India, Air/6 Nights, from $1,249

Save nearly $500 on this trip through India’s “Golden Triangle” of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, including a guided tour of the Taj Mahal.

By , Monday, Feb 28, 2011, 8:00 AM

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal at sunrise

(Courtesy dellahuff/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal Roundtrip airfare on Air India from New York City to New Delhi; two nights at the Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Dehli, two nights at the Hotel Clarks Shiraz, and two nights at the Ramada Jaipur; breakfast daily and farewell dinner; intra-India ground transportation; guided tours of Dehli, the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur; all entrance fees to places visited; the services of an English-speaking tour director for seven days in India; fuel surcharges; from $1,249 per person—plus about $210 in taxes and fees.

When May 16–24, 18–26, 23–31, May 25–June 2, May 26–June 2 (wait-list is available May 5–13, May 16–24); add from $100 for Apr. 27–May 5, Apr. 28–May 6; from $150 for Sept. 1–9, 8–16, 12–20, 14–22, 15–23, 19–27, 21–29, 22–30; wait-list is available from $50 less for Aug. 29–Sept. 6.

Gateways New York City (JFK only).

The Fine Print Does not include about $110 in airport taxes and fees, the $73 India visa fee, or the $28 Delhi international departure tax. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $299; single supplement is unavailable on May 25, Sep. 22. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By March 31, 2011.

Contact Friendly Planet, 800/555-5765,

Why It's a Deal On a recent Kayak search, the cheapest roundtrip airfare from JFK to New Delhi we found was $1,096 in mid-May (Eithad Airways); hotel accomodations for six nights cost about $548 per person. So, to book this trip yourself it's just about $1,750. Not only are you saving nearly $500 on this tour, but you are also getting the services of an English-speaking tour director throughout Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Jaipur, and a guided tour of the Taj Mahal.

More An optional tour of the Agra Fort in Agra, $25; an optional tour of the tombs of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Sikandra in Agra, $25; an optional half-day tour through Jaipur, including the City Palace Museum, $30; you can also book all three optional tours with the purchase of this trip for $59 if done within 74 days of departure; there is also a Nepal extension package for 4 nights, from $799. All prices quoted here are per person.

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