Rajasthan desert adventure

“The stunning mosques, temples, palaces and forts of Rajasthan reveal its importance as a centre of religion, royalty - and historic battles. This tour visits these architectural wonders - as well as seeking out stunning wildlife.”

Highlights

Delhi | Agra Fort | Taj Mahal at sunrise | Game drives in Ranthambore National Park | Fatehpur Sikri | Bundi | Udaipur | Chittorgarh Fort | Jaipur | Amber Fort | Jodhpur

Description of Rajasthan desert adventure

Rajasthan is filled with imposing forts – testament to its warrior past, when battles raged across these landscapes. But there are many exquisite palaces, too – Rajasthan was also the “Land of Princes”. This small group, Rajasthan desert adventure holiday takes you across the state, introducing you to its history, culture and nature.

Along the way you’ll visit many forts – learning about the unique history of each, including the Red Forts of Delhi and Agra, Bundi’s hilltop fort, ad the incredible Amber Fort at Jaipur. India’s different religions are explored through its mosques and Hindu temples, including Jama Mosque – the largest in India, the while marble Pearl Mosque and the Hindu pilgrimage town of Pushkar. And no tour of northern India would be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal; you’ll arrive there in time for dawn– just as the white marble exterior s changing colour with the sunrise.

A day in Ranthambore National Park reveals quite a different side of Rajasthan; it’s one of the best places in the world to spot endangered tigers, along with monkeys, crocodiles and deer. And for an extra special twist to this Rajasthan desert adventure holiday – once a year, we offer a departure which includes the renowned Pushkar Camel Fair.

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Responsible tourism: Rajasthan desert adventure

Environment

Wildlife
This tour includes the wonderful chance to visit Ranthambore National Park for 2 game drives. Ranthambore is a tiger reserve under Project Tiger- a conservation effort which has now been running with progressing success for over 40 years. Tigers have been targeted for centuries by poachers for their fur and various body parts for Chinese medicine, but with increasing tourist numbers investing in a mutually safe form of tiger tourism, population numbers are on the rise. By paying National Park fees at Ranthambore, this tour contributes to the upkeep of this vital habitat for the tigers, deer, crocodiles, bird and plant life etc.

Charity
For years we have been involved in campaigning for tiger conservation in Bandhavgarh. In late summer 2014 we teamed up with The Corbett Foundation, an Indian charity dedicated to conservation-oriented research. They have proved instrumental in enabling us to get the funds to where they are needed. Through this we have now completed the building of a community hall at Tala Village, solar pumps in the park for wildlife and staff in the dry season, bio gas plants and smart stoves for villagers and provided the salary for 2 full time teachers at the government school. Our work in India continues to be of great significance and most recently we have been able to purchase a 4 wheel drive medical vehicle and pay for outreach medical support.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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Local Craft & Culture
We are keen to encourage guests to engage with the culture of India and to purchase local crafts and services where possible. Your local guide will be able to recommend the best of the area’s colourful and vibrant markets and small businesses and through our commerce, tourist wealth is more evenly distributed. You might pick up some street food in Delhi, in Jaipur take the opportunity to explore the emporiums specialising in block printed material and blue pottery or in Agra visit a hand-knotted carpet factory. There are locally crafted gifts and souvenirs available by most of the landmarks we visit, and your guides will be able to advise you on which to buy and which to avoid. For example, some bangles and other decorative items in Jaipur claim to be made of ivory and, although this is mostly fake, we are against the popularisation of this kind of product and make a point of including a warning in the briefing.

Accommodation & Meals
On this trip, you will spend your nights in various hotels and you will notice that our hotels employ locally and use local produce from markets in the area wherever possible. The hotels are waste and energy conscious and have their own policies like asking guests to turn off the power when leaving a room in order to save electricity. Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. In Jaipur, Udaipur and Delhi, clients can even see how the food is made e.g. Masala Chai (Tea), Samosa (Mashed Potato Snacks), Jalebe (Indian Donuts), Lassi (Yoghurt Drink), etc.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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


All visits to Rajastani palaces, forts and havelis were a fantastic experience, especially since the city guides were really good and very excited to tell us all about it. The Taj Mahal is certainly a highlight, but my top experience was visiting the living and breathing city within the walls of Jaisalmer fort. Other highlights for me included the miniature painting school in Udaipur, the carpet and block printing workshop in Jaipur, the observatory in Jaipur and the makrana marble workshop in Agra. The artisans make truly beautiful things! And they always have given the beauty of the palaces.

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


Choose a tour which minimises road travel as roads are poor and travel times are 2-3 times longer than what you'd expect. At least some of the longer journeys should be with an overnight sleeper train or a flight (eg Jaipur-Agra). Go after mid November if you don't like hot weather - the first week of our tour (1st week in Nov) was unusually hot with temperatures close to 40C!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, as hotels and restaurants were local, but on the road there are only very over-priced restaurants (only for tourists) and if possible alternatives should be used both in favour of the tourist and the wider local community. Also, we were taken to quite a few workshops or middlemen who work with local artisans via cooperatives, but it would have been good to have more time to spend in markets and spread our custom a bite wider, although any attempt to do that was necessarily hampered by the pushiness of the vendors which makes it very difficult to look and consider a purchase.

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


Rajasthan, Agra and Delhi are definitely the best place to go for a first visit to India and offer many beautiful sights. The tour has good coverage of the state (as many tours don't go all the way to Jaisalmer), but was very fast-paced with lots of long drives which certainly detracts from the enjoyment factor.

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