyards of the splendid City Palace, with its lavish, frescoed interiors. Our hotel, the Rambagh Palace, former home of the Maharaja of Jaipur, gives us a taste of the royal life.

Days 7-8
Pushkar or Nagaur Fair

November departure (Pushkar Fair): Pushkar’s flamboyant fair, held during November’s full moon, is 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.

January departure (Nagaur Fair): At the picturesque Rajput township of Nagaur, we experience the sights and sounds of the Nagaur Camel & Cattle Fair, the second largest fair in all Rajasthan. The fair also includes events like tug-of-war and camel races to entertain fairgoers, and in the evenings, there is Rajasthani folk music. Overnights at a delightful heritage hotel in the historic Nagaur Fort.

Days 9-13
Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur / Lake Palace Hotel

After a walk through the spice markets of medieval Jodhpur, we head off the beaten path to the 15th century Kumbalgarh Fort, a renowned pilgrimage site, and Ranakpur’s Jain temples. In romantic Udaipur, with its skyline of whitewashed mansions, our hotel is the Lake Palace, former home of the Maharaja of Udaipur. Depart on Day 13.

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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

2014
Oct 25-Nov 6, 2014  Pushkar Fair

2015
Jan 21-Feb 2, 2015  Nagaur Fair
Nov 13-23, 2015  * Pushkar Fair
2016
Feb 5-15, 2016  * Nagaur Fair

*Please note: November 2015-February 2016 departures are 11 days. Please call for details.

Trip Cost

Prices valid through Spring 2015
$7995 (13-16 members)
$8295 (10-12 members)
$8595 (7-9 members)
Single supplement: $3325
Forced single supplement: $3325
Internal airfare: $295 (subject to change)
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Extension Costs
South India Extension: The Malabar Coast
   from: $2155
Kanha National Park Extension
   from: $2095
Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension
   from: $1295

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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The Bagh Resort

The Bagh Resort

Day 4 (1 night), Bharatpur, India

This country estate offers a serene setting and a historic ambience in its 21 rooms, located in five separate compounds. Gulmohar, the main ...
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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

Day 9 (1 night), 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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Maharani Bagh Orchard Hotel

Maharani Bagh Orchard Hotel

Day 10 (1 night), Ranakpur, India

The well-furnished bungalows at the Maharani Bagh are set within the walled 19th century orchard of the Jodhpur royal family. The bungalows are ...
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Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace

Days 11 to 12 (2 nights), Udaipur, India

It’s not a stretch to say that the Lake Palace, the 250-year-old former summer palace of the Maharaja of Udaipur, is one of the world’s ...
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Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel (Day Room)

Day 13, 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: October 25-November 6, 2014, 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

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