Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 11, 2013 5:38 PM Last Post By: saikunger
Mar 11, 2013 12:55 AM
Travelogy IndiaWe are planning on visiting the region of Ladakh this summer (2 of us, husband & wife). Although I personally prefer to organise my own travel, the only way I could convince my husband to visit India was to agree to doing everything via a travel agent. We have an excellent agent here in Madrid, but she is really expensive. I have been given a reasonably priced offer which looks interesting by Travelogy India, but am a bit concerned as I've heard so many nightmare stories about Indian travel agencies and tour operators. Does anyone have any recent experience of this company?
Mar 11, 2013 3:33 AM
1Ladakh is totally different to most of the rest of India. You just don't encounter many of the scams and hassles that you encounter in the tourism industry in other parts of the country.
If you were to spend (say) two weeks in Ladakh you can stay in Leh and use this as your base and do various day trips and multi-day trip to other parts of the region.
There are many small travel agencies in Leh, operated by local Ladakhi people, many of which are just open for the main tourist season (~May-Oct).
If you fly into Leh you should plan to spend at least the first 2-3 days in the town to acclimatise to the altitude. You can spend some of this time talking to the different agencies about the trips they have on offer - ie. jeep trips, trekking, homestays, visits to monasteries etc.
Many will have posters out the front advertising their trips and offers to join other travellers and share costs.
I really don't think you need to use an agent to arrange your travel in Ladakh.
(a) you will be paying a lot of money and (b) if the agent is located somewhere else in India, they will not know the area anywhere near as intimately as the locals.
Mar 11, 2013 4:17 AM
Mar 11, 2013 6:42 AM
3Many thanks to the two people who have replied to my query.
The problem is my husband. He will only agree to travel to India if I have it all prebooked from here. It's annoying as I am a seasoned traveller and strongly dislike using travel agencies, but either I do it his way or I don't get to go to Ladakh. Therefore, I need to know whether Travelogy India is a good company or not. They are on the ASTA webpage, which I find encouraging, but are not on the list of travel agencies provided by the Indian government, which I find strange.
If no one has any experience of this particular agency, can anyone recommend another one please?
Mar 11, 2013 9:48 AM
4Honestly ... Ladakh is easy .. Book it there ... if you book it in advance you will be paying maybe 4X what you should pay ... seriously. Odds are they will rook you as well ... trust no agency in this country without at a minimum - meeting them. Even then ... things go sideways. India is a totally wacko ball game - If your a seasoned traveler ... you will have no major problems here by arranging it on the ground.
An agency can be a member of this or a member of that ... and having a 'Government' recommendation means nothing - India's government are a bunch of documented crooks.
Leave the husband behind and go on your own. :-)
Mar 11, 2013 10:06 AM
5Agree 100% with post 1
+ every feedback from users about this company on Trip Advisor was terminated :
for me it means : Not to be trusted .
Ladakh is my favourite place in the world and I have been around the sun quite a few times...
Hopefully will be there before roads are open.
Mar 11, 2013 1:13 PM
Even if you do not book with them and you can do this in Leh, however it will be advisable to do it via the net well in advance, they will help and advise , no strings attached.
7 years with very satisfactory results! They are great and responsible! My husband does stay home - is very happy to entrust me to their care :)
Mar 11, 2013 5:38 PM
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