2 independent reviews for India bird watching vacation in the Himalayas

Reviews for India bird watching vacation in the Himalayas

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review 14 Feb 2013

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

For us the nature based activities and birdwatching were tremendous. We had some really good guides and got to see tigers and a leopard which is very rare. The people, the culture and the environment were very exotic to us. People were on the whole very gracious and helpful and we left feeling we wanted to come back to other parts and to learn and understand more.

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

Relax and enjoy the experience. It's India and people do things differently. Keep an open mind but don't be bullied into doing things you don't want to do. We felt a lot of pressure from some guides and drivers to give larger tips than those suggested and to do things and buy things we didn't want. We had trouble finding the right compartment on trains even though we had reserved berths. Somehow things work themselves out but you need to be patient and persistent; assertive but not aggressive.

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

Yes. We had local people providing services throughout. The National Parks and Reserves we visited had very good conservation standards and tried to limit the impact of tourism while providing opportunities to experience the wildlife and unique environment. It was very hard to see so many very poor people alongside clearly great wealth. Since we had paid for all services in advance we were sometimes unsure if people providing some of the services received a fair wage or whether they were dependent on bigger tips.

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

Very good to excellent. Better than expected.

Read the operator's response here:

First of all we thank you sending us your valuable feedback of your recent trip to India. We have gone through your comments and yes I agree the drivers here do have a habit of asking for more tips. We on regular basis brief our drivers on this and will continue doing so. Also we realise that you had difficulty in finding your compartment so as compared to other countries here in India things are a bit different as you will find humans overcrowding everywhere. But we have taken a note on this & for sure it will not be repeated again. Thanks Kirty

review 24 May 2012

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

Seeing the Taj Mahal at Sunrise is an unforgettable event in our lives. Many special rare species of birds seen on our Birding Himalyan tour.

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

Go and explore and see India's very special flora and fauna. Trust Neelesh to organise a trip of a lifetime for you. Trust his staff such as Sanddeep our driver, who was excellent, polite, kind thoughtful and full of important to know information. Trust the guides provided, who have very specialized information to point you in the right direction to see wonderful sights.

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

Yes definitely. We left little behind we hope, but I'm not sure the general population of India really know how to recycle and conserve their environment. Much education needed here.

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

Superbly organised. The lodges and tented camps were fine, but the Delhi Hotels could be uplifted to provide better accommodation. We would go back tomorrow and would hope Sandeep would be there for us.

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks a ton that you both enjoyed your recent tour to India.We look forward to have you here again with some more great memories....

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