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South India Explorer QDS
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What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour
Visiting the Raghunatha Temple on a hilltop in Hampi and then sitting amongst the resident monkeys watching sunset. A very spiritual and moving experience.
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How Was Your Explore Tour Leader
Superb, in every way. Highly intelligent, extremely knowledgable about India's history, culture and religion. Nothing was too much trouble. He's a real foodie, so we ate fantastic food during the whole tour. He had a great sense of humour too and paid great attention to making sure our trip went as smoothly as possible. He was well organised and efficient and really good company.
What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour
Take the usual precautions when visiting this part of the world in terms of eating sensibly, keeping hydrated and using lots of sun screen. Don't pack too much either as you will have to carry your bags on to several day and overnight trains.
Do You Have Anything Else To Add
It was fantastic. I always enjoy Explore trips and this one was no exception. I came away feeling I'd been completely immersed in another culture and am enriched for it. Everything about it was so positive and enjoyable. The trip was well put together and captured the diversity of this great country - the people, the landscape, the Hindu religion and the food. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
Climbing out to the end of a Chinese fishing net in Kochi to watch the sunset; drifting around the Martian landscape of Hampi; garam chai by the open door of the train from Hospet to Margao; the long haul up to Ooty on the Nilgiri railway.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
He shepherded us safely from Mamallapuram to Goa, stalked tardy waiters when our meals were late, refused to eat till we'd all been fed, possibly threw Ed's errant chicken sizzler onto the barbeque with his own hands (we shall never know), sought out the best thalis in every city, served as a personal shopper to those who were daunted by the notion of haggling, played storyteller in Hampi, commandeered all our cameras 'cause he framed a better photo than any of us and told endless amusing fibs about the quality of the transport we'd be taking. He was completely fabulous.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Do research the climate and bear in mind the long travelling days and frequent short stops: while I personally think it's a bonus to cover to much ground in the time given, it can be something of an endurance test in that heat and humidity, and not everyone was entirely prepared for it.
Do you have anything else to add?
I was really impressed with the standard of accommodation: no frills but vastly better than the word 'budget' generally brings to mind. Great value for the money.