We had an excellent guide in Ashish. The prompt support provided by the Ekno staff, especially Shiv, Kumar was very reassuring, and there were nice alternatives offered to the set itinerary to suit our needs.’
Suman Mathur, 2023
‘Vikas was an excellent guide for the Hidden Gems of the Himalayas tour. He was fully informative, always patient, flexible with the client’s needs and was able to adjust the itinerary as we requested. I always felt safe and well looked after. The accommodation was beyond my wildest dreams! Each hotel was a wonderful surprise, and reflected the area we were visiting. I saw a completely different India to what I have viewed before, and the trip was much more luxurious than I imagined.’
Toddy Whittle, 2023
‘It is difficult to put into words the impact of this wonderful pilgrimage. I enjoyd travelling through the magnificent landscape of Ladakh and Spiti as well as the practice time in temples with our travelling Sangha (Buddhist community). It was wonderful to have Geshe Samten and the guides Vikas and Ashish with us.’
Maxine Ross, 2023
‘I had a terrific time in the lower foothills of the Himalayas with Vikas on the Hidden Gems of the Himalayas tour. I went in May and the weather was just perfect. The accomodations was great – varied and in interesting places. We did lots of extra little things that interested us, like visiting DAR (a dog rescue enterprise) and the famous cricket ground in Dharamsala. I am looking forward to my next Indian adventure!’
Mandy Wheatland, 2023
‘The Pilgrimage to Japan was carefully thought out and planned especially to suit our group. It was amazing how much we saw and achieved in a short time. It’s something I’ll remember for a long time. Thank you Sharon!’
‘We have just arrived home from a tour in India. Loved it all and couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide. India can be very challenging, but with Ashish at the helm we could sit back and enjoy the experience.’
‘The trip was above my expectations – the motel accommodation exceeded my actual ideas, the food was delicious and plentiful, the sites were incredible. The Taj Mahal was unique, amazing, majestic; Udaipur was a fantastic surprise, and the Marigold Hotel was so quaint and I was so happy to be there, it was so relaxing. The whole trip was an adventure showing historical, social, quirky and amazing sights and scenes, full of surprises. Ashish was amicable and supportive and security aware and we couldn’t do without him.’
‘Thank you Sharon for organising a trip that will forever be remembered for its richness, and for so many other things. It was hard to leave India, after such a magical six week interlude, and I’m eager to dive back into the colour, chaos and beauty of that country.’
‘My trip to India was far beyond my expectations, I honestly had an amazing journey. The trip was like a wish I keep reliving, it will be with me forever. Vikas is an outstanding tour guide, his passion and smile shine like the sun, and he couldn’t have done more to make me feel looked after. His passion for his country is contagious, and his family were so welcoming and hospitable. My overall rating would be off the scale! I truly recommend this trip.’
‘I would like to think this tour of India cemented friendships, opened eyes, embraced colour and made people feel fortunate and privileged in more ways than one. Great tour Ekno Travels. I can not highlight enough the fantastic guides, drivers and experiences we had. I would recommend the tour to anyone who can hack the pace and assault of the senses that India embraces you with!’
‘The Pilgrimage to Japan was a very authentic experience of the way the Japanese eat, sleep and live – futon bed included! I think that this is the beauty of travelling with a guided tour, it means you’ll have someone very knowledgeable and experienced in travelling overseas to help with delving into the everyday lives of the culture visited. Sharon paid extra attention to my needs and I was very grateful and thankful for that. Sharon provided that extra support so that I could see the highlights that I’d been dreaming of. Thanks again, Sharon!’
Paula Love, 2018
‘Everything about our trip to India was fantastic – the accommodation, the guided tours, the flow of the whole adventure, the way we were looked after and India itself. The best part of the trip? Where to start? The Taj Mahal was up there but Varanasi was really special as was all of Rajasthan and Goa. The tour guides were very knowledgeable, interesting and informative. Thanks again Sharon, you did a great job’
Christine Thompson, 2018
‘What a wonderful trip we had through Rajasthan, visiting Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Rawla Narlai, and Udaipur. All without a hitch! Thank you so much for organising it for us!’
Marusia Borodacz & Peter Wallman, 2017
‘Thank you for organising our wonderful Indian holiday. It was so well organised, all our drivers were fantastic, especially Sammy, our driver through Rajasthan. He was such a lovely gentleman and he looked after us like we were his daughters. It was a fantastic holiday, India did not let me down and it was more than I’d imagined.’
Sharon Widdicombe, 2017
I decided to go on the Great Ocean Walk for a personal challenge – never having done long distance walking before. Surrounded in magnificent scenery of rugged coastline, good weather and a comfy bed with hot showers , it was an ideal and enjoyable short break with a difference and all the arrangements taken care of by Sharon.
Vikas is a remarkable tour guide. Well organised, fun and with such an inspirational life story! It was great to have him interpret and explain situations, history and culture. I can’t actually speak highly enough of him – one gem of a tour guide.
Rosalyn Johnson, 2017
Local guide Vikas was also a brilliant choice, always open to chat about India and arrange some extra wishes. He was tireless, always living the slogan – ‘In India, everything is possible!’ It was just an amazing, brilliant, fantastic journey every hour of the way. I really fell in love with the country and I can’t wait to return!”
Mario Becker, 2017
Everything you arranged worked like clockwork, I want to thank you again, it was fabulous. I keep thinking about my wonderful trip to India this year and am even thinking of going again next year!!!!
I felt the overall trip was a wonderful experience and fulfilled all my expectations as a pilgrim. The places we visited are now etched into my heart as they are meant to be and as a bonus so are the wonderful friends I shared the pilgrimage with . Thank you , all of you.
Thank you so much Ekno Tours for but the chance to see the Buddha’s holy sites with other like minded people, with all the hassle taken out of the trip by your great planning. It was a life changing trip, thank you so much.
My recent trip through Rajasthan with Ekno Tours was incredible. I was a bit apprehensive about taking a group of 18 women on tour but I needn’t have worried as Vikas and Sharon had everything covered and managed the group with ease offering guidance, insight and flexibility along the way to meet the group’s needs. The accommodation was comfortable and all the meals were divine (it’s important to like Indian food). Our drivers on the buses were excellent and made us laugh, a lot, as we ducked and wove through the traffic we felt as though we were on a move set. In fact, much of the trip we felt as though we were on a movie set. India is crazy and colourful and amazing and just what we expected. In fact, more than we expected, thanks to Ekno tours we have had the trip of a lifetime and not once did we feel unsafe. In addition to the sightseeing we also managed to fit in meditation, yoga, shopping and massages along with way. This was a fantastic trip and one I will be repeating again next year!”
Tammie Day, 2015
Thank you Ekno!. This was an excellent trip – your local knowledge really made things go smoothly and efficiently and we were always safe and well looked after. I’m VERY impressed with your ability to deal with border guards, cooks, and others!