A super holiday, with plenty of activity and sights, ranging from the apparent chaos on the roads in the cities to the peace and calm of the countryside.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Many memorable moments, including:
- The magnificence of many temples visited in Delhi.
- Buying an emerald eternity ring in the Exodus-recommended Jaipur jewellers for my wife.
- The beauty of the Taj Mahal.
- The frenetic scenes in the streets of Varanasi: A chaotic mix of pedestrians, cars, buses, vans, bicycles, dogs, cows all jostling for a wee bit of road.
- Sunset over the river and mountains in Chitwan National Park.
- The peace and tranquility of lakeside Pokhara.
- The Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu - a haven of relative quiet in a noisy bustling city.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Chandra was very knowedgeable and inspirational and (rightly) very proud of his country.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
- Take heed of all your leader says, especially in relation to what is safe to eat and drink.
- Do not take malaria tablets on an empty stomach. I did early on and felt a wee bit poorly for an hour or so.
- Do not drink or brush teeth using tap water - use only bottled water.
- Keep an eye on your leader and fellow travellers when walking through crowded cities. Otherwise it would seem quite easy to become separated from the group.
- Consider taking a sleeping tablet for the overnight train journey to ensure a good night's rest.
- Take full advantage of the 'free time' to immerse yourself in the local scene.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Enjoy the experiences - they are many and varied!
Be prepared for bumpy roads and seemingly mad driving, albeit (to the credit of all road users) we noticed an almost complete absence of 'road rage'.