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Escorted Tours

Grand Tour of Rajasthan including
Shimla

  • Route:
  • London
  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Bikaner
  • Jaisalmer
  • Manvar
  • Jodhpur
  • Udaipur
  • Delhi
  • Shimla
  • Delhi
  • London
4 NIGHTS from £409pp
Extension from £409pp
Tour + Extension from £1908pp

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.

Day 1: UK to Delhi

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

    Day 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

    Day 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. A visit to the regal Red Fort gives you 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

    Day 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

    Day 5: Agra

    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. Return back to the hotel for lunch and to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Agra to Jaipur

    This morning drive to the Pink City of Jaipur, en route you will make a stop at the magnificent Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient capital of the Emperor Akbar. A World Heritage Site, the city includes a stunning mosque and three palaces. After lunch, proceed to Jaipur, passing farms and villages before arriving in Jaipur in time for dinner.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: 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 City Palace and 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

    Day 8: 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

    Day 9: 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.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Bikaner to Jaisalmer

    This morning you will head to the 'Sun City' of Jaisalmer, located in the great Thar Desert. Dominated by the breathtaking 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

    Day 11: Jaisalmer to Manvar

    Located in the heart of Rajasthan, Manvar's wilderness is beautiful beyond imagination. Surrounded by sand dunes, your desert camp destination is perfectly situated for fantastic views of the vast desert. After check-in you will be taken on a desert jeep safari to see some of the rural life of the surrounding areas. Later on you will also be taken for 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

    Day 12: Manvar to Jodhpur

    After breakfast, check-out and journey on 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

    Day 13: 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

    Day 14: 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

    Day 15: 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 te

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Shimla - Extension Starts

    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.

    • Breakfast

    Day 17: Delhi to Shimla

    This morning you be transferred to the station in Delhi to board the train to Kalka. On arrival you will be met and begin the short drive 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. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the local bazaars and pedestrianised streets.

    • Breakfast

    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.

    • Breakfast

    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.

    • Breakfast

    Day 20: Delhi to the UK

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

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

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

    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 £72 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 £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 and hand luggage of 7kg not exceeding 55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm 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.

    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 a good 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 and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

    Group Size

    The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 2, If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 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.

    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
    01 Mar 201720 Mar 2017£409pp£1799pp£2208ppBook
    19 Apr 201708 May 2017£489pp£1699pp£2188ppBook
    10 May 201729 May 2017£489pp£1499pp£1988ppBook
    21 Jun 201710 Jul 2017£489pp£1699pp£2188ppBook
    06 Sep 201725 Sep 2017£489pp£1699pp£2188ppBook
    27 Sep 201716 Oct 2017£489pp£1799pp£2288ppBook
    18 Oct 201706 Nov 2017£469pp£1899pp£2368ppBook
    08 Nov 201727 Nov 2017£469pp£1899pp£2368ppBook
    29 Nov 201718 Dec 2017£469pp£1899pp£2368ppBook

    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 for departures 19th April 2017, 10th May 2017 and 21st June 2017 the Manvar Camp will be closed and you will stay at Manvar Resort. All activities will remain the same however the swimming pool will be closed for the 10th May and 21st June departures.

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    Fact File

    • Minimum temperature: 20°C
    • Maximum temperature: 42°C

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    Ranbankar Palace

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