My husband and I could not have been happier with our experience working with this travel agency. Our agent assisted us in designing an absolutely spectacular itinerary for our two-week trip. We visited Delhi (1 night), Varanasi (2 nights), Agra (1 night), Jaipur (3 nights), Barli (1 night), Jodphur (2 nights), and back to Delhi (2 nights).
Our agent was so thoughtful and patient in answering all of our (many!) questions prior to the trip. He never made us feel badly despite the fact that we requested several itinerary adjustments as we got a better and better sense over time of what we wanted to plan, and he offered excellent suggestions that really reflected his deep knowledge of the country and what would make for an ideal experience. By the time we finalized the itinerary, we really felt that we'd explored all of our ideas and questions and that had come up with a plan suited exactly to our specific preferences and interests.
The trip itself wound up exceeding our expectations. We felt safe and well cared for, and were quite impressed by how smoothly everything went given that we were on the move quite often. Our guides in each city were excellent, and the experiences our agent recommended for us were truly mind-blowing - resulting in a tremendously meaningful, educational, and enjoyable visit. Our travel agency provided us with a cell phone for the duration of our journey, which allowed us to easily remain in touch and even make small last-minute changes in our itinerary. We had the same driver for much of the visit - he was friendly, flexible, and got us safely to each destination in a very comfortable air-conditioned vehicle which was well stocked with water. Our agent and the other representatives checked in on us at various points throughout the trip to ensure that we were comfortable, happy, and had everything we needed. And we did!
Despite the fact that both my husband and I are very experienced travelers, we are so happy that we decided to plan our trip to India through a tour company, and that we identified one as high-quality as this company - it made our journey to India so much more relaxing and enjoyable. We would recommend this travel company to any other traveler in a heartbeat - they will take care of all of the details and allow you to focus on enjoying all of the mind-boggling, beautiful sights that await you in India!
In no particular order, some of our favorite experiences included touring the tiny alleyways and sacred ghats along the Ganges in the holy and otherworldly city of Varanasi (Benares), visiting the elephant sanctuary and getting to nuzzle with and feed these majestic animals in Jaipur, taking a bicycle tour through Jaipur (including a visit to a very moving morning Hindu ceremony, a stop at the best lassi shop ever, a tour through the colorful vegetable and flower market, and enjoying chai and pakora with our guide on a rooftop overlooking the city), our leisurely walks and philisophical conversations with our lovely tour guide in Jaipur, watching the sunset at the "Baby Taj" (Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah), seeing the Taj Mahal emerge from the dense fog during an early morning visit, ziplining around Mehrangharh Fort in Jodphur at sunset, exploring the tiny alleyways and hidden spots in Old Delhi on a street tour with our fabulous guide, being invited to dance with villagers in Barli as part of a wedding celebration, and how quickly the vast majority of folks we encountered during our travels in India readily returned a warm smile.
We debated this - and honestly, there is not much we would change! If anything, we might have chosen to spend one less night in Delhi and instead spend it in a different location, but our itinerary was essentially perfect.
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