“As the sun met the horizon, divine music started flowing through every corner of the Fort making the crowd ecstatic with the true spirit of Rajasthan”
Join Tribal Music Tours guide Steffi Buffington on a unique adventure to timeless Rajasthan and visit the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur to experience the magic of the Rajasthan International Folk Festival.
Timed to coincide with the brightest full moon of the year in north India and the exotic Mawar Festival, the Jodhpur RIFF features a series of spectacular concerts and events based in and around Mehrangarh Fort – voted “Asia’s Best Fortess” by Times Magazine. Jodhpur RIFF includes performances by master musicians from local Rajasthan communities, sensational headline acts showcased each night on the Main Stage, and cutting-edge global dance grooves that will keep the party going late into the night at Club Tehran.
Our small group will stay in the best authentic havelis in Rajasthan’s most picturesque and historical cities along the ancient Silk Road. Each spot has been selected for it’s charm, location and cleanliness. The trip is a rare adventure in indigenous music, folks art and mystical festivals. This extraordinary itinerary is not offered anywhere else. Now is the time to visit this spectacular region of India while these precious cultures still exist in all their colorful glory and before modern technology swiftly Westernizes these endangered tribal traditions.
2017 Itinerary available on request
Arrive Delhi early AM ~ You will be met by our company staff for transfer to the hotel for sleep. Breakfast orientation.
Day 2 ~ Delhi
AM visit Jama Masjid the holiest and largest mosque in India, Built in 1650. Continue sight seeing via rickshaw through Old Delhi’s Chandi Chowk.
After sumptuous traditional Indian lunch at the Lodi Gardens we will continue on to the Humayun’s Tomb fashioned in 1570 after the Taj Mahal.
Dinner on your own
Day 3 ~ Delhi / Zangoora
Explore the famous Bazaars and shopping at Dilli Haat traditional market, then take the afternoon to shop the sidewalk venders of Janpath Road and Tibetan Market for tribal antiques and textiles.
Tonight we dine in the Kingdom of Dreams and the spectacular Bollywood extravaganza “Zangoora”
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Day 4 ~ Transfer by air to Jodhpur & Coach to JAISALMER
Depart Delhi 10:25 arrive Jodhpur 11:45 meet coach.
Drive to Jailsalmer,(285 miles approx. 5 hours drive with lunch stop) hotel check – in
You will be swept away as if by magic carpet as we enter the medieval Golden Fortress to our accommodations within it’s ancient walls. Our 12th century Haveli has splendid views over the Silk Road and old city from each room.
Day 5 ~ Jaisalmer
Morning city tour visiting the Royal Palace within the fort and several of the Jain temples built in the 12th century full of ornate sacred carvings. We will partake in daily ceremonies there.
Free afternoon to shop and wander the winding narrow lanes and visit TMT’s secret treasure trove of fabulous tribal artifacts. A real collectors paradise ! Evening fireside dinner with and jam the local musicians.
Day 6 ~ Jaisalmer / Camel Safari in Dunes
After lunch we continue on to the Patwon ki Haveli of completely carved sandstone. Afternoon camel ride into the Thar Desert for sunset and evening campfire preformance with local Banjara people.
Special whirling Kabelia trance dance will performed in the desert.
Day 7 ~ Jaisalmer ~ Dussahara
AM visit to Godi Sagar Lake framed by arched gateways and home to floating temples and shrines. At dusk we will attend the original “Burning Man”, called the Dussahara festival where 75 foot tall effigies of 3 demons are burnt to symbolize the victory of good over evil. It is a very colorful event complete with fireworks.
Dinner and over night stay back at the hotel.
Day 8 ~ Jaisalmer to Jodhpur coach
Morning drive to Jodhpur
Check in upon arrival to 700 year old haveli.
We will be exploring the amazing Merangarh Fort with our private guide this afternoon.
After dinner in the fortress we’ll be ready for a fabulous opening RIFF ceremony that evening.
Day 9 ~ Jodhpur Merangarh Fort ~ RIFF
This morning we will have a private 2 hour drum session with the Master Drummer of Rajasthan Nathulal at our haveli.
We will spend the rest of the day immersed in the RIFF program inside the fort with the opportunity to engage in and discuss the rare folk forms of tribal music through interactive demonstrations with musicians.
Evening main stage RIFF concert.
Day 10 ~ Bishnoi Village / Jodhpur RIFF Main Stage program
Start the day with sunrise dawn devotionals at the hill top marble memorial. Afternoon excursion to The Guda Bishnoi village desert oasis. It is the perfect place to experience the traditions and customs of tribal life, including an opium ceremony.
It is a place caught in a delightful time warp, where life still goes on like the days of the past. After dinner and the RIFF evening events on the main stage you can enjoy cutting-edge global dance grooves and keep the party going late into the night at Club Mehran.
Day 11 ~ Jodhpur ~ Marwar Festival
Later this afternoon we will see the incredible and colorful camel races of the Marwar Festival polo grounds. Events include contests in turban tying, camel decoration, and best mustache.
Evening continuing to experience the performances by master musicians from local Rajasthan communities, sensational headline acts showcased each night at RIFF
Day 12 ~ Ranakapur and Udaipur
Depart Jodhpur after the closing RIFF dawn devotionals
AM drive to Udaipur en route visiting the amazing Jain Temples of Ranakapur (172 miles / approx. 5 hrs. drive)
Ranakapur was built in the late 15 century in a lush jungle. It is temple complex of 1,444 exquisitely carved marble pillars. Our group will have the opportunity for a private meditation and satsang with the High Priest of Ranakapur. Afternoon Udaipur haveli check-in.
Day 13 ~ Udaipur
Morning city tour of Udaipur, visiting the amazing City Palace, Jagdish Temple, and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandhir ( Folk Art Museum )
Evening dinner and fabulous folkloric dance show.
Day 14 ~ Udaipur
Am visit to Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple Dedicated to Lord Shiva, home to a 50ft. black marble Shiva with large colorfully painted statues of Lord Shiva’s Nandi Bull.
We will also visit the ancient 10th century Sas Bahu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu for a sound meditation inside the sacred chambers. The temples are covered in intricate sculptures. Late afternoon free for last minute shopping or massage.
Day 15 ~ Udaipur
Morning for shopping for last minute treasures in Udipur’s wonderful unique shops.
Afternoon boat cruise on Pichola Lake surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples and bathing ghats. We will stop at the island palace of the queen which seems to float at the center of the lake. Evening Farwell Dinner and jam session.
Day 16 ~ Udaipur/Delhi/LAX or connection for Nepal Excursion
Breakfast at hotel. Morning at leisure.
Transfer to airport to connect flight at 1650/1800 hours for Delhi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to city restaurant for farewell dinner. After farewell dinner transfer to airport for home bound fights.
Price on request . Based on double occ.. R/T airfare not included
Deposit payable by credit card or PayPal. A check for the balance is due within 60 days of departure