Across India’s Legendary Desert Kingdom


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 camel ride and sunset dune walk amid herders’ camps at the legendary Pushkar and Nagaur Fairs, a rickshaw ride through the markets of elegant Jaipur, an exquisite sunrise (and sunset!) at the Taj Mahal, and 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 timeless bazaars of Jaipur, where we overnight at a maharajah’s palace, 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 travel to Agra and rise early to see the Taj Mahal bathed in sunrise’s soft light. In evocative and perfectly preserved Fatehpur Sikri, we explore exquisite palaces and courtyards, then head to our deluxe tented camp at Ranthambhore, where on game drives we’ll search for tigers as well as other Asian wildlife, including 300 species of birds.

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Days 5-6

In Jaipur, an 18th century city of pink sandstone, we’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 high ramparts. Our hotel, the Rambagh Palace, former home of the Maharaja of Jaipur, gives you a flavor 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 the senses and a riot of color, song, and dance. They are a great celebration, a coming together of traditional peoples to reaffirm their identity and rejoice in the richness of their culture. 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

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 post-trip Villages of Rajasthan extension.

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Enjoy songs, dances, and colorful camel races at the Nagaur or Pushkar Camel and Cattle Fair
Game viewing in Ranthambhore National Park
Markets of Jaipur, sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Extend your adventure to Rohet, Ranakpur, and Udaipur for an in-depth look at Rajasthan’s culture


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