India Tiger Safari Trip Report
My wife and I, both well into retirement were in South Africa several months ago and whilst visiting a friend she talked about a trip to India she had recently taken, showed us some photographs and we knew we had to go too. This would be a double first for us, first time to India and first time with NWS, but on return from SA we ignored friends’ warnings about upset tummies, telephoned NWS and entered into a different world of holiday planning.
We used our friend’s itinerary as a basis and with Arabellas’ guidance and infinite patience modified it many times, including bringing it forward a year until we were happy. The amount of pre departure information that arrived was impressive and very useful. We were informed that the arrival terminal in Delhi airport would be noisy, busy and chaotic, and it was, but the moment we entered we were greeted by the local representative who took control of our luggage trolley and guided us outside to our waiting taxi. From that moment until our luggage which had surprisingly got heavier was placed on the check in scales by the local rep at Mumbai airport eleven days later everything went just as smoothly and always on time.
The morning after our arrival we were driven to Agra and the Taj Mahal. No matter how many photographs one has seen of this incredible monument, the first sighting you get of it through the archway of the Tower gate was breath-taking. Just having the two of us and our excellent guide was a huge bonus, it meant we could find a quiet spot and just sit and look and talk.