We took this tour in June 2010.
I am an NRI settled in America and was booked via Thomas cook NRI sales channel based in bombay.The saleman(s) were thomas cook employee(s).Their names were Raghuvenda Kumar/Dhuna Azim.
The tour was ok,too many miles in too little time.Its kind of a whirlwind tour...peeping out of the windows of a moving motor coach.
Accommodation is comparable to days inn here.
However if you plan to book the tour one thing you shall NOT do is buy it via their NRI sales channel.Forewarned is forearmed!!!
If you did you will get ripped.
They essentially are offering the same product that they sale to Resident indians in india...at inflated prices.The saleman will tell you anything to make a sale...they told me that it is an NRI exclusive and has nothing to do with regular tours that they operate for people in India.NOT TRUE.We were the only family from US rest all were flown from Delhi in the trip.
For essentially the same product we paid around 1800 USD/PP (EXCLUDING airfare and visa fees) compared to 100,000 INR/PP (which included To and Fro airfare from delhi plus visa processing charges for schengen and UK) the other tour companions paid in India.
So my advice,use your local agent in india and he shall be able to get you a great price.If not look for thomas cook gold circle partners..in india...or worse case,call their mumbai office and talk to a thomas cook LOCAL saleman who operates in that local India region.Last resort call their NRI line and talk to any of the NRI salesman.
Hope this helps.
Their NRI hotline I used is 1-866 977 8687
NRI Sales- Leisure Travel
Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.
For payment I was told to mail a check to NYC office:
Travel Corporation (India) ltd,
358 Fifth ave, suite 1201
New York NY 10001.