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Asian Holiday Testimonial Home again and slowly getting back into the old routine. The holiday was so enjoyable – lots to chat about. Tikli Bottom is a gem and we were the only guests for our short stay. We loved it there – peaceful and luxurious, and the staff were a delight – especially the cook! Asian Holiday Testimonial

At Bagh Van, most of the boys who were there last year were continuing their good work. Amit was always there to take us under his wing – a real treasure, making sure we were being well looked after at every stage of our holiday, Thank you for planning another successful holiday for us and we are thinking of travelling to Africa, so you will receive a call soon.

H. Ellis, Somerset, UK Holiday to India

Asian Holiday Testimonial I just have to take a moment to tell you what an absolutely wonderful time we had in India. Your planning was perfection. Our favourites were Siana (you told us that!) and Kanker Palace…both families were wonderful in totally different ways. The people of India welcomed us with open arms and were so charming, warm, friendly and helpful that we felt as though we were indeed royalty ourselves! Asian Holiday Testimonial

There was not a single glitch, not a missed or late plane, train or car, no mishaps. The best food was in the homestays in Siana, Kanker and Kutty’s Farm and little out of the way places our driver in Kerala found for us. Great food and shopping in Mumbai, and the Taj was a great choice, so close to everything. Bollywood was delightful, and I’m already getting emails from the screenplay author offering a “better” tour next time. We were happy seeing a new TV serial being shot with some Bollywood stars, and we’re trying to figure out a way to get a tape of it here. The writer keeps asking me how I like it.

We did see leopard in Siana though at night and a bit away and I didn’t take my good binoculars, but the whole experience there was so very special, as well as with Jolly, Jai and Anu at Kanker. Met John at the airport before we left, and even he was surprised at our prison visit experience!

I may have a group next time I go for everyone is so enraptured from my emails and postcards. India is the best travel experience I’ve ever had, and I must thank you for that. More later when I can organize the best of my 3,000 photos and share a few of the tribal and shepherd village people. First I have to get prints of all the families I photographed who are waiting for their photos, as I promised to send them all.

S.M. (USA) - Holiday to India

Asian Holiday Testimonial Just a line to thank you for arranging such a fantastic trip to India for us. It was the experience of a lifetime which we will relive as we sort out our 1000 or so photos! Thank you again. P.S. We saw 4 tigers! Asian Holiday Testimonial

A.S. Berkshire - A holiday to India - tiger safari

Asian Holiday Testimonial The trip was a huge success, and we saw our Tiger in Chitwan, a long relaxed sighting, sitting in the undergrowth washing his face, quite unperturbed by us, in fact we ran out of time and had to get back before it got too dark. Asian Holiday Testimonial

The weather closed in after that including the most spectacular storm I have ever witnessed, dashed out of the tent (4.30 am) and filmed at least 20 minutes worth. It was right overhead, the lightening was crackling as the thunder crashed so loudly that I could not stop myself jumping, suddenly realised I was standing on the metal scraper to get in front of the hurricane light, thought this a little unwise so stood on the coconut matting instead next to it…still stupid!!! And so it went on, lots of adventures, but always in luck.

J. T. London - A holiday to Nepal

Asian Holiday Testimonial Having arrived back and spent a day in the office catching up, I did just want to drop you a note to thank you and your team for looking after us so well over the past couple of weeks. Asian Holiday Testimonial

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and everything ran very smoothly during our stay which certainly contributed to our enjoyment. It makes a real difference to know that all the arrangements have been dealt with and that you can enjoy the holiday with the minimum of hassle. As you know, there were a couple of things which could have been better, but as we discussed this should be seen in the overall context of a truly excellent couple of weeks.

Ramesh, our driver deserves to be singled out for special mention. He certainly went above & beyond to ensure that all our needs were anticipated and both took us to additional places of interest having asked what we would like to see/do as well as answer our numerous queries on the culture surrounding us! I shall certainly recommend your agency to others who intend to holiday in India.

D.T. London - Holiday to India

Asian Holiday Testimonial Thanks for organizing the Peacock Nepal Trip – everything was wonderful. I soon realized why we had to go on these dates as GUN was an excellent guide and naturalist, I don’t know what we would have done without his assistance at Nepalganj airport or our transfer to Chitwan. Unfortunately we only saw one tiger but that was better than none! Asian Holiday Testimonial

All the camps were excellent, especially Karnali Tented Camp – what a position. As you have probably heard from Mary, Arthur and I took microlight flights at Pokhara the view of the mountains was spectacular, you should try it next time you get there. We really must meet up sometime soon when you are in Oxford as I have photos by the hundred if you are interested. Look forward to meeting up.

J.F. Berkshire - A holiday to Nepal

Asian Holiday Testimonial Just to say thank you for arranging such a wonderful holiday for us. It has been a fascinating experience. Everything worked perfectly and I can say that you gave us more than what you promised on the tin! We will definitely return and will be in touch. Asian Holiday Testimonial

J.D. Surrey - A holiday to Borneo

Asian Holiday Testimonial !!! I have been trying to think of how to tell you what an incredible trip we had but I didn't want to wait until I was over my jet lagged foggy brain as it may take days and want to let you know how much we appreciated everything you did for us. The trip was overwhelmingly successful in all respects for every one of us. It was a trip of a lifetime and certainly one that will be in our memories forever. Asian Holiday Testimonial

Happy New Year Hashim!!! I have been trying to think of how to tell you what an incredible trip we had but I didn't want to wait until I was over my jet lagged foggy brain as it may take days and want to let you know how much we appreciated everything you did for us.  The trip was overwhelmingly successful in all respects for every one of us.  It was a trip of a lifetime and certainly one that will be in our memories forever.   The experiences and adventures in each place was made all that much better with the guides we had especially in Varanasi and in Ranthambore.  I didn't realize that there would be a separate tour representative in addition to the guide in each city so that was an unexpected treat and a very helpful one.

 

Dr and Mrs J - USA - A holiday to India - Rajasthan and wildlife

Asian Holiday Testimonial I just wanted to thank you so much for organising an absolutely amazing trip. We both loved it all and cannot wait to get back to India. Asian Holiday Testimonial

Dear Hashim,
James is emailing you too, but I just wanted to thank you so much for organising an absolutely amazing trip.  We both loved it all and cannot wait to get back to India.
Prerna could not have taken more trouble to ensure that we had a smooth trip and ironed out the small glitches seamlessly and always with efficiency and good humour. We had three absolutely spectacular guides,  at the Taj Mahal, in Jodpur and of course in Udaipur . Again, thank you for all that you did to make our trip so special. With best wishes, Libby

ps.  I should have said that the jewel in the crown of our holiday, the person who made all the difference to the day to day enjoyment of our trip, was Barrun our driver.
Not only was he the best driver ever, but he was full of good information and all in such good humour.  He clearly enjoyed helping James to improve his Hindi and we so enjoyed spending our days with him.  He was wonderful.

Mr and Mrs L - London - A holiday to Rajasthan

Asian Holiday Testimonial Thank you, we had a wonderful trip. Asian Holiday Testimonial

Dear Nicola ,

Thank you, we had a wonderful trip. Some last minute changes  (Dubai), my decision because of the rainy weather in Maldives , turned out great also.

The kids loved Dubai but then when we reached Maldives -  Banyan Tree was absolutely marvellous . The spa was fabulous , one of the best massages we have ever had ! Food was good … Then Kerala : very beautiful. The ride from Trivandrum was quite something!!  Purity was lovely. The house , rooms , grounds very nice .  We all enjoyed the day on the boat very much. That was a highlight ! People in Purity were extremely friendly  overall and very good service.

Cochin was very nice , we did not see that much because there was a parade and the centre was closed .The guide (very good guide) was afraid we would not catch our flight in time so we left early .  Flight to Delhi .The driver and the guide  were fantastic. The guide especially was amazing. The hotel was also perfect, good food , service ,rooms. We were very happy in Delhi , it was great.  Overall we are very satisfied with the service and the organization. One small detail : I wish you and your team all the best for 2013  !

Mr and Mrs v d H - Belgium - Family Holiday to India and Maldives

Asian Holiday Testimonial We have made it back safe and sound from our India adventure (without any of us getting sick!) Words cannot even begin to describe how amazing the trip was. First of all, the arrangements you made went perfectly. We were picked up and dropped off at every city without any glitches. The people were always so kind and friendly and the rides were always comfortable. I cannot believe how well we were treated. Nicola, the trip was amazing thanks to you and all of your contacts in India. My husband was so impressed by how smoothly everything ran, and by how we were never left at any stop. My eldest, Olivia, said this was one of her favorite trips. Please keep in touch and we would love to receive an occasional brochure from your agency re other trips you do. We would not hesitate in asking you to help us plan our next adventure. Asian Holiday Testimonial

The Imperial was amazing; the staff, the location, the breakfast buffet!!!!  Mirar was actually our favorite. I thought the jungle would be and I know I was weary at first about making the trek out there, but I am so thrilled you convinced me to. The staff, the food, the place itself was PERFECT. We had our own plunge pool and the stars were amazing. We took a camel ride into a village, visited a school and sat in on an opium ceremony about 20 elder men were having to honor the passing of a 105 year old woman.

The manager at Mirar was the best. The private plane was a spectacular touch as we have never done anything like that before. The kids were in heaven.

Oberoi was grand, but after staying at a more personal place like Mirar, you were absolutely correct in recommending only one night in Agra. The Taj brought tears to my eyes and our guide was excellent. He took us to the orphanage where the kids played with the babies for quite some time and one of the sisters took us for a tour therere.

The train ride was an adventure and was fine. It  was cool and comfortable and once again, your people sent us off with a bag of everything we  needed.

We were met at our stop by the guy from our jungle camp. The tents were beautiful and once again the entire staff were so warm and kind. The owner, Shree, really went out of her way to make sure the kids were entertained. She took them on a walk, made crafts with them, helped the girls even make some beautiful little doll furniture with the help of her craftsman. She let Matt help prepare the meals and let Maya make dessert. Tiger trekking was exhausting, but fun. Unlike Africa where you are surrounded by animlas, the tigers were elusive. We saw one tiger from quite some distance for a brief moment before she went and hid in the shade. I was ok with this being my tiger spotting experience because all of the other experiences made up for it. The kids got to play with elephants at the sanctuary. The morning we were leaving for the airport, 3:30 am, we spotted our tiger! She was walking right in the mid of the road and we drove behind her for some time and got some great shots. What a surprise that was.

Once again, in Dehli we were met at our plane and spent a great day at the Imperial. We were offered sight seeing but opted to relax at the pool, use the gym, etc.

Nicola, the trip was amazing thanks to you and all of your contacts in India. My husband was so impressed by how smoothly everything ran, and by how we were never left at any stop. My eldest, Olivia, said this was one of her favorite trips. Please keep in touch and we would love to receive an occasional brochure from your agency re other trips you do. We would not hesitate in asking you to help us plan our next adventure.

Mr and Mrs K - USA - Family wildlife holiday to India

Asian Holiday Testimonial A note to thank you for arranging a faultless and memorable holiday in Bhutan. In thinking about it, and having travelled quite a lot elsewhere, I can’t think of any holidays where the pluses so greatly exceeded the minuses. Asian Holiday Testimonial

A note to thank you for arranging a faultless and memorable holiday in Bhutan.

In thinking about it, and having travelled quite a lot elsewhere, I can’t think of any holidays where the pluses so greatly exceeded the minuses.

In no order, the pluses for me included:

  • Excellent weather so that the sun shone on the splendid scenery most of the time
  • Exemplary guide and driver.  Without the latter, my heart would have been in my mouth for most of the time we were being driven.
  • Serene, courteous, charming people.
  • The Taj was good; but all the Amans in service, food, situation and comfort, were impossible to beat
  • I enjoyed all the places we drove through and visited, with Punakha being the top my personal list. But everywhere we had excellent walks and visits to Dzongs.  I will admit that the trek to the Tigers Nest was “challenging” but more than worth the effort.
  • I could go on with the many others things I enjoyed, but the “blessing” was completely unexpected and rather touching, as well of course as being an entirely new experience for me.

 

 

Mr T - London - A Holiday to Bhutan

Asian Holiday Testimonial The Aman Hotels are amazing. I’ve never been anywhere before which achieved such a good balance between being luxurious and casual – which makes them very comfortable indeed. Great food. I celebrated my birthday in Gangtey and was made to feel really special. Asian Holiday Testimonial

Feedback from my end is long overdue, for which a million apologies.  In no particular order:

  • The Aman Hotels are amazing.  I’ve never been anywhere before which achieved such a good balance between being luxurious and casual – which makes them very comfortable indeed.  Great food.  I celebrated my birthday in Gangtey and was made to feel really special.  Punakha was the best hotel of the lot.
  • The roads of course are nuts, but that’s part of the point.  At no point did the drives feel boring as the scenery is so spectacular.  Generally too the drives were nicely punctuated by sites, walks etc.

In the meantime, thanks so much for arranging a holiday which ticked all of the boxes, and which I think did feel appropriately special to my father given the occasion.  Very memorable indeed.

 

Best wishes

Mr A T - Tokyo - A holiday to Bhutan

Asian Holiday Testimonial We had such a wonderful time in India, from the moment we landed in Mumbai we were captivated by the sights and smells. Asian Holiday Testimonial

As we said we both travelled to India quite regularly in the late 80's and early 90's but
have not been back since. It was just such fun to
find so much of Mumbai unchanged and to have the fantastic room at the Taj. Waking up to the Gates of India was just magical.

All the transport arrangements worked perfectly and we really enjoyed all the car journeys. All the drivers were very safe and we did very little night driving.  With India because you can't speed, you go at a pace that allows you to watch the world going by.

Banjaar Tola was beautiful, we loved the position of the tents by the river. Really liked the staff especially Nim the Nepalese chef who was
very happy to make special, spicy things for us. We thought the food in all the places was great and we never had any inkling of sickness.
The scenery at Kanha was spectacular and we were very glad of the  blankets provided and all the clothes we had taken. We saw lots of animals and birds but only a tiger in the distance and Jonathan saw a  leopards bottom!

Then to Forsyth's Lodge which was a real highlight. You have really created a very special place there, Hashim. We loved the fact its out
of the way down a village track where there is always lots going on and children shouting and waving at us. It is such a typical African and
Indian Exploration place I can just hear Nicky describing it to me  over the phone and even if you had not been involved, Hashim it's definitely somewhere we would have loved to go to. I think what makes  it so special is the team that are there. There is such a lot of infectious banter between Rishi, David, Surya and Verun that you can't help but enjoy yourself. They are also hugely knowledgable about the  wildlife and birds and it's nice to know a younger generation are
carrying the mantle forward. We were the only foreigners there and the Indian families and couples were just so nice and interesting and  erudite that we are so glad there were no dull foreigners to interrupt proceedings. We learnt so much about India from everyone, this won't  be a one off holiday - we have maps and notes of places to go to and  some really good friends to visit.

As you probably saw from the Facebook page we saw the first Tiger of  the season there, we were so lucky and what was so brilliant was David
was so excited too. He downloaded his photos to our camera which was lovely and meant we could just watch her through the binoculars and savour every movement. The guide the next day spotted a leopard from 30 years- quite incredible and we were the only jeep to see her come out into the field.  Then the next day, as if on command, a mother and baby sloth bear came out in front of us! We really enjoyed the quiet understated ways the safari's in Satpura are done and the restrictions on numbers are something we hope will continue. I could go on and on but we had a really great stay there. Thank you for creating such a
wonderful retreat.

As you can imagine we loved Ahilya fort, Richard Holker was away but Amy sends her regards and looked after us very well. It is a perfect immersion into all sorts of India's sides. The colonial, the religious, the relaxation and just the whole location was completely captivating.
Lots of really nice and interesting guests to chat with in the evening and people who really appreciated the heritage of the place and weren't worried that it wasn't full of five star luxury facilities. Not far off though! We really enjoyed the day at Mandu.

Thank you for also setting up lunch. We really enjoyed meeting the family. We loved Ashish's photographs and hope he has another exhibition here soon. We will be sending them a thank you very soon.

We had great fun on the train back to Mumbai and ate the train food which was pretty good, had a cabin to ourselves and survived the loos. So thrilled to have finally done a real Indian train journey and not the Palace on wheels!

Mr and Mrs J L - London - Safari in India
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