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Colours of Rajasthan - Puskhar Festival

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.

Quick Facts

  • Culture
  • Cultural Wonders
  • Festival Holidays

Whats Included

All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)

What to expect

* 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 * Travel by private air-conditioned bus

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Days : 13

Price : From AED 5,145*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights

Trip Style : Classic

Trip Type : Individuals

Physical Grading : 3

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Reviews

Title : INDIAN EXPERIENCE WITH EXODUS.
Summary : 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.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The hotels were a wonderful surprise. The stories in all the places we visited. Care taken to make sure we had a wonderful experience of and feel of the country.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : He was fantastic. I could not of asked for a better group leader. He responded very quickly each person's needs and supported all in the group. Very patient with everyone.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Print the trip notes and keep them with you. They were very useful.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : A big thank you.

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Title : Very aptly named trip!
Summary : 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".
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The first sight of the Taj Mahal through the windows of the Red Fort in Agra reduced me to tears - it just shimmers on the horizon and is so incredibly beautiful. But also Bundi, an absolute delight and assault on all senses, and we were lucky with a late Diwali that meant we caught the beginnings of the camel fair at Pushkar which was huge fun!
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Krishna was just amazing, his knowledge, enthusiasm and kindness made him the perfect guide. He knew the best places to eat, from a palace on the shores of the lake at Udaipur to street food (and the best samosas ever); he organised fireworks for Diwali, tuctucs in Udaipur, a trip to a Bollywood movie, going out of his way to give us all the best experience possible, and adding in extra elements when he discovered our interests.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Take existing clothes to be made up in hours from local material - I didn't know about it so didn't take anything but wished I had! I took a daily pro-biotic but on the one occasion I felt a bit dodgy it was sorted with some charcoal tablets that one of the other ladies let me have.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : It really was the perfect introduction to India. The architecture is so beautiful, you think you've seen something that could never be surpassed, until the next palace where there's something even more wonderful and extraordinary. But it's not just the big stuff, there were equal delights in walking through the chaos and noise of the markets, especially after dark; the food (fantastic); the light; the monkeys and cows; the number of people you can fit on a bike or a tuctuc; Ranthambore which even without tigers was a magical place, like being in Kind Louis's palace in the Jungle Book - the list goes on. And the people are so lovely, there's a joyousness to the country which is infectious, and the colours! Just amazing.

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Title : Fantastic India
Summary : 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.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : There were many wonderful experiences but of these I would say seeing the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, the beautiful city of Udaipur with its lake, temples and palace and being lucky enough to see tigers in Ranthambore will probable live in my memory the longest.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Our leader, Naveen was truly excellent. I have regularly been on trips of this nature for 30 years and can honestly say that he was up there with the very best leaders I have travelled with in that time. He was always helpful, always retained his good humour, was a mine of information and totally organised. He showed us things and gave us experiences that were not part of the itinerary such as taking us to a local school and introducing us to some of the street foods. He took us to some really excellent restaurants and also to where the locals eat. He really made the trip an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Be prepared for an awful lot of bus travel and very limited free time for shopping etc but you will see many majestic sights and experience a very different culture. Be prepared for crowded streets with constant noise, to see poverty and to adapt to not having the personal space we have in the West. In Ranthambore, on the advice of someone who had previously visited, we asked Exodus to book a jeep for our party rather than the standard canter as they are more flexible. It is thanks to this that we saw tigers as the rest of the group, travelling in a canter, did not.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : I feel that Exodus should consider changing the bus we travelled in as it was showing its age with uncomfortable seats, some seat belts not working and fans dangerously situated just above head position.

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Title : Colourful wonderful craziness!
Summary : This was my first visit to India and the title says it all!
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : There were so many highlights from which to choose but I think my favourite was the visit to the fort at Bundi. I had never heard of this town, but was blown away by the beauty and solitude of this abandoned palace with its pristine frescoes. And to have the place virtually to ourselves was amazing! Although not to everyone's taste, I also really enjoyed getting caught up in the chaotic crowds in the tail end of the religious procession in Pushkar; swiftly followed by the crush of a political rally further down the same road! We were enveloped in local life in all its chaotic colour.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Navin was knowledgable, caring, well-organised and appears to know just about every chai seller in India ;). His skills go far beyond that of the standard tourist guide to encompass finding lost wallets in a strange town, fixing leaking toilets and removing ticks from guests' legs ;). Whenever there was any query or problem, Navin always had our backs and got it sorted pronto. Thank you, Navin!
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Don't rely on laundry being done in the hotels, be prepared to handwash stuff instead if necessary. The drives between towns can be long and the roads are so bumpy it can be difficult to read. But there is so much to see outside the window of the van, you need never be bored! Take a warm layer to counteract the efficiency of the aircon in the van! Leave your presuppositions at home and throw yourself into the sights, colours, sounds, sensations of this fabulous place, you will never forget it.

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Title : Colours of Rajasthan: colours that keep in my mind
Summary : 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.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The moment when we had a boat trip in Lake Picchola, in Udaipur, whatching the sundown, slowly and warm. To me, it was the gratest, mesmerizing and most fullfiled moment of all trip.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : My group learder was always gentle and caring about all the group. Always read to help us making good decisions, clarifing our doubts and being a companion in this trip.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Keep your mind and your heart open to all the good things you can learn from these country, and for the kindness that everyone gives to you, without expecting nothing in return.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : The only thing I would like to add is that some of the bus travells could be made by night, for me it would be good and we could spend more time in the cities or doing more activities.

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Title : Colours of Rajasthan
Summary : 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.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : There were a few as it was such a great trip. Dawn at the Taj Mahal - spectacular Seeing a tiger in the wild - very emotional Taking part in Holi Festival - alot of fun
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Gaj was very knowledgable, funny, accomodating, thoughtful and gave us great tips on how to deal with certain situations which were invaluable when out and about.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Take cash, it is easy to change at the hotels, ATM's are not very reliable. Plenty of hand sanatiser and tissues (most toilets out and about don't have toilet paper) Crackers - in case of a bad tummy
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Busy and tiring so be prepared but very worthwhile trip, you just see so much of northern india.

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Title : Colours of Rajihstan
Summary : 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.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Seeing Tigers in the wild. The town of Udipur was very beautiful and enjoyed the boat trip on the lake.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : The group leader was excellent, very professional and knowledgeable. He was patient and kind and went out of his way to make sure everything was arranged and timely. He also was honest and humorous. He made the trip excellent.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Make sure to have warm clothes for mini safari as it really is cold in the early morning on the back of open air trucks. Take plenty of hand sanitizer. Take cash to change while over there as it can be arranged very easily in the hotels, a lot of the ATM cash points dont work or are empty and queuing to use them is not great. Take plenty of over the counter medicine with you , in case of stomach upsets, as there are a lot of long drives. Read up on Hindu gods etc before you go as it would make the culture more understandable.

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Title : Brilliant experiance for any one wanting to see Northern India
Summary : 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.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The Amber Fort in Agra is superb a splendid and insperational place to visit. For me personally the whole trip was insperational. Having a meal cooked by our Guide in Jaipur in his home, with his family, it was a very special moment.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Ronit the group leader was a brilliant host, looking after out group, ensuring our safety, enjoyment and culture of India, he is a credit to Exodus Travel, could not recommend him enough to anyone. Ronit ensured that all the tips at the hotels, tour guides, travel expenses were paid for ensuring that we could enjoy the experience / holiday with out having to worry about having to tip every one.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Pack light, for warm weather, remember to take comfortable travelling clothes as well as sturdy walking shoes, some of the paths and steps upto the palaces, Forts etc are steep and slippery from use Dont take photos when you aren't supposed too, certain forts and palaces dont allow photos in certain rooms and your camera can be confiscated and you may be fined.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Go and experience India with Exodus, hopefully you will get Ronit as your group leader

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Title : Colours of Rajasthan
Summary : A fascinating trip, packed with the vibrant cultures of India. The tour was excellently planned and managed.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : It has to be The Taj Mahal in the morning light. Also the beautiful countryside between Udaipur and Jodphur.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Harish was the perfect group leader. Very well informed, intelligent and amusing. And very thoughtful too, ensuring everyone was feeling good and enjoying the trip.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Be aware that there is a lot of travelling on some days but it is well managed. If you want to see the many places in the intinary, it is worth the travelling.

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Title : A wonderful experience of Northern India
Summary : This trip was a wonderful taster of all that Rajasthan had to offer. Travelling long distances, although tiring, meant that experiencing all of Rajasthan was possible. From the bustling of Delhi to the calm of Ranthambore, this trip will have something for everyone.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : I loved the Taj Mahal, which is a wonderful memorial to love and a beautiful sight. However, it was also wonderful to visit India during Holi, a bright and colourful festival.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Ronit was a wonderful tour leader who ensured that everyone was happy throughout the trip. He couldn't have done more for us throughout the trip.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : The days are long on this trip and there is a lot of travelling. The trip notes are quite accurate, but don't underestimate how hard 5-6 hours on a coach may be for you. However, the view out of the window is always interesting in India.

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Start Date - End DateAvailabilityPrice
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
2018-12-23 - 2019-01-047 AED 5,660
2019-01-13 - 2019-01-256 AED 5,660
2019-02-10 - 2019-02-220 AED 5,814
2019-02-24 - 2019-03-081 AED 5,814
2019-03-10 - 2019-03-221 AED 5,557
2019-03-31 - 2019-04-128 AED 5,145
2019-10-06 - 2019-10-188 AED 5,660
2019-10-20 - 2019-11-018 AED 5,814
2019-10-28 - 2019-11-098 AED 6,175
2019-11-10 - 2019-11-228 AED 5,814
2019-12-22 - 2020-01-038 AED 5,660