review by Josephine Scipione

josephine’s journey through India and Nepal

 

What countries did you visit?
India

Your overall comments on the trip and the travel company?
My husband and I had an extraordinary trip to Nepal and India, thanks to our travel agency. We told them where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to see, and they planned it perfectly for us. The hotels they found for us were excellent. The one in Varanasi was right on the Ganges. We just had to step out of our room in the morning and watch the sun rise! The one in Jaipur looked like something out of the Arabian Nights! We even heard the Imam singing the evening and morning prayers out our window. The guides were all very knowledgeable and accommodating.I mentioned an interest in Hanuman and the guide told me there was a temple to him close by and took us there. It wasn’t on the itinerary, but he fit it in for us. The drivers were amazing! There were no traffic lights in most places, and they had to deal with cows, camels, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, monkeys, pigs and dogs roaming in the roads, not to mention the traffic. We took a train from Jhansi to Agra,and we were taken to the station and a representative waited with us, made sure we got on the right train, and that a porter would get us off in Agra. We weren’t expecting that level of service! Same with airports. A representative always waited until we were through security before leaving.

What were the most enjoyable or memorable parts of your trip?
I especially enjoyed Nepal, our first stop,where we saw Little Tibet, the World Heritage Site Hindu Complex, meet a Living Goddess, and took a flight over the Himalayas. The boat rides on the Ganges where we saw the Ghats, the ARTI ceremony, Sarnath, and the three ashrams that we visited in Varanasi which were all different but truly holy places. The Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Masjid Mosque, rickshaw rides, being driven through cities, the temples of Khajuraho, just walking around the various cities, esp. Varanasi (through the alleyways above the ghats–so many people and animals, and the colors of items in the shops, etc.). Fatehpur Sikri, the town center of Jaipur, the elephant ride to the fort (yes!–great fun!). The private Yoga lesson in Varanasi was unexpected, but a wonderful way to end our time there. I really haven’t been able to take in everything we saw and did on this trip yet. It was truly the trip of a lifetime for us.

Overall Rating of the trip?
5 stars