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Beyond India's Golden Triangle including

Shimla


Route:
  • UK
  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Jodhpur
  • Udaipur
  • Delhi
  • Shimla
  • Delhi
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £459pp

Tour Highlights
  • 4 nights at the former British summer capital
  • Visit Mughal-era cities and the beautiful palaces of Rajasthan
  • Explore the monuments of Old and New Delhi on a tour of the city
  • Enjoy a sunrise tour of the spectacular Taj Mahal
  • Take an elephant or jeep ride to the imposing Amber Fort
  • Wander the palaces and pavilions of the Agra and Mehrangarh Forts
  • See the Jain temple complex of Ranakpur
  • Soak in the sights and sounds of Jodhpur's Clock Tower market

Extension from £459pp

Tour + Extension from £1458pp

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Shimla

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.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Delhi

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Delhi.

2
Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. An afternoon tour of India's lively capital visits the wartime monument of India Gate, the gilded domes of Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple and the cremation grounds of Mahatma Gandhi. Return to your hotel or enjoy an optional Ghungroo dance and drama show and open-air barbecue dinner.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Delhi to Agra

Take in the monuments of historic Old Delhi on this morning's tour, stopping at the ornate mosque of Jama Masjid before a rickshaw carries you through the winding lanes of Chandni Chowk market and past the vermilion walls of the Red. Later, drive past the soaring tower of Qutab Minar as you depart Delhi on the way to Agra for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Agra

See India's most iconic landmark bathed in an early morning glow on a sunrise visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal. After breakfast, wander the imposing red stone battlements of the Agra Fort. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or take an optional excursion to the tranquil garden complex of Mehtab Bagh.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Agra to Jaipur

Journey to Jaipur, stopping en route at Chand Baori, an 8th-century structure which features 3,500 symmetrical steps leading to the bottom of a well. Continue on to Jaipur where you will have the rest of the day at leisure. Alternatively, take an optional evening trip to Birla Temple to witness a prayer ceremony.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Jaipur

This morning, a brief stop at Hawa Mahal allows you to take pictures of the 952 windows of this elaborate, pink palace. Next, take an elephant or jeep ride to the Amber Fort whose rugged exterior walls shield a lavishly bejewelled interior. This afternoon, explore another monument of the Maharajas at the City Palace.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Jaipur to Jodhpur

Travel to the city of Jodhpur, arriving in time for an evening walk around the colourful Clock Tower market.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Jodhpur

This morning's tour of Jodhpur takes you to the vast Mehrangarh Fort and its magnificent palaces. Explore the marble pavilions of Jaswant Thada before an afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, visit the Bishnoi Village to experience rural Rajasthan.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Jodhpur to Udaipur

Depart Jodhpur this morning, travelling first to the beautiful temple complex of Ranakpur Jain. Continue onward to Udaipur for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Udaipur

Explore the legacy of Udaipur's Mughals as you visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and the Sahelion Ki Bari gardens. Drive around Fateh Sagar Lake then walk through the city's bustling old market. An optional excursion later today takes you on a boat cruise around Lake Pichola before tonight's farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Udaipur to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, via Delhi, or continue on to your extension.

  • Breakfast
12
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.

  • Breakfast
13
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.

  • Breakfast
14
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.

  • Breakfast
15
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.

  • Breakfast
16
Delhi to the UK

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

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner where stated will be taken at local restaurants or at your hotel. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes.

Important Information

Visas

A visa is required for entry into India. British Citizen Passport Holders will need to obtain an e-Tourist Visa (eTV) for travel to India. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £114 per person. The Travel Visa Company can only apply for this 120 days before your proposed travel date and takes around 10 working days to issue. It is only valid for a 60-day single entry stay from the date of arrival. When calling the Travel Visa Company, they will advise you of any changes to the fees or the procedure, they will also advise you of all information they will require in order to apply for the visa. Alternatively, you can visit The Indian Visa Application Centre in London: 142-148 Goswell Road, London, EC1B 7DU. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before you enter India. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 24 days cover£48£94£146
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

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.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Delhi International Airport with Jet Airways (9W), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4.
Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage, however weight restrictions will be finalised on your 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. Checked baggage allowance may vary. Please refer to the bottom right of your E-ticket receipt for the correct baggage allowance. For example, if it shows '20k' this means your allowance is 20kg; or '1PC' means One Piece not exceeding 23Kg. Important note: For handling purposes, the maximum weight of any single piece of baggage must not exceed 32 Kgs. Please refer to the Airline's website for further details and the most up-to-date information. Hand Luggage: One piece of hand luggage with maximum total dimensions not exceeding a total of 115cm in size and 7kg in weight.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

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.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

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.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £500 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. Tipping is at your discretion; however, we would recommend approximately £12 per person for the duration of your tour. Any accompanying guides we suggest approx. £3 per person per day and for the driver we suggest approx. £1 per person per day. All tips will be collected by your guide at the beginning of your tour for your convenience. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however, it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 DATES
08 Oct 201822 Oct 2018£489£1499£1988SOLD OUT
05 Nov 201819 Nov 2018£499£1529£2028SOLD OUT
12 Nov 201826 Nov 2018£499£1549£2048SOLD OUT
2019 DATES
14 Jan 201928 Jan 2019£489£1499£1988Book Now
11 Feb 201925 Feb 2019£489£1459£1948Book Now
04 Mar 201918 Mar 2019£489£1439£1928Book Now
01 Apr 201915 Apr 2019£459£1399£1858Book Now
15 Apr 201929 Apr 2019£459£1299£1758Book Now
06 May 201920 May 2019£459£1199£1658Book Now
20 May 201903 Jun 2019£459£1099£1558Book Now
10 Jun 201924 Jun 2019£459£999£1458Book Now
24 Jun 201908 Jul 2019£459£1099£1558Book Now
09 Sep 201923 Sep 2019£459£1299£1758Book Now
23 Sep 201907 Oct 2019£499£1399£1898Book Now
07 Oct 201921 Oct 2019£499£1499£1998Book Now
04 Nov 201918 Nov 2019£499£1539£2038Book Now
02 Dec 201916 Dec 2019£499£1559£2058Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary changes

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

20 °C / 41 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Delhi

Agra

Jaipur

What to pack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Suncream
  • Insect repellent
  • Rucksack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera and charger
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Electric plug converter - The voltage in India is 220 Volts with plugs and sockets having either grounded 3 pin connections or ungrounded 2 pin connections.
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