We offer a truly different way to travel in luxury. It is easy to offer a “luxury” tour. All it needs is to choose 5 star hotels and drive you around in a comfortable air conditioned car with a guide who speaks fair English and then sell this package for an exorbitant price. We are an Aristocratic Rajput family that Tailor-makes Luxury eco-friendly holidays and tours for off the beaten track areas of Rajasthan.
Our tours are Tailor-made for you as you have your own expectations, wishes, tastes and budget. We only take small groups of 1-6 people at a time. The possibilities on your tour are endless and up to you…you can sleep in a private palace not open to the public, be introduced to a private art collection by its owner, watch precious gemstones being cut by a master, actively participate in the conservation of a wildlife sanctuary, be coached in the Indian fine arts by an art historian and author, dine on rare foods and alcohol deep in a protected virgin jungle, meet true artisans that love their work and will share their passion with you or take the oldest operating train in the world to stay in a Kings Palace.
These examples and far more are possible; we believe luxury is the ability and knowledge to provide unmatched activities, services and pampering to our clients, at an affordable price, that is sustainable while you discover the subjects and places that most excite you.
We at True Luxury Tours promote responsible tourism. Our dream of establishing the first privately owned and operated Wildlife Sanctuary in India became a reality from the efforts of extraordinary people. The team of Shanane Davis, Count Gajendra Singh Chouhan, Ravi Chowdhary, Ravindra Singh Chouhan, and Baronet Balwant Singh Chouhan, implemented a policy in 2005 at The Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary (the only privately owned wildlife sanctuary in India) that ensures the protection, survival, and growth of this rare eco-system.
The policy is simple enough, stop the illegal cutting of trees, stop cattle and goats from entering and eating rare plants and trees in the sanctuary, stop poaching, to re-forest areas that have been cut, and to raise money for these endeavors by opening the reserve to a limited number of eco-tourists (6 guests per day are allowed inside),(Sanctuary opened to eco-tourism in September, 2007).
A large privately funded program was given by True Luxury Tours to establish this policy. Meetings were held with nearby villagers to educate them on the destruction they were causing by cutting trees and allowing their cattle and goats to run free in the sanctuary area. Particular areas of the Sanctuary are now open to cattle and goat herders for the feeding of their animals that does not cause a negative impact on the eco-system of the reserve. When certain wild grasses become too abundant in certain areas of the reserve it can clog the re-production cycle of important trees and plants. The cattle and goats keep these grasses at a certain growth level that helps promote a healthy eco-system. Because of this control the number of Indian Gazelle has increased by 30 in the last two years.
Poaching is now history at the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary. Many meetings were held with local villagers to educate them on the problems associated with the hunting of wild Desert Hare, indigenous birds, and the poisoning of the Indian Desert Zird (a vital food source for the Asian Steppe-Wildcat and Great Horn Owl). Villagers were educated that the Zird and other smaller animals and rodents are part of a larger food chain. The Asian Steppe-Wildcat, the Tawny Eagle, and the Imperial Eagle depend on their survival by the abundant supply of these animals. Between the opening of the Sanctuary in 2007 and presently in 2009 the number of births of these rare animals in the sanctuary has increased dramatically.
Certain areas, once filled with trees in Sanctuary, were cut by villagers over decades for fuel. A careful study of which areas needed to be re-forested was conducted by first studying the areas in the sanctuary that were traditional grasslands. These grasslands are essential for the survival of the Indian Gazelle, Blue-Bull (Asia's largest Antelope), Asian Steppe-Wildcat, Desert Fox, Desert Hare, and various snakes. Once the areas that were found that needed to be re-forested a study of which trees and plants should be planted was conducted. Over the summer of 2007 two-thousand indigenous trees and plants were planted inside the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary. Count Gajendra Singh Chouhan financed the purchase, planting, and maintenance of these trees and plants. Furthermore, each eco-guest to visit the property will be encouraged to plant an indigenous tree or plant in the sanctuary.
A clean and oxygen rich water supply was available previously in the sanctuary only in the months after monsoon. True Luxury Tours established a watering hole that is rich in nutrients and oxygen that will now make water available for wildlife year round. We observed in other wildlife Sanctuaries that animals often did not frequent man-made watering holes and decided to find out the reason why. After studying this problem it was noted that artificial watering holes often had no sustainable oxygen and smaller animals could not easily drink from these holes. Hoofed animals such as Gazelle, and Blue-Bull would often muddy a hole and afterwards other animals would not drink from this water.
The watering hole that was developed in our Sanctuary has different depths so smaller wildlife such as jungle bees, butterflies, birds, and Asian Steppe-Wildcat can also easily drink from this water, mid-size depths so Gazelle and Blue-Bull can drink the water without being able to muddy the water, and deeper depths so Leopard can drink this water. The water in this hole is also flushed out after every month to ensure the quality of the water stays healthy for all animals to drink. Indigenous aquatic plants, kept in clay pots, are submerged in the water to keep the nutrients and oxygen levels high so frogs and snails will produce in and around this watering hole. This watering was also developed to look completely natural in its surroundings.
An eco-friendly campsite has been developed inside the jungle core with tents that offer bathrooms (sustainable septic system in place), running water and sustainable electricity 24 hours per day. Guests will be allowed to go on safaris twice a day, once in the early morning by foot with a naturalist and tracker and in the late evening by jeep. Careful studies on how animals react to people in the Sanctuary have been conducted as well as a study of where the different animals reside and frequent so guests have the maximum chance available to see and experience rare Indian wildlife in its natural habitat. Forty (40%)percent of all funds received from guests will be put back into the protection and growth of the Sanctuary with a further two (2%) percent going to village support schemes such as the purchase of sustainable firewood.
Every month new projects are started in the reserve to make it a better place for the animals, trees, and plants to live.