Join us to celebrate the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer in the month of February 2021 and discover the colour, sounds and flavours of Rajasthan and enjoy a stay at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! We start in Delhi, where the hustle and bustle of modern India stands in stark contrast to the old world of Mughal forts, historical temples and palatial gardens. Travel to Agra, as no trip to India is complete without a sunrise visit to the world’s grandest monument to love – the Taj Mahal. Journey through Rajasthan, the ‘Land of Great Kingdoms’, to explore the palaces of the Maharajahs in Udaipur, Jodphur and Jaisalmer before spending a night under the stars in the Thar desert.
|03 – 13 February 2025
* Desert Festival dates may vary
|A$3490 per person twin share
Single Supplement A$1350
* Fixed departure – price based on minimum 2 people
|11 Days, 10 Nights
|Delhi – Udaipur – Ravla Khempur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Delhi
Overnight: Hotel, Delhi
In the afternoon we will take an orientation walk and explore the beautiful lane ways of the old city. In the evening we will go to Bagore-ki-Haveli, near Gangaur Ghat in the heart of the old city, to watch a traditional Rajasthani dance performance. After the dance performance we will enjoy dinner at a roof top restaurant overlooking Lake Pichola and the City Palace. Relax and enjoy the sweeping views and wonder at the many treasures housed inside.
Overnight: Hotel, Udaipur
In the late afternoon we will gather to board our boat for a late afternoon cruise around Lake Pichola followed by sunset cocktails on Jagmandir Island Palace.
Overnight: Hotel, Khempur
Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City” owing to the many blue houses that dot the landscape. It also boasts as its backdrop the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest in India. Why not head to Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India, for handicrafts and antiques. The diversity of what’s on offer is impressive, as are the colourful surrounds.
Overnight: Hotel, Jodphur
You can either have the late afternoon free to relax or attend a cooking class at a local family’s house. Try cooking with traditional Indian spices and see if you can taste the difference!
Overnight: Hotel, Jodhpur
Overnight: Hotel, Jaisalmer.
Celebration of Desert Festival at Jaisalmer
Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is a colorful festival held in February every year. You will get to see Cultural events, camel races, turban tying competitions etc. Not exciting enough! Attend the contests to judge the man with the best moustache. Everything is exotic in the Desert festival, amidst the golden sands of the Thar Desert. With a final musical performance by folk singers under the moonlit sky at the dunes in Sam, just outside Jaisalmer, the festival comes to its end. The rich culture of the region is on display during this three daylong extravaganza.
Later, you will have the full Thar Desert experience, with a jeep safari and then a camel ride over the rolling sand dunes. Take the opportunity to snap some stunning sunset photos and to simply soak up the desert atmosphere.
Overnight: Camping in luxury tents, Thar Desert
Overnight: Hotel, Jaisalmer
Overnight: Hotel, Delhi
Later in the day you will transfer to the international airport for your flight home. Thank you for travelling with Ekno Travels and we hope to see you again soon!
Met at Delhi Airport by Ekno representative
9 nights accommodation with breakfast
1 night accommodation in luxury tents in Thar desert with dinner & breakfast
Following transportation by Toyota Innova Car or similar:
- Pickup/drop off to/from Delhi airport
- Pickup at Udaipur airport
- Udaipur – Khempur – Jodhpur
- Drop off at Jodhpur airport
- Sightseeing in Delhi
2 Domestic Flights
- Delhi to Udaipur
- Jaisalmer to Delhi
Camel ride and jeep safari in Jaisalmer
Services of a local English speaking guide for 5 days
Indian tourist visa
Personal expenditure such as drinks (including bottled water), laundry service and souvenirs
Lunch & Dinner
Entrance fees to all sights and monuments
Boat ride in Udaipur
Camera and video entry charges at local sights and monuments
Compulsory insurance of any kind
Cooking class in Jodhpur