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Feedback on HACRA tours

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Feedback on HACRA tours

http://www.hacra.org/index.htm

Hi, anyone join the tours before? It was mentioned in lonely planet and seem less touristy?

Would love to hear your comments

thanks!

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11. Re: Feedback on HACRA tours

I have been reading the wonderful reports of HACRA tours. They all seem to be regarding village visits / camel trips. I have noticed that HACRA website shows that they also do taxi tours round Rajasthan - anybody done one of these or know of others who have? I am attracted to them because they include a couple of the homestays which everyone seems to love, but cover the other territory that we want to see as well.

Cheers

Jen

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12. Re: Feedback on HACRA tours

Hi, my name's Will and I spent 2 days and a night with Gemar and his crew this last summer while travelling around India with some friends. This was easily the highlight of our northwest Indian excursions. Gemar an excellent guide and a wonderful host who really takes the time to show you what desert life is really like. We took the camel trip out to his farm in the Thar desert then drank Chai and slept outside under maybe the most beautiful starry sky I have ever seen. If you are travelling to Jodhpur or Rajasthan you should defintely consider checking out an excursion with Gemar. As I believe others have stated, there are no middle men, the money goes directly to Gemar and his team.

Highly highly recommended.

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13. Re: Feedback on HACRA tours

Good going..Gemar & team..keep it up!!

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14. Re: Feedback on HACRA tours

Hi, much like the others, I cannont recommend Gemar Bhatti Singh highly enough. We had 5 fabulous weeks travelling around India as a family (3 kids age 8, 12 and 14) and the 4 days we spent with Gemar were definitely the highlight.

He is kind, honest, gentle and so hospitable. He is also so knowledgeable about and proud of his home and surroundings. We spent one night with his wife and children staying in a beautiful mud house, then 2 days on camels in the desert and surrounding countryside, camping under the stars, and then a final day in Jodphur with Gemar showing us around.

By the time we said goodbye we felt Gemar was part of the family. In fact my son is already planning to go back to stay with Gemar for some of his gap year.

Go for it, you wont be disappointed. It was magical.

Mags

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15. Re: Feedback on HACRA tours

hi, you have some pictures of your experience posted somewhere on flickr or somewhere to share?

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16. Re: Feedback on HACRA tours

hi crescentra,

We can share few photos with from our flickr account ... flickr.com/photos/…

As this set also has pics of other places in rajasthan,

if u wish to see more of hacra lets us know and we will upload some more....

sachin-ritvika

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17. Re: Feedback on HACRA tours

I've got some on flickr.com as well. The links below are for the Bishnoi set and the Brahmapuri (blue city) set - both of which we visited with Gemar Bhati.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36526739@N03/sets/72157617631072330/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36526739@N03/sets/72157617544756965/

Lots of photos from other places in Rajasthan as well...

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18. Re: Feedback on HACRA tours

Thank you all for your comments and amazing photos. Still working on the itinerary and getting more and more excited.

Cheers

Jen

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19. Re: Feedback on HACRA tours

To describe this experience is difficult, since it is unlike anything

I have previously encountered. I can not imagine anywhere in the world

that I would rather have undertaken a camel safari and I can not

imagine being led by anyone other then Mr. Singh. We have been made to

feel like guests in this family home with our host ensuring our

comfort and happiness throughout.

This is truly a unique opportunity to sample life in the Thar Desert

untainted by the commercialism of tourism. One can escape the hustle

and bustle of Indian cities and ever-risk of being injured by an auto

rickshaw! An unforgettable moment of this journey will surely by

falling asleep under a star-filled sky and waking to the gentle

natural sounds of a living, breathing desert. I feel honoured and

extremely lucky to have spent time here and I sincerely hope to return

one day.

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20. Re: Feedback on HACRA tours

We went on a one day trek with Gemar Singh of Hacra in August this year. We spent about 5 hours travelling by Camel Cart in the desert area around Gemar's home. It was one of the highlights of our holiday.

We saw a considerable number of antelope and even two blue bulls (Nglai I think) together with numerous birds. Gemar also took us to one his neighbour's traditional desert homes.

The whole experience was totally un touristy and seemed very natural and unforced. Everyone we met was very friendly and welcoming and no-one was looking for money.

We ended the trip having chai at Gemar's house. His wife first had to go to milk the goat for the milk!! It was a truly memorable and humbling experience to see how simply people are able to live happy lives completely in harmony with nature and using virtually no non-renewable resources in todays world.

I have to say that it put my life into a somewhat unfavourable context by comparison.