6 independent reviews for Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour

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review 6 Nov 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The safaris and seeing the one tiger.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't have too high expectations of tiger sightings, it is luck and being 'in the right place at the right time', but the scenery is wonderful. Be prepared for early mornings, and dusty rides. If you are not a city person, find a safari only trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes and no. Definitely a benefit for the local people with the money and jobs and investment in the school. More people anyway is never going to be good for the environment, but the interest, education and funds are good for the conservation of the parks and the wildlife.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The initial holiday was good and the accommodation very good, but for me I think if I was to do it again, I would not do the city parts, they seemed rushed, hot, dusty and an overload of history and names that could not way be absorbed unless you are that way inclined. As with all group holidays, there is usually a mix of people, and for everyone to get along together is a rarity. There was a particular disquiet within this group initially it seemed based on one night when one of the party had a little too much to drink and fell out with her friend. It was sorted and should have been left at that, however, it was exacerbated by a group of older ladies who insisted on making it a 'big deal' and dragged it out for the rest of the trip, making for an unpleasant atmosphere. Our guide did the best he could and cannot be faulted for his handling of an impossible situation. The party member in question was not to blame for the turn of events.

review 27 Feb 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We went on this holiday in the hope of seeing a Tiger. Not only did we see one on the first day but had the privilege of seeing a total of ten tigers in three different National Parks. We actually followed a large male tiger along a track for more than half an hour while he sniffed and scent marked his way along. An experience never to forget.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't go expecting to see everything but enjoy the whole experience. There is so much to see.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Local people were involved in all aspects of this holiday and therefore they did benifit from it.On top of that the operator funds a local school which we visited. It was great too.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely brilliant. Great leader, well organised, accommodation and food great.

review 3 Apr 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We enjoyed every minute of this holiday, although seeing a tiger for the first time was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes absolutely, local people were employed as much as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

10 out of 10.

review 23 Mar 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The skill and knowledge of our birding guide was exceptional, enabling us to see 170 species of birds during our visit.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for some intensive birding.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To a certain extent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The holiday overall was very enjoyable, with some good locations, notable Munar and the Hornbill Camp. The final leg to Ooty was OK, but probably not worth the long journey to get there. One point that needs addressing at the Hornbill camp was that our room was not cleaned or tidied during the 3 days we were there.

review 2 Nov 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The most amazing part was seeing the Tigers in the wild and being consumed by their beauty and power. I also enjoyed the historic parts of the trip and the taj was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I would recommend that the best time to go on the trip is in feb and after. The bush is very dense at the moment and with the amount of water about tiger sightings can be hard work. I would also measure their expectations as a number of our group didn't get the concept it is a wild animal and that a lot of the sightings had an element of luck to it. The guide was amazing and it was really impressive with the way he dealt with us.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, I believe it does, without the tourism the tigers will cease to exist. It is an important part in protecting the numbers. The locals also get jobs through the reserves.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was excellent. I do think that the travel companies should make sure some of the older people know what they are getting themselves into. We had a number of people. We had amazing experience.

review 23 Feb 2005

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The excitement of seeing Tigers in the wild, was wonderful, we did not expect to be able to get as close as we did on the elephant, and each sighting was as exciting as the last. Ranthambore was disappointing, as this was the Reserve features on TV, showing Tigers, we had no sightings but others did. We put this down to the "cantors" being too large and noisy, others viewed from jeeps. To my mind, the best Reserve, with the most sightings, was Kanha. The open, grassy spaces were ideal viewing habitat and we saw Tigers on two occasions in that area. The elephant view was magnificent, as we were only yards away from a male Tiger and its Sambur kill, another sighting was very brief. There was also more other wildlife see, Guar, to name but one.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for long journeys by train and coach, uncomfortable with the roads being so bad. An opportunity to upgrade to first class in the sleeper train, would have been appreciated, an idea for the future!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The Reserves seem to employ local people, especially Kanha, bringing income to the locals. Everyone was careful not to cause upsets to the locale. Overall the holiday was most enjoyable, the long journeys are all part of the adventure, and have to be endured. We flew Business class, for the extra comfort, we were upgraded to First class to Muscat, that was a pleasant surprise. The flights were comfortable but the six hours stopover in Muscat needs to be avoided, if possible, or optional fights offered.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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