I noticed that we were the 1st Asian group that Shaan is handling, I was
quite hesitated for the reasons being
1) Does he know how to handle Asian tourist, we have differences in demand.
2) will he overcharged us.
3) Does his subordinates know how to handle Asian tourist.
As a service orientated industry personnel myself, his prompt, informative
replies & patient impressed me much that I have chosen his agency
Our Rajasthan trip during January 2011.
Adding a home stay as part of the accommodation is interesting. The range
of hotels were good especially at Udaipur, we were much impressed with
the Jagat Niwas heritage hotel, from small lanes, small entrance but BIG
surprise! The vehicle was materialized as promised. The driver was responsible,
helpful & co-operative too. Requests & comments during the journey
that we made were solved quite instantly. Overall we had a good time during
the 16 days. I do not know whether we had the lowest rate & best deal
but I do believe that what you pay is what you get! Anyway it fits our
budget too. Our coming soon trip down the months will be his responsibility
Hello Shaan Saxena,
Thank you for the photos. We would like to thank you for
organising a wonderful tour for us. The extra attention and service you
gave us was fantastic
choice of hotels was excellent. We liked them all.
We had a lovely room at Udiapur with a view of the lake,
a romantic hotel at Jodhpur, the Paradys Hotel in the fort was a little
rustic but its position was great, a magnificent hotel at Ochra, the Radeson
was a surprise and Cynthia enjoyed the pool, the rooms in Sikkim were
I had read on the Internet about the bad drivers in India,
but after traveling with your drivers, I am of the opinion that they must
be the best in the world. I know of no South African who could cope with
your driving conditions. Some of the road surfaces were dreadful, but
India seems to be slowly rectifying this. In about five years, they should
have a good main road system.
We were surprised because the layout was different to
South African trains. Here we have a passage with one row of compartments,
each with wooden doors.
In India there is a middle passage. On one side is four
berth compartments, on the other side of the passage is a row of lower
and upper bunks with a linen curtain,. Our sleeping allocation was an
upper bunk in a two-berth compartment and another upper bunk on the other
side of the passage.
We thought that we were getting a two-berth compartment.
Cynthia was so upset that she tried to upgrade to first class, but was
told that there was no first class. The bottom-bunk holder swopped with
Cynthia. So she could sleep on the lower bunk. I just climbed to my top
bunk and went to sleep, but Cynthia had a restless night.Second-class
overnight is not a good option for some elderly female travelers.
We liked the camel ride and sunset, the elephant ride,
and watching the sunrise at Darjeeling. We were amazed to see the turnout
for the sunrise. It seemed as if the whole town was there. Prices for
eats and refreshments were different at your hotels compared with higher-class
tourist hotels. At our hotel in Udiapur we were paying about 100 Rupees
for a Kingfisher beer; we went to eat at a tourist hotel restaurant and
paid 360 Rupees for the same beer.
Please let us know if there is any help you require in
promoting your tourist business. We have just finished organising a concert,
and have another coming up in 12 days, with a party for about 500 elderly
people. We are quite busy until 2 December, after that it is quieter.
25 Erica Rd, Durbanville Hills 7550, South Africa
and thanks to you for your Golden Triangle Tour! It well satisfied our
beginners curiosity for the wonders of India. We thank you for your
guidance and trust in us, as we didnt know where to turn with the
myriad of possibilities online.
Thank you for your courtesy in your ever prompt email
The following commentary is from our personal experience,
for your reference. Money: it would have been nice to be notified that
the exchange rate is best online. The tourists could have Indian Rupees
in hand on arrival, instead of playing suckers to the worst rate at the
Indira Gandhi International Airport. A few extra hundred Rupees do make
a difference. Small denomination Rupees make tipping easy. Were
used to self-help in the U.S. but in India helpers rush up and mostly
demand to be tipped. Otherwise have a lot of $1 bills ready. The only
person complaining of the currency was the elephant boy in Agra. (By the
way, elephants dont go uphill anymore, maybe a blessing in disguise).
Hotels: - a. Palace Heights Hotel in New Delhi: wonderful
despite tight quarters, only somewhat hard our promised twin beds didnt
materialize. Construction necessitated ingress/ egress through piles of
rubbles, hopefully thats history by Commonwealth Games this Fall.
The attached Zaffron Restaurant is convenient, delightful, with superb
service. b. Grand Imperial in Agra and Shapura House in Jaipur: some local
flavor, clean/ comfortable with A.C., rooftop dining option, well-maintained
grounds. c. Mandawa Haveli: almost not livable, no A.C., cramped, rundown
with junky floor rugs, bathroom full of mosquitoes. I did chose this myself,
but your judgment was essential since you had seen it I hadnt, and
online reviews were mixed. This is the only place I strongly recommend
Itinerary: We skipped lunch everyday so that we were
able to finish the scheduled itinerary early, to rest until cooler temperatures
at dinner. Delhi was most fun due to its variety of attractions. We found
Sikandra and Fatepur Sikri on the way to/from Agra too similar to each
other and others and opted to skip. Jaipur was also wonderfully different.
Mandawa was another story: its so far out 5 hrs from either
Jaipur or Delhi, and so rundown, I believe only die-hards can appreciate
it. Now having seen it, I would have chosen it only if much easier to
reach because the roads were clogged and with not much to see. Mandawa
was not worth the grand effort.
Season: - Online weather info can only be taken with
a grain of salt, March was too hot and best be avoided. We were lucky
the cars A.C. broke down in your headquarters Jaipur such that a
different car could be substituted. A.C. maintenance cannot be overlooked,
especially with constant use. Please thank our driver Narendra profusely
for keeping our safety as priority. He didn't have an itinerary though,
I gave him mine brought from home.
Again, thanks for everything and Best wishes!!
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaan is a sincere, reliable, and service-oriented young man of 34 years
of age with a wonderful family, all residing in the historic city of Jaipur
- which was one of the highlights of our tour of India.
Due to Shaan's efforts, and those of our driver Hyma, our trip to India
was safe, relaxed, enjoyable, and complete to our specification with a
focus on India's culture, history, and the day-to-day reality faced by
the citizens of India residing in those cities which we had the pleasure
Warren & Ingrid
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