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Firstly, thanks so much to you both for an awesome, well organised trip. Everything worked out so well, the guides were all excellent, the accommodation really comfortable and the transfers were perfect. The only hiccup we had was our connecting flight from Kathmandu to Varanasi. Air India had changed the schedule of the Kathmandu flight, which only gave us an hour connecting time in Delhi, and we had to clear immigration, collect bags, etc…. so did not make the flight (even though the connecting flight was also delayed, and we had boarding passes for the flight as well!). Fortunately after a bit of a fuss (Air India wanted to fly us the next day to Varanasi, which would not have worked!!), they managed to get us onto a Jet Airways flight later that afternoon. So fortunately we got to Varanasi the same day, but just later, and the AARTI festival we missed we managed to do the following day.
India is certainly a culture shock!! We came home very grateful that we live in SA!! We really enjoyed Kochi and the backwaters of Kerala, and the Taj Mahal is amazing, although unfortunately they had scaffolding on 3 of the 4 towers, which detracted from its overall beauty. Varanasi was hectic, but we were glad we visited it, as it was really interesting. We could not believe the traffic, people everywhere, stray dogs, cows in the roads and the filth everywhere in Varanasi, and in fact in all the towns we visited. We were a bit disappointed with Ranthambore. The accommodation was lovely, but the jeep safari was disappointing. The park is quite far from the resort, and the drivers drove like madmen! Then, when we saw a bear there is revving and noise and shouting, and chasing the bear in the vehicle!! At the rest stop halfway there were about 20 vehicles, with the guides and guests all feeding the wild monkeys! Then we were meant to have a 3½ drive, but they collected us late, and left early, so we only ended up with a 2 hour drive! We did complain to the hotel who passed our complaint through, but not sure if it was noted! By the way, we didn’t see a tiger either!!! (That is the reason for the disappointment though…. Although it would have been nice to see one!). I guess their game reserves are just not like ours in SA….. We are very spoilt!
We enjoyed Nepal and once again the tours, hotels and guides were all great, except the hotel at Chitwan was quite basic. The Local Folklore show in Chitwan was also very basic and not great! Kathmandu is hectic, with huge traffic. The trip back from Pokhara was perfect until we hit the mountain just outside Kathmandu. It took us 3 hours to do about 20Kms! The mountains are amazing, and we enjoyed our flight to see Everest, but also a bit disappointing as they do not go very close to the mountains. The photos advertising it are not what you get! Our guide in Pokhara was excellent, and the driver was also excellent for our tour. The wedding was such fun and so interesting to witness all the rituals for a Hindu wedding, and also it was fun to dress up in a Sari!
A few additional comments. The Hotel in Agra was quite far out of town which made it difficult to walk around and eat out. Some of the guides were also a bit pushy in getting us into shops to purchase local stuff, which we found a bit disconcerting.
All in all though, it was an awesome, interesting trip, and we didn’t get Delhi Belly (but we were super careful, even brushing our teeth with bottled water)! Unfortunately our rand value is not great, thus we found things expensive (if converting to Rands!). But I guess that is everywhere in the world now!!
Thanks again for all your help. It was a real pleasure dealing with you both.
Have a blessed Easter.
Just wanted to say thank you. It was an awesome holiday. The hotels were perfect and we enjoyed every minute. Thank you so much!
Thank you Yashika…
For the exceptional service over the past 4 years. Thanks to the Travel Architect, I have had many great memories and experiences that will remain with me forever. Your experience, knowledge and suggestions/ideas on what to do and where to go are what I believe that sets you apart. It is always great booking something as exciting as a discovery experience with you because all the details are taken care of and all I need to do is show up and enjoy! Thank you again, I am sure you know by now that I will constantly and consistently call on you for hassle free travels!
The trip to Bali was wonderful.
All travel arrangements were superb.
Both hotels Taksu and Prama Sanur come highly recommended.
They were a 2min walk apart and the experience was wonderful.
Prama Sanur is certainly a MUST destination as its facilities are all on the beach and absolutely brilliant.
Although an older hotel then Taksu, still amazing.
Taksu Hotel was stunning. Modern with all facilities 10/10.
The holiday was excellent, thank you very much for assisting with everything.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The Indian team were brilliant in every city and gave us valuable information during the tours and transfers.
The most appealing parts to me personally was the architecture and history. The tour in Varanasi to the Buddhist sites, visits to the temples and to the Gandhi museums in Delhi and Mumbai really made me see how much more India has than just shopping at bazaars
This trip was definitely better than my last trip in 2007.
All the hotels were excellent, hotel staff friendly and helpful, and meals were both delicious and very well priced.
The only slight issue we had was at Suba Palace in Mumbai where they were unable to hold our bags for us during our visit to Surat as they didn’t have a store-room. Anup came to the rescue and kept our bags for us at his offices… one more reason why we are so impressed by the Indian Team.
Please pass on heartfelt thanks from myself and my family to the Indian team. It was very reassuring having someone there to turn to at times of confusion.
Outside of the planned services, I couldn’t easily get a local sim card due to the lengthy delays in activation. I understand its due to security legislation, but perhaps this is something travellers should be aware of as I rely on my smartphone to get around.
India is a fascinating country that requires several visits to see everything… something I plan to eventually do
Good Morning Yashika
Thanx a mil for a wel planned and organised holiday , I wanted to send u “Thank U” mail bt work just got me down never the less this hols was magical just to experience Diwali was our highlight I enjoyed the shopping very much bought like mad nowhere to wear them it goes back in the suitcase.
My blessings and good wishes go out to u and yr family for the new year and may u prosper in yr work which u do so good (I know u love yr work) We re already planning our next hols to the Far East
Will keep in contact.
Apologies for the late response.
Everything was awesome and went off flawlessly. The guys organised everything to the T, personally I was very impressed.
I can’t wait till the next grand prix we go on
Thanks again for help with arranging. Much appreciated.
Had the most awesome holiday thanks to travel architect!!!!! Definitely doing more traveling. via Facebook Group
I hope this mail finds you well.
I wanted to give you my thanks for organising the trip for my family.
They had such a good time, were impressed with the guides and really they felt very taken care of.
That was all that I could ask for.
I do appreciate your instant replies when I asked something and the info that you gave us- they never did get sick!!!
Thanks for all the planning- it was worth it.
Take care and know that we will probably call on you when we plan our trip to India!
You have given me a great gift, by once again organising such a fabulous trip for my sister, brother-in-law and myself. Bangalore, Puttaparthi, Auyrvedic clinic, Varanasi and Mumbai was a spiritual package that will live with us forever. it was pure MAGIC.Thank you for all your clock-work planning, booking of beautiful hotels and allowing us to have cherished memories.
Looking foward to many more trips of this high standard.
We just got back from a 2week holiday in India.
We had an awesome time, everything was well planned and ran smoothly. The operator in India was amazing , always punctual and helpful. We loved the tours and the hotels and could not have asked for a better holiday. A big THANK YOU to Yashika for arranging our trip. Will definitely recommend Yashika to friends and family.
Kind regards, Anusha and Sharmlen Naidoo
My experience in India was just magic. Thanks to you and your team for orgainising my family and myself an awesome time with no flaws to come back and complain about. Your tour operator and guides in India were so friendly and well versed with the history and facts. I especially enjoyed my time at the Ayurvedic wellness centre in Whitefields. The ambience, the treaments, the service, the staff from the garderner to the doctor were all just marvelous. I must thank you and your team for a most memorable time in India. I would most certainly highly recommend anyone who wants to be treated like royalty to travel with the Travel Architect.
Thank you for organising and making Pariksha and my trip to the Victoria Falls in September 2010 awesome! Vic Falls Safari Lodge was fantastic. We could not ask for anything better. Thank you for making this Wonder of the World come to reality for us. You are the BEST. We will definately call on you again.
Best wishes for 2011 & May The Travel Architect reach great heights.
Lots of love.
Many many Thanks for the amazing vacation I have just returned from.
It was really wonderful!!! Emirates Palace was especially amazing!!!
I’ll send some pictures as soon as I recover from a bit of jet lag.
Thanks for a well planned trip to the Motherland India it was really an exciting experience for my family.Please convey my thanks also to Mr Vinodh and Mr Sharm for all the assistance and cooperation that we received while in India, we were always greeted with a friendly smile by our drivers at all points of arrival and departure and also commend them on their timeous arrival to take us to our destination. Once again thanks and have a wonderful 2011.
Anoop - Sumi and family
A sincere message of thanks to you and the teams – Travelarchitect and your Indian Counterpart for making our trip to Incredible / Amazing INDIA (19/12/2010 to 05/01/2011) a truly memorable experience. From our entire group - Anil Dukey, Niroopa Ramjathan, Keshika Ramjathan, Tharawathi Bagwandin, Prabashni Gengiah.
It has been the first for all of us, but due to your professional handling of the entire tour it was a seamless experience and with no hitches. Impressive service by every member of the team and its contract partners (guides and transporters) was just outstanding. The hotels were also good to very good with matching services.
In our interactions with the above hospitality personnel there were 3 that we think should be mentioned as outstanding persons in making our holiday a lot more comfortable and interesting - (1) Anand – driver from Dehli / Agra / Jaipur / Dehli. (2) Satypaul – head at the coffee bar – Rocklands in Dehli (3) Girish – front office at Godwin in Mumbai.
In conclusion a big thanks to actually everyone that was part in making our trip so easy and exciting.
Your personal assistance in the planning of our itinerary was also great and we will definitely recommended to family and friends. Also should we consider another trip in the future we will, without doubt, use your expertise again.
Thank you once again from all of us.
19th January 2011.
My sincere apologies for not replying to your email sooner. Although I have been back at work since Wed, I’ve been a bit preoccupied with catching up on work.
Thank you for organising our trip, I had an amazing time.
The traveling (drives between cities) was a little tiring (I think it was to be expected) but that was quickly forgotten once we reached our destination and we were distracted by our surroundings.
I think it was bad planning on our side to spend so little time at the beginning in each city. In hindsight we should’ve spent at least 2 or 3 nights to factor in seeing more of the place and resting from the trip. But it was not a major problem, and it’s something we will learn from
I will definitely visit India again. It is so vast and there is much to see that you can’t possibly do it all in one visit.
Thank you once again for all your assistance. You made this a memorable experience.
How are you? I certainly hope the new year is treating you well!
Mum and dad have arrived safely from India and I am sooooo pleased to say that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful time in India!
On behalf of Varsha and I, I would just like to say thank you for all the well-planned arrangements and follow-ups and ensuring that the journey was a smooth one!
Take care and keep in touch!
Apologies for the delayed response, seeing that I have returned from my fabulous India trip in April. India is incredible.Yashika thank you for the fantastic itenary that you put together. Arrangements were perfect and the accomodation was more than expected. Being driven around by my own personal driver added a personal touch to my travels. I have recommended your services to friends and family.
Malthi and Pam Singh
Hi Yashika, just thought I would inform you of superbly organised travel arrangements by you. There was absolutely nothing to complain about! Excellent, will refer clients and friends for future travels.
Please allow me the opportunity in thanking you for arranging a superb trip for me and my family to India and Dubai. As it was our first time oversees it could not have went any better. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip from the first moment we boarded the plane till the last moment we arrived back in SA. India was INCREDIBLE and it was an experience that we will never forget. The hotels that we stayed in was excellent, the travel arrangements was excellent and the people were extremely friendly. Please covey my thanks to your business partners Bruce and Vinodh in India. Thank you for the special gift of the supper in Agra, it was totally unexpected and thoroughly enjoyed. Yashika, a special thank you to you, you really went out of your way in making our dreams come true, thank you for your understanding, for your help with the passports when I gave up hope and you didn’t, but most of all thank you for treating us like family and not like customers. Its really appreciated.
You can be guaranteed that I will be using your services again and recommending you and your company to my friends and family in future . The TRAVEL ARCHITECT has become my travel agent for any of my future holidays. Keep up the excellent service.
thank you, enjoy your day
from RAJESH,RESHMA,ROSHNIE and MALA.
Just a quick note to say thank you for all of your hard work in putting my India trip together.
I had such a fabulous time and that is mostly thanks to your arrangements and the lovely tours and hotels you put us in. We were spoiled from the moment we left the airport and it was so nice to see a nice friendly face after an entire day of travelling. The hotels, drivers and guides were all efficient, professional and friendly. Before going to India I had heard all the horror stories of the unclean hotels and the unfriendly taxi drivers but I am very glad to say that our experience of India was the total opposite with super clean and beautiful hotels to driving around in air conditioned luxury vehicles.
I would definitely recommend your services to all my friends and family and will definitely plan my next India trip with you.
Just a bit of feedback on the trip that my parents went on:
From us all – thanks for the excellent service we received from both you and the ground operator in India considering the last minute reservations.
My parents thoroughly enjoyed their trip and were really impressed with the level of service they received on the other side especially since they have both booked previously with Avoca Tours and Mk Bobby Naidoo and had not received such a personal touch from either.
They especially enjoyed the fact that the tour was in a private car and that there was not too much driving involved as per their previous trips.
The hotels you booked were very comfortable and of a better quality than ones stayed in previously being the same star rating.
Thank you so much for all your assistance with everything…