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Anand's 6 days trip to North East
The agent Ms. Aastha was very nice w.r.t helping out on ground logistics, but I am not satisfied by the attitude of Ride and climb adventures.
Things that went well:
1. I went on this trip with my mother and I got Jain vegetarian food for her at every location.
2. The driver was extremely punctual, knew the locations well and flexible.
3. We were able to complete most of the locations in the itinerary.
4. We stayed at Vintage Inn in Cherapunjee, which was great (although our actual booking was in La Kuper Inn which got changed in last minute). The service delivery agent Shina in food restaurant of Vintage Inn was super awesome.
Things that didn't go well:
1. The payment for driver was delayed and our driver indirectly threatened me and my mom of abandoning us in Shillong. Majorly the fault of Ride and Climb adventure club as they were not releasing money for fuel/driver-expenses on time.
2. The room booked in OYO Heritage Hideaway @ Shillong was very tiny, we had to pay extra on spot and shift to a better room.
3. The room service in OYO Heritage Hideaway is unsatisfactory, as they delay the food cooking by hours. Also, there was dead mosquito in Daal and some other small dead insects. We had to ask them to re-cook the meal. Similarly morning breakfast was always late by an hour.
4. Our hotel in Cherapunjee, La Kuper Inn was changed (they accepted double booking) on the day of our arrival. This is something I explicitly called out as a risk to Ride and climb adventure agent (Deepankar), but he didn't confirm or informed me the same.
5. When I take help of a tour agency I trust them to plan my time in line with best locations/spots. Our time in Shillong was mostly a waste, the viewpoints in Shillong were bad. Instead, tour agency could have suggested or added places in Cherrapunjee.
I would request Travel Triangle to get more agents from North East and make sure such avoidable issues don't happen. :)
Dvsrs's 7 days trip to North East
Nice experience. Enjoyed the trip. Hotels are not so great and they don't have minimal things like room cleaning, laundry etc,. We used same towels, same bedsheets for three days.First of all i am really sorry that i took this much time to post feedback about the trip. I am a bit busy with my professional and personal issues. Please don't mind.
Meghalaya is really a superb place in terms of nature and beauty. We(group of 6 friends) though of going to Meghalaya in the monsoon to really enjoy the rains especially in Cherrapunjee(Sohra) for that we took help of Travel Triangle and Himavath Destinations. We are really happy with the way the tour progressed, each and every place we welcomes with a smile by cab driver and Dipak.
Dipak is helpful all through the trip. Whenever we have issues either in the day or in the night he is always there to help us. Nice thing is that he is very polite and friendly.
Dipak from Himavath, he is one who had a initial conversation with me and he guided me very well to check which place is good, which package better suites us and i literally called him to change the itinerary many times and do inclusions. He is very polite all the time. Thanks for that.
WE liked the trip and looking forward to have an association again with both Travel Triangle and Himavath Destination.
Thank You Dipak
Thank You Travel Triangle
Thank you one and all who helped us.
Best memories are which we enjoyed our time.
Sourav's 5 days trip to North East
The trip was great.
We loved a couple of things most -
1. The resort at Cherrapunjee - Jiva Resort.
2. The itinerary was great - thanks to the planner.
What we're okay with is the hotel at Shillong -
It was located at a farthest end of Shillong. We not only faced a lot of trouble to reach there, but upon arrival, we heard that between 9:30 pm - 07:30 am, hotel staffs aren't available at the hotel.
If the planner/coordinator could have told us about the exact location, we certainly changed it.
Deepak's 7 days trip to North East
Short form of the feedback:
Starting July 11 thru' 17, '19 we had a memorable tour of NE India (mainly Meghalaya & a bit of Guwahati). We enjoyed every moment of it. Many thanks to Nikita from Reify/Itvaar Travels for putting together the overall package, detailed planning and for her constant support right thru' the tour.
Here is a link to the our pictures from the tour: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFj8TeG (click the 'play' button to view in slide-show mode).
Long form of the feedback:
It was the worst of times and yet the best of times .. In many ways.
Promises and credible relationships were available only at a premium, that which invariably breakdown despite the best of intentions, when working at breakneck speed since the beginning of the year on a high-profile project, that which we were terribly behind and that which we had run out of considerations to not deliver. We were now effectively playing a test match game at T20 speed. Who knew if we would end up at 500 for 1 or would be all out below 100. If one batsman got out in the high-profile chase with time running out, then the next one in line had to pick up the gauntlet and step up his or her game. As Lord Tennyson so eloquently wrote in Charge of the Light Brigade, “Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldier knew, Someone had blundered. Theirs was not to make reply, Theirs was not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die, Into the Valley of Death …”.
It was the worst of times and yet the best of times .. To be associated with our project execution team.
Such pressure invariably spills over onto the family which, though understanding, cannot quite fathom the necessity of an all-out war-room 24x7 work environment. After one especially contentious call, my wife asked me if I’m okay. Say I, “Yes, its just that I was practicing the ‘Raga Deepak’. Pretty normal under the circumstances. Logical thinking was at a premium.. But things took for a worse, family wise, when we had to cancel a much-awaited vacation to Iceland, mainly because, well you guessed it, work took precedence. But our vacation window for the year was closing. Our son, who is due to start his Master’s program this coming fall, gave us a 2 week window in July of his availability to join my wife & I on a vacation together. Also wanted to visit his grandma. Rescheduling to Iceland was off the table and we turned our sights to India. The 2 week window brought a clarity of purpose.
Workwise, it was finally possible to see the light at the end of the long project tunnel, particularly after a quick dash to our co-developers on-site. That was good. Also, India was a good choice since I could quickly join up with our work team in India. A proposal for a workation (work + vacation) in India was quickly approved. We now turned our attention to picking a vacation spot in India. Not much time to figure that out. A new deadline. So, what’s new?
It was the worst of times and yet the best of times .. To plan a vacation.
July is monsoon time in India. We considered a few drier spots, the western & northern parts. Vacation spots in Gujarat, Himachal, Punjab were in consideration. But none seemed to gel well enough. And then an idea. Why try to avoid the monsoons at all? Why not pick a spot particularly well known for its monsoon rains: Cherrapunjee? That which has the reputation of the rainiest spot on Earth, or atleast that we hadlearnt during our school history lessons. If we could follow Darwin to the Galapagos, our first and only trek of significance into the Himalayas and the Indus Valley Civilization to Harappa, then following the monsoons into Cherrapunjee while impractical, did sounds just about right. Hey, and don’t’ forget the possibility to douse ‘Deepak Raga’ with ‘Megh Raga’.
It was the worst of times and yet the best of times .. To take a monsoon vacation in Cherrapunjee.
Cherrapunjee is in North East India. Organizing a vacation in India requires some level of ground support, particularly when coming from the US. Normally, we get ground support from relatives or friends who have provide contacts, or better still do the reservations & bookings on our behalf. But the North East is a different pickle altogether. None of our contacts knew much about the North East. What exactly to see in Cherrapunjee, or thereabouts? Other that its place in school history books, was it a place worth going to? A quick research on the web alleviated our initial concerns. The more we read, the more it seemed that we had stumbled on a hidden gem, just like Pokhara Nepal that we visited a couple of years back.
But finding our way around there was still an issue. We normally self-organize our vacation travels. To do this requires enough lead time. In this case, we did not have that luxury. Nor, did we get enough leads from the web on how to self-organize one either.
We were now down to Plan C: Contact a few travel agents that we could find on the web. The first one sent back a somewhat vague reply. After waiting in vain on them a few days, we tried the next one. Travel Triangle. Travel Triangle gave an immediate response back, forwarded our request to Nikita from Reify/Itvaar, an agency that specialized in the NE region. Nikita was a game changer. She is truly a responsive travel agent. After a short chat on WhatsApp, Nikita quickly understood our requirements and within a day put together a tour package that was close to what we might have put together ourselves.
By this time word had got around that that we were going to the NE. A few close relatives were intrigued enough that they wanted to join us. An initial party of three quickly turned into a potential party of eight or nine. We settled down to a party of seven with one late joinee.
Yet could we rely on an unknown agent from an unknown agency that had our contact from yet another unknown forwarding agent? What might be the chances of broken promises. Is Reify/Itvaar another fly-by-night operator? It came down to simply my judgement on how credible Nikita herself was. She was simultaneously responsive and insistent enough to raise our confidence in the agency. It was obvious enough that Reify/Itvaar wanted our business. But it was her responsiveness and sufficiently detailed plan that convinced us Reify/Itvaar was a credible enough agency. Our relatives joining us seemed overall fine with the proposal & pricing. Then after 3/4 modifications, that which Nikita was very quick to help work thru’ on, we finalized on 7day/6night proposal.
We now had a day-by-day schedule, a vehicle with driver reserved and hotel bookings over a week or so. The schedule included the towns of Guwahati (in Assam), Shillong, Mawlynnong, Dawki and Cherrapungi (the last four in Meghalaya). We quickly learned about Shillong’s reputation as the Scotland of the East, Mawlynnong’s as the cleanest village in Asia (no kidding!) and Dawki’s as a town bordering Bangladesh. More hidden gems, for sure.
It was the worst of times and yet the best of times .. Cherrapunjee was ON, and more.
To get in meant a 40+ hour journey from Philadelphia to Doha to Delhi to Guwahati. The last leg of our outbound journey from Guwahati airport to Shillong would in a Tempo Traveler van included as part of the overall package.
The Tempo Traveler and its driver, Tapeshwar would be our constants thru’ the tour. This was the first litmus test on the quality of the arrangements by Reify/Itvaar. The van was good sized 12 seater with plenty of space for our bags and in very good condition. Plenty of room for all.
We would start our tour from Shillong, with Guwahati the last stop on our way back. One relative joined us at Guwahati airport. The others joined us the next day in Shillong. Given the itinerary, it was mostly a tour of Meghalaya, just a day to visit around Guwahati.
Thru’ the week, Tapeshwar was both our driver and guide thru’ the tour. A soft spoken and ever smiling Assamese, knew his way around and ever ready to adjust per our needs. With a good vehicle, Tapeshwar (literally) at the front end and Nikita at the back end, we had an amazingly good support system to take us thru’ the tour. Nikita was ever available thru’ the entire tour to help us as required. We created a WhatsApp group for the tour. The WhatApp group was very useful too, particularly to share pictures with each other. Nikita, though not on the tour, was also in the group. And she was ever attentive to all messages that required her help.
With Nikita & Tapeshwar, we had a memorable trip and enjoyed every moment of it. Overall hotel arrangements were very good (except the last one in Guwahati, where both the room bathroom and breakfast arrangements were sub-par). Our one regret is that we do not have a picture of either. We neglected to take one with Tapeshwar (not sure how that happened). We never met Nikita. We can only imagine what she might be like. But both will be in our thoughts, every time we reminiscence about the tour.
It was the best of times .. thanks to Nikita & Tapeshwar & Meghalaya.
Anubhuti's 3 days trip to North East
I Planned a 3 days trip to Cherrapunjee from 11th to 13th of May...After evaluating a lot of options, booked it with Shashi from Offbeat Roads...Since i have already visited Cherrapunjee before so i wanted to customise the trip according to my convenience and Shashi was really prompt and replied to all my queries.The hotel stay at Saimika was wonderful and the property has an awesome view of the river.Only there was one problem ,though we have paid the whole payment in advance before the starting of the trip but the driver complained about his payment not done even after 2 days of the completion of the trip...When the driver told us this on first day of our trip...we have been assured by Shashi that it'll be paid on the same day...But still we got a call from the driver that it is not being paid....I don't understand that even after paying in advance for everything why we have to deal with all this after the trip is over.....This was not expected from Travel triangle and Off beat roads.
Hema's 5 days trip to North East
This is our first trip to North East and the travel triangle helped us a lot to search a genuine travel agent who helped us a lot and who made our trip so beautiful.. thank you travel triangle and thank you siang explore and thank you Dhananjay Bhaiya the cab driver
Cherrapunjee is the most wonderful place and one must visit the place in their lifetime...
Piyush's 6 days trip to North East
It was nice North East trip (covering Kaziranga, Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Mawlynnong village, Guwahati) with well planned by Mr. Shashi from Offbeats. He was reachable at any time I tried contacting him for help. Shankar driver was very professional and well trained. He suggested some good restaurants also in the trip. Trip was little hectic and tiring as we wanted to cover multiple places within 6 days. We were disappointed for few things - not many animals were seen during jeep safari at Kaziranga, no water falls were seen in Cherrapunjee, some hotel (at Kaziranga and Guwahati) and breakfast quality (at Kaziranga) was not upto mark.
Piyush's 8 days trip to North East
When I talk about hotels we liked our stay in Cherrapunjee the most however it is too far from the main city so we didn't have much options to roam around after 5pm. Additionally stay in Mawlynnong was the worst since there was water leakage in the room and there were no electricity in the morning so we had to leave that place without bath since it was too cold. I would say it's not worth spending a night in the village or there should be proper stay facility should be available.
Well, I have nothing much to say about Driver since he was less interactive and he didn't know places completely and we need to use maps to go around. He didn't know much places where we can eat, we need to ask hotel people and revise our itenary and schedule since driver was incapable of scheduling plans and suggesting us where to go, when to go and where to eat. I have very limited things to talk about him so not giving much credit to him and leaving closing remark for him is, he should be more interactive, he should be capable to drive trip, should be flexible with changes in the plan and should take us whenever and wherever we want to go without hesitation. I had happened that we need to convince him to out and sometime need to order him to take some places. I don't know how relevant it is but our cab was not commercial passing though was was good and clean. In overall drive very safely without any fear. Bingo for that!
Now, finally when it come to agent he is so co-operative and helpful whenever we need him. He is easily approachable and he keep constant connect with us even when we need him late night say 10.30pm. Overall experience was good to interact with him before trip, during trip and post trip. He is kind and very flexible. One thing which I would like to mention is he should be aware of other places nearby and suggest visitors where he can visit at the time of tailoring itenary and best options available to roam around and places to eat. We had to depend on Google and local people for food and additinal places to roam around. Closing note for him is to keep rocking and do well in you all upcoming plannings.
Karthick's 6 days trip to North East
We took 6 days 5night package.Initial 3 days went on very well. We had stayed @EC Shillong and Hill top castle in Cherrapunjee. Last 2 days the set benchmark from travels were nosediving. 4th day we had stay @JKR residency which was okieyish. It was near to Dylan's cafe.. Since there was no street lights.. It was difficult to reach out to nearby restaurants for dinner. 5th day where the complete mishaps happened. In voucher they ve given it as Hotel bhargav grand but driver had Hotel Nezone in his itenary.. We contacted kaziranga travels,they told some VIP are coming to bhargav grand so they couldn't get rooms for us.. So we went ahead with alternative option.. Hotel Nezone gave a sub standard room. Dirty bathrooms.. No towels..
Day 6 During Check out Nezone guys were asking us to pay for the room. Even though we completely paid for our package through travel triangle..
Though our flight was @7 AM. It was sorted at the last moment @5.45AM when driver from travels arrived and paid for room.
Please inform ur customer if there is change of plans in hotel.
Note: Living root bridge is different from double decker root bridge. We missed double decker root bridge bcoz of this reason
Nowkhalikai, Seven sister falls, Meghalaya you beauty.. Hope you will be like this forever :).
Renukaprasad's 6 days trip to North East
We used SIANG Explorer for our travel in Assam & Meghalaya. The service was prompt and courteous. Hotels suggested were good. We enjoyed the trip. We being Vegetarians, finding suitable restaurants was an issue. Restaurants Jiva Veg on way to Shillong and Orange Roots in Cherrapunjee were exemplary. Sanjay took great care of us and thank him to have made our visit memorable. Often agencies refer the clients to taxi operators and it is important that these people are conversant to take care of tourists and their interests to act professionally. Get more professional and to delight the customers. Sanjay to take care of the vehicle to make it more comfortable from rattle noises.
Thank you SIANG
We were fairly lucky with the weather in May, haze spoils the beauty of nature. Choose visibly clear weather to see nature and the hills clearly. Sanjay helped us to see Kamakhya deity in time to catch our flight back to Bangalore.