This was a great way to experience the wonders of Agra. The company took care of me from the moment I stepped into the car in the morning until I returned to my hotel at night. They explained everything very clearly and carefully in very good English. I was guided through the Delhi train station and the representative did not leave until I was in my seat. The train ride was comfortable and easy. I was met by another representative of the company literally the moment I stepped off the train. Once underway, the representative left me in the hands of Sunny, my guide for the day. Sunny was excellent; he told me about the history of each monument and helped me to really appreciate not only the buildings, but the culture and history behind each one. He was also very respectful of the moments where I wanted to be alone to just sit and look/meditate/ruminate - especially at the Taj Mahal. His knowledge of the Taj Mahal (and his passion for it) -- as well as the Agra Fort and Fahtipur Sikri -- really helped me to appreciate the magnificence of each. The lunch was excellent and a very comfortable chance to cool off from the heat of July. As mentioned in other reviews, there are the requisite stops for shopping, but even those were interesting - watching artisans inlaying stones into marble and weavers knotting rugs. Just be prepared to say "no" politely and clearly. You will be offered many chances to buy (when you say "no" in one room, you are guided to the next room with less expensive merchandise). Sunny even phoned ahead to let the rug showroom know that I wouldn't be buying -- still they did the whole pitch, gave me coffee and showed me their work, then bid me farewell when I complimented them and said that I didn't want to buy (I actually might have done so if I actually had the money). At the end of the day, I was guided back to the train and met in Delhi by the company representative who took me back to my hotel. The whole experience made the trip unbelievably easy and comfortable. The guide (Sunny) -- it bears repeating -- was great.
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