Colours of Rajasthan, Pushkar Festival with Return flights


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.

Members from: $7,345 P.PNon-members from: $7,495 P.PSolo traveller from: $9,970

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    Asia

  • Supplier

    Bunnik Tours

  • Booking Code

    BTCRP

  • Company

    Bunnik Tours


Includes


  • 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

  • 18 nights in good quality hotels

  • 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

  • English-speaking locally based guides

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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

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]

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

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

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

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!

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


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