Rajasthan tailormade holiday

“See familiar highlights – Jaipur and Ranthambore – on this Rajasthan tour, then steer off the tourist trail to find wild landscapes and rarely visited towns. ”

Highlights

New Delhi | Agra | Taj Mahal | National Chambal Sanctuary | explore Chambal area | optional: camel safari to Fort Ater, boat cruise, bird watching, visit temple complex at Bateshwar | Ranthambhore | Jaipur | visit local artisans| Amber Fort | Jodhpur | option to extend the tour to include Bundi, Deeg and Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary

Description of Rajasthan tailormade holiday

Ranging off the established tourist route, this Rajasthan tailormade holiday introduces you to India’s desert state, exploring its rich culture, long history, languages and delicious food. This is a truly diverse and interesting place, where you’ll hear a new dialect every 35km and discover new cultures every five!

The suggested itinerary includes the Taj Mahal, of course, but also Jodhpur and Jaipur, and the beautiful National Chambal Sanctuary – home to the endangered gharial and the Ganges River dolphin. Explore Ranthambore, too, once a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur and now home to a population of tigers.

As this holiday is tailormade, you can include optional extensions, too, that are often rarely visited by tourists. Visit small and charming Bundi, filled with historic palaces, forts and reservoirs, where wonderful shops down narrow alleys sell everything from fresh produce to paintings. It’s not stuck in the past though – you can also have a tiger painted on your finger nails here in just 15 minutes!

Another option would be to visit UNESCO rated Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. Its marshes, forests, scrub and open grasslands are habitat for some 364 species of birds, including herons, geese, owls, kingfishers and cranes. Driving isn’t permitted in the reserve, so you’ll visit by bicycle rickshaw. While here, visit Bharatpur, too, or take a day trip to Deeg, a small town that tourists rarely ever visit, with a gorgeous palace, gardens and fortifications.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and adapted to suit your budget and requirements. We can mix and match according to the dates, length of stay and places you would like to visit.
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Responsible tourism: Rajasthan tailormade holiday

Environment

Community
Rough Guide to India described our tours as “The most original, hands-on and ethical itineraries on the market” – we’re proud of this and like to think that the quote sums up our ethos neatly. When you take a tour with us, around 70% of your money stays in India – supporting the social/environmental work of our partners and the projects they support.

We feel particularly strong that guides should be local, giving you the opportunity to spend time with people local to the country, supporting their livelihoods and assimilating the local culture. All tour partners, tour guides and hosts come from the host country. In most cases, your guide is from the specific village in which you are staying. This may mean that your host has imperfect English – in some cases they are specifically recruited and trained from the local village – but we like to think that the benefits are worthwhile.

We choose locally owned hotels rather than international chains.

Environment
In terms of transport – you’ll see from the itinerary that we’re keen to cut the driving and encourage guests to stay several days in any one place with a local guide (rather than continuously driving from one place to another), guests will participate in lifestyles that are themselves sustainable – you'll eat locally produced food (often growing in the fields adjacent to you), use local transport, cook dinner with your host, and visit local environmental projects.

Our tours are listed in the Ethical Travel Guide, published by Tourism Concern.

Community

For example if we take Chambal River Safari camp there are 20 people working. Majority of our team members belong to the local community. The Camel Safari is operated with the help of local camel owners. The owners are mainly marginal farmers and used their camels for ferrying illegally felled timber from the Sanctuary. Participation in the Camel Safari has provided them an alternative means of livelihood that generates a far better income for them and ensures their stake holding in the protection of the Sanctuary.
Tour guides/drivers should be local to the country and/or culture, and enthusiastic about our philosophy. They are responsible for the well-being of the visitors throughout the tour. We encourage the use of local hosts to provide personal insight into a specific area. For example, we employ the farmer to show visitors around and invite them into their homes. Most of the restaurants we take the guests to are locally owned and we provide the opportunity to use local transport like using a three wheeler so that the owner of the three wheeler get's an income.

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


A yawning tiger in Ranthambore, and Bodo dancing in Assam (probably because all the girls wanted a Selfie with me!)

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


(a) Our connecting flight from Delhi to Jaipur was cancelled very late, which happens a lot - a taxi took 6 hours but only cost about £35.
(b) We rented a MiFi device from Trabug.com at $2 a day for 1.2GB daily, worked flawlessly in Golden Triangle & Assam, and they also do phone packages.

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


Ranthambore is a bit overrun with safari tourists at times, but they do limit the total numbers. The people in Assam were clearly pleased to see us, and not just as a source of income. Some hotels provided drinking water in re-useable bottles, but single use plastic is rife. Chambal Safari Lodge clearly supported conservation, with a low-impact river safari being one example.

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


Fantastic!

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