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North India Explorer + South India Explorer QIS

Visiting: India
Tour Duration 32 Days
 
Reviews for North India Explorer + South India Explorer 4.5 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.

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2 Andrew Schulz, 08/03/15

Please Review Your Overall Experience And What Your Highlights Were

The sights to be seen on the trip were fantastic. However, Explore's organisation of the tour fell down on 2 fundamental areas... booking and allocation of seats on the sleeper trains, leaving group members isolated and uncomfortable on long overnight journeys, and a terrible tour leader in South India, reflecting poorly on Explore's standards regarding finding tour leaders to help the group get the most from their tour.

 

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Our Response

Thank you for your feedback.  We agree that the more private two tier sleepers would be best, and our agent always tries to secure these for our groups, but it is not always possible and therefore we would never be able to guarantee them as included.  We do get them more often than not. 

 

We were sorry and concerned to read your comments on Pema, who has been leading Explore groups with very good feedback for several years.  We recognise that southern India is not the area he knows best (unfortunately the usual leader for this trip was not available), but we would have hoped for a better standard of performance than this.  Our Operations Manager for India will be going there to train new leaders and re-train existing ones later this year, and will address the issues raised with Pema then.

 
5 Keith Arbery, 21/02/15

Please Review Your Overall Experience And What Your Highlights Were

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!!

 

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5 Richard Watkins, 07/12/14

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

Over the 32 days there were many..Every day in india is like a movie of colours, smells, intrigue and adventure..Highlights were 2 days sailing down the Ganges peace and tranquil,Pushkar camel fair was a fantastc experience, Cycling in the traffic and around the lake in Udaipur, Hampi and the overnight trains and the list goes on

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4 Diane Grocock, 03/12/14

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

Visiting Hampi. Just didn't expect this, what an incredible experience.

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5 Enter name, 08/07/14

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

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.

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4 Peter Hooper, 09/04/14

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

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.

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Our Response

Thank you for your feedback. We’re pleased you enjoyed much of the trip, but your comments on the time in Goa have most definitely been noted. We’ve tried accommodating our groups in both North and South Goa, and we have to say that neither is proving entirely satisfactory, as the true India experience is not really to be found in Goa at all. The thinking behind the time there was simply to provide some relaxation time. But we are actively investigating alternative hotel arrangements.

 
5 , 15/08/13

Name

Julian

Tour Code

QIS

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

So many on a 32 day tour. Taj Mahal, Varanasi Ghats, Temples of Hampi and the sail boat down the Ganges and camping.

Tour Leader Name

Abhishek Chordia

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

We had 3 our first Abhisher Chordia was the best but had to leave whilst camping on the Ganges as his grand father was taken ill. Raj who looked ofter us on the South India part of the tour was good as well.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

If you are booking then 32 days is a long time but the tour is very varied. Travel on the Indian night trains means 6 berths to a compartment and you may have to share with fellow Indian travellers. But this should be part of the experance, take a sleeping bag liner and get in fully dressed. You can't take 32 days worth of cloths, take one weeks worth and wash and go. Keep any small change you get and it's not all curries.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

"By not having a Tour Coach, you use local transport,Tuk Tuk's, cycle rickshaws, etc. This means more families have money coming in. You have to people watch, local Indian Trains aways have room for one more!!"

 
 
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