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Essence of North India including

Highlights of Kerala


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

4 NIGHTS from £551pp

Tour Highlights
  • Spend a night on an authentic Keralan Houseboat.
  • Thekkady Hill Station
  • Kochi city tour
  • 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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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 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 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
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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
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 £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; 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 Price
2018 Dates
04 Sep 201817 Sep 2018£519£1299£1818
11 Sep 201824 Sep 2018£479£1419£1898
18 Sep 201801 Oct 2018£529£1499£2028
25 Sep 201808 Oct 2018£559£1519£2078
02 Oct 201815 Oct 2018£559£1559£2118
16 Oct 201829 Oct 2018£559£1589£2148
23 Oct 201805 Nov 2018£559£1569£2128
30 Oct 201812 Nov 2018£559£1569£2128
06 Nov 201819 Nov 2018£559£1699£2258
07 Nov 201820 Nov 2018£549£1679£2228
13 Nov 201826 Nov 2018£559£1569£2128
20 Nov 201803 Dec 2018£559£1589£2148
27 Nov 201810 Dec 2018£559£1569£2128
2019 Dates
08 Jan 201921 Jan 2019£569£1449£2018
15 Jan 201928 Jan 2019£569£1449£2018
22 Jan 201904 Feb 2019£569£1449£2018
29 Jan 201911 Feb 2019£569£1469£2038
05 Feb 201918 Feb 2019£569£1499£2068
12 Feb 201925 Feb 2019£569£1539£2108
19 Feb 201904 Mar 2019£569£1549£2118
26 Feb 201911 Mar 2019£569£1549£2118
05 Mar 201918 Mar 2019£569£1469£2038
12 Mar 201925 Mar 2019£569£1469£2038
19 Mar 201901 Apr 2019£569£1469£2038
26 Mar 201908 Apr 2019£529£1439£1968
02 Apr 201915 Apr 2019£529£1399£1928
16 Apr 201929 Apr 2019£529£1369£1898
30 Apr 201913 May 2019£529£1329£1858
07 May 201920 May 2019£529£1299£1828
21 May 201903 Jun 2019£529£1199£1728
28 May 201910 Jun 2019£529£1099£1628
04 Jun 201917 Jun 2019£519£999£1518
11 Jun 201924 Jun 2019£529£1199£1728
18 Jun 201901 Jul 2019£529£1299£1828
25 Jun 201908 Jul 2019£529£1329£1858
03 Sep 201916 Sep 2019£529£1349£1878
10 Sep 201923 Sep 2019£529£1399£1928
17 Sep 201930 Sep 2019£569£1499£2068
01 Oct 201914 Oct 2019£569£1569£2138
15 Oct 201928 Oct 2019£569£1589£2158
22 Oct 201904 Nov 2019£569£1599£2168
05 Nov 201918 Nov 2019£569£1699£2268
19 Nov 201902 Dec 2019£569£1599£2168
03 Dec 201916 Dec 2019£569£1599£2168
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

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
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
Customer Rating:
10/10
Lesley Bordoli
14th Mar 2017

All hotels were of good value for money. The staff in all were excellent, friendly & obliging.
Ample food at all buffets with good variety

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Judith Roberts
23rd Feb 2017

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Alison Skedd
22nd Nov 2016

Overall the tour hotels were very good - the Park hotel, Delhi, was excellent on both visits. Ranthambore Regency had the best ambience of all hotels, it was a delightful oasis. The Casino Hotel was very clean, small and intimate. Alanya Nivas was in a wonderful location

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Maureen & Roger Pike
5th Jun 2016

Our tour guide Abbei was just wonderful, so knowledgeable, caring & funny. He is just a great fellow who could not do enough for all of us. The only downside to our entire holiday was the food. I stated at the time of booking that both my husband & I do not eat curry. Our tour guide Ammie got this problem sorted out halfway through our trip.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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