Else and Paul with Rattan – March 2008

We’ve made a wonderful trip through the north of India. We chose for this lesser known region, because we already saw Rajasthan. We do not regret this decision!

Our driver was the unsurpassed Rattan. All the positive comments that previous travellers made about him are true! He is an excellent driver, plus he’s considerate, careful, entertaining, inventive, etc.!

We felt very safe with him in the middle of the crazy Indian traffic, and his car is suitable for taller people. In our opinion, there’s no better driver/travel companion around in India! And because he speaks proper English and has a broad interest, we could discuss al sorts of topics with him while we were on the road.

Amritsar , the Golden Temple, must have been the highlight of our trip. This is an absolute must-see for India lovers! Our trip continued to Dharamsala (where we saw the Dalai Lama), through Mandi, Manali, and the beautiful Shimla, to Rishikesh and Haridwar.

We enjoyed the astonishing scenery along the way: varying landscapes of green valleys with thousands of fruit trees and bright yellow mustard fields, tea plantations, mountain-passes, and green terraces just like in Indonesia, until we reached the place where the Ganges starts her journey as a mountain river to the sea.

We spent the final days of our trip in Neemrana, in a fortress that is transformed into a five star hotel, 75 miles south of Delhi. There were beautiful small gardens with colourful plants, and there was a swimming pool. When it became dark in the evening, thousands of lights were switched on: a true fairytale!