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Neelima Tandon

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‘’The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page ‘’ – Saint Augustine

Hello, my name is Neelima and welcome to my webpage. I hail from India – the land of vibrant colors, street food, history and beautiful festivals! Today Dubai is a place I call my home and feels like we are on a constant vacation here. I live here with my husband and my son since 2014.

Travel is my passion , and that has taken me places from as remote as The Great Barrier Reef in Australia to leading metropolises like Singapore and Hong Kong. My travels have taken me from a small beach town in Wales to a volcano top in Santorini, from the Oxford street of London to the Bangla road of Phuket, from the luxurious Viilas in Greece, from the lap of luxury in Atlantis to a tree house in a wild life park or a houseboat of Kerala and from a casino in Goa to deserts in Rajasthan. My son's favourite has been our Safari Holiday in Kenya to see the great Wildebeest migration. And our last holiday was a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Baltics

It's my time to turn my pleasure into my business. Having worked for more than a decade for the world’s leading airline British Airways and some renowned Travel agencies, it has only increased my appetite for travel and given me a wealth of knowledge about the industry.

I am glad to be a part of Travel Counsellors, an award winning and dynamic travel company. It provides me with the best technology and tools to do my work. It is also reassuring to know that every holiday booked through me is covered by Travel Counsellors financial protection.

Your ideal holiday destination vary from beach vacations to mountain adventures to following a historical trail. Whatever helps you settle in best and find you comfort spot the fastest, I bet will be able to find you!

If life is too short to worry, life is also too long to wait …….so why call it a dream, call it a plan! So reward yourself by experiencing the world, indulge in the moments you create when you travel and leave the stress of searching and planning on me. So what you just do is get packing!

So whatever your holidays plans are large or small, contact me – I have prices to suit all.

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I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.

My favourites Free Things to do in Dubai

15 October 2018

Being a Dubai resident I am surely lucky to live in a country where you feel like you are on a constant vacation. There are always some developments to keep this city on the top of the list of destinations. I always recommend to my clients lots of free time while planning their Holiday in Dubai and lots of ideas to spend their time on fun things which are free ….and who does not like that ! Here is my fun and quirky list of things which are not only free but it’s lot fun too ! 1. Picnic in the Park (During October - March) There are lots of Park in Dubai that cost almost nothing. Al Safa Park , Creek Park and Barsha Pond park are my favourites. Grab some snacks, mat, scooters & bikes for the kids and enjoy ! 2. 365 days of Beach Dubai and it’s gorgeous beaches that we are so privileged to have on our doorsteps. If you are visiting and not staying at one of the exclusive beach front properties, you can still go and get some Tan at JBR & Kite Beach. It is free and one of the favourites to enjoy the views while you eat at numerous of café & restaurants along the beach. 3. Insta worthy LaMer If you are an instagrammer and forever looking for the quirky and fun pictures, this is your place to be ! I am totally loving this recently opened place which is free and so much to do with your family while in Dubai. 4. Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk It’s totally mesmerizing to see a waterfall curtain on the bridge “Open & Close “ to let the boat pass under it. There is a long boardwalk for you to take leisurely stroll or kids to skate. And anything in Dubai is not complete unless it’s lit beautifully in the evening. 5. Peaceful time in the Desert While you know Dubai is famous for it’s Sky scrapers , it’s also a Desert city and camping is what is famous with the residents during our “ oh not so cold “ winters. If you are a visitor don’t stop your self from grabbing some equipment and if you don’t have - then just a mat, sunglasses & a hat. Head to Al Qadra Desert (4x4 recommended but not necessary) which is only 30mins from the city and you could enjoy a lake and desert. It’s free and one of the best playground here in Dubai. 6. Abra ride Old charm of Dubai can be best enjoyed by taking a ride on city’s most traditional mode of transport. You can enjoy a short ride from bur Dubai station to Deira Old souk Abra station and vice versa for just AED1 each way ! 7. Riverland Dubai Parks Whether visiting all 3 Dubai parks are on your wish list or not, you can certainly get the feel of a French village for free. Experience the street ambience, theatres & cuisines. It’s a themed fun dining and retail destination which you can access without purchasing a ticket. Don’t forget to check their event calendar for any activities or parades. 8. AL Seef – Old meets new at Al Seef district located near the iconic Dubai Creek, the newly open area is making it’s mark on Dubai’s heritage district. It’s inspiring to see the partnership between proud past and bright future. Don’t forget to enjoy a meal by the Creek. 9. Weekend Farmers market or Ripe market at Zabeel Park Dubai has only very recently discovered the joys of farmers market filled with fresh, local goods, and fruits & vegetables. A great free thing to do to enjoy the ambiance, and even local Artisan selling some unique goods. 10. Around the world in a day at Global Village– Well it’s not really free but just for AED15 each, you have the whole world at you feet. With more than 27 pavilions , representing more than 75 cultures you will be spoilt for choice. Whatever you do make sure you have Dubai on your bucket list for a Sun, Sand & Surf experience ! Neelima Tandon , an Independent Travel Specialist based in Dubai and specializes in Bespoke Leisure, Luxury Travel & Group Travel. Follow me on Facebook business page - www.facebook.com/neelimatc Follow me on instagram - @travelcounsellor_neelima

Sunny Santorini, Greece

27 May 2016

The Greek isles are a summer paradise and that’s what I had read and heard from every one! However, I was curious to explore this beauty during spring because of two reasons – one my son’s (who is 6 years old) school spring break and secondly to avoid the crowded islands. And the wait was over when we actually arrived to Santorini via a fast ferry (SeaJet) from Mykonos (another Greek island) to this pearl of the Aegean –Santorini ! (did you that the whole complex of Santorini is still an active volcano). Everywhere I looked was a picture perfect moment, caldera view, inky blue water, pretty blue domed churches, hundreds of whitewashed buildings and the see the sun dive into the Aegean Sea –It truly is a sight to behold. We hired a car as this is the best to explore the island and go on for a lovely drive on a cliff !! Our driver handed over the car to us at the port and was also kind enough to drive us to our Villa. There are different areas to choose for your stay depending on your likings, budget and the view :). We chose Imrovigli , in a beautiful Windmill Villa. An island with more churches than houses and more wine than water? Take a cable car or a donkey ride to Amoudi bay.Take a hike to the Volcano tour. Jump off the boat into Hot Springs. And then the day brings you the hour where you make it to the top of Oia so you can celebtate your day with the breathtaking sunset ! There is something magical about sunsets. Its makes us quite, stops our rushing mind and brings us together !!!Watching an amazing sunset with your best friend or with your love is something you will always remember ! What to pack – Flat shoes, flat shoes and flat shoes ! No jokes ! The steps and the streets can be very steep! And obviously light weight clothes to keep cool because it gets very hot in Santorini ! Finally, soak it all in ! we were there only for 4days and it went so quickly, just make sure you cherish every moment of this gorgeous island.

Mini break Bangkok

01 October 2016

Beneath the dust and chaos Bangkok is packed with things to do and places to see. We loved this vibrant and urban big city with all its life, delicious street food, green and lush parks, amazing shopping and some of the biggest markets in the world! It’s a place full of choices for hotels and we chose to stay at Centara Water Gate right in the center of the town. Great hotel and value for money but no swimming pool – but we did not need any with our day full of activities and late evenings! There are magnificent temples everywhere, are so many that you could not possibly see them all in one short trip, so do some research ahead. It’s also a must to start your day early as most of these sites close around 3:30pm and there is plenty to see and do. WAT PHO the gigantic reclining Buddha is a massive 160ft golden Buddha statue lying on its side. It is remarkable and illustrates Buddha entering Nirvana (Buddha’s death). The Grand palace – was once the official residence of the King and will take you a half day to get around. Go shopping at Siam or Chatuchak weekend market – If you are staying in Bangkok during a weekend, this market is a must! Here you will find just about anything you can imagine both useful and not so useful! Or go to the modern side of Bangkok and visit the Siam area for shopping. No visit to Bangkok is complete without indulging is some of the many culinary delights and since we both love Thai food, we decided to binge-eat our way through!! Somtam (Papaya salad), Pad Thai (Thai style flat noodles ), Spicy Thai curry , Tom yum , Massaman curry, green curry and the ultimate Thai desert Khao Neow ( sweet sticky rice topped with slice of mango)... yumm!!! And if you are an Indian or love Indian food – A must try is SARAS - restaurant own by a very dear friend of mine and is very popular in Sukhumvit area. Try the crisp and crunchy dosai, dip into North Indian chaat fare and drink tea that is served in earthern cups. Of course there is curry, the fruity, ice-cold delights of falooda, Gujarati and Rajasthani delights. Indian food at its best. So whatever your itinerary be long or short, you are sure to see the city’s highlights and experience the culture. Call me for more details on where to stay and what to do.

Fascinating Coral reefs of Cairns

01 October 2016

Fascinating Coral Reefs of Cairns One of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Stunning natural scenery that everyone should experience! I have wonderful memories of our trip to Cairns almost a decade ago and I think its time to re visit this gorgeous place and home to my best buddy (well that’s one more reason to visit Australia soon!) When you visit Australia you can’t miss Sydney, besides visiting my friend in Sydney there were more reasons to visit this city along with our 3 day trip to Cairns. We chose January and it turned out to be a pleasant month with beautiful weather around! Since I was just married and had no kids ….we were free to explore Sydney at our own pace, used public transport and did lot of walking around. The best place to start your visit is a walk around Circular Quay; here you see Australia’s two most famous landmarks – Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge. Climb the Harbour Bridge – climbing one of the most famou landmarks s in the world is a once in a lifetime experience. My advice to you would be to take a climb during twilight or night climb …..to take in the breathtaking views. Bondi Beach – One of my favorite free things to do is take a walk as it is the perfect way to spend a gorgeous few hours here. We took a 3hour flight from Sydney to Cairns which is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef - Its vibrant with plenty of restaurants and cafes to keep you happy. We loved our small mid budget Bohemian style hotel, but now there are lots of choices to stay in Cairns like Pullman and Shangri-La! We took a day Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef – Its quite a long island and consist of some 900 islands. It has Green island where you can snorkel straight off the shore and then there is nice boardwalk through the forest to the other side of the island. Walk the Cairns Esplanade – a stroll through, watch the sunrise, grab some breakfast. When we returned to Sydney, my friend had planned a beautiful road trip to the Blue Mountains – This world heritage area consists of seven national parks with walking tracks and charming mountain towns. This region is famous for its stunning lookouts such as - Echo Point, Three Sisters, The Sunset across the valley, Sandstone cliffs, Lingering clouds ….Aah what a sight to behold! For more information on what to do in this beautiful country, please contact me. Neelima

My customer stories

Sent by Aparna Premnath

Neelima is a lovely person and we love her energy and enthusiasm. She is very attentive to our requirements and ensures she designs our packages in a way that meets or exceeds our expectations. She even takes care of the tiniest details. We highly recommend her services and rest assured she won't disappoint!

Sent by Nida Ashraf Sayyad

Very impressed with the service and support provided by Neelima from Travelcounsellors. Very impressed that we are able to get a package which fits our budget as well as the places we want to visit. I would recommend this service to all the people with my know-how as well as engage with Travel Counsellors for my future tours.

Sent by Aparna Premnath

Thank you Neelima Tandon for organising our group trip to Jordan at short notice. Our first trip posts the pandemic and it was everything we hoped for and more!! Group trips are always the hardest to execute with changes till the very last minute catering to please each one of us but, of course, you handled our requests with utmost ease like a true professional. Thanks again.Until next time.....

Sent by Sanjeeda Akhter

Booking with Neelima was just like breeze through…… super swift and catered to my needs just what I was looking for with no hassles… Already forwarded her services to my friends and definitely will be returning for my next break with her services very soon!

Sent by Farzana Esmail Mandsaurwala

Neelima has incredible energy & enthusiasm, it has been an absolute pleasure dealing with her. We had the assurance of all our needs being understood and her accessibility made our holiday experience seamless & hassle-free. We would want to work with her going forward on all our holidays and would strongly recommend her to our friends & family.

Sent by Richard Andrew Smith

Neelima is always on top of things. She takes her time to understand our needs and makes every effort to find the perfect product for us.

Sent by Preethi Balmurali

We recently went on a short trip to Serbia. Ms. Neelima Tandon from Travel Counsellors had organized the whole trip for us right from visa, flight, hotel stay and tours. She had guided us properly which helped us to select the right destination. She was always reachable for any queries we had. All the arrangements were perfect and she also had arranged for a very good guide Stefan for our tour around Serbia. We had a beautiful stay in Serbia. We recommend her for all who want a hassle free holiday. Thank you very much Neelima:)

Sent by Sreeja Vinay

I've had a wonderful opportunity to liaise with Neelima and I need to put it down that she was extremely helpful! My family, along with a couple of other friends had a beautiful package that Neelima offered us and she went the extra mile to ensure we got the best benefits. We were so happy with the staycation package and would definitely go with her again. My experience is here - words are not enough, still a testimonial here - https://euphoricallysree.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/a-quiet-staycation-in-dubai/ Thanks Neelima!

Sent by Mayuri Kohli

Neelima was Awesome....Really loved her dedication towards her designing and booking the package for us....they say customer Is God she treated us the same....she prioritised my requirements and got the bookings done in very little time that we had....Keep it with good work....will surely recommend you to my friends and family

Sent by Nitin Mehrotra

This is the 2nd year in row I have used Neelima's expertise and assistance in organising our family vacation. She has very meticulously planned our vacation keeping in mind our prefereneces and likings. She takes personal interest in seeing to it that the trip goes awesome and her recommendations works well. Absolutly wonderful experience.

Sent by Vikas Malhotra

We had contacted Neelima to help us plan our honeymoon on a very short notice and in no time she came up with the detailed plan and itinerary to help us plan our trip without any hassle. Also, she was constantly in touch with us to help us for our visa application by preparing all the documentations and checklist to make sure we don't forget any necessary document. After all the bookings were done including the flight tickets, we had to reschedule our trip due to our leave plan but Neelima took care of that as well without any issue and planned the complete itinerary again in no time. And finally all the stays and flights booked, were very well planned taking in consideration our time and budget constraints. So, all in all it was a very well planned and the most memorable trip for us, the way honeymoons are meant to be. Our sincere thanks again to you Neelima. We really appreciate all your efforts. Vikas & Sakshi

Sent by Rola Riad Ghadban

Neelima is wonderful, thoughtful, and great at facilitating the whole process. Highly recommend:)

Sent by Rakesh Agrawal

Thanks to Neelima because of whom this trip was made possible. We all had a great time and a lifetime memory to cherish. Neelima was very professional in dealing with us while finalizing the itinerary. She seems very knowledgeable and took attention to details of all our requirements. All our requirements were met. Thank you very much and wish her all the best for future. We will surely refer Neelima to others and also book our future vacations through her. Thanks Regards Rakesh

Sent by Supriya Tandon Mehrotra

Cannot thank Neelima Tandon enough for lovely planned holiday for us. She customised the trip as per our requirement. Neelima's proactive approach is something very rare to find. Her personal touch made this experience more pleasurable. She was in touch with us throughout and assisted us at every step despite of not being present there. Looking forward to more association with u ...thanks once again for memorable experience....

Sent by Tripat Mehrotra

Neelima your support made our vacation even more enjoyable. Dealt with many travel agents but your anticipation to the guest needs are outstanding. We'll be getting back to you when we plan our next vacation. Keep going the extra mile Neelima - it's never crowded there. Thank you once again!

Sent by Deepti Satyanarayana

Our trips and staycation with Neelima has been exceptional. Her planning, inputs and service has exceeded our expectations.

Sent by Rupali Baldawa

Hello, It was lovely working with Neelima for our Eastern Europe trip. She had tons of great hotel options which would suit our taste and needs and was very co-operative whenever we wanted to make a few changes here and there. We had a hassle free experience with all our flights + hotel checkin-checkouts. The bundle of neatly printed tickets / hotel vouchers / tour vouchers...all neatly arranged and stapled in the order was just beyond being handy ! And yeah..it was heart warming to see the advance online check-ins she would do for us on before all our flights; even before we opened our eyes in the morning ! :) Thanks a ton Neelima and I look forward to taking many more holidays through you ! Cheers, Rupali

Sent by Komal Baharnani

My experience with Travel Consellors was wonderful. Neelima was of great help, from helping me chose the perfect destination as per my preferences to suggesting the best of tours. Our holiday was hassle free and smooth. Looking forward to plan another holiday with Travel Consellor soon.

Sent by Anupama Anish

Greece trip- 2017 We were truly happy and impressed with the package Neelima put together for our Greece trip!! The whole itenary was very planned out in detail keeping our specific needs in mind.She gave us a lot of tips and lists of places to visit which really came in handy as it was our first ever trip to Greece.The hotels that she recommended were all centrally located which is a very important to us as we have two children aged 5 and 8. She was always willing to help us out with minor changes and was very proactive. We would definately recommend her to our friends and would love to book our next holiday with her! True depiction of service with a smile!

Sent by Sonali Bhaumik

Neelima has been extremely passionate and detail oriented to plan our trip. It has been a pure delight to work with her! We are packing her suggestions along and hoping to have a great time

Sent by Sona Agrawal

Truly a personal experience. Highly recommended..loved the way she paid attention to little details considering that we have kids. Looking forward to exciting travel experience.