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Dear Nazir, I wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience I had on our Explore India, Journey of the Senses tour, which began on Oct. 17. From the time we arrived in New Delhi until we left from Mumbai 2 weeks later I felt safe and even, pampered. All the hotels, transportation and food were of 5 star quality. I will remember the Taj Mahal chain of hotels, in particular, for their luxurious surroundings and amazing meals! Of course, the elephant and camel rides in the dessert, followed by specially prepared meals just for us were highlights, as well as our visits to a random village, a primary school, the Taj Mahal, the Ganges, a slum in Mumbai. The list goes on and on. I want to devote the next part of my email to writing about Shyaam Singh, our guide. He was a remarkable guide! He had extensive knowledge about every location we visited and he always shared his knowledge with respect and passion. He was able to answer all our questions, no matter how complex or trivial the questions were. Not only did he have a vast knowledge of history, but he also had a vast knowledge of present day India, from the local people and their customs and religions to geography to politics. He was always willing to answer any personal questions we asked him about his family and his life in general. We were all thankful that Shyaam discreetly made all arrangements for us so that everything ran smoothly. Shyaam was always able to organize our group and keep us on time for all our outings. We know he did a lot of work behind the scenes, remaining calm and controlled at all times. We all enjoyed Shyaam’s warmth and sense of humour. He was not only a remarkable guide, but a remarkable human being. He made our trip memorable and successful. I know that all the venues were selected by you, all the hotels, meals and travel arrangements were planned by you, but, your choice of Shyaam to be our guide made our tour truly wonderful. We all came to realize that a really good guide is integral to the success of a trip such as ours. Thanks again, Nazir, for a wonderful experience I will never forget.
5
What an incredible journey we had. I don't want to speak for all of us but Kelvin and I both loved India. This was an experience of a lifetime for so many reasons, the people, our guide, the sites and surprisingly traveling with nine other people to whom we have become friends with now. One cannot share this journey together and not bond. The group size was great, we usually travel with 8-10 people (our regular travel group) and it was nice to have the smaller group at some of the venues, we could gather around Shyaam quite nicely to listen. Shyaam was wonderful, kind, knowledgeable and openly honest. Having him as our guide made ALL the difference in the world. He was accommodating and went above and beyond his responsibilities for example he remembered I wanted an "Om" symbol so while in Varanasi he bought me one. We also have motorcycles in common so we stopped at a religious ceremony for Om Banna on our way to Jaipur (I think). We both cherish our memories of the people the most. They were kind and gentle and pleasant. Not for a minute would we hesitate to recommend Explore India and Shyaam to anyone of our friends!
5
Just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful experience. You did a great job of organizing our trip and ensuring that we experienced the highlights of each of the countries that we travelled to. I am glad that we were able to have you accompany us on the trip. All of the guides were excellent. Hope to travel with you again someday. The trip to Cashmere would be great. Keep me posted. Thanks
5
Val and I had a wonderful time in India. We thought the tour was great and we managed to see a lot in the given time. The guides and drivers were very professional, knowledgeable and pleasant to be with. Our guide was adaptable when we wanted to change certain aspects of the program.The hotels we stayed in were fantastic. It was nice coming back to them after a day of touring. Highlights for me included Pushkar, Varanasi and the elephant and camel rides. I thought there was a good balance of city/rural life, history, culture and modern information and sites.
5
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to India. Our guide, Ashish, was incredible. He was so knowledgeable and provided wonderful stories and history at each of our stops. He had incredible patience with all of us travelers and photographers and tried to accommodate all of our needs and desires. The size of the group was very workable and we all seemed to get along and enjoyed each other’s company. The driver and his assistant were more than competent and got us through some very tight spaces. I would recommend Explore India to anyone considering a trip to India!
5
Namaste! Our trip to India was amazing. It was the best organized tour I've been on. I liked the fact that we didn't have to worry about anything from tipping to what to do. Everything was done to detail, and we were not rushed. The itinerary was really well planned. I also liked the casual start in the mornings instead of getting up at 5am to be on the road at 6:30am every morning, All the hotels we stayed at were exceptional, and Ashish, our Tour Guide was very good. Had good information and stories of all the attractions, and had a very good sense of humor. We had lots of laughs. Everyone on this trip got along famously, were very friendly and welcoming. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. I want to also thank you again for all your help in the preparation for it. For all your patience to all my phone calls to you.
5
It's great to back home and I have to say in spite of a few hick ups it was a great trip, but more importantly I must congratulate the entire Explore India staff, if there is a problem not only is it dealt with swiftly, but more importantly it's not only followed up with words but also with action. My wife and I have dealt with many travel agents and tour companies, But, I have never dealt with one such as Explore India who sincerely care about how you feel and that are genuinely concerned that you have an enjoyable time, my sincere thanks to you, Nazir and the rest of Explore India staff.
5
Hi Nazir, just a note to tell you how much we have enjoyed our India trip. We are now back home after the long travel back and we are looking forward to revisiting again and again India looking at our 1900 photos. This was truly a Journey of the Senses, you could not have chosen a more perfect name for this tour. All went well, we really appreciated our guide Yajur’s attention to every details and his vast knowledge of India’s history, monuments and way of life. Thank you for organizing such an excellent tour.
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It was a marvelous tour. Sandeep Singh was a wonderful tour guide, & full of knowledge about the sites we visited. He went above and beyond to ensure we all had a memorable experience, even arranging a camel ride for a few of us on the last day! The driver and assistant were excellent as well. The itinerary was well thought out & interesting; the hotels were excellent & the food amazing. I plan to return someday; what a wonderful country. "A universe inside a universe", as Sandeep was fond of saying. You can be very proud of the experience you're providing at Explore India. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your company highly to anyone thinking of visiting India.
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Thank you for the lovely message welcoming us home! Our tour to India was fantastic! We had a wonderful group of fun, enthusiastic and outgoing traveling companions. Tom and I were happy that we had chosen to arrive a day early as it gave us a chance to rest up before the tour, do some exploring on our own and also meet some of the others on tour. I must say, that we were very impressed with the way that we were greeted and escorted throughout the trip, from the warm welcome we had on our first day with Manzoor and Raj to the last drop off at the airport traveling home. We even took advantage of exchanging Canadian dollars into rupees using the “Karnai Bank”! Every detail was looked after. Our guide for the northern portion of the tour, Ashish, was the perfect host; knowledgeable, accommodating, and entertaining. The experience of seeing the historical sights, sampling the various dishes and immersing ourselves into this colourful culture exceeded our expectations. We can’t say enough about how well the itinerary was planned with enough time to see the sights and enjoy some down time back at the hotel. We found the accommodations to be top notch, comfortable, offering a wide selection of food items and almost all had free wifi available. We were pleased to have had the opportunity to see both the north and south of India. Thank you Nazir for suggesting the additional tour to Kerala. It is a totally different side of India that we would have otherwise missed. We absolutely loved the beautiful mountain vistas of the terraced tea plantations and the time spent on the houseboat touring the backwaters was magical. What a great way to end our stay! The only suggestion that I can offer at this time is to build in some extra time at the beautiful resorts in which we stayed. It would have been wonderful to take advantage of the services they offered, especially at the Spice Village Resort. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Mandira for helping us organize this excursion and for helping us navigate through the process of acquiring an Indian visa. Thank you also to Nazir and the whole Explore India team both in Canada and abroad. This was truly a most memorable tour and a trip of a lifetime! Thank you! Dhanyavaad!
5
I would like to give you some feedback about my recent trip with Explore India, 'Impressions of India', which my wife, Dixie Koenig, and I began on November 14th, ending on the 30th. This travel experience gave me a fascinating insight into India, from exotic places like the Taj Mahal, the Ganges and the game preserve to the daily street scenes in the various places we visited and everything in between. The hotels we stayed in were first class, our tour bus was clean and comfortable and our domestic flights in India were flawlessly arranged for us. The train ride was quite an experience and I'm glad that it was on the agenda. Most of all, I would like to thank your staff, ALL of whom were highly professional and a credit to your company. This includes the young fellow who picked us up at Delhi airport and returned us there at the end of the trip, Rajiv, who met us on our first day and toured us (Dixie, me, Allan Mayer and Wendy Koenig) around Delhi for two days and got our trip off to a wonderful start, our tour bus driver, Malik, his assistant, Anil, and the local guides we encountered along the way. And, of course, Sandeep, our primary tour guide who was with us for nearly two weeks. Sandeep is most knowledgeable about India and its history and provided us with a wealth of information everywhere we went. He is articulate and passionate about his job and I think everyone enjoyed and benefitted from listening to his descriptions and explanations. But, most important of all, he took very good care of us and made sure that our needs were met and that things moved smoothly and according to plan. I had total confidence in his ability to lead our group. Your policy of focusing on small groups is of great benefit to the traveler. Our group of sixteen was most impressive. They were friendly, good humoured, enthusiastic and didn't hesitate to help one another out. I would happily and without reservation recommend Explore India to anyone planning a trip.
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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!