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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Responsible tourism

Rajasthan 15 day tour

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

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

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.

8 Reviews of Rajasthan 15 day tour

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Reviewed on 10 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing a tiger up close and personal in the wild takes some beating but the Taj Mahal was an amazing site. The most exciting part was a ride through Old Delhi; definitely got the adrenaline going.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The lodges that we stayed in outside the National Parks all employed and supported local people and the local economy. The park entrance fees and the park guides also helped local employment as well supporting the government's conservation programmes, not just for tigers but also other endangered species.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An amazing adventure. We were guided and assisted every step of the way. The tour operator and their organisation in India helped to make our vacation truly memorable.

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were several! The Golden Temple of Amritsar, the border ceremony at Wagah, obviously the Taj Mahal, the beautiful views of the Himalayan foothills from Shimla, the chaos of Dehli and the wonderful experience visiting an elephant sanctuary near Agra.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take the best hotels you can, maybe start your itinerary somewhere less busy than Delhi... we started in Amritsar which gives you the chance to get used to India 'gently' rather than being 'thrown in at the deep end' !

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Overall yes, although it is a shame that the local business practice appears to be that drivers are often required to sleep in their cars if not in their home city/town. We were told that some of the more thoughtful hotels at least provided shared accommodation and facilities for the various drivers. We were very pleased to go and see and support the elephant sanctuary near to Agra, and hope they will continue their excellent work.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This is the second vacation we have booked via Responsible Travel, the other trip being to Borneo, and we were not disappointed!

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The tour operator went above and beyond to make this experience as tailored as possible. The hotels were all fantastic, especially the Samode Haveli in Jaipur and
the RAAS in Jodhpur. The expert guides in each city were excellent and informative. Our two week trip was the perfect mix of relaxation, history, food,
shopping, and sightseeing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you don't mind the temperatures heating up a bit, booking in March/April was ideal because there were far fewer tourists than there would be during the
high season of November/December/January. It was nice to experience cities and towns and not be completely surrounded by other tourists.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I was very happy to provide work for people during the start of the low season -- our presence was important for their livelihood so it felt great to be able to
provide gratuity to these hardworking individuals. I know it can't be helped, but the plastic bottle usage throughout the trip was a bit concerning. There is
starting to be more and more filtered water in India but every time I tried to use it to fill my water bottle, I was advised against it saying that it would still make
me ill. I am hoping that the next time I visit India, I am encouraged to use fewer plastic bottles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


5 stars all the way!

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


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 of the operator.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Try to build in longer stays here and there to do your own thing. We loved the National Museum in Delhi and Albert Hall.
Museum in Jaipur. Deogarh is lovely, also Ranakpur Jain temple and countryside around.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Don’t know; Indian tourism industry seems to be flourishing and good. The operator seems an excellent firm.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


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.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be sure you know what you want to do and your overall budget.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so it's hard to tell. Local guides and drivers and small hotels but maybe more could be done and be made clearer. I think it would have been better if we had more time to potter about without a rep or guide. Very full days. We'll know next time.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous time excellent organisation and attention to detail.

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Sunrise at Taj Mahal, and staying at Shapuragh Bagh where we visited a fort at sunset

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The service is impeccable, book now.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


11/10

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


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.... I can see how India gets under the skin & can be addictive! Shahpura Bagh is a wonderful place to stay - good opportunity to switch off from the chaos & noise (car horns!) for a while.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for long wait on arrival in Delhi (airport) for finger prints etc (took us 2.5hrs to get through which is difficult after a long flight). If you have a guide, try to avoid being taken into their "friends" various gem / carpet / textile stores - time consuming & irritating! Take time out without a guide to wander through the markets, go to cinema (Raj Mandir in Jaipur is well worth visiting) etc

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Employment for the guides / local agents / drivers. Drinking lassi from disposable clay cups in Jaipur - so much better than plastic / polystyrene. Shahpura Bagh - Waste paper bins with bags made from old newspaper. Support to local community through encouraging visitor support for various health, environmental & educational initiatives. Use of local produce. Employment of local people. Encouraged visits to the local village to meet people & see their houses so increased understanding.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A wonderful vacation - stimulating, relaxing, exciting. Sanjay and his team were helpful throughout & made good recommendations.

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


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. So that was obviously a highlight, the range of hotels was stunning from palaces to game lodges - All equally welcoming. The organisation of the trip was great. The driver was very safe and the guides really knowledgeable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If planning a game drive buffs/dust masks are useful. Though if you don't bring one they can usually be bought at the gate.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local guides were used throughout. Most of the hotels were locally owned and staffed. Visiting the reserves hopefully helps with animal conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous.

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