|Day 1:||Arrive Delhi and transfer to homestay.|
|Day 2:||Tour of Delhi, including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, the bazaars of Chandni Chowk, Lutyens buildings, India Gate ... then sleeper train departing 7pm for Udaipur. (B)|
|Day 3:||You arrive first thing in the morning. After settling into your hotel you have a half day city tour of Udaipur, including City Palace. You stay in a lakeside haveli (mansion). (B)|
|Day 4:||Today we take you to Rohet Garh, visiting Ranakpur Jain temples on the way. It will take between 5-6 hours. You stay in a fort tonight. (B)|
|Day 5:||This morning you'll head out on a day excursion by jeep to the Bishnoi villages. The Bishnoi are a tribe known for their care of nature. (B)|
|Day 6:||Today its a long drive to Jaisalmer - about 7 hours. But it's worth it. You stay in a hotel in the walls of Jaisalmer Fort. (B)|
|Day 7:||A full day city tour of Jaisalmer - the fort, Jain temples and its gorgeous havelis and mansions. (B)|
|Day 8:||Drive to Jodhpur - about 6 hours. Stay at the Ajit Bhawan, a Rajput palace hotel. (B)|
|Day 9:||Today you have a half day tour of Jodhpur including Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant thada and clock tower. (B)|
|Day 10:||We drive you to Jaipur this morning. It's a long day of about 6.5 hours, but you'll end in a lovely welcoming homestay a colonial villa. (B)|
|Day 11:||A full day tour in Jaipur including the Palace of the Winds, the Jantar Mantar observatory and Amber Fort. (B)|
|Day 12:||To Agra via the impressive empty city of Fatehpur Sikri. You'll reach Agra in time to see the Taj Mahal at sunset. (B)|
|Day 13:||Rise early to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Then after breakfast you can see Agra Fort and the Baby Taj before we head back to Delhi (about 5 hours). You're in another lovely homestay tonight. (B)|
|Day 14:||We will collect you in time to get you to the airport for your flight home.|
The company offering this trips eco-rates many of the property it sells. Two of the places you stay on this trip are homestays, and as such they are an particularly excellent way of getting an insight into life in India. It also helps local people to benefit more directly from tourism in their locality. The homestays are locally owned and run, they employ local people, they use local services and buy from local shops. Being small homes with caring owners, they also take great case to minimise fuel usage (eg lighting) and water usage as they understand how important such resources are for their community.
There are also two additional experiences which can be added to this trip to make it even more special. One is a cooking class in Udaipur – a really excellent way to get involved in Indian culture and traditions, and the other is a trip to the Bishnoi villages near jodhpur. The Bishnoi people were some of the world’s first eco-warrriors. Their beliefs tell them to respect nature, be kind to animals, and not to cut down trees. Meet some of the local people and find out more about their views on mother nature.
Every booking with this company brings funds to a charity which supports grassroots projects in various countries. The charity backs children’s orphanages, wildlife conservation and health centres amongst other things.
To help with carbon offsetting but also backing poverty alleviation and improve environmental biodiversity, we automatically plant trees on behalf of every client that travels with us. Currently this is done in a very degraded area of northern Malawi, where we plant quick growing exotic trees to provide firewood to the local population so that they don’t chop down the indigenous forest.
The company gives written guidelines to every traveller on how to travel sensitively with regards to local people, and as regards to environmental responsibility. This includes all policies relevant to each trip. No overseas guides are used on any trip run by them, all local guides are used – often supplemented by indigenous guides too where suitable.
Experience life as a Maharaja in wonderful Rajasthan
From £3165 14 days excluding flights