- Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
- Daily breakfast at your hotels.
- Service of local English-speaking certified-guides.
- One time entrance fee to the monuments as per the itinerary.
- Elephant ride at Amer fort (subject to availability and alternatively by shared Jeep)
- Shared boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
- Air-conditioned car or van for all transfers and sightseeing.
- All currently applicable taxes.
- All current Government taxes.
The trip does not include
- India visa fee.
- International and in-tour airfares. Estimated In-tour airfare $350 is not included in the price.
- Drinks, tipping, laundry, telephone calls, camera fees, and other personal expenses.
- Car at disposal or any sightseeing on leisure days unless specified above.
- Early check-in or a late checkout room (s) at any hotel (s) unless specified above.
- Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight or train schedule; political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc.
- Any supplement charges for New Year or Christmas.
- Camera/video camera fee at the monuments and museums
Guaranteed departure with a minimum of two signups
We guarantee departures with sign-up of a minimum of two persons. Group of family and friends booking and traveling together are entitled the right amount of saving. Sometimes, there are early bird booking discounts, and other offers are also available. Please, give us a call to find out if there are any discounts available.
Trip Difficulty Level
This trip is suitable for all travelers with an average health condition. There are no extreme adventures on this trip but visiting some forts and temples require climbing of stairs, particularly Taragarh Fort in Bundi which is a steep uphill climb. If you don't want to hike, you can stay behind with your driver. There are a couple of long day drive, such as Agra to Jaipur, minimum 6-hours plus stop time and likewise, from Ranthambhore to Chittorgarh takes about 5 hours but we will have occasional stops on the way to visit the sights.
There are three jeep safaris in Ranthambore National Park and boat trip in Lake Pichola.
Life on the Trip
A cultural sightseeing day, depending on the season, starts between 8.30 A.M. to 9 A.M. Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. We visit the sights and monuments or participate in activities, and we will have a lunch break around noon to 1 pm. After lunch, we again embark on the tour for 2 to 3 hours, and we are brought back to our hotel late afternoon, and our guide will generally leave us free. We will have time to take rest, write diaries, or wander about ourselves.
When we are driving from one city to another, we usually spend 4-5 hours on the road with occasional stops for photography and drinks and snacks. Some days can be longer.
A jungle safari trip begins very early morning, sometime before dawn depending on the season. Chances of game viewing are higher very early morning or late afternoon. Usually, the morning safari begins around 6 a.m. following a cup of tea or coffee. We take safari style open jeep and ride for 3-4 hours. The park has different safari routes, and we will make a different way on each safari. We will be back to our lodge or tent by 9:30 to 10:00 am, and then we will have a sumptuous breakfast. Then we will have time to rest, write diaries or chat with the lodge staff and naturalists. We will have a light lunch around 1 p.m., and we will embark on another safari around 2:30 pm or 3 p.m. Depending on the area we are visiting, we will be back to our lodge around 6:30 pm. We will have our dinner around 8 p.m., and then we will sit around the bonfire and chat with other fellow travelers or naturalists about the sightings of the day.
Some forts require climbing of stairs, and you are expected to participate unless you wish to stay behind with the driver.
We try our best to adhere to the itinerary, but it should be taken as a general guideline or scope of activities rather than an inflexible series of events and depending on the local conditions or time factor; it can change from the exact sight to see to the precise city to stop.
You need to obtain an Indian visa before you arrive in India. The Indian embassy has appointed Cox and King Global Services-a private contractor to process all the India visa applications in the United States.
You can also apply for an Indian eVisa online. You need to initiate the application between 4 and 120 days before your arrival in India. You will receive an electronic visa in pdf by email within three or four business days. The visa is valid for two entries.
Accommodations in this trip are superior-class hotels, four-star by local standard and heritage properties which are former castle or palaces. The hotels provide the most modern amenities that include a private bathroom with a hot and cold shower, central air-conditioning, phone, mini refrigerator, on-site restaurant, etc.
Accommodations listed are our preferred properties and are subject to availability at the time reservation is processed. If the listed hotels are not available for any reason, we will book your accommodation in a similar property.
The tour cost includes daily breakfast at your hotel. While in Ranthambore National Park, you have three meals a day provided by your hotel. Most of your hotels have on-site restaurants that serve traditional Indian and western style dishes. Traditional Indian cuisines are often spicy as they use hot peppers, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, etc. but you can request for a mild spice level. If you have any special dietary requirement, please let us know in advance.
For the sightseeing and excursions, we hire the local guides who know the area the best and have first-hand information. The guides are college educated professionals, trained and certified by Indian tourism authorities. As for National Park visits, our lodges or national parks provide certified naturalists and guides for the game drive. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and flexible. They will show you the wonders of the areas that you would never discover on your own and share their knowledge on Indian history, culture, and religion. For travels between the cities, you will be with driver only. Your guide or driver brings necessary vouchers for the hotels and buys admission tickets where appropriate. If you are a group of 10 people or more, we can afford to send a tour director, accompanying you throughout the trip.
Depending on the group size, we use air-conditioned Sedan Cars, SUVs, Mini Van, or coaches for all transfers and tour in the cities. All transportation and game drives in the National Park will be by open-topped safari style jeeps with theater-style seating or sideway benches. The roads inside the park are a dirt road and are bumpy and dusty. You can wear pollution masks to protect your nose from the dust.
Health and Personal Fitness
While there are no specific physical requirements, all participants are expected to be in good health condition, have a positive attitude, team spirit, and desire for adventure. You need to prepare for some long journeys on a bumpy and dusty dirt road and some amount of walking and even climbing stairs.
Travelers are recommended to start mild exercises like jogging, walking, cycling, or swimming several months ahead of the trip to prepare.
Traveling during late spring and summer, it can be boiling and make sure that you can bear it when you go during this period. Travelers are advised to bring their medical kit and prescription drugs.
International and Internal Airfares
The trip involves four domestic flights which are not included in the tour and costs about $350. We will book that flight for you and advise the exact cost once you confirm your participation on the trip. You can purchase your international airfare on your own. You need to arrive in Delhi and return flight must be from Goa. If you need any help on this, certainly feel free to contact us.
When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can secure you on the preferred hotels and flights. We request an initial deposit of US$ 300 along with a completed trip application form and a passport scan. The second payment will be for the internal airfares. The final payment is due 90 days before the trip date.
- Ninety days before departure: Administrative fee US$ 50 per person.
- 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Forty-five days to 59 days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days: 100%.
Travel Protection Plan
While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed-connection or loss of baggage, etc. that may cause interruption or delay or cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It's also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation, or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High's Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses, and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.