2 independent reviews for Rajasthan tailor made tours, India

Reviews for Rajasthan tailor made tours, India

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review 15 Jan 2018

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

Being in Jaipur for Diwali. This was such a special time for us and we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating with the local people.

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

Be prepared for crowds! Also, be prepared for driving chaos. The roads have to be seen to be believed. Having said that, somehow it all works but it's certainly not what British or European travellers would be used to.

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

The benefit to local people would be in accommodation bookings, meals and purchases of local handicrafts. Also using local guides, drivers and reps. I'm not sure about reduced environmental impact; we are very environment-aware in any case so we try to do our bit. The conservation aspect is also difficult to answer. We didn't do anything animal-related, e.g. we didn't go to any Game Reserves. We did visit many of the temples and forts on our journey so we supported conservation with regard to historical buildings.

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

Absolutely brilliant. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

review 31 Oct 2016

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

The Taj Mahal has to be the most iconic visit. Having to get in the queue for the 6 o'clock opening was "different", but really worth it. Back to the hotel in time for breakfast AFTER visiting the Taj is something I shall be slipping into most conversations I have in the near future! Next was the 3 days in Jaipur where I felt like a princess being waited on hand and foot. Bed tea was lovely and sipping gin and tonic while watching a charming puppet show could have been part of a script from a film.

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

Follow the advice given by the experts regarding health care and visas. To save on bulk, take some clothes that can be laundered, the standard of our laundry service was fantastic. Wear closed-in shoes in the streets for hygiene reasons. The streets are very dirty and uneven in most places. Read up about the history of India before you go, it adds depth to the visits and helped me to understand a little of the way society worked. Don't go if you are a compulsive cleaner. I'm a celiac and I had no problem eating. I came back having gained a few pounds.

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

I know I did benefit local people. I was impressed with the eco measures at the Dera Mandawa in Jaipur. They used filtered water for drinking (perfectly safe), a dung fuelled oven and supported local entertainers and crafts people by giving us an authentic puppet show. We shopped in a co-operative where the profits from the sales of textiles and other goods went directly to the people who made them.

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

An absolutely fabulous experience. I wanted to have a head-cam on record all the time as just taking photos isn't enough. So much to take in just from the seat of a tuck-tuck. Charming and polite service, excellent food and we were lucky to be there for Diwali.

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