Dealing with this travel company was a total pleasure. They were on top of all details 24/7 from the time we chose them to schedule our trip. My husband was a little worried because ours was a private tour for just us and our four children, so the way that it worked was we would fly (or arrive by train) into a location, be met by a tour bus and a travel company representative, and then be met at our hotel by the bus and a guide. There was a lot to coordinate, and with one slight exception, the whole operation went off flawlessly. The operations were very impressive. We had considered a U.S.-based travel company and felt from the beginning that this travel company was far more responsive to our needs than the U.S.-based company. We also felt that choosing a local firm would be better because we would have people on the ground in India to call if there were any issues and that we might get a more local point of view rather than simply a typical tour. All of this was true. So, we couldn't be happier with our choice. It was an amazing trip in pretty much every way, and this travel company was there for us 24/7. This turned out to be even more important as every one of us because sick in some way, so we needed a doctor three different times. Our travel company representative, tour guides, and bus driver couldn't have been kinder or more responsive not only to help with doctors and medicines but also to help us reschedule some of our planned events. Our contact in Delhi, was so responsible and responsive. We loved our bus driver, Mr. Dan. DaDa in Varanasi was probably our favorite tour guide, although we were impressed many of our guides (Agra - Taj guide, too, and Mumbai, our heritage tour guide).
There are really too many to count. We loved every single place we went - Delhi, Varanasi, Sarnath, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Aurangabad and Mumbai. We were impressed with the cleanliness and environmentalism, the kindness of the people, the colorful decorative designs on everything, even the trucks and elephants! We loved the animals - especially the monkeys and elephants. Our elephant safari in Jaipur was a highlight, where we got to feed and pet elephants and walk with them in an organic farm. We loved our street food tour in Jaipur - the pickle man, the kulfi stop, and the best samosas in Jaipur. We also loved seeing the wedding section in the market. Visiting buddhist, Hindu and Muslim temples/mosques. Learning the history of the Mughuls in India. The spice market in Delhi. The silk weavers in Sarnath and the fascinating activities along the ghats in Varanasi. Summer palaces and forts. Our favorite restaurant of the trip was in Delhi. Simply one of the most beautiful and delicious restaurants I've ever been to, which is saying a lot as we travel to France on a pretty regular basis. The manager took us on a tour and was in charge of our dinner, for which the service was flawless. One of my long time desires was to visit the historic Elora caves, which we were able to to in Aurangabad. Our hotels were historic and beautiful and the service was impeccable. I could go on and on.
Stay longer! It would be helpful to have at least two or even three days in each stop to fully appreciate in a relaxing way the joys of each place. But that was our fault because of our grown children's schedules. And I wouldn't have wanted to miss a single thing that we did or place that we visited. And of course not get sick, but what can you do? Most of us didn't miss more than a day of the trip, thanks to the prompt care from our Indian doctors and hotel and the travel company staff. I don't want to wish that anyone would get sick, but it was almost worth it to experience the difference in health care. Definitely a far better system in India.
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