Love to hear from you if you're booked to go 9th Feb too - or indeed have been and would like to tell me your experiences! thanks,
Of course I meant 2013!!!
Hi there Gail,
I too am booked for this trip - my 1st with Exodus - am really looking forward to it. I booked 8 months ago but that time has flown and now I am starting to do all the things that need doing. Would be interested in chatting to you about this trip, compare notes and hints and tips and ideas etc.
It's my 1st time to India but have been on other wildlife holidays - including Kenya and South Africa.
This is our 11th trip with Exodus - all have been really great. We have just done the Inca Trail and Amazon rainforest, so saw quite a bit of wildlife. The reason we chose this trip is that tigers are one of my favourite animals and I sponsor a tiger in Nepal. Have you got your visa yet and if yes, how much did it cost/which site did you go through? Also, are you travelling alone or with someone? I haven't really started thinking about what to take yet, but I always find I don't take enough of one thing or some things just go along for the ride!
I haven't got my visa yet - it's next on my list of to-do's for holiday (along with visit to doctors about vaccinations etc). Got the following information from the Exodus website about getting one though - visit site www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk (India High Commissions VF Service) to apply - cost is about £32 plus £10.20 admin/service charge. Apparently they turn them around in about 3 days. www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/india.pdf also has more info if needed. I am travelling alone - it's the only way I get to go on holiday these days, but of course on holidays like this you're never really alone. I shall be starting my packing list soon! - I find the trip notes on Exodus helpful for things like this. - just hope it won't be too cold in the early mornings.
Don't know if you have done your visa application yet but the site is in.vfsglobal.co.uk (forget the www.) Logged on this pm to try and complete but discovered they need so much info. - including Details of Hotels (including phone no) staying in India! If you've done yours can you tell me what you put down for this - if not I'll ring Exodus tomorrow. Apparentely the turn around time is longer than previously advised as well! Any help on this would be appreciated.
Our first Exodus trip with my wife Sue. Re the visa, Exodus have details for the "Refernce in India" - I don't know why they didn't provide this info automatically as they tell you almost everything else! See below -
You will be asked for details of an on the visa application form. Please put down our local operator in India: Mohan Tickoo, Kash Venture Travels (KVT), 805-806 Ansals Kirti Shikhar, District Centre Janakpuri, New Delhi, 110 058, India. Tel: 0091 11 2552 3807
Thank you both for your replies - I got there eventually (despite inititally being given wrong info by Exodus staff) - like you say Gail it takes ages. I was told by Exodus that it doesn't matter what you put down for the place you're staying at because no-one takes any notice of it anyway!! I tried to pay online but it kept saying that the reference no. I was quoting was incorrect - it was the reference no. they had given me and the one shown on the visa printout - what a nightmare - definitely need this holiday now.-:) I think we're lucky to have done them when we did because the price for a visa for UK nationals is going up by about £50.00 from tomorrow.
I had a look at the camp we're staying at in Pench on the website and it looks very good - it has good feedback. Do Exodus usually provide a full list of all the camps/hotels that people are staying in?
Visas sent and back within a week!
In the past they have only given details about definite places that they always use. I guess this is because acting on feedback from clients they do change sometimes after they go to print.
In the 10 trips I've done, there has only been one bad hotel and everyone complained and they didn't use it again.
We've also had our visa back, so we're good to go.
Does anyone have any info on flights yet. As we live in North Wales, we need to fly down from Manchester to Heathrow and I could do with getting this organised.
Has anyone been to India before and know about any restrictions on taking mobile phones etc.? There were some odd comments on the Indian Visa website about this (needing a permit?). I asked a UK-based Indian colleague of mine who flies back to India regularly and she knew nothing about a problem. In fact, she was there over Christmas and took a blackberry, mobile and Ipad plus 6 iphones as presents for relatives and had no problems.
Had mine back yesterday a.m. - 1st time I've not minded being woken early on a Saturday! Must admit it was somewhat of a relief and now I feel like I'm going on holiday.
With regards to flight info from Heathrow the details sent on the invoice are all correct/up-to-date. We are flying from Heathrow (Terminal 4) on Jet Airways Flight No. 9W117 at 21.05. You can look this info up on the Jet Airways website and see it all confirmed. Jet Airways are supposed to be good and the seat pitch is generous compared to many other aircraft. I am coming up from Somerset so it's a coach journey all the way (and timings mean that for once I won't be hanging around the airport for hours).
Can't help with info. re mobile phones etc. - I only keep one for emergencies. I'm sure our Exodus contact will be able to help you on this.
Yes, it's a relief to get them back.
On the flight details, thanks for the info, Pauline - strange but I haven't received an invoice and I booked back in October 2012. As a result, I have no details of flights, hotels etc. - just the detailed trip notes. When did you receive this? Was it by post or by email? I just had an email recently headed "not long to go" that said - "Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will be sent out 2 - 3 weeks before departure".
I've now contacted Exodus re the invoice.
I had an invoice just after I booked - which was back in April - they sent it via email. It just gives flight info and prices. We land in Mumbai 11.25 on Sat. 23rd, depart 15.10 for Nagpur - arriving there 16.35. Coming back we depart Delhi on 9th March at 13.40, landing back at Heathrow at 17.40. I'm waiting for their final joining instructions to see if they give us details of all the hotels and if we don't get it shall contact them.
Over and out for now - off to London for a few days tomorrow - snow permitting :-)
Are you flying from Heathrow? If so, fancy meeting up at the boarding gate or somewhere?! Only 5 days to go !!!
Looking forward to meeting you, Chris
Where did you get your informaton, Gail? Did you phone Exodus? Anyway 10 sounds like a good number and, if the age range is 50-70, I aren't quite the oldest! Sue and I have booked all 3 additional game drives offfered. We've also got our Malarone (expensive business!) and are busy going through our wardrobe's to make sure that we have appropriate clothing - quite difficult with the possible temperature variations. We decided in the end to travel down by train via London, have lunch in London and then get to the airport late afternoon in plenty of time.
Looking forward to meeting you all. Cheers!
Bob & Sue
I just emailed Exodus. Although they don't give out names anymore you can always find out the demographics of the group.
Whether they will still keep to the four in a jeep or get 5 in each I don't know. We are taking Doxycycline - much cheaper than Malarone! We fall in the middle range of the age group so we are not the oldest either, although we seem to be working our way towards it!
See you at Heathrow maybe.
Gail & Phil
Well done for finding out anyway. I hope that it's not 5 in a jeep!
Yes, I normally take Doxy - had problems with the older malaria tablets (particularly Larium), but I was persuaded to try Malarone this time (might still take some Doxy with me in case I get a reaction).
I'll look out for you at heathrow.
Bob and Sue
Unfortunately Exodus had some difficulty with the national park permits (not their fault) so they had to cancel my booking, you'll see on the website this trip is no longer offered until November, so I've rebooked for then. Something to do with not being able to add people after the initial group permits are issued, which is why some of the groups will be below max size. Disappointed but Im' still looking forward to it.
I'm sure you'll have a great time.
Hi to all, Sounds like a nice small group - the past few holidays I've been on have had over 20 in the group - difficult to remember who everyone was - should be able to remember 9 names. I've got malarone as well Bob - as you say very expensive - hope you shopped around as the prices do vary (and this year some chemists even wanted to charge a dispensing fee! - sheer greed). Have had to buy a couple pairs of warm trousers for the early morning game drives - may need a volunteer to wake me up in the mornings. I have booked 2 of the 3 additional ones they said were getting booked up. Will look out for everyone at Heathrow - 1st one gets the drinks in - mines a gin and tonic please (large!) :-) - and if we get 10 bottles of duty free and some nibbles we can have a lovely party on the overnight train. See you all soon. Pauline.
I wonder who the other 3 members of the group are as we have accounted for 7 of us in this blog string. Pauline - which 2 drives did you book we booked the 2nd and 3rd. I'm up for a party on the train or at any time! So far I will only be able to recognise Bob (just so long as he still looks like his profile picture). I don't think I've changed that much (just a bit older) and of course I won't have the huskie pup with me.
See you all Friday/Saturday next week.
Yes, still got the white beard and no hair - difficult to miss me!
See you all next week.
Bob & Sue
Christine and I are all set to go, too. This will be out fifth trip with Exodus--all have been brilliant. It will be our first visit to India.
Like Bob, I have a beard, which is getting whiter by the day, but still have a head of hair.
See you all in just over a week!
Paul (and Christine)
If you know this already, apologies, but be careful if taking booze with you (previous posts), particularly if you are buying this at LHR. As we tranfer in Mumbai, the airline site says that hand luggage restrictions apply whern checking in for the Nagpur flight - that is, nothing over 100 ml can be taken in hand luggage. So any bottles bought at LHR and carried in hand luggage would have to be dumped (or drunk quickly)!! The only option is to prepack bottles in your main hold luggage. The same rules apply when flying into LHR if you are taking a connecting internal flight.
See you soon
Bob (and Sue)
Thanks for the information. It sounds as though you're determined we're going to have a party, even if we have no clothes to wear!!
We'll certainly be packing a bottle of some sort.
You now know what I look like as well as Bob.
See you Friday
Sue (and Bob)
Many thanks for this - don't usually bother to get duty free and hadn't quite made up my mind whether to get some on this occasion or not - you have solved this for me - might just get a small bottle of something and put in my case for emergencies! :-) Have been looking at the weather forcast on the BBC News website and around Nagpur the temperature is in the early 30's - hotter than I had thought for this time of year - hopefully it will be a bit cooler in the jungle.
Must say you have changed a bit since you last wrote in Bob - lost the beard !! :-) - definitely better.
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