Rajasthan 15 day tour

“The Golden Triangle, Udaipur and tiger spotting in Ranthambore, with English speaking guides, gorgeous hotels and a private driver.”

Highlights

Full day city tour of New and Old Delhi | Jama Masjid | cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi | Red Fort | Humayun’s Tomb | Qutub Minar | Agra Fort | sunrise Tah Mahal visit | Fatehpur Sikri | Ranthambore National Park | three jeep safaris | Jaipur | Amber Fort | City Palace | Jantar Mantar | Hawa Mahal | local markets | half day city tour of Udaipur | shared boat ride at Lake Pichola | all airport and hotel transfers

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We promote excursions which foster a more sustainable tourism and we commit to maintaining small-group sizes for the excursions on your trip, in order to limit negative environmental impacts in accordance to the carrying capacity of the visited site.

We are trying to keep the extra unneeded waste to a minimum in your tour through our “bring it in, bring it out” policy for litter and rubbish such as food packaging and recycling wherever possible.

We have a recycling policy in our UK and local offices and re-use or recycle the information booklets we provide to every client on arrival wherever possible. Moreover, we do not produce a glossy brochure, concentrating on a comprehensive website, and providing as much information to our travelers as possible electronically, reducing the use of paper and inks.

During your time in Delhi, we will include a cycle rickshaw ride, which reduces our carbon footprint and will also give you the opportunity to meet and interact with the local people. For your city explorations, we will always give preference to slow, possibly non-motorized forms of mobility, such as city walks or bicycles. If motorized forms are unavoidable, we make sure that vehicle sizes are as small as appropriate and proper licensing on vehicles and certifying to national emission standards are maintained.

For your tour we have chosen responsible resorts like the Ranthambore Regency, a family-run hotel located on a private estate made up of woods and farmland, with total comfort while keeping the native surrounds and environmental friendliness in mind.

Another hand-picked hotel for you is the Ramada Resort in Udaipur. The hotel is designed in a way which does not disturb its natural surroundings and emphasizes on greenery in and around the resort. The resort uses solar system panels to conserve electricity, eco-friendly battery operated golf cars for the guests, and the resort structure itself is made from kaya stones, which are locally available, temperature controlled stones. Other initiatives include a Sewage Treatment Plant, where the used water of the resort is treated through various stages and then used for horticulture. Wet garbage is collected, treated and used as manure in the many lawns at the resort, and a rain-water harvesting system collects and stores the rain water which is then put to further use.

Through this trip you will also contribute to the preservation of precious ancient monuments, knowledge and Unesco World Heritage sites. You will visit the Red Fort for example, demonstrating the exceptional results achieved in planning and architecture. You will also contribute to the maintenance of the most significant, most comprehensive, and best preserved stone observatory in India, the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.

Wildlife
By visiting the Ranthambore National Park, you will contribute to the preservation of an outstanding example of tiger conservation in India. The park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles & amphibians and 30 mammals.

Our local partner for your safari is part of the TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers) campaign, a ground breaking voluntary initiative to support Indian wildlife conservation efforts more effectively. Visiting the park will directly benefit the campaign, which has been able to help nature training programmes, run workshops, advise parks and businesses, run eco-rating audits on lodges as well as putting funds into local environmental and community projects on the borders of parks. You can also make further donations if you wish, which will go towards the project.

Our tour guides receive special training in how to leave a lower impact on the nature trips and in regional conservation projects. To support TOFT and the protection of wilderness areas and tiger habitat, our guides are actively promoting the campaign´s practices such us not disturbing wildlife, keeping a safe distance to wildlife, reducing production of disturbing sounds, prohibiting feeding, avoiding litter at all times, using water sparingly and not polluting with harmful detergents, avoid being intrusive when taking photographs, dressing appropriately and in subdued colours when wildlife watching, etc.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We make sure we only work with local guides that come from the very region you are visiting, giving back to their families and communities.

While many operators pay per day or per tour, our guides receive an hourly rate which allows a fair and fruitful reward for their expertise. We provide staff with written employment contracts and fair working conditions (e.g. overtime payment, national wage requirements, no discrimination, grievance mechanisms in place and no child labour).

Furthermore we ensure that our drivers do not more than 9 hours of driving per day and are provided adequate accommodation and do not drive at night (with the exception of airport pick-ups/drop-offs). After a driving period of 4.5 h the driver must take a break of at least 45 min.

For your souvenir shopping, we will take you to the local markets where locals of that very region craft their products to help keep the money earned in that very community. When we take you to local shops or markets we change the selected shops on a rotating basis. Also we make sure food stops are at locally owned cafes or restaurants and give customers recommendations on locally owned shop and restaurants, especially new start-ups.

We ensure customer awareness by familiarizing our guests with local history, culture, religions and traditions, by informing on culturally appropriate behavior, (e.g. dress codes for religious sites, taking photographs of people, language tips, etc.).

By staying at the Ranthambore Regency, you are contributing to a hotel which is currently supporting several regional projects - guests have the privilege of visiting any of the schools, villages and workshops supported by the hotel for a soul-searching cultural experience.

Through the TOFT campaign, your trip will benefit to the empowerment of local communities to become involved in wildlife tourism projects and initiate low impact and sustainable development, which helps conserve the parks and benefits the communities through employment and business opportunities.

Climate

18 Reviews of Rajasthan 15 day tour

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Reviewed on 08 Mar 2020 by

The Vacation as even better than expected. Literally door to door service at every stage. Felt safe. Excellent driver, hotels, guides and logistics. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020 by

Absolutely superb. The whole trip went really well. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2020 by

Several highlights: seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise and the Golden Temple in bright afternoon sunshine; spotting a tiger and a leopard in Ranthambore National park and visiting the beautiful city of Udaipur. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2020 by

We have many happy memories of this trip as it was so varied but we especially loved being out in the countryside, camping in the desert and the cities of Udaipur and Jaisalmer. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2020 by

The architecture, the landscape, the hotels and the people were marvelous. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2020 by

Good. Driver outstanding as were guides in Jaipur and Delhi. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was the abundance & variety of the wildlife, especially the Chambal River & Blackbuck safaris. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was when I went for a track in the forest with a ranger and was able to see some amazing flora and fauna including bison, monkeys, fish owls and racquet tailed drongos. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019 by

The most exciting part of the vacation was the mountain scenery in Ladakh was particularly spectacular. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 May 2019 by

The most exciting part was a ride through Old Delhi, it definitely got the adrenaline going. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2019 by

The Golden Temple of Amritsar, the border ceremony at Wagah, the Taj Mahal, the beautiful views of the Himalayan foothills, the chaos of Dehli and the wonderful experience visiting an elephant sanctuary were the most memorable parts our vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019 by

Our two week trip was the perfect mix of relaxation, history, food, shopping, and sightseeing. The tour operator went above and beyond to make this experience as tailored as possible. 5 stars all the way! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2019 by

Outstanding accommodation in heritage hotels and homestay, especially Dera Mandawa in Jaipur and Coral Court in Agra. Wonderfully well looked after by representatives, guides and driver... Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019 by

The wide range of amazing places we stayed and the very knowledgeable guides. Wonderful palaces and temples and small lanes full of colour and magical littles shops. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019 by

We’ll remember the opulence of the maharajahs’ palaces, stunning craftsmanship, the extraordinary way Indian traffic somehow flows along despite the chaos and the solicitous care taken of us by all the Indians we met. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2018 by

11/10...Sunrise at Taj Mahal, and staying at Shapuragh Bagh where we visited a fort at sunset Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2017 by

Where to start? ..... The vibrant colours; friendly people; interesting sights wherever we looked; visiting the village & meeting the local people at Shahpura Bagh; the incredible workmanship in the various palaces & forts.... Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2017 by

So many highlights and memories. We had an amazing 2 weeks. The vibrancy of India is stunning. The sights, smells, sounds and tastes surrounding us. When booking the trip we particularly hoped to see a tiger and we actually saw 2. Read full review

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