The trip was fabulous and I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful job you did of putting it together. There was a great balance of temples and outdoor activities and everything went amazingly smoothly. Our driver, Mr. Mohan was absolutely excellent – we really appreciated his skillful driving and professional yet friendly demeanor. The guides were first rate and the staff on the boat were great. The accommodations were terrific and we stayed in lovely rooms.!
Our valued clients who traveled with Greaves from Mumbai to Kerala, across South India to Pondicherry and Chennai in December 2012″
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We have returned from our trip to India and are still getting over the jet lag, but I wanted you to know that we had a wonderful time and everything went without a hitch ie. perfectly. I was surprised that all was in order as you have to expect some degree of calamity on most trips, but that simply was not the case here. This was in large part due to the excellent care we were given by everyone associated with Greaves on this trip. We feel that the planning and execution of this voyage was absolutely top notch, and the firm and its associates are to be congratulated. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Greaves to anyone contemplating a trip with you. The agents who met us and the guides who led us around were first class with very few exceptions. Your role in handling this is gratefully appreciated and I can tell you, you did a splendid job. We very much appreciated the hotel upgrades that we received and we were just overwhelmed by the excellence of most of them. I intend to make some comments on all this on Tripadvisor at some stage in the near future. You should feel free to let your colleagues know of our delight with your services and those of the firm. I have in hand the evaluation I was asked to fill out so just let me know where to mail it. Thanks again and rest assured that if we travel to the subcontinent again we will be using Greaves!
We have just returned from our tour to southern India and would like to express our appreciation to all of those involved in the planning (Shali in Chicago) and those who guided and helped with details (___in New Delhi). We had a remarkable trip. It was everything we had hoped for and then more. We ended up with three visits to homes with three home cooked meals. We met village India up close and very personal and attended a local village, community festival. We were able is witness 6 temple ceremonies…and at two of which were the only non-Indian tourists seen.And we came away with a great understanding of India, it’s history, culture, art, religion and current social milieu.
Herbert and Phyllis Handler
The Poehlings have returned with glowing reports on their recent trip you planned for them! They were impressed with your meet and greet in Delhi, all the hotels, guides, transfers, etc. AND they did get to take the flight over Mt Everest, which she said was a highlight of her life! There was not a single negative that I was told about. Mrs Poehling said the service and guides that Greaves provided were outstanding and that she will recommend to any friends heading to that part of the world that they call me and request Greaves! So thanks for giving me happy clients!
Annette Schiller, CTA | Independent Travel Advisor
I was in India as your client through Gail Rosenberg ( Largay Travel ) in March.
I would be remiss if I did not write and tell you how impressed we were every day of our trip with your guides, drivers and representatives! There was not one misstep during our wonderful trip to India…Infact, we have become, one of many I am sure, your best PR people for Greaves!
All of the people we met through your company were friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and willing to do anything that would make our trip even more enjoyable!
We loved all of our accommodations and tours.
Thank you for a wonderful and memorable trip…..we look forward to returning and visiting new sights and sounds of India!
Susan W. Tofias
Greaves Travel under the brilliant leadership of Mala Tandan of Greaves in India, has ensured that British Museum traveling in India is perfectly organised in every detail. The staff are unfailingly efficient and thoughtful and plan for every eventuality. We cannot recommend Greaves Travel more highly.
Joanna Mackle, Director of Public Engagement, The British Museum
Got back this morning after just about the best trip we’ve ever been on and don’t know how to begin to thank you both for making it all possible.
All the hotels were wonderful. Greaves, as ever, did us proud. Our driver, Rajesh, was a model of serenity and composure: a brilliant driver in extremely daunting conditions, a genius at navigation and delightful company. We also had a terrific guide in Jodhpur.
Everything worked seamlessly, and I honestly can’t remember ever having enjoyed a trip or finding so much to be inspired by.
Very very many thanks,
Claire Wrathall, Freelance Journalist for Conde Nast Traveller & The Financial Times
Yes, our tour of Rajasthan was absolutely magical and far exceeded our expectations.
Although we have widely travelled throughout the world, this was our first time in India and we will definitely go back – perhaps next time to Kerala. All the Greaves representatives were excellent, particularly the gentleman who met us when we first arrived in Delhi. The guides were all very good and the one that stands out was again the one in Delhi on our initial sightseeing tour. All the hotels were absolutely outstanding but special mention must go to the Rambagh Palace and the Umaid Bhawan. It was such a privilege to stay in such magnificent palaces and we truly felt we were being treated as royalty!
When we got to Delhi on our last night we checked into the Trident – another beautiful hotel. At reception, we were treated to another astonishing surprise when they upgraded us to the presidential suite which we could happily live in full-time!
Overall this trip has left us with so many magical memories. Thank you so much once again for all your help. We will definitely come back to Greaves.
Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you so much for organising what turned out to be the trip of a lifetime!
Raymond and I had the most wonderful holiday. We adored India which was certainly helped by all the Greaves staff which made everything run so smoothly without a hitch the entire time. We felt like a Maharajah and Maharani – difficult to come down to earth. Another pleasant surprise was that we were upgraded in every hotel we stayed in. The hotels were outstanding and we were very glad to take your advice and stay in the Nimaj campsite, Samode and Devi Garh, very relaxing to rest in the countryside for a few days.
We also loved the Rass hotel in Jodhpur.
We will definitely return to India in the near future. Once again many thanks for all your advice and expert organisation.
Hope you have a Happy Christmas.
I wanted to take the time to thank you for all the hard work you put in to arrange a magical honeymoon for Gayle and I. We had a ball. All the transfers worked like clockwork, the hotels were great and the route planning excellent.
We will be back.
DD and GD
We had a wonderful time in India last month. You were very helpful and efficient in all the planning and booking stages – thank you very much.
We were also impressed by the efficiency of Greaves and their agents on the ground at different stages of the trip; we were always met, and moved on to the next place, on time, and given helpful advice.
The driver and guide in Hyderabad were both excellent. They were both very flexible in accommodating slight deviations from the fixed programme. The driver was very responsible and careful and courteous, with good English and interesting to talk to. The guide was quite exceptional; extremely knowledgeable about the history, art, culture etc and very good at putting across his knowledge. We learned an enormous amount from him and really enjoyed his company and his sense of humour.
All in all a wonderful trip. Many thanks again.
Jonathan and Liz Rawes
The ease and convenience of Greaves’ private plane is changing the way I can sell India travel to my clients by inspiring them with an exceptional opportunity to explore more of the country while saving time and journeying in comfort. As always, everything Greaves does is to perfection. These exciting private plane itineraries are another feather in their cap certainly appealing to sophisticated travelers seeking the bespoke experience of a lifetime.
Manny Beauregard, CEO, Hallmark Travel, Inc.
We have recently returned from a 4-week tour of Sri Lanka and southern India arranged by Greaves. We feel we have to write to say how fabulous the holiday was. Our tour of these two countries was quite complicated – our choice! Nevertheless, all your arrangements went just like clockwork. Throughout the entire tour we were treated like royalty (or should we say ‘like maharajas’!) by the local drivers/guides/representatives. Never once did we feel a little lost or insecure.
After doing our homework, we approached 4 tour operators including yourselves, and must say that Varuna Gandhi was by far the most helpful and knowledgeable travel adviser of any of the companies we dealt with. She gave us some excellent advice when it came to tweaking the itinerary before the final result was arrived at. She frequently went “that extra mile” to make our tour the great success that it turned out to be.
AND on top of all this, Greaves quotation for the tour was highly competitive. So as far as we were concerned, the choice of tour operator was obvious. If we ever travel to the Sub-Continent again, and we do so hope to one day, we will without question use your services again. We have also heaped our praise about you to our family and friends, so we hope that this will put more business your way in the future. Very many thanks to Greaves, and in particular to Varuna, for arranging such a perfect, unforgettable tour.
Peter and Penny Booth
The Whole trip was stunning. My one regret is that we didn’t have time to stay longer, but I know I will go back soon. I now recommend Greaves Travel to everyone!
Yasmin Le Bon
During my trip in India, I would stress that it’s the genuine warmth and care that each guide exhibited partnered with and their personal pride in their beautiful country is something special and memorable. Often times a guide can be clinical or formal in their approach and I just don’t think that could work for India. Greaves contacts and way of doing business exactly matches how we ourselves do business and what works for our clients!
Victoria R. Boomgarden, Vice-President Luxury Sales, Best Travel
Meticulous planning – from the time you receive your travel documents which include helpful tipping advice, to the concierge service you receive throughout your trip, I can’t think of a more perfect and profound way to experience India than with Greaves.
Ann St Hilaire, Luxury Travel Specialist, Protravel International
This was one of the most amazing trips I have ever been on, the Greaves ground service was impeccable and the Oberoi resorts were magical. We were able see and understand the culture of the Indian people and their hospitality towards foreigners. Thank you for showing us this part of the world.
Susanne Hamer, CTC, Travel Store Platinum
India was dazzling! To be struck by so much color every day, every where, is one of the greatest joys I have ever known. Visiting the Taj Mahal at sunset and again at daybreak was genius! These experiences are treasures I’ll keep in my heart and mind forever.
India is a passage to another dimension, a passage requiring an expert’s hand in guiding you to unlock the myriad mysteries it holds within. Greaves Travel holds the key and divines your wishes with dexterity. Abracadabra! What a wonderful way to go!
Greaves orchestrated each movement between hotel and airport, lunches and sightseeing with ease and flawlessness – thanks to their professionalism and experience none of my precious time exploring this fascinating country was lost! The Greaves guides were outstanding – they opened doors to hidden gems, such as textile markets, art galleries and restaurants, and their knowledge and insight into the local customs allowed me to learn so much about India’s culture.
Theresa Stanfield, CTC, ACC, World Travel Bureau
We rate this tour to India as being one of the best organized that we have been on and we would certainly make use of the services of Greaves Travel if we were to travel to the East again in the future. The well-organized itinerary for our tour and the excellent attention we received from your tour consultant, Varuna Gandhi, also needs highlighting. We believe this contributed materially to the overall success of our tour to India. Overall, the delivery of the tour by Greaves was superb.
Mr. and Mrs. Maunder
For my first trip to India, I wanted the trip to be both authentic in capturing the true beauty and culture of India and it’s environs, along with being an easy-going trip with all the small details tended to…. and let me say – you provided this so beautifully, I can’t say thank you enough!!! It was the perfect combination of introducing us perfectly into very visited places like the Taj Mahal – to remote areas of Rajasthan and Jaipur, where there were secret gems of restaurants and textiles to be found, beautiful streets to be walked down, and masala chais to be drunk. The Indian cooking lesson in a private home in Udaipur was a true treat- nothing we would have experienced on our own.
Without exception – every guide, local agent or driver we had – from the airport to the hotels, was the most lovely and informed (and one even part of a local royal family) and leaving them at the end of a day’s journey was hard to do!! They felt like family.
I can’t thank you enough for providing a truly beautiful experience in India – one that I will remember, forever.
I wouldn’t visit India without Greaves by my side for my next trip!
We were very impressed with the whole service we had from Greaves and would highly recommend you.
You and your colleagues have allowed us to enjoy a truly memorable holiday.
We would like to thank you once again for a remarkable and memorable experience in incredible India. We had an amazing time and this was thanks to the Greaves team, which was constantly by our side with any help that was required.
The guided tours were very nice and the so were the chauffer drives from one place to another. The rooms in each hotel were exquisite. The whole itinerary set up was perfect which left us with relaxed time to enjoy every minute of our trip and the change of plans to go to Ranthanbhore was rewarding as we did see a tiger!!!
We have already recommended your offices to friends who plan to visit India.
Thank you once again for everything.
With our best regards
Tasos & Maria
I have not filled in my questionaire on return from our recent holiday because I wanted you all to know personally how grateful we are for the most excellent service provided to us by Greaves.
Everyone who looked after us – the local agents and tour guides – were courteous, efficient and highly motivated. All did their job (and more) to perfection. Special mention must be made of Anil, our driver throughout, who as well as being a great driver, became a friend who was always there when we needed him. The hotels you allotted to us were very good and comfortable. We particularly enjoyed being at Sawai Madhopur Lodge – and we saw a tiger!
So, all in all, we would like to thank and congratulate all the Greaves staff who looked after us – you gave us a wonderful time.
Charlotte and Robin Rhoderick-Jones
Just wanted to say thank you for all your help in arranging our trip. We had a fabulous time and everything was so well organized, and the choices for accommodation were perfect for us. We were looked after and made so welcome by everyone – you have an excellent team and we hope to be able to use your services again in the near future plus will recommend to all. It’s a trip that was completely stress-free and for that we are most grateful. It was just great.
Ms Van Gessel – Holland
We got back home yesterday after a wonderful trip to India. We canÕt thank you enough for all you did to make it happen. It was unanimous from the five of us that Greaves did an outstanding job with everything. We had great tour guides, a great and patient driver and the accommodations could not have been better. Greaves representatives met us everywhere we went. There was never any question of where or how we would meet up with them. That tour group gets an A+++ from us with a very high recommendation.
We saw all of the highlights in the areas we explored. We all agreed the Taj Mahal is probably the most beautiful building in the world. Words do not do it justice and we still are marveling we were there. After the Taj we went to the Agra Fort. Our tour guide had connections and we were able to go into back rooms that are not open to the public. Jaipur is a definite must. We all really liked it there and could have spent more time exploring. Delhi is a big city and it should be a must see. All flights were on time and the airports are really nice and clean.
Thanks again for a phenomenal trip.
I just wanted to thank you for the fabulous holiday you put together for us. It could not have been better, your representatives and our driver were just great. It took some time to get used to but we all love India now…
I will definitely recommend Greaves to anyone who is interested in going to India.
Thanks again for helping us to have this amazing experience.
We are back home as of yesterday afternoon, and I just had to write you to say how much we enjoyed our trip to India with Greaves.
I must admit that after reading several travel books in the final two weeks before our trip (esp. Culture Shock! India), I had some concerns. You may have sensed this in my calls and e-mails. However, the Greaves team of guides and drivers made travel in India a real pleasure. From the airport, through the streets and points of interest, and on the road, we always felt we were in excellent care, and the experience was seamless from place to place. Everyone on your team was an expert and very helpful. Special kudos to Daniel Dexter in Delhi and our amazing driver, Raju.
Cheryl and I were extremely happy with the Oberoi properties and the Rambagh Palace (we would not have missed this incredible place, even though we agree that the Oberoi level of service surpasses what we found there). The cooking demo and visit to Devra was a real high point and highly recommended; Jyoti is a wonderful spirit. Everywhere we experienced great hospitality, amazing sights, and experiences we will long remember.
Most of all, we want to thank you for all of your help from the genesis of this trip through to the end. You provided information and support at every juncture, expert advice, returned every e-mail and phone call, cheerfully helped us cancel and get refunds after the Mumbai attacks last year, and gave us reliable, tireless service with professionalism and warmth. We are very, very grateful, and ask that you forward this e-mail to your supervisor to let him/her know how thrilled we are with your work.
I am writing to tell you again how very much Mrs Leckie and I enjoyed our recent holiday around The Golden Triangle.
As you know, I was very anxious that my friend would find India as fascinating as I do, and I think I can safely say that she did. We were treated like royalty, and made to feel very special indeed – all due to your careful arrangements which operated like clockwork.
All the guides were charming, informative, helpful – and so very patient especially on our shopping sprees! Our driver Rajesh was very good and careful. We thought it a miracle we drove around 800 miles without one mishap, considering the road hazards that prevailed! And it was a delight to stay in these beautiful hotels, some of which I had visited before but just for lunch. How very honoured we felt, to stay in these spectacular palaces. The highlight must be the special dinner we had at the Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel, in the pavilion, with players and dancers, culminating in a fireqorks display. We could hardly believe it was all real. Swaroop was a star in the way he looked after us that evening. Truly a night to remember.
Please pass on our sincere thanks to all who looked after us along the way – too many to mention individually, but all collectively resposible for ensuring we had the holiday of a lifetime.
Mrs Elspeth M. Fleming
The trip you arranged for us was just fantastic and I am writing right now to say how wonderfully well it all went with just fantastic planning. It was amazing and I shall definitely recommend Greaves to any friends who wish to visit India. Thank you so much
Having just returned from a trip to India and Bhutan, my wife and I cannot recommend Greaves enough. Not only was their advice and and first hand experience invaluable (and accurate!) in planning the itinerary to suit us, but their friendly and attentive attitude made the whole experience a smooth and enjoyable process. Indeed, I was a little concerned before departing that we were missing something, as it all seemed a bit too hassle-free!
The representatives we were met by at every stage of the journey were always on time and could not have been more helpful and friendly. One even arrived on the aeroplane before we had got off and ushered us quickly through all the airport security with none of the waiting! One of the best things about the holiday was that we could relax, as the burden of organization and timings was taken out of our hands – Greaves took care of all of that.
I imagine it would be tough to find any other operator with a better knowledge of the region or such good relationships with the travel industry in the Indian sub-continent. Thank you for the holiday of a lifetime!
Thank you again – loved every second – hope our paths cross again soon!
As always, we had an amazing time in India and Alex and I were greatly impressed with Greaves from beginning to end.
We were particularly taken with the new Taj property, the Nadesar Palace, which excelled in every area. In contrast, we were somewhat disappointed with the food in terms of quality and selection/menus at the Oberoi in Agra.
Greaves will certainly hear from us when next we plan another Indian adventure.
As you probably gathered from the tour report, we had a fantastic time which we will remember for the rest of our lives. [We saw tigers on both days at Ranthambore Ð on one occasion a female walked past our jeep only 2 to 3 metres away!] The itinerary worked really well overall Ð no problems or illness at all – the accommodation varies from good to truly outstanding Ð and the service provided by your reps/drivers in India was absolutely brilliant Ð efficient, helpful and so friendly… A very big ‘thank you’ from us to you, and please pass our thanks on to all your colleagues also.
Lester & Janet Porter
Your team did a wonderful job. I will unhesitatingly look to you for our next trip to India. Everything on the Indian side was super. Once again your staff came through. Flights were very good and I will still take the B200 over car/train and what have you.
Thank you and your team once again for all your help. The itinerary whilst busy did give us the exact mix of experiences of India that we were hoping for and we would not hesitate to either use you again ourselves or refer others in your direction.