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 VI – Festivals and adventures in and around Central Rajasthan. The Nagaur Fair, Ramdeoji Cattle Fair and time in the ever festive Jaipur.
Note: Alertness and care with the animals is a must at all times.
1. Intention. To absorb the energies of the people and countryside of Rajasthan as we adventure in its vast central region and participate in some of its festivals at Nagaur and Jaipur.

2. Duration.04 Feb to 22 Feb 2008 – 18 superb 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.
3. Modes of the ride/transportation. A super mix of road safaris, long horse safaris, shorter camel safari and bus hops between some places.

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 04 Feb sightseeing in Delhi and a one day outing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal on 05 Feb. If group arrival is on 05 Feb sightseeing is limited to Delhi. We catch the morning flight to Udaipur. 06 and 07 Feb spent in seeing the amazingly beautiful city and we 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 few days – the superb Marwari horses, a pure Indian breed of amazing horses blessed with an affinity to befriend us and with phenomenal endurance. 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 four more days to Luni near Jodhpur. Jodhpur is reached after a morning road hop on 12 Feb. A night over at Jodhpur and on 13 Feb we head by road for Osiyan, Khimsar and Nagaur. (Total 7 nights after leaving Delhi).

(b) Sub-Part II. . We halt at Nagaur for two nights to take in the festivity and culture and on the 15 Feb head for Bikaner via Deshnok and Kolayat. Night over at Bikaner and a full day at Bikaner. Early 17 Feb morning we head for the Shekawati where we spend close to two days riding and seeing its amazing havelis and by late night of the 19 Feb are checking in at Jaipur so that we are there for the next two days in and around the pink city. We turn for Delhi by road on the 22 Feb morning. (Total 8 nights).

(c) Sub-Part III. Reaching Delhi we 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.