We booked the tour from our cruise ship which did not plan an expedition to the Taj. We were excited to find a tour that could take us to the Taj Mahal from our ship and return us the next port to rejoin our ship after our tour.
We flew from Cochin to Delhi where we were picked up from our driver, Bittu, who took care of us for the next two days. We stayed in Agra at the beautiful Jaypee 5 star resort in Agra near the Taj. Our guide Maheesh met us there the next morning and took us on tours of the Taj, the Castle and Fort as well as the "Baby" Taj Mahal.
Maheesh was incredibly knowledgeable of the history of all the sites we visited and the culture of the area. We also did some local tours and shopping while in Agra. The final day, we were driven back to Delhi for our flight to rejoin the ship. I cannot begin to tell you how easy it all was. All of our needs were anticipated and our itinerary was well planned and seamlessly executed.
I would recommend PCTI, our guide service, to anyone who is traveling in India and wants to experience it and learn about the history and culture, especially first time visitors.