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Escorted Tours

India and Nepal by Rail 2020 including

Mystical Bhutan


Route:
  • UK
  • Amritsar
  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Lucknow
  • Varanasi
  • Delhi
  • Kathmandu
  • Chitwan
  • Bandipur
  • Kathmandu
  • Paro
  • Kathmandu
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £1099pp

Tour Highlights
  • Explore the capital Thimphu
  • See the Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Witness the marbled domes of the Taj Mahal
  • City tours of Delhi, Lucknow, Kathmandu and Chitwan
  • Enjoy 3 scenic train rides through India
  • Elephant ride and canoe ride on a safari through Chitwan National Park
  • The Buddhist stupa of Swayanbhunath and ancient temples of Patan in Kathmandu
  • The Red and Agra Forts
  • Sunrise boat ride along the Ganges River

Extension from £1099pp

Tour + Extension from £3248pp

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Mystical Bhutan

Become one of the privileged few to say they have experienced this beautiful kingdom in this relatively untouched corner of the Himalayas.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Delhi

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

2
Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Embark on a short tour of New Delhi, Driving past the India Gate, President's House, Parliament Building and visit the Birla Temple.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Delhi

Discover Old Delhi and New Delhi on a rickshaw tour. Travel past the Red Fort and to the Humayun's Tomb. Journey to the Gandhi Memorial and to Qutab Minar.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Delhi to Agra

Board your morning train to Agra. On arrival, make your way to the Taj Mahal. Continue on to the Agra Fort and explore this vast red sandstone complex.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Agra to Lucknow

Today's scenic train ride takes you from Agra to Lucknow. On arrival, check into the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure, free to relax or explore.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Lucknow

After breakfast, visit the Hazratganj Market and the 1857 Memorial Museum. Also Juma Masjid mosque, Sikander Bagh, and Chota Imambara. Pass the gateway of Rumi Darwaza, Taluqdar Hall, Husainabad Clock Tower and Kaiserbagh Palace. Enjoy Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Aminabad bazaar and the facade of Chattar Manzil before returning to your hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Lucknow to Varanasi

Take a train from Lucknow to Varanasi and after check-in at your hotel in Varanasi, an evening tour leads to the banks of the sacred Ganges River and Witness the captivating Ganga Aarti ceremony.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Varanasi to Kathmandu, via Delhi

Enjoy a morning boat trip on the Ganges, and disembark for a walking tour through old town. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu, via Delhi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Kathmandu

After Breakfast, see the stupa of Swayanbhunath. Travel to Kathmandu Valley, and see Patan and Krishna Temple. Return to Kathmandu for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Kathmandu to Chitwan

Today starts with a visit to Pashupatinath temple, a sacred Hindu temple. Depart Kathmandu and drive to Chitwan, arriving in time for an afternoon visit to Tharu village. Return to your hotel for dinner and an entertaining Tharu dance program.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Chitwan

Explore Chitwan National Park and enjoy a canoe ride up the Rapti River and then visit a elephant breeding centre. Drive to Suaraha and watch elephants with the chance (at a fee) for a personal shower. After lunch, explore the jungle on a guided safari on the back of an Elephant, led by the local mahouts.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Chitwan to Bandipur

Depart Chitwan on a scenic journey to Bandipur, stopping en route for lunch. On arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Bandipur

A full-day tour of Bandipur exploring its network of winding lanes, traditional Newari architecture and buzzing bazaar, flanked by pagoda-style temples. From your lofty vantage point, take in the sunset and sunrise over the Manaslu mountain range and enjoy spectacular mountain views.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Bandipur to Kathmandu

Following breakfast, make your way to Kathmandu for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Kathmandu to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flights to London, via Dubai.

  • Breakfast
16
Kathmandu and Paro

Depart Kathmandu in the morning for your flight to Paro in Bhutan, offering incredible views of the entire Himalayan region. Your guide will meet you on arrival and accompany you to Thimphu, stopping en-route to admire the joining of the Thimphu and Paro Rivers at Chuzom before arriving at your hotel with some time to relax. In the afternoon visit the impressive fortress of Trashichoedzong, then 'Buddha Point' where locals chant prayers to the largest Buddha statue in Bhutan. In the evening explore Thimphu's main market area and browse through paintings, hand-woven textiles and jewellery.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
17
Thimpu and Paro

Explore the Thimphu valley with a trip to the National Library and the King's Memorial Chorten - a monument constructed to represent world peace and prosperity. Taking the scenic highway back to Paro appreciate the dramatic river valleys before arriving at your hotel late morning. Next visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower during the 1864 Duar War and now home to the National Museum focussing on royal memorabilia and Buddhist art.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
18
Paro

Visit the breath-taking Taktshang Monastery perched on the side of a cliff, a place of worship recognised as one of Bhutan's most famous monasteries. In the afternoon drive to the ruins of Drukgyel built back in 1649 as a control point along the route to Tibet.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
19
Paro and Kathmandu

Depart Paro after breakfast for your return flight to Kathmandu, with the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast
20
Kathmandu to the UK

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for your flight 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. British Passport Holders do not need to obtain a visa for Nepal prior to departure, a Nepalese visa can be purchased on arrival in Kathmandu. This will cost around USD $25, so please have this ready in USD cash together with three passport size photos. We recommend that you check the following website before travelling for all the most up to date advice and requirements for entry into Nepal http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa.php

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 17 days cover£39£75£129
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

Your flight is to Nepal is with Jet Airways (9W), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 55cm x 35cm x 25cm in size, in addition to one small personal item on-board the aircraft. 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 & 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 Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee or NPR, divided into 100 paisa. US dollars and UK sterling are both also often accepted should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. The currency in Bhutan is Bhutanese Ngultrum and is officially pegged to the Indian Rupee. Also Indian Rupee is acceptable all over Bhutan. There are ATMs in Bhutan but currently they only operate with their respective Bhutanese banks. Since these ATMs currently do not function with outside banks, so ATM facility can't be used by visitors. Traveller's checks / cash are the best option so please ensure you have enough currency with you when you travel.

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 £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
16 Jan 202003 Feb 2020£1099£2149£3248Book Now
06 Feb 202024 Feb 2020£1099£2349£3448Book Now
12 Mar 202030 Mar 2020£1199£2219£3418Book Now
07 May 202025 May 2020£1199£2199£3398Book Now
04 Jun 202022 Jun 2020£1099£2299£3398Book Now
01 Oct 202019 Oct 2020£1199£2149£3348Book Now
29 Oct 202016 Nov 2020£1199£2429£3628Book 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 secured a few places on this tour for single travellers with no single supplements. Once these are all sold, if you are a single traveller, you will need to pay a small supplement. 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. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room

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.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

10 °C / 34 °C

When to go

Weather

Amritsar

Delhi

Kathmandu

Thimphu

What to pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sandals
  • Long, lightweight skirts, trousers and tops (to keep your legs and arms covered when going into religious buildings)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Mosquito/Insect Repellent
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel.
  • Electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
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