My wife, 10-year old daughter and I used Intense India Tours, http://www.intenseindiatours.com/, for a ten-day private tour of India. Intense India Tours was terrific.
Anil Prajapati, the owner, arranged everything for us. He lives in Delhi and wanted to start his own tour company about 5-years ago after working as a guide. The total cost for Intense India Tours compared to the larger tour companies was very reasonable. We saved thousands of dollars over Abercrombie & Kent. We paid 50% of the cost before we went to India via credit card, and the rest after we arrived.
Anil really cares about his clients and made sure our trip ran smoothly. He met us at the airport with our driver, Anand. Anand was with us for 10-days as we toured Rajasthan (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur). The driving in India is crazy (cows, goats, dogs, trucks, rickshaws, elephants, pedestrians, and camels, all mingled in). But, we were in a large clean Toyota SUV, and under Anand’s careful driving, we felt safe and sound with him throughout the entire trip. Anand’s English is sufficient, and Anil hired very good guides to tour the sites (the price of the guides was included in the total cost).
Whatever we needed, Anand and Anil made sure we had it. Anand was always on time, made sure we had fresh water, and took us to good and clean restaurants (none of us got sick during the trip). Anil called us during the trip to make sure everything was ok. They were very flexible in adjusting the schedule and the sites we wanted to visit. On the last night, Anil treated us to a dinner before we flew back home. That is the type of service that is so rare these days. When we gave Anil and Anand goodbye hugs, we all teared up.
We have traveled all over the world (Indonesia, China, Rwanda, Canada, Peru, Mexico, England, Uganda, Italy, Ireland, France, Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Morocco), and we consider our India trip one of our best vacations/experiences. A large part of that is because of Anil and Anand. We cannot recommend Intense India Tours more highly. Message me if you want more details.
We stayed at the Oberoi properties in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur. Simply the best hotels in the world, http://www.oberoihotels.com/