4 independent reviews for Rajasthan experience vacation

Reviews for Rajasthan experience vacation

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review 26 Jan 2014

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

Obviously the sight of the Taj Mahal will stay with me forever but I really enjoyed the horseriding at Castle Bijaipur.

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

If you are there over Christmas/New Year make sure you have enough warm clothes!

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

Yes. We were very much involved with the local people on a daily basis. I did enjoy the interaction.

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

Most enjoyable. It was good to be based in one place for a reasonable length of time to get to know the local environment and people instead of moving on nearly every day.

review 31 Mar 2012

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

The country is beyond expectations.

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

This was a 'comfort' trip; check which operator you choose and the kind of tour you sign up. I went on a 'comfort' tour and my expectation was that we would have good hotels (they were all fine) and more inclusions but 'comfort' tour in this instance means later starts as a result much of the day on road instead of allowing more time spent at various locations to learn more about India and locals. I travelled before with other operators, based on my experience I would rather choose those.

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

Visited one project and heard about the operator matching travelers contributions but otherwise very limited actions seen in everyday matters (eg no wastebin on bus etc). We were however much encouraged to tip and I wonder how the operator pays and promotes its on staff, hotels, local guides and drivers if they are so heavily dependent on tipping.... On other tours, we had tipping but there has never been so much pressure than on this tour.

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

It was a good introduction to India and I wished to continue my trip as an independent traveler to explore more. Our scheduled has fallen on 'holy' festival but the programme has neither recognised nor was adjusted for this. We had a tour leader who advised not to go to the streets but remain at the hotel....

Read the operator's response here:

Where you stay is all part of your vacation experience. This tour offers a comfort style of travel which is predominantly tourist class (3-4 Stars) hotels. The accommodation experience on this tour is varied and offers 6 nights in a heritage property which based on previous feedback is a highly rated experience for our travelers. Our Comfort style trips are still adventure travel but with a softer landing, this is perhaps why you felt your tour involved later starts in the morning. Perhaps comfort wasn’t the style for you and you would prefer one of our Original itineraries. Responsible Travel is very important to us and as an Industry leader in sustainable travel it is at the forefront of everything we do. Since opening our doors in 1989 we have been dedicated to a style of travel that is culturally, environmentally and socially responsible. It is through feedback from our travelers that we are able to uphold this passion. In terms of the tipping -though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to us in the West, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many of our destinations. Safety of our travelers is of the up most importance to us and traveling in India during the Holi festival (a lunar festival but generally held in March every year) can at times be dangerous - a lot of locals participate in consumption of intoxicating substances. The day has been associated with physical violence and danger. Your leader would have advised what places to avoid on this day and it may even be necessary for you to avoid putting yourself in a high risk situation.

review 10 Feb 2008

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

Its impossible to pick just one as the entire trip was wonderful, which probably sounds like a cliche. There were so many highlights, the sailing down the Ganges was magical, and exploring Varanasi. Jaipur was beautiful and Roopangarh (spelling?!) Fort was a total Wow! experience, we literally wowed constantly during our entire stay there and visit to the local village. The camel safari was also an unexpected pleasure too. And not forgetting the group itself, I was so fortunate that my first group tour was filled with such a fabulous bunch of people - we were such a diverse group, but we all bonded so fast and so well, it was a wrench when we finally came to the end of the tour.

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

Go for it! And definitely take a sleeping bag if you can, as the camping was very cold in January.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I think so, yes. We visited a charity project in Jaipur and did the Fort village tour too so everyone was able to see at firsthand living/working conditions. We used local guides when possible and always local transport which was good.

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

Excellent.

review 16 Nov 2007

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

The colour and vibrance of India cities.

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

Be prepared for the culture shock, but look past that to the positivity of the people.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Definitely, because the operator’s use of local payment ensured that funds were injected into the local communities. They also encourage tourists to contribute to any local support schemes they are conducting. The guide was also respectful to the local vendors while guiding tourists not to encourage inappropriate badgering by the vendors.

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

Fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the Indian culture.

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