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Great trip through Rajasthan with Sanjay India Tours

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Great trip through Rajasthan with Sanjay India Tours

With a rough idea of what I wanted to see in Rajasthan I emailed off my itinerary to a couple of the companies recommended in TA and Sanjay India Tours, a company that my good friend in Brisbane had recently travelled with. The quotes were not too different but what impressed me was how prompt were Sanjay’s replies and how helpful he was at helping me customise my final itinerary to suit my interests and budget. On arrival in Delhi I was met by my driver and companion Ramesh. I was pleasantly surprised at his high standard of English and of course the way he smoothly navigated thru the chaotic delhi traffic to reach my hotel in Karol Bagh. He was fantastic driver and companion for the entire trip. Always waiting on time for me in the mornings with one of the cities experienxed guides. He always seemed to anticipate when I was getting tired or frazzled and would find the best cafes to rest Sanjay the owner had everything booked and planned, the hoteks were mainly havelis or heritage which added to the feeling of rajasthan history. The quality was good and at a good price (average $45). Sanjay spoke to me and the driver every day to make sure all was going well and was more than willing to make changes to the itinerary if there was a place that I had researched the night before and wanted to visit. I was so glad local guides are employed by Sanjay in every city as I learnt so much more having them on hand to explain things. His website is sanjayindiatours.com and email is info@sanjayindiatours.com. This is a rough report on my tour.

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Hotel Sunstar Grand in Karol Bagh. Loved the market here at night. The hotel location was good, close to market and metro station. The room was clean and nicely decorated. Especially love the large spa style baths. The service was friendly and the buffet style breakfasts were great, serving both European and indian food.

Day 2: Delhi sightseeing. Met early by driver and specialist delhi guide at hotel. Packed in a full day seeing Lodhi Gardens, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Parliament House, Qutab Minar, Bahai Temple.

Day 3: Early morning drive to Jhunjunu. Arrived lunchtime at the Jamuna resort hotel. The traditional frescos throughout this hotel give a great atmosphere. Large garden areas with dining very relaxing. The food was varied and of high quality. The room had its own courtyard and was furnished in traditonal style and the walls painted with exotic scenes from 18th century. Adding to the atmosphere are the traditional musicians often playing in the courtyard

Spent full afternoon sightseeing. Nearby visited the Rani Sati Dadi Temple. Inside the temple, the interiors, adorned with exquisite murals and fascinating rich glass mosaics depicting the entire history of the place, are eye-catching. Next to admire was the intricate architecture of the Khetri Mahal or Wind Palace.

Day 4; Morning drive thru desert to Bikaner. Late afternoon visist to the camel and breeding farm. Spent nice evening relaxing at the hotel Sagar. I was very impressed with the design and decor of this hotel. I felt I had been transported back in the time of the maharajas. The rooms were also traditionally furnished and very clean, Dinner in the courtyard was quite romantic with indian live music.

Day 5: Full morning spent exploring the impressive Junagarh Fort with a local guide who made my head swim with his knowledge. The fort consists of an amazing network of havelis with courtyards and balconies, watch towers, armory, halls. The Jain temples were also well worth the visit. The intricate marble carvings and colourful frescos were breathtaking.

Felt unwell after lunch, so decided to spend relaxing afternoon in hotel..

Day 6: Early morming drive thru Thar desert to Jaiselmer. Long drive(6 Hrs) but Ramesh stopped at great roadside café to refresh for lunch. Late afternoon boat ride on the beautiful Gadisar lake. Stunning architecture of the chatris surrounding the lake and the holy temple built in the middle. Again a great hotel for 2 nights called Fifu after the owner. The traditional decor and stunning views of the fort created a very romantic atmosphere to our stay. The food and service at the roodtop restaurant were very good. Loved the traditional furnishings in the clean rooms. The service was much better than at more expensive hotels that i have stayed in in Inida. The location is great too, only 15 min walk to the fort.

Day 7:Set off with Jaiselmer guide to explore the famous fort next morning. Inside the fort is a mini city, with narrow cobblestoned lanes.shops and havelis. The palace museum was very interesting and the jain temples stunning. Then visited the Patwon ki haveli, situated right in the city, near the market. The outer walls of Haveli are carved with Intricate Rajasthani designs and carvings and the entire haveli shines as if carved in gold. The view is simply magnificient and takes your breath away. In the afternoon we visited the Bada Bagh, about 5km from the city, contains cenotaphs of the Jaisalmer royalty. It has peaceful and serene atmosphere. The architecture is stunning and seems to be popluar amongst locals for wedding photos.We Then drove to the Sam sand dunes, for a camel ride in. the sunset and viewing the vast expanse of the desert all around.

Day 8 : Left early morning for drive to Jodhpur. Met guide at the incredible Meherangarh Fort in the afternoon The Meherangarh is one of the best maintained forts in Rajasthan. It's got a great mix of wonderful architecture, great views of the city, well-kept palaces It even has an elevator which I really appreciated to get to top of fort. Spent evening at the Kuchaman Haveli, This is a renovated haveli in the old city of johdpur offers a traditional rajasthani experience with clean modern facilities. I loved the central dining courtyard with excellent indian and european food. the rooftop restuarant has stunning views of the fort. Our room was large with great traditional decor. The owner was very hospitable, I often saw him talking to the guests about their needs.

Day 9: Morning drive to Jaipur (about 5 hrs). Checked in to the Khandela Haveli, The furnishings were exotic and I loved the big courtyard complete with marigolds. The restaurant served great indian and european meals. The rooftop swimming pool was a great way to refresh from the heat of the day. Our room was large and furnished like a little palace, felt like a queen...

With our city guide we spent afternoon visiting the city palace and the wind palace in this beautiful “pink city”. In the evening we had a traditonal Rajasthani dinner at Chowkki Dhanni.

Day 10: In the morning we visited the magnificent Amer Fort. It is like something out of a fairy tale, Amer Fort is set on a hill top overlooking Maota Lake.We took an elephant ride to get to the top from the car park. It was the original home of Rajput royalty until Jaipur city was constructed, and contains a number of breathtaking palaces, halls, gardens, and temples. Inside, the elaborate mirror work is stunning. After lunch we visited the monkey temple. I love monkeys, so I thoroughly enjoyed this place. However, even without the monkeys, the walk up the hill and back down again to the Galtaji Temple was well worth a visit. You get outstanding views of Jaipur, Before going back to our hotel we toured the ancient observatory Jantar Mantar.

Day 11: Return to Delhi.

Thanks again Ramesh and Sanjay for such a good trip.

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Hi Rosa,

Could you please tell me about payment? Did you pay 100% in advance? I don't know if it normally be like that or not.

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I paid 50% deposit thru international bank transfer to book the tour.



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Hi Rosa,

Its nice to hear from your side that you have a memorable trip to Rajasthan and enjoyed a lot here.

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I was recommended to Sanjay from a dear friend and contacted him to book a transfer from the Delhi airport to our hotel. It was my first visit to India, and I was pleased to find our taxi driver awaiting us outside the airport. He took good care of us, and all of my interactions with Sanjay India Tours were timely and organized. I highly recommend this company for any travel throughout India.

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I agree Diana. One you start communicating with Sanjay via email it is like having a personal travel agent on tap almost 24/7. At least 35 emails must have been sent between us in the planning of the tour. :)

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I have just returned from a four day beach holiday in Kovalam, Kerala. Had a great time. Intend to post detailed trip report and include link to some pics. Again great hotels, sightseeing and driver organised by sanjayindiatours.com

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Thank you Rosa for your reivew. It's useful for me :) I remembered that I visited his website at www.sanjayindiatours.com before I send email to him at sanjayindiatours@gmail.com. It is my way to get to know people and I found that he didn't make me disappointed at all :)

My 10 days trip begun without any inspiration or dreaming about what I would like to see in India. It happened beyond imagination when two Thai ladies agreed to spend holiday aboard for the first time. Anyway, this best time of our lives couldn't happen if I didn't come to this topic and knew the name of 'Sanjay India Tour' for the first time.

Autually, I came here just to find out how to travel around Rajasthan by bus or train. Fortunately, I found more useful info about 'Sanjay India Tour'. So I decided to ask Sanjay a few questions as I send to the other 3 travel agencies also. He was the fist one, replied my email with understanding my needs and concerns. His promply feedback made me planed my trip more easier. I thought that his inbox had a lot of my emails.

I was surprised when he said he would drive for me to Agra-Rajasthan-New Delhi. He also promised to find Taj Mahal's full moon tickets too. I knew later that Bobby,his friend, spent 6 hours waiting for tickets!

On 19 Oct, we firstly met at New Delhi International Airport. Sanjay was mature, polite but funny. He always said 'Don't worry, I am here' so we felt safe and sound while traveling with him. He usually led us saw something intersting along the way.

we arrived Agra, we met 'Bobby' Sanjay's friend who was a professional guide. Bobby took care us very well and tried to explain about Taj Mahal, Baby Taj and Agra Fort. He made us missed him everywhere we went.

By the way, when we were on the way to Jaipur, Sanjay had to go back to New Delhi so he asked us to allow 'Ramesh' drove us to Pushkar, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Ramesh was very nice and funny so we felt like traveling with friend who we could share stories and laugh together along the journey. He also had a bargaining skills and took us to everywhere we would like to go - McDonald, Heena painting, shopping including ordered lassi for us. It became our jokes.

Even Sanjay was far away, he called Ramesh everyday to ensure that we were happy. So, this was the reason why I saw Ramesh riding camel at Sam Sand Dunes. He came to take care us!

I and my friend felt sad when we though about our last day in India. We asked Ramesh to have 2 glasses of lassi at Lassiwara for us when he arrived Jaipur :) We laughed together and said goodbye at Jodhpur Airport.

Sanjay kept his words to take care us until the last day of our trip. He picked us at New Delhi Airport. It was difficult to say goodbye and we would like to make it longer. Finally, we had to say goodbye to this trip but not for India and Sanjay.

I have thousand of photos with me but the precious ones are memories on my mind. I miss India and would like to go back as soon as possible.

Thank you Sanjay, Ramesh and Bobby. You brought us to Incredible India - it's incredible but true :)


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Bangkok Thailand,

India? What’s your thinking why you go India?

This question is always pops up when I told my surrounding for my vacation in India. And I always said “I’don’t know WHY!”After 10 days passed I have a good answer in my mind, so give me a favor to share my experience in India.

This is my personal review for my first time journey 10 days in Rajasthan, India with 6 cites that I meet a difference cultures for my country.

First of all big thanks for my friend –Ploy to be good companion when we there and huge to do homework of our trip. As she said first time we decided to adventure by ourselves. We are planning almost 2 months for place where we go, eat and studying culture and historical every city as we can.Then we are realize that after discussing for a transportation to move another city with everyday maybe we are found and loss it.So She find some information in Tripadvisor and found ‘Sanjay India Tour'and then answer is pop up Why we are going with local people take our trip!So she working on process.

My journey is begin

Arga is my highlighted of course! “Taj Mahal” (A 7 wonder of the world) we was there sunrise, and am so stunning for the love memorable in front of me and inner with historical when my professional guide “Bobby” was telling a true love story,and he good a photographer also. He knows well tricks for take a photo. Taj in the moonlight is a magic moment.Jaipur-Pink city lassiwala is the best I ever had.Pushkar a small city,but a good memory for Brahma Temple,donation and quiet lake.Jaisalmer-Golden city desert camp at SAM sand dune. Feeling good and free when Babaroo is galloping and June walking slowly on the sand and sit at dune for the sunset time. A best sunset in my life.Jodhpur-Blue city my last city Mehrangarh fort,is the most fort I like.Then my trip end up at New Delhi airport

My trip was completed safely by Sanjay and Ramesh driving for us.Thank you for take good care always thought safely for us and good advice your culture and historical country.I always thought our big laughing for our jokes and always smiling by myself when am thought in India.

At least “Sanjay India Tours” is the part of my memory full of happiness. India country is making me feel like “Incredible”

See you in soon Sanjay tour in North India!




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