What Our Guests Say About Us

Ron Niksar (July 2018)
5

Rachit did an amazing job right from our first call in trying to accommodate all my personal requests.

He first listened very carefully with patience to all my unique preferences. Listened very carefully to all my thoughts about how I wish things to roll and came up with a creative itinerary that was right on in terms of my personality, dates, flights, level of hotels and choosing the right guide for me – Geeta.

My private guide, was a very likable, pleasant and educated lady. She filled me in on all the insights you just cannot get by reading books or travel guides. We had long interesting discussions on the many aspects of History, religion and culture of the areas we traveled to.

Everything came together wonderfully in India thanks to Saffron Dreams The service Rachit offers is like no other I have experienced!

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The Pringle Family (July 2018)
5

Hi Rachit,

We finally made it back from our around the world adventure and wanted to take a minute to thank you for putting together a wonderful trip to India. From the beginning of the planning stages all the way through our departure from India, your staff was exceptional. Your ability to make our trip to India work around the rest of our travel plans was awesome. Your knowledge and attention to detail was impressive. Upon our arrival at the New Delhi airport at 4:30 am we were met by one of your cheerful guides. He was very knowledgeable and was very accommodating to our family’s requests throughout our trip. He always made sure we were well taken care of, whether at our accommodations or out sightseeing. The transportation was very clean, cold a/c, well kept, and your driver made us feel safe.

Thank you for a wonderful trip,
The Pringles.

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Mrs. Noreen Wohlgemuth & Mr. Stephen Wohlgemuth (April 2018)
5

Hi Rachit,

It was such a happy accident that I found you when searching the internet for tours of India to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with a visit to the Taj Mahal.

My husband and I were completely blown away by our tour of the Golden Triangle. From beginning to end, it exceeded our expectations.

I have traveled extensively on all different types of tours and yours was the best ever.

Our guide and driver, took excellent care of us and we felt like we were traveling with friends. They were always on time and the guide’s knowledge and assistance at all the sites was excellent. I highly recommend both of them. We cannot think of anything that was not above par. Thank you so much for fulfilling a lifelong dream so completely.

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Ms. Amanda Darvill & Family (March – April 2018)
5

I have traveled quite a lot, but I feel as if I had not truly seen the world until we visited India. The tour was personalized and flexible with every single detail covered from hotel check-in, perfectly timed pick-ups at each location and special touches along the way to delight myself and my daughter. I would not have done it any other way. My daughter and I take an annual trip together. This was our longest journey and we felt so taken care of traveling in India on our own. We enjoyed every sight, loved the food and enjoyed the company of our guide and driver so much it seemed like we were traveling with family. In addition to the top sights in the tour, we also worked in a visit to an orphanage and a small village to visit their school that were so wonderful to experience and open up my daughter’s eyes even more to the world around us. What an amazing and transformative travel experience. We’re going back in a few years and I wouldn’t work with anyone else to organize our next trip to India.

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Mr. Barry & Mrs. Nancy Wallman (March 2018)
5

We recently got back from a fantastic adventure to India. Saffron Dreams helped us set up a customized itinerary that exceeded our expectations. Everything was excellent from the moment we arrived at Delhi Airport, to when we were dropped off at the end. Our guide and driver were superb…

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Mr. & Mrs. Faust and Mr. & Mrs. Nelson (March 2018)
5
Mr. & Mrs. Faust and Mr. & Mrs. Nelson (March 2018)


Dear Rachit,

Just returned home today. India was amazing, thanks in part to your detailed planning. The accommodations at the maidens and trident were perfect and just what we needed after a long day of sightseeing. Our guide was superb. His English was easy to understand and he anticipated our every need. The driver was also good because we avoided getting into any accidents. The drivers are aggressive when they want to be. The itinerary was varied and the visit to the presidential palace was definitely a highlight. All of the contacts were there to meet us at the airports and transport us to our hotels, next flight, or ship.

Thank you for all your work and coordinating to make our trip memorable. We would recommend you without hesitation to anyone considering a trip to India. Having your own guide in India is definitely the way to go even for the more experienced travelers. Thank you again for your service.

James Faust

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Mrs. Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom & Mr. Miguel Herrera LindstromFebruary 2018
5

Exceptional! The trip of a lifetime!

We went to India invited to a wedding. We decided to take the opportunity to visit India. Now, in general when I plan trips, I do all my bookings for lodging and sightseeing on my own. I usually don’t like the “you leave at this time, you have 5 minutes here, back on the bus, another 10 min there, etc.” tour schedules. But India is such a different place that we thought it was probably best to do a tour. After some searching, I came across Saffron Dreams and decided to include them in the short list of companies to inquire about sightseeing in India. And I was blown away by their customer service from the first interaction with Rachit. He reached out over the phone to understand what we were looking for and what we wanted to do. While they have already packaged tours, the whole point of what they do is customize all of it to your taste and wishes. From that first interaction, their customer service blew everyone else’s out of the water. Based on his suggestions, we ended up visiting Dehli, Agra, Chhatra Sagar (we HIGHLY recommend you consider staying here), Jaipur, Jodhpur and Varanasi.

Chhatra Sagar and Varanasi were recommendations from Rachit. And we are so glad he did!! Chhatra Sagar is an oasis of luxury in the middle of the countryside. No honking, no crowds. Simply exceptional service in very unconventional accommodations with breathtaking views. Varanasi is the oldest city in India and the holiest for Hindus. It is a must see, there is such energy in this place. Viewing the the city from the river at sunrise is a must do, unique experience.

Because you get your own tour director and chauffer, the experience is completely tailored. Yes, there are times to meet, but they are not set in stone. Do you want to stay 5 more minutes? No problem. Do you want to take a picture of that camel? They will turn around and stop to make sure you can take the picture. Or better yet, they will tell you that there is a better place to take that picture and take you there. Both of them were so knowledgeable, caring and a complete delight. They were always on time. The chauffer had the car so clean you could eat off the floor. Spotless!

While India is a magical place in and of itself, our experience there was exceptional and I attribute that to Saffron Dreams and their attention to detail and exceptional customer service. Everyone was checking on us on a regular basis to make sure everything was going according to plan, from Rachit in the US, to Mr Gupta, Manager in India, who constantly told us who was picking us up, their phone number and checking that they actually did. And that we had reached our destination as planned. And tour director and chauffeur who were always looking to whether we were satisfied, we wanted to do something else, they were so attentive to making sure we were enjoying ourselves. And they took the time to not only share the historical information about India and the places we visited, but made sure to share with us facts about culture, religion, beliefs and way of life to help us have a better understanding of India and their people.

We are missing India already and look forward to going back, and no doubt it will be with Saffron Dreams. I can’t say enough about all they did for us to make our India trip the trip of a lifetime. THANK YOU!!

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Ms. Janice & Ms. Amy Lentz (January 2018)
5


If a trip to India is in your future, call Saffron Dreams. My daughter and I just returned from a 2 week “trip of a lifetime!” We wanted to visit a friend in Bangaluru for a few days and then tour the Golden Triangle and Varanasi. Rachit worked out all the details for us to fly to Delhi and start the tour. The entire trip worked like clockwork with guides and drivers meeting us at each step and helping to make all the connections. We rode planes, train, cars, rickshaw and elephant and got a very personal and educational tour of India.

All the guides and drivers were courteous, protective, knowledgeable, and just great guys. The main guide for most of our trip, was a wealth of information as well as the most patient, kind and caring person with a passion for sharing about his country. He learned our eating habits so well that by the end of the trip, he could tell us exactly what we would like in the restaurants. His gentle, calm nature helped to steady us in an environment very different from what we were used to. We appreciated the personal care and dedication he took in ensuring that we got the most our of our trip to India.

We stayed in top notch hotels with food for breakfasts and dinners. We ate lunch on the road each day at nice restaurants that the guides had inspected and knew had quality food and good variety.

Rachit stayed in constant contact through phone and emails before we left the states so that we had all the details, and he even called our hotel in India one night to make sure everything was going well.

I have gone on many group tours around the world, but this personal experience is the way to see India! I cannot say enough good things about this trip and this company. It was a GREAT value for the money.

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Mr. Kenneth & Mrs. Joyce Backman (January 2018)
5

My husband and I took our empty nest dream vacation to India. The planning started with Rachit and his fabulous website honing in on what we wanted to see in our short 8 days in India. The tour guides and drivers were amazing. Sometimes they backed off and let us wander parts of sites on our own, after a pre-introduction, and sometimes they walked with us. The guides were kind and knowledgeable and always willing to adjust our itinerary based on what we were in the mood for. We did the middle hotel package and the loved all hotels except the Radisson in Varanasi which was adequate but a disappointment after the other hotels, like the Maidens in New Delhi. We are already planning a return trip and will definitely use Saffron Dreams again. On a final note, our return flight to the States was cancelled due to weather, and Rachit immediately arranged for another night in our hotel and for our favorite guide and driver to travel back to New Delhi, even though they were hours away, for another fantastic day in India.

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Jorge Fernandez & Family (December 2017 – January 2018)
5
  Dear Rachit, On behalf of my family, we would like to thank you for your outstanding efforts in planning an unforgettable trip. Every aspect of our trip, from the selection of the cities, the monument hoping, and the immersion into Indian culture was carefully thought out and well integrated. The level of service, luxury and comfort we experienced made this exotic trip all the more memorable. The built in flexibility of our itinerary was a nice touch. Our large travel party of 12, including people of different ages, backgrounds, and professions all had their own unique impression of India, while still being able to enjoy each other’s company. Our Journey began in New Delhi, we then visited the astonishing sacred Hindu capital of Varanasi (a must see!). Our third stop Agra where we visited the romantic Taj Mahal. The Pink city of Jaipur and the beautiful city on a lake, Udaipur came next. Our last stop was the colonial, yet bustling metropolis of Mumbai. Our guide was wise, thoughtful and all around just a great guy. He spoke perfect English, and Spanish, allowing all those on the trip to learn about India’s culture, history and customs. Saffron Dreams, provided us with an incredible opportunity to experience India. None of this would have been possible without Rachit’s help & patience. He walked us thru every step, through booking, the visa application, useful travel tips, he even stayed up all night on the phone with us in the middle of a mini passport crisis. I can confidently say that this was the first of many trips to India and having a company that is reliable and great at what is does makes it all the more worthwhile. Thanks, Jorge Fernandez
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Vikas Sharma & Family (December 2017)
5



Rachit,

We are now back in Toronto after a wonderful three week trip to India. I want to thank you and your team for organizing such a great trip and allowing us to completely focus on the sights and sounds of India and not on any of the logistics of getting around. This was the first trip back to India in 20 years for my wife and I and the first time ever for our four children.

From the time we landed in Delhi to the our departure from Mumbai, we felt very well taken care of. Our tour director Mr. Abid Ali was outstanding. He has incredible knowledge of the history and culture of India and was able to answer our kids’ never ending list of questions. He even started teaching them to read the Hindi signs.

We enjoyed our days in Delhi, particularly a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk and visiting Qutb Minar. Our next stop in Varanasi was fascinating, with the evening aarti ceremony being a notable highlight. And cruising down the Ganges the next day at sunrise was particularly spiritual.

Khajuraho was our next stop and may well have been our favorite. It is a small, uncrowded town which provided a welcome respite from the intensity of Delhi and Varanasi. The main temple complex is fascinating and the local guide you provided was exceptional at explaining its history and significance. The Lalit was also great hotel with beautiful gardens.

My kids will never forget taking the train to Agra. Waiting on the platform at Jhansi provided a very revealing look at another side of India. And what can we say about Agra! The Taj Mahal lived up to its reputation. But I must commend Mr. Ali, for getting us up before sunrise so that we could arrive at the Taj Mahal and be one the first visitors of the day. Entering at this time, before the crowds, is the best way to visit.

Travelling from Agra to Jaipur, Mr Ali took us on a unexpected detour to the Chand Baori step well. This was my son’s favorite place in all of India. In Jaipur, we loved the elephant ride to Amber Fort and the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. When my wife made mention of wanting to do some shopping, Mr. Ali arranged to have us visit a bustling market, favored by locals and that was not a tourist trap.

Our trip also included an extension to the eastern state of Orissa, to visit the Jaganath temple in Puri and the Sun Temple of Konark. Not many foreign tourists visit these sites but they were worth making the effort. And our hotel (Mayfair Lagoon) was the best on our entire trip. The rooms are huge and the gardens spread out over several acres and include a temple overlooking the lagoon.

We ended out trip in Mumbai, which is an incredible, cosmopolitan city. Our schedule here was less structured but the driver and private van we had allowed us to explore different parts of the city at our own pace.

Rachit, your team was exceptional. The hotel choices (primarily ITC) were all very comfortable. And the one time we had a minor issue (in Agra), your local team came directly to the hotel and sorted it out with the hotel management in a way that was more than adequate for us. Your arrangements for all of our transportation, be it by private van, train, or airplane were handled perfectly. This was a trip that we will never forget.

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Mrs. Tina Patel & Family (December 2017 )
5

We took our family to tour the Golden Triangle in North India December 2017. We booked with Saffron Dreams and had the best experience with booking, follow-ups and execution of the tour. Top notch tour company that checks on each and every detail and then again rechecks it.

Positives
Very professional appearance by Tour Director & Drivers – Drivers were always dressed in uniform with name tag. Drivers were so good and we always felt safe and never scared. Tour Director was very knowledge and always answered our…

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Mr. Stephan Bornstein & Ms. Margot Dockrell (November 2017)
5



Rachit, we’re back in the US and I’m writing to report on our eye-opening tour of the Golden Triangle.

First off, let me say that both of our guides — Abid I and Abid II — were terrifically well-informed, extremely sweet and very protective of Margot and me. We felt totally comfortable in their care, just as we did with our remarkably skillful drivers.

Delhi is the perfect introduction to India, if for no other reason than its traffic. The Imperial is also an ideal place to appreciate the British influence on Delhi’s development, and Daniell’s provided us with one of our best meals. Seeing all the British architecture in New Delhi was interesting, but the most fun for me was our rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk. I’ve walked lots of old city markets in other countries, but navigating Delhi’s with my wife on a three-wheeler was totally exhilarating.

We loved shopping at the textile emporium in Jodhpur and were pleasantly stunned by our trumpet reception at Umaid Bhawan Palace, a lovely place to lunch and experience maharajan luxury.

For me, the highlight of our trip was Chhatra Sagar whose setting and accommodations were beyond delightful and whose farm, village and nature tours gave us a real insight into north Indian rural life.

Though its pink facades and endless shops were impressive, and the elephant ride to Amber Fort a kick, what I’ll remember most about Jaipur is the Samode Haveli and Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. Samode provided us with the most interesting room and best dinners on our trip.

I found the stepwell at Chand Baori to be the most unexpected and astounding structure we saw on the entire trip. It outstripped even the Taj Mahal which, though a must-see in India, required a three-hour wait and then pretty much looked like its photos. Our viewing may have been compromised by a gray day in Agra. Unfortunately, Agra was also the one lodging mistake I made in selecting the ITC Mughal (which is still a Sheraton). Abid told me afterward that there’s really no heritage or charming hotel anywhere in the city.

Unsurprisingly, our accelerated tour of Varanasi (night and day) was fascinating as were the lucid explanations of Hindu and Buddhist thought and rituals imparted to us by Abid II. Our room at the Brijrama overlooking the Ganges was perfect as was our vegetarian meal in its dining room. I also particularly enjoyed our tour of the campus of Banaras Hindu University, the Mother India Temple and the stupa to Buddha at Sarnath.

I am copying Margot who may wish to add her thoughts on our trip in a separate email, but we both want you to know that, thanks to Abid, we learned how to wiggle our heads and do so now in thanks to you for designing and arranging for us such a memorable trip to India.

Cheers,
Stephen

 

Dear Rachit,

Stephen captured all the high points pretty thoroughly in his letter, but I do want to add my thoughts as well.

I wasn’t aware that Stephen felt this way until I read his letter to you, but I put the step well right at the top of the list of wonderful sights seen, although I loved the Taj Mahal. For all the photos one has seen, none of them really do it justice and I found it quite moving. I too loved everything about Chatra Sagar; those tents are truly divine and the proprietors so warm and interesting. The most wonderful hotel in the end though was the Samode Haveli, the food was heavenly and I loved the mismatched rickety furniture in our many columned room as well as the confusing and serpentine route to it!

Even though we were pretty much shopped out by the time we got to Varanasi, the silk weaving demonstration was fascinating. I used to work in the textile field, and although I’d seen the cards and looms, I’d never seen brocade actually being woven and it all came together for me. And naturally, we bought a beautiful wall hanging there.

Thank you for arranging such a terrific introduction to your spectacular homeland. I will never see the world the same way again.

Sincerely,
Margot

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The Thomas and John Families – Golden Triangle Tour (July-Aug 2017)
5

Our two families worked with Saffron Dreams and Mr. Rachit to schedule a long anticipated trip to tour India. Rachit worked well between our two families living in different parts of the United States to coordinate this trip and all that it would entail. Now that we are back home full of memories, we can truly say that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We definitely enjoyed having our own tour director and our own transportation coordinator/driver, both of whom were so pleasant, knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs.

Our hotels were wonderful, we felt special at the hotels! While touring we greatly appreciated the flexibility to adjust the days schedule and include some local shopping, we even took in a movie. The restaurants we ate while touring were wonderful for the variety and standards of service. We enjoyed visiting the hand-made marble store were we watched hand-made techniques used to build the Taj Mahal.

Our stay at Oberoi groups Trident hotels gave us excellent service and amenities. When Rachit mentioned that we would enjoy our stay at these Oberoi group hotels, he was not kidding; the service was excellent, we were so well taken-care.

The vehicle available for our travel was a brand new series by Toyota which made for excellent ride and comfort and plenty of space for our two families and luggage.

When we plan our next tour for another part of India, we will book with Mr. Rachit and his team at Saffron Dreams. We gladly recommend booking an India tour through Saffron Dreams.

Sincerely, The Thomas and John Families
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Ms. Jennifer Diaz & Ms. Zoila Campos (June 2017)
5


PHENOMENAL! This trip from beginning to end was just extremely incredible!

The details from when we arrived to our departure, was extremely well put together and simply perfect. Our tour guide, was beyond nice, friendly and well-knowledgeable in every site that we had scheduled to visit. Our driver was also so patient and punctual for all of our tours scheduled throughout the day. At first, we were taken back by so much of the culture, the amount of people, the livelihood of India altogether and it was nothing as I had imagined in mind. It exceeded my expectations to the 1000% power. All the sites were so beautiful and it was definitely a spiritual getaway that I would recommend everyone to go and visit! My mom and I were hesitant and a bit worried about the food we were going to try as we had never tried any Indian food back at home, and I must say, I completely LOVED it, specially the Chole Bature (so delicious!) The guide also mentioned that because we stand out, we may get approached by locals to take pictures, which happened and it was so funny and awesome. Altogether, we felt extremely safe throughout the entire trip as it can be a shock to someone who may travel alone and is worried of safety in general.

I must say that Jaipur was by far my favorite city! The Big Pink City was beautiful and so alive! Not that the rest weren’t, but that was definitely my favorite one. I have to also add, the Taj Mahal, one word: BREATHTAKING! I have never had such an amazing Monday as I did that morning seeing the beautiful wonder of the world. I understand now why it’s beauty has been visited by so many all over the world!

Overall, India has been one of the most unique, incredible and spiritual experience I have ever been on. It felt strange coming back to The States and I started getting a bit comfortable with their way of living. I would extremely recommend everyone to visit India. I do plan on making a return back in the near future and hopefully sooner than later. The energy I brought back from India is indescribable!

Thank you so much Rachit! We really and truly appreciate everything you did for us and ensuring our Trip was a once in a lifetime experience!

Namaste

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Margaret Jordan & Family (December 2016)
5
 

We had a lifelong dream of traveling to India, although we knew it would be a challenging trip due to limitations in my walking (multiple sclerosis). Rachit Thakker of Saffron Dreams worked with us to set up the India experience of our dreams, while working within our budget. He helped us to develop a customized itinerary that covered all of the “must see” places like the Taj Mahal, but also included travel through small villages and to sacred sites such as Varanasi. The guides he selected were not only experts on history and culture, they were excellent problem-solvers—even helping us to overcome the hazards of the recent rupee crisis and finding a replacement for a damaged camera battery charger.

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Mr. John & Mrs. Gerarda Persad (April 2017)
5

WOW, what a 19 Night Tour of India… We are Retired US Military Officers, living in Miami, and the precision, attention to detail, professionalism, flexibility, caring, and accuracy of the entire vacation and staff were beyond reproach. They exceeded our expectations. Our Accompanying Tour Director was very professional, courteous, knowledgeable, and a history buff. We did 10 cities, and Rachit tailored the trip to our specific demands, from air travel, to hotel choices, and private transportation. It was refreshing to actually have a tour catered to us.

Book your trip without any worries…and I will be willing to speak to any prospective guest about our trip. We will not do our other South India Trip without them.

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Shannon F. (December 2016)
5

India has been on our list of desired destinations for a very long time! We are lucky people, having visited many parts of the world, and have used a variety of travel agents and tour companies. Our tour of the highlights of Northern India with Saffron Dreams eclipsed our expectations, starting with the personalized planning and incredibly prompt responses to all our questions and concerns by Rachit Thakkar.

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Mrs. Evisabel Fabrega & Mr. Elie Fakie (Feb 2017)
5

The trip was perfect for us. It was flawless and this was in part thanks to the tour guide you had chosen. He was knowledgeable, patient, and accommodating. I think I would had prefer a couple of days more to explore but I enjoyed every minute of our trip.

Definitely, the way to visit India is through a private tour.

Your attention to details made my trip more enjoyable and really appreciated that you were always checking on us.

Thanks again
Evisabel

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Dr. Adeni & Family
5

This was a trip we as a family had been planning for over 5 years and given the constraints that 5 adults have regarding their schedules, we were extremely thrilled that it went off as well as it did. If anything, we wished we all had more time to see this fascinating part of India. Perhaps we will indeed return another time to finish what we started. I think I speak for all my family members when I say that this was possibly the best arranged and fascinating trip we have taken as a family (and we are very widely travelled). I look forward to using their services when we return to India in the future and would strongly recommend Saffron dreams to all concerned.

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Mr. Deryk & Mrs. Stacey David (April 2017)
5

My wife and I are back from our trip to India that you helped facilitate and co-ordinate. We had a wonderful experience and your staff in India were superb at their job. Please communicate our sincerest thanks for the great care and attention to detail. The Oberoi accommodations were fantastic and the service extra-ordinary. The company through which you arranged the car in Mumbai were also terrific and they also made sure that we were appropriately escorted to the Lufthansa check-in for our departure.

All in all as promised, a truly wonderful experience. Thanks.

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Vijay & Marie Goradia
5
We used Saffron Dreams for our trip to the Maldives and Sri Lanka and cannot sing enough praises. Rachit took a lot of time understanding our tastes, our preferences and our needs. He crafted an initial itinerary and ran it by us. We requested changes and he patiently accommodated us every step of the way. What was also different with Rachit was that at times, he made himself available even after working hours. He made very valuable suggestions to make our trip more pleasurable. At one hotel in Sri Lanka, there were heavy rains and there was news of flooding around the hotel. We called him late in the night and he promptly arranged for us to get transferred to another hotel on higher ground. At the resort in the Maldives and at the hotels in Sri Lanka, he arranged for something special in our bedroom every night. One night it was rose petals on the bed, another night it was a scroll with a romantic poem! I have traveled to 97 countries and used several high end companies. Saffron is up there with the best and at times even better than the best. He has now finalized a trip for us to Myanmar and we are eagerly looking forward to it. – Vijay Goradia
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Dr. Mona Kapadia
5

Hi Rachit,

We really enjoyed the trip to India.

The Jaipur-Agra portion of the trip was really nice. Jaipur was very beautiful. Mr. Ali was extremely knowledgeable on history. We did not expect to learn so much fascinating history, & were really happy to find out so information to go along with seeing the sights. My husband especially enjoyed hearing the history.

Our favorite day was the day we spent in Jaipur. All in one day, we saw the City Palace, went to a rug/textile shop where we got to see the process by which they make they make rugs (and we purchased a rug), got mehndi done on my and my daughters’ hands, & rode camels!

We had an issue with the Trident in Jaipur in which mosquitoes kept coming into our room through one of the vents for the first day and a half. The management did apologize and have us a free dinner to compensate for this.

The Trident in Agra was superb.

The tour itinerary was very busy. We did have to ask to omit a couple of things and not start as early some days due to the kids being very tired.

You can share my opinion with other clients.

I would not hesitate to refer a friend or family member to Saffron Dreams for an Indian vacation

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Sheetal Nasta
5
A huge thanks to our India tour agent Rachit Thakkar and the whole team at Saffron Dreams for a wonderful, memorable experience in India! We had a group of 5, including 3 kids and lots of different interests to please. We wanted a mix of history and adventure, relaxation and activity. I have to say your knowledge of India and the time you took to build our itinerary, down to the smallest detail, really made it the perfect trip! It was tailor-made for us and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved that we could experience the history and scenery of the Merangarh Fort in Jodhpur but then end the day with ziplining at the fort with a view of the “blue city” and a sunset camel ride in the rural country nearby. The art class in Jodhpur was a favorite with all of us, since we had a few amateur artists in the group. And, the elephant ride up to Amer Fort in Jaipur made us feel like true royalty.
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Sagar & Annu Naik
5


We had a phenomenal trip to India, thanks to Saffron Dreams. We went with 2 other couples, for one of them it was the first time visiting India. We had the most comfortable, well planned and organized trip. Drivers and guides were always on time and waited on us. They were excellent, courteous, very helpful and could not have asked for more. Every minute detail was taken care of by Saffron Dreams team. We got the best service at every hotel we went to and every restaurant we ate at. Rachit from Saffron Dreams called several times to check if all was well. We covered a lot in 2 weeks. I don’t think anyone can surpass the service we received. We will be highly recommending Saffron Dreams India tours to all our friends. Travel was so much easier with many comforts and meticulous planning.

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Amanda MacDonald
5

Hi Rachit,

I just wanted to say thank you for arranging my Agra tour. It was a great day. Both the tour guide and driver were fantastic, they both went out of their way to accommodate requests! I learned a ton, felt completely safe and definitely checked off the Taj Mahal from my bucket list! It was definitely one of the best tours I’ve taking anywhere I’ve travelled.

Many thanks,

Amanda MacDonald
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Meagan Relle
5

Our trip was wonderful. Your tour guides and drivers took great care of us. I am sending your info to several friends who will be traveling to India in the next year or two. I highly recommended And will continue to recommend your company. If you would like me to answer specific questions of yours or clients’ please let me know I’d be happy to help.

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Andrea Lee
5

The service provided by Rachit and Saffron Dream was thorough, smart and very prompt. I have rarely felt more comfortable in entrusting my complex travel itinerary to them, particularly when in need of creative problem solving. In a world where pushy sales tactics are commonplace, Saffron Dream was caring, professional and respectful and has earned my intention to book travel with them at every opportunity, and spread the word to friends and colleagues.

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Gail Breiterman
5

I will share my feelings with you about my trip to India but I want to preface it with you knowing that my intention was to see and experience India, the positive and the negative, and I think that happened. I am a spiritual junkie and from the moment I stepped into the car in Delhi I knew for certain that I was brought to India by our creator for many reasons. I also want to say that two people can be looking at a glass of water and see different things, what is seen depends on the coloring of the lenses we wear.

The tour guides, YK Khan, Muluk and Subhalakshmi were all very good, but I spent the most time with Yusuf and we developed a rapport and it made the trip very pleasant. The driver with Yusuf was Raj Singh, he is a great driver, a gentlemen, and went above and beyond at all times to make sure my needs were being met.

I traveled to India solo but I experienced and enjoyed the many sites in Delhi, Agra, Mumbai and other cities, escorted by a very knowledgeable tour guide who pointed things out and explained what I would have missed had I been without them. Once I had figured out where I wanted to go all the details were arranged and I just had to show up, it was that easy, and it turned out to be the best trip I have ever taken.

The hotels were all very good. My favorite was the Gateway hotel Ganges in Varanasi. The general manager of the Maidens hotel, Puneet Narula, wrote me an email to thank me after I filled out an online survey, their concern for customer service is obvious. As a westerner I really appreciate a modern bathroom with plenty of towels and hot water and the Fateh Bagh in Ranakpur doesn’t quite meet my standard in that way but how many times will a girl get to sleep in an old palace??? I give them a pass on it.

I was able to see and experience so much which I never could get from reading a book, seeing a movie or hearing someone describe it, I needed to see it for myself.

I hope to return to India again one day to see new places, and if I do I would ask you to set it up for me. Having your help was invaluable to me and I would be happy to refer to you any of my friends wishing to make the journey.

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Barri Rind
5

I want to thank you for planning such an amazing itinerary for me and Dan. India lived up to my expectations and beyond. It is such a rich country in history, culture, cuisine and an amazing human tapestry.

Overall I would rate the trip as a 10 out of 10.

The quality of the hotels, guides, drivers, the personal attention to details and the prompt reply when we needed something was truly first class.

I especially want to thank YOU Rachit. You were absolutely fantastic. From the first time I called you, till the day before I left, you made sure that I get the best trip possible to India. You have answered every question and filled any request in a speedy matter and with the best results. Your deep knowledge of India, your excellent customer service and your natural enthusiasm and charismatic personality certainly made it fun for me to plan this trip and work with you with zero stress on my part. You were organized, hard working and you made it all seem so easy. My friends who have been to India were amazed at the trip you have planned for us. The important thing is that you understood very well what my interests and desires were and have tailored it to fit my needs and beyond.

I’m a seasoned traveler and have been all over the world and your service and knowledge are on the top of my list of excellence. We never had any issues in India and when we have requested something it was taken care of without hesitation and to our full satisfaction.

You were very thorough and professional and it was obvious that your main goal from beginning to end was to ensure that we get the best service and the best trip ever. It was really a pleasure to work with someone like you who is so conscientious and intuitive to his clients needs. You truly understood what kind of a tourist I am and what kind of a tour would appeal to me. You booked an excellent itinerary for us with excellent hotels and guides for such an amazing price.

I can truly say that I’ve learned a lot about India and have enjoyed it tremendously and you Rachit have made it possible.

Thank you again for such excellent service and for providing us with the trip of a life time of many amazing memories.

I will recommend you to all my friends and of course will call you back with any future tours.

Hope you had a nice holiday. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

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Ms. Tara Boulos & Mrs. Sherri Boulos
5

Based on our wishes and needs, Saffron Dreams tailored a great and complete tour of northern India. During the planning stage of our trip, its staff (especially Rachit Thakkar) offered us multiple options with respect to sites, cities, and hotels. During the actual trip, my mother and I enjoyed having our own tour guide and chauffeur to guide us around and teach us about Indian culture and history. We appreciated having the same tour guide and chauffeur during our entire trip as they targeted the trip around what we wanted to see, learn, and buy. They made sure we were comfortable and our expectations were being met at each city. It also created a personal touch as they taught us how Indian history and culture impacts their everyday lives. Overall, we enjoyed our Saffron Dreams experience from start to finish and will use them again on future trips to India.

With respect to the hotels, the Oberoi and Taj chains had impeccable service and their grounds were beautiful. If you want to have your every need predicted and it’s within your price range, these chains will ensure you have a memorable stay during your trip.

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