Tiger safari and Golden Triangle tour in India

“Experience the stomping grounds of Moghuls and Maharaja, visiting the vibrant cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and search for the Bengal tiger in Ranthambhore National Park”

Highlights

Guided tour of Old Delhi | Jama Masjid mosque | Agra | Taj Mahal | Red Fort | Itmad-ud-daulah | game drives in Ranthambhore| Jaipur | Delhi

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made and departures can be arranged all year. The sample itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.
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This trip can be tailormade to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tiger safari and Golden Triangle tour in India

Environment

Traveling responsibly can take many forms and need not comply solely with the expected norm and focus only on the preservation of wildlife. Simply by visiting an area the traveler can benefit the locality and this positive impact can be greatly enhanced by operating in a sustainable and considerate manner.

We are members of TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers) which aims, in cooperation with the charity Global Tiger Patrol, to support a more responsible and sustainable approach to wildlife tourism. Together with local community programmes, this benefits the local villagers and the wildlife within the parks you visit.

This itinerary visits 3 tiger parks and all share the same pressures of a large surrounding local population, who have historically used the countryside as a source of food, grazing land and firewood. The presence of travelers that contribute to the local economy helps preserve the integrity of the parks and helps the local population see them as beneficial.

Community

On this suggested itinerary your qualified guide will ensure that you learn a great deal about the culture, history and wildlife of the region but they will also encourage you to buy in local shops, try local restaurants or pick up the odd souvenir in a market. This spending will not only help support the local economy but will sustain local trades and crafts.

All the guides used on this tour are locally qualified and they will offer you a first rate service. By employing only local Indian guides travelers are providing both a valuable source of employment as well as generating income for the local community.

Accordingly the suggested hotels are all locally owned and employ local staff, while the properties themselves operate responsible policies towards the use of energy and, importantly, water. A selection of the hotels are also members of TOFT and as such are committed to minimising their impact on the local environment and culture.

At Ranthambhore we support the Prakratik Society, a registered charity working to create a better understanding between man and nature. The society has been working in the area for several years providing primary health care services, dairy development, veterinary care, afforestation, environmental education, agro-forestry and income generation through the revival of traditional handicrafts.

4 Reviews of Tiger safari and Golden Triangle tour in India

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Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by

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


So hard to decide between seeing the Taj Mahal and seeing my first tiger in the wild! Oh and then there was the leopard...

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


We were exceptionally lucky and had 14 tiger sightings along with 4 leopards. We had increased the number of safaris to 14 to increase the chances of sightings and went mid April, again to increase chances. The parks visited were Bandhavgarh, Kahna and Pench. Bandhavgarh is the smallest of the 3 parks but had a high density of tigers and accounted for 7 of the tiger sightings.

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


Money went to Global Tiger Patrol through TOFT campaign.

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


The vacation was exceptionally well organised. We were met at every stage, all transfers went smoothly and the guides were excellent. We had very enthusiastic naturalists at the three parks visited who were knowledgeable and environmentally aware. Accommodation was perfect and food delicious!

Reviewed on 04 Apr 2017 by

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


Seeing tigers and leopards (an unexpected bonus) at really close quarters.

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


Be patient! It took 9 safaris (with excellent guides) before we saw our first tigers. It is largely a matter of being in the right place at the right time - some people
get them first time! But there are lots of birds and other mammals to see so never boring.

Transfers between parks - whilst in comfortable cars with good drivers - can be quite lengthy because of the state of the roads and traffic.

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


Yes - everywhere seemed to have large numbers of local staff who clearly benefited from the tourism. I suspect that if it were not for the numbers of tourists. Wanting to see tigers then much less money would be available for conservation and the numbers would decline.

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


Great. Perhaps a bit of shock if you have never been to India before, but just go with the flow and relax. The arrangements worked perfectly, hotels were
very comfortable and people were very helpful - my wife had a minor health issue and staff at the resort arranged for medical treatment which was
effective.

The only downside we felt was the constant need to tip people - most of our recent vacations have been inclusive of tips. We were given a fairly comprehensive set of guidelines but they did not cover every occasion - and having the right small change each day is a constant hassle. The argument is
that tipping encourages good service - but if everyone tips the "recommended" amount then I do not see that this is true.

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2017 by

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


Actually seeing the tigers that we went to see - and very much more besides. A porcupine was a special unplanned and unexpected bonus.

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


Finding wild tigers is never a 'given' and almost certainly requires significant safari time to have hope of success. In our case we spent some 40 hours in safari jeeps experiencing what was effectively a full body work out for 8 hours a day. If you are in your late seventies this may be good for you but it's no picnic! You need to allow time for a rest when you get home. The bottom line here is that we were successful.

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


The vacation was essentially about wildlife conservation and the programme delivered by local experts. We benefited from them and they benefitted from us.
We clearly helped raise awareness in one village when three of us were watching a wide variety of birds on a local lake and attracted a crowd of thirty people who took much delight in watching us watching the birds.

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


Faultless. A complex programme which was perfectly choreographed - and enjoyable to excess.

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2016 by

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


Seeing tigers, without a doubt! I was very lucky and saw both male and female tigers at Tadoba National Park as well as the famous Maya with her three six month old cubs.

At Kanha we also had a fantastic encounter with a male tiger. He wandered up the road ahead of us, glancing back as if to make sure we were all following. Then he sauntered across a meadow with spotted deer alarming and watching his every move. On the first day at Kanha, we also saw a pair of jackals with their kill, a spotted deer fawn, which they were taking back to their den and cubs.

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


I opted for game drives every day and had a wonderful wildlife experience. But it might have been good to have some downtime too to enjoy the tranquillity at Shergahr camp, or the swimming pool at Svasara.

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


The parks and lodges I visited employ local people which also helps conserve the protected natural areas. Without visitors, the parks might struggle to survive and without the parks the ecosystem would be lost.

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


It was a fantastic trip. I saw some amazing wildlife and met some lovely people. The food was pretty darn good too.

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