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LUXURY RAJASTHAN TIGER, LEOPARD & CULTURAL SAFARI WITH ARMSTRONG SAFARIS AND BESPOKE INDIA TRAVEL

Updated: Mar 17, 2018

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I am able to announce at 13 day Indian big cats and cultural safari in collaboration with Bespoke India Travel. This 13 day safari will take you to some of India's premier wildlife destinations such as Ranthmbhore and Jawai Bandh. This safari will have a specific focus on Tigers and Leopards as well as a cultural aspect in the beautiful city of Jaipur. If this is something that sounds interesting to you, please keep reading for a full day by day itinerary as well as some information on the various locations we will be visiting and please dont hesitate to get in touch for more details. Images and videos kindly donated by Bespoke India Travel.





Itinerary

Day 1


Upon arrival in Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative and will be provided assisted transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival check in to the Hotel

Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel, The Claridges


Day 2


After breakfast, drive to Jaipur (164 Km / 04 Hrs approx.),

Upon arrival in Jaipur, check-in at the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure.Overnight at the hotel, Oberoi Trident


Day 3


Full day city tour of Jaipur. Places to visit includes: Amber Fort (Elephant ride while going up to the fort) City Palace Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal. Evening explore the colourful local markets of Jaipur. Overnight at the Hotel, Oberoi Trident


Day 4


After breakfast, drive to Ranthambhore (165 Km / 04 hrs Approx.)

Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon, proceed for Tiger safari. Sujan, Sher bagh


Day 5


Early morning proceed for Tiger safari in Ranthambhore National Park. Return to the hotel for breakfast & lunch. Afternoon, proceed for another Tiger safari. Sujan, Sher bagh


Day 6


Early morning proceed for Tiger safari in Ranthambhore National Park. Return to the hotel for breakfast & lunch. Afternoon, proceed for another Tiger safari. Sujan, Sher bagh


Day 7


Morning after breakfast drive to Shahpura (210 Km / 05 Hrs approx.). Upon arrival check in to the Hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel, Shahpura Bagh


Day 8


Morning breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Shahpura Bagh


Day 9


After breakfast, drive to Jawai (250 Km / 05 Hrs approx.). Upon arrival check in to the Hotel.

Early morning proceed for leopard safari (shared basis) in Jawai. Return to the hotel for breakfast & lunch. Afternoon, proceed for safari. Jawai Leopard Camp


Day 10


Early morning proceed for leopard safari (shared basis) in Jawai. Return to the hotel for breakfast & lunch. Afternoon, proceed for safari. Jawai Leopard Camp


Day 11


Early morning proceed for leopard safari in Jawai. Return to the hotel for breakfast & lunch.

Afternoon, proceed for safari. Jawai Leopard Camp


Day 12


Today you will be transferred to Udaipur airport to connect the flight for Delhi:

Flight AI 472 @ 1510 / 1610 Hrs. Arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to Hotel, Oberoi Trident.

Day 13


Today you will be provided assisted departure transfer to airport for your flight to onwards journey.



LUXURY RAJASTHAN WILDLIFE AND CULTURAL SAFARI

Validity: 11th Jan till 31st Jan’ 2019

£ 7,800 per person sharing – 4 spaces left. 5 people Max



Cost Includes

  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary on Double sharing basis for 12 Nights or similar

  • Daily buffet breakfast at all the hotels.

  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) whilst stay at Ranthambhore and Jawai Leopard Camp

  • Single entry to the monuments as mentioned above.

  • All transfers and excursions using 1 Luxury AC Tempo Traveller

  • Services of an English speaking local Guides as per the itinerary (on private basis)

  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi

  • 5 Private Jeep Safaris in Ranthambhore National Park

  • 4 Jeep Safaris in Jawai

  • Elephant ride alternatively Jeep ride in Jaipur

  • Assistance on arrival and departure transfers.

  • All applicable taxes on hotel & transport.



The Above Cost Does Not Include


  • Optional Excursions / activities mentioned and not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Tips of personal nature and other incidental expenses

  • Porterage

  • Visa Fees

  • Any International Flight Fare





Sujan Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore

Sher Bagh is a pioneering, tented camp of 12 luxurious tents nestling on the borders of the world–renowned Ranthambhore National Park. Inspired by the safari encampments of the 1920s, preferred by Princes and Grand Seigneurs of the time, each tent is furnished with 19th century 'Campaign Style' furniture and has all the comforts you could wish for on safari. Sher Bagh was among India’s first luxury tented camps. It promotes sustainable tourism, is ecologically friendly, provides high levels of service and a faultless Ranthambhore experience.

An award winning camp and one of the first members of Relais & Châteaux in India, Sher Bagh is globally acknowledged as the most charming and authentic place to stay in Ranthambhore.




















Sujan Jawai, Jawai Bandh


At the heart of an untrammeled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free, is SUJÁN’s JAWAI. Designed by the owners, Anjali and Jaisal Singh, JAWAI represents a style that combines subtle opulence with abundant adventure. Staying true to our goals for conservation without compromising comfort, the camp has ‘9 luxurious tents including one royal suite’, each with oodles of space and privacy that rest encapsulated in a landscape of towering granite formations, caves, kopjes, Anogeissus scrub and winding sand riverbeds.

The vibrant Rabari herdsmen who have shared this land with wildlife for centuries endorse the organic and continuing link between local culture and wildlife. This is a relationship that SUJÁN is deeply committed to nurturing in the face of rapid change, as a means of fulfilling our commitment to conservation, to cultures and wildlife. It is these experiences that we are proud and delighted to share with guests at JAWAI.


















Shapura Bagh


Look beyond the beaten track amid the golden sands of Rajasthan and you will glimpse an oasis - A dazzling shimmer of sunshine on water that hovers on the edge of a mirage. Drive on. This is timeless Rajasthan - untouched by the creeping fingers of ‘modernity’ -unchanged in its unpretentious natural grandeur.


In the early 1900’s, Rajadhiraj Nahar Singh of Shahpura mortgaged the family’s private property and jewels to bring water to his people. Today, the lakes he created, form the heart of a verdant wetland refuge - historic, picturesque, tranquil - an idyllic setting where man and nature have come to understand each other. Situated midway (4hrs drive, 220 Km from both) between Jaipur and Udaipur and easily accessible from hotels in Udaipur, Ranthambore and Jodhpur, Shahpura Bagh is the residence of the rulers of Shahpura. Travelers, since time immemorial, have always stopped to rest and refresh themselves at this oasis and the Shahpura family is famous for their warmth and hospitality.


Shahpura Bagh prides itself on providing an authentic bespoke home stay experience in Rajasthan. Life is unhurried here. The days filled with sunshine, conversation and picnics, fishing and boating on the lakes with lazy sundownners to trap the blazing sunset. Spontaneous excursions trace the history of the region through neighbouring forts and legends, rambles transform into safaris in the flash of a beckoning wing -the surrounding wetlands are a birdwatcher's paradise, tempting even to the uninitiated.


Oberoi Trident, Jaipur


Resplendent in the hues of its magnificent past, Jaipur is one of the most vibrant, 5 star destinations in India. The capital and the largest city of Rajasthan, it was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727. Folklore has it that in 1876, the city was painted a luxury, warm pink colour to welcome the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII). Since then, the 'pink city', as it is lovingly called, has retained its rosy blush, which has charmed travellers from around the world.


Surrender to the charms of this beautiful city when you stay in Trident, Jaipur; ranked amongst the best resorts in Jaipur. Located en route to the famous Amber Fort, this luxury hotel offers stunning views of the Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal.


Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast spread that ensures a flying start to your day, before stepping out to explore the sights and discover the rich history of Jaipur. Rajasthan is not only famous for its majestic forts and lakes, but is also home to one of the most vibrant cuisines.


Situated near Jaipur airport and near Jaipur railway station, Trident, Jaipur is perfectly positioned to enjoy the city's landmark monuments and bustling bazaars. For leisure or business travellers to Jaipur, sightseeing and shopping are musts. Our concierge can help arrange with city tours or suggest the best places to shop.




ESSENTIAL INFORMATION


We have provided the information below to answer some of the journey-specific questions that are most frequently asked by Travelers to Indian Subcontinent. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.

Traveling Styles for your tour


Escorted Private Journey: This journey is a private experience that includes your party, as well as a English speaking Bespoke India Travel guide/naturalist and/or trip leader. Your full time Guide will meet you at the airport to escort you throughout your private journey. He will arrange the logistics of your trip, including meals, hotel reservations, sites and activities, as well as providing you with information about the local region.

Most guides are locals of the region where they work. They are excited to share their knowledge about local culture.



Private Journey


The true face and heroes of Bespoke India Travel, our local guides have been rigorously selected for their combination of client servicing, local knowledge, and likeable personalities. Most of our guides are natives of the regions they cover and have worked with Bespoke India Travel for years, appreciating the difference in our service standards, responsible tourism approach, and the exceptional clients we bring. The guides you have will be licensed guides. They will meet you at your hotel in most instances. From there the guide will accompany you in your car / or walk with you for the tour

From the moment you arrive in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka you will be assisted by our extensive ground network. At each destination our local representative will meet you at the airport or railway station, escort you to your private vehicle and driver and help you check into your hotel or lodge. When you arrive by car also in cities our representative will be awaiting for you to help you check into your hotel or lodge and brief you on activities schedule for you.


Bespoke India representatives

  • Will advise the pick-up time for any tours you have booked.

  • Will be available at most times, in case you need to contact him/her for any reason

  • Will re-confirm your on-going airline booking; however it is your responsibility to make sure the representative carries out this job

  • Will advise on the exchange rate and where to exchange money

  • Will advise the best places to eat and shop

  • Will advise and book any additional tour you may wish to take

  • Will re-arrange your itinerary should there be a strike or airline schedule change or any other changes beyond your control

  • Will provide you mobile numbers of your Guide, Driver and Emergency 24/7 Number of Local office.



Getting around India


Air Travel


Air networks are extensive in India and are often the best way to quickly move from one region to another and allow itineraries to see the vastly different geography of India. There are many internal airlines operating in India. The most common airlines, however, are Air India, Spicejet, Jet Airways, Jetlite, Indigo. The aircraft are typically Boeing 737's , Airbuses A320, Bombardier Q 400 and ATR. In the tourist routes India has many multi-stop flights (or hopping flights) on key North Indian tourist routes (e.g. Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Agra – Delhi, Delhi – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Udaipur - Mumbai). These are flights that may on and off-load passengers at several destinations before arriving at the final stop. If you are joining these flights anywhere other than the city of origin, you will experience 'free seating' which means that there are no pre-allocated seats and you just choose a seat as you board the aircraft. In India some times there are delays, schedule changes and cancellations with little or no warning. Should this happen to you, our staff will do their best to ensure as small a deviation as possible from the original itinerary. They will discuss the best possible solutions with you and will do all they can to get you to your destination on the correct day. This may involve a route change or destination change in some instances. This can be trying, but it is important that you bear these possibilities in mind when flying in our Indian Sub-Continent.


Road Travel


Using a private car and driver is one of the best ways to see India. It allows your itinerary great flexibility and having a driver on stand-by allows you to go where you want, when you want without having to deal with the compulsory haggling over the price with a taxi, tuktuk, rickshaw etc.

Most of the time your car is likely to be an Ambassador, Tata Indica or Indigo, Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and Fortuner. All cars have air-conditioning. If you would like to travel by Mercedes Benz / Audi, BMW Cars this can also be arranged in most areas at additional cost which is high.

For first time visitors road travel can be pretty hair-raising, as the roads are poor compare to western countries! The new highways like Delhi to Agra and Delhi to Jaipur, Mumbai to Puna, Jaipur to Udaipur are comparable to western standard and have duel carriage ways. Some country roads have no central dividers and there are no restrictions on vehicle types, pedestrians, livestock, cycles, camels, elephants or any other form of transportation. However, after some time you will realize there is a order between the different users of the road, it is the best way to get around and we supply excellent local drivers used to these unique conditions. Our cars do have ice box well stocked with soft drinks and bottled water. On long drives the drivers will know of good quality hotels to stop at for meal and amenities breaks.



Meals


Meals are included, as listed in your itinerary. We strive to arrange meals that highlight authentic local cuisine in clean, local establishments. In small towns, remote areas, and on the road, we dine on Mix of continental and local cuisine in small restaurants, local homes or at your campsite. While some of our meals may be somewhat different from that to which many guests are accustomed, Bespoke India Travel believes in offering the opportunity to experience this vital aspect of local culture.

It is safe to drink bottled mineral water, but tap water, even in 5-star hotels, is not safe for drinking. Bespoke India Travel will provide bottled water throughout your road journey.



Health


Please contact your local international travel clinic for information regarding inoculations and other relevant health-related information. No inoculation is mandatory for visit to Indian Sub-continent. Many immunizations require at least a minimum of 10-14 days before becoming effective and should be obtained prior to traveling to Indian Sub-continent.

Travel Health Insurance - Always travel with Travel health insurance. We recommend that you bring a photocopy of your medical insurance also.



Safety


In general, Indian Sub-continent is a very safe. Most locals will be friendly and excited to meet you. But while traveling on crowded trains or visiting busy tourist sites, it is advisable to look after personal belongings, especially money, cameras or other valuable possessions. Though locals are friendly, tourists are often targets for petty theft. Most hotels / lodges will electronic safe deposit boxes in the room or have one at the reception.

Passports & Visas

All visitors to India require a valid passport. A visa for entry to India is required by most nationalities.


Weather


Monsoon Rain - Mid-June to mid-September. Generally hot and humid. Rainfall, quite often heavy downpours, covers most of India and the southern slopes of the Himalayas. Best time to visit Leh as it does not get monsoon. Autumn - October/ November Generally dry, clear and pleasantly warm. Festival time all over India best time for Culture tours to Northern & Southern India. Winter - December / January. Day Temperatures are generally very pleasant but the evenings and nights can be very cold. Best time to visit all parts of India except the Himalayas. Spring - February/ March Temperatures are warming up. Southern India and the Himalayan regions are particularly pleasant. Best time to visit National Parks.

Summer - April / May Himalayan regions are pleasant. The central and desert regions can be very hot and dusty. Best time for trekking in the lower Himalayas and photographing Tigers.


Health


There are medical facilities in most large cities and the better hotels have doctors on call. There are no compulsory vaccinations required for visit to India. However as a sensible precaution the following Vaccination are recommended: Cholera, Typhoid, Tetanus, Hepatitis, Meningitis (particularly if trekking) plus Malaria protection. We recommend that you check with your doctor for individual requirements.


Currency


The unit of the currency is the Rupee.



Credit Cards & Travellers Cheques


Credit Cards are accepted in most establishments in most major towns. (Visa & Master Cards are preferred). The most readily accepted forign currency is US $ and Euro carried as Cash in reasonably small denominations.


Shopping

Best buys range from fashion clothing to jewellery, pottery, carpets, paintings, handicrafts and much more.


Tipping

This is generally expected throughout India. Restaurants and hotels exclude a service charge, it is recommended to tip around 10%. Allow a few rupees for porters. For local tour guide & chauffeur follow the equivalent of about US $ 10 - 20 per day.


Language

English is spoken widely throughout the towns and cities of India.


Electricity

220-240 Volts. You will need a round-pin two-pronged plug or adapter.



Food & drinks


Western style a la carte cuisine is available in most cities. Hotel chosen will usually offer a variety of international menus. Visitors who stick to Indian

vegetarian dishes seem less likely to suffer stomach upsets. Smaller hotels, lodges and tented camps do not offer a la carte menus but have substantial table d’hôte meals. They are usually obliging and will temper the food to client’s choice and taste. Though the tap water is filtered in most cities, it is not advisable to drink tap water under any circumstances. Bottled mineral water is freely available but should be purchased from a reliable source, preferably the hotel. India, Sri Lanka and Nepal produce some good gin, vodka, rum and beer. Imported whiskey, wine, cognac and other drinks are available in most deluxe hotels but are expensive.



Accommodation


The quality of hotels and lodges in India subcontinent varies considerably from area to area. Hotels offered in our itineraries have been selected for their service, comfort and ambiance. In India we offer a unique opportunity to stay in accommodation as varied as magnificent palaces of erstwhile princes or “pension’ style homes. Many of the game parks offer comfortable tree houses and tented camps, while the remote area overnights tend to be comfortable but simple. Some of the palaces that have been converted into hotels have a degree of variances in the room offered and many of the smaller palaces and hunting lodges are unable to offer large groups of travellers the same kind of rooms. Except for some tented camps bathrooms are ensuite and rooms are furnished with twin beds, Double beds can be requested at larger properties. Almost all hotels used have swimming pools. No matter what accommodation is offered, be it a deluxe palace, a rustic jungle lodge or a mountain tent clients will have high standards of comfort, cleanliness and hygiene



Equipment & clothing


Casual clothing is the order of the day. Hard wearing, easy to wash travel clothes are ideal. You may wish to pack one set of slightly smarter clothes to wear at the hotels. Laundry service will be available at all the places we stay. Early morning can be cold (November to March) until the sun is up especially on game drives, in open top Jeeps and in the jungle. A light windproof or fleece jacket, warm hat, gloves and scarf are recommended. During the day we will need a wide brimmed sun hat and sunglasses. Lightweight, comfortable walking shoes are advised for throughout the holiday and for sightseeing.



Special note for Wilderness


No bright colours in the field please, including brightly coloured clothes, hats, gloves, etc. Although the birds and other wildlife are relatively approachable, muted colours are essential to improve our chances.

You should bring a pair of binoculars. If you are keen birders you may want to bring a spotting scope. You should bring all the camera equipment, spare memory cards and batteries that you will need. If we are using rechargeable batteries you will need to bring your charger and a travel adapter (round two pin). Plastic bags, cotton bags or pillowcases are useful to protect our camera equipment from dust and sand. A small daypack/camera bag is essential for carrying excess clothing, camera equipment and a water bottle.





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