Viator Exclusive: Private Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour, Dine with a View and Optional Photographer - Reviews

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Henry Javier Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Fue una experiencia única. todo muy bien organizado, nuestro chofer fue una persona muy amable, en la ruta a Agra nos fue explicando los puntos mas importantes, estuvo siempre muy pendiente de nosotros. Nos dio un par de recuerdos, nunca había recibido de ningún tour un recuerdo como ese. A pesar de ser un viaje largo, fue muy confortable el vehículo, no estuvo nada cansado. Nuestro guía, Manolo, muy profesional y conocedor de la historia. Fue muy bueno que hable español, así pudimos entender muy bien la historia. Muy buen fotógrafo, conocía los puntos precisos para tomar fotos fantásticas. La vista desde el hotel donde tuvimos nuestro almuerzo fue increíble. La comida se veía muy buena, no me gusta la comida picante, no puedo pedir mas si estoy en la India, es lo que hay. Un tour muy recomendado.

roylis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Wonderful tour! Our driver Mr. Sharma was an excellent driver and was so pleasant and charming! Our guide Sanjay was very knowledgeable and so accommodating. I booked another Viator tour the next day

Hawksfan United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Awesome Visit to Agra! The Taj Mahal was breathtaking, and the Agra Fort tour was very interesting and gave us a very good look into the life of the Mughal emporer and his family. Our tour guide Girdhar Singh was excellent as well! His willingness to share historical facts and stories as we drove to Agra made the visit to the sites much more interesting and personal. Very quickly into the tour, we were joking and sharing stories with him more like a friend than a guide. We stopped for lunch at the 5Gateway Hotel, and enjoyed a delicious and authentic Indian lunch and were very impressed with the great view of the Taj Mahal from the observation deck at the top of their hotel. Very professional tour. We always felt like our needs/requests were taken care of and we would recommend to anyone interested in traveling to India.

julian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

The Taj in itself is reason enough to visit India. Tour, guide, food, and transportation were very good. Nonetheless be prepared to spend 5 hours on the car going from/to Delhi-Agra. For those with limited time in Delhi, this is a great option.

James Murphy Jr

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Great tour. Nice driver. The new highway makes it a lot easier. Our guide in Agra was very knowledgeable.

DESMOND K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

I was very pleased with the tour of the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort although it took over 3 hours to get there Delhi Traffic is the worst I have experiencedthe journey was comfortable and enjoyable.
The whole experience was worth while as we were taken on a journey of discovery of the Taj Mahal and Red Fort which left us with a true sense of the history surrounding both historical sites.
Although the hotel and the roof top restaurant was very pleasant I though the food was poor as we were not given a real choice at the time but served with a mixture of Indian dishes which at best was only just acceptable.
However I will like to add that Viator did send through 3 different menus to choose from but when we got there that choice seemed to have disappeared.
Although the food dampened the experience a little overall we thought the whole day was a fantastic experience and would not hesitate to recommend this tour to friends and family alike.
The service and attention to detail was second to none:

gisellecole

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

We thoroughlly enjoyed our time with our marvelous guide Sanjay...he was incredibly knowledgeable about the Taj Mahal and the entire Agra region. Pankaj was our driver once again and he ensured we had a pleasant drive. Both gentlemen made sure that we were safe and had an enjoyable experience....my friend celebrated her birthday and we both got gifts!!!! She was serenaded by local musicians, given a cake and we were even showered with rose petals!!!! All in all, a wonderful day!!!

Paul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Originally had concerns about the price compared to other company offerings but Shanjay Shukla guide and Shanti driver delivered an exceptional experience for two amazing UNESCO beauties. The term behind the scenes is a bit overstated but Shanjay's ability to expedite access to both locations provided significant benefits and warranted the use of VIP. The fellow is like a rock star amongst his peers. It would be very difficult to find a guide that knows more about all aspects of both structures and related personal history.

The lunch on the rooftop was very good and even though it equated to a decent portion of the tour cost, in the end it was certainly worth the cost of entry.

Driving down versus taking the new high speed train is a toss up. Shanti provided significant local favor and history. Evidently some of the time the train can't reach high speeds due to livestock and other impediments that happen to cross the rails in various locations.

The only negative which is out of the company's control is the absolutely horrible air pollution that is literally choking the life out of the country.

Mark B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

The driver Sanjay G was very nice and pleasant. The car was clean, supplied with water and diet coke and AC! The drive took 4 hours when leaving at 830am from JW Marriott in Delhi. This was due to heavy traffic for the first 5 miles. However, the trip down to Agra went very fast and even included a pit stop where you could take a quick break and shop a bit. The drive back was also 4 hours but was pleasant after the 4 hour guided tour was complete.

The tour guide Sanjay S was extraordinary in his knowledge of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. He was personable and provided great tips for navigating the area surrounding the Taj Mahal. I highly recommend him!! Once the Taj Mahal visit was complete 1.5 hrs, we headed to a local shop where they provided a quick tour of how marble is crafted with gems and stones, similar to that of the Taj Mahal 45 min. Very impressive! We were allowed to shop in their store for gifts. This was nice as the stores contents were all very impressive but we did not feel pressured to purchase anything.

We then headed to lunch at the Taj Gateway on the Sky Deck with a fantastic view of the Taj Mahal 45min. We followed this up with a tour of the Agra Fort. This was also a great tour, guided by Sanjay S. who provided more in depth history of the fort 1hr.

The trip back to the hotel took 4 hours as well with 1.5 hours once we hit the traffic of Delhi. All in all, well worth it!

Advice:
1 I would leave earlier than 830 to bypass the traffic. Possibly 7am or 730am.
2 We were not allowed to bring our backpacks with us into the Taj Mahal or Fort Agra. While they were completely safe in the car with Sanjay G, it would have been nice to know this information ahead of time so we could organize our things as needed.
3 I would pack a light snack to eat on the way down as we didn't end up eating until around 230-330.

Kristin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Excellent driver and Sanjay was the best tour guide!

barbienken12

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Joseph M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

What a great trip!! Our driver met us at our hotel in New Delhi and was ready to go at the time requested. Nice comfortable van with bottled water. We received a nice driving tour of various temples in New Delhi with a description for each. Along the way we were offered rest stops and breaks if needed.
We were joined by our tour guide Mr. Sanjay in Agra. Our first stop was to the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah / sometimes called the Baby Tāj. What a great intro to Agra.
We proceeded to the Taj Mahal and Mr. Sanjay was simply fantastic, handling every detail from tickets to water to entry into the Taj Mahal. Our personal tour was complete with a full history description, photos and finally time alone to soak up the grandeur of the Taj Mahal.
We opted for high tea at the Gateway Hotel. It was simply fantastic with wonderful service.. Tea, coffee plus an assortment of sandwiches, samosas, fruit bread and chutneys. We chose to eat inside but a quick tour of the Sky Deck revealed a superb view of the Taj Mahal and Agra.
We declined to take the tour of the Red Fort we were to exhausted and returned to New Delhi. Upon returning to our hotel we received beautiful gifts from our driver as a memento of the day. What a fantastic journey. Take this tour, you wont regret it.
FANTASTIC!!

Sargos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

The driver was very good and knew exactly how to make us comfortable on the 3 hour drive. The guide was super fun and spoke perfect English. The marble shop is mostly a scam but you can skip it. The lunch was the best we had in India and we had an amazing view of the Taj Mahal while dining.

Meera A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Amazing Tour!!!
The driver was on time at our hotel and even offered rest stops.
The tour guide Mr. Sanjay was so knowledgeable. He explained the history in a simple and interesting way! All at our own pace.
The restaurant at the Sky Deck restaurant was great! Food was awesome and the view breathtaking!
Went for the optional photographer as well, the photographer was good and took pictures of us while at Taj Mahal and the restaurant. Even natural pictures while you are not aware he is taking them. Provided us with 5 printed out pictures and a USB full of our pictures.

It was all magical :
Overall, worth it!

James F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was an excellent tour Sanjay Shukla did a great job as a tour guide - the Taj Mahal was outstanding. Sanjay Gupta our driver did an excellent job, safe, clean car with lots of snacks.

Dan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Excellent driver and guide. Very polite and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour to anyone.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Now we know how somebody famous feels, kinda. Walking around the Taj Mahal with our own personal photographer was a once in a lifetime experience which allowed us the opportunity to capture amazing photos we could not have gotten by ourselves. Our photographer did an incredible job of posing us in front of the Taj, but took some candid shots of us when we weren’t looking. Best of all, he managed to keep most of the other tourist our of our shots. Not an easy task at the Taj.

Gem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Shanti, our driver made sure that we were always comfortable and well entertained. He is very neat, polite, honest and very professional. He is very knowledgeable about the historical spots in India and speaks very good English. We felt very safe during our day trip from delhi to agra. We highly recommend that you ask for Shanti and I assure you that he will take good care of you. His manager even called us during our last day to make sure that everything was up to our expectation. This package will make your Taj Mahal tour more amazing than you expect it to be.

Joe N.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

The Taj was magnificent. I'm not one to be easily in awe of things, but the beauty of this structure definitely put a smile on my face. Sanjay, our guide was interesting and very knowledgeable. The rooftop lunch was absolutely fantastic, some of the best Indian food I had during my stay and the view was great. You could see monkeys running across the rooftops. Red Fort was also very interesting and Sanjay was very adept at guiding us while integrating new stories about the Taj Mahal in relation to the fort. Often overlooked in tour reviews is an assessment of the driver. Well our driver for the day was Ravi, an incredibly cordial and earnest individual whom I am glad to have met on this trip.

Frank W United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

This tour was amazing and Taj Mahal was just so marvelous! My guide was this guy who has two master’s degree in Indian literature and history, and working on a PhD in architecture or something. Very smart and knowledgeable. We also did optional photographer option – he commanded us to pose in certain ways and pictures came out lovely. I recommend everyone to do this! Another highlight of the tour was lunch. Lunch was arranged on a rooftop of a fancy hotel and the view, I tell you, was crazy good! You can see the entire city of Agra, including Taj Mahal and Agra Fort very clearly! Also, the food was definitely one of the best I had in India. Numnumnum. The ride is from Delhi is pretty long but the value and experience makes this tour a worthwhile. I highly recommend this tour to everyone who is interested in Taj Mahal and best of Agra in one day!

Kimberli W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

This tour was spectacular! It was just me and my husband....and the tour guide who was great. The Taj is breathtaking and we really enjoyed the rooftop lunch overlooking Agra. I would recommend this tour to everyone!

Patrick USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Great tour, amazing photographer, and large lunch!!

albenkert

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2017

Tour of Taj Mahal was excellent. But too much time was spent at merchants. We would have preferred to go to Agra Fort prior to high tea.

Regina B

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2017

My driver was superb! I really enjoyed his knowledge of the India as well travelled to Agra. The tour guide was knowledgeable but a bit loud for my personal taste. He seemingly wanted everyone to know his wealth of knowledge as many people were listening too. This was a private tour, but his presentation was if he was talking to a small group of 15-20 people. My photographer did an excellent job taking the photos. He was able to get good shots without other tourists not in the way. Not only did I receive actual photos that day, I even received a flash drive with additional shots from my visit. Additionally, I chose the option for tea which was a great finale to my tour. I highly recommend this tour!

Paul D

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2017

This is a fabulous trip to see one of the seven wonders of the world. Sanjay was our guide around the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, he was very passionate about the buildings and his enthusiasm was great to see. We visited Agra on a 44C day which is not the best conditions however Sanjay never faulted and he was very knowledgeable about what he was showing us. The photographer didn't offer us a choice of prints and they were over exposed plus there was a couple of spots on the camera lens that were then on every print. I fixed up the problem with the software on my lap top so it wasn't a big problem for me. The photographer took shots around the Taj Mahal only, he positioned us in the right spot to get some good pictures. Sanjay was keen too keen to get us into the outlet selling gems, I guess that there is some commission paid to the guide from these retailers. We did purchase a piece of marble inlaid with semi precious stones as a memento of our trip. The lunch at the local hotel was pretty good, however the hotel is not adjacent to the Taj Mahal it is in fact a few kms away and so the views are not brilliant. Because it was hot when we were there we were happy to not eat lunch on the roof top of the hotel, instead we had lunch in a top floor room of the hotel. We had the Indian cuisine, there was plenty of it, well presented and very tasty. The pictures in my post have been fixed by me but should give you some idea of how the photographer will position you. Our driver for the day was Pankaj, great driver on the roads of India.

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