Incredible India

DELHI, TAJ MAHAL, AGRA & JAIPUR

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  • Duration: 8 days
  • Price: from $1,299
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For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple on this remarkable journey to India. Reserve by September 4, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.
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India is one of the most colorful and magical destinations in the world! smarTours’ three city tour of incredible India will take you to Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur and includes your international flight, superior accommodations, a visit to the Taj Mahal, an elephant ride to Amber Fort, and more. Call us today to book your next vacation with smarTours!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • International flight to India
  • 1 night in Delhi
  • 2 nights in Agra
  • 2 nights in Jaipur
  • International flight to USA

 

  • Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi (Delhi)
  • Red Fort (Delhi)
  • Taj Mahal (Agra)
  • Agra Fort
  • Elephant ride to Amber Fort (Jaipur)
  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK) via scheduled Air India flight. 
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-India ground transportation
  • Accommodations at deluxe and superior hotels
  • Daily full buffet breakfast (B) and a farewell dinner (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director and local guides

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Land + Air
(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included
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Reserve by
Sep 4 2014

Reserve after
Sep 4 2014

2014

 

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Aug 26*

Sep 2

$ 1399

$ 1499

Sep 8

Sep 15

$ 1499

$ 1599

$ 1999

Sep 10

Sep 17

$ 1299

$ 1399

$ 1799

Sep 15

Sep 22

$ 1399

$ 1499

$ 1899

Sep 25

Oct 2

$ 1399

$ 1499

$ 1899

Nov 6

Nov 13

$ 1699

$ 1799

$ 2199

2015

 

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Jan 15

Jan 22

$ 1599

$ 1699

$ 2099

Feb 5

Feb 12

$ 1599

$ 1699

$ 2099

Mar 5

Mar 12

$ 1599

$ 1699

$ 2099

Mar 30

Apr 6

$ 1499

$ 1599

$ 1899

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $199 in Aug. ’14, Sept. ’14, and on Mar. 30 ’14 ; $299 from November 2014 through March 5, 2015
India visa fee is not included
* Aug. 26 tour has a revised sequence Delhi-Jaipur-Agra.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Trip cancellation and travel insurance are recommended. For complete insurance information, click here

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exotic journey to India begins this afternoon as you depart on a non-stop wide-body jet flight bound for Delhi.
Day 2
Arrive Delhi.
Afternoon arrival in India’s bustling capital. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your upscale city-center hotel. Later this evening, your tour director hosts a welcome briefing followed by a short orientation walk to explore lively Connaught Place, located near your hotel! The Park Hotel 
Day 3
Delhi Sightseeing/Drive to Agra.
After a good night’s rest and a sumptuous breakfast, embark on a guided tour to introduce you to Delhi’s major attractions. In exotic Old Delhi visit the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and view the Jamma Masjid, India’s largest mosque. You’ll also drive by the magnificent Red Fort, built in 1648 as a symbol of Mughal’s power. In New Delhi you’ll see the Birla Temple, the India Gate, the Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. You’ll have some free time for lunch on you own before departing Delhi by road to Agra, home of the legendary shrine built and dedicated to love, the Taj Mahal. The Gateway Hotel or Clarks Shiraz Hotel (B)
Day 4
Taj Mahal Excursion.
Agra is an ancient city that came into prominence in Medieval times under the Mughal rulers and was once the capital of a sprawling Mughal kingdom that covered much of southeast Asia. The highlight of this morning’s included tour is a guided visit to the fabled, perfectly proportioned, Taj Mahal considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. This 17th century, white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jehan to enshrine the mortal remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal who died in childbirth. Building began around 1632 and took over twenty years to complete, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. As you get closer, you’ll see that the white marble surface is covered with floral patterns and beautiful calligraphy made of inlaid jasper. Even today the Taj Mahal remains one of the most breathtaking structures ever built. The balance of the day is free to explore on your own, shop or relax at your luxury hotel’s pool. You may also consider an optional visit to the bustling spice market and to the Agra Fort, a sprawling fortress of mosques and palaces on the banks of the river. (B)
Day 5
Fatehphur Sikri/Jaipur.
After breakfast depart Agra for a visit of Fatehpur Sikri, once a glittering capital, later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Marvel at the well-preserved buildings and red sandstone palaces. Later, voyage by road to Jaipur, the “Pink City”, famous for its exquisite buildings built of rose-colored terra cotta. After you check into your upscale conveniently-located hotel, join your guide for a walk to explore the colorful local bazaar. Holiday Inn Hotel. (B)
Day 6
Amber Fort/Jaipur.
This morning venture out of the city to nearby Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan. You’ll ride an elephant up the imposing hill where the fort is perched. A local expert will guide you through its magnificent ramparts & watchtowers commanding spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the lake below. Visit the ornate chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their unique architecture and decoration. Return to Jaipur where the balance of the day is at leisure to explore as you wish. You may enjoy a rickshaw ride through the picturesque old town or join an optional visit to some of the city’s renowned pink sandstone buildings including the Palace of Winds and the City Palace Museum, housing a magnificent art collection of the Maharajas. Your guide can also arrange for you to attend a unique prayer ritual at a local Hindu temple. (B)
Day 7
Jaipur/Delhi.
Free time this morning for last minute pursuits. Explore the markets and lanes of Jaipur where you can buy spices, unique local souvenirs or bargain for beautiful, hand-woven carpets. Later, voyage back to Delhi, where you’ll join your fellow travelers for a festive farewell dinner. Following dinner, transfer to the airport for your late night flight. (B,D)
Day 8
Delhi/USA.
Bid farewell to incredible India. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive the USA this morning.

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to India more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer optional tours. All rates are in US Dollars. Payment should be made in cash (US dollars). Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Day 4
Agra Afternoon Tour ($35 per person)
Afternoon guided visit to Agra Fort, the original red stone fort built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The fort’s maze of courtyards, its marble morque and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah “a jewel box in marble”. This mausoleum was built by the Empress Nur Jahan as a gesture of love for her father. The tomb is built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and beautiful inlay of work of semi precious stones. The central chamber contains the yellow marbnle tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and his wife. The tomb is painted with floral decorations and fine marble screens of geometric latticework suffuse the interior in a soft light. Return to your hotel later this afternoon.

Day 6
Jaipur Afternoon City Tour ($35 per person)
This afternoon, proceed for a fascinating guided city tour to visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing “Palace of Winds”. This was really a façade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style that has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Later, retun to your hotel.

Days 6
Evening Prayer Ceremony at Birla Temple ($25 per person)
Built by the Birlas, one of the India’s wealthiest families, the Birla Temple is known for its exquisite architecture and is indeed a sight to marvel at. A wonderful example of Indian architecture, the Birla Temple is defined by many exquisitely carved pillars, stained glass paintings that depict many gods and goddesses and a divine spiritual aura. There are three domes that represent three different faiths. The Birla TempleICI  is an idol of Lord Shiva carved in white marble. Inside, the beautiful idols of Sita Ram are sure to enthrall many. Come evening, visitors can be a part of the Aarti ceremony when the idols of Ram Sita are dressed up in beautiful costumes. The way the entire temple lights up is quite magical! Transportation to and from your hotel is included.

Day 6
Evening Rickshaw Ride ($25 per person)
The beautifully decorated rickshaw awaits you with his rickshaw to take you on a wonderful adventure through the lanes of Jaipur. The rickshaw puller takes you on a ride through various routes, offering you a different view of the colorful town experience all together. The ride gives you a chance to glance at the colorful streets of Jaipur. You’ll ride through the Old Town and brings you face to face with wonderfully laid out shops and bazaars.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from the New York to India and back are on Air India. Your flight is scheduled to depart New York at 2:30pm. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. Your return flight is scheduled to arrive back in New York at 7:30am. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting fight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Air India does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check in for your flight as early as possible. Air India does not offer any frequent flyer miles for passengers traveling on a group fare.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American passport holders must be in possession of a valid visa for India.  To obtain a visa for India, you can contact the Indian Consulate visa processing agency “Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS)” directly by visiting their website at http://www.in.ckgs.us or by calling them at 1-866-978-0055. Alternatively, we arranged an alternate visa processing service “CIBT” to facilitate this for you for an additional handling fee. Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002. You may also contact CIBT at 1-800-406-1523 to have a form mailed to you.  If you have any questions regarding obtaining your visa, you may call CIBT directly. Also, please note that visa procedures may change at any time.  You should check directly with CKGS (http://www.in.ckgs.us), or if using CIBT online at www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions before submitting your paperwork. We strongly suggest that you immediately familiarize yourself with the visa requirements and that you have all the necessary documentation as soon as possible.  When asked for Reference Name, Address & Phone, please use the following:  Park Hotel, 15 Parliament Street, Connaught Place, New Delhi, DL 110001, India, Phone:  91 1800 102 7275.  However, it is still recommended that you apply for the India visa at least 60 days before departure. Non U.S Citizens should check directly with the India consulates as to the most current visa requirements. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

India daytime temperatures average in the 80’s in March and April, in the 90’s from May through September and in the 70’s and 80’s from November through February.  Overnight temperatures are somewhat cooler.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.

FOREIGN AIRPORT TAXES

Delhi Airport Development Fee of $30 per person must be paid individually upon departure back to the U.S.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotel will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”.  As India is not a formal country, we recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.

 

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Jul 25, 2014 by Maria Varela

My trip to India with Smart Tours was unforgettable. The places we went to were definitely the best and the hotels were great. The trip was one I will never forget.


My second tour with smarTours -- just as amazing as the first!

Feb 12, 2014 by Erin

I'm a repeat smarTours customer and Incredible India did not disappoint!

Arvind, our guide, was amazing.


smarTours , USA 5.0 5.0 2 2 My trip to India with Smart Tours was unforgettable. The places we went to were definitely the best and the hotels were great. The trip was one I will never forget.

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