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Grand Tour of Rajasthan with Shimla

16 Day Escorted Tour With 5 Day Extension

India, Indian Subcontinent
Challenging Pace

As capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, the engaging town of Shimla is a popular resort for tourists and local vacationers alike. This former British summer capital still retains much of its colonial heritage and is the perfect extension to your tour of India.

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • 4 nights at the former British summer capital
  • Old and New Delhi city tours.
  • The magnificent Taj Mahal and the impressive Red, Agra, Jaisalmer and Amber forts.
  • Deluxe tented camp stay in the Thar Desert.
  • Tour the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur.
  • The famous Ranakpur temple complex just outside Udaipur.
Number of nights

This map is for the main tour only


Day 1
UK to Delhi

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Delhi International Airport.

Day 2

Lunch & Dinner

On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After lunch, a short tour of the beautifully planned city of New Delhi will follow. Offering you a taste of its imperial glory, you'll drive past the India Gate and Parliament Building before visiting the Birla Temple, made purely out of 2,000 tons of Rajasthani white marble.

Day 3

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today enjoy a full day tour of Delhi, beginning with the historic Old Delhi. Travelling through the narrow, crowded streets on a rickshaw, pass vibrant food markets and chai wallahs brewing their sweet tea. Visit the regal Red Fort for a sense of the lavish life once led by the former rulers before your tour continues to New Delhi to see the Mahatma Gandhi memorial and the 12th century Qutab Minar with its fine examples of Indo-Islamic architecture.

Day 4
Delhi to Agra

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart Delhi for a leisurely train journey to Agra. Despite being a small city, Agra was once the capital of the mighty Mughal dynasty whose strength manifested itself in the huge forts and buildings designed to maintain its power. During the afternoon you will visit the vast red sandstone Agra Fort. The colossal walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Mughals in 1573 and boasts gigantic pavilions, grand palaces and spectacular courtyards.

Day 5
Agra to Jaipur

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This magical day starts with a tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal; words do not do this remarkable palace justice. Taking 17 years and 20,000 men to build, the heartbroken Mughal Emperor Shahjahan dedicated this stunning white marble monument of love to his deceased wife to enshrine her mortal remains. Then drive to the Pink City of Jaipur, passing farms and villages before arriving in Jaipur in time for dinner.

Day 6

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Begin your day in Jaipur with a visit to the spectacular Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the royal family until 1728. Spanning over four huge courtyards, you will travel to the centre of the fort by Jeep, passing snake charmers and harems of the Maharajah along the way. An afternoon city tour of Jaipur takes you to the astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar. Lastly marvel at the hundreds of tiny windows on the facade of the Hawa Mahal, known to many as the Palace of the Winds.

Day 7
Jaipur to Bikaner

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following breakfast you will start the drive to Bikaner, stopping en-route for lunch. Bounded by sand dunes and situated on an elevated plain, this vibrant desert town is fondly known as the 'camel country' of India. Arriving early evening you will check-in to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 8

A morning tour of the 16th century Junagad Fort awaits you today. With its unique and formidable structure, you will be able to appreciate the amazing network of havelis - mansions with courtyards and balconies of red sandstone and marble. The fort also contains numerous monuments with gold plasters, exquisite mirror work and hidden chambers. Returning to the hotel for lunch you will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax. Stay over Night at Hotel

Day 9
Bikaner to Jaisalmer

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning you will head to the 'Sun City' of Jaisalmer, located in the great Thar Desert. Dominated by the breath-taking fort, this beautifully evocative city is one of Rajasthan's biggest attractions with its mysterious camel-train trade routes and local bazaars brimming with bright embroideries and dazzling glass mirrors. On arrival into the city, you will check into your hotel before visiting some of the main attractions including the 12th century Jain temples and the magnificent golden Jaisalmer fort itself.

Day 10
Jaisalmer to Manvar

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After check-in and lunch you will be taken on a desert jeep safari to see some of the rural life of the surrounding areas. Later, enjoy the unique experience of a camel ride into the Thar Desert. This evening witness the stunning sunset with a cultural performance and dinner under the starlit skies.

Day 11
Manvar to Jodhpur

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Jodhpur where you will enjoy an afternoon tour of the buzzing 'Blue City'. Starting at the mighty 15th century Mehrangarh fort, this magnificent architectural masterpiece towers above the sandstone hills of the city and boasts huge courtyards and palatial apartments within. Continue on to Jaswanth Thada, the traditional cremation ground of the rulers of Jodhpur with ornamental gardens containing the fabulous white marble memorial to the Maharaja, Jaswanth Singh II.

Day 12
Jodhpur & Bishnoi

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Spend a relaxed morning at leisure before an afternoon visit to a tribal village in the nearby Bishnoi, offering a taste of the past and rich culture of the region. Inhabited by a community of nature worshippers, the beautifully scenic village contains a natural lake surrounded by Khejri trees where migratory birds, antelope and other animals come from nearby areas to drink and graze.

Day 13
Jodhpur to Udaipur

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving Jodhpur, en-route to Udaipur you will visit the world famous Ranakpur temple complex. Acclaimed for their intricate and superb architectural style, the temples are the largest of the Jain cult and form one of the five major pilgrimage sites. Wholly constructed in marble with more than 1,400 exquisitely carved supportive pillars, they contain numerous beautifully and delicately carved sculptures and are definitely a highlight of any trip to this area. Continuing on towards Udaipur, you will stop for lunch before arriving at your hotel in the city.

Day 14

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Affectionately known as 'The Venice of the East', magical Udaipur is a city of romance with beautiful lakes and fantastical palaces all bordered by lush, forested hills. This morning you will visit the huge City Palace, lining the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, with its balconies gazing out towards the stunning Lake Palace seemingly floating on the waters across the shimmering lake. Next make a stop at the celebrated Jagdish temple, the largest in the city and whose 79 foot sculpted spire dominates the skyline. Here you can appreciate the three-storied temple that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe.

Day 15
Udaipur to Delhi

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This afternoon have a flight to Delhi wher

Day 16
Udaipur to Delhi


Depart Udaipur and fly to Delhi where you will be met on arrival and taken to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 17
Delhi to Shimla


This morning you be transferred to the station in Delhi to board the train to Kalka. Arriving in the early afternoon you will be met and start your journey to Shimla. Set amidst the snow-capped Shivalik mountain range, the hill town holiday resort displays many examples of its colonial past including charming iron lamp posts and hand-painted signs. Your evening will be at leisure to explore the local bazaars and pedestrianised streets.

Day 18
Shimla and Kufri


Just 30 minutes drive from Shimla is the beautiful town of Kufri, surrounded by dense forest and stunning mountain scenery. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will be taken on a tour of Viceregal Lodge, the impressive former summer residence of the British Raj leader who governed the entire Indian subcontinent until 1946. Following some time learning about some of the significant decisions made within the viceroy, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Shimla.

Day 19
Shimla to Delhi


After breakfast you will drive to Kalka in time to catch the train back to Delhi where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Day 20
Delhi to the UK


Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2022
from £2,518
1 Date
12th Jan - 31st Jan
February 2022
from £2,518
1 Date
23rd Feb - 14th Mar
March 2022
from £2,558
1 Date
16th Mar - 4th Apr
May 2022
from £2,318
1 Date
4th May - 23rd May
August 2022
from £2,248
1 Date
31st Aug - 19th Sep
September 2022
from £2,378
1 Date
21st Sep - 10th Oct
October 2022
from £2,618
1 Date
19th Oct - 7th Nov
November 2022
from £2,438
2 Dates
2nd Nov - 21st Nov
23rd Nov - 12th Dec


The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
The Park Hotel
2 nights
Delhi, India
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Clarkes Hotel
2 nights
Shimla, India
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Tour Reviews

Jeffrey Glanz

13 Mar 20

We particularly enjoyed the Heritage Resort Bikaner, and the Manvar Resort & Tented Camp stay was exceptional

Joan Nicholson

01 Feb 20

All the hotels were very good, the meals were excellent, the rooms were comfortable and the staff were helpful.

Robert Housden

12 Apr 19


Anna Pendlebury

19 Feb 19

All hotels very good. Thoroughly enjoyed my first trip with Mercury Hope to travel with you again Please note our guide YP Singh needs a special mention ...this guy is amazing We were so lucky to have him as our guide I hope to travel with YP as our guide again with Mercury

Stephen Palmer

04 Feb 19

The trip was well planned and thought through. The guide YP Singh turned the holiday from a great tour into an outstanding experience. Thank you!!

Alexandra Macleod

25 Nov 18

The staff in all the hotels provided an excellent service. Great to have access to swimming pools.

David Whitehead

14 Nov 18

The standard of the hotels was good. The rooms were of a high standard.

Jan Hynes

28 Oct 18

All the hotels were excellent & the staff provided very fine service. Everyone was so pleasant & extremely helpful & caring.

Anne Faulkner

26 May 18

Just the pool at Manver had been drained which was slightly disappointing. Also didn't like getting feedback forms after meals. Park hotel was particularly good as was Ummard hotel

Ian Mitchell

23 Mar 18

Hotels all offered comfortable accommodation and excellent service though our last hotel in Udaipur had rather more sparse interiors. Most hotels were a long way from city centres so it was not possible to walk into the middle of cities (except Jaipur and Udaipur) on free afternoons or at night. Food was generally very good, always served as a buffet which gave us a good choice. All pools were good, but the one in Jodhpur had no shade.

Margaret Quinlan

10 Nov 17

Some were slightly better than others but all of high quality

Elaine Ord

09 Nov 17

A couple of the hotels used provided rooms a long way from amenities which on arrival after a long days travel was not appreciated

John Slee

17 Mar 17

Hotels were generally very good. Would advise taking sink plugs. Not all hotels had room safes, which made it difficult to secure passports etc when so advised. Meal choices were very good. Ladies would have liked some hotels to be located for suitable walkout shopping

Reuben Hopper

05 Feb 17

Hotel quality and cleanliness varied from very good to rather grubby.

All were welcoming though and food was very good.

Richard & Pauline Merchant

31 Oct 16

Excellently managed, hotels and guides perfect and could not fault the service.

Edward Rozgowski

30 Oct 16

Very good standard of rooms.

Elaine Ord

29 Oct 16

We could not have required anything else. Abhi was fantastic as our guide, kept us informed, suggested other visits which were amazing and did an excellent job along with Ahmed, Sergit and Ravi in giving us the best holiday experience ever. Thank you all from start of booking to the holiday itself we have been very well looked after and had an amazing time. All the hotels were excellent with good facilities and clean.

Alan Walker

28 Oct 16

All hotels were very good. Food at the hotels was excellent everywhere. I thought we had a very good, diverse group and everybody mixed in well. The guide contributed to this considerably. His personality and sense of humour were infectious.

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Important Information

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If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flights are operated with Emirates, departing London Heathrow via Dubai. Each passenger is entitled to 30KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 10kg - 55cm/38cm/ 20cm) in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check- in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

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The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will be accompanied by a guide throughout your stay ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in India is the Rupee or Rs. The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of India. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in India should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. There are restrictions on taking Indian rupees into India. Visitors, including tourists, are not permitted to take any amount of Indian currency into the country. You can take cash or travellers' cheques (in pounds sterling or another foreign currency) and/or a bank card with you and exchange or withdraw rupees once in India.

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 per person will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!