- The group size of 18 was too large, and had been advertised on the Explore website as 10-16. It made a difference when walking through the streets of Old Delhi, queueing for the toilet, paying in shops and waiting for food in restaurants.
The itinerary was a good balance of expected UNESCO world heritage sights and local villages and communities. Highlights of the week, after the Taj Mahal and Tigers were: Fatehpur Sikri and City Palace Karauli, where we stayed in a delightful place near the palace.
The flight which the majority (15/18) took from London was 3hrs delayed. This had a direct impact on our tour of Delhi and Old Delhi. We completely missed out on the rick-shaw ride around Old Delhi and the spice market. A shame as almost all guide books recommend this.
The itinerary needs to be reviewed as some of the journey times are not true. For example one coach ride is stated to be 2hours long and in fact is 4hours.
I was underwhelmed with the Tour Leader: his lack of knowledge on local and world heritage sights could and should have been addressed. He was obviously on commission with several restaurants in particular the venue in Agra next to the hotel. There was an emphasis on tips and money from the Tour Leader which started within the first 30mins of the introduction. We each contributed £25 (18x£25 = £450x90 =40,500rupees), as I understand it is normal for each member of the group to assist with the distribution of the group tips. This did not happen.
There is room for improvement with the Tour Leader and his attitude to tourists and this tour.
Published on: 28 April 2016