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North India Explorer + South India Explorer QIS

Visiting: India
Trip Duration 32 Days
 

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North India Explorer + South India ExplorerScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 9 reviews
(9 out of 10)

Elizabeth

Reading
This tour does need a lot of stamina but is good for anyone visiting India for the first time and/or wanting a general insight and whistle-stop experience of India. (Forget Marigold Hotel).
I extended my trip at both ends and wish that I had allowed longer.
Highlights were the Lotus Temple in Delhi which was organised for me by the tour leader, sailing down the Ganges and overnight camping on the banks of the River Ganges, the camel safari was better than anticipated. We also had an opportunity to join a Hindu Wedding Party.The Ganges Aarti Ceremony was beautiful and also discovering the SHEROES CAFE in Varanasi was very special.
The school visits and children were delightful.

I am usually an independent traveler but felt that I wanted extra support and security in India. I am glad that I did and by the end of the tour was confident enough to go on to Mumbai alone.
Confirmed traveller: 01 March 2016
Published on: 12 March 2016
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Combining the two tours gave us an amazing insight to the varied cultures and peoples you find in India. On the north tour, we experienced the intense vibrancy of city life, with all the noise, smells, and chaos that is part and parcel of life in India. We rode the Delhi metro and survived!! Seeing the Taj Mahal was a highlight as was our time in Udaipur with a boat ride on the lake around the Taj Palace Hotel as the sun set. The south India tour was just as fascinating, with more emphasis on stunning scenery. It was much warmer here, but bearable, and the train ride up to Ooty was a definite highlight. Another was the stay at the Shanti guesthouse, basic but comfortable with a superb setting in the countryside surrounded by paddy fields. The trip across the river here to see the lost city, was another highlight as the ferry outboard broke down and we were ferried back by coracle!! We had two leaders, one for each part, Abi on the north tour and Lukos on the south. Both were excellent, and looked after us all so well. Their combined local knowledge made for a really informative time in India.
Confirmed traveller: 21 February 2015
Published on: 12 March 2016
(10 out of 10)

David

St Newlyn East, Newquay
a simply wonderful trip to a wonderful country made extra special by two superb tour guides

the road/train travel was a great experience, I actually feel as if I have experienced the real India

biggest highlight was probably the school visit in the south, such an incredible welcome by the staff and children

as for tips, in january/february it might be wise to pack some warm clothing for colder evenings in the north and compensate luggage weight by reducing other clothing because laundry facilities are available at all two night stopovers at very reasonable rates
Confirmed traveller: 11 February 2016
Published on: 27 February 2016
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

So many - from the obvious ones like the Taj Mahal, to the quirky like the Bollywood film; from sailing down the Ganges, to visiting the Hope school.Wonderful. It's a very challenging, loud busy country, so to have someone at your side helping with every detail, every single day for 32 days was unbelievable. Literally, he made our holiday - cannot praise him highly enough. Been back almost 2 months, and that hasn't faded.
Confirmed traveller: 26 May 2014
Published on: 07 November 2015
(8 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

The most memorable and unexpected was the trip down the Ganges. A serene interlude in intense trip. The ruins of Hampi in the south where we stayed in a laid back hotel by the rice paddys and the river bank.The terrace view from our hotel in Udaipur and many more. Excellent throughout. Remained calm, cheerful, helpful and great company in the face of some stressful situations. Including three lost passports, a seven hour train delay, one lost client and one very challenging customer(not the one who got lost).
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2014
Published on: 07 November 2015
(9 out of 10)

Suzy

Exmouth, Devon.
It was all magical! Apart from my accommodation sharing in the South!!
You need plenty of energy......and make sure you can carry your own luggage - train station steps can be many! And stay hydrated!!!!!!
It was a most magical time for me - a rollercoaster of emotions at times, but a great experience!
The Leader's, both in the North and the South, were exceptional!!
Suzy
Confirmed traveller: 06 November 2014
Published on: 09 October 2015
(8 out of 10)

Monica

Milton Keynes
The sounds, smells, noise and colour of such a diverse country
Confirmed traveller: 18 March 2015
Published on: 06 October 2015
(7 out of 10)

Mary

Exmouth
Why? I have just written it once. Many pluses, not least beautiful India but not the trains. I would like to have travelled first class.
Confirmed traveller: 01 April 2015
Published on: 29 September 2015
(8 out of 10)

Ann

Kirkintilloch
Wonderful experience making a trip like this possible for me as a woman on my own.
It was excellent. Would like to see some singles only departures.
Your tour leaders are excellent.
A great experience
Confirmed traveller: 11 February 2015
Published on: 27 September 2015