– Nishi & Mrinal Widge – Washington DC, USA
Our 2 week trip went off without a hitch. We found the people associated with Merge Experiences to be very knowledgeable, efficient and really pleasant. The driver who stayed with us for the duration of the trip was excellent. The tour guides that met us at each stop on our trip were excellent. They were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The hotels booked for the trip were all first class, and Mona was able to get us prime rooms, such as the one we had with a balcony overlooking the Taj Mahal. Our son had a great time on the trip. The highlight of the trip for him was a chance to learn about cricket and to practice with a team, something Mona was able to organize for us through her network of contacts.
We had a great trip and will be returning to India in the coming years to see other parts of this wonderful country. We will definitely have Merge experience book those trips for us and would highly recommend their services for to anyone contemplating a trip to any part of India.
– Suzanne, Martin and Olivier – Toronto, Canada
That first trip made me fall in love with India. When we stopped in Mumbai, Mona made time to take us around the city, take us to a Bollywood film and introduced us to amazing restaurants in her city. However, she knows every detail in all the other cities as well as she knows her own! We had such a great experience and enjoyed our time with Mona so much, we became and remained friends over the years.
Recently I had another opportunity to go back to India. Naturally Mona was the first person I went to to help. However, this time I would be traveling alone and was asking for a very different type of experience. Mona recommended all new places for me to visit as well as an incredible Ashram that left me with an authentic and life changing experience. I had done a lot of my own research and made suggestions but because she knew me so well and provides such personal service, she steered me away from some of my suggestions, providing better ideas and gave me opportunities I never would have found on my own.
Mona listens well and is extremely patient to give you the exact experience you are looking. After initial discussions, she provides you a detail of sample trips. I love her knowledge base, level of detail, flexibility and desire to cater to you personally all while ensure you get the experience you expect and guaranteeing your safety, comfort and ease.
The trip was well planned and at each stop I was given a choice of things to participate in. Once finalized, the trip was paid for in advance and the travel secured. I liked the “pay in advance” feature as I might have “nickel and dimed” the individual activities had I known what they cost. But with just a grand total, I just went with the program as long as it was in line with my budget.
Like my trip prior, in each city as I visited, their was a driver or rep who met me and would provide all the vouchers and details needed for the rest of my trip in that which made it easy. They even informed me of tipping practices, where to exchange money and gave me some local restaurant suggestions which was really helpful. My only role was to be where I was supposed to be for my pick up, and to have fun and enjoy the experience!
All drivers and guides are personable and knowledgeable. Her choice of hotels is spot on to my needs and I appreciated that in areas where the language or culture might make it difficult to get through customs, she had someone to shepard me through the process.
Mona is responsive and understanding and loves what she does. She loves her country and wants to share that love with everyone she works. I have spent time with Mona on her trips to New York City and on this trip I made a point of stopping in Mumbai again, just to spend time with Mona and thank her personally.
The real testament to her skill came during the actual travel. Everything went off according to the plan and that was no small feat given the number of trains, planes, automobiles, hotels and countless other details that could have gone wrong. Thanks to Mona for another amazing, lifetime experience!
– Danielle Ettl – New York City, USA
– Bonnie Cantor & Marcia Holman, Manhattan, New York
– Minal Hajratwala Author – Leaving India, My family’s journey through five villages
– Hy Conrad and Jeff Johanson, New York
– Stacy Blake Beard – Professor at Simmons College, Boston
– Gail Hauptfuhrer, Philadelphia
– Veronica and Marlon Sullivan – Lake Villa, Illinois