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review 8 Mar 2018

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

Finding wild rhinos during the jungle trek.

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

Make sure you do your research in advance about things to do in the areas you travel to. My itinerary often just said "Activities at Chitwan" or "Free Day at Leisure" but then very little would be suggested about things to do in the area. Leaving me to just be spending half my morning searching for things to do via TripAdvisor.

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

Local people: Yes, especially in Chitwan and slightly in Pokhara. Reduced Environmental Impacts: Not really, or at least not that I was aware of. Supported Conservation: In Chitwan, yes. However, I was a bit worried about the treatment of the elephants during the jungle trek. They were given very little rest and seemed to have been worked quite hard.

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

Good. This was my fifth trip via Responsible Travel, and while I did enjoy myself, it felt like I saw/did much less this trip compared to what I've gotten on other trips of roughly the same price. I think I would have been a bit happier if more suggestions/more thorough planning had been done for Kathmandu, and at least some more ideas for cultural things to do in Pokhara on the second day. The guide for the first day in Pokhara, Saraswati/Sasha, was wonderful and I greatly appreciated her kindness and help. The guide for Chitwan was very knowledgeable and taught me a great deal about the area and it's flora/fauna, but no guide was given for Kathmandu, and I feel like I would have enjoyed the experience there a bit more if more was suggested for the days/half days in Kathmandu & Pokhara that were empty, as well as during the long periods of downtime in Chitwan. There were representatives assigned who offered to help via a call, but I think I would have preferred just a pamphlet/packet about suggestions of things to do/how best to get there/prices. I definitely enjoyed myself, and learned a lot and made a lot of great memories, but it felt like there was much more self-planning/more downtime than I would have liked.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Barton Many thanks for travelling with us to Nepal I am glad to hear that overall the holiday was good although we would have preferred a 'great holiday ' rating. Its disturbing to hear that you felt that there was possible hardship experienced by the Elephants that you encountered in Chitwan National park - we will be asking out local team to explain the situation to make sure we use local providers who are more in tune with the Responsible Policy that we aim to adhere too.We do thank you for making us aware that standards may have dropped and we do take this very seriously. We have taken on your points that perhaps we should have additionally offered a guide in Kathmandu and certainly some more suggestions of things to do in and around Pokhara and Kathmandu. I do apologise and we will make it clear to the operations team in Kathmandu to offer a more comprehensive selection of suggested walks,activities and additional tours for our guests. Regards Sanjay

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