Colours of Rajasthan, Pushkar Festival

  • days: 21
  • from $7,495

Flights Included

Countries Visited:

  • India

Description

SPECIAL PUSHKAR CAMEL FESTIVAL DEPARTURE

Read Jane & Bill's Rajasthan adventure !

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Jane emailed us this incredible 7-part story of their Rajasthan Pushkar Tour. A wonderful story with some amazing photos.

Pt.1, Mumbai to Jodhpur
Pt.2, Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
Pt.3, Jaisalmer to Bikaner
Pt.4, Bikaner to Pushkar
Pt.5, My amazing Birthday
Pt.6, Ranthanbore to Agra
Pt.7, Agra to Delhi
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Delve into one of India’s best-known and most interesting regions, Rajasthan. Take in modern cities, arid deserts and lush jungles. Admire the beauty of the Taj Mahal, explore historic forts and visit stunning palaces on this fascinating journey.

Colourful Delhi

We explore both the old and new parts of the city - you'll be amazed by the array of colour on display. We'll also take an exciting rickshaw ride through the colourful streets of the bustling bazaars at Chandni Chowk.

Unforgettable experiences

Visit grand palaces, sweeping deserts and majestic forts. We’ll take an exhilarating camel ride across the desert, spend a night at a dune safari camp and spot game on safari at Ranthambore National Park

The colour & excitement of the Pushkar Festival

The Pushkar Festival is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair and one of the world's largest camel fairs. The festival is held on the banks of the Pushkar Lake and is attended by thousands of people each year. Livestock is bought and sold and stalls abound with jewellery and textiles. The festival begins each year with a camel race followed by music and exhibitions

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Please note that for the Pushkar Festival we will be running multiple groups at the same time each with a maximum group size of 20.

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Delhi

Welcome to Delhi, India’s bustling capital!

Day 2. Delhi

A busy morning touring Old Delhi. We’ll discover the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and an exotic spice tour of Khari Baoli market. Enjoy a group welcome dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 3. Delhi - Jaipur

This morning we depart for the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur.  [B,D]

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Special Experience: Visit a local market and interact with a local family during a traditional Indian cooking lesson, then join them for dinner.

Day 4. Jaipur

Our day in the Rajasthani capital begins at the majestic Amber Fort. Built from red limestone and marble by Raja Man Singh in 1592, the magnificent structure has influences of both Muslim and Hindu architecture. We’ll also visit the Palace of Mirrors and the Palace of Winds (or Hawa Mahal), the City Palace Complex and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. [B]

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Special Experience: India is famous for its palmistry tradition. Today we’ll meet a local palmist who will read the lines of your hand for indications about your personality and destiny, based on Indian astrology.

Day 5. Jaipur - Bikaner

Our journey continues to Bikaner, a vibrant desert town with imposing forts and beautiful temples. This afternoon we explore Junagarh Fort and visit a camel-breeding farm. [B]

Day 6. Bikaner - Jaisalmer

This morning we travel to Jaisalmer, the ‘Golden City’. We’ll stop along the way at the unusual holy shrine of rats - Karni Mata Temple. This afternoon we’ll tour the Jaisalmer Fort, the Jain temples and the intricate sandstone havelis of the wealthy merchants. [B]

Day 7. Jaisalmer - Manvar

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Special Experience: We drive to Manvar, a beautiful, tented camp in the Thar Desert where we’ll be spending the night. This evening we’ll travel out to the sand dunes on a camel safari to experience the enchanting serenity. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Manvar - Jodhpur

Today we depart for the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 9. Jodhpur

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Special Experience: We begin the day exploring a traditional Bishnoi village by jeep. Famous for their passionate commitment to the protection of the environment, Bishnois typically live in distinct hut-like dwellings in groups around Rajasthan.

This afternoon we discover the sights of Jodhpur, including the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, the marble cenotaphs, Jaswant Thada and the Clock Tower. [B]

Day 10.  Jodhpur - Pushkar

We continue on to Pushkar today, a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town situated on the border of the Thar Desert. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B,L,D]

Day 11.  Pushkar

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Pushkar Festival: Visit the much anticipated Pushkar Fair, where the state of Rajasthan comes alive with a riot of colours and a frenzied burst of activity. Very few fairs in the world can match the liveliness of this festival! [B,L,D]

Day 12. Pushkar - Udaipur

Today we travel south to Udaipur. En route we’ll visit the marble Jain Temple at Ranakpur, famed for its 1,400 pillars (of which no two are the same). We’ll also visit beautiful Kumbhalgarh Fort with its numerous palaces, temples and gardens. [B,D]

Day 13. Udaipur

We spend the morning touring the sights of this beautiful city. Highlights include the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and the Garden of the Maidens. In the late afternoon we’ll cruise across Lake Pichola to visit the island of Jag Mandir. [B]

Day 14. Udaipur - Bundi

This morning we depart for the hillside town of Bundi. The surroundings are dominated by an extraordinary palace rising out of the rockface above the town. We'll visit Garh Palace and a local market. [B]

Day 15. Bundi - Ranthambore National Park

Famous for its tiger population, Ranthambore National Park is our destination today. This afternoon we’ll head out on a safari in search of these beautiful predators in their natural environment. [B,L,D]

Day 16. Ranthambore National Park

Our search for tigers continues today. We’ll also try to spot leopards, hyenas, porcupines, crocodiles, deer and gazelle. [B,L,D]

Day 17. Ranthambore National Park - Agra

Today we enjoy a short journey on the local train to Bharatpur to visit the deserted yet well-preserved Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. We’ll continue to Agra this afternoon. [B]

Day 18. Agra

Watch the sun rise this morning over the breathtaking Taj Mahal, coating it in a pearly-pink mist. We’ll also explore Agra Fort, known for its fine Mughal architecture, and Baby Taj, otherwise known as the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

A note on Taj Mahal renovations: For the past two years the iconic Taj Mahal has been undergoing a mud-pack therapy treatment to clean and protect its ivory-white surface. Unfortunately it is expected that the main dome will be covered with scaffolding for the period of May to November 2018.

Day 19. Agra - Delhi

This morning we return to Delhi. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore before our group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 20. Depart Delhi

Enjoy the day at leisure before we begin our journey home this evening. [B]

Day 21. Arrive in Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to India. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles excluding jeep & Canter safari vehicles and water-based activities
  • Tipping Made Easy, $250pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 1 night at Manvar desert camp, a permanent dune safari camp with proper beds and attached bathroom with running hot and cold water facilities
  • 19 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking national guide throughout

Porterage

  • Porterage include where available

Sightseeing

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Delhi

  • Explore the bustling city of Delhi, including visits to Jama Masjid (inside), Raj Ghat, Qutub Minar and Humayun Tomb. Take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk and an exotic spice tour of Khari Baoli Market, and drive past the Rajpath, Lutyen's Buildings and India Gate.
  • Visit Akshardham Temple and discover centuries of traditional Indian and Hindu culture throughout the complex and take a cultural boat ride to learn about thousands of years of Indian history.

Visit amazing temples and magnificent forts

  • Ride by Jeep up to the magnificent Amber Fort in Jaipur, followed by a tour of its many beautiful rooms within the fort including the amazing Hall of Mirrors. Here the light of a single match sets off a dazzling display as it is reflected by thousands of tiny mirrors that line the walls.
  • Tour the 'Pink City' of Jaipur including the Jantar Mantar Observatory, Sawai Man Singh 11 Museum, Hawa Mahal and the colourful bazaar.
  • Explore Junagarh Fort and visit a camel breeding farm in the fortified city of Bikaner.
  • Visit Karni Mata Temple at Deshnoke, an unusual holy shrine and home for thousands of protected rats.
  • Half day tour of the desert city of Jaisalmer, including a visit to the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort and some of the city’s historic sandstone havelis of the wealthy merchants
  • Spend 2 nights in Jodhpur, known as the 'Blue City' because local Brahmins have painted their homes blue to show their status to all. Our touring includes the Mehrangarh Fort and its beautiful palaces - Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal, and the marble monument of Jaswant Thada.
  • Visit the incredible marble Jain Temple at Ranakpur (of which no 2 of its 1,400 pillars are the same) and beautiful Kumbhalgarh Fort enroute to Udaipur.
  • Visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which was built in 1569 but abandoned 15 years later due to lack of water. The sheer size of this city and its well-preserved state will astound you!
  • Take a city tour of Agra, including the imposing Agra Fort, known for its fine Mughal architecture.
  • Visit Agra’s stunning Taj Mahal. A symbol of India, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful monument in the world.

The vibrant Pushkar Festival

  • Visit the famous Pushkar Festival. An annual five-day camel and livestock fair - one of the world’s largest! The festival is held on the banks of the Pushkar Lake and is attended by hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Witness the artistic palaces

  • Morning tour of Udaipur, the 'City of Lakes', which includes the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-ki-bari.
  • Visit Garh Palace in Bundi, known for its artistic Rajput style architecture.

Discover diverse India

  • Excite your taste buds with a market experience, cooking class and dinner with a local family in Jaipur.
  • Experience a mysterious Palmistry session in Jaipur.
  • Trek through the sand dunes by camel between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer and stay overnight at the Manvar desert safari camp. Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning sunset over the desert dunes!
  • Discover the diversity of India during a jeep safari of a traditional Bishnoi Village.
  • Enjoy an afternoon cruise on the calm waters of Lake Pichola in Udaipur (subject to water levels) to visit the island of Jagmandir.
  • Explore Ranthambore National Park, home to the elusive tiger.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Please note that for the Pushkar Festival we will be running multiple groups at the same time each with a maximum group size of 20.

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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.
Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation
In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas
Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Maidens Hotel, Delhi

Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi’s oldest hotels. Built in the early 1900s, it has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Set amidst eight acres of lush gardens and shady trees, it escapes the noise of the main city, but remains within easy access to some of the most magnificent Mughal monuments as well as the famous shopping centre, Chandni Chowk with its quaint bazaars and meandering lanes. Its spacious guestrooms with high ceilings are all unique.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Shahpura House, Jaipur

Shahpura House is located a short stroll from pleasant Bani Park and a short drive from the walls of the 'pink city', Jaipur. The guestrooms are reminiscent of the ones that were used by the royalties of the Shahpura family - spacious with elegant colonial furniture, all modern amenities, each having their own individual character.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner

The Lallgarh Palace is a luxury palace hotel with a rich heritage, built to celebrate royalty. It features imposing red sandstone and was built by Maharaja Ganga Singhji in memory of his father, Maharaj Lall Singhj in 1902 A.D. The oriental design is a mixture of Rajput, Muslim and European styles. The intricate carving on red stone is hall mark of great local craftsman. Open corridors run the length of the halls and rooms and are lined with a rare collection of old prints and vintage etchings. Lallgarh Palace offers a massage & beauty parlor, room service, open air dining by the bonfire, laundry service, currency exchange, tennis and badminton court.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor and outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Rang Mahal, Jaisalmer

The Rang Mahal is a palace hotel where the traditional hospitality of India can be experienced at its very best. This hotel in Jaisalmer enjoys a reputation of being one of the few hotels that has retained the art of serving its guests while keeping in tune with the latest in modern hospitality. It is ideally located near the airport, railway station and major shopping areas.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Manvar Desert Camp

In the midst of the wilderness and surrounded by the sand dunes, is the isolated splendour of the Manvar Tented Desert Camp. The beauty is breathtaking and the feeling of viewing a sunset amidst the sand dunes is hard to describe. An oasis of rare exclusivity, the Manvar Desert Camp consists of colourfully decorated, safari-style tents arranged in a semi-circle around a central ‘Durbar Hall’ (Courtiers' Hall).

Ratan Vilas, Jodhpur

Built in 1920 by Maharaj Ratan Singhji of Raoti, a royal from Jodhpur and one of the finest horsemen and polo players of his time, Ratan Vilas is a genuine heritage edifice in a sylvan setting. Decorated aesthetically with period furniture, traditional hand block printed fabrics and old family photographs, the guestrooms and common areas are inviting and spacious to ensure a very comfortable stay.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Pushkar Resort, Pushkar

This resort is situated in Pushkar's historical district and features a restaurant, bar, spa & health centre, swimming pool and games area. Laundry services are also available.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Udai Kothi, Udaipur

The Udai Kothi Hotel is located on the banks of Lake Pichola, within walking distance to the city centre. The Udai Kothi is a boutique modern hotel featuring a rooftop swimming pool and restaurant. Rooms are individually styled using carefully selected furniture and soft furnishings. Here you will find the best of both worlds where modern facilities blend with old-world charm.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Hadoti Palace, Bundi

The Hadoti Palace is a picturesque hotel, featuring colonial architecture, landscaped lawns and an outdoor pool, while also offering views of Taragarh Fort. The hotel restaurant, Taragarh Restaurant, offers a variety of Indian delights, and can be served pool-side on request.

Facilities: air-conditioning, wifi; safe deposit box; swimming pool; fridge; tea & coffee making facilities

Ranthambore Kothi, Ranthambore

Built in a British bungalow style, Ranthambore Kothi is set within lush green forests and surrounded by a natural lake and picturesque landscapes. This hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, bar and restaurant.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Crystal Sarovar, Agra

With a convenient and strategic location in Agra's tourist hub, the 5-star Hotel Crystal Sarovar offers everything you could need in a hotel. From the opulent, intricately designed interiors and state of the art restaurant, to the magnificent view of the iconic Taj Mahal, the Hotel Crystal Sarovar is truly unique.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Currency

Currency

Indian Rupee

The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR; ₹).

  • 1 Rupee = 100 Paisa
  • Notes are in denominations of ₹5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2,000 rupees
  • Coins are in denominations of ₹1, 2, 5 & 10 rupee and 50 paise 
  • Coins up to 50 paise are called 'small coins' and coins of Rupee one and above are called 'Rupee Coins'

Weather

Weather

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Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Reviews for Colours of Rajasthan, Pushkar Festival

This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 5 reviews.

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Colours of Rajasthan, Pushkar Festival Loved all we saw, the guide and the colour. 5
Will never forget the Pushkar Camel Fair. Also the owls and the tiger in Ranthambore. And indeed every place was full of colour and atmosphere. Eileen Kennedy - November 2016
Colours of Rajasthan, Pushkar Festival I loved everything - itinerary, tour guide and learnt so much 5
This tour was amazing. I learnt so much about the history of India. The architecture is amazing, the colours are vibrant, food is fabulous and the people are so beautiful. Our tour guide Atul was excellent and was a walking encyclopaedia. He had so much knowledge and could answer all questions. Jenny Foster - November 2015
Colours of Rajasthan, Pushkar Festival Loved the variety of the tour & the company 4
Really enjoyed the variety of sightseeing & activities on the tour. We really did a lot. The Puskhar Fair was amazing as was the camping & camel ride. The people on the bus were great company as were the driver, helper & Davidina. Gabe Chapple - October 2014
Colours of Rajasthan, Pushkar Festival Our time with him at The Golden Temple was excellent 4
Davinder was excellent & gave much more of himself than we would have expected from the start to the end of our day. Amit was very good. Our time with him at The Golden Temple was excellent & then drove us out to the India/Pakistan gate ceremony which was wonderful Helen Dalrymple - November 2012
Colours of Rajasthan, Pushkar Festival Davinder was the best guide/escort we have had 4
Davinder was the best guide/escort we have had, compared with all the others tours we have been on even though they all have been very good. Jaroslav Cerny - November 2012

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Special experiences!

  • Visit a local market and interact with a local family during a traditional Indian cooking lesson, then join them for dinner.
  • India is famous for its palmistry tradition. Meet a local palmist who will read the lines of your hand for indications about your personality and destiny, based on Indian astrology.
  • Spend the night in Manvar in a beautiful tented camp in the Thar Desert. Enjoy a camel safari into the sand dunes and experience the ever-changing landscape and enchanting serenity.
  • Explore a traditional Bishnoi village by jeep. Famous for their passionate commitment to the protection of the environment, Bishnois typically live in distinct hut-like dwellings in group around Rajasthan.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Transportation

Rickshaw, camel, boat, coach, local train, jeep & canter

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $250pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Witness the famous Pushkar Camel Festival • Discover the highlights of Old and New Delhi • Take a jeep up to Jaipur’s majestic Amber Fort and tour its beautiful rooms • Tour the desert city of Jaisalmer, including the magnificent Jaisalmer fort • Discover the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur • Discover India’s diversity on a visit to a Bishnoi village • Safari in Ranthambore National Park • Tour the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri • Watch the sun rise at the stunning Taj Mahal

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This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 5 reviews.