Taj Mahal, Jaipur, and a Rural Camel Fair

Royal Rajasthan and Villages of India

India

13 Days

From $9,695

Level 1+

Easiest

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    Overview

    Traditional desert tribes, camels painted with henna, airy Mughal palaces of marble and onyx—our Rajasthan adventure brings an unforgettable taste of India. We’ll have sunrise and sunset visits to the Taj Mahal, a camel ride and sunset dune walk amid the herders’ camps at the Pushkar or Nagaur fairs, and a rickshaw ride through Jaipur, where our accommodation is the atmospheric Rambagh Palace—once the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur. We’ll also visit Ranakpur’s fine Jain temples and take a Jeep safari in search of leopards near the village of Narlai. Our grand finale finds us in romantic Udaipur, exploring whitewashed havelis (mansions), parks, and temples on the shores of Lake Pichola. Our March departure is timed for India’s colorful Holi Festival, which symbolizes the beginning of spring, and has a slightly modified itinerary.

    Arrive: Delhi, India

    Depart: Delhi, India

    Highlights

    • Enjoy an insider's view of Rajasthan's fascinating culture with our expert Trip Leaders
    • Mingle among nomads, musicians, and camel traders at Pushkar or Nagaur fairs
    • Special March departure that includes India's famous Holi Festival
    • Enjoy the markets of Jaipur and Udaipur, see sunset and sunrise at the Taj Mahal
    • Stay in unique hotels that bring Rajasthan's princely heritage to life

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      We recommend arriving a day early to allow time to recover from jet lag. We are happy to arrange hotel nights (an "on your own" expense).

      We'll make both a sunset and sunrise pilgrimage to the Taj, “a poem in stone,” and at Fatehpur Sikri, we explore the sandstone palaces of an ancient Mughal city. In Jaipur, we'll discover the walled quarter, a showcase for Rajasthani craftsmanship. Our stay at Jaipur's Rambagh Palace gives us a taste of royal life.
      Rajasthan's flamboyant camel and cattle fairs are a whirlwind of color, song, and dance. Families attend from far and wide, dressed in Rajasthani festival attire. Overnights are at a tented camp or hotel.
      We roam Jodhpur's spice and textile markets, and at Mehrangarh Fort, experience the heritage of Rajasthan on a princely scale. We walk among 15th century Jain temples at Ranakpur and take a Jeep safari in search of leopards near the village of Narlai.
      Udaipur captures India at its most quintessentially romantic, with its craggy green hills and bathing ghats clustered around idyllic Lake Pichola. We'll visit the city's grand palace, the largest royal complex in Rajasthan. Depart on Day 13 via Delhi.
      Our March departure of Royal Rajasthan is timed for India’s colorful Holi Festival, which symbolizes the beginning of spring, the victory of good over evil, and hope for a good harvest. Holi is a boisterous occasion in which families gather outside in the streets, douse each other with brilliantly colored powders and splash each other with water pistols to make the color stick! It’s a bit messy, so we’ll provide you with a set of traditional Indian clothes for this day, but it’s all in fun, with sunset bonfires, special festival food, and traditional dances. The festival is sometimes said to be a reenactment of a game the Hindu god Lord Krishna played with his consort Radha and the gopis, or milkmaids.

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      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      120 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $300 per person
      76-90 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      75 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in maharaja's palaces, hotels, and tented camp
      • All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Claridges Hotel Delhi

      Delhi, India

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Set on three acres right in the heart of New Delhi, this hotel has been a landmark since the 1950s and it's just a five-minute walk from the trendy Khan Market, an upscale shopping area patronized by diplomats, ex-pats, and Delhi's elite. The hotel offers spacious,...

      ITC Mughal Agra

      Agra, India

      Day 2 (1 night)

      The ITC Mughal Agra Hotel is a comfortable property set on 35 acres of lush gardens complete with two swimming pools and an excellent spa.  It is well located for our visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra's other sites.

      Taj Rambagh Palace

      Jaipur, India

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      Experience one of life's rare treats—a stay at the Rambagh Palace, an authentic royal residence and a treasure of India, with its Rajasthani charm, centuries-old grandeur, and unparalleled level of service. Originally built in 1835 by a queen for her favorite handmaiden, the Maharaja of Jaipur made the Rambagh his...

      Royal Heritage Camp

      Pushkar, India

      Days 5-6 (2 nights)

      Set in the Thar Desert near Pushkar, where one of India's captivating traditional livestock fairs takes place each year, Royal Heritage Camp offers walk-in tents with twin beds and en suite baths (hot water shower, sink, and seated flush toilet). Bright textiles and traditional rugs add to the ambience. The...

      Raas Haveli

      Jodhpur, India

      Days 7-8 (2 nights)

      The Raas Haveli occupies a stunning position beneath Jodhpur's imposing Mehrangarh Fort and is the only boutique hotel in India located right within an ancient walled city. Combining contemporary comfort and the charm of a 300–year-old mansion, it offers charming, spacious rooms and an inviting swimming pool. The view of...

      Rawla Narlai

      Narlai, India

      Days 9-10 (2 nights)

      This restored 17th century country manor is set right in the heart of a small traditional town and lies beneath the imposing granite monolith of Elephant Hill. We stay in elegant guest rooms with a sitting area that, while featuring modern elements, reflect the heritage...

      Taj Fateh Prakash Palace

      Udaipur, India

      Days 11-12 (2 nights)

      Set on the eastern shores of Lake Pichola, this historic 65-room palace-hotel is part of the City Palace complex. You'll feel you're living the life of a royal as you take in gorgeous views of the lake and the Aravalli Hills from your lakeside room....

      Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

      Delhi, India

      Day 13 (Day Room Only)

      This stylish business hotel is just a few miles from Delhi's international airport, with comfortable rooms and all the services you'd expect from a 5-star property. You can visit the hotel's fitness center and keep up with your workout routine, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or relax...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is Level 1+, Easy. It is a comfortable, vehicle-based sightseeing trip. There are some long days of driving on rough, bumpy roads. Please remember that travel in India can be an intense experience. The essential requirements are flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity, enthusiasm about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.
      Review Trip Level Details
      Like the rest of India, Rajasthan has four seasons. In winter (January to March),  temperatures vary widely around the state of Rajasthan but this is an ideal season for travel. January is the coolest month of the year. April to June is pre-monsoon, the hottest season, particularly in May and June. June to September is the monsoon season, when 90% of the annual rains come. October to December, the post-monsoon season, is a very comfortable season for travel.

      Accommodations include comfortable, modern hotels reflecting the traditional architecture of Rajasthan as well as former palaces and royal residences that have been converted into luxurious heritage hotels. At our tented camp at the Pushkar Fair, we sleep in Rajasthani-style air-conditioned tents furnished with cots and en suite facilities.

      An optional early morning camel ride is offered at the Pushkar or Nagaur fair for an "above the crowd" view of the activities around the fairgrounds as the day begins. Anyone participating in this optional activity must acknowledge the inherent dangers in riding and agree to accept any and all risks.

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      Client Testimonials

      "Exciting, amazing, insightful, historical, educational, and fun."

      Abbe L.

      Melbourne Beach, FL

      "WOW! This was an extraordinary trip. It was meticulously planned, but allowed for many spontaneous interactions and delightful surprises. Another WT success story."

      Bonnie B.

      Bakersfield, CA

      "I absolutely loved this trip. It was such a busy and astonishing one; every day there was at least one thing that just blew us away. The palaces and forts are remarkable, the stepwells breathtaking, and the traffic bewildering! I know people who are afraid to go to India but this trip is the one they should take. It is very comfortable but so much fun. And the food is fabulous! "

      Cindy H.

      Bend, OR

      "The camel fair went beyond anyone's expectations. It was an incredible experience!"

      Donna B.

      Sacramento, CA

      "It was a splendid experience all around. I did not want to come home."

      Elizabeth P.

      Santa Fe, NM

      "Our Trip Leader shared his enthusiasm for the history and beauty, was sensitive to the needs of each individual, and had an unfailing sense of humor along with tremendous knowledge. It was a splendid experience all around. I did not want to come home!"

      Elizabeth P.

      Santa Fe, NM

      "This trip was a magical mystery tour filled with beauty, knowledge, and a surprise around every corner."

      Ginger K.

      Adairsville, GA

      "I can’t imagine a more successful trip than the one we just had. It was truly perfect in every way."

      Jackie F.

      Charleston, SC

      "I loved every minute!"

      John L.

      Santa Fe, NM

      "Spectacular trip! Food was amazing, the people were phenomenal, and the hotels were beyond perfection!"

      Lisa C.

      South Miami, FL

      "The trip was even better than I expected."

      Lynne G.

      Rockville, MD

      "This was possibly the best trip I have ever taken, which is saying a lot, since we have been pretty much everywhere."

      Martha D.

      Los Altos, CA

      "A wonderful way to see Rajasthan."

      Paul B.

      Albany, CA

      "A wonderful collection of the luxurious and the romantic!"

      Peter F.

      Cambria, CA

      "Royal Rajasthan was fantastic, the best trip we have ever done."

      Susan C.

      Alamo, CA

      "Great trip, great hotels (how can you not like staying in palaces), and a great itinerary with just enough down time."

      William B.

      Portland, OR

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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His book, Trekking in the Himalaya (Roli Books), features photographic essays from Ladakh to Bhutan. Born an army brat, Hashmat traveled extensively as his father was posted in various remote regions of India. His first big Himalayan trek was at age 12, with his school group, and during college, he headed into the Himalaya to take mountaineering courses. A passionate traveler, Hashmat has been instrumental in designing new adventures for us throughout Asia. The profession of Trip Leader combines several of his interests&mdash;hiking, exploring the mountains, photography, and meeting new people. He&apos;s a favorite of WT travelers&mdash;as one of them put it, &ldquo;Hashmat is a longstanding member of the guiding hall of fame.&rdquo; He lives in Delhi with his wife and two children.","BioLong":"Hashmat Singh has led over 180 journeys on three continents for us since 1990. He holds a BA in History from Delhi University and is a noted photographer. His book, Trekking in the Himalaya (Roli Books), features photographic essays from Ladakh to Bhutan. Born an army brat, Hashmat traveled extensively as his father was posted in various remote regions of India. His first big Himalayan trek was at age 12, with his school group, and during college, he headed into the Himalaya to take mountaineering courses. &ldquo;Big mountains of the world, whether they are in the Himalaya, Alps, or the Andes, hold a special fascination for me, as do the people living amongst them, holding on to their ancient cultures in a world where everything is rapidly changing.&rdquo; A passionate traveler, Hashmat has been instrumental in designing and leading adventures for us throughout Asia, and in summer, he joins our team of Trip Leaders leading hikes in the Alps. The profession of Trip Leader combines several of his interests&mdash;hiking, exploring the mountains, photography, and meeting new people. 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The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. 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Double entries will be granted within the e-Tourist visa validity period stamped on your passport. <br><br>For the 1-year and 5-year options, applications can be made 120 days in advance from date of travel. <strong>The 1-year visa is valid 365 from the date the ETA has been granted, while the 5-year visa is valid 5 years from the date the ETA has been granted. Multiple entries and continuous stays are allowed during each visit, but cannot exceed 180 days.<br><\/strong> <br><br>Currently, this ETA is valid for entry through 29 designated airports and 5 designated seaports, including major cities like Delhi, Cochin (Kochi), Kolkata, and Mumbai. Visitors have the flexibility to depart\/exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India. 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There are specific requirements when it comes to uploading these documents detailed instructions can be found on the ETA website. <br><br>The ETA application will ask for a &#8220;Reference Name in India&#8221; and &#8220;Reference Name in United States.&#8221; For this, please put the following: <br><br>Reference Name in India: Exotic Journeys<br>Address: Office No. 7, 2nd Floor, Local Shopping Centre<br>B-7 Vasant Arcade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, 110 070, India<br>Phone: +91-112-612-4069 <br><br>Reference Name in United States: Wilderness Travel<br>Address: 1102 Ninth St<br>Berkeley, CA, 94710, USA<br>Phone: +1-510-558-2488 <br><br>Please note that e-Tourist visas can take up to 72 hours or more to process. You will be informed of your visa status via email, although you can also check the status of your visa through the e-visa website. <br><br>Upon arrival, you will need to present a physical copy of your ETA document and passport to the Indian immigration officials. 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Rewarding this behavior sets up a barrage of requests for more, a dependency on products not locally available, and in the case of sweets, an increasing dental problem. We, therefore, ask that you do not give anything to children: no candy, pens, balloons, or money. If you like, you can bring pens, crayons, large felt-tip pens, paper, maps, or postcards to donate to schools we pass along the way. <br><br><strong>Homes: <\/strong>Indians are very hospitable and it is common for them to invite travelers into their homes. If your hosts take off their shoes before entering a household or room, do likewise. Inside, cooking and eating areas should be treated with special respect. Avoid going into the hearth unless specifically invited there; it is sacred, and home to a guardian spirit. Do not touch the fire area or dry your shoes by it, and do not point your feet at or burn trash in the fire. Do not touch food or eating utensils used by local people. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>120 days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $300 per person<br>76-90 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>75 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><div><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><p><\/p><\/div>"}}