We got home yesterday from what was a fantastic trip. We both owe you a very, very big thank you. Everything ran incredibly smoothly - we didn’t have a single problem with travel arrangements, guides etc and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Delhi - it’s pretty big isn’t it. The tour round Delhi was better than I’d expected and the city much greener. The parliament buildings are pretty imposing and the central mosque is inspiring. My Delhi favourite is Qatad Minar -which I thought was fantastic. The train to Jaipur was, I think, a bit of an experience for Marta. But it was fun to see the various sellers coming through the trains (at least for me). Until the last few days of the trip, Jaipur was our absolute favourite. The uniform colour and walled city give it more of a sense of being a city (if that makes sense) than some other places. The hotel was first rate and the Amber Fort is great. Seeing the elephants walking up the hill and looking round, with a great guide was a highlight. The palace of the wind was less impressive than I’d expected - perhaps due to the main road outside, but we enjoyed the Jantar Mantar and museums. That took us off to Keoladeo which, once I’d managed to overcome my little disagreement with Indian cuisine (thanks so much for calling and checking we were ok) was brilliant. The rickshaw rides into the park were wonderful and the walking safaris a really nice change. It was lovely and peaceful and you discover all sorts of things. Our wildlife highlights were a few pairs of owls/owlets which were sheltering on branches. They were absolutely lovely. The other highlight was a trip to the temple in which the sadhu kept turtles (no idea why as it was a monkey temple). He called them and fed them chapatti flower and slowly big numbers of weird looking mud turtles appeared. It was brilliant - I was just glad I didn’t fall in as our guide says they’ll eat anything. There were all sorts of bird species and numerous peacocks and we could happily have stayed longer. Orccha was a real unexpected highlight of the trip. The train from Agra was great and very quick and Orchha itself was stunning. Despite the river threatening to flood, the town was lovely and the various palaces interesting to look round. We also had a tour guide who was close personal friends with several Hollywood stars! We also got to wander round the village and do some good souvenir shopping in a pretty relaxed environment. It was a day post a big festival and pilgrims were everywhere (but not in Varanasi style proportions) which added to the atmosphere. The night train to Banaras was fine - and not nearly as bad as Marta expected! We had a 4 berth to ourselves (probably your work) and it really made a difference. So back to Delhi and lots of travel ahead. But we were really glad we did that travel and went North. Himachal Pradesh and Punjab were really different from UP - both in landscape and in feel. The toy train up to Shimla was very good. The weather held and we got great views of the foothills of the Himalayas. Shimla itself was wonderful - very organised, historic and generally great. Another very, very good guide showed us the town, despite fog and torrential rain, and we both thought it would have been great. The hotel we stayed in had a great period feel and a wonderful Hollywood themed bar with signed photos of various stars who had known the princess. Shimla was a real highlight. The drive to Amritsar was not nearly as bad as expected, despite being very long, and we were very glad to have made the trip. The Golden Temple was my personal highlight. I found the kitchens absolutely awe inspiring. Volunteers making food for over 10,000 people per day and anyone, irrespective of religion, caste etc, eating together. The temple itself is stunningly beautiful and very peaceful. I absolutely loved it. That was the end of a really great trip. I feel like we saw a large amount of India and I liked how many different things and places we saw. Thank you so, so much for your help and your wonderful organisation. You were great throughout and we both really, really appreciate the time and effort you spent in helping us and in creating such a great programme. I can’t guarantee we’ll go back; but if we do, please rest assured that it will be with IWT. A thousand thank yous.