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Last Dinner - Mar-18

The Maharajah's Tour - North India - March 2018


Pauline Gardener

“…Final dinner in Delhi. Craig looking after us all... as he has done so meticulously during the past 20 days. This has resulted in the best trip I have ever been on. The richness, depth and variety of experiences. The great company of my fellow travellers.  Om Rathore - our unflappable, thoughtful, charming driver.  Shyam Rathore our funny, helpful and astute guide. And putting this all together our ChaCha (Tour Leader) Craig Woolliams. Knowledgeable, passionate, kind and authoritative. His demand for excellence is instrumental in creating a total holiday experience I will never forget. 

Thank you to you all!   …”  

Pauline Gardener-Ward - Hamilton

"...it’s been one of the best experiences of my life, thanks to Craig and his wonderful team at marigold tours..."

Eileen Hunter - Auckland


"...Dear Craig and Cheryl,

We have been meaning to get in touch and let you know how much we enjoyed our trip with you.  I must say, it is taking some time to get India out of our heads. It certainly gets under your skin doesn’t it..."

Trish and Dale Shann - Auckland

"...Last night's sweet Paratha thanks to skills learnt Maharajah’s Tour March 2019.  Too much butter and sugar but yum..." 

Amanda Floyd - Melbourne

"...For me a key ingredient of Marigold is that a you can be yourself and do your thing without having to feel you are constantly being led. Staying away from the international hotels (so consistently predictable) the tour opened our eyes to the quaint and historic Indian hotels which were often the homes of the privileged few in years gone by.  Being in the south I kept my food choice to various styles of fish curry and enjoyed them all with a few a standouts; I highlight this as I am a foodie who enjoys a spicy curry with a very cold Kingfisher!  This is my second trip with Marigold having previously done Rajasthan.."  

Chris Lund - Auckland 

Royal Enfield Tour

"....Dear Craig - I woke up at as usual around 6:30 am and went down for breakfast and there was none. Hmmm. No briefing either so I just hopped on the bike and rode to work - no fellow riders, no peeping horns, no tuktuks, no ambiguous (?!) use of lanes, no goats, cows, camels or elephants as I rode over SH58 and not even on SH2 down the Hutt Valley!! No trucks parked in the outside lanes, no oncoming traffic in my lane.....nothing! Anyways, Rajasthan was an amazing experience on the Enfield 500s & with the crew. Many many thanks for all the experiences sir..."  Andy Crawford - Wellington

"...What a great trip and then to make it in such style and without injury. Great experience, great support team, lifetime memory..." Clive Martis - Palmerston North

"...A fantastic trip, truly epic. You did a fantastic job for us and we felt very well looked after..." 
Tony Kellett - Wellington

"...Thanks for an absolutely fantastic trip. Will treasure the memories of such a wonderful group of people and all the places we have experienced together. Have come home feeling like I have extended my family!..."

Maureen Wood - Taranaki

"...Thank you to the Marigold team for introducing us to India. From the camel ride to watch the sunset in the Thar desert to the spiritual ceremonies in Varanasi, just two of many experiences we shared..."

Greg and Wilma Strange - Auckland 

Heather Hayward

 "...Thanks guys for a great trip and forever memories..."

Heather Hayward - Hamilton

Hello Craig and Cheryl  - WOW what a lovely surprise arrived in the mail!  Thank you both so much for the gorgeous photo and stunning frame.  We just love it- such a fab reminder of our amazing trip with you both.  Still processing what a wonderful time we had.  It feels like a dream that we were even there.  

Rachel van Uden - Auckland

Sue Evans

"...Hello Craig and Cheryl   I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful experience Graham and I had it was a great trip..  do hope you both keep well and happy.. 

Thank you for the photo what a lovely thought, I have been writing up stories of my trip and sending it to friends along with photos  I have been getting a lot of feedback one couple are talking of going, it was somewhere they had no intention of going did not appeal to them at all, but now its yes we want to go. another couple have been did not see what we did and now talking of going again.. my stories go out to 29 people, It’s just something I have done with all my trips this is the first time I am sending photos I have just learnt how to do it.. best wishes see you in April xx..." 

Sue Evans - Auckland

Noel ,Rachael & Dave

Hey Craig and Cheryl. Thank you so much for the memento of our January tour with Marigold. Sure was an awesome tour and a thousand blessings on you guys. We are both well and still treasuring the memories you both helped create. Arohanui - Dave & Ngaio xx

Dave Mitchell - Christchurch

"...Thanks Craig, I had an excellent holiday in India, really enjoyed the food, quality of the hotels, the company of the group and most of all the people of India, having an inside look at how 1.2 billion cope with their unique lifestyle, traffic, (OMG) and the list goes on. Cheers, Dinah

Dinah Robcke - Ngaruawahia

I enjoyed the tour very very much, everything was amazing.  It was the perfect tour for me, and at the right time. I have been telling everyone who will listen about the fantastic time I had, and about Marigold Tours, so I hope I will inspire someone to do it. 

Thank you both so much for an amazing time and for making my dream holiday come true! 

Glenda McLean - Auckland

 "...woke up at the Albion and had to think were I was , took a minute. Had a great holiday, looking forward to the photos of your next tour. Love and thanks again for a fantastic time

Always Your Rosi..."

Rosi Parsons - Napier

“…I travelled to India with Craig and Cheryl and enjoyed the Rajasthan experience so much I am booked for the Southern trip in Jan 18. I very genuinely say they have created a great experience for those wanting to visit India and at a very competitive price...” 

Chris Lund – Auckland

“…The thing I most enjoyed about our tour was that although it's a fairly in-your-face country (huge, busy, crazy, frantic, dirty, vast, chaotic, frenzied, smelly, historical, colourful, crazy) I never once felt unsafe. That was due to Craig's practical approach and respect for the country and the people. He really understands the country which means that he's not fighting against it but knows how it works and how to get things done. That's important because India can often win if it's a choice between what you want and what India wants!  The people are the same... you need to "get" what drives them, which Craig does after all his time up there. He never tries to take advantage of the people which was important to me. Craig shows respect.  I'd love to go again, and I may try to organise a women's tour. The shopping is fantastic! There's no other choice for me than Craig and Cheryl - I like their relaxed, foodie approach (with beers!)…”  

Christine Hobbs - Auckland

"...We have been glowing on our memories of the India Tour and has sharpened our appetites for more. Surprisingly our friends and family have sat through the hundreds of photo making polite and interested noises. 

Thought of doing it on our own, but realize the interaction with other members (especially the tour leaders), the pre-planning of sights, good accommodation and restaurants are all factors that make for an exciting trip. We wish you two well with your many enterprises. As you will have gathered we enjoyed your company and hope to meet again..."

Calvin Floyd - Auckland