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“Beyond Expectations, Golden Triangle,Ranthambore and Varanasi”

Golden Triangle Tours India
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Our first visit to India and what a trip. We had originally envisaged a small group tour but as we tried to customize our trip it soon became evident that we would be better off with a private tour. We booked ourselves a flight to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic having previously e mailed our flight details to Gopal. His driver Vinod was waiting for us in the airport , welcomed us with flower garlands and took us on an introductory tour of Delhi. We were to spend much of the next week with Vinod and we found this quiet unassuming man to be brilliant. He was like a waiter in an expensive restaurant, ever present, ever watchful but never intrusive. His driving in crazy Indian traffic,his punctuality and manners never failed.
Next day we were shown around Delhi by tour guide Shiva who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but allowing us to dictate the pace......a great day out.
We had made our own decision to go off piste at this point deciding we would take the train from Delhi to Agra,just for the experience. Vinod took us to the station and helped us find the office where tourists can buy train tickets for the next day. He drove us back to our hotel and took our baggage in the car to Agra. The next morning was fun ,our train was cancelled and we spent the next couple of hours going to a tourist office to change our ticket for a later train. This train happened to leave from a different station and the eight mile drive across Delhi in a tuk tuk can only be described as one of India's most memorable experiences. We sent a text to Vinod and after our one hour forty minutes on the Gatimaan Express he was there, waiting for us on the platform at Agra.

A wonderful day in Agra with guide Amir Khan, a witty and informative guide who is also handy with a camera ( no need to pay the official photographers). The Taj Mahal doesn't need any description it simply surpasses anything you expect.

A lovely, quieter day with Vinod on the long drive from Delhi to Ranthambore. A number of stops ( at our discretion ) for sights and food. The road trip itself is just a great window on rural India.

Two nights in Ranthambore ( wonderful hotel), two safari trips and four tigers seen close up. We became minor celebrities as virtually nobody gets that lucky.

On to Jaipur, nice road trip with various stops, (at our discretion) Full day with guide Vipin, again , well informed and entertaining. A good guide makes such a difference to your experience and he was good.

We had booked our own internal flight from Jaipur to Varanasi with the wonderfully named Spicejet.. I was concerned that our flight left Jaipur at 6:00 A,M. and so I had asked Gopal if getting there that early would be a problem. Of course not, he said your driver will take you. So our last ride with Vinod to the airport at 4:00 A.M. By now we had a good insight into his family life, his standard of living ,and his aspirations ( he would like to own a Royal Enfield ). Goodbye Vinod and thanks for being such a great part of our trip.... you are very good at what you do.

We arrived at Varanasi expecting to be met by tour guide Ravi. We were actually met by an assistant of his, Janak and were driven around by an amazing young driver ( 18 or 19 year old) called Arjun.
Two days packed with Varanasi and The Ganges, very close up This was fast and intense and Janak rather set the pace here. Gopal had booked us a quite splendid stay in The Ramada Plaza which gave us the space to recuperate. An amazing couple of days.

Next morning our driver met us, again rather early, for our flight back to Delhi.

Gopal lives in Jaipur and he came to meet us at our hotel there. He asked some quite searching questions about our experiences with his driver and guides. He has a hands on approach to running his business, takes customer feedback very seriously and has built a well deserved reputation for running a very tight ship. For this reason he doesn't arrange internal flights or train tickets. As we found in Delhi , such things can go wrong and he quite reasonably would not want to be responsible for things over which he had no control. However he could teach our holiday companies a thing or two and we have no hesitation in recommending him for any trip you want to make in Northern India.

7  Thank paulfoster2015
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

We did the golden triangle tour in November as two couples. What a fantastic experience. Our driver Rizwan collected us from the airport and looked after us like kings and queens until dropping us back at the airport at the end of the tour. Fantastic sights with great guides that made sure we made the most of our visits, including great pictures on the Diana bench at the Taj Mahal. A tour we would recommend to all.

3  Thank Mijulie62
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

I had a wonderful week in India (delhi,agra and jaipur) with driver Ashok Kumar Baba. I left my heart in India, with very very beautiful palaces (Amber palace, blue palace, city palace, hawa mahal). Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi is a must try, it amazed me. And must visit Jama mosque and Qutb minar. In Agra, my tour guide Amir Khan had so many exotic photo angles and informatian. Love it..... and Jaipur is very beautiful city, with warm color. Jaipur is a must visit for artlover and you can shop till u drop. India, i will be back very soon

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

We had a nice experience in the Golden triangle visiting the Taj Mahal and many other sights. We liked a lot our guide in Agra (Mr. Malik), very knowledgeable with good explanations and a photo enthusiast that helped us to have great shots of the Taj Mahal, and our driver, (Mr. Anshul Saini) that took us to all the restaurants and places we asked, always on time, and with the windows always cleaned for the best photos from the car, always asking if everything was fine and offering snacks/beverages. We recommend mentioning them when booking. The rest was fine, an overall pleasant trip. We recommend spending more time in Agra and Jaipur. New Dehli has crazy traffic jams all the time, everywhere.

1  Thank greatreviwers
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Feb-March 2018.
This has to be the best ways to visit most of Rajasthan in 7 days. Arriving at Safdarjung railway station, Delhi, following a traditional welcome on the platform, we board our train. Our Tour manager welcomed us all for drinks in the bar to give us our itinerary for the week. Our tour would take in Jaipur, Sawai Madopur- Chittaurgarah, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodphur, Bharatpur - Agra, Delhi. The train was always on time, the tour ran like clockwork and was extremely well organised, taking in all the major sights of the cities visited. We consumed a substantial 3 meals a day, some in 5* hotels, all others on the train. The food was very tasty, with a good selection of Indian, Chinese, Italian and English cuisine.On the train however, this was served in traditional 'Thali' style with all 16 selections ( excluding soup and dessert fortunately ) on your plate at the same time. Interesting to say the least ! The service on board was exceptional, with a 24hour Butler at the ready to meet any of our requests, and carry our shopping at the end of our day sightseeing. Comfortable shoes and a hat are a must!! There was a lot of walking, as one would expect and by the afternoon you could really feel the heat (30* + ) ( This time of year however is a perfect time, temperature wise, in our experience, to visit India.)
We had booked a Delux cabin on the train which was comfortable, but not as 'deluxe' as one would expect from the pictures on their website. The train looked tired, dated and in need of some attention. ( it was not the One advertised ) What they warn you about in their write up, is that venue of meals & sightseeing timings would be subject to change as per Indian railways norm. What they failed to tell us, was they had changed the train a few weeks before the tour had started. The Palace on Wheels was not fit for travel it was decided) so an old BR train was revamped ( same price I might add ) at haste, for the tour, hence the lack of 'Palatial Luxury'. I would advise one checks before you book if you really want the 'Palace on Wheels' Experience. At the end of our trip, it didn't matter to us that the train wasn't the one we were expecting, because the organisation of this tour, the people serving us, hotels, experiences, guides, locations, were second to none.!!! First class trip regardless and I would highly recommend it!!

2  Thank Fitsy1962
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