Review 1

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Varanasi night prayer and the morning boat ride on the river ganges

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Bhuvan was very helpful and informative.also a lot of fun!!!! He did well even under the pressure other travellers gave him.

Reviewed by Debashish Dey who travelled in June 2012

Review 2

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Varanasi night prayer and the morning boat ride on the river ganges

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Bhuvan was very helpful and informative.also a lot of fun!!!! He did well even under the pressure other travellers gave him.

Reviewed by Debashish Dey who travelled in June 2012

Review 3

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Varanasi was the most dramatic (traumatic?). We saw abject poverty alongside beauty. Tordi Garh gave us hope for the future devlopment of Indian villages.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

He was great and very helpful. Got the balance between giving us direction and giving us freedom of choice just right.

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take everything recommended in the pre-travel advice leaflet. Try and buy an Indian sim card when you first get there – it is much cheaper to call home with it.

Reviewed by Peter Hopkins who travelled in April 2012

Review 4

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Varanasi was the most dramatic (traumatic?). We saw abject poverty alongside beauty. Tordi Garh gave us hope for the future devlopment of Indian villages.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

He was great and very helpful. Got the balance between giving us direction and giving us freedom of choice just right.

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take everything recommended in the pre-travel advice leaflet. Try and buy an Indian sim card when you first get there – it is much cheaper to call home with it.

Reviewed by Peter Hopkins who travelled in April 2012

Review 5

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Apart from the most famous “sites and cities” – the two trips to ‘rural India’ were amazing, The visits to Tordi Garh and Nimaj Bagh gave us an insight into village life and the accommodation in both villages was superb, this was truly a very special highlight. Also, the sunset boat trip on the River Ganges in Varanasi both emotional and spiritual, Being there for the Holi Festival, so colourful and yes we all got covered in paint!!

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Shakti was a very helpful tour leader, always ready to answer any questions at any time. I found his advice extremely helpful. His assistance in getting us around the Delhi Metro, the cities and of course the overnight trains was excellent.

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Bring half the luggage you think you need and always a second camera. Mine broke 8 days into the tour!!!!

Reviewed by Colleen McDermott who travelled in March 2012

Review 6

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

The trekking in the foothills of the Annapurnas and the white-water rafting on the Seti (and a splendid night’s accommodation on the river); other major moments included the half-day tour in Katmandu, the trip to Chitwan, the Taj at Agra, sunrise and sunset at Varanasi, the Palace of the Winds at Jaipur (an option we made for ourselves) and (after an altogether penitential 4 hour jeep ride) the lovely accommodation and hospitality in Tordi Ghar (a long way for what it gave, but the experience was worth it).

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

leaders, actually. Our trekking guide was on the ball all the time, and came very well equipped for the disasters that befell several of the party on day 2. The guide we then joined for the last days of the holiday in Nepal was very experienced at getting groups to interact. Our Indian guide may not have appreciated at first how much direction the group needed when it had time off – Varanasi probably needs options to be made clearly available, in your general programme, for day 2 of the group’s time there. It may also be useful to alert people to the desirability of a modicum of preparation before they go, so they have some idea of things they can do in their free time. But he certainly knew his stuff, and, especially when he shared with us the love of his professional life, tigers, he was inspiring.

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Be prepared for a challenge. You will almost certainly find the length of time it takes to get around the various sites of India exhausting; treat with a pinch of salt the brochure’s claims that our various modes of transport are a way of introducing travellers to authentic Indian Experiences (very little happened in the way of interaction between us and Indians on the buses and trains we shared with them). Be well prepared for extreme cold at night in the foothills, and, especially on the second night, for extremely basic accommodation (not sure you can do much about that) and extremely basic and repetitious food while trekking. Bring a towel for the trekking (I don’t think your paperwork told us of the need for that).

Reviewed by Roger Ellis who travelled in February 2012

Review 7

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Watching sunset from the dunes in Tordi Ghar, meal on a hotel rooftop overlooking the ganges, wandering along the ghats in the morning watching the locals wash, riding an elephant in Chitwan, jamming with another group on a train from Varanasi to Agra… too many highlights!!!!

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Both our guides – Nepalese and Indian were fabulous, helpful, friendly, kept us all well organised.

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take a nail brush! Hands and feet get filthy in Nepal and in India!

Reviewed by Natasha Rittmeyer who travelled in November 2011

Review 8

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Watching sunset from the dunes in Tordi Ghar, meal on a hotel rooftop overlooking the ganges, wandering along the ghats in the morning watching the locals wash, riding an elephant in Chitwan, jamming with another group on a train from Varanasi to Agra… too many highlights!!!!

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Both our guides – Nepalese and Indian were fabulous, helpful, friendly, kept us all well organised.

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take a nail brush! Hands and feet get filthy in Nepal and in India!

Reviewed by Natasha Rittmeyer who travelled in November 2011

Review 9

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Being the sole guests of ‘Sunny’ & ‘Tina’in Pachewar Fort, who looked after us so well. Most of the village stays. The contrast between staying in towns and remote villages.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

10/10. Shailendra is an urbane Polo playing graduate gentleman farmer who has so many connections. Everybody in Raja appears to be a Singh and also one of his cousins! One of the best guides that we have travelled with.

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

Yes, very much so, thanks to Shailendra

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

We all stayed ‘healthy’, again in part to Shailendra. Take a fleece and raincoat

Reviewed by Lynda Gould who travelled in November 2010

Review 10

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

All of it! Truly unforgettable especially Varanasi and the visit to Tordi Garh.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

The tour leader, Yadu, was excellent. We couldn’t have asked for someone better!

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

As much as is possible from a 2 week trip to a country!

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Go on this tour!

Reviewed by Lisa Drury who travelled in October 2010

Review 11

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

All of it! Truly unforgettable especially Varanasi and the visit to Tordi Garh.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

The tour leader, Yadu, was excellent. We couldn’t have asked for someone better!

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

As much as is possible from a 2 week trip to a country!

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Go on this tour!

Reviewed by Lisa Drury who travelled in October 2010

Review 12

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Camel ride into the dessert, watching the sun set and eating under the stars. Watching the Taj Mahal change colour as the sun rose and cast differing glows of colour on the marble.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Excellent – knowledge, organisation, ability to manage problems and look after the group so they stayed well and fit for the tour.

Do You Feel Your Holiday Benefited Local People?

In the country yes.

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

Absoloutely

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take wipes, hand sanitiser, toilet rolls (you will need them at some point) and mosquito spray (there are a few boat trips and eating out at night). Keep an open mind, the culture is different.

Reviewed by Sarah Thomas who travelled in October 2010

Review 13

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Camel ride into the dessert, watching the sun set and eating under the stars. Watching the Taj Mahal change colour as the sun rose and cast differing glows of colour on the marble.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Excellent – knowledge, organisation, ability to manage problems and look after the group so they stayed well and fit for the tour.

Do You Feel Your Holiday Benefited Local People?

In the country yes.

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

Absoloutely

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take wipes, hand sanitiser, toilet rolls (you will need them at some point) and mosquito spray (there are a few boat trips and eating out at night). Keep an open mind, the culture is different.

Reviewed by Sarah Thomas who travelled in October 2010

Review 14

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Camel ride into the dessert, watching the sun set and eating under the stars. Watching the Taj Mahal change colour as the sun rose and cast differing glows of colour on the marble.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Excellent – knowledge, organisation, ability to manage problems and look after the group so they stayed well and fit for the tour.

Do You Feel Your Holiday Benefited Local People?

In the country yes.

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

Absoloutely

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take wipes, hand sanitiser, toilet rolls (you will need them at some point) and mosquito spray (there are a few boat trips and eating out at night). Keep an open mind, the culture is different.

Reviewed by Sarah Thomas who travelled in October 2010

Review 15

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Camel ride into the dessert, watching the sun set and eating under the stars. Watching the Taj Mahal change colour as the sun rose and cast differing glows of colour on the marble.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Excellent – knowledge, organisation, ability to manage problems and look after the group so they stayed well and fit for the tour.

Do You Feel Your Holiday Benefited Local People?

In the country yes.

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

Absoloutely

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take wipes, hand sanitiser, toilet rolls (you will need them at some point) and mosquito spray (there are a few boat trips and eating out at night). Keep an open mind, the culture is different.

Reviewed by Sarah Thomas who travelled in October 2010

Review 16

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Camel ride into the dessert, watching the sun set and eating under the stars. Watching the Taj Mahal change colour as the sun rose and cast differing glows of colour on the marble.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Excellent – knowledge, organisation, ability to manage problems and look after the group so they stayed well and fit for the tour.

Do You Feel Your Holiday Benefited Local People?

In the country yes.

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

Absoloutely

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take wipes, hand sanitiser, toilet rolls (you will need them at some point) and mosquito spray (there are a few boat trips and eating out at night). Keep an open mind, the culture is different.

Reviewed by Sarah Thomas who travelled in October 2010

Review 17

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Camel ride into the dessert, watching the sun set and eating under the stars. Watching the Taj Mahal change colour as the sun rose and cast differing glows of colour on the marble.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Excellent – knowledge, organisation, ability to manage problems and look after the group so they stayed well and fit for the tour.

Do You Feel Your Holiday Benefited Local People?

In the country yes.

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

Absoloutely

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take wipes, hand sanitiser, toilet rolls (you will need them at some point) and mosquito spray (there are a few boat trips and eating out at night). Keep an open mind, the culture is different.

Reviewed by Sarah Thomas who travelled in October 2010

Review 18

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Camel ride into the dessert, watching the sun set and eating under the stars. Watching the Taj Mahal change colour as the sun rose and cast differing glows of colour on the marble.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Excellent – knowledge, organisation, ability to manage problems and look after the group so they stayed well and fit for the tour.

Do You Feel Your Holiday Benefited Local People?

In the country yes.

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

Absoloutely

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take wipes, hand sanitiser, toilet rolls (you will need them at some point) and mosquito spray (there are a few boat trips and eating out at night). Keep an open mind, the culture is different.

Reviewed by Sarah Thomas who travelled in October 2010

Review 19

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

Camel ride into the dessert, watching the sun set and eating under the stars. Watching the Taj Mahal change colour as the sun rose and cast differing glows of colour on the marble.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Excellent – knowledge, organisation, ability to manage problems and look after the group so they stayed well and fit for the tour.

Do You Feel Your Holiday Benefited Local People?

In the country yes.

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

Absoloutely

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Take wipes, hand sanitiser, toilet rolls (you will need them at some point) and mosquito spray (there are a few boat trips and eating out at night). Keep an open mind, the culture is different.

Reviewed by Sarah Thomas who travelled in October 2010

Review 20

What Was The Most Memorable Or Exciting Part Of Your Holiday?

You have an idea what it will be like, but nothing can prepare you for the beauty and amazement of the Taj Mahal. You can’t help but well up with tears looking at it. Also, the morning boat ride by the Ganges. Such an amazing place.

What Did You Think Of Your Tour Leader?

Our Tour Leader and the local guides were all fantastic. Our Tour Leader went above and beyond as to what was required. He organised chai on roof tops as a surprise and arranged for us to go and see an amazing aarti next to the ganges. He taught us alot on local areas and trades and was a great pleasure to have around.

Do You Feel Your Holiday Benefited Local People?

Definitely. We were shown schools, villages and local trades where our money is going to. Its going to the right places and people.

Do You Feel That You Got Under The Skin Of A Country?

I feel that I will always have a bit of India in my heart. I prepared myself for the ‘culture shock’ but the country and people showed my things that I didn’t expect to see. It opened my eyes alot. Of course there is poverty but the people are so happy and smiley, you cant help but smile with them.

What Advice Would You Give To Other Travellers?

Alot of the people can speak English but the locals respect you more if you say hello in there native language. Dont be afraid of anything as everyone will help you if you are lost or need to find a good restaurant. As long as you are respectful of their homes and villages, you cant go wrong.

Reviewed by Samantha Green who travelled in October 2010

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