Grand Tour of India & Nepal

  • $3599
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Rich traditions. Inspiring culture. Incredible architecture. Celebrated sights and more! So much awaits on this air-inclusive India and Nepal tour featuring passionate guides, immersive activities, and comprehensive sightseeing. We’ve mapped out an exciting itinerary that brings you through India’s most quintessential cities including Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Varanasi. Delight in everything this country has to offer—from rickshaw rides and heritage-focused experiences to the iconic Taj Mahal and beautiful tigers at Ranthambore National Park. After reaching Nepal, spend time exploring the spiritual and scenic areas of Kathmandu and Patan. You’ll enjoy profound experiences like admiring treasured stupas and shrines, meeting ex-Kumari (former child deities), and visiting The Bamboo School Project, a program that builds schools for underprivileged children in the area. 

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 3 nights in Delhi
  • 2 nights in Agra
  • 2 nights in Ranthambore
  • 2 nights in Jaipur
  • 2 nights in Varanasi
  • 1 night in Delhi
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu
  • Optional 3-night extension to Mumbai


  • Cooking demonstration and in-home special welcome dinner
  • Heritage Boat Ride in Delhi
  • Rickshaw Ride through Jaipur
  • Safari Experience in Ranthambore
  • Visit the Ranthambore School of Art
  • Amber Fort
  • Varanasi, the holiest city in India
  • Sunrise Boat Ride on the Ganges River
  • Traditional Aarti Ceremony at Birla Mandir
  • The Bamboo School Project in Kathmandu
  • Nepali dance performance

Mumbai Extension:

  • Elephanta Caves
  • Gateway of India
  • Crawford Market

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (EWR)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-India and Nepal flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 21 meals: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director

Tour Itinerary

Depart USA

Your journey to India and Nepal begins as you depart on your flight from New York to Delhi. 

Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi. Tonight, meet your tour director, and be escorted to the hotel. 

Le Meridien (or similar)


Following breakfast at the hotel, begin an exciting day of sightseeing! Starting in Old Delhi, you’ll take a fun rickshaw ride past the magnificent Red Fort and around the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. We’ll also bring you to visit the Raj Ghat a memorial site for Mahatma Gandhi. Later, explore New Delhi and see iconic sights including Qutub Minar, India Gate, the Birla Mandir (temple), President’s House, and more. In the evening, walk down Janpath Road to Connaught Place and then get a taste of the local life with a visit to an Indian home for a cooking demonstration…


Today we will bring you to tour the impressive Akshardham temple, which features a blend of architectural styles from across India and was constructed entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble. You’ll find yourself in awe of its height and carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities covering its surfaces from top to bottom. Afterwards, enjoy exhibitions show, which include insightful films and even a heritage-focused boat ride! You’ll then have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure…


Depart from Delhi and head to Agra. Here you’ll experience the famed Taj Mahal! Visit this opulent mausoleum, which is one of India’s greatest feats of Mughal architecture, and make unforgettable memories as you learn its stories and stroll the dazzling landscape for fabulous photo ops.

Jaypee Palace (or similar) | Breakfast


After breakfast, head to Agra Fort, another architectural gem, to explore its amazing red-stoned walls, unique decor, and picturesque courtyards of this old-world structure that also serves as cherished royal tomb. After, the day is free for independent exploration—admire more stunning buildings, shop for souvenirs, or try local cuisine at nearby restaurants.   

Jaypee Palace (or similar) | Breakfast


Today you’ll hop on a train to Bharatpur. Along the way, stop to explore Fatehpur Sikri, a former capital city brimming with red sandstone buildings. You’ll have the chance to see Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal, and more. After our sightseeing and free time for an independent lunch, we’ll board the train bound for Sawaimadhopur. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time in the scenic surroundings. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel. 

Jungle Vilas (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner


Rise and shine for an early morning drive to the wildlife sanctuary at Ranthambore National Park. Join a local naturalist guide in search of elusive tigers as well as hyenas, jackals, and foxes. The park features a variety of structures throughout, including a huge hilltop fort that reminds you of an ancient era. The park is truly a wildlife enthusiasts and photographer’s dream, with tigers roaming in their scenic natural habitat. Following your adventurous safari, visit the Ranthambore School of Art at Sawai Madhopur, an internationally-acknowledged institution where students and…


After breakfast we’ll check out and visit to the Dhonk Village. Here, you can browse beautiful handicrafts, clothing, and more made by locals who try to live more sustainably near Ranthambore. You’ll also pay a visit to the Dastkar Project, a program that utilizes the unique talents of the displaced villagers, especially women, to create traditional crafts and goods, thus generating income for the region. Afterwards we’ll have some free time for an independent lunch before continuing by to Jaipur, India’s “Pink City”, famous for its exquisite buildings built of…


Begin today with breakfast and a rejuvenating yoga session! Later, venture out to Amber Fort, located in Amer, the ancient capital of Rajasthan. You’ll ride to the top of the hill where the fort is perched and a local expert will guide you through its magnificent ramparts and watchtowers, which command 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. Returning to Jaipur, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the picturesque old town and past the Palace of Winds,…


Today, we’ll board a flight that brings you to our next destination, Varanasi, the holiest city in India. Upon arrival, you’ll be assisted and escorted to your hotel, where you’ll have time to settle in and unwind.

Radisson Hotel Varanasi | Breakfast


Early in the morning you’ll embark on a captivating boat excursion along the Ganges to admire people worshipping on the ghats (steps) and in the water of the river. Next, we’ll bring you on a short walking tour through the alleys and temples of the Old Town and then return to the hotel for breakfast. Later in the day, visit the brocading center to see workers using the old style of brocade weaving. You’ll also tour the Sanarth, a fabled village outside Varanasi, where you’ll see Pillars of Ashoka, Dhamek Stupa, and Mahabodhi’ Buddha temple, and more. In the evening,…


Today, depart Varanasi and fly back to Delhi where you’ll be escorted to your hotel. After some downtime, take a visit to Bangla Sahib, a very prominent Sikh house of worship, and wander around the enchanting Lotus Temple. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Pride Plaza (or similar) | Breakfast


Say goodbye to India as you depart on your flight from Delhi to Kathmandu in Nepal. Be picked up and escorted from the airport to your hotel.  

Radisson Hotel Kathmandu | Breakfast


Wake up to the beauty of the Himalayan Mountains and mesmerizing temples surrounding you! On your comprehensive tour today, explore the most remarkable places around Kathmandu. At Bhaktapur Durbar Square discover the Palace of 55 Windows, it’s gorgeous Golden Gate, and the National Art Museum housed inside. Next, head to Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites. Then, visit Boudhanath, one of the country’s most distinctive and legendary stupas. Round out the day with an immersive experience that introduces you to ex-Kumari…


Enjoy another day of enriching experiences throughout the region! Take a morning drive to the Swayambhunath Stupa, the most ancient and enigmatic of the Valley’s holy shrines. You’ll then visit Budhanilkantha, considered the largest stone statue of Lord Vishnu in Nepal. Later, enjoy a visit to Patan Durbar Square, which showcases Newari urban architecture and temples devoted to Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh, and Vishnu all of which are actively visited by Nepalis and visitors alike. Visit the Bamboo School, and learn about a project that builds schools out of bamboo with the goal to provide…


Today you transfer back to Delhi to connect to your flight back home to the U.S.


Arrive USA

Your grand journey through India and Nepal ends as you arrive back in U.S.

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Extended Tours

Mumbai Extension

  • From approx. $899 Per Person


Today you transfer back to Delhi to connect to your flight to Mumbai. You’ll be met and escorted to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

President, Mumbai – IHCL SeleQtions or similar | Breakfast


After breakfast this morning we’ll journey about one hour’s boat ride to Elephant Island to see the Elephanta Caves, named for the stone elephant they found here. The temples here were carved during the Golden Age of the Gupta period and are predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Here we’ll find beautifully carved statues with the most outstanding being the Maheshmurthy or Timothy, an eighteen-foot high three headed bust hewn from a single rock and representing the three aspects of Shiva: the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer.

Later, we’ll…


Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Mumbai independently.


Depart Mumbai

This morning is at your leisure. Later today we transfer to the airport for your flight back home to the U.S.


Arrive USA

Arrive back in the U.S. today full of memories of your India & Nepal adventure!


Ashley A

I just returned from Incredible India, where Jasvir Saurana was our tour manager. It was excellent. I have now done 4 tours with Smart Tours, this being my 4th. I was beyond impressed with Jasvir’s knowledge, assistance, and helpfulness throughout the tour. There were 14 of us, so I know it couldn’t always be easy to “round up” 14 adults. Yet, he was flawless in all his efforts. He was so outstanding and attended to our every need. He always went above and beyond to make our entire group comfortable and aware of our itinerary and schedule. There was no question he didn’t know the answer to. The trip was well organized and executed flawlessly by Jasvir. He had tremendous insight into every aspect of Indian culture and life, often narrating our bus rides. I appreciated all of his efforts and passion for his country so much. He is very caring, patient, and generous with his time. I will always have fond memories of this special time in India and he is responsible for making this the trip of a lifetime for my mother and I.


Was in tour India&Nepal October 21-November 4 2019 Wonderful tour Mr Jasvir Saurana our tour guide gave us a great experience of India &Nepal. His knowledge and kindness made our journey unforgettable. Thanks Smartours Jessie. From Ecuador
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