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Promoted 01-26-2016 by brisar at 10:50 AM View Original Post
Note, the $599 options seem to keep coming and going..you may need to refresh the page.

Groupon.com offers a Delhi 9-Day Vacation for Two via Etihad Airways which includes Flight to New Delhi + 5-Star Hotel + Buffet Breakfast & More from as low as $599 per person (depending on dates & departures) based on double occupancy. Your price for 2-People would start from $1198. Click Here and then click "See Options" for all available departures & dates and pricing. *Buy 1 Groupon per Person. The lowest prices are for departures in May 2016 from JFK airport from as low as $599 per person. Thanks bluking

Includes:
  • Round-trip Airfare via Etihad Airways from either..
    • New York (JFK)
    • Chicago (ORD)
    • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • 6-Nights Standard Accommodations at the 5-star Piccadily Hotel
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers
  • Services of licensed English-speaking guides
  • Half-day Delhi Tour
  • Airfare taxes

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Written by brisar

This deal is priced based on two people sharing a room. Therefore, each traveler needs to buy a Groupon voucher. Etihad Airways has been named the World’s Leading Airline for the seventh year in a row at the 2015 World Travel Awards. - brisar

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Edited January 26, 2016 at 10:19 AM by bluking
I usually dont post Groupon deals but this seems pretty appealing given it includes airfare and accomodation for $1200 for two people, so figured its worth a post

9-Day Delhi Vacation with Airfare for two w/ 5-star accomodation and daily breakfast (JFK departure) and - $1200 RT (departure 5/19 and 5/26) [groupon.com]

The $599 pp rate is only for JFK departure on 5/19 and 5/26 but you can choose other cities and departure dates for more money if needed.

All options include:

Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), or Los Angeles (LAX) via Etihad Airways, named the World's Leading Airline for the seventh year in a row at the 2015 World Travel Awards
6 nights of standard accommodations at the 5-star Piccadily Hotel
Daily buffet breakfast
Arrival and departure transfers
Services of licensed English-speaking guides
Half-day Delhi tour
Airfare taxes
Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Fly to New Delhi via Etihad Airways.
Day 2: On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel.
Day 3: You'll take an escorted city tour of New Delhi in the morning, then have the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Days 4-8: These days are yours to explore New Delhi on your own.
Day 9: Early this morning, you'll fly back to the USA.
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A couple of thoughts:

1) Read the reviews of the hotel before committing to this. While they aren't all bad, they certainly aren't indicative of a "5-star" hotel (complaints about cleanliness, AC not working, charging for Wi-Fi by the half hour, booking not in the system on arrival -- all just in the last few weeks on TripAdvisor and Booking.com). It might not be a terrible place, but it looks far from 5-star. Taking that into consideration, in a city/country where accommodations can be had very cheaply, don't overvalue the cost of the room. This sounds like a place I might take my chances at for a night or two if I needed to, but I personally wouldn't make an 8-night reservation there based on the recent reviews. Maybe you would -- but take a look before you book.

2) It says 6 nights of accommodations are included. I count 7 nights. Not sure what's up with that.

3) Just my opinion here, but I think 7-8 days in New Delhi is probably too many for the average tourist. I like to spend time and visit cities kind of slowly...but I'm not sure what I'd be doing after day 4 or so in New Delhi. I imagine most folks would want to go see Jaipur/Agra(Taj Mahal) if they are in the area for that long -- which will add additional cost to your trip. I'm not sure how much as I was with the family of a friend of a friend while I was there and they took care of transportation.

3) Buyer beware on these Groupon travel deals. A family member of mine bought one of these deals for a trip for 2 to Europe this past fall. They took a long flight to Barcelona and took a long taxi ride from the airport to their first hotel....and when they got there, the hotel was boarded/chained up -- permanently closed. Lucky for them, they had a nice taxi driver who let them use his cell phone to call the United States to get in touch with the travel company. It did get worked out and they got booked into another hotel (along with another couple who was on the same Groupon trip and also didn't find out until the taxi dropped them at the closed hotel). The rest of the trip went fairly smoothly, but that was a rough first step -- I'm thankful for their sake that the taxi driver didn't take them to some rip-off establishment where he could get a kickback -- and furthermore let them make an international call on his cell phone. That won't happen in every situation and it could have put a much bigger damper on the start of the trip.

Obviously, that type of experience depends on the travel company itself. In this case, it seems to be a company called Indus Travels. Giving it a Google, I came across a 4-page TripAdvisor thread about an Indus trip to Peru. In the thread, travelers mention having traveled to India, Peru, and Dubai/South Africa on trips with Indus Travels. The reviews there seem to be mixed -- though a number of the positives came from accounts with very few posts/reviews (and at least one person left two very similar positive reviews on two different pages of the thread....seemingly accidentally). Interestingly, the most recent comment was from January 9th of this year from someone who says that they did a Dubai/India trip with Indus in January 2015:

India was amazing but we had a terrible guide. So bad that it spoiled the trip in so many ways. I wrote a letter of complaint as did the rest in our group, but we were never acknowledged. We didn't want anything except for this person to be relieved of his job so others would not have their vacations ruined.

One of the BBB complaints on Indus also mentions getting to the hotel and the hotel not having a confirmed booking on file for them (same type of complaint that seems to litter the Piccadilly Hotel's reviews).

The price on this package seems like it isn't bad, but I'd encourage anyone considering it to do some research before deciding. The information above is just what I found in 5-8 minutes of Googling. Maybe if I spent another 10 minutes, I'd find overwhelmingly positive information. I just try to present the other side for the benefit of those who may just assume "It's Groupon, it must be OK". India is a fascinating place to visit. It can be overwhelming, but it's an eye-opening experience and a great reminder that there is a very big world outside of the daily bubble we often live in. So I'm not discouraging anyone from going to india -- just encouraging you to do your homework before you book a tour. If you book things on your own, you have a lot more freedom to find places you *know* will be good and to throw in some extra plans. Just my $0.02.

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Thanks for sharing - just keep in mind that New Delhi in May and June is HOT. Low to Mid-90s temperatures will probably be the norm and can get hotter.
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Quote from megakimcheelove View Post :
Thanks for sharing - just keep in mind that New Delhi in May and June is HOT. Low to Mid-90s temperatures will probably be the norm and can get hotter.
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Wow, amazing price. Usually 1200 plus for one person's flight alone where I fly out from
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Check the recent reviews on TripAdviser - mediocre at best with a few horrendous experiences. Overall customer rating 3.5 stars yet they claim to be a 5-star resort. It could still be a good deal for someone wanting to go to Delhi at that time period but just need to reset expectations. Also they should advertise "6 nights stay" since the extra days are spent in airport terminals and planes.
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Anyone know anything about these guys? This price seems LEGIT.
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I have been to New Delhi - I had a great time,but it was a work sponsored thing - they paid for everything and put us up at a 5 star hotel - we had locals escorting us everywhere on days off, etc. Amazing food, beautiful places to visit - an experience I would never forget - that being said, I would highly recommend having guides and not venturing out too much alone. The whole place to me, felt like it all looked the same - having a guide was really invaluable, or I would have gotten lost very quickly.

I would go back in a heartbeat. Also guides are DIRT CHEAP to hire (as are most things there) - so though it is an extra cost, the price is not very high. I had a driver one day for roughly $60 us, directly from the hotel - and he was a personal driver for the day - gave us his number and took us whereverwe wanted to go -in an Audi A8. Extremely inexpensive.
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posts removed. please stay on topic to the deal.
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ridiculous price, def a steal.
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Great travel deal. Thanks, OP. And you need to be careful (men or women) when you travel. Just be prepared, have a guide, and use common sense (while keeping in mind cultural differences)


I would love to travel to India one day but not in the budget.
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I would stay away from Delhi if possible. Just my $.02.
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Do they include gas masks and oxygen?

Dehli just surpassed Bejing as the most polluted city in the world. A real shame.
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Price for 5 days at Delhi and be warm it's going be boiling there
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