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Going on a Rajasthan Adventure: India with G Adventures Review

[This is not a sponsored or paid post, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and wanted to share my experience with anyone considering the Rajasthan Adventure tour. However, this India with G Adventures review does contain affiliate links. This means that if you chose to make a purchase via one of the links I’ve provided, I may earn as small commission at no additional cost to you.]

Are you thinking about joining the ‘Rajasthan Adventure’ tour to India with G Adventures? If you are, you’ve likely come here to figure out if this group tour is for you

Before this trip, India had been on my travel bucket list for years. However, as a female solo traveller, I knew that venturing into this vibrant and diverse country for the first time needed some careful thought and planning. I often join tours in countries where I know I’ll have a more comfortable experience travelling with a tour leader and group. That’s why I joined the “Rajasthan Adventure” tour with G Adventures.

Having been on this tour recently, I’m here to share my firsthand experience. I aim to offer you a little more insight into everything from accommodations to itinerary, highlighting the highs and lows, along with some extra tips for fellow shy travellers like me.

The tour details

Tour Name: Rajasthan Adventure
Tour company: G Adventures
Start & finish destination/s: Delhi to Delhi
Places visited: Delhi, Mandāwa, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jojawar, Pushkar, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Āgra
Duration of tour: 15 Days
Group size: We had a group of 15 people (max group size for this tour is 20).
Age restrictions: To go on this trip, travellers need to be 12 years and older. Our tour was a mix of ages between 24 – 60’s, with most travellers in their 30’s.

Highlights

  • Celebrating Holi: Since we were in India for Holi, our guide even organised for us to take part in local festivities on the day. This was a bucket list moment for me! (Please note: Holi is celebrated on a different day every year and is not part of the standard itinerary). if you’re going to for Holi, you won’t want to miss my tips on how to prepare for the celebrations here.
  • Beautiful accommodations: The Haveli we stayed in for one night in Mandawa was probably my favourite – the walls were intricately painted with imagery the whole way through the property. My second favourite was the hotel in Jojawar, which had a beautiful exterior and pool area.
  • Knowledgable, friendly tour leader who went above and beyond: Having Kush (/Karan) as our CEO (Chief Experience Officer) was really comforting – he was friendly, approachable and helpful from the get go. If you are lucky enough to have Kush for your trip, you’ll be very well looked after!
  • Chai tea: The Chai tea from the Spice Girls of Rajasthan
  • Beautiful and historical architecture: We visited so many incredible places including Amber Fort tour, Ranthambore Fort, Abhaneri stepwell, Agra fort, Meherangarh Fort, Udaipur City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jagdish temple and more.
  • Safari: Going on safari in Ranthambore National Park
  • Taj Mahal: Seeing one of the wonders of the world

Lowlights & Laughs

  • Hotel cleanliness: Two of the hotels were a bit disappointing.
  • Toilet paper is sparse: The amount of times I got caught without toilet paper – most public toilets won’t have any and other places have it sparingly. Pack some tissues for just incase!
  • Long travel days: The first few travel days involved 6-7 hours of driving, however, this  was expected as per the itinerary.
  • Tigers hid from me in Rathambore: Sadly, I did not see any tigers on my morning or afternoon safari in Rathambore National Park. BUT that’s also just how it goes when you’re on safari in the wild – no sightings are guaranteed.
  • Overwhelm is real: India can be quite overwhelming – it’s loud, extremely busy and crowded, you have to be switched on a lot of the time.
  • Little time to explore: In destinations where we only stayed one night, we often would arrive in the afternoon and would only have the rest of the afternoon/ evening to explore before leaving again in the morning.

Tour leader

G Adventures tours have a dedicated Chief Experience Officer/ CEO (tour leader) with you for the entire trip. Kush, who’s from Rajasthan, was our wonderful CEO. He was the epitome of hospitality and was extremely knowledgable. His attentiveness, keen observation, and warm, friendly demeanour was a huge comfort having joined the tour as a solo traveller – I could tell I was going to be well looked after.  Our tour ran during the Holi festival, a bucket list experience for many of us, and Kush’s dedication knew no bounds as he organised a day that surpassed all expectations.

On this tour, along with our CEO, we were accompanied by a tour driver and a tour porter.

Food

There were not too many meals were included in this tour – I believe there were 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners. The G Adventures website notes to allow USD 315-410 for additional meals.

Accommodation

This certainly isn’t a luxury tour so when booking this trip I would go with the mindset of knowing that accommodations will be basic.

The accommodations were a mixed bag of absolutely beautiful accommodation and a few that I wouldn’t like to stay at again. There were only two really disappointing hotels due to cleanliness and mosquitoes, which we mentioned to our guide so he could provide feedback to G Adventures. There are also some really beautiful hotels that exceeded my expectations – and if they remain the same for each tour, Mandāwa, Jojawar and Ranthambore National Park were my favourites.

Transport

Our main mode of transport was a big purple truck, but we also utilise the metro, cycle-rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, and safari vehicles. There was also an optional train ride.

Itinerary

The itinerary was fast-paced – but more so in the first week, and I think this is because you cover a lot of ground with the driving. It seemed to slow down a little in the second week as we were staying in more locations for multiple nights rather than just one. In the destinations where we stayed multiple nights, there was also plenty of down-time and free days where you could venture off and do your own thing.

Overall experience

The “Rajasthan Adventure” tour with G Adventures was a great introduction to India – it was definitely a good option for me as a first-time visitor to India, as much as it is a vibrant, culturally rich and deeply spiritual, it is also chaotic and a real awakening for all of your sense all at once. With that, I can understand why certain places in India can be overwhelming for travellers. I think the group tour, having Kush and a bunch of other group members with me, provided a sense of support and camaraderie while navigating the intensity of India’s sensory landscape.

Overall, this was such a great trip for me to explore see so much within the two weeks. Being on the group tour really took the stress of exploring solo, especially as a female traveller, and navigating the logistical challenges. If I could’ve changed anything, I would have liked to spend more time in Jaipur. However, considering we were in Jaipur during the celebration of Holi, the trade-off was most definitely worth it! Typically, the itinerary would have allowed ample time to see the sights as there’s a “free time” day in the standard itinerary.

Before and after your India trip with G Adventures

Getting to Delhi from Delhi Airport

Three options available for transport when you get to India: you can organise an arrival transfer through G Adventures, catch a taxi or use Uber. As a solo female traveller, I’d feel more comfortable with the first two and would feel more safe.

I organised a pre-tour transfer because that made me feel more comfortable, which was included and also supported Women with Wheels (a program supporting women making livelihoods by providing professional transport services).

Getting to Delhi Airport from Delhi

Back to the airport, I booked a taxi that I shared with another two travellers from my group, which was a total of 700 Indian Rupees split between us.

Pre-tour & post-tour activity recommendations in Delhi

If you’re interested in seeing the sights of Delhi, I would highly recommend doing a Delhi city tour at before or after your tour as this wasn’t part of the G Adventures itinerary.

Booking process & customer service

The booking process was very simple with G Adventures – you can book over the phone or via online via their website.

They have multiple contact options. Their online chat and phone line are open during their office hours, which are noted along with their contact details here. They’re also available by email – on their contact page you can submit an email enquiry too.

I did have a few questions during the process, and I used their online chat function – which was efficient and easy.

I had a great experience with one of their GCOs (Global Connection Officer), when my connecting flight got delayed 6 hours and I was panicking because I was worried my booked transfer through G Adventures wouldn’t be there when I finally arrived. The GCO who helped me that day via email was very quick to reply. She got it all sorted out for me, which was a huge relief as I’m always a little nervous landing in new destinations and feel more comfortable knowing I have a transfer arranged.

Tips and notes for shy solo travellers

  • It is fairly common for locals in India to ask for photos with you, which is generally harmless. However, as a shy solo traveller, this may feel uncomfortable, so it’s important to be mindful of this possibility and prepare strategies in advance to navigate such situations comfortably.
  • G Adventures tours tend to have a much smaller group than other tour companies, we had just 15 people on our tour. But if you’re feeling a bit nervous about making friends, check out this guide tailored to making friends on group tours.
  • Navigating the chaos of India can be overwhelming, especially for those who are more reserved or shy by nature. However, with experienced guides like Kush by your side, you’ll have a knowledgeable ally to help you navigate overwhelming situations.
  • G Adventures also offers an app that connects you with your fellow travellers before the official welcome meeting. This allows you to establish some familiarity and even start forming connections prior to the first proper meet and greet.
  • If you’re struggling to find an ice breaker, try one of these questions to start a conversation.

Final Tips

  • Double check these things that you need to do before you book your trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does G Adventures charge a solo traveller supplement fee?

A: As of February 2024, no. There are no additional fees for solo travellers. However, you will be roomed with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender. If you want your own private room, there would be a supplement fee.

Q: Is India safe as a solo female traveller?

A: While I cannot recall a time on this trip where I felt unsafe, it’s so important to be aware, cautious and informed of your surrounds, common safety issues wherever you are travelling. Alongside that, always double checking your country’s government advice on a destination for current updates. (Aussies can check Smartraveller.) If you’re travelling to India for the first time as a female solo traveller, I’d suggest going on a group tour. Group tours are great for solo travellers who don’t have someone to accompany them but would like the safety and comfort of travelling with others.

Q: What should I pack for India as a female?

A: Clothing that is modest is always a safe bet – shirts that cover your shoulders and chest and bottoms that fall just below the knee or longer. However, while I did see people wearing denim shorts and strappy singlet tops during my time there, I noticed that they gained more attention.

Q: How much spending money should I take on this trip?

A: This really depends on your spending habits (shopping, snacks, alcohol, etc), as well as what add-ons you might do. To be safe, always over-budget so you’re never caught short. I spent approximately AUD 900 (including AUD 180 of that on tips through G Adventures) for food, additional activities, additional transport and any shopping. For reference, I didn’t drink alcohol on the tour, which could increase the daily spend for someone who does.

Q: What type of luggage should I bring?

A: For this trip, the handling of your luggage is primarily taken care of by the G Adventures driving staff and the hotel staff. There were very few instances where we needed to move our own luggage and our group had a mixture of types and sizes. So you can opt for a wheelie case if backpacks aren’t your thing or vice versa.

Is there something I missed about the tour?

Please leave any questions about “Rajasthan Adventure” or travelling to India with G Adventures in the comments below and I will do my best to answer your queries. Or send me a message via my contact page.

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