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review 13 Jan 2009

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

All visits to Rajastani palaces, forts and havelis were a fantastic experience, especially since the city guides were really good and very excited to tell us all about it. The Taj Mahal is certainly a highlight, but my top experience was visiting the living and breathing city within the walls of Jaisalmer fort. Other highlights for me included the miniature painting school in Udaipur, the carpet and block printing workshop in Jaipur, the observatory in Jaipur and the makrana marble workshop in Agra. The artisans make truly beautiful things! And they always have given the beauty of the palaces.

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

Choose a tour which minimises road travel as roads are poor and travel times are 2-3 times longer than what you'd expect. At least some of the longer journeys should be with an overnight sleeper train or a flight (eg Jaipur-Agra). Go after mid November if you don't like hot weather - the first week of our tour (1st week in Nov) was unusually hot with temperatures close to 40C!

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

Yes, as hotels and restaurants were local, but on the road there are only very over-priced restaurants (only for tourists) and if possible alternatives should be used both in favour of the tourist and the wider local community. Also, we were taken to quite a few workshops or middlemen who work with local artisans via cooperatives, but it would have been good to have more time to spend in markets and spread our custom a bite wider, although any attempt to do that was necessarily hampered by the pushiness of the vendors which makes it very difficult to look and consider a purchase.

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

Rajasthan, Agra and Delhi are definitely the best place to go for a first visit to India and offer many beautiful sights. The tour has good coverage of the state (as many tours don't go all the way to Jaisalmer), but was very fast-paced with lots of long drives which certainly detracts from the enjoyment factor.

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