Last October, NWS client Doug set off on his India safari to see the Taj, tigers and temples.
India has always intrigued me, but for some reason, I travelled to many other places in the world before considering a visit. After having a fantastic trip to Madagascar with NWS, I asked them to set me up with a trip. Since travelling solo is so expensive, I asked a long term buddy to come along. I never realized that it was only going to be for the two of us instead of a group! All through the trip we were in a small van, with the same friendly driver and different, excellent guides that had expertise for each area. It was great!
We began our trip flying into New Delhi, where we were met with a NWS representative.
After getting a good night's sleep, we went for a walking tour of New Delhi. It was organized chaos, but wonderful! People, cows, tuk tuks, and monkeys everywhere! People were extremely friendly with food and produce were everywhere.
What impressed me the most was how kind the vendors were. They offered their wares, and did not pressure you to buy anything. It was a great experience.
We toured the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque (where 20,000 are given free food every day), and the beautiful Qutab Minar tower. Walking the streets anywhere in the country was perfectly safe.
On day two we traveled to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. The crowds were surprisingly small, and we were able to see everything at our own pace. The sunrise was breathtaking.
On Day three we took a train to Ranthambore National park to see the Bengal tigers. As usual, throughout the trip we stopped to tour another grand Palace (Fatehpur Sikri) made of vibrant red sandstone.