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What our guests have to say about Explore India

  • 5     

    Hi Nazir, We really enjoyed our trip to India that you arranged.  The site selections were fantastic (as our travel MD commented), the hotels were comfortable, the drivers were highly skilled, and our tour guide Harry was brilliant and so well informed.  He adapted to our interests with ad hoc additions that added much to our experience.  Rajeev kept in touch with us as well along the way. So thanks again for this memorable experience.

    Arnie Funk and Sharie Edwards Vancouver, Canada
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    Good afternoon Nazir, We want to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our recent trip to Northern India. Everyone who dealt with us on this journey, being yourself with planning and booking, Rajeev the head of operations in Delhi, Yajur our tour guide and mentor during the tours and everyone else involved, deserve rave reviews. All were knowledgeable, professional, passionate in what they did and more than willing to do that little bit extra to make our trip an exceptional experience. I cannot praise these people enough. Along with your staff, the tour program, the places we visited and the local people with whom we interacted have made us appreciate and be amazed of a country, people and culture which apparently we really knew so little about. Our minds and eyes have been opened to a wonderful place which now we hope to see more of. Oh, and going by our tour group the shopping was great also. We want to thank you and everyone involved for creating a wonderful experience for us. Best regards,

    Murray and Pat E. Edmonton, Canada
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    We want to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip with your tour company.  Right from the onset our business class flights to our guides, bus drivers and wonderful food and accommodation we felt really well taken care of.  We had a very congenial group of new friends on our bus tour to Delhi, Agra, Rathambore Park, Jaipur and we left them reluctantly to go to Darjeeling. Our trip to Varanasi was likewise a wonderful adventure. Again, our guide and driver treated us like their parents!  Our trips down the Ganges will be ever remembered.  Your agent in Delhi, Rajeev was always in touch to make sure we were happy and well taken care of.  The only negatives were things out of anyone's control- the pollution, the lack of wine stores and the basic need for more jobs for the poor! But that is India!  Thank you again for making our trip so memorable.   Sincerely,

    Ralph and Margaret Franksen Delta, Canada
  • 5     

    Hi, Nazir. Sorry, I haven't written sooner but I have had a bad cold since returning from our amazing India trip. Both Stuart and I had a wonderful experience as it was much more than either of us expected. As our guide Yajure explained to us, India has been "cleaning itself up". What a wonderful surprise. Delhi being a bustling mega city, was a joy to experience in the few days we were there. Our bus rides, while exciting due to the different "vehicles, animals and people on the roads, made our journeys very colorful. Yajure was a wonderful, generous and knowledgeable guide. He is a walking encyclopedia. He was extremely accommodating and adaptable at a moments notice. Seeing the Taj Mahal, Buddha's birthplace, the Red Fort, the  Ganges in Varanasi and of course the city of Jaipur brought the trip to life. It was all mesmerizing. Your colleague Rajeev in Delhi was very helpful and kind and protective of us. Although he was mourning the loss of his dear father, he made himself available to us. So that's it Nazir. We certainly will not hesitate to recommend your company to any of our friends and family. Yours truly,

    Shelley Rosen and Stuart McPherson
 Aurora, Canada
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    Namaste, and thanks for the email Nazir. My husband and I are still under the powerful influence of India – having thoroughly enjoyed the 2 weeks we had there. It’s really difficult to synthesize our experience but I will try to give some feedback. Both of us felt that we learned so much and really broadened our understanding of cultural and political issues in addition to seeing, tasting, smelling, and tasting some of India’s diversity.  I really appreciated the diverse environments:  urban, heritage sites, forest reserve, streets/river exposure in Varanasi, the roadside rural life viewed as we traveled between major sites.  I’m especially glad that we added on the Varanasi trip which broadened our experience considerably. We were ever so fortunate in the timing (just after the monsoon season) and got to see a relatively ‘green’ India. Several local guides commented that we were a ‘lucky’ group in terms of being in the right places at the right times for certain things – such as seeing tigers, getting to the Taj Mahal just prior to its ‘mudding’. The tour itinerary was well planned and varied – given that any group of 22 people will have different preferences. We found our tour guide to be excellent: knowledgeable, flexible, and always anticipating when/where changes might be needed either for our comfort or safety. Many thanks for that. And he was ever so patient in spite of challenging situations. I’m a cautious traveller (in contrast to my husband) but even I felt very safe. Our guide was extremely good at keeping us together while also allowing plenty of photo ops, cooling down periods, and preparing us for the next point of interest. The tour guide was very good with history and cultural information that made the bus travel time both informative and seem shorter. All contacts were very friendly, courteous, and helpful. One hardly mentioned an issue and it was addressed;  To summarize, the trip was amazing!  We are so very glad we went and still bask in India’s glow. Fond memories, great photos, and a great appreciation for the country and its peoples!  Please convey our thanks to all who made the trip possible. Regards,

    Cynthia Toman Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    Hi Nazir, The India tour was excellent. The accommodations and meals was great , spicy but you get used to it after a couple of days, The  hotel staff making every effort to accommodate and attending to any request from the tour participants. The tour bus was quite satisfactory with the driver and assistant quite helpful, keeping the bus clean. The Tour guide was excellent and quite knowledgeable about the history of the Indian civilization. Also handling the tickets to the various sites so the was little delay getting in and experiencing the splendor that is India Pick up and drop off from the airport went without any incidence. Overall, a great experience that will not be forgotten.

    Anirud and Hafeeza
 Toronto, Canada
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    Hi Nazir, Greg and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to India.  We were impressed with the excellent service from all Explore India personnel.  Your choice of hotels, points of interest and breakfasts were excellent.  Our driver and bus helper were especially good. Thank you for a wonderful trip.  Ram, ram

    Elaine and Greg
 Burnaby, Canada
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    The trip to India was much more than I expected.  Often the expression....Go to India and change your Life....that is what I experienced! From weather, hotels, food, transportation to our guides...top grade!!!! Thanks you for putting this wonderful vacation together for us!!! It holds memories for a Lifetime!!! When I get some photos edited I will send you a link! Great Job!

    Linda Swanson Nelson, Canada
  • 5     

    Just returned home and trying to get over the jet-lag. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip – would hardly recommend your tour company. (first time with your company).  The itinerary was well planned, transportation and accommodations were excellent and so was our tour guide. Had planned on staying in China for an additional 10 days but did not realize it was a Chinese holiday and we were not able to book any additional trips. Had I known this, I probably would have booked an additional tour with your company.

    Polly Gretchin Hope, Canada
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    Apologies for the delay in regard to this reply. It has been 3 weeks since we got back but the first one was an adjustment to time and travel. There are just not enough good words to describe the trip but it was definitely spectacular and above expectations. Exceptionally well organized and highly professional personnel were involved in the tour. India is just so remarkable as there is so much history. We crammed and read 3 books about the country in advance but there is so very much more to learn. To be able to travel there and have professional tour guides with that depth of knowledge was fortunate indeed. Can’t say enough about the calibre of Sandeep Singh regarding his professionalism, knowledge, organizational skills and overall ability! Hilal Lone did a good job for us during the Kashmir part of it! Besides the 2 guides, there were a lot of people to acknowledge in regard to the success of the trip. Unfortunately we won’t be able to name everyone. However, we will start with yourself Nazir. Being patient, personable, and responsive in terms of direction up front made for easier planning. Those who headed up organization at the other end, such as Rajeev Sharma, went beyond the call of duty to get their part of the operation right. If only for our jetlag the day after we arrived, he would have got us to a cricket game! Rafiq Mohamed did his part as well for the Kashmir leg of the trip. Last but not least, people such as the driver, Dalit Singh Walia, and his assistant Anand Mishra, made the journey what it was. The wondrous architecture we saw was at times almost surreal. They were so advanced in this regard so very long ago! Because some were so spectacular and precise, pictures do not quite do it justice, one has to simply see it! Also so impressed with the people of India. Massive population but they have found a way to make it work. Seemingly caring to each other and respectful and friendly towards tourists. Maybe the “hawkers” not so much. To a certain extent, one even adjusts to the heat. After time spent at the sites the air-conditioned vehicles helped in this regard. Small detail maybe, but cold bottled water always being available was quite important. The tour offered a good mix and variation of experiences. The trip into the forest was definitely special. Viewing the wildlife, especially the Bengal tiger, will always be a memorable lifetime experience. The quality of accommodation was very high. The variety and selection for meals offered up something that I expect everyone could be satisfied with, as we were. Never knew anything about Explore India before the trip. Now that we do and experienced it, we would certainly highly recommend your company and the tour! Cheers,

    Marilyn and Emil Saskatoon, Canada
  • 5     

    Dear Nazir: It was a wonderful trip and all four of us were glad that we had taken it.  The weather was exceptionally hot, even for the Indians as it was said to be about 10c hotter than normal. My Father-in-Law was easily taken care of, as if he wanted, he was able to stay on the bus. We all felt that you would still see a great deal of India, even if you stayed on the bus.  My Mother-in-Law felt that she would never be able to see the Taj Mahal, thus she was thrilled with the trip. All in all, it was a very good and most interesting trip and we were very happy with the service we received starting with you. My thanks.

    Brooke Burnett
 London, Canada
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    Hi Nazir, We had a fabulous time in India and rate our overall trip as a 9/10. We loved the tour you put together for us and just when we thought it couldn't get any better, our next destination brought more delights and experiences. Here are our thoughts of what worked well (I may have the wrong spelling for some of the names so apologies on that - I may also be providing too many details!): Being greeted immediately by Issu as we exited the airport in Delhi was perfect - he spotted us right away, was very friendly and energetic, he engaged us, answered our questions, introduced us to our driver Kulvinder, checked us into our hotel, provided details on the next days and everything was seamless. We didn't worry about a thing. We liked having a day to rest and get used to the time change. Our tour in Delhi was lots of fun. Our guide was good (can't recall his name - Assish?) We loved old Delhi, walking through some parts of the market and just witnessing how everyone and everything flowed - trucks, cars, rickshaws, dogs, cows, people, bikes - we could learn so much in western culture about trusting and going with the flow! We loved Kulvinder. We felt very safe with his driving. Sharon gets motion sickness so sat in the front with Kulvinder - she had a few anxious moments whereas I was so fascinated with how he navigated traffic and kept us safe even when it seemed like vehicles were coming right at us. Kulvinder provided us with water all the time which we really appreciated. (We weren't prepared for some of the hotter days in the high 30s and low 40s) so air-conditioning and water were so appreciated! Kulvinder also had an easy disposition, answered our questions, pointed out things of interests (camels eating on the roadside!), was generous with our son giving little treats to him such as carved animals, encouraging him to get closer to a snake when Taylor was curious but scared, etc. We loved Ranthambore - the drive was good as it gave us a chance to see the countryside and learn more about the agricultural component of India. The Tiger Sanctuary Den was our favorite place to stay. It was more modest as compared to the hotels in the cities but the layout encouraged more interaction with other visitors and that is where we met the most Indian tourists. (Some who took down Explore India info as we loved our tour and didn't have to plan/worry about a thing whereas others were saying with their tour company they felt they were doing more of the work.) So we enjoyed meeting the people and our son met his new best friends (Vedant and Sedant) and played with them for the time we were there. Rajeev called the hotel to ensure everything was fine with us, spoke to me to ensure we had everything so we felt very well taken care of. PLUS we saw tigers (mother and 2 cubs) on our first ride out to the sanctuary. The drive to the sanctuary was also very interesting as we got to see more of the farms and how people live. Our driver was fearless and our guide was determined that we say tigers - it was fabulous! We also visited a textile place where our guide was very patient as we order tailor made shirts and jackets which were delivered to us in a matter of hours - we were impressed! In hindsight, we would have ordered more (if they have an online business, let us know! - I can't recall the name of the place but one of the men who worked there has a niece in Winnipeg!) So just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we loved our time in Varanasi. The cremation ghats were our favorite and just learning more about Hinduism. The boat rides on the Ganges were amazing. We enjoyed also learning more about the history of Buddha. At one of the temples, the Indian tourists seemed to find something interesting about us. They kept on wanting to take pictures of us with them! We felt like celebrities (or perhaps it was karma as we took so many photos of local Indians as well!). Our hotel room was so spacious and easily accommodated an extra bed for Taylor which was nice. The guide was good - very knowledgeable on the Hindu religion and practices of which we asked lots of questions. When we landed in Delhi, we were greeted by Issu and Kulvinder which was great. However, they thought we were leaving that very night whereas our itinerary was for the next day. Rajeev ensured we had the extra day and extended check out time with dinner included (and Issu ensured at check out that we didn't pay for those items). We also asked if we could have a driver to see more of the sights the next day and Rajeev accommodated our request which we really appreciated. (We wanted to see more of the neighborhoods of how people live - so our driver was great - he took us to a range of neighborhoods - wealthy, government workers, etc) We will share our itinerary with others who have expressed interest in traveling to India and will definitely recommend Explore India. Thanks so much Nazir.

    Dina and Sharon Winnipeg, Canada
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    This is a quick e-mail to let you know how much my husband and I enjoyed our tour in India.  Everything worked like clockwork. We were very well taken care of from start to finish.  The guides were very informative.  We loved our experience in India. Thank you again.

    Sylvia Roscoe Coquitlam, Canada
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    My wife and I and our friends were very satisfied with your arrangements, which were well organized and efficient. I appreciate your assistance in planning this trip to India.  I would also like to comment on “Sandeep Singh” for providing exceptional services and professionalism. He went above and beyond his call of duty to ensure we had the most enjoyable experience in India. He was enthusiastic, informative, engaging, professional, helpful, organized and friendly, not to mention a wealth of knowledge.  I would like to also comment on the tour bus operator and his assistant for providing a safe and efficient service. And last but not least, thank you to Rajeev for coordinating behind the scenes. We will be definitely recommending Explore India to our friends and family. Thank you once again. 

    Rob and Julie Calgary, Canada
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    We are still talking about our fabulous India trip.  Have meant to email you dozens of times---life just gets in the way!  Thank you Nazir, we had an amazing time and you can't help but fall in love with that country and her people.  Of course the extra bonus was only 6 of us on the tour the first 2 weeks and only the Rhodes and us the last 2 weeks.  We really felt spoiled and pampered! We will highly recommend you and your company. Namaste.

    Patty and Jack Clerkson
 West Vancouver, Canada
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    Sorry for the late reply, but Violet and I have been working on – stop since our return from India if February. We have been to many places, but India was by far the most exotic and wonderful country we have ever seen. The people, sights, food, cultures were amazing!  There was nothing that we could mention to improve the experience.  It really was extraordinary. We wish we could have stayed longer.  In fact, if we had known about the extension to southern India, we would have booked that too. Your staff was exceptional.  Everyone was very professional and extremely helpful at all times. We have already recommended your company to several of our friends, and we hope to go back to India with you as soon as we can. Violet and I are already thinking about getting away again.  We are booked to go to the Oceania cruise event on Sunday, April 24th We are extremely happy with the level of service and the quality the Explore India has provided. If you ever need a reference please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for everything,

    Doug Smith and Violet Allard Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Feedback re Explore India re Journey of the Senses - March 5 - 26, 2016. We are still processing what we experienced in India.  When we think about all that was included in our “Journey of the Senses”, we feel we touched on many aspects of life there - the history, architecture, religious practices, the food, village life, city life, mountain villages, the culture - folk music and dances, the craftsmanship, both the modern and the “old” India. We appreciated the experiences with many different modes of transportation - rickshaw, elephant, camel, horseback, boat; the many internal flights and the comfortable coach with its excellent driver and impressive driver’s assistant.  The switch made by Rajeev to automobiles from bus in Srinagar was also much appreciated. We especially appreciated the hotel accommodations.  The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai will remain a highlight of our visit.  The restaurant meals throughout the tour were excellent. The cooking class and the Kashmiri lunch at your brother’s home gave us a unique insider view of private life - one which would be difficult to accomplish with larger groups.  The visit to Varanasi was unforgettable. All in all, it was a spectacular, extremely well organized journey and we appreciate all the attention to the details which made the trip so wonderful. The Journey of the Senses tour you have put  together is indeed spectacular and the reviews published on your website express the delight of  Explore India customers. Best wishes and thanks,

    Gail Brimbecom
 Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    Hi Nazir: I meant to respond to you before now, but a number of work and family issues have taken my time and attention.  First of all, let me say that I enjoyed my trip immensely. Indeed, it will take me considerable time to digest the experience. India is so different in every way (and then some) from Canada. We were exposed to the culture, history, life, architecture and spiritual side of India while being protected from the extreme change. Your guides were all experts, sensitive to individual and group needs, but able to keep the tour moving.  Sandeep was especially good. I feel I have truly been absorbed into India and its way of life. The guides in Nepal were also excellent, and they were so proud of their country. Our guide there took us to the home of a friend for a "cooking" experience. They were such a nice family and so hospitable. They offered real insight into traditional family life, but also the younger generation's energy to get ahead. The guide's friend (who had trained with him for his guiding certificate/license) also owns a coffee shop in the old part of the city and her husband is in medical school. The whole family (his parents, brother and the couple) lives in a very modest 3 level apartment under conditions Canadians would complain about. Still, they were so generous, friendly and hospitable.  I never felt vulnerable or in danger the whole time. I'm sure this was carefully managed by the guides. Still, people were genuinely friendly, in spite of the fact that we were obviously naive and privileged westerners. The hotels were all top notch. It was wonderful to be able to hole into some western comfort at the end of the day. The Delhi hotels near the airport were very nice and appreciated when air travel was involved. The hotel in Udaipur was charming and unique - what an experience! I think Udaipur is my favourite city in India. All in all, it was a wonderful experience that I will never forget - a once in a lifetime experience. You can be proud of what you have achieved. From a traveller's perspective, it was excellent value with all one could ask from a tour.  Many thanks for all your help - especially the travel hitch with Air Canada at the front end in the Sault and Toronto.  All the best,

    Larry Whalen Sault Ste.Marie, Canada
  • 5     

    Nazir, Thank you very much for guiding Sirje to work up such a wonderful trip. We loved it. We now are totally amazed that more people do not travel to India to “Explore India”. The accommodations, guides meals etc that you arranged were wonderful.  We have great respect for the capabilities of Explore India and will be happy to (and already have) recommend that friends work with Explore India to develop their trip.   Having a contact in Canada that one can work with and a team in India which can manage all the details is a wonderful concept. We even shared your contact info with some friends in the USA who are looking for a North American contact to help them design a trip like ours. As a result of decades in management I am a strong believer in “continuous improvement” and so we would like to offer the following thoughts/observations that you might consider to make other people’s trips even better. We are not looking for reasons why things were not done the way we had anticipated but wanting to share our observations with you so that you can consider our thoughts when arranging future guests bookings. On the trip, many things stood out as much better than expected but the biggest ones (in my mind) were: 1)    Having arrived on Saturday afternoon and having the tour start on Monday morning. By the time we got to the hotel we were exhausted and so it was great to have a day to sleep in and “recharge the batteries” so that on Monday morning we were ready to tour. 2)    Going to Darjeeling. I know it was “Plan B” and put in near the last minute but your team did a fabulous job and we still cannot get over what a wonderful place it was to visit.  A special vote of thanks to the Mayfair hotel which was excellent (by the way, talking with other tourists, they ranked the Cedar Hotel as number 3 or 4 and felt it smelt of mold). I would highly recommend continuing to use the Mayfair as the first choice. 3)    At Varanasi, your team inserted an evening “walk through the market streets of old Varanasi) before going and hiring a boat to cruise the Ganges and watch the evening ceremonies. The walk included being able to see the Islamic Mosque built on the site of a Hindu Temple and the “new” Hindu Temple. The evening boat ride was a highlight and a much better viewing platform than watching from the shore. We were a bit worried because the write up in our itinerary (from you) did not explicitly say to watch from a boat and we were worried that the guide was going to skip the boat and watch from the shore. We were so pleased that he got the boat (as he did the following morning per the plan). Khalid’s idea to put the walk into the late afternoon itinerary was wonderful. 4)    Having a Private tour for the two of us was wonderful. We could ask the guides all the questions that we wanted and not worry about holding up the others on the tour. We could also pause for photos and not worry about falling behind. 5)    The quality of the guides greatly exceeded our expectations. In every city/site, they were great. They generally had mastered the slower speech so that we could follow what they were saying and they took a time to help us keep the various historical rulers in order in our minds, even when it meant repeating something they had said before. In addition, the guides at Agra and Fatehpur Sikri were great photographers who showed us some new angles and tricks for taking photos with cell phone cameras. 6)    The sites like Darjeeling, Sarnath (with the Ashok Capital), Fatehpur Sikri, the Amber fort and the Astronomical Observatory were all sites that we had never heard of but should be included in tourists plans for India. 7)    Having Heera Singh as our driver for Delhi and most cities close by was wonderful. He was superb and in addition to being a great driver, was very interested in making sure that he did everything he could to make our trip the best possible. In 2017, Sirje would like to personalize a small gift for him that hopefully, someone can take over on one of their trips to India. Again, I hope you understand that we had a wonderful trip, are very positive on the bookings that you and your team made, are already recommending that people talk with Explore India when planning their trip. I just wanted to give you some of our thoughts and observations. Wishing you and your team the very best during the holidays and for 2017.   Thank you

    Rob MacWilliam Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Hi Nazir, Sorry for the delay in responding...what with getting back on PST and dealing with Christmas it has been pretty hectic. We very much enjoyed the trip.  It was not always easy but it was an adventure and a great education.  India is really an amazing country! I have been trying to come up with some suggestions for your trip but I don't really have any.  I thought the trip was well organized and went pretty smoothly considering all the ground we covered and the challenges of travelling in India.  And of course the currency crisis added to the difficulties. I would definitely recommend the trip to anyone who wants to see India.  If I have any further thoughts I will let you know. Regards

    Trent Appelbe North Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Hi Nazir, Thanks for the note. We’re finally getting over jet lag and are almost ready for the Holiday Season. As far as the trip goes – we really enjoyed it. We found the level of service to be excellent, and we found great value for the money we spent. Both of our guides -Rasheem in Kerala and Ashish up north were outstanding!! They absolutely made the trip for us. Both were extremely knowledgeable, warm, funny, and provided great insight. Can’t say enough good things. The Fragrant Nature Hotel in Cochin was absolutely charming. The staff was fantastic and they made our stay quite magical We would certainly recommend your company to our friends. Cheers,

    Bob and Joanne Wright Burlington, Canada
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    Hi Nazir, We came home safely and the trip was great, I phoned you the next day want to tell you we enjoy the India trip but you weren't in the office. We also emailed to Ashish Khurana your local tourist guard and special thanks for his effort to take care of us all the way and we also ask him to say special thanks to Rajeev Shaarma he is a great leader to look after us from city to city. This trip really opened my eyes to understand India, they are a great nation during this money currency crisis, each bank lots people line up but no fighting. Again my wife and I thanks very much for your arrangement, hope to see you for any future trips.  May we wish you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Newman Poon Vancouver, Canada
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    Hi Nazir We have JUST arrived home after a great trip.  We all agreed that Explore India was very impressive.  We were met promptly at each airport arrival and delivered and assisted for each departure.  We had wonderful guides.  Hari, who was our guide for the golden Triangle and Varanasi is outstanding.  He is spontaneous, adventuresome and extremely knowledgeable.  He has an amazing amount of energy!  We enjoyed several events that were not a part of the tour:  stopped at an encampment of nomadic people; stopped when we saw a wedding procession; visited two schools; visited a village where the residents welcomed us; had a lot of fun riding in a jugaad  (home-made vehicle that seems common in some rural areas).  He was also with us in Varanasi and among other things while we were in the city, he took us to the railway station to see life there.  Kerala was also very good in terms of accommodation, sightseeing, and excellent guides.  Our driver, Asar, was excellent.  He has limited English, but he had enough that he pointed out many interesting sights along the way.  Generally, all of the guides were excellent.  We loved Kerala and the rest at Turtle on the Beach Resort was a perfect ending to the trip. Thank you so much for great organization! Best wishes

    Ken and Marian Marsh Sidney, Canada
  • 5     

    Dear Nazir, Nazir, Explore India (Nov 17 departure) delivered on all expectations and promises, and then some. The professional competence of your staff, without exception in both Vancouver and India, ensured that the ambitious itinerary was not only delivered but exceeded.  Much of this credit must be given to our very deserving guide Harry. Harry, so knowledgeable, led us each through the kaleidoscope of challenges and chaos that is India... left me wanting more.  It was a privilege to be on his bus.  Also deserving for a job well done is our driver and his helper, Yogi, office support staff in Delhi and your representative in Varanasi.  Judy and I had an airline glitch and he worked hard to solve it and kept us informed, much appreciated.  I am sorry I don't know each of their names.  I have shared my story and pictures with a neighbor, you'll be hearing from them soon.   I had a great time, be proud of your staff and your product. Kindest regards,

    Alison Webster Salmon Arm, Canada
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    Hello Nasir, I'm back home safely from my trip to India. Thank you so very much for the opportunity to travel with your company, and for encouraging me to go. It was impeccably planned and organized. It was an experience I'll never forget, beautiful, and warm people, rich with tradition and beliefs, and welcoming to foreigners. We even danced in a wedding procession in the street!! Every moment was filled with excitement. Ashish was the most gracious and competent guide we could have had. It was sad to say good-by to him. He took care of us all. Well done, and thank you again. Sincerely,

    Sharon Happach Qualicum Beach, Canada
  • 5     

    Hi Nazir: John and I enjoyed the trip very much.  Lots of wonderful memories and some very interesting experiences.   We are aware that you had made several changes to the itinerary with Pat and Mike to accommodate their wishes and those of the Fitzsimmons. Many thanks for this. All in all things ran pretty smoothly.  The money issue was, of course, no one's fault, but it certainly made for some unpleasant moments. All planned tours, guides, and drivers are to be commended. However, our driver was our favorite.  He was friendly, on time, and willing to accommodate us in any way.  He drove very well, provided lots of water and made every km of the trip satisfactory.  It was a pleasure to know that he would be there every day.   Thank you for a very interesting visit to India. Best,

    Peggy Clinton Toronto, Canada
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    Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time on our trip to India last month. We were taken care of by all of your representatives who were very friendly and helpful. Our guide in Nepal,  Bakash, was very knowledgeable and did everything to make our stay exciting. Although at times his English was hard to understand, he was very accommodating and helpful and made that part of our trip very memorable. In India, Sundeep was also a great guide. He told us many interesting things about the places that we visited. I enjoyed all of our excursions and the hotels were wonderful. Thanks for all of your and Madera's help in planning this trip. It is an adventure that I will always remember.

    Diane Powell
 Calgary, Canada
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    Hello, Nazir! Tonight we will be leaving India for Canada and both Hans and I want to thank you personally and your team in India for a marvelous time here.  It has been a trip that we will never forget having seen such interesting places in India and having been witness to a totally different and very interesting land and culture compared to the one we know back home.  We understand now why you are so passionate about your motherland and its people.  We will not forget the people here, the smiles of school children and others, their warmth, kindness, sincerity and hospitality.  How we enjoyed all of the excursions and we were so lucky and took delight in seeing a mother tiger and her three cubs along with riding an elephant at Red Fort in Jaipur! We enjoyed your local guides here very much and our guide throughout the trip Ashish.  What a wonderful man, humorous, entertaining and knowledgeable! Your team leader in Delhi Rajeev has also been very supportive and kind as well and of course nameste to the many other players such as our amazing bus driver, his helper and your drivers to get us back and forth to the airport etc. as they have been exemplary! We were so well received and taken care of! Thank you also for the upgrade to The Grand New Delhi Hotel for our final days as it was not expected. It is very beautiful here and has allowed us time to rest before our departure home. We have come away with new friends too having met other Canadians on this visit, with whom we enjoyed many laughs! May you, and your team continues to thrive and be successful in the years to come. We cannot recommend you more highly. Many Thanks, Sincerely

    Susan and Hans Stoffelsma South Spring Island, Canada
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    I am writing to say thanks, again, for guiding our wonderful tour of what is, indeed, magical India!  Your ever cheerful and upbeat presence, along with your vast knowledge of the subjects and objects of our tour, was absolutely key. It is such a cliche to say but you certainly made it a trip of a lifetime for us; we will treasure the memories forever.  (And it may take forever to get through all the pictures, too!)  I will be spending a lot of time this winter looking up more information on the sites you showed us, and adding to the excellent information you already provided. Lo Chen, I hope I have spelled his name correctly, had the dubious pleasure of guiding us in Darjeeling before we had really become accustomed to your universe.  Please send him my thanks as well; he was very patient with us newbies!  When I close my eyes I can still evoke the surreal experience of being driven along those roads, switchbacking up and down mountainsides and watching in amazement as people went about their daily business on, and next to, the nearly sheer drops between buildings.  Fortunately, I can also still evoke the entrancingly delicate, flowery scent of fresh tea leaves; having a nice cup of tea in real time whilst recalling that scent is wonderfully soothing after reliving the roller-coaster, stop-start-dodge ride over the Darjeeling roads! Mr. Singh, our excellently competent bus driver, will live long in Spitzke legends for his affable sociability and superb driving skills.  I did not write down the name of our Darjeeling driver but he, too, (along with his comrades) deserves praise.  You could not pay me any amount of money to drive in India, certainly not a big bus, and ESPECIALLY not anything on those Darjeeling roads!

    Pam Gale Letbridge, Canada
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    Hello Nazir We had a WONDERFUL and AMAZING trip to India. Our accommodations, travel and tour were first class. Our Travel Guide Harry was the best. He was informative, knowledgeable and spontaneous and that was so much fun.  His extensive knowledge and pride in his country was truly evident and exemplary; he was also beyond considerate as he assisted my husband when he fell ill and arranged a taxi to take him back to the hotel and to top it all off he called him later to reassure me all was well as I continued on the afternoon portion of the tour.  Best guide ever. As we arrived a day late we only met Rajeev Sharma for a short visit but he arranged everything from the airport on our arrival so we could be with the group for a marvelous meal, loved his choice. He was a kind and efficient manager who went above and beyond. Our extra day was organized by Rajeev who insured that we saw everything the group had seen on the day we missed. Again our guide was most informative and thoughtful. Our thanks to Mandira also who was helpful in getting our visas expedited. Our compliments to Explore India for a great tour. With thanks,

    Bob and Nette Lindsay Kelowna, Canada
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    Namaste Nazir Thank you once again for your welcome home. I now have had enough time to process and to put into words how grateful we are to you and your numerous guides, reps, drivers, etc that made this a once in a lifetime experience. I can't imagine the logistics that go into dealing with four individuals' wants and coming up with a cohesive plan that includes ticketing for five domestic flights, three train trips, as well as traveling by van, car, jeep, tuk-tuk, rickshaw, camel, and elephant!!  All stress free because we were always greeted and escorted by your army of personable professionals. And then there was our accommodation....palaces, a luxury tent, a Maharajah's hunting lodge, etc....pretty special. We have all travelled extensively and we are in agreement that India tops the list for all of us.  I truly feel that Explore India can take some of the credit for making this such a magical adventure. It also makes us feel quite special to get a personal welcome home greeting from the President of Operations! Sincerely,

    Marlene Powell Vancouver, Canada
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    Hi Nazir, Just to let you know Doris and I are home safe and sound, although both suffering from Jet Lag......What a trip - it was action-packed, full of adventure and beautiful.  What a wonderous country and what fabulous people that are India. We had the great good fortune to meet Rajiv in New Delhi and to travel with Sandeep Singh for 16 days - never a dull moment and the first time we have been almost too busy to shop.  We saw the sunrise from Tiger Hill and I have a video of Arrowhead, a beautiful female Bengal Tiger in Ranthambore. Sandeep was excellent, knowledgeable and kept everyone informed and on track.  He had many issues to deal with that were not the norm, the devaluation of the 500 and 1000 rupee, the switch from Kashmir to Darjeeling and stayed on top of it all. Darjeeling was one of the highlights for both of us - what a trip and the people are fantastic - enjoyed the whole experience.  The Hotels were all 5 star, food excellent for most (I have allergies, so stuck to mostly bland items), transportation was all great.  The driver Mr. Singh and helper whom we called Baby Deep drove us from Delhi to Jaipur and back were really great - thanks to them also.  The group that we traveled with were great - made many new friends and now share a common bond. Thank you to yourself, Mandira, Rajiv and especially Sandeep (for the 16 days he was our friend, guide and father). He truly loves his country, his people and sharing all his knowledge with his groups. A wonderful experience - Thank You

    Karen Reid and Doris O'Brien Calgary, Canada
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    Dear Nazir: Thanks for your email. Yes, it was a fantastic holiday made all the more memorable by having Sundeep as our tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about his country and we were lucky having him. There did not seem to be anything he did not know and he went out of his way to make sure we were all happy. He also seemed to go above and beyond in helping us with getting our money exchanged into the "new" money which was not easy. In the end that worked out (at least for me) although in the first few days I was worried that I was not going to have enough $ to last me the trip! I did not realize before I left Vancouver that I would not be able to use a bank! I was disappointed that we were not able to visit Kashmir but that was due to circumstances beyond your control. But Darjeeling was lovely and so different from the rest of the trip. The drivers and guide in Darjeeling were great - they looked after us so well as did Singh who took us from Delhi to Delhi. It all went very smoothly in, as you know, chaotic driving conditions compared to Vancouver! As I said earlier, overall it was an amazing trip. Thank you. Sincerely,

    Carol Clark Vancouver, Canada
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    Namaste Nazir, Thank you for your email and welcome home.  My trip to India was " incredible" indeed!  It is hard to put the experience into words as it is another world there.  Explore India met all my expectations and makes it clear that they aim to please their guests. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone.  Is it excellent value too. Keep up the good work. Best wishes,

    Colleen Sinclair Toronto, Canada
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    Dear Nazir, Namaste. Our tour to India was one of our most memorable trips ever.  Starting with our pickup at the airport, wonderful accommodation throughout and an excellent guide, we experienced India in the best possible way. Harry went out of his way to show us the country he obviously loves and made sure that we did not see it from the sterile environment of a bus.  He created many experiences for us that we will never forget and we feel that we now have a true picture of life in India as well as a better knowledge of its history.  We have already recommended your tour company to friends and will continue to do so.  The service you provide is second to none and we thank you.

    Elaine & Lorne Ettinger Kelowna, Canada
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    Namaste We had an amazing experience travelling through India and as always we wish we had more time there. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Darjeeling. Our guide Sandeep was a jewel, such a wealth of knowledge. I don't think the trip would have been such a success had it not been for him. Many of us on the tour discussed coming back to travel to the south of India next time and possibly spending more time in some places, maybe even a few days to relax on the beach, possibly Goa? Also, Sandeep felt we would very much enjoy seeing Udaipur so maybe that could be included. Also, speaking for myself and Randy, maybe you could offer an optional tour to the Maldives as we would like to go there, even if it was just for 4-5 days. I know you offer a tour on your website for the south but why don't you send out an email to everyone that was on this tour asking what interest they may have for seeing the south and maybe based on the responses you can put together a more customized tour. Of course, Sandeep will have to be the guide and he did say he would do it. We talked about late Oct, early Nov 2018, that seemed to work for everyone. Again, thank you to all your staff who helped organize and coordinate this trip. They did a great job. Best regards

    Kathy & Randy Whitten Trent Lakes, Canada
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    Namaste Nazir I had been thinking of dropping you a note so thanks for your message. The trip was a great success. The weather was perfect, no mosquitoes and the group were very convivial, really great travel companions. I hope to keep in touch with some of them and perhaps travel with them in the future. The drivers were fantastic; they managed the crazy road up to Darjeeling and in particular, Mr. Singh in Delhi and for most of our long bus journeys, was absolutely amazing. Don’t know how they do it, I had to close my eyes half of the time!!! It was a wonderful soft entry to India to spend time in Darjeeling, relatively less trash and garbage strew about, blue skies and clean air. Mr. Lo Chan was very hospitable. Our guide, Mr. Sandeep Singh was fantastic; professional yet caring and considerate, his commentary was informative and fun as he is passionate about India and all things to do with Indian culture. He did everything he could do to make our trip safe, enjoyable and generally a memorable experience. I felt he went above and beyond his duty to keep us informed and calm when we were unable to access cash machines. The hotels were good as was the food. On the whole, I am very glad I went with Explore India on this trip. It has not only given me an appreciation of the challenges India faces, but also shown me the amazing resilience and friendliness of its people. Sincerely

    Margaret Kennedy North Vancouver, Canada
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    Hi Nazir, Just a note on behalf of my wife and I regarding our recent trip to India. First we would like to commend you on running a very good operation in India even though you are based in Canada. Our India experience started out by being greeted by a very professional gentleman who picked us up at the airport. He made us feel very welcome at 1:00 in the morning while having to wait for over 2 hrs for us to get out of the Airport. Later in the morning at the hotel we were greeted by Rajeev who helped make our first day in Delhi very enjoyable by making various arrangements that were not part of the itinerary. Our overall India experience exceeded our expectations mostly because of the people you have on the ground in India. We always felt that we were getting the best treatment from everyone in your organization. We want to commend the people who spent many hours with us because they deserve a big thank you and a pat on the back. We appreciate the enthusiasm of our tour guide Harry who made our India experience unforgettable. He went beyond what we expect of a travel guide and as a result we all benefited tremendously from his knowledge of India as well as his interest in wanting us to have the best travel experience, and not just see India from the bus. This was tremendously appreciated by Leslie and I. We have already been sharing our unique daily “Harry” experiences with family and friends back in Canada. He is truly a GEM. I still do not know how he can look so good every day and have a different coordinated outfit that fits with the theme of the day, or event. Operations Manager, Rajeev seemed to genuinely care about making sure that we were enjoying our time in India and he handled the currency issue willingly to make sure that we had some local currency in spite of the challenges. He showed up often and kept in touch frequently with our group as we travelled through India. He genuinely cared that we were enjoying our time in India. I personally appreciate how he coordinated the tailor from CCCI to meet with me to do a fitting and final delivery at the hotels. This was above and beyond what was expected. Lastly we would like to thank our bus driver Mr. Rakesh and his assistant. These guys truly know how to manoeuver a vehicle with great proficiency. They were also always smiling after long days. Thank you to all of your other staff who had a hand in making our India experience truly memorable. We will be sure to refer Explore India as we tell our stories to our friends and family. P.S The hotels, transportation and arranged meals were all very good as well. Keep well and all the best.

    Ricky Singh Surrey, Canada
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    Incredible India really lived up to its name!  There were many hilites: Our first time riding a camel (and probably the last!)  Helen got thrown off part way up but only a bruised bum.  A couple rides in a camel cart was interesting and much safer.  Seeing a leopard quite close after it had recently killed a cow, and later seeing it in the rocks washing its face (just like a cat).  Of course, the Taj Mahal at about 8.30 AM in a good light after the early fog had disappeared. Visits to a craft village and a farm family.  The many forts and palaces from the past.   Our hotels were very good; we were upgraded a couple times so that they could give us twin beds.   Our guide was competent and dealt with the challenges of India quite well.  The money problem didn't affect us as we used our 500 rupee notes with vendors.  One day I hope to get back to India, perhaps in the northeast with Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal.  Thanks for giving us the opportunity to see this fascinating country.

    Dave Murdoch Burnaby, Canada
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    To Nazir, Mandira and all those who made our Indian trip so memorable, there is so much praise I would like to heap upon you all for giving us such a memorable trip to India, but having read Charles Beales' email to you I couldn't put it more eloquently than he has done, and Michael and I endorse every word he said. It was simply fabulous.  We have memories and experiences which will last a lifetime.  How we fitted so much into such a short time span I will never know, but it was all due to our amazing guide Harry, and at no time did I feel pressured or unable to cope.  Harry is the most wonderful human being it has been my privilege to meet in many years, and your company is so lucky to have such a gem in its employ. Downtime, mealtimes, sightseeing and travelling, everything was so smooth and effortless, right down to the last detail, which was finding out that a sandwich and a snack had been ordered and prepaid on our final flight from Toronto to Vancouver. We were totally exhausted by then, and that last touch was perfection!! I will certainly endorse your company, and you must use my name if you have older travellers who might be nervous at such an undertaking. Two weeks before we left I thought I was going to have to do the trip in a wheelchair, but I managed as well as the group, if a fraction slower, and Harry organized things so that I was never aware of slowing anyone down.  Everyone was so very helpful. I would definitely recommend that people who have problems walking, perhaps with age or arthritis take advantage of the wheelchair services offered by the airlines, though, even if not strictly necessary.  It means no long waits standing in queues for customs, tickets or bags, and eliminates potential walks of a kilometer or more to get to a gate.  It was a godsend for me. God bless you all, and I think you will see us again on a cruise perhaps. Regards,

    Gillian Evison West Vancouver, Canada
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    Dear Nazir Karnai, President of Explore India, This note is to heartily thank the Explore India Staff (EI) of Rajeev Sharma, Head of Operations, Mendura by telephone, our main driver & assistant, and other drivers and personnel who assisted us for Explore India. When Canadians say, ‘nothing was too much trouble’, we may sometimes exaggerate, but in the case of EI, nothing could have been more apt and honest. No detail was too small, from our initial bookings and EI contacts by telephone to the ease we felt through each thread of the trip. Our destination was India, but our journey was irreplaceable. I would not hesitate to highly recommend EI to anyone who asks and will do so as I write my freelance piece and attach it to my blog (charlesbeale.com). Thank you.  My gratitude and I believe I can speak for the whole group, would not be complete without further thanks to our EI tour guide, Harry Singh, but in this response, I will only speak for myself. Harry taught me many things. He and India are delightful enigmas. Not only was he the best tour guide I have ever had, but he became a kind of personal guru, banker, time manager, and friend. Tour guides come and go, but Harry lives and breathes his beloved India so much so that some of that rubbed off on each and every one of us. In fact, there were times when we had to rein him in, such was his enthusiasm. Harry describes himself as a spiritual healer, and again, some of that personal belief affected us most strongly and positively. He became our personal banker due to the demonetization that began just as we arrived in the country. Without his purse, some of us would have been in dire straits; without his knowledge of how to manage the monetary change, we would have become nervous travellers. Although we sometimes worried about time, as many Westerners do, Harry was able to manage India time for us smoothly and in an unruffled manner. He is also the best-dressed tour guide I have ever encountered. In the end, as the peaceful and kind people of India showed us, Harry was able to deepen our meaning of empathy and love. I would, however, request that in future, Harry assigns more tourists to keep the ledgers for the counting of other than cows.  Most sincerely yours,

    Charles Beale Bath, Canada
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    Hi Nazir, Gerd and I had an amazing tour, truly was a trip of a lifetime. From the hotels, to the food, and the transportation we were very comfortable and couldn't ask for more. Yajur is an excellent Tour Director, very professional and extremely efficient as well as a very nice man. Rouf was always making sure that everyone was well looked after. We were all saddened by his family circumstances, which resulted in his having to leave us early. The itinerary is excellent, variety is wonderful. Especially liked the camel ride with the outdoor buffet and drinks. Every day brought something interesting and different. I can't think of anything that should have been done differently.  The driver and Tour Director we had in Varanasi were both excellent and we enjoyed our time there. We have only good things to say about Explore India and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone thinking of travelling to India. Thank you for an amazing tour. Sincerely,

    Sandra & Gerd Kursikowski Kitchner, Canada
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    Dear Nazir, We are home safe and sound and had an absolutely wonderful time. Everything went so smoothly and the four of us just enjoyed it all. Everything was so exciting and so different. The hotels were mostly wonderful. Varanasi was probably the least best and even it was OK. The others were really good. Arvind was a terrific guide. He was so knowledgeable and kind and took such wonderful care of us. We really enjoyed him. We always felt safe and comfortable. We even saw a tiger that stayed with us for about 45 minutes.  We loved India and have such wonderful memories to keep. I understand that my best girlfriend and her husband from Israel are now booked to do this same trip. She told me that the blog I sent convinced her. She said if I did it then she could do it too.  Thank you very much,

    Rhoda & Barry Perles Vancouver, Canada
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    Hello, Nazir.  I thought I would drop you a note with some comments on our trip to India.  As you know, I was quite apprehensive about the trip before we left, partly because I knew it was going to be a completely new experience for us, and also because of the alerts about the unusually high levels of pollution and the demonetization announcement by Prime Minister Modi which took effect just before we left Vancouver.  (From an outsiders point of view, it appeared that the people most negatively affected by this drastic move were the “have nots”, rather than those who were the primary target.)   I will begin by saying that this trip was truly the most memorable travelling experience we have ever had.  We will never forget the sights, the sounds, the people, the colour, the life.   The biggest highlight for us was Varanasi (all aspects of the city and the sights, but especially going out on the River Ganges both in the evening and again at sunrise the next morning.).  It was like stepping into a different world.  I am so glad you suggested that we go there.  It truly does have a spiritual feeling.  A bonus for us was seeing parts of two weddings that took place at our hotel when we were there.  We had never seen an Indian wedding before, and the decorations, music, and colourful dress were fun and entertaining to watch.   The tour we took with our guide, Ada, to one of the slums in Mumbai was also an eye-opening and unforgettable experience.  Seeing the recycling of mountains of “garbage; watching the men sewing fabrics in small rooms; having the children play and wave and smile at us (but not asking for money); observing the making of pottery and the use of what appeared to be homemade kilns; watching the preparations for a birthday party with many of the neighbours joining in to help; and on and on.  We had expected an atmosphere of Despair, but instead felt that this was a vibrant, active community, despite the basic nature of the housing and the lack of so many amenities we take for granted.  We have no way of knowing if this slum was representative of the many other slums which were apparent in some of the cities we visited, but we will not forget it.    We also loved Jaipur and are glad we spent an extra day there.  The elephant ride up to the Amber Fort with its wonderful views out over the countryside; the observatory with its enormous and precision instruments; watching the full process of carpet making including weaving, scraping, washing, burning of the fibers with a blow torch; and hand washing (hard work); another wedding which we spent watching by the pool at the beautiful Taj hotel; the street scenes with people, animals, merchants, crazy traffic – all of it was wonderful.   We had expected to be impressed with the Taj Mahal in Agra (and we were), but we actually enjoyed the “baby Taj” just as much – fewer people, and our excellent guide pointed out the beauty in the chiseled flower and other patterns in the marble (and we later had a chance to see how this was done).    Walking through Old Delhi was also a fascinating experience, as was our visit to the Sikh Temple, and the beautiful monuments and buildings in New Delhi.   The Taj Hotels were great, and I doubt if we will ever see a more beautiful hotel than the Taj Palace in Mumbai.  If I had to choose again, I would have chosen the Taj Hotel in Delhi, rather than the Meridian (which was very nice, but had more of a feel of a business hotel). Our guides were also great – all different, but really good at explaining what we were seeing and giving us the history of all the places we visited.  It was hard to take it all in, but we really appreciated their enthusiasm.  Special kudos go to our guide in Varanasi (Prem?) and in Mumbai (Ada?), but they were all good. 
    Khalid was also very hard-working, sincere, and we really appreciated his extra efforts on our behalf throughout.  We were very sorry about the additional work we caused when we left our suitcase at the airport in Mumbai and really appreciated the time and effort of everyone who helped us get it back.  Anyway, this is a long story, but we really wanted you to know how much we appreciated all your ongoing encouragement and efforts, and those of the people who work with and for you.  If it had not been for you, we never would have gone to India and we would have missed the experience of a lifetime.  We will definitely tell all of our friends that Explore India is the way to go and that India should be on their bucket list.  Many of our friends figured if we could do it, they could do it.  And we did it!    Thanks again Nazir.  We hope to get back to India in a couple of years, and maybe Nepal (and Kashmir when it is more settled).  At that time, we will be in touch. Best regards,

    Jo-Ann Prowse and Gerry Green Vancouver, Canada
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    Namaste Nazir   Thanks for your note. You were certainly right about India being a Trip of a Lifetime and an adventure. We are so glad we went. We saw so many wonderful and awesome sights, and some we would rather not see. We did more adventures for fun, as in our elephant and camel rides, than we could ever imagine doing at home.   Our tour guide, Yujurc, was exceptionally knowledgeable, very patient and always helpful. Our bus driver, Mr. Singh, was amazing to say the least and Surrinder treated us with help and respect and we were always happy to see his very kind smiling face.   India is truly an amazing country with so many diversities and wonders to behold. We would not hesitate to recommend your tour company. We were very well looked after, and we never had to wait for Yujurc to lead us. When he said we were going to go somewhere or do something, that is what we did.   Our flights were long but uneventful. Travel has always been an education for us, never more so than on our trip to India.   Thank you,

    Donna and Joe Treffers Ottawa, Canada
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    Nazir,   Just back from our trip to India and I wanted to thank you for a wonderful tour. Everything was well organized and went smoothly. I would like to stress to you the exceptional service that we received from our guide Harry. His historical knowledge and love for the culture made the tour. Harry went above and beyond with his service to ensure we gained a clear appreciation of the beautiful sights and sounds. His personal added value experiences were irreplaceable and I thank him for these. Harry is an exceptional guide, Explore India is lucky to have him as he will definitely remain in our hearts. I look forward to travelling with him again.   I will be coming to the Mumbai are in the spring so will keep an eye on your site to see if there are any offerings.   Many thanks,

    Susan Tippett Toronto, Canada
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    We want to thank you for a truly wonderful trip. It exceeded all our expectations. The itinerary was fantastic, our guide Azur (The spelling of his name eludes me) very professional taking care of EVERY detail, the accommodations were incredible, the food was delicious. Superlative adjectives are not enough to describe how great this trip was! We are very experienced travellers and can appreciate the complexity involved in such a voyage. Our guide was obviously very experienced and knowledgeable. He navigated through the trip seamlessly without a hitch, even when India made our 500&1000 bills almost worthless.   Words cannot describe how pleased we are that we chose Explore India. We will be passing on the word about your company at every chance we have! Please feel free to pass on our name to anyone who is considering travelling with you.... Warmest regards,

    Dr. Steve and Mrs. Rosalyn Fremeth Ottawa, Canada
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    We just returned today from our wonderful trip to India. We did so many different things on our trip, and they were all very interesting.  We learned a lot about India, and have a better appreciation of India than before. The scenery in Darjeeling was one of the highlights. Sandeep Singh was excellent as our guide. All of his talks were always very interesting, and with a little humor thrown in as well. I don't thing anyone could have done a better job. We really appreciate the effort he made to make our trip enjoyable. He deserves a 10! Our guide in Darjeeling was also excellent and also deserves a 10! He was very friendly, informative and interesting to listen to. We cannot think of any negatives things on this trip at all.....it could not have been better. We would certainly highly recommend this tour to others.

    Clinton Berg
 Vancouver, Canada
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    Dear Nasir,   Starting off with that amazing dinner with you at Veda this is the most fabulous trip I have ever taken, and I have been on many a great trip around the world.  I would be hard-pressed to pick a favourite, although Darjeeling was special.  Even seeing the Taj Mahal in the fog didn’t take away from its incredible beauty. The Golden temple at Amritsar was fascinating.  Dirty as Varanasi was it was still intriguing. At Ranthanbore we saw a tiger within 25 minutes.  Many people had been there 3 days without a sighting.  Rajahstan was so very interesting. So many things to do and see including getting rid of our (black money). We did manage it though. I would really like to commend our driver Sunil.  He was always there for us and always helpful. (You should give him a raise!!!)  Khalid in Delhi did his utmost to see that our trip went as smoothly as possible and Mukund was an excellent guide. (Give them all raises!!!) I have just been talking to Helen in Scotland & we both agree that we would love to come back.

    Myra Johnston
 North Vancouver, Canada
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    Nazir Susan and I would like to say what a great job our tour manager Yajur did on the Explore India tour we just completed. His knowledge of India’s history and the forts and temples and cities et al that we visited and his ability to communicate that knowledge was terrific. His ability to deal with tour issues outstanding. His assistant Rouf had to leave mid-tour due to his father’s cancer and Yajur carried on with no impact on the group. Yajur minimized the impact to the group of the government’s demonetization of the INR500 and INR1000 notes. Mostly he convinced restaurants and vendors to accept the old bills.  Finally in Agra some of us we able to exchange INR2000 old for new.   I had a medical emergency where he provided excellent service – taking me to the hospital, dealing with language barriers at the hospital and purchasing for me needed supplies.  I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate his efforts. The entire tour was an amazing experience. Thanks,

    Blake Wimperis Carp, Canada
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    Hi Nazir, Thanks for your welcome home note.  I had a very enjoyable and interesting trip.  We packed so much into each day thanks to the attention, knowledge and persistence of our wonderful leader, Arvind Sharma and the excellent bus drivers and their assistants on every journey.  Namaste

    Natalie Kotyck Toronto, Canada
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    I am finally catching up a bit after my wonderful holiday. I wanted to comment on the excellent care that we experienced through your company. Everything went very smoothly. Each step of the way we were greeted and thoughtfully escorted through our itinerary. All of the guides were good but the guides in Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi were outstanding as they shared not only the history of the places that we were seeing but also helped us to understand some of their own worldview and cultures.  The itinerary was very good and did show us a variety of the facets of India. Our guide in Delhi arranged for us to go to the Lodhi Park and that was a real bonus. We both missed being able to walk freely when not on a tour due both to the traffic and to the insistence of men wanting to take us shopping in their rickshaws and cabs-- so that park was a delight. Varanasi was the highlight for both of us! We enjoyed the home meal that we had in Jaipur as it gave us a glimpse of the women's lives. So much to learn about a very different culture! I would definitely recommend Explore India to other travelers.

    Jan Croft Lantzville, Canada
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    Hi Nazir, Sorry, it has taken me so long to reply, we really felt the jet-lag on our return! We were very happy with our experiences with Explore India.  It was a fantastic trip, we learned a lot and had a lot of fun with our fellow travellers. We started the trip with an extension to Nepal.  Our guide, Bikash, was a very caring man.  When he found out it was our anniversary he had the hotel deliver a cake to our room.  Bikash was also very supportive of one of the members of our tour who had unfortunately picked the wrong visa for India (single entry) and could not get on the plane with us to return to India.  Bikash actually purchased his new plane ticket because the ATM's would not work for our fellow traveller. The sites of Nepal were amazing, in particular, the cremations on the river and when we toured a local village we actually got to go into a local school - this was very exciting because 6 of the 7 tourists were former teachers!
The tour of India was really complete due to the amazing knowledge of our guide, Sundeep.  Sundeep was an excellent story teller and helped weave an amazing knowledge of India, its history and the present day conditions. We were fortunate to be able to participate in many Diwali celebrations, especially in Varanasi where we saw some amazing sites.  We would recommend Explore India for any of our friends.  The hotel accommodations were all terrific, the tours went smoothly and we were always supported by our guides.  It was an amazing experience and one we will cherish forever. Thank you

    Deb & Ken Bennett Surrey, Canada
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir, It has been a week since our return from Impressions of India trip. We are slowly getting over our jet lag. I still find myself going to the gym at 4 o'clock in the morning (and not minding it).  This was my second time in India. The first time was in 1976 when I backpacked through large parts of India for about 5-6 weeks and then returned back again about a month later for four more months to do some work out of Mumbai. I often had a week or two off, which I used to travel further through India. First of all, I must comment on the excellent service that Sandeep has provided to our group. As I have discovered, all twenty-two participants are a well-travelled bunch. From my own perspective, Sandeep was the best guide of any we have ever had, anywhere. I would gladly go on another tour of India under his guidance again. Maybe Kerala one day. We have seen wonderful historical sites, forts and palaces, seen a tiger, experienced Diwali in Varanasi, etc. The hotels chosen by EI were excellent, the food was delicious and travel by bus was very comfortable. We will treasure our memories of India forever and will definitely recommend your company to our friends and relatives. Thank you and Namaste,

    Martin Necpal North York, Canada
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    Yes we are home it was a wonderful holiday Nazir. I think I would have liked longer now that I see what the country is like. The people we met on the tour were lovely and all of the Indian people charming and gracious, so pleased to have us as tourists in their country. Our bus drivers were amazing what a job! and Sandeep did his job with ease and humour, a very knowledgeable young man. Thanks to your team.

    Wayne Reid North Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Dear Nazir,  I took your 13 day Imperial Rajasthan Tour with my sister on September 18, 2016.   I meant to email earlier to tell you how highly we think of your Explore India organization.  We had the BEST time.   We wanted you to know that we appreciated all your assistance in arranging the trip.  We were impressed by the service we received prior to our departure and during our trip. Your assistant Mandira was very helpful with advice and the material your company provides was invaluable in helping us with our planning. Once we got to India, we were well taken care of from the moment we arrived in Delhi.  Our tour guide, Sundeep Singh, was excellent.  We were a small group but he took the time to accommodate requests and ensure that everyone was happy.  He was extremely knowledgeable about India.  The history that he was able to provide at the different sites was great.  He also ensured that we had the best "photo" moments, made recommendations for food (the chai tea at the market and the samosas at the rest stop were delicious!), taught us a few Hindi words and gave us (primarily the ladies on our tour) sufficient time to shop.  There are some truly spectacular places to visit in India and this tour was definitely able to showcase them.  We loved the extras that were included and that made this trip truly special.  The accommodations were all 5 star but I loved that we stayed in some unique places like the tents in the Green Resort in Pushkar.   Thank you again for everything.

    Nancy Cheng Edmonton, Canada
  • 5     

    Dear Nazir, I wanted to express what a wonderful trip I experienced with Explore India.  The tour far exceeded my expectations in every way:  from the administration help from Mandira Gauba, the incredible tours, the fabulous accommodations which were all complimented by our extraordinary tour escort, Sandeep Singh whose enthusiasm and knowledge made the trip.   A special shout out to our bus driver and assistant (sorry I do not remember their names) who throughout the trip went the extra mile (no pun intended) and who moved heaven and earth to get us to the airport on time for our departure despite unbelievable traffic.    I would highly recommend your tour company to anyone looking to explore the beauty of India.   Thank you so much and I look forward to returning to India in the future.

    Lori Henry Stratford, Canada
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    Hi Nazir;   We arrived in Calgary late Wednesday. Needless to say we are tired. We had a memorable time in India to say the least! On TV one sees programs about India however experiencing it was another thing! One cannot image the density of people without experiencing it firsthand. It was truly shocking. Explore India provides Canadians an opportunity to see it for themselves. Arvind was a great tour leader; his knowledge about the country, its customs, its people, is astounding. Raj, your man on the ground, went out of his way to help us. As you know we stayed an extra day in Delhi at the end of our stay because of poor plane connections. As our booking for the Taj Ambassador Hotel did not work out, he arranged our stay at the Pride Plaza Hotel and provided a car and driver to allow us to see the city. This turned out to be a much better than if we had stayed at the Taj Ambassador as the new hotel was close to the airport saving travel time at departure. Lochem (sp?), your local guide for Darjeeling had exceptional knowledge of the area, its history and the people. Without him much of the local folklore would have been missed.   There were two surprises we encountered while in India. The first was the road condition between the airport and Darjeeling; the lengthy travel time and being so winding. Unfortunately Carolyn got motion sickness throwing up stomach acid within the vehicle making it uncomfortable for other passengers. Returning was much better as she took Gravol that settled her stomach. In the end we all laughed about it. The second surprise was the India government announcement cancelling the 500 and 1000 rupee notes the day prior to leaving. We got stuck with a small quantity of rupees that we could not use. This is not a big deal but wondered if you had a use for them. Perhaps they could be given to an Indian charity? If it could be done let us know where to send them.   The itinerary for each leg (six) of the tour were appropriate providing us with a good overview of India. The quality of the hotels was excellent providing an evening refuge to recuperate, collect our thoughts, and share with friends. Transportation arrangements were excellent; Arvind did a superb job dealing with airport arrangements for air travel within India. Security had recently been stepped up at the airports making for long lineups. Arvind managed to shorten them with his knowledge and relationships with security personnel. The quality of buses used for transportation between Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, and Jaipur were excellent. As you are aware driving in India is somewhat different than driving in North America. Road quality can be very poor, vehicle density is very high, roads go through many towns, people and animals share the road, and drivers don’t necessarily obey traffic laws; such as creating five lanes of traffic on a two lane road.. The bus drivers had to deal with these situations being mindful of our travel deadlines and our safety. They did an excellent job!   It may be a while before we travel to India again, however we would definitely consider Explore India first for making our travel/tour arrangements when we do.   Our kindest regards

    Errol and Carolyn Calgary, Canada
  • 5     

    Namaste Nazir, We are back home after our amazing trip to India. I thought the tour package that you put together was very well thought out and gave us a good look at what India is all about. I don't feel that I missed anything that I was hoping to see and experience in India, at least the north part. Your team in India could not have looked after us any better. Lynn and I spent two days on our own and felt that Rajeev was there making sure we were safe and organized whatever it was we wanted, from a numerologist to the market, organized dinners and vehicles to get us around. It can be quite intimidating when one first gets there so we really appreciated his advice on what to do and what not to do. Lo Chen, in Darjeeling, was a very gentle, kind and very knowledgeable man who made sure we learned about the area, had fun and were safe. Whatever anyone requested he made happen which is hard in a group our size. Arvind, well, he indeed was our leader and mentor. He is a very honorable, spiritual, knowledgeable man who is passionate about his country. We learned so much of the history and culture of India from this amazing man. Whatever anyone wanted it was always "no problem" and it would happen. We were very fortunate to be in India during Diwali and the celebration of the sun. From fireworks in front of a restaurant and dancing to Indian music after a beautiful buffet dinner to going out on a boat to watch the celebration of the sun on the Ganges, he worked very hard to please us all. We even got to meet his parents at their home on our request. I will never forget this very wise man. All in all, the trip was more than we could have expected. Sincerely,

    Shirley Richmond West Kelowna, Canada
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    Explore India, October 26 – November 8, 2016, Magical IndiaThe trip was wonderful, interesting and educational. Most important we had an amazing Tour Guide in “Arvind Sharma”. We have done many tours while traveling to 108 countries around the world and Arvind is the best we have ever had. He is passionate about his country, religion, beliefs, Indian history and all the different religious groups that live in India. One of the highlights of the trip was the last minute visit to meet his family. Rajeev Sharma did an excellent job on making last minute arrangements for some of our tour members while making sure we are all happy. He does a great job of singing “Jingle Bells”. Hotels: We were pleased with all the hotels. Bus Drivers were excellent. The places we visited were very enlightening with history; the country's infrastructure, roads, and bridges are way behind other countries. Thank you for an amazing trip

    Bill and Shelley Courtice, Canada
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    Thank you, Nazir.  Our entire experience in India has been amazing.  You have some very special people working for you. And I sincerely hope that they are appreciated.  In particular, I have to mention Raj and Arvind. As you know, Shirley and I arrived two days ahead of the rest of the tour group.  We met with Raj who became like a big brother to us.  With our safety in mind, Raj continually checked on our well-being, made some terrific suggestions including restaurants and even arranged for us to meet with a numerologist, which had been on our wish list for India.  He was always asking us if we were happy and if there was anything else he could do for us.  He arranged taxis, made some excellent suggestions and went out of his way to make our dreams a reality.  We felt very safe. Arvind was an excellent guide.  He gave 150% to everything he did.  There is no doubt in my mind that this part of our tour would've been entirely different and not nearly as spectacular had it been anyone different. Arvind was more than a tour guide.  He educated us on the history of India, the poverty, spirituality, rituals, food, the different religions and much much more.  His day was never over.  He was always planning more than was included on our agenda.  Surprises and extra activities – he was a very generous man.  Very trustworthy and honest. he managed to please everyone on the tour which is no easy feat. I cannot say enough about Arvind.  He made our whole trip. Another guide worthy of praise is Lo Chen on the Darjeeling portion of the trip.  A very gentle and caring man.  He was so amenable to suggestions and also went the extra mile to show us the highlights of this part of the country.  Very knowledgeable. I had a fantastic trip.  I loved India and I hope one day to return. It has a very special place in my heart. I hope that my comments will be helpful to you and please pass on my thanks to Mandira who always responded quickly to any questions we had and gave us lots of interesting information before we left. Namaste,

    Lynn Graham Kelowna, Canada
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    Dear Nazir, Not having travelled on a tour prior to this trip, Brian and I were a bit concerned about how the itinerary would work for the two of us who tend to be rather "foot loose and fancy-free”. Our interaction with you and Mandira, while arranging our tour, was very positive, so we were quite hopeful that the tour would be just right for us. Brian and I appreciated your attention to detail, to making sure our needs were met and especially your pre-trip phone call to answer any questions we had. Our positive interaction with Explore India continued with all the staff throughout India. Our first meeting with knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly Rajeev who so competently managed all the details throughout the tour and Harry, our erudite, articulate and enthusiastic guide quickly dispelled any concerns we had. Our drivers were quite wonderful, as they took us through the hectic crowded streets of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Varanasi, and through the rural roads that were crowded with oxen and other animals, keeping us safe at all times. Our assistants, in particular, Amid, were charming, taking great care of us and always providing us with much needed cold water whenever we came back to the bus. Our tour was a small group, and we quickly meddled into a cohesive group, enjoying each other’s company and sharing in the delight of exploring northern India together. The tour suited us perfectly, no name tags to wear other than the first morning when we were introduced to each other, no flags to follow, rather just a group of travellers exploring together. The Impressions of India tour was extremely well organized and the itinerary provided us with the opportunity to see the majority of historical sites in the cities and rural areas we visited. India’s history is complex and the tour and Harry our guide provided us with many insights into the past world and architecture of the Mugals, Rajputs, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists as well as providing many insights into modern India. All of the sites we visited were both impressive and moving, however, none more so that the shimmering beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra. While we found the cities fascinating, the countryside and its people were more interesting to both of us. A request to stop by the roadside so that I could photograph the women working in the fields turned into an incredible opportunity to stop at a tiny village where we were able to interact with some of the villagers. I think the villagers were as intrigued with us as we were with them. I was very honored to be given a wee, naked baby girl to hold by a shy young mother. Throughout our trip, we continued to have opportunities to interact with the local people, which was a pleasure for all of us. It was quite interesting that in the rural areas, we were considered exotic, and as a result, a number of the locals asked us if they could take photos of us with their children. It didn’t seem to matter that our Hindi was limited to please and thank you and our only Urdu was thank you, or that many people we interacted with had no English, we were able to communicate with smiling eyes and with joy and appreciation for all the children we encountered. A highlight for all of us was an unplanned stop at a government-sponsored school in rural Rajasthan. We arrived just as the whole school, from kindergarten to high school was meeting in the hot, dusty centre courtyard. The children and teachers were thrilled to meet us and we were equally thrilled to meet them. We were introduced individually, including our occupations (or former occupations) and treated with much respect, especially Brian as a former principal, and Tina as a former mathematics teacher. Our decision to sing Oh Canada was completely spontaneous and utterly moving as the nine of us sang with great pride our national anthem to a rapt audience of students and teachers. Three teenage girls then sang the Indian national anthem with sweet young voices again to a rapt audience of staff, students, and Canadians. All too soon it was time to say goodbye as the students returned to their classrooms and we headed off to continue our exploring. Our hotels were luxurious with wonderfully attentive staff. The food was excellent wherever we were with a variety of curries and Indian specialties available at every meal. There was nothing better than freshly baked naan with each and every meal. Street vendors had small carts with the most interesting and delectable food offerings and as our stomachs grew accustomed to the Indian diet, and with our guide Harry’s direction, we were able to try some local specialties including deep fried vegetarian balls dipped into a spicy cilantro sauce, crispy potato samosas, refreshing plan in Varanasi, local sweets, and masala chai made with camel milk at a small remote tea stand. Indian culture is very different than our own and it was important to us that we not judge the people and their ways through our Western eyes but rather just let ourselves experience all that India had to offer. India is a rich and vibrant country that provided us with the most fascinating multi-sensory experiences and gave us just a small glimpse into its world and its warm and welcoming people. We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have been there and feel equally fortunate to have found your Explore India company which provided us with such an incredible variety of experiences in a short period of time. We definitely could not have seen as much as we did without your fascinating itinerary. Returning home to a very rainy October, we are already thinking of returning to India, and of course, when we do, we will definitely be in touch to book another trip with you. With warm regards and much appreciation,

    Diane Ash & Brian Anderson Vancouver, Canada
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    We have just returned home from the 10 days Explore India tour Magical India with unforgettable experiences and truly favorable memories. Any initial reservations or uncertainties related to travelling in such a mysterious land were quickly relieved after we received a surprise but welcoming and reassuring phone call while registering on arrival at our airport hotel in Delhi at 11:55 pm from Explore India's Head of Operations. Despite using our own travel plans to and from the tour, Explore India representatives continually provided full support to our individual travel plans right through to our arrival at the Delhi airport for our departure flight. Our tour guide was extremely effective in preparing our group with extensive historical and current information on all the amazing sites we visited. Despite travelling in a country well known for its chaos and unpredictabilities, the tour was extremely well organized and effectively delivered. Accommodations were consistently first class. Meals were of high quality, with an ample variety for all tastes. Transportation was first class with a fully modern bus operated by a skilled driver. All tours to the many amazing world-class venues were conducted with professional precision. Kudos to Nazir, Rajeev and Arvind of Explore India for providing us with an exceptionally favorable, and memorable travel experience.

    Al and Karen Perras Victoria, Canada
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    Thanks Nazir, we are back tired but entirely satisfied! Where do I start?  You have a tremendous team working for you in India, including Raj, our guide in Darjeleen and of course Ardvid (please excuse my spelling).  Not only were we fully informed about what we were seeing but they all added interesting info regarding the religions, history etc.  I give Ardvid a 42 gun salute (Trust you know what this means with him). What a beautiful man! Went out of his way to satisfy everyone, one of our friends, Val Frost hurt her foot, he obtained a rickshaw for her twice.  Always first on there when meeting us and always counting, does herding cats come to mind. The tour was spectacular!  Know I understand the phrase Incredible India.  Extremes are mind boggling, from extreme poverty to extreme wealth.  The driving!  The cows!  The people!  (we were stopped constantly to have pictures taken with locals.  Always a friendly smile, a wave.  Once instance a school group stopped and sang the Indian National Anthem for us. Hotels and meals super!  The only downside was no tigers at the preserve but to show Ardvid, in Jaipur tried to show us all leopards to make up for lack of tigers, but unfortunately, only one car of the group saw them.  Another example of his need and wish to please all. Thank Raj for arrangements for our last day.  Worked much better than the original plan.  We had two awesome drivers and Raj was always there, even to the point phoning all three groups the night before our departure and then again in the two cars on our way to the airport. One downside was the interesting move of the Prime Minister on the night we departed, canceling 500/1000 rupee notes.  I know Errol got stuck with a couple but I recommended he mail the rupees to you so you could arrange a donation to charity. Please feel free to use me as a reference Nazir if necessary.  You and your group were wonderful from the time we booked until our return.  If you need any clarification regarding the above please let me know but a big THANK YOU again from two extremely satisfied guests.

    Carol (Gerarda) and John Ragan Calgary, Canada
  • 5     

    Good Morning Nazir, Thank you for an amazing adventure!! My experience in India would not have been the same without your excellent trip planning and the caring, knowledgeable men you have guiding us in India. Every day was packed with things to see and so much to learn about the culture and history of the area and its people. Arvind Sharma is extremely passionate about his country and shared so much with us. He looked after every detail and went out of his way to ensure that each of us in his care was looked after and happy. Our bus driver and his assistant were second to none, always smiling, helping us in any way that they could. I have a few friends who are considering a trip to India and are waiting to hear my stories of the trip. I will highly recommend they contact you should they decide to travel next year. Again, thank you for making my trip to India so enjoyable.

    Ken & L.M. Mah Calgary, Canada
  • 5     

    Good Morning Nazir, Thank you for an amazing adventure!! My experience in India would not have been the same without your excellent trip planning and the caring, knowledgeable men you have guiding us in India. Every day was packed with things to see and so much to learn about the culture and history of the area and its people. Arvind Sharma is extremely passionate about his country and shared so much with us. He looked after every detail and went out of his way to ensure that each of us in his care was looked after and happy. Our bus driver and his assistant were second to none, always smiling, helping us in any way that they could. I have a few friends who are considering a trip to India and are waiting to hear my stories of the trip. I will highly recommend they contact you should they decide to travel next year. Again, thank you for making my trip to India so enjoyable.

    Jane Gregory Nanaimo, Canada
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    Hi Nazir,   I am writing to thank you for organizing an amazing trip for us. Mandira, you impressed us before we left Toronto with how effective and attentive you were in making sure we had everything. Your customer service was excellent.  Thank you.  We had a fantastic time in India.   The trip was well organized.  The culture, food, people, shopping, and places were all amazing.   Each city had something special to offer.  We were well taken care of by Ajur, Arvin, Parveen, and Sonu.   We spent a lot of our time with Ajur, Parveen, and Sonu.  These guys are amazing.   Our driver handled the bus and road with expertise and safety.   Sonu was so amazing.  Always there to greet us off and on the bus and always hand sanitizer ready for us, providing us with water and snacks. He is very attentive and works really hard.  Our group was fantastic, really great folks.  We will definitely recommend your company to others and we can’t wait to explore the rest of India in the near future.

    Bharat Latchmin Toronto, Canada
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    Hello Nazir, The Journey of the Senses was truly an amazing trip and there are many things to reflect on. It is difficult to process it all at once. The pictures and the memories certainly help. I am working at putting together a travel journal so I don't forget it all! There, of course, were many highlights, but three key highlights for us were the community kitchen at the Gurduwara Bangla Sahib [we would have loved more time there], the visits to the ghats in Varanasi and the tour of the slum in Mumbai. I'm so glad that we switched to the February tour from a private tour in December, and that we chose a tour that you were leading. You and your team thought of everything, and took care of every small detail, including a proper toilet in the middle of the desert!. Not having to deal with our luggage, checking in at the airports, or lining up for hotel keys was a real treat. The guides, especially Yajur, were great, and we felt very safe and protected with Ravi and Shenkar. The special events - welcome dinner, elephant and camel safaris, lunch at Taj Khema and the dinner with Joti in Udaipur were amazing, each surprise exceeding the other. And a special thank you for arranging my trip to the dentist in Jodhpur. These kinds of unexpected medical issues can be stressful, but you calmly took care of every detail. Again, Nazir, thank you for a great time-enjoyable, educational and delicious! We may be up for another adventure in 2017 - let us know!

    Michelle and Eli Vancouver, Canada
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    Hi Nazir What can I say about our Journey of the Senses Feb 2016 trip to India except that it was exactly what we wanted to experience and more! Nazir took care of every detail to make the trip unforgettable. We were met at the airport on arrival in Delhi and Nazir even had a representative at the Mumbai airport at midnight for our return home flight to make sure our check in went smoothly. How caring is that! We never touched our suitcases. They were collected from us outside our hotel rooms and they magical appeared outside (or inside) our rooms at the next hotel. No lugging them around. They also were loaded and unloaded for our inter India flights. No standing at a carousel waiting for our luggage. How caring is that! We never had to stand in line at our hotels to check in. We arrived at the hotels and our room keys were handed to us. How nice! The hotels we stayed in were opulent and very beautiful. They are at least 5 stars or above! The meals were excellent!!!! Nazir took us to wonderful beautiful places for lunch and dinner. He made sure we experienced the best Indian food. He was very sensitive to people’s needs and wants so a few times he had menus of American food and Chinese food for us in case we were tired of Indian food. How caring is that! Nazir checked each day to see if everyone was happy and to see if there was anything he could do for each and every one of us to make our trip more enjoyable. There always was nothing more he could do!! He had done it all and everything ran like clockwork! We truly experienced the sights, sounds, smells, traffic, noise, constant horn blowing, cows in the streets, dogs and wonderful people of India. Nazir is very proud of his country and so he should be. It is truly an amazing place to visit. The pedicab ride through the streets of Old Delhi was unbelievable and exhilarating with all the chaos. Unforgettable! Varanasi was truly spiritual with the pouring rain on the Ganges as we witnessed the Aarti ceremony. Nazir worked his magic with the Indian gods and the rain stopped as we boarded our boats to see the ceremony!! What can we say about the Taj Mahal except that it truly is spectacular! The special lunch Nazir arranged for us overlooking the Taj Mahal was very special. Not many people get treated so well. A very memorable day! Our elephant ride was wonderful and our camel ride on the sand dunes in the evening was spectacular. Sitting around the campfire with the singing and dancing and a full moon and our delicious meal served there was something we won’t forget. Thank you, Nazir, for such a memorable trip. You were the consummate host! Our memories of our trip will be with us forever.

    Joan and Tom Tomlin Langley, Canada
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir. We got back from our trip to India on March 1st. Just as you promised, we had a fabulous and amazing trip, and are so glad we went! Thank you so much for making the arrangements for us. I hope your trip there went as well as ours did. I also wanted to let you know what a great job our guide Sundeep Singh did on behalf of Explore India. I cannot understate how much his presence added to the enjoyment of our trip, and that of our fellow travellers. First of all his knowledge of all things India was amazing. He told us all we could possibly want in understandable lay man’s terms about the history of your country, but he also surprised us with his knowledge of even minute details about all the flora and fauna we came across. I’m not surprised he is working towards his PHD in history. In addition, his professionalism and demeanor towards all of his “respected guests” was top notch. He always gave clear and concise directions to our group, and knew how give them to us in a “just in time” fashion rather than bombarding us with information before we needed it. This is not an easy thing to do with as large a group as ours was. He was always able to do this in a professional yet down to earth fashion. Sundeep was also able to make the quick hard decisions when the situation warranted it, so they did not become group debates. He was also always on guard for our safety and security, and he always found good clean restaurants for us that served “yummy” food, and stopped at restrooms that were as clean as possible. Thank you again for such a wonderful experience. It would be appreciated if you could pass on our feedback to Sundeep, and let him how much his services added to the enjoyment of our trip. I have already passed your name and company information on to some of our friends, with a strong recommendation for them to follow us and go Explore India. I wish you and your company well in the future. Sincerely,

    Paul Crocock and Linda Christensen North Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir, Thank you for following up with us re: our tour in India. Mike said he spoke with your recently. We had a wonderful time in India. Sandeep was a very knowledgeable and respectful tour guide. The bus drivers were amazing. The food was delicious, with plenty of choice. The accommodation was really excellent, with one exception in Varanasi, however that turned out just fine too. We were well taken care of by everyone involved in the tour. India is an amazing country. Your tour was truly incredible and we would recommend it in a heartbeat. Thank you for being so kind in handling all my questions, concerns, etc. before the trip! Have a lovely weekend.

    Dale Stoesser Carsgairs, Canada
  • 5     

    Hi Nazir, it was such a fabulous experience, we had a fantastic time, can hardly believe it’s over! Not only was the tour amazing, the other 6 (we were really lucky) in the group were excellent. The food and the hotels were top notch, excellent value for our dollar. We loved how `things were taken care of``, we just had to have our bags outside the room, what service !!!! I know we will be seeing Mark and Anita here in Victoria. May even travel with them !!

    Joanne and Richard Victoria, Canada
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    Namaste Nazir, We had an incredible vacation in India and want to express our appreciation for the way you and "Explore India" took care of all the details and more for the members in our small group. The hotels were superb; the food was delicious, and the transportation arrangements and tours in each location were top quality! We would like to make special mention of our driver and driver’s assistant. As you know it is no easy task driving and parking in India. They made our group’s special requests for small diversions during the tour magically happen with grace and always a smile and our mini bus was cleaned each evening. Furthermore, experiencing transportation by car, minibus, jeep, small boat, rickshaw, camel cart and elephant in India are "must do’s” in this large and diverse country. There were too many outstanding experiences to mention them all, but we wish to highlight a few. We were in awe at the Taj Mahal. Seeing it at sunset from the opposite river bank and then again before sunrise was spectacular. Ranthambhorne National Forest was a major adrenaline rush with us experiencing our safari in small jeeps and seeing both a large Bengal tiger and a leopard! In Jaipur, we appreciated the opportunity to book an independent experience for the two of us at Elefantastic, elephant sanctuary. We will remember this experience for a lifetime. Our extension to Varanasi was remarkable and so glad to have witnessed life and death on the River Ganges, along with everyday life in this oldest living city in the world! Lastly, our extension to GOA for four nights to rest and relax along the Arabian Sea before heading home and seeing the Portuguese impact on this tiny state was also memorable. Your contacts in GOA were excellent and looked after our every need. We will highly recommend "Explore India" to anyone wishing to see and experience this truly remarkable country.

    Mark and Anita Victoria, Canada
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    Hello Rajeev, Thank you for meeting us at the Delhi airport, for arranging some sightseeing tours on Day 1 and Day 2 (early arrival in New Delhi) prior to commencement of organized tour, for obtaining foreign exchange for the Canadian $ and for everything else that made our trip so enjoyable. The trip exceeded our expectations and we know that this is due mainly to the excellent service rendered in all fields of the tourist business. We wish you continued success and good luck in your role as Head of Operations at Explore India. Yours sincerely,

    Sydney & Fay Tup Chong
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir. Thank you for the “Welcome Home” greeting! Our tour certainly met and at times even exceeded our expectations! Some key points: -Our Explore India contact Rajeev Sharma was very professional at handling all those questions that are asked at the beginning of the tour. -Our guide Arvind Sharma was very knowledgeable, and always approachable. He was always prompt and was very passionate in describing the many rituals that happen in India. -Our driver (Ravi) and his assistant (Shankur) were always courteous and caring and always greeted us with smiles every time we returned to the bus. -Our hotels were definitely acceptable and there were 3 hotels that in our minds were exceptional: 1. The Leela Ambience. 2. The Tigress Ranthambore and 3. The Pride Plaza Aerocity. In summary, both Alan and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Explore India and would have no hesitation at all in recommending this tour to others. Sincerely,

    C & A Koberstein Surrey, Canada
  • 5     

    Dear Nazir, We had a wonderful trip and were very pleased with the quality of the tour. The staff was very professional and friendly. We really appreciated the friendliness and great care your clients received. We have already recommended your company to others and hope to return to India again. The highlights for us were the safari and visiting the Taj Mahal. One suggestion I have is to suggest clients bring candies or small gifts (pencils, pins etc.) or a book to give to the children in the villages. We have so many fond memories and new friendships from our voyage. I hope to use your services again soon. Namaste

    Edward and Patrice Campagnaro Summerland, Canada
  • 5     

    Hi Nazir, We just got back from our extended trip this morning. The whole trip was a great success. Our tour guide, Arvind, was well versed in the history and passionate and positive about the future of his country. Once we were on our own, we especially appreciated the organization and routing he provided for the destinations of the itinerary. Our driver Ravi and his assistant, Shanke, were both very personable and we appreciated having them take care of us on the road. The itinerary delivered a good variety of highlights of architectural and historical monuments. I personally appreciated the chance to support the women's arts and crafts store. And, yes, Varanasi was an important add-on tour to round out our experience of India. Of course, the biggest thrill was seeing the tiger up close in Ranthambore National Park. I would definitely recommend you and this itinerary to my friends and family. Regards,

    Quin Kung Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Dear Nazir and Rajeev: It is now nearly a month since my return from my memorable trip to India with my friends, Jodi and Susan, organized by your firm. I wanted to be sure to convey my thanks for the good advice, excellent service and superior organization that you and your team provided. I particularly appreciated your attention to detail and responsiveness to our requests and needs as situations arose or conditions changed. I also wanted to more formally recognize some of the people in your team who made a significant difference in our enjoyment of the trip. I must say that generally we have only the highest regard for all of the individual drivers who so graciously and expertly managed the challenges of Indian traffic and our particular needs with some mobility challenges, motion sickness and other occasional maladies picked up along the way. I would say that your choice of Hira Singh to provide our major travel segment from Delhi to Udaipur was brilliant -- befitting the observation that Hira means Diamond in English. Not only is Hira an excellent driver under all conditions but he is also a very special gentleman. He was thoughtful and caring in every regard: always attentive and responsive to our needs with the anticipation of what would be most safe and comfortable for us in terms of rest stops and places to park near the attractions to deal with mobility challenges and waiting, departures, etc.. He went above and beyond all expectations as he took care of us when we were not feeling well by buying us beverages and snacks (and not accepting any reimbursement) and checking in to make sure we were fine. He even worried that we might be hungry and gave us snacks on the longer drives that were necessary to make our ambitious itinerary. Hira is a tremendous asset to your firm and a wonderful ambassador for the beauty of the spirit of India. One of our guides made the joke that we were the "Three Canadian Maharanis" (we loved this observation and felt it summed up how much we were loving our trip and treatment). Hira ensured that we were made to feel like Maharanis throughout our time together. We wish every success for him in the future. I would also like to commend the calibre of local guides who your firm engages with special recognition of a couple of them. Our first days in Delhi had an excellent start with Harry who provided interesting information and insights as well as shepherding us well through the tangles of Delhi's Chandni Chowk streets as well as other sights. I would say that Shelley, our guide during our day in Varanasi, was exceptional in being able to convey information regarding the spiritual significance of the sights we were experiencing both with respect to Hinduism but also Buddhism at Sarnath. His very clear explanations and great depth of knowledge really helped to put meaningful perspective on not only our experiences in Varanasi but also our previous experiences in Bodhgaya. I would be remiss to not mention Pablo in Agra and Giriraj in Jaipur as very good, considerate and adaptable guides. We also really enjoyed the two most atmospheric hotel choices of the Shahpura House in Jaipur and the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel in Udaipur -- absolutely magical. For the segments on my own, I want to really thank you, Rajeev, for being able to accommodate my spur-of-the-moment request for assistance and assigning Kuldeep Sandhu as my driver for the first weekend -- he was a great problem-solver and thoughtful guide, especially at the Old Fort! In Mumbai, I appreciated both of the women guides who accompanied me on the City tours: Tami and Lena. They were the first women guides for this trip and it was interesting to chat with them about their lives as a woman from Canada, especially since one was from the Parsee community and one was from the Jain community so I could ask questions about the visit to Ranakpur and the broader Parsee community that we know about internationally through the arts. I also want to acknowledge, Nazir, that your advice to include the non-profit led tour to Dharvali with Siddhi as my guide was absolutely correct. It was critically important to gaining an inkling of an understanding of the tremendous dignity of Indian people working so hard to improve their lives and that of their families and communities. I keep talking about this experience as a lasting impression when friends ask me about my trip. I recognize that this is a lengthy email; however, I wanted to highlight the excellent service that you and your team provided to us -- truly making this trip an exceptional and memorable life experience to treasure. I also want to thank each of you for the tremendous effort that you each put into ensuring that everything was well-planned and executed. Rajeev, your willingness to problem-solve and provide assurances and extra services make a huge difference. Thanks again to you and all of your team. I will be pleased to recommend your firm to anyone who is contemplating a trip to India. Sincerely,

    Deb Day Victoria, Canada
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir, We have just returned from our trip to India with Explore India and just want to tell you how much we enjoyed it. We had a fabulous time visiting this amazing country. Everybody involved with your organization was very pleasant and professional, from the representatives who met us upon arrivals in different locations, to the guides, to the drivers (particularly "Kulu" and his assistant Amir who were with us for the first two weeks). The hotels were very nice and the tour took us to interesting and beautiful places. We are appreciative of the fact that we were in a very small group. If there was one thing we could have changed, it would have been to fly from Varanasi to Cochin without having to spend another night in Delhi. We will not hesitate to highly recommend "Explore India" to our friends and relatives. Thank you,

    Marie-Laure and Steve Rhodes West Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Dear Nazir, I wanted to let you know what a great time we had on our visit to India. We really enjoyed seeing your country, and all of the amazing sites it has to offer. We also found almost everyone we encountered to be very kind and friendly. There is so much beauty in India, and we look forward to visiting again. Everything on the tour was very well coordinated and organized. While I know that some of the people on our trip found the schedule to be a bit too busy for them, I did not think so at all. I believe there was enough down time to rest between locations, and I thought the pace was very good. Our bus driver and his assistant (Ravi & Shankar I believe) were great! They were very friendly and super helpful. I have also never seen anyone who could maneuver a bus like he did! It was amazing the places he managed to take that bus! Lastly, I want to let you know what a great tour guide Arvind was! We really enjoyed having him lead us through the sites of India. He is very knowledgeable and engaging, and his love for your country showed as he described the rich history of the things we saw and answered our questions. I especially enjoyed how if you asked him a question outside of the bus, he would often ask us to wait, and he would answer the question for the entire group on the bus. It made some of the long bus trips very interesting and alleviated some of the monotony of sitting on a bus. He was a great tour guide and I highly recommend him! Thank you all for a great trip. Robin and I really enjoyed our visit. Thank You,

    Mark & Robin Nilsson North Carolina, USA
  • 5     

    Hi Nazir, Well it has been more than a couple of months since we returned from our tour of Incredible India! Overall I had an amazing time and have told everyone I run into, that Explore India is a great travel company and going on a trip to India is truly a trip of a lifetime. HIGHLIGHTS: Your company is very organized and we saw so many sights in a short time. All the transportation - coach, jeeps, train, plane and camels were just great. The logistics of travelling between town and around town, went very well. Hotels: again 10/10. The tent - well - we would probably pass on that down the road. Food - all the restaurants were good and the choice of cuisine just great. BUT - there was too much food! Having 3 meals a day is way too much food. I would much rather have just breakfast and dinner included - and purchase a light snack for lunch wherever we might be - for lunch. I gained 10 pounds - UG... ACTIVITIES: Tours of the monuments, forts, Palaces and Temples were fine. I know you cannot please all the people all the time! - so some are more interesting and some less!. In Jaipur the visit to Jantar Mantar was the least interesting of the whole trip - I would much rather have gone to see the area where the set was for the movie Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. GUIDES: Tahir was a delight to have as our guide. And all the other staff looking after us - did an incredible job All 10/10! So...much success with your company. With the Canadian dollar down and portfolios dropping, my travel plans for the immediate future are on hold. Hopefully, things will turn around soon! Cheers, And thanks again for hosting our trip to Incredible India! Sincerely,

    Pamela Shaw North Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Just wanted to send you a quick note that the trip/tour was excellent. All your staff there were great and very accommodating. We got our tour of old Delhi and we were glad it happened - very interesting. Thanks again for the beautiful tour.

    Robert & Mary Matthews Ottawa, Canada
  • 5     

    Hi Nazir The MacDonald’s and the Axworthy’s are now back in Calgary recovering from jet lag after a wonderful trip. First, it was great to finally meet you after corresponding for about a year. We would have liked to have more time to talk to you about how you started Explore India and turned it into this five star company. Congratulations on your success. We all felt the entire trip was extremely well organized and executed flawlessly. The Explore India representatives at each stop, the well informed guides who were able to answer any question we had on the history of India and Babu, our terrific driver were all excellent. Thank you for helping us put together a tour that covered so many diverse activities….tiger sightings, elephant riding, camel ride into the desert sunset…to name a few. We will have no problem giving a testimonial to anyone who you might want to refer to us in the future. It is indeed Incredible India. What an amazing country. Best Regards

    Irene & Mary Calgary, Canada
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    Hi Nazir, the "Explore India" trip was wonderful! I can honestly say it exceeded my expectations .Our guide, Yajur, was terrific...,easy to understand, .informative, organized, thoughtful and kind.He had such patience in answering our questions ,even when they might have seemed foolish or repetitive . I felt I really learned about the people, the history,the culture and the politics....In a country that large and diverse we can only scratch he surface, but I certainly have more understanding and appreciation. The hotels were first rate and the service fantastic. The care that I received in dealing with my food allergies and when I banged my head in the bus ( my own fault!) was more than I could have expected. Your staff in India are to be commended for their complete attention to detail....everything from the supplying of water on the buses, the use of hand sanitizer as we got back on after an excursion, to the speed and efficiency in getting us checked in at the hotels was managed extremely well. The bus and our driver were superb! The extra trip that was arranged to the village to see the school and hospital was something special. The main attractions of course,the Taj Mahal, the Ganges both at sunset and sunrise, the caves, were truly magical and will stay at he top of my memory list....so many terrific memories, I could go on and on!..the dancers, the elephant ride at dusk, Mother Theresa's Mission, the cooking demonstration, Old Delhi, bicycle rickshaws...etc etc!....and of course the artistry evident in all parts of Indian life. I bought a magnificent vase of white marble, inlaid with mother of pearl, that I will always treasure. You ask for suggestions...my only one would be the occasional simpler meal....our North American digestive systems are not used to all the spices,as delicious as they are, it takes us longer than 2 weeks to get used to them! The food was beautifully prepared and presented and the restaurants treated us all very well....we just have a harder time adjusting to the spices for every meal. Because of my citrus allergy, they often made me something different and I did appreciate so much the extra care...those meals were lovely...often less spicy, and that's when I would hear some comments from a few of the others, that they would have liked the simpler food occasionally too. Not everyone of course...many loved every meal! I am in Palm Springs at present, enjoying beautiful sunny California weather and relaxing down here till April. I have told everyone what a remarkable trip it was and I'm sure you will get some calls in the future. I could recommend the trip to anyone! Thank you for an experience of a lifetime!

    Marilee McBain Surrey, Canada
  • 5     

    Dear Nazir: It was a good tour. No complaints though there are always too many churches/temples for me, but that is just me. A highlight for me was the boating experience on the Ganges, along with the spiritual overtones, cremation and other ceremony further down the river. Our tour guide guy (???) was exceptional, so knowledgeable, a great communicator, respectful and empathetic to our needs at all times. He made the tour for me. The driver and his helper were both very good too. Hotels were great, service and food exceptional. Loved your country, especially the people.

    Joyce Crawford North Vancouver, Canada
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    Thank you for your email requesting our comments on our recent trip to India. Overall, our impression is strongly favourable. We thought that the expedition was well organized, ran smoothly and represented good value. The hotels at which we stayed and the restaurants at which we ate were uniformly excellent. The transportation was comfortable and the sights we saw were interesting. Our guide was well-informed and gave interesting commentaries as well as ensuring that all the arrangements ran smoothly. We would (and have) recommend your company to friends. We would therefore conclude by thanking you for a job well done.

    Sheila Gray-Moir & John Walker West Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    It was really really great! The whole thing was amazing Sundeep was the best part! We feel so lucky to have had him I can't imagine a better guide in all of India. Super patient (needed) very very knowledgable with post and modern India We could tell he loves his country! Was like a history lesson. Anyway thanks so much and much love and to Sundeep!

    Cheryl Redmon Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir: Thank you for phoning today to enquire about our recent trip to India. I wanted to let you know that it was a wonderful trip. I felt like I was away for a month. We saw and learned so many things about India. The trip covered many interesting sights and sites – the wild tiger – the elephant ride (never again – I saw them running free in Kenya) – the temples – the pedicab ride in Old Delhi – the Mahatma Gandhi Museum – the history of India as told by our guide, Sandeep Sing. Sandeep was a wonderful, caring person with a wealth of knowledge whose contribution enhanced the trip. The group we travelled with were all lovely people. The hotels were wonderful – the food was wonderful – it was a great trip. I particularly admired the Delhi drivers – what wonderful, patient people they were. Our bus driver was an amazing driver – we never felt in danger. In Delhi, we felt very well cared for by Rajeet. I would recommend this trip to anyone I speak to. Sincerely,

    Ebba Grey North Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir, We loved our trip!!!. So sad to leave but ready to come home. We loved all our guides and drivers. We especially appreciated having the same driver for consecutive days (Suresh and Suki were our driving heroes!!!). Accommodations were fantastic. The professionalism and organization of everyone were outstanding. We felt well cared for in a foreign country. We were so happy to start in the south and be able to ease into India and then travel to the north. I cannot even begin to describe India to folks here. I loved seeing so much and on my next trip would love to stay longer in certain places. We loved Cochi and Munnar in the south. In The north Varanasi, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Deogarth, the walk thru recycling in Mumbai and dinner with a psychologist in Udaipur were highlights. Of course the temples, the forts and palaces were amazing. Our guides were so knowledgeable and informative. The history, religion, spirituality, politics all were so fascinating to learn about. The opportunities to walk and eat outside of hotels were wonderful I wish there had been more. It's actually hard to identify highlights as every day was full of new experiences ones that were easy and beautiful as well as those that were more difficult to experience. All created a unique experience and a glimpse at a unique country. I speak for all three of us in thanking you for creating such an amazing experience. It truly was! Namaste,

    Tracy Weston Austin, US
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir, Thank you for the welcome home note and for all the help you provided before we started our journey. It was truly a very memorable experience. Of the spots, we visited the ones that stick out are naturally the Taj Mahal which is more impressive live than in photos, the ghats in Varanasi to view the use of the Ganges for washing, bathing, praying, cremation, etc and the tea plantations in Kerela. The food was delicious; so many different types of curry to try. The Explore India people in India did a wonder job. The representatives were there to welcome us and facilitate our transfers to the hotels and our check in at the airports. Of special note are the tour guide, the bus driver and the assistant who accompanied us on our trip. The tour guides added so much to our understanding of Indian history, culture, politics, etc. Their explanation at each of sites we visited enhanced our appreciation of the site and its history. The bus drivers are outstanding in navigating the chaotic Indian roads and getting us safely from place to place on time. The assistants too kept the bus clean and supplied us with water and snacks. On the magic India and Varanasi segments our tour guide was Yajur, the driver was Dave and assistant was Shankar; on the Kerela tour the tour guide was Jishoy Kumar, the driver was Sibu and the assistant was Arun. We’ve thanked them but if you have a chance please give them our sincere thanks for making the trip memorable. Would definitely like to take another trip to India. Would definitely use your company to guide us around India. Thank you very much.

    Elmer Morishita Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Some very late feedback on our tour. We had a great tour and would like to thank you for all your efforts. Our accommodations were very good, the van very comfortable and the driver most helpful and fun to be with. Rajeev was in constant contact and available to assist and advise. The Taj Mahal exceeded expectations and Ranthambore was an unexpected highlight. Thanks again and best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.

    Dave Heath Niagara on the Lake, Canada
  • 5     

    Dear Nazir, We thought that you would enjoy the attached photograph of the "Dream Team, 2015." As this year draws to a close we thank you for all the wonderful memories that you gave us in November and we hope that you and your family have a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We remain interested in the Kashmir adventure that you proposed for next September and are willing to put down a refundable deposit to hold a couple of spots pending pricing and final itinerary if that works for you. Best wishes,

    Danielle & Dean Burnaby, Canada
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir My apologies for the delayed response, but we got home from India and were right back at it with work and Christmas preparations and festivities. I now want to take a moment to thank you and all the people in your organization for making our trip AMAZING. You helped us experience the many sides of India (colours, tastes, sounds, people, cities, countrysides, etc), while also helping us understand its history, culture, politics, environment, evolution and challenges. While I am aware of, and appreciate, all the work put in by your 'behind the scenes' team, I have to say that the one person we spent every day with really helped contribute to making our experience positive and very meaningful. Yazur's knowledge, humor, professionalism and communication skills were much appreciated. He went above and beyond to provide exceptional service to us too - helping individuals (including me) find that special something we were looking for. Thank you Yazur!! I was awestruck by the Taj Mahal and pleasantly surprised by the impact the Amber Fort had on me. Seeing the tigers in both the morning and afternoon trip through Ranthambore's park was also a highlight - and much appreciated. The chaos of the traffic moving through the streets was unexpected and quite entertaining too. Both Harry and I would highly recommend your organization to others considering a trip to India. All the best to you and your team for a happy, healthy and successful 2016!! Cheers

    Irene and Harry Schamhart Victoria, Canada
  • 5     

    We thoroughly enjoyed the excellent trip you prepared for us to visit India. Adding our pre-tour to Varanasi and our post tour to Mumbai and Aurangabad to the main Camel Festival Tour gave us a wonderful introduction to India. Within the Camel Festival Tour, you gave us a wide variety of experiences in the monuments and places we visited and the places we stayed at night. We especially enjoyed the nights in the Tent City with the outdoor barbecues and bonfires. And we had such nice people to travel with. Thanks for all of this. And I must add that Rouf did an excellent job for us accompanying us to Mumbai and Aurangabad. We are telling all of our friends about you and your company Explore India. We wish you all the best in the years to come,

    Mimi and John Hart Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir, I very much enjoyed my tour with Explore India! Our tour group was lovely! I will recommend to my friends! The staff were very responsive to requests from the group. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was interesting to learn about India's history , current issues and how they are dealt with in India. Some definite highlights were the rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, visiting the soup kitchen at the Sikh temple, Taj Mahal, safari( excellent), and Jaipur elephant ride. I felt the tour was well paced and the hotels were very comfortable and elegant. Regards,

    Carole Dalziel Surrey, Canada
  • 5     

    Namaste! We hope you are doing well and also enjoyed your group tour in India. Finally, we have adjusted to the time zone at home and have recovered from the jet lag.First of all, we would like to thank you for the amazing experience that we had during our trip to India. Every detail from the airport meet and greets, pickups, hotel check-ins, day trips, restaurants, sightseeing trips, etc. was looked after with tremendous precision from all of the staff members on the team. They looked after us day and night for the entire trip. Rajasthan and surrounding areas Rajeesh - checked up on our group constantly and spoke with us during our entire journey. He was extremely friendly, courteous and happy to discuss any detail that we needed. Arvind - our tour guide, was extremely organized, knowledgeable, passionate, engaging, friendly, and accommodating to everyone’s needs. He was a pleasure to travel with. Kulvinder - our driver was so gentle and always waited for our group with a smile and kept us safe through the chaotic, busy, hectic and crazy roads in India. He never once showed any frustration during the trip. Amit - greeted us each time we got off and on the bus with a friendly, beautiful big smile and made sure we had water, pop, etc. and that we cleaned our hands regularly with sanitizer and wipes. He also helped us on and off the van without hesitation. This four men as a team made our trip smooth, seamless and unforgettable. The hotels were superb; the itinerary was wonderful; an overall excellent experience. South India Rajesh - Our driver and tour guide through Kochi, Munnar, etc. was amazing. He attended to all of our needs including perfect photo stops along the way, tea breaks, meeting the locals, and adjusting our schedule on the fly. We had several other guides, but they were very short term, no more than an hour or two each, and were very site specific. Rajesh is an extremely bright young man with legendary driving skills. Those driving skills were constantly needed on the dangerous, narrow, windy, potholed roads to and from Munnar. We highly recommend that you specifically request him for other clients traveling to south India. He was introduced as our ‘driver’, but in reality was our guide. He should be encouraged to take the tour guide exams and be promoted to guide or other suitable positions. We will definitely, without hesitation, recommend you and your company to family and friends. Happy Holidays and take good care

    Robin & Marilyn de Goutiere Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Namaste! It was a wonderful holiday!-Just loved everything!--temples-rickshaw-tigers(we saw 2!!!!)-Taj Mahal-elephant ride and amber fort!!-We had a perfect group of people-made so many new friends!-We all just got along perfectly!-We were all around the same age. Yasur -not sure of spelling-was great-so knowledgeable and easy going!--It was a trip of a lifetime for me and I thank you so much!- Also Rajeev was very friendly and helpful!--Thank you again !!

    Joan Wenham North Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    We had a FABULOUS time in India. Our hotels were very comfortable and the food selection was excellent. Every aspect of the trip went smoothly and Rajiv and Yajur were both wonderful. Rajiv greeted us and explained everything really well and then was there to say farewell. Yajur was knowledgeable, funny, helpful...just all-round a great tour guide. He even arranged for Ian to go into town and buy a cricket bat And the itinerary was excellent - lots of variety and lots of information. We will tell all our friends that Explore India is the way to visit. I'll ask Ian tonight if he has any extra feedback and let you know. Many thanks and all the very best of the holidays to you and your family. We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016,

    Toni & Ian McGregor Burlington, Canada
  • 5     

    I would not describe the past two weeks as a vacation, but rather an amazing adventure in your beautiful country. The people were extremely friendly, the food was wonderful and it will difficult, if not impossible to describe to our friends and family the sounds, smells and sites that made this trip such a success. It must be said that Jazur's knowledge and efficiency contributed significantly to the success of the trip in every respect, he was a first class guide - a real "keeper!". If the minor communication problem was the only issue, then I would consider the organization first class .The complexities associated with this venture must be enormous. One minor glitch shows you can't be super-human all the time. In conclusion, many thanks for a truly great adventure. We will certainly recommend your services to friends and family.

    P & J Taggart Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Don't give it another thought - we all arrived at the airport in plenty of time for the flight. We were absolutely satisfied with everything about the tour. Our guide was excellent and we enjoyed the whole experience. We will definitely recommend your company. Travelled with a great group and quickly became friends. Unfortunately it was a foggy day for the Taj Mahal viewing, but what can you do? Loved the rickshaw ride through the alleyways. Happy Holidays to you too. Thanks for everything.

    Rob Carson Port Coquitlam, Canada
  • 5     

    Namaste! We had an incredible trip, and was far more than we could have ever expected, Rajeev and Yajur I know that is spelt wrong, made the trip as smooth as could be. The whole trip was fantastic, great programme, the only down side was the air quality, and was such a shame that the Ganges was so fogged in we did not see the morning sunset. Susan and I with the rest of the group were so lucky to see the Siberian Tiger not just once but twice. Thanks again for such a wonderful programme to see Incredible India. You certainly have a great set up, Merry Christmas and Happy 2016

    Peter and Susan Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Dorothy and I just wanted to let you know what a great time we had with you and our fellow travellers during our recent adventure in India.It was indeed a 'TRIP OF A LIFETIME' and excellent value -- one we will always cherish. Your attention to detail was incredible, the hotels were fantastic, the food was superb and your assistants couldn't do enough for us Please thank them again on our behalf.

    Peter & Dorothy North Vancouver, Canada
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    A hearty thank you to you and all involved with Explore India. Angela and I are very pleased with everyone and everything that happened during our tour. attached find an ad for my art show this Saturday at the Two Rivers Art Gallery in Prince George, I managed to finish a few paintings of India for the exhibit. Thank you again!

    Jerzy (George) Lesniewicz Prince George, Canada
  • 5     

    We are safely back from India which is quite a feat seeing the driving there is hard to believe. We had a great time, saw lots, ate and drank lots and met some really nice people. It really was quite an experience. I wanted to let you know that we really appreciated your staff in India. They were all wonderful. We could not have asked for better.

    Lori & Ron Surrey, Canada
  • 5     

    My wife and I are now back in Guyana after our participation in the October 30 Golden Triangle Land Tour of India. We want to thank you and Explore India for the excellence of the arrangements which ensured a memorable and enjoyable experience. For us, India was indeed incredible and we shall treasure many pleasant memories of the tour, the camaraderie among our group and the new friendships fostered. The physical arrangements – choice of itinerary, hotels, monuments and other sights – would undoubtedly have been refined over time based on your Company’s experience in the field, and Evelyn and I ask you and Explore India to accept our sincere compliments on that aspect of the arrangements. There was another element that complemented the physical aspect in the absence of which our experience might not have exceeded expectation. Here we are referring to the human element which also contributed significantly to the overall impression. From the moment that we were welcomed at Delhi Airport - well after midnight - by Rajeev Sharma, we felt the positive impact of the human side of Explore India. Rajeev infused the group with the confident expectation which was fulfilled over the days of the Tour. The team who looked after us for the duration of the trip are worthy of the highest commendation. Our Tour Manager Rajur was simply outstanding. Evelyn and I have done other tours but Rajur was easily the best we have encountered – great personality, friendly but firm, but most of all extremely knowledgeable. He provided valuable insights in an interesting way into the history, traditions, social and economic issues of India that proved to be a useful background to the monuments and places of interest we visited. Our coach driver Surjit was competent and generated confidence in his skills in what at times could best be described as organized chaos while helper Sonu was attentive to our needs and with Surjit ensured that the coach was always clean and comfortable. All in all, Evelyn and I very highly rate the experience compared against other tours that we have done.

    Errol Cheong Damerara, Guyana
  • 5     

    Leona and I thoroughly enjoy our trip. The trip was just right, not too short or too long.With a small group, we got to know everyone and even promise to travel together in the future. No problem with the Hotels or our meals. Kingfisher beer and only Kingfisher beer, no complaint. Our tour guide Sanjay, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and funny. Overall, it was a good trip and I highly recommended your company to our friends as a place to deal with. We are planning to go back in 2 years to see the south part of India or trekking north to Darjeeling, Sikkim area.

    Owen & Leona Wong Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    I was completely and totally amazed by the parts of India that we visited. I have absolutely no complaints about anyone or anything! Both Rajeev and Ravi were excellent guides/hosts. I enjoyed learning about the history and some of the back stories from Ravi, and I appreciated Rajeev's punctuality and care when we arrived in the airport and when he put on in a taxi for the airport to get back home.

    Marilyn D Richmond Hill, Canada
  • 5     

    Keith and I also wanted to thank you and your whole team for the fantastic tour you organized for us in India, truly an incredible journey of the senses. What a unique and great country! As we mentioned to you before, it was one the best and most memorable trips we have ever experienced and we have travelled a lot. Your attention to every little detail and your extreme caring for us really made the difference. Everyday was a new highlight with its own thrilling surprises and enjoyment. Looking forward to a potential new adventure with you next year.

    Maggy and Keith Toronto, Canada
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    greeting and saying goodbye was also excellent. Our group of 19 was so manageable that we got extra treats of walking the backstreets of Varanasi and extra rickshaw. I can't tell you in words how much I saw nor its effect on me. I now know more of India and have a deep respect for the people culture and their respect for their heritage. Thank you for this memorable adventure. Yours truly

    Jean McCarthy Niagara Falls, Canada
  • 5     

    First of all a big thank you to you and your team in India for an excellent tour. It was most enjoyable. We would like to mention Rajeev and Yajur in particular. Rajeev was very welcoming and friendly and Yajur was an excellent and very knowledgeable tour guide. Kashmir was very interesting and beautiful - Bashir was very accommodating and we appreciated you calling him periodically to check that our trip was proceeding well. We would definitely recommend Kashmir to friends planning a trip to India. What we really appreciated was the diversity provided whether it be the food (we did go to some excellent restaurants), the monuments that we visited, the rickshaw ride in old Delhi and the nature of Ranthambore NP. The hotels were generally excellent particularly in Srinagar, Agra and Jaipur. Ranthambore was a bit on the rustic side but the setting was good and very close to the park entrance. There was no mix up with bags, and timing and transport coordination was excellent. One thing we really did appreciate was time to relax and have some down time at the hotels.

    J & J Roynon Niagara on the Lake, Canada
  • 5     

    Overall, it was an excellent tour, and very good value for our money. I would strongly recommend your company to any friends that wanted to do a tour, and would strongly recommend Ravi for any friends that wanted to hire a guide privately as well. (I am considering perhaps returning to India for a couple of weeks of "living" rather than "touring" in a few years, and will definitely contact you for advice, since you obviously know the country and the travel business very well!)

    Michelle Albert-Burke Ottawa, Canada
  • 5     

    I was talking to my husband again about the trip and the two of us agreed that it was a very well-organized trip and excellent value for money . . . above expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend the trip to others. I celebrated my birthday in Agra and it was so lovely. There was a cake and Explore India even gave me a beautiful gift of a shawl! Thanks so much.

    Eleanor Stadnyk Delta, Canada
  • 5     

    It was a fantastic trip!! The trip was well organized, the hotels were excellent, the staff (especially Ravi Shankar) made the trip one of my highlight trips!! Thanks for hooking me up with Alice as she turned out to be a great traveller!! I am going to look at other trips you have Nazir as I felt it was a good value for the money.

    S Robinson Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    Patti and I just returned home last evening from our Explore India vacation. Without question, it was the most memorable vacation we have ever been on. It is impossible to put into words all the wonderful experiences we had an opportunity to participate in. Whether it be the ancient sites, the living temples, the changing landscapes, the human faces or the excitement of rickshaw rides through old towns it was in a word amazing. On daily bases, we were drowned in wave after wave of new experiences that at times were hard to absorb. Your homeland is beautiful and one we know you must be extremely proud of. We will be talking about this vacation for months to come, but clearly, our words cannot do it justice. It is something one must see and experience for themselves. What took this tour from excellent to incredible was the leadership provided by your Tour Manager Ravi Shanker. This gentleman is the consummate professional. While many tour managers are able to connect you with the visual and physical aspects of what you are seeing Ravi was able to bond us all to the historical, spiritual, human and emotional elements that were instrumental in delivering a complete and fulfilling experience. While the memories of what we have seen will live in our minds forever, the memories of Ravi and his personable, honest and loving character and values will live in our hearts forever. Thank-you for all the professional aspects and level of detail that you have developed and incorporated within the Explore India Tour Package. It is a first class offering that we will recommend to all our family and friends.

    Mr. & Mrs. Cook Kelowna, Canada
  • 5     

    We have arrived home safely. Your team in Delhi is to be commended. We were taken care of so well. Every detail!. Special thanks to Yajur. He saved me when I was so sick I could not eat. Rouf was also exceptional as was Rajeev ( sorry about the spelling) India is an exciting country and we are so Pleased that Explore India has such a fantastic tour with exceptional representatives.

    Brian & Carol Ottawa, Canada
  • 5     

    I can only say Helen and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in India. It was very insightful and not a little unsettling and moving at times. This is as it should be. I had a little list of things I wanted to be able to do with the free time we had, as you know, and I accomplished all of them. The support ‘on the ground’ was good and Yajur was a very good guide. He’s very personable, organized and well informed. Please give him my best regards and convey to him my sincere appreciation for being our Tour Manager. He’s a keeper in my opinion. He provided a lot of very good context and insight into the country and its people as well as its strengths and challenges. His ‘lectures’ on the bus as we traveled I personally found very helpful. They got me thinking, asking questions and engaging him in conversation, when possible, to expand my knowledge (as for me this, along with time on the street, is an important part of travel). He has a lot of useful knowledge of the sites we visited also. That and the local and national newspapers available at the hotels were very helpful in that regard. I read them daily. It was a good way to see the part of India we were able to see, especially given my language limitations and lack of extensive prior knowledge of Indian culture. I had done preparatory reading prior to arriving in India. I came away with a better knowledge base and perspective on a very diverse country of 1.2B people. Enjoyed the accommodation, the food and the services provided also. Increased my tolerance for hot spices (in moderation) and Kingfisher beer too. I really can’t offer anything else beyond what I’ve already said. It was a ‘slice of life’ and I personally was very glad I went. Helen likewise.

    C & H Lenz Chilliwack, Canada
  • 5     

    A wonderful experience, you made good choices for our itinerary. The hotels were great, the guides were full of knowledge. The greenhouse resort amazing, perhaps an extra night there would be a great addition, the palace in Deoghar could have an extra night too! The marigold hotel was a truly fantastic experience, one I'll never forget. Tell Rajeev it was a memorable trip. He took great care getting us to and from airport, we really appreciated the extra effort.

    A. White Surrey, Canada
  • 5     

    Explore India Tour September – October 2015-10-27 Pre Tour; your notes and advice before the trip started proved to be very useful – from how to obtain a visa to suggestions of clothing to toiletries and travel insurance. I’d advise any traveler to read these carefully and apply the ones that suit. Flights: after flying such long distances with Cathay Pacific I have to say that I would fly with them again anywhere. Superb service. Also I was expecting less from the Indian regional airlines but Spicejet and Indigo exceeded the performance of any regional airline I have flown with in North America. Air India is not so great! Hotels: again, I was astonished at the quality of the Hotels and the facilities offered. The variety was also beyond expectation. The Greenhouse Hotel in Pushkar is unique – I could have stayed another week and dinner on the roof at the palace hotel in Ranthambore was magical. Food: We were never short of drinking water on the bus – thanks to the kind attention of the driver and the hotels which provided it freely. Sadly I am not one who can eat hot, spicy foods and the foods at most of the dinner buffets were heavily spiced and I had to circumvent many offerings. Western foods are more available at breakfast buffets and I would advise travellers to eat a hearty breakfast. Towards the end of our trip I had to admit that there was little chance of mild spice so gave up trying. I did find that an occasional energy bar went a long way to solving this problem. Daily Tours: in general the topics were very interesting and some excelled. I cannot imagine anything in the world that is as beautiful as the Taj Mahal. It brings tears to the eyes. The boat cruise at Udaipur was reminiscent of Venice and the tour of the palace there quite illuminating. The visit to the Exotic Marigold Hotel near Jaipur was sheer delight. Lunch was hot! I didn’t expect to see too many tigers at the tour of Ranthambore National Park and was not disappointed. It was, however, pleasant to get out into the more untouched countryside. Probably, with some exceptions, my strongest memories and the completely enjoyable part was the getting there. The bus journeys were so full, so complete, so much of the human experience that I was always sorry when we arrived at our destination yet what we found once there was another unique experience. Personnel: I cannot say too much about the people on your team. Obviously there is no such thing as equal so some must stand out. Raheev, your Operations Manager, talked to us individually each day to monitor progress and seek to know if there were any changes he could initiate to make our trip better. Your local manager in each town was on site to greet us and explain the local programme and introduce the guide. The Guides: all tried to make their own particular place especially interesting. I do think that some guides might work harder to improve their language skills. Some start speaking slowly and concisely and, getting excited about the message, speed up and lose some of their precision. I know that they are speaking infinitely better English than I could ever speak Hindi but it’s useful to remember that listening very, very carefully to language other than one’s own can be very tiring. In my own work before retirement I was in similar situations often and know the weariness that language can bring. The Guides could mix up the message so that some modern facts and events are mixed in with the history. If I were doing their job I’d be tempted to also distribute a brief “info highlights” sheet – not to replace the spoken script but to augment it. There were several anecdotal events with Guides, some hilarious, some touching, but never did they allow us to put ourselves at risk. They all were watching over us. Drivers: the client is with the driver for most of the tour. We became fast friends with our driver BaBu who nursed us like a mother hen for twelve days. He checked on us before leaving each morning with a broad grin and “Good morning everybody. Passports, wallets?” He never once exhibited irritation or annoyance with the road or traffic conditions and was patience itself when we caused delays. He could find anything (Strepsils for a viciously sore throat) and weave his way through traffic like a camel through the eye of a needle. He proved to be a gem in Explore India’s crown. Varanasi: when arranging the trip you suggested we add a visit to Varanasi to our itinerary with the words (paraphrased) “some people think you haven’t seen India unless you’ve seen Varanasi”. Sounded like a sales pitch to me but I went along with it and how right you were. It is everything one imagines India to be – everything you’ve seen in National Geographic. The Ganges, the Holy Men, The Cremation Site, the Museum and archaeological site where Buddha gave his first sermon. Even the streets seem different - Spiritual (?) - despite the mess. But even in Varanasi it’s still people who make the difference and you have an excellent local manager but brilliant guide. Jha Rahi, a very spiritual and academic man was a joy to be with and he explained many of the mysteries of the local condition and the seeming religious contradictions. If asked, I would undoubtedly say that the once in a lifetime memories would be of the Taj Mahal and Varanasi – and our driver’s skill in traffic. Others would point to the day we saw a Black Python trying to cross the road in front of us or the death defying traffic in Old Delhi or the three hundred booth carpet exhibition that Jha managed to get us into. Perhaps the thing that everyone could remember would be how the staff of Explore India paid such great care and concern to the safety, well-being and pleasure of their clients. Summary: perhaps, most important is how a client would answer the question “Would you go again and would you go with Explore India”? My response would be a heartfelt “Yes – in a heartbeat”.

    F & D Watts Port Coquitlam, Canada
  • 5     

    Thanks for all your help and organizing the trip to India. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to experience this amazing land and people. This was a good way to visit.

    Ricky V Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Keith and I also wanted to thank you and your whole team for the fantastic tour you organized for us in India, truly an incredible journey of the senses. What a unique and great country! As we mentioned to you before, it was one the best and most memorable trips we have ever experienced and we have travelled a lot. Your attention to every little detail and your extreme caring for us really made the difference. Everyday was a new highlight with its own thrilling surprises and enjoyment. Looking forward to a potential new adventure with you next year.

    Maggy and Keith Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    Hello Nazir, a short follow-up to once again say what a wonderful, lifetime memorable experience we had in India. The organization, the guides, the food and the hotels were all super. A special thank you to Rajeev, who kept so well in touch and was so attentive throughout our trip.

    Anne and Michael Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Now that you are back from India I wanted to thank you and Rajeev for the wonderful holiday that that you organized. I had high expectations but I can truly say that our expectations were exceeded throughout the holiday. The choice of hotels was fabulous as was the choice of cities and sites to visit. We will certainly plan another trip in the future as there is still so much to see in India and we will contact you again. Rajeev was very attentive following up with us almost every day and making sure everything went smoothly (which it did). The drivers and guides were great throughout the trip. I only have one small suggestion. Depending on your client's budget and available time, I would book one free day in some of the palace hotels just to enjoy the pools and gardens. The pace of the trip was great but I would have liked one more day at say Lake Palace or Umaid Bhawan Palace to enjoy the hotel itself. I have already recommended you to three other friends. Thanks again

    Jim and Meryl Spielman Montreal, Canada
  • 5     

    I wanted to express our feelings and reactions to the recent trip to India. We thank you for the extraordinary efforts you made to give us a truly memorable experience. I had reservations about an organized group activity, since we have done a fair amount of travel, but usually on our own. My main objections to such a trip were: we would not have time to explore individually, and we would be stuck if we did not enjoy the journey. Let me say that neither situation developed. Our excellent guide for the majority of the trip gave us clear information on the sites of interest and allowed some time for personal exploration. Moreover, the experiences we encountered were so diversified, that even if a person chose not to be included in one aspect, he was presented with a wonderful alternative. What comes to mind here, is especially the evening dinner at a palace , or an evening of cooking instruction in Indian food. Even our flight to India was flexible, allowing for a personal extended week in Germany. The hotels and food were amazing, accommodating all types of needs, even vegan. City visits were exciting with rickshaw transportation, shopping, a visit to the famous slums of Mumbai and to Mother Teresa's Mission. Entertainment varied from watching distinctive dances to elephant and camel rides. And let's not forget the historic world heritage sites, especially the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. It took my breath away. This was the best-organized, most interesting trip imaginable.

    Tim & Ilona Salley Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    This is how we tell it:) After reading an ad in the Globe& Mail, phone calls to Nazir (voice of confidence and charm) what could l say. Although it took some time to do some research and a few emails/calls finally it was a go... From the first morning at 300a.m.in our hotel in Delhi we first met our Leader we were confident we had made a good choice for our first trip to India. As we reflect the first thing that comes to mind is how well every detail was so well organized, the personal touch and the caring way that our Leader Nazir looked out for everyone was absolutely amazing.. Some of the many moments that stick out in my mind:) Never in my wildest dream had l ever thought of spending Valentine day in Old Delhi, the sights, the sounds & the crowds l could never imagine or was l prepared. The Jama Mosque, Bicycle Rickshaw ride(just one of several)memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi, the Unesco sites, more Mosques, more Temples and. amazing Forts...To top off the day like all others to follow was the accommodations & dining experiences all extra-ordinary. We also remember Varnasi, the religious Capital of Hinduism again the Temples & Museum, the Banks of the Ganges to witness the ceremony of the Aarti to the sunrise early next morning to see the bathing Ghats. Also how could we ever forget another early morning to "The Jewel,The Great TAJ" There was so much more,2 memorable elephant rides, one in the early morning another at sunset through the bush ending with a party of entertainment, dancing and FOOD(always food)The most amazing evening Camel ride at a Safari Camp, again a lovely evening under the evening sky on the desert, another banquet with entertainment and dancing. No travel brochure or photo could ever capture any of these settings,They are more than words can explain. Everytime we tell friends or recall an experience we come up with more WOWS Nazir..not only were you our fearless leader but you were always showing your sincere concern that we all have a good time in your beloved country. We loved the trip, we enjoyed our travel companions and now we bask in the memories. Cheers,

    Lorne & Dori Ebel Orangeville, Canada
  • 5     

    Good afternoon Gentlemen: Maurice and I arrived home safely, tired, a bit jet lagged, but still excited from a very exhilarating trip to India. Our time in India was fun-filled and a very rewarding experience. Nazir, thank you for the way you handled our travel arrangements with such precision. Our flight through Paris on Air France was perfect and uneventful. Dropping in on the group at the Lodi Garden was an added bonus to the evening. Thank you for adding that personal touch to the agenda. Rajeev, your administrative quality is impeccable. I am very pleased with the precision and accuracy with which you handled all the issues and fine-tuned every detail for each member of the group. Mahi, thank you all your help. You went above and beyond the call of duty to make the trip a pleasant experience for everyone. Exchanging cultural stories with you made us feel at home. We thoroughly enjoyed our daily personal chats with you. We admire your pleasant personality and calm spirit. Together as a team you have made our trip something that will be remembered and cherished for a long time. Hope our paths will cross again sometime soon.

    Maurice & Cheryl Walrond Nepean, Canada
  • 5     

    We are back in Canada now, safe and sound! Denise and I would like to thank you both for organizing and managing a wonderful trip. We had high hopes at the start, and they were exceeded! The basic layout of the trip and then the detailed management made this a fabulous and exciting adventure. Thanks to the two drivers Resham and Ranji who were wonderful. Driving in India can be a bit exciting or, at worst very fatiguing, but the always smoothed things out, making the long and short trips comfortable and interesting. Many of the guides were excellent, with deep knowledge, and fascinating insights. In particular, we enjoyed our time with Suresh in Agra who always went the extra mile, Harsh in Udaipur who taught us so many things and then put them together, and even the "Professor" Jha Raji in Varanasi, who gave us an introduction to a whole new world for us. The guides in Dharavi, the tea plantation , and spice plantations were very interesting. We saw many wonderful things and had a great introduction to a fascinating country; Denise even got interested in cricket! Please keep in touch. We'll be thinking about next year. Bahut dhanyavaad

    Bruce and Denise Shaw Waterloo, Canada
  • 5     

    My daughter and I enjoyed our trip. All went well and feel fortunate to have seen such amazing things. Our tour group was awesome and made friends for life. Thanks for all your help in booking our trip. I wish you had tours like this in other destinations! I have been recommending explore India to many, who have been seeing my photos on Facebook. I even have convinced my sister, Kymn to go (she told me she has you working on her trip, already). Thanks again,

    Kalynne and Devon Montreal, Canada
  • 5     

    We had a great week in London going back home to Vancouver this afternoon. Our trip in India was amazing thanks to your taking care of all details, organization and putting it together so well. The tour of Kerala was incredible as well. We enjoyed the lush green plantations, forests and spice gardens. The houseboat was such a treat we could enjoy another night. Cochin has lots of history and sites to explore. We will recommend Explore India to friends it exceeded our expectations. Keep well and all the best,

    Arieh and Sarah Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    It has been a couple of months since we returned from our private tour in India. It is still on our minds, we had such a wonderful time. I wanted to contact you much sooner to let you know but with illness in our families, the holidays and business the time has passed so quickly. We really wanted to thank you for setting up such a great trip - our driver, Harpal, was excellent. He made the long drives enjoyable and took very good care of us, especially when David got sick for a few days. His care and attention to us let us relax and feel safe, which made the trip even more enjoyable. The guides were really good, the sites amazing, the hotels - especially Agra - We were lucky enough to see a tiger walk right past our jeep. The trip was memorable, exciting and romantic. My husband and I would highly recommend it as everything was taken care of and we had no worries or concerns once we met our driver and guide upon arriving at the Delhi airport. A truly exceptional experience and we are so glad we chose to book with Explore India. Thank you again. Regards,

    Alix Patterson West Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    We all had a splendid time and thank you for the wonderful, fabulous guide. Meehi was patient, kind, fun and very knowledgeable. Also our wonderful driver deserves mention for getting us always to our destinations alive. Traffic very scary to us!! I personally loved every minute of my trip. Loved India!

    Louise Stewart Chilliwack, Canada
  • 5     

    Thank you so much for arranging our trip to India. It turned out to be a great trip and that’s thanks to your knowledge, expertise and experience. I am copying Howard in on this email as he recommended you to us, so a thank you to Howard too!!! I know we had many issues in planning this holiday but in the end it worked out better than we could have imagined. Everything went like clockwork. This is where we bring in the ‘wonderful’ Rajeev. Wow!!! Where or how would we have got through this holiday without him. He is a huge asset to your organisation. We had Abercrombie and Kent service which was an added bonus. He really made our trip to India memorable. He held our hands right throughout and made us feel like VIPs. I don’t think any of us would have any hesitation in recommending Explore India if they get the service we got! Thank you too for treating us to the delicious meal at Vada? It was very kind and generous of you and much appreciated by us all. But to end this note. Our trip was fantastic. The hotels characteristic, historical, fun, luxury and functional, transport with great drivers and luxury, guides very knowledgeable. Thank you! A great experience. With very best wishes.

    Chani Davie & Friends London, Canada
  • 5     

    Sorry for not sending you an email earlier to thank you for planning our unforgettable tour of India. Our accommodations were wonderful. Upon arrival at each hotel we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff. Our driver Suresh, was amazing, getting us through busy city streets and never once did we feel unsafe with his driving. All guides were very professional and knowledgeable of all the areas we toured. We had many wonderful experiences with local people and trying local food. Being in India for Diwali Festival and joining a local family for dinner at their home was one of our highlights. Jerry and I truly feel this was a trip of a lifetime and tell everyone they should see India. We are now down in Arizona and have some friends that are interested in taking a trip to India. Would it be possible for you to email a copy of our itinerary for them. Appreciated all the work you did.

    Jerry & Elaine Merritt Coquitlam, Canada
  • 5     

    Thank you, Nazir. We arrived home safely, except that our luggage did not make the connection from Paris to Toronto. However, they were delivered on Sunday, so all is well and good. Please enjoy reading our testimonial below. India was never on our bucket list but after coming across your website, reading the testimonials and itinerary, we were hooked. ’Journey of the Senses' was everything and more than we expected: From visiting the palaces, forts, and temples with amazing vistas to the entertainment, and gaining insight into the life of the people of each region. Nazir raised the bar at every opportunity. We were pampered all the way and treated to exclusive dining experiences with a wide array of delicious dishes. The elegant hotels were top-notch. We really felt as if we were being taken care of by an old friend. Thank you for the trip of a lifetime! We will wholeheartedly recommend this trip to all our friends and family.

    Beverley & Hak Savani Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    Hey Nazir, thanks again for a great, memorable trip to India. Your passion, energy & commitment to providing a great client experience is amazing. You redefine the term “staying calm under pressure”, while keeping everyone happy is a huge task, but you rise to the challenge admirably! I hope you’ve had some good rest from the high level babysitting. J Back to reality & gotta say, dreaming about the next vacation. Take care & talk to you again soon….

    Donna Chan North Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    The return flights went without a hitch. I am now well rested after a full nights sleep. I wish to thank you for all your hard work behind the scenes to make this trip a lifetime experience. I must congratulate you on your organizational skills and attention to detail. I would not hesitate to recommend Explore India to any future traveler who wishes to experience India safely and in comfort without compromising an insight to its proud history, its problems, its accomplishments and its path to becoming a democratic superpower. Best regards and thanks again.

    Bob McPherson Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    I want to thank you for the trip we had with your Explore India. It was an amazing experience for us and we are grateful to you for having arranged it all so skillfully. It was our first tour with a group and we were pleased with the size of the group and the quality of the tour. You did a great job of moving us around the country to see very different parts of India. Thank you as well for the extra meals you provided - it was greatly appreciated. I also want to say that the staff you hired was excellent. Our guides were knowledgeable and experienced. Jha Rahi in Varanasi was particularly interesting. It was very nice in the first week to have both Saral and Rajeev. Their skills compliment each other very well. Saral is a terrific and knowledgeable guide, and Rajeev makes you feel like he can handle any situation with ease, hence makes you really believe that nothing can or will go wrong. Thanks again and we will recommend your tour to others.

    Kim Harris & Larry Dorward Mayne Island, Canada
  • 5     

    Thank you for the welcome home card. All went well on the return trip and we have just about got over the jet lag and the other demands involved in a long trip. We had a great time and enjoyed the whole experience. I could see just what must have been involved in putting together a trip such as this and we both agree you did an outstanding job. Rolff was great on the post tour and the guide etc. in Varanasi. The Ganges was a wonderful experience. Again thanks and we will keep in touch.

    Berni & Sue Major Aldergrove, Canada
  • 5     

    Just wanted to let you know what an awesome experience our trip to India was. Maxine and I really enjoyed it. Everyone in our group was wonderful and George sent us his amazing pictures. We would all laugh when we avoided what seemed to be an unavoidable head-on collision on the highway! I think the roads are the most amazing part of the trip. Our northern guide Mahendra added extras, like visits with his family, which really was special. The 4 of us who went south to Kerala were really glad we did…so different and beautiful. Can’t say enough about the trip. We would highly recommend it. If anyone is thinking about going and has any questions they can call me and I can tell them how wonderful it is.

    Denise Fader Chilliwack, Canada
  • 5     

    Just got your note in the mail welcoming me home, so I thought I would just reply. Explore India gave me an experience I will never forget!! You lived up to everything you advertised and so much more. The attention to detail and making sure each and every one of us was having a good time were wonderful. We had an extraordinary group of 10. Such fun and jaw dropping adventures we old folks had. I would recommend your company without hesitation. Currently we are sharing photographs. George Lum was a star and I think he has given you a link. We are planning to get together in the next few weeks for a recap and just because we had so much fun together. Thank you, if there are any suggestions, I would say that the itinerary had too much in it. Our age group would have appreciated some down time for a drink or two.

    Meg Holdsworth Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    I got home yesterday from a fascinating and wonderful tour of India. The excellent service that we received from your colleague and support staff made this trip a success. Rajeev was very attentive and personable and I was pleasantly surprised that he took the time to phone and talk to each and every member of our group, in the middle of our tour, to hear of any concern that we may have. Such commitment to great customer service is to be commended. My sincere thanks to you, Rajeev, and all members of the team for the excellent service. I will definitely recommend Explore India to family and friends.

    Elisa Lam Lau Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Namaste! What can I say, what's Hindi for fabulous? Thank you so much for Planning such a wonderful tour for us, we thoroughly enjoyed it. India is a country of many layers and we loved them all. I must say that the highlight for me was the Taj Mahal...I actually cried when I saw it, it is so beautiful, no picture could ever do it justice. Everywhere we went was interesting in it's own right, but that was amazing. Accommodation: Great Food: Delicious Itinerary: Perfect The only thing that needs more words is the wonderful staff. Rajeev Sharma managed every little detail and checked to make sure that everything was going well. Mahee was like a happy mother hen that watched over us and gave us so much information I thought my brain would explode...I learned so much about the Indian culture that I could never have learned in a book. Rama our driver has to be the best driver in India, he could maneuver that bus around anything. Surinder (not sure of the spelling) his assistant was always there giving us snacks and water and guiding the bus. I have never seen such competent staff on a vacation. We were also most fortunate to have a wonderful group of fellow travelers and we all plan to get together next month. I would not hesitate to recommend Explore India to any of my friends.

    Vivien Murray Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    We have finally got a minute to collect our thoughts and tell you what a fabulous trip we had with you and your team. Since returning on November 23rd from our 35 day trip of a lifetime to India, it was everything we had hoped for. As our guide in Varanasi said when speaking of his city, some people hate it and some people love it, but nobody will ever forget it. We think this thought could well apply to India in general. With that in mind, WE LOVED IT and will never forget it. You were the perfect tour director, with your great attention to detail and endless personal connections making everything seem so seamless for us. Your team through the trip were wonderful ambassadors for the country; they loved their work and loved to tell us about India. We were so glad that you sold us on including Kashmir in the itinerary; it is a very special place, I have about 3000 photos to cull and organize, and these will provide hours of memories. When I get them sorted, I will send along a few for your files.

    Ian & Cathy Lang Waterloo, Canada
  • 5     

    My mother and I wanted to send a heartfelt thank you for a wonderful and memorable trip to India. It was so beautifully planned – it is very clear you have put much thought and preparation into these trips. Rajeev was an excellent escort – he was very attentive and saw to our every need. He made a big fuzz over Mom for her birthday – which she said she didn’t want but I think secretly enjoyed!! In addition, he was such a comfort and help to poor Carol, who unfortunately had a medical emergency. The service was above and beyond, in every way! I would highly recommend Explore India to anyone looking for a well run, quality tour in India. We loved every minute of it!

    Carolyn Kilbourne Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    What a wonderful trip. It exceeded all expectations. My husband ,who was not too keen on going loved it. Everything was wonderful, no changes necessary to the programme. We just had a wonderful time. You need to advertise India more. It was unbelievable. Thanks very much.

    Gwyneth & Keith Jones Winnipeg, Canada
  • 5     

    On reflecting on our trip after being home for two weeks , I have got to tell you how fantastic the whole experience has been for our family. The whole trip was flawlessly executed and really exceeded our expectations. A big thank you from our family and I know the rest of the group felt the same. So many highlights that is hard to put a finger on the standout. Your level of detail and planning really showed through as almost no details were missed. I have already recommended you to friends that want to go to India. Thank You

    Julian, Karen and the kids West Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    We could not be more pleased with our trip to India. Everything went better than ever expected. The whole experience was first rate from hotels to excursions to meals to our bus and the drivers. I cannot say enough about how well treated we were and that was due to Rajeev. He was so concerned about our comfort and wellbeing. From my birthday flowers to the cake, taking us to the market and getting us to every destination nothing was left to chance. I have already suggested your company to friends and hope they will use your excellent service. Again my best wishes and thanks for a wonderful adventure.

    Nancy Douglas & Carolyn Sutton, Canada
  • 5     

    I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to India. I have been on many trips and this one will be at the top of my memory list. We saw so many different aspects of India and Explore India made sure all my needs were met and I was very comfortable. The tour company’s part in the trip was excellent, efficient and pleasant. We could always count on the program being carried out in a timely manner. Rajeev was beyond helpful to my sister Carol and I am truly grateful to him. He spent many extra hours caring for her. I will certainly recommend the trip and Explore India.

    Joanne Cunningham Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    I really enjoyed the holiday, There were so many good things about it and I have some wonderful memories. We were most impressed with Rajeev and all he did. The coach drivers in both places were excellent and never made us feel nervous.

    Jenny Baxter London, UK
  • 5     

    Just a short note to thank you for your efforts regarding our recent trip. All of us appreciated the attention to detail and service that we received both prior to and during the trip Rajeev was excellent in keeping abreast of everything that was going on and keeping us informed. The guides were very good especially Deshpal (? ) and the gentleman in Varanassi. Through them we not only got an appreciation of each city and its highlites but also a better understanding of what India is really all about. The accommodations were truly first class so much so that we couldn't wait to see what the next one offered, impossible to grade one over another. Without doubt an outstanding experience. I'm sure I can speak for the Kavanaghs when I say if you need to use either of us as a reference please feel free. Thanks again and best wishes for the future.

    Peter & Dell Langham Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    Hi Nazir, It was good to finally meet you in Delhi. Thanks for the bag and the lovely gifts. What a surprise. We had a wonderful trip. We are still processing all the experiences and can't believe all that we crammed into our time in India. Rajeev did a great job of ensuring everything ran smoothly. An amazing trip!

    Pamela & Jim Ottawa, Canada
  • 5     

    First of all, let us thank you and Rajeev for planning and organizing an unforgettable tour for us and our travelling companions, and for your courteous welcome home card. We appreciate that there must have been a tremendous amount of effort for you both due to the last minute changes resulting from the Kashmir flooding, but despite these challenges, we were treated to a wonderful and seamless experience. Rajeev was able to provide us with a new and unique treat each day, and he is to be commended for dealing smoothly with each and every one of us. Attached are two photos of the many that we have taken, no doubt others will also forward some, and we do not want to overwhelm you! Should you so wish, we would be pleased to provide a testimonial or recommendation to other potential customers, and would certainly contact you in the event of future travel plans to India or neighbouring areas.

    John & Doreen Rapson Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    We want to let you know what a fabulous trip to India we had this past September. It was much more than we expected in every way! India is such a beautiful, interesting country and we hope to see more of it some day. I wanted to let you know how wonderful our guide Rajeev Sharma is. He went out of his way to accommodate all of us His knowledge of his country and his English were excellent. He is the best guide we've ever had in all our group travels. He's a real treasure for your company. It was nice to meet you in New Delhi and everyone appreciated you taking the time to do that You are a good representative for Explore India which we think is an outstanding travel company. Many thanks for your service to us and the wonderful, memorable holiday in India!

    Margo & Peter Yee Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    My wife and I recently returned from a 24 day trip to India, organized by Nazir Karnai. Nazir spent considerable time consulting with us prior to our trip in order to fine tune travel plans that would suit our preferences. Fortunately we relied heavily on his advice and, as a global statement, our trip was fantastic. We had a car, driver and guide throughout our trip and several internal flights in India. Attention to detail was the hallmark of Nazir’s organization and we quickly came to rely on the reliability, competence and friendliness of all Explore India personnel. From the outset we were pleasantly surprised by the luxury of the hotels organized by Nazir. The hotels were all spectacular, with the Taj Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur truly world class. We consider ourselves fortunate to have chosen Nazir and Explore India to organize our travel to India and we would give him our highest recommendation. Sincerely

    Dr. Raymond & Margaret Pederson Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Thank you very much for the welcome home card. The trip was quite wonderful. Your organisation and attention to detail made the holiday nearly perfect – I can’t hold you accountable for the weather! I hadn’t expected to be staying in such luxurious hotels but certainly enjoyed them. Another bonus was that you had included tips for hotel staff so we did not have to constantly think about that. I don’t usually like the designs on vacation bags but your elephant design for Explore India replicated on the small bag and duffle bag is very appealing and I enjoy using them. Please keep me on your mailing list for future trips. It is unlikely that I will be travelling in the next year or so but would certainly like to visit another part of that magnificent country at some time.

    Michele Becker Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    My wife and I attended Explore India’s Journey of the Senses Tour from Feb. 11 to 25, 2014 organized by Nazir Karnai. This tour included Dehli (New and Old), Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Mumbai. I am writing this to express how this tour exceeded all of our expectations. A rating of 10 out of 10 does not adequately reflect the level of the experience and value of this Tour of India especially for those of us who were first time visitors. Every element of this tour was impeccably organized and carried out. That organization included limiting the number pf participants (30), selection of excellent historically significant places to visit and some very extraordinary places to eat with some very special unique venues. Those venues included a Maharaja Palace courtyard in Jodhpur, a grassy knoll overlooking the Taj Mahal, a desert campfire with Indian dancers and musicians, a gourmet dinner overlooking an Elephant polo pitch after playing a few games of Elephant polo. The hotel accommodations were all top notch with full breakfast facilities. I have said to many of my friend about this trip, I did not have a bad cup of coffee on the entire tour. The food on every day was excellent with most dinners and many lunches being at a gourmet level. The transportation within India was well organized especially the bus that was utilized – the bus was comfortable and had facilities on board. The various sites chosen to be visited were not only well selected but represented must see places at the locations we visited. They included both historic sites (e.g. Taj Mahal and Amber Fort) as well as interesting sites(e.g. various Ghandi related sites, boat ride in the lake at Udaipur where James Bond movie Octapussy was filmed). An extremely well organized and respectful (no camera) tour of India’s largest slum was included with a knowledgeable local person from the area leading the way in which the group was divided into small groups for viewing inside the slum. In addition to visiting extraordinary sites special arrangements were made by Nazir for us to visit the working kitchen of the second largest Sikh temple in India. Many other events were organized by Nazir for us such as a camel ride in the late afternoon of a day so we could see the sun set atop a camel followed by a campfire with dancer and musicians. Nazir not only did all of this cheerfully but with class Lastly, at all of these events we were accompanied by a staff headed by Nazir who looked after every detail and answered any question or need we had. .We were not only accompanied on tour events but also if we chose to take a brief outing during a break between events we were accompanied by Nazir’s assistant Rouf who made us feel safe and secure at all times especially where having someone who spoke the local language came in handy. Explore India’s Journey of the Senses Tour was a truly extraordinary tour. If anyone wants an amazing India experience this is the tour to take.

    Peter and Anna Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Now that we are back from India and Australia we wanted to follow up and let you know how much we enjoyed the tour. It truly was a ‘Journey of the Senses’. It was an amazing experience, thanks to you and your staff for such an excellent job, everything was well organized and seemed to go off without a hitch. I’m sure that’s because of all your hard work. Donna and I were talking about the trip and how much we enjoyed the variety of experiences on the tour right from the Taj Mahal to riding elephants in Jaipur to playing elephant polo tp the camel ride and dinner in the desert. The history, the culture, the cuisine was all amazing. We thought the trip exceeded our expectations, we believe it was one of the best value for money tours we have done and would certainly recommend the trip to anyone. We look forward to sharing our photos and video with everyone.

    Barry and Donna Davis Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Sheila and I would like to thank you for making our trip to India so special. As you know I really didn't share Sheila's interest in traveling to India but after speaking with you a few times decided to go. It truly was a journey of the senses with every moment filled with sights and sounds we had not experienced before. While we have travelled to many exotic places India certainly is unique. You were an amazing host and from our first day meeting you prior to the start of the tour you were very generous in providing car, driver and guide for us so we could see Delhi, also taking us out for lunch and shopping was very interesting and a nice way of meeting a few other fellow travelers before the trip started. We were overwhelmed with many of the experiences from the beautiful hotels to the boat rides on the Ganges to the two visits to the Taj Mahal. The visit for dinner and to see the elephants playing polo(no we didn't ride),dinner at Rambagh Palace, visits to the Dhobi Ghat, watching the Dabbawallahs organize lunch deliveries as well as the visit to the Dharavi slum were all amazing. I think the sound of horns honking will be with us for a while as well as the many "exciting" rides in peddle driven and electric rickshaws. If anyone is curious about visiting India we would strongly suggest they Explore India with you.

    Dave and Sheila Gore
  • 5     

    This past January we had a wonderful escorted five day tour of India. Nazir of Explore India put the tour together, hosted it, and we couldn't be more satisfied with his knowledge of the country, his enthusiasm, and his jovial personality. If you're thinking of a trip to India, and you're a little hesitant to do it all on your own, then call Nazir and let him do all the heavy lifting. Nazir looked after all the details, from hotel reservations, luggage, check-ins, meals, and entertainment. The hotels were all first class, the meals and restaurant venues second to none, and the entertainment something we won't soon forget... elephant rides and fireside suppers are only a few of the highlights we loved. Call Nazir. He will look after all the little things and you can sit back and enjoy. You won't spend one minute worrying about a thing.

    Steve and Robyn Moran Sidney, Canada
  • 5     

    Having just returned to Canada from our Explore India trip, I wanted to thank you for providing such a well managed and enjoyable adventure. The tour was very well organized, covered a lot of ground and gave us a good insight into the history of India and its people. Your attention to detail in all aspects of the trip was exemplary and your personal touches and caring to all of us on the tour was much appreciated. No request, whether large or small, was too much for you and your staff. Thank you. I would recommend anyone planning a trip to India to speak to you first. They will not be disappointed.

    Alan and Marie Summers
  • 5     

    I never use travel agents, taking great pride in thinking I do a better job and I certainly hate group tours. However, when I decided to take my daughter to India, I felt that perhaps, just this time, it might be wise to seek professional help. I researched several tour companies and was about to book a bus tour accomodating up to 30 passengers, when I noticed Nazir's ad in the Vancovuer Sun. I telephoned and instantly took to this delightful man. His no pressure approach was certainly appreciated and I quickly realized he was an expert on India. To my delight, I also discovered his private tour for just my daughter and I, in a private car, in 5 star hotels vs the student type accomodations offered by GAP tours, was just a few hundred $ more than their huge group tour. We then began our planning which would drive most agents mad, with me hopping all over Rajastan now that I could pick my own itinery. After numerous changes, we were finally on our way. Nazir arranged the very best seat in economy on British Airways. The hotels were fabulous, the drivers and tour guides represented all of the various cultural groups of India. We were impressed to see Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus all working harmoniously together. They could teach the world a lesson. I must admit, I am a high maintainence client and had several demands, all of which Nazir completed graciously and efficiently. He phoned us along the way to ensure all was well and no demand was too much for him. I would and have, recommended Nazir to everyone and anyone. It was a trip of a lifetime and Nazir made it so.

    Margaret Stuart
  • 5     

    I was just editing our Indian photos and thought I should write you a few words of thanks for a great trip. I can't start to imagine the amount of time and effort that went into organizing and creating such a successful and wonderful experience, and I know you played a major part in that. Your negotiations with the Indian government, prior to our trip, to simplify the visa process and your many flights ahead of us, during the trip , to make sure things flowed smoothly were recognized and much appreciated. The India trip was the longest and most expensive trip we have taken and we knew it would be special. Everything, from the accommodations, food and experiences exceeded our expectations. Many of us commented during the trip "it just keeps getting better". This was not just intended to be a sightseeing trip but a trip to experience India, and we experienced things that most people visiting India would never experience. The three days in Kashmir was a lovely way to end the trip. It is a beautiful part of the country and quite different from the rest of India. In spite of it's proximity to Pakistan, heavy security and strong military presence, people seemed happy, relaxed, peaceful and very friendly. We felt very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Thanks again Nazir for helping make this a trip of a lifetime. Looking forward to seeing you again on future trips.

    Bob (and Kay) Hunter
  • 5     

    After being home for about 3 weeks now, recovered from the incredible jetlag (how do you do it, going back and forth so often??), and having dug myself out from under at the office, I feel I must write to you and thank you for the absolutely wonderful and amazing trip. For me it was a dream come true, having been fascinated with India since I was about 12. It was more, so much more than I ever imagined! The incredible art and opulence of the palaces, the history, the temples, and the people who work so hard and yet are so open and welcoming - you made it all come to life ….. What an incredible place!!! People ask what I liked best about the trip – a question I can’t answer. The Taj Mahal, of course, stands out, but all the special arrangements you made everywhere, the organization of it all, the private gala dinners, the incredible palaces we stayed in, the shikara ride, the special experiences like the Bollywood Movie and Elephant Polo (!), all of it - unforgettable! Not to mention the welcome and attention we received from everyone, from the tour guides to your and Nazir’s family ….. it was all amazing, and I thank you for making India real for me in such a special way J. Sanjay – I look forward to seeing you in our offices soon so that I can make good on that offer for lunch at Nota Bene! All the best, and thank you all again.

    Nikki Barnett Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    I would like to say how much Janet and I enjoyed our recent trip to India and to commend you and your company for the organization of the trip. We would particularly like to recognize the efforts of our tour guide Yuvraj Singh for whom nothing was too much trouble and who was always helpful and informative and polite in answering our many questions. In closing, I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to any future prospective travellers to India. I hope both Yuvraj and yourself are in good health and I wish both of you and Explore India well in the future.

    Michael Champniss & Janet Davis Bowen Island, Canada
  • 5     

    I am writing to thank you so much for setting up a wonderful, magical trip for us to India. I cannot recommend all of your staff more highly. They were very professional and accommodating. We especially liked Yuvrage who is an interesting young man, our driver and our driver's assistant all of whom I thought were exceptional. On the other hand the staff at Le Meridien in New Delhi went above board in helping us when my son was feeling ill. They were very understanding and sympathetic. I would have no hesitation at all in recommending that hotel. Thank you Nazir. I am already telling everybody that they should contact you when they go to India. Until next time.

    Heather Crichton & Family Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    We have to write and tell you how much we enjoyed our recent trip to India, Nepal and Bhutan. Everything, from the first contact with you in the Vancouver office, to the accommodation, food, modes of transportation, and staff who travelled with us was wonderful! The guides were first class, very professional and knowledgeable, and any special request was accommodated with a smile. Our drivers knew every street and highway like the ‘back of their hand” (which is incredible in India!!!). We always arrived on time and in good humour. Having porters at each airport to personally assist us with baggage and tickets relieved a lot of stress. The “surprises” along the journey were really a special treat. The upgrade to a hotel that was rated among the “best 5 in the world” (thought I’d died and gone to heaven there!), to the welcoming drinks with you on a terrace in Connaught Circle; the extra included meals that we hadn’t expected, and we all even had new towels supplied for the overnight train ride from Agra to Varenasi. The willingness of every guide in all 3 countries to accommodate special requests or make slight changes to daily itinerary made the journey all the more pleasant. (Sometimes at the end of a long the day the group voted to eat at the hotel rather than go out). Visiting these three countries should be on everyone’s “Bucket List”. Our memories of India are the people, people, people, vibrant colors, ancient architecture, food, modes of transportation (the rickshaw rides through the back streets of Dehli and Varanasi were incredible - I wish my eyes were a camera!), rides in tuk tuks, and the 2 hour camel ride through local villages. In Nepal the flight to Everest was a “high” light, and the elephant ride in the Chitwan National Forest to look for the one-horned rhino (saw 5 up close and personal!). The flight navigating the approach to the airport in Paro, Bhutan was exciting. While descending the plane weaves between the mountains….bank left, descend, bank right descend….finally arriving safely at the most beautifully decorated airport we have ever seen. The highlights here were the people. Kind, friendly, warm, always smiling. They say that Bhutan is the happiest place in the world, and I believe it. Prayer flags, prayer wheels, the locals dressed in national costume, the markets, ancient bridges, hiking up the mountain to the Tiger’s Nest monastery….well… we made it as far as the Tea house and could look across at it and that was still wonderful. We have been recommending this trip and your company to all our travel friends. While planning this trip with you Nazir you answered all our numerous phone and email questions (“on the train is there a bathroom close to our compartment?”) promptly. The extra help with Carol’s Indian visa was really appreciated. Our trip was all we had hoped it would be because of excellent itinerary, professional staff and courtesy that we received in Vancouver and abroad. We will be travelling with you again!

    Carol & Terry Noonan North Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    In November 2012 we took a four week tour to India which was organized by Nazir Karnai Explore India It was indeed the best tour we have ever had. The whole tour starting from arrival at Delhi airport felt like we were in safe hands. Our driver, car, accommodation in different cities and tour guides were all arranged with detail and consideration of our safety and comfort. Every moment was worth while and no time wasted or surprises on extra expenses. We received royal treatment everywhere we went. Our special thanks to Nazir and his staff in Delhi who were available to answer any questions or concerns. We truly recommend Explore India in Vancouver for their excellent service and hospitality. Thank you Nazir and Staff

    Shirin and Mumtaz Kassam Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    I apologise for taking so long to get back to you after our trip to India. I want to thank you very much for having put such a wonderful trip together for Janine and me. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole adventure, the time in Kashmir was magical as were the visits to Jaipur and Agra. I can't think of any part of it that in retrospect we would have done differently.

    Brian and Janine Bell Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    I just wanted to send you a note of thanks for doing such a great professional job in arranging and co-ordinating Margaret Davidson’s recent trip to India. As a seasoned traveller and former hotel executive, I am fully aware of all the logistics and details that are essential in making ones travels as rewarding as possible. You have excelled in so many ways, from the initial contact with you, to her safe return home a couple of weeks ago. Her trip was amazing in so many memorable ways thanks in large part to the seamless travel plans that you put into place. Please pass this note on to any that are considering your travel services, as we highly recommend you for your impeccable follow-up and diligence in all that you have done for us. Our heartfelt thanks to you again for a job well done!

    Bos Malcolm and Margaret Davidson Gabriola Island, Canada
  • 5     

    At last I sending you some feedback re our trip. As I said on the phone we were very pleased with experience. We were very impressed with our 2 drivers, Balvinder and Kool, as well as the 3 men at the houseboats. all were very pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable. My personal feeling is that 1 day long drive in kashmir was enough as the roads do not make for a relaxing experience, however we really enjoyed the day trip to Sonamarg. The vegetable market was wonderful. The guide we had in Varanasi was good with the information he gave us, however, The stop at the Bird Sanctuary was really nice and I wish we had been able to have more time there - I know it was an added stop at our request but I think it was very worthwhile to include it in the tour. All the hotels were very good, the Jaipur Marriott was outstanding. Would certainly recommend your company to others.

    Carol Cook and Karen Kaler Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Thank you very much the card and the phone message. I have actually been travelling almost non-stop since getting back from India, and this is the first opportunity I have had to respond with about my trip to India. First of all, it was the trip of a lifetime and I would definitely recommend it to friends. The Kashmiri leg in particular was a highlight. The people and scenery and ambiance were wonderful. Like everything, there is always some room for improvement, and I offer these thoughts to you as you strive to accommodate the needs and wishes of your future clients.June and I agreed that this trip was about 88% successful, but now that I am back and looking at my pictures and reading my diary, I would peg it closer to 95%. I felt that ExploreIndia had our best interests at heart. I am not a fussy or nervous traveller, but when travelling in such a colourful, chaotic and crowded country, I needed to feel safe and comfortable, and I did. Thank you to Mr Joshi for looking after my misplaced plane tickets and insurance policy. He was a very attentive agent at all times. An item that got left behind in our last hotel was the colour copy of the day-to-day itinerary, with the photos at the top of each page. I would love to have another copy as a souvenir if possible, via physical mail. Thank you so much for making this trip possible for me and also for providing fodder for my ongoing writing career.

    Judith Butler and June West Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    I just want to drop you a line to commend you on our first class recent tour of India. Everything was first rate. I could not complain about a single thing in terms of our accommodations, guides, transportation and itinerary. I would recommend your company as 'the' way to see India, particularly for women or first time visitors. You have great people working for you in India. I would particularly like to acknowledge Youvee, our travelling companion and Naresh and Das, our van drivers. They spent 5 days with us. Together the three of them catered to our every wish and went out of their way to insure our safety and well being. Youvee handled arrangements such that we never had to wait. He accompanied us on our journeys, deflecting hawkers with innovation and compassion for both us and them. He maintained a pleasant attitude and fit in well with our group. We enjoyed him immensely and really appreciated having him with us. We were sad to leave him. He will make an excellent guide. Das was the driver's assistant. Das was always visible when we exited a venue, pointing the way to our van. You couldn't miss his big smile and warm eyes. For some excursions, such as the sunset walk through Pushkar, Das accompanied the group providing and extra male presence and an extra set of eyes. I for one did not show enough fear of the oxen and Das was there to ensure I gave them ...... and their droppings ........ a wide birth. When we went to the train station in Jaipur, we were pleased to see Das on the train platform as we waited for our train to enter the station. He was there once again to provide an extra buffer with Youvee, as we attracted a lot of attention from other travellers. He truly went above and beyond the call of duty. Naresh, our driver, was amazing. From the moment we sat in his van we knew we were in the hands of a master. Coming from a small town of 12, 000 people, where people all drive in the same direction on the same side of the highway, we did find the traffic patterns of India beyond our understanding, but never once were we fearful. Naresh drove with skill and patience. When he delivered us to a sight, it was as close to the entrance as was physically possible. When we came out of a venue, our van was parked in a choice location. At one particular venue the hawkers were so intense that a long walk may have been disturbing, but because the van was right there, we all tumbled into the van and were able to laugh at our experience with the hawkers rather than be disturbed by it. We were sad to leave Naresh and Das in Jaipur, but it was a very pleasant surprise to find Naresh's smiling face waiting for us at the airport upon our return to Dahli. He is a special driver. Shamir showed us every major sight in Delhi that we could fit into 2 days. He left no monument unturned. Mr. Singh in Oudiapur is a fountain of knowledge and a born teacher. He is definitely a keeper. And Johnnie in Varannassi is a mover and a shaker. He bargains hard on behalf of his clients, shows great consideration for their needs, and is very open, gregarious and entertaining as a guide. I truly enjoyed Johnnie. And Joshi is a true professional. All of the guides and drivers know Joshi and aim to please him. It is obvious that he does a great job of overseeing the players, checking in with them frequently, and checking in with the clients to double check that everything is going smoothly. Everyone works very hard, round the clock, to insure your clients have a very positive experience while in their care. Again, if any of my friends or acquaintances are planning a trip to India, I will definitely recommend your services. Thank you so much for a wonderful adventure.

    Coleen Ramsay and Kathy Grebenc Barthurst, Canada
  • 5     

    We had a fantastic time on your organized tour over the 12 nights and 13 days spent in India. Your contact in New Delhi Mr. K.R.Joshi was very helpful. He met us at the Park Hotel the 1st day we went there. He gave us all the Hotel Vouchers, Travel Car arrangements, Rail sleeper car Tickets and the internal Flight Travel Vouchers. He stayed in touch with us all the time and contacted us through the various drivers in all the Cities. He also met us on the eve of our departure. Also we have to mention your contact in Srinagar, Kashmir, Mr. Rafeek. He booked us in a super luxury Houseboat. He brought us new towels and soap from his own home as the ones supplied by the Boathouse were not too good. The boat house-keeper was excellent. He served the meals personally and waited on us till we finished the meal. The meals supplied by him were really good. He made special Kashmir Biriyani and mutton curry for us for the last dinner. We also have to mention about your driver Mr. Hilal in Srinagar who brought us to the local airport from the boat-house. He came with us right through to airport security with our luggage and booked us at the check-in desk and took us to the Airport gate for our flight. He was very helpful as not many clerks at this airport spoke English and the security was very strict. All your drivers came on time to pick us for the Tours. They were very courteous and very careful. Your travel guides were very knowledgeable and good. Please mention the baggage allowance in writing along with your e-tickets. We had difficulty at Varnasi Airport with the check-in clerk. She said we both can take only two pieces with a combined weight of 40 kg. She delayed us over 25 minutes at the check-in and we had remove some clothes from our bags into our hand luggage. This is the only snag we had in India. We would gladly recommend your services and travel bookings to other Canadians who would like to see a good part of India. Also we would like to advise people never to travel on your own to a country like India.

    Sudu & Rani Gunadasa Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    We just wanted to thank you for putting together such an amazing trip for us. The drivers, helpers, tour guides and accommodations were all first class & the itinerary was amazing. We really appreciated your guidance through our booking & your colleagues in India as well. Thanks again! I will definitely be passing along your contact info to a # of people. Cheers.

    Gaye and Brant Wishart Halifax, Canada
  • 5     

    I am writing on behalf of Sum Lee group from Vancouver and for ourselves, in regard to our trip to India. We all enjoyed the trip very much., enjoyed the tour to Delhi, the Temples, the elephant ride to the Amber Fort, Taj Mahal,, Varanasi, the Bathing Ghats, and the cremation sites, sunrise on the river bank, horse ride up to the Glaciers, all very exciting and interesting. Joshi your representative was excellent, he has done a good job looking after us well. Thanks again very much for arranging this wonderful tour for us. A tour full of good memories. We are glad that we decided not to take the train, after talking to some others. We will certainly use you again.

    Wing and Joyce Lew Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    Got home Wednesday night and recovering from the most incredible journey! Thank you so much for arranging everything so well! Yuvi is a great guide and companion. We had so much to talk about and had so many laughs together. He is a treasure in your organization and deserves to go far. The flight to Kashmir was his first time off the ground and he handled everything so well. From start to finish he was a wonderful companion and I am so glad to have had the same escort all the way. We got to know each other and to kid each other and I think I learned far more about India than I could get from books! Perhaps he learned a bit about Canadians too as he is in charge of groups after me. I must thank you too for the drivers. Kuljeet Singh is such a beautiful person. We three had wonderful experiences in Kashmir together. And what a skilful driver he is. I think of him as the terror of Srinigar! Everything just gets out of Kool's way! He was a better guide in the mountains than Asti was guide in Delhi! On the way to the airport for Kashmir, Kool answered questions I had for Asti who sort of didn't answer when he didn't know. Kool kept his mouth shut as driver in Delhi, but he is a great guide and very personable. Baluinder Singh is a great driver and very knowledgeable too. He is a great person to get to know and we had lovely chats with Yuvi of course on the drives from Delhi to Jaipur and then on to Agra. Balu surely knows great restaurants. I think it was K.R. Joshi who got me to give both a radio interview one night and a TV interview the next on the houseboat in Srinigar. So the Canadian writer, female, aged 92, gave K.R. a boost in his job. I wanted to get a white T shirt with Kashmir in big blue letters across the front but we couldn't stop on the way to the airport as there was a demonstration going on. If K.R. would like to thank me for those interviews, maybe he could send me a T-shirt size XL, white with KASHMIR in blue letters across the front! It's good advertising for him! In Gulmarg I saw the Tshirts in a window but it was raining in BUCKETS, so nobody stopped walking fast! I have emailed my son and daughter-in-law in England to advise them that not to get in touch with you for a mind exploding experience is to deny themselves a gift thatgoes far beyond money. I hope you hear from them. Shall I be recommending in my writing and in my lectures that to see India with Incredible India is the fabulous best cared for way to do it? You can be sure that I will. Thank you again for looking after all my doubts and questions. As for the train ride! Getting into a discussion of a number of things with an English professor, male, Muslim, a professor of psychiatry, female, Hindu, Yuri, a Brahmin and me while rattling along at high speed at night will always be one of my most wonderful travel memories of my life of many many travel memories!

    Mary Mason Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    First of all, we want to thank Nazir for planning this wonderful trip. We really appreciated the effort he made in meeting us on our first day of our arrival to Delhi, which I did not expect it at all. He came to our hotel and greeted us and even gave us a welcome dinner that night. When we were at the Kashmir airport, our guide gave me his cell phone, saying that someone wanted to talk to me. To my surprise, it was Nazir. My worried husband could not contact us while we were in Kashmir (for there is no internet access), but Nazir was able to locate us. He asked us how we were in order to report back to my husband. We really appreciate his hard work. In this trip, the best thing that happened to us was that we had a kind, responsible driver, Harpal. He met us in Delhi (after Kashmir) and drove us to Jaipur and Agra. He was such a careful driver, even though most drivers in India drive very recklessly. He was always patient and drove in a courteous manner. He was punctual when picking us up every time, and he took us to good restaurants. On our last day, arriving from Kathmandu to Delhi, he came back to be our guide, even though he had already gone back home (which was one hour away from Delhi!) He helped us a lot and we became good friends. Harpal is a highly recommended driver and guide. He deserves a raise and good appraisal. We had five different hotels on this trip; the best was Trident in Jaipur. Besides great breakfast, the staff was very friendly, helpful, and sincere. One of Trident’s policies is no tipping for all staff. It was such a relief because I did not need to carry small notes for tipping everywhere. Trident also had great security, swimming pool, good rate exchanges, and free internet in the business centre. Trident surpassed The Park in Delhi, Jaypee in Agra, and Ramada in Varanasi. We recommend that the best hotel should put to the last so that we won’t be comparing with the best. In this trip, I learned a lot. I felt sorry for the people in India in many situations – corruption, poverty, sanitation, and children and women status. I do think India needs another revolution in order to move forward again. To Nazir, I hope someone like you, young and has a good education, can form a team to help the people in India improve the living conditions in order for them to have a better world tomorrow.

    Nola Yang and Family Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    First of all a VERY BIG THANK YOU for the wonderful and well-organized trip you arranged for us in India. The trip was well planned and we really got the feel of the place as we toured driving from Delhi to Bhuj. Satbir Singh, our driver was very cautious and courteous. He was excellent in his skills and kept us informed at all times as well as responded well to our needs. The car was in good shape and comfortable for the long trip. The hotels picked were outstanding. We enjoyed the Royal Plaza in Delhi and all of the other hotels selected on our tour. I would like to return to India again at the end of this year or early next year.I would strongly recommend you and your company to other friends and family. I am planning to call you again to organize my next trip to India or any other places.

    Narmeen Pirani Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Nazir, I would like to thank you for your efforts towards helping me plan and organizing my holiday to India. I enjoyed the experience immensely. I was very grateful for the way you took my vague plans and turned them into a worthwhile and rewarding actuality and I found everything that you promised me, did happen, and more. Before I mention aspects of the holiday I thought were particularly enjoyable . This was my first visit to India, though I have travelled independently through Indonesia, Mexico, Peru and other countries, despite this, India was bewildering. I am happy to say that my naiveté was not abused. I feel I got full value from the money I paid. I was pleasantly surprised by the thoroughly professional way that train, plane and hotel reservations were honoured. I was more than satisfied with my driver Hash, he was pleasant company and I was impressed by the relaxed way he coped with the difficult driving conditions. I appreciated his concern for me at all times and I was often the beneficiary of his local knowledge and contacts in the places we visited. I now realize that driving is stressful and not for the fainted hearted driver or passenger. Overall I was more than satisfied with the help I received from your organization. I have no hesitation in recommending you to my friends when they consider a holiday to India.

    Bruce Jerrit Chicago, USA
  • 5     

    We would like to highly recommend Nazir and the Explore India Travel company. India was a trip we dreamed of and did a fair bit of research on the country, culture, religions and geography. We checked other travel agencies and they had little or no information on India. We contacted Nazir and he was prompt, pleasant and accommodating. The places we wanted to see were north, south, east and west and I knew that was an impossible journey. Nazir made suggestions that helped me narrow down to a manageable trip. On our arrival in India we were given a necklace of marigolds and a cell phone to use in India and the phone was invaluable. Our accommodation was just perfect and all the hotels were great especially the one in Jaipur fabulous. The drivers were all from the regions we were travelling in and spoke English, Hindi and the local language. They gave me an insiders view of the region, culture, history and recommended restaurants, sights and shops, Our trip to India more than met our expectations. The people, culture, religions, food and colours still dazzle me. Nazir and their staff in Delhi helped to make this a memorable trip. We will go again. We still have more trains to ride and fabric to see and I will definitely use Nazir and Explore India to help me with my plans.

    Debra Trca and Marnie Strong Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Thank you so much for arranging our trip. We had a fantastic time and overall the experience was more than we could have imagined, everything was perfect. The hotels were all extremely good, we encountered no issues anywhere, our driver Babu was fantastic (very timely and accommodating) and we saw everything we wanted to! I will definitely recommend your company to people who want to arrange an India trip. Once again my sincerest gratitude for your assistance in having made this such a great holiday!

    Shafin & Shereen Jivraj London, UK
  • 5     

    This is a note to thank from the bottom of my heart for the most excellent way in which you have sorted out our holiday to India. You drivers were very knowledgeable and friendly. All in all everything was well arranged from the start to end. We are already planning our return!

    Glenda Bevan Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    We could not have had a better time without your help. Our driver Ajay was terrific and we were well taken care of. These past 3 weeks in India were rewarding in every sense. Everything was so wonderfully organized by you and we have not had to pay for a thing except our meals.

    Neil & Sarah Markham, Canada
  • 5     

    What can I say - everything you promised was delivered. Our driver Babu was wonderful. He knew the ins and outs of all the places in Rajasthan and all the great places to eat amazing Indian food. The hotels were of a good standard and the boat trip in Varanasi was good too.

    Micheal & Bonnie Webster Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    First to set the scene, when we were looking to book our trip to India, we spoke to a few different agents. I have tell you that you are absolutely awesome and your service is not just good but excellent. After 4 weeks in India we do not think we could have managed ourselves without your help. Your drivers in Rajasthan and Kerala were not only safe but totally fun. The hotels were very good except the one in Varanasi (thanks for changing that one for us). Overall just a wonderful trip that we will always remember.

    Mark & Christine Aubury Portland, USA
  • 5     

    We had a great trip to India. I have say that Joshi and your team in India went out of their way for us. When we arrived at 1:00 am in Delhi, our driver Manoj was waiting for us with our name card - you've no idea how glad we were to see our name. Our 3 weeks in India were very good. We are happy with your service. Udaipur and Jaisalmer are our two favorite places. Thanks a million.

    David & Cathy Keith Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    As you know, Georgina and I are back from our trip to India. We had a fantastic experience and great moments that will forever be part of our lives. We will be telling many of our friends and colleagues the stories of our adventures. You and your employee's (mostly Joshi) assistance and guidance were invaluable in making our trip a great success. Thank you for all that you did!

    Gerogina Varveris & Vincent Palagia Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    I am back from my trip to India and we had a wonderful time. All the hotels you booked for us were excellent and the a/c car was also very comfortable. Your staff in the Delhi office were very helpful as well and I would definitely recommend your name to my other friends who intend to travel to India in the future. Hotel in Delhi was 5 star and the price was very reasonable.

    Shiraz Kara & family Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Thank you for the great trip. I really enjoyed our tour. Everything was perfect. The food in particular was excellent. You should play this up in your brochure. So were the hotels especially the Taj Mahl Place in Mumbai. Thanks again for the great tour of the Senses in India.

    Jan Ko Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    Our journey home was without incident. Ian slept all day yesterday and he is back in bed now. I slept until noon today and we should be good to go by tomorrow. the joy of being retired! Ian and I would like to thank you so very much for a most memorable journey. There were so many highlights and surprises that we had not expected. You and your team treated us royally from the moment we arrived in new Delhi. Our tour group were an interesting and fun set to tour with. The arrival gift bag was lovely and the wee elephants are on our coffee table along with so many items purchased throughout our daily forays. The smiling faces of the children and adults will stay with us forever. It really hit us when we were on the tube in London and everyone on it had intense stress on their faces and nary a smile was seen, even on the Embankment at 7:45 A.M. No wonder we are tired as we covered a lot of mileage in London between 7:15 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. before heading to Heathrow. I do hope that you can take some time with your family before your next tour begins. Your patience and kindness was more than appreciated.. And, I will always remember the beautiful sight of the elephants as we arrived at Amer Der. The polo event was a true highlight of my life! What an exotic experience and so much fun as well. I could go on ad nauseam but I will do this with friends and others instead.

    Irene and Ian West Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    We would like to take a moment to thank you and all of your staff for giving us a truly wonderful experience in India. From day one you gave us first class hotels, food, events and service. India was more than we expected and it was all due to your great itinerary, surprise extras and personal local knowledge. We would not hesitate to recommend Explore India to anyone who wants the best out of an enchanted adventure in India.

    Greg and Laura Davies Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    First, let me thank you for organizing such a great tour of India! We both had an fantastic time, and I am now well aware of how challenging it is travel in India. To see has much as we did in 2 weeks was pretty amazing. Again, thanks again for the great trip!

    Robert Carruthers Nanaimo, Canada
  • 5     

    Laurie and I want to tell you how thrilled we were to explore northern India with exploreindia.ca from November 2-18, 2013. The service and personal attention you provided to us from the time of our booking until we reached home speaks volumes about the extent you are willing to go to ensure your clients get the best service possible. We are seasoned travellers but this is the first time we received calls from our tour provider while we were on tour to ensure that we were completely satisfied with the way our tour was going. You did all of that and more. We particularly liked the arrangement you made to have us met by a local travel agent at each of our main destinations. It gave us a great deal of comfort not to have to worry about hotel registration, arranging meals, tours, pick-up and departure times, etc. Your representatives did it all and they did it very, very well! Without exception, you made great choices in the travel companies you selected to take care of this part of our journey. Without exception, the tour guides they provided were knowledgeable, friendly and proud of their community. They also spoke excellent English and, for someone like me who is hearing impaired, that was important. As for the hotels, we were wondering what a luxury hotel in India would look like. We have travelled extensively and have stayed in our share of "luxury” hotels that fell short of the North American standard. We were delighted with the opulence and high service standards of the Taj Hotel chain in which you had us booked. All of them, but in particular The Lake Palace Hotel, were absolutely stunning and we were made to feel we were staying in very special places indeed. The luxury tent experience we had in Puskcar was different. By this time, we were so used to marble floors, chandeliers, waiters and costumed doormen and fine cuisine that it took a little bit of time for us to get acclimatized to tent living -- about an hour! While staying in the tents was not nearly the same as staying in the Taj Hotels, it was an experience that was pretty darn good anyways. The tents were fine and the meals not too bad .... no complaints re: food. The first meal left us wondering but it got better after that. Nazir, it was a wonderful surprise to get the call from you that you would be booking a hotel for us in central Delhi on the night of our departure. Since the people we were travelling with had to be at the airport about 12 hours ahead of us, we had reconciled ourselves to the thought of sitting at the airport until our plane departed at 3:00 am. Thanks to your thoughtfulness, we arrived at the airport rested and relaxed. It was also an unexpected bonus to have a driver from your company pick us up at midnight to get us to the airport. Thanks very much for all of that. As for the tour highlights, the program you put together was, in our opinion, just excellent. We were new to India and believe that the tours you selected were just right for us --- the forts, temples and other sights, including the hustle and bustle of daily life in India left us feeling we were seeing what we wanted to see. Of course, the National Park safaris were pretty special though it appears the tigers want us to come back (that was what our guide told us since they chose not to make an appearance while we were there.) We saw lots of other animals, however, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Lodge. Nazir, I think we have covered off most of the things we wanted to say about the excellence of your service from both a personal and professional basis. You made us feel you cared about us personally and as a client. I don't think that any other travel company could deliver the way you did. You have every right to be proud of your country and what you are doing to introduce people like us to it. It was an awesome experience. I think it is clear to you from these comments that we would highly recommend to anyone we know that was thinking about travelling to India that they talk to you first. In our minds, we went with the best company possible. May you continue to enjoy both personal and business success.

    L & S Hawrishok Fredericton, Canada
  • 5     

    Nazir Karnai provided a description of a trip into India that was so interesting it convinced me and my travel companion to join others on the adventure. Almost immediately following sign-up for the tour, Nazir contacted us by telephone, and introduced himself to us. Periodically, (prior to leaving Toronto), Nazir telephoned to enquire if we were in need of additional information, etc. This, in itself instilled a feeling of confidence. Nazir organized and supervised air travel from Oman to Delhi and onward; a modern, fully equipped, air-conditioned coach was waiting to take us to our hotel. This coach was our comfortable transportation for the time spent in India including, but not limited to, the most amazing road trip to Agra to visit and enter the Taj Mahal. Nazir personally supervised the handling of our precious baggage. He ensured baggage was all accounted for, prior to loading onto the coach; and offloading at our hotels and ultimate delivery to our rooms. Nazir's attention to detail is astounding. He organized entertainment that thrilled and pleased us all; from Bollywood shows, elephant rides and special outdoor banquet around log fires. Hotel accommodations were superb; meals were tastefully prepared and served in a most delightful Indian style. Nazir made himself readily available to each person in our group of 20 for any request they may have had. Nazir's desire to please clients is complemented by his ability to fulfill requests. His network of contacts is most impressive. My travel companion agreed that we will definitely contact Nazir for a future visit to India.

    Elaine & Jane Toronto, Canada
  • 5     

    We have travelled extensively in the world but never before to India so we were a bit hesitant of going. After touring there with Explore India’s Nazir Karnai we can’t think of one thing that we didn’t like and felt completely at easy. The tour was so very well organized, not only did we see and experience a lot it was all first class. We were looked after all the time, not only in the crowds but were daily given time to relax and rest before going to the next event. We had two drivers, who maneuvered the traffic expertly, a very knowledgeable English speaking local guide; Nazir and his helper keeping an eye on us and meeting our every wish. The transportation was very comfortable in an air conditioned bus, the hotels were all five stars, and the Indian cuisine chosen was well prepared and tasty, diners often accompanied by entertainment. Some other extra care we experienced was; we never felt uncomfortable among the crowds, Nazir would take us through a less used way; we saw a live show in Agra, Nazir got us front row seats. Other niceties; luggage bags, bags of spices, photographs of us in Taj Mahal, an extra sightseeing tour of Goa, and more. In Japur Nazir could have bid us goodbye and put us on the plane, but he chose to come with us even to the gangway of the ship to make sure we were safely back. Nazir Karnai is a very dedicated tour organizer. With many thanks the memories of India will stay with us forever. I would recommend Explore India tour 100%.

    R. MacLeod Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Dear Nazir, We wish to express our appreciation for the care and attention we received from you and "Explore India" on our recent, (Feb.), tour of the "Golden Triangle". Everything was planned and executed flawlessly right down to the smallest detail. Though only a 5 night tour, we were treated to an amazing variety of experiences. From the iconic Taj Mahal to the chaotic and gritty urban life, to the ancient forts and palaces; every day was a wonderful "eye-opener" to this amazing country. Memories we will cherish for ever; such as the folk dancing, music and flame eating sights by campfires at twilight, after a elephant ride in the bush. The accommodation was 1st. class (or above), and meals catered to every palate. We loved the Indian dishes. Thank you, again, Nazir, and we will not hesitate to recommend "Explore India", to any person who is contemplating a tour of amazing India.

    Leslie Yelds and Rowena Moffett Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    What can I say - everything you promised was delivered. Our driver Babu was wonderful. He knew the ins and outs of all the places in Rajasthan and all the great places to eat amazing Indian food. The hotels were of a good standard and the boat trip in Varanasi was good too.

    Micheal & Bonnie Webster Vancouver, Canada
  • 5     

    Just wanted to let you know what an awesome experience our trip to India was. Maxine and I really enjoyed it. Everyone in our group was wonderful and George sent us his amazing pictures. We would all laugh when we avoided what seemed to be an unavoidable head-on collision on the highway! I think the roads are the most amazing part of the trip. Our northern guide Mahendra added extras, like visits with his family, which really was special. The 4 of us who went south to Kerala were really glad we did…so different and beautiful. Can’t say enough about the trip. We would highly recommend it. If anyone is thinking about going and has any questions they can call me and I can tell them how wonderful it is.

    Denise Fader Chilliwack, Canada
  • 5     

    I was talking to my husband again about the trip and the two of us agreed that it was a very well-organized trip and excellent value for money . . . above expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend the trip to others. I celebrated my birthday in Agra and it was so lovely. There was a cake and Explore India even gave me a beautiful gift of a shawl! Thanks so much.

    Eleanor Stadnyk Delta, Canada

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