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Gate 1 Tours around India

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Gate 1 Tours around India

I am planning a trip to India with a friend and feel that we should take a tour, rather than travel from site to site on our own. I have looked at Gate 1 tours because they appear to be quite affordable. Has anyone taken them? In looking at the hotels they use and researching them on this site, many of them have gotten poor reviews. Is this to be expected? Whatever input you can provide would be helpful.

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1. Re: Gate 1 Tours around India

If you are planning something simple, for example, Delhi-Agra-Jaipur, you could easily do it on your own. Provided of course, you have the time to book hotels and flights on the internet.

If you go with an agent, then the low-priced tours often go to some very basic hotels in Delhi (which might explain the bad reviews you saw). In Agra and Jaipur, this is not such a big problem. But Delhi hotels are expensive, so for between $50-80 a night, all you get are some horrid places in Karol Bagh.

There are several agencies which offer custom luxury tours to India, and those will always have good hotels. The price varies considerably.

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Thank you so much for your input. I will keep this in mind when planning this trip.

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I go with Deepa. Better to plan out on your own if its a hort trip.

Look for Bed and Breakfast in Delhi for your night and sightseeing during the day. Jaipur has tons and tons of good hotels. Just google it and search the one you prefer .

Cheers

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Did you ever take this Gate 1 trip to India? We have also signed up for India's Majesty for January, 2009. AFTER signing up, I checked Trip Advisor for some of the hotels, and they had BAD reviews. This makes me very nervous and upset. We usually don't like traveling in large groups, but I was too lazy to plan it myself. What was your experience with the tour and the hotels.

Thanks, in advance, for your response.

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Hi All!

My husband and I travelled to Egypt in September with Gate 1 and the trip was amazing. Of course there were some problems, but nothing major that would ruin my overall trip to an amazing place. We're starting to plan our next vacation and we're looking at the Gate 1 15 day India's Majesty with Nepal. My major concern are the security and the shipping situation. I know this may sound silly, but I have to ask the following questions. Do the hotels have armed guards outside and on the premises? Are there metal detectors in the hotels? Do the tours have an armed gunman sitting in the front of the bus that travels with you from place to place? Are there any "tourism police" that will also beg a tourist for money? Can you actually leave the hotel and wander outside on your own? And now the shopping....are the vendors VERY VERY VERY AGGRESSIVE!? I can only compare to Egypt because it was SO STRESSFUL trying to go to a market and just look around without literally being harrassed. I can understand them knowing you're tourists and giving you a ridiculous price for the items, but in Egypt, they literally would block a door way if you didn't buy something in their store or they would just put the item on your body and then ask you to buy it. Also, let's say you want to snap a pic of a local person, do they expect some sort of money for me snapping a picture? I just want to get an idea before I go at what I'm dealing with. I was kinda prepared for Egypt, but seriously once you get there, the people are insane and all that security really didn't make me feel all that safe. Also, are any tour bus rides escorted by military convoy? Yeah, had that too! So if anyone can put my worries to rest, I'd really like to continue planning my trip to another amazing and beautiful place, INDIA!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Antonella

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I posted almost the same concern about the hotels on the Gate 1 Majesty tour. We are already signed up for the January, 2009. I checked the hotels on Trip Advisor AFTER signing up for the trip, and was very upset with the poor reviews. I haven't received any response to my message.

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7. Re: Gate 1 Tours around India

Security is not as big a headache in India. The high end five star hotels have metal detectors on the doorways, but other than that there are only the usual security checks at airports.

Pushy vendors - there are several but you can usually ignore them and they will melt away. No one will block the doorway or put things around your neck or pile you with stuff. At best it is a "Madam, just see, beautiful Pashmina, no expense for seeing, right?" type of sales pitch.

If you are in a group package tour you usually won't have much time to go anywhere by yourself. In fact, mostly you're pretty much going to be taken to specific large shops where the agent already has some kind of "arrangement". There are huge emporiums in Agra, Jaipur and Delhi that cater to busloads of tourists brought by agents, this is typical of many countries (did you go to the big perfume/ittr factory in Cairo?)

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Thank you, Deepa for your response! I really want to go to India and I had a feeling it was going to be somewhat different than Egypt. I don't really care about hotels as long as they are clean and somewhat livable. I just want to make sure that I have enough time shopping without the vendors harrassing me! Besides, it's only a room and you're going to spend more time outside exploring! I can understand security at airports (I live in NYC for God's sake!) and at the hotel entrances. It was just getting a little uncomfortable in Egypt. I was happy they tried their best to protect the tourists, but all I kept thinking was...why would you travel to a place that has all these security measures and your life is at risk. I had a wonderful time and would do it all over again! Gate 1 offers great tours at a great price. We all were very pleased with the tour package and our guide and they really worked ya!

Deepa-Yes, I went to a perfume shop in Luxor and bought some perfumes! Excellent place and beautful place!

thank you again for your help! If you have anything else to tell me about India, I would love to hear it. I'm already dreaming about getting on elephant!

Regards,

Antonella :)

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A couple of posters have said they were unhappy with the choice of hotels in India offered by Gate 1. Please look up reviews of their hotels here on tripadvisor before you book. Perhaps Gate 1 has taken note of the hotel reviews and changed the hotels.

There are elephant rides at Jaipur, at Amer Fort. It is best to get there early morning because there are only a limited number of rides.

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My wife and I are planning on doing the Gate 1 Travel 15 day India Majesty with Nepal in a few weeks. We would like to find someone that has been on this tour recently or has done another tour with Gate 1 Travel to India in the last several months to get some practical information from real people.

Also, in light of recent events in India, I am curious whether anyone would comment on whether now is the time to visit since there is a thought that India will now step up its security to prevent another attack in the next few weeks OR whether India will not take the necessary precautions (or does not have the capabilities) to prevent further attcks in the near future.

Thanks in advance for any comments or response. Feel free to email me directly at kirk88@verizon.net