Heart of India with Varanasi

Taj, Tigers & Rajasthan

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Discover what makes India so incredible on this journey across iconic cities like Delhi and Agra to incredible natural wonders like Ranthambore National Park with unrivaled cultural and culinary experiences along the way. This perfectly paced tour takes you from the Taj Mahal to a jungle safari where you’ll search for the majestic tigers of Ranthambore to the culinary delights of the “Pink City”, to the beautiful “Blue City” of Jodhpur to the villages of Deogarh and the temples of Udaipur. In Varanasi, one of India’s holiest cities, visit local temples and witness both sunrise and evening aarti ceremonies on the Ganges River plus an excursion to Sarnath, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. From delightful accommodations to expert Tour Directors, we’ve thought of everything so this trip is hassle-free and you can simply experience and enjoy.

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Shorten Your Trip! Enjoy our Heart of India tour visiting some of India’s most incredible sites from the Taj Mahal in Agra to Ranthambore National Park with its Bengal tigers to the Pink City of Jaipur and the Blue City of Jodhpur!

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Delhi
  • 1 night in Agra
  • 2 nights in Ranthambore
  • 2 nights in Jaipur
  • 2 nights in Jodhpur
  • 1 night in Deogarh
  • 2 nights in Udaipur
  • 3 nights in Varanasi

Tour Highlights

  • Birla House- Gandhi’s Tomb
  • India Gate by tuk tuk
  • Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset
  • Tiger Talk & Jungle Safari in Ranthambore
  • Jaipur Cooking Experience
  • Blue City of Jodhpur
  • Village walk in Deogarh
  • Ranakpur Temples
  • Lake Pichola Boat Ride in Udaipur
  • Heritage walk in Varanasi
  • Boat ride on the Ganges

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations in first class hotels
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Intra-India flights, train and ground transportation
  • 26 Meals: 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners plus additional tastings
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Top-rated Professional English-speaking Guide throughout the program, and local guides where indicated
  • Porterage service at the hotels (1 luggage per person)

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2024 Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return 1 day after the tour ends.

Note: Flights may not be available on all departures.

You may have to book your own flights to the tour destination. If so, you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, the capital of India and the second-most populous city of India! The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empire and its magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.

Accommodations: Eros Hotel New Delhi or similar

Day 2: Old Delhi & New Delhi

Day 3: Delhi/Agra

Day 4: Agra – Ranthambore

Day 5: Ranthambore National Park

Day 6: Ranthambore – Jaipur

Day 7: Jaipur

Day 8: Jaipur – Jodhpur

Day 9: Jodhpur

Day 10: Jodhpur – Deogarh

Day 11: Deogarh – Udaipur

Day 12: Udaipur

Day 13: Udaipur – Varanasi

Day 14: Varanasi & Sarnath Excursion

Day 15: Varanasi

Day 16: Depart Varanasi

Guided Tour Pricing

Plan ahead to maximize your savings!

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

2024 Tours With Flights Tour Only  
Oct 2–19
$4,099 $3,749
Oct 3–18
$2,699 $2,349
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Oct 16–Nov 2
$4,099 $3,749
Oct 17–Nov 1
$2,699 $2,349
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Nov 6–23
$4,199 $3,849
Nov 7–22
$2,799 $2,449
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Pre- & Post- Night Stays

Slow the pace of your tour with a pre- and/or post-night stay so you can arrive refreshed, acclimate to the time zone if needed, and depart leisurely, ensuring a seamless transition into and out of your journey.

Pre-Night in Delhi

Post-Night in Delhi

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Temple Heritage & Market Tour

Brahmin & Blue City Walking Tour

Udaipur by Cycle

Evening Death & Rebirth Walk

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. There are entry requirements for U.S. passport holders. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.