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Puppet Making Demonstration with Puppet Show and Lunch

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    What to Expect
    Your tour will start when you get picked up from your hotel and brought to the location of the puppet show.

    Locally called Kathputli - the colourful string puppets of Rajasthan are made of wood and cloth. The head of the puppets are carved out of wood and colored according to characters they depict in the episodes. Strings are attached to the head for manipulation. The faces are usually painted yellow, white or any light color. The body, up to the waist and hands, is made of stuffed rags, cotton or cloth bits. The hands have no joints unlike the other string puppets of India. The artist will not only teach you the techniques of maneuvering these traditional marionettes and will also tell you why the selection of colors is important for bringing a puppet to form.

    The session ends with a puppet show followed by a lunch at a restaurant. After that you will be brought back to your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Centrally located Delhi hotels
    Departure Time
    11:00 AM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Your New Delhi hotel
    Inclusions
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Lunch
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Private tour
    Exclusions
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    By: Cox and Kings Limited
    16 Reviews
    SA6107
    Gandhidham, India
    2115
    Gwalior - Fort, Musium and Gopal Parvat
    Main fort is worth visiting. Sas-bahu and Teli Mandir are worth visiting. Avoid visiting adjacent Mahals. Pathetic condition. I wasted time and money on tickets. Musium at fort and Scindia Musium (200 Rs. Per head) are worth to see. Do visit Gopal parvat and Rani Laxmibai smarak. Keep two days if you are interested spending time in Musiums and fort. I didn't find need of Guide.
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    earlm2015
    Kings Bay, Georgia
    152
    fraudulent dealings
    We booked a trip in March, for travel in October. No itinerary, 30 days out, no one answers a phone... nothing... 1 week prior to departure we get an email saying every is canceled... and to call your travel insurance... What??? Travel insurance is for illness, weather, events happening to the traveler, not for the travel company failing to provide the services we purchased. This is Fraudulent business on Cox and King’s part! We have notified American Express’ fraud unit. Do not book anything with Cox and Kings, Beware! Read the press releases, they are imploding, and stranding travelers all over the world.
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    PradyumnaS30
    11
    Cox & Kings cancelling all trips without refunding money
    Hello All, Where are we stuck presently, as our money is with Cox and Kings and all Trips cancelled.... Anybody here with the same issue. ?
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    yscdmd
    Torrance, California
    11
    Cairo trip
    We booked our trip to Cairo on April and was told that we will get our airline tickets and itinerary 30 to 45 days prior to our Nov 7 trip. It’s Oct 10 now and we have not gotten any of our Airline e tickets nor information about our tour. We tried calling all Possible phone numbers written in our e mail Correspondence but has not been successful. This trip costs us a lot of money and we are afraid we won’t get any refund. Does anyone know how to make a claim to this ?
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    Departure751009
    31
    Someone ban COX and KINGS
    The most annoying , disappointing, callous, careless, non responsive, bunch of irresponsible teams, no coordination, never owns up to their mistake, every time an information was provided it was a mistake - the trip was full of mistakes even when we reached Prague and to our surprise the driver was given wrong timings to pick us up. we claimed the refund for the taxi for which we had already paid. Can you believe they have not yet returned that sum of money and no one is responding to any emails now. They charged us a bomb for the worst service any travel agent can provide. I pleed you guys to never trust them and only stick to more professional travel agents like a thomas cook. These guys really need a reality check. and narmada muttu needs to resign for the magical team she leads
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    SudhirK260
    New Delhi, India
    90332
    Summer trip to Leh Ladakh
    We were a group of 18 people and shortlisted Leh as our destination for the Summer break this year. After exploring few options narrowed it down to Cox and Kings based on the old Goodwill and good package which promised moon and back. There are lots of wrong commitment and deliberate miscommunication on the part of their representative and written flyers. First and foremost I observed that the overnight stay promised at Pangong Lake is not there due to regulations prohibiting the same, CK never bothered to inform and take our consent for the change till the very last. We were not accommodated in the same flight and had to travel separately both ways. Instead of 9 rooms we were issued only 7 rooms with additional beds? Local tour executive acted as if he was doing some favour without even doing what he was supposed to do. There was supposed to be professional photographer at various tourist spots to click our pictures and share with us, half the time they were missing, two points photos were taken but not shared till date nearly 4 weeks since we are back. For outstation travel the vehicles were booked randomly without the driver and us informed of the actual destination and instructed to follow another vehicle for a 160 kms trip in hills? Overall a very amateur and unprofessional trip both at booking and execution stage. Beware of the organisation before booking any trip it is surviving on past glory and in the current situation leaves a bad taste out of a great destination.
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    CHRISNEV
    Melbourne, Australia
    5432
    INDIA
    Madhav our Host and Cox and Kings provided a totally incredible 8 days in India through Delhi, Agra, Udaipur, Jaipur and Mumbai. Taj Group provided the most outstanding accommodation across their range of palatial hotels.
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    Reshman
    33
    Kialash Manasarovar yatra-disaster from Cox &Kings
    Mis management, non responsibility staff from Bangalore and Mumbai and Ground staff Dirty hotel room,Dharmashsla,Itneary says good hotel but actual is Dharmsala, Tents @-20°C. No guide or Management staff from Cox &Kings are available for support, disgusting and horrible staff. DON'T MAKE MISTAKES TO TRAVEL WITH COX &KINGS.
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    Tattwasanta
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India
    43
    Cox and Kings Bharat Dekho Ladakh
    Horrible arrangement Horrible transport Cheap Hotels Street Food Worthless Guide High Rated Bad package
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    nkdp
    Alexandria, VA
    329172
    Terrible Service and Disgusting Conditions: Cox & Kings Egypt 9 day tour
    Not only was Cox & Kings a terrible to work with from the moment they had our payment, but the conditions we experienced on their “Wonders of Egypt” were well below the advertised "5 star" and truly took away from what should have been a special trip to a magical place. Since Travelzoo mis-advertised the trip (& continues to do so) I worked through them for a month to get some compensation & an apology, but none was provided. Our 4 day Nile cruise was spent on a filthy boat with tiny cabins - just gross. We travel overseas a lot.  I organize our trips and as seasoned travelers, know what needs to be done and how to handle ourselves. Cox & Kings has no idea of how to deliver anything near 5* anything. The offices and all reps are in India. It was quickly obvious why Cox & Kings demanded 100% payment upfront - after that, they just lie, pretend to take actions and forced me to make multiple phone calls and emails to have anything taken care of.  I caught them in many “misrepresentations” and I'd have to say, "I'm on-line and can see the flights" or "I'm on line and can see the hotel and rooms," etc. They even resisted helping us pay for and reserve decent seats on the 10 and 12 hour flights (JFK - Cairo - JFK).  I think this took a month to accomplish, and when the tickets were issued, no seats were listed. The way C&K booked the tickets, we were unable to access any of the tickets, not even for pre-checkin.    On day 5, the real nightmare began. 5 am pick-up, flight to Luxor & transfer to the Iberotel Crown Empress boat, where our passports were taken (presumably to check us in while touring), and the large group bused with a guide to the Luxor and Karnak temples, with a promise of returning by 1:00 for lunch.  A good tour company/boat would have provided snacks or a boxed lunch to tide people over, but not Cox & Kings or the Crown Empress. The day was very hot, and it was 3:00 before we got back to the boat for lunch - no food was provided between 4:30 am and 3:00 pm! Additionally, none of the cabins had been assigned, so we still couldn't freshen up.  The Crown Princess staff was inept and we had to insist for almost 20 minutes to get a room assignment.  Then the worst happened - we saw the cabin.  Small and filthy.  I have pictures of some of the stains, dirt and old furniture.   -The cabins are so small, you have to turn sideways to pass the bed, or get to the window of the cabin   -There was one outlet available for personal use -the bathtub was gross, patched and cracked -There was a 3-d stain on the rug by my side of the bed, just where you swing your foot - ick, I often stepped on it before I could get my flip flops on and there were many other stains & dirt throughout - The sliding closet doors couldn't stay open, and one wouldn't slide over enough, so the drawers couldn't be opened or used.  Losing storage space in a tiny cabin is extra problematic. - There was no place to store luggage (all other cruise ships/boats I've been on have space under the beds), so we spent the week with our luggage on the furniture, blocking the window. - The beds were bad - you really couldn't sit on the edge of the mattresses without it bending so much you fell off. -The sheets were thin and pilled. -Cabin door locks barely worked, 80% of the time I had to get the front desk to open our cabin. There was only 1 key per cabin. - A sticker high in the upper corner of the bathroom mirror warned not to drink the tap water, however, bottled water had to be purchased - a daily bottle should have been included (and the sign posted more prominently) Our cabin had no hot water for a complete afternoon, and I wasn't able to shower until after dinner - not a good thing after hot temple visits!  A 2nd evening, the boat ran out of hot water, and it never warmed up - I finally took a sponge bath before bed.  So, 2 out of 4 days, no hot water! Food was mediocre, but we could usually find something decent to eat from the assortment.  Every morning, the breakfast room was hazy with oil smoke from the omelet stand, and our clothes reeked for the morning tours.    The wait staff in the dining room and bar/pool worked hard and were friendly - a rare positive on this floating dredge - we really appreciated our waiter, bus boy and pool bar waiter! Two people at the front desk were helpful, but all others couldn't help or ever solve problems.  The boat isn't equipped to take care of guests, for example, a woman needed sanitary supplies, but the boat had none and wasn’t able to secure any for her.   There were either 43 or 44 people in the group - way too many for one guide to handle.  The important excursions were really diminished because we could barely hear the guide, George, and he wasn't really able to answer questions.  His time was often spent trying to keep this large group together.  Too high a ratio to learn anything.  Guide was nice, but didn't seem very knowledgeable.  He was nothing like our great guide in Cairo and with the big group, just couldn't deliver. The only liquor offered was off-brand Egyptian liquor at $28 a mixed drink!!!!!  They did have 2 drinkable Egyptian red wines, at least. One day, 5 boats were docked side by side, so we got to walk through some others - all were nice and 3 of them were gorgeous - they actually looked like 5 star (you could see the dining rooms, walked through lobbies, etc) - just emphasizing the Crown Empress is a one star at best. The 1/2 day in the wonderful Valley of the Kings was not enough - this deserved more time and should have been adjusted. Day of debarkation We had a 2:00 am wake up call for our 3 cabins. Instead, they called us all at 1 am, and knocked on our doors at 1:10. Loss of precious sleep on a busy travel day.  In Cairo, we were supposed to be in the #8 ranked Kempinski Nile Hotel - a boutique style hotel with excellent reviews for service, rooms & multiple highly ranked restaurants.  A few weeks before departure, they announced we'd be at the Conrad.  Lower ranked, it was nice, a US 4*/Egyptian 5* with many positive attributes, except, they pulled things such as upon our arrival at 10:00 pm, after 22 hours of flying and over 30 hours awake, assuring us they'd give us something quiet, assigned a 3rd floor, inner room above the pool, across from the loud club and where the wedding below blasted up.  We had to go down, spend 15 minutes insisting to finally be assigned a quiet room on a top floor.  Please note, this room ended up matching/being a bit smaller than our friends' 2 rooms who checked in the day before - nice, but not an upgrade, so should have been assigned right away.  Overall, the hotel was fine - good service in the breakfast room, but mediocre everywhere else.  It was clean & attractive, but not to the level of the originally promised Kempinski. We (3 couples) paid for a private vacation. Our Cairo guide was great. I'll go into the issues in a bit, but on the entire 4 day Nile cruise portion, we had 1 nice but mediocre guide for 43 people - not even the "small group tour" promised in the advertising on TravelZoo for non-private guests!!! In Giza/Memphis, the included lunch was at a horrible tourist dump with a scary buffet, and grilled mystery meat.  There is no excuse for their choice of such a bad restaurant.  We would have preferred to buy our own lunch at a good place, but they should have included a decent meal.  Back to Cox and Kings.  They always reminded me they care and to rest assured everything was okay, but it took weeks for anything - to request an upgrade on the boat (which we didn't get), to learn flight details, to learn about the boat, etc, etc.  On the day we were booked to leave the US, American Airlines sent a late notification of a flight delay on our 1 hour flight from DCA to JFK to catch the big flight to Cairo.  Cox and Kings was not helpful at all.  While I was on one line with AA, I called & emailed Cox and Kings asking them to contact EgyptAir (group ticket) and see what could be done.  Half an hour later, I called them back, to learn they had called AA, and had not even tried EgyptAir.  We had to call and call to get them to even try to call EgyptAir.  C&K then claimed they were trying, but couldn't get through.  I got through, but since they owned the ticket, couldn't get help.  We ended up losing that ticket and I booked additional one way tickets on our own dime, of course.  C&K was totally unhelpful. Upon return, I learned AA completely refunded C&K for the short flight and only received a small refund upon notifying C&K I knew. C&K was always making excuses that they were trying to reach or waiting on an answer from their Egypt partners.  If true, boy do they have a bad or tenuous relationship - one that is important to customers.  In Egypt, there was much confusion about things.  Avoid this company - I truly regret we used them.
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    Sougy
    Mumbai, India
    65
    Visit to Russia
    Visited Russia through Cox&Kings. First visa got rejected because Cox &Kings submitted a fraud hotel voucher to Russian Embassy. Then they charged 11500 INR and handed over the passport and visa just before take off. The tour was not at all as promised.
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    985StephenR
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    1418
    Nepal and Bhutan
    We booked this holiday for the start of our retirement having travelled twice previously with Cox & Kings. It was a big disappointment: itinerary was very patchy: some good bits, some terrible. Bhutan part was very poor: bad hotels, very poor food, not great itinerary.
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    Ajay A
    India
    157162
    Mesmerizing Kumbh
    In every 6 Years; Ardh Kumbh Mela is being organized and in every 12 Years, Maha Kumbh Mela is scheduled. The bank of river and its adjacent ground become full of devotees to take holy bath. Must be visited when it happens.
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    CHRISNEV
    Melbourne, Australia
    5432
    Outstanding
    Cox and Kings were absolutely outstanding across our recent Indian Familiarisation Tour of the Rajasthan region. C and K's Host was Mr Mardhav Rathore and his overall ethusiasm, knowledge, advice and general humour throughout the trip was a huge contributor to our overall experiences across all aspects of the trip.
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    sunilkmathur
    Lucknow, India
    1313
    A travel agency far below expectations !
    I alongwith my wife, daughter & our family friends (couple) totalling five persons visited Bali (Indonesia) from 23 to 27 March 2019 followed by Angkor Wat (Cambodia) from 27 to 30 March 2019. Bali & Angkor Wat are beautiful places worth visiting and both are strongly recommended for fellow travellers. I made a mistake by contacting Cox and Kings Delhi, for arranging our tour. Two of our previous international visits had been organised after interacting directly with local tour operators in the places visited, buying air tickets, processing visa ourselves and had left us totally satisfied. In the case of Coz and Kings (CNK), we discovered that CNK sub-contracts the visit to local tour operators; the work of CNK is compartmentalised – we first dealt with Exec A for the booking, who passed us on to Exec B for processing visa & then left things with their faceless “Operations” people (with whom we had no interaction) to oversee the visit. Numerous errors were committed by their staff which were luckily noticed by me and rectified. Several shortcomings had crept into the suggested itinerary and if I had not pointed these out, we’d have faced inconvenience / embarrassment. In the event too, there were shortcomings in the arrangements which left us dissatisfied. Our private, guided, customized tour turned out to be unguided & uncustomized; it almost became a group tour instead of a private tour. To give the reader an idea of the problems we had to go through some are detailed below :- • After confirming the visit at the quoted cost, CNK wanted us to pay an extra INR 3000.00 per head for air tickets due to changed prices, which we refused by threatening to cancel the visit. • For paying the booking amount, Exec A sent a link stating that no extra charges would apply and I paid accordingly. Subsequently, Exec B wanted us to pay extra charges @ INR 3000.00 each for three persons for the previous payment made through link, which we refused. • As per their Itinerary (1st edn) CNK booked ‘Standard’ rooms for us at Bali instead of ‘Deluxe/Superior’ rooms opted by us, at the quoted cost. Rectified after pointing out. • Their Itinerary (1st edn) gave out visit details of only two days against the three full days available. Had I not pointed out this discrepancy, our tour would have been for only two days. • Their Itinerary (1st Edn) gave a summary of ‘Inclusions’ which were common to both Bali & Angkor Wat and included ‘Mineral water’. The final itinerary gave the ‘Inclusions’ separately and in Bali the water was quietly excluded; in the event, we had to purchase all the drinking water ourselves in Bali. • Itinerary (1st Edn) for Bali omitted the name of our fifth traveller. The local tour operator would have refused accommodation for the fifth person had this not been pointed out & rectified. • Itinerary (1st Edn) covered only very broad details of day wise tours in Bali; it had no specifics and would have led to embarrassment with the local operator. On pointing out, only a marginal improvement was made. In the event, we were taken to irrelevant places like Baatik workshop-cum-sale and Silver-Gold-Gem collection which wasted our time; we were unable to visit Ubud Palace & Ubud Market which were given in the itinerary. • As per Itinerary(1st Edn) our tour was planned for three & a half days including half day tour to Uluwatu Temple on day of arrival. The half day tour had to be taken off (leaving three day tour) owing to revised flight schedule. In the final itinerary the lunch (planned initially as part of package) on third day was missing and the third day tour was converted into a half day tour, which meant that our three & half day tour got converted to a two & half day tour. And surprisingly, all these escaped the scrutiny of Exec B who was dealing with us ! Exec B even stated inability to change the itinerary on the plea that we had already approved it (which was not the case). In the event, we paid extra to our Driver to take us to the beautiful beaches in the vicinity, as well as to the attractive tourist flea market of Kuta on the forenoon of third day. • We had wanted and paid for a private tour. In the Itinerary (1st Edn) I noticed the words ‘all tours and transfers on SIC basis’. On enquiry I found it meant ‘sharing in coach’ which wouldn’t have been a private tour. Rectified after pointing out. • The driver-cum-guide in Bali was not a licensed guide and therefore could not enter any temple to tell us about it. We remained deprived of any guidance while visiting temples in Bali. • Instead of a 12 seater AC van, the local tour operator provided a five seater SUV to us five, including for airport transfers. We reported this to Exec B of CNK in Delhi who stated that matter reported to ‘Central Ops’. Nothing more was heard. It would be better for the potential visitor to contact 4 to 5 local operators after a Google search and obtain their quotations. From the responses we received and from our own observations, the local operators are very positive, friendly, helpful and flexible. All provide friendly English speaking drivers and if demanded, even arrange for licensed guides. Visa is exempted for visitors from India (and other countries) if the visit does not exceed 30 days. For visiting Cambodia, visa can be processed directly by the visitor. It was the first and last visit arranged for us by Cox and Kings.
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