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Wong Family

It was our greatest pleasure to have known you through our trip to Rajasthan 20-25th December. We thank you sincerely for your dedication, hospitality and thoughtfulness throughout the trip. You always had a friendly smile from the early hours of the morning when you would come to pick us up from the hotel, to the late nights dropping us back after a long day. Your enthusiasm for your city and country is so great!

Thank you for sharing your culture with us; your personal stories and explanation of the history of Rajasthan allowed us to appreciate your city evermore. We thank you for trying your best for us in searching for restaurants for us, and introducing foods that were personal to you, like the deep fried lentil ball and tea by the street! Thank you for translating for us in restaurants, cafes and tourist spots, and watching over us the entire time to make sure we were alright! We felt very safe with you around, and definitely well taken care of! Please convey our biggest thanks to RK, Monu and our driver (I'm sorry I did not catch his name!).

RK - Thank you for the hardest work and greatest effort to find that tiger for us on our 3rd and final safari drive! It was an exhilarating experience for all of us! It was unforgettable!Manu - what a great guide you are! You explained the details of the forts and palaces in such great detail for us to understand the vast history that we would not have gotten if it weren't for you! Thank you!Our driver - Thank you for driving through the tiredness, for hours and hours. The traffic in India is quite overwhelming, very different from that in Singapore, and we could never do what you do! Monu, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Wherever you choose to go, whatever you choose to do, regardless of the outcome of those choices, we hope that you will have peace, contentment, enthusiasm, joy, laughter, good health, new friends and exciting experiences. You are a kind and cheerful person, and you will touch the lives of many!  We will recommend Ravishing India Holidays to our friends and family because of the wonderful experience we had with you. Till we meet again, in India and/or in Singapore, we cherish our memories in Rajasthan and look forward to coming back in the future to discover new things with you. Many, many thanks,Sarah, along with Mr & Mrs Wong, Tai Shen and Tai Siang

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Megan D’Arcy

I can not thank Ravishing India enough for the fantastic time on my holiday. My very last minute booking with very specific requirements was perfectly arranged by the team at Ravishing India. From the moment I first met them nothing was too much trouble. Special thanks to Neelam and suresh who provided fantastic service. Looking forward to booking my next trip with Ravishing India Holidays!

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Mark & Aarti Lyall

A perfect intro to Rajasthan! The trip was so varied, and we were constantly enthralled at each stop.  You made the Taj trip simple and efficient, without any queueing, and that continued on to all our stops along the way. Pushkar town itself was lovely, and we saw a spectacular sunset, and Orchard Tents was a beautiful stay. Only trouble here was a funeral celebration that went on until 5am with very loud music - we didn’t sleep too well. In the middle of the desert you don’t expect that! Food here was very good. Manvar desert camp was close to perfect. Great accommodation and enough activities to keep you busy. The food wasnt great, but definitely acceptable. Jodhpur fort was pretty spectacular - we ate on the rooftop restaurant with a view of the fort at night. We also did the flying fox zip line - different again from the rest of the trip and great views back to the fort.  Final day in Delhi was just the right amount of time. We went to Khan market (good shopping and drinks) and ate near Haus Kaas - Italian called Artiso - I recommend if you have guests who fancy a change of cuisine.   The traveller is the ONLY way to do this! highly recommend this - we had enough space to relax and not get in each other's hair. Minor tweak - ensure it's not overloaded with a lot of time at forts and temples - we had guides arranged at each, and it tended to be a little too long (2 hrs) vs an hour of wandering around, tempered with a little history on the place.   Last but not least, Monu was a fantastic concierge all the way through! Always available, early or late at night, and always on time to collect us - we felt like VIPs being collected in the Traveller and not having to lift a finger. I think his personality and local knowledge is ideal for travellers of our age or younger as he did know what we'd enjoy and what we might not. Jaipur for example, was our favourite part of the trip as we could zoom around in rickshaws, see some funky tea places, and visit great restaurants. He even took the girls to get a blow dry which they raved about! It was great to have Monu to guide us on the areas, and stay out of trouble.   We were keen to try street foods and Monu came into his own there - he took us to places he's been and tested, and knew what would be safe for the foreign belly vs what to stay away from - he kept us all well the whole trip, not an upset tummy amongst us! He was flexible when we needed food at different times, and even got a friend to deliver Samosas to the Jaipur fort! Now that is going over and above!   Overall he should definitely get 5 stars!

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Vicky Tan

India is a place that I never thought I will like let alone visiting so when I start telling my friends & family that I am going India for holiday. Everyone thought I was crazy like; why would I go India? That is the kind of mentality that most people have. Needless to say, I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous place. I was really taken away by the beauty of India. Ravishing India holidays has not only provided us with the super comfortable tours & hotels, they also provide the best concierge services for us. It’s all gals trip for us, 3 adults & 1 little boy. We enjoyed ourselves so much during this trip! Is truly one of the best trip I have taken! Our road trip start when we were in Delhi, the concierge drove the 4 of us from Delhi to Ranthambore. We packed loads of titbits with us during the road trip & was happily enjoying the scenery as RK, our super guide cum driver drove us. Ranthambore When we get into Ranthambore, we were greeted & given warm welcome by the luxury chain hotel, Oberoi Vanyavilas. Truly super luxury glamorous tent from room down to the staffs, super attentive services provided by Oberoi. Ranthambore is notably known for one of the largest national park in northern India. The wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers & is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. We were led by RK, the super experienced naturalist to the safari for tigers chasing. We chase the tigers & other wild animals to take pictures, enjoyed the beautiful landscape of the park. The views to the landscape in ranthambore makes you forget about the chaos in urban living. Safari never been more fun than these. We enjoyed the safari so much that every morning at 4.30am sharp, we will leap out of the bed to get ready for the safari. It’s truly the highlight & unforgettable of this trip for us. Jaipur From Ranthambore to Jaipur took about 3 hours’ drive. We stayed in another luxurious hotel, Fairmont Jaipur. We were there for some shopping & the highlight of this is the hot air balloon ride we took in Jaipur. We were really lucky the weather was good for take-off. Fantastic & breath-taking view as they blend beautifully with the historical Forts & hidden palaces nestled amongst the Aravalli Ranges. Captured the privileged view of traditional Rajasthani villages & the smiles of friendly people looking up at you when the balloon went passed. It was indeed a well worth to experience this! Udaipur We took a 6 hours’ road trip from Jaipur to Udaipur, this time round we blended in so well together with RK. We completely went insane during the road trip! RK blast the music, we sing along Hindi songs (even although we have no idea how to sing), dance with the catchy beats, making so much noise during the drive. It is truly a precious memory that I will never forget. Udaipur, Venice of the East acclaimed as the most romantic & heritage city in the world, is settled in the state of Rajasthan in India. It is known for its history, culture, scenic location & the Rajput-era palaces. We stayed in the Taj Lake Palace, the most romantic hotel in India. Our stay was very pleasant & memorable. The staffs, amenities, food, entertainments were all amazing. RIH arranged for us to take the vintage car ride around the city. It was absolutely awesome. The stroll around the city was just as good as we visited other palaces, restaurants, shops, bazaars or soaking ourselves in the scenic gorgeous views with cool breeze. On the whole, this trip to India have gone beyond my expectations. The mind-blowing landscapes, foods, palaces, the wonderful luxurious hotels stay, etc. We are all very teary when it’s time to say goodbye to RK, our beloved naturalist cum guide cum driver cum bodyguard cum DJ. You won’t want to leave, but when you do, you’ll have so much to remember & you can’t wait till go back there again! It’s been a week since I’m back from India but I have been keep thinking about the places, the fun, the laughter, the bonds & the memories we shared during our time there. It’s truly an incredible charming magical place you’ll want to visit over & over again. Having to say this, I have already booked my next trip with RIH.

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Gerra & Clement

I am a wander luster and I always insist to my husband: Let's at least travel Once every year to see the world! So this year we decided not to travel too far away and I thought, Why not India? Usually I do all plannings for our trip. Major readings and research which can be a pain and not to mention, energy draining. I didn't feel like doing it myself again this time. So I found RIH and asked for a quotation and Felicia was extremely patient, (considering I may have asked some stupid questions.) answering my doubts and even sending a very detailed and well thought out itinerary. We didn't even need to meet up with her as her response was prompt and all transactions were done smoothly, electronically. RIH is definitely trustworthy and my worries were unfound. We had a great time exploring India according to the itinerary (and more upon request, thanks to the dedicated concierge who were with us throughout) in great comfort. Little details like local handphone available to us and portable internet connection on the dongle provided by RIH are definitely a major PLUS. We enjoyed the Safari the most with RK, the specialised naturalist who is the Expert at tracking the wild cats. So thanks to him, We managed to see tigers 3 times on our trips out in the safari! We will travel again with RIH for future trips if we want to see the other parts of India! Gerra & Clement

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Tasha

I just wanted to let you know what a great time I had on this trip. Firstly thank you for making everything so hassle free and easy for a stress free holiday. Having a local concierge definitely helped loads! Also the experiences on the trip were just amazing. I absolutely loved the safaris and being so up close and personal with the wild life. The hot air balloon ride was breathtaking and one of my best holiday memories. I felt like I really experienced the best that India has to offer and my friends were inspired to visit after looking at the lovely pictures. I would definitely recommend RIH to them for the same awesome experience! Till the next holiday! Love, Tasha

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Tan Lay Hong

Delhi Travelling around Delhi in the local auto and rickshaw were amazing means to experience the culture and sightseeing in Delhi. We were amazed by the architecture at Humayun tomb and Jama Mashid where my grandnephew became the most photographed star attraction for the Indians at the mosque! I loved the rickshaw ride through Chawdni chowk and the old Delhi area. We joined the locals to pay our respect to their founding father of India at the Mahatma Gandhi Sminiti and enjoyed the beautiful garden. Agra At Oberoi Amarvilla at Agra, I enjoyed the beautiful hotel setting facing the Taj Mahal and we were given a grand hotel tour by the manager. Great food awaited us at the restaurant at the ground level. We were up early before sunrise for our visit to Taj Mahal, a 17th-century, Mughal-style, marble mausoleum with minarets with the famous symmetrical gardens; truly one of the wonders of the world . Many photographs of this place were shot as we admired the fabulous century old architecture of that time. Jaipur Moving from Agra to Jaipur by car, we arrived at Oberoi, Rajvillas in the evening. Swimming in the pool and entertained by the traditional puppet show nearby followed by the complimentary 30 mins spa were very relaxing . Dinner at AD 1135 in the fort was arranged where we feasted on one of the best North Indian food in a grand setting made for emperors and VIPs…… feeling like one of them. See the surroundings of Jaipur from a hot air balloon provided me with an exhilarating experience as we drifted over mountains, traditional villages and rural fields. I was totally mesmerized by the sight of the rising sun and loved the local villagers waving to us from rooftops and terraces……….. truly one of the unique travel experience for me. I loved the Palace Of The Winds' architecture design that looked like a beehive castle with small windows and screened balconies within the pink city. Ranthambhore We stayed at the Oberoi, Vanyavillas in a tent styled room with this grandest setting – true glamping! Loved the safaris led by our favourite Naturalist, R.K Pandey. We had close encounter with the deers, wild boars, monkeys, birds, crocodiles and Bengal Tigers with the abundance of luxuriant vegetation and picturesque landscape. Special arrangements were made by our personal travel concierge for us to have tea and lunches on the jeep in the nature park itself! It was such a magical moment for me to see a tiger moving down from the slope and sitting in front of our jeep, a mother tiger with her male baby tiger crossing the road plus the young tiger bath in the stream. It is such an enthralled experience with wildlife and nature in Ranthambhore. The unforgettable safaris experience coupled with luxurious accommodations, great food and services offered had given me the ‘WOW”….and most memorable travelling experience ever.

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Tan Lay Geok

We booked a premium holiday tour package organized by "Ravishing India Holidays". Throughout, we were accompanied by a local personal travel concierge, Mr R.K, who is very professional; taking care of all the trip logistics, our comfort and safety. It was the most memorable and exciting holiday; enjoying the beautiful mosques, temple, and the magnificent Taj Mahal.  We also gained a better understanding of the Indian culture and appreciation of the India history and the building architecture. We first toured Delhi city, moving through narrow streets by rickshaw which was unbelievable; seeing how the locals doing their businesses in their small shops and the overcrowded living conditions.  We also toured Delhi, seeing the beautiful and well maintained preserved old buildings Next, we travelled by car to Agra and stayed a night there.  The next morning, we were at the Taj Mahal, one of the “7 World Wonders”.  It was a wish comes true for me; standing in front of this beautiful and grand building; marveled at the fine architecture and beautiful garden.  The Taj Mahal is the most photographed monument in India. We then went to Jaipur, where we got to experience seeing the city from a Hot Air Balloon! It was a fantastic feeling enjoying sunrise, mountains, the fields and the cheering villagers waving and running below. The final highlight of our holiday was the visit to the Tiger Safari Park at Ranthambhore.    I personally never think of seeing tiger in the wildlife and sitting in an open jeep as the perceived thought was it is not safe.  Accompanied by a trained naturalist and an excellent jeep driver, we made 4 trips to the park and got to see one leopard, 3 tigers and many other animals, not forgetting the beautiful scenery, rugged terrain, lakes and colorful birds.  The feeling was magical; peaceful, calmness and relaxing.   We even had our tea in the park.   It was an incredible experience; the tremendous joy and the smile on our face when we saw the tiger. Throughout the trip, we stayed in luxurious hotels managed by the Oberoi Hotel and Resort Group.  The service standards were excellent and impressive especially at the Oberoi Vanyavilas,  Ranthambhore, always delighting you with surprises; dropping rose petals on to guest’s head in welcoming them and very attentive staff always greeting guests  and providing us with good information.  We were pampered by the hotel services and activities for adult guests and kids too.  It ranges from spa, yoga, cooking classes to block printing, making biscuits and pottery. Thanks to Ravishing India Holidays for organizing this amazing experiential trip! Thumbs up!

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