- Conservation safaris through Ranthambore National Park, one of India’s largest protected sanctuaries for wild Bengal tigers. We’ll assist a leading conservation organization and lend a hand to Ranthambore’s mission to protect the park’s tigers, helping lay camera traps to record tiger movement outside of the park.
- Work with members of the local Mogya tribe, who have been displaced by the creation of the park.
- Get involved in innovative projects, including women’s craft groups, and empower the surrounding villages.
- Explore some of India’s oldest temples, forts and markets in New Delhi and Jaipur.
- New Delhi. India’s buzzing capital is invigorating, mysterious and downright perplexing, home to enough historic buildings, beautiful temples and labyrinthine markets to keep you occupied for a lifetime. Our journey begins and ends in Delhi, and on arrival we’ll enjoy a walking tour taking in the vast Jama Masjid, one of the biggest mosques in India, and the striking Qutb Minar, a beautiful tower which looms impressively over the city.
- Jaipur. The capital of the princely desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is one of India’s great cities. Rich in the history and culture of the Mughal Empire, Jaipur is known for the majestic Amber Fort, which looms on a hill on the outskirts of the city and which we’ll explore on a guided tour. Other must-see sights include the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), an elaborate pink palace whose façade was designed to enable the women of the court to gaze out at the city without being seen themselves.
Please see a detailed itinerary below:
- Day 1. Arrive in New Delhi. Touching down in India’s capital New Delhi, you’ll be met at the airport by our representative who will accompany you to our hotel in the city. There, you’ll meet your group and we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner together.
- Day 2. Explore Delhi on a guided tour. We’ll explore the walled heart of India’s capital, Old Delhi. Stroll through the fabled Chandni Chowk, one of Delhi’s largest outdoor markets, visit the towering Jama Masjid mosque, and admire the imposing Red Fort. We’ll also visit the beautiful minaret Qutab Minar, and the grand parliament buildings of Central Secretariat.
- Day 3. Travel by Train to Ranthambore National Park. Traveling by train is a quintessential Indian experience; take in stunning views of the countryside, dotted with traditional villages, from your air-conditioned compartment. Upon arrival at Ranthambore, we will head to our hotel – an ornate heritage hotel overlooking the park.
- Day 4. Scout for Tigers in Ranthambore National Park. Enjoy an open-air jeep safari through Ranthambore, spotting deer, crocodile, leopards and – if we’re lucky – tigers. Along the way, take in the stunning landscapes of the park, and spot the thousand-year-old Ranthambore Fort. After lunch, we’ll meet with Tiger Watch, a NGO that aims to protect the tigers of Ranthambore.
- Day 5. Continue scouting for Tigers. Over the course of the next two days, we’ll continue exploring the park on jeep trips scouting for tigers. We’ll also lend a hand with Tiger Watch setting camera traps to record tiger movements around the permieter of the park.
- Day 6. Visit community projects. In addition to continuing your time on safari searching for tigers, assist with local social projects that aim to empower youth through basic educational games and women through the creation of crafts that are sold in the local markets.
- Day 7. Say goodbye to Ranthambore with a final game drive. This morning we’ll finish our projects with Tiger Watch, collecting the last of the camera traps and bidding the women and children of the community projects farewell. Enjoy a relaxing mid-day lunch in town followed by a late afternoon safari ride through the park, giving us one more chance to hopefully spot a majestic tiger.
- Day 8. Visit the Pink City of Jaipur. Known for its grand palaces, the capital of Rajasthan is a sight to behold. After checking into our hotel we’ll take a tour of the city, visiting the exquisite courtyards and gardens of the City Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the vast sundials of the Royal Observatory. Enjoy some free time to explore Jaipur’s famous markets, before dinner and a traditional dance performance.
- Day 9. Explore the extravagant Amber Fort. We’ll ascend a hill overlooking Jaipur to the Amber Fort, one of India’s most extravagant castles. This fort has stood guard over the city for centuries and was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After our guided tour, we’ll return to Jaipur for lunch and enjoy some last minute shopping before we hit the road, heading for New Delhi.
- Day 10. Final tour and returning home. We’ll enjoy a final tour of Delhi’s sights, including the Lotus Temple, before your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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