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 II – ChandraBhaga Fair, Pushkar Fair and the Kolayat Fair.
Note: Alertness and care with the animals is a must at all times.
1. Intention. . To participate in the grand festivals and fairs at Jhalawar, Pushkar and Kolayat by founding the trip on the spirit of adventure.

2. Duration.06 Nov 2007 to 23 Nov 2007 – 18 great days in India, 15 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 four to five months in advance. For this tour make sure to book very early.

3. Modes of the ride/transportation. By luxury super-fast train to Kota. Kota to Jhalawar by bus. Road safari amongst the Vindhyachal and its water bodies and a visit to Chittaurgarh. Road move to Pushkar and a long horse safari towards Kolayat. Super camel safari around Kolayat and Bikaner followed by more horse safaris within the superb Shekawati. Road move back to Delhi via Jaipur.

4. Best time. FFor 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 06 Nov sightseeing in Delhi and a one day outing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. If group arrival is on 07 Nov sightseeing limited to Delhi and then we catch the afternoon luxury super-fast train to Kota on 08 Nov. Night over at Kota and we start a road safari past the Vindhyachal range and lovely water bodies to Udaipur via Chittaurgarh with an amazing night halt en route. Two nights at Udaipur and we have a great days drive back among the Vindhyachals to Jhalawar on the 12 Nov. A day or so at Jhalawar to absorb the festivities of the ChandraBhaga Fair and 13 Nov afternoon we turn northwards by road towards Pushkar which we reach in time for a late dinner and rest. (Total 6 nights after leaving Delhi).

(b) Sub-Part II. Tired limbs rested we enjoy ourselves at Pushkar for a day and the next day (15 Nov) start on a special horse safari towards Kolayat. The Marwari breed is amazing in its versatility as you will see. Two nights en route and after Nagaur we switch to a road safari on 17 Nov for Kolayat and after a good look at the fair and some great camel rides we move on to Bikaner for the night. We spend half of the ninth appraising Bikaner and post lunch head for the Shekawati by road. Three more excellent days on the backs of some more Marwari horses complete our adventure. This safari enables us to visit some of the key areas of the Shekawati, soaking in the culture and unique art heritage of its many crumbling havelis. Nights in some of Shekawati’s famed fort hotels. (Total 8 nights).

(c) Sub-Part III. An early morning drive to the pink city of Jaipur on the 22 Nov where we spend the day and a night and on the morning of 23 Nov 2007 return to Delhi to 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.