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Kenneth L United Kingdom
I was a little unsure of booking this train trip, however it was a perfect way to see Amritsar and all the sights. The guide took us straight to our reserved seats and the service was excellent. The train carriage is dated like 1960's but it worked out fine. Hotel perfect a good tour.
The Golden Temple is a MUST GO for a spiritual connection, even if you aren't Sikh. Seeing The Book and seeing this temple at night under the moon is majestic, as is touring the free kitchen. We even got to make roti with the locals! Harry, our guide, was knowledgeable and outgoing - definitely a fabulous tour guide.
Out of all the tours we booked for our Southeast Asia adventure, this one was the most organized and followed the itinerary pretty well. Transport to the train was easy, and our contact even walked us onto the train to the right place before leaving us. Finding our next contact in Amritsar, nearly seven hours later, was also easy - a sign for Sita, the company, in hand. He explained our itinerary, and then we met Harry.
Harry took us to the border ceremony, which was so wonderful. It's SUPER HOT in June, so be careful of exhaustion, but as a foreigner, you have your own designated section near the action. Then, of course, was the Golden Temple - everything I didn't know I loved about people, the world, and god.
This tour was fascinating and lovely. The guide and driver were professional and wonderful to spend time with. Our driver was very skilled and pleasant. Our guide took very good care of us. He was especially interesting and knowledgeable. On a two day tour, a good guide is most important, and we had an excellent one. The tour is remarkable. One point to add, there was a wrinkle in the booking so be attentive to that. Highly recommend this most wonderful tour.
Great tour would recommend highly!!!
The tour guides were excellent, very knowledgeable and great to spend time with. They made us feel very welcome and ensured all our needs were met throughout our time there. Would 100 recommend to anyone and without hesitation would use the tour company again!
Value for money.
We were well looked after. Timely transfer from hotel to the railway station, met by the local tour representative Sita Travels. good and comfortable train journey to Amritsar. Met by the representative on the other side and transferred to the hotel . Good guide service for the tour and then timely return back to train and to the hotel even though the train reached quite late 11 pm back to Delhi
Everyone should put this site on their itinerary. The temple is awesome. But moreso the fact that the Sihks prepare 10 -50K meals a day for the poor and give them free selter. Volunteers often wait 3 mos. to serve the needy. Religion/people at its best. Worth the long train trip.
My tour guide was awesome. The train ride there was great on the way home we got a bad train with no air conditioning. Would have paid extra for the better train
We loved our tour! The Wagah Border flag ceremony was very entertaining (although there was a recent suicide bomber attack on 11/2/14 that killed 60 people on the Pakistan side, I'm not too sure how safe it is any longer). The Golden Temple was beautiful...especially at night, and our guide was very kind and knowledgeable.
The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is that there was some confusion about our return pick-up from the train station. Our train was delayed about 40 minutes, and we arrived back in Delhi around 11:45pm. Not sure what happened, but we waited about 15-20 minutes and nobody showed up, so we wound up getting a taxi. The company apologized for the mishap and made it up by sending a car to take us to dinner the next day, and also a ride to the airport.
All in all, the tour was great, and I would definitely recommend it!
Very good. All went well most of the time. The sights were amazing and our guide was very informative. Getting started was a bit rocky. the organisers were looking for information that we thought we'd already given. And there was some confusion as to how long we could use the hotel room at the end of the trip prior to catching the train..
I will NEVER recommend this tour nor company Sita to anyone.... Let me just say: the tour guide was awesome and very knowledgable, and the tour itself was great the parts that actually took place. However, it was the travel to and from Amritsar by train which ruined this trip and my whole trip to India.
So we are told that we will be taking a train to Amritsar from our hotel in Delhi. We are told that the train will arrive at 7:45AM so we are picked up at 6:00AM from our hotel. When we arrive to the train area, we are told that the train is delayed by 5 hours. Since it is winter and there is lots of fog, the trains are usually delayed for hours we are told. This is a fact EVERYONE knows in India except tourists like us.
The tour company obviously knows that the trains are routinely delayed, but instead of having a driver take us to Amrisar like other tours do they went the cheap way and sent us on the train. When we get on the train, our seats were waitlisted which means the company waited until the absolutely last minute to book them. We were told incorrect seat numbers and at first thought this tour was a scam. Eventually we found our correct seat numbers and the train eventually left.
We arrive to our destination five hours late we left 4 hours late, and the train ride took 6 hours instead of 5, missing the ritual flag lowering at Wagah border something we really wanted to explore. We had to fight to do it the next day, however we missed opportunities to do other parts of our trip. Like I said above, the tour was fine. We missed things due to the lateness of the train, but we the tour guide was awesome.
When we took the train back, our train left 4 hours late and took 13 HOURS TO GET BACK because of the fog. 13 hours we were on the train as opposed to the 4 it would have taken by car. I did not travel to India to be stuck on a very disgusting train which as you can see below is never cleaned. Because of this, we missed our other trip to the Taj Mahal. I traveled all the way from the United States to explore India, and this 2 day tour RUINED MY TRIP. I took the liberty of taking photos from the beautiful train. There are others but you will get the idea.
Please, never use this vendor Sita India. If you have trips scheduled the next day you will absolutely not make it back in time for them. Insist on being driven to your destinations by a driver. Our other destinations sent drivers which were just as far as Amritsar's with no issues. AVOID AVOID AVOID Sita!
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