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August 01, 2012

Travel to India and the Rajasthan International Folk Festival

By Ingrid Skjong | Travel

Travel to India and the Rajasthan International Folk Festival
Courtesy Original Travel

There are few things more exotic (or exciting) than a journey to India. Case in point: the 12-day trip through the country offered by UK-based Original Travel, which culminates at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (October 26–30) in Jodhpur, considered by many to be one of the top ten festivals in the world. Headquartered in the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, the massive musical gathering—held during northern India’s largest full moon of the year—is hosted by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur and welcomes musicians from all over the world. Vibrant lineups and opportunities to get close to the performers make for an authentic, welcoming vibe that is hard to beat.

The excursion begins in New Delhi, where guests will see sites like the Friday Mosque, the Red Fort and the Old Delhi markets. From there, it’s off to Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur, before ending in Jodhpur for the music extravaganza. Accommodation suggestions include The Claridges in Delhi (claridges.com), Samode Haveli in Jaipur (samode.com) and Raas in Jodhpur (raasjodhpur.com). Be quick—the final day to book is August 15. October 20–31; $5,038 a person (includes accommodations, fest passes and guide; excludes flights); originaltravel.co.uk.