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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Responsible tourism: Golden Triangle with Ranthambore tour, India

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.

4 Reviews of Golden Triangle with Ranthambore tour, India

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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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