The Festival Caravans – Adventurous options to explore a few of Rajasthan’s Fairs and Festivals.
Note: Your travel dates of the Festival Caravans have to be pre-determined as the dates of all the fairs are pre-decided being mostly based on the lunar calendar.  
Festival Caravan I – Dussehra Festival in Kota and the Marwar Festival at Jodhpur.
Note: Alertness and care with the animals is a must at all times.
1. Intention. To experience the joys and thrills of attending some of Rajasthan’s Dussehra and the Marwar Festivals – Adventure based moves from Festival to Festival – moving with the fun, frolic and gaiety from Kota to Jodhpur and beyond.

2. Duration. 16 Oct to 03 Nov 2007– 18 fabulous days in India, 14 of them dedicated to Rajasthan. The dates are fixed in view of the dates of the festivals. Hence registration requests must be made at least 4 to 5 months in advance.

3. Modes of the ride/transportation.By luxury super-fast train to Kota. Kota to Udaipur as a jeep safari, with visits to Chittaurgarh. Horse safaris on the much loved Marwari horses in the Aravallis and onto the Marwar plains. Road moves to Jodhpur and Osiyan followed by camel safari to central Rajasthan and then to the Shekawati which is also explored on horseback. Return to Delhi by road from the Shekawati via Jaipur..

4. Best time. For these festivals as indicated in Para 2 above. In general for Rajasthan the best time is October to mid March.

5. Age Profile. 15 years upwards, as per fitness.

6. Broad Itinerary. (Refer Map)

(a) Sub-Part I. Arrive at Delhi, received, halt over at hotel to rest and recoup. If group arrival is on 16 Oct sightseeing in Delhi and a one day outing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. If group arrival is on 17 Oct sightseeing limited to Delhi and then we catch the afternoon luxury super-fast train to Kota on 18 Oct. Two nights and a day and half at Kota for the Dussehra festival. Afternoon road safari towards Mewar and a great night on the banks of a lovely lake en route. Next day is devoted to seeing Cittaurgarh Fort and driving into the picturesque and historic city of Udaipur. Two nights at Udaipur and we head for Ranakpur where after visiting the temple we head on horseback to Kumbalgarh Fort and thence next day to the Marwar plains around Ghanerao and Narlai. An early morning road safari for Jodhpur where we see the city and the Festival on 25 and 26 Oct 2007. (Total 9 nights after leaving Delhi).

(b) Sub-Part II.Tired limbs rested we head in a jeep safari towards Osiyan from where we leave in the evening on an exciting camel safari over two nights under the stars towards Khimsar. A night over in an amazing desert camp and the road to the Shekawati beckons us. Two excellent days on the backs of some more Marwari horses complete our adventure even as we visit some of the key areas of the Shekawati soaking in the culture and unique art heritage of its many crumbling havelis. (Total 6 nights).

(c) Sub-Part III.An early morning drive to the pink city of Jaipur where we spend a day and a night and on 03 Nov return to Delhi and fly back home with plans for the next adventure trip to other parts of the colourful and superb Rajasthan already taking shape in the mind.

7. Accommodation. This will be a mix of hotels, heritage locations, tents both luxurious and small, home stays and the odd night under the stars. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements.

8. Cost of Basic Itinerary above (Delhi airport back to Delhi airport).

(a) Our plans are all inclusive in India and based on a group of 10 or more for the basic itinerary suggested above. This includes airport transfers, hotel and basic sightseeing costs at Delhi, Agra and at all halts in Rajasthan en route, train fare, costs of the horse and/or camel rides, costs of bike rentals and service and maintenance throughout the trip, tips, accommodation (twin sharing), water and all meals. However international air-fares, airport taxes, visa charges, duty on any items and personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry, tobacco, telephone charges, camera charges where applicable and individual expenses incurred away from the plan for the group are excluded. Costing details based in finalized plans on request.

(b) Registration. . As winter is the peak tourist period it is essential that Registration be done at least four to five months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs of this Caravan to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid six weeks prior to arrival.

9. Changes in the itinerary, , if requested, can be worked out and costs evaluated separately. Or, any other specified itinerary can be developed to match your interests.