Firstly we would like to thank you for organising the perfect tour for us - it was exactly what we wanted and from the moment we arrived in Delhi until walking through immigration control at Mumbai everything went incredibly smoothly - almost like clockwork! I must also thank you for always responding promptly to our e-mail queries prior to our departure. All the hotels throughout our stay were very comfortable with excellent food and service, exactly what one would expect from such high class establishments Kathy in particular was very impressed with the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur - which certainly lived up to its reputation and I loved the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur and luckily in both hotels we were given up-graded rooms. We both enjoyed eating on their respective terrace restaurants admiring the view of the Jodhpur Meharangarh fort and the Udaipur City Palace. The Svelte Hotel in Delhi was very good and being next to the shopping centre meant that finding somewhere to eat on our first proper night was no problem. Unfortunately whilst in Jaipur and Agra it rained which meant we couldn't take full advantage of their outdoor swimming pools but the rooms and other facilities were excellent. The Pushkar Palace was also very comfortable and was our first taste of a heritage hotel and we were not disappointed. The linking in with the guides invariably worked well and we enjoyed their commentaries. In particular we were impressed with Sameer at Agra and the guide for Ajmer/Pushkar H Rathore who helped us negotiate the Friday crush at Ajmer on our way to Pushkar. Our week in Goa at the end of our stay was very relaxing and enjoyable and the Taj Village was a very good choice of hotel. Finally I must say a couple of words about our driver for the ten day tour of Rajasthan, Mr R.S. Rana. He was punctual and the vehicle was always clean both inside and out. He told us that to get around India you needed " a good horn, good brakes and good luck" but you also need a good driver and he was certainly good. Once again I must thank you and your colleagues for organising our dream holiday and I have no hesitation in recommending your services to others. We are thinking of returning to India to visit Kerala in a couple of years time and will no doubt be contacting you again! Once again many thanks.
Insights 2 India have again delivered the goods when it comes to arranging and organising a visit to India. This I already knew from a trip in Feb/Mar 2009 and my recommendations to the Carney's (see Testimonial for Nov 2009). Reju Jacob developed a program for 9 Australians for Nov. 2010. Five were on their first trip, two on their second, one on his third and this was my tenth trip. We started in Delhi before heading by train to Amritsar, the Golden Temple and the Wagah Border crossing; try the 'original' Crystal Restaurant; watch out as it has a clone right next door. Then flights to Mumbai via Delhi. Our first flight was cancelled, but Jet Airways allowed us to transfer directly at Delhi onto the Mumbai leg. Unfortunately Obama was in Mumbai and this curtailed our sight seeing a little. Next was Goa and the Alila Diwa resort, absolutely fabulous accommodation and services. Next on to Kochi, again a flight delay, but Kingfisher Air were ready for another direct transfer at Bangalore, baggage and all. We stayed at the Arches Hotel on old Kochi and enjoyed to sights and sounds of the old harbour area and the Kathakali dance drama. Nice old world hotel. The next stages were road trips to the Coconut Lagoon Resort at Kumarakom and then the Travancore Heritage Hotel at Chowara where we saw the local fishermen working the beach in the morning. Unfortunately the long road trip to Chowara didn't permit us to get a good look around Trivandrum this time. We then made the bottom of India at Cape Comorin or Kanyakumari to see the three oceans and get an appreciation of the extent of the 2006 tsunami before heading to Madurai and the Taj Gateway Hotel; 4 lane highway made travelling easy. The temples of Madurai are brilliant, but you do tend to get 'templed out' after the first six or ten as we got more at Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, South of Chennai. From Chennai five of the party flew home and the remainder headed north via Kolkatta to stay at the Vedic Village resort, about an hour out of the city in rural India. This year we stayed at the Radison at Varanasi, which was an improvement on the Ramada where I stayed last year. Unfortunately all the major religions were having festivals on the full moon, so we didn't get a full appreciation of the temples and monuments in the area. Reju really chose a luxurious hotel for us in Agra; the Jaypee Palace. I used a local guide I have known for ten years to show around his city and it was much appreciated by the group. As was Reju's generous offer of dinner at the hotel. Driving to Jaipur, we visited Fatephur Sikri and a place I hadn't heard of, the Chand Baoli Step Well at Abhaneri, near Bandikui, about 90 km east of Jaipur. We toured Jaipur on the wettest Nov. day on record, 50 mm and that put pressure on the drainage systems and infrastructure. Here we stayed at my favourite hotel, the Alsisar Haveli; may not have all the stars as some other hotels we stayed at, but has old world character and great restaurant. Getting off the train back in Delhi showed the season had turned. The locals had their pullovers and jackets on as the daytime temperature was now a comfortable 20-25 deg. A couple of nights respite in the Le Meridien and we were off to Shimla and two nights in the quaint Clarkes Hotel, Oberoi's first hotel. Shimla still has some visible presence of the British era, especially the old Viceroy's Palace; nice to see that it now has a visitor centre and photographic museum, that some maintenance is occurring and that visitors can now take photographs inside the building. After 31 days in India we reluctantly flew back to Australia. The first timers had some reservations about visiting India, but because if Reju's great choices in accommodation, transport arrangements and guides, they all came away greatly appreciating the treasures and challenges of India. All expressed their appreciation to Reju's skills in programming. Some are already talking about returning again. Whether I make an 11th visit is problematic. Thanks again Reju, you are brilliant.
Thank you for our lovely trip! As always beautifully planned and no trouble at all. Loved it.