This agent is an expert on travel in India and she was able to customize a fantastic 3 week tour for two couples. She works closely with a large Indian travel agency, so we got the best of both worlds. She used her knowledge to give us a great, detailed itinerary that worked really well for our interests and the travel agency provided exceptional service once we landed.
We really liked Shimla, in the foothills of the Himalayas. This where the British ruled India during the hot summer months, so there are a lot of British heritage buildings to see. We stayed at the Wildflower Hotel, an experience in itself. Getting to Shimla is an adventure, involving a delightful toy train ride. The airport will be open soon, giving better access to this wonderful spot.
Ranthambore was also a great experience. We were fortunate in that we saw two tigers close-up on our first drive. We took an excellent river safari to see the nearly-extinct gharials and we really enjoyed the fort, especially when we saw two leopards up on the ramparts.
We stayed in some lovely ex-palaces. These were all beautiful, serene spots where you could forget the noise and dust of travel in India.
Udaipur was our last destination and it is one of the most lovely cities in all the world, with lakes flowing through the central core surrounded by beautiful hotels. We were there in wedding season, so the city was full of celebrations.
I'd allocated more time to Shimla. This is a spectacular spot and worth the effort to get there. However, I'd take the toy train up the mountain and fly out. Two train rides was too much.
I'd also minimize my time in Delhi. Delhi is a wonderful place with lots of great attractions, but the air pollution is dire and detracts from the experience.
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