My wife and I are really looking forward to our holiday to India on the 8th January, it look like we are the first to write on this site, we look forward to hearing from anyone who is also on this holiday.
I have just booked for 8th January. I'll be travelling alone but really looking forward to meeting people for what sounds like a wonderful trip. A good friend of mine went on the same trip last year and he has been recommending it ever since!
It was nice that someone had posted a reply, I was starting to think it was just us that would be going on the trip.
We have done serveral safaris in kenya and Tanzania but never India, so are really looking forward to it, what about you??
Looking forward to meeting you and other on our trip, sorting out visa's etc now!
Regards Gary & Debbie
Great to hear from you too.
I checked a few days ago and there are 10 people booked on the trip which is good news. This is my first trip to India and my first safari (although I doubt it will be my last). Tigers have been top of my list for a long time now so I'm really excited about the trip.
Have you travelled with Exodus before? I've been on a couple of trips with them and both were fantastic.
I was looking at the visa requirements this week after seeing your post. That should distract me from the camera shops for a while!
P.S. Sorry for the delay in responding to your last post. The site promised (but ultimately failed) to tell me if there was a new post! At least, that's what I thought I asked it to do but I suspect "user error".
How did you find out how many are traveling on our trip??
No not traveled with Exodus before but know relativies who have and were very impressed.
Thinking that we might book an appointment with the India Embassy to sort out the visas as worried about the postal strick.
When your friend did this trip did she say if the hotels were Ok as there are no details about theses.
Regards Debbie and Gary
I suspect that I will also make an appointment although others have told me that the response time is not that bad. Like you, I'm still not inclined to risk it!
I'll ask about the hotels although I certainly do not recall any problems. And hotels have always been good (sometimes a little basic but perfectly functional) on other trips.
You can get the number of people booked on any trip from Exodus if you call them. It sometimes helps to know numbers if you are trying to decide which trip to book.
Have you bought a guide book?
We haven't brought a guide book as we usually buy a Lonely Planet, but having looked they only produce one for the whole of India and not just northern India, which is a really heavy book.
Have you brought new camera equipment, we have so much from our holidays safaring (not sure if that is actually a word) I'm not a very good phototographer I leave that to Gary!
I phoned Jet Airways yesterday to book our seats but they said Exodus needed to give them more infomation before we could book the seats, do you usually book your seats before you trave?
Regards Debbie & Gary
Lonely Planet do a guide to "Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra" but it only covers part of the holiday and, more importantly, only one of the NPs (Ranthambore). I have yet to find a book which covers the three NPs without requiring me to carry 999 pages of unnecessary paper!
I think I could be classed as an enthusiastic photographer insofar as I know how the photo should look ... although unfortunately the execution can be somewhat lacking! I'm on the search for a decent pair of binoculars at the moment.
I hadn't thought about booking my seat on the flight. I'm short enough for leg room to not be an issue although I do hate sitting in the middle seat so maybe I should subject to this additional information being available.
I have just brought a guide book via a web site called Green Books, they specialise in good condition second hand books, the book is nearly new, still has that "new" smell, its called, Insight Guides India, by the discovery Channel, the book covers all the parks and is packed full of information on India, cost 87p plus postage, I've checked and they have more if you are interested.
Gary has also brought a Bird guide, not from the same company thought.
Regards debbie and Gary
I'll have a look at the guide book now. Many thanks for letting me now.
My husband and I went on this trip last January and thought you might appreciate knowing that it is extremely cold on the early morning game drives. I considered taking thermal underwear and wished I had. At the very least, make sure you have a warm hat and gloves. Layers are best so you can 'unpeel' yourself as the sun gets up. It's cold at night too as communal areas in the lodges are open to the air. Don't expect to be seated all together on the trains (unless you booked as a couple or party) The group will be in one carriage but you may be allocated pre-booked seat numbers in different compartments. The loos can be challenging! All said, the first glimpse of a tiger makes any discomfort entirely insignificant!
I came across your thread looking for our departure to the Galapagos on 17th Jan! Have a wonderful trip yourselves and shout if you have any queries I might be able to help with.
Thanks for the tips, its useful to know just how cold it is likely to be. Do we need to dress for dinner when we are in the hotels in Delhi and Agra?
I contacted Exodus and they have said that we are in jungle lodges most of the time are they OK? we've safaried in Kenya many times and the lodges are really good, so I'm hoping they will be just as good in India.
Thanks for the advice. I've added my thermals to a small (but rapidly expanding) pile of stuff to pack. I'm sure I will be thanking you again before the end of the trip.
Have a great time in the Galapagos & Happy New Year.
Hi Debbie - everyone dressed for practicality and comfort throughout our trip. Our guide (Harish) took us to local restaurants for dinner (by concensus) in both Agra & Delhi - people in the hotel restaurants were in all sorts of attire though. The lodge accommodation is basic but adequate as you will be out most of the time. The 'ensuite' showers/toilets were clean and worked fine although the hot water could be iffy. Expect to eat Indian food throughout the trip including the food packed for the train trips. (Eggs and toast could be had at breakfast though if you asked). Hope that helps. Regards, Angela
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