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Grand Tour of Rajasthan


Route:
  • London
  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Bikaner
  • Jaisalmer
  • Manvar
  • Jodhpur
  • Udaipur
  • London
Tour Pace:

16 DAYS from €1679pp

Tour Highlights
  • Old and New Delhi city tours.
  • The magnificent Taj Mahal and the impressive Red, Agra, Jaisalmer and Amber forts.
  • Deluxe tented camp stay in the Thar Desert.
  • Tour the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur.
  • The famous Ranakpur temple complex just outside Udaipur.

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Grand Tour of Rajasthan

Explore the iconic monuments of Delhi and Agra before travelling further into the enchanting northern province of Rajasthan, awash with all the vibrant colours of India.

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 and transferred to your hotel. After lunch, 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 and Parliament Building before visiting the Birla Temple, made purely out of 2,000 tons of Rajasthani white marble.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Delhi

Today enjoy a full day tour of Delhi, beginning with the historic Old Delhi. Travelling through the narrow, crowded streets on a rickshaw, pass vibrant food markets and chai wallahs brewing 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 your tour continues to New Delhi to see the Mahatma Gandhi memorial and the 12th century Qutab Minar with its fine examples of Indo-Islamic architecture.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Delhi to Agra

Depart Delhi for a leisurely train journey to Agra. 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 designed 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

This magical day starts with a tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal; words do not do this remarkable palace justice. 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. Return back to the hotel for lunch and to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Itmad-ud-Daula and Mehtab Bagh.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Agra to Jaipur

This morning drive to the Pink City of Jaipur, en route you will make a stop at the magnificent Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient capital of the Emperor Akbar. A World Heritage Site, the city includes a stunning mosque and three palaces. After lunch, proceed to Jaipur, passing farms and villages before arriving in Jaipur in time for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Jaipur

Begin your day in Jaipur with a visit to the spectacular Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the royal family until 1728. Spanning over four huge courtyards, you will travel to the centre of the fort by either elephant or jeep, passing snake charmers and harems of the Maharajah along the way. An afternoon city tour of Jaipur takes you to the City Palace and astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar. Lastly marvel at the hundreds of tiny windows on the facade of the Hawa Mahal, known to many as the Palace of the Winds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Jaipur to Bikaner

Following breakfast you will start the drive to Bikaner, stopping en-route for lunch. Bounded by sand dunes and situated on an elevated plain, this vibrant desert town is fondly known as the 'camel country' of India. Arriving early evening you will check-in to your hotel for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Bikaner

A morning tour of the 16th century Junagad Fort awaits you today. With its unique and formidable structure, you will be able to appreciate the amazing network of havelis - mansions with courtyards and balconies of red sandstone and marble. The fort also contains numerous monuments with gold plasters, exquisite mirror work and hidden chambers. Returning to the hotel for lunch you will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Bikaner to Jaisalmer

This morning you will head to the 'Sun City' of Jaisalmer, located in the great Thar Desert. Dominated by the breathtaking fort, this beautifully evocative city is one of Rajasthan's biggest attractions with its mysterious camel-train trade routes and local bazaars brimming with bright embroideries and dazzling glass mirrors. On arrival into the city you will check into your hotel before visiting some of the main attractions including the 12th century Jain temples and the magnificent golden Jaisalmer fort itself.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Jaisalmer to Manvar

Located in the heart of Rajasthan, Manvar's wilderness is beautiful beyond imagination. Surrounded by sand dunes, your desert camp destination is perfectly situated for fantastic views of the vast desert. After check-in you will be taken on a desert jeep safari to see some of the rural life of the surrounding areas. Later on you will also be taken for the unique experience of a camel ride into the Thar Desert. This evening witness the stunning sunset with a cultural performance and dinner under the starlit skies.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Manvar to Jodhpur

After breakfast, check-out and journey on to Jodhpur where you will enjoy an afternoon tour of the buzzing 'Blue City'. Starting at the mighty 15th century Mehrangarh fort, this magnificent architectural masterpiece towers above the sandstone hills of the city and boasts huge courtyards and palatial apartments within. Continue on to Jaswanth Thada, the traditional cremation ground of the rulers of Jodhpur with ornamental gardens containing the fabulous white marble memorial to the Maharaja, Jaswanth Singh II.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Jodhpur & Bishnoi

Spend a relaxed morning at leisure before an afternoon visit to a tribal village in the nearby Bishnoi, offering a taste of the past and rich culture of the region. Inhabited by a community of nature worshippers, the beautifully scenic village contains a natural lake surrounded by Khejri trees where migratory birds, antelope and other animals come from nearby areas to drink and graze.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Jodhpur to Udaipur

Leaving Jodhpur, en-route to Udaipur you will visit the world famous Ranakpur temple complex. Acclaimed for their intricate and superb architectural style, the temples are the largest of the Jain cult and form one of the five major pilgrimage sites. Wholly constructed in marble with more than 1,400 exquisitely carved supportive pillars, they contain numerous beautifully and delicately carved sculptures and are definitely a highlight of any trip to this area. Continuing on towards Udaipur, you will stop for lunch before arriving at your hotel in the city.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Udaipur

Affectionately known as 'The Venice of the East', magical Udaipur is a city of romance with beautiful lakes and fantastical palaces all bordered by lush, forested hills. This morning you will visit the huge City Palace, lining the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, with its balconies gazing out towards the stunning Lake Palace seemingly floating on the waters across the shimmering lake. Next make a stop at the celebrated Jagdish temple, the largest in the city and whose 79 foot sculpted spire dominates the skyline. Here you can appreciate the three-storied temple that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Lake Pichola boat trip.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Udaipur to the UK

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK 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 £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 €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 is to Delhi International Airport with Jet Airways (9W), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 7kg not exceeding 55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm 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.

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

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.

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 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 and will be accompanied by a guide throughout your stay 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 money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 per person will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2018 Dates
26 Sep 201811 Oct 2018€2194
17 Oct 201801 Nov 2018€2172
07 Nov 201822 Nov 2018Save €150pp
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€2172pp
€2022pp
28 Nov 201813 Dec 2018€2183
2019 Dates
16 Jan 201931 Jan 2019€2239
27 Feb 201914 Mar 2019€2205
27 Mar 201911 Apr 2019€2015
08 May 201923 May 2019€1679
22 May 201906 Jun 2019€1791
04 Sep 201919 Sep 2019€1959
25 Sep 201910 Oct 2019€2183
16 Oct 201931 Oct 2019€2183
06 Nov 201921 Nov 2019€2194
27 Nov 201912 Dec 2019€2205
Travelling alone?

We have a limited number of single places with no supplement on this tour. Once these have been sold, a single supplement will apply for single travellers on this tour. However, if 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 departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

Tour Change:

Please note that, due to weather conditions for departures between April and June, the Manvar Camp will be closed and you will stay at Manvar Desert Resort. All activities will remain the same however the swimming pool will be closed for May and June departures.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

20 °C / 42 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Delhi

Agra

Jaipur

Bikaner

Udaipur

What to pack
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent and hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals (shoes that are easy to remove when going into religious buildings)
  • Long, lightweight skirts or trousers and long sleeved tops (you will need to have your legs and arms covered when going into religious buildings
  • Camera and charger
  • A plug adaptor
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping
  • A hand luggage bag for your stay in Manvar
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Moira Prebble
29th May 2018

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Anne Faulkner
26th May 2018

Just the pool at Manver had been drained which was slightly disappointing.
Also didn't like getting feedback forms after meals.
Park hotel was particularly good as was Ummard hotel

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Ian Mitchell
23rd Mar 2018

Hotels all offered comfortable accommodation and excellent service though our last hotel in Udaipur had rather more sparse interiors. Most hotels were a long way from city centres so it was not possible to walk into the middle of cities (except Jaipur and Udaipur) on free afternoons or at night. Food was generally very good, always served as a buffet which gave us a good choice. All pools were good, but the one in Jodhpur had no shade.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Margaret Quinlan
10th Nov 2017

Some were slightly better than others but all of high quality

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Elaine Ord
9th Nov 2017

A couple of the hotels used provided rooms a long way from amenities which on arrival after a long days travel was not appreciated

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Margaret Williams
19th Mar 2017

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
John Slee
17th Mar 2017

Hotels were generally very good. Would advise taking sink plugs.
Not all hotels had room safes, which made it difficult to secure passports etc when so advised.
Meal choices were very good.
Ladies would have liked some hotels to be located for suitable walkout shopping

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Reuben Hopper
5th Feb 2017

Hotel quality and cleanliness varied from very good to rather grubby.

All were welcoming though and food was very good.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Richard & Pauline Merchant
31st Oct 2016

Excellently managed, hotels and guides perfect and could not fault the service.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Edward Rozgowski
30th Oct 2016

Very good standard of rooms.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Elaine Ord
29th Oct 2016

We could not have required anything else. Abhi was fantastic as our guide, kept us informed, suggested other visits which were amazing and did an excellent job along with Ahmed, Sergit and Ravi in giving us the best holiday experience ever. Thank you all from start of booking to the holiday itself we have been very well looked after and had an amazing time. All the hotels were excellent with good facilities and clean.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Alan Walker
28th Oct 2016

All hotels were very good. Food at the hotels was excellent everywhere. I thought we had a very good, diverse group and everybody mixed in well. The guide contributed to this considerably. His personality and sense of humour were infectious.

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