I'm not sure if we would have made it to our plane without the guys from Travel Excellence! Thanks guys! Great trip, awesome agency and the people of Kashmir is among the friendliest you'll ever meet! If you go, try the Kashmiri Kahwah, you'll like it! Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends

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Name: UmanG N Samani, India | 31 August 2013

Hi Hilal
Not sure how I landed on this website, but after that I had to go no where. Mr. Simple Kumar is the person who deserves all the credits. Right from prompt replies to long smooth discussions over the phone. Very straight forward person and a good event manager. We planned a 10 days trip Manali Leh and Chandigarh with his help and Simple Kumar executed it very well. Though there were few problems we had to face during our journey, but Simple Kumar was always a phone call away to solve the problems. I will definitely recommend my friends to book their packages through travelexcellence.

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Name: Raj_543, Hyderabad, India | 18 March 2013 from Trip Advisor

We were on honeymoon, and stayed for a day in this houseboat. It was really wonderful there, and the service was very nice. They have a tie up with Travel Excellence (travel organizer), which provided us a best service. Our trip was in the third week of Feb 2013, where there was panic situation in Kashmir, but the Travel Excellence team put their maximum efforts, and made our trip highly successful. They organized very well to keep us secured, safe and par with the schedule. Special thanks to Mr. Mudasir (travel agent from Travel Excellence) and Mr. Farooq (driver for the entire trip). The rating given is mainly keeping the Travel Excellence in mind.

Name: Andremar L, Helsinki, Finland | 14 March 2013 from Trip Advisor

Went skiing to Gulmarg (amazing!!) and booked the entire trip through a company called Travel Excellence (apparently a company in some kind of relation to Kolu Houseboats). On the day of our return we were told that there had been some kind of situation in Srinagar and the administration had ordered an curfew that nobody could move. We where a bit worried about this since our plane were leaving the next day. It's in situations like this that you appreciate a good travel agency and I have to say that the guys from Travel Excellence took excellent care of us. They arranged cars for us, took us through army roadblocks and housed us in the Kolu Houseboats. I'm not sure if we would have made it to our plane without the guys from Travel Excellence! Thanks guys! Great trip, awesome agency and the people of Kashmir is among the friendliest you'll ever meet! If you go, try the Kashmiri Kahwah, you'll like it!
Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends

Name: Hemkumar G, New Delhi | 23 March 2010 from Trip Adviser

I am Hemkumar G from bangalore. (my email id for contacting My holiday experience at Kashmir with Family through Travel Excellence and Kolu group of houseboats was superb.
They are highly professional in their service and responded to our needs quickly including special needs of my one year old infant. The travel arrangement and houseboat provided was excellent. The location of the houseboat in the Dal lake is easily accessible and at the same time it provided sufficient seclusion and privacy. From the houseboat, the view of shankaracharya Hills, Dal lake with the Shikaras passing by is beautiful and memorable. The rooms/dining/hall in the house boat well decorated with nice colourful carpets and wooden craved furnitures. It is maintained well. very good value for money. Food quality was good. Their staff at the houseboat and the driver were courteous and provided all required assistance. They provided us everything in full measure as they promised in the package.
Being my first experience with Travel Excellence and Kolu group of house boats, though initially i was little afraid to deal directly without going through a local agent at bangalore or popular tour operators, Post my happy holiday trip, i feel i got good value for the money. you can trust them for their service.
my special thanks to Hilal and Nazir for their excellent service.

Name: Rauf Omar, South Africa | 25 December 2008

Hilal we would like to thank you both for your co-operation and professional manner in which you handle our accommodation bookings for our trip throughout Kashmir and will not hesitate to pass on your website to people that we know who will be travelling through Kashmir in the future. Thank you again.

Name: Joan, Denmark | 16 September 2008

Hi Hilal
Just a great big thank you from me and my companion for the excellent service you and your firm had provided us. Our stay at the Srinagar in your houseboats was the best experience you made our holiday memorable for rest of out life.

Name: Mr. Lu Yuanqiang, China | 25 May 2008

Nazir our Tour was fantastic and better than we could have hoped. Our guide was funny and kept us entertained always, very informative as well. The lunch was the best so far. The thing we saw, gave us a real insight to life in Kashmir. Nazir you are very special person. We can not wait to come back and meet you next year, we hope

Name: Mr. Malik & Family New Delhi India | 2 May 2008

Hilal, Just a quick note to thank you for your courtesy, and professionalism. If every one I dealt with in business was the same, I would be a very contented and a happy man. Thanks once again, Thanks for wonderful holiday designed by you

Name: Michal & Jean, Italy | 2 October 2007
Hi Hilal,

Thanks so much for following up on this for me. Yes, we had a marvellous time and would very much like to return soon. The service from Travel Excellence & Kolu Houseboats was efficient and responsive and we wouldn't hesitate to use your services again or recommend you to others. Mr. Kolu in this age attended us personally felt like you are home Many thanks & regards to Mr. Kolu,

Name: Lee Wong, Hong Kong | 11 January 2006

Hi Hilal,
Received your vouchers promptly and thank you once again for your excellent service and attention, Your website is excellent and I would definitely use Travel Excellence again should the opportunity arises and I would definitely recommend my friends to you. Thanks once again.

Name: Ajay Garg, Mumbai India | 12 December 2005

Hi Nazir & Hilal,
This must be the best services I've ever had online. I'm sure I'll be back for more holidaying in your state.

Name: Wendy, Terry, Mick, & Peter England | 24 September 2004

This trek was so cool! I loved the mountains and valleys! This was the best holiday ever! The scenery was amazing and the stars were beautiful also. Everything was so exciting and new and different! Also a lot of fun! Thank you Nazir and team!! For such a beautiful holiday and last stay in beautiful houseboats we will come back soon.

Name: Judy Lee Yan Hong Kong | 7 September 2003

What a magical country! We loved Kashmir and the trip could not have been more perfect... Thanks Nazir

Name: Madelaine Faltin, Switzerland | 19 October 2002

We had an awesome time in Kashmir . We learned a lot about this fantastic country. We truly enjoyed travelling with your company. The guides were very friendly and caring. It was an eye-opening experience for us to stay in houseboats. Thanks again for your great planning and organization. We will definitely revisit Kashmir in the future.

Name: Mr. Jenny Wong, Taipei Taiwan | 15 June 2001

We would like to thank you both for your co-operation and professional manner in which you handle our accommodation bookings for our trip throughout Kashmir and will not hesitate to pass on your website to people that we know who will be travelling through Kashmir in the future. Thank you again.

Name: Mr. Chan Lee, Beijing China | 15 April 2000

We enjoyed our trip to Kashmir very much. We were impressed by the excellent service from your company. The guides were very knowledgeable and reliable, everything worked out as planned. Overall was a great experience. I will certainly recommend your company.

Name: Mrs Hoang-Yen Luong-Si, California, USA | 17 December 1999

My family of 5 had a great time in Kashmir, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the excellent and personal service you have provided to us. You always tried to get us the best of sightseeing tours & houseboats stay, and we truly appreciate this. Rest assured that your company will receive excellent review from us. Again, thank you very much for your help in making our travel successful and memorable.

Name: Michal Jones, USA | 15 January 1998

I have used your services the 2 ND time I visited Kashmir (specifically Nazir) and I have also used them again this time around. As usual, Mr. Nazir and staff have always been courteous, prompt, and very professional in handling all of my travel and booking needs. I simply cannot say enough about how great their services are and I will continue to use them so long as they maintain their current service level. I hope you will enjoy your trip in beautiful and exotic Kashmir.

Name: Mr. John Peterson & Family, USA | 6 November 1997

We have just returned home after spending 4 wonderful days in Kashmir. We cannot thank your staff enough for the personal attention. First I want to thank Mr. Nazir for the many months of planning. Our guides were great. They made everything so easy and they were so knowledgeable about the country.

Name: Mr. Ja Pang & Family, Taiwan | 16 October 1996

We have arrived back in Taipei yesterday and had a great time. I must particularly compliment your company and you on the fantastic level of service you have provided and to my friends and me.

Name: Mr. Schrijver & Family, Belgium | 5 May 1995

I have spent wonderful vacations with the help of your company that in a very short time organized for me a trip to Kashmir and Ladakh. The organization of the trip was impeccable and I recommend your company to any traveler. The staff of the agency even found for me a lost photo camera and Houseboat it to my home in Belgium.

Name: Mr/Mrs. Nicolas, Victoria, Australia | 17 June 1994

I would highly recommend your services so far. The day tour in Pahalgam, Gulmarg & Sonmarg was informative and also very flexible. I was very happy not only to experience the important Gardens and Shrine's in Srinagar, but also the local activities, cuisine and way of life in Kashmir. I found Mr. Nazir exceptionally helpful and a pleasure to see Nazir.. Thanks for lovely trip we will come back soon.

Name: Kelly, Paris France | 16 October 1993

Kathy & I had a great time on the trip. We had many good laughs with the challenge of driving, the Sonmarg Mountain's were spectacular and the Houseboats Stay was wonderful!

Name: Peter Johnson, England | 5 May 1992

The trip your company helped us plan was a truly wonderful experience that I know I will never forget."

Name: Jean Wong, Taipei Taiwan | 11 June 1991

I am back in the office (Monday), and wanted to say "thanks" that you did come through with a great driver: - Ahad. Thanks so much as everyone on the tour really enjoyed his commentary, driving, humor, and kindness. He was great with all. The houseboats were great, and all had a wonderful trip.

Name: Suzanne Salomon, Isreal | 2 September 1991

I would like to thank you for your fine service to us during our short trip. Since then, I have introduced a few friends to your company and you had also given my contact to some lady, who called me to ask about your services. I hope she did take the tour. I am happy to be of help to you.

Name: Clandette Calais, France | 24 August 1990

I'm sorry I did not have time last week to write to tell you how satisfied we were with the trip to Kashmir . The whole group was very happy with the programme, for most of them it was their first time in Kashmir and many of them want to come back some time and visit further.

Name: Pat P. Feiffer, USA | 10 May 1990

KASHMIR WAS FABULOUS! Thank you for the expertise and the assistance of STS for making our vacation so very memorable.

Name: Toshika Hurakami, Tokyo Japan | 9 September 1989

I would like to say thanks for the great trip. Our tour guides (Lan Yin and Duong in Sapa) done a very great job and I would like to say thousand thanks for the great hospitality. I really enjoy during my 8 days visit there. Thanks

Name: Zalaihah BT. Hussain, Malaysia | 13 March 1989

In between we are safe and sound back in the Kuala Lumpur . We like to thank you once again for the excellent Grand Package Tour. We are experienced travelers but we never did a trip which was so well organized. We got a good impression of your beautiful country and its charming people and we will recommend Kashmir Open Tour to our friends and once we'll be back.

Name: Ruthey Proctor, Atlanta Georgia | 24 May 1988

Hello, My wife and I recently enjoyed your houseboats and sightseeing Tour of Kashmir city with two of our friends, we would like to express our thanks for the high quality of support and organization delivered by your company. The guides and drivers that accompanied us need to be congratulated for the high standard of their input over the whole journey. I have no hesitation in recommending your company to friends and colleagues who are interested in visiting Vietnam , I intend to revisit two of the locations we saw this year and will definitely be in touch to arrange that.

Name: Janet & Michal Jones, USA | 06 November 1987

We both enjoyed the trip, the guide and everything what you included in the program. The people there are unbelievable friendly and it is a pleasure to see how hospitable they are. the houseboats stay was a great experience for me.

If its is okay with you, I will distribute your details to my friends, who are interested in the same or a similar tour. I will contact you again in the next couple of weeks, because I would like to do a tour with you in the Ladakh region, as I now know, how professional your tour planning and program is, thanks for lovely trip and we will see you soon again.

Name: Lida Serrano, Rome Italy | 29 September 1987

Yes, everything is in order: the late checkout arrangement & the food for the past 2 days were very good. My group is very happy with your tour and service provided by you Nazir.

Name: Michal and Group, Sweden | 6 August 1987

Excellent focus on safety and comfort of the whole group. Exceeded expectations and friendliness / hospitality and also the food. Now know that just around the corner sometimes takes an hour!!, but enjoyed every minute of a challenging hike." "Very good experience that will always be remembered. Very good team + excellent service. Highly recommend. Overall, excellent experience. Will come back again sometime."

Name: Brooks and Family - Cusco Peru | 9 July 1986

"Abdul was an excellent guide, I would highly recommend him to my friends. His knowledge, attitude and friendliness was commendable. Nabha was an excellent cook and went to a lot of trouble to feed us well and help keep our energy levels up. The Sonmarg trek itself was awe inspiring - everyday different and very beautiful. The horsemen were also very helpful.
Thank you to the whole team!"

Name: Barbra, England | 17 Feb 1985

Nazir, Just a short note to thank you for your assistance during our bookings etc, everything you arranged for us was perfect. We have recommended you to our friends and will certainly be contacting you for our planned trip to Kashmir & Ladakh next year.
Thanks again

Name: Gina Beck, USA | 19 July 1985

Hey Naaz, "The trip was an awesome experience in so many ways: thrilling rafting, friendly people, fabulous food. An experience I would heartily recommend to anyone interested in pushing themselves & encountering unique environment. Intense days on the river with restful nights camping alongside the river; meeting friendly & generous locals, all aspects of the trip flow like a series of snap shots forever etched on my mind". Kashmir & Ladakh is really Paradise on Earth.

Name: Robert, Victoria, Marry, Julia, Jaime Bloxom & Jeanne, Australia | 27 June 1984

Hi Nazir & Kolu Family, trout fishing trip in the Pahalgam Kashmir is a true challenge. The fisherman is a globe-fisher and the sporting fish has all it sense and merge the geographical variety, cultural and human of the deeply felt Kashmir . Beautiful country, fantastic adventure and fishing trip. Thanks once again for such a lovely trip to Kashmir.

Name: Laura, Paris | 12 July 1983

Dear Nazir,
How can we praise you enough for the fantastic trip that you arranged for us? We were expecting to have a wonderful time but everything exceeded our expectations. We had the time of our lives.....both my husband and I enjoyed every minute of every adventure. We were so happy to get to share the Kashmir Festival with you. You were great to take us to all the events and spend the time with us. It was such a great experience that we'll never forget. I am trying to get my pictures so that I can post some to you. Nazir, thank you so very, very much for everything you did to make our trip so special.

Name: Kathy and Allison, Austria | 12 November 1982

Our trip was an unparalleled success, and I hope that telling of our experience will help increase responsible tourism in beautiful Kashmir so that others will come to love the country as we do. Again, thank you for a wonderful vacation that we will never forget. Great holiday planers.

Name: Hide Flakk, Norway | 14 August 1981

Hello, as we've now been home just a week, I wanted to share with you the experiences in Kashmir with your company. This trip represented almost three years of dreaming and planning, and I have to say we were nervous about it. The remarkably talented, humorous, and bright Nazir surely put our fears to rest! I imagine that all of your guides are competent and friendly, but Nazir is really something special. You are very fortunate to have such a flawless English speaker, passionate historian, and tremendously likable person as Nazir to represent this company. Thanks and wish you luck.

Name: Susan, Belgium | 19 June 1980

We had a beautiful journey with many impressions and experiences, which went much too fast to end, us however still for a long time in memory will remain, particularly Ladakh, not least because everything were so well organized. Thank you! A good new year wishes for your family.

Name: Mr. & Mrs. Williams, USA | 11 May 1979

Finding a genuine and experienced tour operator is a must to enjoy the travel. If it is traveling to Kashmir India I rely upon a travel agent Nazir for my travel needs. They are offering their efficient service in this sector for more than years with vast knowledge about all destinations in n around. They have been arranging my travel to Kashmir & Ladakh for about 69 years and i am very much satisfied with their service. I can recommend this company for your travel deals. regards & happy holidays

Name: Gerard Calais, France | 13 April 1979.

I have nothing but praise for Nazir, every time I sent a request for a quote or reservation, I have received quick and informative replies with hours and no body can ask more. We had great holiday thanks once again.

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