India: Royal Rajasthan Train Journey: Feb 18—Mar 04, 2015

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Departs: Delhi
Tour Limit: 20
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal— Photo: Steve Hilty

A delightful trip back in time across the entire breadth of India’s Rajasthan State, as well as parts of Central India, by luxury train. Spectacular palaces, imposing fortified cities, and great wildlife.

In 2001, VENT inaugurated its fabulous Palace on Wheels tour, which succeeded beyond everyone’s dreams. Our 2004 and 2006 train tours were even better! We are therefore delighted to announce a completely new train—The Royal Rajasthan. We shall travel in comfort while visiting the great princely cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. We will also visit Khajuraho, Varanasi, and Agra.

Traveling in such style across India, in a way rarely if ever seen by modern day travelers, will take us back in time and into the heart of Rajput country. Here we should encounter some very special birds and mammals, including a huge flock of wintering Demoiselle Cranes; the dapper Cream-colored Courser; hordes of different species of larks; with luck, the very localized White-naped Tit; the endemic Stoliczka’s Bushchat; Indian Gazelle; and Desert Fox. In addition, any water bodies we find at this time of the year are likely to be teeming with both migrant and resident waterbirds, and almost anything can turn up!

There is something indefinable about India which makes westerners who have been there yearn to return. Perhaps it is the vastness of the country and its timeless quality. Perhaps it is the strange mixture of a multiplicity of peoples and cultures which strikes a hidden chord in us, for whom this land seems so alien and yet so fascinating. Or perhaps it is the way that humans and nature are so closely linked, co-existing in a way that seems intrinsically impossible. There are some places in a lifetime that simply must be visited, and India is one of them.

Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger— Photo: K. David Bishop

This journey on the Royal Rajasthan Train is like no other. We will travel in great luxury, as in the days of the British Raj. We will also enjoy a fine cross section of the Rajasthan-Indian landscape, as well as visits to some of its architectural marvels. This will truly be the trip of a lifetime. But India is much more than a series of highlights. It is total experience. Perhaps no other country on earth provides so rich a panoply of culture, living history intertwined with nature, literally at one’s feet. For the photographer, the traveler, the historian, the anthropologist, and most emphatically for the naturalist, India is a veritable dream. Join us on a very special journey to the Indian subcontinent, one of the most romantic and magical places on our planet.

Among the many highlights will be visits to the Taj Mahal, the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Panna National Park, and Ranthambore National Park.

This tour may be taken in conjunction with our pre-trip to Kaziranga National Park. You may also extend your Indian experience by joining our post-trip to Kanha National Park.

Exquisite hotels and very comfortable facilities on board the Royal Rajasthan Train; easy walking; several jeep drives including one in a sandy desert; dry and cool (cold in the early morning) to warm, occasionally hot at midday in the desert.