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Colours of Rajasthan - Puskhar Festival

From £1249 for 13 days
Trip Overview
Rajasthan, the 'Land of Princes’, is full of monuments to its warrior past. The imposing forts of Jodhpur and Jaipur bear testament to the battles that once raged here, whilst the palaces in Udaipur, Fatehpur Sikri and the Taj Mahal offer a softer side to North India's rich history. As well as exploring these historic landmarks we also stay in the charming town of Bundi, exploring its blue alleyways, forts and hillside lake, and every year we run a special departure to visit the world-famous Pushkar Camel Fair.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Delhi; half-day city tour.
Ends: End Delhi.
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Culture & Festivals
Trip Code: EAIKA
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: India
What's Included


All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included


10 nights hotels in en suite rooms, 2 nights in en suite Swiss cottage tents Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs


Trip Highlights

•    Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal

•    Search for the elusive tiger

•    Explore the 'Pearl of Rajasthan', Udaipur

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Departing: 15th Nov 2020
Returning: 27th Nov 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 21st Nov 2021
Returning: 3rd Dec 2021
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
For those who are on the flight inclusive package we land in Delhi in the morning and transfer to the hotel where we will meet the other members of the group. In the afternoon we visit the walled city of Old Delhi; crowded, full of activities and still influenced by the great Mughals who once ruled from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort. We visit Jama Mosque - built in 17th century and the largest mosque in India and Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. We will also see India Gate and the vast colonial buildings as we navigate around the city. *Standard Hotel*
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A very enjoyable holiday seeing the splenders of Rajasthan. So many wonderful sights and places but for me the highlights must be seeing 7 tigers on the game drives and the Holi festival in Jaipur. I did however find the long bus journies tiring.
This was my second trip to India, having been on The Tropical South trip in January 2017, so I knew a bit of what to expect. For my husband it was his first trip. I was overawed by my experiences, the Taj obviously was a highlight - but be prepared for crowds. The Jain temple at Ranakpur was a wonderful surprise - a fabulous building, with an amazing interior. The blue houses in Bundi & the magnificent step well! The tiger safari was a true wild life journey - even if the tigers all hid from us that day - the monkeys, birds and crocodiles were much in evidence! Palaces, forts, temples - we explored and learnt about these incredible structures reflecting a way of life that has now disappeared forever! And not to forget the people - and there are LOTS! Pushy hawkers, shy ladies & children, laughing teens, solemn old men with craggy faces, business men in flash cars, women carrying containers of rubble working on a building site - as the saying goes 'All human life is here!' Sitting here typing this I can't really believe I was there - to experience all of India's diversity - what a lot we packed in, in 2 weeks. The noise of hooting cars and tuktuks, the smell of dust, exhausts, drains, incense, cows ( which really do wander in the streets and across the main roads!) The colour of the women's dresses, the laughing children waving at us from the street as we passed - so many wonderful memories.
Visited lots of lovely places and the tour guide was lovely. Took so much care of everyone. Saw some beautiful palaces, temples and forts in a short time. A fully packed holiday organised with ease for us travellers.
A fabulous introduction to India for a first-timer. India surprised and delighted me in so many ways; the vibrancy, the people, the architecture, the culture, the food - I was constantly reminded of the line in Best Exotic - something along the lines of "how could you not love this country, all life is here".
A very good trip seeing many wonderful sights and experiencing some of the culture of the country. It involves a great deal of travelling on indifferent quality roads and in the towns and cities chaotic and noisy traffic and people everwhere. We saw quite a lot of poverty. The forts and palaces are awesome and the serene beauly of the Taj Mahal is an unforgettable experience. We saw 2 tigers in Ranthambore but the park would be worthy of a visit for its landscapes alone without that bonus. The camel fair was rather disappointing as most of the camels there were just to give rides to tourists rather than for trading and the whole thing is really a huge street market and funfair. The travel times in the trip notes were inaccurate as journeys often took significantly longer and we ended up having almost no free time to do any shopping. The one day we could have had a little spare time was in Jaipur but the local guide then took us on a pointless visit to a carpet/textile emporium which I believe the whole group considered to be a waste of time. The hotels were gernerally of an adequate standard although some were in need of a little tlc particularly in the plumbing department with leaks and loose taps. Staff were unfailingly helpful.
This was my first visit to India and the title says it all!
Travel to India was, since I remmember, one of biggest dreams. I always wished to meet and to know these majestic culture, full of history and contrasts. I learn so much in this trip, but I wish to know more, to do more in these and for these country, that it will stay in my mind forever.
An excellent trip, very well organised, the guide was fabulous. Some long days and coach rides which make it tiring but saying that we would never have seen as much as we did on our own. Not enough free time to do your own thing, and the free time that was available was not long enough. The hotels were of a very good standard and the guide took us to some excellent restaurants. My wife & I didn't enjoy the buffet meals as it doesn't give you alot of choice and can be expensive if you don't eat much, we wanted to experience the food as well as the culture and a buffet didn't give you that option, we mentioned this to the guide and buffet meals didn't happen again. The local guides were very informative and made visiting the temples and forts more interesting. The trip is described as leisurely but there were two days with very steep walking and every day was very busy not leisurely at all. We both very much enjoyed our trip and have some wonderful memories and photographs to treasure.
The trip was good, but very fast paced with very little time for any relaxation. We were extremely well looked after and the standard of the hotels were good. The palaces , forts and temples were amazing and we had a local guide to explain all about them, which kept it interesting. The mini safari was good and we had excellent sittings of tiger in the wild. The downside of the trip was the bad air pollution, in all towns, but particularly bad in Delhi . The amount of rubbish in the streets was awful and everywhere which was not good to look at constantly .The standard restaurants and the food in them was very good, and the restaurants were well chosen. The guide we had was amazing and made the trip really good, by putting in little extra options, like palm reading and henna tattoos.
If you want to see India and experience Indian culture in a small way i cant recommend exodus travels enough, after a lot of searching and investigation i booked my holiday / trip with Trail Finders whom recommended Exodus. I chose the colour of Rajastan tour as it covered everything i wanted to see in a short period of time. I was not disappointed, upon arrival at Delhi International airport i was met by Ronit the Tour leader, he took me to a taxi to take me to the hotel in the centre of New Delhi, explianing that we would leave the hotel at approx 1pm as there was still another flight coming n later, the Taxi driver was friendly and the transfer was included, I checked into the hotel, showered and changed and went for a walk onto the small street outside the hotel, the local shops and market was just 100 meters from the hotel, Met up with the rest of the group at 1 for our tour around Delhi, what an experience, Seeing India Gate, etc. This is a truly brilliant trip, I wont spoil the rest for you but it got better by the day highlighting with the final city of Jaipuir I would recommend this to everyone, however you have to be reasonable fit expect to walk about 2 to 5 miles each day up steep hills and steps, the Indian Roads are not brilliant once off the main highways and can be very bumpy and rough.
A fascinating trip, packed with the vibrant cultures of India. The tour was excellently planned and managed.
A fantastic introduction to this amazing country. The food, the people, the history, the sights, the senses were constantly bombarded with new experiences at every turn. India had been on my travel bucket list for a long time and it did not disappoint...I'm already planning to go back!
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