The Real Deal Vacation package to India includes airfare from New York City (JFK) to New Delhi; two nights in New Delhi at the Shangri-La Eros Hotel; two nights at the Trident Agra; two nights at the Trident Jaipur; all transfers and ground transportation within the country in a luxury Volvo bus; full American buffet breakfast daily and dinner on the last night; an extensive touring program including entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking tour guide throughout; guided tours of Old and New Delhi—with stops at the Laxmi Naryan Temple, Raj Ghat (the memorial to Gandhi), Jama Masjid (India's largest Mosque), Qutab Minar (the tallest minaret in the world), the India Gate, India's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Parliament building and the President's residence—a sunrise tour of the legendary Taj Mahal, guided trips to Fatehpur Sikri (an abandoned Mughal capital), Barara Village, the Amber Fort, and the Palace of the Winds; from $1,799 per person including hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Sept. 7, 14, 21, 2013 ($1,799).
Gateways New York City ($1,799); add $50 for Chicago (O'Hare).
The Fine Print Package price does not include the $76 India visa fee or departure taxes of $43 (payable locally). Air taxes and fees are included in the package price. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Jul. 23, 2013 ($1,799).
Contact Friendly Planet Travel, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare between New York City and New Delhi starts from $1,267 in early September (Virgin Atlantic). Add to that $288 per person including taxes for two nights at the Shangri-La Eros Hotel, $89 per person including taxes for two nights at the Trident Agra, and $104 per person including taxes for two nights at the Trident Jaipur, and you're already spending $1,748 on airfare and accommodations alone. For just $51 more than that, this travel package gives you the same perks, plus all transfers and ground transportation within the country, an extensive sightseeing program including entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking guide, several guided tours, daily breakfast, and covers all hotel and air taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are also available, including a guided tour of Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for $25 per person, a guided tour of the "Baby-Taj" for $25 per person, and a guided trip to the City Palace Museum in Jaipur's Pink City, for $30 per person.
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