India & Nepal

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  • $3,499
  • 15
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DELHI, TAJ MAHAL, AGRA, JAIPUR, VARANASI, KHAJURAHO & KATHMANDU

Discover culturally vibrant cities, stunning temples, and the breathtaking Himalayas on our India and Nepal tour, which includes flights to and from the U.S. Start your journey by exploring the best sights around Old and New Delhi and then wander the colorful markets of Jaipur and see the beautifully-designed Amber Fort. In Agra, you’ll check the Taj Mahal off your bucket list—plus, have a chance to see the red-stoned Agra Fort. You’ll also head to Khajuraho to tour a myriad of spectacular temples and then fly to Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest cities, where you’ll get time to admire the picturesque Ganges River. Finally, make your way into Nepal and spend two full days experiencing the majestic beauty of the Himalayan Mountains and immersing yourself in the spiritual culture.

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As seen in India

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Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Delhi
  • 2 nights in Jaipur
  • 2 nights in Agra
  • 2 nights in Khajuraho
  • 1 night in Varanasi
  • 1 night in Delhi
  • 2 nights in Kathmandu

Tour
Highlights

  • Taj Mahal
  • Delhi Sightseeing
  • Amber Fort (Jaipur)
  • Sunrise Boat Ride on the Ganges River
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square (Kathmandu)
  • Bouddhanath Stupa (Kathmandu)
  • Swayambhunath (Kathmandu)

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • 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.

Depart USA

Your exotic India and Nepal tour packages begins today as you depart the U.S.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Delhi on Day 2.

Arrive Delhi

Arrive today in India’s capital. You’ll be escorted to your deluxe hotel.

Le Meridien New Delhi or similar

Delhi

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, visit an Indian…

Delhi/Jaipur

Today, voyage to Jaipur, the “Pink City” and capital of Rajasthan, famous for its exquisite buildings of rose-colored terra cotta.

Ramada Jaipur or similar | Breakfast 

Jaipur

This morning venture out of the city to Amber Fort, the 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. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour as well as a rickshaw ride in Jaipur’s old city where you will explore the colorful local bazaar. Drive past the Palace of Winds, the landmark of Jaipur. Later, attend a unique prayer…

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 or similar | Breakfast 

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.

| Breakfast

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 or similar | Breakfast, Dinner 

Khajuraho

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 friezes of gods and goddesses. Afternoon at leisure.

| Breakfast

Khajuraho/Varanasi

Fly to Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city, situated on the sacred Ganges River. Tour one of the oldest living cities in the world and visit the ‘Ghats’ (banks) of the Ganges River, where you’ll gain greater insight into Hinduism.

Radisson Hotel or similar | Breakfast 

Varanasi/Delhi

At sunrise take a boat ride on the Ganges River where pilgrims converge for the ritual of immersion and prayer. Later, fly to Delhi, where we’ll check-in at our hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Pride Plaza Hotel or similar | Breakfast

Delhi/Kathmandu (Nepal)

Early this morning, check out of your hotel for your flight to Kathmandu, the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Nepal. This is a deeply spiritual land, isolated by the high Himalayas. Upon arrival, visit 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…

Kathmandu (Nepal)

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…

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.

| Breakfast

Delhi/USA

Bid farewell to an incredible India tour. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive the USA this morning.

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 14 in Delhi.

Guided Tour Pricing

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Reviews

marjie C

My husband and I were on a the tour to India and Nepal this February 2020. it was an absolutely wonderful tour; great accommodations, perfectly organized and good value for the money. Bonita Barker was our tour guide and she was fantastic! I cannot imagine anyone else who could navigate a group of people through India like Bonita. She has lived in the country for many years, has great knowledge and an absolute love for the country and its people. Bonita is a very friendly, organized person whose enthusiasm was contagious. She has made many friends in the country and made us all feel like we were so welcome. Bonita has a great way of framing the deep poverty for her travelers. She obviously cares deeply for the people but understands that as tourists we are helping the economy. She called the multitudes of people selling things "friends" and would always invite a few to the bus to sell their wares without any pressure. Bonita is one of a kind and my husband will remember this trip and her fondly for the rest of our lives.

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.

Sharon

Just returned from the Best of India tour last night. Could not wait to give my reviews. As I have told my friends words cannot decribe the "awesomeness" of the tour. The rich history of India, the sweet nature of the people there and our incredible knowledgeable and humble tour guide Jasvir. Every question was answered with such perfect explanation and his in-depth knowledge of the forts and temples was amazing. He took care of each and everyone as if each was a long time friend. At the end of this journey you get emotional and bitter sweet. One caveat : walk with toilet paper wherever you go.

Carol I

My husband and I just returned from India and Nepal. This was our 3rd trip with Smartours. I work for an airline and therefore we have been all over the world, but this trip was exceptional because of our wonderful tour guide, Jasvir Saurana. His incredible knowledgeable about politics, history and the long culture of India came alive when he spoke with his perfect English. I've studied the pictures in National Geographic for 50 years and never thought I could actually see these places in person. It truly is Exceptional India! I have already posted pictures and recommendations to the airline travel groups on facebook. Please thank Jasvir, he went above and beyond all expectations.

Jim I

My wife and I Just returned from Northern India and Nepal. Our tour guide Mr. Jasvir Saurana (Jassi) was beyond exceptional. He spoke perfect English and he obviously loves his job. Jassi was exceedingly organized and guiding 14 people through the streets of India had to be challenging for him, but he did a great job at every turn. He was also a wonderful teacher and not only taught us all about the local culture/history/religions of his country but encouraged any questions we might have had. It was a great learning experience from start to finish. By the end of the trip, we all felt like family. Thank you Jassi and Smartours!

Donna T

this tout was one of the best I have been on. Our guide and tour director was the star if India and Nepal. She was able to make us feel the heart and soul of the people of India. She handled every situation with grace and poise, even difficult travelers! Her selection of local guides was superb. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. The value for our dollar remains unmatched with smartours. (this was our 9th trip) We have taken only one trip not on Smartours and found the value to be not nearly as good. We are loyal Smartours customers.

Kathryn G

My husband and I took this trip about one year ago. Our tour guide, Jasvir Saurana, had such an impressive influence on our trip that I owe him a big THANK YOU for his hard work. During our trip, Jasvir was like a proud scholar who told us the history of India and Indian religions. We have learned so much about India from him. Yes, like many tourists had said, Jasvir took care of us to the finest details that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. He is really the best tour guide we have ever met! I think it worthwhile just follow Jasvir to where ever he is leading the tour group! We have learned so much from him!

Sheila E

We went on the India and Nepal Tour. So very wonderful. Would not have been so wonderful without the enthusiasm and and knowledge of our wonderful guide Bonita Backer.

Donald

Excellent trip with a phenomenal guide, covered 5-6 cities in India plus Kathmandu, Nepal. Smartours does not provide enough preparatory information on anticipated expenses so we were caught short; but otherwise excellent.

gertrude b

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.

Kathleen A

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 ?

Gloria P

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.

Ashifa P

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!

Joanne S

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.

Karen T

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.
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