Golden Triangle & tigers in India

“A great value nine day tailor made trip covering not only the Golden Triangle but also Kanha NP for tiger watching.”

Highlights

Delhi | Old Delhi| Kutub Minar, | President House | National Museum | India Gate | Jaipur | Jaipur palaces | Agra | Taj Mahal | Red fort | Jabalpur | Kanha National Park | Tiger watching and three game drives | Sleeper train journey

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your requirements for 2 to 12 people. The best time to travel is October to June
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Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

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
This is a special trip where we are supporting an NGO called Jagrit who are involved in giving education, accommodation, clothing & food to small children who are found begging in railway stations.An amount of 5 per person goes to this NGO.

Another feature of this trip is that we use the old heritage palace hotel in Jaipur whose owners have maintained the building very well thus contributing to saving the old Indian architecture and culture. We use only local guides in Agra & Jaipur.

This trip aims to help and support a more responsible and sustainable approach to wildlife tourism in Central India by catering to small group of not more than 10-12 people, thus leaving behind the least impact on a particular destination. Our connection with the central Indian National parks & jungles date backs to 1932 when one of our family members Late Lakhpat Rai was the first chief conservator of Forest of Central India during British rule. The trained naturalists who will accompany you for game drives are from the local community who have developed the skills of communicating with clients over the years with our regular in house training.

Recently we installed the first ground water recharge unit in one of the lodges in Kanha which we will use. A part of the income (5 per person) generated from this tour goes straight to the local tribal village school in Kanha. We will be visiting one such school during your trip.

The lodge in Kanha: The lodge you will stay in was constructed using locally available material and each cottage was built in the local style without chemical paints. They use waste wood boilers for heating and try to minimise electricity use by using energy saving lamps and solar, hurricane and earthen lamps in the night. There is no air-conditioning. In addition the lodge use recycled stationary, harvests rain water, uses soak pits to collect water and reuses waste water in the garden. All cleaning is done manually (no machines), organic waste is composted, food is cooked on LPG stoves and they do not allow music or televisions to keep noise pollution to a minimum.

The lodge is dedicated to the local upliftment of the area. They were the first in the history of Kanha National Park to train the locals in catering, house keeping, steward ship, guiding etc, all of whom had very basic schooling, if any at all. The staff is trained at the parent hotel in Jabalpur, and the majority (all drivers) come from the local community. They have financed one vehicle for a member of our staff who is from the community and use this for game drives. In addition, they do not have washing machines so they can provide work for the local community and have taught the local people cane weaving and pottery, the results of which are all used in the lodge. Raw materials are purchased locally where possible.
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5 Reviews of Golden Triangle & tigers in India

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Reviewed on 02 Feb 2020 by

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


100% Seeing Tigers in Kanha Park. A Truly awesome and moving experience.

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


Do some background research. We are usually much more independent but recent life meant we just wanted someone else to organise everything for us
and we turn up and enjoy it. However there were a few things we could have understood better before traveling which would have improved the
experience. My bad. If you are doing game drives in the park take warm layers as it is very cold at dawn/evening (depending on time of year). Be prepared for a full on itinerary with little rest but it is so worth it. There is a lot to see & do and India is generally a frenetic place.

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


Yes partly. Local owned hotels which obviously have employed local staff. Also Guides and drivers on the tour. Kanha Park is very well organised and is used as a training center for other conservation efforts in India and you do get the feeling that the wildlife comes first which is great. However we did have to take internal flights as distances are so huge so our impact is a bit over our 'normal' to and from vacation flights.

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


Fascinating, Hectic, Colourful, Memorable,

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2018 by

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


Seeing a tiger in the wild.

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


Go with an open mind and enjoy all the experiences. There is a lot of travel involved, mainly by car, so make sure you have something to occupy yourself for
the journeys.

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


Considering the amount of car travel I do not believe that this helped to reduce environmental impacts. Spending money in local communities, with local
guides and buying in local shops and stalls will have helped the local economy.

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


The most amazing experience we have ever had. The organisation was superb, the guides (on the whole) were helpful and very knowledgeable. Our driver was
first class, the Court Yard House was fantastic and the people there were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend this vacation to
anyone, even if they are first time travelers to the region.

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2017 by

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


There were too many to list! Seeing the great architectural icons of India with good guides, our skilful and kind driver for whom nothing was too much trouble, and the thrill of seeing not one, but two tigers on the same day in Kanha National Park.

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


Time was tight; we only had ten days to fit a gallon into a pint pot. It was certainly worth it but next time I would give myself a few more days to rest and relax in between seeing the sights of India. However, Neelesh devised an excellent itinerary for us which fulfilled my desire to see as much as possible and during the long drives we were able to relax a little before the next amazing cultural experience!

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


We had different guides in different cities, our driver was employed for five days and Courtyard House Hotel in Kanha uses solar panels to provide electricity.
I was very impressed with this particular hotel - it employs local people, some from the nearby tribal village, and is an oasis of calm.

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


We had a really fascinating vacation - even the night on an Indian train was memorable, though perhaps I would travel by day next time... I have no hesitation in recommending our tour operator - having never been to India, I had innumerable questions and Neelesh was most patient in replying to my endless emails! All together a wonderful experience!

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2015 by

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


There were so many differnt things to take in across the whole tour but I suppose the highlights had to be walking through the arch and seeing the Taj Mahal for real. Photos do not do it justice and it really is breathtaking, you can see why it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Going on Safari was also great, although we did not actually see a lion the surroundings are beautiful and a pleasant change from the hustle of the towns and cities we travelled.

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


Travel lightly to avoid having to move lots of luggage from place to place, especially via train. Talk to your driver, they have lots of information and tips and were all friendly but can be quiet, especially if the guide is in the car.
Be open minded and accepting of differnt cultures so that you can look beyond possible first impressions.

Be prepared that the guides may try to get you to visit shops or manufacturers which are interesting but always try to talk you into buying things. These can be interesting, especially the little cottage industries, where you can pick up small items as souveniers but we were also offered Persian rugs and marble tables!

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


To some extent, especially in the lodge where we stayed on safari. Obviously the operator is a small local business so in that respect yes.

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


It was a very memorable experience. There are so many things to take in and I have heard many say that it is an assault on the senses, the sights, sounds and smells can be overwhelming in both good and bad ways. We are really pleased we have been able to experience India.

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2015 by

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


Courtyard House,the safari and seeing a leopard and 2 tigers

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


Be ready for long drives between location, do early starts if possible to avoid the heat of the day.

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


Not so much in Jaipur and Agra but in the Kanha tiger reserve and area it benefited the locals

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


I can not fault the vacation provider

Read the operator's response here:

Greetings

Thanks for the feedback.We are happy that you enjoyed your recent tour of India. But I
understand there was some issue with the guide in Jaipur.We have taken a note on that &
assure to incorporate best possible way to improve ourselves.Thanks once again for the
suggestion & kind feedback.

Kirty

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