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Escorted Tours

Luxury North India including

Highlights of Kerala


Route:
  • London
  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Ranthambore
  • Jaipur
  • Delhi
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • London

4 NIGHTS from £719pp

Tour Highlights
  • Spend a night on an authentic Keralan Houseboat.
  • Thekkady Hill Station
  • Kochi city tour
  • Exclusive - Visit the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara to see the evening Langar in Delhi
  • Exclusive - Meet a local family for tea and snacks and to learn about traditional life
  • Exclusive - Meet an expert on the conservation projects of Ranthambore National Park
  • Exclusive - Enjoy a Patanbazi kite flying session and learn how to tie Turbans and Saris in Jaipur
  • Exclusive - Dinner at 1135AD restaurant located inside Amber Fort
  • Rickshaw ride through the famous landmarks of Old Delhi and a city tour of New Delhi
  • Tour the palatial courtyards and pavilions of Agra and Amber Forts
  • Sunrise visit to the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Search for Bengal Tigers at Ranthambore National Park
  • Discover the 'Pink City' of Jaipur

Extension from £719pp

Tour + Extension from £2318pp

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Highlights of Kerala

Why not continue your trip in India and head south with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Delhi

Depart London Heathrow on your scheduled overnight flight to Delhi.

2
Arrival in Delhi

On arrival into Delhi, meet your local guide and transfer to your 5-star hotel, Le Meridien, before an afternoon orientation tour offering a taste of New Delhi's imperial glory. See the monumental India Gate, a poignant sandstone arch dedicated to the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian army who lost their lives during World War One, and marvel at the grandiose President's House, which stands adjacent to the striking Parliament Building. Get acquainted with your group this evening over a welcome meal.

  • Dinner
3
Delhi

A full day of sightseeing commences at one of India's most significant mosques, the ornate Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. Capable of accommodating up to 25,000 devotees in its extensive courtyard, this lavish 17th century mosque is situated just a short distance away from the oldest Market in India, the Chandni Chowk - a bustling square teeming with stalls selling colourful saris and delicate trinkets. Weaving through a labyrinth of narrow avenues on a rickshaw ride, inhale the perfumed scents from the many food stalls. Next, pause to observe the Raj Ghat, a modest black marble memorial commemorating the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, before continuing to New Delhi to explore Humayun's 16th century Tomb, one of India's earliest examples of traditional Mughal era architecture. Conclude today's tour at the distinctive UNESCO-listed 73-metre minaret - Qutub Minar. This evening's exclusive experience gives you the chance to witness the heartfelt generosity and resilient community spirit at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi's most prominent Sikh house of worship. Observe the evening Langar, where the principle of equality is upheld, as every visitor sits together to enjoy a free meal, hand-prepared by a congregation of hospitable volunteers.

  • Breakfast
4
Delhi to Agra

This morning, depart Delhi and check into the prestigious 5-star Trident Agra Hotel before exploring the former capital of the Mughal dynasty era, whose rich heritage is evident in the form of its copious forts and opulent buildings. Exuding strength and power, wander through a maze of palatial courtyards and grand pavilions, sheltered behind the imposing 20 metre-high red sandstone walls of Agra Fort. In another exclusive experience, this evening, you will be welcomed into an Indian home. Like millions of other Indian homes, this one is set around a central courtyard, shared by many members of the extended family. Enjoy tea & light snacks with the family and interact with them to know more about the Indian culture & lifestyle.

  • Breakfast
5
Agra to Ranthambore

Behold the majestic Taj Mahal bathed in an early morning glow, as today starts with a visit to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Taking an astonishing 17 years and 20,000 men to build, Mughal Emperor Shahjehan dedicated this remarkable monument to his beloved wife following her death, in a wild exhibition of extravagance. Following this, embark on a scenic train journey from Bharatpur to the quaint city of Sawai Madhopur, absorbing sweeping vistas through colourful rural landscapes, and upon arrival, transfer to the luxurious Sawai Vilas Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Ranthambore

Sprawling over 1,344 square kilometres, Ranthambore National Park's blend of lustrous scenery, and incredible conservation projects contribute to its prestigious reputation as one of the largest and most picturesque national parks in India, housing a thriving population of varied wildlife. Embark upon early morning and late afternoon Canter safaris, listening to the mighty roar of the wilderness whilst keeping an eye out for roaming leopards, striped Hyenas and the elusive Bengal Tiger - the park's most popular inhabitant. Our exclusive activity follows, where you can re-charge with refreshing drinks and snacks, as knowledgeable wildlife experts interactively illustrate Ranthambore's conservation schemes, providing opportunity to ask questions and gain a well-rounded insight into the success of this stunning park.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Ranthambore - Jaipur

This morning, travel to Jaipur - the Pink City of India, and upon arrival to the esteemed 5-star Trident Hotel of Jaipur. Later arrive at a Heritage hotel to be received, receive a in a royal reception by retainers of the erstwhile royalty for a day of exclusive experiences. Experience the opportunity to adopt authentic Indian attire, as your guides advise the men how to tie a Turban and the women, a decorative Sari. From the terrace of the heritage hotel, learn the art of Indian kite flying, known locally as Patang-Bazi, a popular pastime and prevalent symbol of celebration. Relax with a refreshing high tea.

  • Breakfast
8
Jaipur

After breakfast, admire the resplendent former royal palace, the Hawa Mahal, often referred to as the 'Palace of Winds', whose distinctive facade unveils an astounding 952 windows. Continue to the vast 16th century Amber Fort, embarking on a Jeep ride to the entrance of the fort, to then walk through its elaborately bejewelled interior and the extraordinarily embellished Palace of Mirrors. Enjoy dinner at the incredible 1135 AD restaurant, located in the historic Amber Fort in Jaipur. Taking its name from the founding year of the Kachwaha Rajput dynasty, it is an opportunity to relive and enjoy the royal lifestyle of the bygone era.. The restaurant serves delectable Rajasthani cuisine.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
9
Jaipur - Delhi

With a morning at leisure, why not test your bargaining skills at a local bazaar, sample unique street food, or wander a network of narrow avenues before returning to Delhi.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
10
Delhi - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight or chosen extension.

11
Delhi to Kochi (Cochin)

Depart Delhi in the morning for your flight to Cochin in India's beautiful southern state of Kerala, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

  • Breakfast
12
Cochin to Alleppey

Today you will board a traditional houseboat which will be both your transport and accommodation. This leisurely cruise takes you through the winding backwaters of Kerala, meandering through the beautiful lagoons, rivers and canals whilst enjoying the local food and stunning rural scenery of the surrounding villages.

  • Breakfast
13
Alleppey to Thekkady

Disembarking your houseboat after breakfast, your tour continues with a drive through the spectacular countryside. Journey on to Thekkady, a stunning area located high in the Cardamom hills containing tea gardens, rubber, coffee and pepper plantations. Following lunch, a visit to a plantation and spice market await you.

  • Breakfast
14
Thekkady to Cochin

A highlight of Thekkady is the Periyar National Park, India's largest wildlife sanctuary. Board a boat at Periyar Lake where you can view various species of wildlife and enjoy picturesque scenery. Proceed to Cochin for a city tour to see the impressive Chinese fishing nets, before taking a ride through the village roads in a tuk-tuk. You will see the Mattanchery Duch Palace and St. Francis, the oldest European church in India.

  • Breakfast
15
Cochin to the UK

Depart after breakfast for your return 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 £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 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

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.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

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 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. 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 are also widely accepted in India should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

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
23 Jan 202005 Feb 2020£819£1799£2618Book Now
20 Feb 202004 Mar 2020£819£1899£2718Book Now
19 Mar 202001 Apr 2020£779£1899£2678Book Now
23 Apr 202006 May 2020£739£1799£2538Book Now
14 May 202027 May 2020£739£1649£2388Book Now
11 Jun 202024 Jun 2020£719£1599£2318Book Now
24 Sep 202007 Oct 2020£779£1849£2628Book Now
12 Nov 202025 Nov 2020£819£1899£2718Book Now
03 Dec 202016 Dec 2020£819£1899£2718Book 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
Dubai Extension:

Please note we have a choice of hundreds of hotels available for our Sri Lanka and Dubai extensions. Please speak to our Reservations team for more details.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

18 °C / 41 °C

When to go

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

Delhi

Agra

Ranthambore

Jaipur

Kochi

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • First aid kit
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
Tour Dossiers
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