We are a few days into a tour of Rajasthan, India with a tour company, G Adventures. I’ve traveled with them twice before (in Peru and in Ecuador/ the Galápagos Islands) with good experiences. They tend to have smaller groups and promote sustainable and affordable tourism through the use of local guides and small hotels that are well situated near popular sights and shopping areas. Their itineraries also allow for plenty of free time to explore on your own.
Rajasthan is in the north western part of India, and borders Pakistan on one side and connects to Delhi on the other. The terrain ranges from desert (camel country!) to more lush river valleys and high mountain areas. It is a land full of forts and palaces, many of which were built during the 1500s-1800s. This is also where a number of Indian handicrafts are produced, such as paintings on silk, ornate furniture, fine silver and gold jewelry and marble products. There are also many temples here, including some remarkable Jain temples built of intricately carved white marble.
We we’re expecting around 15 people in our group, but it turns out we only have 6! This is surprising since this is the peak season for travel to India. We are not complaining! A small group means more flexibility and agility as we move around. The two other couples are both retired but very active and cool to hang out with. One couple is from England and the other is from Switzerland. Both have traveled extensively around the world, but never to India.
Here is the itinerary:
While I have been to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra several times, Alison has never been to India before. I’m particularly interested to visit some of the other places in Rajasthan outside Jaipur, particularly Udaipur.