North India: A Royal Journey with the Diwali Festival and the Pushkar Camel Fair

 North India: A Royal Journey with the Diwali Festival and the Pushkar Camel Fair
Oct. 14 – Oct. 31, 2009

Price: From $7,995 (Air additional from selected gateways)
Tour Length: 20 days
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Travel through time and the pages of history as you tour exotic India. Your trip is timed to coincide with Diwali or "Festival of Lights," a time that is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and happiness over five continuous days. It is also the time of the Pushkar Fair. Pushkar has a carnival mood during this trade fair where everything is being bartered and sold, including camels, handmade rugs, exquisitely embroidered skirts, leather bags, wood and stone carvings and ethnic silver jewelry.

Enjoy traveling with a small group of Carolina alumni and friends as you explore forts and palaces of the Maharajas of Rajasthan, experience game drives in Ranthambore to track the elusive tiger and participate in specially arranged cultural interactions with local economists and business leaders, students and families. 

This incredible cultural journey throughout northern India is a kaleidoscope of images and colors, from the sublime Taj Mahal at daybreak, to the hundreds of painted and decorated camels patiently resting on the sand dunes as their owners bargain at the camel trading fair.

Return home enriched by this land of diverse and enduring cultures. A four-day extension to Varanasi and Khajuraho with fully guided tours, including a pre-dawn boat ride on the River Ganges and visits to some of India's most magnificent temples, is offered.



Day 1      Depart U.S. to New Delhi, India (provided for air-inclusive participants only)

Day 2      New Delhi

Day 3      Old Delhi

Day 4      New Delhi

Day 5      Agra/Taj Mahal

Day 6      Delhi/Fatehpur Sikri/Ranthambore

Day 7      Ranthambore

Day 8      Ranthambore/Jaipur

Day 9      Jaipur

Day 10   Jaipur/Pushkar

Day 11   Pushkar

Day 12   Pushkar

Day 13   Pushkar/Jodhpur

Day 14   Jodhpur

Day 15   Jodhpur/Udaipur

Day 16   Udaipur

Day 17   Udaipur/Delhi

Day 18   Return to U.S. or post-tour extension in Varanasi and Khajuraho (provided for air-inclusive participants only)

Note: Tour limited to 25 participants. Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.