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India & Nepal

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

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  • Duration: 15 days
  • Price: from $2,799

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For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this India & Nepal Tour. Reserve by December 15, 2016 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
  • Elephant Ride to 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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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $650
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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 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 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)

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 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!!

by Francesco Fino on smarTours
Wonderful experience!!

It was a WONDERFUL experience. People, places, foods, religions, animals. Unbelivable!! Special thanks to our guide Jasvir who did a great job. It would never be as awesome as it was without him, he really made the difference.
I totally recommend, If you decide to go to India and Nepal, please ask for Jasvir Saurana as a tour guide.

by Tyler Cassell on smarTours
Truly Incredible India and Nepal

Talk about incredible! We saw lot of sights - lots of beauty (Taj Mahal), lots of ceremony (sunset and sunrise ceremonies on the Ganges River), lots of people (16 million just in Delhi), lots of traffic (all cities we visited), lots of high mountains (the Himalayas & Mt Everest). We stayed in top hotels and ate lots of delicious Indian food. Everything ran smoothly from rickshaw/elephant rides to more traditional modes of transportation (planes and trains). We were treated regally everywhere we went.People were wonderful. My wife, Elana is in many selfies with girls and women of the country, who wanted a shot with a red headed American!Our tour guide Bonnie was fabulous! An American who has lived in India for 15 years. What an amazing woman. Her love of India and Nepal was infectious, her knowledge and insights invaluable. The local guides also added key observations and commentary. Our fellow passengers were a great group.Smartours, we will back for our fourth tour!!! Your tours can't be beat- best value for the money.

by Christian Saavedra on smarTours
Lifetime Experience

Just returned from the Smart Tours India and Nepal trip (Mar 28-april 11). This was quite one beautiful and exiting trip. My favorite one from my 3 smart tours trips to the date. Everything was well organized: Logistic, Transportation, Hotels, and a highly recommended team selected by Tour Manager Miss Backer. Miss Backer was always very resourceful and always available to all of us. She took care of all our group and individual needs always with a big smile and good sense of humor. She is also very knowledgeable in everything related to Indian and Nepali Culture. I Highly recommend this trip to anyone that want to have a good introduction of India and Nepal. Thank you Bonita and Smart tours for making this trip a lifetime experience!!! Christian Saavedra, Puerto Rico

by Lynn Foster on smarTours
India & Nepal

We have just returned from the Smartours India & Nepal trip of Mar 28-Apr 11. India is a beautiful, but vast and complicated country. I do not believe we could have efficiently visited it without being on an organized tour. The selection of cities and sites provided a comprehensive look at Northern India. The hotels (with the exception of the Jaipur Sheraton Four Points) were excellent. The local city guides were all top notch, especially Krishna in Varanasi and Mali in Kathmandu.But by far, the biggest asset to this tour was the never-tiring leadership of our Tour Escort, Miss Bonita Backer. Of all the guides on my four Smartours trips, she was one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She spiced up the trip with details of Indians and everyday Indian life and did not just talk about temple and palace facts. Although it was a long, hot, and at times arduous journey, she never tired of enthusiastically sharing her obvious love of her adopted country, and she never lost her warm sense of humor. Having an American ex-pat as a guide was having the best of both worlds. She knows India intimately, but she can relate well to Americans and our interests. And, as a bonus, her American English accent was easy to follow. And, finally, her skills at facilitating our in country travels were amazing. She took care of not only our hotel check in/out procedures, but also our many bus, train, and multiple airline reservations.

by Renato G. Decal on smarTours
Outstanding Tour

Our India/Nepal tour was quite memorable because of Ms Bonita Becker, our tour director. She was very good in anticipating/accommodating all our needs. The hotels, transportation, local guides and sites selected we're outstanding.

by Mary Ann Martin on smarTours
Journey of a lifetime

I just returned a few days ago from the India/Nepal tour, and the cities and sites are still flashing in my mind. So much to absorb and see in all the cities on the tour. Every city has it's own flavor to offer on this tour. Bonita Backer our tour guide was great. She has wonderful insight on both countries as an American living in India presently and Nepal in the past. She is able to share her experiences to the group , so we just don't see India and Nepal but can understand these countries, the people, and their customs. This made me enjoy the tour even more having a better understanding of the cultures through my first time western eyes.

by Joan and Herb Spiegel on smarTours
Incredible India & Nepal

This was our third Smartours and definitely our favorite! The title Incredible India describes both the tour and the tour guide. We owe so much to our compassionate and knowledgeable tour guide Bonita Backer. We will recommend this trip ..Incredible India.. to our many friends as long as they can have Bonnie as their guide. We were cared for..we were informed..we were organized..we became a group of friends. But most importantly we saw Incredible India from expert eyes with a view that made us very satisfied Smartours customers. Bonita attended to every detail magnificently. It is delightful to see how she is so well known and how she is so well liked by the Indian people. This enhanced our enjoyment of the trip.Brava Bonnie. Joan and Herb SpiegelLambertvile NJ

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