This was a photo tour in 2011. We had a group of 14 people and hired a bus for our whole trip. We used Ajai Travels for that and were very pleased with their service. We did have to prepay 50% of service (send bank transfer and were kind of nervous) and the rest was paid to the driver in the end of the trip. The driver and his assistant stayed with us through the whole trip. Every morning they were right on time to pick us up and the bus was clean inside and outside. The driver was also wearing a white shirt all the time! We didn’t know where they were staying those nights that we were not in Delhi, but we suspected that they slept in the bus.
My first trip to India (pretty much to the same locations) was in March and it was very hot then. This time we were very comfortable as far as the weather.
This is the break-up by days of our trip:
Nov 29-30 Delhi. We stayed in The Pearl Hotel. They met us at the air-port (as advertised in their website). The only problem was that they sent 2 four-seat cars for our group of 14. Amazingly we managed to fit in all of us plus our luggage on top of the cars! The hotel was pretty good! We were there again in the fall of 2012 and the hotel looked like a totally different place – we were surprised how they managed to run it down so badly in one year!
Dec 1. We drove to Jaipur and had some time in the evening for sightseeing. Stayed at Hotel Umaid Bhawan.
On the way to Jaipur we asked our driver to stop in some village and that was probably the highlight for all of us.
Dec 2. Sightseeing in Jaipur.
Dec 3. Driving from Jaipur to Agra through Fatehpur Sikri.
We stayed at Anand Villa – the worst hotel on this trip. Linen was dirty. We requested to change it. What they put on the beds was not cleaner than original set. The rats running around our bathrooms, musky smell… All that for $50 a night for a double room!
Dec 4. Agra. We were in Taj Mahal at sunrise. No crowds at this time (the crowds gathered by 9am). Definitely come early!
Dec 5. Drove from Agra to Delhi for an evening flight.
On this trip we ate in restaurants that obviously cater to tourists. We were washing our hands obsessively, but still two of us were sick (which looked like food poisoning) in Agra.
I have more details about this trip and some pictures here - familytravelphoto.weebly.com/india.html