How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Initially Pramod seemed a little reserved for a tour guide and as we were such a bijou group (just 3 including myself and my partner!) I was a little apprehensive, but as the days went by he showed much warmth, sharing personal stories of his life to entertain us and offering endless knowledge of Indian ways. He was organised and efficient on all counts, relaxed and flexible. His support team Kishor the bike mechanic and Hamid the driver were on hand offering anything we needed and were cheerful and fun even on the incredibly early morning rises!
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"There are a lot of bus transfers so take a book to read!
The weather was beautiful (apart from a freak downpour one night in an outdoor restaurant, which was very funny!) but the air conditioned restaurants can feel very chilly in the evenings so take some long sleeves.
The heat was rarely an issue on the bike but the sun was harsh when sightseeing in the cities. Take a cloth to soak with water and hang around your neck. I used an old t-shirt, it was surprising cooling.
The accommodation swings from plush modern complexes to village basics, the contrast adding to the experience. With a sense of humour and a relaxed approach this is never an issue. Be sure to give your tour guide the chance to sort out any problems. "
Do you have anything else to add?
My partner and I had chosen a group tour for the social aspect and so discovering there was just one other person on the tour was very disappointing. Had we been informed that the quota of at least 4 had not been met we would have rescheduled our trip. Never the less we had a wonderful time and highly recommend it.