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Excellent tour with informative and friendly guide .
Village walk is great.
The tour of the village was totally different, and did not really fit in with the rest of the tour. It was really a walk through total poverty, which was already evident from driving through the countryside. Unnecessary.
Warren K USA
The Taj Mahal ! There is nothing else to say ! This is the moment we looked forward to and it is everything you have imagined - Stunning, inspiring and the memories of a lifetime- Viator used a tour company for our tour and they did an excellent job - however please read about the Kachhpura option below to see if this specific tour is for you -
We were picked up at 5 am because our trip to Agra was by way of the direct train that leaves at 6 am and takes 2.5 hours. This is a great option as compared to driving - you get a reserved seat and its a comfortable ride all the way there - they serve some snacks on board but we brought food from the hotel. We were met at the train station and off we went for the tour. Nothing can compare to the WOW factor of the Taj Mahal - Our guide Sanjay has a History degree and was a fountain of information - extremely professional and friendly - he clearly is an expert in his field and his explanations were very clear and interesting. We bought the photo package at the Taj Mahal - for about 100 US we had personal photographer take 60 photos of us that were developed, printed and put in an album before we left - he posed us and got us the most incredible memories. Most importantly you get the jpg images on a computer disc so you can make your own prints and load them to your computer that night ! this was well worth it for a trip of a lifetime - we spent plenty of time at the Taj Lunch was included and was a buffet at a 5 star hotel in Agra and was delicious. We went to the Agra Fort and had an extensive tour of the palace and also toured the mini Taj - Now the Kachhpura Village is an interesting option - it is billed as a Mughal heritage walking tour but in reality it has a little bit of Mughal relics but more importantly it is a walk into a typical rural village - its not easy to see the way of life and poverty but the people are friendly and their spirit is inspiring. We were glad we did it - Ask for Sanjay !
Great trip, tour guides spoke perfect English and were very adept at handling some of the difficult cultural obstacles. I will book with Viator again.
Excellent tour the guide was very knowledgable. The train reduced travelling time and was easy enough to do although we finished the tour at half 4 and the return train wasn't until 9.20 the evening meal included was on the train. We sat around at a hotel (5*) for over 4hrs expensive drinks bill!
For those visiting India, Taj Mahal is a must see, and this day tour was a great way to see it. The Express train was definitely a great option for traveling to Agra - and the tour operator made it very easy to navigate both in Delhi and in Agra, even for a solo traveler. Agra provided for many sights beyond the Taj - and the tour guide was very knowledgeable about each site. Kachhpura Village was a great add to get the local flavor. Only caution - be prepared to be shown final products for sale when visiting the cottage industries to see how certain crafts are done...
I would not take the train if you are at all squeamish about dirty surfaces. I would suggest luxury bus instead. Our guide in Agra was terrific, very knowledgeable. The Taj Mahal was incredible - not too be missed.
Know what you are getting into, this is a very very long day! Driver from hotel to train station, train to Agra with breakfast on board (I'd pass...), but then Agra! Once there this was fantastic, all the sites to see, easy / direct access with a knowledgeable guide, good lunch / rest spot, and ability to add the show if finishing up early enough before the train back with dinner on board (I'd pass...).
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