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Grand Tour of Rajasthan including

Shimla


Route:
  • London
  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Bikaner
  • Jaisalmer
  • Manvar
  • Jodhpur
  • Udaipur
  • Delhi
  • Shimla
  • Delhi
  • London

4 NIGHTS from £499pp

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.

Extension from £499pp

Tour + Extension from £1998pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

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 International Airport.

2
Delhi

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.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Delhi

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Delhi to Agra

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Agra to Jaipur

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Jaipur

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 either elephant or 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Jaipur to Bikaner

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Bikaner

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

9
Bikaner to Jaisalmer

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Jaisalmer to Manvar

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Manvar to Jodhpur

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Jodhpur & Bishnoi

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Jodhpur to Udaipur

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Udaipur

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Udaipur to Delhi

This afternoon have a flight to Delhi where you will

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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.

  • Breakfast
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.

  • Breakfast
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.

  • Breakfast
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.

  • Breakfast
20
Delhi to the UK

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

  • Breakfast

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.

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 £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

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.

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 and will be accompanied by a guide throughout your stay 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 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!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2019 DATES
04 Sep 201923 Sep 2019£599£1849£2448Book Now
25 Sep 201914 Oct 2019£579£1969£2548Book Now
16 Oct 201904 Nov 2019£599£2099£2698Book Now
06 Nov 201925 Nov 2019£599£2029£2628Book Now
27 Nov 201916 Dec 2019£599£1989£2588Book Now
2020 DATES
15 Jan 202003 Feb 2020£499£1999£2498Book Now
26 Feb 202016 Mar 2020£549£1979£2528Book Now
18 Mar 202006 Apr 2020£599£1799£2398Book Now
06 May 202025 May 2020£599£1499£2098Book Now
02 Sep 202021 Sep 2020£599£1759£2358Book Now
14 Oct 202002 Nov 2020£599£1969£2568Book Now
04 Nov 202023 Nov 2020£599£1989£2588Book 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
Travelling alone?

We have a limited number of single places with no supplement on this tour. Once these have been sold, a single supplement will apply for single travellers on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner.

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

Tour Change:

Please note that, due to weather conditions for departures between April and June, the Manvar Camp will be closed and you will stay at Manvar Desert Resort. All activities will remain the same however the swimming pool will be closed for May and June departures.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

20 °C / 42 °C

When to go

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

Delhi

Agra

Jaipur

Bikaner

Udaipur

What to pack
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent and hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals (shoes that are easy to remove when going into religious buildings)
  • Long, lightweight skirts or trousers and long sleeved tops (you will need to have your legs and arms covered when going into religious buildings
  • Camera and charger
  • A plug adaptor
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping
  • A hand luggage bag for your stay in Manvar
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Moira Prebble
29th May 2018

Great holiday, guide in India excellent

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Margaret Quinlan
10th Nov 2017

Some were slightly better than others but all of high quality

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Richard & Pauline Merchant
31st Oct 2016

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

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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