- So many highlights: Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Shimla (amazing hotel!), Amritsar, train journeys, food!
Tips: Explore need to sort out the starting connections for the tour - having people arriving on three separate days (all from the UK!) is just not good enough. This meant that arguably some people spent more time in Kolkata than strictly necessary - and everyone less time somewhere else. Some of the itinerary meant that free time was not so free - only a couple of hours to explore Varanasi old town between the late-ish morning tour and the evening boat ride - not enough time for both shopping and lassis. Free time the next day was not so useful as the hotel was so far out of town.
There was disappointment at the Pakistan border - due to unusually large crowd, we were unable to see the border closing display - and we had "VIP" tickets! Slight consolation that there were many other disappointed VIP ticket holders as well.
Overall a wonderful trip.
Published on: 19 April 2017