Golden Triangle with Ranthambore tour, India

“Combine the dazzling sights of the Golden Triangle with the chance to spot tigers on a tailor made tour with all transport included, to make life easy.”

Highlights

New Delhi | cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi | Agra | sunrise Taj Mahal visit | Agra Fort | Fatehpur Sikri | Ranthambore National Park | three jeep safaris | Jaipur | jeep ride to Amber Fort | City Palace | Jantar Mantar | Hawa Mahal

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Golden Triangle with Ranthambore tour, India

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 put a lot of thought in working with local providers, making sure that everyone involved in your trip is committed to sharing advice on how best to leave a lighter footprint. We promote excursions which foster a more sustainable tourism and commit to maintaining small-group sizes 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 all our tours 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.

On your trip we will include transport modes like traditional rickshaws or a ride on a horse carriage to the Taj Mahal, which reduces our carbon footprint and will also give you the opportunity to meet and interact with the local people. During your time in Jaipur, we will 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 Oberoi hotels, which are committed to employing the best environmental and ecological practices in technology, equipment and operational processes. Through your stay you will contribute to an organisation which is using natural products and recycling items, thus ensuring proper use of the diminishing natural resources.

Through this trip you will 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. Tigers at Ranthambore National Park have been known to even hunt in full view of human visitors. 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 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 with our partner will directly benefit the campaign, which has been able to effect 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.

Our tour guides receive special training in how to leave a lower impact on the trips and in regional conservation projects. Through staying at the Oberoi hotels you will also contribute to an organisation which is conscious of its role in the community, supporting social needs and ensuring employment from within the local community. You will enjoy a place where the staff are nurtured through continuous learning and skill improvement; and are respected, heard and encouraged to do their best. The Oberoi Group is recognised as best practice for training and developing its people.

If you want to do additional shopping, we will take you to 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.).

On your trip you can live special experiences which will help keep local wisdoms and traditions alive, encouraging local artisan and culture, for example by participating in the traditional Puja ceremony at the Oberoi hotels, the traditional yoga classes or by learning the traditional art of block-printing while making your very own painting or scarf.

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 Golden Triangle with Ranthambore tour, India

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Reviewed on 22 Apr 2019 by

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


Seeing the tigers at Tadoba were clearly a highlight as they were the center focus for the trip. It was a little unfortunate we only saw them on 1 drive out of the 7 drives we did, but it was still amazing seeing the other wildlife in the area. The housebat at the end of the trip was also a stunning highlight, far exceeding our expectations.

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


The trip was specially designed for us, but the experiences were all fabulous. Don't bother with the boat trip at Thekkady - you won't see much wildlife or birdlife. Do enjoy all the experiences on offer at the tented camp. Spend longer on the houseboat if you have the opportunity.

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


The tourist revenue is always welcome on organised tours. The locals all seemed pleased to see us and were all friendly and welcoming.

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


Fabulous vacation, all experiences thoroughly enjoyable and the tour operator arranged everything just as we wanted it to happen.

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2019 by

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


Seeing Taj Mahal and wild tigers. Loved Delhi old town rickshaw tour.

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


Finish visiting monuments with the Taj anything after that is an anti climax.

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


Hopefully our trip boosts the local economy and provides employment.

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


Excellent. The only negative was two of our tour guides gave us a hard sell about having an extra visit, clearly a shopping opportunity then their enthusiasm dropped when we refused. Don't know what kick back they get but I bet the tip I had planned to give one particularly good guide would have exceeded it. Our driver Prakeesh (my spelling) was superb throughout.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Paul

We are so glad you had a great time and are grateful for the five star review.

Seeing Tigers will have been exciting no doubt and perhaps you have a point how can you top other monuments as much the Taj Mahal.

We are really careful to instruct all drivers and guides not to take any of our clients and this seems like its the first time its happened in nearly year so please accept my apology that this ever got mentioned. Please do note that with immediate effect we will be taking this very seriously and will strenuously make its a point that this does not get repeated with our guests.

Hope to take you to India again in the future

Regards

Sanjay

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019 by

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


The whole trip was superb, there was not one thing I did not enjoy. If I must choose a highlight it would be seeing the Tigers at
Ranthambore. However, just being in India was a wonderful experience in and off itself.

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


Just go with it and keep your eyes and ears open.

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


I would like to think we benefited the people we came into contact with, we tried very hard to understand the Indian perception
and why things are done the way they are. However, I am not sure it is possible to reduce our environmental impact or actively
support conservation, when you travel on a jet from Hong Kong and use scarce resources like we did when we were in India.

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


Superb, we would like to return to India.

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2019 by

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


Finding our way round Kolkata without a guide

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


The car journeys are longer than the itinerary suggests and on poor roads
with many hairpin bends. Not for the easily car sick!

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


No. There is a ridiculous amount of traffic in Gangtok and Darjeeling. Our
car just added to the pollution

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


It was a good vacation but with hindsight probably not the best choice of
itinerary for us. The full board at most of the hotels meant that a smaller
number of restaurant staff benefited from our custom. However, we can’t
fault the travel arrangements- we were picked up and delivered in good time
and met by charming local people.

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2018 by

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


Seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise, also seeing tigers on four out of five safaris, unbelievable experience.

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?




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


Amazing vacation with many fantastic memories

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2018 by

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


Ohh, too many to narrow it down to just one!! Getting up close and personal with the Tigers in Ranthambhore was pretty special, the Taj Mahal is absolutely stunning and staying at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai was amazing and a fabulous way to finish the trip.

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


It’s a huge country with an awful lot to see so plan the itinerary wisely - try not to get caught up doing too much. It’s a perfect excuse to plan a second trip!!

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


Yes, tourism is an important contribution to all of the above and our trip would not have been as memorable without the input from the local people.

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


Absolutely fabulous, it was everything we hoped for and more - a real assault on the senses with many magical memories for us to recall and treasure.

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2018 by

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


The Taj Mahal was a real highlight as also was the safari part of our trip. The culture was amazing particularly when passing through villages and for example in Old Delhi. I loved the architecture in the Amber Fort - one part in particular where the ceiling appeared to be studded with gems. One guide on our safari took some photos of a tiger for me. We had sat at a water hole for quite some time that afternoon and when the tiger eventually came out of the bushes to drink, we got some amazing shots including a video.

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


'Expect the unexpected' sums up the trip for me. For example our guide tore his trousers on a piece of metal sticking out from some packaging but managed to track down a tailor in one of the back streets of Old Delhi where he promptly removed his trousers for the tailor to repair using a very old treadle sewing machine similar the one I remember my mother having in the 50s. Then there was the driving, the farm vehicles laden with hay, women breaking up rocks to
build a wall around Rathambore National Park, cows, pigs and dogs in the road etc etc.

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


It was obvious in some hotels that staff were local. For the most part they could not do enough for us. However there was one particular hotel where it was
very difficult for me to get food that met my dietary requirements and this was disappointing. This was also the least well kept hotel. I didn't feel particularly encouraged to restrict towel usage for example.

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


A very good experience overall with the exception of our stay at the Mandawa Haveli - see above comments. The arrangements for transfers were very good and in most places we were met and given information about our stay, timings etc. Our driver was very helpful and remained very calm throughout. Guides were very knowledgeable and helpful giving us free time if appropriate.

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2018 by

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


Seeing tigers in Ranthambore

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


Don't rush, take time to enjoy the sights / monuments visited

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


Some aspects but not all

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


Excellent. We're already planning a trip back next year

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