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 V – Sallying forth northwards on our horses for the brilliant Shekawati via Udaipur and Pushkar. Shekawati is an amazing region of Rajasthan. A pleasure to be with its simple people of this region. A priceless adventure.
Note: Alertness and care with the animals is a must at all times.
1. Intention. To adventure in the heart of Rajasthan, past its long plains, the Aravallis, salt lakes. To travel along the Aravallis and to enjoy the ambience their unique hill structure gives to Rajasthan. To exult in our experiences with the great breed of Marwari horses.

2. Duration. 27 Jan to 12 Feb 2008 – 17 super-duper 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 four to five months in advance.
3. Modes of the ride/transportation Mainly long horse safaris and road moves otherwise in jeeps/buses as required.

4. Best time. For the Shekawati Festival, 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. (a) Arrive at Delhi, received, halt over at hotel to rest and recoup. If group arrival is on 27 Jan sightseeing in Delhi and a one day outing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal on 28 Jan. If group arrival is on 28 Jan sightseeing is limited to Delhi. We catch the morning flight to Udaipur. 29 and 30 Jan are spent in seeing the amazingly beautiful city as we immerse ourselves in its history and heritage. On 30 Jan after an early lunch we depart by road for Ranakpur where we see the famous Temples and then come back into the hills to see the Kumbalgarh Fort just before sunset. Night over near the Fort. Next morning an early breakfast and departure by road for Pushkar via Ajmer. Afternoon spent in seeing Pushkar and meeting our horses. Night over at Pushkar. The next day is spent in rides around Pushkar even as we prepare for the longer rides ahead. (Total 4 days after leaving Delhi).

(b) Sub-Part II. 02 Feb is when we head forth northwards towards the Shekawati with unhidden enthusiasm. The first two days are easier rides to let us settle in. The first night is in a quiet desert camp near village Banwal and the second day we reach Roopangarh where we halt over at the impressive Roopangarh Castle. A longish ride of over 30 km follows as we ride past Jhak, amidst some of Rajasthan poorest areas, and crossing the Sambhar Salt Lake make it to Nawa for the night halt. Through the Aravallis and past Shyamgarh Fort we have another ride just over 30 km to Ramgarh where we rest over in a heritage hotel. Shorter rides remain as we halt at Kochhor and Raghunathgarh, another interesting place. The last days ride on 07 Feb is shorter and we are in Nawalgarh just in time for a hot lunch and an evening to rest and relax in the excellent Roop Niwas establishment. (6 days).

(c) Sub-Part III. Three days of excitement follow as this is what we set out for – the Shekawati on 10 and 11 Feb, always festive at this time. On 08 Feb we ride out to Mandawa via Dundlod. After visiting some of its famed havelis we ride on to Mehandsar and by dusk are there, in time to see the beautiful Gold and Silver rooms at Mehandsar. n/o at Mehandsar Castle. 09 Feb and we are headed for Jhunjhunu where we bid adieu to the horses and move from here by road. After visiting Jhunjhunu we head for Udaipurwati and Parasrampur for a little more on the Shekawati. n/o at Lohargal in Birla RH. On 10 Feb we return to Nawalgarh, the epicenter of this festival loving region and spend a comfortable day and a half there. On 11 Feb we leave after lunch for Jaipur. (4 more days).

(d) (d) A great night at Jaipur and after some sightseeing we leave for Delhi on 12 Feb after an early lunch to catch the night flight home with plans for the next adventure trip to other parts of the colourful and superb Rajasthan, or elsewhere in India already taking shape in the mind.

7. Accommodation. This will be a mix of hotels, heritage locations, tents both luxurious and small, home stay 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. Howeverinternational 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.