It was a fantastic holiday with so many highlights. If you are looking to experience different cultures, the history and modern day realities, this is the trip for you. I can't believe how much was packed into the 2 weeks.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There were so many highlights - which may sound like an easy way out of answering the question but it's true! As you would expect the classic highlights were amazing, such as the Taj Mahal, the gnats at Varanasi and the elephant backed safari at Chitwan.
I loved the insights into real life, cows wandering through busy traffic in the cities and helping themselves to vegetables from market traders stands, 5 people riding on one motorcycle - which you realise is quite normal after a while, bamboo scaffolding tied with twine that holds up high rise buildings, the genuine welcome from villagers into their homes despite them having so little, the kids love having their photograph taken and then looking at the digital image....
- What did you think of your group leader?
Avtar was a brilliant leader, probably the best leader I've had on an Exodus trip (this was my 6th). He took such good care of us and packed in so many extras into the itininary, he was extremely well organised and made the trip flow seemlessly (this didn't happen by chance - I'm sure it was due to Avtar's hard work and passion for sharing India with us).
I felt very safe at all times and so well looked after.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Come with an open mind and you will have a brilliant time. On a more practical note, bring hand sanitiser and some snacks (if you are not feeling great it's comforting to have something familiar and that is safely packaged). Also, make sure you have a spare memory card for your camera - you will be amazed at how many photos you will take.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
If in doubt just go for it - this is a great trip with so much packed in.