We took a 7 day tour of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
Right from my initial contact with the tour manager Mohd Sadd our experience was great. He provided us with a customized detailed itinerary and a very reasonable price compared to other quotes. I would say his price was in the lower middle price range. We paid 33% up front, and then the remainder via credit card mid way through our tour (day 4).
He explained that the itinerary was an outline, however could be changed as we went through our tour based on our preferences and how much we wanted to see.
We picked the 5 star package and the tour company booked all ITC hotels for us. In Delhi we stayed in the Sheration New Delhi, in Agra we stayed in the ITC Mogul, and in Jaipur we stayed in the ITC rajputana.
Based on the amazing reviews for the driver Bansi we requested that he be our driver. I cannot say enough good things about Bansi. He is professional, warm, funny, and most importantly a great driver. He would always be ready 5 mins before our agreed meeting times, he never delayed us by filling gas or doing anything personal, he always had the car clean, and stocked with water for us. Bansi is very perceptive and gets a feel for things you like and don’t like and makes sure that he caters his style for you specifically.
I was a little worried about meeting him at the Delhi airport but as promised he was waiting in the right area with a sign with our names on it. From that point on he took us everywhere we wanted to go (even outside of the tour itinerary) for the entire 8 days. At one point we asked him to take us to a dry cleaner to wash our clothes, he just took our clothes and the next day brought them back clean. He is truly an amazing driver and just a good person.
The thing we really appreciated was that he never pushed us to go to stores and buy things or stop at specific attractions, however if we requested something, for example we wanted some jewelry, he suggested a place took us there, and the places he took us were consistently great. He took us to his cousins jewelry shop at OUR request, this sounds fishy taking us to his cousins place, but wow, this shop was very nice, the staff was not pushy, we didn’t feel like we had to buy something, although we wanted to and did. We got a customized ruby ring and earrings, they made them for us and delivered them to our hotel the next day. We had them appraised back home (Canada), and they were appraised for about 3 times what we paid for them.
Back to the tour… So we are the kind of people that like to see everything but not spent hours at attractions. Get in… get out. We stated our preference, and Bansi as well as all the tour guides were happy to oblige this style of tour for us. We saw an immense number of attractions usually in the first 3-4 hours of the day, and then we would have the afternoon and evening to relax at the hotel and enjoy the beautiful pools and amenities. That being said if you wanted a more in depth tour of specific attractions the guides would be more than happy to do that for you.
All in all, this was an amazing experience, I don’t often give 5 star ratings, this one deserves it. When we our our family returns to India we will be using classic taj as well as Bansi.