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 VII – Great Festivals are meant to be witnessed. An unfolding of pure adventure that gets us from the heights of Mount Abu, to exquisite desert ravines to its north and then to the great Festival of Rajasthan’s many animals at Tilwara (Balotra). (Safari Escapade VIII also refers as an option for this Festival)
Note: Alertness and care with the animals is a must at all times.
1. Intention. To combine the thrills of mountain biking and horse riding and camel safaris with a deep exploration of Rajasthan’s amazing and varied culture by sharing the ambience and pleasures of the beautiful festival of animals at Tilwara (Balotra). To get the best from nature by offering our best to nature and to ourselves at this amazing time.

2. Duration.. 12 Mar 2008 to 30 Mar 2008 – 19 fabulous days in India, 16 of them dedicated to Rajasthan and its vibrant hues, particularly the colours of Holi (the festival of colours) on 21 Mar. 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 Abu Road and short hop to Mount Abu. On bikes in Mt Abu and to near Jalore. On horses around Tiana and upto Tilwara (Balotra). Road move to Jodhpur and Osiyan followed by camel safari to central Rajasthan and then a road drive to the Shekawati which is explored on horseback. Return to Delhi by road from the Shekawati via Jaipur.

4. Best time. For the 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. . Arrive at Delhi, received, halt over at hotel to rest and recoup. Group arrival is on12 Mar followed by sightseeing in Delhi that day and a one day outing to Agra on 13 Mar to see the Taj Mahal. On 14 Mar we catch the luxury super-fast night train to Abu Road and next morning, 15 Mar, enjoy your breakfast in beautiful Mount Abu and take charge of your bicycles. 15 Mar is the day to take in the sights of this great hill top town. The next day we are away on bikes towards Jalore, which we approach the next day but turn southeast again to reach a quaint stud farm breeding the superb Indian breed of Marwari horses. A day to get used to our steeds amidst amazing desert ravines and then two days riding to our hearts content on these steady and loyal steeds on 17 and 18 Mar. 19 Mar is Holi and we watch out for those colours that will shock and amaze you in the nearby villages on this day that brings most of Rajasthan to a halt. Do not say you were not informed. On 20 Mar we are headed for Tilwara (Balotra) and continue to retain the horses with us after arrival as we spend two full days at the camp soaking in the atmosphere and colours of the great horse, camel and cattle fair, teeming with Rajasthan’s village folk, unique to the world and special to Rajasthan. (Total 9 days after leaving Delhi).

(b) Sub-Part II. Departure for Jodhpur by road safari early morning on 23 Mar, going via the Doli Wild Life Sanctuary. Tired limbs rest a day in Jodhpur where we go sight seeing and the next morning (24 Mar) we head in a road safari towards Osiyan from where we leave in the evening on an exciting camel safari over two nights under the stars and two days towards Khimsar. A night over in an amazing desert camp at Khimsar and the road to the Shekawati region beckons us on 26 March. 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. A short morning drive on 29 Mar to the pink city of Jaipur where we dine on Rajasthani cuisine amidst the backdrop of its pulsating dances, spending the night (Total 7 days including Jodhpur).

(c) Sub-Part III. See Jaipur till lunch on 30 Mar and post an early lunch return to Delhi by road and catch the flight back home with plans for the next adventure trip to other parts of 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.