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Review: Solos holiday to India with Riviera Travel

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Incredible India!

  • By SilverTraveller Jazzy912

    2 reviews

  • December 2017
  • Solo

38 people found this review helpful

I have just returned from a fantastic holiday to India with the travel company Riviera. This is the first year that they have run any specific solo traveller holidays and I can report their trip to India was a success. We visited Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambhore , Fatehpur Sikri , Alsisar and Shimla.

Our group included a cross section of ages ranging from 52 up to about 80 ,a mixture of levels of fitness, as well as a mixture of first time travellers and experienced travellers. Because of the amount of steps at some of the places we visited those with limited mobility could not enjoy the places to the same extent as those with full mobility.
During our 14 day holiday we travelled approximatey 1500 KM by coach, train ,“toy train”,tuc tuc, rickshaw, taxi and elephant!

Travelling by local trains , express trains and toy trains was certainly an experience! The trains and stations were extremely busy but the trains were punctual. Toilet facilities at first appeared daunting but then you have to remember that you are in India!
The Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort were breathtakingly beautiful and the train journey from Kalka to Shimla via the foot hills of the Himalaya’s is not to be missed! The scenery was absolutely stunning.

India is a country of beauty but also unbelieveable levels of poverty, dirt and squalor. It is a complete assault on your senses!

This holiday was mainly on a B&B basis .We stayed in a mixture of mainly 4 and 5 star hotels which meant the standard of food and accommodation was guaranteed, however it also meant that any food and drink purchased yourself in the hotel was expensive. E.G at the Taj in Delhi the cheapest bottle of local white wine was £42 and a pot of tea and a cake cost over £10.00! You need to take this into consideration when budgeting for this trip. Everyone I spoke to mentioned they had spent considerably more on food and drink than expected! The holiday price included breakfast everyday plus 2 lunches and 6 dinners.

I can thoroughly recommend this holiday but due to the amount of travelling involved it is tiring! The Riviera rep joked at one point that we were on a tour not a holiday and I guess she was right!

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  • ESW
    over 2 years ago
    I've been on a couple of Riviera holidays and they are a good company to travel with. This sounds a wonderful experience although with the distances you covered it must have been tiring.

    Did the price include many meals for where you having to buy a lot of meals? I hadn't realised that food would be quite so expensive - where you given an indication before you left how much to budget for food?