We wanted to see parts of Rajahstan that we had not visited before and to revisit the great temples of Tamil Nadu and spend a bit of time on the beach. All in all we did all we wanted though in retrospect, there was a bit too much travelling between places in Rajahstan. TravelLocal's local partner's organisation was immaculate and stood comparison of any of the big UK agents. The hotels were of a high standard and my only complaint is that staying in smaller hotels when a party of say 20 in a coach rolls up, ruins the place.
Nutan was excellent and very accomodating in the many iterations of the trip. Responses came rapidly though I think that we would have benefited from a phone conversation early on in the process to clarify exactly what we were looking for and then another Skype call later as we got to finalising things
I think in retrospect Nutan could have been a bit clearer on the amount of driving in Rajahstan and perhaps reined us in a bit. The South Indian leg was good but the original plan was to end on the coast for 5 days and she did not have a recommendation for a hotel so I suggested Tranquebar. This was a nice property but I am also pleased that I decided to cut the stay and include the leg in Pondi. I think that I could have used some better advice about Tamil Nadu beach resorts.
Billu, Rajiv and Vijay were excellent. We had a really good guide in Seekhawati and in Chettinand. The others were adequate but I am beginning to think that unless the guide is really good, an experienced driver who speaks English is all we need. To be honest, we enjoyed our days in Kumbakon and Pondi without guides. We both got fed up with being talked at the whole time.
Be more aware of the distances between places in Rajahstan. Don't stay in Tanjore but in the lovely CGH property in Kumbakon and do Trichy/Tanjore as day trips.
The thing that stick in the memory - Nagaur - we were the only guests in the fort when we arrived and it was magical. Given that we had been to most of the places in the South before, what struck us both is that the sights were even more fascinating especially Trichy.