"As you know, my late wife and I traveled to northern India in 2006 and consequently visited most of the places we went to on our recent tour. But we sure didn't attend a wedding, and that's what I want to write about in this posting. What an extraordinary experience this was, especially to my western-trained eyes! I've been to many, many weddings in my long life, but none could compare with this marvelous extravaganza in Jaipur. From our horse-drawn chariot to the gaily painted elephant to the elegant bride and groom to the street dancers to the mountains of food and drink to the henna-painted hands to the fireworks to the beautiful sari-clad women and to my own colorful turban . . . I just can't adequately describe what a thrill it was to be part of it".
My husband, Marty, and I traveled to many wonderful parts of India with Swati and Alistair. They were making sure our group was well cared for with comfortable hotels and spacious transportation, American breakfasts, and some wonderful Indian cuisine lunches & dinners with interesting Indian wines. We even stayed in a Maharaja’s former palace, a hunting lodge, and other fine five star hotels. In Ranthambore Tiger Park, we saw a tiger, and followed him on track for twenty minutes. We felt like we were in an Indiana Jones movie! Riding a real elephant and of course seeing the Taj Mahal in Agra. A very colorful culture and the people are so kind, happy, and friendly, everywhere we went. Even the bus rides from place to place are a site to behold. The culture is lively & colorful. Each day and city HAT Tours offered something new, sometimes old, but always different and unique! We were so glad to make this journey with Swati and Alistair, absolutely hope to travel to India in the future!
Mrs. Kathy and Mr. Marty Jones
The Villages, Florida
The holiday, all arranged in perfect detail by Swati and Alistair, was sensational, one of the best we ever had, experiencing new and wonderful sights each day. The accommodation was superb starting from the sweeping grandeur at the Oberoi Gurgaon in New Delhi then the Amar Vilas at Agra balcony view of Taj Mahal. The palace hotels at Jaipur and Udaipur were very special: Rambagh at Jaipur with the ‘presence of the queen mother ‘Gayatri Devi’, the last Maharaja’s third wife, and Lake Palace at Udaipur surly one of the most beautiful palaces ever! We had an excellent accompanying guide and driver. Another high light was a dinner arranged for us at the Samode Palace near Jaipur, an extraordinary place, not to be missed. We savoured a wonderful night eating under the stars, and half expecting a leopard to come down out of the hills. We hope to take another Spendors of India tour arranged by Swati and Alistair.
Mrs. Leonie and John Salmons
We are back enjoying our usual lifestyle, but I have to tell you that it doesn't compare with our recent H.A.T. Tours tour, Thank you both for a wonderful trip, and your wonderful hospitality. We felt very safe in your hands, and it was a magical time. We are very honoured to have been so included. I saw that both of you have a great respect for your guests, and empathy with the older generation. As a nurse appreciated the fact that you obviously didn't consider this a chore. I know I can get a bit distracted when there is a good photo to shoot, but I never felt I would get left behind!! You never let me feel I was a nuisance. All the best for your future tours.
Mrs. Denny and Dr. Barry Butler
We had the privilege, and pleasure of participating in the February 2016 wedding celebrations, and the accompanying tour of the Golden Triangle of India - Delhi/Agra/Jaipur, completing our tour in Udaipur, staying at the Lake Palace Hotel. It was definitely an experience of a lifetime. To be part of these amazing wedding celebrations which lasted for five days with no sign of energy depletion from our hosts Swati and Alistair. Alistair is of course the son of Grethe and Aspee, and steeped in the tradition of providing the best tour experience possible in Europe, specialising in opera tours. Swati comes from an equally long tradition of destination expert in India. She is the third generation and having been taught by her grandfather and father Krishna. This young couple showed no abatement of their enthusiasm, during the whole trip, ensuring we received the best care; accommodation, transport, guides, and personal requirements. If you want to be looked after whilst travelling in India, we would recommend them.
Mrs. Johanna and Dr. Bruce Perks
When people ask how was the trip, it is hard to describe. It truly was an experience of a lifetime. May I say that … The beauty of India has been overlooked. In its own way, India’s temples and palaces are the equal of Europe’s cathedrals and castles in artistry and skill. There are no better experts about these glories than Swati, a third-generation native destination specialist, and Alistair, a second generation Europe and India destination expert.
Ms. Rachel Schneider
Cleveland, Ohio, USA