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4 Reviews

  • Reviewed May 2019
    Heather Quinn

    A exceptional trip to Assam!

    This trip to Assam was truly exceptional! It fulfilled all it promised in the travel notes ....... and then more. It was India for those that wanted another view of this beautiful country, an alternative to Mumbai, Goa, the Kerela back waters, Delhi, The Taj and the Golden Triangle; when you have been there, come on this trip for a delightfully different, certainly a less tourist-visited part of this amazing country of contrasts. The scenery, the explorations and the experiences our small group of eight clients had, made the trip an absolute delight. We had an amazing guide Nivan Gurang whose knowledge and hard work on our behalf made sure the trip was what we had all hoped for.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many inspirational, exciting experiences such as our safari with lots of elephants, the promised rhinos and even a distant but huge tiger by the lake. Our hike down to see the ancient amazing, tree root bridges was not as formidable for our group as we were warned, tough yes but satisfying; we saw beautiful landscapes, memorable sunsets over rivers and hills and met some warm, accepting villagers who still saw non-Indian tour groups as a novelty. We were promised ‘Head Hunters (retired) ‘ and we did drive up into the mountains to share a ‘nice cuppa’ with them as they sat round their fire on a cool mountain afternoon! What we heard from our super guide, what saw and experienced gave us an insight to many different ways of life for all the wonderful people who actually seemed pleased to see us as we travelled along; No there was not the continual hard sell that we have come to expect in India and other tourist-dependent countries, this was not inspirational but it was marvellous.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nivan Gurang Exodus could not have asked for a better guide for our small group of 8 clients. Nivan was exceptional in both his industry on our behalf and his knowledge. Without his leadership our trip could have been so much less fascinating, even mystifying. Hie knowledge of the many and varied facets of his country brought a greater understanding of what we were seeing, experiencing, why our route was thus, how and why this 21st Indian century worked in this area and always with introductions, discussions and sharing a glimpse of the lives of local people. All around us as we walked, hiked and travelled he found the evidence for what he was telling us from Government notices, ancient sites to babies vaccination cards of village mothers. His friendliness, his courtesy to local people we met, the great relationship he had developed with our hosts/ hoteliers and his hard work on our behalf meant we experienced and hugely enjoyed Assam and Nagaland. He made sure the trip lived up-to all Exodus had promised. I valued that he took care of the daily tipping on our behalf. We all appreciated his care, his sense of fun and warmth. Thank you Nivan.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the ‘Trip Notes’ before you book, they accurately reflect what the experience will be. ..... then follow the advice given. Don’t take huge packs, you may have to carry them short distances. This is a very different trip to the luxury hotel of the big cities ...... that is its appeal and delight. This is not an area to visit as an individual and see the best of without a good, Indian speaking guide and your own tough 4 wheel drive vehicle due to the undeveloped roads. Our driver, Dinesh was great, he avoided all the many, many road wandering cows, crazy drivers and was patient and considerate helping with our packs and our comfort.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks to all ‘background’ Exodus staff who put together such a fascinating trip that ran so smoothly. Good staff training helps but hard work and good organisation makes it work.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Patricia Barlow

    Assam Explorer

    This was a very enjoyable and varied trip to a relatively unknown part of India. It did not disappoint. There were many highlights along the way including the trek to the Living root bridges at Cherapunjee. I was a little apprehensive about doing the longer trek to the double bridge but it was not technically difficult. There were a lot of steps down through beautiful scenery but the steps themselves were not deep and the steeper sections had a hand rail at the side. There were times on the way back that I thought I would never make it back to the minibus but we all did the trek at our pace . It was so worth it to visit such a unique structure. There was a shorter trek to another bridge so all members of the group had the opportunity to do a trek at their own level. The trip was full of contrasts and for me there were several highlights. These included seeing the Rhino and Elephants in Kaziranga National Park, the Ferry ride across the Brahmaputra, visiting the Village of the Mishing People on Majuli Island and everything in Nagaland. We were lucky enough to be in Nagaland at the time of the Aoleang Spring Festival and walk through the streets of Mon with hundreds of local people in their tribal dress before seeing the displays in the stadium - a really fantastic expeience. Our guide Navin worked incredibly hard to show us North East India - it was truly wonderful!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Kaziranga National Park , the Trek to the Living Root Bridges, Seeing and meeting the different tribes in the different states of the North East of India, Mujuli Island - all of it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Navin was a wonderful guide . He was constantly working to make sure we had the best experience , he was efficient , professional and very patient

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you read the Trip notes then you are prepared for the type of accommodation, travel times and distances and always have a torch and poncho at the ready

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Another great Exodus trip
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Bryan Tomalin

    An off-beat adventure

    A varied and enjoyable trip to a remote part of India. The undoubted highlights were seeing a tiger in Kaziranga National Park, staying at Cherrapunji where we received a superb personal service and also the visits to the Burmese border tribal village of Longwa from Mon. This is a relatively unsophisticated region of India, relatively new to foreign tourism but well worth a visit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a tiger walk alongside a riverbank in Kaziranga National Park. Oh, and by the way, there were literally dozens of rhino sightings not to mention elephant and birds.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hyper active, sociable and a real Mr Fixit

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for travelling outside normal tourist attractions. With a flexible approach you'll have a great time
  • Reviewed January 2019
    Jagdish Jethwa

    Intriguing India

    It was a wonderful experience and would have been 5* but for the fact that a/ we spent at least 4 whole days in the bus just travelling from one place to another and on 2 days the road was very poor and people with bad backs would have to take care b/ we should have been warned that the steep steps down to & climb back from the" double-decker bridge should be rated as 4* level of difficulty. It took many of us 3 days to get over the muscle ache. Although it was worth it, a couple of people could only make it down part of the way and others took a lot longer time to get back up. c/ Exodus insists on polluting Indian culture by introducing "compulsory" tipping. As an Indian person I know that no other Indian people tip the people Exodus tips and certainly not at the rate of nearly 4000 rupees a day. Adventure tour companies motto used to be - "Leave only foot prints, take only memories". Alas this is another way of extorting more tax-free money from travellers

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The amazing vastness of India and the multiple cultures languages and races. The Khasi people who are short in height but giants in being friendly

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very professional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The Double decker bridge trip is much more difficult than the trip notes suggest. Change money early on as there are few opportunities for a few days.