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review 18 Jan 2020

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

Early morning safaris at Kanha reserve (I saw several tigers and cubs and a mesmerising variety of birds, mammals, butterflies), and a fascinating guided nature walk through the forest to the tiger's den, while staying at the delightful Shergarh tented camp; a boat safari in the Sunderbans - crocodiles, storks, deer, monitor lizards, wild pigs, birds galore etc etc; a long walk with Sunny through the local villages around his beautiful Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat, likewise walks and bike rides with various members of his amazing local team; sitting round their campfire on Christmas Eve; trips to markets; drinking chai just about everywhere, the noise of cowbells and monkey calls at night, meeting the local people, messing about with the gangs of children who seem to appear out of nowhere...

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

This was tailor made and wonderful and so my main tip would be to talk to Sophie, who runs the travel company in India. She is a rich source of local knowledge and, as I discovered, absolutely everyone knows her and values her good opinion; she's very popular and so you are very well looked after, under her mantel.

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

Yes, at all stages local people were either running the show or integral. All the guides were local and various city walks etc were run by charities, which put the money back into the community. It definitely supported conservation. Tourists are necessary. On the other hand, it involved a lot of travel, flights, cars etc..

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

A remarkable three weeks and a beautiful mix of safari, villages, a couple of nights in Mumbai and, under my own steam, Kolkata. I loved this trip and am already dreaming of a return.

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