The staff at Ravishing India Holidays, RIH has been nothing short of amazing. We were first picked up at the airport. But even prior to arrival, we had the wonderful experience of being taken care of. Our visas were promptly settled when we encountered difficulty submitting online. And the itinerary carefully crafted out to make the best use of our time in India. And furthermore, we were given good advice on what to bring and prepped on what to expect on arrival. Everything was so properly organized and smooth that it made the start of the holiday so hassle-free and easy. This can be quite unnerving especially when you don’t know what to expect and prepare for. Having heard the many wonderful testimonies of others, we decided to experience for ourselves and there is definitely no regrets for doing so. Ravishing India Holidays took care of all the travel arrangements and coordinating of transfers etc that you literally need not have to trouble about it.
The concierge, Mr. Ashraq was waiting for us and the moment we arrived at Delhi airport, we knew exactly what to do and where to look out for him as he had texted us prior to arrival. Over the many days we were there, he was always prompt in attending to our needs, spoken and even unspoken. He observed and begin to understand the likes and dislikes of our children and was so helpful in assisting us in moving about, from point to point, communicating to others about what we wanted. He arranged the guides and patiently waited for us at every place. He made special arrangements to bring us places we wanted to go, rides we wanted to take, and items we wanted to get. We were often clueless about prices and what the market rates and practices were and he provided the much needed advice. During tours, you often have to rush about to capture as much of the place in so short a period of time. However, the beauty in this trip was that though there was a customized itinerary curated for us, we could make changes according to what suited us whilst on the trip and there were ample times of rest when we wanted them.
In Delhi, we started with a rickshaw ride around old Delhi in Chandi Chowk followed by sightseeing in Jama Masjid & Spice Market in Old Delhi. We got to see Qutub Minar, a world heritage site. We visited the step well and saw how water was collected during the early days.
In Agra, we went to two heritage sites – Agra Fortand the Taj Mahal (7 Wonders of the World)
The sights- the stately palaces and grand forts and monuments, all beautifully kept and maintained despite the passage of time. Intricate details in every sense of the word. The colours and attention to details in everything demand that nothing short of the best be given. Makes one appreciate excellence and beauty at its best.
The highlights of the trip for the children especially were the safaris at Ranthambore. We were even given time alone while the kids went on safari. This would not be possible if not for Ravishing India Holidays. Special thanks to RK Pandey for arranging the kids junior ranger programme and taking the kids for the educational safari programme, spotting the tigers and being able to see them at close range and admire their beauty and splendour. And being with Ravishing India Holidays, you can be guaranteed that😁😜. The Ranthambhore fort (UNESCO heritage site) visit at sunset was totally romantic without kids, and with a picnic mat and snacks and tea, and the sun setting right in front of us, set up nicely by our concierge, Ashfaq.
Even whilst on the road trips, our concierge Ashraq kept the kids entertained with their favourite music and videos. He captured many precious moments we had together, being our personal photographer and videographer.
In Jaipur, we had the thrill of taking the Vespa rides with the sidecars with Zoomz to experience the city sights. We had fun with bazaar shopping and going to the Jaipur markets.
There was a guided tour of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar (UNESCO heritage sites) in Pink City Jaipur. The stroll of Amber Fort (UNESCO heritage site) with the sound and light show and Sheesh Mahal – famous monuments in Jaipur further enriched the experience, along with the early morning Dera Amer Elephant ride was so enchanting, especially for the kids.
Our last stop was at Udaipur where we took the boat ride about the lake. The tour of the beautiful scenery of the lakes and palaces really makes one feel like royalty when walking the grounds of the palace.
The food, is definitely amazing and such varieties to try, that a diet is warranted at the end of it, especially when you are brought to all the best food around the region😋
The shopping, unbelievable!! Much to see and even more to take home. The workmanship in every handicraft and handmade item are all one of a kind. And even customized accordingly to what you want.
To end it all, my take on making trips are always to go with someone you can trust and who know the place well to bring you around and being with Ravishing India Holidays, it has indeed exemplified that. Taking the domestic flight from Udaipur to Delhi, the check-in at the airport was all easily settled with Ashraq with us.
Ravishing India Holidays have indeed made my trip a truly enriching one and changed my whole perception of the place, the people, and the culture. The hotels that we were put up in, were coordinated to ensure our maximum comfort for the whole family, and we felt really at home staying in all of them. The staff at the various hotels were helpful and those of Trident hotels deserve special mention for their service and hospitality. Even before ending the trip, we are already contemplating on future trips with RIH! Thank RIH，you are the best.