Delhi is a pretty intense place to visit and I would certainly say a shock to most people when they arrive; from the smells, extreme chaos, poverty and craziness, it can take a few days to settle in but once you do, you realise its this craziness that makes this place so beautiful. The culture is like nothing you will ever experience and we’ll take you on a very typical tour through the Golden Triangle, but with a twist. This is a common route for a very good reason, it’s awesome. You get to see the amazing highlights of Rajasthan, with some of the conservation and community aspects thrown in that we pride ourselves on. From working with elephants and bears to helping women and children create a sustainable livelihood for themselves, in a safe and protected environment. This will be a trip that you’ll never forget, from the difficult realisations of the world that we live in to the naturally beautiful habitats and species that this planet has created and needs protecting.
Once you arrive in Delhi you’ll have time to relax, acclimatise and check out the crazy yet colourful streets.
After a nights rest you’ll venture into the three main districts: Delhi, Old Delhi and New Delhi. You’ll see a range of temples with amazing historical significance and then the busy and bustling spice market by tuk tuk.
Today you’ll head to Jaipur on a train that makes the London underground look empty but don’t worry too much we’ve reserved you some good seats and you’ll have plenty of time to relax in your hotel.
After a morning of sightseeing, exploring Jaipur’s amazing culture and ‘Pink City’, you’ll be introduced to one of the NGO’s we support to see the amazing work they’re doing for a range of local communities.
This itinerary has two options, A (Community) or B (Conservation) and the details shown below are for the community itinerary. However if you would like to choose option B then you will stay with the community project just on Day 5 and then spend 5 days (day 9-13) on the conservation project. I hope that makes sense but if not just give us a shout 😉
Day 5 – 9: Option A
Over the next 5 days you’ll be actively participating in the community projects which range from low income villages to disabled and abandoned children, an eye-opening experience that I can assure you’ll never forget.
After saying your goodbyes to your new friends, you’ll make your way to Ranthambore National Park and start with a tour around the museum to learn about the local fauna and flora. This is followed with a talk by a specialist lecturer, preparing you for your safari the following day.
Waking up early isn’t always easy but when you know you’re going on safari it’s a pretty cool reason. After learning about the local species you’ll have the opportunity track, spot and listen for leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, bears and various species of deer, as well as Panthera Tigris, aka the ‘infamous’ Bengal Tiger. You’ll then return to the lodge for some breakfast and a chance to relax by the pool and charge your batteries for the afternoon safari.
Today you’ll make your way to Agra to see the Fort and en route pass by Fatehpur Sikri, which served as the capital of the Mughal empire from 1571 to 1585. Dinner will be at a gorgeous local restaurant with classic Indian instruments such as the C-tar and jumbay.
Day 13: (If option B, Day 9-13)
Another good reason to wake up early is to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise, followed by breakfast back at the hotel. Then you’ll visit another amazing NGO, who rescue the ‘Dancing (Sloth) Bears’ and captive Elephant’s amongst camels, monkeys and domestic animals, before returning to Delhi for your Farewell dinner.
PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE 4 WEEK TRIP THE ROUTE IS EXACTLY THE SAME BUT YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN MORE EXPERIENCE ON THE COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS, AS THESE PARTS OF THE TRIP WILL BE EXTENDED.
what to expect
- Private vehicle for all transfer
- Tours as mentioned in itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide
- Entrance fees and activities mentioned in itinerary
- Train fare from Delhi to Jaipur
- Accommodation and food
- Woodland Trust Carbon Project Contribution
- International Flights, personal insurance and visas (if applicable)
- Snacks and drinks
- Tips for leaders, guides and driver
- Services not mentioned in included
- Expenditure of personal nature
Based on twin sharing
2 weeks – £1995 per person based on 2 pax (Single supplement £442.50)
4 weeks – £3450 per person based on 2 pax (Single supplement £877.50)
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability. Therefore quoted rates might change accordingly.
Travel insurance is compulsory for anyone travelling with us so please ensure that have the appropriate level of cover, which is why we recommend Covermore. This insurance must cover