India holiday, the Golden Triangle & Varanasi

“12 day tailor-made tour around India's Golden Triangle featuring overland travel by private car and train before flying back from Varanasi to Delhi.”

Highlights

Delhi | Amber Fort | Taj Mahal at sunrise | Orchha | Khajuraho | Varanasi | River Ganges |

Description of India holiday, the Golden Triangle & Varanasi

This 12 day India holiday takes travellers from the semi-structured craziness of Delhi to the rose pink city of Jaipur where the Amber Fort and numerous open-air markets offer an excellent introduction to the day-to-day lifestyles and ancient traditions of local Indian people.

Any India holiday within India’s Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur is bound to ignite the senses and flame the fires of imagination and this 12 day tour is certainly no exception.

Early starts to catch the Taj Mahal at dawn, the rhythmic rocking of train journeys to rural villages and opportunities to amble around the ancient sites of Orchha and the Khajuraho temples; whatever your preconceptions of India, this holiday presents a tailor-made adventure to last a lifetime.

Finally, Varanasi, India’s holiest of cities where the banks of the River Ganges give India holiday makers the chance to sit and take stock while all around local life exists amidst a succession of religious rituals and spiritual enlightenment.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: India holiday, the Golden Triangle & Varanasi

Environment

In India we prioritise in small-scale, low impact accommodation, often using havelis which are usually historic buildings that have been maintained due to tourism. Our local agent was one of the first tour operators to ask the owners of these properties to open their homes to guests therefore supporting the trend of preserving these heritage buildings, and bringing income and jobs to small family-run hotels. Similarly we also try and use eco-friendly hotels where possible which have little impact on the environment.

Before departing on this trip we send our customers an informative document called 'Be a responsible traveller'. It gives our customers information advising them how to use as little water and energy as possible.

Although, we have some private transfers in this trip, we have added trains where possible which are a low-carbon alternative, and a great way to experience real India.

In our office in sunny Brighton we work hard to recycle as much as we possibly can. We even buy our paper off the same company we recycled it with resulting in a closed loop system. Every day at work the staff here are provided with a lunch that is locally sourced and we dispose of the food waste in a compost bin, meaning there is hardly any impact on the environment.

Community

In India we try to ensure that our tours are supporting the local people and bringing much needed income to local communities. For all sightseeing tours we use guides that have been trained by the Government of India. In culturally sensitive areas we make sure that the local guides are from the areas visited. In addition to this all staff are paid considerably more than the legal minimum making sure they can live a comfortable lifestyle. Our local office also has a policy of actively encouraging and helping reliable drivers to buy their own vehicles.

In this itinerary you get to visit the small town of Orchha. This isn't visited much by tourists and therefore having this incorporated in this trip brings much needed income to this community.

In order to make sure that we support responsible tourism we also send our departing customers some information about their upcoming trip to India. This includes more information about why customers should not encourage begging by giving money or gifts to young children. It also talks about the correct behaviour at temples and religious sites and some more advice on how you can dress appropriately whilst travelling in India.

Reviews of India holiday, the Golden Triangle & Varanasi

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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 31 Mar 2017 by

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


Seeing the amazing variety of birds and animals, including watching two brother tigers basking and drinking in the sun, at Bhandighar national park.

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


Apparently you can now only officially change currency once a week in India. We were told this during our last currency exchange at a hotel. Our previous hotels had changed our money but had initially seemed reluctant.

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


Our visit to the nature reserve helped support the work that they do and I will be making a further donation.

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


Amazing. The organisation of it all was brilliant both from the UK and the Indian agents involved.

Reviewed on 01 Mar 2017 by

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


Seeing tigers (close-up!) in Rathambore

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


Come with an open mind and leave your perceptions of normality behind. Indian drivers need a Good Horn, Good Brakes & Good Luck. Occasionally not for
the faint hearted.

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


Certainly put lots of money into the local economy. Will it waterfall down to the extent it lefts the many below the poverty line, i doubt it makes much
difference.

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


Magical. The advertising gets it right "Incredible India". We had a driver that took great care of us to drive as safe as the conditions allowed, acted as guide
when he could and was certainly trustworthy. Our daily guides were knowledgeable, had interesting tales to tell and informative when our own curiosity needed that little bit extra.

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2017 by

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


All of it was great. Amristar - great guest house.

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


Don't try and do too much.

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


Local people yes. Conservation by visiting the wildlife park.

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


Excellent.

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