India & Nepal

DELHI, TAJ MAHAL, AGRA, JAIPUR, VARANASI, KHAJURAHO & KATHMANDU

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  • Duration: 15 days
  • Price: from $2,599
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For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to India & Nepal. Reserve by September 4, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

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Take a stunning trip to India and Nepal and experience two of the most interesting and colorful countries in the world! Explore the famous Taj Mahal, take an exhilarating elephant ride to Amber Fort, float down the Ganges during a boat ride at sunrise, visit Durbar Square in Kathmandu, among many more exciting activities during smarTours’ adventure to India and Nepal. Call today to book!
Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 Nights in Delhi
  • 2 Nights in Jaipur
  • 2 Nights in Agra
  • 2 Nights in Khajuraho
  • 1 Night in Varanasi
  • 3 Nights in Kathmandu

 

  • Taj Mahal
  • Delhi Sightseeing
  • Elephant Ride to Amber Fort (Jaipur)
  • Sunrise Boat Ride on the Ganges River
  • Durbar Square (Kathmandu)
  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK) via scheduled Air India flight.
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-India and Nepal flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at deluxe hotels 
  • 15 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director and local guides.

 

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $650
Business Class Upgrade: NY/Delhi/NY add $3995
India & Nepal visa fees are not included.
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.

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exotic journey to India and Nepal begins this afternoon as you depart the U.S.
Day 2
Arrive Delhi.
Afternoon arrival in India’s capital. You’ll be escorted to your deluxe hotel. Le Meridien New Delhi
Day 3
This morning, see New Delhi’s highlights: The 12th century hand carved Kutab Minar, the Birla Temple and the India Gate. Later, a tour of Old Delhi takes you to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and to the Jamma Masjid, India’s largest mosque. See the magnificent Red Fort, built in 1648 as a symbol of Mughal’s power. Later, enjoy a guided walking tour  to Connaught Place downtown and explore the local shops/markets. This evening, your tour director hosts a welcome dinner. (B,D)

Day 4
Delhi/Jaipur.
Today, voyage to Jaipur, the “Pink City” and capital of Rajasthan, famous for its exquisite buildings of rose-colored terra cotta. Sheraton Four Points City Square Hotel (B)

Day 5
Enjoy a walking tour as well as a rickshaw ride in Jaipur’s old city where you will explore the colorful local bazaar. Also visit the Palace of Winds, the landmark of Jaipur. This afternoon venture out of the city to Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan. See the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory, and ride an elephant to the hill where the Amber Fort is situated. Later, attend a unique prayer ritual at a hindu temple. Enjoy a leisure evening in picturesque Jaipur to explore on your own or perhaps enjoy a trip to Jaipur’s spice markets. (B)
Day 6
Jaipur/Agra.
En route to Agra, visit Fatehpur Sikri, once a glittering capital, later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Marvel at well-preserved buildings and red sandstone palaces. Proceed to Agra, home of the legendary shrine built and dedicated to love, the Taj Mahal. Jaypee Palace Hotel (B)

Day 7
Taj Mahal/Agra Fort Excursion.
The highlight of this morning’s tour is a visit to the fabled, perfectly proportioned Taj Mahal. This 17th century, white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jehan to enshrine the mortal remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Afternoon visit tothe Agra Fort, a cluster of mosques and palaces on the banks of the river. Later, explore on your own, shop or relax at your luxury hotel’s pool-side. (B)

Day 8
Agra/Khajuraho.
Travel aboard the famous Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi and continue by coach to Orchha, a medieval city on the River Betwa. Proceed to Khajuraho, renowned for its splendid temples. Enjoy dinner at your hotel. Jass Radisson Hotel (B,D)

Day 9
Tour the spectacular temples of Khajuraho, built by the Chandela kings between the 9th and 13th centuries. The temples are exquisitely carved with graceful statues and frieze of Gods and Goddesses. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 10
Khajuraho/Varanasi.
Fly to Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city, situated on the sacred Ganges River. Tour the oldest living city in the world and visit the ‘Ghats’ (banks) of the Ganges River, where you’ll gain greater insight into Hinduism. Radisson Hotel (B)

Day 11
Varanasi/Kathmandu (Nepal).
At sunrise take a boat ride on the Ganges River where pilgrims converge for the ritual of immersion and prayer. Later, fly to Kathmandu, the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Nepal. This is a deeply spiritual land, isolated by the high Himalayas. Crowne Plaza Soaltee Hotel (B)

Day 12
Morning visit to the major temple towns in the Kathmandu Valley at the foot of the Himalayan mountains. See the gilded copper gate in Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon), a masterpiece. Proceed to the Hindu Temple of Shiva and the Buddhist shrine at Bodhnath. Afternoon at leisure. Your deluxe hotel is conveniently located for independent exploring and shopping. (B)
Day 13
Today, you may experience an optional Mount Everest scenic flight over the breathtaking Himalayas (weather permitting). Later, drive through the captivating countryside to Bhaktapur and see beautiful art and architecture. On your way back, stop at the fascinating Tibetan Refugee Craft Center and visit the temples, pagodas and palaces in Durbar. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner with a cultural performance. (B,D)
Day 14
Kathmandu/Delhi.
Leisure time for last minute pursuits before your flight back to Delhi, where you’ll connect with your late night flight back to the USA. (B)

Day 15
Delhi/USA.
Bid farewell to incredible India. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive the USA this morning.

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 timeYou 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:  Hilton Janakpuri Hotel, Janakpuri District Centre Complex, New Delhi 110058, India, Phone:  (91-11) 4123-4123.  However, it is still recommended that you apply for the India visa at least 60 days before departure.   Nepal visas are granted on arrival at Kathmandu airport. To obtain your Nepal visa on arrival you’ll need to present your actual passport, a visa application form (which will be mailed to you with your final travel documents), one passport size photo and visa fee of $30 (subject to change).  Non U.S Citizens should check directly with the India and Nepalese 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

In April and October India daytime temperatures average in the 80’s and 90’s; from November through March in the upper 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Overnight temperatures are cooler. Nepal temperatures are normally about 10-20° less than what you will experience in India. The rainy season is normally during the summer months (Jun-Aug).

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 and Nepal are 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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