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Miriam and John have written a travel blog about their travels with Rustic India. This is their last entry on India... an beautiful review.


By: Miriam & John O'Brien

"We asked Gwen at Rustic India to put together an itinerary for us, to work around some other commitments in Goa and Kerala this year. We wanted welcoming, authentic accommodation in specific areas of the south at a reasonable price. The itinerary she put together was perfect! She listened to our ideas and came up with a fast paced yet relaxing, well organised and memorable trip. The accommodation was exactly what I’d have chosen for us, if I’d had the time to sit and spend hours researching on the internet. Our driver was friendly and punctual with a good level of English and knowledge of the area. He was also extremely flexible and accommodating when we needed to be in certain places quickly, or spend a little longer somewhere on the way.

In Goa we stayed at three different beaches and hired mopeds to explore the area. The first place we stayed at was the ideal location to relax, acclimatise to the heat and recover from the flight, on arrival. Goa was lots of fun! Great food, lovely beaches and we enjoyed a laughter filled evening with Gwen and Felix over dinner. Felix, it was a pleasure to meet you and thanks again for your help in organising our trip.

Kerala was fantastic. I lived there for a while 10 years ago and although it has changed a bit since then, I was certainly reminded why I loved it so much when I first arrived. Particularly memorable points were our night on the houseboat, which was by far the nicest one I saw on our journey. It was a lovely mixture of authentic styling and modern comfort. Another accommodation highlight was definitely Tea Bungalow in Cochin. This is without a doubt, the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in. Our room was absolutely stunning. The four-poster bed, private terrace and the beautifully designed bathroom made it feel like the location of a magazine shoot but the atmosphere remained relaxed and comfortable. The pool area was really unique and a lovely place to unwind for an hour or two on a hot afternoon. I have wanted to photograph the Chinese fishing nets for years, and finally got my chance this time in Fort Cochin. I would definitely recommend people to take a look at them, especially at sunset when they are particularly striking.

Our itinerary offered a great mixture of what the region has to offer, although of course, in India there is always more to see and a reason to go back. When I do, I will definitely get in touch with Gwen and Felix at Rustic India again. The efficiency, friendliness and expertise of the service they offer cannot be faulted and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone I know travelling to India. Thanks to Felix, Gwen and the rest of the team for making our trip so wonderful!"

By: Emily Clarke & Richard Baskott
United Kingdom

"We drove from Manali to Leh by Toyota Innova that took us on a high altitude roads passing by the edge of the Tibetan plateau. It is this road that connects the lush Kulu valley to the remote, cold desert region of Ladakh – all in all some excellent mountain scenery. Enroute we stopped for the night at Keylong, passing Sarchu & Rohtang Pass (3980 m). Here, you will see variety landscapes of the Himalayan region. We stayed the night in tented accommodation at Keylong and proceeded the next morning for Leh. During this journey we travelled to various passes like Baralacha (4892 m), Lachang (5065 m) and Tanglang (5360 m), as well as the 21 Gatta loops (or hairpin turns). We stayed put in Leh for two nights trying to acclimatize ourselves before we headed for a sightseeing of Leh. Next up, was a night in Uleytokopo camp with visits to various sights and monasteries like Alchi monastery, Pathar Sahib, Lamayuru & Rizong ending the next in Leh. It is quite lovely to see almost every village is towered upon by large or small, Buddhist monasteries that influence the locals and ease their tough existence. The next day we travelled to Nubra valley to stay the night in a deluxe camp. The highlight of this day trip was when we passed the highest motorable pass in the world – Khardungla (18,630 ft). The rest of the holiday was spent with nights in Leh with day trips to Diskit & Samstaling monasteries, Hunder dunes and of course, the famous Pangong Lake at a height of 14,000 feet. It was an incredible journey including the flight back to Delhi, the capital of India, which was where we ate at one of the best restaurants around - Bukhara at ITC Maurya – a fantastic place with fabulous food and an unique experience. If you want a similar holiday, then you must try Rustic India for true Ladakh experience."

By: John Desouza
Goa. India

“Recently embarked on a tour to Malaysia and Singapore which was arranged by RUSTIC INDIA. All the arrangements to the minute details were made by Felix and Gwen. The trip was enjoyable and the arrangements were excellent. From the time we disembarked at KLIA, Malaysia, to our departure from Singapore, our travel was seamless. Our transfers were on time and the hotels (3 hotels in all) were good……must mention the hotel reception staff were co-operative and polite. Special mention about the local agents in Singapore……very professional, courteous and knowledgeable staff.

Kudos to Felix and Gwen for a tour well arranged. My family and self sincerely thank them for their  efforts in making this trip a memorable one for us. Would highly recommend RUSTIC INDIA to our extended family, our friends and to viewers of this review."

By: Marlon Fernandes
Goa, India
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