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Indian Rail Odyssey RIN

Visiting: India
Tour Duration 21 Days
  • Toy train to Ooty
  • Reflections at the Taj Mahal
  • Bengal Tiger / Chris Milne
  • Amber Fort
  • Kovalam
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Busy
  • Tour Comfort: Standard
 

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10 Gail, 02/04/14

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

This trip had so many highlights, but for me the best were the Golden Temple, Amritsar at night, so beautiful and haunting. Taj Mahal of course and the Amber Fort in Jaipur for its setting and superb Mirror Palace. Loved the Nilgiri Hills too. Trip was very varied - desert, mountains,tropical scenery, palaces,forts, coast and wildlife.

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10 , 15/08/13

Name

Paul

Tour Code

RIN

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

We had never been to India before, but when we were looking for a tour which we thought would give a glimpse of what such a vast country had to offer, in a mere three weeks, then the Indian Rail Odyssey seemed to tick all the boxes. From start to finish, the whole experience was unforgettable, whether it was exploring ancient monuments, driving around wildlife parks looking for tigers and elephants, or simply travelling on the intrinsically "Indian" overnight trains. There was not one disappointing moment. For this reason, it would be extremely difficult to isolate any aspect as a momentous or memorable highlight. The whole tour was brilliant.

Tour Leader Name

Anil Khumar

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

We had never been to India before, but when we were looking for a tour which we thought would give a glimpse of what such a vast country had to offer, in a mere three weeks, then the Indian Rail Odyssey seemed to tick all the boxes. From start to finish, the whole experience was unforgettable, whether it was exploring ancient monuments, driving around wildlife parks looking for tigers and elephants, or simply travelling on the intrinsically "Indian" overnight trains. There was not one disappointing moment. For this reason, it would be extremely difficult to isolate any aspect as a momentous or memorable highlight. The whole tour was brilliant.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Anil Khumar was exceptional as a tour leader for the duration of our Indian Rail Odyssey (20130309). With reference to his country's history and culture, he was able to impart considerable knowledge in a way that was interesting and lively. With regard to logistics, he was able to sort out the most awkward situations, showing very good man management and even shepherding skills when required. He was extremely courteous and had a great sense of humour. There was not a time during the tour when we ever felt vulnerable or out of our depth. This was largely due to the input of Anil.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Go with an open mind. The lonely planet was a very useful tool, even though it was quite bulky. If I was going again, i would probably explore other options with regard to factual reading matter. The food is not expensive and therefore, relatively, we did not spend very much. There was no shortage of ATM machines in towns and cities, so changing currency was never a real issue. Be careful about what you eat and make sure that you disinfect your hands at every opportunity. Take mosquito repellant. Keep a journal.

 
0 Lisa Toole, 02/04/12
A superb, full-on and, at times, hectic trip! From arriving in Amritsar and going straight out to see the border gate (with Pakistan) closing ceremony to sitting on a rice boat in Kerala, this is a great way of seeing India. The highlight has to be seeing a wild tiger in Ranthambore and sitting watching her bask in the early morning sun for 40 minutes! Being the first ones at the Taj Mahal at sunrise will stay in my memory as a 'kodak moment' forever. The train rides are a true experience and deciding which person is willing to sleep on the top bunk requires some very easy-going and flexible people! The train ride at Ooty was so delightful. I was blown away by the architecture at so many places. As usual with Explore, the guide was excellent, informative and kept us to schedule when needed, especially at the 2 minute train stops; he also took us all to see a Bollywood movie one evening, an optional extra, which the whole group thoroughly enjoyed. This is a fab trip!
 
0 HJG, 16/05/11
When I think of this holiday I cannot help but smile. India is an amazing country- colourful, abundant, magical, multifarious.  We saw snakes and monkeys, camels, peacocks and a tiger. We travelled by bicycle rickshaw, tuctuc, steam train and elephant. We visited the Sikh holy of holies, temples for Ganesh and Nandi, a 400 year old synagogue and the resting place of St Francis Xavier. We saw the Golden Temple by moonlight, the Taj Mahal at dawn and in the midday sun we lounged on a houseboat in Kerala. The hotels were all very smart and comfortable but the best experience was travelling on the trains, even though they are not at all up to British standards of cleanliness. At the stations you get a real insight into the life of the ordinary people of India going about their daily business. I will always remember the groups of Indian women in gorgeous silk and gold saris sitting on the platform surrounded by goats. This could not be described as a relaxing holiday as there were so many early starts and a constant moving on, but it was a great adventure and gave a real sense of achievement. We didn’t get ill either! – top tip drink lhassi instead of beer.(RIN - 20th February 2011)
 
0 Robin Mardlin, 31/12/10
Highlights; eating lunch with the pilgrims in the golden temple at Amritsar and joining the crowds cheering at the border crossing at Wagah.The train part really is an odyssey and enabled us to feel really immersed in the local culture. The local food was excellent and with care and hand gel we were able to avoid any tummy upsets. Advice is to eat local food and drink lassi! (RIN - 6th November 2010)
 
 
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