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Vacation India

#65 of 570 Tours in Agra
Agra, India
About Vacation India
We know India intimately and can show you the ins and outs of this magical country. Let our experts make your dream of a great vacation come true, as you explore the real India on a budget; IATO/ASTA/TOFT approved Company. "Our Mott": India - Your style, Your budget, Your Way!
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Nick G wrote a review May 2020
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
Nicholas Goslett, Brighton & Hove, UK I am a Trustee for an educational charity in Kovalam, a poor fishing village just south of Chennai. I visit each year for a week and then go off wandering in India. I am always reassured by Vikas being there for me at all times: giving me excellent advice whilst I plan the journey; helping me to book trains and planes and buses and the odd hotel (I travel light and usually book bed-and-breakfasts or hotels the day before); always on hand if I have a problem. My first trip (at the age of 67) was for six weeks to Mysore, Hassan, Hampi (my favourite place in India) then up to Rajasthan visiting Jaipur (where I introduced an Egyptian to the mysteries of 20-20 cricket), Shekawati, Pushkar (where I purchased two tabla which were made for me and shipped to England), Bundi (with the Palace which Kipling described as “the work of goblins rather than of men”), Rathnambore (in a hopeless quest to see a tiger), Udaipur (where I had a superb yoga teacher), Jodhpur (where I chanced upon the sensational Rajasthan International Folk Festival in the fort with the full moon rising over the ramparts), and Jaisalmer (where I was ripped off for a two-day camel trek but loved it all the same). Being my first trip, I was so glad to have Vikas to book most of the long journeys and help me with accommodation when I needed it. In 2014 I visited the North East , first with a trip splendidly organised by Vikas to the tribal area in Odisa, then on to Konark (another fishing village with children who called me Mr Pen since I gave so many pens away), Puri (with some bird watching), Varanasi (where I played cricket and flew kites with the boys on the beach and soaked up the religious feeling of the ghats and the Ganga) and finally Khajaraho (with the most beautiful, and erotic, carvings I have ever seen). In February 2016 I decided to spend four weeks seeing more of Tamil Nadu than just Kovalam where we run the Venkat Educational Trust. Starting in Chidambaram (where I had a very strange evening with some Pentecostalists and visited the second largest Mangrove Forest in the world with three lovely girls from South America), I then spent a couple of days in Trichy (and wondered if I had had enough of temples and these Dravidian ones so different to those in other parts of India I had visited), came to Madurai (with the incredible temple which I visited so many times), spent twelve nights in a youth hostel in Kodaikanal (with two games of golf at the excellent 120 year-old course), and finally six days in an Ashram (which I didn't want to leave - you go for the yoga and stay for the friends). This journey was pretty straightforward but once again Vikas was there to help if I needed it. I learnt a good lesson during my 2018 trip to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Shimla and Amritsar: don’t believe in one’s fantasies, check what it’s really like and plan it better! I was saved a couple of times by Vikas when a plane left four hours before the expected time and the Darjeeling Toy Train did not exist. The whole trip went pear-shaped: Darjeeling is now overtaken by 4-b-4s, not much to do in Kalimpong and the monsoon was playing such havoc with the roads to Shimla (which I was told was now much like Darjeeling). I abandoned the trip and flew home in time to watch the Ryder Cup. Undaunted, this year I was back and travelling to Rishikesh (to take in the yoga and meditation) and Amritsar (to see the Golden Temple which is every bit as wonderful as I had been led to believe, and the Changing the Guard at the Wagah Border Crossing which is ludicrous but the Indians love it). I can whole-heartedly recommend Vikas and Vacationindia for any help you need with your holiday in India, from planning it all for you or helping you like he does me!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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rudikenya wrote a review Aug 2019
Boxberg, Germany6 contributions9 helpful votes
This was my 6th trip to India and this time it would be different, not the normal tourist run ;. an India from a different perspective. During my researches I came across a company called Classic Holidays "Vacation India" with a Mr Vikas Agarwal as it's CEO. "Rajastan Off the Beaten Track". This was a privat tour with my own Driver/Guide in a brand new Toyota SUV. My driver was a "Sea of Calm in an Ocean of Chaos" and drove 2000 Km safely through Rajastan without a single hitch. He became my companion and a true friend. Showed me places I would think... never exsisted. From Amritsar to Dehli to Agra to Jaipur to Jodpur on to Jailsamer and finaly Udaipur. I travelled by train and also by air. I had the very best Street Food in the world. I visited temples hidden in back streets and shopped in places that tourist never find. I drank the best Masala Chai and mingled with Indians from all walks of life and not once did I feel unsafe.For those who think India is not safe to travell are totally wrong. If you reject the food ignore the customs fear the religion and avoid the people you might better stay at home.On my trip I chose to stay in 4 to 5 * Havelli's and mostly outside of the City centers. I would also recommend to stay 2 to 3 nights at each detination to relax and rewind.Vikas of Vacation India was a true Gem He was always obliging, 100% effecient, very well organised totally reliable A perfect holiday with a genuine company.
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Date of experience: February 2019
Santiago O wrote a review Mar 2019
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We did the golden triangle and had a great trip. Excellents services from Vikas and all his staff from the places we visit. We went to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Jodphur. I believe for every single human being it´s mandatory the visit to the Taj Mahal, what a wonderful place, so sacred and magnificent.
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Date of experience: September 2018
AnaD wrote a review Jan 2019
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Mr. Vikas Agarwal and his team not only know how to quickly adjust to their client’s needs but they also bring the concept of ‘service minded’ to a whole different level. I didn’t have much time to plan my one month trip to India and I found in Vacation India the right company to do the job for me. I shared with them my ‘must see’ and interests and Vacation India put together a great itinerary quite off-the beaten path in a route as touristic as Rajasthan and full of local experiences and culinary gems. I booked a solo tour around Rajasthan, Nagaland and Goa and Vikas made sure that everything worked like a Swiss watch despite not making it easy for him and his team due to last minute changes in flights and itinerary. Everybody at vacation India was very attentive making sure that I was comfortable at all times- this was particularly appreciated because being a solo woman traveler in India is not always easy. I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all as my driver, Mr. Gulav, not only was driving me around but also looking after my safety. Vikas and his team always had a ‘can do’ attitude that I really appreciated particularly when I didn’t have much time to plan this trip. I have booked tours with many other travel agencies but what made the difference with Vacation India is their deep knowledge of India that goes beyond the traditional sites and their extraordinary care for their customers- they always go the extra mile. I was interested in doing yoga in Goa and Vikas found a few options for me. He didn’t need to do so as it was not part of the package i bought from Vacation India. I will definitely repeat with Vacation India.
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Date of experience: November 2018
Gaya Prasad wrote a review Mar 2018
Sydney, Australia13 contributions9 helpful votes
An amazing South India, beautiful tour organised and tailored by Vikash. Me and my wife enjoyed every moment during our trip of South India trip and looking forward for another one. Vikash has got a very good PR and he personally took his time out,came from Agra to meet us whilst we were in Delhi. He was always very attentive to our enquiries with a vey positive attitude. I highly recommend to anyone who wishes to tour India,Vikash from Vacation India is the way to go. Vacation India,Wish you all the best.
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Date of experience: February 2018