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Escorted Tours

Spiritual India including

Kerala Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Delhi
  • Chandigarh
  • Amritsar
  • Dharamshala
  • Shimla
  • Haridwar
  • Rishikesh
  • Delhi
  • Kerala
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £479pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy Kovalam's stunning beaches
  • Visit Amritsar, holy city of the Sikhs, and its famed Golden Temple
  • Take scenic drives between cities, through mountain ranges and countryside
  • Explore the city of Shimla, nestled in the Himalayan foothills
  • Witness the riverside prayer ritual of Ganga Aarti
  • Full-day tour of Delhi's delights
  • Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala
  • Ride the UNESCO-listed Toy Train

Extension from £479pp

Tour + Extension from £2148pp

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Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay

Extend your tour with a relaxing beach stay in the Indian State of Kerala. Relax in the popular resort of Kovalam, known locally as the paradise of the south, amongst the coconut groves for which the town is famous.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Delhi

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

2
Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, you'll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the sprawling metropolis of India's capital. Why not admire the sacred pool and gilded dome of the large Sikh complex of Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, see what lies beyond the marbled walls of the blossom-shaped Lotus Temple, or stroll the streets and take in the lively bustle and wafting smells of spicy food stalls before tonight's welcome dinner.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Delhi to Chandigarh

Depart Delhi this morning for the neat roads of Chandigarh, India's first planned city. Nestled at the foot of the Shivalik Hills, the French architect who planned this space replaced the haphazard layout of other Indian cities with the orderly, self-contained sectors which make up this city, the capital of Punjab and Haryana. Explore these distinct regions on a guided tour of this peaceful, green city.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Chandigarh to Amritsar

Today's journey takes you to Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple which gives it its spiritual significance. Explore this sacred city of the Sikhs and its atmospheric surroundings at your leisure this afternoon. Enjoy the fascinating Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum - the summer palace of the Maharaja who founded the Sikh empire, seek out one of the city's many temples or sip on a cold glass of the city's famed lassi, all at your own pace.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Amritsar

Amritsar's Golden Temple is your first stop on today's half-day tour. Witness the marble sculptures, gleaming golden turrets, and jewel-studded interior of this holy shrine of the Sikhs, and the cleansing rituals of pilgrims who bathe in the waters that surround it. Visit the commemorative gardens of Jallianwala Bagh where a memorial serves as a poignant reminder of the 1919 massacre of civilians by occupying forces. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon to explore at your own pace or join an optional excursion to the India-Pakistan border to experience the fascinating flag-lowering ceremony, a daily ritual where each country's soldiers compete to march, salute and shout better than the other (at a fee).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Amritsar to Dharamshala

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive where your car will wind through the soaring snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar Range to Dharamshala, best known as the home of the Dalai Lama. Established by the British in 1815, today the city has a decidedly Tibetan flavour seen in the Tibetan handicrafts, restaurants and museums which abound in this area.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Dharamshala

Explore Dharamshala and the upper Dharamshala area of McLeodganj, a region steeped in the religious rituals and structures of Buddhism. Visit the imposing hilltop location of Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama, then travel onward to the vivid murals of the Kalachakra Temple and the fascinating Norbulingka Institute, a key centre for Buddhist teaching opened to safeguard the survival of Tibetan Buddhism's cultural heritage.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Dharamshala to Shimla

Journey to the Himalayan foothills and the city of Shimla nestled at its base. Set against the backdrop of the craggy peaks of the Himalayas, the colonial architecture, churches, temples and natural beauty of the city draw local and international visitors. On arrival, enjoy your evening at leisure in this mountainside retreat.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Shimla

Use your day at leisure to unwind or immerse yourself in Shimla's spiritual landmarks and the tranquillity of the city centre, where traffic is banned. Follow the long, winding main street 'The Mall' to the numerous north Indian restaurants and shops of the area, or take in the exquisite, stained glass windows and moving Raj-era memorials of Christ Church, Shimla's most prominent landmark.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Shimla

This morning, you'll travel in style with a ride on the UNESCO recognised 'Toy Train' - built for the British Viceroy and his delegates, the train is hauled along by a tiny diesel locomotive which rattles at a leisurely pace through breath-taking scenery to its final destination of Kalka. This afternoon, enjoy a Heritage Walk in Shimla, experiencing the city's most beloved monuments and historic landmarks, learning about its colonial architecture and fascinating history.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Shimla to Rishikesh

Located on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, Rishikesh is a famous Hindu religious destination, popular amongst devotees, yogis and adventurers. The city is known as the world capital of yoga and meditation, and India's sages have meditated here since ancient times. After your arrival, acquaint yourself with this spiritual stronghold of northern India as you enjoy some time for sightseeing. In the evening, experience a Ganga Aarti, soaking in this religious ceremony as the sun sets over Rishikesh.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Rishikesh

Enjoy a day at leisure, with time to explore this city of the sages at your own pace. Why not explore the Tera Manzil Temple, a 13-storey shrine overlooking the Ganges, or visit the famed ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, visited by the Beatles in the 1960s. After writing over 40 songs during their ashram stint, including a number of hit singles, their spiritual retreat inspired millions and sparked Western interest in Indian spirituality.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Rishikesh to Haridwar

Take in India's enchanting landscapes as you make your way to Haridwar. On arrival, take a walking tour of a local market, where the smells of spiced pastries mix with the noise and bustle of vendors selling their wares. Walk to the shores of the Ganges, where chants and prayers fill the air and fire-lit offerings float along the river during the Ganga Aarti ceremony, a daily evening ritual dedicated to the gods and goddesses of the Ganges River. Every day hundreds of devotees participate in this ceremony, with numbers swelling to thousands on full moons or the eve of festivals. Witness this spell-binding ceremony before returning to your hotel for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Haridwar to Delhi

A drive to Delhi takes you to the final stop on your Indian escape. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure in Delhi, with time to relax before tomorrow's full-day tour of Delhi's delights or explore the area further. Why not visit the 16th-Century Jama Masjid mosque, Shah Jahan's pre-Taj Mahal architectural feat, which offers fantastic views of Old Delhi from its minarets.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Delhi

Admire the transition from Old Delhi's historic charms to New Delhi's detailed colonial town planning on today's rickshaw tour through the city. Travel past the imposing red sandstone exterior of the magnificent Red Fort and through Delhi's bustling streets to Humayun's Tomb, an elaborate mausoleum set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Journey onwards to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial which is draped in floral tributes, and the towering minaret and ruins of the ancient Qutab Minar complex.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Delhi to UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast
17
Delhi to Kovalam

Transfer to the airport for your flight from Delhi to Kerala. Transfer to your chosen hotel to commence your beach stay.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
18
Kovalam

Enjoy relaxing by the beautiful beaches of Kovalam.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
21
Kovalam to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight home via Delhi.

  • 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 £96 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 Holidays 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 sufficient time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. It is not advisable to drink the tap water.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and able mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats.

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 Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of Sri Lanka. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in these destinations, should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Therefore, it is very important that you budget carefully.

The currency in Kerala is the Indian Rupee (RS). The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of Kerala. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in these destinations, should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Therefore, it is very important that you budget carefully.

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
2019 DATES
Uday Samudra Hotel
03 Sep 201922 Sep 2019£529£1779£2308SOLD OUT
24 Sep 201913 Oct 2019£599£1699£2298Book Now
15 Oct 201903 Nov 2019£599£2029£2628Book Now
12 Nov 201901 Dec 2019£599£1989£2588Book Now
2020 DATES
14 Jan 202002 Feb 2020£549£1749£2298Book Now
04 Feb 202023 Feb 2020£549£1819£2368Book Now
18 Feb 202008 Mar 2020£549£1899£2448Book Now
10 Mar 202029 Mar 2020£549£1899£2448Book Now
24 Mar 202012 Apr 2020£479£1899£2378Book Now
14 Apr 202003 May 2020£479£1849£2328Book Now
05 May 202024 May 2020£479£1789£2268Book Now
01 Sep 202020 Sep 2020£479£1769£2248Book Now
22 Sep 202011 Oct 2020£549£1669£2218Book Now
13 Oct 202001 Nov 2020£549£2049£2598Book Now
10 Nov 202029 Nov 2020£549£1949£2498Book Now
2019 DATES
Taj Green Cove Resort and Spa Kovalam – Seaside Stay
03 Sep 201922 Sep 2019£599£1779£2378SOLD OUT
24 Sep 201913 Oct 2019£669£1699£2368Book Now
15 Oct 201903 Nov 2019£699£2029£2728Book Now
12 Nov 201901 Dec 2019£739£1989£2728Book Now
2020 DATES
14 Jan 202002 Feb 2020£659£1769£2428Book Now
28 Jan 202016 Feb 2020£659£1769£2428Book Now
04 Feb 202023 Feb 2020£659£1819£2478Book Now
18 Feb 202008 Mar 2020£629£1899£2528Book Now
10 Mar 202029 Mar 2020£639£1899£2538Book Now
24 Mar 202012 Apr 2020£549£1899£2448Book Now
14 Apr 202003 May 2020£549£1849£2398Book Now
05 May 202024 May 2020£549£1789£2338Book Now
01 Sep 202020 Sep 2020£549£1769£2318Book Now
22 Sep 202011 Oct 2020£629£1669£2298Book Now
13 Oct 202001 Nov 2020£639£2049£2688Book Now
10 Nov 202029 Nov 2020£679£1949£2628Book 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 2 rooms available on every tour date for single occupancy use, however, a single supplement must be paid on the add-on part of the tour.

Alcoholic drinks

Please note that Kerala has strict laws regarding the governance of the sale of alcohol in public places including hotels and restaurants. The sale and consumption of alcohol is often restricted in hotels, varying from one establishment to another. However, you may bring your own alcohol with you for private consumption in your room.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

11 °C / 41 °C

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Delhi

Chandigarh

Amritsar

Shimla

Haridwar

Rishikesh

Kerala

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sunglasses and Hat
  • Rucksack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Long sleeve shirt and trousers
  • Swimwear
  • Personal toiletries
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser
  • A multi plug travel adapter
  • First aid kit
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