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Oct092011

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Private Tour: Old and New Delhi in a Day

Delhi, India

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a great tour. I recommend it if you either have little time or are planning to see Delhi for a few days or more. The tour gave my Wife and I a great outline and overall understanding of the city and it's culture.

The Guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and approachable. We asked a few curly questions and he was honest in his responses.

The tour allowed us to make note of places where we could tour on our own later on, and equipped us with a better understanding of how to 'survive in Delhi'.

Note on dress: My wife advises other women to dress not worrying about what you look like but about covering yourself up. No exposed chests or anything below the knees. The men/boys can't stop staring.

Note on Tips: Most hospitality est' will charge a service charge, if they don't, tipping is about 5-10% depending on service provided. Like some other countries, many workers rely on tips as the source of income. We were told that many of the budget hotel/restaurants have workers who work only for tips and don't get paid a base wage.

Note on trading days: Many of the monuments/sites have days where they are closed. Check first before going to those places.

Don't expect much from the transport car. It is only a simple old bomb, but part of the experience. Traffic in Delhi is chaos, so recommend you have a bottle of water with you.

Overall, great trip and worth doing.

Oct092011

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Agra and the Taj Mahal Day Trip from Delhi

Delhi, India

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great trip. Worth doing if you want a more structured/organised itinerary. Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and knew intricate details about the 2 monuments.

Please note, it is a 5hr car ride each way from New Delhi. No scheduled refreshment stops along the way, so if you need, you will have to ask. The driver didn't speak much english, so good idea to get the hotel staff translate what you want before leaving. Don't expect much from the transport car, it is only an old simple bomb, but I guess it's all part of the experience! The tour guide will meet you in Agra.

Wear walking shoes, there is no dress sense in India and the more ill-fitting your clothes are the better.

At the Taj Mahal, get your photos taken by the local 'photographers'. Should cost about 50 - 100 rupees, and they aren't too bad. There are heaps of them, and you won't need to find them, they will find you. Remember don't pay until the end, as you are leaving they will come and find you.

Note on tips: If they don't charge you a service charge on your bill, then leave a tip of about 50-100 rupees. Otherwise, the service charge is about 3-5%. However, we tipped the guide about 500 rupees.

Note on Hawkers: There will be many hawkers attempting to either sell you stuff or beg. Trick seems to be not to give them any attention (no looking at them, never talk to them, don't say no or anything and just keep moving or doing your own thing) They will eventually leave. If you engage in any way, they will follow you everywhere, even to the loo.

Overall, great experience.

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