India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade
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Description of India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade
This short but high quality trip takes in the most famous sites in northern India. This circuit of Delhi Agra and Jaipur is often referred to as the 'Golden Triangle' as it takes in some of the finest examples of India's architectural and cultural heritage making it one of the most popular India holidays. It is an ideal trip for the first-time visitor to India wanting to see the classic sites like the Taj Mahal, The Pink City, and the historic capital.
This is an easy trip that does not require any particular special fitness. This itinerary is based on very good hotels and should find this short itinerary will be at a relaxing pace. Best time to go is around October to mid-April. The monsoons season is normally from June to September. The temperature should range from a low of about 22°c to a high of 32°c.
4 Reviews of India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade
Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019 by Claire PrettyIt is very hard to pick one part as we did so much. But hiking in Nepal was amazing and defiantly the but we would consider doing more of. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Mar 2014 by Denise BrooksWas exciting from beginning to end...Excellent. Would recommend this operator. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jan 2014 by Paul StreetGwalior Palace and Khajaraho Jain temples Read full review
Reviewed on 20 May 2013 by Lydia WaltonIndian train travel, sumptuous hotels and beautiful new Delhi were the most memorable parts of the holiday. Read full review
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Fundamentally we want you to have an outstanding holiday, whether you are on a safari, trekking, or relaxing on the beach. But by travelling with us you can do this in the knowledge that we have put in the background research to make sure that your money is being put to good use.
On this trip we recommend the use of heritage properties in support of the cultural heritage of the built environment. Without tourism many fantastic buildings would have fallen into a sad state of dereliction. Money from tourism has helped regenerate these architectural masterpieces.
As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.
As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. The company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.
Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.
PeopleWe only use local Indian guides for this trip who have an in-depth knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, their country and their culture.
For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.