This 9-day tour of North India revolves around responsible wildlife experiences with a dash of luxury, city, and cultural village tours mixed in.
Visit Delhi, Agra (home to the Taj Mahal), Sawai Madhopur, and Ghanerao over the course of your stay. Witness incredible wildlife as well as significant cultural sites. Experience stays in luxury wildlife lodges and charming homestays that are working directly with local communities in wildlife conservation, rehabilitation, and community development projects. For example, the wildlife lodge in Sawai Madhopur and the homestay in Ghanerao are working with tribal women and camel herders on several projects including creating alternative incomes via selling camel milk, selling wool products, and supporting a local school.
The combination of wildlife, conservation projects, and cultural experiences makes this tour equally great for families, couples, and solo travelers.
India has so much to offer! If you have a few more days to spare, we highly recommend that you add on Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jodhpur to this tour. This can give you the opportunity to embrace a “slow travel” mindset and provide the time for an additional safari or to visit more wonderful cultural sites.
Seasonal Notes: We offer this tour during the best season for it – anytime between September 1st and April 15th each year. Guests choose their desired start date.
This itinerary is customizable (number of days, accommodation type, activities). For solo travelers, we can also set up public transport tickets if a private car is too expensive. Contact Yūgen Earthside for more information.
Day 1: Delhi [India] (arrival day)
Day 2: Delhi
Day 3: Agra
Day 4-5: Sawai Madhopur (wildlife experience & safari)
--Optional 1 day extensions: extend overnight in Agra, or visit Jaipur--
Day 6-7: Ghanerao (experience with camel herders)
Day 8: Cultural tours
--Optional 1 day extension: full day leopard safari--
Day 9: Rail transfer (departure day)
We cap the number of travelers we host per year to 500 to combat the risk of over-tourism. We stay free of touts (persistent salespeople). Our trips support 8 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (#1, 5, 8, 10, 12-15).
We promote tourism dispersal by spending only limited time at bigger cities and main monuments, with the majority of the tour in less-trafficked areas.
We pride ourselves on propagating and reviving local folk tales through storytelling.
Our many environmental actions include strict care of nature, using energy-saving electrical appliances in our homestays, and efforts to manage waste responsibly.
This tour focuses on ethical animal and wildlife tourism. We do not indulge in animal slavery, cruelty, or luring through bait during the wildlife experiences. We visit rescue centers and speak with those caring for the animals.
All accommodations are personally reviewed by our team. Our homestays and accommodations focus on local & organic food (vegetarian options available!), recycling waste properly, and strive for using energy-saving lights and appliances as well as solar thermal panels.
We support local artisans by involving them in tourism.
We minimize plastic on this tour and provide safe and healthy alternatives to plastic plates, packaged items, and bottles. We leave behind zero waste.
We locally sourced raw materials for meals.
Use the Google map to orient yourself about where in the world this trip is. The location indicates the starting point for this trip.
A specific route map is included in the downloadable detailed itinerary.
Prices vary based on the number of travelers.
Prices are the same regardless of when you travel.
Prices are for twin-share rooms (except for solo travelers).
Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.
See the full list of price inclusions and exclusions in the downloadable detailed itinerary.
Book with confidence: To reserve your spot on a tour, a $750 deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be 100% refundable until 45 days prior to the trip start date (excluding fees paid to the payment gateway or bank).
This trip has a variable start date, so you can plan a departure date that suits you. It's also a private tour, meaning you will only be traveling with those you book the trip with.
Be sure you have traveler's insurance.
Please be fully vaccinated and boosted before traveling. You may also need proof of a negative Covid test before arrival to the country. Keep a mask and hand sanitizer with you at all times.
Special precautions for guests:
Given that we operate in village communities and areas away from the crowd, you are already safer in comparison to a regular tour. However, in the best interest of everyone’s health and well-being, we have strictly implemented some guidelines.
Special precautions for communities & our staff:
We are in touch with all our communities and get real-time updates about state guidelines for health and safety. We are also checking on each others’ families and exchanging support wherever possible in these difficult times. To keep the food coming to everyone's table, we have taken a few actions behind the scenes.
COVID & Sustainability:
All our tours are now upgraded to follow the necessary health and safety measures while staying green.
Q: What is the best season to do the wildlife tour of north India?
A: We suggest that you take this tour anytime between September and early March. While the afternoon may be hot, the rest of the day is pleasant, and the nights have a nip in the air.
Q: I am a solo traveler. Can I use public transport?
A: Yes, we can setup tickets for all public transport available. However, you may have to follow the departure times defined by the service provider, in which case all the activities mentioned above may not be possible in the given time.
Q: Can I choose hotels throughout the tour?
A: This tour provides lodging at homestays and lodges, including one luxury wildlife lodge. We audit and work with a specific set of accommodations that are inclined towards sustainability. However, if you have any special requests for accommodation, we can cover that (the cost may vary). Just let us know when you send the inquiry.
Q: What kind of a car do you provide?
A: We provide either a sedan or an SUV depending on the number of people. All the cars are air-conditioned as the weather and local terrain demand it.
Q: Is this a fully escorted wildlife tour?
A: This tour is a mix of guided and un-guided experiences. The walking tours and village experiences are with our storytellers whereas monument visits are self-tours. All monuments usually give an audio guide with the ticket which is a great way to know about the place. Your private car will be available 24/7. On special request, we can do this as a fully escorted tour (at additional cost).
Q: Is this wildlife tour safe for solo travelers and female travelers?
A: Yes, all accommodations, drivers, and storytellers we have are well trained and personally known to us. This tour of Rajasthan is safe for solo travelers and female travelers.