“Let´s open the door to beautiful cultural and historical journey to India”
We are so happy to present you the special interview of our friend Monica from New Delhi, India! Enjoy!
Monica, would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?
Namaste , my name is Monica and i live in New Delhi, India! I graduated in travel, tourism and hospitality from one of the pioneer institute of Delhi and I am a traveler by passion. But I am more than a mere traveler. For instance I am a very social person and I love interacting and meeting people which gives me an exposure to understand different cultures, values, places, people and their habits. As the managing director of East Voyages my aim is to give the best travel experience to my clients which they can cherish for lifetime.
Please tell us about your company.
East Voyages caters travel services to our overseas clients. We are specialized in handcraft itineraries as per interest and requirements of clients. Me and my employees organize big and small group departures for India. We also provide travel services in Nepal, Bhutan & Sri Lanka. East Voyages is a team of energetic people specializing in their respective segments of tours like culture, wildlife, nature, adventure, culinary, mock wedding in Rajasthan and special interests programs etc. We have very good relationship with most of the hotel chains and individual hotels, transport vendors and other service providers within India and outside (Nepal and Bhutan) which help us to get best rate in the industry and quality services. In India guests are treated as God “Atithi Devo Bhava”, it is taught to us since our childhood to welcome the guests and take good care of them with best services.
Do you have a favorite quote or life motto?
“Atithi Devo Bhava”, it means “The guest is god”.
Monica, do you like to travel?
If so, what fascinates you about traveling in particular?
I not only like to travel I just love travels. It is very fascinating to go from one place to another place, meeting with new people with different faith, habits, values etc. To me, the most interesting segment of travel is nature & cultural tours, I believe they really attract me. Ancient
temples, palaces etc. tell us amazing stories of their era. Even if the civilization is still not much developed in India you can find some amazing architecture.
Which destination impressed you the most and why?
My favorite places in India are:
- Rajasthan: Amazing Palaces, Fort and colorful culture.
- Kerala: Mesmerizing destination with full of natural beauty where people can relax from their daily hectic life. It is also known as God’s own country.
Where is your next travel destination?
I would love to explore Ladakh well known for the adventurer tourists. It won’t be wrong if I say that it is the paradise of adventure travelers.
What do you like most about your city/ country?
I just love my hometown. It is an amazing mix of old Delhi & New Delhi. Old Delhi where you still can experience the Mughal era and New Delhi: Lutyens Delhi with modern buildings. When you come from Old to New Delhi it amazes you to observe how one city can be different from one place to another. Delhi is a paradise for every foodie from street food to fine dining. Lots of good restaurants and markets suit to every budgets. It is really amazing. The city has lots of historical monuments like Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, Red Fort etc. It is not just the capital city of India but also the political center of India.
I like the tolerance about my country. Everybody of any faith are welcome here. People are helpful and treat guests as God.
Do you know a place in New Delhi where you can buy organic products?
In Delhi there are plenty of good shops from where you can buy organic products.
Where is the best place in New Delhi to meet locals?
In Delhi there are plenty of places where you can meet locals like in temples, Gurudwara, market, Connaught Place etc.
What do you have to pay attention to in India?
- While in a crowded area or travellng always careful from pick pocketing.
- Please do not entertain beggars.
- Always carry sun screen lotion during summer months.
- I advise you not wear short dresses unless you are at the beach. In small town and cities, people do not like it and if you do wear short clothes it will attract undesirable attention. While visiting temples and mosques, please wear dress below knee length..
Do you have a favorite beach?
We have no beach area in Delhi. But I personally like Goa beaches and if someone has interest in Ayurveda they should opt for Kovalam, Mararikulam and Bekal beach resorts which are located in Kerala, Southern India.
Do you have a favorite restaurant in New Delhi? What makes it special for you?
There are plenty of good restaurants in Delhi suiting various budgets and my favorite is Dramz close to Qutub Minar because of its ambience. Some of local restaurants for local food are:
- Dramz: Fusion food (Overlooking to Qutub Minar)
- Barbeque Nation for Barbeque food
- Fuji Restaurant, a Japanese restaurant
- Laziz Affair: Indian and continental
- Warehouse cafe : Fusion food
- Khan Chacha for rolls
- Tamasha : Fusion food – Crowded with youngster
- Dhaba By Claridges: North India food restaurant
- Sagar Ratana: South Indian food
- Soda Bottle Opernerwala: Parasi food
Where is the best market in your town?
Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar for economical local shopping. Khan Market and Connaught Place which are bit expensive can only suggest to high end guests.
My tip is always to negotiate with local and street vendors while doing shopping.
Is there an Indian tradition, you can tell us about?
We are living in modern India however we still follow our old tradition like to touch the feet of our elders.
Is there an important festival in your country, you can talk about?
India is the destination of festivals whole year round.
Please let us know whenever you would like to visit India, we will update you regarding festivals accordingly.
Thank you Monica for this wonderful time with you that inspires and motivates us to visit your fascinating country! See you soon there! A big hug from Sophie and Jens
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Visit also our one-pager about India!