Incredible India - the sights, the sounds and the smells - the crazyness of the place - you just have to love it! You see some fantastic sights. We had a great group of people that really helps make a trip - what a laugh we had at times!
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There are a few! The Taj Mahal at sunrise, though quite a predictable moment, cannot go unmentioned. It is breathtaking and despite there being tonnes of people there, you can walk around and not actually feel like there are as many people there as there are (if that makes sense!).
Also the 2 boat trips on the Ganges - the night time one to see the evening ceremonies - we sat for some time watching the ceremonies take place which were quite hypnotic - it's hard to believe it happens every night. Then in the morning travelling up the Ganges at dawn to see the 100's of Hindu's bathing and praying in and by the river is a sight to be seen.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Bali was great. He was informative and funny. He told us so much about the culture, religions etc of his country. He added little extras each day to add to the trip.
He made sure we all made it onto the overnight trains (along with our luggage) - quite impressive when you have 16 people who haven't a clue, plus a suitcase each and you only have 4 minutes to get them all on the train!
On our last day in Delhi he took great pride in taking us to his Sikh temple and showed us around. This was a very special part of the trip which I found quite moving. On the last night he even did a bit of Punjabi dancing for us!
All the local guides we had were very good too.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be prepared for some long days with very early mornings. It is a tiring trip, but well worth it for the wonderful sights you see. Take antibacterial hand gel! Loo roll is pretty scarce too so I'd take some of that too. I, and a lot of our group went veggie for most of the trip and managed to avoid Delhi belly - I managed to get food poisoning one evening, but think that was because I had a chicken pizza - should have stuck to veggie curries! I took a cheap duvet cover to sleep in on the train rather than use the blankets supplied and I was able to put my valuables in the bottom of it - that said we had no issues with anything going missing on the train.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just be prepared for a busy but amazing trip - hope you have a great group of people like we did - and go for it! One thing we didn't manage to fit in was the trip to Fatehpu Sikri - I just can't see how it can be fitted in!
Oh yes and take plenty of camera memory and don't forget your camera battery charger!