Adventure holiday in Rajasthan
Description of Adventure holiday in Rajasthan
This Rajasthan holiday offers a wonderful combination of cultural and natural heritage, tourist trails and cycling trails. A small group tour, fully guided, we start in Delhi, visiting the famous sights of both Old and New Delhi, before taking an overnight train to Jaisalmer, in the state of Rajasthan.
In Jaisalmer we visit the famous Fort which makes up this walled city, the Jain temples and also explore some of the traditional ‘haveli’ houses of this desert region. Ending the day with a camel safari, you will definitely feel as if you have entered the other worldly landscapes of Rajasthan.
More stunning Rajasthan cities await, including Jodhpur with its celebrated mammoth Mehrangarh Fort that overlooking the city and the Pink City of Jaipur. Your cycle adventure begins after Jaipur on day eight of the holiday, as we guide you on some easy cycling through quiet villages, taking in wildlife spots such as Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
The last couple of days are spent visiting the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and, for the perfect finale to your India adventure, experiencing sunrise at the unforgettable Taj Mahal.
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PlanetThe natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.
On this trip we invite you to experience the essence of this amazing destination with its staggering diversity of cultures, flora, fauna and breathtaking landscapes whilst simultaneously minimising the negative effects such tourism can have.
All travellers are provided with our award-winning 20 page Responsible Travel Booklet which outlines our environmental guidelines and practices and will provide you will clear details on how you can play a vital part in reducing your impact on the fragile environments and cultures around the world.
Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.
Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.
Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.
Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!
PeopleWe endeavour to create the necessary circumstances to ensure we have a positive effect on the communities who welcome is warmly into their villages and most wonderfully often into their homes. With our team of local guides and escorts and by using local accommodation we are privileged to enjoy a special relationship and mutual understanding with our hosts and their environs.
Wherever possible we contribute actively and financially to local community projects whether it be to extend the longevity of traditional customs, to preserve traditional ways of life, supporting education schemes or helping to develop environmental initiatives.
Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.
We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.
We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.
We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travellers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.
We strive to educate our travellers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.
No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.