Northern India culture and wildlife holiday
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Description of Northern India culture and wildlife holiday
The train is the quintessential way to travel in India, and this tour of Northern India combines scenic rail journeys with the Golden Triangle, Bengal Tigers and some of India's most spectacular sites.
Known for its wealth of magnificent cultural and historical attractions, the Golden Triangle is formed by India's three most visited cities: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Lead by a local guide, we'll spend time exploring the vibrant city street life, spice-filled bazaars and sights. Rickshaw rides through New Delhi are followed by the dazzling markets of Old Delhi. In contrast to the colourful chaos of the capital, Jaipur is full of wide streets and green gardens. We'll visit the nearby Amber Fort, the pink Palace of the Winds and the City Palace. Arriving in Agra in the evening, we'll watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, before visiting the Baby Taj and Agra Fort.
For wildlife lovers, the highlight will be a visit to Ranthambore National Park, where we'll go in search of Bengal tigers, sloth bears and crocodiles. We'll also take a camel ride through the desert, with the option to walk, to watch the sunset at Savitri Temple.
East of the cities, we'll hop aboard a small boat and float down the River Chambal, looking for turtles and cranes, to Bateshwar where 40 Hindu temples line the riverbanks. After a night on the sleeper train to Varanasi, there will be the chance to witness the spiritual evening aarti ceremony in the River Ganges and see the Buddhist temples at Sarnath.
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1 Reviews of Northern India culture and wildlife holiday
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020 by Tessa van Gelderen
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
It was all good. Different experiences as we travelled through India so difficult to assess one over anoth
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
It is full on but there are enough rest times. But expect early starts, lots of traffic and noise
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Having local guides as well as the tour group eader coming from India was obviously good. We did a lot of travelling by train, didn't use bottled water (except hotels in the main gave you this!) Probably flying there outweighed what enviromental impact we may have had travelling by train for most of the holiday
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent Would definitely recommen it
PlanetMost of the journeys on this trip are by train which means we get to mingle with the friendly locals as well as reduce our carbon footprint, avoiding travel by air and long journeys by road.
At Chambal we stay in the Chambal Safari Lodge which employs sustainable and ecological business practices. The lodge is actively involved in reforestation and habitat regeneration, supporting the planting of indigenous trees and shrubs and creating a self-regenerating nature reserve. It also supports the conservation of animals by working with the Forest Department to establish eco-development schemes, and with the WWF to create the Chambal river basin management plan. The lodge also has a policy of employing staff from the local area, providing a source of much needed income and helping to raise awareness of conservation practices and the importance of protecting the environment.
We also stay in a heritage hotel on the trip which was built in 1896 and maintains much of the original furniture. Our use of the hotel helps to provide a motive to keep it maintained for future generations.
Our wildlife viewing at both Chambal and Ranthambore is conducted in a way to minimise any negative effects on the environment. Both are conservation areas where the wildlife is protected and access controlled. We use small vehicles in both to minimise any disturbance to the wildlife
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleOur Indian tour leaders are passionate about their country and have a strong desire to help travellers experience all it has to offer, encouraging our groups to eat in small local restaurants, try the local food, and support local shops and businesses. We run an annual dedicated training course for all our leaders, with a strong focus on responsible tourism practices, ensuring that our trips run in accordance with our code of practice. For example, at the start of each trip they provide guidance concerning local customs and culture so as to ensure that local sensibilities are understood and respected.
At several locations, including Agra and Jaipur, we visit local artisans who are keeping alive traditional crafts and ways of working. Our visits gives them support and an incentive to continue these age-old traditions.
All the hotels on the trip are locally owned and run, ensuring that the communities we pass through gets some benefit from our visit.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.