2 independent reviews for India tour, rural India

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review 5 Dec 2013

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

The most exciting part of the holiday was travelling on the overnight train and the many opportunities we had to meet local people and glimpse a little of what their lives are like. I must also add the bustle and colour of the camel fair and the friendliness of everyone we met.

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

I would say do not go with the idea that it is a luxury holiday. If luxury is what you want then choose something else. Certainly sleeping in palaces was luxury but that was only part of it. The luxury tents had en suite facilities but we also had to share with the local wild-life. Camping is camping so be prepared!

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

I am not sure. We did travel on a full-size coach for a lot of the tour.

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

It was one of the best holidays; in the top two.

Read the operator's response here:

We were very sorry to hear about the size of the bus, we usually use both small busses and public transport on this trip, but unfortunately as it was peak season a small bus was not available for us to use. The tour visits several remote villages and communities and we make sure that money from the tour and tourists goes back into these small communities. However we are aware that we need to work with our local tour leaders to make sure this is communicated to everyone who travels with us.

review 25 Mar 2012

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

Seeing places I never could have got to on my own.

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

Ask them to update the descriptions in the itinerary. Bhopal Singh is undoubtedly the best guide I have had on trips to India. He actually knows the history as well as the culture, habits, etc. Well, there was one other guy in Goa but it is a rarity to find someone as knowledgeable as Bhopal and still a good logistician/manager/fixer and all the other things a tour guide has to be to keep a diverse group together and happy. We were blessed.

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

No doubt.

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

Excellent.

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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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