Smaller, eco-friendly local tours of Rajasthan & Wildlife Reserves - Aug 06

#1 Aug 7th, 2006, 22:11
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Hi All

Fistly, does anyone know of a tour company or website that runs/promotes Rajasthan tours that go to the less touristy places (even if that means only in accommodation options), have homestays, or operate with a philosophy of minimising our tourist footprints?

I would like to do a tour that is not typical and well-trodden, devoid of hawkers and more locally based.

Secondly, are any of the wildlife reserves open in August in Rajasthan or HP or north India? I think they are mostly closed for monsoon...

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#2 Aug 8th, 2006, 12:13
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Hi Anna

The only sanctuary I know you can visit is Sariska but that too just upto Pandupole and not by jeep into the tracks.

You have some very interesting ideas about your travel. I suggest you make your own plan and travel on your own. Some quiet places are - Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh, Bijaipur, Bambora, Nimaj, Khimsar, Dechu, Gajner, Nawalgarh, Alsisar. Most of these places I have mentioned have expensive hotels ranging from Rs 2000 a night or upwards. If youre backpacking, then the choice of cheap hotels is mostly limited to the bigger towns and cities. If you reaesrch and find more places that have a small tourism "footprint" (such a nice word!!, please do let me know. Im doing research in rural tourism in Rajasthan and my email is nikpandit@gmail.com
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hi anna,
The wildlife sanctuaries in northern india are all closed during the monsoon season. The only sanctury where you can see some wildlife is corbett national park as it has a perepheral area whichis open and if IF you are lucky get a chance to see a tiger. Otherwise Bandhavgarh and Kanha are the two santuries to visit if you are a tiger fan and they open only in oktober.I am based in delhi and if you need any further information or help please write to me on my mail id chander_moni@yahoo.de
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#4 Aug 11th, 2006, 01:28
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Hi Anna,
In the Lonely Planet and other guides they speak very well about Apani Dhani, www.apanidhani.com , an awardwinning ecofarm in Nawalgarh, Shekawati. They promote rural tourism, in part by organising homestays with families in small Shekawati villages. Numbers are kept to a minimum and an English-speaking interpreter is provided. They also organize all other kind of tours. The adjoining organic farm supplies delicious ingredients, and alternative energy is used wherever possible, including solar cookers and water heaters, compost toilets and biogas.

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