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Excellent driver. Comfortable hotels All arrangements worked as planned. Disappointed that, with one exception, the guides gave us a standard rush-around-the-sites standard group tour, missing the opportunity of having just the two of us and much more time. In hindsight, I should have done more research to be clearer about what we wanted

Nick, from Oxford

Visited India in

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What was good about our local partner based in India?

Sher Singh, the driver, was excellent. Reliable, safe and going out of his way to make it a good holiday. All the arrangements went smoothly as planned.

What could our local partner based in India improve on?

Presenting more options during the planning to take advantage of the extended amount of time we spent in each place. The hotels were all comfortable. Jodhpur, Udaipur and Bijaipur were all great. The hotel in Bundi had bags of character and a great location. By comparison with the others, it need some maintenance and basic cleaning. The hotel in Jaipur may have been a heritage hotel, but it had been so heavily refurbished that it had lost its heritage soul. It was dominated by big groups and a very long way from the city centre. Fine for groups who stay for a day and are ferried everywhere by coach. Disappointing for us.

What did you think about the guides or drivers on your trip?

As above the driver was excellent. The guide in Bundi was also excellent really making the most of there just being two of us with lots of time to give a very good tour. The other guides gave us a standard see-the highlights-in half-a-day group tour. A missed opportunity which meant we spent time backtracking to go and see places properly. The low point (and an example of what I mean), was a five minute photo stop outside the Palace of Winds in Jaipur before rushing off to Amber Fort. We later discovered that the best place to look at the Palace of Winds is to cross the road and look down over it from a roof-top cafe - something you can do with two people but not a group. It was also worth visiting inside even though this is not on the standard group tour.

What advice would you give to other travellers planning a trip to India?

Do as much research as you can to be clear about what you want.

What was the most memorable part of your trip?

The hotel in Udaipur with views over the lake.

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