A friend recommended Wildland Adventures to us and we have always wanted to go to Bhutan, so combining it with India just seemed to make good sense. We appreciated all of the pre-departure information and referred to it many times throughout the trip and I felt like Wildland was open to any and all of our questions.
Our India experience was full of contrasts and complex. Highlights were Udaiphur Palace, old Udaiphur, and Jodphur Sadar market. We LOVED our last evening cooking school. It turned out to be more of a shared evening of conversation which was so revealing and delightful. Ranakpur was a standout, the Taj Mahal and the fort took our breath away and we even watched a wild and Bollywoodish wedding parade! On the other hand, the tipping dynamic and shopping in India was relentless and "no" never means no in India. Getting out of the cities was nice and the tiger safaris at Bandhavgarh and the whole treehouse experience was exhilarating. We developed a very wonderful connection with Asheesh our driver/naturalist over the course of 4 safaris and we saw 5 tigers!
We had several guides in India who were all very informed, communicated well in English and dedicated to their profession. Our favorites were Girish in Udaiphur, Nav in Agra and Goldy, in Jodphur, who took us to some very special places outside the city. Parmesh, the coordinator of our time there, was terrific. My camera broke and he oversaw the purchase of a new one for us. He checked in throughout our stay and we appreciated his consistency. Transportation was very smooth and we had amazing drivers, especially Dram and Guru in India. Our favorite hotels in India were Rawla Narlai, Tree House Hideaway, Sarai at Toria and Amet Haveli, which had such a lovely setting.
Bhutan was simply wonderful and we loved how we were able to hike and have almost "back door" experiences. It was all so easy, relaxed and flexible. For example, at our request we visited a hospital and our guide, Kencho, just knocked on someone's door for a visit. We hiked almost everyday and Kencho even adjusted his itinerary when he realized his gentle hike was anything but gentle for us. If your going to Bhutan we recommend getting fit! We were some of the oldest people there. Traveled through wonderful terrain we saw archery tournaments, art school, and black-necked cranes. We loved the hot rock baths and felt quite pleased we made it to Tiger's Nest!! We loved Kencho, he was fun, dependable, engaged, responsive, and knowledgeable. Chado, our driver in Bhutan, was excellent as well, amazingly calm and steady!
Bhutan was a refreshing experience. Kencho gifted us with one intimate experience after another and we felt like guests, not tourists. - Lyn and David Kratz