With new international routes from the U.S. and a slew of budget motels planned, India is becoming a more affordable destination to visit than ever before. Vacation packages also offer a great way to save.
When to book
The India Tourist Office recommends booking at least three months in advance for travel during October through March.
Where to find deals and book
India's six major international airports are served by almost all of the major international airline carriers, including Singapore Airlines, Delta, and Virgin Atlantic. Many airlines such as British Airways are increasing service to and from India. This could mean more competitive prices in the future. No matter what, always compare airfare before booking.
India has no shortage of accommodations, especially with the rise in budget motel construction. It's not too difficult to find affordable lodging, as many three-star hotels in major cities cost about $100 or less per night. To get a better idea of what's available in the country, visit the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India, where you can find fairly comprehensive accommodations listings. A cheaper, albeit less comfortable, option is staying at a hostel.
Bundling hotel and activities may save money in the long run, because companies like India Vacations often offer packages for a lower price than purchasing items separately.
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