The excursion prices were a big problem. Think carefully about the prices and whether it is fair to call your company shoestring at those prices!!!
I would like to travel with shoestring again next year but i will be put off by the excursions. For me as a young female student though the ease of having my hotels pre booked and vetted, somebody to help me get from place to place and an English speaking guide at a reasonable price is very attractive. I just wish I could participate more by going on the excursions. I worry in a group I will find it hard to make friends as I will not be able to financially keep up with the prices shoestring set.
The actual TOUR is very good value for money though i.e. the hotels and transport.
We were travelling with a small group, but I can imagine that a lot of time would be wasted if you were running this with a group of 20 + people.
I had booked a festival trip, which included the Elephant Festival in Jaipur. Unfortunately, that had been cancelled by the authorities. I understand that it was force majeure, but it would be nice if shoestring compensated us for the additional costs
India enthralled me and I would definitely go back. Think first about whether India fascinates you or not. You need to prepare yourself for the poverty, crowds and filth on the streets. Not a holiday for everyone. We were disappointed about the cancellation of the Elephant festival. We had booked this departure for this reason at a cost of €100 extra.
- the travel description does not indicate how great the travel distances are - the description does not mention either that you sleep in the train in 8-person coupes between cockroaches and rats - the hotels are too basic.
It was wonderful. I saw lots of beautiful things and had some great experiences. A trip I will not forget in a hurry.
Considering price/quality with respect to these two countries (parts of countries) the trip was good. Our tour guide Vishajeet played a large part in our satisfaction. The pocket money is a bit on the tight side due to the additional entrance fees.
We very much enjoyed the very nice trip.
High Rating is due to the variety in the program.
In principle, nature tours are my preference, but I also wanted to experience the cities in India. For me it is important to be (in nature) outside and I will consider this when booking my next trip. A previous camping trip I experienced as very pleasant because there was direct contact with nature and often the population as well.
Accommodations 6,5, transportation 6, tour leader 7
Not so much to do with your journey but the ongoing pollution of North India and Nepal was bad - especially in Kathmandu.
A beautiful trip with variation. Both the accommodations and the bus were sometimes uncomfortable and cold.