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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 / Ranthambore

In Agra, we make both a sunset and a sunrise pilgrimage to the ethereal Taj Mahal, a vision in marble set on the banks of the Yamuna River. At the haunting desert ruins of Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar, we explore red sandstone palaces and courtyards that offer a glimpse into an ancient Mughal city. Based at a jungle camp just outside of Ranthambore National Park, we’ll have a chance to spot a Royal Bengal tiger in the wild.

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Days 5-6
Jaipur

The old walled quarter of Jaipur is an 18th century city of pink sandstone and a showcase for elegant Rajasthani craftsmanship. Our explorations include the ornate Palace of the Winds and magnificent 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 riot of color, song, and dance. We enter the festival a unique way—by camel!—and enjoy sunset walks through the dunes among the traders and camel camps. Families attend from far and wide, dressed in vibrant Rajasthani festival attire. Our overnights are at a superbly comfortable tented camp.

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Days 9-11
Jodhpur

We roam colorful spice and textile markets, where craftsmen continue centuries-old artisan traditions. At Mehrangarh Fort, a walled city of temples and palaces, we’ll see the color and vibrancy of Rajasthan on a princely scale. Depart on Day 11 via Delhi, 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: $7195  
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