7 independent reviews for India small group vacation, a food adventure

Reviews for India small group vacation, a food adventure

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review 12 Nov 2019

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

The guide, Karni Singh, and the group.

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

Best to avoid Devali festival - locals are on vacation for at least the two weeks following Deval - many of the sites were very crowded, unless the group starts early (8am) as suggested by our guide to avoid the crowds. Carry a roll of toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

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

Yes to benefiting local people.

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

A wonderful informative trip filled with lots of temples; forts; palaces; food.

review 27 Apr 2019

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

Visiting the Taj Mahal

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

If you experience motion sickness and/or claustrofobia do not get on the overnight train to Mumbai, instead choose to fly, probably you have to pay extra, but 16 hours in the overnight train was for most of our group members a horrible experience. You should also know that the train is very dirty, cockroaches are walking everywhere, toilets are dirty, and there are no waste bins so how lower in the train, the more waste gets on the floor of the train (food waste, disposables, diapers etc).

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

Part of the tour is lots of shopping in stores where the guide takes you. So these salesman make benefits. Further more we did nothing to save conservation, the only thing is that we got a bag in the beginning of the vacation in order to reduce our plastic waste.

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

For vegan travelers India is very difficult and the food trip is not suitable for vegans. I would advise vegans to look for a vegan food tour.

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Dear Jantien, We write with reference to your recent correspondence to us regarding your travels on our India Food Adventure. This is simply a quick note to let you know that we have received your important contact. Your comments are incredibly valuable to us and we will be taking some time in order to look into the matters raised as we also appreciate that it is important to you that we understand your experience. Your correspondence has been passed onto our Customer Relations team who will liaise with all appropriate personnel in Australia and overseas. Please allow us up to 28 business days to reply however we do endeavour to respond to you sooner. In the meantime, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly. If you prefer to discuss your comments and concerns over the phone, please provide us with your best contact number so we can arrange a call during business hours. Kind Regards

review 18 Nov 2017

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

My trip was full of exciting and memorable moments every day! To choose one, we visited the Old Delhi the first day, had the breakfast in the narrow lines and then visited the Sikh Temple and were introduced how the local volunteers prepare free meals to be shared to anybody. We had the lunch there and learnt a lot of the Sikh religious beliefs. It was very positive visit.

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

The trip notes are very good indeed,so read them carefully . The traveling though is quite easy, and certainly much better than let's say a decade ago

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

Yes, think that way. We interacted and communicated with locals more or less all the time, buying also directly. These encounters are a key part of the overall experiences. People are friendly with nice sense of humor

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

Very well planned program, more than expected. Our tour guide Jadduu was very organized and so knowledgeable social and positive. All arrangements worked well

review 3 Dec 2016

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

Seeing the Taj Mahal, learning to cook amazing interesting Indian food and amazing meals out with India with a lovely group of people.

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

Book an extra day beforehand to see Delhi. One day is not long enough.

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

Yes. Used local guides and restaurants and hotels.

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

Excellent. Pancham our guide was great too.

review 10 Apr 2016

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

Very god food.

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

Travel as lightly as possible.

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

Yes

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

One of the best

review 29 Jan 2014

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

Undoubtedly visiting the Taj Mahal, although the journey on the overnight train was a close, but completely contrasting, second - although i'm not sure the whole group would agree!!!

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

Take lots of clothes for colder weather (i didn't do my homework properly and it was far colder than I expected). Also, to consider carefully how busy it was: I enjoyed this but my traveling companion got a lot more tired than she expected.

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

I would like to think the vacation benefited local people, it certainly did in as much as using local transport / local drivers and eating in local establishments or when sampling street food. I'm not sure it's credentials in terms of reducing environmental impact were that high, nor in terms of supporting conservation. Despite our tour leader appearing unaware of it's existence, we did independently organise a slum tour which contributed significantly to the above as profits go directly to the related NGO.

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

It was a challenging, enjoyable and interesting experience. There were some disappointments as several activities in the itinerary didn't materialise, but overall these did not detract from the vacation experience.

review 6 Nov 2013

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

Tasting street food of India, feeling reassured that our leader had assessed the risks of hygiene at that particular outlet. The food was always delicious and unforgettable

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

Go with the flow! In India, you have to be flexible, changes to itineraries are unavoidable, just see it as an opportunity to see something spontaneous. Pack a small torch, few streetlights and uneven pavements make returning to hotel after dark an adventure!

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

Yes, the recommended outlets seemed to be directly benefiting local crafts people. It felt good to support them when not in a pressured environment

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

Excellent! I would do it again in a heartbeat. The group was friendly and all stuck together.

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