My friend and I were only in India for 8 full days. My bucket list item while there was the Taj Mahal and hers was seeing Indian tigers, so this tour allowed us to both, plus see and learn a little about major sites in New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur as well as see other parts of India from the road while traveling between these places. It was great to not have to worry about the logistics, such as transportation, lodging, most meals, and what sites to see, as all of these things were taken care of for us. It was especially helpful to have a driver waiting for us with an air conditioned car an a bottle of water as soon as we finished visiting a site so we didn't have to stand outside in the heat for too long or worry about purchasing our own bottled water throughout the day!
Driver/Car: Note that you will spend a lot of time in the car on this trip, but the car is well-maintained and the driver can put on a wifi hot spot for you to use during the longer journeys to help you pass the time. Our driver, KK, masterfully drove the crazy, chaotic, populated Indian streets and highways and got us safely and quickly to our destinations.
Lodging: All of the hotels we stayed at were well maintained and comfortable. The meals included at the hotels were generally pretty decent and had both Western and Indian food options.
Sites: We really enjoyed all of the sites that we went to, especially the Taj Mahal and the City Palace and Amber Fort in Jaipur! Unfortunately we did not see any tigers during our safari.
Guides: We had different guides in each place. Overall, the guides were all very good and knowledgeable. We especially liked our guide in Jaipur. Our only complaint with the guides was that we would have liked a little free time to enjoy the sites ourselves, take photos, etc. without the guides also right beside us.
Overall, we would highly recommend this tour for those travelers who want to pack in a lot in a short amount of time!
I booked the private 5 day ranthambhore tiger tour from New Delhi because I was visiting India with my husband and 2 more friends and we wanted to see the best of India in the little time we had. We started in Delhi where our driver Vipin picked us up, after visiting some monuments and temples in New Delhi we started driving to Agra, when we got to the hotel Manoj (our tour guide) was already waiting for us, he was kind enough to explain the whole process and did the check in for us, next day we visited the Taj Mahal and the Agra fort, manoj was extremely nice and professional, he adapted the tour the way we liked it and he was sooo nice that we didn’t want him to go, it was definitely a plus in this amazing city, Manoj made our Taj Mahal visit unforgettable. When we were almost on our way back Vipin (Our driver) got a call that we forgot our passports and all our money at the hotel, I couldn’t believe that he was so humble to make sure we got our passports and all of our money back! Ranthambhore experience was amazing!!! Our safari was incredible! We saw 3 tigers and a lot of other animals! The hotel was extremely nice and comfortable, the service and the food was out of this world. After Ranthambhore we visited Jaipur the pink city where we visited all the main sites, the hotel once again was wonderful and very comfortable. After Jaipur we drove back to Delhi where Vipin dropped us off in our last hotel. Vipin made our India experience way more than what we expected, he was always on time, always happy, always ready to learn from our culture, always with water in the car, the car was extremely clean everyday, I mean I can’t say enough of how lucky we were to have Vipin, the most honest and humble person I have met in my life! Manoj our tour guide from Agra was also very professional and very knowledgeable. We loved him as well. We are definitely coming back to India and we will definitely will be asking for Vipin! Amazing time!
This is a great package to see the highlights of the golden triangle. Hotels were great. Tour went smoothly. Tour guide, Mr. Mahesh Kumar, was very knowledgeable and friendly and accommodating to our group of 6. Our group ranged in age from 12 - 88. We didn't see any tigers during our safari, but enjoyed the safari jeep ride. Bus driver was a safe driver.
Great trip for a short stay in India. I am a first time Viator user as I normally travel the world independently. I needed a last minute tour to fit my travel partners limited schedule which visited the highlights I wanted to see - Taj Majal and tigers. This was my first time in India and first 'tour' with private driver. The tour operator provided a great experience - I was not keen on many aspects of India society and food - but overall this was a smoothly run tour.
Pros: My driver: Mr. Sharma was awesome. Excellent clean and maintained vehicle, very safe driving skills, prompt pickups and good communications. Always had cool water and local stories and advice. A good connection with the driver is paramount - this tour includes a great deal of on the road time. The lodgings: Agra - Ramada is a very new, well run hotel, comfortable modern room, friendly service, and great breakfast buffet. Ranthambore - Regency showing it's age but well maintained, rooms are dated, service was excellent. This portion included all meals based around safari drives: food service was good, staff really tried to please. Considering I spent almost 8 hours on dusty safaris but did spot a tiger drives - Regency was more than adequate. Lodging in Jaipur Lemon Tree was a letdown. By all appearances a modern city business hotel, but very worn out rooms, mediocre breakfast, unfriendly staff. The guides: this tour provides a driver for the entire trip plus local guides at various major stops. 50/50 rating on guides: the guides in Delhi and Jaipur, while informative and knowledgable seemed to be bored going thru the motives of the job. My guide in Agra, a female, was excellent - engaging, knowledgable, lively personality. The guides on safari drives were hit and miss - morning guide took time to explain Ranthambore Park, tracking tiger techniques, pointed out birds and other animals, and understood photo angles. The afternoon guide again simply went thru the motions, no narrative or tracking skills, we just drove around until we got lucky with a tiger sighting.
The Con's - this culture is very sexist as the guide experience reflected with my female traveling partner - the Agra guide female and the morning safari guide male and our driver treated her with respect, the Delhi and Jaipur guide males would not speak to her directly unless absolutely necessary, and usually with a sigh and smirk.. Whist I understand cultural differences, modern western people - where women are treated equal - provide the bulk of tourists in India and should reflect in tour company training. The lodging in Jaipur was 3 star in any other country. The culture and food require adaptation as we were on sensory overload from all the people, noise, traffic and filth of India. No fault to the tour company - and the food in India was dodgy at best - and places our tour guide suggested very expensive. Be prepared for many hours of seat time in a car navigating the chaotic and bumpy India landscape. Unless you really want to spend a lot of money - simply tell the insistent guide you do not want to visit cultural exhibits of crafts which is a lead to ripoff high pressure sales tactics at carpet stores, gem factories, textile weavers, etc. I avoided these entirely, there was plenty of shopping elsewhere.
The sites: all of the included tour sites followed the itinerary and ranged from spectacular Pro-Taj Majal to odd Con - the smelly, sewage filled lake in Jaipur.
Overall I was very pleased with my tour service provided by the tour operator. The tour description on Viator was accurate and comprehensive and communication with the tour operator went smoothly. I highly recommend this tour at the price point I paid for those with limited amount of time or desire to spend in this area of India.