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Priya Dikshit

Traveling is about making memories. Though traveling around and exploring new places is one of the best things you can do for yourself, it is always important to explore places and meet people who may share the same philosophy yet live up to different sets of values.

Having born in India, it’s great to share the inside secrets of I have learnt along the way. I also wanted to get a taste of what has made India unique and different in many ways. My experiences give me the chance to encourage people to visit India because it’s an awesome destination in itself. I really enjoy being able to transmit and help others to plan their journeys using what I have seen and experienced. It feels like I am a part of their trip. It’s not the end yet, I found India is just awesome.

“Traveling will make you learn how to appreciate, adjust, not to complain, to be less judgmental and be at peace mentally; how beautiful the people are in a country full of contrasts"

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Spanning the vast expanses of India, Nepal and Bhutan, Active India offers a wide range of engaging activities and immersive experiences including soft to challenging trekking and walking tours, cycling and motor-biking adventures to experiential culture and discovery holidays, wildlife safaris and nature tours , School exchange programs, Family and small group adventures across the popular and hidden destinations.

Active India's tours and activities are crafted with a clear focus on the quality of service, authenticity of experience and enriching engagement with the cultural charms, natural splendor and unparalleled diversity that defines India.
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How did you get involved in travel?

"I started as an Area Franchise manager in Cosmetic division of an organization, but felt passionless about my work. What always shone through for me was travel, though, so I began taking short trips and discovered a world I never knew existed—one where I could think outside the box and truly become me.

Travelling has given me a taste of the kind of travel that I made it a part of my career. I found the perfect balance for me at Active India Holidays where I get chance to work on multilingual products. We offer some of the best products and programs for adventure, culture and families Tours. We help the clients by organizing their trips within India, wherein they experience the beautiful, diverse culture of India. Every satisfied traveler who goes back with memories that will last a lifetime is the reason to pursue Tourism as a Career.

'India will change you forever’, you would hear this over and over again until unless you would travel to the subcontinent.
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Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Goa is one of the most attractive places to visit in India. This small state is famous for its beautiful beaches and has many other tourist attractions like forts, spice plantations, and museums. I added a day along with New Year's long weekend with my friends which gave me 4 days to explore Goa. I have been to Goa many times, but this time I wanted to make it different. Wanted to spend a whole week there and explore the places I haven’t seen before.. Here the bike ride also gave us joy. First day we visited Dona Paula beach and the shooting location where part of the shooting of the film "Singham" took place.

On the very same day, we enjoyed the water sports and related rides at Calangute beach. The rides were full of excitement and it was first in a lifetime experience. Goa is so peaceful. I LOVE GOA. It's hard to believe we've only been on the trip for four days. The distance we've already travelled and the amount we've seen is overwhelming. Without a doubt it stands alone as the most incredible, travel experience of my life."

Featured trips & expertise

Best of Rajasthan Tour - 10 Days

With its colorful culture and rich history, Rajasthan is a splendid display of a unique Indian heritage. This trip focuses on spectacular sights of India’s largest state, including the palaces and temples of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. This itinerary not only showcases the traditional architecture characteristic of the region, but also allows you to understand the depth of India’s past, making for an unforgettable experience.

The splendour and symmetry of the Taj Mahal
Golden Triangle Tour - 6 Days

Perhaps the most popular route in India, you'll visit the three famous sites of India's northwest — Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur — known as the Golden Triangle. You'll travel by road or train tour over the course of 6 days, exploring the cultural and historical heritage of each city. This is a great tour for people's first visit to India if you're looking to see the main highlights.

How to Spend 7 Days in India

It would probably take several lifetimes to fully do this country justice, but with a week in India, you'll still get a spectacular taste—don’t be surprised if you end up coming back for more. From sun-dappled palaces and millennia-old temples to palm-fringed beaches and lazy backwaters, here are three possible trip plans for an unforgettable 7-day Indian adventure.

Kerala Hiking Tour - 12 Days

India's Kerala state, located in the south of the peninsula, is home to lush vegetation and wild animals, aromatic spices and stunning temples. Indulge your senses and experience Kerala's diversity. Trek through forest and jungle to heights that offer stunning views, take in cultural sights of bustling towns, and relax on a bamboo raft on the winding waters, with nature at your fingertips.

Take in the colors of India at your own speed
Cycling Karnataka and Kerala — 14 Days

This cycling adventure through southwest India will take you from abundant forests to spice plantations, from sophisticated temples to beaches and backwater canals. The region's jungles and waterways, colorful towns and fishing villages, beaches and delicious cuisine will all be explored as you pedal the rural roads of Karnataka and Kerala.

When to Visit India: Travel Tips for Every Season

With pounding monsoons, piping hot summers, and (in certain places) snowy winters, India is a country of extremes. Spring and fall tend to be the mildest and most temperate, but each region has its own high season and weather patterns - making India an ideal destination no matter when you want to go.

Recent trip reviews for Priya

Stephen

India side trip, India - Sep 26 - Oct 4, 2018

Traveler: Stephen S. - Local specialist: Priya Dikshit

Priya was very responsive to my questions and guidance. 2 days before we plan to book the trip the floods hit Kerala and we had to significantly change the whole schedule. Priya was very creative and responsive. My wife and I were very pleased with the tour. we were dependent on her recommendations to guide our experience

Priya Dikshit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your kind words, Stephen. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. We count ourselves lucky for customers like you. We look forward to working with you again in the future.

Ivan

India , India - Mar 31 - Apr 18, 2018

Traveler: Ivan T. - Local specialist: Priya Dikshit

Everything was excellent, from the drivers to the guides to the welcoming reps at every place. Especially wanted to thank Mr. Sahil Singh in Amnitsar for his excellent services as a guide. He was patient and knowledgeable of the places and culture of his city. Made every effort to make us feel welcomed and comfortable. Every guide and driver was good, but Mr. Sahil went the extra mile. As a whole this was an excellent trip to an amazing destination. Every place was very special, and it is... read more

Everything was excellent, from the drivers to the guides to the welcoming reps at every place. Especially wanted to thank Mr. Sahil Singh in Amnitsar for his excellent services as a guide. He was patient and knowledgeable of the places and culture of his city. Made every effort to make us feel welcomed and comfortable. Every guide and driver was good, but Mr. Sahil went the extra mile. As a whole this was an excellent trip to an amazing destination. Every place was very special, and it is very difficult to select the most memorable. If I had to mention a few, I would select The Golden Temple, Udaipur, Agra Fort, Jaipur, and obviously the Taj.

Priya Dikshit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Ivan,
Thank you so much for your feedback and your kind words.
It was a pleasure to design this programme for you and your friends. I am glad to know that you had a very good time in India and thank you for sharing this with us.

I wish you for your other amazing journeys around the world, I would be happy to see you in India again:)

Priya

Major landmarks, safari, and mysore wedding visit, India - Feb 12 - Feb 23, 2018

Traveler: Ronnie B. - Local specialist: Priya Dikshit

I was quite exacting in my trip planning and Bhupendra was with me all the way in the planning process. I asked for something specific and he made it happen and was checking in with me along the way. The places I went and the places I stayed were as expected, and I always had at least one person responsible for my well being at all times. I can't ask for much more than that.

That being said, know what you're getting into with a trip to India. Guides tend to have a bit of a routine with the... read more

I was quite exacting in my trip planning and Bhupendra was with me all the way in the planning process. I asked for something specific and he made it happen and was checking in with me along the way. The places I went and the places I stayed were as expected, and I always had at least one person responsible for my well being at all times. I can't ask for much more than that.

That being said, know what you're getting into with a trip to India. Guides tend to have a bit of a routine with the tourists. Including showing you the designated landmark of the day, but also taking you to the shops and restaurants where they have an "arrangement" with the owners. Or riding in their friend's rickshaw. These are not bad places, but it's difficult to get anything you might call authentic when you are doing this. Unfortunately I got the impression that I was either going to be in the standard segregated tourist experience or that I was going to be really far off the beaten trail, perhaps to the point of feeling uncomfortable or unsafe. With no possibility for anything in the middle. The tipping culture is also very unsubtle and in your face. This is just the reality of tourism there right now.

I had the most relaxing time outside the big cities. On safari looking for tigers was so pleasant in February. As was looking for birds in Bharatpur; that was one of my favorites and both my guide and driver went walking with me.

As an aside for kimkim, I was given no indication whatsoever as to when my payments for my trip were due. Accepting payment is about 50% of its purpose so I'd expect better. I also was conversing with someone different from my assigned "local specialist" 100% of the time. So perhaps make the assignment for a company instead of a person.

Overall this was an intense, exciting, overwhelming, exhausting experience. I got what I wanted and I suggest you be sure what you want before planning your trip.

Priya Dikshit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Ronnie,
Thank you so much for putting your trip experience in words, I am glad that you are happy with our services, we have kept all your suggestions and really looking forward to see you in India once again.
Regards
Priya/Bhupendra

Tiger safari, India - Nov 5 - Nov 9, 2017

Traveler: Marsha M. - Local specialist: Priya Dikshit

All of our guides were amazing! Our Delhi guide was excellent! He spent a great deal of time waiting with us for late trains and delayed flights! The person who overlooked our stay in Ranthambore was very continentious and checked on us daily! Our safari guide was great too!
The hotel was not the greatest! The staff, except in reception were awesome and so friendly! Hotel needs some updating! Wi go only in lobby, no hairdryers or irons! Did see a tiger 🐅 due to great guide. They all spoke good English!
Thank you! We would use Kim Kim again!!

Priya Dikshit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Christina,
thanks so much for your review! I'm glad to read that you had lovely time in India.
Hope to have you in India back soon...there are a lot other regions you could explore! Would love if you can post some pictures of your trip.

Priya

South india, India - Oct 18 - Oct 22, 2017

Traveler: Mary Kay S. - Local specialist: Priya Dikshit

We loved Elephant Pass yoga retreat! The yoga, people, food were incredible. Wonderful adventure. Samon was excellent tour guide in Kerala/Cochin. He was always on time, spoke English well and took us to a beautiful shop. We met many kind people on the houseboat. Everything was perfect, making for a great first impression of India. Thank you.

Priya Dikshit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your feedback.
I was sure that you would love this experience. Moreover, we had ensured that you have an experienced guide.
Hoping to see you again!