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India & Nepal

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

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  • Duration: 15 days
  • Price: from $2,999

 

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For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this India & Nepal Tour. Reserve by April 26, 2018 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited on these India and Nepal tour packages so please reserve early.

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Itinerary at a glance Tour 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
  • Amber Fort (Jaipur)
  • Sunrise Boat Ride on the Ganges River
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square (Kathmandu)
  • Bouddhanath Stupa (Kathmandu)
  • Swayambhunath (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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Note: World Heritage Sites like the Taj Mahal routinely require some maintenance or restoration work.
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.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations for India travel packages can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable 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 Nepal travel booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exotic India and Nepal tour packages begin 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. Drive past 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 enjoy a photo stop at 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 drive up 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 to the 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)
 
** Note: Through April 2018, the front exterior of the Taj Mahal will be undergoing renovations and certain parts will be covered by scaffolding.
We have amended our tour so that now you will be able to enjoy an unobstructed rear view of the Taj Mahal from the Mehtabh Bagh area behind the Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River. And of course you will still be able to visit the interior of the building and view it from the front despite the partial obstruction. **

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 Durbar Square (Bhadgaon), a masterpiece with breathtaking art and architecture including the National Art Gallery. Proceed to the Pashupatinath Hindu Temple of Shiva, which expresses the very essence of Hinduism and represents Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine. Later, visit the one of Nepal’s most distinctive monuments, the Bouddhanath Stupa. One of the largest Buddhist sites in the world, the Stupa is surrounded by six major monasteries and a host of shops and restaurants that only add to the charm. 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 this magnificent, spiritual city, visiting Swayambhunath Stupa, the most ancient and enigmatic of the Valley’s holy shrines. Records of its existence date as far back as the 5th century, although many believe it to be older, and it is regarded as Kathmandu Valley’s most sacred Buddhist shrine. You’ll then visit Budhanilkantha, considered the largest stone statue of Lord Vishnu in Nepal. Carved out of a single rock, this granite statue portrays Lord Vishnu reclining on a bed of snakes in the middle of a pond. Later, enjoy a visit to Patan Durbar Square, offering the finest display of Newari urban architecture in Nepal, with temples devoted to Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh and Vishnu all actively visited by Nepalis and visitors alike. 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 your incredible India tours. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive the USA this morning.

Check out this video from a smarTours traveler on this trip of a lifetime!


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 1-516-206-1483 or 1-646-589-0088. 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: Le Meridien New Delhi, Windsor Place, New Delhi, New Delhi, 110001, India, Phone: (91-11) 2371 0101. 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.

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 (maximum 15 pounds) not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. However, please note that the limit for checked-in luggage for  intra-India flights (note: this is relevant only for your flight from Khajuraho to Varanasi) is 15 kilograms (or 33 pounds), and any additional weight will incur a fee of $5 USD per each additional kilogram. So, for example, a bag that weighs 44 pounds (or 20 kilograms) will result in a fee of $25 USD. The limit for checked-in luggage for your flights from Varanasi to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Delhi is 20 kilograms (or 44 pounds), which is the same as the restriction for the entire tour, and the same fee of $5 USD per each additional kilogram will apply. Please also note that your carry-on luggage will be subject to the fee of $5 USD per each additional kilogram over 7 kilograms (or just over 15 pounds) for your Khajuraho to Varanasi, Varanasi to Kathmandu, and Kathmandu to Delhi flights. As India and Nepal are not formal countries, 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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by gertrude birkhahn on smarTours
Incredible trip

India has always been special to me. We recently combined a short segment of independent travel to Calcutta (birthplace of my father and where my grandparents were buried) with an organized trip to India and Nepal.
The hotels on the tour were generally OK with superb accommodations at the Meridien New Dehli and good accommodations Jaypee Palace in Agra. Breakfast buffet was excellent most places.
The entire trip was made enjoyable, comfortable, fun and ran smoothly due the tireless efforts, skill, compassion, care and friendship of our guide Jasvir Saurana. He took care of all the annoying fees including all the hotel tips, some of small fees for toilet attendants that is annoying for some of the western traveller (shouldn't be as those attendants would not be working there if they are able to find other work easily), and some camera fees for those that happen not to carry small change, etc. (This is not true of other Smart tour guides!). He personally bought treats, additional night boat ride on the Ganges, drinks and flower/candle offering on the Ganges amongst others for the group. He was unstinting of his personal time for demanding and sometimes dependent tourists. He seamlessly integrated personal flight schedules and worked with his agencies and Indian travel bureaucracy/security to make what could have been a travel headache if not nightmare when I unfortunately had to cancel the last segment of the trip due to my mother's illness and subsequent death.
The entire journey, guided by someone I would be happy to have as a friend, through northern india including a passing glance of Indian culture, India lifestyle, intra Indian flights, train, boat, rickshaw, bicycle etc, is a life (changing) experience not to miss.

by Kathleen A. McGill on smarTours
India/Nepal

I recently finished up the India-Nepal tour with SmarTours on November 5, 2017. I can’t say enough about it. It was a life-changing experience. We saw many wonderful sites and had some very unique and extraordinary experiences. One of our tour mates was even cast in a Bollywood film to play a British officer! The evening trip to the Ganges River was an other-worldly experience not to be missed. Seeing the Taj Mahal was the fruition of a life long dream. It truly is the most beautiful building in the world. The food and venues were superb. Our tour guide, Jasvir Saurana, a Delhi native, was excellent, from attending to every aspect of our travel comfort to acting as a great narrator and teacher of the history, religion, and customs and practices of India and its various regions. Jasvir gave India the color and contextual meaning to make it come alive for our entire tour group. He was exceptionally kind and courteous to all, making everyone feel welcome and part of a fun and caring group. He truly is a rock star tour guide and great human being. It was the trip of a lifetime. Thank you, thank you, SmarTours and Jasvir! Namaste 🙏

by Gloria Persad on smarTours

Tour guide Jasvir Saurana has been one of the best I've experienced in my 14 escorted tours over the years. He is knowledgeable, organized, experienced and most of all proud of his country. Being born of Indian parents but never visiting this awesome country until now, I had only minimum knowledge of this magnificent country with all its grandeur and history. Jasvir opened my eyes to so much more with his detailed explanations of India and Nepal in all their majesty. He is very caring and generous with his time and I'm grateful that I was a participant in this journey. Accommodations, transportation and incredible staff made my trip amazing and incredible. I compliment SmarTours for this great experience and would certainly travel with them again.
Three Cheers for SmarTours and 10+ for Jasvir Saurana.
Namaste.

by Ashifa Pocsai on smarTours
India/Nepal

Took this tour Sept 23-Nov 5th and what an adventure! Words cannot describe the amazing experience we had during this tour. We experienced the culture and history, saw amazing sites and unbelievable architecture and enjoyed fabulous food! What made this tour even more memorable was our fantastic tour guide Jasvir Saurana. Absolutely fantastic! If you are planning on taking this tour i would highly recommend this company. Accommodations and transportation was fantastic. ANd of course, if you get Jasvir as a tour guide, well thats just icing on the cake!

by Joanne Snider on smarTours
Incredible!

Our guide, Jasvir Saurana, made this trip the trip of a lifetime! His knowledge and enthusiasm were infectious. The whole group loved him. I will never forget this experience. I came away with a new understanding of this incredible country: the history, culture, religions, and food. Don't miss out on seeing incredible India with smarTours.

by Karen Townsend on smarTours
February 2017

Amazing Trip! Loved our guide Ravi. He was so organized, knowledgeable and caring. He was kind enough to arrange a surprise birthday cake and celebration for my husband. This was an extensive itinerary and we couldn't have covered this much ground on our own. Hotels were good to great and the food was delicious. Our bus driver was a real pro. Traffic, roads and wandering cows were a real challenge. Air India leaves a lot to be desired, but we appreciated the direct flight. We would definitely book another trip with SmarTours, this was our fifth.

by Taesuk Lee on smarTours
India and Nepal

Me and my husband just returned from India and Nepal, 23 Nov - Dec 3. This is our 8th trip with SmarTours. Thanks for providing a great experience again. SmarTours can't be beaten it's best value for money. We took land only tour and it worked well. Our tour director, Ms Bonita Backer is one of the best we've ever had. We were very fortunate to have native English speaker who speaks Hindi and Nepalie fluently as our tour director. Local guides were Indians and some of them were very hard to understand especially in Delhi tour. Bonita always reiterated what they said in a very professional manner. She also made sure we were recognized as VIP. Most hotels provided cookies, fruit baskets or upgraded our rooms. Appreciate your SmarTravel program and we enjoyed our perks. It worked.Sue Lee from San Antonio, Texas

by Barbara Bradley on smarTours
Driving with Bonita

I was on the November 2016 tour with Susan and agree with everything she has shared. We had great weather to see the incredible sites and amazing guides who not only took us through the scenery but saw to every possible detail. Hotels were great. Food was great. But the chief tour guide, Bonita Backer, was the key to this amazing trip in the depth of her knowledge and her compassion and love for the people of India and Nepal. She got us through bad air, the rupee crisis, visa issues and more. I did my share of shopping but the souvenir I treasure most is the chance to know what kind, generous and caring people live in these two countries. Namaste.

by susan reininger on smarTours
Bonita-India/Nepal

I recently traveled to India and Nepal with Smartours and wanted to say what an incredible trip it was. The accommodations were excellent, the transportation was great, although the roads travelled left much to be desired. We arrived just in time for the Indian demonetarization, which created havoc not only with the travelers but the locals as well. It was wonderful to see the Taj Majal and the plane ride over the Himalayas was amazing and not to be missed. But most of the credit for the successful tour resides with our tour guide Bonnie Backer, an expat who has lived and breathed India for several decades. She had such patience and calmness during the money crisis, and displayed such enthusiasm and passion for the country and its people that is was almost as if we were a part of it rather then spectators looking in. She truly has developed a sense of the country, the people, the traditions and customs , and was able to convey that sense of belonging to all of us on the trip. For 15 days she was with us, and while it is never long enough to get a real feel for the country- we got a taste and a very personal one at that. India and Nepal may not be for everyone, but it did come alive for me.

by Laura on smarTours
Dreamed Trip!!

I've always wanted to go to India, when I found out there was an India & Nepal trip I didn't doubt it for a minute. Our trip was in October 2016, it suppose to be better weather but it was very hot, so try to use cotton clothing, the tour provided bottled water on demand, to keep hydrated and we could purchased near by at a very cheap price.
For me the highlight of the tour was the visit to the Ganges river ceremony, in Varanasi, it was magical!!
We had the privilege to have a great guide, very educated and professional, with a lot of knowledge about culture and monuments, with him we could learn about religious, history and the life of the people; without him our trip to India and Nepal, wouldn't be as wonderful as it was, I definitely recommend to ask for Jasvir if you take this tour, he thinks in every detail to make your stay memorable and special, he even manage to book for us the elephant ride that was cancelled to the Red Fort, because of the religious practices; he made some calls and gave us the surprise, it was a priceless experience that we will never forget.

Namaste!!

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