As random and crazy as India is we randomly got into a taxi and asked him to take us to a travel agent.
This was on day 2 of our search for the best price. We stumbled upon Ali and Aman tour and travel.
From the get go Ali was very inviting and he genuinely likes to talk with you and get to know you. He crunched a few numbers and we got the price we wanted without sacrificing too much of our trip. We only had a week left to get from Jaipur to Varanasi but I don't think we missed to much.
It was after Dewali so all trains and buses were booked solid. We are backpackers and a car with driver for 6 days was very affordable. We saw things driving from town to town that you would miss on a bus or train. Our driver, Rajendas was brilliant. Everyday finding the best places for samosas and local produce. He was never pushy or rude about stopping. We were on a short timeline with an obscene amount of driving but Rajendas was awesome! He always helped us when buying produce, souvenirs and SAMOSAS from venders. You may pay 20 rupee for an apple in Jaipur but in remote towns and villages they see you coming from a mile away and will not hesitate to push it to 100-140 rupees.
I've heard nightmare stories about travel agents and drivers in India but these guys really took care of us.
Special thanks to Ali and Rajendas and the whole Aman team.
Can't wait to get back there and share some stories.
Hit the Taj Mahal for sunrise and pay for a guide. It is worth it I promise you. You will get the most incredable photos that normally wouldn't see. I have a photo of my girlfriend and I with the Taj, the sun just peaking over one of the walls and NOT ONE PERSON in the photo! We were definitely not the first ones in but it felt like it. The Taj all to ourselves. WORTH IT! Make sure you negotiate price to locals price and if the line is long get you guide to "push you to the front. They know people. :-D
Spend more time in Pushkar if possible. You're gonna love it there!
Hope you enjoy your time as much as we did.
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