Over the years, we have gathered many testimonials from people whose lives have been enriched and inspired.
“Dear Mela,Your organisation of our extensive trip through India has been absolutely wonderful.Your direct and detailed knowledge of India is reflected in the highly informed and detailed arrangements you have made for us. We have never come across a person who has created such a wonderful itinerary tailored to our personal needs. We can only recommend you in the highest possible way. MELA, YOU are OUTSTANDING!! AND you are truly a JOY to deal with!! We hope we can go on other adventures with you knowing you are with us all the way, even if you are in the office making the arrangements. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!”
“What a wonderful way to experience India for the first time! Mela set up an excellent tour that provided us with insight to the various religions and cultures of northern India and allowed us to experience them with local people. The yoga kept our traveled bodies in shape and kept us centered in environments that were sometimes unsettling and always full of sensory input! The creative process sessions added dimensions and perspectives to the experiences. You don’t need prior experience in any of the yoga or creative processes to participate and gain from them, and you certainly don’t have to be in super shape or be an artist. Thanks to Mela and Diane, I knew I was in good hands throughout the trip. Because of their efforts I was able to experience a lifelong dream in a safe, enriching way that provided opportunities for self-reflection and growth and gave me memories that will last the rest of my life!”
“This tour took participants to one on one interaction with local artisans. The tour program was well-paced with time for some relaxation at times. We saw a lot of “tourist sites” in addition to the fabulous textiles. Organisation was excellent from the start to the finish. The guide was absolutely brilliant and it was a trip of a lifetime. The food was amazing – Eating places extremely well chosen and assistance with food choices. A trip of a lifetime. Heartfelt thanks to Mela and Sunita. Many, many thanks!”
“I found the tour lived up to my expectations and some. The Sri Lankan history is complex but the great thing is there were many truly exceptional antiquities. I found them more powerful than the Cambodian Angkor Wat. The juxtaposition of the old and the modern. The beautiful hotels – renovated and newly built. It was a fantastic tour with a wonderful guide whose cultural knowledge was staggering. He looked after individual members needs showing a thoughtful and playful side.
Well done and make sure you continue offering the Sri Lankan cultural tour.”
“The trip was just fabulous. Everything went well. Great guide, terrific group and of course wonderful textiles in gorgeous fascinating India. Sunita is the perfect guide. She is endlessly patient, informative, helpful, collaborative and resourceful. The itinerary had a good variety of activities…good balance between tourist ‘must sees’ and textile related things. Local guides were earnest and informative especially the lady at the calico museum! Drivers were very helpful and cooperative. The village visits generally were across a wide range of arts. I learnt so much about block printing, weaving, rogan art etc. Having a chance to try it ourselves in Jaipur was very illuminating and gave us an even greater respect for these craftspeople. We visited different kinds of village life, from quite prosperous to quite poor, with few facilities, but nevertheless producing beautiful work. The hotels were most satisfactory. Food was good and with Sunita’s guidance we began to know what we were eating and even get some favourites. I cannot speak highly enough of this tour. It was everything I hoped for and much more..”
“I really want to thank Touch of Spirit Tours for making my trip to India so memorable and such a wonderful experience. I had my apprehensions about coping and really being out of my ‘comfort zone.’ I had visions of getting seriously ill or being mugged. Instead I found the Indian people were truly lovely, always smiling and willing to help. We had so many adventures in such a short time and you went out of your way to make sure that we were happy and enjoying ourselves. Nothing was any trouble and I personally appreciate the attention which was given to every detail.”
Melbourne Yoga Teacher
“Our tour of Southern India far exceeded our expectations. The informative journey took us to so many places which really highlighted the life and culture of Southern India. We would recommend this tour to anyone who wants an in-depth and behind the scenes view of Indian life.”
“Thank you for making my trip to India such an enjoyable one. The tours that you run are wonderful and it is comforting to have such a caring person run them. I had an experience of a lifetime and will never forget my time in the South of India with you and your group. Everything about the trip educated me, helped me grow and taught me what really matters in life. Thank you again.”
Primary School Teacher
“The Beauty Unwound Tour was wonderful – being able to visit homes and small workshops where block printing, embroidery and weaving took place was so instructive and enjoyable and the artisans were so friendly and willing to share their knowledge and skills. All this was balanced with some lovely sightseeing and museum visiting. All in all – a great experience. This was my second tour with Mela (2 years running!), which indicates the value I put on Touch of Spirit Tours.”
A wonderful trip exploring the complex history, culture and food of this wonderful country. I especially enjoyed visiting the less touristy regions in the north and north-east of the country to see how the country has recovered, and is still rebuilding from the tsunami and civil war. Our guide, Bala, was outstanding. His knowledge, his patience and the care he showed made this trip the great experience it was. Thanks so much for organising this tour, Mela.
“Venturing India with Touch of Spirit Tours was awesome. At all times, I felt so well cared for and safe. The tour offered experiences of India beyond my expectations. Our tour leader had such a passion for all things Indian, that it was infectious. She was always concerned about our happiness, allowing flexibility in the itinerary. We were just one big happy family. Thank you so much. I look forward to travelling with you again!”
Carer at Box Hill
And a word from our Tour Director, Mela Joy:
“The experience of travelling in India is one of amazement, wonder, and complete aliveness. What I love the most is that each time I go to India, I leave a better person – more humble, patient, grateful and compassionate. India helps me become a freer thinker and more in-tune with myself and others’. Beautiful India!”
“Travelling with Touch of Spirit Tours was an amazing experience. I saw so many parts of India which I would not have seen if I was travelling alone, and the local people we met were so interesting and inspiring. The tour was so moving and yet so much fun. I would definitely do it again!”
“Many thanks for your care and superb organisational skills in making this journey run so smoothly. We had an amazing time and will hopefully see you again soon.”
Head of Department, Melbourne Secondary College
“I really loved Southern India, with its incredible contrast of modern technology, ancient history, brilliant colours and happy people! The tour was well-organised, hassle-free and our accommodation was great. My favourite sites were the ‘out-of-the-way’ places including a small orphanage, where we practiced the hokey-pokey with the gorgeous kids. I also loved the animal shelter, where we were met by an excited three-legged dog and the national park, where we saw a wild elephant on the side of the road. There is so much more to see and I can’t wait to go back.”
“I loved my trip to India. It was very educational and a real eye-opener. It was so interesting to compare our country with India; the people, the customs, lifestyle and families. The festivals are such an important part of their community life and really bring people together. I always felt safe and cared for with my tour director Mela and appreciated her knowledge of the local areas. We were always made to feel comfortable and safe.”
Pakenham Spiritual Healer
“I loved the tour. The breadth of the tour was fantastic. Sunita is extremely knowledgeable and a terrific tour leader, and the guides she chose were excellent. I enjoyed all the textile places we visited especially the design centre near Shrujan. I wouldn’t want to miss out on anything on the tour. I really liked the place we went in Delhi where all the regions were represented by their houses and art work, it was a last minute thing and it turned out to be fabulous and the cafe attached was excellent.
My favourite parts of the tour were visiting the women in their homes, huge tick for those, and the great Rann visit and the bird sanctuary and the rickshaws through Delhi, the last three broke up the textile spots really well. I cant fault what we saw and have a wealth of information for my textile groups here re block printing, the dyeing process and embroideries.
In fact I’ve been approached by several people who wanted the details of the tour. I loved the entire experience.”