We were a smaller group of men from South Africa visiting the Golden Triangle including Varanasi. The trip was arranged by Johan from Bodywork4Men in Pretoria and Raj from Incredible Rural India (Jaipur). We started in Delhi where we stayed in a wonderful five star hotel, a big and positive surprise. We visited old Delhi with Jama Mashid, and also other religious centers in the capital, the Lotus Temple, Askhar Dham, and the main Gurdwara. We also had time for shopping, visits to good restaurants, and we were well take care of. From Delhi we drove with a comfortable smaller bus to Jaipur, where we took in at a beautiful Heritage Hotel. We visited the various sights, the fort, the palace, Hawa Mahal, the observatory, and it was also time for personalized shopping. I am interested in minerals and stones, and visited fantastic places. Other people wanted to see carpets, woven materials, and everyone was catered for.
From Jaipur we drove to Agra. some complained it was a long tour; however, I enjoyed seeing the change of the season, the landscape passing by, and the trip was also broken up by visits to various sights, for example Habanery Step Well. Agra never disappoint; the hotel was perfect both as hotel and its location, and Taj Mahal, and the Red Fort,
From Agra we drove to Delhi to catch a same day flight to Varanasi, and it was a comfortable, rather short flight. The hotel in Varanasi was simpler, but adequate, as we had requested to stay close to the Ganges,, to where we could easily walk. We visited various temples, had a wonderful boat trip on the Ganges, walked the Ghats, participated in The Ganga Arti, and had plenty of time in the Buddhist Sarnat.
The trip was a perfect combination of fun, spirituality, good food, enlightenment, and friendship, and that Raj or another member of his staff always escorted us, made us feel safe and relaxed. Everywhere we had good, knowledgeable guides. It was 100% to my satisfaction, and I am already planning my second trip in 2023. It looked to me that Incredible Rural India with Raj had made a special effort to make the trip a memorable one, and it was enjoyable.