India: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

11 days
Conjure up India at its most alluring—the mystique of Eastern religions, the swirl of colorful saris, and of course, the magic of the Taj Mahal. On this grand tour, you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and spiciness of the subcontinent while hitting the highlights of the Golden Triangle, with its exotic architecture and prolific wildlife.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 25 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 5 three-course dinners with beer

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Delhi today.

Delhi 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Delhi

Welcome to India! Arrive late this evening in Delhi and settle into your hotel.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a restful morning and included lunch, then take a guided tour of Old Delhi. 

• Visit the Red Fort, a sandstone fortress built during the peak of Mughal power

• See Raj Ghat, Delhi’s tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, and visit the Gandhi museum

• View the black-and-white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, one of the most elegant mosques in India

• Take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi

This evening, join your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of New Delhi

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, your Tour Director introduces you to New Delhi. 

• Visit the India Gate, the most famous war memorial in India

• See Qutub Minar, an early Islamic tower and UNESCO World Heritage site

• Explore the grand boulevards, government buildings and city parks

Agra 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Agra via Sikandra

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in Sikandra to explore the Mausoleum of Akbar the Great with your Tour Director and enjoy some free time on the beautiful grounds. Then, continue to Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal.

Ranthambore 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri & Ranthambore

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Awake early to enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Taj Mahal at sunrise. (Please note: Depending on weather and season, you may visit the Taj Mahal at sunset on day 5.)

Then, stop in the abandoned red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri to see its complex temples and monuments. Continue on to Rathambore National Park by train, where you might glimpse the elusive Bengal tiger.

Day 7: Game drives in Ranthambore

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day at Ranthambore National Park on morning and afternoon game drives through rugged terrain. Keep watch for big cats (including tigers) and other large predators, like sloth bears, striped hyenas, jackals and Indian mongeese.

Jaipur 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Jaipur

  Included meals: Breakfast

View rural life during a stop at a local school in Rajasthani Village. (Please note: The school visit is only available when school is in session.) 

Continue on to Jaipur, known as “The Pink City,” to marvel at historic sites and enter the City Palace to explore its museum with your Tour Director.

Day 9: Amber Fort & 4x4 Jeep ride

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, make your way to the 16th-century Amber Fort to take in stunning architecture and sweeping views, making photo stops en route.

• View Hawa Mahal (“The Palace of Winds”) and walk through the colorful bazaar

• Stop to admire the Jal Mahal (“The Floating Palace”) located on Man Sagar Lake

• Climb into a 4x4 Jeep to ascend the slope to Amber Fort 

• Enjoy beautiful views from the top of the fort as well as a guided tour

After free time to explore Jaipur’s many markets and bazaars, sit down for a farewell dinner with a local Rajput family in their home.

Day 10: Transfer to Delhi airport for departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel back to Delhi. If you’re not extending your tour, you’ll have time to relax in a dayroom before returning to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home.

Add Cochin, Kerala Backwaters & Mumbai Starting from $1,259 pp

Cochin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Transfer to Cochin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, fly from Jaipur to Cochin to join your group for dinner and a  spellbinding Kathakali performance.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Cochin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On today’s guided tour of Cochin, discover why the city is considered the jewel in  the crown of Kerala.

• Visit Fort Cochin, home to some of the oldest European architecture in India

• See Mattancherry Palace and the Santa Cruz Basilica

• Enter and marvel at the St. Francis Church—the oldest European church in  India—and Paradesi Synagogue, where you’ll see Hebrew-inscribed gravestones This afternoon, stroll through the old city and explore the Spice Market with your Tour Director leading the way.

Kerala Backwaters 1 night

Day 12: Transfer to Alleppey

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Alleppey to board a houseboat for a cruise through the Kerala backwaters, a network of picturesque lagoons and canals.

• Spend tonight on board the houseboat for a unique opportunity to experience 

some of India’s most stunning scenery

• Enjoy a dinner of local cuisine cooked by private houseboat chefs

Mumbai 1 night Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Mumbai

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Disembark and enjoy an included lunch in Cochin before flying back to Mumbai.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Mumbai & departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, you’ll be introduced to the vibrant culture of Mumbai on a guided tour.

• Take a catamaran to Elephanta Island to explore its intricately carved caves

• See Dhobi Ghat, Crawford Market and the Prince of Wales Museum

You’ll have time to relax in a dayroom before traveling to the airport for your  overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 15: Arrival at home

Arrive home.

How's the weather?

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  • Agra, India
  • Ranthambore, India
  • Jaipur, India
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter India, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of return. 
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter India. You may choose to apply directly to the Indian consulate or use a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. Obtaining an Indian visa will be an additional cost. 
  • If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Indian consulate for specific entry requirements.  

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs. 
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. 
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains and small boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Delhi (or from Mumbai on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A train ride from Fatehpur Sikri to Ranthambore is included in the price of the tour. (The tour extension also includes Flights from Jaipur to Cochin and Cochin to Mumbai as well as a houseboat cruise through the Kerala Backwaters).
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).
  • Please note that the flights included on the tour extension may have baggage restrictions as low as 33lbs for checked bags and 15lbs for carry-on bags. You will be responsible for any costs associated with overweight baggage.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.#Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities. 
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit temples or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov
  • Local governments may require proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. This is only required of travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission (Please note: This does not include the U.S. or Canada). Visit cdc.gov/yellowfever for more information.
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Public restrooms in India can be quite bare. We suggest carrying bathroom tissue and hand sanitizer with you. 
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • In the northern regions of India, you’ll encounter a great deal of flavorful meat dishes, as well as kebabs and biryanis. In tandoor cooking, probably the most popular cuisine in this region, vegetables, paneer (Indian cheese), or meat is marinated in spiced yogurt and cooked over coals. As many Indians are vegetarians, meat-free options abound. Meals are usually served with rice or bread, such as unleavened roti or deep-fried puri. Many of your included meals will be buffet style, which will allow you to try a variety of new dishes.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • India operates on 230 volts and uses a type D plug with two small, round pins and one larger round pin.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in Asian hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what one might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • India is 10.5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it's 10:30pm in Delhi from March through November and 9:30pm from April to October.

Currency

  • You will use the Indian rupee on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved this tour of India

This tour presented an exciting, educational, and stimulating view of India. It offered opportunities for diverse experiences, touring historical monuments, seeing street life, visiting the jungle and enjoying the tales of our excellent guide, Raj, who was able to explain the past and current lives of this country. We were lucky to get upgraded to the Nahargarh Ranthamborhore hotel and it was like living in a fairy tale. I highly recommend this tour! This is my second tour with Go Ahead and they are great!

 

Hi Kathy! Thank you for recommending this tour. We're so glad you enjoyed the diverse opportunities and experiences this itinerary provides. India is certainly a bucket list destination! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on your third Go Ahead tour soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 31, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour!

Another great tour by Go ahead! Raj (tour director) was excellent, as well as the itinerary, meals, and accommodations. I would recommend to anyone!

 

Hi Jessica! We're honored to have your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 25, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour To See India

Our tour to India took place on March, 2016. Wow! what a trip! We saw so much of India in the two-week schedule--from the North to the South, central, East and West of the country. We traveled by plane, bus, van, train, boat and saw various landscapes, experienced many cultures and religions and met wonderful people. We cannot thank enough Go Ahead tours and, especially, our Tour Director, Rajeev, who helped us experience and learn about the history, culture, economics and more of his beloved country. Every new day and moment was an adventure and he helped us navigate the many activities with a lot of care and concern for our well-being. Rajeev is the BEST! It was indeed a GREAT tour and a trip of a lifetime. "A MILLION" THANKS!

 

Hi Ruth! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tour. It sounds like you were able to have so many unique, incredible experiences! We’re happy your Tour Director made such a positive impact on your tour, and we’re glad his enthusiasm shone through every day. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 14, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 2/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

This tour had quite a few deviations from schedule, due to politics and protests blocking roadways, shutting down train, and some temple/fort closures. We did get to the Taj Mahal, main reason for the trip, and saw 2, not just 1, wild tigers at the reserve, and visited many outstanding palaces/temples. Go Ahead did great job of adding to the itinerary, upgrading hotel, providing extra meals to accommodate for unexpected deviations. The farewell meal in the city with an Indian family was fabulous. The last day prior to the flight was long . We left our hotel early am, spent 5 plus hours by bus to hotel where we stayed until midnight before heading to airport. The guide with us (just for that day, as our regular tour director left with the extension group) did not interact or discuss our surroundings along the way. In general the trip was very exciting, informative, and colorful.

 

Hi Judith! Welcome home, and thank you for sharing your experience. We’re glad that you enjoyed your tour, despite the necessary adjustments. We’re happy you felt that these itinerary changes were well-planned. We’re also thrilled that you were able to see two wild tigers at the reserve – how special! Regarding your transfer guide, we regret to hear you weren’t satisfied with their services. We will communicate your feedback to our Operations Department. Again, thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Trip

Our flights to and from India were great. No layover in Europe. The hotels were fantastic. They were much better than I was used to on other trips. The Taj Mahal is more impressive in person than in photos. We went in January and the weather was perfect up north and in the low 90's around Cochin. Rajat, our tour director, was great and really helped out when things went wrong. Our flight from Jaipur to Cochin was delayed for 4 hours and we still were able to make it to Cochin the same day.

 

Hi Jim! We’re happy to hear many aspects of your tour exceeded your expectations. Between your Tour Director, the perfect weather, and the amazing sites, it sounds like an incredible time! We’re so glad. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 24, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

great tour director

If you've never been to India and are hesitant about doing it yourself, this is a great tour to introduce you to some of the highlights of the country. You will visit several cities, see many sights (including historical, spiritual, and wild life), and have lots of opportunities for shopping. Rajat, our tour director, was very knowledgeable about what we were seeing and also very flexible with unexpected problems or requests from tour members. He made us feel like we were in very competent hands and didn't have to worry about anything except having a good time. The hotels were uniformly comfortable, clean, and modern, often luxurious. The Taj Mahal is worth the price of admission, and lived up to and went way beyond its hype.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous tour director!

This was our ninth tour with Go Ahead and, to date, I have never submitted a review of any of our previous tour directors. I usually liked our tour directors but I have never felt compelled to suggest that they were extraordinary. Rajat on the India: The Golden Triangle to Kerala was extraordinary. Not only was Rajat a good communicator about India's history and cultural sights, he was also a guide who could be compassionate to a traveler's needs and at the same time assume we could function by ourselves without a lot of hand holding. This is refreshing in a guide because when you are sick and need to be hospitalized ( not me but another woman) you need the former. When all is going well, you need the latter. I really liked the India he introduced us to. He managed to be both a buffer for the many problems that traveling in India present, and a great representative for the Indian spirit. He is (rightly ) proud of India's history and shares this history in a way that makes one wonder why we didn't know more to start with. If you are lucky enough to travel with Rajat , know that you are in for a fabulous experience. He was(currently) younger than our youngest traveler but he had us spell bound from the start. He is ageless and wonderful and you will have the time of your life.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

The Real India

We went to India with an open mind. A "vacation" destination? Not in the true sense of the word. More like a cultural experience. You have to keep an open mind and accept that this is a third world, developing country. It was truly an "attack" on your senses. The colors, smells, visuals, noise and millions of people. A constant barrage of poor human beings, filth, unsanitary conditions.....But, this is their life. The temples and tombs were amazing considering their age and how they were constructed, so long ago. The Taj Mahal, magnificent! The people warm and friendly but oh so desperately in need of every basic need. The government could definitely step up and put programs in place to help it's millions of citizens. We travel to experience how others in this world live and what their countries hold. This trip was an eye opening experience. Glad we got to experience it and now on to the next adventure!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ON

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Adventure

I had the most wonderful experience in India with Go Ahead. I went primarily to see the Taj Mahal which had been on my bucket list since childhood. I never expected to see 3 tigers in the wild, and the most incredible palaces. Riding an elephant and a houseboat were bonuses and on the last day my impromptu swim in the Arabian Sea was the cherry on the sundae. Go Ahead provides exquisite hotels and meals as well as fantastic internal transport (Train and bus). I loved the tour.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 2/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Unique Country

India is for the adventurous traveler wanting to see and experience a truly 3rd world country. This is not a trip for someone who wants to relax or see beautiful sites. On this trip you will experience the true India. That being said, we truly enjoyed the lovely and delightful people of Southern India, our tour director Rajat,and the houseboat trip. As in all the tours we have taken with Go Ahead this trip did give us the true feel of India and value for our money. If considering the extension to Mumbai the Holiday Inn Airport was the best hotel of the trip but be aware Go Ahead leave you pretty much on your own with no guide and little help or information on navigating Mumbai or the airport.

 

Dear Kelly, Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead, and for reviewing your experience for us and your fellow travelers! India is certainly an amazing country with so much to do and see, and we do our best to include as much as possible into this exciting itinerary. We are so pleased to learn that you got a true feel for this incredible country, and that you truly enjoyed your time and your Tour Director. Thank you for your comments about your experience on the extension. Please know we have changed this itinerary and the extension for all 2016 dates to better serve our travelers. We thank you again for your thoughtful review, and we hope to welcome you onto a future Go Ahead tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 24, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

great tour director

get and very knowledgable Tour Director and overall it was a very nice trip with lots of thinks to see and experience.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Caring Tour director

Everything was good except domestic flight luggage weight information was poor.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Need to Change the choice of accommodations

While the sights were quite interesting, the boat trip in Kerala delightful and the tour director Raj outstanding, so long as GoAhead continues to use Clark's hotels for some of the accommodations, I cannot recommend this trip. At one stay at a Clark's hotel one-third of our tour group got sick from the food. That is one of the other downsides of this trip: the food. It was truly terrible--except for that offered at the Oberoi hotels. It was one monotonous buffet after another. Even when we had meals that were not at a hotel, there was no opportunity to have a choice off the menu. Finally, the tour group was, in my opinion, too large. We had 28 people which filled the bus to capacity. GoAhead should be sure it emphasizes that this tour is not for the infirm (although, in fairness, their website does rate this as a "4" in difficulty). We had a number of elderly people who seemed to struggle with its demands. In summary, I find I agree with those people who say touring India cannot be done at second-class hotels. While many may think "the price i right" for this trip, they should also remember "you get what you pay for!"

 

My name is Kelly and I am part of our Evaluation & Quality Department at Go Ahead Tours. I hear your frustration and apologize that your experience on our India tour was not quite what you were hoping for. We are definitely taking into account the feedback from the entire group and your comments are invaluable in helping us make improvements to future departures. In fact, we have already discontinued our association with the Clark’s hotel chain based on customer feedback. Our goal at Go Ahead Tours is to offer vacations with a combination of quality and value. Ultimately, we want every one of our customers to feel completely satisfied. Although you have been disappointed by this, I hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you on tour in the future and demonstrate the high standards for which we strive. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 31, 2014

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 10/31/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great tour director!

India was a collage of epic sensations from its sounds, colors, smells, and tastes. There was a surprise at every turn, inviting the non suspecting tourist into a cultural bonanza. What added to the value of this trip was the great tour director, Rajat, who gave 110% to make this tour worthwhile. He was very knowledgeable about all of the sites we toured and was unflappable and rational in making last minute decisions. He seemed to get to know us rather well in a short amount of time as he was very skillful and sensitive about grouping compatible people together on the Kerala boat cruise. Rajat was also a genuinely nice person who kept a cool head under pressure. One word of caution: be very careful what you put in your mouth because half of the tour group got food poisoning on the third day of the tour.

 

Dear Joyce, Thank you so much for your colorful and descriptive review of your experience on tour with us in India! It sounds like this was an eye opening trip with many highlights, which is exactly what we like to hear! We are so pleased that you felt a connection with your Tour Director, Rajat, and that he was able to make your tour worthwhile. We are immensely proud to have a team of incredible Tour Directors all over the world that really showcase and create the Go Ahead difference for our travelers, and we are so pleased to learn that this was your experience. We do our very best to educate our travelers about the inherent risks associated with traveling to diverse destinations such as India, and are sorry to hear that members of your group got food poisoning while on tour. Thank you for your word of caution to future travelers, for writing your review, and for traveling with Go Ahead! We do hope to welcome you onto another tour in the near future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 24, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

India Overall

Travel in India per our guide, Raj, requires patience and tolerance: patience with the traffic; patience with Air India; patience with each other and patience even when looking for the elusive tiger. I loved almost every minute of the trip—the food poisoning was the exception. (I think my companions have adequately indicated the general displeasure with the Clarks hotels!) Yes, there were long days in the airport and I guess that is why most tours don’t try to do both North and South India on one trip. While this was an annoyance, I am still glad I did both as a return trip from the USA is an unthinkable 25 hours! Yes, travel to India requires patience and tolerance but I also think managing expectations is critical to a successful trip. Go Ahead would be wise to indicate that: “Free time for wandering/shopping” is dependent upon traffic; “Not included meals” will probably mean eating as a group at a restaurant with limited choices; “Centrally located hotels”…really? In addition, I would prefer to have a few hundred dollars added to the overall price of the trip and relax knowing the service providers are adequately compensated. Struggling with whom and how much to tip was an annoyance. Also, the option to pay for the last night of the trip rather than having to vacate a room a 9PM when the flight is scheduled for 4 AM should be offered! I was extremely impressed with our guide, Raj. He handled professionally the unexpected. His organization, planning and ability to move 28 Americans through crowded streets, onto trains, etc… was impressive. His knowledge and love of his country enhanced my enjoyment. I also appreciated his willingness to run interference with the street peddlers. Our guide, Douglas, in Mumbai was also incredible. I would highly recommend both of them. As stated earlier, I loved my trip. My travel companion described India using words that started with the letter “c”: COLORFUL, CHAOTIC, CORRUPT, CONTRASTING, CONFUSING, CROWDED, CONTRADICTORY, CHANGING, CHALLENGING, CRAMPED and CUMBERSOME. It is all of these. Highlights included experiencing Diwali, the festival of lights, and, of course, seeing that tiger! I would recommend this trip for the experienced traveler who does not need 5 star hotels and gourmet meals (although even I could have done with a few fewer buffets). While Raj said you need patience and tolerance, I would add that one needs to be fit and energetic and possess a sense of humor. India is a developing country. Its beauty is in the Mughal architecture, the temples, the animal preserves, the crowded streets, the quiet canals and especially the people. Go with these expectations and you will have a memorable time.

 

Dear Joan, Thank you for reviewing your trip with us to India! We were so glad that you enjoyed your Tour Directors and guides, and that you “loved your trip”. India is a country filled with highlights, and we were so pleased to read about everything you got to experience while on tour! We wanted to take a moment to address one of the concerns you raised in your review; our use of the Clark Hotels. We are no longer using these properties, a decision which was made based on traveler comments such as yours. The comfort and safety of our travelers is our absolute priority, and we work hard to ensure that the properties we use are at a very high standard of quality. We regret to hear that your tour may have been affected by the use of this hotel, and want to thank you for letting us know about your experience here, so that we could change our itinerary to benefit future travelers.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 18, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Really liked my tour Director

My tour director, Rage, ranks very high for me given the many tours I have gone on in the past few years. He was knowledgeable and professional. On our tour there were some very difficult travelers. He maintained his professionalism, was very patient and helped them as much as the rest of the travelers. Not an easy job. I was extremely pleased with all of our accommodations with the exception of two. They were the a chain-The Clarks. The staff were rude, lied about what they had done or not done, never helpful, and the food was not edible. At least 1/3 of our tour got sick the evening and morning of our stay in Agra. I would never return to this hotel and would caution anyone traveling to India to avoid them. I believe they are a liability to Goahead Tours. Otherwise I believe the accommodations were very good. I would stay in any of the other hotels we were in. I especially liked the river cruise and the Tiger Reserve. It gave a welcome slow down to a very hectic tour. I noted above I would recommend this tour to others. This would only be true in the event the Clark Hotels were replaced by others.

 

Dear Lola, Thank you very much for reviewing your Grand Tour of India with us. Here at Go Ahead our attention to the quality of our tours is of the utmost importance to us. We want to assure you that we have heard your feedback as well as that of your fellow travelers and are no longer staying at The Clarks chain hotels in India. We understand from your feedback that this hotel was not satisfactory and our Operations Team has worked diligently to find properties that our customers will enjoy more. These hotels have been rating exceptionally well. Customer feedback is truly the best way to monitor and improve our tours, so thank you for your comments! We are very sorry to learn about your negative experience with these two hotels, and we do hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 18, 2015

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 10/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Mixed Reviews

The biggest negative on this tour was the stay at the Clarks hotels in two locations. At the first location in Agra almost half of the tour group became ill during the night after eating dinner at the hotel's buffet. My gastrointestinal distress lasted for several days, causing me to miss 2-3 days of tour events. At the second Clarks location in Jaipur, the hotel was a disaster. It was under construction, and was extremely rundown and dirty. After the food poisoning at the Clarks in Agra, I was dismayed to discover that all of the food on the hot buffet in Jaipur was at room temperature or cooler. All other hotels on the tour were great. A second negative was traveling on Air India within India. All four flights were extremely late and we never flew directly from point A to point B. Instead we zig-zagged across the country. This caused us to spend two entire days (one a 16-hour day) traveling. On a positive note, our tour guide, Raj, was superb. He was extremely knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor, and remained patient as he herded the 28 of us around India.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 10/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Touring India isn't easy

I was disappointed with the trip to India. Admittedly, much of what went wrong is because “India is India” -- a struggling Third-World country. But part of the problem can be laid at the feet of Go Ahead. The sound system on the bus was flawed so that even passengers in the front had difficulty understanding the tour guide. This problem persisted throughout our travels in the Golden Triangle. Would this have occurred on a more upscale bus? At the Jaipur airport many of us were unexpectedly and confusingly subjected to paying a new , excess-baggage tax. Did Go Ahead know of this tax ahead of time? Shouldn’t it have and then notified us? Worst of all, we spent the equivalent of almost two full days driving to and waiting in airports. One group member dubbed our trip the Go Ahead Airport Tour. Some said that Go Ahead should pay us for what we were enduring. In sharp contrast to the excellent Oberoi hotel in Delhi, the two Clarks hotels were disappointing. Numerous group members, including my wife and me, got sick from the food at one of these hotels. Again, I realize that cost is a factor in your choosing this hotel chain. And stomach problems can occur in even the best hotels. On our last night, in Mumbai we spent five hours in the middle of the night in the uninspiring airport waiting area. We could easily have stayed longer in the “day room” at the nearby Casino hotel, but that would have meant that Go Ahead would have paid more for the hotel and bus rental. Regretfully, I would not recommend the Go Ahead India tour . [In contrast, our trip last year to northern Spain, was quite enjoyable.]

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/11/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

India Adventure 2013

I love a great adventure and the trip to India far exceeded my expectations! I had always wanted to travel to India and wasn't quite sure what to expect. This north to souh tour highlighted several cities and destinations which fascinated and intrigued me. The extreme poverty in Delhi was something to behold. The people were delightful, friendly and as interested in us as we were in them. Our tour director, Rajeev, was an unending source of knowledge on all aspects of the Indian culture and history. He deftly guided us through the buy streets, temples, places and markets. Wherever we went he made sure the day was fascinating and colorful. His spontaneity was fun and unexpected as we experienced many events and moments in the lives of the Indian people the average traveler would not be able to enjoy. If I had to choose a favorite city or experience, I would not be able to. Each day was more fascinating thn the day before! Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, it did! We were most fortunate to see the famous tigress, "The Lady of the Lakes" at Ranthambore National Park. How exciting! I would highly recomend this trip to anyone who enjoys adventure and experiencing this world we share.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 1/11/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ME

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

India golden Triangle

I presume you have seen what was written on the evaluation requested in India. The highlights were shared by everyone and are clearly obvious. We had a great group of fellow travelers. The two suggestions I have and feel strongly about are the following: 1. I know you are committed to sharing history and that is the guides forte; however with very foreign names and many sites to see I believe it would be better to distribute on the bus or prior to our trip a very basic sheet of facts about what we will be seeing. How much mythology can be internalized walking around elephanta? Also our tour guide was excellent and very personable but less focused on the social and present day issues and life of the Indian population and the hot trends in the city of interest. I suspect he was trying to be neutral but most tourists I imagine are interested in these facts - not to judge but rather to have something to understand and remember about the country being visited. He did respond when asked but we had much more past history than understanding of the thoughts of everyday Indians in each area visited. For example, What areas within India do Indian's migrate from and to. How does one present or hide ones caste status. How do the brightest students in the slums move beyond their situation. How does religious or ethnic tension impact growth economic, social, cultural. Our guide in Mumbai was superb in responding to any question we asked but we were only with her for one day and there was so much to absorb. Given the time and expense of traveling to India I truly believe at least a one day add on to tour Mumbai would have been a major enhancement to the trip - not just for those who chose the extension. Spending time in the church and synagogue in Cochin area could have been shortened so that everyone on the tour could have a day in Mumbai. Guide in Mumbai was really not necessary and repeated facts twice on the bus and once while touring. Overkill. One of the things which attracted us to Go Ahead when we wnt to Turkey is that you allow three in a room, saving the single supplement. Since I often travel with 2 others this was a bonus for us and we like rooming together. Also, including as many meals as possible is a feature go Ahead has which others do not. I know guides have our safety concerns in mind so try to orient us to what's coming next. I shared with Rajeer that only telling us what was next for that day was enough. It was too much to take in what we were doing the next day and he would need and did repeat information when it was next to explore. That might save his energy and improve group knowledge of what next. This tends to diminish when you hear too much because you are overloaded with information. I hope you find these comments helpful and would be glad todiscuss them further should you desire. i live in Lincoln MA so distance is not a problem. Tourism is a growing and competitive business and I like what Go Ahead Tours does so any enhancements might be helpful to continue to attract travelers

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