PUSHKAR FAIR & THE BACKROADS OF RAJASTHAN, 6-16 NOV, 2022

THE PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR & THE BACKROADS OF RAJASTHAN 
6-16 NOV, 2022

with Jeremy Woodhouse & Abhishek Hajela

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Pushkar Camel Fair
Held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, the Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale, attracting thousands of camels, horses and cattle and visited by over 400,000 people over a period of around fourteen days.

For visitors it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional melas (festivals), which brings together livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan.

Backroads of Rajasthan
The Aravalli hills, mustard fields and villages surround this large expanse of land in Southern Rajasthan bordering the state of Gujarat. An occasional splash of red adds a dash of colour and vibrancy to this land. The word Rabari is derived from ‘Rehaan’, meaning – a person who shows the path.

The Rabari community is involved in raising cattle, camels, sheep and goats. They are semi-nomadic, living in tents or under the open skies, and raising cattle, camels and goats—they have been travelling since ancient times using traditional routes to find greener pastures for their herds. Traditionally, the Rabari followed a highly nomadic way of life, following the seasonal rains for periods of time, and then returning to their villages.

Jawai
This community has also been tolerant to leopards taking away and feeding on their livestock, as they consider it to be a spiritual offering to the gods. This is one of the main reasons, that the Jawai region still remains a habitat of harmony, for both leopard and man.

The Rabari
The Rabari men wear minimalist, simple clothing that is comfortable. They choose to wear white, as it is airy and is a colour suited to beat the scorching heat of the Rajasthan sun. They wear a red, white or yellow turban that not only prevents them from heat stroke, but also acts as a "safety helmet" when they trek around the hills with their herds. The elders in the community generally wear a white turban as a symbol of retirement, if that is their wish.

Rabari women and men are a fashionable lot. The ethnic safari jacket they wear is called a ‘borla’ and the comfortable loincloth is called a ‘pacheri’. Men and women traditionally have tattoos made on their faces, and they still wear a lot of jewelry. The women also wear heavily embroidered traditional clothing from a young age. When they get married, they are presented with ivory bangles that they must wear on their lower arms. Another set of bangles is added to the upper arm once a woman is welcomed into her husband’s home. These days the bangles are made of strong plastic, or occasionally wood.

During the trip we will stay at an ancestral property of Mr Shailendra Singh, situated in the foothills of Mount Abu – it has been developed, maintained and nurtured with great care.


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Itinerary 

Pre-tour: 5 Nov, 2022—arrive in Delhi
You will be met by one of our representatives and taken to your hotel

O/N Holiday Inn Aerocity or Similar

Day 1: 6 Nov, 2022—Delhi to Pushkar via Ajmer
Early this morning we will head to the Railway station to board our train to Pushkar where the world-famous annual Camel Festival takes place. We will get down at Ajmer station from where Pushkar is 45 minutes away by road.

On arrival you will be assisted in check-in at your luxurious tented accommodations. 

On the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake. This important Hindu pilgrimage has the only temple of Lord Brahma (The Creator in Hindu Mythology) in the world. Pushkar became famous due to its Camel Fair, which is the largest in the world. Cattle traders from all over Rajasthan and neighboring states converge here to buy and sell camels and all kinds of cattle.

This afternoon we will start our first Pushkar Camel fair walk. This walk will be interesting for everyone, as it would enable us taking some amazing images of the fair, animals and villagers with colorful turbans! 

O/N at our luxury tented camp

Day 2-3: 7-8 Nov, 2022—Pushkar Camel Fair
We will spend the next two days exploring the vibrant Pushkar fair and crating some colorful images. Early mornings and evenings will be the best time to capture the essence of the festival.

O/N at our luxury tented camp

Day 4: 9 Nov, 2022: Pushkar to Jawai (166 Miles, 05½ hr drive)
This morning after breakfast we will start our drive to Jawai. 

At the heart of an untrammeled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free, is Jawai. 

The vibrant Rabari herdsmen who have shared this land with wildlife for centuries endorse the organic and continuing link between local culture and wildlife.

The evening is free to walk around and explore the town at your own pace. 


Day 5: 10 Nov, 2022—In Jawai
Today we will spend the day spotting the Leopards and exploring the real, untouched, little visited Rajasthan and the real India. 

Hills, mustard fields and villages surround this large expanse of land, in Southern Rajasthan. An occasional splash of red adds a dash of color and vibrancy to this land. The word Rabari is derived from ‘Rehaan’, meaning – a person who shows the path.

This community has also been tolerant to leopards taking away and feeding on their livestock, as they consider it to be a spiritual offering to the gods. This is one of the main reasons, that the Jawai region still remains a habitat of harmony, for both leopard and man.

O/N Rawla Biselpur Hotel

Day 6: 11 Nov, 2022—Jawai to Sirohi (53 Miles, 2 hr drive)
This morning after breakfast we will start our drive to Sirohi.

In Sirohi, we will stay at an ancestral property of Mr. Shailendra Singh, situated in the foothills of Mount Abu - it has been developed, maintained and nurtured with great care. 

It offers a wondrous mix of natural beauty - rivers, mountains, greenery and picturesque sunsets. The local culture and tradition, the village folks and tribe offer a unique perspective and enhance the experience.
 
O/N at the Homestay

Day 7-8: 12-13 Nov, 2022—Sirohi
We will spend these two days with the local communities specially with the Rabari!

The community is involved in raising cattle, camels, sheep and goats. They are semi nomadic living in tents or under the open skies and raising cattle, camels and goats, and have been travelling since ancient times using traditional routes to find greener pastures for their herds. Traditionally the Rabari followed a highly nomadic way of life, following the seasonal rains for periods of time, and then returning to their villages.

The Rabari men wear minimalistic, simple clothing that is comfortable. They choose to wear white, as it is airy and is a suited color to beat the scorching heat, of the sun of Rajasthan and the plateaus they travel through. They wear a red, white or yellow turban that not only prevents them from heat strokes, but also acts as a safety helmet when they trek the hills around with their herds. The elders in the community generally wear a white turban as a symbol of retirement, if they decide to do so.

Overnight at the Homestay

Day 9: 14 Nov, 2022—Sirohi to Udaipur (100 Miles, 3 hr drive)
Today after breakfast we will start our drive to Udaipur. On arrival at Udaipur, you will be assisted in check-in at the hotel. Later in the evening we will proceed for a Boat Ride on Lake Pichola. We will spend the evening enjoying a picturesque boat ride along the Lake Pichola and witness the magical sunset. 

Udaipur was founded in 1568 as the capital of the old Mewar state; it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, which culminated in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. Undoubtedly the most romantic city in Rajasthan, and perhaps the world, Udaipur is situated 200 miles southwest of Jaipur. The city is built around Lake Pichola and has inevitably been dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’. Two island palaces, Jagniwas and Jagmandir, sit on the lake - the former is now the luxurious Lake Palace Hotel. The majestic City Palace towers over the lake and is bedecked by balconies, turrets and cupolas. 

Overnight at Udaikhoti Hotel or Similar

Day 10: 15 Nov, 2022—Udaipur
Today after breakfast, we will proceed for a city tour of Udaipur. The walk in the old city is amazing with old walls, doors and colorful frescos. We will start the tour with a walk to the Jagdish Temple, which is in the old city; we will probably witness the Morning Prayer ceremony! The temple itself is beautiful with great marble carvings all around.

Later we will explore the old city on foot.

Overnight at Udaikhoti Hotel or Similar

Day 11: 16 Nov, 2022—Udaipur to Delhi
This morning, you will be transferred to the Airport to board your flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be assisted with check-in at your hotel.


Arrival, Departure & Visa

Arrival & Meeting Place 
Indira Gandhi International Airport

Departure 
Indira Gandhi International Airport

Visa

Weather 
Daily high temperatures decrease by 9°F, from 87°F to 78°F, rarely falling below 73°F or exceeding 91°F. Daily low temperatures decrease by 9°F, from 64°F to 54°F, rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 68°F.

Currency
The Indian rupee (symbol: ₹; code: INR) is the official currency of India

4 SPOTS OPEN

TOUR COST: $TBA
EARLY INTEREST DEPOSIT: $100 
SINGLE: $TBA

Group size 6


Tour Price Includes

  • Transfers at the beginning and the end of the tour (unless you are arriving early or leaving after the official tour is concluded)
  • Ground Transportation with local photographer/guide for 10 days
  • All meals
  • Tour accommodation, as listed​

Tour Price Excludes

  • Arrival/departure flights
  • Return flight to Udaipur
  • ​Travel insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation

Paying by check

If you would like to pay your deposit and/or balance with a check, please make the check payable to: Pixelchrome, Inc and mail it to:

Nicole Woodhouse
Pixelchrome, Inc, 
605 Rouen Drive, 
McKinney TX 75072

Paying by Wire Transfer

If you would like to pay by Wire Transfer please contact nicole@pixelchrome.com for bank account details.


Equipment Checklist

  • Bring you own laptop computer and storage media
  • Camera body(s)
  • Lenses, 16-35mm, 24-70mm zoom and 70-200mm zoom or similar lenses are very good
  • Light bag for easy hiking with camera bodies and accessories
  • Cleaning kit for cameras and lenses
  • Rain/dust covers for cameras and lenses
  • Charger for batteries
  • Spare batteries
  • Spare Memory cards
  • Memory card reader
  • USB key to exchange images

Also good to have

  • Tripod
  • Lens extenders
  • Good quality polarizing filter

Covid-19 Arrival Protocol for International Travellers

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Returning to the USA

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Book your Covid-19 Test at Delhi Airport

Delhi Airport led the way to set up the first Airport COVID Lab offering RT-PCR facility to all arriving International passengers to avail an exemption from institutional quarantine. Now, after a successful phase-1 operation, the facility introduces upgraded packages for the benefit of all passengers. 

  • The facility will be operating 24*7 for both arriving and departing passengers. 
  • This service and facility is being provided in collaboration with Premium Plaza Lounge and Genestrings Diagnostic Centre, a Delhi-based laboratory, which is currently associated with Delhi government to test COVID-19 samples
  • The cost of the package for arriving passengers is Rs. 3400 (2600+800), while for the departure passengers is Rs. 800. The above-mentioned package rate would be implied from 30th November 5pm onwards only as per government rules. 
  • Passengers can book the slot online and proceed to the ‘Covid Test Center and Lounge’ available at arrivals and departure. After the test, passengers can relax at the lounge while the awaiting the results and enjoy the lounge service. 
  • The test results will be available within 4-6 hours. All Passengers are suggested to book the slot 1 hour after the time of arrival and minimum 4-6 hours before the departure flight (post sample collection) or book domestic flight after test results are available.  
  • All arriving International passengers without pre-approved exemption can opt for exemption with negative RT-PCR certificate. 
  • RT-PCR report is valid only up till 72 hours after testing. 
  • To support the Test Center and Lounge a Covid lab has been built in 3500 square meter area at multi-level car parking (MLCP) of Terminal 3, this is the first COVID-19 testing lab among Indian airports.