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Encounter India - 9 Days

Prelude to India - 11 Days

Glimpse of India & Nepal - 11 Days

Spices & Sandalwood - 14 Days

The Tiger's Den - 15 Days

Temples, Taj & Turbans - 15 Days

Royal India - 16 Days

Treasures of India - 16 Days

India in Style - 17 Days

Coast to Coast - 18 Days

Walk on the wild side - 18 Days

Rhinos, Tea & Monasteries - 18 Days

Indian Potpourri - 23 Days

Passage to India - 27 Days

 

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Pushkar Festival, Rajasthan, India

The Pushkar Cattle Fair in India’s northern state of Rajasthan is perhaps the most colorful and exotic jamboree of man and animal that you can experience. Many thousands of people gather in the sacred Indian town of Pushkar, during three days around the full-moon to trade farm animals, shop for clothes and jewelry for the women and bathe in the lake at Pushkar, one of the five most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. The amazing sights, sounds and smells that pervade this small town on the edge of the desert is an experience not to be missed.

Spend a couple of days at the Pushkar Fair during this small group tour of Rajasthan and north India and also experience some of the other spectacular facets of this fabulous destination. Visit the Taj Mahal as it turns from crimson to dazzling white in the light of the rising sun, shop for exquisite silver jewelry and handicrafts in the bazaars of Jaipur, sample some extraordinary Indian food flavored by exotic herbs and spices (cooking lessons can be arranged) and spend a few nights sleeping in palaces and castles of former Maharajahs and noblemen.

Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan, India
Pushkar, Rajasthan
Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan, India

Trip Highlights include:

  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi

  • Romantic Taj Mahal

  • Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned 16th century town

  • Bazaars and palaces of Jaipur, Rajasthan

  • Pushkar Festival and Camel  Fair

  • Overnight stays in forts and palaces of Maharajahs

  • Royal city of Udaipur with its famous lakes and hills

  • Jain marble temples of Mount Abu

  • Ahmedabad, blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture

  • Stopover in Singapore

Tour Itinerary

20 Oct. '17: USA to Singapore Shortly before noon today, catch your non-stop Singapore Airlines flight to Asia.
21 Oct. '17: Singapore After an evening arrival at Singapore’s Changi Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.
22 Oct. '17: Singapore / Delhi The day is free for you to enjoy Singapore, a modern city and yet distinctly Oriental. A special visitors’ pass is included for transportation and entrance fees to important sights around the city. Leave Singapore this evening and fly to Delhi, India’s capital city; you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
23 Oct. '17: Delhi This morning, enjoy a brief tour of Old Delhi, riding in a rickshaw just like the locals, through the narrow streets and teeming bazaars. Visit the grand mosque before continuing to New Delhi, for other sites such as Humayun’s Tomb and some free time for shopping etc.
24 Oct. '17: Delhi to Agra Travel by a chauffeur driven vehicle to Agra. Another highlight of your trip awaits you, the famous Taj Mahal! Twenty thousand master craftsmen labored for twenty years to build this awesome memorial for one man to honor the memory of his wife. Stop at the majestic Agra Fort .
25 Oct. '17: Agra to Jaipur Visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri and continue to Keoladeo National Park , once a Maharajah’s private duck shooting grounds and now a haven for migratory birds from Central Asia. Later, continue by road to Jaipur.
26 Oct. '17: Jaipur Jaipur’s elegant buildings and palaces reflect its past wealth and grandeur. Visit the elaborate ‘Palace of Winds’, which is not a palace but merely a façade, behind which the ladies of the royal household could watch processions and street festivals without being seen themselves! Spend the afternoon walking through Jaipur’s bazaars – famous for their silver jewelry and handicrafts. Visit Amber Palace just outside the city – a hilltop fortress, accessed in appropriately royal style on elephant back (alternatively, by Jeep)!
27 Oct. '17: Jaipur to Pachewar Travel today to a typical Rajasthani village, Pachewar, which is dominated by a 300-year old fort. Now converted into a hotel, enjoy a restful break in this peaceful village far away from the hustle and bustle of Jaipur! See how the villagers live, visit the local craftsmen (well known for their blue pottery and metal work) and soak in the atmosphere of the fort.
28 Oct. '17: Pachewar to Pushkar Pushkar is a sacred town for Hindus who come from all over the country to bathe in its lake and is also has the only temple to the Hindu god Brahma in the entire country! Of course at this time of the year, during the auspicious full moon is the time for Pushkar’s biggest event - the annual cattle fair. People from far and wide gather here to trade in all kinds of cattle and farm animals, but especially camels – an amazing sight and incredible experience! Your accommodation will be in comfortable tented camps, equipped with beds, lighting and fans, with separate 'shower tents' and 'toilet tents'.
29 + 30 Oct. '17: Pushkar You have two whole days to flavor the atmosphere of the place - get some instant expertise in valuating camels and then haggling for the beasts, buy a handful of souvenirs for the folks back home and shoot more photos than you ever thought possible!
31 Oct. '17: Pushkar to Deogarh Leaving Pushkar we travel to nearby Ajmer, another sacred town, but this time for Muslims all over the subcontinent. Visit some of the many historical buildings in the city before heading for the small town of Deogarh, the site of another charming 17th century castle, now converted into a hotel. Most guest rooms are decorated in the local style with lots of period furniture, antique and objets d’art. Relax with a drink as you soak in the magical atmosphere of the castle and transport yourself back to a bygone era of Maharajahs and kingdoms.
1 Nov. '17: Deogarh to Udaipur Drive through the Rajasthani countryside to the town of Udaipur, surrounded by hills and mountains and set on the edge of three lakes. Famous for its whitewashed houses with brightly painted exterior walls, Udaipur has a rich historical and cultural heritage with an abundance of elaborate palaces and ornate temples.
2 Nov. '17: Udaipur Enjoy a free day to explore Udaipur on your own or catch up on some shopping perhaps.
3 Nov. '17: Udaipur to Mount Abu Set amidst the lush forested hills, Mount Abu provides a striking contrast to the arid, desert landscapes of Rajasthan. Stop here to check out the Dilwara Jain temples, built with white marble and decorated with exquisite sculptures.
4 Nov. '17: Mount Abu to Ahmedabad Travel to Ahmedabad, the former capital of Gujarat and Mahatma Gandhi’s birth place, a city where Islamic and Hindu traditions, culture and architecture have blended together through the centuries.
5 Nov. '17: Ahmedabad Explore the unique architecture of Ahmedabad during a morning tour of some of the more interesting neighborhoods in the city. The afternoon and evening is free to catch up on some last minute shopping, before you are transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.
6 Nov. '17: Arrival in the US Arrive in Singapore early this morning, where you can take a connecting flight to the US, arriving on the same day.
   
 

Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur, Pachewar, Pushkar, Deogarh, Udaipur,
Mt. Abu, Ahmedabad

Small group tour - 18 Days

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Palace Hotel, Rajasthan, India
Rajasthan Lady

Tour Cost $3,979
Chicago, Houston, New York departures +$195
Single Supplement +$879
 

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At the Red Fort, Delhi

 

Chamber of a royal palace, Rajasthan
Chamber of a royal palace, Rajasthan

Rajasthani Woman, Pushkar, India
Rajasthan Lady

Traditional Rajasthani Painting
Traditional Rajasthani painting

 

Deogarh Mahal Palace, Rajasthan, India
Stay at the Deogarh Mahal Palace

 

   

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