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zLand of the Maharajahs – Pushkar Camel Fair

15 days

15 Day Small Group Escorted Tour

Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

  • The colors and traditions of Rajasthan come to life at the Pushkar Camel Fair! And our handpicked tented camp is the best… Each spacious, furnished tent features comfy beds, a private en suite bathroom and a canopied sitting area. Enjoy extensive sightseeing in every city, including all the World Heritage Sites of the Golden Triangle.
  • Travel through the lush Rajasthani countryside aboard the comfortable Shatabdi Express Train.
  • We’ve made exclusive arrangements for three safari drives at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in our special 6-passenger jeeps, each with an expert ranger. Unlike most other guests in 25-seat buses, you’ll go farther afield, even off road, for more wildlife sightings and a better chance to spot the Bengal tiger.
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise on tranquil Lake Pichola.
  • Discover 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

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Oct 21: Welcome to Delhi!

On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the 5-star Leela Palace, ideally situated in the prestigious city-center diplomatic enclave.

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Oct 22: Explore Delhi... Old + New

After a lavish buffet breakfast, you’ll join our engaging native-born guide for a full-day tour of India’s vibrant and endlessly fascinating capital. Focusing this morning on the sights and sounds of Old Delhi, you’ll begin with Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Then hop aboard a traditional pedicab - a delightful way to immerse in the colors and rhythms of the city. Hop off at the bustling and fragrant Spice Market and explore among the many vendors as our expert guide offers insight into India’s enduring cultural and culinary traditions. Visit the 19th-century home of the beloved Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib before learning about India’s cultural diversity at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple in the city.
 
In the afternoon, your sightseeing continues with the landmarks of New Delhi. Marvel at the India Gate – built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War – and then drive along the elegant Rajpath past Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Viceroy’s residence and now the official home of the President of India. See the imposing House of Parliament, and then explore much earlier chapters of history at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites beginning with Humayun’s Tomb; built in the 16th century, its elegant design shows Persian influences and inspired several architectural innovations that culminated in the Taj Mahal. At Qutab Minar, you’ll discover the tallest brick minaret in the world – a graceful, fluted, tapering tower completed in the 14th century with beautiful terra cotta embellishments and balconies. This evening, we’ll take you to Lodi, a stylish restaurant set amidst verdant gardens. Enjoy congenial conversation with your fellow travelers and fine fusion cuisine accompanied by beer and wine. Meals B+D

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Oct 23: Agra + The Taj Mahal

After breakfast, you’ll embark on a scenic southward journey to Agra, the venerated 16th-century capital of the Lodhi Dynasty. On arrival, check in to the deluxe ITC Mughal Hotel where you’ll have time to refresh and relax.
 
Late this afternoon, visit Agra Fort and view Taj Mahal at Sunset from Mehtab Bagh.
 
Tour the palatial Agra Fort. Behind the impressive 1.5-mile long fortress walls that surround the complex, you’ll discover lovely grounds, mosques, audience halls and fairytale palaces. Dating back to the 16th century and reflecting elements of both Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, this fort is more aptly described as a magnificent, walled palatial city. 
 
As the sun’s bright light begins to soften toward evening, we’ll take you across the Yamuna River to Mehtab Bagh. Most visitors don’t know to come here, but this lovely Mughal garden located on the river banks across from the iconic Taj Mahal offers some of the most captivating views of this monument – especially in the late afternoon and early evening. Tonight, you’ll dine in a charming restaurant that specializes in fine Mughlai cuisine. Meals B+D

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Oct 24: Agra to Ranthambore

Arise early this morning for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. You of course did already see this renowned ‘Monument to Love’ yesterday evening, but the strikingly iridescent and translucent façade of the Taj Mahal offers a different but equally enchanting experience in the sharper light of early morning.  Return to the hotel for breakfast and some time to relax.
 
Then transfer to the station to board the Kota Jan Shatabdi Express Train for a scenic rail journey through the mesmerizing Rajasthani countryside. Upon arrival in Sawai Madhopur, a historic town founded in 1765, you’ll be escorted to the outstanding Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge, set in a landmark 80-year-old hunting lodge and surrounded by 12 acres of lushly landscaped gardens.  Meals B+D

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Oct 25: In Search of the Bengal Tiger

Most travelers visit this world-famous reserve in a traditional Indian canter, an open-air bus that seats 25 people. But our exclusive safari drives find you in special open-air jeeps that seat only 4 to 6 guests. There’s an experienced naturalist guide in each jeep and these vehicles are faster and much more maneuverable than the canter! They can even take you off-road for more rewarding up-close wildlife encounters. Today, you’ll venture deep into the wild beauty of the reserve on early morning and late afternoon safari excursions - when the animals are most active. Ranthambore’s residents include sloths, bears and hyenas, and with luck and sharp eyes, you might even encounter the elusive Bengal tiger!
 
In between our game-viewing expeditions, you can relax at the Lodge and take advantage of its evocative ambience and romantic setting. Under the direction of Executive Chef, the Vivanta’s kitchen is known for its fine presentation of traditional Indian and international dishes, all prepared with the finest ingredients including farm-to-table produce from the Lodge’s own organic gardens.  Meals B+L+D

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Oct 26: Onward to Jaipur

This morning, we’ve arranged a special visit to Dastkar; meet the members of this pioneering community project that is empowering local village women to produce, market and sell their traditional handicrafts. It’s a wonderful place to learn about and shop for textiles, finely woven bedding and even genuine Indian Saris.
 
After lunch, back at our historic Lodge, you’ll continue your travels through the countryside to Jaipur. Founded in 1727 and popularly known as India’s Pink City, this is the vibrant and colorful capital of the state of Rajasthan. Upon arrival, you’ll check in to the ITC Rajputana Hotel, a 5-star resort that blends regally-inspired décor with modern amenities.  Meals B+L+D

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Oct 27: Sightseeing in Jaipur

An unforgettable experience awaits you this morning as you ascend to the Amber Palace by jeep! Upon reaching the hilltop, you’ll join your guide for a tour of this grand monument, an impressive legacy of the never-conquered Rajput Kingdom. Admire its lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and the lovely Chamber of Mirrors. Back in the city, enjoy lunch at Samode Haveli; set in a lovely 200-year-old manor house, this wonderful restaurant is one of our favorites in Jaipur!
 
In the afternoon, your exploration of the Pink City continues with a guided tour through the Palace Museum, highly regarded for its extensive collection of miniature paintings, weapons and traditional Rajasthani royal costumes. Then marvel at the lovely Palace of Winds; this unique, oft-photographed landmark was built at the end of the 18th century so that women of royal families could conceal themselves behind its latticed façade as they watched the hustle and bustle of the street activity below. You’ll also visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in 1726. You’ll be astounded by these architectural instruments - ingeniously designed and meticulously constructed of stone to measure time, predict eclipses and track the movements of the stars and planets. The largest instrument stands 90 feet tall and all are amazingly accurate! As the afternoon wanes, you’ll have time to stroll through the vibrant and colorful bazaars of Old Jaipur as the come alive with the setting sun. The city is famed for its skilled artisans and you’ll find wonderful ateliers and shops specializing in textiles, metalwork, jewelry, wood carvings and the famous blue pottery of Jaipur.  Meals B + L

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Oct 28: Travel to Pushkar

After breakfast, travel through the Thar Desert on a scenic drive to the charming town of Pushkar, set on the edge of a small and picturesque lake. On arrival in the early afternoon, you’ll check in to The Orchard, a stylish encampment surrounded by fruit orchards and fields of roses close to the fair grounds. After getting settled in your comfortable fully-furnished tent, you might step out to explore the historic and lively town of Pushkar - home to the only temple of the Hindu God of Creation, Brahma.
 
Throughout your stay in Pushkar, your experienced guide will be on hand to answer your questions and to enrich your experiences of the many spectacles and activities of this annual festival.  Meals B+L+D

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Oct 29: The Pushkar Camel Fair

Your stay here in Pushkar during the once-in-a-lifetime Camel Fair has been purposely planned with flexibility. With thousands of nomads, merchants, camel traders, artists and musicians from all across Rajasthan, there is always so much to see and do. Depending upon today’s schedule of activities, you’ll have unforgettable up-close encounters and enthralling experiences with animal traders, merchants and villagers from near and far. There might be some camel races today, other exciting competitions, and certainly some cultural entertainment - all taking place amidst colorfully canopied booths selling everything from snacks and sweets to jewelry, textiles and camel saddles.  Meals B+L+D

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Oct 30: Journey to Jodhpur

This morning’s scenic drive brings you to Jodhpur, an historic city settled more than 500 years ago. Dominated by the imposing silhouette of Mehrangarh Fort and home to broad streets lined with the town’s signature blue and white homes, Jodhpur captures the ambience and spirit of a bygone era. On arrival, check in to the deluxe and stylish ITC WelcomHotel where you’ll have time to refresh.
 
Later this afternoon, you’ll tour the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, which stands atop a 400-foot hill overlooking the city. Behind these massive walls which soar up to 120 feet is an extraordinary complex of ornate places decorated with carved panels, delicate lattice windows and beautiful stained glass. First established in 1459, many of the fort’s current structures were built in the 17th century and today Mehrangarh is one of the largest forts in all of India. It is also home to a fabulous collection of memorabilia from Jodhpur’s royal families – ornate palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings, priceless antiques and glittering costumes.  Meals B+D

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Oct 31: Nature + Villages of the Thar Desert

Despite its seemingly barren stretches of remote scenery and foreboding semi-arid terrain, the rural and desert landscapes outside of Jodhpur are home to thriving communities, unique flora, and a surprising diversity of wildlife - including nearly 200 species of birds like the Himalayan griffin, tawny eagle, and grey-headed cannery flycatcher.
 
Setting out with an experienced driver in a comfortable 4x4, you’ll venture across the rugged terrain, even going off road for a true desert adventure. More than just an adrenaline-rushing expedition however, today’s excursion offers a wonderful way to learn about the centuries-old history of Rajasthan as well as its culture, flora and fauna. Indeed, with our experienced guide, you’ll also spend time with members of the Bishnoi community, an indigenous tribe known for their deep reverence for the sacredness of all life.
 
Back in the city, you’ll have time to relax or explore on your own before rejoining our guide for an evening tour including the colorful Sardar Market. Here along the bustling streets in the shadow of the historic Clock Tower, you’ll discover a colorful bazaar selling exotic produce, fragrant spices, tempting sweets, silver jewelry and a variety of handicrafts. This evening, we’ve arranged for you to dine at Hanwant Mahal, an atmospheric restaurant overlooking the beautiful Umaid Bhawan Palace.  Meals B+L+D

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Nov 1: Onward to Udaipur

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and journey southward to visit Ranakpur Temple, one of the largest and most important Jain temples in all of India. Established in the 15th century in a remote and tranquil valley of the Aravalli Hills, this immense and breathtaking complex covers more than 45,000 square feet. Within, there are four shrines and 24 pillared halls of exquisitely carved sandstone domes and columns. Each of the 1,444 columns is unique; with intricate designs and ornamentation, now two are exactly alike.
 
Continue your journey to Udaipur and check in to the Taj Lake Palace for an unforgettable 2-night stay. Originally built as the pleasure palace of a young prince, our fabulous luxury hotel is set on a private island surrounded by the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola. Late this afternoon, we’ll take you on a sightseeing cruise to experience the setting sun as it casts is golden rays across the hills and waters that cradle Udaipur, regarded by many as India’s most romantic city.  Meals B+L

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Nov 2: The City of Dreams

Udaipur has been called India’s ‘City of Dreams’ and you’ll understand why as you explore the immense City Palace - set magnificently on a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola. With its courtyards and grand halls, all wonderfully ornamented with pillars, balconies, towers and cupolas, this architectural masterpiece was built over several dynasties, but the harmony of its design makes it one of the finest palaces in all of Rajasthan. Now a museum, the richly decorated Palace is famed for its superb collection of cultural treasures including Mughal paintings and carvings.
 
Venturing into the heart of the city, you’ll enjoy a guided stroll through the bustling local market before sitting down to a congenial luncheon. We’ve left this afternoon free so you can enjoy the idyllic lake-setting of your luxury resort. Of course, you might also return to town for a bit of shopping and exploring at your own pace. This evening, you’ll gather with your fellow travelers for a congenial farewell dinner here at the hotel.  Meals B+L+D

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Nov 3: Return to Delhi

You’ll be escorted to the airport today for your included flight to Delhi. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the deluxe Pullman AeroCity Hotel, ideally located near the airport.  Meals B+D

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Nov 4: Depart Delhi

We’ll take you to the airport today for your onward flight. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Varanasi

Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package features your choice of city-center hotel, daily breakfast, private airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Mumbai (Bombay)

Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 2 nights hotel, daily breakfast, private airport transfers and sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Luang Prabang

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package features a choice of fine hotels, 5 meals, chauffeured airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Ask about international air service on Emirates or Continental, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double ccupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Extra nights are available before or after your tour.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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