We couldn't have been more pleased with our experience! Our driver, Ravi, was prompt and kind. Our guide, Sandeep, was polite, humorous, and an exceptional story-teller. He made history come alive as we walked through the Taj Mahal. He got us past lines of people and set up great photo scenes for us. After the Taj Mahal, we went to Agra Fort, then for authentic Indian lunch away from where the tourist buses stop. I highly recommend this tour!
This tour was just as promised. Our driver picked us up in New Delhi at the hotel, it was a 3 hour drive to the Taj Mahal where we met our tour guide. From there we visited the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, with our tour guide doing a great job of getting the tickets, getting us around all the lines, and showing us all the good spots to get pictures. From there we went and saw a local artisan that made hand made stone goods. They were a little pushy and the prices are very expensive you just have to tell them you aren't interested. From there we went and had a buffet style lunch Indian food but very good. From there we got back in the car and it was about a 3.5 hour trip back to our hotel by the airport. Very good tour and experience.
This tour made it super easy to visit the Taj from Delhi. We were picked up on time by the driver and met our tour guide in Agra who got us quickly through the ticket line and security. HIs commentary on the Taj was very interesting and thorough, however he lets you take as many pictures as you'd like. The Taj is so unreal it looks fake- even in person- its incredible! There are many reviews on the guide taking you to tourist shops but he asks if it is something you are interested in. The inlaid marble is beautiful to see, as they give a quick demonstration, but be prepared it is expensive. We enjoyed seeing the intricate pieces but didn't buy anything. The guide is flexible with the lunch and Agra Fort timetable depending on how you are feeling. Lunch was great and filling! To be honest, we all book this trip for the Taj but the Agra Fort was so beautiful and a wonderful surprise for us. It really was a highlight and had beautiful views of the Taj so don't miss it!
I have taken several tours over the years, and this is to me one of the best if not the best tour I have taken.
Since the moment I booked, communication and service has always been perfect. The owner Sumit kindly aksed all my questions once I had booked the tour, providing all necesary details such as pick-up hour.
On the day of the tour, the driver Ravinder was there 10 minutes before the agreed time. He was corteous, always had a smile and made the ride a smooth and good experience. We arrived in time and with absolutely no issues.
Upon our arrival to Agra, I was introduced to my guide, Sandeep, who since the first moment made me feel I was in great hands. He was kind enough to show me all the sights, showing great knowledge of the sites we visited, answering questions, taking pictures and introducing me to the best options that would ensure the experience would be something I wouldnt forget. He was always attentive and looming out for my interest. He showed me things of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort that I would never have imagined or read before comming here. He definitely made the experience something I will always treasure and that will make me always look for Akbran Tours whenever I want to get a personalized, professional and amazing tourist experience.
I will definitely recommned this company to friends, colleagues and anyone wishing to have an unforgetable time in Agra or any other place.
Feel free to book with confidence knowing you will be threated as family.
Great trip! Our driver Jitu and tour guide Deepak were very pleasant and helpful the whole trip. The included lunch was very nice. Of course, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort were totally worth it. : The only problem we ran into was that we were staying in a neighbourhood in South Delhi instead of a hotel, and the driver was late because our location was miscommunicated to him. If you're not staying in a hotel, take extra care to make sure the tour company is clear on where you are getting picked up. Delhi is a hard place to navigate, even for local drivers who know the place!
Great trip. Taj Mahal is breathtaking and Agra Fort was pretty cool too. Couple things to note:
- Trip was in Toyota Innova. We were a group of 4 and the only ones in the van.
- Driver made stops to and from Agra which had clean bathrooms and some limited food and drink options.
- Local guide at Agra was knowledgeable and very helpful. At one point, I inadvertently had something in my backpack which was not allowed in the Taj Mahal. Rather than going all the way back to the taxi, the guide gave it to a small vendor nearby and just paid him ruppees after we finished up inside. Very nice tough.
- Our guide brought us to a demonstration which really just turned out to be an opportunity to try and sell us stuff. He was going to bring us to a second one, but we told him we weren't interested and he was cool with that.