North India Wildlife Tour
From $850 pp
September 1st - March 15th
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.
- Visit a rescue and rehabilitation center for distressed wildlife, in particular, Indian bears and elephants
- Stay in a luxury wildlife lodge for a guided safari in Ranthambore National Park, famous for Indian tigers
- Spend a couple of days with camel herders witnessing their nomadic life and conservation efforts
- Hear lesser-known, unique facts about the famous Taj Mahal from one of our storytelling guides
- Free time to explore Delhi, including the President’s Palace, the India Gate, and the crafts market
- Guided tour of Delhi through the spice markets, jewel markets, cloth markets, and more
- Cultural tours, and visits to tombs, temples, forts, and monuments
- Optional visits for extra time at cultural monuments, visiting with local artisans, seeing their crafts (requires adding a day or two to your tour)
- Optional tour extension for a full day leopard safari
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 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.
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.
Day 1 Delhi [India] (Arrival day)
- Arrive in Delhi (Indira Gandhi International “IGI” Airport). We receive, welcome, and assist you with your stay.
- If you are arriving in the early morning, spend a few hours relaxing and recovering from jetlag.
- Visit central Delhi in the evening (the President’s Palace, India Gate, and the crafts market).
Day 2 Delhi: City Tour
- Morning walking tour of old Delhi (spice markets, jewel markets, cloth markets, and food tasting).
- Visit Humayun tomb, Qutub Minar, and Akshardham temple*
* The places you visit can be customized to add something you specifically want to see
Day 3 Delhi to Agra
- Drive to Agra and check-in at the homestay.
- Afternoon tour of the Taj Mahal with storytelling on the lesser-known facts about the monument. Thereafter, visit the families of artisans working in marble inlay with a demonstration of the art by the artisan himself.
- Visit the Agra fort or spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4 Wildlife Rescue Experience
- Today we visit a project that works with the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in distress, especially the Indian bear and elephant. The animals are rescued from amusement shows where they are made to dance for the owner to earn a living. The bears are usually kept in inhumane conditions without sufficient nutrition and their natural habitat.
- After the wildlife tour, we drive to Sawai Madhopur.
Accommodation: Wildlife Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
* Optional – You can extend your overnight stay in Agra and choose to do a village tour on foot or on push bikes. This tour takes you to traditional villages on the banks of the river Yamuna where you also get stunning views of the Taj Mahal.
Day 5 Wildlife Safari
- Your stay in Sawai Madhopur is in a luxury wildlife lodge at the Ranthambore National Park. - Go on a guided safari at the Ranthambore National Park, famed for the Indian tiger.
Accommodation: Wildlife Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
* Optional – Visit Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. It is great for historic monuments such as the city palace, Amer fort, and Hawa Mahal. You can also do hands-on experiences with local brass and marble artisans, block printer women
Days 6-7 Ghanerao: Camel Herder Experience
- We drive to Ghanerao, a small town to spend the next two days with the camel herders. While camels are the ship of the Thar desert, it gives you a completely new perspective if you spend time with the community understanding the life of nomadic herders. This part of the tour follows the natural flow of the day as it is for the herders. We visit a camp and possibly travel with the community and even taste tea made with camel milk.
- Get to know about the conservation efforts for the camel herders by using camel milk for dairy products and camel poo and wool for paper.
Day 8 Cultural Tours (Optional 1-day Extension: Leopard Safari)
- Visit the Ranakpur Jain temple and hike to Kumbhalgarh fort.
* Optional – Extend this part of the tour for a full-day Leopard safari.
Day 9 Rail Transfer (departure day)
- We provide you with transfer to the nearest railway station for the onward journey or drive back to the next destination. We recommend a train ride to your onward destination.
* Optional – Extend this tour to visit the city of lakes – Udaipur and Jodhpur for a village and desert experience.
Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.
Prices are for double room occupancy unless indicated otherwise.
Group pricing varies between 2 and 10 travelers; contact us with your group size for a quote.
Please contact us for solo traveler pricing.
Prices are for twin-share rooms (except for solo travelers).
Prices are the same regardless of when you travel.
Deposit per person
Group of 2 Travelers - price per person
Group of 10 Travelers - price per person
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.
- Environmental Initiatives
Our many environmental actions include strict care of nature, using energy-saving electrical appliances in our homestays, and efforts to manage waste responsibly. 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 source raw materials for meals.
All accommodations are personally reviewed by our team. Our homestays and accommodations focus on local & organic food (vegetarian options available!), recycling waste properly, and striving for using energy-saving lights and appliances as well as solar thermal panels.
- Sociocultural Initiatives
We pride ourselves on propagating and reviving local folk tales through storytelling. We support local artisans by involving them in tourism. 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..
Health & Safety
Be sure you have traveler's insurance.
What is the best season to do the wildlife tour of north India?
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.
I am a solo traveler. Can I use public transport?
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.
Can I choose hotels throughout the tour?
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.
What kind of a car do you provide?
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.
Is this a fully escorted wildlife tour?
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).
Is this wildlife tour safe for solo travelers and female travelers?
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.