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India & Shimla for Solo Travellers

This was a great holiday with loads packed in. Highlights included the Taj Mahal and seeing tigers in the wild at the Ranthambore Park. Amongst other historic sites we also visited the City Palace and observatory at Jaipur, the Agra Fort and the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Our Tour Manager, Christine, was excellent as was our Tour Guide, Kunal. At the end of the trip we had three nights in Shimla which was a real contrast to the rest of the holiday and very enjoyable. My two most memorable moments were both tuk tuk rides; the first was five people in a tuk tuk (six including the driver) on the way back to our hotel after eating out in the centre of Jaipur, the second was a mad dash through rush hour Delhi on the last evening to go for some last minute shopping at the Khan Market with Christine our Tour Manager (thank you Christine). All the people I met on the tour were very nice and we all got on very well. The hotels and food were excellent throughout.

The only thing I would change is to cut out the visit to Alsisar which entailed two long days of coach travel, in my opinion it would have been better to catch the train from Jaipur to Delhi and had either an extra day in Jaipur or in Delhi.

All in all a fantastic two weeks, I cannot wait to go back to India.

Review by: Anthony Martin Strange on 04/10/2018

India & Shimla for Solo Travellers

Although I have just filled in the review sent to me concerning the above tour, I felt I just had to write and say how completely bowled over I was by this holiday. Having never before travelled with a tour group, or as a solo traveller, I was hugely nervous and rather expecting the worst!

However, our tour guide, Rebecca, was immensely capable, confident, informative, and was the best tour guide I could have imagined for this kind of trip. Her skills at organising drivers, travelling to rail stations, getting us all seated and making sure we were always present, were brilliant.

I loved the whole tour, the hotels were out of this world, we had wonderful food, and the very best drivers. I am a paranoid passenger, and found the coach driver we had, and the drivers in Shimla, very competent and I had complete faith in them.

The experience was such a highlight, I just can't wait to do another tour, hopefully to India again, and must thank Riviera for the very special holiday.

Review by: Gillian Hall on 15/03/2018

India & Shimla for Solo Travellers

I agree with kleshna I was a fellow traveller with her on this trip - it was the experience of a life time - the organisation , the choice of hotels , the itinerary, the tour guide Sue and our wonderful Dilip, coach driver and our coach boy were all exceptional- well done Riveria for a trip that has conjured up so many wonderful lasting memories.

Review by: Jasmine Gayton on 09/04/2018

India & Shimla for Solo Travellers

I agree with kleshna I was a fellow traveller with her on this trip - it was the experience of a life time - the organisation , the choice of hotels , the itinerary, the tour guide Sue and our wonderful Dilip, coach driver and our coach boy were all exceptional- well done Riveria for a trip that has conjured up so many wonderful lasting memories.

Review by: Jasmine Gayton on 09/04/2018

India & Shimla for Solo Travellers

All too often we write with complaints regarding a holiday and I just wanted to write to praise the excellence of Sue our Tour Manager and Dillip our Guide on the holiday I returned from yesterday.

Wow what an incredible country India is with all the contrast of colour and culture which sits alongside the less perfect side of India.

However the vagaries of litter and loos were not tarnished by the beauteous bounty the country has to offer in its rich colour and culture.

Thank you Riviera Travel and well done Sue for corralling all the people, being continuously jolly and knowledgeable, and for keeping her cool when some of her flock were complete twits!

Best wishes

Review by: Kleshna Rhind-Tutt on 12/02/2018

India & Shimla for Solo Travellers

Totally agree with Grahams comments. The organisation and enthusiasm of Sarah and Kunal meant we all had an unforgettable experiance. Do not be afraid of trying a solo trip, the different interests and experiences of our group meant that everybody had something to contribute and share, leading to a bonding that made the trip even more enjoyable. Thank you Riviera and all my fellow travellers.

Review by: Ray Eklid on 10/04/2017

India & Shimla for Solo Travellers

This has been a superb and unforgettable journey thanks to the wonderful itinerary put together by Riviera, our outstanding guides Sarah and Kunal and the companionship of my fellow solo travellers. There is something for everyone here - history, culture, wildlife, art, good food, conversation - even time to relax and unwind by a pool in some luxurious hotels after a long day of exploring and travelling. The experience, enthusiasm and energy of our guides added tremendous value and everyone felt valued and looked after as an individual - no question was too small, no problem was too difficult and no-one was left out. Finally a nod to my fellow travellers (age range early 30s to mid 80s) who all had their own fascinating back stories and reasons for visiting India and who hugely enriched my experience.

For anyone considering this tour you should be prepared for some early starts, some long days of travelling and how to manage the heat but there is plenty of help and advice on hand and the faultless organisation minimises any fatigue which miraculously disappears on first seeing the Taj Mahal or a live tiger in the wild!

Go for it!

Review by: Graham on 10/04/2017

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