Whilst enjoying our 10-night stay in Agonda, South Goa, we looked into organising a similar length tour of Kerala. On the recommendation of a very detailed review on Trip Advisor, we contacted Indian Journeys. Within hours we had a reply from Newmon, with a suggested itinerary and recommendations for transportation from Goa to Kochi. Over the next couple of days we discussed by e-mail with Newmon various changes and alternatives, all of which were immediately carried out and with 48 hours we had a customised 10 day itinerary for our tour plus train tickets to Kochi. At this point we had not paid a penny! The overnight train journey of 14 hours was an experience in itself. We travelled 2nd class AC (all 1st class was booked as it was a public holiday), which if a little scruffy was clean enough and very comfortable. We ended up with 4 berth compartment to ourselves and slept most of the way. We arrived at Kochi station well rested and were met by Newmon. He then introduced us to Hari our driver (more about him later) then took us for lunch before transferring us to our hotel. After a city tour of Kochi we set off the next morning with Hari to begin our tour. Hari was an absolute delight. First and foremost (and essential on India’s roads) he was a very careful and steady driver. His seven year old car was immaculate and clearly very well maintained. Hari was a mine of information about the local culture, history, industry and much more. In particular he was an avid bird watcher and keen photographer and we learnt so much from him during our 10 days together.
The tour cost covered all hotels with breakfast, plus full board on the houseboat. All tours and entrance fees were include, apart from two or three, which were clearly listed as options at our expense. Newmon contacted us almost every day, by phone or text, to check that we were happy and to deal with any issues that might have arisen. On our final day, a 4:00 start from Marari to get to Kochi airport, he met us on the road at 6:00 just to say goodbye!
Apart from one hotel, where the food and service were somewhat lacking, everything about this tour well exceeded our expectations, not the least our wonderful driver Hari or Newmons’s attention to detail and personal service. At the end of the day, it is the people involved who make the difference between excellent and outstanding and that was certainly the case here.
The overall cost of the tour was very reasonable and compared very favourably with tours that we had considered booking from the UK before leaving for Goa.
Overall, we would not hesitate to recommend Indian Journeys and would definitely use them again in the future.
Paul A Burnett
I would highly recommend using Newmon if you want to discover India. We were a party of six who came to Kerala from London, our trip was 13 nights in total over the Christmas and New Year period. Firstly, when organising the trip, Newmon was incredibly patient and accommodating with all my many changes and additions I had whilst creating our tailor-made itinerary. He always replied quickly and professionally to my emails. Using his local knowledge, Newmon was able to suggest and advise on certain areas to visit on the tour, without forcing anything upon us, truly creating our perfect trip. The tour itself was fantastic! Kerala is a beautiful state and the people are incredibly accommodating and friendly. The hotels we stayed in, especially the ones in the mountains, were fantastic with breath-taking views. Our driver, Mr Jerry George, went above and beyond his duty, being there for us whatever the need was. It was a complex trip Newmon had to organise, with two parties arriving on different days at different locations, which he managed very smoothly. There was a minor issue at the start, which Newmon resolved quickly in an expert manner. He also arranged a few surprises for us along the way! If anyone wants to contact me further regarding our trip, please ask Newmon for my contact details and I will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding The Indian Journeys. Thank you again Newmon, the trip was truly memorable.
It is said that the destiny has planned everything for us. That was what I experienced when I travelled with you “The Indian journey” - ITJ. The only difference was that on tour to kerala “Gods Own Country” everything was planned by ever smiling Newmon.
I had mailed my requirements to 4 to 5 tour operators from kerala. Everyone has responded except Newmon. I thought that he might just be catering to foreign tourist. Then after a month I got a call from him, he explained me that my mail had gone in SPAM folder & so he could not respond.
After that first call I had a hunch that we are going to travel with his tour company only. The hotels that he recommended & tour cost vis-à-vis the 3, 4 & 5 star properties that he had suggested was the least of all the travel agent that I had contacted. The price difference was nearly 10 to 15%.
Initially 14 of us were going to travel together but due to some issues the group was reduced to 10 but just 3 to 4 days prior to our reaching at kerala the group had again increased to 14. He made all the required changes at eleventh hour. He arranged the additional room at all the thotel/resorts, bigger traveler for us, arranged can of water, removed the last row seats of traveler & so on…
The tour guide & driver Abdul Gafoor provided by ITJ was also a gem of a person.
Some of the hotel/resorts recommendation from him were just spot on like….
1. *** -The Seashore at Kanyakumari
2. **** - Travancore Heritage at Kovalam
3. **** -The leaf at Munnar ( got free upgrade rooms)
4. ***** - Elephant Court at Thekkady
I would also like to add that the one at Kochin (Abaam - ***) & Alleppy (Deshadran -***) was just below par but the latter one was my own choice. He had suggested me Citrus which I think would have been much better choice.
Some of his recommendations were not on our list but we relied on his local knowledge & all those recommendations were above our expectation.
The most important factor that made such a lot impact on us was the fact that he took 80% of the total tour cost on the last day on our way to Airport. I had not seen such a travel agency who totally believes in their work. He did not knew us, just a few calls & mails. I think it can be done only by Newmon & ITJ
Again a lot of thanks to Newmon for making our tour to “Gods Own Country” a memorable one…
Hello Newmon,We would like to tell you a few words about our journey in India, which you have put together for us.By a recommendation from the circle of friends, we came to Newmon theindianjourney.Via email, we have offered different variations of the journey.The correspondence was very understandable and well structured so thata decision was well possible for us. He organized everything, transfers, accommodation, sights and was always always by phoneto reach. He always inquired about our taxi driver how we are doing andif we are satisfied.It was our first trip to South India and we were very happy that Newmon organized everything for us. In between we had enough time alone a fewSightseeing, Land and People.There were many exciting, exciting, beautiful and thoughtful onesMoments, Situations in South India.We would like to thank Newmon again for the good organizationand wish him still many guests who want to discover India with him.
3 German Girls
Somos un matrimonio de España con una niña de 7 años. Este mes de Agosto estuvimos en el Sur de la India y en Sri Lanka en un maravilloso viaje organizado por la agencia 'The Indian Journeys' con el inigualable Newmon, con el que definimos un viaje a medida muy intenso con todas nuestras extravagantes peticiones (incluyendo un rafting); atento a todas nuestras necesidades durante todo el viaje.
Tanto Dileep en India como Neil en Sri Lanka, nos llevaron de manera impecable por los mejores templos y ciudades, y no solo cumplieron perfectamente con lo indicado en el programa, nos propusieron lugares y actividades sumamente interesantes, que completaron la experiencia e hicieron que fuese un viaje inolvidable.
Dileep nos llevó de Tamil Nadu a Kerala recorriendo las principales ciudades, llenas de vida y buena gente. En Kerala hubo fuertes lluvias que complicaron mucho la situación, pero tanto la agencia como Dileep buscaron la manera de reorganizar el recorrido para que pudiésemos ver lo más importante y continuar el viaje en Sri Lanka según lo programado. Fue una situación excepcional y muy difícil que supieron resolver a la perfección; una vez más, mil gracias a los dos, estaréis siempre en nuestro corazón.
Con Neil recorrimos lo más importante de Sri Lanka en 14 días, sin ningún contratiempo. Siempre presente en todos los sitios y atento a todas nuestras necesidades, como un verdadero padre, al igual que Dileep.
Los templos en el Sur de la India y Sri Lanka son una auténtica maravilla arquitectónica y espiritual, lugares sagrados para muchísima gente, muy especiales y aunque son menos conocidos que otros monumentos importantes en la India como el Taj Mahal, son una verdadera joya que los hacen verdaderamente especiales, de lo mejor que hemos visto nunca, y hemos viajado mucho.
Gracias 'The Indian Journeys', gracias Newmon, gracias Dileep, gracias Neil, y gracias a la gente de India y Sri Lanka que nos ayudaron en todo momento, y que sin ellos no hubiésemos podido disfrutar tanto de este maravilloso viaje.
Roberto, Marisa & Paula
SUR INDIA & SRI LANKA
There is lots to recommend about experiencing Kerala through Newmon’s organization - the time he dedicates to tailor making the trip to suit your interests in the lead up to the trip, a helpful, understanding and experienced driver; his hospitality when you meet up with him in person; and more. The one thing that stood out for me, however, was his connections with great guides - among some of best I have had in all my travels - and delightful places to stay. I thoroughly recommend Kurialacherry house for a real sense of the backwaters. No big international companies involved - just getting to know Kerala through local eyes and supporting local businesses. And it works out economical too! So I have recommended travelling in Kerala with The Indian Journeys to all my travel-hungry friends. Thanks to Dad and Jeff for their 'pioneering' travels through Newmon in the first place! Go well all!
Mr.Robin Barden & Ms.Laure Ritter
Barcelona / Spain.
Esta es nuestra experiencia;dos chicas españolas por tierras del sur de India... Pensamos en ir a India un mes y medio antes de nuestra partida.
Buscamos en internet muchas agencias...y entre todas,nos dejamos llevar por THE INDIANJOURNEYS;no teníamos referencia de ningún amigo,así que le enviamos un mail al señor Newmon, y desde el principio nos pareció alguien especial.
Alguien a quien le gustaba su país y quería enseñarnos todos lo bueno que entrañaba India.
Desde el primer momento sentimos que era buena gente,que no pensaba en su beneficio propio... Del viaje,por las dos semanas que teníamos de vacaciones, no teníamos muy claro qué era lo que queríamos visitar...El País es muy grande para visitarlo todo....en dos semanas.... Así que nos dejamos guiar. Durante la preparación del viaje,mantuvimos contacto directo con el señor Newmon,a través de mail , casi a diario.... Cambiando cosas del itinerario....y en todo momento, él estaba dispuesto . Nos aconsejó según nuestros gustos... Luego llegó el presupuesto, súper ajustado a lo que teniamos pensado en un principio, hoteles, forma de viajar,excursiones,condiciones....INSUPERABLE!!!!!! Comparamos con otras agencias locales y de España .... No encontramos agencia igual. Así que finalmente nos decidimos x Newmon Atención súper personalizada;nos explicó todo el itinerario por mail/formato papel. Todos los conductores súper profesionales; atención personalizada de primera calidad. Como en casa!! Desde luego,todo un acierto y satisfacción plena. Sin duda,volveremos a India y repetiremos con el señor Newmon. Muy cercano. Todos los días nos llamaba para ver si estábamos contentas...Experiencia única. Una forma de viajar por India muy segura y con unos estupendos profesionales. Para despedirnos, quedamos con el señor Newmon la noche antes de partir. Todo había salido mejor que si lo hubiéramos soñado Muchas gracias Newmon!!!ha sido un placer
Maria y Luisa
We used Newmon at "The Indian Journeys» tour company for our 3 week no stop tour of India, which included Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kochi-Thekkady, Marari. He arranged all the hotels and transport, internal flights, the lot !!!! We had our own personal mini Van with our superb driver Pavan. At each stop we had a personal guide to tell us the history of the area and what we were seeing. There was no way we would have seen so much if Newmon had not organized our time so well. We have made lifelong friends on our journey, and would recommend Newmon to anyone, who wishes to as much of India as humanly possible in 3 weeks. Thanks again Newman, hope too see you soon.
Ian, Viv, Erin, Conor and Kerry
We approached Newmon at The Indian Journeys because we wanted to go to India but we wanted to experience some of the 'real' India as well as the sites and the Golden Triangle. Consequently we didn't just want a tour out of a brochure. A very good friend suggested Newmon at The Indian Journeys and the rest is history. Newmon really helped us sorting out our vast wish list. This was done by a series of emails. We appreciated his honesty and the way he evaluated various options for us, always giving us the final choice. Once agreed, Newmon quickly put things into place organising the internal flights, heritage hotels, informative guides and a very helpful driver. The result was a trip of a lifetime. One of the things we really appreciated was the regular contact whilst we were in India. Newmon phoned us very frequently to ensure that all was going according to plan and that each day had been successful. We found the whole experience way beyond our expectations. We learnt a lot, saw a lot and met some amazing people from all walks of life. We most certainly would not have had all these memorable experiences if we had organised the trip any other way. We would thoroughly recommend Newmon and The Indian Journeys to anyone who is contemplating going to India.
Lesley and Richard
We travelled to Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for four weeks in January and February 2018. Newmon at The Indian Journeys had been recommended to us by a friend here in Bedfordshire. Since this was our first trip to India, we were unsure of the best way to travel between different places of interest, and the prospect of Newmon’s air-conditioned Toyota Innova with our own driver - from start to finish - seemed too good to pass up on … and so it proved. It took us about four weeks of emailing back and forth to finalise our itinerary: we listed what we wanted to see and do, Newmon suggested some ideas of his own and what we ended up with was a truly splendid, unforgettable holiday: from the exquisitely carved temples of Belur and Halebidu to the mini-safaris in the wildlife sanctuary at Kabini (where we saw both a tiger and a leopard, as well as elephants, various deer, wild dogs and dazzlingly coloured birds), from the famously illuminated palace at Mysuru to the Poinsettia-bordered tea plantations of Munnar, and onwards to ride on the renowned Ooty Hill Railway, from the peace and tranquillity of the backwaters around Aleppey to the r and r of the quiet Marari Beach and finally to the spice capital of Kochin, everything was a highlight! Our accommodation was always first-class (though, at our request, not always 5-star!) and spotless, with food of the highest quality, whether we were in boutique hotels, such as Kaav (in Kabini) and The Leaf (India’s No.1 on Trip Advisor, Munnar), or in homestays – Stephen & Manjula’s “home from home” at the Mysore B&B, as well as Jacob’s hospitality at Kuriallacherry House in Kumarakom. Everyone we met was charming and welcoming: village children keen to try out their English-speaking skills and drinking chai masala with the locals at sunrise in the backwaters will remain long in the memory. A massive thank you to Newmon for organising our holiday and for his regular evening phone calls to make sure everything was running smoothly for us, and thanks also to our knowledgeable & friendly driver, Praveen, for whom nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend Newmon & The Indian Journeys unreservedly…we shall be back!
Alan and Paula Walker
It was an unforgettable trip. Newmon organized everything very well and made everything very easy. the wonderful hotels the driver very good and good driver and very attentive. we will repeat sure with theindianjourneys
The holiday of a lifetime - perfectly organised by Newmon who adapted the tour to take in all the places we wanted to visit and cheerfully accommodated us when we changed our minds about anything. Our driver, Santhosh, was great - very helpful, friendly and always on time. The hotels were superb. We would highly recommend The Indian Journeys.
Alan & Nina White
My parents and I traveled for 7 days through Tamil Nadu to Kerala with Santosh, a driver from Indian Journeys. His professional service really made our trip a big success. Santosh was always punctual and he kept the van super clean. He is a good and safe driver who is very knowledgeable. Whenever we asked for recommendations on restaurants or sights he took us to great places with reasonable prices. During the 7 day trip we had good conversations with him and enjoyed his company. Thank you Santosh and thank you Newmon for organizing this trip for us!
Tirza Adorjan & family
We did a 15-day tour of South India with The Indian Journeys in June. The organization was perfect, the drivers excellent, the hotels fantastic, and India did the rest to give us a wonderful holiday.
Mr.Ramon Palencia & Family
Madrid / Spain
Hi again Newmon, We wanted to thank you and tell you that our experience in India was fantastic and your contribution was essential. We loved the possibility of having everything arranged in advance while at the same time having flexibility and doing this tour sort of on our own, always assisted by your expert personal. It was the perfect mix of travel agency service with room for our own way of doing things. Everything was perfect and the careful preparations we did beforehand guided by you worked great. A wonderful experience!
Madrid / Spain
It was our first trip to India... we had only a few days there to spent - ca. 10. So it was really hard to plan our trip - because we wanted to see as much as possible in this short time period... at first I tried to do this by myself... but then I have heard from our friends about their trip to India and about The Indian Journeys and Newmon and how happy they were with their trip. And then we have decided with my husband that we want Newmon and The Indian Journeys to plan the whole trip for us. And it was the best choice and decision. Newmon has planned whole trip, send us the itinerary, we have changed some things and then accepted it. And then he has organized our full trip plan - with English speaking local guides, hotels, car transport, flights and many more... 🙂 Everything was just ATTAINED TO THE LUST BUTTON. Really. We saw everything we wanted - we were on safari, we were in the jungle, we have visited many historical and sacral places, but on the other hand bazaars. We were in the mountains, we were by the sea. We saw tea plantations. We have tasted Indian tea. We have travelled with historical train - a special route. We have tasted delicious Indian food and drinks. We have heard from best chosen local guides ( many of the were licensed Lonely Planet guides ) so many information and curiosities. And this all thanks to Newmon 🙂 Additionally he was always there for us - in case we needed help or had a questions. He was calling or texting us every day to ask how the trip goes and how was our day. It was really nice. And on the last day we met with Newmon and have eaten a dinner together. It was really VERY NICE to meet him after our perfect- organized journey! We will definitely come back to India and only with Newmon! I highly recommend THE INDIAN JOURNEYS AND NEWMON.
Dominika & Artur
POLAND / EUROPE
We used "The Indian Journeys" Tour Company in January 2017 for tours whilst on a cruise. If you're like my husband and I you will hate the cruise tours, waiting for people to get back to the coach and everything taking so long! This tour company was very good, comfortable cars with our own driver and tour guide. We used the company three times and found both the driver and tour guide very nice on all three tours. The drivers were very attentive to my disability and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. It's certainly a lot nicer way to get to know the place you are visiting and of course you learn a lot more than you would on a coach full of people as this is one to one. Obviously it costs more, but in my opinion well worth it.
Judith and Robin
Judith and Robin / United Kingdom
Yes, twice in the last three years. Absolutely wonderful in all respects. Newmon will arrange a tailor-made trip to suit your requirements. He provided the four of us with a 15 seater air con minibus with our own driver from start to finish (who new where to procure beer!). Everywhere we stayed was superb, from a magical homestay to the traditional luxury of Marari Beach and Kaav Lodge The lodge was a fabulous way to conclude our three weeks; atmospheric and maybe the most magical place we've stayed in. Options to join 3 or 4 safaris and see a huge variety of wildlife - including a tiger from 20 metres. Newmon is a great communicator, always patient and prepared to adapt and change until days before the holiday. Price is much better than any deals we could find on line. Several of our friends have used The Indian Journeys, two of them are out there now experiencing a carbon copy of our itinerary and all would share our enthusiasm. We booked our flights using Sky Scanner (Etihad) for £408. Could go on at length but must pay tribute to the delightful Kerala people, the scenery and maybe the best food you will ever eat.
Laura & Pete, Carol & Martin
Wootton / United Kingdom
We were recommended the services of Newmon and his company 'The Indian journeys' by friends who had travelled with him twice before. We have been on a number of tours, usually using the major travel agents such as Trailfinders etc. The care by the owner of the company before and during our holiday was outstanding, taking us out for a meal on our first night and ringing us nearly every day to make sure all was well was outstanding service.
The combination of hotels and home stays was well balanced and without exception, good value, with wonderful food at all.
Changes to our planned itinerary caused by a fire at one of the wildlife reserves was dealt with quickly and efficiently without any fuss.
The driver we had for 3 weeks (Christo) made the holiday the experience it was . Driving us safely around the sights of Kerala, helping us to get cash from the ATM machines and obtaining beer from the state run outlets without spending hours in the queues........
At all times we felt secure in the knowledge that our tour had been organised by a professional and local company. I would without hesitation recommend The Indian Journeys if you are considering a trip India.
Hilary and Peter
Felmersham / United Kingdom
My husband and I went for a 12 days trip to India. We visited the Golden Triangle Khajurao and Varanasi. We talked to a few companies recommended in different travel forum and we decided to go with The Indian Journey. It was a good choice, price fair and very good attention. We decided together the best itinerary that was adjusted to my budget as well as interests. Hotels were good and new. Drivers, guides and representatives in all the places were very nice and suit to our needs.
I really enjoyed the trip and we also knew very nice and sweet people!
Thanks for a very nice travel! If I ever go back to India I'd definitely use TIJ services again!
Lucila and Christian
Buenos Aires, Argentina
We have returned from a 24 day long trip to South India, which has been a success. The itinerary was arranged for several weeks with Mr. Newmon, of The Indian Journeys. He booked us the 10 hotels for 22 nights and he provide us two cars with driver, one in Maharastra, and another from Hyderabad to Cochin. The driver waited us in every case at the airport’s arrival with the hotel vouchers and a description of the places to visit each day. The two drivers were very useful to us as guides and as protectors, particularly the second, Mr. Santosh. The hotels were of good quality and very well located. Being able to travel by private car with a driver that was at our service at all times was very useful and made us gain a lot of time in our many drives, which would have taken twice as long with public transport in a country so large and unknown for us. The director of the agency, Mr. Newmon, called us many nights to supervise the good progress of the trip. And so it was, we ended up very happy. For all this I must thank very sincerely The Indian Journeys and its director for his great help in the realization of this trip that we will not forget.
Enrique y Maria Jesús.
My wife and I have just returned from a sixteen-night stay, including Leela Hotel Mumbai, Fortune Sullivan Ooty, Malabar House Fort Cochin and finally Leela Hotel Kovalam. All of our itineraries was organized by" The Indian Journeys" tour company to include accommodation, car driver and guide, excursions, domestic flights and Hill Station (Ooty) toy train, all very professionally. It was a pleasure to meet Newmon and felt like meeting and old friend. We hope to travel to North India next year and hope to get the same service from " The Indian Journeys". I`m more than happy to answer any questions.
Mrs. Celia and Mr. Paul Rigby
St. Albans, / U K
A few months ago I read in your web "Athithi Devo Bhava" (The guest is equivalent to God) and although I knew through a person who offers me all the guarantees, I thought, we'll see what happens.
Yesterday we arrived in Spain after eleven unforgettable days in the south of India and, indeed, we have been treated as gods.
Personal attention, professionalism, efficiency, perfect hotel, suitable guides, and Yomi, our super-conductor, always attentive, aware of everything, and breaking through without any problem through the traffic so special that exist in India.
Our thanks to you, Newmon, for your professionalism and attention, for your calls during the trip to see if everything was OK. Obviously you always recommend you to high punctuation and wish that all your dreams they fulfill in that magnificent company you started.
Jose Maria (Family Ramos)
Recommended by a friend, we chose Indian Journeys for our first family trip to India. Thank you very much Mr New Mon for this wonderful trip!. What a profesional and well run business!.
Drivers (thank you Mr Majed!) went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable and happy. Thery were careful and considerate and made us feel completely relaxed. Everyone was super helpful and polite. The organization was perfect. Thank you Mr New Mon for your interest during the trip to make sure everything was going well. It was an amazing experience with superior service!.
I would definitely recommend everyone in Spain using your services.
Olga (Merino family)
I found NewMon and The Indian Journeys by reading TripAdvisor Forums. I contacted him and he was professional and helpful in his prompt reply. I had a very short time to visit Kerala and would be traveling alone, so I wanted everything planned carefully. NewMon helped with every detail and had great suggestions based on the travel logistics and my interests. I was able to stay in 2 wonderful resorts, visit Periyer Reserve, enjoy an elephant encounter, tour a tea plantation and spice gardens. My driver Santhosh was with me the entire 4 days and transported me to the airport for my flight home. NewMon called every evening to make sure all was well and paid a visit in person to meet me prior to my departure from India. I was very pleased with the planning and professional follow up. I would definitely recommend and use again should I return to India.
Bainbridge Island / Washington, USA
Dear Mr New Mon,
We are back in London, amazed that a city which seemed so busy and frenetic to us now seems so calm alongside the places we have just visited in India!
Having everything so well and seamlessly organised for us by you made what could have simply been exhausting into an exciting and stimulating experience. We are delighted to have renewed our contact with India at a time when it is changing so rapidly - it really feels like a place that has great plans and is set to achieve them as quickly as possible!
I will post a review on Trip Advisor as soon as I get the chance.
Thank you again.
All the best,
It was my second vacation in India what was organized by New Mon . When I decided to come again I had no doubt about who will organize my trip. Especially because I was traveling with my 6 years old child and my best friend who have never been to India . I had to be sure, that everything will be perfect. New Mon had met again with my expectations. Our one-month-long holiday was hilarious, full of incredible experiences, adventures and last but not least a beautiful week at lovely beach. We were always sure, that we are in the best hands. New Mon organized the best holiday for us and we are very grateful to him for his perfect services.
Eszter,Anni and Alex
Budapest, / Hungary
It was our first trip to India and we have greatly appreciated the organization you have made for our visit of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. We had the best itinerary, comfortable hôtels, a very good and helpful driver (hello to Pradeep) and a good car... We came back to Paris with beautiful coloured and kind souvenirs. We would like to thank you for that and assure that we shall warmly recommend your agency to anyone who would like to visit India and more especially Tamil Nadu & Kerala - Let's keep in touch !
C’était notre premier voyage en Inde et nous avons grandement apprécié l’organisation que vous avez faite pour notre visite du Tamil Nadu et du Kerala. Nous avions le meilleur itinéraire, des hôtels tout à fait confortables, un très bon et aimable chauffeur (bonjour à Pradeep !) et une bonne voiture… Nous sommes rentrés à Paris avec de magnifiques souvenirs très colorés et souriants. Nous souhaitons vous remercier pour cela et vous assurer que nous recommanderons chaudement votre agence à tous ceux qui souhaitent visiter l’Inde et notamment le Tamil Nadu et le Kerala. Nous resterons en contact !
Nicole & Haïm MIZRAHI
Last December I travel with my girlfriend around India, Rajasthan and Kerala. If you are planning to travel to India, be prepare for an amazing country but also my advise is to prepare your travel really well. To define where to go is a challenge; this was our first step with the India Journeys, they gave us really good recommendation about the different places to visit according to our expectations and budget. We decided to book with them a package for Kerala, and travel in Rajasthan by our own, and I won’t recommend to travel in India without a travel agency, especially if you are planning to visit different cities, and it is your first time in India. It is better to have a small travel agency, like the Indian Journeys, which personalize the travel as you want and take care of everything. In Kerala, The India Journeys organized for us a perfect romantic travel, with a professional driver, and really good hotels. New Mon, our travel agent, took care of everything including some train tickets for Rajasthan that I couldn’t book online, he also organized for us a romantic dinner in a fantastic place, the best romantic dinner that I have ever had.
Mr.Ivan Nunez & Ms. Natalia
This was our first trip to India and it did go well. Thanks to Mr. New Mon and team for arranging everything well.
Mr. & Mrs.Mariano B
We were travelling with The Indian Journeys for almost 2 weeks last September. They designed a complete tour around the South of India. The communication was really fluid. We were working together in the itinerary and New Mon suggested me new destinations and touristic attractions even during the tour. The hotels suggested by him were really nice and close to European standards. We used a car with chauffeur. Very professional and serious driver. Most of the time your life is in his hands. New Mon took care of us during whole the tour. No surprises, everything as planned.
We took the decision of booking with them based on the reviews on TripAdvisor. It was safe and a successful decision.
Ms.Maria & Mr.Juan
Thank you very much for your courtesy and care on my February 2015
trip to Kerala and Tamil Nadu. You showed your care by providing me
with a very personable and knowledgeable driver, who was one of the
best drivers I have ever experienced, who kept me feeling safe and
secure in the very comfortable sedan that was provided for me. I would
not hesitate to recommend him, Rahul, to anyone who is considering
a trip to Kerala/Tamil Nadu. I would thoroughly recommend your travel
agency to all that are considering a visit to India.
What a wonderfully relaxing time New Mon (The Indian Journeys) organized for us in Kerala – starting at the friendly Kochi Fort House where we experienced amazing meals, the Chinese fishing nets and site seeing experiencing delightful tuk tuk rides.
From here to the Deshadan Backwater Resort before an enchanting overnight’s stayed on a house boat where we purchased fish that the crew prepared for our dinner.
Then to the Marari Pearl for 3 nights (where we were upgraded to a room with our own pool) which gave us just what we needed - relaxation. Here we were able to wonder on the beach and mix with the fisherman while taking in the local atmosphere.
All in all a time we will never forget thanks to New Mon’s thoughtful organization.
Raema and Maurie
Just back from our fifth Newmon holiday, Karnataka, Sunderbans and Assam this time.
We had a terrific trip and were so pleasantly surprised in Assam.
Thank you for all your work, we appreciate it.
Barbara & Mick Woodford
Exeter / United Kingdom
This was our first trip to India And along with the Office of the Indian Journeys to us all organized-lived incredible moments ,which we never forget. Everything was professionally polished, driver-also our guide and guardian-was responsible and polite. Featured 100 percent, Revelation.
Sincere greetings from Poland -Izabela, Jerzy, Barbara and Maria.
Izabela, Jerzy, Barbara and Maria.
We very much enjoyed our trip to Kerala and Tamil Nadu in October 2014. Thank you for your patience with our many questions and changes to the program in the planning stages and for arranging such lovely accommodation and activities. A special thank you to our fantastic driver who's experience and skills shone through. We were in a very reliable, capable pair of hands.
We have very fond memories of our wonderful time in South India. Thank you for helping us organise such a special holiday.
Amanda and Edmund Steele
Wakefield / England
What a wonderful holiday we all had, thanks again for all your efforts. Pass on our best wishes to Rajesh and Manoj.
We often think and talk about our wonderful holiday in Kerala and hope to return sometime. Lots of our friends are interested.
All was brilliant.
TIT's Group, UK
Mr Peter Edmund Jackson & Mrs Jennifer Margaret Jackson
Mr Peter William Dunn and Mrs Laura Mary Dunn
Mr Michael Ernest McKeown and Mrs Patricia Mary McKeown
Mr Richard Alan Barden and Mrs Ann Denise Barden
Ms Janet Laurine Manktelow and Mr Jeffrey Tye
Hi New Mon,
Overall it was a good experience and I will certainly use your service should I be travelling to India.
Good Morning Newmon,
It is now two weeks since we returned from our magical 34-day trip to Southern India, all organised, very professionally, by you. You were very attentive to our specific requests to develop a 'tailor made' itinerary and the beach holiday breaks allowed us to rest for a few days before continuing our journey. It all worked like clockwork.
The car provided was spacious and the driver (Michael, shown in the picture taken on Ooty Lake) had good enough English and was very skilled, fun and helpful. All in all, we had a wonderful holiday and you, by your kind and attentive service (ringing us every day to check on our wellbeing!) made all the difference. We felt safe and well looked after throughout the trip. It was also a pleasure to have dinner with you when visiting Kochi. We would highly recommend your company to those who are looking for a more independent way to travel in India. We have just posted a review of our trip on 'Trip Advisor'.
Mr. Gerard Collet and Mr. Malcolm Hignett
London / UK
Good afternoon Newmon
I hope you and the family are fine and The Indian journeys is busy ..Thank you for one of the most wonderful vacations we have had , the flight home was fine but back to reality now , with fond memories of your very kind hospitality and first class service .
It was very nice to meet you and thank you for a very fine evening ,We thought the state of Kerala is beautiful and we will return soon.
Please also thank your transportation specialist and pass on our kind regards to our driver Rajeev for his expert local knowledge ..
Thanks again and all our best wishes to you and the family
Andy and Chris
Greetings from the Czech Republic. The journey back was good only the plane was an hour late.
Thank you very much for preparing our trip. Everything was good. Accommodation and car was good too. We have a wonderful experience.
Once again, thank you very much.
Zbynek Novacek & party
Just a quick thank you for organising such a wonderful tour of Kerala. The accommodation was excellent and the itinerary was perfect. The memories of the trip will be with us for a very long time. We have no hesitation in recommending your company to future travellers. Regards
Mr. Neil Simms & group
Nottinghamshire / UK
Hope all is well! We arrived home late Saturday afternoon after two very long flights. All is good at home.
Ramon, Alfonso, Elisa and I wanted to thank you for a great trip and also for the delicious dinner on our last evening.
The wonderful memories of this very special trip will remain with us always. Feel free to use us as reference for future clients. The best to you always,
Laura & Ramon Arteaga, Elisa & Alfonso Wong
Chicago / USA
Good afternoon Newmon,
Gwen and I are just getting used to the cool UK weather after the warmth of Kerala. Such nice memories, all the colours, the friendly smiles from the schoolchildren, fantastic hotels like the Kumarakom lake resort and all the other good hotels. The whole holiday that you organised was first class with no hiccups anywhere! We enjoyed all the food, no bad stomachs at all I wish that we could have stayed for longer! Many thanks for the good service that you gave us.
Stuart and Gwen Brown
London / United Kingdom
My wife and I have traveled 3 weeks in Tamil Nadu and Kerala during the last Christmas holidays entrusting ourselves to travel agent THE INDIAN JOURNEYS.
The travel program has met our expectations and the service offered by THE INDIAN JOURNEYS was flawless. Never a problem.
During the trip we changed 13 hotels and all of them have proved equal to the budget that we had pre-set. Furthermore the ones outside the cities lay in beautiful locations
The car service was excellent too-
The friendly and prepared driver juggles very well in city traffic and in the wide open spaces. This enabled us to discover the scents of India, savour its food, understand the habits and meet a lot of people. Every day Newmon asked either us or the driver how the trip was going and this made us feel as if we were at home.
The excitement of the trip was unforgettable and if we return to India we are going to entrust ourselves again to Newmon and his collaborators' experience. Padova (Italy), 9 february 2014 Antonio and Tiziana.
Antonio and Tiziana
"My family, some friends and I we did a 9 days trip in Kerala in Christmas 2013 with The Indian Journeys. Thanks to The Indian Journeys organization (which I have to say that it was very easy to work on it and helpful staff) we could visit the most iconic parts of Kerala on this time, travelling with a wonderful Van for 10 people and with a very friendly driver. The hotels were we stayed were good, new hotels and well managed, especially the Hindustan Beach Retreat in Varkala. The food in the restaurants that Newmon or the driver suggest us to go were delicious, and the activities programmed also very nice! And the Christmas and New Year's Eve gala's were very funny, something really unexpected! The only negative thing is that we just had 10 days....I wish I could extend our trip for a couple of weeks more!"
Mr. Ignasi Capellà Ballbé & Party
Barcelona / Spain
After having contacted a lot of Indian travel companies, I decided 8 months ago to give my trust to The Indian Journeys and New Mon. It was a great choice!! Tour was organized in every detail, all hotels satisfied our needs and more, our driver Mr. Naraynan was excellent, punctual and available. New Mon every evening called us to have information about our trip; he loves his job and he shows it, he's very good, like a friend!! If I'll come back in India I know with who.
Carlo Baffi & Irene Geraci
Pavia / Italy
Hi New Mon,
Happy New Year! I owe you a long overdue note of thanks for our trip to Jaipur, Agra, and UP in November 2013. That was my fourth trip to India, and you made it by far the easiest. Things don't always run according to plan in India, but with your coordination we had no unpleasant surprises.
We thoroughly enjoyed our guide Mr. Sharma in Jaipur, but the real star of our trip was our driver, Manoj. Not only an excellent driver, he was friendly, reliable, and always knew where he was going. (That last bit is extremely important - I've gotten lost in so many cities in India because of a lack of signage and/or addresses. The fact that it didn't happen while in his car was amazing.)
Kudos to you and your team. On my next trip, New Mon & The Indian Journeys will be my first call!
Rashmi Sachan & Mary Sawyer
New York / USA
"In November I was in Kerala for a week, visiting Thekkady, the fantastic Alleppey backwaters, Kochi and finally Wayanad. I have been very happy with NewMon assistance and organisation. The houseboat tour was absolutely fantastic, as well as the Kochi hotel. A special thank you to the drivers, who took me everywhere and were very caring. I would definitely recommend The Indian Journeys to anyone who is going to India!"
Ragni DVM, DipSPCA MRCVS / London, UK
Hi New Mon
In Time, good Pullman, good escorting, good prices and good connection. You made our Group travel perfect!
Evangelical Lutheran Church Group
Lübeck – Lauenburg / Germany
Having just returned from a fabulous trip to Kerala, I have no hesitation in recommending The Indian Journeys and Mr Newmon.
As part of our trip, The Indian Journeys organised a weeklong tour to experience the tea plantations and spectacular scenery of the Western Ghats, the spice plantations of the Cardamom Hills, elephant riding and bathing (great fun) in Thekkady, and luxury cruising in a houseboat on The Backwaters.
From the first contact following our enquiry, right through to end of our trip, the service provided by Mr Newmon was exceptional. A brief call from Mr Newmon each evening to check all was going well was one example of the attentive service The Indian Journeys provide. When our itinerary was disrupted by a local strike, Mr Newmon calmly and quickly contacted drivers and guides to readjust our itinerary to ensure we didn't miss out.
Our driver was very experienced, polite, punctual and helpful and the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. You'll be in very safe hands if you use The Indian Journeys.
Mick & Janet Philpotts
Newbury / UK
Dear New Mon,,
Here we are back home,
Thank you again for the tour of N. India you organised for us. it'll stay in our minds.
Mr. Renaud & Family, Mr. Laurent & Family
Lyon / France
Good day Mr Newmon
So good to hear from you! Yes - we've travelled safely back home. I want to thank you and your company for a wonderful tour! We've enjoyed every moment so much !!! Thank you for your professional handling of the tour - the hotels were good, activities very insightful and our driver was so professional and competent. This was one of the best tours ever! I would highly advertise your company and hopefully come back to India in future, using The Indian Journeys again.
Cornelia and Corne Prinsloo
Al Ain / UAE
The Indian Journeys " is absolutely trustworthy and very competent.The organization by Mr. Newmon has been exactly as we had imagined it to be.Itissimply an experiencedcompany.
At our drivers and attendants Mr. Dever we always felt safe. He also informed us with a lot of local information's. He was the perfect travel agent!
It was done as a round trip you can imagine! Also with unforeseen Actions.
Mr. Dever was also a very accurate, punctual and always cleans his vehicle entertaining supervisor.
As a supervisor wants to be everywhere!
In summary, we would like to sincerely thank "The Indian Jouneys" very much for the excellent organization of our trip through Tamil Nadu.
"The Indian Journeys" with Mr. Newmon is highly recommended.
In German „
The Indian Journeys“ ist ein sehr kompetenter und absolut vertrauenswürdiger Reiseveranstalter!
Die gesamte Reiseorganisation mit Herrn Mr. Newmon hat genauso funktioniert wie wir uns das vorgestellt haben. Es ist einfach gesagt eine erfahrene Agentur!
Bei unserem Fahrer und Betreuer Mr. Dever haben wir uns auch jederzeit sehr sicher gefühlt. Er hat uns auch sehr viel lokale Informationen mit auf den Weg gegeben. Er war der perfekte Reisebegleiter! Es war eine Rundreise wie wir sie uns vorgestellt hatten. Auch mit unvorhergesehenen Aktionen! Mr. Dever war ebenfalls ein sehr pünktlicher, akkurater und sein Auto sauber haltender Betreuer! So einen Betreuer wünscht man sich immer auf Touren!
Zusammenfassend sei gesagt, dass wir uns recht herzlich für die Freundlichkeit und die perfekte Organisation unserer Rundreise durch Tamil Naduvon „The Indian Jouneys“ bedanken möchten.
„The Indian Jouneys“ mit Mr. Newmon ist auf jedem Fall eine Empfehlung wert!
Jens Broedner Anett Broedner Nils Soeren Broedner
99441 Kiliansroda / Germany
It is my pleasure to say that in my many years of traveling the globe with endless tour companies ( I have toured through 20 + countries), I have never met a man in the travel industry with greater integrity than New Mon. He put his entire heart into my trip. From our first email to the very last I felt like I was in the hands of a family member who wanted nothing more than for me to have the trip of a lifetime. He showed great warmth and kindness every step of the way. As a single female traveling alone, I felt very safe with the driver he chose, a man who showed me great respect and did his job with pride and sincerity.
Bethany Grace Cantin,
Boston / United states of America
No exaggeration, this is the best tour company and people we have ever worked with. We thoroughly enjoyed our South India tour (Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Bangalore – Mysore – Ooty – Kochi – Madurai – Trichy – Tanjore – Pondicherry). The arrangements were superb! A special note about our chauffeur Mr. Reddy! He was punctual everyday and courteous too. We strongly recommend this company and we would use them again. We wish every success to Mr. New Mon & 'The Indian Journeys'
Mr. Michael Desartine
Paris / France
“Our group of 10 travellers (Royal Caribbean Mariner of The Seas, 26th May 2013) were very impressed with the professionalism of New Mon, Arun, Girish and their team from "The Indian Journeys" We were collected from the ship in a clean air conditioned mini bus. Our drive to the houseboat was on a well maintained, not too busy road where our English speaking guide gave us an insight into the lives of the people and information on points of interest. We boarded our traditional style thatch-roofed houseboat, which is unique to Kerala (but fitted with solar panels, air conditioning and a neat clean kitchen) in the town of Alappuzha Our idyllic houseboat journey cruised us through palm shaded vine entwined backwaters where little communities were living their peaceful lives., with us as their curious, privileged audience. We were greeted with smiles, cheers and much waving and made to feel welcome. With the fragrance of curry in the air we eagerly anticipated lunch which was served at "Citrus" a great little 4 star hotel. Lunch was a good variety of foods with a very tasty Chicken curry. Two 750ml bottles of beer per person challenged each one of us! We cruised back all too soon We were returned to our cruise ship well before boarding time feeling exhilarated by our experience. All arrangements were carried out with respect and we felt safe in the very capable care of the smiling New Mon and his team. All 10 of us had a fantastic trouble free experience!
Tripodi Margaret Teresa Joy and group
Hello New Mon, Fine that you have contacted my husband again this afternoon. It's pleasant to hear that you care so much about us. Now, I can say to you that we all liked it a lot! We enjoyed visiting all cities, from Mandawa, over Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Pushkar, Agra till Delhi.
We loved visiting all palaces, forts and of course, the top of the bill, the Taj Mahal, a building that everyone must have seen at least once in his life! We stayed in incredible hotels, really palaces!! Some of the those new, others old! But we enjoyed all of them! Also the guides were very good. Luckily that we took them, because with all those words in Hindi, all those streets were you can get lost, I understand now why it is so important to have them. They all gave good information about the city, but also background information about life in India, their habits, politics, nature, ... And , last but not least, we loved our driver. He brought us everywhere, during the 1800km, that we have driven. Unfortunately, roads are so bad in India, that it sometimes took a long time to get somewhere. Once again, thanks o lot!
Best regards and maybe till later ...
Ilse Van Mensel & Family,
Thank you for the wonderful 2 week Kerala tour. We were very happy with the service, the hotels, houseboat, the driver and the assistance of "The Indian Journeys".
Mr. Alessandro Marino & family,
I recently experienced a tour of the Kerala state of India organised by Newmon of The Indian Journeys. I traveled alone with driver, Prem, in an airconditioned vehicle and stayed at very good accommodation. We traveled from Cochin to the Kerala backwaters for an overnight boat tour on the lake, visiting various places of interest on the way over six nights in all. It was a wonderful experience, in fact much better than I expected. Very good value for money. I say this from having experienced traveling extensively throughout S.E. Asia and some of Europe. And would recommend these people without hesitation. The food was great also.
Murray & Bendigo
My husband and I visited Kerala with "The Indian Journeys" in March 2013 and had a fantastic time! Our itinerary allowed us to see lots of places in a short period of time, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! From the rich culture in Kochi to the tea plantations in Munnar, the wildlife in Periyar the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey and the beaches of Kovalam - what an adventure!
New Mon did a great job and called every night to make sure things were going smoothly. Our driver Premjith made us feel safe and secure the whole time. I would certainly recommend this company!
Mrs. Charity & Mr. Daniel Baxter
Hi New Mon,
Just a note to say thank you so much for organizing yet another memorable trip for us. As before you're organization was faultless, not to mention your excellent recommendations which always prove to be of such interest. Home now and with great memories yet again, India never disappoints.
Love the culture, love the food and most of all the warmth of the people, always welcoming, always smiling and what great hospitality. That is now our third trip as you know, the first two being three weeks each and this one a month, impossible to tire of India, always so much to see and do.I have recommended you to friends here already and if you have any clients at all who are looking for a reference we would certainly be willing to reassure them re your total commitment to your clients and faultless organization.
Of course there is always the wonderful way you stay in contact throughout the trip to ensure everything is going well, I know of no other travel agents who take such care of their clients. Speaking of clients, we prefer to think of you now as a very good friend indeed. Sending warm wishes from Ireland and hope you and your family are well and happy and that business is thriving. Thank you again !!
Thank you again !!
Allison Keith and Jackie Brown
Thank you so much for such a wonderful family trip!! Travelling with our children to India (Tamil Nadu & Kerala) was a great and amazing experience. Your constant attention throughout the trip was truly very reassuring. We could feel we had a very reliable “partner” before and during the trip. Everything was very well organised: hotels, driving, etc. and our children will never forget the elephant experience and the boat driving at the Backwaters. What a wonderful country and people! We all hope to go back soon and, for sure, we will count on you for organising it. Let’s keep in touch!
from Barcelona, Spain