One of the most valuable thing we can do for our clients is share our first-hand experience of the destinations we have visited. Each of our team have enjoyed exploring different countries and return with exciting stories (and sometimes warnings of places to avoid!).
Well this time Katie has been whisked away to India, courtesy of our friends at Exodus Travels.
Exodus have long been the experts in exploration and adventure itineraries for our clients. Indeed, they have given talks at our Destination Events that have led to some taking the plunge to explore amazing corners of the world.
While she was away, Katie kept a diary of her journey, so she could share her experiences. It is by no means exhaustive, so if you're interested in an Indian holiday, give her a call on 01271 862626 and she can tell you more!
Where to start! What can I say but a fab way to start the trip! Yared, a representative from Jet Airways, met the group and we were checked into Business class and where we were then fast tracked through security and then taken by buggy to the departure gate. Due to being on an educational we were allowed to board before the rest of the passengers and have a private tour of the aircraft from First to Business Premiere and economy. Economy was comfortable. Good leg room but tired looking seats and unfortunately due to our upgrade I was unable to experience the economy section first hand but luckily enough I have enough to say about the business. With a herringbone configuration the seats were comfortable and would lay flat when ready for a sleep. The staff were amazing throughout the flight attending to all needs and serving lovely food by china and actual real cutlery. The tv screens were a lot bigger then economy and touch screen but to my shock horror the films were old and had a rubbish selection... but who cares!! I was going to sleep on a flat bed with my pyjamas given to me by the staff. Best 9 hour flight I have ever taken.
Departing the flight we were fast-tracked through passport control where are luggage was waiting for us and where we first met our guide for the week, the lovely Chetan.
We were transferred to our first hotel ... The Jaypee Siddharth. First impression’s big, expensive and business like but the rooms were lovely and very comfortable beds. They had a nice Tapas restaurant and fresh bakery and most of all an outside pool for cooling down in the heat of New Delhi. ( I was shocked that you have to pay for wifi in a business hotel and a glass of wine worked out at £15.00 )
After a quick shower and change we were taken by rickshaw to the train station which was a 10 minute ride and there we checked onto the train in the female only carriage while the boys went in theirs and we were off to Old Delhi. The heat was so intense with this came the smells of spices, people and street life. We spent a few hours wondering through the back streets of old Delhi taking in the sights of the buildings, people, dogs cows and colours. It was so busy and I have never seen so many vehicles animals people all at once and electrical wires hanging down everywhere. Certainly an eye opener to India. The fact everyone seems so poor here and life is hard and we came across a lot of begging everyone smiles or just stare at you out of pure intrigue. I loved it here.
The evening meal was in a local restaurant and my first Indian Thali. Mixture of Rice, curries and condiments with a diet coke all for £3.00 wow... topped off with an early night.