India 9 day express tour

“A nine day, tailor made whistlestop tour of some of the most wolf whistle worthy places in northern india. Travelling with driver, by train and internal flight. staying in family run, small hotels (oh, and mud huts)”

Highlights

Delhi | Rajasthan | Mandawa and Shekhawati region| Havelis | Jaipur | Taj Mahal at sunrise | Agra | Old Delhi

Description of India 9 day express tour

This nine day India holiday is an express tour of some of Northern India’s cultural highlights, starting and ending in the capital city of Delhi. We speed things up a little by providing an expert, local driver guide and also making sure that you use the speediest transport possible, be it on trains or an internal flight.

Although you start in the somewhat overwhelming city of Delhi, where you stay at a hotel in the Karol Bagh area, your next stop is way off the usual tourist tracks. After a six hour drive up into the desert state of Rajasthan, you arrive in Mandawa. This is in the heart of the Shekhawati region, famous for its now faded yet still stunning mansions known as havelis, but also for its traditional mud huts which were built to protect against the harshness of the desert. You will stay in one of these for one night, quite a contrast to the rest of the trip.

Again in contrast, is Rajasthan’s capital city of Jaipur, an extraordinary (pink) place, with ancient walled town, flower markets, artisans, and two famous palaces of Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal. It is also home to the celebrated Amber and Nahargarh Forts.

The most famous palace of all, however, is the Taj Mahal which you will journey to see at sunrise, the early morning light beaming off the white marble mausoleum built by the grieving Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife. Enjoy one last night back in Delhi exploring by metro or, even better, by rickshaw, taking in the Old Town as well as the Red Fort and also Connaught Place for some last minute shopping.

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Departure information

Everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way.
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Responsible tourism: India 9 day express tour

Environment

Responsible Travel plays a huge part in our company's vision and we are promoting this concept to our customers regularly. Before setting off on your trip we will provide you with a Know Before You Go that gives you plenty of tips about the country you are travelling to, with cultural information and phrases to help you get by. We also provide a Responsible Traveller document, which will give you all the useful information on the local customs that you'll need to ensure that there is mutual respect between our customers and locals.

During the trip, we will ensure to book a train journey between Delhi and Agra to help reduce pollution. We have also included an exciting sightseeing tour in Delhi, where we use metro and rickshaw as transportation to hell our clients immerse into the local culture and spend a day like locals!

Although most of our trips through India are done in a private car with a driver, we always encourage our clients to use rickshaws, tuk-tuks and the metro. This is to avoid more congestion and traffic in the cities while travelling around India! Also using public transport will help reduce the amount of pollution and energy being released/used. Also our customers will be able to enjoy more of the beauty India has to offer!

We are actively encouraging our customers to visit more remote, off the 'normal tourist trail' places. In remote places untouched by mass tourism, locals will benefit from the visitors that will stay in the locally run hotels, enjoy hearty meals in the small eateries and buy local produce. This is where the trip Havelis and Camel Carts come in. Giving customers a different experience such as sleeping in Clay Huts! Also during the visit to Mandawa, guides take our clients on a tour around the local village so they could spend time with the community and see the everyday life of small Rajasthani town.

We begin the responsible journey here in Brighton from our office. We do this by providing our team with a healthy locally-sourced daily lunch and recycling food waste. Our office is virtually paperless, and the paper that we do use comes from the company we recycle through, this will therefore create a closed loop.

We actively encourage our travellers to refill water bottles while they are away instead of continuously purchasing more. We also offer our travellers an opportunity to stay in the hotels that have water stations in place and use solar power, such as our beautiful in-style haveli in Jaipur!

Community

Throughout the destination, we make sure to support the local communities as much as we can and encourage our customers to dive into the local cultures and take the time to learn them and interact with the locals more. This will really get the customers familiar with their customs and a rural town of Mandawa is a perfect place for that!

We make sure to offer smaller-scale authentic accommodation as opposed to chain hotels, and also home-stays where possible so that travellers could have an opportunity to fully dive into the local culture and experience a warm welcome from their friendly hosts. This really helps out the local community in supporting them in their small family run businesses as opposed to giving the business to chain hotels. In Jaipur, you will stay in a lovely small hotel, within walking distance to the old town. Each room is differently decorated and there is a small swimming pool for you to cool down in! The hotel is small and makes you feel at home!

Touring across Rajasthan is a fantastic opportunity to experience the famous Indian hospitality. During this trip, you will stay in different family run hotels (havelis) and home-stays. An example of this would be when you arrive in Agra, you'll be staying in a charming home-stay run by the family who live there. It's located within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, which makes it easy to plan the sightseeing in this area. The hosts love chatting with their guests from all over the world over a communal dinner - it's a great opportunity to know more about the culture of the locals and their traditions. Also opts as great support to the local families as it gives them a steady income from tourism.

Most of the travel is with a local driver, these are paid a fair wage and enjoy good working conditions with regular breaks between tours. Also, our drivers know the best places to stop for food/drinks/snacks and will stop at small places where the locals will profit from much needed income.

We have a charity project that we support in each of our destinations and everyone who books our trips is more than welcome to contribute to the charity of the country they are travelling to. In India, this project is Odanadi, a pioneering anti-trafficking organisation based in Mysore, South India, working for the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked women and children. For the past 20 years, Odanadi has been committed to providing a safe haven for survivors of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, slavery, domestic abuse and destitution. Odanadi currently runs two residential rehabilitation centres in Mysore, housing up to 85 women and young people at any one time.

5 Reviews of India 9 day express tour

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Reviewed on 30 Apr 2017 by

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


The whole 2 weeks in Rajasthan, Delhi and Amritsar were magical. The Taj Mahal and Golden Temple more than exceeded my expectations. The memories of the wonderful people, noises, colours and smells will be with me for many years.

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


Beware of the heat there was a heat wave in April, up to 45 degrees!

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


Yes in most parts.

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


Excellent

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Sarah,

Thank you so much for taking your time to post such a lovely review of your recent trip to India with us for your wedding anniversary. I hope it was very special and I am so pleased you loved every single bit of it, taking in India's incredible atmosphere. It does get fairly hot there from April onwards, approaching the monsoon, but I am happy this hasn't affected your adventures and your trip went smoothly.

I will be delighted to help you discover other India's regions that are just as beautiful so please do get in touch if and when you decide to travel with us again Sarah!

Warm regards,
Kate

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.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Caitlin,

Thank you so much for such a great review for your Indian adventures with us, I am so pleased both you and Charlotte loved your trip and have been lucky to spot the elusive tigers as well! It's great that you also feel you have supported local community and conservation projects while visiting the National Park and how sweet of you to be supporting the amazing job they are doing even further.

I am very happy that you felt your trip was very well organised on both sides, and that our local partners were efficient and helpful and everything ran smoothly while you were travelling.

I hope there will be many more memorable adventures that we would be helping you plan in the future Caitlin and will look forward to hearing from you when you are ready to start planning the next one.

Best wishes,
Kate

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.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Andy, thank you so much for submitting your lovely review. I am really pleased your trip was a success and you were lucky to see the tigers as well! That's very exciting. I am really happy that you also felt safe travelling with one of our wonderful drivers and that he took such great care of you during your trip and your guides added more to overall experience. I am thrilled that your tip overall was magical - India is definitely an incredible country and I look forward to helping you plan many more adventures to help you discover its other corners.

Best wishes,
Kate

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.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for submitting your feedback, I am so happy your trip with us went smoothly and you enjoyed your adventures so much that it's hard to choose a highlight! India definitely doesn't fail to surprise and I am pleased that you have had a wonderful experience discovering some of its beautiful sites.

I look forward to helping you plan more exciting adventures in the future Lawrence.

Warm regards,
Kate

Reviewed on 03 May 2017 by

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


Seeing the Taj Mahal

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


Be prepared and read reviews, you need to have your wits about you and know what to expect from every aspect of a trip to India. Follow the basic health tips such as bottled water, no ice and stay away from meat.

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


We visited some charity projects which support those somewhat overlooked in Indian culture so I hope this is of some benefit. I can't think of anyway that I have reduced environmental impact or supported conservation though.

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


It was excellent, extremely well organised - it was an adventure not a holiday!

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Nicki, thank you so much for taking your time to submit your lovely review. So pleased to hear you have had a great time travelling around India and enjoyed your adventure with us! It's wonderful that you've managed to visit some charity projects along the way, this must have been very rewarding! I am sure you have contributed to the local communities in so many other ways - even staying at locally run hotels and eating at small local cafes makes a
difference!

I am really pleased that your adventure went smoothly and you loved your trip and will look forward to helping yu plan many more wonderful adventures
Nicki!

Best wishes,
Kate

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