The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Air India to Delhi, one night at The Park New Delhi, two nights at the The Gateway Hotel or Hotel Marina in Agra; two nights at the Four Points by Sheraton in Jaipur, breakfast daily and a farewell dinner, all transfers, ground transportation by air-conditioned bus, the services of a tour director and an English-speaking local guide, entrance fees, and hotel taxes and fuel surcharges, from $999 per person — plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $90.
When: Aug. 30, 31, Sept. 6–8, 13–16, 20, 21, 23, 2010; additional departure dates are available.
Gateways: New York City.
The fine print: Airport taxes and fees are about $90 extra per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $199. Average group size is 30. American citizens must have a tourist visa to visit India. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: June 30, 2010; the tour will be available after that date for $500 more.
Contact: SmarTours, 800/337-7773, smartours.com.
Why it's a deal: In a recent search on Kayak, we found a round-trip fare from New York City for $963, including taxes, for travel in early September (Finnair). For only $126 more, this package covers the airfare, plus five nights' accommodations, guided tours, entrance fees, all transportation, breakfast daily, hotel taxes, and fuel surcharges.