From the moment my husband and I arrived, and throughout the entire trip there was a company representative awaiting us, guiding us to every destination with kindness and professionalism. We knew we wanted a custom-built trip and we didn't have a lot of time to work with, so this company was a great fit for our needs. We also didn't want to take a big group tour and be stuck on a bus with a bunch of strangers but be able to stay as long as we wanted at separate destinations and ask whatever questions we wanted. We saw Kathmandu, New Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi all over the course of 10 days and while it was busy, it was never an overwhelming pace. We were even able to add an additional destination at the end of our trip to see Sarnath, for no extra cost. Our guides were extremely well informed and when we would ask a question at times we would marvel at the depth of information about the country and the culture that they would share with us. I can't say enough good things about the accommodations of our hotels, the hotel restaurants, the drivers, and especially the guides. Our entrance fees into all of the monuments, our two internal flights, a train ticket, all the gas to transport us, not to mention the long days with guides and drivers- we feel like we got a bargain for the price we paid for the trip of a lifetime! Thank you to all of our wonderful guides who we will forever remember- you touched our lives!
The most memorable part of the trip were the Arti ceremonies in the evenings. We were lucky enough to have a wonderful guide in New Delhi explain to us what was happening throughout much of the ceremony at Lakshmi Narayan Temple and after the beautiful singing we received a blessing from the priest there. Later in the trip we saw the Arti ceremony twice in Varanasi along the banks of the Ganges river and it was again, extremely moving and beautiful to participate in.
I would spend one more day in Kathmandu. There is much to see in that city and I wish my husband and I could have gone back to Boudhanath to have a hot tea and watch the people for an hour. Just to let the beauty of that place sink in a bit more.
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