Right from the moment we indicated an interest in the trip to Ladakh, Himalayan Fantasy, Vilas was great to work with. He was very prompt in responses to emails and was more than willing to customize our trip and went out of the way to help organize an extra day at Ladakh. This is the first time we were traveling in a group and Vilas's arrangements ensured that the entire trip from the beginning to the end was super smooth and coordinated. Vilas took care of all our tickets, vans for internal travel within Ladakh (even the Oxygen for high altitude emergencies), great drivers and above all great company. Our fellow travelers were of similar temperament and there were absolutely no issues through the entire trip. For our family, this was a first time experience, this was our first trip to North India as a family, it was also our first trip with a group - and we were relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed our vacation.
Ladakh is so beautiful, you will need lots of storage to take pictures, between ourselves, we must have have shot over 5000 pics, and more than 8 hours of video. The place is stunning, the scenery is mind blowing and the landscape is surreal.
Our hotels were nice, the food was good everywhere we went, the hospitality overall was memorable. Local travel arrangements was hassle free, we consistently had good drivers, well maintained vehicles and traveler's safety was the top most concern. Vilas had thoughtfully arranged oxygen for the high altitude trips, and I definitely appreciated the thought that goes into ensuring that no stone is left unturned in terms of making this trip trouble free.
We had customized our trip a little bit, taking an extra day toward the end of the week, and it was totally worth it. We traveled to Tsomoriri, even though it was a six hour drive (one way) over some of the roughest terrain, we had a great driver and we thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Vilas had taken care of everything, including packed breakfast and lunch for all of us, with extra biscuits and juice cartons. This last day was pretty much the icing on the cake for our entire vacation.
True to what he says on the website, Vilas' gives you an experience, going above and beyond the itinerary, taking care of the details, and leveraging his considerable experience of traveling in the Himalayas, he is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about the Himalayas and it is very reassuring to have him around.
Thank you Himalayan Fantasy and Thank YOU Vilas. We look forward to more such vacations in the Himalayas - we are smitten by the Himalayas and we shall return.