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Yesterday we got back from Sunderban. Thank you very much for the organisation! It was really very great.

Our Tour Guide Arpita was super!!!

She knew about everything and spoke excellent English.

We had great weather (approx.. 25C) and the air was very good, we should have brought some back to Delhi of the same J

On our next trip we shall certainly come back to you.

Warm regards also to the Monkfoot Team.

Tom and Anika January 2015 (Visited Sunderban in West Bengal)


Firstly, thank you, we had an excellent time in Ranthambhore.

Whole variety of birds, mongoose, deer, boars, a shy leopard and fifteen wonderful minutes with Romeo the dominant male tiger.
Amazing and humbling experience, the grace and silence of a tiger is a lifelong memory!
Best wishes and thank you again
Andrew January 2015 (Visited Ranthambhore National Park)

Hi Ratnabh,

Wanted to thank you for the fantastic Organization/Tour that you organized for my parents in Mumbai+Aurangabad last week

Even with a last minute organization, everything was perfect

My Parents have plenty of souvenirs, and enjoyed every single visit/hotel/trip you organized

Thanks

Claire & Maxime January 2015 (Visited Mumbai and Ajanata-Ellora)


Hi Ratnabh!
Our trip went very well! We wish to thank you for it. We got to see a lot of great things in western India.  
Regards,

Steve and Diana  December 2014(Visited Udaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer


Hi Lara,

I would like to tell you think you very much for such a great trip - it was just perfect.  Even better than last year.

Plus, are guides were wonderful and their English was very good!

Thank you

Susan December (Visited Delhi-Agra-Jaipur)


Dear Lara,

Just a few words to tell you about our trip in Rajasthan.

After a smooth arrival in Udaipur where your local agent was waiting for us, we enjoy the hotel and the visit next day was very well organized.

You local agent was nice and helpful and the guide was also good with good english and lots of information.

He also advice us to attend at night a dance spectacle in one of the city museum, what we dit and really enjoyed it.

Then we drove to Ranakpur on our way to Jodhpur. Our driver was very calm, nice and we had no problem all the way.

Ranakpur is a must to see temple and was a nice break on the way.

We arrived in Jodhpur the evening when they burn the devil and as our hotel was just in the city center, we could attend the fireworks. The hotel was more « simple » but clean and restaurant ok.

 Then our driver brings us to teh desert village. For all of us, it was the highlight of the trip. It’s a very simple place with nice farmers, it was not so much desert as it was quite green still from the mousson. We could enjoy a camel ride but didn’t went to sleep in the dunes because Julien my youngest had little bit delli belli and our flight was earlier the next morning so I didn’t want to stress to come back to Jodhpur.

We could cook with the farmer, Julien could milked the goat and we saw a lot of stars and the big red moon at 4h30 in the morning. Staying 2 days there with no honking, only nature noises was very nice even if it was really warm all the time.

Then back to Jodhpur at the airport and back to Delhi.

I’ll definitively recommend that tour to some friends around and from Europe as it gives a very nice overview of Rajasthan beauties and richness.

Keep in touch dear Lara

Thanks again for your good advice and great organization together with Ratnabh

Mido and Lars, November 2014 (Visited Udaipur, Jodhpur, Hacra)


Dear Ratnabh, dear Lara, 

I would like to thank you for the wonderful trip to Rajasthan you organized for our friends and us. It was a trip of dreams come true. Within only 4 days we could see so much and everything we planned was executed in best possible way. Especially Ratnabh who always knew where we are and did contact the driver for early arrival or the hotel for a bit of delay, that was a first in a lifetime for all of us. Never before did we experience such a caring and professional guidance during our trip. 

Although I would have preferred the Fairy Queen train to Alwar, the Steam Train is a dream. We were lucky and got the backside compartment with the panorama view, perfect or a group of 6 that we were. We were greeted nicely, we got delicious food cooked on the train itself, service was much better then expected. A wonderful start into our trip. The welcome in Alwar was again with music and ticka ceremony, highlighting the day. We arrived 1.5 hours early and Ratnabh had already informed the driver who arrived shortly after us. Even the station master was very friendly and opened first class waiting room for us. 

The driver of the Tempo Traveller had good experience and was with us all the way. What ever we wanted, he could explain or help to get. He never tried to take any advantage of us and knew his way very well.

Our first stop was  Tented Camp. Unbelievable the luxury and perfection they have put in these tents. The camp has a well kept pool a spa and massage and is lovely put up.  Absolutely 5-star felling and surely not the last time we go there. The safari at Sariska Wildlife Park in the morning as planned started at the resort and took us back in time.  

We reached Hotel in Jaipur late in the afternoon.  Lovely, friendly reception of the owner. He has converted his former home into a lovely bed and breakfast with a pool on the terrace, a great terrace and every room was like coming home. The details he has put into the place made it a warm and comfortable stay and we regretted to leave after only 1 night.  In the morning we got very good German speaking guide, we could ride to Amber Fort with elephants, we saw the lake palace, the City Palace, we did some shopping and after a late lunch left for our last destination Patan. 

We left and drove right to Patan. In the village we were expected and guided by motorbike through the narrow lanes. There is nothing to see and only after the last turn you drive through a gate like Jaipur and you stop in front of the most romantic and lovely palace we could ever imagine. Reception was royal, with flowers, with a cold towel, with cold drinks in the open lobby. The palace has 19 huge rooms, renovated with love and care and an eye for details. Many stair cases, terraces, corners, doors, like a fairy tale castle. This night we 6 were the only guests but we got full service and dinner buffet as if it was full house. The whole time it was like living in a dream. In the morning the view to the old fort and the hill side was breath taking. The pool and recreation area was well designed and absolutely clean. 

In total we enjoyed every minute of our time and trip to Rajasthan. I am happy that I just trusted your recommendations and experience. It could not be better than that. Looking at the costs, all together and in detail everything was very reasonably priced and value for money was so much more. 

Thank you once again, it was the greatest trip we ever made. 

Birgit, February 2014 (Visited Sariska, Jaipur and Patan)


I am incredibly happy with Monkfoot Travel! 
I got married in Delhi, and Monkfoot helped me organize a trip for my European guests to go see the Taj Mahal. 
Everything from the initial contact, to discussing the itinerary and trip logistics, to the clarity and documentation of pricing through emails, follow-ups through phone calls, as well as an incredibly well-liked guide that was sent along for the trip - all my guests were really really happy about their Taj Mahal experience. Thank you Lara and Ratnabh for fantastic  service that absolutely met my expectations. I now have a go-to travel agent for my future visitors to India, and can't wait to explore India myself with them. Warmly, Diana Ots
Warmly, Diana Ots , March 2014

Good Morninbg !
Thank you for organizing our wonderful efficient holiday. 
Everything was like clockwork, which was perfect and that made our holiday special as it was short and quick trip. 
We hope our next trip will be the same.
Have a good day
Thama Edgeware, March 2014 (Visited Kerala)

We use Monkfoot to arrange our trip to Ranthambhore. We were two families travelling together with three children under 4years  and one aged 8years. Our requirements were discussed in detail prior to going ahead with the booking. They took care to make sure that how we travelled and where we stayed would also suit the children. We all went on the train and had seamless transfers to our accommodation. The accommodation was great with a swimming pool and lots of room for the children to run around. We left the younger children at the hotel for the morning safaris but the guide was able to organise an afternoon where we took the younger ones on a "baby safari" on the outskirts of the park. They saw lots of deer, monkeys, birds and other animals which they were fascinated with. We saw tigers on two of the safaris but the trip would have been fantastic even if we didn't, there were loads of animals in the park and the guide we had was excellent. We were very happy with all aspects of the holiday and Lara and Ratnabh were constantly in touch to make sure everything was going smoothly."

'We booked a last minute trip to Amritsar through Monkfoot travels. I took the train up with my husbands parents and two young children. They enjoyed the train trip(6 hours) even though it was raining most of the way. Breakfast and snacks were provided on the train. The driver met us at the station and took us to the hotel. We used the next day for sightseeing, the guide was very good and well informed taking us all through the golden temple to Jallianwala Bagh and then later on to the border ceremony. We had decided to fly back as there were no train tickets. Everything was organised by Monkfoot, we were provided with detailed information before we left and they were available for any questions or concerns. After doing quite a few trips around India I have found, especially with young children, that it is much easier to have a good travel agent organise the trip and make all the bookings. You don't have to search for hours looking at different accommodation and transport options and you have no concerns about where you are going to end up!. '

Karie and Jodie, February 2014 ( Visted Ranthambhore National Park and Amritsar)


Dear Lara and Ratnabh,

Thank you for organising our trip for us.  We had a wonderful time and everything went smoothly.  We were very well looked after by our driver and guides and you checking that everything was ok.  It was our first taste of India and we loved it.  I hope one day we will be able to explore more.

Kind regards,

Rosemary , February 2014 (Visited Agra and Jaipur)


Good morning Lara,

Me and my friend Elira ( she came to visit us from Greece) had the chance to go and visit the Holly city of Rishikesh. The trip was organized well and the hotels we stayed there were absolute amazing! Very good kind staff and great facilities. We loved the fact that both hotels organized for us to watch the aarti and have some joga classes. 
We liked the city and people. We visited Ashrams and walked in the market for shopping. 
We had great time. A big thank you to you and your office for suggesting good places, hotels and always be prepare to help us during our stay there.
Thank you!

Rosemary , February 2014 (Visited Haridwar and Rishikesh)


Dear Lara,
I would like to thank you for taking good care of me and my friend Krysti. Our trip to Haridvar and Rishikesh was so amassing. The both Hotels we booked through your office where great. Aalia hotel in Haridvar was like a dream. Peaceful place with a high class service. Ellebee gives the possibility to live the Holy city - Rishikesh- from inside. Even here the service was great, the rooms clean and big. Wonderful restaurant with a very tasty food.
Thank you again.
Elira Bregu, February 2014 ( Visted Haridwar and Rishikesh)

Hi Lara!
Sorry for the late reply. Im back in South Africa - back to work and Charles is still in India until the 20th January.
Thank you to you and Ratnabh for organizing, what Charles has called it, "the best holiday of my life"!
It really was amazing. There were some hair raising moments but it all added to fun of everything.  
Charles and his uncle Peter have decided to return to Rishikesh together one day - what a place!
And Udaipur was perfect to finish up on - just beautiful.
I will forward you some pics once Charles gets back - he has the camera. Visuals will just be better.
Thanks again! Wishing Monkfoot as well as you and Ratnab a great 2014!!
Carmen and Charles, December 2013 ( Visted Rishikesh, Agra, Jaipur,Jodhpur and Udaipur)

Hi Lara and Ratnabh,

I just wanted to say thanks for organising the trip to Ranthambhore. We all had a fantastic time from the hotel to the amazing safari experiences. Even if we had not seen a tiger it would have been well worth it.

Additionally top marks for the guide , he was excellent!

Regards

Jodie and Kari, December 2013 (Visited Ranthambhore National Park)


Hi Lara,

Sorry, I haven't had a chance to reply. We had a great holiday. I'll run though each place:

The accom at Amritsar - the family running it were lovely. They included us in their Diwali celebrations and we're fantastic with the kids. The room we had was a bit dark, and the beds/bedding really needed an upgrade, but the hotel was very cute and the staff more than made up for the small issues with the room

 

The Lodge in Dharamsla  was fantastic. We had an amazing time there and loved being outdoors. Ollie loved the dogs and horses, and the staff and food was fabulous. It's perfect for people who love hiking and sitting and talking to others, as the meals are generally communal.  It's more about hiking and sitting relaxing; and we loved every minute of it!

Regards

Michellei, November 2013 (Visited Amritsar and Dharamsala)


Hi Ratnabh -

I got your text but could not respond. We had a fantastic time!  Our guide in Udaipur was excellent and we liked India very much. 

Thank you for all your help - we will recommend you in the future.

Best,

Sarah and Ethan, November 2013 (Visited Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur)


Hallo Lara,
bin jetzt wieder in Deutschland und sortiere gerade die ganzen Fotos. Die Tour von euch war echt klasse und es hat alles super geklappt. Sogar 
ein Tiger hat sich gezeigt (siehe Foto).
Nun wollte ich Euch nur noch ein kurzes Feedback geben.
Der Fahrer war gut & ist für indische Verhältnisse sehr sicher gefahren. 
Auch die Kommunikation mit Ratnabh fand ich klasse. Auch mit der Zugfahrt hat alles reibungslos funktioniert.
Insgesamt war es ein super Urlaub und ich hab viel gesehen. Vielen Dank 
für den tollen Trip.
Viele Grüße
Bastian, November 2013 (Visited Agra, Jaipur and Ranthambhore National Park)

Hallo Lara! 
Ich wollte Dir auch schon schreiben! Ich denke Ihr habt die Reise fuer uns gut organisiert!
Die Reise war wirklich toll! Am besten uns gefallen das HausBoot fahren !!! Die Elefanten auch war sehr interessant!!!
Wir haben uns sehr gut erholt!
Danke noch mal!
Lasma, October 2013 (Visited Kerala)

We had a great trip . Thank You

Esther and Daniela, September 2013 (Visited Varanasi,Kolkata,Darjeeling)


We researched a travel itinerary for a two week trip around India and once we had decided upon our destinations we passed the details to Monkfoot Travel to draw up a final tour.

They did a marvellous job!  They made all our travel arrangements, flights and cars, arranged local guides and drew up itineraries for each destination. They booked all hotels, suggesting alternatives to some we had thought suitable and we took their advice and went with some of their recommended properties, which were fabulous.  We also spent a magical day and night on a houseboat in the backwaters, where peace and tranquillity reign.

Our tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the drivers were most amenable and punctual.  At every destination there was a representative there to meet us and introduce the driver to us and assist with check in at our hotels.

Throughout our trip we had SMS messages to inform us of the names and contact details of the driver and representative at out next destination.

All in all we had a truly magnificent holiday and Monkfoot Travel made it all possible for us in a most pleasant and professional manner.  We cannot praise the service highly enough and would most definitely recommend the services of Monkfoot Travel to everyone.

Robert and Alexandra, September 2013 (Visited Udaipur, Mumbai, Kochi, Alappuzha, Kovalam)


Hi Ratnabh and Lara,

Thank-you so much for organising our wonderful trip to Jaipur and Agra. The Samode Havelli was excellent and so much more character than a modern hotel. The room we had was superb, beautifully furnished, very large and clean, and the hotel staff very helpful and attentive.

The guide in Jaipur was excellent and knowledgeable and not only explained about the monuments but also rituals and festivals as we went along.

In Agra Nadeem was excellent, extremely interesting, amusing with very good English and good photographic skills! We would recommend both guides to anyone and of course your agency.

Thank-you again and I hope we will be coming back to India as we enjoyed it so much.

Regards

Mary and Mike, August 2013 (Visited Jaipur and Agra)


With friends over from Scotland we had an excellent trip to Ranthambhore thanks to Ratnabh’s organisation and knowledge.  He recommended and then arranged a private guide for us in the game reserve who knew all the best places and found us tigers on two of the three days we were in the game reserve which was a fantastic bonus.  Our travel and accommodation arrangements went very smoothly and the hotel was very good.

Lorraine, April 2013 (Visited Ranthambhore)


Hi Lara

We had a lovely, relaxing weekend in Kasauli and are very grateful to Monkfoot for organizing the logistics for us. Ratnabh helped us throughout the process of choosing a destination and making the bookings. He then checked in with us throughout the trip to make sure that everything was going as planned- it was very reassuring to know that Monkfoot staff were available should any problems arise!

Julia ad Sudhir, August 2013 (Visited Kasauli)


Hi Lara and Ratnabh,

Today is Peter and Erin's last day in India. The last few days were hectic with last minute shopping etc.

Listening to them I think Rishikesh was an absolute highlight...by the sound of things Erin will be quite happy to become a permanent resident there!

All you arrangements were perfect and even their driver assisted them very well when they decided to do the white river rafting.

Thank you again for all you did on such short notice. I will definitely make use of Monkfoot in the future.

Kind regards

Ronell

Peter and Erin, March 2013 (Visited Rishikesh)


Dear Lara&Ratnabh,

Me and our friends had a fantastic vacation/travel in India-it was without any doubt the best tour we had so far, given the fact that some our close friends were part of the experience. Nearby everthing went absolutely perfect and I would like to thank you and your team for this exiting experience 

Olaf and family, March 2013 (Visited Corbett National Park, Agra,Jaipur, Rishikesh)


Dear Lara

We have returned well to winterly Germany.

But when we think back to our trip in Rajasthan we fell all warm. Great, wonderful thanks for the super program.

Wie are completely satisfied and experienced perfect days. The guides and care-takers were extremely pleasant and competent. A highlight were of course the days in Hacra with the camel tour.

We were taken care of perfectly by Gehmar and his colleagues and can highly recommend the tour.

Warm regards from Bodensee

Herbert and Monika, February 2013 (Visited Rajasthan)


Hi Lara

Super great holiday! Admittedly, I was quite surprised  with the level of organisation, as it was absolutely brilliant; on the one hand we lost no time worrying about things we may need to sort out, on the other hand we saw so much more of the country, than had we been on our own. For sure, there would have been 2-3 days on which we would have slept longer, or just skipped things out of sheer laziness.

In retrospect it feels like we were travelling for at least 6 weeks, when it was actually only 3! We saw SO much in 3 weeks, and especially the first half was not so easy – in terms f travelling – but we had enough beach-time to create a perfect balance and mix at the end.

I must honestly say that I was extremely impressed with the overall standard! I really did not expect that we have such a continuous high standard of hotels and also personal chauffeurs and guides!!

Really, really great!!!

Thousand thanks again for everything.

Fabeinne and Mirika, January 2013 (Visited Mumbai, Hampi,Bangalore,Kochi,Alappuzha,Thekkady,Goa)


Liebe Lara,

wir sind wohlbehalten zu Hause angekommen. In Agra ist alles prima gelaufen.

Wir bedanken uns herzlich bei Dir und Deinem Team.

Gruß,

Lucie, January 2013 (Visited Agra)


Hi Lara, hi Ratnabh,

We had the ultimate travel to the North East of India. This journey, as we have experienced it should only take people who want to see a lot of new, interesting, exciting and adventurous. These people will get their money's worth ! There were but unforgettable impressions of regions that are avoided by tourists and for comfort-seeking people. And that's a good thing, because that would be out of place there.

In addition to our dream trip to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, we had booked 2 more train travel in Monkfoot.

The first took us into the Thar desert to Jaisalmeer, for me, the dream city of One Thousand-and-One-Night. Although many Western tourists, Jaisalmer is worth the trip. Especially if you can book through Monkfoot the hotel where we have stayed. In the old town, accessible only on foot, a museum the same, with a great service.
The second destination was Amritsar, close to the border with Pakistan. The Golden Temple, the largest shrine of the Sikhs, is so impressive that I will not describe here can.
Finally, very many thanks to Lara and Ratnabh of Monkfoot, who made such a great experience.
Werner and Tina,  December 2012 (Visited Assam, Arunachal, Jaisalmer and Amritsar)

Dear Lara and Ratnabh,

we are now back in England and would like to say thank you for your patient and special help to arrange this excellent trip for and with us.

We enjoyed every second and have also lived quite an "Indien life" with all the people we met. It was a wonderful holiday and everything went perfect, we even managed 3 trips on the Nilgiri railways with perseverance and patience. The worst that happened to us was a train that was 15 min late. And all the beauty we saw: tigers, elephants, dolphins and this amazing country side. All the kindness of the people and their interest in us. I do not know how to pack our month in India in a few sentences, but it was everything we wanted and more.

Thanks a lot

Mark and Annette Sliwinski,  December 2012 (Visited Corbett, Rajasthan and Tamilnadu)


 

Hi Lara,

I would like to thank you and Monkfoot for superb service during our recent trip to Kerala.

  1. It was hugely useful to be able to book flights well in advance and pay later.

  2. Being met at the airport and ushered to our car was really good. The driver and car were both excellent and Joseph was particularly helpful when we wanted to go to places other than the usual tourist places.

  3. Being able to just present the booking voucher made for hassle-free check-ins.

  4. We appreciated the strong suggestion that we take an up-market houseboat as we saw some apparently on their last legs!

  5. We also appreciated our other booking being checked out for us – even though it was actually another resort.

Thanks again.

Penny McLuckie,  December 2012 (Visited Kerala)


 

Hi Lara,

Sorry, been meaning to send you an email!  Yes, my parents, Randeep and I had a fantastic trip to Kerala!  My parents loved all the places we stayed.  And loved the food!  It was nice to have a mix of home stays and larger hotels.  We really appreciated all of Ratnahb's texts following up with us during the trip. 

We were particularly grateful to Thora at Secret Garden in Kochi who was a big help after my mother developed a severe case of hives the second evening we were there (a new experience for all of us!). She gave my mom her antihistimine tablets and called her personal dr who made house calls that evening and the following morning.  It was comforting to all of us to feel like we  were in good hands with Thora and the dr on the case!

Our driver, Davis, was great.  He was extremely helpful in helping my father find his iphone after he lost it while we were touring Munnar.  

All in all, a wonderful trip!

Jeniffer,  December 2012 (Visited Kerala)


 

Hi Ratnabh

Thank you my friend...you helped in many ways to make my experiences in India comfortable and reassuring.

Happy Holidays to you and your family...

John Gofort,  November 2012 (Visited Rajasthan and Varanasi)


 

Dear Lara,

 

my husband and I would like to thank once again thank your team. During our trip everything went wonderfully. We especially enjoyed our stay at the Hotel "Les Hibiscus" in Pondicherry.
A warm greeting
Lucie and Stepan,  November 2012 (Visited Tamilnadu)

Hi Lara,

The Boat was great!  A repeat for next year if we are still in Delhi.  May seem odd but we were happy that we booked for 3 days.  We needed relaxation and special treatment both which were in abundance.  

Thanks for such great service by Monkfoot.

Lisa Winkler,  November 2012 (Visited Kerala)


 

Hi Ratnabh,

Thank you for all you organized for us.We had a wonderful time.

I'll get again in touch with you once we'll have decided what we intend to do when I'll come back with another friend at the end of january.

Best regards.

Dominique Roux,  November 2012 (Visited Agra and Udaipur)


 

Hi Ratnabh

I'm writing to thank you for your excellent organization of my journey in Mumbai .

My guides in Mumbai , ms Gulshan Deboo and Mr Rayes Iqbal in Ajanta and Ellora,were very nice and prepared, their Italian was good!

My trip was really enjoyable!

I loved Mumbai Ajanta and Ellora !

I hope in the future to have the opportunity to visit some other place of this incredible India.

Thanks again for everything!

An affectionate greeting

Milena Caprotti,Italy,  November 2012 (Visited Mumbai, Ajanta and Ellora)


 

Hi Lara,

The Boat was great!  A repeat for next year if we are still in Delhi.  May seem odd but we were happy that we booked for 3 days.  We needed relaxation and special treatment both which were in abundance.  

Thanks for such great service by Monkfoot.

Lisa Winkler,  October 2012 (Took a three night backwater cruise in Kerala)


 

Hi Ratnabh,

Thank-you so much for organising our wonderful trip to Jaipur and Agra. The Samode Havelli was excellent and so much more character than a modern hotel. The room we had was superb, beautifully furnished, very large and clean, and the hotel staff very helpful and attentive.

The guide in Jaipur was excellent and knowledgeable and not only explained about the monuments but also rituals and festivals as we went along.

In Agra Nadeem was excellent, extremely interesting, amusing with very good English and good photographic skills! We would recommend both guides to anyone and of course your agency.

Thank-you again and I hope we will be coming back to India as we enjoyed it so much.

Regards

Mary-Jane Whitaker and Mike Beadsmoore,  October 2012 (Visited Agra and Jaipur)


 

Dear Lara & Ratnabh

 We are back to Delhi! Thank you for your help. We had a excellent trip!
One of my friend leave from India after few month. We made good memories with him in this trip!
Ananda hotel has excellent services. Food, Massage, hospitality...everything excellent!
Just I want to tell you thank you. You helped me a lots!
 Thank you & Regard,

Saori Warita,Japan,  July 2012 (Visited Rishikesh)


 

Hi Ratnabh

I just realised I had promised you some feedback on our Sangla adventure and totally forgot to send it.  So here goes.


Trains were all great.  The toy train, although a great experience, took 7 hours to reach Shimla, so we were rather happy when we finally made it to the top.
Sanjeev our driver was a very nice man.  His English was good and he was more than happy to answer any questions.  He was a good tour guide and quite knowledgeable about the whole region and happy to chat away.  Excellent driving skills and we felt quite safe in his hands considering some of the roads we went on.
Absolutely loved Sangla and Banjara Camp.  Even though the drive was 9 hours, the landscape is quite spectacular and constantly changing so it didn't seem that long.  Having said that, we were rather happy to reach our destination.  Lunch on the way was at a restaurant which was pretty good so there was no need to really carry food with us.
The management of Banjara are to be congratulated.  All the staff at the camp, right down to the cleaners and gardeners, were the happiest people we have met in a long time and this is a testament to the management and how the camp is run.  Quality of accommodation is great.  Food is delicious.  Treks were a little tiring for oldies like us, but we loved the 3 treks we did.  Unfortunately we felt the trek to the meadows was going to be too much for us so we only did the easy and medium treks and then a village walk on the 3rd day.  The staff, including the owners, made sure everyone would mix socially around the campfire at night and during the treks and like Sanjeev, our driver, were very knowledgeable about the local flora, fauna and people and quite keen to impart their knowledge.  We could easily have stayed for another 4 nights and can't thank you enough for recommending it.
- Thanks for the suggestion to go to Sarahan.  Temple was worth seeing and we had the best club sandwiches at a restaurant close by with one of the friendliest waiters we have ever come across.
So all in all, we had a fabulous holiday and it has certainly whet our appetite for the drive from Manali to Leh or perhaps Spiti.
Thank you again for your efforts in organising this.  It really was a wonderful break from the heat and dust of Gurgaon.

Warm regards

Catherine Alphonso,Australia,  May 2012 (Visited Shimla and Sangla)


 

Dear Lara,

 I have not yet had the opportunity to thank you for the magnificent travel you arranged for me and my friend,Susanne.

We had an extremely well organized tour,where we were looked after from the very beginning. We began our travel in Varanasi where our guide was waiting outside the airport. We were taken to a charming hotel just next to the river Ganges. He took us on a boatride,where we saw a lot of fires with dead corpses – it was an experience I shall never forget.

 When we arrived to Jaipur our guide was on the spot again. We did not have to worry one second. We came to a beautiful hotel, where they gave us a magnificent service. We were so surprised, when we had had our dinner, and they not even charged us for the wine! Our guide took us to the station and I was a bit nervous for the tour, but he followed us into the compartment and did not leave until the train took off. We both slept the whole way to Udaipur,where we again were taken care of.

 The hotel was so great. The food was gorgeous and the pool magnificent.

 As you can understand we were so pleased  with everything:  the men who welcomed us, our guides, the hotels, the arranged tours, EVERYTHING.

 I think I mix up the men who took care of us and the guides, But they were all great especially your men from Monkfoot.

 We have been talking about it again and again. We have both travelled a lot,but we have never experienced such a well organized tour. It was so wonderful that we felt you were together with us the whole time. Thank you for calling us and asking how we were. 

  I want to thank you so much for your help.

And now the most important: we have not paid you yet. Please tell me where we can pay. I would like not to involve Kristine,so please tell me how we do it.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and once again: THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH.

Yours sincerely

Tove Kjeldsen, Denmark,  May 2012 (Varanasi, jaipur and Udaipur)


 

Lara,

My son and husband can't stop talking about the trip we had. My son, especially, adored the two guides we had in agra and jaipur. I know we'll be returning and we will plan another trip using you guys!

Thanks,

Sandra Stevenson, USA,  May 2012 (Visited Agra, Jaipur and Bundi)


 

Hi Ratnabh 

I can tell you with absolute certainty that we The Alphonso's were blown away with our Corbett and Sonapani experiences.  We just loved every minute of it.  Our visitors I think are still very wide eyed.

Andre and I want to thank you very much for everything you did to make that trip as special as it was.  The guides and drivers were exceptional.

Dhikala - there really is only one place to stay in Corbett and that's Dhikala.  Again the accommodation is clean, adequate and good clean food.  Also the staff at Dhikala were extremely helpful with any request or enquiry.  What a wonderful place both in scenery and atmosphere.

Sonapani - just beautiful.  Ashish and Deepa have built a wonderful little village and are very welcoming.  Food was great; accommodation was great, fresh air was magic and the views spectacular.

I don't have time to go into great detail but thought you might like to refer to our blog to get a sense of our experiences - particularly Corbett.  Our blog address is:

http://thealphonsosindianadventure.blogspot.in/ 

Warm regards

Catherine Alphonso, Australia,  April 2012 (Visited Corbett National Park and Uttarkhand)


 

Hi Ratnabh,

Here is our feedback on the trip to Corbett that we did from 12/04/12 to 16/04/12 :

Overall organization of the trip absolutely perfect as usual !  Car and driver very safe driver and excellent car !)

Corbett National Parc is another paradise on earth, time flies so quickly in such places !

Safaris :We saw so many animals : tiger, wild elephants, wild boars, monkeys, deers, peacocks, serpent eagle, owl, crocodile, mountain lizard, jackals, mongoose, and of course many different species of birds ! The most impressive were definively the wild elephants : we saw hundreds of them and some of them so closely that we even got really scared twice !

Regards

Laurent Heme, France,  April 2012 (Visited Corbett National Park)


Hi Ratnabh and Lara,

Here is our feedback on the trip to Srinagar that we did from 31/03/12 to 04/04/12 :

Highlights : - Overall organization of the trip : perfect 

- Car and driver : (The driver has all the qualities : his driving is just perfect, he is a very nice guy, he is knowledgeable and we were able to communicate quite easily with him despite his "broken" English. 

- The houseboat on Dal Lake: No doubt that it is the very best houseboat location of Srinagar : excellent boats, very professional and nice peoples, very peaceful location and excellent food !)

Conclusion : - Excellent trip !

Regards,

Jeane Francoise, France,  March 2012 (Visited Kashmir)


 

Dear Lara,

I am Judith, Alex's mums friend. We would just like to thank you very much for organising our fantastic memorable trip to Nepal, every thing was lovely. Your attention to our requirements was without fault making for a stress free holiday but giving us time to enjoy ourselves at our own pace. We loved it all and have already recommended you to some of my friends. Vidya went above and beyond in her commitment to making us welcome and ensuring two old ladies from England had a once in a life time experience in a wonderful country which we will return to (web hope) one day with you and your staff looking after us again.

Thankyou once again  JUDITH

Judith, UK, February 2012 (Visited Nepal)


 

Hi Ratnabh,

Here is our feedback on the trip to Kerala that we did from 28/12/11 to 07/01/12 :

Overall organization of the trip  : Absolutely perfect 

Overnight in houseboat  : Wondeful experience, we just loved it !
Thekkady homestay  :  Great place and great people, we loved it as well !
Kovalam experience  : The hotel haD a direct access to a small, very clean and not too crowded beach, wondeful experience !

Regards,

Laurent, France , January 2012 (Visited Kerala)


 

Hi Lara and Ratnabh

I had a great trip to Mysore. My driver was absolutely fabulous . My guide in Mysore and Agra were very knowledgeable and I learned many interesting things. The green hotel was fine I do love their mission and I'm glad I was able to support them. It was very clean and comfortable so that was great. The home stay was also wonderful. Very clean and comfortable and the staff were very hospitable. I was very well taken care of the entire time. Thanks once again for your help. I'm hoping to get back to India again next year, we'll see if it works out. 

Be well,

Karin Robbins, USA , December 2011 (Visited Agra and Mysore)


 

Dear Ratnabh,

As promised, below is our feedback on the trip to Darjeeling and Sikkim
 
Guide : The best guide we've ever had in India. Excellent english + very good knowledge + outstanding kindness = perfect guide. 
Driver : The best driver we've ever had in India. Very good and safe driving + outstanding kindness + very good car = perfect driver. 
If I do another trip in this area we will certainly ask to travel with this guide and this driver again !
Barse Jungle Camp Homestay in Hee Bermiok : cleary the best accommodation we've ever had in India. Comfortable room + excellent food + incredibly kind familly = perfect accommodation. Our daughters keep telling the same thing over and over again since we left this place : they want to go there again as soon as possible !
Trek : clearly the best experience of our trip. Lovely area + perfect difficulty level + very good cook + very good porters + very good camp + unforgettable view on the Kanchenjunga the morning of the second day = perfect trek.
Overall organization of the trip : absolutely perfect !
 
Best Regards,
Laurent Heme, October 2011 (Visited Sikkim and Darjeeling)

Dear Ratnabh and Lara,

We had a very enjoyable trip in Khajuraho-Gwalior. Both the hotels were good, as were the guides and drivers. In particular, the guide in Gwalior was exceptional and greatly contributed to our enjoyment of this leg of the trip.

Thank you for your assistance in organizing the trip.

Kind regards,

Saoirse, September 2011 (Visited Kahjuraho and Gwalior)


 

Dear Ratnabh,

First, we want to thank you for the wonderful trip you organized.
The major points of interest in the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur have been shown and explained well by italian guides. The only things I could suggest are: that the students in history are may be better prepared, even if they don't speak italian.
Also in these cities so big and with so many things to see, would be nice to visit some of of the most curious and suggestive details.
The advice on hotels and shopping seemed appropriate. 
The drivers were cautious and prepared.
The guide in Ladakh (the tibetan monk) was prepared and very nice!
In general howevere I can say that we always felt safe and recommended even in small moment of difficulty.
Thank you for your availability and we give you the merit of good memories that this trip has left us.
I can tell you that we spoke about this amazing trip with our friends, we have created in them the desire to live this wonderful experience.
Thank you and kind regards
Milena Cesare Wanda Franco

Milena,Cesare,Wanad,Franco -  Italy, August 2011 (Visited Ladakh, Agra and Jaipur)


 

Hi Ratnabh and Lara

Sorry for the delay in responding.  It's amazing how much work can accumulate in just 10 days. 
We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation.  Thanks to Monkfoot, everything ran like clockwork.  We are very happy with the service provided by you and the ease with which it all happened.  We will certainly call on you for any future travels we consider.

Regards

Catherine Alphonso, June 2011 (Visited Chennai and Pondicherry)


 

Hello Everybody :

It's not often that I post dithyrambic appraisal on agency or whatsoever, but this time yes!

Simply because after many experiences, this agency never failed, regularly provided the kind of service and human touch we are so much striving for down here! 

MONKFOOT Travels sent us to Ajanta and Ellora caves, gorgious. Even though we missed our flight and took another one, they managed to keep the program, the driver was absolutely nice and clever, bringing us to not so conventional places we love, hotel package like a fairy tale and finally, they managed to get the failed ticket reimbursed pretty fast. Isn't it a good service?

The same in Corbett: we went 3 days with Ratnabh. Fantastic! We saw so many animals (but no tiger!), including an evening in the middle of a herd of wild elephants (probably one of the greatest memory of all my travels), and Ratnabh, managing quietly the situation, discussing about all topics with interest.  

Our friends from China visited Rajasthan with Monkfoot: same experience, same . They even got reimbursed a part of the taxi because it was < not exactly >  what was expected. They still do not believe that it happened in India!

Such experiences are quite rare, specially when it comes to having a regular excellent service in all details. Believe us, we have thousands of km in the feet, back-pack style, but with Monkfoot, it's something different.

To all travelers who want to rest from time to time: Just try it

Roland and Maite Falageollet, May 2011 (Visited Corbett, Ajanta and Ellora)


 

Dear Lara & Ratnabh

We got back safely from our trip and I wanted to thank you both for organizing it for us.  We were very happy with the whole trip and really enjoyed ourselves.

Alison Wiktil, RYT, March 2011 (Visted Amritsar)


 

Hi Ratnabh,

I want to thank you very much for your help and perfect organization of our trips in India. Everything worked perfect and we enjoyed the boat trip very much.The Taj Kumarakom was very beautiful and relaxing and for the last two nights we got a free upgrade to a villa with private pool. We enjoyed our stay very much and everything worked perfectly.
We think about travelling to India again, so if we so, we hope to get your help of your office again.

Dr. Georg Fürnau , March 2011, Germany (Visited Kerala and Rajasthan)


 

Hi Lara

Monkfoot Travels was very helpful in coordinating my vacation plans from Delhi to Jaipur and Agra.  Laura provided multiple options (hotel, travel, etc.) that I was able to easily select from to fit my budget and travel plans.  Their knowledge and experience traveling in India was very useful on my journey.  I would definitely recommend Monkfoot if you're looking to travel in India. 

Clayton Beck, March 2011, USA  (Visited Rajasthan)


 

Dear Lara and Ratnabh, 

On my mother in law's trip to Amritsar:

We came to Monkfoot with a request to organise a 3-4 days' trip easily accessible from Delhi for my mother in law. With only a 4 days notice, we were glad Monkfoot could suggest several options and organise the trip very quickly and efficiently! Monkfoot suggested different places of interest and we chose Amritsar. They organised both accomodation and transportation very efficiently, and they found a hotel and flights according to our budget. They also asked us very precise questions, to make sure  they would suggest the right type of package. During my mother in law's stay in Amritsar, Monkfoot stayed in contact and called me regularly to make sure everything was going well.I'm very happy about the way Monkfoot organised this trip on such a short notice, and I would definitly call them again next time we need to organise a trip in India! Best regards,

Marie Soubeiran, February 2011, India (Visited Amritsar)


 

For me Monkfoot travels equals personal service and detail. After two good experiences I can safely say that arrangements are great and that you truly get your money's worth. Booking with Monkfoot will reduce your stress and increase the joy of your travel experience! 

Guus van der Zijden, January 2011, The Netherlands (Visited Ranthambhore and Uttarakhand)


 

Hi Ratnabh,

Thank you very much for all your support. We had a great trip! I'll highly recommend Monkfoot!

Maria Lestropo, January 2011, India (Visited Rajasthan, Varanasi and Khajuraho)


 

Dear Lara

Hi Lara/ Ratnabh,

Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you, but after Ranthambore we only had a couple of days in India before heading back to the UK and straight in to work (and the snow!).

I just wanted to say thank you very much for sorting everything out for us, and making our trip possible. I fully appreciate that it was not a very straight forward job and very much appreciate you making it possible.

Despite the weather on Wed which was less than ideal, our trip was ultimately a great success given we got to see a Tiger on Thurs morning! However, even without this, the scenery in Ranthambore is absolutely stunning, and a trip to the Fort is worthwhile on any occasion.

Once again, thank you for all your effort on this.

Best wishes,

Mairi Mcguiness, October 2010, UK (Visited Ranthambhore)


 

Dear Lara

Herewith some feedback regarding our trip 'up North'. Firstly can I reiterate just how grateful we were to have Ratnabh accompany us to Palampur. This made a very positive difference for us.

The Kanga Valley Railway, was one of the highlights. Pity it's not steam driven anymore which would have added to the experience.

The Tea Garden owners were extremely hospitable and eager to accommodate our plans. 'Bed Tea' a must!, Good home cooked food and a great half day trek into the mountains with an excellent guide who stayed with us for the transfer from Palampur to McCloud Ganj.

Photos to follow and hope you find this constructive.

All good wishes..

Chris, Maureen and Laura. October 2010, UK (Visited Kangra and Dharamsala)


 

Dear Ratnabh and Lara,

Thank you so much for all the support in booking etc. We had a wonderful time and beautiful landscape, walks and weather the whole week.

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions later for next trips in future....

Thanks and best regards

Peggy Bhohi & Family, October 2010 (Visited Uttarakhand)


 

Hi Lara

Again thank you for your tips and the trip arrangements.

The hotel in Jaipur and Agra was excellent. Only regret is that we didn't stay long enough in Jaipur to get the maximum benefits of the Pink City experience.

The guide at Jaipur and the freelance guide at Agra were very both knowledgeable and did not tell anything that you would already expect to know. We never felt hurried and both guides answered all our questions.

We didn't get up early and take your tip to get to the orchard garden in the place where the Black Taj was supposed to have been built. Instead we went direct to the Taj Mahal at around 08:30 and to our surprise there were no queues. Apparently it is busy at opening time at 06:00 AM, the time when everyone anticipates it will not be busy. It started to get busy just before we left. It was never too crowded while we were there. Despite the timing of our visit to the Taj, it still factored highly on the "Wow" scale.

We both had an experience we won't forget.

Phil & Virginija Eaton, October 2010 (Visited Rajasthan)


 

Dear Lara

I had a short time window for my trip to Rajasthan and wanted to make the most of it. Choosing Monkfoot to organise the whole trip was my best decision. From the moment I arrived at IGI airport Delhi until I was waved goodbye at the same airport 5 days later, everything was taken care of. Superb hotels in Jaipur and Agra; good value for money and interesting rather than standard and expensive, VIP guides to whisk me past the queues and show me the fabulous sites from unusual vantage points, good scheduling and finally polite and skilful drivers. I'm really grateful. Well done, Monkfoot!

best, Alan Doran, October 2010, UK (Visited Rajasthan)


 

Dear Lara,

Thanks so much for delivering such great experience! I would recommend Monkfoot to anyone who is looking for great experience traveling India. This gets even better with the pricing of Monkfoot, it is great value for money which any other travel agency will find it hard to beat!

Great service, wonderful experiences and value for money... Thanks!

Looking forward to our next holiday with Monkfoot.

Regards,

Devanish Duflots, September 2010, UK (Visited Rishikesh)


 

Liebe Lara

Ich möchte mich bei dir nochmals ganz herzlich für die tolle Organisation bedanken. Auch wenn es schlussendlich total anders herausgekommen ist als wir es geplant hatten, so ist doch auch diese Reise wieder zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis geworden und hat Spass gemacht.

Ich hoffe sehr, dass ein Wiedersehen in der Schweiz zu stande kommen wird und freue mich schon jetzt darauf.

Ganz liebe Grüsse,

Christine Wiedmer, September 2009, Switzerland


 

Hallo Lara,

Juste un petit bonjour pour te dire que nous sommes bien arrivées en Suisse. Le voyage s'est bien passé et me voilà de retour dans mon petit et calme village suisse.

Merci encore pour ton travail et pour l'organisation. Je garderai un excellent souvenir de ce voyage malgré les contre-temps et les aventures. L'Inde est un pays magnifique et riche et j'y reviendrai certainement un jour.

Bon dimanche à Delhi et à une prochaine,

Christine Gillioz, September 2009, Switzerland

 


 

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