Price comparison for India

Dec 29th, 2010, 09:08 AM
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Price comparison for India

I found a trip that includes air, tour, and hotels, on sale for $999 in May. This seems like a superb deal. Am I likely to do any better than this? I'm wondering if I should wait to see if I could find anything cheaper (perhaps more off-seasonal than the above time frame)? Can anyone advise?

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Dec 29th, 2010, 09:12 AM
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time frame doesn't matter as long as really cheap. Could I ever do better than $999 (off season)? And when would be the best time to look/book? Thanks again!

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Dec 29th, 2010, 09:55 AM
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If all you are looking for is cheap, go ahead and book it. But if you are interested in experiencing India, ask some more questions:

How large is the group?

How do you get from place to place - bus, train, air?

How much time will you spend seeing the sights as opposed to shopping stops that the company gets commissions for?

How knowledgable are the guies? How good is their English?
Does this toour go to teh areas of India that interest you?

Then, research the tour company. Does it have a history of cancelling trips at the last minute? How well do they coordinate your air and ground transport? What is/is not included in the tour price?
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Dec 29th, 2010, 10:17 AM
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I've just spent an entertaining few minutes reading thru raiderjane's topics [and those of her doppelganger, reelraiderjane]. None of it makes any sense at all. It is, however, evident that the rules of logic do not apply in this case. Enthusiasm is all, geography a mere blip on the radar.

Just go, raider. Really cheap it is. That's all you need to know. Do you have a travel blog?
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Dec 29th, 2010, 11:02 AM
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Kathie, since your comment is the only one sensible (and not disparaging), I will respond to you.

For me, there is something to be said for booking *on a whim* (if) one comes across a deal that seems exceptional (of course my asking for advice is an attempt to ascertain if others would agree that this *is* an exceptional deal for low season) since I have little experience looking in to prices for India (low season).

This is not to say other aspects of a trip are not important to me or that I don't value them however. I certainly intend to investigate/ research all aspects before booking. But yes, you would be correct in surmising that money (or lack of it in this case, lol) is of primary importance to my trip planning at the moment.

Thanks again!
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Dec 29th, 2010, 01:49 PM
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It's a superb deal because it's May. All of summer IS the off season for India so you will not get cheaper. $999 for so much is a steal.
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Dec 29th, 2010, 02:06 PM
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Jane-how long is the trip, and what does it cover? I'm guessing a week in the "Golden Triangle"? Can you send a link to the trip website?

In any case..Holy Cow!! (An expression you'll appreciate in a different way after being in India) $999 is amazing even for just a round trip airfare--assuming this is from USA???

Would the "Raider" in your name have to do with my local football team, the Oakland Raiders?
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Dec 29th, 2010, 03:54 PM
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You do know that the Golden Triangle area can be very hot during this time - over 110F.
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Dec 29th, 2010, 04:09 PM
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raiderjane, I take it you did not make it to India last year for your friend's wedding?
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Dec 29th, 2010, 04:35 PM
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Several of you have guessed that the trip is the Golden Triangle- and only includes 3 cities (Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur)and may not be worth the trip expense (for so little coverage)after all.

This is something I realize and need to strongly weigh in the next day and a half. I am leaning against the trip right now.

That said I am not above sharing the link, if others might be interested/ benefit from it:

http://www.smartours.com/india8.shtml
http://www.friendlyplanet.com/taj-mahal-express.html (basically same trip with different company; higher pricing currently)


Thanks again!
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(Jaya- never got to India with my friend. The wedding party was immense and I would have imposed on her inlaws.

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Dec 29th, 2010, 05:39 PM
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Delhi-Agra-Jaipur is not a bad trip! I don't find that you mention how long the $999 trip is for or how long you get to spend in each city.

I personally like Delhi a lot. I went to Jaipur many years ago and enjoyed it a lot too.
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Dec 29th, 2010, 05:49 PM
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Ooo, i would go!!! This deal is just tooooo good to pass up.
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Dec 29th, 2010, 06:08 PM
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raider hasn't noticed that there's a trip report on this very page that describes virtually the same 7 day tour.

http://www.fodors.com/community/asia...h-intrepid.cfm
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Dec 29th, 2010, 06:33 PM
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ok, i guess it is better than nothing, but you really don't get to have a hands on visit to much while there.... and frankly you rush from one place to another.... i think i would save the $1000+ and put it toward a future trip when you can spend at least 2 weeks there...

just by comparison i booked a flight to india and back today for next fall at a price just below $1200 r.t. in coach....
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Dec 29th, 2010, 06:53 PM
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I think it's a great deal. I think Kathie's questions are excellent ones to ask. For me, group size is a key factor (and a primary determinant for me in choosing Intrepid).

As dogster points out, my trip was very similar (but was 10 days and also included Orchha, Khajuraho and Varanasi), so please feel free to peruse my report! (I'm shameless!)

I loved Delhi and Jaipur. And while Agra, the town, is not so great, the Taj Mahal, obviously, is worth the trip.

If price is your number one criterion, I think you're onto something and should give it careful consideration.
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Dec 29th, 2010, 06:55 PM
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Oh, and are you coming from the US? If so, it's an incredible deal. Like Bob, I paid over $1000 just for the airfare.

But I also agree that if you can put together the extra cash, it's worthwhile to find the TRIP you actually want rather than just going for the cheapest one.
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