In just a few words, the emotions that come through express much more than long and fastidious descriptions ;-)
Testimonials are often a direct reflection of what travellers experienced and felt throughout their journey. They are precious. In a few words, although they may not reflect the journey in its entirety, the emotions that come through express much more than long and fastidious descriptions ;-)
Maydeline & David
La Chaux-de-Fonds - Suisse
« In India, we felt that Claire was not just a business relationship, but rather a member of the family!
For a long time we imagined a trip to India out of our reach for various reasons. But the call was there and we just had to go. Once we'd taken the plunge and got our plane tickets, the vertigo set in. Our first stop was planned to be at the foot of the Himalayas, to learn about yoga. What to do next? That's when we discovered India & You and had our first contact with Claire. And we immediately sensed that this was no ordinary travel agency. The program that Claire and her team had concocted for us promised some wonderful discoveries. A visit to an NGO (Vatsalya), for example, was a first for us. As soon as we arrived in Delhi, we were greeted by Claire herself and our driver Sanjay. After that, everything went according to plan, with the discovery of exceptional places and people. The scents, the colors, the palaces, the organized bazaar, the gastronomy, the people... what a wonderful country! Overall, we were lucky with the weather, despite the monsoon. The overnight stays were all magnificently well organized. Particularly the Samode Haveli, a real maharaja's palace in the middle of Jaipur. Sanjay was more of a companion than a driver for us, and we recommend him with our eyes closed. The visits and activities planned throughout our short trip enabled us to meet some beautiful people. And these people had nothing but praise for Claire! We felt that Claire was not just a business relationship, but rather a member of the family!
So a word of advice: go with your eyes closed and let Claire and her team guide you!
Deborah et Roger Hämmerli
Thun - Switzerland
« Rita and Claire organized us an unforgettable trip through South India Kerala as well as Delhi in the north with the Taj Mahal. »
On April 16, 2022 we started our honeymoon, which lasted about 2.5 months. As a first destination we have chosen a very unknown country for us.
Through Rita from India & You, we were very well prepared for the upcoming trip. Rita and Claire organized us an unforgettable trip through South India Kerala as well as Delhi in the north with the Taj Mahal. Each excursion was always planned with enough time and everything always fit together perfectly. Also with the guides and drivers we did not have to struggle, because everything was perfectly planned in advance.
When we arrived in Trivandrum, we first experienced a real tropical rain. Our driver Vishnu said, this was a good omen.
Vishnu welcomed us warmly and so our adventure could finally begin. The two weeks with our guide Ajaj and the driver Vishnu were very impressive and we got to know India with all its facets. Whether it was the wonderful and beautiful hotel facilities or the real India. We got to know the local traditions and people very closely, which was very exciting for us and also very informative with all the wisdom of life.
After a wonderful experience in the south, we were travelling to North India. Our guide Umakant, an Indian who is very familiar with the German language, showed us the legendary Taj Mahal and Delhi from his point of view and with definitely very detailed historical background. A guide through and through ;-)
Thus, we were able to experience simply wonderful and unforgettable moments and are very grateful for all these impressions. We will always remember this trip with pleasure.
We would like to thank Rita and Claire for all the great support and can recommend such a trip with India & You!
Deborah & Roger Hämmerli
Biel/Bienne - Switzerland
« The proposal to go to Kerala for an Ayurvedic cure was immediately obvious to me. »
As I suddenly have a period of several weeks off, I contacted Rita from India & You to see what were the possibilities to go to India to recharge my batteries and take a break. Her proposal to go to Kerala for an Ayurvedic cure was immediately obvious to me.
I left at the beginning of December, just as Omicron was emerging. India & You accompanied me in the preparation of the trip, including the administrative aspects in this uncertain environment.
Once there, I had a very nice experience at Nikki's Nest: a caring and attentive service. I met beautiful people. This first step in India is an invitation to maybe go back one day and the discovery of Ayurveda: a gift.
I thank Claire and Rita for their very personalized accompaniment, very attentive to my needs. Also during the trip and also afterwards to share the experience and the memories.
Brugg (AG) - Switzerland
« I will always be grateful for your professionalism, care, and attention. »
Last October 2021, I finally went to India, in the state of Kerala!! My itinerary was organized by the Travel Agency India & You. I stayed at Ayur Bethaniya in Thrissur for ayurvedic treatments. My experience was great, excellent treatments with professional medical staff. The hospital is situated in an oasis of greeny and medicinal plant, and coconuts, banana trees, birds and butterflies to spot.
I want to say thank you to India & You, they made my trip possible and wonderful during Covid 19 restrictions. They followed me during the stay in Thrissur and they were also present at every step of my trip.
I will always be grateful for your professionalism, care, and attention. Thank you so much!
Yverdon-les-Bains - Switzerland
« We went as a family with our children aged 4, 7 and 9, the children as well as the parents marvelled every day at everything we discovered. »
Thank you Claire for the 2 wonderful weeks we spent in Kerala. This trip was truly magical.
We went as a family with our children aged 4, 7 and 9, the children as well as the parents marvelled every day at everything we discovered. The children loved sleeping in the trees at the hotel, taking care of the elephants and walking in the forest to discover the fauna and flora.
This trip allowed us to spend beautiful moments as a family, discovering together all that India has to offer: its kindness, its hospitality, its culture and its colors.
India and you perfectly adapted the itinerary and the rhythm of the trip for our family.
Claire, we are very grateful to you for your perfect organization and your presence which contributed to make this trip so easy with children and so enjoyable.
Kerala is a region we can recommend with children, there is a lot of nature, animals, the rhythm of life is gentle and the stay on the backwaters is unforgettable.
This little piece of India has awakened in us the desire to discover many more places!
Thank you again for this!
Laura, Yves, Anaïs, Elsa and Rafaël
Isabelle & famille Villetelle
Blonay - Suisse
« For the moment I remain bewitched, I have been on the verge of a mystery »
"I would have liked to go further into the heart of Tibet, but since this was impossible it seemed to me, the rest was no longer of interest. This was, of course, a passing impression. Back in India I would get it together and pull myself together. For the moment I remain bewitched, I have been on the verge of a mystery". A. David-Neel summarized the unfathomable mystery, the inconceivable cultural exception and the unexplainable satiety that the traveller feels when he discovers India. Impressionist blend of colours, wisdom and millenary tradition. An experience that can only be described with difficulty. An experience that must be lived, woven thread by thread, like a rare Rajasthan silk. A piece each time unique, of which India & you are probably the only ones who inderstands its mystery. We cannot express our gratitude enough to Claire and her team for this moment of eternity.
Isabelle & Bruno
Neuchâtel - Switzerland
« My trip to India and particularly to the heart of the Himalayas will remain for me an adventure, a unique experience! »
My trip to India and particularly to the heart of the Himalayas will remain for me an adventure, a unique experience. There was my arrival in India in Delhi at night, with the discovery the next day of this city, of these people in this humid heat and its smells, of this well "ordered" chaos; the decor was "planted"!
Then, it is the departure by train to the north where little by little the environment is transformed, Hindu temples give way to Buddhist temples. Incredible roads are replacing the rails. These roads that lead us to the sky, these spectacular landscapes full of contrasts and colors.
Whether in this natural setting or inside these monasteries, I really enjoyed discovering them in your precious company, your knowledge and your sensitivity to the culture of this country that only strengthened my positive thoughts! And without forgetting, of course, the knowledge of our Indian guide.
Of course, my trip was also the visit of the sumptuous mausoleum of the Taj Mahal in Agra, or the temple of Krishna... testimonies of India and its different religions. Or the change of guard at Amritsar, on the Indo-Pakistani border where I saw the fervour of the Indians for their country. India is also about its smiling and caring people. It is also, somewhere, Gandhi, whose visit to his final resting place touched me.
A word about accommodation: from beautifully luxurious hotels to the simplest, depending on the places we crossed. It was perfect for me.
Many thanks again for your accompaniment during this journey, these moments of exchange and sharing.
Neuchâtel - Suisse
Name of the circuit : Goa
« Claire from India & You was a great help in organizing my trip to Goa. »
Claire from India & You was a great help in organizing my trip to Goa. 10 days before my departure, the first 3 days accommodation of my stay were missing. Travelling alone, I was very worried and Claire has listened to me with patience and kindness. She found me a very nice, peaceful hotel by the sea in Goa but above all a trusted guide who came to pick me up at the airport, took me on a tour of the region and accompanied me to my yoga retreat that I had booked on my side.
Claire is kind and share easily her love for India to us. She was very present during my departure, sent me the photo of the guide so that I could recognize her at the airport and was regularly in touch with me during my trip.
I am delighted with the services of India & You and can only recommend them!
Neuchâtel - Suisse
« Claire's support goes beyond the trip. »
Claire's support goes beyond the trip: her professionalism, kindness and love for India are felt and holidays becomes an enriching and unique experience.
We went with a friend to an Ayurvedic cure in South India; the place, the people revealed the authenticity and Claire being known, all the staff was all the more attentive to our well-being....unforgettable....the softness, the beauty, the serenity, the grace, that we have felt and experienced in this centre. THANK YOU!
Claire and Nitin waited for us when we returned to Delhi and to meet our expectations, we went to visit "old Delhi" with them. A magical and unique experience, without any fear, just in safety to immerse yourself in this world apart.....
Thanks to Claire for all that she gives through her heart, her experiences, and her passion for India, her work becomes an unlimited sharing in kindness so that we live a unique encounter with India... and that makes us react in any case.
Neuchâtel - Suisse
« I knew before I left that this trip would remain a magical and unique experience. »
I knew before I left that this trip would remain a magical and unique experience..
Thank you, dear Claire, for organizing our Ayurvedic week in Kerala and for this wonderful day spent with you in Old Delhi. It was an intense and so rewarding trip! 🙏😇💖!
To be done again very quickly!!!!!"..
Myriam Fèvre Baridon
Valeyres-sous-Ursins - Suisse
Name of the circuit : Nepal
« After Nepal and Bhutan, Tibet was obvious to us. We entrusted our wishes and requirements to Claire, who took care of making this trip our trip. »
After Nepal and Bhutan, Tibet was obvious to us. We entrusted our wishes and requirements to Claire, who took care of making this trip our trip.
Everything was perfect and went the way we had dreamed, even more, since the beauty of the Tibetan highlands has completely hypnotized us and the kindness of the Tibetan people conquered. Thanks to Claire from India-and-You for the organization, she was very attentive and very professional.
Neuchâtel - Suisse
« Planning a trip to India with children is quite a challenge, and India & You brilliantly rose to it! »
We travelled to India with our two children, aged 10 and 12, in the spring of 2018. Thanks to Claire and Shushil, this has been a wonderful journey, well beyond anything we could have imagined. The places we visited, as well as the activities we engaged into allowed our children and ourselves to have a fantastic time. This was done in a spirit of complete trust, as we were travelling with a driver and a guide. We developed a great relationship with our guide whose discreet presence, pleasant personality and in-depth knowledge of India and its people enriched our trip. In each city, guides were chosen with great care. We met some very special people throughout our journey. The perfect choice of hotels provided us with dream locations, from luxurious maharaja’s palaces to charming havelis. What India & You offers is ideal for a family with children. We are already planning our next trip with India & You, so we can discover new sites and other aspects of this amazing country!
Ralf, Anne, Emily & Jules
Bern - Switzerland
July-August 2016 / February 2018
« India, a country with endless faces, countless gods, cordiality and wonderful colours! »
India, a country with endless faces, countless gods, cordiality and wonderful colours!
And no matter what you imagine, India will surprise you and the encounters with its people will touch you. Already during the first trip that India & You organized for me, I could discover all this. The uniqueness of the people in Rajasthan, the fabrics of the glowing saris and the filigree havelis that can be found in Jaisalmer touched me deeply.
Two years later I made another trip to India with India & You. During this trip I could discover the green forests, miles of beaches and winding backwaters of Kerala. Another unforgettable journey with wonderful moments and encounters, which I was able to experience thanks to India & You.
Neuchâtel - Suisse
« Two words : INCREDIBLE INDIA ! »
A thousand things could be said about this amazing country, yet it is almost indescribable. You just need to live it!
It can all be summed up in two words: INCREDIBLE INDIA.
It is a country like no other. Wherever you look, you'll see a land of compelling contrasts.
India is particularly striking to someone like me, who loves creating visual content. The two weeks I spent there with India & You were fantastic, although there wasn't enough time to discover all the wonders this country has to offer! There are so many incredible sights to see.
This is a place to visit at least once in a lifetime. I will definitely go back!
A big Thank you to Claire and Sushil for all the work they did both upstream and on site!
Daniel Golub Rill
Berlin - Allemagne
« When India & You asked me to talk about my journey to India, I knew that words could never depict the two weeks I spent in India, but I am going to try.... »
India, what could we say about India? Or should I say, what couldn't we say about India?
To tell the truth, this was not my preferred destination, for a part of me had always been afraid to be confronted with the misery that India usually brings to mind. Indeed, this confrontation has left its mark, but the discovery of the richness of India has left an even deeper mark. A richness of colours, savours, architecture, art, nature, spirituality and humanity. Looking at people, I sometimes felt as though I was looking at a human tropical forest. In a tropical forest, one's gaze gets lost in the maze of unusual shapes and colours of vegetals. Well, in India, human diversity is such, in appearance as well as in behaviour, that our gaze loses itself in an ocean of things to see.
These two weeks spent in India were absolutely unique to me, and I discovered a whole new universe. Given a choice, I wouldn't exchange my adventure in India for any other.
Neuchâtel - Suisse
« Claire and Sushil took care of me with such sensitivity and consideration that they turned every moment of the trip into a fabulous experience. »
I had the opportunity to travel to Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Kerala with India & You in September 2017. In Switzerland, I was welcomed by Claire, who accompanied me to India where I met Sushil. They both took care of me with such sensitivity and consideration, that they turned every moment of the trip into a fabulous experience.
Used to travelling alone, I enjoyed each and every encounter they planned for me. Their tact added to their desire to satisfy my every wish made this trip magical. Claire and Sushil's local contacts and relations opened doors that extended the realms of possibility and took me through a wide range of emotions. Dancing, laughter, soul-searching and thrills are keywords to describe this fairytale journey.
Annecy-Le-Vieux - France
« I had been dreaming about it for a very long time......I finally did it, but I was light years away from imagining such enchantment, such magic! I was absolutely blown away. »
I had been dreaming about it for a very long time......I finally did it, but I was light years away from imagining such enchantment, such magic! I was absolutely blown away.
A friend of mine, who lives in India, recommended India & You for the organisation of my first trip there, and I will never regret it: everything was perfect, from the moment I arrived at the airport to the moment I returned home.
My stay in Kerala started with an Ayurvedic treatment at an amazing and luxuriant location on the Arabian sea, complete with medical assistance, yoga centre and meditation.
The following week, I discovered Rajasthan, Jaipur, Agra and the Taj Mahal, and finally Dehli in the company of an outstanding guide who depicted his India like a Thousand and One Nights tale.
I fully intend to return to that magical country and will definitely get India & You to organise my trip...
Deborah Thones Thones
Neuchâtel - Suisse
« Sab Kuch Milega , as we say in India, anything is possible! »
Sab Kuch Milega, as we say in India, anything is possible.
Going from a flamboyant fairytale palace in Rajasthan to the chaotic hustle and bustle of a market filled with life and smells,
From the quiet and cool air of a pristine mountain top to the fervour of the pujas along the Gange,
From the frenesy of Dehli to soul cleansing ayurvedic centres in Kerala,
From princely feasts to a shared chai on a street corner,
From nights spent in a tree in the middle of a jungle to a luxurious suite in a Jaipur palace,
From state of the art amusement parks to playing football with children on the beach,
From a boat peacefully floating down a river to lurching auto-rickshaws,
All of this was made possible with simplicity, authenticity and serenity, thanks to the team of India & You.
A big thank you to Claire and Sushil for this great organisation, and to all the local guides for sharing their knowledge.
Looking forward to seeing you again soon,
Neuchâtel - Switzerland
« Thanks to India & You, my journey turned out to be an exceptional experience ! »
Not only did I discover this magnificent country through its sites, landscapes, food, treatments for the body and the soul, but I also discovered myself: this hidden light inside of me struggling to shine through.
I was accompanied all along by incredibly nice people, so caring and helpful in every way possible.
This country is magical and exudes a unique and serene atmosphere; I felt as though I had been transported to another world.
India is, and will remain the most incredible country I have ever visited; it holds an amazing history, a soothing feeling of peace, unequalled solidarity, and above all, exceptional people, smiling and happy, in spite of everything.
I keep inside of me the image of this person who looked me in the eye and said: "I am happy". And now, I am happy too... thanks to India & You !