Not wanting to do a lot of travelling by car, we decided Instead of doing a three day tour, spending far too much time in a car or van we would base ourselves in a great hotel in Delhi and do the golden triangle by plane and train.
Having sorted our trip to Agra by train, I placed my requirements on Tour HQ and had a prompt reply from Farooq advising what we can expect from the day, and a full itinerary.
Once we agreed the date I booked our flights.
What we didn’t realise that our day trip coincided with The Holi Festival.
Unfortunately the Indian Government decided last minute to close all monuments on Holi, and wouldn’t open them until 3pm.
Farooq notified us immediately asking if we wished to change our date.
As the flights were booked and we were leaving Delhi to fly back to the UK the following day I advised Farooq that we couldn’t change dates and to please come up with an alternative plan.
A few hours later Farooq had arranged for us to attend a Holi Party at a beautiful Haveli.
We had an amazing morning here joining locals and other tourists in the fun of Holi.
After lunch we were taken to the Pink City and although we couldn’t go into some of the monuments we got to see the main sites before heading up to the Amer (no I haven’t misspelled)Palace by 3pm when it opened.
All in we had one of the best days in our three week trip around China, Hong Kong, Thailand and India.
Farooq is a very gentle guy, great sense of humour, very knowledgeable about his city and Indian History. He didn’t just leave us to mingle at the party he got stuck in with us getting covered in powder pain as well.
If you are thinking about booking with Farooq, stop thinking and just book, you won’t regret it.