Heart of India

Taj, Tigers & Rajasthan

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13 days
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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. 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.

Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our Heart of India with Varanasi tour which includes 3 nights in Varanasi, one of India’s holiest cities.

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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

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

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
  • 21 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 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)

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

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: Depart Udaipur

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. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

Because we can’t secure airline pricing more than a year in advance, some dates and prices listed below are for the tour only. Once flights are available, we’ll notify you of your options.

2024 Tours With Flights Tour Only  
Oct 2–16
$3,399 $3,099
Oct 3–15
$1,999 $1,699
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Oct 16–30
$3,399 $3,099
Oct 17–29
$1,999 $1,699
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Nov 6–20
$3,399 $3,099
Nov 7–19
$1,999 $1,699
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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

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.


Lucia C

1 month ago
Great tour

Farshid Y

1 month ago
Loved the tour, India is a beautiful country.

Debra G

1 month ago
I'll send pictures once I get organized. Also, using CBIT for visa processing was extremely easy and quick. Smartours staff professional and helpful. We'll use Smartours again for our future trips.

Linda G

2 months ago
The heart of India with the extension to Varnasi was an incredible trip. It was truly an adventure of a lifetime! The many architectural wonders and the passionate religious experiences we were able to share were unbelievable. I highly recommend the extension to varnasi as it was such a highlight to be at the Ganges and experience all the religious devotions. Once again smarTours has organized a wonderful tour with high value in a very complex country.

Loydene R

3 months ago
Excellent guides for the tour and the extension in Varanasi. Knowledgeable and informative. Great communication, fun and friendly. We had a disabled participant that Shaju took very good care of. They helped us up steep stairs In Varanasi and were protective of us with aggressive vendors .

Shelley B

3 months ago
We had a wonderful tour, our guide Shaju was the best guide for India, he really worked hard to show us so many wonderful places and he taught us so much about India. We saw so many wonderful places and adventures, and we stayed at both hotels and palaces. We ate a lot of good Indian food and naan bread, yum. We went to many forts, temples, and palaces, and we saw the Taj Mahal. One of my favorites was the extension to Varanasi and going by boat on the Ganges. After going there, I feel this is a must see! Our guide in Varanasi Ajit, was phenomenal along with Shaju. We learned so much about India, it was fascinating, it truly is Incredible India, and I will miss so many aspects of it.


6 months ago
Good and interesting tour program

Randi a

1 year ago
Kudos to Smartours and especially our personal guide, Vikram Singh for our Heart of India trip. Smartours has a well planned itinerary that smoothly packed much into each day. All went without a hitch due to our wonderful guide, Vikram, and his crew. The itinerary was always well explained and thought out, and Vikram's informative talks were interesting and educational. This adventure involved many forms of transportation including bus, rickshaw, tuk-tuks, and jeeps. All went smoothly and safely. Our jam-packed days were full of exploring street markets, forts, palaces, temples, artisan businesses, a rural village, and even a village school. This trip is truly an adventure (as opposed to a casual vacation) with exotic architecture, bustling markets, beautiful fabrics and clothing, Eastern religions, and a different outlook on how happy lives are lived. Be prepared to learn about and experience a culture quite different from our own that is filled with gracious, beautiful people. India is an amazing adventure and not to be missed.

Our hotel accommodations were varied and reflected local culture and meals were excellent. The only issue one couple had with one hotel room was quickly resolved.

We enjoyed every experience including a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, walks and crazy tuk-tuk rides through the Pink city of Jaipur, and walking tours of the Blue city of Johdpur with their crazy traffic mix of hand carts, tuk-tuks, cows, camels, cars, and even an elephant ambling in city traffic! Even the visits to marble inlayers, carpet weavers, and gem shop were informative and entertaining. You can look forward to meeting wonderful, friendly people, wild Tuk Tuk rides thru narrow alleys, busy bazaars, and dazzling colors everywhere. Can't beat Smartours for value!
R and J

Berman C

1 year ago
I would like thank my tour director Vikram Singh for taking me on a fabulous two tour of India. He immense knowledge and love of his country was on display. Vikram was with us every step of the way, willing to answer every question. The people of India were so kind and generous. They work so hard. I loved the beautiful children of India. So curious at every stop. We had a wonderful group of travelers who got along great. This made the trip more special. The tour director, bus driver and helper deserve much, pre more bang for the buck for tipping, which I did.

Mary A

1 year ago
My trip to India was wonderful, The trip was well planned and paced to use our time efficiently and get us to the major sites at the best times yet not wear us out. We saw the Taj Mahal at sunset and again in the morning light. Our tour guide, Vikram, worked very hard to graciously meet the needs of the group no matter how varied. His commentary brought sites to life and his leadership made everything go smoothly.
The Varanasi extension was awesome. We were taken to the banks of the Ganges at sunrise and again after dark to see devout Hindu people on pilgrimage to this holy city practicing their way of life. A solo senior traveler, I felt safe and secure even in very exotic settings. With sincere concern for safety, guides helped me up and down the uneven steps without railings.
The hotels were comfortable and the food plentiful though spicy. The hospitality of the Indian people made me feel very welcome. I highly recommend this tour.