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Cycle Rajasthan CIR

Visiting: India
Tour Duration 16 Days
  • Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
  • Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Tiger in Ranthambore
  • Palace of the Winds, Jaipur
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Comfort: Standard
  • Cycling Grade: Moderate
 

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9 , 09/11/13

Name

Laurent Dujacquier

Tour Name

Cycling Rajasthan

Tour Code

CIR

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Seeing the tiger in Rathambore. Hearing the tiger roaring at dusk. Dining at Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Bundi Castle. Cycling through orchards. Entering Taj Mahal mausoleum alone at dawn. Etc. etc...

Tour Leader Name

PRAMOD SING KUMAR

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Very professional, always cool.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Learn a few words of Hindi.

 
10 , 15/08/13

Name

Sam

Tour Code

CIR

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

"With such a varied trip it’s so hard to choose! The Jain temple at Ranakpur was as stunning as the Taj Mahal, the boat ride on Lake Pichola was heavenly on such a glorious day and the Holy paint festival offered children at their best, creating road blocks and charging drivers to cross with the consequence being squirted with coloured water! We joined in the fun at our hotel and our stained red hands became a permanent reminder of the fun..that and Jons pink rinse (grey hair is so porous!). If you ever you get the chance, only use the natural colours! The optional afternoons in the villages are the best way to experience the warmth of the people though how they’d accommodate a bigger group of 15 Chai drinkers I’m not sure!"

Tour Leader Name

Pramod

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.

 
10 Joint review - all eight group members (Contact: Sarah Dunkerley), 22/02/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

"Cycling through 'real' India and experiencing the warm welcome of the villagers; masala chai stops; local snacks for lunch from street vendors; the Taj Mahal at sunrise; seeing a tiger in the Ranthambore National Park; the expertise of the local guides at Sariska, Jaipur, Udaipur, and Agra and their willingness to enthusiastically share their local knowledge. "

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2 Anthony Kemp-Jones, 01/02/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

"Cycling around Udaipur and hanging out there in the evening.
The countryside around Kumbalghar and the Jain temple."

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Our Response

We do note on our trip notes that during December and February, temperatures can become quite cool and drop below freezing at night.

It is also disappointing that you found the hotels in Jaipur and Kumbalgarth to not be at an acceptable standard. We state in our brochure that our aim is to stay at small, locally owned establishments, not only to allow greater contact and insight into the areas being visited, but also to try and be of greater assistance to the local economy, which will often see little financial reward from tourists who stay in the larger, internationally owned hotels. However, we wish to assure you that we intend to monitor further customer feedback in order to identify if the problems you experienced were isolated or whether there has been a drop in standards at this particular hotel. 

 
10 Judith Cargill, 05/12/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

"visiting Taj Mahal
cycling through rural parts of Rajasthan completely off the tourist trail"

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Our Response

Thank you for your review. I am sorry you did not get to visit Delhi at the start of your holiday. As stated in our trip notes, you should have been given the opportunity to set up the bikes and go for a test ride through the city. We will remind our tour leaders to do this on the first day of the holiday.

 
8 Casperand Ans Ninteman, 26/11/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Well balanced tour. Good variation of cycling. Taj Mahal, Red Fort , dinner at the lake in Udaipur and fort of Kumbhalgarth.

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