Rajasthan International Folk Festival:
Jodhpur RIFF 2017
The Jodhpur RIFF took off in 2007 and it's been growing in distinction and popularity ever since. Hardly surprising, considering it attracts a galaxy of top-notch musicians from across India and all around the world coming together in a place as striking as Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort. The RIFF (October 5th - 9th this year) has been endorsed by UNESCO as a "People's Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development." H.H. Gaj Singh II, Maharaja of Jodhpur is its chief patron and Sir Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is the international patron. You'll also have the rare chance to stay in exclusive tents within the fort during the festival. Oh, and did we mention- the RIFF takes place during the night of the brightest full moon of the year in north India!
ITINERARY (03 nights)
Day 1 (Thu 05 October): Jodhpur
Arrive into Jodhpur, where you will be met by our car and driver, who will transfer you to your hotel or the Mehrangarh Fort, depending on where you're staying. Head to the fort at your convenience. Founded in the 15th century, Mehrangarh towers over the city of Jodhpur and is one of the best maintained forts in the country. It also houses a fascinating museum, full of historical artifacts including paintings, palanquins, clothing and ancient weaponry. This is the venue for the RIFF. The magic starts this evening!
Day 2 (Fri 06 October): Jodhpur & Osian
The dawn concert at the Jaswant Thada, next to the fort is a wondrous experience the chill in the air and the hot chai are perfect accompaniments to the sublime notes. Return to your hotel and after breakfast take an optional day trip to Osian (an hour's drive). Osian is an ancient desert town with some incredible temples dating from as far back as the 8th century AD. The refined stone carving work at Osian has given it the nickname of 'the Khajuraho of Rajasthan'. Spend some time exploring the temples- you can even take an optional camel ride through the desert. Return to your hotel in the afternoon, freshen up and head to the festival at the fort. Performances start early in the morning and run late into the night.
Day 3 (Sat 07 Oct) : Jodhpur
You can hang out at the festival through the day or, if you like, take a tour of the bazaars of Jodhpur in the daytime and head to the festival for the main events during the evening. The last concert of the night generally has the most interesting musicians of the festival jamming together.
Day 4 (Sun 08 October): Jodhpur & onward
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport/ train station with our car and driver. Or if you're not quite ready to end the holiday, we have some great places for you to explore in Rajasthan, like the golden city of Jaisalmer in the heart of the Thar Desert and Khimsar, another gem of a place about 2 hours away with a beautiful fort and a village where you can stay amidst the sand dunes. Or, there's the picturesque lake city of Udaipur... Rajasthan has much to offer.
Note: Your accommodation options outside the fort include the Raas Haveli, Ajit Bhawan, Bal Samand Palace Garden Retreat, Ratan Vilas, Devi Bhawan, Inn Season and Otara Luxury Guest House (or similar). Guests staying within the fort will be accommodated in deluxe Royal Tents (bathrooms with running water attached).
Prices start from US$ 750 per person on twin sharing basis for guests staying outside the fort
US$ 975 per person on twin sharing basis for guests staying at the Royal Tents within the fort
You can also opt to spend 2 nights at the festival, at a lower rate. Use the form at the bottom of this page to get in touch
- Meet and assist at arrival and departure
- Full Festival passes with access to all events
- 03 nights' accommodation with breakfast and taxes if you're staying at a hotel
- 03 nights' accommodation with all meals and taxes if you're staying at the fort
- Local sightseeing as per itinerary
- All surface transport by private a/c car with driver, fuel, tolls and taxes
- At a hotel- any meals other than breakfast
- Personal expenses like telephone calls, laundry, beverages, etc
- Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides and hotel staff
- Government Service Tax @ 5%