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Holiday review by Lesley De Quartel

Name: Mrs. Lesley De Quartel
Date of trip: 19/12/2015
Number of people: 2
Country: India

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Fantastic variety with achievable daily schedules. Even better than we ever could have imagined."
 
Tribes Service: "Very, very professional. All queries answered swiftly. Wishes and changes incorporated. Suggestions given based on knowledge from Tribes very valuable. "
 
Guides: "Knowledgeable, thoughtful and always trying to make the day the best it could be."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "More people should visit India to experience the fantastic nature of the people. It is so much more than poverty! "

Accommodation

 
The Claridges
A great introduction to Delhi Straight from the plane to The Claridges. Despite the very late hour staff took time to greet us and welcome us to Delhi. The room was very spacious with a seating area as well as a huge bed. The bathroom was well equipped with robes and slippers - handy as all the floors are tiled. Breakfast was a buffet with both Indian and continental choices. As our train left early evening we were also able to return to the hotel despite having checked out in the morning to wait for our driver. It is located quite a way out of the city centre so provides a peaceful place to regroup after the city experience.
 
Rohetgarh
After a day of exploring Jodphur, we were driven to the Rohetgarh for a two night stay. The room was fantastically spacious with a view of the lake and the garden. Breakfast was served next to the pool (unfortunately in December swimming in an outdoor unheated pool wasn't possible despite my best attempts!), and dinner either in a covered rooftop area or in the garden next to an open fire. Entertainment is provided by local musicians and magician. Great fun to watch. The hotel provides horse riding possibilities and we went out on beautiful Marwary horses for a day of exploration and enjoyed an exhilarating ride in the local area with a guide. On route we visited a Bishnoi village and local village. We had a picnic lunch on the banks of a lake, served under a canopy for shade. A definite highlight of our two week holiday in India. Make sure when you are in Jodphur you visit the local market - it's a vibrant place full of colour and real life
 
Rawla Narlai
You are surrounded on all sides of this hotel by beautiful things. There is a large rock with an elephant sculpture at the top of 700 steps towering above the hotel which we climbed for the most fantastic view of the area. The room was beautifully decorated and light flooded through colored glass giving it a really exotic feel. You can take drinks in the courtyard in the sun by day and by firelight during the evening. Food is served either alacarte or buffet. The buffet gives you opportunity to try unfamiliar foods you may not otherwise order. You are close enough to the village to take a walk through to surrounding temples. My husbands favourite room of all the hotels we stayed in Rajasthan.
 
Jagat Niwas Palace
What a fantastic way to enjoy the water traffic to and from Udaipur on Christmas day, sitting on the roof top of the hotel with a beer or a cup of masala chai. We travelled to the hotel via tuk-tuk as the roads are too narrow to get right in and were amazed that such a fantastic place could be tucked away in such a central spot. As you climb the stairs to stand on the roof top, you are amazed once more to see you are right on the waters edge. The rooms are clean, well equipped and very spacious. One of the best showers we experienced in India - water comes via your own boiler in the bathroom. Meals could be taken in the restaurant or outside on the roof and there is a good menu to choose from. As its an Haveli you expect a little noise form closing doors and fellow guest but we had a great nights sleep. A good choice to stay in Udaipur.
 
Bhainsrorgarh Fort
If you are lucky, you get to stay in a place like this once in your lifetime. Certainly like no where else we have ever been, this 200 year old fort took us back in time but provided every convenience we could need - including a fantastic walk in shower. The food was amazing, and could be eaten on the roof top, on the lawn or in the dining room. We took a morning boat ride across the river and saw crocodiles. storks, vultures, different kingfishers, lapwings, herons and a tree full of monkeys. We then took a ride to the Badoli temples built in the 10 century. On the return journey to the fort, we took a walk through the Sunday market in a local village, stopping to buy oranges and Indian sweets. People were happy to let us take photographs of their every day happenings. After a late lunch we took a break on the rooftop where my husband enjoyed crocodile spotting with the binoculars. We finished the day off with a late afternoon gentle stroll around the perimeter wall of the fort, crossing the river via the rope bridge to view the fort in all of its glory from the other side. The day was completed with drinks by firelight on the rooftop and a romantic meal for two served under the rooftop pavilion. We originally thought it would provide a convenient stop over on the way to Agra, turns out it was my favourite place in Rajhastan and a place certainly not to be missed.
 
Bundi Vilas
The journey to the haveli already has you intrigued - the streets are narrow and full of life. After a short steep passageway the haveli rises impressively before you. Its elevated aspect affords you fantastic views over the city but most impressive is the view at the foot of the Bundi Garh Palace. As the day draws to an end, you can watch the monkeys by sunset return to claim the palace for themselves. As night draws in the castle is uplit and illuminates the thousands of bats tumbling out of the darkened windows - fabulous! The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated - the water in the shower however didn't warm up very much. Our evening meal was served on the rooftop with an open fire to take away the chill. The food whilst tasty, in comparison to other meals we enjoyed on our tour of Rajasthan, was quite basic. Quirky place to stay, in a quirky city.
 
Trident Agra
Wow, wow, wow. What a beautifully luxurious hotel. It is modern , plush and very very polished. What is lacks in authentic, old decor it makes up for in professional polished service. The food was delicious and we were even joined at our table by one of the chefs asking us our opinions of the food! The room was spacious and spotless. After a day of exploring Agra and all of its wonders we have a fantastic meal, a few cocktails and an amazing nights sleep. The hotel gift shop also proved to offer surprisingly good value in comparison to other shops we visiting during our holiday. Only negative point was that WIFI wasn't free but we managed to live without it!
 
Samode Haveli
Our final hotel in India certainly made a massive impact. We enjoyed a peaceful relaxing moment in the hot bubble pool as the sun set on 2015 and then celebrated the coming of the New Year 2016. What a celebration is was - Indian entertainment, food, drinks and Disco made the evening a memorable farewell. Our hotel room was super spacious with a stunning bathroom. We enjoyed a whole body massage on our morning of departure. All members of staff went out of their way to make sure our stay was fantastic. A superb place to stay in a stunning city.

Our Memories

"The early morning boat ride at Bhainsrorgarh Fort. The elephant ride at the Amber fort. The night train!!!!! Horse riding at Rohetgarh. Boat ride in Udaipur New years eve at Samode Haveli. The food, food, food, food!! Our fabulous driver Brij and every person we spoke to has made a deep impact on us. We have had many ideas challenged and feel enriched by the whole experience. "

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