6 independent reviews for North India cultural tour

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review 14 Mar 2016

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

The unexpected parts are always the best and we had a few of those! We had a backroads tour through the countryside of India due to roadblocks, which was very exciting! On the actual itinerary - Varanasi was an experience, Pushkar and Udaipur great for just wandering, Jaisalmer staying in the grounds of the fort glorious unsets!

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

Book it! Go with it, if stuff changes then well it's more the real Indian experience! We expected very basic hotels/hostels but were pleasantly surprised with the level of accommodation :) Mostly hot showers, big rooms, mostly with windows, some TLC required in places but clean and friendly and much better than expected at the price :)

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

Yes, where possible local transport used, local guides, local businesses supported.

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

A fantastic taster of a small section of Northern India - you do travel a fair amount, but that's part of the experience too ;)

review 14 Feb 2016

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

The guide and the group. The variety & pace was incredible. The street vendor who called " give me a chance to rip you off!".

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

If you buy something ready made in Udaipur, haggle hard. Avoid buying souvenirs until you are in Puskar. Sleeping bag useful, but travel as light as possible. Tripadvisor is good, but the guide is better.

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

Yes, yes, yes.

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

One of the best adventures you could go on. Challenging, life affirming, and a desire to go on more

review 15 Nov 2016

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

Varanasi, Udaipur was beautiful, but for me Varanasi was my Indian dream. The Ghats, boat trip to watch the Aarti, the market and the Bollywood dance class we organised, just perfect!

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

Travel light!

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

Just by paying foreign fares for visiting places I felt we were helping conservation.

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

Great vacation overall!

review 23 Jan 2015

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

Being exposed to a completely different world that seems to follow a completely different logic than what I'm used to. The contrast of a croweded public transportation and the beauty of moghul architecture and art.

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

Be prepared for the cold in January and make sure to have warm, functional clothes and a sleeping bag.

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

I felt that tourism is a key income resource for the region, so while spending money, the trip helped local people. Our group was environmentally friendly by using lots of public transportation and being attentive to litter. The tour organiser could support local people to become more professional in service (esp. hotels). I've observed that (younger) Indians were very keen to learn. Therefore, I could very well imagine that they would welcome "advice" on how to lift the level of professionalism, e.g., clean bathrooms, hot water, synchronizing servings more, etc.

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

Vacation was a great to help me see my own culture with completely new eyes and become more aware of things that I have taken for granted in the past.

review 20 Apr 2013

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

Varanasi. The camaraderie of group members and our group leader. Seeing India in action.

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

Be aware that you will be seeing quite a bit of northern India in a short period of time. There is quite a bit of travel time.

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

Our trip did benefit some local people - local hotels and guest houses, trains and other transportation, shopping in local stores that supported local craftspeople.

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

It was very interesting and created some good memories. The disadvantages (frequent bus and train rides) were part of the trip. Our group leader, Anant Singh, was excellent. A very good trip.

review 1 Sep 2012

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

I am in my 50s and I found the pace excellent - no more than 3 nights anywhere - arrive - shower/rest - orientation walk then choose your activities and what a great diversity of activities. I found it stimulating and fun. The guide took all the hassle out of it. He gave us guidelines on costs, he showed us the best value for money places to eat in the location and doing activities as a group meant not only was it sociable, but we got good deals. I enjoyed spending time with people from all over the world.

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

Read the blurb. Travel on public transport is likely to mean no air con on buses. If you don't like being in a group don't choose this type of vacation. Go with an open heart.

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

Yes. Our tour guide encouraged us to use all forms of transport, to eat in different places to spread our business and talked a lot about the politics and culture. As foreigners pay more to visit sites we also contribute to preserving India's fantastic heritage for future generations.

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

We travelled at the end of the monsoon season so sometimes it was very wet and overcast, but the plus was that there were fewer tourists. You can opt out of activities so there was nothing I didn't enjoy. I thought it was excellent value for money. I felt I saw the real India and I plan to travel with your company and on this type of vacation again.

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