I, together with my five travel companions, had a great experience with Indian Excursions Co.
Maddie tailored, with my suggestions, a perfect itinerary for our first journey to India and in particular to Rajasthan. Everything was planned in details and we could enjoy every moment of our holiday as we were all looked after with attention and much care.
Times for sightseeing was perfectly scheduled so that we had enough time to relax and enjoy the wonderful hotels we were staying in.
Jatin, who welcomed us at the airport and accompanied us for a warm farewell, has been very nice and professional as well as attentive to contact us on the phone when one of us had some little health problems.
Shiv also was of immediate assistance when we had a particular request for some items to buy.
What to say about Ajay, our fantastic driver who carried us for 12 days through the chaotic streets of India without a minimum problem, even when we suddenly dropped in the middle of a semi-flood due to a monsoon. Reliable, safe, always on time and willing to accept our jokes in a few occasions. Also his assistant Money was very polite and attentive to let us find our bus always perfect and comfortable.
On the whole I would definitely and with no doubt recommend Indian Excursions Co. for a personalized tour of Rajasthan/India.
We'll bring memories of this trip with us for ever.
Review by Hsinhung3 months ago
We had much trepidation about traveling in India and our previous self-organised trips were fraught with illness, bureaucracy at hotels & trains etc.
We are so lucky to have found Indian excursions via an internet search! Immediately it was obvious their itineraries offered more than the run of the mill tours, such as being able to experience rural Rajasthan, the unusual properties they chose, & the off the beaten path attractions such as the Chand Baori stepwell (which many of our Indian friends who had visited this region had never even heard of!). And an elephant rescue camp!!!!
Madeleine was extremely flexible as my parents dropped out at the last minute, and she was great about finding ways for us to maximize occupancy (at one point we were going to be a group of 9).
And then the tour! Our driver Swaroop and his co-pilot made us feel very safe and were extremely punctual always, and had great input on sites. The van was always fully stocked with thing we didn’t even know we needed but did - rolls of toilet paper (many Indian public bathrooms while clean do not have TP), wipes (great on hot humid days and after visiting religious sites barefoot), snacks, cold mineral bottled water AND WiFi!!! The mini bus Madeleine recommended was spacious and our family of 4 did not get on each other’s nerves during the 4-6hour drives and the seats reclined!
Then the properties we stayed at - OMG! One more stunning than the next, converted palaces, each with significant history, and from start to finish we felt waited on hand and foot - from Indian Excursions staff at check in and check out at each hotel, to the hotels themselves. Our teen girls got to “flex on their Insta posts” so they were happy = relaxed parents 😀😂. But seriously, the stunning visual memories and the literally royal experiences were unbelievable. The sharp contrast between where we had the luxury of staying vs the reality of Indian life really has cemented gratitude for all of us.
And the guides at each site - employed by Indian Excursions, were there promptly and really were experts of history! Yusuf in Agra was stupendous. They made all the historical sight seeing fun and we learnt so much!
We will be planning a South India trip in the near future and we’re ecstatic that Indian excursions does organise those also!!
This trip changed our relationship with India and has obliterated all prior negative experiences! Thank you Shiv, Madeleine, Jatin and Swaroop!
Review by Kowalczyk Anavatan3 months ago
Thank you Madeleine, Shiv and your team at Indian Excursions Co for sharing “Incredible India” with us. Your organisation and delivery of the very best experience was faultless. Our driver, Sanjay, was particularly caring and capable - we were so glad we were not driving!!! His skills were amazing in the most chaotic conditions of regular Indian traffic. He treated us as his family. Our three guides were all exceptionally knowledgeable, sharing their passion with us for their own particular places of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The four Oberoi properties, where we stayed, were all stunningly beautiful and their staff were so kind, helpful and very eager to please. It will be very easy to highly recommend you to our family and friends. With our best wishes for your continued success. Carol and Russell Coleman from Wollongong, Australia
Review by Smu Löhnert4 months ago
Just finished a two week trip to Delhi , Agra . Jaipur and Mumbai . Everything organized by Indian Excursions to provide a seemless and memorable holiday . Have no reservation in recommending Them and will definitely be using Indian Excursion on our next visit to India .
Review by Axen4 months ago
Great trip. Well organised and a truly enjoyable experience. I will come back. Thanks to the team !
Review by Gelin4 months ago
The experience we had with Indian Excursions was very good. We did an eight-day golden triangle tour in March 2019. Everyone we interacted with was very friendly, polite, and courteous. This was our first tour (of this type in any country) and this absolutely met our expectations. I would highly recommend Indian Excursions.
Review by Huirong4 months ago
My experience with Indian Excursions has been exceptional from the first online enquiry and the planning of our individual itinerary, to the support on the ground, providing a fabulous driver and guides, not to mention the amazing hotels we stayed in. I felt Madeleine was able to provide my friend and I an itinerary that really suited us with some great suggestions for sightseeing, and hotels. Madeleine listened to our requirements and even suggested a couple of extra experiences, partaking in the Holi Festival and visiting the elephant sanctuary, and what a treat they were! As two females travelling together, I felt totally looked after from the moment I landed at the airport to tour's end. It was comforting to know that Shiv was only a phone call away should we have needed him and he kept in touch to ensure everything was going well. My favourite hotel was the Samode Haveli in Jaipur, what a place, but closely followed by the Samode Palace! Exceptional accommodation, beyond my expectations. Our driver, Madan, was always happy and friendly and nothing was too much trouble, even when I had to get into the car covered in colour from the Holi Festival. A wonderful, memorable holiday thanks to Madeleine and Shiv from Indian Excursions.
Review by Puvaneswari Plechowski4 months ago
The trip was not problem free, but everything was handled with competence and professionalism.
Review by Jilliana Medon4 months ago
From start to finish Madeleine has been unfailingly patient and helpful and has listened and taken on board our wish list. We wanted our Indian experience to be more about people than buildings and with her knowledge and advice we were able to put together a trip that would combine the essentials in terms of sightseeing, together with fabulous experiences which helped us to get a small insight into what it’s like to live in India.
We were met on arrival by Madeleine’s business partner Shiv who was always on hand to check we were ok and help with any tweaks we had to our itinerary on route.
In our month away, with 12 different stops and seven internal flights there was not one hitch. Our reps, drivers and guides were always waiting to pick us up and we felt like we hand our hands held the whole trip. Particular thanks to our driver Madan who was with us for the first two weeks and who was a pleasure to be with.
From the people we spoke to while we were away it seems that most people were happy with their tour companies, but we felt that using an Indian based company gave Indian Excursions the edge with their insider knowledge and little extra touches like the loan of a free phone for the whole time so we could always be in touch if we needed.
A faultless holiday of a lifetime. We can’t recommend them highly enough.
Review by Nicholejess5 months ago
We have just returned from a 10 day adventure across Rajasthan arranged meticulously by Madeleine and her team. We both travel extensively and I have to say it was one of the most amazing experiences we have had in our many years transversing across the globe. The personal experiences Madeleine arranged for me when I told her one of my passions was horse riding were amazing. I got to ride lovely Marwari horses in Jaipur, Udaipur and Ranthambore with a personal guide off the beaten track, while my husband enjoyed a ride out with our fantastic guide Lokesh on a Royal Enfield motorbike across Udaipur. The hotels and the tours were just what we wanted, with enough time to relax in between and to top it all off, we saw the Tiger which was one of our reasons for going, on our third outing to the Ranthambore safari park. I would highly recommend Indian Excursions to anyone considering a trip to India.
Review by DarkChocolate5 months ago
I would thoroughly recommend India excursions to anyone wanting a well-organised, hassle-free holiday with every thought already considered.
Review by Dzoszele6 months ago
This is our second tour of India where we have entrusted our arrangements with Indian Excursions. On both occasions our experience has exceeded our expectations. Tours were arranged and delivered as promised, and we have no reservations in recommending this company for anyone contemplating their first "India Experience", and for those seasoned Indian Travellers.
Both Madelaine and Shiv will ensure that all arrangements run trouble free and that a valuable and memorable experience will be had.
Review by Kirkpatrick6 months ago
Without question, this was the best, most organised holiday we have been on. Madeleine, Shiv and their associates at Indian Excursions made an incredible and chaotic country an absolute joy to visit. We were met at Delhi airport, escorted to our first hotel and assisted every step of the way until our last goodbye at Udaipur airport. The hotels were magnificent, local guides excellent and the itinerary simply superb. Highlights of course were the Taj Mahal at Agra, tiger safari at Ranthambore (and yes we saw one!), elephants and the palace accommodation in Jaipur, and a spectacular Stepwell dinner in Narlai (do not miss this).
Many, many thanks to Madeleine, Shiv and their excellent team.
Review by Samaun6 months ago
What a fantastic vacation we have just had with our family (2 adults, 2 kids 10&11 yrs). Planned and executed wonderfully by Madeleine and Shiv. The Tour Schedule was well prepared and made in line with our discussions. The welcome at the airport on arrival, followed by the attention to detail to deliver tours and different hotel experiences during the vacation really impressed us.
We would have no hesitation in using Indian Excursions again and would recommend to friends.
Review by SchwickCust Boromeo6 months ago
We booked a tour with Indian Excursions to Rajasthan in January 2019.
The plannng was handled by Madeline in Delhi and you could not have asked for better service . At every turn Madeline was efficient and responded quickly to all communications.
Once in India everything went like clock work with all staff including guides and drivers providing caring , respectful and helpful service .
Added to this the hotels were of an excellent standard .
We felt Indian Excursions price was excellent and a bargain compared to some UK and Australian based companies .
Highly recommended ...don’t hesitate just book !!
Martin and Erica Australia .
Review by Christinah6 months ago
Our recent 3 week trip to Rajasthan was excellent in every way. The itinerary put together by Madeleine at Indian Excursions ticked all the boxes and their ground operations operated efficiently and seamlessly.
Review by Patyrick6 months ago
Perfectly organized trip from a to z, neat car with Wifi, pleasant company, very knowledgeable guides, Imperial in Delhi and Samode Haveli in Jaipur were stylish hotels. Reading the 'Empire of the Moghul' by Alex Rutherford in the evening was nicely complementing the site seeing during the day.
Review by Zhaid6 months ago
We did a 7 days golden triangle tour of India in February.
Indian Excursion Co. seem to have perfected how to provide trustworthy, seamless and hassle-free service in India’s (sometimes chaotic) environment. Right from the first visit to their website to the time we returned home, we couldn’t find a single fault even if we tried. Rather, we were blown away by the professionalism and care shown by everyone involved at each stage.
Madeleine was very efficient at organising the itinerary keeping in mind our interests as well as other reservations. The final itinerary was thorough yet flexible.
Shiv met us on arrival and kept in touch throughout our holiday to ensure we were well looked after. We couldn’t have asked for a better driver than Sanjay who was always cool and in control even in maddening Agra and Delhi traffic.
From beautiful hotels to well maintained vehicle to knowledgeable guides to peace of mind, Indian Excursion Co. covered it all.
We can’t wait to organise a longer tour with them.
Review by DJAtkins MacLaughlan6 months ago
We spent 3 weeks in India all arranged by Indian Excursion Company.
They were a pleasure to deal with. The guides and drivers were very good, and everything ran smoothly.
We would definitely use them again
Review by Milchens7 months ago
We asked IE to arrange a tour for us around the Golden Triangle during January 2019. It was our first visit to India. It was an all-round excellent experience and I would not hesitate to recommend IE.
Planning: Madeleine was highly responsive and flexible and proposed an itinerary which was exactly what we wanted. Pricing was very competitive compared to similar UK based operations.
Hotels: all round very good and checking in was a breeze with the IE local agent there to supervise on each occasion. The Imperial in Delhi was a particular highlight, despite my wife being very ill one night after eating there.
Guides: all 3 (Agra, Jaipur and Delhi) very personable and well informed. The guide in Agra was particularly good at using his local knowledge to ensure we were on the “inside track”. Just occasionally we felt that the timing and order of the day’s events were altered to pursue objectives which were a guide’s rather than ours but it was no big deal. We gradually came to accept that that we were, in the eyes of those active in the local economy, a revenue opportunity but we never felt too much pressure to spend more than we wanted and IE’s pre-trip advice was helpful in this.
Driver: the star of the show; the only member of the team with our lives in his hands. He was totally reliable and a very steady driver as well as being personable and amusing.
Management: we saw Shiv at the start and end of the tour and he was highly responsive when we did need him – when my wife was ill. It was good to know he was there.
Review by Nmhendry7 months ago
The trip was perfectly planned and executed. All guides were first class, we always felt well looked after. Our trip to India was a full success and we can only highly recommend Indian Excursions.
Review by Zorgsmum Okiomah7 months ago
Maddie and Shiv were terrific tour designers and hosts and we had a great experience -- both planning the trip with them and then actually living the magic of our Rajasthan adventure. Because we are seasoned travelers we discovered we didn't need quite as much guiding or hand-holding as many clients no doubt prefer, so we communicated that to Maddie and Shiv and they instantly made adjustments to fine-tune our experience. Bottomline -- great people to work with and a trip that was absolutely unforgettable!
Review by Nynieve7 months ago
Indian Excursions did a fantastic job of planning and executing our trip. They kept in touch with us every day, the guides and the driver were exellent. They went an extra mile to make our trip memorable and special. Our sincere thanks to Madeleine and Shiv.
Review by StephenOstrow7 months ago
My wife and I just returned from a 28 day trip to India, all organized and provided by Maddie, Shiv and Indian Excursions. We cannot even begin to adequately express how impressed we were with all aspects of our tour. From the first email contact with Maddie, through all the planning stages, to the initial contact with Shiv and our driver Sanjay (an excellent driver and most agreeable chap) in Delhi when we first arrived in India, to the final wave goodbye from our guide in our departure city as we left Kerala, everything was conducted and arranged in a most excellent manner.
Both Maddie and Shiv are 150% committed to making sure their product is the best available on the market, with amazing attention to detail. Countless times, it was clearly apparent that Shiv (who is in charge of operations within India) was checking on our progress and making sure all was going well.
We are seasoned travelers and can say without any reservation that Maddie and Shiv run a first class operation and provide a travel experience second to none. We highly recommend their services to anybody seeking a safe, comfortable, enjoyable and thoroughly memorable trip to India
Review by Tallis Spiritpsychicmedium7 months ago
Amazing from start to finish. Madeleine put together a fabulous trip for us. Every detail was thought through impeccably. The guides had great knowledge and enthusiasm. Our driver was friendly and really looked after us. Will be recommending to all our family and friends who visit India.