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Holiday review by John Showers

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Date of trip: 22/03/2018
Number of people: 2
Country: India

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "It exceeded my expectations. In particular the accommodation, apart from one night, was superb. I was slightly concerned about food before we went as most people I know who have been to india have suffered stomach upsets. In fact the food throughout was delicious and we had no ill effects. I started by only eating vegetarian curries but was soon eating salads, meat and fish at the hotels and game lodges. The level of hygiene was very high."
 
Tribes Service: "My wife made the arrangements so I'll leave any comments to her."
 
Guides: "All our guides were very good but our driver, Om, in the golden triangle was great company. He had a good sense of humour, was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and enjoyed discussing cricket with us."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Yes. At Reni Pani we discussed how the lodge helped locally. And the friendly way local people greeted us around the Chambal Safari Lodge suggested a good relationship."

Accommodation

 
The Claridges
Very friendly and pleasant garden in the general chaos of Delhi
 
Samode Haveli
Food was outstanding. The bedroom was beautifully decorated and furnished. The gardens peaceful and relaxing.
 
Chambal Safari Lodge
Loved it here. The food was really good with a choice of Indian and Western. I ate only Indian and really enjoyed it. The staff were very friendly and Charan Singh, the naturalist/guide was very helpful in taking me for walks around the property.
 
Kings Lodge
Lovely lodge on stilts in bamboo "forest" provided a perfect retreat after a busy day. The dining and social areas were beautifully designed and the food excellent.
 
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge
another superb lodge., this time at ground level but with a lovely balcony overlooking woodland. Lots of birds and monkeys to watch from it. The central dining area is beautifully designed and the food was again really good. Our guide here, Erwin, was particularly good at spotting wildlife and his suggestion that we should skip a NP drive to do a night drive in the buffer zone worked brilliantly. It gave us superb views of a sloth bear and her two cubs and a sunset drive along the river bank.

Our Memories

"I particularly wanted to see the wildlife. My first view of a tiger, close to us at Bandhavgarh, and a female sloth bear with two cubs at Satpura were outstanding. I think the Samode Haveli in Jaipur was one of the most pleasant hotels I have ever stayed in. Its atmosphere and superb food were really special"

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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.

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Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

 

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