Date

Jan 27 – Feb 10, 2023

Price

$5,100

Duration

15 Days

Availabilty

Open - Guaranteed

A GLITTERING GALA

From north to south and east to west, India is more like a world than a single country. The people are diverse, the languages varied, the customs and religious rites distinctive, and the landscape dramatic. There are architectural and cultural wonders around every corner. Visiting India is like attending an ongoing festival, with vivid colors, sights, sounds and aromas. Because of India’s vastness and diversity, Toto Tours concentrates each adventure in one distinct region so that tour participants can better absorb its beauty and character. This particular adventure focuses on the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, comprising about 10% of India’s total landmass. It is the largest Indian state by area and the seventh largest by population.

The western side of Rajasthan comprises the beautiful Thar Desert. Once a year, the desert sands around Jaisalmer come alive with a dazzling, colorful festival amidst the sand dunes. The festival goes on for three days and enables you to experience the rich and varied Rajasthani folk culture. Tall, handsome Rajasthani men and beautiful women dressed in their best and brightest costumes dance and sing ballads of valor, romance and tragedy, while traditional musicians attempt to outdo each other showing off their musical superiority.

The high point of the festival is definitely the synchronized movements of camels pinwheeling, dancing, threading the needle and bowing to the audience! All the things you’re used to seeing horses do at a military tattoo in the United Kingdom. But camels? Unbelievable! Other highlights include puppeteers, acrobats, camel races, camel polo, traditional processions, camel mounted bands, folk dances, and simply mingling with the excited crowds of local participants where you yourself are considered by them to be a star attraction!

In addition to the spectacular Desert Festival in Jaisalmer we also take in the classic highlights of India, from Old and New Delhi to the resplendent Taj Mahal in Agra and the huge and palatial hill forts in Jaipur and Jodhpur, ending in romantic Udaipur. Because this tour includes so many amazing highlights, it is perfect for first-time visitors to India. You’ll be hooked! But no matter how many times you have visited the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort, they never cease to amaze and delight. Don’t miss this thrilling adventure in Incredible India!

COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY:

All plans for this tour are made considering the COVID procedures in effect at the time of publication. Entry requirements and vaccination requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. Please be sure you comply with the latest India entry requirements at the time of departure. For the safety of our groups, we only accept tour participants who are fully vaccinated, and current with their covid vaccines (including any recommended boosters) as of 4 weeks prior to departure. Proof of vaccination will be required no later than 4 weeks prior to departure.

Tour Highlights

  • The wonders of Old and New Delhi
  • Stunning Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Impressive Fortress in Agra
  • Architectural splendor of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Ride an elephant to the massive Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • Royal Palace in Jaipur
  • Holy Places of Ajmer and Pushkar
  • Stay at the Historic Heritage Hotel: Khimsar Fort
  • Medieval citadel of Jaisalmer
  • Pageantry of the Desert Festival
  • Majestic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur
  • Enchanting village of Narlai, staying in the home of Marwar nobility
  • Immaculately preserved Jain Temples at Ranakpur
  • Udaipur, the “Venice of India,” with its stunning Lake Palace
  • Boat trip on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
  • Beautiful presentations of Rajasthani dance and costumes
  • Dazzling art and delicious cuisine
  • Spectacular stays in several Heritage Palace / Fort Hotels


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