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- Visit City Palace in the centre of Jaipur
- Make 2 game drives into the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
- Discover the Emperor Akbar's deserted royal city Fatehpur Sikri
- See the incredible Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
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- WendyWritten on November 20, 20173.5 - GoodDidn't know what to expect, this is the first tour with exodus. I loved the smaller group (8), we all bonded really well fortunately. The group leader Mayank, was brilliant, his knowledge was incredible and he had a good sense of humour. He seemed to understand the needs of a group from the UK very well. The accommodation was a little varied, the best places were where the staff were welcoming and friendly. The hotel in Jaipur was the best in terms of friendliness, food and overall ambience. In a couple of places the reception staff were a little less than helpful, it seems rules are rules and they can never be broken! The transport was comfortable when in the minibus, even though some of the days were extremely long. We did not travel by train, the first trip changed to minibus overnight due to a 13 hour delay on the train. This journey was not pleasant, it was nigh on impossible to sleep with the extremely bumpy roads and constant car horns. The company did their best in providing a larger bus so that in theory some of us could have laid out across 2 seats, but most of us were exhausted after this 14 hour drive through the night which impacted on our enjoyment of the next day. When the second train was also delayed by 13 hours we chose to fly at our own expense and spend an extra night in the hotel in Delhi. We were not prepared to wait for the company to find an alternative train or the possibility of another long minibus ride. I would say this was the only downside in that the company knew that the train had this 13 hour delay at 8.30am, but a decision about different transport was still not forthcoming at 12 midday. It was another 2 hours before the rest of the group knew that a later train was available.Show detailed ratings
- AnonymousWritten on November 8, 20135.0 - ExcellentIndia was hot, fascinating, noisy, exciting, chaotic, and beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed my tour and it was a pleasure to travel with such a lovely group and guide, to an amazing country. My only criticism, not enough quality time spent in Delhi but I would definitely recommend this trip to any India first timer.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Taj Mahal is simply spectacular; the detail in the carving and inlays of precious stone in the walls was awe inspiring. The change in colour during our visit from a pink at dawn, to a brilliant white when the sun fully rose, was wonderful. Ranthambore offered beauty of a different kind, alas no Tigers but peace and natural splendour, a good contrast to the bustle and exciting commotion of Varanasi and Delhi.Â Tuk-tuks not inspirational as such but a very cool, ifÂ rough way to travel, loved them.Â What did you think of your group leader?Pradeep, our group leader was welcoming, informed and above all, patient. We were a full group of 16 and perhaps at times quite challenging, his enthusiasm and attention to detail never wavered. He gave us time to wander around and explore in our own small groups, advising on how to get around and back to our hotels safely and cheaply. I donâ€™t have a bad word to say, Pradeep was an excellent host and a thoroughly nice chap.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Keep yourself hydrated. Take a sun hat, umbrella, anything for shade, as youâ€™re often out in midday heat and it is strong. The early starts after a few days can be tough, make sure you retire at a reasonable time to get the rest you require. Pack of tissues or loo roll in your bag whenever you go out, very handy. Change money to get plenty of 10 Rupee notes/coins for tipping in public toilets etc. Inflatable cushion for the plane and long bus journeys, trust me youâ€™ll thank me for this. Overnight trains â€“ put all valuables in the middle of your main luggage, padlock everything if you can and chain bags together, a sleeping bag liner is also advisable, as are earplugs if youâ€™re a light sleeper.Is there anything else you would like to add?Get stuck in to the food, almost all of it is delicious. Acquire info from your guide and donâ€™t be afraid to take time away from the group if thereâ€™s something youâ€™d like to see, be streetwise, youâ€™ll be fine. Talk to the locals, most were pleased to chat and very lovely. Always have your camera ready, thereâ€™s so much to see youâ€™ll want to snap everything but do ask if youâ€™d like to take a photograph of a local, itâ€™s only polite. Thereâ€™s lots of travelling on the bus but because thereâ€™s so much to see and chat about to your fellow travellers, the time flies by.
- AnonymousWritten on November 7, 20133.0 - AverageDisappointments: poor standard of hotel in Delhi, lack of information from tour guide, one particularly long day that ought to have been managed better and unnanounced visits to local industry for a 'sales pitch'.Highlights: Visits to see and experience Jaipur, Aggra and VaranasiWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Might have been the Taj Mahal but I had peviously seen it.Â Despite the squalor, the sights along the Ganges in the evening and early morning stand out.Â Picking up the thread of historical interests through visits to the various forts and palaces helped understand India's past.Â The second overnight train journey where the train was reasonably clean and we had the company of three indians was enjoyable.What did you think of your group leader?Very charming but only really engaged if you had questions to ask.Â I think we missed alot in terms of what was around us as we passed through rural India, such as the vegetation, industry and cultures.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Embrace it.
- AnonymousWritten on November 5, 20132.0 - Rather poorIn theory this is a 10 day trip, but travelling out on day1, getting there on day 2 with further travel by bus to Jaipur on day 2 to hotel in time for evening meal (at the hotel as advised that nothing local to go to) gives a false impression of how long we are to experience the country.First Hotel was ok, but we were encouraged to sit inside when in fact there was a courtyard area which was more pleasant, but which obviously wasn't where we expected to sit for our mealsThe holiday met the criteria for visiting the highlighlights....Taj Mahal, Ganges, ghats, tigers.... but was not balanced in other areas. There was one experince highlighted for the day, then nothing.......... Long hours on a bus travelling between major sites with not a lot in between.The last day in Delhi felt like an after-thought. We had to pay for a trip into the city....one last chance to experience this wonderful place rather than Exodus recognising what it could offer to comlete an experience of a fantastic country!We have been on previous Exodus trips and thoroughly enjoyed them. This doesn't match up to those. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing a tiger.... this couldn't have been organized by Exodus!Enjoying the tuktuk (not tiktuks as I previously misspelt!) ride back to the hotel, racing against other tuktuks. We felt guilty that we didn't tip them on top of their fare for getting us back to the hotel without being killed on the way! But they did enjoy the race!! What did you think of your group leader?Assertive when needed to be, for example keeping us safe at the railway station, in cities etc. Didn't go the 'extra mile' that some of the leaders go to, e.g. making sure all the group got through security into the airport- could have supported those who needed advice and help when trying to leave the country! Â It would have been good to know where alll the tip fund had been used as promised at the start of the trip, as other leaders had done. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Look at the trip notes carefully and see what time you actually get in the country.Is there anything else you would like to add?Couldn't have seen some of the things we experienced whilst there in that wonderful country, but be prepared for a lot of travel, very early starts and not a lot to see outside of hotels.
- AnonymousWritten on October 13, 20135.0 - ExcellentA whirlwind tour, giving you everything in such a short space of time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the Taj Mahal. A thing of beauty and more.If this was a girlfriend, all the other guys would be jealous.Meeting 14 other like minded people who had a passion to explore a country like India.What did you think of your group leader?Brilliant, didnt put a foot wrong and led the group with a pace that everyone kept up with.Without him, this trip is something that most of the group would never have attempted at their first adventure into India.He gave excellent advice from start to finish.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Remember to take a power plug adapter that fits into India sockets.Travel light, many of the hotels have laundry facilities.Wear shorts with zips in or money belts for on board the train. Put your SD cards/Money/Batteries and Passports inside these. Lock your valuables inside the main case and keep as little as possible on the bunk when you're sleeping. Also, carry a chain and padlock so you can lock multiple cases together. Failing that, just wear Underpants to try and deter anyone. ;)Drink plenty of water.Is there anything else you would like to add?Dont be put off from trying all the food.I can highly recommend the Butter Chicken. Delicious.
- AnonymousWritten on October 10, 20135.0 - ExcellentI wanted to celebrate my 70th birthday in a special way. I've felt drawn to India as long as I can remember and decided it was now or never!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Going on a boat trip on the Ganges at sunset and lightingÂ three candles and floating them on the water, one for each of my three children.What did you think of your group leader?Anil couldn't have been a better group leader!Â Â He managed a group of diverse personalities, with such care - we all got on with each other and he was conscientious throughout.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This was the first time I have travelled with Exodus and I would recommend them to anyone else, without hesitation.Â Apart from the trip itself being wonderful,Â they were most helpful beforeÂ I went - helping me in sorting out visas etc with my limited computer skills.Is there anything else you would like to add?The visit toÂ the Sariska National Park was a bit disappointing - maybe it was the wrong time of year.Â We saw very little. Reading reviews before I went made me realise that this was a 'full on' trip - and so it was! Two nights on a sleeper were quite an adventure and there are quite a few early mornings - for example so you can see the Taj Mahal at sunrise.Â Anyway - I'll be back next year Exodus!
- AnonymousWritten on October 8, 20135.0 - ExcellentA brilliant trip for those new to India - a way to see all the key tourist attractions, in a short time. Fast paced, colourful, life changing trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching the sun rise whilst sitting beside the Taj Mahal. There are no words to describe something so beautiful.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader (Anil) was absolutely brilliant. He eased our concerns, answered our (many) questions, was attentive and patient. We really couldn't of asked for any more.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for a lot of travelling, there is a lot to see in a short time. But, don't sleep on the bus! Look at the amazing world go by! There are a lot of early starts, so make sure you get to bed for a sensible time each night. Most of all just enjoy and soak up every bit of this wonderful country.Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a trip of a lifetime! I was concerned about being a twenty-something and travelling alone, but I was so wrong to be! I met some amazing people, and I had a brilliant experience!
- AnonymousWritten on September 4, 20134.0 - Goodgreat trip, only downside was the ganges being flooded but not much that could be done about that, safari i would not bother with next time. Tour leader was great.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visiting Taj MahalWhat did you think of your group leader?very good, really caring.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take energy drink mixes, it is really hot and you need to replace the salts and minerals.
- AnonymousWritten on July 18, 20135.0 - ExcellentI travelled in December/January. The trip was awesome! Although India was suffering it's coldest Winter in 40 years. It was certainly chilly at times. Well paced, a fantastic group of people, and the locals were so friendly.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Taj Mahal - we arrived first thing in the morning and the fog was so thick, we couldn't see it even when standing at it's base. However, the fog did lift through the day and we returned. What an amazing sight!!Tigers in Ranthambore national park - yes, just 5 minutes into the safari we saw two tigers!! When we went back into the park the next day, we never saw one!Walking through the crazy streets and avoiding random elephants, camels and cows!!Â What did you think of your group leader?We couldn't have asked for a better guide. Chetan was simply fantastic. Friendly, interesting, curteous.Â Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This trip is an assault on all your senses. You'll love it!Is there anything else you would like to add?The food was so good - hotel and street food. Didn't even need one imodium tablet!!
- AnonymousWritten on April 19, 20134.0 - GoodAll I wanted to see plus plus - India old and new, the colour, the noise, smells and lovely food! A tiring trip in parts but packed with delights , spirituality and I cannot wait to get back to India again and see more!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Â The evening prayer ceremony at Varanasi, closely followed by the sunrise drift down the Ganges. Taj Mahal breathtaking and and and... so muchWhat did you think of your group leader?Yaddu was fairly quiet but he was always working to make our trip work out, suggesting trips and organising extras that really fitted our needs. I was the oldest of the group and there were times when he recognised I wasn't as agile or lively as the others and made adjustments that didn't get in the way of anyone else's enjoyment.Â Much of India's tourism , as anywhere really, runs on personal connections and deals and it was clear that Yaddu knew just about everyone he needed to know!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be aware that you may not sleep much, or at all, on the overnight train and be prepared for some long journeys in the minibus. Don't take risks with cleanliness but try not to obsess about it either. Travel as light as possible: you can get a days clothes washed and ironed for Â£1, and leave space in your luggage for shopping, including buying cotton clothes there to wear. Above all, be open to new experiences, whether it's a Bollywood movie, a mad tuk tuk drive orÂ accepting the extreme dirt, disability and poverty that you will inevitably see.Is there anything else you would like to add?If you can manage it, book an extra day in DelhiÂ before or after the tour to help you settle in/out of it all. If the overnight train bothers you, book a flight from Varanasi to Delhi, but be aware that you might be waiting at the Delhi hotel for the others if their train is late (ours was!)
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- Day 1: Start Delhi; transfer to Jaipur.
- Day 2: Visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and the Amber Fort; free time for exploring.
- Day 3: To Ranthambore; afternoon game drive in search of elusive tiger.
- Day 4: Morning game drive; drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.
- Day 5: Visit the incredible Taj Mahal and Agra Fort; overnight train to Varanasi.
- Day 6: Relax and enjoy the wonders of Varanasi.
- Day 7: Dawn boat ride on the Ganges visiting the bathing ghats; overnight train to Delhi.
- Day 8: Arrive Delhi; free for optional sightseeing.
- Day 9: End Delhi.
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Covering a total distance of approx 1,779 km.
- New Delhi (India)
- 238 km
- Jaipur (India)
- 123 km
- Ranthambore National Park (India)
- 166 km
- Fatehpur Sikri (India)
- 36 km
- Agra (India)
- 537 km
- Varanasi (India)
- 679 km
- New Delhi (India)
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