The tour was exllent. Your drivers were very polite and co operative. I will suggest your tour many more. I am attaching some images.
The best tour operator in Sikkim is Ritez, in my opinion. I would like to record complete satisfaction in his arrangements based on my two holiday trips to Sikkim, both serviced by Footprint holidays. Very good value for your money.
Dear Mr Ritez,
Thanks for making our vacation to Sikkim and Darjeeling a very comfortable one.
Your choice of hotels was good and the transportation arrangements excellent. Hotel Grace Inn in Darjeeling was cosy, with efficient staff and a great view. Service levels at Hotel Royal Residency in Gangtok certainly need a lot of improvement.
Our special thanks to your driver, Mr Rai who did an excellent job of taking us around Sikkim. His safe driving even on slippery and narrow roads was a great comfort to everybody.
Wish you the very best.
I hope my mail finds you and your family in best of health. Let me wish you a happy and healthy new year.
"Its been wonderful having connected with you. The beauty of this heavenly state got multiplied with your hospitality. The kind of hosts that you had arranged for us; It was absolutely homely experience. Truly felt the warmth of mountain people. I hope you continue to strive to make this a sustained experience. "
As for the suggestions:-
1. Please brief every guest of yours about the uniqueness of Himalayan eco-system. Urge them not to loiter around during their stay in Sikkim.
This will leave a lasting impression on people visiting this gifted state and help maintain a clean surrounding and environment. We observed it across whole of our journey. and were happy to leave only our "footprints"
2. You may surprise honeymooners like us with 1 candle light dinner at either Teen Talay/ Pacchu village resort. that would really take ambience to next level.
3. a memento like a mug printed with couple's pic or a photo-frame will be good as well.
I'll upload the pics and share the link with you.
At short notice we contacted Footprint Holidays with a request to arrange a ten tour of Sikkim. The proprietor, Ritez, responded very quickly with a prepared package which he was able to adapt to fulfill our exact requirements.
Although there were some initial difficulties over getting our payment to him as payment options were limited a compromise solution was reached and we were able to book the trip in good time.
Once we started the service we received from Footprint Holidays was first class. Ritez personally greeted us to ensure that we settled into our first hotel and throughout periodically contacted us to make sure we knew what was happening next and to check we were receiving consistently good service.
We found that Footprint Holidays had selected either very good or excellent hotels which had character and good locations with attentive staff. We particularly enjoyed Teen Taley at Rumtek where the organic food was prepared fresh from the garden and we were taken on a tour of the small farm to see their organic production in action.
Parts of our tour required a driver and guides and were especially pleased with our driver Mr Rai and Chandra, our very knowledgeable guide in Pelling. The planned tour left enough space for some independent exploration and proved a happy balance between that and being shown around.
Footprint Holidays is a relatively new company but it is one that I would recommend for its service and attention to detail
Thanks Mr Ritez,
We really enjoyed the Sikkim tour organised by Footprint Holidays keep up the good work.
Thanks for your guidance for our trip to Sikkim.
It was the experience which can not be expressed in words.
I would only say that Sikkim is Heaven on Earth and fortunately it is in our Mother Land, in India.
I would like to express my special thanks to KC Bhutia and Nandubhai Rajesh. Without them our trip wouldn't have been completed joyfully!
They didn't only drive us but also took good care of ours as family member throughout our trip!
In hope to meet you and KC & Nandubhai in future.
Dear Ritez Chettri,
We enjoyed our trip to North Sikkim. Though, because of inclement weather we could not reach our cherished destinations like Gurudongmar lake, Zero point or Nathula Pass, we liked the trip very much. Most enjoyable was the quite heavy snowfall near Changu covering tree tops and entire surrounding with thick blanket of snow. We consider ourselves very lucky to see actual snowfall in late April in India at an altitude where plenty of plants & trees grown. And whatever snowfall did we observe earlier (mostly outside India), we consider this as one of the heaviest.
We thank you for your nice arrangement & hospitality and also for your offer for alternative trip to South Sikkim on hearing that Nathula Pass was closed.
Hotels at Gangtok & Lachung were good enough for us. At Lachung the young manager of the hotel invited all guests in the evening to meet each other in the living room where he heated the fire place with logs.
Finally I am enclosing some photographs taken on my mobile, most of which were taken by Purba (Driver cum Guide).
Dear Mr Ritez,
Thank you very much for the services provided during our trip to various parts of Sikkim between 6th April to 13th April. Indeed it was a wonderful experience and we have enjoyed every moment of it. Our special thanks to the hotel staff at Lachen & Lachung who have extended humble hospitatilty with smile.Though I personallay have no untoward remark to make as we had no problem whatsoever during our tour, I have asked our team members to share their feedback which you may receive in a day or two.
Hoping to have your services in days to come.
Dear Mr. Chettri,
I would like to first thank you for the wonderful trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling.
The stay at all the hotels was very comfortable except the one at residency in Gangtok. although the location was good and rooms were spacious, the food was a bit desired. Rooms were very clean and spacious.
The drivers assigned for the trip were good, although they kept changing. The hotel in Pelling, Pachhu village resort was very good and thanks for the complimentary upgrade to the suite. a very scenic location with a very beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga range. the dining hall was very big and the staff made all arrangements to make our stay comfortable. all in all this was my best holiday experience considering going to the north east for the first time. i will try and visit more places in sikkim in future and will contact you again for a pleasant stay.
I wanted to personally thank you and your team for providing excellent service in arranging the tour for us and meeting our level of satisfaction. Our experience has been overall very good and don't have any hesitation in recommending you to whoever planning for a visit to Sikkim. A special mention I must provide to your guide-cum-driver, Hukum. He is asset for your business.
It was an awesome trip... all of us had an amazing time... thanks a ton..! God bless u. Do convey our thanks and regard to mamiji, she really took good care of us...
few of the photos are put up at https://www.facebook.com/Crossteps have a dekho!!
Thanks for a lot for your amazing services, It was a really pleasant experience travelling with you, we both are very thankful to you for making this tour so memorable &marvellous, I will be writing a blog soon about the tour, lots of work was pending here so could not reply you immediately, I regret the delay.. Buddy with such nice services, your Footprint Holidays is definitely going to be one of the best name in our tourism industry,
Wish you lots of luck & success Enjoy buddy... keep it up...
The soft spoken man of Sikkim, Mr Chettri ji of Footprint Holidays, I was pleased by the service of footprint Holidays ,as you help me to save my time and make my trip a memorable one, the hotel where you stay us is very clean and tidy, the owner is very helpful to us. And the budget is up to my point as there is proverb. Cut your coat according to your size. i.e. “the budget is according to my income".
At last -I say ... company of good people is like the shop of perfume. Whether you buy it or not you are bound to receive the fragrance.
Hi Ritez, sorry i could not write to earlier as i was too busy with my health checkups
we had a very nice time in sikkin due to you i can say that you really looked after me and my wife very well
we enjoyed in both your resorts where they have fresh vegies from their own garden, fresh milk from their own diary and chicken from their poultry
both the resorts were very nice,comfortable,neat and clean and the staff was very hospitable and looked after us very well
best was the resort from where you get a clear view of kanchanjunga which we enjoyed and we tok a lot of photos and am sending you a few of them
the food in both the resorts is made as per your choice and is really very delicious
i am also grateful that you personally attended to our needs and took us all the way to Sikkim char dham which is worth visiting
suggest you as tour operator union should take up with your transport and tourism minister to have an air link to sikkim and also to improve condition of raods to draw in more tourists li
ke us who want to come there again to have your hospitality
please send me reference of agent in bhutan which we want to visit next year as we shall be back in india on 16 dec but would like to go to bhutan in april/may 2013
if your raods improve by then let me know we might visit again
i would recommend your company to any one to visit sikkim where they shall be looked after and shall be happy to enjoy.
Sub:Visit of Mrs & Dr. S V Ramagopal to Sikkim-West Bengal (06-11/Dec/2012)
We have returned to Chandigarh, safe and happy after visiting Sikkim-West Bengal (06-11/Dec/2012) under your guidance.
We are very pleased with your planning and arrangements made in terms of our Stay (at Hotel Royal Residency-Gangtok; Hotel Seven Seventeen-Darjeeling & Hotel Himalayan Regency-Siliguri), Transport (vehicles & drivers) and Sight-Seeing (at Gangtok & Darjeeling).
We have enjoyed our trip very well. We very much appreciate your efforts in trying to make our trip comfortable & memorable.
Please convey our appreciation to your drivers: Shri Vijay Rana, Shri Rajesh & Shri Adit (from Shri Suraj), who have driven us safely around Sikkim & West Bengal with care and patience.
Once again we THANK YOU for your excellent arrangements & efforts in making our trip memorable.
We will certainly plan our future trips to NORTH EAST under your advice.
Wish you all success in your professional & personal endeavors.
I express my heartfelt thanks on behalf of self, my wife and daughter to you for all the efforts you have made, facilities extended and hospitality given with personal family touch during our short visit to Sikkim and Darjeeling from 22nd to 26th October, 2012. Yes, you have made our visit successful with lot of cherish-able memories. Special thanks may be conveyed to the driver friends, the best pilots on narrow Hills, who have been associated with us in this trip. Thanks a lot once again. You are welcome to Hyderabad as a friend anytime. May god bless you and your "Footprint Holidays" for remarkable growth with leaps and bounds. Bye.
Thanks for the mail.
Yeah my parents and in-laws have reached safely and thanks for the service you provided. They had a good trip and where happy.
Find attached a couple of pictures.
It was amazing tour of sikkim, it is really a hidden paradise in india. i personally suggest all the tourist to go with the Footprint Holidays itinerary, he definetly plan well for you, his services was awesome, you can trust on his words, "he 'll do what he say". we made little mistake by applying own changes in the given itinerary, but overall it was very nice tour. VALUE FOR MONEY thanks FOOTPRINT HOLIDAYS.ALL THE BEST TO YOU AND WE PROMISE TO COME AGAIN
Thanks Ritez for a wonderful arrangement done by you for my Honeymoon visit. I am really 100% satisfied with your service. In future of we plan to come Sikkim then I will be in touch with you. Wishing you a very great business year ahead.