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Alison at the Taj Mahal

Alison, Indian Subcontinent & Russia Specialist

After completing a master's degree in chemistry, Alison pursued a career in the pharmaceutical industry, which resulted in her working in India for two and half years. This was perfect for her as she has always loved travelling.

Based just north of Mumbai, she was able to travel extensively around India during her holidays. After returning to the UK she decided that it was time for a change of career. Given her desire for travel and her extensive knowledge of India she joined Audley. Since then she has rediscovered the highlights of India, including the Golden Triangle and Kerala. In addition, she has travelled extensively around Sri Lanka, discovering the variety of experiences the country has to offer — from cultural sights and the wildlife, to abundant tea plantations and paddy fields. More recently, she has travelled to Bhutan, discovering more about this fascinating country with its unique philosophies, beautiful countryside and colourful festivals. More recently she has expanded her knowledge by visiting Russia, and loved exploring both Moscow and St Petersburg, which is now one of her favourite cities she has ever visited.

In her spare time, as well as travelling, Alison enjoys all nature of outdoor pursuits from kayaking to hill walking and parachuting.

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We had a fabulous trip and wouldn't hesitate to use Audley (and Alison) again. My compliments to your organization and your staff!

The Saperstein group in India

Jan Saperstein travelled to India for 18 days in January 2015, organised by Alison

We are five travellers who have recently returned from a trip to India planned by Alison Hall. I am writing to let you know how pleased we were with Alison and the trip she designed. It was a complex trip, with different arrivals, departures and interests, and Alison handled all the details with ease and grace. She was extremely responsive to our questions and concerns, and her listening skills were superb. We had a fabulous trip and wouldn't hesitate to use Audley (and Alison) again. My compliments to your organization and your staff!
Munnar, India

I recommend visiting - Munnar

Munnar in Kerala at an altitude of 5200ft is the main tea growing area in the south of India. The first time I visited was on a break from work in Mumbai. The amazing green rambling hills were such a breath of fresh air from the busyness of the city.

It is one of the few places in India where waterfalls flow all year round. It provides great opportunities for escaping the crowds including walking in the plantations, and some gentle hill walking providing the reward of fantastic 360 degree views. I'm sure once you visit you will not want to leave!

Ellerton, Kandy

I recommend staying at - Ellerton

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Ellerton is lovely small simple boutique hotel sitting on a hillside close to Kandy. It was built over 100 years ago for use by the Tea estate managers, and therefore retains the colonial character.

Although I have stayed in more luxurious properties, the friendly welcoming staff really made my visit memorable. The staff are always happy to help but do so in a relaxed non intrusive fashion, making it much more of a homely experience than a hotel stay.

In addition Ben, the resident Black Labrador, is always willing to accompany you on walks around the plantation if you wish!

I'll never forget when…

Having lived in India it is difficult for me to choose a most memorable experience, as I had so many. However festival season in India is unforgettable, particularly Diwali.

It is great to witness everyone enjoying themselves, and the displays are particularly impressive - from the hanging lanterns, to the amazing Rangoli on the floors, to the extensive firework displays. I'm not sure my ears will ever fully recover!

Photos of Alison

  • Alison in the rock garden, Chandigarh, India Alison in the rock garden, Chandigarh, India
  • Alison joining in with pre-wedding celebration dancing, India Alison joining in with pre-wedding celebration dancing, India
  • Alison enjoying the views from One-Tree Hill at Ashburnham Estate, Sri Lanka Alison enjoying the views from One-Tree Hill at Ashburnham Estate, Sri Lanka
  • Alison on a private plane in Bhutan Alison on a private plane in Bhutan
  • Alison in the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow, Russia Alison in the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow, Russia
  • Alison inside the State Hermitage Museum in Moscow, Russia Alison inside the State Hermitage Museum in Moscow, Russia
  • Alison next to the Tsar Cannon in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia Alison next to the Tsar Cannon in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia
  • Alison making Ayuvedic oil, Sri Lanka Alison making Ayuvedic oil, Sri Lanka
  • Alison in Munnar, India Alison in Munnar, India
  • On top of Pidurangala Rock, looking out to Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka On top of Pidurangala Rock, looking out to Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka
  • Alison at St Catherine's Palace near St Petersburg, Russia Alison at St Catherine's Palace near St Petersburg, Russia
  • Alison in a tuk tuk in the small town of Ella, Sri Lanka Alison in a tuk tuk in the small town of Ella, Sri Lanka

Photos taken by Alison

  • The Trinity Monastery of St Sergius The Trinity Monastery of St Sergius
  • Elephant Uda Walawe Elephant Uda Walawe
  • Elephant Uda Walawe Elephant Uda Walawe
  • Aranmula Aranmula
  • St Petersburg St Petersburg
  • St Petersburg St Petersburg
  • Suzdal Suzdal
  • Lake Onega Lake Onega
  • St Isaac's Cathedral St Isaac's Cathedral
  • St Catherine's Palace gardens St Catherine's Palace gardens
  • Yusupov Palace Yusupov Palace
  • Inside St catherine's Palace Inside St catherine's Palace