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 III – The Winter Festival at Mount Abu and a visit to Jodhpur and Bikaner.
Note: Alertness and care with the animals is a must at all times.
1. Intention. To participate in the grand Winter Festival at Mount Abu and the unique Camel Festival at Bikaner through adventurous safaris.

2. Duration. 23 Dec 2007 to 09 Jan 2008 – 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 in particular make sure to book very early.

3. Modes of the ride/transportation. In Rajasthan by road safaris, long horse safaris (twice), camel safaris and by bus hops between some places. Delhi to Udaipur by air or overnight train.

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 23 Dec sightseeing in Delhi and a one day outing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal on 24 Dec. If group arrival is on 24 Dec sightseeing is limited to Delhi. We catch the morning flight to Udaipur on Christmas. Two days and nights at Udaipur to see the amazingly beautiful city and immerse ourselves in its history and heritage. A half day trip to Chittaurgarh Fort is included. An early morning departure for Ranakpur where we see the Temples and meet our companions for the next four days - the superb Marwari horses. After lunch we embark on the first ride to the beautiful Kumbalgarh Fort near which we halt for the night. Descending next through the Aravallis we enter the Marwar plains and ride on for two more days to near Bijapur from where we take a morning road hop across to Mount Abu on 30 Dec. (Total 5 nights after leaving Delhi).

(b) Sub-Part II. . 30 and 31 Dec in the unforgettable Mount Abu and on New Year morn we move to Jodhpur where after a one and a half day of sight seeing we next head for Bikaner via Khimsar and Nagaur and the Deshnok Temple famous for its rats. Catching up with Bikaner the next day we take a small outing on camel back in the evening before retiring for the night. On the fourth morning heads are turned towards the Shekawati where more Marwari horses await us. Two more excellent days on the backs these great 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. The two nights in Shekawati are in some of Shekawati’s famed fort hotels in the region. (Total 10 nights).

(c) Sub-Part III.. An early morning drive to the pink city of Jaipur on the 08 Jan and we spend the day at Jaipur. On the morning of the 09 Jan we start for Delhi to catch the night flight 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.