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i only used this title to grab your attention...don't expect me to fully answer the question...

we had been toying with the idea of an indian sojourn for a couple of years based on reports from some classmates here in needham (yes we are townies), and from craig and jeane's experiences, plus encouragement from bonita, patricia (boston harbor), lcuy, paulo and lyndie, among others.....

so in the fall of 2005, or in late summer really, i began work on a 6 week trip which would include both india and a return to thailand...our 40th anniversary is on december 18, so i thought i would include a few days at the end of the total trip at the peninsula in bangkok to celebrate....unfortunately the airline did not agree with my decision and i had to reschedule everything as no seats were available....more on this later..so we agreed on a november and early december timeframe...

i made contact with 3 delhi based agents to assist me---all from fodors.... compass tours was the first that caught my eye, and with craig's and lcuy's good experiences with them....they presented a very comprehensive proposal and together we worked with the basic concept they presented...along the way i also received a proposal from bonita using one of her favorite agents--le passage to india and finally i saw a posting from paul o'reilly about his experiences with castle and king...

along the way i added a four day stay in kathmandu to the 12 day trip i had agreed upon....later after the continued troubles there in the spring of 2006, we cancelled this portion of the trip, or rather postponed it for a future date...

so after a lot of back and forth i pretty much got each of the agents to the same exact trip and then we priced it out....castle and king came in as the cheapest, so immediately i thought that i could not possibly trust them....how could it be that much cheaper??
so then the "fun" began as i studied each proposal more closely...they were almost identical, except for some of the hotel choices....all of the hotels were however in roughly the same classification---i would call them 4 star rather than the 5 star ones like the imperial in delhi....hotels are the most expensive part of a trip to india i found....this turned me off quite honestly...

so after this exercise (this trip caused me the most planning grief ever), i selected castle and king as i could not see any differences in the final product....and here i will say that they scored a 100% rating....everything turned out perfectly...you will see....and for those of you who know me or my writing here you know that is an almost impossibility!!

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