A trip to India is a mind-blowing experience any time, but one that includes the Pushkar Camel Fair is even more exciting. World Spree’s 13-day India tour covers the highlights of northern India—Delhi, Agra and Jaipur—plus a safari in search of the royal Bengal tiger, but one departure in November also includes the unbelievably photogenic Pushkar Camel Fair, all for only $1,899.
The tour includes round-trip flights from New York, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco to Delhi, accommodations in 5-star hotels and deluxe tents in Pushkar, 10 international buffet breakfasts, nine other delicious meals, all transportation in India, comprehensive sightseeing with entrance fees, two game drives in Ranthambore National Park, professional English-speaking tour manager/guides and baggage handling.
Photographers and everyday travelers will marvel at the sights of the Golden Triangle: the monuments and markets of Old and New Delhi, Agra’s breath-taking Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur with its palaces and bazaars, and the elusive royal Bengal tiger ( which may or may not appear), but the tour’s most memorable feature is the Pushkar Camel Fair. This spectacular tribal gathering cum religious festival brings thousands of camels, horses, herders and traders streaming out of the desert to set up camp near the town of Pushkar. A colorful fair with camel races, livestock exhibitions, tented bazaars and street vendors springs up around it and, since the temple-rich Pushkar is a Hindu holy town, you will also see pilgrims bathing in the town’s sacred lake.
Travelers who wish to see even more of northern India should know about the 19-day Epic Journey to India and Nepal ($3,299), which includes the Golden Triangle and tiger reserve, plus the erotic temples of Khajuraho, the fascinating and photogenic scenes along the Ganges ghats in Varanasi and the fabled Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, as well as the Pushkar Camel Fair.
And for even more sensory overload, there’s the Incredible India tour next February ($1,999) that includes the unforgettable Holi Festival of Colors, an ancient Hindu festival that includes a free-for-all carnival of colors where everyone dances in the streets of Jaipur and sprays everyone else with colored powder and/or water.
For more information on all of these tours, log onto www.worldspree.com, click “Tour Packages” and then “India.” Please note that all prices quoted are cash-only, are per person double occupancy, and are subject to availability.