Glenda P

Southern California

We are 3 couples who travel together frequently. We have just recently returned from nearly 21 days in India, all planned without a single hick-up by Vijay and his team with Times India Travels. I am not one to book organized tours as I like to customize my itinerary to fit my likes and desires. I had contacted from Los Angeles by email, several travel agencies within India with a purposed itinerary. I told him where I wanted to go, what I wanted to see and the types of hotels we wanted to stay in. Vijay was quick to reply and worked with me in tailoring the experience so it was just right. We immediately hit it off over our email communications. We flew three times within India and Vijay and his team made all of those plane reservations at much less cost than we could have booked them! One time we even changed one flight to go to a different destination and he acquired a refund from the airline we had canceled! I am no novice at planning trips like this and I have planned them with many guides in many countries. Vijay and his team far exceeded expectations!
Our three parties all arrived in New Delhi a few hours apart in the middle of the night, Vijay and his team personally met each of us individually and whisked us away to the Holiday Inn Aeroport Hotel, just a few minutes away, which was spectacular! After our amazing buffet breakfast full of traditional and Indian delights, and to our delight delicious cappuccino, Vijay and Navratan met us and collected the remainder of our cash for the trip. Have no worries about this. Within moments we were headed to our 12 passenger tour van with our incredible driver, Jaypal, for the rest of our time in Rahjistan. Let me just say here, the traffic is just insane and you would not want to go with anyone less than an expert driver! He was calm and made us feel like he had total control of what seemed like a catastrophic accident waiting to happen at any moment on the road with motorbikes, cars, cows, dogs, people, bicycles, and Lord knows what else!
We had a very pleasant surprise! Vijay himself had some extra time and actually came with us on most of our trip! I cannot express how grateful we were that he did! I will say, our driver and guides alone would have been enough and we would have been very happy, but Vijay is icing on the cake shall we say? We experienced many things we would not have had he not been with us, making sure that we had every little thing we could have wanted and had someone to translate and bargain for us in any event, was so nice. We enjoyed not only just getting to know Vijay and become his friends for life, but we were fascinated as we asked and he shared the customs of his culture with us. This is an aspect that the guides may have been able to impart a little to us, none would have been able to help us understand as only Vijay could after becoming friends with him during the travels.
We stayed mostly in Trident Hotels, which we would highly recommend! We stayed in several heritage hotels, we found we preferred the Tridents. Our guides in each city were very good! We especially enjoyed our guide in Jaipur, Himanshu. We felt the spirit of being a Hindu within him and him taking us to Gulta Kund, the monkey Temple, was a spiritual experience. The breakfast buffets were amazing but Vijay or the guides arranged amazing lunch places for us to eat and when safe, guided us to delicious street food! When we wanted to do something special or go someplace certain to shop or eat, the guides and Vijay were certain to make it happen if at all within their means! While on one of our long road trips between cities, Vijay stopped at a roadside “bar” and picked us up a case of the local beer! As you cannot get alcohol readily there, he made sure we stopped at places where we could buy alcohol to have for “party” supplies. ( Sorry, inside joke ). There was always water, and on our request, Diet Coke in a cold ice chest in the van. One night in Jaipur Vijay and his employee, Nadi treated us to going out to eat. And in Varanasi, while stepping into a place where the locals weave silk into saris and bedspreads, Vijay came in and treated us women to a Sari! ( I have mine displayed on my table and think of that experience and Vijay when I look at it! Makes me happy! )
And not to mention, one extra perk, there was a Wifi hotspot in the van that worked well most of the time!
Our itinerary was:
1 day New Delhi
2 days Agra
3 days Jaipur
1 night Pushkar, on the way we stopped at Fatehpur Sikri, which we liked very much!
3 days Udaipur
Fly to Varanasi
Three days Varanasi
Fly to Cochin
overnight at the Meridian in Cochin before boarding
3 days backwater houseboat in Kerala.
Flight back to New Delhi – to home.

We enjoyed this itinerary very much. Would not have missed Varanasi for the world! Vijay was not scheduled to come with us to Varanasi. We asked him to come and to change his plans to do so. We told him we would cover his plane and room costs. He changed his plans and came and would not accept any extra money for doing so, I know it was very hard for him to find accommodations there as it was festival time and at great inconvenience, to him, he had to stay 45 min walk from our hotel!
We loved our time on the houseboat, which Vijay at planned through Lakes and Lagoons,
We loved India and her people! Our experience was enriched because we chose to go with Vijay and Times India Travels. We created memories that will live on forever! Thank you, Vijay!!

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Nigel Robinson

Newbury, United Kingdom

Our wonderful holiday to India started when we first contacted Vijay at Times India Travels. Our friends had inspired us to think about venturing to India and had suggested the possibility of hiring a car and driver to get about. We found Times India Travels on Trip Advisor through Google and were immediately impressed with the amount of quality customer reviews, which were clearly real experiences by travellers like ourselves. This gave us the confidence to use Vijay’s service and from the moment we first contacted him last April, the service has been professional and reliable. Everything worked out exactly as planned and we would not have a moment’s hesitation in recommending Times India Travels to others. In fact, we loved our journey through Delhi and Rajasthan so much, we are already talking to Vijay about a potential trip to Kerala next year.

Early on, after booking our flights, we decided to simply book a car and driver with Times India Travels for the duration of our holiday – from collection at Delhi airport to the end of our holiday. We elected to take care of selecting our own hotels through Booking.com. During our holiday we were given helpful suggestions about when a local guide would be invaluable/necessary and the rest of the time we were happy to look after ourselves. It has to be said that in addition to the excellent arrangements by Vijay, our holiday was made special by our driver, Mahendra. Although his command of English was a little limited (but adequate), his driving skills were exceptional. He took very good care of us throughout our 16-day adventure and we always felt in safe hands. He was attentive, caring and above all, made us feel special. The car was very clean and comfortable and water and sweets were provided every day

For the benefit of others who may be interested in doing a similar trip, here is our complete travel itinerary. Inevitably, there were things we could have done differently or places we might have visited, but we felt we captured the essence of Delhi and Rajasthan.

Day 1 – Delhi
Red Fort
Jama Masjit
Chandni Chowk

Day 2 – Delhi
Raj Ghat
Raj Path
Rashtrapati Bhavan
India Gate
Isa Khan’s Tomb
Bara Gumbad
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sheik Temple
Humayun’s Tomb
Chandi Chowk by Tuk Tuk

Day 3 – Delhi
Qutab Minar
Dilli Haat
Local temple
Lodi Gardens

Day 4 – Journey from Delhi to Agra
Mehtab Bagh in the evening

Day 5 – Agra
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Baby Taj

Day 6 – Journey from Agra to Jaipur
Abhaneri (Stepwell) & Fatehpur Sikri Temple

Day 7 – Jaipur
Panna Meena Ka Kund (Stepwell)
Amber Palace
City Palace
Jantar Mantar
Hawar Mahal Palace of the Winds (Outside)

Day 8 – Jaipur
Nahargarh Fort
Jaigar Fort
Galta Ji Temple
Birla Mandir Temple

Day 9 – Journey from Jaipur to Jodpur

Day 10 – Jodpur
Mehrangarh Fort
Jaswant Thada
Umaid Bawan
Sirdar Market
Toorji Ka Jhlra (Stepwell)

Day 11 – Jodpur
Mandore Gardens
Visit to Bishnoi village house

Day 12 – Journey from Jodpur to Udaipur
Ranakpur Jain Temple

Day 13 – Udaipur
Jagdish Hindu Temple
City Palace
Sheliyan Ki Bari Gardens

Day 14 – Monsoon Palace

Day15 – Journey from Udaipur to Pushkar
Sas Bahu Temple Girwa

Day 15 – Journey from Pushkar to Mandawa

Day 16 – Journey from Mandawa to Delhi Airport

What a wonderful holiday we had and our grateful thanks go to Vijay and Mahendra for making everything so special.

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Jabba the Gut

Longfield, United Kingdom

My wife and I have just returned from 3 wonderful weeks in India organised superbly by Times India Travels.

Vijay and his team did an amazing job with everything going to plan. We covered a lot of miles during the trip travelling from Delhi to Agra then onto Jaipur by car before flying down to Cochin. From Cochin we went by car to Munnar, Periyar and Alleppey. Finally we flew to Goa from Cochin before going home via Delhi. In total we had 5 internal flights, each of them were on time with sufficient time for transfers. We covered a lot of miles by car and the drivers were very good and the Toyota Innova cars very comfortable with chilled bottled water always available. In addition the tour guides were excellent and made the trip.

Vijay and his team did a fantastic job and were always on hand, and although nothing went wrong we had the comfort of knowing they were only a phone call away.

We would both highly recommend Times India Travels and could not fault any part of our amazing 3 week holiday.


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Amazing trip!! The hotels, drivers and locals guides where excellent!! I highly recommend this agency!! An incredible journey, we visited New Delhi, Amritsar, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Orchha, Varanasi, All the places were amazing and the service was spectacular!!


Oakville, Canada

We contacted Vijay Indian Travels and together prepared a 2-week trip through India. It was a mix of destinations that were important to us and he suggested additional places to stop and visit. He and his team organized and prepared for us an amazing tour and experience. Visiting Rajasthan, the golden Triangle and Varanasi. We had local tour guides that showed us the highlights and we had amazing drivers that drove us safely and with patience through the wild traffic. We spent a few days with Mahindra, he stopped on request to unusual places, like a small village off the traditional main road or enabled a spontaneous on-site visit at a brick burning place. He was very knowledgeable and openly responded to curious and personal questions of the cultural difference to Westerners. He showed us the Indian culture and we learned from him that we too share the same values. Times India Travels is a small but trusted organization that will actively follow-up with you and do their outmost to offer you an amazing experience.

Izlyza I

Well done Vijay, Bhoopi and Khalid! You guys did a great job. We both (female traveler) feel safe and comfortable under your supervision. Hotels, transportation and Halal restaurant which you bring us to is what been requested/expected.

We enjoy Holi’2018 as per your advise area and thank you for always taking care our safety.

Travelers, I recommend TIMES INDIA TRAVEL to all of you. I start contacted Vijay 4-5 months before travelling and he always respond to my whatsap/email. He explained and advise us accordingly, so that we understand/clear. All the arrangement from arrival till departure in order and proper way!

Thank You Vijay, Bhoopi & Khalid for your services!

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