tour was awesome!!! wonderful tour guide, got to see everything and got SO much information about places we saw. everyone was SO friendly and helpful. loved it
The tour overall was great. A representative picked us up from our hotel at 5:00 am in Delhi in a clean, AC car. He walked us into the train station and escorted us to our seats, which we were very happy he did because there were a lot of homeless folks and solicitors, and we were the only westerners in sight. Another rep met us in Agra and took us to a hotel to freshen up and to meet our guide before we arrived at the Taj Mahal. Our guide advised us to say no to the vendors and solicitors, but said he had a colleague who would take our pictures in the Taj Mahal and give us an opportunity to buy prints at a discount. The photographer new all the great spots and shots. The pictures ended up being a little pricey 10000 INR, which was split among 4 of us, but each of us got individual photo albums and a CD-rom with all the pictures, so it was worth it in the end. We were suppose to go straight to lunch after the Taj Mahal, but our guide took us to a local jewelry store and then to a marble cutter shop, both of which had ties to the Taj Mahal story and how it was built. The items were beautiful but we definitely felt pressured to buy something. It was easier to haggle the price down at the marble shop then it was at the jewelry shop. After shopping, we were then taken to lunch at a local restaurant, which was delicious. Then we were taken to Agra Fort, which we were rushed through because our guide knew we wouldn't have much time for the third and final stop, Fatehpur Sikri. We made it to Fatehpur Sikri after an hour drive. We were one of the last groups allowed into Fatehpur Sikri for the day, which was nice because we basically had the place to our selves. We were then driven back to Agra for another impromptu stop at a sari and fabric shop. We were then taken back to the train station where our rep waited with us for our train, which was 45 minutes late. Overall, the guides and reps were very nice and knowledgeable.
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