- Hotels were very poor - showers didn't work, air-conditioning didn't work, hotel in Quilion seemed more of a drinking joint with bottles littered in corridors, itinerary was poorly constructed such that we didn't get much time in the hotels. Some day trains could have been equally done at night to optimise time. I dind't find the homestay added much to the experience (people running the homestay were really good and caring).
My view was that the Explore Leader was much more interested in making money on the side than showing around properly. On occassions we started earlier than required just so that he could meet his friends/relatives early (we missed out on breakfast). If this tour continues in present form, a new leader may provide tourists a better view of India.
Published on: 12 May 2016
I am grateful to you for providing feedback, but it’s a shame you felt that some of our accommodation and homestays didn’t rate very highly. We do note in the trip notes that hot water is not always available 24 hours a day in some of the smaller properties. As this is one of our ‘simply’ range we also advise that accommodation will be basic, though we would not expect bottles in hallways and will take this up with our local agent. On this style of trip, meals, transport and optional activities aren’t included as standard. As such your Explore leaders are slightly less involved with the group overall, but are there more to facilitate the smooth running of your additional excursion arrangements. Fewer sights and activities are included on these trips, leaving you free to choose how to spend your time and your budget so you get the opportunity to plan in your own hidden extras – places you want to see and explore.