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My Tour Advisor

#39 of 598 Tours in Agra
Agra, India
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About My Tour Advisor
My Tour Advisor is an India based Tour Operator Founded in 2013. After working for a decade as a Tour Leader and travelling around the world, we have decided to start our own activity as a tour operator in India. Our years of experience and hard working helped us to understand better what exactly a tourist want and expect while travelling in India. Our motive was to provide the best local services and to show not only Touristic India but to cover the hidden and original treasure of India. When you visit a country as vast as India, you would want to know that how you are going to make the most of your time there. It’s vital to have the right advice from someone who knows the country well and who can ensure that an itinerary is created to match your own particular requirements… and that’s where we come in.
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MikeDorsey90 wrote a review Jan 15
Dhaka City, Bangladesh14 contributions33 helpful votes
I had MTA customize a trip for me during the Omicron wave which included a week in the Golden Triangle and another week in Amritsar and Kashmir. What a phenomenal experience! First time to India and I only scratched the surface, but thanks to the folks at MTA, I was well taken care of and packed in a number of sites and experiences. The price tag for my last-minute trip was worth every rupee. To note, I'm American and living in Bangladesh, so travel during the pandemic was much easier for me. I'm an adventurer who enjoys basic comforts, so I opted for three-star hotels and love walking 10 kilometers a day during my journeys. I traveled during winter break at the end of December and early January, so it was sweater or coat weather every day. I'll eat local food on the street (within reason) since I am exposed to this in Dhaka, Bangladesh. For those abroad thinking of traveling to India - book a tour with MTA. You won't be disappointed. I reached out through TourRadar online and found MTA. Within 48 hours, the professional online organizers had my trip itinerary finalized according to my requests, and then made modifications based on my wants. Within 96 hours of beginning my research, I was on a plane to India, free e-visa in hand. They even helped me book a hotel and airport transport on my last day in Delhi (after the tour ended). My friends booked a similar India trip through rival company and were a week ahead of me. I quickly discovered through their posts that their experience was full of holes - the tour operators wouldn't allow them to go certain places because of the package they'd booked, or their guide hours were limited, and the price didn't include paid admission to ticketed sites. MTA was different. I was on a solo tour, which helped, but my guides were accommodating and professional. On more than one occasion, they altered the pattern of the tour based on my requests. I wanted to stay longer and peruse the shops in Delhi's Chandni Chowk near the Red Fort for an extra hour, including exploring some quiet neighborhoods. One guide took me hiking in a national park near Srinagar in Kashmir. Another guide took me up the gondola to Gulmarg in a lovely snow shower and instead of pressuring me to ride the snow bikes or pay for sled rides (which were plentiful), he was quite content with sitting and talking with me over a couple of masala chais in a snow tent, which is all I wanted. In Jaipur, I was not ethically comfortable riding the elephants to Amer Fort, so we toured the fort and then visited the sanctuary where the elephants are housed instead as a last minute addition. Everywhere I went, the people were friendly and welcoming (and surprised to see an American). Every guide went the extra mile for me, were knowledgeable, gave clear instructions for meeting times, and personable with guests. Command of English was also excellent. There was no pressure for tips, but I gladly tipped each one for their expertise and time. The drivers were terrific and courteous. Command of English was less confident, but we still conversed for many of our rides around the Golden Triangle and in Kashmir. My Golden Triangle driver had hand sanitizer, masks, and gave me bottled waters each day. He even stopped along the roads when I requested to get pictures of the blooming mustard fields. In Kashmir, the driver was good, but fell ill halfway through our trip which added some extra stress as covid surged. All ended up being well; he drove me to get a test (negative), and to be safe, he stayed home the last day and arranged for his friend to drive me to the airport instead for safety. Drivers were always waiting at the airport exit gates. One driver even took me to a local wool shop in Kashmir to buy a hat and gloves for the winter weather. Driving in India can be intense, but they traveled safely and professionally on the roads. The hotels were comfortable, and the food from each one got better and better. My favorite meals were in Jaipur and Kashmir. The showers can be low flow at times, and in Kashmir, energy-saving measures can mean no hot water during certain times of day. The rooms were clean and mostly quiet, but I recommend a white noise app because the street noise outside in any city can keep you up. Some of the mattresses were firm, such as in hotels in Kashmir, but plenty of blankets helped with the cushioning. They were also centrally-located instead of being in bad neighborhoods or far away from towns or transport. Every hotel manager had knowledge of English. The tour managers checked in on me frequently, helped arrange my Covid tests when needed, and were eager for feedback. They communicated each day with guides and drivers, and kept me updated on the changing Covid situation in India. I felt 100% confident they had my back in any situation. They were friendly and open to constructive feedback if the need arose. The itinerary, vouchers, and plane confirmations were all ready for me in a cute handbook on arrival. We stayed in touch through WhatsApp, so it was never intrusive. They made this tour one of the best trips of my life. Thank you, Manish and Manish! I cannot sing the praises of MTA enough. From start to finish, my trip to India was well-planned, thoughtfully modified, and garnished with little surprises that made each day magical. Hiccups happen on any trip, and they saw me through each one with helpful and professional courtesy. Advice: 1. Buy a SIM card upon arrival. It makes the first day a bit more complicated because you have to wait for it to activate, and you need a wifi signal for that to happen, but it's worth it to be able to call your guide or driver when out exploring. Wifi is available in most restaurants, but requires an India phone number for verification to join the network. I didn't buy a SIM card and it was fine, but some transitions would have been easier if I'd had a working phone. 2. Change your money on the street in India (from a trusted business stand) and you will get a much better rate than the airport. Your guides can offer the best advice on this. 3. Mentally prepare for tipping about 70-100 rupees for most interactions, including doormen, room service, and waiters. While activities are paid for, tips are expected, whether warranted or not. This adds up. Plan for about 2000 rupees on tips a day on average. I happily tipped my drivers and guides more than this because they were excellent. (There is no obligation to tip a lot). 4. Do not offer “donations” of money to shopkeepers instead of buying their products. This is a huge insult that I found out the hard way by having good intentions. Don’t be afraid to say no (politely and repeatedly). Some will outright beg for your business, like sled-pullers in the Himalayas, or boats on Dal Lake in Srinagar. Times are tough, but you can say no. 5. Follow local customs and traditions as a sign of respect. Taking your shoes off before entering temples, etc. 6. Get out and explore these cities on foot. Take the Delhi metro and walk through Lodi Gardens. Explore Jaipur’s neighborhoods around the hotel. Walk along Dal Lake in Srinagar in Kashmir. Eat in the kitchens at the Golden Temple. I felt safe the entire time I was in India, but like anywhere, don’t take unnecessary risks. Kashmir is heavily fortified with soldiers on duty since it’s in the disputed region near Pakistan, but I was never hassled. 7. It’s veg and non-veg for options. Beef is almost impossible to get, but chicken and mutton are plentiful. Dive in to local food. Get masala chais in the terra cotta cups on the street. They’re boiled and safe and delicious. Hot milk at night in Amritsar was also a highlight. 8. Have a white noise app for sleep to help drown out street noise. This is a rule of thumb when I travel in Europe, too. Hotels are social places in India, and some are located in bustling neighborhoods so drown out the honking.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from Manish M, Guest Relations Manager at My Tour Advisor
Responded 1 week ago
Hello Mr Dorsey We are really greatful to you for taking out time to write such an comprehensive Review, positive review of the clients always inspire us and keep us motivated. we are happy that your tour went as per your expectations. It was really a pleasure planning your journey and we feel honored to have had you as our guest. Looking forward to see you again for another fun filled trip in India. Regards Manish
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reshmapal wrote a review Oct 2021
Silver Spring, Maryland1 contribution
Please do not hesitate, go for it. You are about to embark on an excellent journey of exploration of a northern part of India, totally worth your money! The highlight for this tour was that the tour was very well organized and made it possible for me to cover major sightseeing places in a short duration of time. The organizers MTA made my life easy by booking for my accommodation at various stops, providing a car with an experienced driver and arranging for local guides to help me understand the significance of the historic places. They went above and beyond to fulfill my custom needs. This made overall experience top notch and enjoyable. I was concerned about the COVID situation in India during this time but I wore a mask and used hand sanitizer throughout. At the end of the tour, my COVID test was negative, so it's doable, just take care. I would definitely recommend anyone who is considering this tour and ofcourse, I will return to use their services in the future.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from Manish M, Guest Relations Manager at My Tour Advisor
Responded Oct 22, 2021
Ms Pal Greetings from MTA Destinations, We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your tour, we are thanful to you for leaving us such an encouraging review. we wish to see you soon for another exciting trip soon. Warm regards Manish
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IlmaKhan wrote a review Mar 2021
Agra, India4 contributions
The hospitality and service provided by My Tour Advisor was outstanding. I really enjoyed this tour. MTA was the best decision I made for our trip. The trip was well planned and the hotels chosen were good and comfortable. Thanks MTA
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from MANISH-MTA, Guest Relations Manager at My Tour Advisor
Responded Oct 11, 2021
Thank you so much for using our services and to appreciate us. Your feedback is always important for us. Hope to see you soon travelling with us in coming future !!
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Norma M wrote a review Mar 2021
North Ryde, Australia66 contributions11 helpful votes
My travel companion and I were very fortunate to have Azhar Uddin as our guide. He made the history come alive for us. He is with Ambassador Tours. We got to see everything!! Our tour guide certainly was amazing and a great photographer.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from MANISH-MTA, Guest Relations Manager at My Tour Advisor
Responded Oct 11, 2021
Thank you so much for using our services and to appreciate us. Your feedback is always important for us. Hope to see you soon travelling with us in coming future !!
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peter wade wrote a review Jan 2021
Seattle, Washington2 contributions
We relied on this company for our maiden trip to India, all the people involved were good, specially out driver jwala. The guide at Agra deepak was also charming.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Manish M, Guest Relations Manager at My Tour Advisor
Responded Feb 2, 2021
Mr Peter Greetings from MTA Destinations. we are delighted to know that you liked our Travel Arrangements. we wish to see you soon. Many Thanks Manish +919456024028
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