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art & culture • 11 days, 10 nights

India: Desert Festivals of Rajasthan

art & culture • 11 days, 10 nights

India: Desert Festivals of Rajasthan

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  • Group Size 14 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Communities Up Close
from $6,570 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Join us on an adventure through the colorful desert scenery of Rajasthan. On this overland journey, we’ll experience a shamanistic full-moon ritual seldom seen by outsiders, immerse ourselves in lively local festivals, step into the preserved palaces and forts of Rajasthani nobles, and listen under the stars to the music of the desert.

For those seeking more, continue on to Jaipur for our three-day extension, which includes a visit to the fascinating stone astronomical observatory complex of Jantar Mantar.

  • Witness the rituals and customs of the tribes of the Great Indian Desert
  • Observe a full moon shamanistic ritual in Jojawar
  • Listen to the histories of the desert tribes captured in music
  • Explore the City Palace complex in Udaipur
  • See the world's largest sundial, made entirely out of stone, in Jaipur


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy. The cost of the Jaipur extension is $1950 per person based on double occupancy.

The minimum group size for us to operate the extension is 4 guests. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in taking the extension. Before booking your international airline tickets, check with us to ensure the trip and extension are confirmed above minimum participation requirements.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. We have a maximum of 1 twin room on the Nov 2022 departure and 2 twin rooms on the Jan 2023 departure. First come first serve.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1610. The extension single supplement is $495. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. 

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain.

Arrival & Departure

Jan 31, 2023, Baneshwar Festival Departure: You should plan to arrive in Delhi any time on Day 1 or early in the morning on Day 2, ready to catch a domestic flight to Udaipur midday on Day 2. Our tour concludes with a flight from Jodhpur to Delhi on the afternoon of Day 11. We recommend booking your flight home with a departure time from Delhi after 7:00 p.m. on Day 11. If you are joining the extension, we will return to Delhi around 6:00 p.m. on Day 14 so connecting international flights should not depart before 10:00 p.m.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable heritage hotels and a luxury permanent tented camp
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including arrival and departure airport transfers
  • An experienced Trip Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • All tips and gratuities, except for the accompanying Trip Leader
  • Internal domestic flights
  • Transportation and flights to and from Delhi
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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Trip FAQ

Your participation in this trip will provide significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on traditional customs will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.

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