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Grand Tour of North India including



2 NIGHTS from £139pp

Tour Highlights
  • Spend 3 days exploring the amazing city of Dubai
  • 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

Extension from £139pp

Tour + Extension from £1838pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

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Tour Itinerary

UK to Delhi

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


On arrival at 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. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Lunch & Dinner

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 Humayun'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. Stay over Night at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Delhi to Varanasi

This morning take the 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. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Varanasi to Lucknow

Today's coach journey takes you from Varanasi to Lucknow, India's former artistic and cultural hub. On arrival, check into the hotel and in the evening pass through the imposing 18th century gateway of Rumi Darwaza, travelling past the stark red walls of Taluqdar Hall, the towering peak of Husainabad Clock Tower. Return to your hotel after this sightseeing. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Lucknow 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. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Agra to Jaipur

This morning drive to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. En route stop at Chand baori an 8th-century structure which features 3,500 symmetrical steps leading to the bottom of a well. 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. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A full day tour of Jaipur begins at the Amber Fort, a former ancient capital centred on a distinctive pink-yellow marbled royal palace. 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 visit the distinct Hawa Mahal, a pink honeycomb landmark, constructed to provide ladies of the royal household an observatory for city life. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Jaipur to Delhi

After breakfast depart Jaipur on your coach to Delhi and on arrival check in at the hotel to rest. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Delhi to Shimla

This morning, board your train to Chandigarh, and 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. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Shimla to Amritsar

This morning catch the UNESCO recognised Toy Train to Dharampur Station (Packed Lunch en route). 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 and board the train for Amritsar. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 take 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. Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Amritsar to Delhi

Morning transfer to Amritsar airport in time to connect flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi you will be transferred to the Hotel at Delhi (normal check in time at Hotel is 14 00 hrs). Stay overnight at Hotel

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Delhi to UK or Extension

After breakfast transfer to the airport in Delhi back to the UK or continue to your chosen extension. 2020 departures - Please download the 2020 dossier for the correct itinerary for your departure year.

  • 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


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.


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.


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;,,, 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

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. 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 UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2019 DATES
Marco Polo
06 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£169£2179£2348SOLD OUT
20 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£169£2349£2518SOLD OUT
2020 DATES
08 Jan 202026 Jan 2020£179£2159£2338Please call to book
0800 781 4893
15 Jan 202002 Feb 2020£179£2149£2328Please call to book
0800 781 4893
22 Jan 202009 Feb 2020£179£2149£2328Book Now
29 Jan 202016 Feb 2020£179£2019£2198Book Now
05 Feb 202023 Feb 2020£179£2059£2238SOLD OUT
12 Feb 202001 Mar 2020£179£2229£2408Book Now
19 Feb 202008 Mar 2020£179£2119£2298SOLD OUT
26 Feb 202015 Mar 2020£179£2129£2308Book Now
04 Mar 202022 Mar 2020£179£2129£2308SOLD OUT
11 Mar 202029 Mar 2020£169£2129£2298Book Now
18 Mar 202005 Apr 2020£169£2129£2298Book Now
25 Mar 202012 Apr 2020£169£2179£2348Book Now
15 Apr 202003 May 2020£149£2079£2228Book Now
22 Apr 202010 May 2020£149£2049£2198Book Now
29 Apr 202017 May 2020£149£1899£2048Book Now
06 May 202024 May 2020£139£1819£1958Book Now
20 May 202007 Jun 2020£139£1699£1838Book Now
27 May 202014 Jun 2020£139£1769£1908Book Now
10 Jun 202028 Jun 2020£149£2069£2218Book Now
02 Sep 202020 Sep 2020£149£1989£2138Book Now
09 Sep 202027 Sep 2020£179£2059£2238Book Now
16 Sep 202004 Oct 2020£179£2089£2268Book Now
23 Sep 202011 Oct 2020£179£2159£2338Book Now
30 Sep 202018 Oct 2020£179£2129£2308Book Now
07 Oct 202025 Oct 2020£179£2119£2298Book Now
14 Oct 202001 Nov 2020£179£2289£2468Book Now
21 Oct 202008 Nov 2020£179£2289£2468Book Now
28 Oct 202015 Nov 2020£179£2289£2468Book Now
04 Nov 202022 Nov 2020£179£2029£2208Book Now
11 Nov 202029 Nov 2020£169£2029£2198Book Now
18 Nov 202006 Dec 2020£169£2039£2208Book Now
25 Nov 202013 Dec 2020£169£2039£2208Book Now
2019 DATES
Carlton Palace Hotel
06 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£179£2179£2358SOLD OUT
20 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£179£2349£2528SOLD OUT
2020 DATES
08 Jan 202026 Jan 2020£199£2159£2358Please call to book
0800 781 4893
15 Jan 202002 Feb 2020£199£2149£2348Please call to book
0800 781 4893
22 Jan 202009 Feb 2020£199£2149£2348Book Now
29 Jan 202016 Feb 2020£199£2019£2218Book Now
05 Feb 202023 Feb 2020£199£2059£2258SOLD OUT
12 Feb 202001 Mar 2020£199£2229£2428Book Now
19 Feb 202008 Mar 2020£199£2119£2318SOLD OUT
26 Feb 202015 Mar 2020£199£2129£2328Book Now
04 Mar 202022 Mar 2020£199£2129£2328SOLD OUT
11 Mar 202029 Mar 2020£199£2129£2328Book Now
18 Mar 202005 Apr 2020£199£2129£2328Book Now
25 Mar 202012 Apr 2020£179£2179£2358Book Now
15 Apr 202003 May 2020£159£2079£2238Book Now
22 Apr 202010 May 2020£159£2049£2208Book Now
29 Apr 202017 May 2020£159£1899£2058Book Now
06 May 202024 May 2020£159£1819£1978Book Now
20 May 202007 Jun 2020£159£1699£1858Book Now
27 May 202014 Jun 2020£159£1769£1928Book Now
10 Jun 202028 Jun 2020£159£2069£2228Book Now
02 Sep 202020 Sep 2020£159£1989£2148Book Now
09 Sep 202027 Sep 2020£199£2059£2258Book Now
16 Sep 202004 Oct 2020£199£2089£2288Book Now
23 Sep 202011 Oct 2020£199£2159£2358Book Now
30 Sep 202018 Oct 2020£199£2129£2328Book Now
07 Oct 202025 Oct 2020£199£2119£2318Book Now
14 Oct 202001 Nov 2020£199£2289£2488Book Now
21 Oct 202008 Nov 2020£199£2289£2488Book Now
28 Oct 202015 Nov 2020£199£2289£2488Book Now
04 Nov 202022 Nov 2020£199£2029£2228Book Now
11 Nov 202029 Nov 2020£179£2029£2208Book Now
18 Nov 202006 Dec 2020£179£2039£2218Book Now
25 Nov 202013 Dec 2020£179£2039£2218Book 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
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.





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
Tour Dossiers
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