Namaste India Tours - "Two Thums Up"

#1 Dec 18th, 2003, 22:29
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Usually I'm quite happy to make my own way around a place, but after reading so many helpful postings from Namaste India Tours (full of sensible advice and never touting for business), and finding myself in Delhi, I decided to check out their services first hand and I was very glad I did.

Among other things, they do City Tours... you can plan out your own tour or just leave it up to them to make suggestions. I'd already been to the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Humayun's Tomb the day before and now I wanted to go a bit further afield. Jawahar, one of the very nice owners of the business, came to meet me at my hotel and delivered me into the capable hands of Mr Singh, my driver for the afternoon. We manged to fit in all I wanted (Safdarjang's Tomb, Lodi Gardens, Qutb Minar, Bahai Temple, and the sunset qawwali session at the Shrine of Nizam-ud-din) in six hours.

Completely hassle free - whereas bargaining for rickshaws from any of the main attractions involves negotiating the number of shops he'll take you to, i.e. "How much?" "Eighty rupees" "No, 30 rupees" "40 rupees and two shops" "No shops" "60 rupees and one shop" "No shops!!" etc. etc.

And able to dawdle for as long as you like at each site... and I do tend to do that. This is a big plus over one of the city bus tours.

Mr Singh was great - knowledgeable, a good driver, and off driving someone around Rajasthan, Hampi and Varanasi for 3 weeks. They have other drivers though.

So, if you are after a city tour, or a longer trip out of Delhi in the comfort and convenience of a car, or even if you just want to be picked up at the airport and taken to the hotel YOU want to go to rather than one the taxi driver wants to take you to... then give Namaste India Tours a go. Their website is www.namasteindiatours.com .

A very big thanks to Mr Singh, Jawahar and Luann

Maree

P.S. The qawwali session at the shrine is a must if you are there on the right day - Thursday.
#2 Dec 19th, 2003, 11:10
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I second that,...don't miss the qawwali
#3 Jan 27th, 2004, 00:10
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Thanks for the tip. Just checked out their website - the man has humour.
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#4 Jan 29th, 2004, 17:32
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we used namaste india tours for our recent trip (nov/dec 2003) and can highly recommend them. we arranged a meet and greet service from the airport to our hotel, and were picked up the next morning for a tour of delhi which covered all the major sights we wanted to see.

we then travelled around - amritsar, agra, varanasi, calcutta, darjeeling, kalimpong, back to delhi for two weeks by train. on arrival at delhi, having advised namaste of our carriage and seat number we were met ON THE PLATFORM by our driver for our rajasthan trip. as senior travellers, after a 30+hour trip from kalimpong at the end of 2 weeks of tiring rail travel it was very pleasant not to have to fight our way past the taxi touts.

we spent 18 days travelling around rajasthan and it was well worth it for us to have a car and driver for the whole time, as this was our chill out time. our driver was excellent (my husband, one of the world's worst car passengers, survived!), polite, always on time with a clean well maintained vehicle.

the office kept in touch frequently throughout the trip, seeking feedback and making sure we were happy with the service.

we booked the service via email before we left uk, and didn't commit any money until we arrived - a pretty impressive arrangement.
#5 Jan 23rd, 2005, 21:49
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NIT drive through tour

just to add my ha'peth;
the guys got me a car and driver for a day round Delhi for RS700 all in all OK.

Was hoping for informed guiding from our familiar poster but got a driver-wallah with limited English instead. perhaps next time, Still did all the big sites efficiently.

thanks
#6 Jan 23rd, 2005, 22:15
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We also used the services of Namaste India Tours recently and I fully endorse all the positive remarks made, their service is as good as it gets in India, and they are very concientious of your needs and periodically make sure your arrangements are running smoothly . Jawahar in Delhi will personally meet you to finalise arrangements on arrival, they are very flexible with any Itinerary you have in mind.
They even arranged a free hotel room in Delhi which we could use for 6hrs until we went to the airport.
Altogether 5*
#7 Mar 16th, 2005, 16:04
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Thumbs up

I'd like to join the party of those praising NIT. They made our first visit to India really perfect and enjoyable. We usually make our own arrangements and would use no tour operator but this time - due to lack of time - it seemed to be the best option to hire a driver and a car and arrange accomodation in advance. Thanks to IM we chose Namaste India Tours and it was the best decision we could make!
Our driver, Prem waited for us at Delhi Airport and we travelled with him around Rajasthan for a week (Agra, Ranthambore, Pushkar and Jaipur) and he proved to be much more than a driver, he was a guide, an inexhaustable source of information and a helping hand in everything we needed.
We met Jawahar personally a couple of times as well during our trip and he was more than happy to fix up our additional requests i.e booking traint tickets, hotel rooms and a Delhi sightseeing which we enjoyed very much.
We travelled independently quite a lot previously, mainly in South and Central America, therefore had some backpacking experience but none of which can prepare someone to its first visit to India. I positively advise all first-timers to use at least some services offerred by tour oprators to make life lot easier, and I certainly recommend Namaste India Tours to everyone

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