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Rajasthan and The Pushkar Camel Fair - The Golden Triangle, UNESCO World Heritage Sites & Tuk-Tuk ToursIndia

From £1,954 per person for 7 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
See Rajasthan’s big-hitting sights, before experiencing the unrivalled buzz of the Pushkar Camel Fair in one of India’s holiest cities

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On this Indian adventure you’ll dive into vibrant Delhi, watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal and walk with elephants near Jaipur. Then it’s time to immerse yourself in the incredible Pushkar Camel Fair, a colourful carnival of camel beauty contests, street food stalls and bustling bazaars which makes for a truly unforgettable experience.

AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • Take to the skies with a hot air balloon ride over the colourful madness of the Pushkar Camel Fair before you explore the bustle back on the ground
  • See the world famous Taj Mahal by the light of an Indian sunrise
  • Dine with elephants at a magical jungle camp in the foothills of the Aravalli mountains
  • Sample sizzling street food on a rickshaw tour around the dizzying city of Delhi
  • Discover the magnificent UNESCO-listed monuments of Jaipur, the Pink City

Start your adventure by immersing yourself in the vibrant city of Delhi. You’ll zip around by rickshaw and sample its tastiest street food, meeting local chefs, bakers and families to get a real insider’s experience of the culinary scene. Then you’ll take the train to Agra, to witness a spine-tingling sunrise over the Taj Mahal — a staggering testament to Shah Jahan’s love for his third wife. Next you’ll spend time admiring the regal city of Jaipur and experience a magical evening at a camp in the foothills of the Aravalli mountains, where you’ll walk through the forest alongside majestic elephants and enjoy an al fresco dinner under the stars. 

The excitement builds as you make the three-hour journey to the important Hindu pilgrimage town of Pushkar, home to over 500 temples and a holy lake. Each year the population of Pushkar swells dramatically, as 400,000 farmers, traders, villagers and tourists descend on the town for the Camel Fair. A spectacular hot air balloon ride will give you a bird’s eye view of the huge crowds, as some 30,000 camels compete in races and bizarre beauty contests. You’ll also see devotees bathing in the lake, which is lit up in the evening by hundreds of oil lamps floating across the water, making a beautiful sight to bring your adventure to a close.

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Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers.

Please note: The Pushkar Camel Fair is an annual festival, therefore this experience is only bookable to start on 12th November 2018.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £450 per person and take approximately 8.5 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: New Delhi (DEL). Suggested arrival by 11am.

End point: New Delhi (DEL).

All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

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Day One: Welcome to India

Arrive at Delhi International Airport to a traditional greeting of marigold garlands, followed by a private transfer to your hotel. After check-in, your private tuk-tuk trip through Delhi starts at the President's House. You'll travel down the grand boulevard of Rajpath (King’s Way) to the imposing India Gate, before heading to frenetic Connaught Place. Here, washermen (dhobi walas) soak hotel sheets, restaurant tablecloths and myriad clothing in the old-fashioned outdoor laundries tucked between the monuments. Have a drink at the perfectly-preserved, turn-of-the-century United Coffee House; or visit the Gandhi Smriti museum, where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last days of his life. Come evening, it’s time for a culinary tour through the labyrinthine lanes of Chawri Bazaar and Chandni Chowk by cycle rickshaw, tasting some of the city’s best street food and heading behind the scenes to meet the chefs, bakers and families who have been providing fabulous food here for generations.

Overnight in Delhi 

Classic - The Suryaa

Premium - Le Meridien

Deluxe - Oberoi New Delhi

Meals included: None

Indian Shop


Day Two: Discovering Agra

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the station for two-hour train trip to Agra, the 16th and 17th century capital of the grand Mughal Empire. Then it’s time to explore this buzzy city of monuments and markets. Make for its second most famous UNESCO World Heritage site first – Agra Fort. Built as a military defence in the 16th-century, this red-brick, palatial city was converted into a palace by Shah Jaden a century later. Marvel at its marble stonework and countless courtyards, then drive through the city, past bustling bazaars and through tuk-tuk traffic jams, to Itimad-ud-Daulah, the tomb of a Persian nobleman that’s nicknamed the Baby Taj. Enjoy a free evening to tour the town, before tomorrow’s early start.

Overnight in Agra 

Classic - Double Tree by Hilton

Premium - ITC Mughal

Deluxe - Oberoi Amarvilas

Meals included: Breakfast

Agra Fort


Day Three: Marvel at the Taj Mahal

You’ll rise before dawn to visit the Taj Mahal in the glorious Indian sunrise, when its marble exterior is at its most beautiful, reflecting the rose and golden tints of the sky. A monument to love built more than 350 years ago, the Taj was commissioned by Shah Jahan to commemorate his third wife, who died in childbirth. It took 20,000 craftsmen more than 18 years to complete. Return to the hotel for breakfast and check-out. You’ll be travelling 150 miles west to Jaipur. On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the ghost-town capital of the Mughal dynasty, abandoned only a few years after it was built: the haunting 'ruins' are still in perfect condition. You’ll arrive at your hotel in the early evening.

Overnight in Jaipur 

Classic - Holiday Inn City Centre

Premium - ITC Rajputana

Deluxe - Rambagh Palace

Meals included: Breakfast

Taj at Sunrise

Fatehpur Sikri


Day Four: Sunrise Streets and Evening Elephants

Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is known as the Pink City thanks to its profusion of terracotta buildings. Rise at 6am, to cycle through its rose-tinted streets as they awaken. Grab a street-food snack (included) before watching a puja (Hindu prayer ritual) at one of Jaipur’s many temples. Afterwards, bargain for aubergine or okra at a vegetable market and breakfast at LMB, a restaurant famed for its sattvik (pure vegetarian) food. If you are still hungry, a buffet breakfast will be served at your hotel. Next, it’s time to head out of town on a half-day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Amber Fort, with its huge ramparts and cobbled paths overlooking Maota Lake. You’ll stop at the five-storied Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) on the way back to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Jaipur’s star attraction: the City Palace and its accompanying museum, packed with miniature paintings, royal robes and elaborate weapons. The evening brings an unforgettable dinner: after freshening up at your hotel, you’ll leave Jaipur in the late afternoon for the 30-minute drive to the foothills of the Aravalli​ mountains. Arriving at dusk, you’ll enter Dera Amer wilderness camp, to be greeted by elephants. You’ll have the chance to feed them, before following a path past local villages and a fort lit with flaming torches, towards the camp where you’ll enjoy an al fresco meal under the stars.

Overnight in Jaipur 

Classic - Holiday Inn City Centre

Premium - ITC Rajputana

Deluxe - Rambagh Palace

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Hawa Mahal


Day Five: To the Camel Fair

Following breakfast, you’ll check out and start the three-hour car journey towards Pushkar. You’ll arrive in the little temple town – one of the holiest centres of Hinduism – with plenty of time to explore. Ancient legend tells the story of Lord Brahma, creator of the universe, battling with the demon Vajra Nabh and slaying him with a lotus blossom: the petals flew to earth, creating the lakes around Pushkar. Brahma then performed yagna, a sacred rite, which was attended by all the gods and goddesses and a temple was created on the site of the ceremony, now one of five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu religion. Dotted with 400 temples, Pushkar is a special place – and during the camel fair, the town is even more captivating: 400,000 visitors descend to see 30,000 camels race and take part in beauty contests, as well as to watch temple dancing and music and to wander the bazaar. Upon arrival in the town, you’ll ride by camel cart to the fair during the evening, and you’ll spend the night in one of the special tents pitched for the event. Our local partner’s tents come with ensuite bathrooms and cold running water, with hot water supplied morning and evening. You’ll also enjoy vegetarian food during your stay.

Overnight in Pushkar 

Classic, Premium and Deluxe - Thar Camps 

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Pushkar Fair


Day Six: Among the Madness

This is the day to immerse yourself in the extraordinary atmosphere of the Camel Fair. After breakfast, you’ll have an incredible experience as you soar by hot air balloon over a landscape dotted with tents, twirling big wheels and crowds of people and animals, bordered by the serenity of Pushkar’s holy lake. Afterwards, you’ll have two opportunities to visit the fair, arriving by camel cart in both the morning and evening, to take in the colourful and frenetic atmosphere: the air rings with music and bartering; camel traffic jams fill the streets; and crowds assemble to watch dancers and carnival processions or shop from hundreds of street vendors. Over the course of the day, hundreds of devotees will dip in the lake, believing it to have the power to give fertility and beauty as well as cure disease. Then, come evening, the air reverberates with the sound of bells, and the water is lit by hundreds of oil lamps floating on leaves, to magical effect.

Overnight in Pushkar

Classic - Holiday Inn Aerocity 

Premium - Pullman Aerocity 

Deluxe - JW Marriott Aerocity   

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Hot Air Balloon Camel


Day Seven: Return to Delhi

After a final breakfast at your tent, you’ll have a little time before the transfer to Ajmer railway station, ready to make the seven-hour trip back to Delhi by super-fast Shatabdi train. These trains are air-conditioned and provide meals and drinks. After whizzing past empty countryside and built-up cities, you’ll arrive late in the evening and will be transferred to a hotel for the night.

Overnight in Delhi

Classic - The Suryaa

Premium - Le Meridien

Deluxe - Oberoi New Delhi

Meals included: Breakfast


Day Eight: Homeward Bound

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred back to the airport, ready for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast 


Overall meals included: 7 Breakfasts; 2 lunches; 3 dinners


Accommodation

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and train tickets, unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • Hot air balloon ride over the Pushkar Camel Fair
  • Culinary street food tour by rickshaw in Delhi

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £450 per person and take approximately 8.5 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: New Delhi (DEL). Suggested arrival by 11am.

End point: New Delhi (DEL).


All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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