I used Amin Tours for my day in Agra and used the train option traveling from New Delhi. Overall, I had a very good experience and would recommend this tour company.
The driver to take me to the train station showed up on time, but we quickly got stuck in traffic. Another man appeared immediately and led me on foot a short distance to the train station and got me to the correct train on time. It was an excellent solution.
My driver (Sunil) and guide (Faiz) for the day were waiting for me outside the Agra station with my name clearly printed on the placard. Faiz spoke excellent smooth English and provided great commentary and history throughout the day at the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, The Agra Fort and the site of Black Taj Mahal across the Yamuna river offering another view of the Taj.
The lunch included at a local restaurant was very good and very plentiful and included several different dishes.
They do stop at two different stores which offer fixed priced items - one with inlaid marble items and the other silk rugs scarves and other items. I'm sure they get a commission, but the quality seemed quite nice. Of course, say no if you really don't want any of the items. It felt like a bit of a set-up, but I did get a few items I really like.
The weather that day was not great, but luckily I had brought along an umbrella. The guide didn't have one, but I'm sure would have picked one up if I did not have one either (which I think should be provided by the tour company). Due to the weather, the returning train schedule was delayed by over 2 hours. The tour company was sending a driver to Delhi that night and offered me a ride for a fee, but I did not feel I should pay extra as a return ride was already included in my fee, so I declined and stated I would wait for the train. After I went to the restroom, I did tell them that a ride with the driver would be okay, but the train was fine as well. I just didn't think I should pay extra. At this point, they offered me the ride in the car for no additional cost, of which I accepted. In the end, this avoided the tour company from having to arrange a ride from the train station in Delhi at 1 or 2 am - if the train was not further delayed, so it was a win / win for both of us.
Despite having to bargain in regards to my return trip, I would definitely recommend Amin Tours. Faiz was an excellent guide and I saw all the sites, as expected and on time. Being a solo female traveler, I also always felt safe and well taken-care.
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