Rajasthan small group tour, India
Description of Rajasthan small group tour, India
This Rajasthan small group tour not only takes you into the heart of Rajasthan, the great northern desert state, but also to the great sites of Delhi and Agra including the Taj Mahal. The group size on this trip is maximum twelve people and we will travel from place to place in private, air conditioned minibus, covering a wide variety of natural and cultural heritage sites.
Starting in Delhi, we take time to acclimatise a little and then visit some of the great sites, such as Old Delhi, India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb. From here we move on to Agra to see the great Taj Mahal which always lives up to expectations especially as we time our visit to coincide with sunset. Our next stop is the great desert state or Rajasthan to explore not only its magnificent, colourful and iconic cities such as Jodhpur and Jaipur but also plenty of rural villages too, where you get to immerse yourself in real Rajasthani culture.
Rajasthan, once known as a Princely state, always gives us a right royal welcome. Especially at the family run, heritage hotels where we stay along the way. The architecture is spectacular too, not only at these hotels but also at its famous hilltop forts or ancient palaces. Another highlight for many of our keen wildlife loving guests is the time spent at Ranthambore National Park, where we get a chance to take both sunrise and sunset safaris to see black buck, chinkaras, nilgais, civet cats and, if you are lucky, its elusive tigers.
This trip draws to a close in Udaipur, a fitting place to contemplate your time in Rajasthan as, like so many places we see along the way it is colourful, culture rich, beautiful and sacred. It is also known as ‘Venice of the East’, thanks to its complex lake system that winds its way around palaces, temples, ancient waterside dwellings and a wonderful collection of heritage hotels. All with a backdrop of Rajasthan’s Aravalli Hills.
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PlanetOn this trip to Rajasthan we employ local guides and drivers, stay in locally owned hotels and private homes, which again diverts important funds directly into the area. These are regions that have seen precious little from the boom in tourism, it is our aim to change this.
We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through such a region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive… after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring.
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems.
PeopleIn our opinion, our India trips – where we steer our clients off the main tourist circuits and into the rural regions of the subcontinent, to interact directly with local people – is responsible travel at its most immediate and effective.
We stay with local families, visit local industries (learn to milk a buffalo, make a sari, cook a meal) and call on local organisation to learn more about the problems of the region and how we might help. Not only does this allow local people and visitors to interact and learn about each others culture, it ensures that the revenue generated by tourism goes directly to local communities.
On this trip, which runs through Rajasthan, we involve our clients in tree planting schemes as well as help directly with the financing of rural village schools; added to this our clients will have the chance to accompany members of the Bhil caste in learning how to milk the buffalo and turn it into lassi, visit a natural silk weaving centre famed for its manufacturing of exquisite saris and cook and eat a meal with a local family – all of which will be putting money directly into the local community.