After reading an article in National Geographic as a child I had always dreamed of going on my own Passage to India.
To me India always seemed a fascinating country full of life, colour and intrigue and I was naturally very excited when my husband and I decided that was about time to stop talking about going and start planning a visit to this wonderful country.
We planned our passage to India over a period of months and had some specific cities that we wanted to incorporate into our itinerary as well as the usual tourist sites such as the Taj Mahal.
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Planning our Passage to India
So after booking our flights I excitedly started my research into hotels and transport from New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi as these were the main cities we planned to visit. New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are what is known as the golden triangle and is a very popular route for tourists to India as it takes in a lot of the historical sites in including the Taj Mahal. We also though that no visit to India would be fully complete without a visit to the holy city of Varanasi so if possible we would try to incorporate Varanasi into our itinerary.
Making a Decision
If you have read any of our previous articles you will know that when we travel we like to do it on our own so we can get as close to the countries local culture as possible, as we find this type of independent travel suits us. However after a lot of thought we began to realise that with only 8 days to incorporate all these destinations into the Indian leg of our trip, there would not really be enough time to make up for any unexpected mishaps or delays and from what I had heard from previous research is that India can be tricky. Expect the unexpected was one recommendation that stuck in my mind from another independent traveller.
Trinetra Tours to the Rescue
Following detailed research we came across a travel company called Trinetra Tours via a hotel review. Tinetra Tours are an Indian company that I found to be very competitively priced and fortunately within our price range. We wrote to Trinetra Tours and together with Tinetra Tours, designed an itinerary that especially suited us and fortunately, we were also able to include the holy city of Varanasi which had been high on our list of places to visit.
Arriving into New Delhi
Our flight from Hong Kong arrived around 9:30pm into New Delhi, and as we entered the arrivals hall the Trinetra Tour representative Jatin was waiting for us with our driver Mukesh who took us to our hotel, The Crowne Plaza (Okhla).
Where to stay in New Delhi
The Crowne Plaza was a beautiful hotel and the room was superb and after a 20 hour round trip flight from Dubai to New Delhi (via Hong Kong) certainly a welcome site. Jutin from Trinetra Tours explained how everything worked, went through our itinerary with us and gave us his number which could be reached 24 hours if we had any difficulties.
As luck would have it we also arrived into New Delhi when they were experiencing heatwaves and temperatures outside were mid 40 Celsius. That did not take away from the excitement of arriving into this colourful and bustling city and we were keen to start exploring the next day with our guide.
Over the next 7 days we visited many historical sites and monuments in the cities of New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi and had many memorable moments in what can only be described as a fascinating and enthralling country that should be on the top of everyone’s must do travel list.
Also I cannot speak highly enough of Trinetra Tours. Their professional attitude and attention to detail ensured a well-run safe and enjoyable India trip and we would have no hesitation in recommending this tour company.
We would love to hear about your adventures in India so please feel free to contact or leave a comment and don’t forget to read our report on each city visited during our Passage to India.