By Peter Tadin, United States of America
I brought a group of 28 adults to Nepal from Tibet for a four-night visit to this very interesting country that included two nights in Kathmandu and Chitwan National Park. The hotel chosen for the two nights in Kathmandu was the "Shanker Hotel" and the accommodation chosen at Chitwan was "Jungle Safari Lodge". Both of these places were fantastic! Shreehari, the owner of the company, did a fantastic job as the tour operator, Trekking Team Group, and was very responsive to my many e-mails and phone calls in preparing for this trip. He helped me design a custom itinerary that made best use of the time in Nepal and chose great restaurants for my group to eat at. Not having been to Nepal before, I was a bit apprehensive at choosing a tour operator especially with so many tour operators in Nepal to choose from, but this company did not disappoint me as I felt Shree was fair, gave me a good value for the money, and was honest. I also checked out references of his company prior to choosing his and they all checked out fine. Shree also accompanied my group to Chitwan and I felt he cared about my group's experience. Although we had a great tour experience and Shree was also our tour guide in Kathmandu, I suggested to Shree that for the Kathmadu tour that if he was going to be the tour guide, he just needs to talk more about the places we visited as my group was hungry for a lot of detailed information and history. The lunch location at Dhulikhel Resort between the TIbet border and Kathamdu was fabulous with its views of the valley and the famous Rumdoodle Restaurant in the old town area of Thamel in Kathmandu gave us a taste of home (i.e., steak, fries, etc.). Jungle Safari lodge, which Shree recommended to my group for our Chitwan experience, was an oasis in a very hot and humid area. Although it is notorious in Nepal for the electricity to be sporadic, for the most part it stayed on and we had A/C for the most part. We then flew back to Kathandu to make our connecting flight to Jaipur, India via Delhi, and Shree saw us off at the airport. Overall, the tour was fantastic and I would not hestitate using Trekking Team Group again and staying at the Shanker Hotel and Jungle Safari Lodge.