- Accommodation on double occupancy basis
- Daily breakfast at your hotel. Full board while in Ranthambore National Park
- Sightseeing admission tickets
- All transfers and sightseeing by private vehicle
- Service of English speaking local guides.
- Three game drives in Ranthambore National Park including the park admission ticket.
- Boating in Udaipur
- Bishnoi Village Safari
- Camel Desert Safari in Jaisalmer
- Service of intra-flight reservation (fare is not included)
Trip Does Not Include
- International and in-tour airfare. In-tour airfare Jaisalmer-Delhi is estimated $160)
- India visa (You need to obtain it on your own before the travel begins.
- Drinks, tipping, laundry, and other personal expenses.
- Extra expenses or loss due to unforeseen events such as flight delays, cancellation, civil unrest, accident, illness, inclement weather or any event beyond the control of the management.
- Additional safaris.
- Camera fees if any.
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.
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 climb uphill. If you don't want to hike, you can stay behind with your driver. There are a couple of days with 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. You will also experience rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
Life on the Trip
A cultural sightseeing day, depending on the season, starts between 8.30 am to 9 am. We are picked up at our hotel by our guide and driver. 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 try to make a safari on various courses, but the park authority decides what path we can drive depending on the number of visitors that day. 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. Dinner is served 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.
Visiting a fort requires climbing of stairs, and sometime it's a long flight of stairs!
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 beforehand. You can get an Indian visa in two ways.
1. Conventional multiple entry visa: Cox and King Global Services handle all the India visa requests in the United States as a private contractor to the Indian embassy and consulates.
2. Evisa: You are can also apply for an eVisa online. You need to submit the online application between 4 and 120 days before your arrival date in India. You will receive an electronic visa in pdf by email within three or four business days. This kind of visa is valid for two entries.
Accommodations in this trip are superior-class hotels, four-star by local standards, and some are 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, we initiate the reservation. If listed hotels are not available for any reason, we will book you in a similar property. Rooms are twin or double sharing basis.
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 usually spicy as they use hot peppers, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, etc. However, you can request for a mild spice level.
For the sightseeing and excursions, we hire the local guides who know the area the best and has the first-hand information. The guides are college educated professionals, trained and certified by Indian tourism authorities. So 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 safari track inside the park is not paved.
Health and Personal Fitness
While there is no specific physical requirement, all participants of the trip are expected to have reasonable fitness condition, have a positive attitude, team spirit, and spirit of adventure. You need to prepare for some long journeys; safari rides on a bumpy 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 before the trip. Spring and summer will be very hot in India, and make sure that you can bear it if you are traveling during the hot weather season. Please, bring your medical kit and prescription drugs.
International and Internal Airfares
You can purchase your international airfare to India and return on your own. If you need any help on this, certainly feel free to contact us. We will take care of the internal airfares for you. Local airport taxes may or may not be included in the airfare.
We request an initial deposit of US$ 300 along with a completed trip application form and passport copies. If the trip involves the airfare, we will ask your credit card details to book the ticket.
Balance payment is due 90 days before your departure. Credit card payment attracts an additional 3.5% fee to cover the merchant's commission.
- Ninety days before departure: Administrative fee US$ 50 per person.
- 60-89 day's prior 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 total 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.