Across India’s Legendary Desert Kingdom

Overview

Fascinating desert tribes, princely fortresses, camels painted with henna, and airy palaces of marble and onyx are among the many reasons we love Rajasthan. We bring you into this colorful world with a camel ride and sunset dune walk amid herders’ camps at the legendary Pushkar or Nagaur fairs, a rickshaw ride through the markets of elegant Jaipur, a sunrise at the Taj Mahal, and game viewing in Ranthambhore National Park, a former maharaja’s hunting ground and a great place to search for 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 journey brings you 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 deluxe tented camp at 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 the songs, dances, and colorful camel fairs at Pushkar or Nagaur
Search for wildlife in Ranthambhore National Park, including majestic Royal Bengal tigers
Explore the markets of Jaipur, see a sunset and a sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Extend your adventure to Rajasthan’s villages on our journey into ancient cultures

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 4 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Overland travel with walking tours, cultural explorations

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