This year sees another iconic adventure with Travels To My Elephant II, a 6-day, 500km journey that sees over 90 racers travel across Rajasthan from Jodphur to Jaipur in a fleet of extraordinary and eccentric vehicles that include Royal Enfield Motorbikes, Major Jeeps and vintage cars selected from the Maharaja of Jaipur’s personal collection, all in order to raise over £1 million in much-needed funds for the plight of the Asian Elephant and to pay homage to Elephant Family founder, the late Mark Shand.
This exclusive adventure has a limited 20 spaces left and is open to the public to take part. A minimum of £6,000 for entry (with a further £6,000 fundraising target) will bring an unforgettable community of like-minded thrill-seekers together for a 5* experience including food, accommodation and business class return flights for the trip of a lifetime, building unforgettable relationships with business luminaries, people of note and major philanthropists over a week of jam-packed, money-can’t-buy experiences, starting on 30th October.
Travelling in teams of two or three, this once-in-a-lifetime expedition offers the very best of India, whilst providing the opportunity to forge lifelong friendships with fellow supporters. A specially created “behind the scenes” itinerary will take in magnificent sites of rural India including: the Mehrangarah Fort, the Jain Temple at Osian, Stepwell Salt Flats and the Bal Salmand Lake Palaces. This authentic experience gives racers the chance to interact with local communities, including a visit to a school in Khimsar and a playful cricket match with locals. Between drives, which can be up to170 km per day, each evening has an original programme designed to surprise and delight the travelling philanthropists, which includes an opulent dinner and Bollywood party, stargazing on the dunes and a banquet held on the lawns of the spectacular Ananta Hotel & Spa.
The trip will culminate with a pink champagne-fuelled party in Jaipur and a private preview of Elephant Parade India – an artistic showcase of 101 brightly painted elephant sculptures installed in Mumbai to highlight the 101 elephant corridors Elephant Family seeks to save with support from both the UK and India. Throughout the trip, luxury and comfort are never compromised, with 5* hotel and lodges including the likes of ITC Rajputana, ITC WelcomHotel and Khismar Fort alongside meticulously planned menus to delight the epicurean foodie each step of the way.
Travels to My Elephant was inspired by and plays homage to the charity’s late, great founder, Mark Shand, and his best-selling book “Travels On My Elephant,” which tells the story of Mark’s 1,000-mile journey across India with his rescued elephant named Tara. Mark rescued Tara in 1988 from a life of begging and misery on the streets of India, and their adventures together inspired him to write the book and create Elephant Family, now the biggest UK funder for the endangered Asian elephants. Today, Elephant Family is dedicated to protecting the Asian elephant from extinction in the wild, funding pioneering projects across Asia to reconnect forest fragments, re-establish elephant migratory routes and help create safe homes for this iconic yet endangered animal.
In the immortal words of Mark Shand, a philosophy he stood by was: “Make people smile, and then ask for help!” In his memory and for the good of the Asian elephant, Travels To My Elephant aims to do just that. To register interest, please go to www.travelstomyelephant.com. For more information about Elephant Family, please go to www.elephant-family.org. To read about the first Travels To My Elephant, click here.