The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to New Delhi on Air India; three nights in New Delhi at Shangri-La's Eros Hotel; two nights in Agra at Hotel Clarks Shiraz; two nights in Jaipur at Ramada Jaipur; all sightseeing ground transportation, including trips to Laxminarayan Temple, the Taj Mahal, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, and the Amber Fort; the full services of an English-speaking tour director; daily breakfast and one dinner; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $1,599—plus estimated airport and cruise taxes and fees of $110.
When Oct. 18, 2011 ($1,599); add from $100 for Nov. 22, 2011, Feb. 7, 21, Mar. 6, 20, 2012; from $150 for Nov. 29, 2011, Jan. 17, 2012.
Gateways New York ($1,599).
The Fine Print Does not include up to $110 in airport taxes and fees, $73 in required visa fees, and $28 for the Delhi international departure tax. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $499 (except March 20, when it's $299). Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Sept. 2, 2011 to save $300.
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Why It's a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare from New York to New Delhi starts from $1,001 with taxes for travel in mid-Ocbober (Kuwait Airways). Add to that $702 per person, including tax, for three nights at Shangri-La's Eros Hotel; $161 per person for two nights at Hotel Clarks Shiraz; and $161 for two nights at Ramada Jaipur, and you'd be paying $2,025 for just the airfare and accommodations. For $215 less than that, this package covers the flight, seven nights' hotel accommodations, sightseeing ground transportation, the services of an English-speaking tour director, daily breakfast, one dinner, and all taxes and fees.
More Additional excursions/activities are available for a fee, including a presell discounted package with tours to Agra Fort, It-mad-ud-Daulan, Sikandra, and a half-day tour of Jaipur, all for $59 per person. Adventurous travelers may add a four-night extension to Nepal for $899 per person. No room upgrades available.
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