India, Air/5 Nights, From $1,199

Visit the bustling Indian capital, then escape to the hushed grandeur of the Taj Mahal.

A stunning view of the Taj Mahal.

(Courtesy dellahuff/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to New Dehli on Air India; one night in New Dehli at The Metropolitan Hotel; two nights in Agra at The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad; two nights in Jaipur at the Ramada Jaipur; five breakfasts and one dinner; the services of an English-speaking guide with tours to the Taj Mahal, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and the 16th-century Amber Fort; transfers and sightseeing ground transportation aboard an air-conditioned motor coach; and fuel surcharges; from $1,199—plus about $100 in airport taxes and fees and $76 in visa fees.

When Aug. 24, 31, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 2011; add $50 for Sept. 28; $430 for July 6.

Gateways New York City; add from $200 for Miami; from $235 for Boston and Chicago; from $290 for San Francisco; from $300 for Philadelphia; from $330 for L.A.; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Does not include up to $176 in taxes and fees, including a required travel visa. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $300. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

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Why It’s a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare between New York City and New Dehli starts from $1,355 with taxes for travel in late August (KLM). Add to that $55 per person, including taxes and fees, for one night at the Metropolitan Hotel; $110 per person, including taxes and fees, for two nights at the Gateway Hotel Fatehabad; and $93 per person, including taxes and fees, for two nights at the Ramada Jaipur, and your total for airfare and accommodations alone is $1,613 when booked separately. For $238 less than airfare and accommodations, this package covers the international flight, five nights’ accommodations, six meals, tours and the services of a guide throughout the trip, all transfers, and all hotel taxes and fees.

More Several additional activities are available, including a tour of Agra that visits Agra Fort and the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah ($25 per person) and a tour of Jaipur that visits the Jantar Mantar stone observatory and the City Palace ($22 per person). Start your trip early with an pre-night at The Metropolitan Hotel for, on average, $125 per person, based on double occupancy.

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