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Grand Tour of North India


Route:
  • UK
  • Delhi
  • Varanasi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Shimla
  • Chandigarh
  • Amritsar
  • UK
Tour Pace:

17 DAYS from £1699pp

Tour Highlights
  • City tours of Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur and Amritsar
  • Sunrise boat trip along the Ganges
  • Tour the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Traverse mountainous terrains on the UNESCO recognised Toy Train
  • Summer capital of British India - Shimla
  • Explore the Golden Temple, a highly revered site for Sikhs

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Grand Tour of North India

Delve into the spiritual fabric of this intoxicating country on our 17 day itinerary which showcases the complex heart of North India, from intriguing Hindu rituals upon the Ganges, to the Sikh's golden symbol of brotherhood in Amritsar and the colonial inspired Christ Church which crowns Shimla's snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Along the way, sample wild culinary delights, marvel at a chaotic tapestry of lost empires and discover one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Delhi

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Delhi.

2
Delhi

On arrival into India's capital, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, experience flavoursome local dishes at your welcome meal.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Delhi

Following breakfast, a full day city tour will commence. Travel through narrow streets and along naan scented markets on a rickshaw and pass by the Red Fort before stumbling upon the UNESCO recognised Humanyun's Tomb, a captivating mausoleum that seemingly floats above landscaped gardens. Admire the transition en route from Old Delhi's historic charms to the intricate colonial town planning of New Delhi; view the minimalistic Mahatma Gandhi Memorial adorned in floral tributes before wandering through the Qutab Minar complex, a city awash with ancient ruins sculpted by the country's finest craftsmen.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Delhi to Varanasi

This morning, take a train from Delhi to the sacred 'City of Life' - Varanasi. Check in to your hotel for the next two nights, before an afternoon at leisure exploring one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities, regarded as one of Hinduism's seven holy cities. Your evening tour takes you to a ghat - steps that lead to the Ganges - to witness the humbling Ganga Aarti Ceremony, a spellbinding display of candles afloat along the river.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Varanasi

Begin today with a sunrise boat trip along the Ganges for a unique perspective of this spiritual watercourse and its vivid embankment of pastel edifices pierced by temple stupas. Spend the rest of your morning on a walking tour through this ancient city to observe other ghats, each with distinct floral decoration and uses including the intriguing 'burning ghats' used for funeral precessions. Continue your exploration of Varanasi at the Vishwanath Temple, a monument dedicated to Lord Shiva and famed for an illustrious gold-coated dome. Enjoy a half-day tour of Sarnath, a sacred site on which the Buddha gave his first sermon after finding enlightenment in 530BC. Your tour includes visits to ancient relics that document the area's spiritual significance including the Monastery Ruins, a tranquil park interrupted by a towering stupa engraved with delicate geometric carvings. Return for your final evening in Varanasi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Varanasi to Jaipur

This morning fly to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur and transfer to your hotel. Your evening is at leisure to explore a colourful web of chaotic roadways disturbed by meandering camels, bazaars dressed in vibrant textiles and the constant whirl of cycle rickshaws around Rajasthan's largest city.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Jaipur

A full day tour of Jaipur begins at the Amber Fort, a former ancient capital centred on a distinctive pink-yellow marbled royal palace. You will travel to the fort by jeep, allowing you to observe harems of the Maharajah, complex mosaic designs and snake charmers. Continue to the UNESCO recognised Jantar Mantar, a fascinating collection of archaic astronomical instruments including the world's largest stone sundial. Later this morning, visit the distinct Hawa Mahal, a pink honeycomb landmark, constructed to provide ladies of the royal household an observatory for city life.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Jaipur to Agra

After breakfast, take a scenic coach ride to Agra, where a network of rickshaws, jalebis vendors filling the air with sweet aromas and ancient Mandir temples alluding to the Mughal Empire's past grandeur await.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Agra

Begin today at a tour highlight and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. This iconic ivory-white mausoleum was completed in 1640 for Emperor Shah Jajan's beloved third wife. Wander along ornamental gardens to witness the breath-taking spectacle of its minarets and distinctive bronze dome reflecting the illumination of daybreak. After lunch visit the UNESCO recognised Agra Fort, an enormous sandstone city of pavilions, palaces and splendid courtyards behind 20-metre-high walls.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Agra to Delhi

After breakfast depart Agra on your coach to Delhi and on arrival check in at the hotel to rest.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Delhi to Shimla

This morning board your train to Chandigarh, from here drive along a winding track around rugged mountains and through luscious pine forests to the hill station of Shimla - the former summer capital of British India whose snow-dusted mountain position offers incredible views of the Himalayan mountains.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Shimla

Depart Shimla this morning for a day in the neighbouring hill station of Kufri. Nestled at the Himalayan foothills, this charming town is surrounded by a picturesque forest reserve under the imposing gaze of Mahsu Peak. Having admired the wild beauty of Kufri, tour the magnificent Rashtrapati Niwas, a former home to the British Viceroy. Its opulent exterior invites visitors to explore a maze of corridors, opening into grand wood-panelled rooms.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Shimla to Chandigarh

This morning, catch the UNESCO recognised Toy Train to Dharampur Station, built by colonial forces, it offers dramatic views along its winding course through untouched forests and across immense gorges. Arrive in the city of Chandigarh for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Chandigarh to Amritsar

Following a packed breakfast, take the train to the largest city in the Punjab state, Amritsar. Your afternoon will be at leisure to explore the Sikhs' holy city at your own pace.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Amritsar

Enjoy a half-day city tour of Amritsar with a visit to the Golden Temple. Revered amongst Sikhs, this spectacular golden tank blends Islamic and Hindu architecture, surrounded by the Pool of Nectar. The ancient monument also contains a mesmerising display of floral motifs carved into marble alongside shimmering gold panels. After lunch enjoy an afternoon to explore at your own pace, alternatively undertake an optional excursion (at a fee) to the Indian-Pakistan border and witness the fascinating flag-lowering ceremony, a daily ritual of each side's soldiers competing to out-march, out-salute and out-shout one another.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Amritsar to Delhi

This morning transfer to Amritsar airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Delhi to UK or extension

After breakfast transfer to the airport in Delhi for your flight back to the UK or continue to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

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

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 30 days before your proposed travel date and takes around 10 working days to issue. It is only valid for a 30 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.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. 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 Holidays 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 £49pp 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

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.

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, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 8, and the maximum will be 35. If in the unlikely event there are less than 8 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.

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. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, 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. 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.

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 £400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2020 Dates
08 Jan 202024 Jan 2020SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
15 Jan 202031 Jan 2020SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
22 Jan 202007 Feb 2020£2149.00Please call to book
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29 Jan 202014 Feb 2020£2019.00Please call to book
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05 Feb 202021 Feb 2020SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
12 Feb 202028 Feb 2020£2229.00Please call to book
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19 Feb 202006 Mar 2020SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
26 Feb 202013 Mar 2020£2129.00Please call to book
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04 Mar 202020 Mar 2020SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
11 Mar 202027 Mar 2020£2129.00Please call to book
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18 Mar 202003 Apr 2020£2129.00Book Now
25 Mar 202010 Apr 2020£2179.00Book Now
15 Apr 202001 May 2020£2079.00Book Now
22 Apr 202008 May 2020£2049.00Book Now
29 Apr 202015 May 2020£1899.00Book Now
06 May 202022 May 2020£1819.00Book Now
13 May 202029 May 2020£1849.00Book Now
20 May 202005 Jun 2020£1699.00Book Now
27 May 202012 Jun 2020£1769.00Book Now
03 Jun 202019 Jun 2020£1899.00Book Now
10 Jun 202026 Jun 2020£2069.00Book Now
17 Jun 202003 Jul 2020£2049.00Book Now
24 Jun 202010 Jul 2020£2149.00Book Now
01 Jul 202017 Jul 2020£2149.00Book Now
08 Jul 202024 Jul 2020£2199.00Book Now
15 Jul 202031 Jul 2020£2199.00Book Now
22 Jul 202007 Aug 2020£2199.00Book Now
29 Jul 202014 Aug 2020£2199.00Book Now
05 Aug 202021 Aug 2020£2199.00Book Now
12 Aug 202028 Aug 2020£2149.00Book Now
19 Aug 202004 Sep 2020£2149.00Book Now
26 Aug 202011 Sep 2020£1999.00Book Now
02 Sep 202018 Sep 2020£1989.00Book Now
09 Sep 202025 Sep 2020£2059.00Book Now
16 Sep 202002 Oct 2020£2089.00Book Now
23 Sep 202009 Oct 2020£2159.00Book Now
30 Sep 202016 Oct 2020£2129.00Book Now
07 Oct 202023 Oct 2020£2119.00Book Now
14 Oct 202030 Oct 2020£2289.00Book Now
21 Oct 202006 Nov 2020£2289.00Book Now
28 Oct 202013 Nov 2020£2289.00Book Now
04 Nov 202020 Nov 2020SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
11 Nov 202027 Nov 2020£2029.00Book Now
18 Nov 202004 Dec 2020£2039.00Book Now
25 Nov 202011 Dec 2020£2039.00Book Now
02 Dec 202018 Dec 2020£2199.00Book Now
2021 Dates
06 Jan 202122 Jan 2021£2159.00Book Now
13 Jan 202129 Jan 2021£2149.00Book Now
20 Jan 202105 Feb 2021£2149.00Book Now
27 Jan 202112 Feb 2021£2099.00Book Now
03 Feb 202119 Mar 2021£2059.00Book Now
10 Feb 202126 Mar 2021£2229.00Book Now
17 Feb 202105 Mar 2021£2129.00Book Now
24 Feb 202112 Mar 2021£2129.00Book Now
03 Mar 202119 Mar 2021£2129.00Book Now
10 Mar 202126 Mar 2021£2129.00Book Now
17 Mar 202102 Apr 2021£2129.00Book Now
24 Mar 202109 Apr 2021£2199.00Book Now
31 Mar 202116 Apr 2021£2199.00Book Now
07 Apr 202123 Apr 2021£2149.00Book Now
14 Apr 202130 Apr 2021£2099.00Book Now
21 Apr 202107 May 2021£2049.00Book Now
28 Apr 202114 May 2021£1899.00Book Now
05 May 202121 May 2021£1849.00Book Now
12 May 202128 May 2021£1799.00Book Now
19 May 202104 Jun 2021£1699.00Book Now
26 May 202111 Jun 2021£1769.00Book Now
02 Jun 202118 Jun 2021£1799.00Book Now
09 Jun 202125 Jun 2021£2069.00Book Now
16 Jun 202102 Jul 2021£2049.00Book Now
23 Jun 202109 Jul 2021£2149.00Book Now
30 Jun 202116 Jul 2021£2199.00Book Now
07 Jul 202123 Jul 2021£2199.00Book Now
14 Jul 202130 Jul 2021£2199.00Book Now
21 Jul 202106 Aug 2021£2199.00Book Now
28 Jul 202113 Aug 2021£2199.00Book Now
04 Aug 202120 Aug 2021£2199.00Book Now
11 Aug 202127 Aug 2021£2199.00Book Now
18 Aug 202103 Sep 2021£2149.00Book Now
25 Aug 202110 Sep 2021£1999.00Book Now
01 Sep 202117 Sep 2021£1989.00Book Now
08 Sep 202124 Sep 2021£2059.00Book Now
15 Sep 202101 Oct 2021£2089.00Book Now
22 Sep 202108 Oct 2021£2159.00Book Now
29 Sep 202115 Oct 2021£2129.00Book Now
06 Oct 202122 Oct 2021£2119.00Book Now
13 Oct 202129 Oct 2021£2289.00Book Now
20 Oct 202105 Nov 2021£2289.00Book Now
27 Oct 202112 Nov 2021£2289.00Book Now
03 Nov 202119 Nov 2021£2029.00Book Now
10 Nov 202126 Nov 2021£2029.00Book Now
17 Nov 202103 Dec 2021£2039.00Book Now
24 Nov 202110 Dec 2021£2039.00Book Now
01 Dec 202117 Dec 2021£2199.00Book Now
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Included in the Price

  • Local English-speaking Guides
  • 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
Important note for 2020 departures

Please note the itinerary for 2020 departures is different to the 2019 itinerary that is showing on the website. Please download the 2020 dossier for the correct itinerary.

Ability Information

Please note Shimla is not suitable for clients with walking difficulties, due to the nature of its mountainous location, there are many steep steps, inclines and declines around the town.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

20 °C / 41 °C

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Delhi

Agra

Jaipur

What to pack
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Camera and charger/spare batteries
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Philip Gedge
4th Nov 2019

Generally Very Good!
Our favourite was probably the Ranthambore Regency.
Drinks prices were very expensive, especially in the Park - Delhi

Zuri White Sands was very good although pretty noisy in the restaurant when there was a wedding on!

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Customer Rating:
10/10
R Hollick
28th Oct 2019

The Park hotel in Delhi was the only let down. There was no consistency to any aspect of their 'offer' service, facilities in room, food, alarm calls ect. This hotel does not deserve a 5 star rating when compared to the other hotels on the tour.

Otherwise we had the best ever holiday experience thank you.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Langrish
21st Oct 2019

An exceptional holiday that was exceptionally well organised. The chaos that confronts the newly arrived traveller in India was managed so well that what could have been a real challenge, became the most wonderful opportunity.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Fiona Larden
20th Oct 2019

All the hotels were first class and the hotel in Shimla was outstanding.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Maura Preston
27th Jul 2019

All hotels were very good, good locations, great service & excellent food

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Customer Rating:
10/10
John Davie
12th Jun 2019

all hotels on this tour were excellent.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Harris Latchu
27th May 2019

good

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Leslie Perrin
27th May 2019

All Hotels were excellent and welcome at the end of the day.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
M Frith
17th Apr 2019

The guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. The pace of the tour was good but a bit too much in the heat. The hotels good and lovely service.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
A Wyle
1st Apr 2019

The representative to the whole tour was excellent.
The rep was very knowledgeable.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Albert Winterbottom
29th Mar 2019

Just brilliant all round wonderful experience

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Rosalind Chamberlin
25th Mar 2019

Hotel's all clean and the food available was very good.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Sarah Bolton
25th Mar 2019

The flights to and from Delhi from Heathrow with Jet Airways were not good - cramped, uncomfortable seats, poor entertainment systems (with sounds not available on many seat backs) with very poor film/TV options, awful food and inattentive staff. The toilets were also filthy.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Kay Kirk
21st Mar 2019

The guide, Mr Jaswant Singh was very polite and professional. He had many challenges, a death, time travel changes and some very difficult people to support.
He made the holiday special with his consideration to all and very helpful when showing the group the true sights of north India. A credit to the company.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Sian Pugh
9th Mar 2019

All hotels were of a high standard, food was excellent. Had an excellent experience touring India, our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable regarding the history of India. All the hotels were excellent and all transport was very good. Overall had a marvellous time and would highly recommend Mercury Holidays.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Carol Mills
2nd Mar 2019

Good

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Customer Rating:
10/10
W Hollister
21st Feb 2019

Excellent guide Amit Sharma, Superb grasp of history and good at telling the history. Our driver for the three days in Shimla was outstanding.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Stephen Baker
10th Feb 2019

Hotels good, food good,

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Customer Rating:
10/10
David Clear
9th Feb 2019

The hotels in Delhi, Agra, Amritsar, Chandigarh and Shimla were particularly good.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Judith Robinson
27th Jan 2019

Thank you , it�s been just superb from the first to the last day . The independent guide really does need to be contacted and lavished with praise for his unfailing professionalism . Aime , the mercury guide was an absolute sweetheart , and deserves an immediate pay rise . I felt a little uncomfortable as they didn�t stay in the same hotels as ourselves but in places far less superior , sometimes it was late at night and they�d to travel distances and return very early next day . I hope the companies do see the logic and importance of these two men staying with the party and having decent beds to rest after long days catering for demanding travellers .

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Patricia Garner
1st Jan 2019

All Hotel's selected for us on the tour were excellent

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Marianne Harper
14th Dec 2018

Radisson at Shimla was particularly nice. I should particularly like to commend our guide for his knowledge, charm & efficiency which made for a wonderful & hassle-free holiday.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Mary Cubitt
8th Dec 2018

Top quality hotels and staff.
No problems anywhere.
A very comprehensive tour great value for money and our guide went out of his way to give us some memorable experiences.
Thank you Mercury.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Cheri Dickerson
5th Dec 2018

The flight from Varanasi to Delhi, then the onward coach trip to Agra was much too late in the day. We arrived at Delhi after dark so saw none of the rolling hillside described in the itinerary and finally reached the hotel in Agra at about midnight.
We feel this flight should have been a morning flight, as a whole day was wasted seeing nothing.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
S Walker
17th Oct 2018

No comments

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Anne Robertson
17th Oct 2018

All the hotels were 1st class

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Tina Hardwick
16th Jun 2018

Due to my loss of a passport that was not asked to be seen I would take some time before booking another tour. It was well organised but felt that due to my loss then I was not able to join the group and due to lack of organisation they sent me back to DELHI on an early train. Once arriving then they organised an appointment with the British High Commission unfortunately the earliest appointment was the next day at 11.00
It is a shame this was not done the night before as I wouldn't have then lost an extra day.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Len Goodes
26th May 2018

Holiday Inn Changigarh was an unexpected stay because of the airport closure. It was probably at its best in the 1960's. In fairness,a lot of staff working hard with very little to work with. I thought all the hotels were very good. I only heard one negative comment about the Park in Delhi. The lady in question did not take up the issue of a dirty room with the management at the time ! Enough said.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Maureen Tizick
26th May 2018

All very good, clean, helpful staff members, good facilities

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Petula Southern
13th May 2018

The hotels used where of exceptional quality and especially the Radisson Hotel in Shimla and the Leela Riz in Kovalam. The food and cleanliness where fabulous and staff amazing

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Customer Rating:
10/10
William Robins
12th Mar 2018

Excellent service and and value for money.

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Karen Smith
25th Feb 2018

We loved every minute of the holiday.
Our guides Amit & Naveen where excellent, very knowledgable & helpful.
Our only criticism would be that our group of over 30 people was too large

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Rose
24th Feb 2018

Excellent hotels. The location of the Restaurant in Shimla was unfortunate, but beyond Mercury Holiday control.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Brenda Heron
8th Dec 2017

Good tour guide very clear diction and his knowledge of India was very good. Nice hotels good food very clean with large rooms. Some early starts but needed to get to some monuments before the rush.
We were apprehensive about the trip but our fears were unfounded and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The bicycle rickshaw ride in old Delhi, elephant ride, Taj Mahal and sighting a tiger on the safari was great fun

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Louise Riley
7th Nov 2017

Hotels were very good indeed.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Susan Hunt
18th Oct 2017

It is the first time we have used Mercury Holidays and I was very impressed with how smoothly the holiday went. The hotels were fantastic, the transport efficient and our guide Hemant was very knowledgeable and helpful. We would have no hesitation in using your company again and have already spread the word to friends and family.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
David Buckley
31st May 2017

All hotels excellent, staff very attentive, and food although very good could have been improved with a few more western meals for the faint hearted ?

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Carole Troote
22nd May 2017

We enjoyed our holiday,the guides were helpful, extremely knowledgeable, kind and organised.
The only criticism was the change in the itinerary for day six.

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Chris Sulliman
22nd May 2017

The organiser and tour guide was very helpful and made my holiday as it should be. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
David Bullock
22nd May 2017

Naveen and Hermant were very good guides who ensured that our tour was enjoyable and successful. It would be much better if one guide accompanied the group at all times including on all flights.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Eric Norman John Brass
22nd May 2017

Excellent service from both guides Hemant and Naveen as well as our rep Jasqsaree. Hemant proved to be a mine of information on both the culture and history of India, and Naveen was not only well organised but very helpful. A formidable duo

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Ann Sherwin
20th Jan 2017

Rooms not great of the Park Hotel but the food made up for it.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Kenneth Harrow
3rd Nov 2016

All hotels to a good standard.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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    Visit the Tigers of Ranthambore

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Dubai Extension
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With incredible beaches of powdery white sand and an azure sea which is crystal clear and warm, an extension to Dubai and the Emirates is the perfect place to relax and soak in the Arabian sun. Famed for its luxury shopping and ultra modern architecture, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for you to experience. Choose a hotel from our handpicked options or speak to our reservations team about our entire range of hotels available.

2 nights
from £139pp
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Visit the Tigers of Ranthambore
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Delhi
  • Varanasi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Shimla
  • Chandigarh
  • Amritsar
  • Delhi
  • Ranthambore
  • Delhi
  • UK

Once a famous hunting ground for the gallant rulers of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park is spread over 1,344km2 and is one of the biggest national parks in India. Choose this extension to experience a variety of wildlife including tigers, leopards, deer and much more.

4 nights
from £349pp
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