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Essence of North India including

Delhi Extension


Route:
  • UK
  • Delhi
  • Varanasi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Shimla
  • Chandigarh
  • Amritsar
  • Delhi
  • UK

2 NIGHTS from £229pp

Tour Highlights
  • Explore the sights of Delhi
  • 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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Delhi Extension

After your Escorted Tour, spend two days at leisure in Delhi, giving you time to explore the historical sites and diverse culture.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Delhi

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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. There will also be a cultural dance show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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 to round off this unforgettable trip.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Delhi to the UK

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

  • Dinner
11
Delhi

Transfer to your hotel and spend your time at leisure.

  • Breakfast
12
Delhi

Enjoy time at leisure to explore the sites of Delhi.

  • Breakfast
13
Delhi to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the U.K.

  • 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.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. 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.

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

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.
IMORTANT 2020 DEPARTURES ONWARDS:
Your group tour flights are operated Virgin Atlantic departing from London Heathrow Final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 10kg and with maximum total dimensions not exceeding 115cm (56cm x 36cm x 23cm). If you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in.
If you are taking an extension or flying from one of the regionals all of your flights will be 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.
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

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. There are restrictions on taking Indian rupees into India. Visitors, including tourists, are not permitted to take any amount of Indian currency into the country. You can take cash or travellers' cheques (in pounds sterling or another foreign currency) and/or a bank card with you and exchange or withdraw rupees once in India.

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 Price
2021 DATES
28 Sep 202109 Oct 2021£199£1529£1728
05 Oct 202116 Oct 2021£199£1529£1728
12 Oct 202123 Oct 2021£199£1529£1728
19 Oct 202130 Oct 2021£199£1529£1728
26 Oct 202106 Nov 2021£199£1529£1728
02 Nov 202113 Nov 2021£199£1529£1728
16 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£199£1529£1728
23 Nov 202104 Dec 2021£199£1529£1728
30 Nov 202111 Dec 2021£199£1529£1728
07 Dec 202118 Dec 2021£199£1529£1728
2022 DATES
04 Jan 202215 Jan 2022£199£1499£1698
25 Jan 202205 Feb 2022£199£1499£1698
01 Feb 202212 Feb 2022£199£1499£1698
08 Feb 202219 Feb 2022£199£1499£1698
15 Feb 202226 Feb 2022£199£1499£1698
22 Feb 202205 Mar 2022£199£1499£1698
01 Mar 202212 Mar 2022£199£1499£1698
08 Mar 202219 Mar 2022£199£1499£1698
15 Mar 202226 Mar 2022£199£1499£1698
22 Mar 202202 Apr 2022£199£1499£1698
29 Mar 202209 Apr 2022£199£1499£1698
05 Apr 202216 Apr 2022£199£1699£1898
26 Apr 202207 May 2022£199£1299£1498
03 May 202214 May 2022£199£1199£1398
10 May 202221 May 2022£199£1149£1348
17 May 202228 May 2022£199£1199£1398
24 May 202204 Jun 2022£199£1249£1448
31 May 202211 Jun 2022£199£1299£1498
07 Jun 202218 Jun 2022£199£1349£1548
14 Jun 202225 Jun 2022£199£1399£1598
05 Jul 202216 Jul 2022£199£1469£1668
19 Jul 202230 Jul 2022£199£1469£1668
30 Aug 202210 Sep 2022£199£1499£1698
06 Sep 202217 Sep 2022£199£1499£1698
13 Sep 202224 Sep 2022£199£1499£1698
20 Sep 202201 Oct 2022£199£1499£1698
27 Sep 202208 Oct 2022£199£1579£1778
04 Oct 202215 Oct 2022£199£1579£1778
11 Oct 202211 Oct 2022£199£1579£1778
18 Oct 202218 Oct 2022£199£1579£1778
25 Oct 202205 Nov 2022£199£1579£1778
01 Nov 202212 Nov 2022£199£1579£1778
15 Nov 202226 Nov 2022£199£1579£1778
22 Nov 202203 Dec 2022£199£1579£1778
29 Nov 202229 Nov 2022£199£1589£1788
06 Dec 202206 Dec 2022£199£1589£1788
2023 DATES
03 Jan 202314 Jan 2023£199£1499£1698
24 Jan 202304 Feb 2023£199£1499£1698
31 Jan 202311 Feb 2023£199£1499£1698
07 Feb 202318 Feb 2023£199£1499£1698
14 Feb 202325 Feb 2023£199£1499£1698
21 Feb 202304 Mar 2023£199£1499£1698
28 Feb 202311 Mar 2023£199£1499£1698
07 Mar 202318 Mar 2023£199£1499£1698
14 Mar 202325 Mar 2023£199£1499£1698
21 Mar 202301 Apr 2023£199£1499£1698
28 Mar 202308 Apr 2023£199£1499£1698
04 Apr 202315 Apr 2023£199£1699£1898
25 Apr 202306 May 2023£199£1299£1498
02 May 202313 May 2023£199£1199£1398
09 May 202320 May 2023£199£1149£1348
16 May 202327 May 2023£199£1199£1398
23 May 202303 Jun 2023£199£1249£1448
30 May 202310 Jun 2023£199£1299£1498
06 Jun 202317 Jun 2023£199£1349£1548
13 Jun 202324 Jun 2023£199£1399£1598
04 Jul 202315 Jul 2023£199£1469£1668
18 Jul 202329 Jul 2023£199£1469£1668
29 Aug 202309 Sep 2023£199£1499£1698
05 Sep 202316 Sep 2023£199£1499£1698
12 Sep 202323 Sep 2023£199£1499£1698
19 Sep 202330 Sep 2023£199£1499£1698
26 Sep 202307 Oct 2023£199£1579£1778
03 Oct 202314 Oct 2023£199£1579£1778
10 Oct 202321 Oct 2023£199£1579£1778
17 Oct 202328 Oct 2023£199£1579£1778
24 Oct 202304 Nov 2023£199£1579£1778
31 Oct 202311 Nov 2023£199£1579£1778
14 Nov 202325 Nov 2023£199£1579£1778
21 Nov 202302 Dec 2023£199£1579£1778
28 Nov 202309 Dec 2023£199£1589£1788
05 Dec 202316 Dec 2023£199£1589£1788
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.

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

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
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17th Feb 2020

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