How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Anil Khumar was exceptional as a tour leader for the duration of our Indian Rail Odyssey (20130309). With reference to his country's history and culture, he was able to impart considerable knowledge in a way that was interesting and lively. With regard to logistics, he was able to sort out the most awkward situations, showing very good man management and even shepherding skills when required. He was extremely courteous and had a great sense of humour. There was not a time during the tour when we ever felt vulnerable or out of our depth. This was largely due to the input of Anil.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Go with an open mind. The lonely planet was a very useful tool, even though it was quite bulky. If I was going again, i would probably explore other options with regard to factual reading matter. The food is not expensive and therefore, relatively, we did not spend very much. There was no shortage of ATM machines in towns and cities, so changing currency was never a real issue. Be careful about what you eat and make sure that you disinfect your hands at every opportunity. Take mosquito repellant. Keep a journal.
Do you have anything else to add?
Nothing more to say except that I would thoroughly recommend Explore's Indian Rail Odyssey.