This was a really good day trip from Delhi. Everything was really well organised, from being picked up at both ends to and from the train, being shown to our seats, and the tour of the Taj and Agra Fort. Our tour guide had much knowledge and was clear most of the time - whenever we could not quite understand something he was always ready to repeat what he said, and if necessary, to explain in more detail. We opted for the trip without lunch included - would suggest this as we just wanted a small lunch, ended up going to Costa coffee - that was enough food as breakfast was large.
My Girlfriends and I traveled throughout India and I arranged this tour for our short trip to Delhi. I have been to the Taj Mahal several times and knew that I wanted a very organized tour especially since our time was limited. This company delivered as promised. As explained, we were promptly picked up at the hotel. Taken by car to the express train. The guide showed us to our seats. He then returned when we arrived in Agra. He handed us over to another guide and car who shuttled us straight to the Taj Mahal. We did not have to wait in the long line for tickets - they were LONG! The guide was very knowledgeable about the history and spoke great English. We also had the same experience visiting Agra Fort - no line, easy entry and knowledgeable guide. The guide took us to 2 shops and a great restaurant for lunch. We then were driven back to the train station where the first guide met us, placed us on the train and they promptly took us back to our hotel upon arrival in Delhi. No problem with the train we arrived back in the evening and our flight was at 3am the next day! I am not knocking down my rating for the store stops as I expected this. But you should know that you will get the hard sell at the gem store and at the marble store. The stores carry beautiful things and there is no obligation to purchase though it can be hard to say no!, but just know you are not really being taken to these stores to watch the craftsman. Overall - it was a great experience for all of us and this company runs a tight ship delivering excellent service and wonderful staff.
Travelling by the Taj Express Train on this day tour from NewDelhi was amazing. Visiting the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Agra was a dream come true. My guide, Shaan, has a great depth of knowledge of the area and sites, which he imparted to me in a lovely clear, interesting way and with humour. I had an amazing day which just flew by. The Taj Mahal in particular was so beautiful and stunning. My driver in Agra, Raju, zipped us around safely and in comfort to the sites. I unreservedly recommend this tour. I did include all the optional additions on this tour which thus included pick up from the hotel and return to the hotel, breakfast and dinner on the train, lunch in Agra, all entrance fees, including express access to the sites and was so glad I did. I was able to relax and just enjoy the whole experience. I
Highly recommended! Couldnt have asked for a better experience.
Traveling solo for business and had a free weekend. After reading a ton of reviews on various tour companies I booked my Agra tour and I couldnt have asked for more. The communication was excellent which really helped put me at ease. I was met at the airport on Sat. morning and taken to the train station, escorted onboard the train and to my seat. On each handover they took a pic to send to the next contact as a safety measure. The next guy would show you the pic to ensure that you didnt wind up going with someone you shouldnt.
Once in Agra I was met by my guide Khalid and driver Mr. Singh. Both were fantastic. Mr Singh was a somewhat subdued gentleman with a great sense of humor and Khalid was a wealth of knowledge who was very like able and a treat to spend the day with.
I highly suggest requesting Khalid, an Agra native, for your tour. He kept the day moving and with conversation but was never pushy. He let me have plenty of space to enjoy the Taj and fort but never let me out of his sight. In addition to the tours, we had an amazing lunch and did some shopping. The shopping was at my request and Khalid never made me feel pressured to buy which differs from what I read in reviews of other tour companies.
Getting back to Dheli and to the airport was a well coordinated reverse of getting to Agra pics, escorted to ny seat etc.... Overall, the day was error free and I was in complete control throughout the tour. If you plan to visit Agra dont pass these guys by!
Everything on the tour with Taj Destinations was brilliant, perfect communication all the time, punctual and a very tailored service in case you want something particular, in the future I will definitely count with them, they don't try to abuse you on prices and always give you tips on how to move, do and shop in India, it was excellent for my first adventure in the country traveling alone, Namaste Asif !!!
The guide in Delhi was great and even went with us on the train and the rest of the tour to be sure we had no problems. The guide in Agra should have at least taken the time to orient us as to what we should expect after the tour. At the end of your tour, you will be taken to a place to supposedly educate you on how something is done, but it is in fact a place where they will try to sell you items at inflated prices. Don't ever pay what they say is the price. The more accurate value is usually closer to half of what the original price quote is. In addition, it is common practice in India that the guide typically gets a commission for bringing you to the store. If you aren't interested, just say no and be polite but firm about it. You can even tell them you don't want to go at all, but some of the places they take you have some nice items.
I was very impressed by the level of communication before and during the trip. A lot of attention to detail allowed the party of 2 to travel from central Dehli to the Taj with ease. Our guide was informed and helpful alone a 7/10. It was disappointing to be shown so many markets when asked not to so please keep this in mind when booking any tour.