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Testimonials From Our Travellers

 

 

Praise for India Unbound:

2017:

We decided on a two-month trip of India in 2015. We got tipped on to India Unbound and Lincoln Harris. Results: not one hiccup for the whole trip. Always met on arrival at our next destination with a happy smile, even when our train arrived 2 hours late. Accommodation; never a problem whether at a homestay, tree house and up to luxury hotels. Our opinion was we scored the whole trip 10/10.  We smile whenever we think back to the trip. – Dick and Jackie, July 2017

I was thoroughly impressed with the itinerary organised for my friend and I through India Unbound. Our trip, organised by Lincoln, included activities to suit our individual interests; e.g. cooking classes, yoga and massage and performing arts. All our guides and drivers were punctual and informative. Our accommodation was excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend India Unbound. – Sally, March 2017

Perhaps the best testimony is the fact that this is my third trip and hopefully not the last. Great credit to Lincoln for his calm efficient guidance throughout the trip and with his seemingly unflappable aura. – Jeannie, Secret Sri Lanka Group Tour 2017

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2016:

From the beginning of our trip India Unbound were amazing. They helped us plan an incredible trip to India and we plan on going back. – Hammond Family, December 2016

This is the second time we have used India Unbound for the India leg of our trip and have been totally satisfied both times. If there is an issue, you just have to mention it and it is immediately addressed. – Fred, December 2016

We unconditionally recommend India Unbound for personalised bespoke itineraries. In our experience of two 3 week journeys. We were invariably safe and well cared for by India Unbound partner agents in India. – Dave and Virginia, August 2016

We are happy to recommend India Unbound to anyone after doing 2 x 3.5 week long trips with them now. We couldn’t fault their schedule’s and planning and organisation in India. – Ross and Lestari, August 2016

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2015:

This South India Tour has exceeded my expectations. Thank you for the care beyond duty, climbing and descending all those steps and rough Indian paths, the group have been so kind to me in particular. – Virginia, Remarkable Places and People of South India Group Tour 2015

Having never travelled to India before, I came with no expectations and an open mind. Your guided tour blew me away with all the different experiences you offered in each area of South India we travelled to and I would have no hesitation in booking another tour with you and referring your company to all my friends. I felt very well looked after and safe at all times. – Wendy, Remarkable Places and People of South India Group Tour 2015

Lincoln, again a fabulous experience. Your knowledge and contacts are invaluable. Great driver, hotels and activities and the perfect length of time at destinations. – Grady Family, Kerala, February 2015

India Unbound understood what we were looking to do in India and delivered an outstanding program for us. We would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to anyone interested in a tailored tour of India. They met the brief perfectly and helped make our trip one of our most memorable ever. The telephone call from Lincoln mid-way showed us they are serious about service. Thank you sincerely for a most wonderful holiday. – John and Sally, Himalayas, North and South India, March 2015

Having spent weeks searching internet sites to try to organise our first trip to India it was a great relief to discover India Unbound and Lincoln. He was able to organise a wonderful 4 week trip which was tailor-made to meet our interests and preferences. His extensive knowledge of the regions, hotels and sights was evident in our varied itinerary. Thank you Lincoln! – Amanda, North and South India, Jan 2015

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We would like to thank you for your exemplary organisation of our family holiday to India. We have our oldest boy going in to Year 12 and I have spent a reasonable number of years living abroad, so I was looking for a totally different experience for us all which would hopefully broaden our horizons. You achieved all of that and more. You specifically asked about our boys and you got them down perfectly. Nick had the most unforgettable time in Mumbai, meeting new friends and he so loved teaching what he could re Australian football, and Will just got so much out of the cooking classes. Every aspect of the trip worked out perfectly – it was all like clock work and every place you suggested to stay was fantastic. It was the very best holiday I have ever had and I’m pretty sure Paul and the boys would say the same. – Griffin Family, North and South India, Jan 2015

This has been by far our best overseas holiday experience. Lincoln’s impeccable attention to detail, meticulous planning, research and knowledge combined with his manner and caring nature made this a unique and a wonderful experience. –  Wendy and Barry, Remarkable Places and People of South India Group Tour 2015

Being a group of 8 was excellent as were able to experience out of the way places and enjoy personal contact with hosts. – Rosemary, Remarkable Places and People of South India Group Tour 2015

Incredible India lives up to its name in every way – the people, so gentle and charming, the scenery so diverse, the colours so vivid. The entire experience made so very special by your knowledge and endless patience and understanding. – Jeannie, Remarkable Places and People of South India Group Tour 2015

India Unbound provided our family of four (two parents and two teenage daughters) with an unforgettable holiday experience. The itinerary planning and logistics were first rate. Our customised, two week tour enabled us to sample the highlights of Northern India and also took us off the beaten track for a homestay in rural Rajasthan.  We gained a wonderful insight into Indian history and culture and very much enjoyed meeting the locals. – Matilda and Robin, North India December 2015

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2014:

We would like to thank Lincoln, first of all for his efficient and professional management of our travel in India. His obvious organisational skills ensured we had a seamless and most memorable experience. We shall recommend India Unbound to all of our friends. – Penny and Eric, Gujarat & Rajasthan, January 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and hope to do another trip with India Unbound in the near future. – Elisabeth, North and South India, January 2014

This tour allowed us to the colour, character and vivacity of India with the ease of having all arrangements organised.– Richard and friends, Myanmar, North and South India, January 2014

Thanks to Lincoln at India Unbound we enjoyed five wonderful weeks in India. We simply gave him an idea of where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do and he came up with a fantastic personalised itinerary, which ran incredibly smoothly. – Tammy and Jacquie, Banjar Valley Walk & Kerala tour, October 2014

India Unbound knows India like the back of its hand. Lincoln has made excellent choices and judgement on our behalf – has clearly formed excellent relationships in India – we benefitted from this familiarity and expertise. We recommend India Unbound highly and are keenly considering the next adventure. – Bill, Sophie, Jenny and Jane, Rajasthan, February 2014

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2013:

If you are looking for a well organised, dependable, informative and most enjoyable holiday in South India, Lincoln Harris of India Unbound is the man to contact. – Ivan, South India, April 2013

Just back from a dream trip to India – made hassle free by India Unbound! Lincoln is patient and helpful at the itinerary planning stage and his suggestions turned out to be every bit as wonderful (and more) than we had hoped. Thanks! – Elaine, Kerala, January 2013

You did not ask me to write this, however, it was impossible not to do so, given that the entire family marvelled at how well it all went. I will admit that as times I sought to claim some responsibility but my family knows me only too well and insisted I write and convey my appreciation to you!! Feel free to use this whenever and wherever you wish – your professionalism and service was exemplary and people would be crazy to use anyone else. – Glenda, Gary, Jessie, Maggie and Eliza, Rajasthan, January 2013

We would totally recommend India Unbound for the thoroughness of support and organisation both pre-trip and during the period of travelling. Thank you for a fabulous and memorable travel experience. – Noelene and Marcus, North India, July 2013

We had an awesome adventure in India thanks to India Unbound! We have no hesitation recommending them. We chose to honeymoon in India and will use India Unbound when we plan our next trip. Thank you! – Aaron and Kelly Horrocks, North India and Uttarakhand Village Walk, April 2013

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2012:

We found India Unbound to be an excellent agent. The Assisted Independent Travel arrangement was a great way to explore India. We had a fantastic driver and knowledgeable guides – it put our minds at ease, knowing we were in their capable hands the entire trip. – Dr Mosses Lee, North India, November 2012

Totally recommend India Unbound – never had service like it. We have travelled in China and East & South Africa with similar arrangements – neither as good as this company. – Trish and Alan, Nepal, North and South India, November 2012

I had difficulty organising my trip to India and finding people with real experience and advice. Thankfully, I found India Unbound’s excellent website and contacted Lincoln. From this point on everything was taken care of. The organisation of our holiday was faultless. Safety was paramount and I am still amazed at how professionally our every need was met. – Denise and family, North and South India, November 2012

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We appreciated the two phone calls from Lincoln, the thorough, detailed itinerary with appropriate back-up plans if necessary and the knowledge that Lincoln and his team knew our whereabouts at all times. Lincoln was awesome throughout the entire process! – The Powell Family (USA), North and South India, February 2012

My girlfriend and I were interested in visiting Kerala for its National Parks and beaches and the North-East for its parks, mountains and people. We contacted Lincoln from India Unbound 3 weeks before we departed. He gave us advice and assistance and put together 2 tours that covered these places and our interests. The trips ran very smoothly and took us to amazing places with great accommodation, friendly people and amazing food. Considering these were semi-personalised tours, they were great value. All in all India Unbound helped us have a hassle-free, culturally rich trip in which we’ve created some fantastic memories. Thanks! – Phil, South and North East India, March 2012

Lincoln – our recent trip to India was outstanding. Travel in India can be challenging but with your local knowledge you made ours a great experience. All arrangements by you and your local partners were faultless. The Taj and Oberoi groups provided outstanding facilities and wonderful staff. Our Indian driver Pradeep was a treasure. We have done a bit of travel including a fair bit of ‘high end” and the organisation and experience of this trip was one of our best. Thank you. – Bob and Vicki, Mumbai and Rajasthan, Nov 2012

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2011:

Six of us travelled to South India in early 2011. We had basically worked out where we wanted to go, and were looking for someone to bolt it all together. After some searching we found India Unbound, and from then on it was plain sailing. During the planning stage Lincoln was a mine of information and suggestions and with his help, and after a few iterations, we custom-built a 21day itinerary staying in a range of different accommodation from 5-Star to Homestay. The arrangements ‘on the ground’ all worked seamlessly, including our ever so reliable and safe driver Sasi. We would wholeheartedly recommend India Unbound to anyone considering an Indian holiday. – Peter and Sally, Mel and Linda and Ann and Steve, South India, February 2011

I would absolutely recommend India Unbound, their guides are the best, and arrangements reliable. Our Central North India and Kumaon Villages homestay trips were a delight . . . thanks to the care and attention of very caring guides. – Len and Alyson, Central North India and Kumaon Village Walk and Homestay, February 2011

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Thank you for organising our recent holiday in India, together with Donna and Ron, Helen and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had a 100% positive experience with all the people associated with your company. Everything went according to plan and we always felt that we were being treated like royalty.

Lincoln – we loved India and all that we saw and experienced. Your organisation was superb and we commented frequently how smoothly everything went and how ideal all your recommendations were. Many thanks from us all. – Bill and Susanne and Ian and Sue, Rajasthan, February 2011

What a sensational 30 days! This was our second trip to India and our first with India Unbound. We wanted to visit our World Vision sponsored child whilst in India, which meant arranging an itinerary to suit. Lincoln and his team on the ground organised our trip with precision and patience and his advice was invaluable. Great variety of sights, experiences, accommodation, including home stays, all modes of transport and our guide handled everything with cheerful expertise.  We highly recommend Lincoln and his team.  – Dennis Murphy and family, South India, January 2011

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We felt the balance of being watched out for and being left alone was perfect. Thank you for a memorable trip. – Liza and Benjamin Zablocki, South India, November 2011

Lincoln Harris and I spent nearly a year planning our trip to India. It became a complex itinerary with transfers after our volunteering and arrival of family for last 2 weeks. The plans become more complicated by my daughter cancelling due to her pregnancy. Lincoln calmly rearranged itinerary and changes. Lincoln planned well with no hiccups in transfers and the hotels were always a delightful experience. Our sincere thanks. – Jenny and Sheri, November 2011

We chose India Unbound to organise out trip to Rajasthan, our first trip to India. The arrangements and plans all went extremely well and we had a wonderful and hassle-free time. – Barbara and David, November 2011

The experience surpassed our high expectations. We were given a marvellous insight into Indian culture and spirituality. I could not have wished for more. – George and Katalin, November 2011

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2010:

We have enjoyed a wonderful month in India, from Rajasthan to Kerala. All arrangements handled efficiently and courteously. – David and Lyn, Rajasthan and Kerala, February 2010

We had a fantastic holiday. India Unbound organised us exactly the itinerary we wanted, found us really interesting (and comfortable) hotels, provided excellent guides and drivers, and somehow set up an infrastructure around us which was faultless. When we wanted something extra arranged right at the end of the trip, this was no trouble. If you want to travel “on your own” but be treated like royalty, go with India Unbound. – Tom and Libby, South India, February 2010

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Travelling with India Unbound enabled us to travel safely and to see the glorious chaos and appreciate the underlying beauty of India. – Annette and Robin, North India, February 2010

We would recommend India Unbound to anyone. Lincoln was patient, flexible and gave good advice. Trip exceeded everyone’s expectations. – Ann, 3 families/18 people tour, Rajasthan, January 2010

From initial contact through development of a suitable itinerary to bookings, special (often heritage) accommodation in excellent locations (either convenient locations or environmentally interesting spots) to individual unique experiences of places of interest & significance ( Taj Mahal etc…) to Safaris & living with plantation owners, or river dwellers in Kerala, our experience was great. The pacing of the venture allowed us to see & do much with respite & “own times” to recuperate & do some individual things, balance of 1,2 & 3 night stays implemented the venture well. The plan for areas visited to be sequenced to catch the best weather –north first then south, & the intensity of the big cities first then more relaxed south was comfortable, manageable  & appreciated planning. We’ve been lucky enough to have travelled many world places, this was our best travel plan experience. – John and Ruda, Rajasthan, Gujarat and South India, January 2010

Very well organised with extremely friendly guides and drivers. Information pre-trip and suggested itinerary – excellent. Thank you to all involved. – Peter, North and South India, January 2010

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2009:

Just wanted to send you a BIG THANK YOU for helping Sue and I to fulfil our dream of experiencing India. I had such an amazing time and your insight into this awesome country made out trip the best. Everywhere we stayed holds a special memory for me, and I know that one day I will go back! Can I just say that our trip would not have been the same without our dear friend Mohan, our driver for most of the trip. He was the most genuine, thoughtful person who looked after Sue and I like we were his daughters. I look forward to organising my second trip to India through you one day. – Tracey, North and South India, January 2009

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2008:

Learning about the Tibetan culture and its people, visiting the Tibetan Children’s Village and the museum of Tibetan exile were all very moving and a privilege to experience. – Di (Flinders, Victoria), 2008

What a way to see Rajasthan – we decided what we wanted to see and Lincoln arranged the rest. Fabulous hotels, guides in each city, a desert camp experience and best of all with our own driver and air-conditioned car, and then a train trip back to Delhi we had an ‘Incredible India’ experience. Definitely the way to go for a hassle free India trip. – Lee, (Sydney, Australia), 2008

The worry of organising the trip was taken out of our hands and to top it off it all went beautifully. If you want a personalised, worry free trip without the high price tag. THIS IS IT. – Sandy and Dick, (Melbourne, Australia) 2008

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The trip you planned for us gave us the most amazing range of experiences. We lived in absolute luxury at the Imperial Hotel and at Amar Villas. We lived in a tent ( albeit the most flash we’ve ever been in!). We lived in palaces and havelis. We lived in a fort. We slept in a train sleeper. We rode a horse, camels and an elephant. We met a huge range of wonderful people – Padam, our driver, Saleem the 10 year old camel driver, Jamal the dhurrie man, the kids at Khichan all high amongst them. We saw, felt and smelt India. We had a terrific experience that neither of us will forget. Thank you so much. – 
Geoff and Andrea (Launceston), Rajasthan, January 2008

During the planning process we were impressed by Lincoln’s throroughness, local knowledge and flexibility regarding our itinerary. In India itself, India Unbound representatives, drivers and guides were professional and personable. Overall, the trip exceeded our expectations – especially when Lincoln called from Melbourne to make sure everything was satisfactory. – David and Gaynor, Rajasthan, December 2008

Travelling with India Unbound was as I would travel with family and/or friends. The small group was perfect, the leader friendly, flexible and lots of fun. The itinerary was comprehensive but with flexibility and it certainly gave us an understanding of what India is about. – David and Brenda, (Melbourne), Rajasthan, 2008

India Unbound is essential for an enjoyable, valuable trip for the India-uninitiated! – Chris and Kate (Melbourne) Kerala, June 2008

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