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Holiday review by Ms. Penny Henley

Date of trip: 23/03/2015
Number of people: 4
Country: India

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "It certainly did live up to our expectations. Amazing experience like no other trip we have undertaken before. So very interesting, colourful people and beautiful temples, palaces etc., etc."
Tribes Service: "Amanda and Paul were absolutely terrific and we have no complaints."


Ajit Bhawan
Excellent accommodation and the grounds were fantastic. Wonderful choice of food for breakfast for the Westerners.
Barwara Kothi
Rooms need smartening up. No fridge in our room and only received complimentary water on the first day and you had to pay for water if you needed it on the second night. Breakfast OK
Colonels Retreat
The only establishment where we didn't have to pay tax on our food and alcohol. Pleasant accommodation and nice location. Nice Staff. Good breakfast
Fort Barli
The Fort was wonderful and interesting, the room was fabulous and big, however, the food was atrocious, cold and overcooked and not worth the money + taxes...even paid tax on a massage??!!

Our Memories

"Varanassi was something special and not to be missed if you are planning a trip to India. The hoards of people surging down the streets on the way to the Arti ceremony, dodging the cows and motorcycles on the way to the river. The sunrise boat ride on the Ganges was terrific. We were fortunate enough to witness a cremation in progress and see the hundreds of people taking their morning wash in this filthy river. The train journey from Varanassi to Agra was a mind boggling experience for us and something we will not forget in a hurry. We had cockroaches crawling around the compartment and the strong stench of urine from the drop toilet was unbearable. This train trip is not for the faint hearted. As we approach Agra in the early morning, we witnessed hundreds of people doing their morning ablutions along the railway line without a care in the world and catching up on daily gossip. I suppose if you are not fortunate enough to have a toilet in the house, where do you go? "

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facts and information

Time: GMT +5 hours

Flight time: Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.

Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.

Visas: Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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