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Wildlife & Moghul Cities
Transport - Minibus, train, rickshaw.
Accommodation - Hotels (9nts).
Meals - 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners.
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This was my first time in India and there were lots of diverse places visited on this tour, from the busy streets in Old Delhi to the calm of the villages around Nawalgarh and Surajgarh. Lots of Mosques and Palaces to see in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The best part for me was the Keoladeo National Park for birdwatching, which our group leader organized especially, a beautiful rickshaw ride through the park, stopping to look at the wildlife, with a very knowledgeable local guide as well, one of the best moments of the trip.
Ranthambore Safari was good but a long day and unfortunately we didn’t see a tiger, though there was plenty of other animals and beautiful scenery.
Pravar was an excellent group leader, he was well organised and chose good local guides. He was very flexible with reorganizing some sightseeing as the weather was very hot and this made it more enjoyable to go out early and later in the afternoons. He organised extra activities for us, like going to the Cinema in Jaipur, with many of the locals whistling and whooping throughout most of the film, an unforgettable experience!
He recommended good places to eat throughout and when we had to find a late night doctor for my partner in Jaipur, he was excellent at organising everything and making sure we were ok, very reassuring, so extra points for him as he had to work overtime!
Miss C - Travelled in April 2013
The whole experience of going to India and getting the balance of the tourist India and the real India was provided on this trip thanks to the schedule and timetable of the trip. There are so many things that were inspirational but among the most memorable were the visit to the school for deaf and dumb children and also the experience of going through the city streets in Jaipur and Delhi, witnessing the contrasts of life that is evident in India
html /> Our group leader-Aki-whose full name is Atik Ahmed provided excellent support and friendship to our group. He was extremely organised and efficient in all the arrangements that made our trip so enjoyable. He seemed to do things without effort and remained calm at all times. He always made the extra effort to be with group members regardles of what they wanted to do.
Our Highlight was the Taj Mahal, unfortunately only 2 hours were allocated for this visit.
Seeing a Tiger in the wild was awsome. Evening entertainments were excellent.
cleanliness in some hotels was poor. some hotels were excellent, others had poor standards
Naresh Sharma our Guide was excellent and very helpful. excellent Group leader - a friend for life
Mr D - Travelled in March 2012
Visiting the Taj Mahal and seeing a bengal tiger in the wild was amazing. Also seeing how the locals lived and worked was great.
It was difficult to get to a cash point, but by the far the worst part was the train stations / journeys, it did not feel very safe in many ways as well as hygiene.
Accomodation was great and staff were really friendly and prepared for our arrival.
Naresh was great however I did find it hard sometimes to hear him when he was using the microphone on the coach which meant I missed out on a lot of things.
Miss W - Travelled in March 2012
The time to walk at leisure around Jaipur and visit the Palace of the Winds and to 'sample' the sights, smells and colours of street life at close quaters. It would have been nice to have had more time to do more of these activities but on a short tour with a tight schedule i accept there were limited opportunities
[Least enjoyed] Long drive back from Jaipur to Delhi vie Shekawati. The indifferent quality of some of the local guides. Some were good mbut more had a poor command of English which made it difficult to understand the detail of what they were trying to explain. Myself and many other group members 'turned off' on several occassions during tours.The main tour guide (Sheikh Junaid) was very good. The quality of the local gudes at Ranthambore was not good when it came to bird identification. Their overall professionalism compared poorly when compared to guides used on African safaris. We were told by our guide that there was a 60-70% chance of seeing tigers in Ranthambore. Based on the number of vehcle movements (c. 150) in the Park and the number of tiger sightings (2!) during our 3 drives we estimated the chance was in fact less than 10% . Maybe we were unlucky!
The long drive back from Jaipur to Delhi via Shekhawati was not time well spent. Whilst we enjoyed seeing the Havelis and walking around Surajgarh and Nawalgarh we would have preferred more time at a game park possibly Kanha or Bandhavgarh (via an overnight train from Delhi) or a trip to another Rajasthan city (Udaipur). This may require a slight lengthening of the tour by a few days but we feel this would be worth it. Some of us were frustrated that there was little time to explore at our leisure and at times we were not encouraged to explore too far, possible for fears of our safety/wellbeing but many seasoned travellers would relish a little more freedom built into future intineraries.
The Bissauu Palace where we stayed in Jaipur was described in the tour notes as 'frayed around the edges'. We did not find this. It was one of the more memorable and fascinating places we stayed. Accommodation genrally gave good range from modern functional (Southgate in Delhi ) to elaborate old fort in Surajgarh. Generally good ,clean relaiable and food generally good/very good with some exceptions. Problem we noted was that some of the food was not served really hot. Staff very helpful and attentive.
Junaid was very helpful throughout. He was prepared to be as flexible as the itinerary allowed and tried to acomodate individuals requets for additional stops/shopping/trips etc. He ahd a very good command of English and good sense of humour and was very sociable though he very rarely ate with us. Is this company policy or a cultural issue for Group leaders??If anything he was a little overprotective towards us on some occassions where we had free time to explore. Overall though a very good, helpful and very reliableguide. He always did exactly what he said he would do even if it meant getting up at 6.00 to ensure we got our extra tiger drive at Ranthambore. He was keen that we undertsood Indian culture/history and food in a safe way.
Mr J - Travelled in February 2012
Taj Mahal. The safari in Ranthanbore.
[Least enjoyed] Early morning starts! Early morning start quite hard the second day after very little sleep on the flight. Journey back to Delhi from Jaipur a bit tedious.
[Accommodation] All very unusual which made for an interesting stay.
Could not fault him. Good in every way.
Mr B - Travelled in February 2012
[Least enjoyed] Cold on game drive
The last 2 days with the trip to the Hawaii were good but the trip back to Jaipur seemed very long with an extra night which was prob not needed.
[Accommodation] All good. Hotel in Agra worst but the rest excellent
Junaid was a great leader, very helpful
Miss W - Travelled in February 2012
Probably Fatepur Sikri and the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.
Really characterful with all the marvels and inconveniences that is India itself! Don't change a thing
The local guide for the trip was first class. Patient, well-educated, organized and with a good sense of humour.
Mr G - Travelled in January 2012
Seeing local school and mixing with locals, walking round markets, rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
No Complaints but lack of hot showers and cold bedroomd - appreciate thats the way it is!
local guide [Sher] was excellent - looked after us so well, and made it fun
He was absolutely wonderful. Extremely professional in getting us place to place and information, knowledge, etc. Great personality, he couldn't have looked after us any better and made us laugh a lot.
Ms W - Travelled in January 2012
Visits to the Taj Mahal and Amber Palace.
Opportunity to see the real India.
knowledge and professionalism of our local guide.
the weather was unexpectedly cold and many of the hotels were not equipped for low temperatures, making the conditions in rooms at times uncomfortably cold.
A excellent itinerary.Full of interest and extremely well organised.
Excellent in every way. Very knowledgeable. organisational skills first rate. Very caring
Mrs L - Travelled in January 2012
Wonderful introduction to India. Our friendly and informative guide may the whole trip run smoothly. Nice mix of sites and experiences including the Taj Mahal and Ranthambore and some that are not even in the guidebook like Suragahr.
Sher Singh was a highly informative and amusing group leader who made the whole trip more enjoyable.
Miss C - Travelled in November 2011
Our guide Shersingh was fantastic. The information and local knowledge he brought to our experience was fantastic. He really made the trip extra special and I would recommend the trip and him as a guide withoui hesitation. It was a fantastic way to see India.
As I have already said our Group Leader Shersingh was great. He really went the extra mile to keep us informed with local knowledge and informaiton. He was always happy to answer questions and share with pride his knowledge of the local places and wildlife. He was very organised and informative and I would highly recommend him as a guide.
The guide Sher was excellent and made the trip for me. His knowlege of where we visited and what we would like to see made every day enjoyable. He seemed to know what we wanted before we did and kept the group together. We all had different needs ranging from 25 to 70 year of age and he kept everyone happy and safe.
For activities, my highlight was the elephant ride up to the fort and a morning horse ride in the desert, it gave me a chance to see how local people live and see children on their way to school.
The obvious sites were spectacular, but the quality of the tents in Pushkar was an extremely pleasent surprise.
A great guy, who only had his charges well being at heart.
There were many memorable moments: seeing the Taj Mahal at sunset and with rain glistening on it, looming up in front of you for the first time; exploring the Amber Fort; and clambering all over the ruins at Ranthambore.
The tour leader could not have done more to accommodate the needs of all in the group. He was attentive and did his best to organise things to meet the requests of all, e.g. stopping the bus to buy chocolate! His job was made difficult by the diversity of the group, who had clearly come across the tour via a range of means and therefore had a variety of expectations... Perhaps the tour is trying to be too many things to too many different people? See below.