Rajasthan tailor made holiday, India

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Departure information

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

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday 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

Responsible tourism: Rajasthan tailor made holiday, India

This is a different kind of a trip as compared to other cultural trips as our emphasis is to use only heritage old palaces & Havelis so that the revenue generated can go straight to the local owners of these buildings and they can continue maintaining their heritage buildings. All the owners of the heritage properties employ 90% local staff so you can see from the way they talk and interact with the clients that they are keeping the local tradition of Rajasthan still alive. A briefing is given at the time of arrival of all the clients that they should honour the local culture of the destinations they are going to visit.

At Jaisalmer Sand Dunes, a typical Rajasthani village is created for this evening with mud walls gaily painted with an entrance. Food stalls are built with thatched roofs where Rajasthani woman cook local food in traditional earthenware pots. The group members are entertained with Rajastahani Folk music and dance. The whole evening is organised by the local people who are very well paid and looked after.

We use only local guides as we feel that in Rajasthan one should have a local guide who can share his knowledge with the tourist as, in India the culture, caste and the language changes every 100km, and it becomes necessary to have local guides everywhere.

All our accommodations which we have carefully chosen are environmentally friendly and use CFL lamps for lighting to save electricity. Many of our accommodation grow their own vegetable for their daily needs in their own gardens and most of the Heritage hotels recycle waste water for gardening purposes.

On this trip we support an NGO called Jagrit who are involved in giving education, accommodation, clothing and food to small children who are found begging in railway stations. An amount of £5 per person goes to this NGO.

Reviews of Rajasthan tailor made holiday, India

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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 15 Apr 2013 by

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


Visit to Cochin in Kerala.
The taj Malabar is a unique one!!!
And also Usaipur, the city is great and the Leela palace hotel is a must seen.

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


You need to come to India with a lot patient , and get used to the way of living and the way they communicate.
The roads are pretty good , but very crowded lots of horning and the average speed is 50 km/h.

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


Yes, we visited small places, ate and purchased food and services from local producers.

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


The holiday was good , I would do some changes and improvements though.
Some accommodations should be improved .
It is not enough to choose an hotel, you need also to pick the type of room you like, there are big differences in some hotels. The drivers in Kerala
understand basic English only. If you reserve transportation , you must have
conformation that it is a relative new one and in good condition.
The house boats in Kerala backwater are nice but the accommodation on board was poor and not clean. A Luxury boat - means you get air condition all the time,
It is not a Luxury accommodation !!!

Read the operator's response here:

We thank Mr Itay for sending his valuable feedback as it helps us to know better
our guests requirements.
Sometimes it really becomes difficult to understand the need of a guest in terms
of selecting accommodation as there is always a scope of improving.We have taken
a note on accommodation and will surely do our best to explain the guest in
advance.
Thanks

Reviewed on 31 May 2010 by

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


The Taj Mahal. It's everything it's claimed to be. A remarkable building that shows little sign of age. We visited in the afternoon then went back at dawn. It's well worth two visits

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


We had some confusion when arriving at Delhi airport. I suggest travellers get it clear where to find their driver and what will be on the sign. Also have the mobile number of the company so they can ring if something goes wrong.

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


Yes. We had a different guide for every city. Our driver who was very good came from a foothills village but worked in Delhi to earn cash.

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


We had a tailor made holiday which suited us as we only had 9 days and couldn't fit in with any of the tours. We had a good vehicle and were happy with all the hotels.

Read the operator's response here:

We much appreciate the feedback as itís a constant process of improving and delivering the best. We have taken a serious note about the confusion upon arrival and now have started giving a 24 hrs helpline phone number well in advance.

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