We will be travelling in the golden triangle area (and hopefully a bit further afield) in December for 15 days--. I am used to planning things on my own and travelling independently--but even after much research am finding planning in India a bit daunting-- we have thought about hiring a driver and then booking accomodations on our own or using a travel agent to arrange everything--my questions are these: if we use a travel agent how flexible are they with working with us? I have some definite ideas about places to visit and where to stay (but would also like good advice! and would consider changing based on knowlegeable opinon)--based on what i have read here I assume that an agent would provide for a driver? what about guides at certain sites?
If we hire a driver and plan on our own would that person be able to help us arrange guides?
I guess what i am asking is this: I have an idea of what we'd like to do and see in our short time in India, i would like to be able to discuss ideas with someone who knows the area and would give me an honest opinon about where we are choosing to spend our time and money-- and someone who can suggest things that we may not have thought of (maybe this is a tall order?--please let me konw if i am being unrealistic)