Incredible India

By Jan Jarvis

Travelling in India, a woman alone in a wheelchair - impossible, I thought.

I travel a lot, always alone and I 100% organise my trips myself so I know how hard it is to find companies who will safely provide me with drivers and guides.

Then I discovered Planet Abled, a company specialising in organising travel in India for people with all types of disabilities. It is based in Delhi and was founded by young Indian woman, Neha Arora, whose achievements have been internationally recognised.

I spent three weeks travelling across the north of India visiting Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Varanasi. Most of the trip was in the state of Rajasthan, land of maharajas and medieval forts and palaces. India is a sensory overload in every way – colour, people, noise, smells, history, architecture, cuisine, culture, richness and poverty – it is so incredibly interesting and exciting, and absolutely fabulous.

Jen Jarvis sits in front of ancient indian buildings
Jen Jarvis sits in front of ancient indian buildings

Planet Abled arranged three personal drivers and cars because of the huge distance that I was covering, and in each city an English-speaking guide. At all times I felt perfectly safe because I had a male guide with me when I was out and about, and they were all friendly, knowledgeable and fun to be with. And all of the drivers were reliable and safe.

All hotels were of a better class and all had an accessible bathroom with a roll in shower so were easy to manage in.

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