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Ravi Tickoo

World traveller, professional mountaineer and passionate adventure entrepreneur, Ravi has over 25 years of experience conducting adventure, experiential and culture tours across the length and breadth of India.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Active India Holidays is an award-winning independent travel company offering safe, authentic and memorable India holidays for families, small groups and individual travelers. Founded by Ravi Tickoo, Active India was born out of his vision to build a dedicated, high-quality and sustainable brand for active, experiential and adventure holidays across India, Nepal and Bhutan.

Active India offers an expanding range of engaging activities and immersive experiences including soft and challenging trekking, walking tours, cycling and motor-biking adventures, experiential culture and discovery holidays, wildlife safaris and nature tours.

We conduct our trekking and walking programs in Ladakh, Zanskar and across the Himalayas, pioneering multi-activity programs (cycling, motor-biking and safaris) across the Himalayas, Rajasthan and Kerala, wildlife safaris and tiger trails in prominent national parks and tiger reserves, experiential culture and discovery tours across the length and breadth of India. In partnership with KimKim, Active India offers on-demand tailor-made India experiences designed around your needs and 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?

"Being born and brought up in Kashmir valley, in the lap of great mountain ranges, tourism and in particular adventure travel has always seemed like a part of my DNA. The world-renowned natural beauty, alpine climate and the grand altitudes and outdoors have been attracting visitors to the valley for generations and shaped tourism as the dominant industry in the region. Starting out as a young, passionate tour leader back in the 80’s, I had the unique opportunity of exploring the most popular and remotest corners of the region and realizing how much I truly enjoyed my job. Very soon I joined a niche adventure company as a co-founder and spent over two decades contributing in its pioneering growth story from a local niche service provider to a multi-award winning nationwide tour operator.

Realizing the need and unmet demand for a dedicated, high quality Indian brand for active, experiential holidays, I founded Active India in 2011 to offer a wide range of safe, authentic and engaging activities with a focus on high quality, tailor-made services for truly personalized and memorable India experiences. We are proud that within a short span of our operations, Active India has seen great success and just last year was awarded the prestigious National Tourism Award for the Best Adventure Tour Operator."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Having had the privilege to travel across Asia, Europe and North America, I have had my fair share of adventures and experiences over the years. However, the one that is truly unique and unforgettable, comes from my first attempt to summit the peak Deo Tibba (6001m) one of the highest peaks in eastern end of Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. The entire expedition, from being one of my first “serious” climbs and accompanied by my dear friend and world-renowned mountaineer, Fred Harper, was a deeply transformative experience. The scenes of unparalleled beauty and immense power of nature combined with the thrill and vulnerability of adventure and wilderness have remained so vivid until this day. Unfortunately, Fred passed away soon after in 2000, which further made this experience a unique privilege and personal honor to have shared my rope with someone I admired and learnt so much from. "

Ravi is part of the following groups: Bhutan Travel Agents, India Travel Agents
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Recent trip reviews for Ravi

Excellent Trip to Golden Triangle
India | Jun 3 - Jun 12, 2024

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Yannic N.
Singapore | Reviewed on Jun 13, 2024
We really enjoyed our trip to North India (Golden Triangle). Booking/Planning was good and the team responded well to our change requests. There was a mix-up with the booking name, which was not fully resolved at the end, but did not cause any troubles. The local guides and our driver for the 10 days have been excellent and we had a superb experience. There could have been a few more activities, but this way it was a very relaxed trip. Read more

We really enjoyed our trip to North India (Golden Triangle). Booking/Planning was good and the team responded well to our change requests. There was a mix-up with the booking name, which was not fully resolved at the end, but did not cause any troubles. The local guides and our driver for the 10 days have been excellent and we had a superb experience. There could have been a few more activities, but this way it was a very relaxed trip.

Hotel Reviews
Colonel's Retreat
Delhi

Hotel was okay, but the food options were limited and kitchen was not active during lunch time, so they told us it would take an hour to prepare food. Our driver recommended a very good restaurant instead. Another negative point was that the kitchen was on the same floor as our room, so it was quite smelly. Overall, still a very good experience; large room and clean.

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Grand Mercure Agra
Agra

Excellent, gym was good! Actually the only gym on our trip, so we happily used this one.

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Ranthambhore Heritage Haveli
Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan

Good pool, and also good food (there was no other restaurant option close to the hotel).

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Location
Good for the National Park, but the path to the main road is very bumpy.
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Dera Rawatsar

Overall very good and very helpful staff!

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Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo

Average tour
India | Apr 23 - May 2, 2024

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Kathy B.
| Reviewed on May 14, 2024
The tour was ok, 2 out of the 4 hotels were excellent , the other 2 below average.
The driver was fantastic but the tours all felt a bit bland - like the guides had delivered the same tour for 20 years - nothing spectacular.
Kimkim removed all the hassle and risk of making any decisions ,was good to know we had support if anything in India went paired shaped.
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The tour was ok, 2 out of the 4 hotels were excellent , the other 2 below average.
The driver was fantastic but the tours all felt a bit bland - like the guides had delivered the same tour for 20 years - nothing spectacular.
Kimkim removed all the hassle and risk of making any decisions ,was good to know we had support if anything in India went paired shaped.

Hotel Reviews
Haveli Dharampura
Delhi

Hotel was excellent- beautifully renovated and authentic to historic past, excellent rooftop bar. The hotel has an excellent restaurant but had functions both nights that dominated the restaurant space. Staff were excellent and attentive

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The Grand Imperial
Agra

Hotel is tired, was a challenge to get drinking water, room not serviced - there is construction going on around it. It appears that there was no one managing the hotel or a change in management at the time we were there .

Authenticity & Character
Hotel is tired
Location
Staff
A few staff were working hard the rest sitting around
Cleanliness & Comfort
Service the rooms
Royal Heritage Haveli
Khatipura, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Oasis ! Excellent rooms, gardens, food and staff. Very enjoyable stay here.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Location was not a major issue as we had a driver
Staff
It was obvious the staff enjoyed their jobs - could not fault anyone from porters to the chef😀
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Activity Reviews
Taj Mahal Sunrise Visit
Taj Mahal Sunrise Visit
Agra

Didn’t happen as closed on Fridays for cleaning

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Heritage walk in Neemrana
Neemrana

Didn’t happen - I think the hotel has a free walk for all guests

Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo

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India | Apr 7 - Apr 27, 2024

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James H.
Italy | Reviewed on May 05, 2024

The trip was very well planned out. We appreciate all the effort provided by the driver, the guides, Ravi and Aditya. Thank you!!!

Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo
Ravi
Ravi Tickoo
Local specialist in New Delhi | Replied on May 13, 2024

Dear James and Anne,
Namaste!
Thank you so much for your trip reviews. we are happy to hear you and Anne had a nice and enjoyable trip to India. Thanks for giving us this opportunity to design and operate your special India holiday tour.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to another India adventure in the near future.

Best Regards,

Ravi

A great way to travel!
India | Mar 23 - Apr 5, 2024

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Jean W.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Apr 27, 2024
We are so happy with our experience with Kimkim/Active India. Everything was well organized, which made our trip hassle-free. In particular, our two drivers (Mr. Puran and Mr. Sherin) were excellent. They made sure we were safe and comfortable the entire time we were with them, which was nice since they were the "constants" on our trip. While all our guides were good, Mr. Devinder in New Dehli and Mr. Virendra in Jaipur were superb. Devinder did a great job of being flexible with our... Read more

We are so happy with our experience with Kimkim/Active India. Everything was well organized, which made our trip hassle-free. In particular, our two drivers (Mr. Puran and Mr. Sherin) were excellent. They made sure we were safe and comfortable the entire time we were with them, which was nice since they were the "constants" on our trip. While all our guides were good, Mr. Devinder in New Dehli and Mr. Virendra in Jaipur were superb. Devinder did a great job of being flexible with our schedule to make sure all of our time with him was used to its full potential. Virendra's historical and current knowledge of Jaipur made our tours with him very interesting and informative.

One thing to note: the guides will take you to vendors where they will receive a commission on sales. In general, the vendors offer quality items, but you have to be firm and comfortable putting your foot down to say 'no thank you' to your guide and vendor if you aren't interested in purchasing anything.

Hotel Reviews
Airlink Castle

We only stayed one short night while being transferred from Rajasthan to Muunar. The hotel was clean, and the staff was friendly. The best part of the hotel is the rooftop bar/pool area with a large-screen TV. Breakfast offered both traditional Indian and Western fare.

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Nothing unusual, but it's a nice, clean hotel.
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Fragrant Nature Munnar

The hotel was great, but we were here at the tail end of the prime season, so it was quiet (not necessarily a bad thing). In fact, we were redirected from one of the restaurants that was supposed to be open. The hotel sits perched on the side of one of the mountains and is viewable from the tea plantations and town below. The views from this hotel are AMAZING, and the massages are good also. The rooms were just the right size, and the staff was friendly.

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Houseboat

We were told the houseboat would travel through the canals, allowing you to see the small villages. What actually happens is you boat out from where you board for about an hour with about 10-15 other boats, some of which passed within touching distance. Then, you boat the hour back and dock next to a house where the boat can connect to their electricity. While our cook and captain were friendly enough, they spoke little to no English, so my husband and I couldn't really ask any questions about what we were seeing, what we were eating, etc. Also, while there are lights on the boat deck, they're quite dim and a funny color (pinkish?). As a result, we ended up going to be quite early. If we were to choose again, we wouldn't do this again.

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Forte Cochi (Heritage Hotel)

This was our last stay for our two-week visit to India. Forte Cochi is such a cute hotel with a lot of character! Our room was spacious and clean, the beds were very comfortable, and the staff was outstanding! The hotel is also located in a cute part of the city with shops all around. We will definitely stay here again.

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The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa

We stayed two nights at the Metropolitan Hotel & Spa while in Dehli. The hotel was clean, and the employees were nice and attentive without being overbearing. We ate breakfast each morning at the restaurant, which had plenty of Indian and Western options. The only negative aspect of this hotel is that the Wi-Fi connection was adequate in the common areas but spotty in the rooms.

Authenticity & Character
Nothing was wrong per se - it was just a hotel.
Location
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Wifi connection in the room was spotty.
ITC Mughal
Agra

Our stay at the ITC Mughal was very nice. The hotel & rooms were clean, comfortable, and spacious, with many options in common areas for exploring and lounging. The staff was friendly, and the breakfast included in our stay was a massive buffet with Indian and Western options. We also got a massage while staying here, and it was well-priced and good.

Authenticity & Character
Nothing in particular, but it's a very nice hotel.
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Chokhi Dhani Resort

Several friends from India recommended Chokhi Dhani to us. So, in fairness, I don't think we had the right expectations when we arrived. We just trusted their recommendation without much research. Chokhi Dhani is a resort modeled after a traditional Rajasthani village. Each room is designed as an individual "hut/house." In the evening, the grounds around the rooms were dimly lit, and few people were eating in the restaurant or outdoor buffet area. I'm guessing that most guests were next door where the shows, activities, shopping, and traditional Rajasthani restaurants are located. However, the dim lights and sparsely populated grounds were offputting. Regarding the activities next door, they were okay, but they seemed kind of cheesy. If you were visiting with children, I think it would have been more fun and interesting. Also, when we entered, we were told not to tip the performers, yet we had several who directly asked us for tips. The activities and shows are free, but it's an additional cost if you want to eat. It wasn't terrible - the rooms were clean, and the service was good. It just not what we had anticipated or wanted.

Authenticity & Character
Location
While it's still considered in Jaipur, it is a bit further out from city center.
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Royal Heritage Haveli
Khatipura, Jaipur, Rajasthan

We stayed two nights at the Royal Heritage Haveli, and our room was HUGE! Built in the 18th century, they have done a very nice job of remodeling the building while keeping its integrity. The hotel is quiet and tranquil because there are only 18 rooms - a nice retreat after sightseeing all day! We ate one dinner and two breakfasts at the hotel, all of which were tasty.

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The hotel has been nicely remodeled and modernized while keeping the integrity of the building.
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Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo
Ravi
Ravi Tickoo
Local specialist in New Delhi | Replied on May 08, 2024
Dear Jean,
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your recent trip to India! We are pleased to hear that your experience in India was wonderful and that both you and your wife enjoyed every moment of this journey. We truly appreciate your kind words and appreciation of our team.
On behalf of the entire Active India team, we thank you for trusting and choosing us to organize your India tour.
We hope you visit India again in the future and explore even more of what our...
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Dear Jean,
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your recent trip to India! We are pleased to hear that your experience in India was wonderful and that both you and your wife enjoyed every moment of this journey. We truly appreciate your kind words and appreciation of our team.

On behalf of the entire Active India team, we thank you for trusting and choosing us to organize your India tour.
We hope you visit India again in the future and explore even more of what our Incredible country has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you to another India experiential tour in the coming future,

Best regards,

Ravi

I already filled this out elsewhere and think...
India | Mar 25 - Apr 9, 2024

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Dorothy S.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024
I already filled this out elsewhere and think it was a wonderful trip and am still high from it. Thank you. I did want to say a few things that I would keep in mind for future trips. The schedule was great, but it would have been good to have a planned down day in the middle of the trip. I realize this was hard with the Jennifers coming and going. The husband of the woman that did the cooking class was also wonderful. He does food tours and other kinds of tours. It would be great to have... Read more

I already filled this out elsewhere and think it was a wonderful trip and am still high from it. Thank you. I did want to say a few things that I would keep in mind for future trips. The schedule was great, but it would have been good to have a planned down day in the middle of the trip. I realize this was hard with the Jennifers coming and going. The husband of the woman that did the cooking class was also wonderful. He does food tours and other kinds of tours. It would be great to have include his work as an option to split up the visits to temples and historic sites. Thanks for all. Best, Dorothy

Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo
Ravi
Ravi Tickoo
Local specialist in New Delhi | Replied on May 08, 2024

Dear Dorothy,
Many thanks for taking out time and sending us your trip feedback. Glad to hear you have enjoyed the overall trip and your suggestion of splitting sightseeing with an offer of optional activities is well noted.

We look forward to welcoming you on another Indian experience,

Best Regards,

Ravi

Active India and Ravi were awesome!
India | Mar 25 - Apr 4, 2024

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Dorothy S.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

We had a seamless trip put together in a short timeframe. Besides the amazing sites and people in India, we especially were grateful for transfer agents, guides, and drivers. They were all well versed in what we were doing, easy to commicate with, and made our trip to India very enjoyable.

Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo
Ravi
Ravi Tickoo
Local specialist in New Delhi | Replied on May 13, 2024

Dear Dorothy,
Thank you so much for taking out time to share reviews of your recent trip with us! We're happy to hear that you and your friends have enjoyed the holiday and we have met your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you on another India adventure,

Best Regards

Ravi

Kim Kim made our trip easy to plan, smooth to execute and we were well cared for the entire trip!
India | Mar 25 - Apr 4, 2024

Jennifer
Jennifer H.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Apr 05, 2024
Three of us were traveling to India with little time to plan, so we have a few parameters to Kim Kim who connected us with Active India Holidays and our travel planner, Ravi and his team put together an excellent itinerary for a 3-week trip with 3 different people coming and going at various dates and times. The platform is easy to use, we had smooth communication throughout the planning and travel. We were warmly welcomed and cared for the entire trip from Day 1 all the way through... Read more

Three of us were traveling to India with little time to plan, so we have a few parameters to Kim Kim who connected us with Active India Holidays and our travel planner, Ravi and his team put together an excellent itinerary for a 3-week trip with 3 different people coming and going at various dates and times. The platform is easy to use, we had smooth communication throughout the planning and travel. We were warmly welcomed and cared for the entire trip from Day 1 all the way through departure, with guides meeting us at airports for transfers, safe drivers (with clean AC cars) for every destination, and knowledgeable local guides who showed us the local sites and were able to provide top notch information, history and local insight everywhere we went. Our hotels were lovely and exactly as we asked for (mid-range, clean and locally owned). Our favorite places were Amritsar and the Golden Temple, the border ceremony, hiking to local villages in Dharmashala, and the boat ride on the Ganges with the Aarti Ceremony in the evening with excellent viewing seats. Our guides were flexible, patient with all our endless questions and coconut water diversions, and we had an amazing time. I would highly recommend working with Kim Kim and their local in-country companies - you won’t be disappointed! We will definitely use their services again!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Udman Ferns N Petals
New Delhi, Delhi

Loved the decor or the hotel, the comfy beds and great breakfast buffet. We enjoyed sitting outside on the patio garden area for breakfast. Staff were friendly, rooms very clean and the hotel was in a nice residential neighborhood close to the metro.

Authenticity & Character
Great breakfast buffet, loved the wall of Buddhas
Location
Nearby a nice park, but not many restaurants nearby and on a busy road.
Staff
Friendly staff in the restaurant
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were comfy, rooms kept nice and clean and waters refilled
Hotel Ritz Plaza

Hotel was nice with a nice garden outside, decent breakfast buffet. The hallways were a bit dark and the door lock on our room was a bit loose. The rooms could use a bit of updating and the walls were thin so there was a lot of noise from adjoining rooms.

Authenticity & Character
Was a very local place
Location
Was farther from the main attractions than we had hoped
Staff
Reception desk staff were very friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were clean and waters refilled daily
Chonor House
Dharamsala

Great location near the temple, nice restaurant patio and beautifully decorated rooms. We loved our little balcony and the bathrooms were large. The dogs barking all night were a major distraction and the breakfast buffet was pretty limited. Some of the wait staff were incommunicado but seemed to take the orders, they just didn’t say anything to acknowledge what you said. The entrance is on a steep hill with lots of stairs, so guests should be prepared physically to access the hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Very Tibetan in character and lovely welcome tea upon arrival
Location
Very near the temple and easy to walk to town and shops
Staff
Staff did not seem super friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable
Surya Kaiser Palace

We really enjoyed our time at the Palace! It was a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the Ghats. The breakfast buffet was delicious and food was great on the restaurant. We loved the gardens and the pool and appreciated that our balcony opened and we could sit outside. Only complaint was the mosquitos!🦟

Authenticity & Character
Loved the palace grandeur feel and lovely gardens. The pool was a treat and very refreshing in the heat.
Location
Was set back off the road so quiet and the gardens, pool and restaurant were very nice
Staff
We had an amazing housekeeper who made cute towel animals and was super sweet, the restaurant staff were also very helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our room was not super spicy and span when we arrived but after introducing herself our housekeeper paid special attention to keeping our room neat and clean
Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo

Jam-packed Itinerary: Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, and tour of Kerala
India | Mar 18 - Mar 29, 2024

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Bella P.
Hough, OH | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2024
Our trip to India went very smoothly from the time of inquiry through our return home. Ravi was very responsive to questions and feedback as we finalized the itinerary, and the Active India team was responsive while we were traveling as well. Our drivers were fabulous - kind, considerate, extremely safe. They went above and beyond to make sure our family was comfortable. The guides in each city were knowledgeable and flexible to the interests and needs of my family. Read more

Our trip to India went very smoothly from the time of inquiry through our return home. Ravi was very responsive to questions and feedback as we finalized the itinerary, and the Active India team was responsive while we were traveling as well.

Our drivers were fabulous - kind, considerate, extremely safe. They went above and beyond to make sure our family was comfortable.

The guides in each city were knowledgeable and flexible to the interests and needs of my family.

Hotel Reviews
Houseboat

The houseboat facilities were not great - no hot water, wet bathroom, a/c only in bedrooms. When the boat wasn't moving, the heat was uncomfortable. Staff was very kind and helpful.

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Better facilities - bathroom in particular
The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi
Delhi

Our family was amazed by this hotel - the buffet was extensive, the staff was helpful, and the rooms were wonderful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Not much in the vicinity to walk to
Staff
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The House of MG
Authenticity & Character
Location
Not a great neighborhood to be able to walk and explore
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cockroaches in our room.
Francis Residence
Location
Difficult to find, driver could not drop us at the door.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
A/C was only in bedrooms so the common space was not comfortable.
Fragrant Nature Munnar
Authenticity & Character
Location
Beautiful location but not near anything else.
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Greenwoods Resort Thekkady
Authenticity & Character
Location
Walkable to some stores in our downtime.
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Grand Mercure Agra
Agra
Authenticity & Character
Location
Centrally located - we were able to walk to a store for some shopping.
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Taj Mahal at Sunset
Taj Mahal at Sunset
Agra

Perfect timing for our visit - wasn't too crowded and the weather was perfect!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Boat cruise in the lake and experience the wilderness.
Boat cruise in the lake and experience the wilderness.
Periyar
Participate in Cooking demonstration activity at a Local Family House
Participate in Cooking demonstration activity at a Local Family House
Cochin

Great experience to cook with Rosy, but it was very hot!

Quality of Experience
Explore the marvelous  and historic monument : Agra Fort
Explore the marvelous and historic monument : Agra Fort
Agra
Half-Day Ahmedabad Tour 
Half-Day Ahmedabad Tour 
Ahmedabad
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was so flexible to meet the needs and interests of our family.
Transport
Cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey
Cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey
Alappuzha
Cochin sightseeing
Cochin sightseeing
India
Full Day Delhi Sightseeing
Full Day Delhi Sightseeing
Delhi

Chandni Chowk - spice market was a bit overwhelming for our first morning. Restaurant for lunch was just ok.

Spice Plantation Walk in Periyar
Spice Plantation Walk in Periyar
India
Early morning Jungle Walk in Periyar National Park
Early morning Jungle Walk in Periyar National Park
Periyar
Experience a different world at Elephant Junction in Thekkady
Experience a different world at Elephant Junction in Thekkady
India
Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo

India is worth visiting.
India | Feb 29 - Mar 11, 2024

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Eliana C.
Lakewood, WA | Reviewed on Mar 28, 2024
India is a very interesting country, with lots of history and cultural traditions and also with extreme difference in social and economic classes.
The local representative from Active India Tour met us at our hotel in Delhi to greet us and provide us with paperworks for our tour. We visited Delhi for the day and the next morning we took a flight to Jaiselmar to start our tour through several cities including Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra and return to Delhi. Rahul was our...
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India is a very interesting country, with lots of history and cultural traditions and also with extreme difference in social and economic classes.
The local representative from Active India Tour met us at our hotel in Delhi to greet us and provide us with paperworks for our tour. We visited Delhi for the day and the next morning we took a flight to Jaiselmar to start our tour through several cities including Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra and return to Delhi. Rahul was our driver for the remaining of the trip. Rahul was an amazing driver, very kind, patient and punctual. In every city we had a different tour guides. All were very competent, knowledgeable and very friendly. would recommend all of them. All the places we visited were very interesting, stunning and with history that exceeded our expectations.

According to the pictures of the Hotels sent at the time we booked our tour, they all looked clean, beautiful and we agreed on all of them. To our surprise, the hotels were not what they looked like in the pictures. The room we were assigned at the Udman hotel in Delhi, was on a floor where there were several room assigned to a wedding party so the noise was annoying. After we complained they switched our room to the suite in the hotel. I guess that room had not been used in a while, I found a spider under the sheets and the sheets were not clean. (they changed them after I called to complain again. The bathtub was stained and everything was in disrepair. The Gulaal Hotel in Jaiselmar was a total disaster, we even found a bed bug, so we run out of that hotel as soon as we could. We were surprised, disgusted and appalled that, Active India who arranged our trip in India, would book these rooms in these hotels without checking and ensuring that the facilities were clean and up to standard to any passenger.
At that point, we decided to upgrade the rest of the hotels in our booking so we would not have any more surprises. We were charged extra for the upgrades and a card payment fee, again, for having to make another payment for the upgrades.

Apparently we visited India during "wedding season", which we had no idea, so please make sure that the travel agent books hotels that are not fully occupied by a wedding party. The Radisson Blu Resort, which was one of the hotels we were upgraded to, was almost totally booked by the wedding party, 210 of the 245 room in the hotels. We had to bear with loud music during the day and at night till 3am. At the Marriot Hotel in Jaipur, we could not use the pool area due to a wedding party.

Even though we had issues with our hotels, we tried to make the best out of our trip. Rahul, our driver, and all our tour guides made our trip to India great.

Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo

Amazing trip with Active India
India | Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2024

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Berat O.
Turkey | Reviewed on Mar 01, 2024
Everything from the start to the end of my trip was amazing! The guides were kind, knowledgeable and helpful. My driver Puran was the best! The plan was well curated and all schedule was punctual. Everybody on the Active India team made sure my 5-day trip in India was perfect with high level of professionalism. I also had the lovely opportunity to meet Ravi and he is a genuinely kind, generous person and an excellent travel agent who went above and beyond to make sure my experience in... Read more

Everything from the start to the end of my trip was amazing!

The guides were kind, knowledgeable and helpful. My driver Puran was the best! The plan was well curated and all schedule was punctual. Everybody on the Active India team made sure my 5-day trip in India was perfect with high level of professionalism. I also had the lovely opportunity to meet Ravi and he is a genuinely kind, generous person and an excellent travel agent who went above and beyond to make sure my experience in India was spotless.

Huge thanks to each one of you for arranging a dream trip! I wish I had at least 7 days to enjoy on the Golden Triangle at a slower pace but Active India made the best out of my limited time and showed me the wonders of India! THANK YOU:)

Hotel Reviews
The Retreat
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dera Rawatsar

This is a beautiful heritage hotel with great character and authenticity. Breakfast and food was great, all staff excellent and rooms are all uniquely decorated. This was definitely the best hotel on the trip.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Udman Ferns N Petals
New Delhi, Delhi
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Jaipur Sightseeing  Tour
Jaipur Sightseeing Tour
Jaipur

Jaipur is BEAUTIFUL. The architecture of the Mughals combined with Hindu elements was incredible. This was definitely the highlight of my trip.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Raj was great and he was energetic. He was very knowledgable and helpful.
Transport
Take a stroll through the historic garden for the most magical views of the Taj Mahal by TUK-TUK
Take a stroll through the historic garden for the most magical views of the Taj Mahal by TUK-TUK
Agra
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Guided Heritage Walk through Lodhi Garden
Guided Heritage Walk through Lodhi Garden
Delhi

This was a great place to stop by in Delhi.

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Taj Mahal Sunrise Visit
Taj Mahal Sunrise Visit
Agra

My guide Ronit was knowledgable and kind. He made sure I had the best info out of Taj Mahal.

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Explore the marvelous  and historic monument : Agra Fort
Explore the marvelous and historic monument : Agra Fort
Agra

This is such a beautiful heritage site. Please don't miss it out. I want to go back!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
As always, Puran was great and punctual.
Transport
Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo
Ravi
Ravi Tickoo
Local specialist in New Delhi | Replied on Mar 04, 2024

Dear Berat
Thank you so much for taking out time and sharing reviews of your recent trip to India! We are pleased to hear that you had a nice and enjoyable time while traveling with us. Thanks for your kind words and appreciation for the guides, driver, and all other Active India team members.

It was truly a pleasure meeting with you and knowing you in person.

I look forward to welcoming you again for another India experience,

Best Wishes,

Ravi & Team Active India