- Very many highlights (Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Agra, Shimla) but in terms of improvements I didn't feel I needed as long in Kolkata, whereas Amritsar, and to some extent Delhi, felt rushed.
I'm not sure how much choice there is but wonder if 2nd class (i.e. two-tier as opposed to three) overnight would be better and the toy train was cosy for such a long trip (but I appreciate the timing of a 'chair class' train might have been wrong). Most trains we caught there seemed to be a muddle about which seats were ours - the sort of thing you rely on the tour guide getting right.
The 'posh' hotel in Delhi wasn't great - perhaps swap for somewhere cheaper and more personal/ friendly where we can afford a drink and some laundry!
I have been spoilt by some fabulous tour guides in the past - Anil's 'delivery' was rather dull though and I found myself switching off. Also he was poor at anticipating info we might need/ appreciate like which queue to join at the Golden Temple and the timing of things - nearly two hours queueing when he said 20-30 minutes! (I very nearly missed the visit to the border as a result.) Incidentally the trip to the Golden Temple was included so I thought it was poor that we had to make our own way back to the hotel and at our own expense.
When giving flight info perhaps warn people that they may have to collect their own luggage during the Mumbai transfer - I nearly missed this as no one mentioned it at check-in. Oh, and in the trip notes I would find info about availability of a kettle useful - we had one everywhere and that was great.
Published on: 15 April 2016