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Grand Tour of North India including

Amritsar


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

2 NIGHTS from €212pp

Tour Highlights
  • Visit the Harmandir Sahib, an incredible Golden Temple and centre of the Sikh religion
  • Attend a sunset retreat ceremony on the border with Pakistan
  • City tours of Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur and Amritsar
  • Sunrise boat trip along the Ganges
  • Tour the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Traverse mountainous terrains on the UNESCO recognised Toy Train
  • Summer capital of British India - Shimla
  • Explore the Golden Temple, a highly revered site for Sikhs

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Amritsar

Visit Amritsar, the cultural and spiritual centre of the Sikh religion, located in the heart of Punjab. Famous for its traditional handicraft and handloom products the city is also home to the magnificent Golden Temple, Sikhism's holiest shrine and one of India's most serene and humbling sights.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Delhi

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Delhi.

2
Delhi

On arrival into India's capital, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, experience flavoursome local dishes at your welcome meal.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Delhi

Following breakfast, a full day city tour will commence and includes a visit to the Red Fort, where an imposing sandstone exterior conceals dramatic marble monuments of the Mughal Empire's past splendour. Travel through narrow streets and along naan scented markets on a rickshaw before stumbling upon the UNESCO recognised Humayun's Tomb, a captivating mausoleum that seemingly floats above landscaped gardens. Admire the transition en route from Old Delhi's historic charms to the intricate colonial town planning of New Delhi; view the minimalistic Mahatma Gandhi Memorial adorned in floral tributes before wandering through the Qutab Minar complex, a city awash with ancient ruins sculpted by the country's finest craftsmen.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Delhi to Varanasi

This morning fly from Delhi to the sacred 'City of Life' - Varanasi. Check in to your hotel for the next three nights, before an afternoon at leisure exploring one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities, regarded as one of Hinduism's seven holy cities. Your evening tour takes you to a ghat - steps that lead to the Ganges - to witness the humbling Ganga Aarti Ceremony, a spellbinding display of candles afloat along the river.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Varanasi

Begin today with a sunrise boat trip along the Ganges for a unique perspective of this spiritual watercourse and its vivid embankment of pastel edifices pierced by temple stupas. Spend the rest of your day on a walking tour through this ancient city to observe other ghats, each with distinct floral decoration and uses including the intriguing 'burning ghats' used for funeral precessions. Continue your exploration of Varanasi at the Vishwanath Temple, a monument dedicated to Lord Shiva and famed for an illustrious gold-coated dome. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Varanasi

Enjoy a half-day tour of Sarnath, a sacred site on which the Buddha gave his first sermon after finding enlightenment in 530BC. Your tour includes visits to ancient relics that document the area's spiritual significance including the Monastery Ruins, a tranquil park interrupted by a towering stupa engraved with delicate geometric carvings. Return for your final evening in Varanasi.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Visit 18th century Ramgarh Fort, built in red stone, with majestic balconies, courtyards, pavilions and temples.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Varanasi to Agra

After breakfast, fly back to Delhi and drive across rolling hillsides cloaked in deciduous flora to the city of Agra, where a network of rickshaws, jalebis vendors filling the air with sweet aromas and ancient Mandir temples alluding to the Mughal Empire's past grandeur await.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Agra

Begin today at a tour highlight and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. This iconic ivory-white mausoleum was completed in 1640 for Emperor Shah Jajan's beloved third wife. Wander along ornamental gardens to witness the breath-taking spectacle of its minarets and distinctive bronze dome reflecting the illumination of daybreak. After lunch visit the UNESCO recognised Agra Fort, an enormous sandstone city of pavilions, palaces and splendid courtyards behind 20 metre-high walls.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Agra to Jaipur

This morning drive to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. En route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient city famed for its lavish structures including Rumi Sultana, an elegant palace decorated with intricate animal carvings throughout. Your evening is at leisure to explore a colourful web of chaotic roadways disturbed by meandering camels, bazaars dressed in vibrant textiles and the constant whirl of cycle rickshaws around Rajasthan's largest city.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Jaipur

A full day tour of Jaipur begins at the Amber Fort, a former ancient capital centred on a distinctive pink-yellow marbled royal palace. You can travel to the fort by either jeep or elephant, allowing you to observe harems of the Maharajah, complex mosaic designs and snake charmers. Continue to the UNESCO recognised Jantar Mantar, a fascinating collection of archaic astronomical instruments including the world's largest stone sundial. Later this morning view the distinct Hawa Mahal, a pink honeycomb landmark, constructed to provide ladies of the royal household an observatory for city life.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Jaipur to Shimla

Depart Jaipur on your flight to Chandigarh, from here drive along a winding track around rugged mountains and through luscious pine forests to the hill station of Shimla - the former summer capital of British India whose snow-dusted mountain position offers incredible views of the Himalayan mountains.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Shimla

Depart Shimla this morning for a day in the neighbouring hill station of Kufri. Nestled at the Himalayan foothills, this charming town is surrounded by a picturesque forest reserve under the imposing gaze of Mahsu Peak. Having admired the wild beauty of Kufri, tour the magnificent Rashtrapati Niwas, a former home to the British Viceroy. Its opulent exterior invites visitors to explore a maze of corridors, opening into grand wood-panelled rooms.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Shimla

Today is free for you to unwind or immerse yourself in Shimla's spiritual landmarks including Christ Church, which displays exquisite stained glass windows and moving Raj-era memorials.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Enjoy High Tea in the Terrace Restaurant of Wildflower Hill.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Shimla to Chandigarh

This morning catch the UNESCO recognised Toy Train to Dharampur Station - built by colonial forces, it offers dramatic views along its winding course through untouched forests and across immense gorges. Arrive in the city of Chandigarh for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Chandigarh to Amritsar

Following breakfast, take the train to the largest city in the Punjab state, Amritsar. Your afternoon will be at leisure to explore the Sikhs' holy city at your own pace.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Amritsar

Enjoy a half-day city tour of Amritsar with a visit to the Golden Temple. Revered amongst Sikhs, this spectacular golden tank blends Islamic and Hindu architecture, surrounded by the Pool of Nectar. The ancient monument also contains a mesmerising display of floral motifs carved into marble alongside shimmering gold panels. After lunch enjoy an afternoon to explore at your own pace, alternatively undertake an optional excursion (at a fee) to the Indian-Pakistan border and witness the fascinating flag-lowering ceremony, a daily ritual of each side's soldiers competing to out-march, out-salute and out-shout one another.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Amritsar to UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Amritsar and fly via Delhi back to the UK.

  • Breakfast
18
Amritsar

Today is at leisure to unwind within your hotel or explore the city's sights at your own pace.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
19
Amritsar

Spend a leisurely day revisiting Amritsar's humbling sights including the spectacular Golden Temple or enjoy a wander through charming bazaars to peruse traditional handicraft, jewellery and lacquered woodwork.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
20
Amritsar to UK

After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly via Delhi back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner will either be always taken at local restaurants or at your hotel. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes and flavours.

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. Alternatively you can visit The Indian Visa Application Centre in London: 142-148 Goswell Road, London, EC1B 7DU.

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 24 days cover£48£94£146
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 €300pp 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

Your flight to Delhi International Airport is with Jet Airways(9W), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Please note that all flight times and numbers listed are provided for guidance only and are subject to change. 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, however weight restrictions will be finalised on your 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. Checked baggage allowance may vary. Please refer to the bottom right of your E-ticket receipt for the correct baggage allowance. For example, if it shows '20k' this means your allowance is 20kg; or '1PC' means one piece not exceeding 23Kg. For handling purposes the maximum weight of any single piece of baggage must not exceed 32 Kgs.
Hand Luggage: One piece of hand luggage with maximum total dimensions not exceeding a total of 115cm in size and 7kg in weight.
Your baggage allowance on all the internal flights will be 15kg, your additional allowance up to 23kg must be purchased at a cost of 350 INR (approx £3.50) per kilo and can only be done at the domestic ticket counter before your flight. Please refer to the Airline's website for further details and the most up-to-date information.

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. 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 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 £400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2018 DATES
31 Oct 201818 Nov 2018€245€2328€2573
07 Nov 201825 Nov 2018€290€2340€2630
14 Nov 201802 Dec 2018€223€2340€2563
21 Nov 201809 Dec 2018€245€2351€2596
28 Nov 201816 Dec 2018€245€2384€2629
2019 DATES
09 Jan 201927 Jan 2019€245€2317€2562
23 Jan 201910 Feb 2019€245€2317€2562
30 Jan 201917 Feb 2019€256€2351€2607
06 Feb 201924 Feb 2019€245€2272€2517
13 Feb 201903 Mar 2019€256€2351€2607
20 Feb 201910 Mar 2019€245€2239€2484
27 Feb 201917 Mar 2019€256€2317€2573
06 Mar 201924 Mar 2019€245€2216€2461
13 Mar 201931 Mar 2019€256€2295€2551
20 Mar 201907 Apr 2019€256€2183€2439
27 Mar 201914 Apr 2019€256€2239€2495
03 Apr 201921 Apr 2019€256€2183€2439
10 Apr 201928 Apr 2019€256€2160€2416
24 Apr 201912 May 2019€256€2127€2383
08 May 201926 May 2019€256€1903€2159
29 May 201916 Jun 2019€256€2127€2383
12 Jun 201930 Jun 2019€256€2239€2495
04 Sep 201922 Sep 2019€256€2272€2528
18 Sep 201906 Oct 2019€256€2295€2551
02 Oct 201920 Oct 2019€256€2429€2685
16 Oct 201903 Nov 2019€256€2429€2685
06 Nov 201924 Nov 2019€256€2407€2663
20 Nov 201908 Dec 2019€212€2407€2619
Please note Shimla is not suitable for clients with walking difficulties, due to the nature of its mountainous location, there are many steep steps, inclines and declines around the town

23rd March 2019 Departure:

Please note that on this departure date, in Jaipur you will be staying at 4* Zone by the Park. Please refer to your final ticketing documentation for more information.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

20 °C / 41 °C

What to pack
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Camera and charger/spare batteries
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
Customer Rating:
10/10
William Robins
12th Mar 2018

Excellent service and and value for money.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
David Buckley
31st May 2017

All hotels excellent, staff very attentive, and food although very good could have been improved with a few more western meals for the faint hearted ?

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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