Rajasthan luxury tours

“Very reasonably priced 14 day, tailor made holiday but with lots of luxurious touches. With itineraries created by Rajput family dedicated to fine arts, culture and history.”

Highlights

Delhi | Taj Mahal and Agra | Bassi | Jaipur | Ranthambhore National Park (not in monsoon season) | Udaipur | Bundi | Holy City of Pushkar

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Most travellers come in winter when temperatures can really dip. So pack a sweater and socks.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Accomm:
Luxury heritage properties and luxury camping.
Included:
Accommodation, breakfasts, specialist guides, activities, breakfasts, meals on safari, all transport including 1st class train.
Meals:
Budget £5 for good quality lunch and £7-10 for dinner.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Rajasthan luxury tours

Environment

We supply sustainable firewood to the village that borders the wildlife sanctuary so villagers will not have to take wood from inside the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary guards are all local villagers. We also have a cleanup program in place to keep the village and Sanctuary area clean from all plastics and glass. Our bungalows, furniture, and tableware are handmade from local artisans out of natural materials. Meetings with local village elders take place to ensure the protection of the Sanctuary and the needs of the villagers are met, such as how the village animals can feed in certain parts of the forest without disrupting the ecosystem but at the same time without harming the villagers own needs. After arrival during drinks the first evening guests are informed of local customs, deities and their meanings, and the history of the area and why and how it came to be protected by us.

Each bungalow has running water which is recycled into the Sanctuary as no harmful detergents or soaps are allowed (Soap used is made of 53 different 100% pure floral and plant essences). Sanitation is also allowed to become harmless waste over a period of time and then removed in the Sanctuary so the water can be re-used. No electricity methods are used and no direct electrical connections enter our Sanctuary. All light is by sustainable oil lamps. We also have a cleanup program in place to keep the village and Sanctuary area clean from all plastics and glass. A re-forestation program of our own is in place and 2000 plus indigenous trees and plants have been planted to date with more added in August 2007. We have stopped poaching completely inside our Sanctuary which is monitored by us. A water hole was created so animals have access to oxygen rich, fluoride rich, clean water throughout the year with all levels of water present so bees to leopards can drink easily. This water is flushed out and re-placed when needed and used in the re-forestation area. All fertilizer used in the re-forestation area is organic from jungle sources.

On arrival in some destinations guests will be transported by horse drawn carriage so no fossil fuel is used. Tours where transportation is exclusively by train and horse carriage are available. We help protect two wildlife sanctuaries with a strong eco friendly policy, implantation and financing. Guests who opt to include these properties in their tour will contribute to the protection of these eco-systems as forty percent of the revenue generated by guests is used for re-forestation, wildlife monitoring and environment protection.

Community

We use only local guides, naturalists, trackers, and staff. These members of our team have been trained by us in Rajasthanís History, Rajasthanís Fine Arts, Rajasthanís Wildlife and Eco-Practices and receive salaries double the national average in the tourism industry. Our belief is to make less profit so local people and their families can benefit by these higher salaries and the opportunities this opens to them. All accommodations are privately owned Cultural Heritage Properties that have been partially open to guests that employ local staff.

Specific benefits to the community, on each destination we bring clients to areas that receive no travellers and are economically down and previously had few job options for locals who are now working with us. In one jungle, the smallest wildcat, and one of the rarest, found in the world, the Rusty Spotted Cat, is present. The only local researcher for these cats has received previously minimal financing for study of this cat from abroad but it is not enough to continue the protection and survival of the Rusty Spotted Cat found there and the funds from travellers who would opt to include this jungle would directly finance the study and continued protection of these cats as well as providing a few jobs to locals there. Part of the money we receive from guests has and will be used for wildlife research and publications of the findings on the endangered species of these jungles. Our research has focused on prey species and their survival, the health and movement patterns of these species, and finding ways to implement and increase their habitat so these jungle eco-systems remain perfectly self sustainable.

We have in most of the destinations unique artisans that make handmade and dieing endangered fine and decorative arts and processes that we personally patronize and finance for their survival. We are heavily involved in the preservation of the Rajasthan fine arts and their artisans. By introducing clients to these individual artisans and their media, in these off the beaten track areas, we hope awareness will come of the importance of these arts, their processes, and they and their families would benefit with the possibility of more patrons and awareness.

Reviews of Rajasthan luxury tours

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 08 May 2016 by

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


The intensity of colour, celebration, art, architecture; the welcoming people in all locations, the other worldly heritage hotels, the old cities of Jodphur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur; the wildness of Bagheera's Camp leopard reserve and the Sita
Mata reserve, Holi celebrations in Pushkar, processions in Jaisalmer, visits to schools and development projects; remote and unspoilt Bundi; the drive through the Aravelli hills; the visit to Jog Niwas art palace and more... We travelled as a
family of 4 with 2 student age daughters and there was always plenty to interest and excite all members of the family.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Shanane will give you excellent advice on all aspects of your proposed trip; be entirely honest about your hopes and aspirations and she will suggest an outstanding journey for you. The internet is a very poor second to Shanane's insights and working knowledge. Shanane's customer service and thoughtful and incisive responses to the flow of pre trip questions is absolutely up there with the service of the very best agents I have travelled with all over the world and in the
33 years since first travelling in Rajasthan.

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


We stayed in smaller hotels run by family and local businesses. The hotels were often heritage projects which need income to maintain their buildings. We visited schools and rural projects with a view to help raise some funds for worthwhile
expenditure. We took the services of local guides and restaurants. The Sita Mata reserve and Bagheera's camp are doing important conservation work and visits support this work.

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


Rajasthan at the start of the hot season is a challenging destination. Maintaining health and well being are always a challenge in India. India is a destination for travellers not tourists. The welcome is exceptional and the encounters and
experiences are life enhancing. The unexpected is the norm for a journey in Rajasthan; exotic, majestic, disturbing, uncomfortable, inspiring, thought provoking, intense... Many thanks to our holiday providers.

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2016 by

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


Every day was memorable, different and exciting. We saw most of the state and Northwestern Rajasthan was probably our favourite if we had to choose.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Trust the holiday provider to provide impeccable travel experiences. They could also be called True Traveler Tours because they create a series of authentic bespoke experiences and the more information you can provide them in your brief about your interests the better the experience will be.

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


We participated in and supported the work of conservation efforts on our trip.

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


Excellent. We had wonderful hosts, good guides and great value. We will no doubt use them again for other trips and endeavours.

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2016 by

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


If you want to experience exotic and mind-blowing India up close and personal, go to Varanasi, take a walking tour and be elbow to elbow with the locals. We loved it. Varanasi is perhaps not for everyone but you'll never forget it. We also loved having so many opportunities throughout our trip to meet and talk with people. Sometimes we met local people because our guides introduced us and sometimes we met them because we stayed at heritage properties and homestays.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We wholeheartedly recommend this holiday provider. Our trip had an incredibly personal and intimate feel throughout-an experience that could never be matched by a packaged tour. I would recommend that travelers know themselves and their comfort level and likes and dislikes, and if they make those things known, they will get exactly what they ask for. Knowing yourself and what you want is key. Would you rather have a hotel with 5 star "western-style" comfort or an exotic ambiance? Hint: if you want both it will cost more! We went for exotic ambiance and absolutely loved the places we stayed. The cost of our trip was quite reasonable. We didn't think we could afford a custom tour, but somehow, Shanane and Gajendra made it happen.

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


We visited a school and a leopard conservation area and learned of some challenges facing both. Meeting and talking with people makes one more aware of social and environmental issues and we felt as if we were able to make some small difference.

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


We are giving this holiday 5 stars because the holiday provider gave us exactly what we wanted at every turn. They and all the people they work with were incredibly attentive to our needs and went out of their way (to an extraordinary degree) to be of assistance. For example, when our train was 12 hours late arriving at our destination, Shanane, quickly discovered the issue without communication from us. She made everyone aware of the situation and when we finally arrived, our driver was at the station to pick us up and had, in fact, been waiting for us the entire time.

Reviewed on 14 May 2015 by

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


It is very difficult to pick out just one part of the holiday as the entire experience was memorable. If I was forced into choosing, I think it would have to be seeing a Leopard in the wild - a beautiful male showed himself on a rock no more
than one hundred metres away and stayed for almost an hour.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to be 'blown away'. Do some research - assist the organisers by saying what you want to see and outline your interests - this is a tailor-made trip and your input will be appreciated

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


The owners are fully involved in conservation - they have their own reserve which has been highly successful in increasing the numbers of an endangered cat species. We were introduced to people who were very involved in other conservation projects too.
Finally, the owners are promoting the work of Indian master craftsmen - using traditional techniques and new designs to ensure that these crafts don't die out - absolutely amazing!

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


This would not be for anyone wanting a relaxing time as it is action-packed (we stayed in nine places in the fortnight!).
However, if you want to see a fascinating part of India and stay in some fascinating places, this is the trip for you. My friend and I absolutely loved it.

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2014 by

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


Every moment was memorable and there was such a diversity of places to stay and things to do that every day was exciting

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The distances between places are long and vehicles cannot drive quickly along the Indian roads, so work out an itinerary with as few stops as possible.
Take some cash to change as ATMs often do not work.

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


We did our best to benifit local people. Reducing environmental impacts is not a high priority in India.

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


10+

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2012 by

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


Vivid colours, the clothing of the women it is just a sea of fantastic colours everywhere you look, the brightly coloured turbans of the men. The fantastic people so friendly and welcoming, the culture and food. The beautiful forts and palaces of Amber, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer. The incredible ornate Havelis built by the merchants of Rajasthan. The Jain temples in Jaisalmer, the intricately carved stonework is breathtaking. The hustle and bustle, the noise, the traffic, the animals everywhere. Visiting the village where Surajs family came from, that was very interesting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We travelled in February, whilst we were there Rajasthan was having a particularly cold month. The days were warm but the nights and early mornings were very cold. Most of the accommodation we stayed in had little or no heating, when we asked for a heater we did get one. Also many restaurants are outside, so remember to take a warm jacket and a hat, I was so glad I did.

Once you have given your list of things you want to see and do to the company, listen to the recommendations from Shanane and the team. Shanane has a wealth of knowledge on the area, arts and its people she and the team will ensure that you enjoy a unique holiday experience.

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


Yes, definitely, we used a local tour company and the accommodations which we stayed in were locally owned and employed local people. The team support local community projects and wildlife preservation projects. They support and preserve the local arts and are truly passionate about what they do. We ate in local restaurants bought food and gifts in local shops, I do feel that our holiday benefited local people.

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


Excellent. We booked a 14 day tailor made holiday with this operator because we did not want the standard holiday tour. We wanted a more unique holiday experience, an insight into India, its people and culture and we were not disappointed. From the first contact with Shanane, we experienced a very professional, personal service, we could not have wished for a better travel advisor. Shanane helped and advised us, refined our itinerary, she included interesting places that were off the beaten track. She is an expert in Rajasthan arts and crafts her knowledge on local history and artists is incredible. She is a fantastic, warm, educated, interesting lady. We spent a wonderful evening at her home, where we learned so much about local art, Indian culture and gemstones a memorable evening. We could have easily spent several nights there having interesting discussions. The attention to detail in the organisation of our holiday was immaculate, almost flawless. The hotels which were selected were very good, (there was one issue with a hotel at the end of our trip, but this was quickly rectified by Suraj) excellent transport was provided. The whole itinerary was perfect, well balanced between independent and organised activities. Our guide/driver Suraj was very good, he was patient, calm, always smiling, gentle and respectful person. He was a safe and professional driver always punctual, we felt safe and totally comfortable with him during the whole trip. His English is not perfect but we all managed excellently throughout the trip. The people who make up this tour company are really dedicated and full of passion for what they do. A superb holiday with a very well run company. I would highly recommend booking with them, you will not be disappointed.

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2012 by

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


Riding Marwari horses (Ravla Khempur - the 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' in the film).
Madcap rides in a Jeep to track leopards (Leopards Lair, Bera) .
Sightings of rare cats (Jalore).

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Remember the mundane things such as a universal plug for a basin/shower and an electrical plug adapter (three-pin, round pins; obsolete in most of the rest of the world since 1962). Otherwise, just relax.

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


Employees at all the hotels/lodges were local and these were all locally owned.
All the hotels/lodges were environmentally conscious and one, Jalore, had a very small carbon footprint.
Both Leopards Lair and Jalore had well developed conservation strategies, particularly in relation to endangered wildlife.

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


Excellent arrangements made to fit our specific interests (art, wildlife and Marwari horses). An excellent insight into rural Rajasthan.

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2012 by

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


This was an outstanding holiday. All of the eight days were different and memorable, which is quite an achievement. The diversity was very attractive, from wildlife - including an excellent leopard sighting - to the heritage and culture of Rajasthan captured in magnificent forts, palaces and temples, to staying in historic houses, notably at Khempur. What made the holiday extra special was the outstanding quality of the guiding - more like travelling companionship - by Ravindra. His knowledge, intellect, humor, honesty and pride in his culture brought it alive in a compelling way.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


My itinerary (and with this company the itinerary is varied to suit individual clients interests) was about getting close to the landscape, history and culture of Rajasthan in some of the less travelled places. If, unlike me on this trip, you seek five star luxury then do discuss your accommodation preferences in detail with the company so that they are clear about your expectations and can balance cost with expectation and perhaps give you some options to consider.
As a single traveller I felt entirely comfortable throughout the holiday and happily recommend it to other single women travellers, as well as to couples and small groups of friends. And, all the logistical arangements worked exceptionally well too.
As ever in rural India, if you like soft pillows to sleep on, take a child's sized down pillow with you from the UK. Next time I will also take an old mobile phone with me and buy a cheap local sim card so that I can easily make local calls, as calls via UK mobiles incur big costs for the local people, and everyone relies on mobiles in India today.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Undoubtedly. It is a local company; all the staff employed are local staff; and all my accommodation was in locally (typically family) owned and run hotels and guest houses. The networks that the company has with unusual local enterprises ensure an out of the ordinary experience.
It's difficult to minimize environmental impact when the only sensible means of travel is by car. Good to see a small, fuel efficient vehicle being used around town.

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


One of the best travelling weeks of my life, from a well seasoned traveller and someone who has travelled in India before. It's a five star experience in my book any day - one of the small number of "best" holidays I have ever been on. I cannot define a single best I'm afriad, so in your reminology below I sadly have to give it 4 stars, whereas it really was 5.

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2012 by

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


The bustle of the towns, the mixture of people, traffic, animals and colours. We enjoyed our visits to the Amber Fort in Jaipur, the Meherhangarh Fort in Jodhpur and the City Palace in Udaipur. However, we found Fatehpur Sikri a bit disappointing. Very interesting visit to a Poppadom factory where a large proportion of the work is done by hand by outworkers in their homes. Two day safari was also good fun.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be firm about not buying 'stuff' despite the pleading of the shopkeepers. Have in mind what sort of things you would really like and don't be too easily swayed. Take enough warm clothes if you are going in Jan/Feb. Rajasthan is apparently having an exceptionally cold month. Although the middle of the day was warm, nights and early mornings were perishing. Little heating anywhere and many restaurants are outside. The operator does not produce a brochure. Changes we asked for to the original itinerary, although made, did not get written into a revised itinerary. So we only had the original itinerary to print out. As there were no real bits of advice from the operator it is a good idea to get a good guide early in planning a trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, we were 'employers' of a number of individuals including guides rather than the audio guide at sites, we spent (maybe rather too lavishly!) in local shops and markets. On our two day safari to the private sanctuary we could see that local village people were employed to cook and clean. We stayed in Havelis and small hotels, which I presume are Indian-owned. As far as minimising impacts on the environment, I'm really not sure as we travelled by car between towns and travelled by air from Udaipur to Delhi.

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


Very good. We have recommended the operator to others. Some friends are using them for their holiday in India in March. The personnel are all very pleasant and particular praise goes to Ravindra Singh Chouhan to whose home we were invited.

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2011 by

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


The most memorable part was the time spent in rural India. Seeing the farmers go about their everyday work, watching the simple aspects of village life and being totally away from the madding crowd was wonderful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you want the traditional tourist tour with all the luxuries of top quality hotels, then this is not the holiday for you. If you want to see a different perspective on India as well as doing the usual tourist sights - enjoying non-touristy restaurants etc, then this is to be recommended. If you are not willing to take the rough with the smooth - ie the electricity going off or no warm water, then I would reconsider.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Eating in local restaurants and buying supplies at local shops certainly benefited locals. As we were not staying in any major hotel chain but more family run hotels I think it helped local families in many ways. Travelling by car is always a carbon footprint issue, but there is virtually no other option.

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


Given that we have been to India many times and done many trips around different parts of it, it is not easy to bowl us over. However this was the best trip we have done to date - the flexibility, hospitality and organisation of Shanane and Ravindra was excellent.

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2010 by

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


We thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks with this operator. The knowledge and hospitality of the tour leaders, Suraj and Ravindra, made this a particularly memorable trip - by the end, we really felt more like we were with friends than on a 'tour'. Not only did we see the major sites in the areas we travelled, but we had an opportunity to do some very unique things as well that appealed to our particular interests. This sort of tailoring and flexibility was superb.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Once you've articulated your personal interests, let the tour company make the recommendations. They are very familiar with Rajasthan and can make sure that you enjoy unique experiences. Do make sure you have adequate time in areas of particular interest. We would have liked more time to visit the desert, as well as in Jaipur - there's just so much to see.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


While driving is not terrific on the environment, it does permit you to see some areas that are not accessible by air or train. We liked that the tour company and the hotels selected were locally owned. We also had the opportunity to visit and support local craftspeople, in many cases directly.

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


Excellent - can't imagine a better way or with better people to visit Rajasthan. Would highly recommend - you'll not be disappointed.

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2009 by

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


All of it, being in the Sita Mata, Udiapur at night, seeing rural India, dinner in Jodhphur, shopping for bangles, discussing glazes in Jaipur...

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you are interested in Rajasthani art and crafts Shanae is an expert and you can learn an enormous amount. The team are very knowledgeable; discuss what you would like to do with them. They will have some great ideas.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Flying to India and driving around is not the most environmentally friendly thing to do. However Shanane and the team are involved in community development projects and care about the preservation of old crafts and wildlife. They are experts in a number of fields to do with crafts and art and are passionate about it. We did a bit of travel on the train and the team were happy to organise that for us.

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


The holiday was excellent. Shanane, Suraj and Ravi could not have done more to ensure that we were enjoying ourselves. We felt amongst friends. They were all flexible and willing to change and adapt things at a moments notice. We had to cancel and rebook at a few days notice Ė the team were really good about reorganising everything and keeping the cost down.

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