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Essence of North India

  • Route:
  • London
  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Ranthambore
  • Jaipur
  • Delhi
  • London
10 DAYS from £1264pp

Tour Highlights

  • City tour of Old and New Delhi
  • Spot Bengal Tigers in Ranthambore National Park
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Taj Mahal
  • See the City Palace in Jaipur
  • Visit the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
  • Tour the courtyards of the Red, Agra & Amber Forts
  • Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
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Essence of North India

Travelling from Delhi to Agra, then Jaipur, this 10-day, 8-night tour of the Golden Triangle and the exotic Ranthambore National Park takes you through India's most famous sights. Ride a rickshaw around Old Delhi, marvel at the Taj Mahal and discover the Pink City. You'll also spend 2 nights in Ranthambore where you'll have the chance to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers.

Tour Itinerary

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 by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, 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, President's House, Parliament Building and visit the Birla Temple, made purely out of 2,000 tons of Rajasthani white marble.

    • Lunch & Dinner

    Day 3: Delhi

    A full day tour of Delhi commences after breakfast, beginning with the historic Old Delhi in the morning. Lying side by side, Old Delhi dates back to the Mughal period, whilst New Delhi was built just over a hundred years ago. Travelling through the narrow and crowded streets on a rickshaw will transport you back in time, passing vibrant food markets of Old Delhi where bread makers bake delicious scented naan from the tandoor ovens and chai wallahs brew 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 stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. Your tour will continue on to New Delhi to see the Mahatma Gandhi memorial and the 12th century Qutab Minar. Built on the foundations of Jain and Hindu temples, the complex was built in 1193 after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom and displays fine examples of Indo-Islamic architecture as well as the tallest stone tower in India.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Delhi to Agra

    After breakfast, you will be driven to Agra arriving at your hotel in time for lunch. 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 built 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 to Ranthambore

    This magical day starts after breakfast with a tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Words do not do this remarkable palace justice; it really must be seen to appreciate its stupendous beauty. 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. Following this, you will begin your journey to Ranthambore National Park where you will spend the night.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Ranthambore

    Spread over 1,344 square kilometers, Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. Once a famous hunting ground for the gallant rulers of Jaipur, today it is home to a variety of species including tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, jackals, jungle cats and many more. Depart your hotel for an early morning jungle safari where you may even be able to spot the elusive tiger. You will return to your hotel for breakfast and lunch with some leisure time where you can take advantage of the hotel's outdoor swimming pool. A second safari trip will follow in the afternoon to visit further areas of the park.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Ranthambore to Jaipur

    Today you will journey to the Pink City of Jaipur, which got its name from the distinctive earthy red-coloured buildings, painted to emulate the red sandstone architecture of the ancient Mughal cities. Lunch and dinner will be served at your hotel with the rest of the day as free time to relax or explore the largest city in Rajasthan.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Jaipur

    Begin your first day in Jaipur with a visit to the spectacular Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the royal family until 1728, located just 11km from Jaipur. Spanning over four huge courtyards, you will travel to the centre of the fort by either elephant or jeep, passing snake charmers, harems of the Maharajah and the Palace of Mirrors along the way which all make for a truly unforgettable morning. An afternoon city tour of Jaipur takes in the major sights including the home of the royal family of Jaipur - The City Palace and the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory. Lastly, marvel at the hundreds of tiny windows on the facade of the Hawa Mahal, known to many as the Palace of Winds, where it is said that the women of the royal family could once watch the streets below without being seen.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Jaipur to Delhi

    The morning is left free so that after breakfast you can visit some of the local bazaars and stalls for some last minute shopping. Try the M1 Road and Chaemeliwala market for jewellery, handicrafts, textile and more, or wander the streets and sample the delicious and unique Rajasthani street food that Jaipur has to offer. You will then commence your return journey to Delhi, stopping for lunch on the way. A final farewell dinner in Delhi will bring your tour to a close, celebrated by a cultural dance show to round off this unforgettable trip.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Delhi to the UK

    After breakfast you will have some free time before transferring to Delhi International airport for your return flight to the UK in the afternoon

    • Dinner

    Important Information


    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.


    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 10 days cover£37£72£104

    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 Holidays 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.


    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

    All flights are operated by Jet Airways from London Heathrow to Delhi International Airport. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 55cm x 35cm x 25cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

    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;,,, 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

    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.

    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 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 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 UKPrice
    2018 Dates
    29 May 201807 Jun 2018£1049
    05 Jun 201814 Jun 2018£1149
    12 Jun 201821 Jun 2018£1199
    19 Jun 201828 Jun 2018£1299
    04 Sep 201813 Sep 2018£1299
    11 Sep 201820 Sep 2018£1399pp
    18 Sep 201827 Sep 2018£1499pp
    25 Sep 201804 Oct 2018£1499pp
    02 Oct 201811 Oct 2018£1539pp
    16 Oct 201825 Oct 2018£1569
    23 Oct 201801 Nov 2018£1569pp
    30 Oct 201808 Nov 2018£1549pp
    06 Nov 201815 Nov 2018£1679
    07 Nov 201816 Nov 2018£1679
    13 Nov 201822 Nov 2018£1569
    20 Nov 201829 Nov 2018£1549
    27 Nov 201806 Dec 2018£1569
    2019 Dates
    08 Jan 201917 Jan 2019£1429
    15 Jan 201924 Jan 2019£1429
    22 Jan 201931 Jan 2019£1449
    29 Jan 201907 Feb 2019£1449
    12 Feb 201921 Feb 2019£1529
    26 Feb 201907 Mar 2019£1529
    05 Mar 201914 Mar 2019£1449
    19 Mar 201928 Mar 2019£1449
    26 Mar 201904 Apr 2019£1429
    02 Apr 201911 Apr 2019£1399
    16 Apr 201925 Apr 2019£1349
    30 Apr 201909 May 2019£1329
    07 May 201916 May 2019£1299
    21 May 201930 May 2019£1199
    28 May 201906 Jun 2019£1099
    04 Jun 201913 Jun 2019£999
    11 Jun 201920 Jun 2019£1199
    18 Jun 201927 Jun 2019£1299
    25 Jun 201904 Jul 2019£1329
    03 Sep 201912 Sep 2019£1349
    10 Sep 201919 Sep 2019£1399
    17 Sep 201926 Sep 2019£1499
    01 Oct 201910 Oct 2019£1549
    15 Oct 201924 Oct 2019£1569
    22 Oct 201931 Oct 2019£1599
    05 Nov 201914 Nov 2019£1679
    19 Nov 201928 Nov 2019£1599
    03 Dec 201912 Dec 2019£1599

    Travelling Alone?

    We have a limited number of rooms available on every tour date for single use where no single supplement will need to be paid. But hurry, these spaces are limited and subject to availability. If however once all the places are sold out and 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 tour departure dates and not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience than you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

    Tour Map

    Essence of North India Route Map

    Tour Dossiers

    2018 Dossier

    2019 Dossier


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    • Jaipur
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