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Trip Report A great trip in India

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I recently did an extensive tour of India with my wife and one of her colleague travelling through different cities and small towns. I know it was not the ideal time to travel to the sub-continent considering the heat but we were able to afford limited time from work.

We did a pre study of the places we wanted to see, though we were overwhelmed by the places listed on books and different websites, each offering unique stories. Finally we restricted ourselves to Delhi, Tajmahal, Rajsthan, Kolkata & a week in the extreme south, the backwaters. Out of all the places visited, we loved Tajmahal and few activities in Kolkata. Rajsthan was equally good where we managed to get into the streets for evening walks with our guide. We chose Kerala for a leisure time and though we went out for some cultural sites in Kochin, we spent most of our time at our hotel relaxing by the pool. The tour was perfect for the amount of time we had to spend in India.

We pre organised everything with a local tour agent in India except air tickets which we managed to book ourselves online. The agent we used came highly recommended by one of my office colleague, who used them for their family trip couple of years back. The company is based in Delhi and they did a great job organising everything smoothly and we were looked after very well. A white collar service indeed. http://www.takemetoindia.in/
The private cars we used were new, clean, with perfect aircon and a personal driver from the agent.

I have to admit that the smaller hotels we stayed were much fun than the international standard hotels. I would particularly like to mention the Royal heritage haveli in Jaipor for their excellent services and care. The hosts were very welcoming and they ensured we had a great time. We spent couple of good evenings over tea with the owner and were amazed by the various stories shared about Rajsthan and the place itself. So next time you are in Jaipor, do try to fit in this hotel in the itinerary. https://royalheritagehaveli.com/

The other hotels we liked were Lake Palace by Tajhotels in Udaipur, Malabar hotel in Kochin and the Kumarkom resort in the backwaters, where we stayed in for 4 days and it was really a treat to end this great trip on a high note.

We are trying to plan another 3 weeks trip to India somewhere beginning next year for our 55th anniversary, and are also considering a week in Bhutan. All cooking in my mind.

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