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review 14 Aug 2016

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

There were many memorable experiences - our rickshaw ride through the Dehli markets was definitely a highlight....what a culture shock! The noise, smells, heat and totally manic traffic dodging around cows in the streets is imprinted on the memory. Seeing the rural life in Rajasthan was amazing - how the locals live in their mud houses, working on the land by hand, and how friendly the people were to us. Staying in a Maharaja's palace was an experience. Seeing the Taj Mahal was so spiritual. And the many palaces, forts, temples and havelis with their frescoes were so interesting.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be vigilant with hygiene if you want to avoid a stomach upset - lots of antibacterial hand gels, avoid meat, dairy and uncooked/unpeelable fruit and veg, and be careful of swallowing swimming pool water. July/August was very humid but the monsoon rain did not affect our trip and made the heat more bearable than May/June time. Begging is rife and hard to ignore. Take pens for the village children. I would not recommend our trip for very young children, but was fab for teenagers.

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

Staying in local homestays/havelis provided much needed income for locals, as did visiting villagers to witness their crafts and purchase goods they had made. The Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary was worth visiting.

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

After some initial concerns about traveling around Dehli and Rajasthan with 2 teenagers, we were pleasantly surprised. Although the itinerary was very busy there was nothing I could really cut out and it has definitely given our two rather spoilt kids a lot to think about! We were only disappointed by one of our many accommodations and we had so much more insight into the culture of the country than if we had stayed in 'chain' westernised hotels. It was a good mix of towns and rural villages and we came home feeling we had definitely got a good understanding of the Indian culture.

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