7 independent reviews for Punjab holiday, mountains & mystics

Reviews for Punjab holiday, mountains & mystics

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review 5 Aug 2019

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

The interesting sights (historical and natural) and the pleasant and relaxed experience in general.

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

Take a travel kettle. No hot drinks are available on board after lunch or dinner.

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

Yes (financially), no, and no.

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

A good, enjoyable Summer holiday.

review 7 Oct 2017

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

Seeing golden eagles in the mountainous areas, seeing the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the Dalai Lama’s temple in Dharamshala, the ceremony on the border of India and Pakistan, the food, the people!

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

Take plenty of toilet roll and hand sanitiser for the long train trips with poor facilities. Otherwise, bathrooms are of a fairly decent standard.

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

It definitely benefited local people, our money was clearly going to locally run places, cafes, individuals, it was good to be part of a trip that brought economic benefit to local, often fairly poor people. Not sure about environmental, as we bought so many plastic bottles of water to cope with the heat. There weren’t really any trustworthy other sources of clean water. Got sick from drnking ‘filtered’ water at a hotel so stuck to bottles.

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

Great! Our tour operator applies its responsible tourism vlaues really well, and our guide was absolutely brilliant. A few long days of travel, but even that helps you experience India and appreciate the distances and the terrain better.

review 17 Oct 2012

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

visiting Golden Temple Travelling on Toy train to Shimla using local buses

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

Good level of general fittness needed. Don't visit India if all you want to do is change it

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

use of local guides, tipping Kitty so made sure staff were tipped correctly for that country use of local transport

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

excellent

review 30 Nov 2010

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

The golden temple at Amritsar and the border ceremony at Waga on the Pakistan India Border. Plus Mcleod Ganj and Naddi up from Dharamsala.

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

Be aware that the hike to Chamba from Khajjiar involves a final climb partway up the mountain to get to the accommodation.

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

Only 8 of us and we are all very environment minded. I was more distressed to see the local people throwing paper out of the toy train window and some of the towns littered with trash. If only Responsible Travel could do more to educate the local population to recycle the trash as much as possible. We ate at local small cafes and restaurants and stayed in small local hotels, used cycle rickshaws and tuk tuks. Actually used all forms of transport so I think the local businesses did benefit. Pehaps in Dharamsala since it is all about Tibet it might have been nice to stay at a Tibetan guest house.

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

Fantastic! I love India; the people are so friendly and so colourful, the temples are wonderful. The entire spectrum is there to be enjoyed.

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