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India and Nepal by Rail 2020


Route:
  • UK
  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Lucknow
  • Varanasi
  • Kathmandu
  • Chitwan
  • Bandipur
  • Kathmandu
  • UK
Tour Pace:

15 DAYS from £2414pp

Tour Highlights
  • Witness the marbled domes of the Taj Mahal
  • City tours of Delhi, Lucknow, Kathmandu and Chitwan
  • Enjoy 3 scenic train rides through India
  • The Buddhist stupa of Swayanbhunath and ancient temples of Patan in Kathmandu
  • The Red and Agra Forts
  • Sunrise boat ride along the Ganges River

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India and Nepal by Rail 2020

Journeying through the interior of India and mountains of Nepal, take in the temple artistry of Hindu legends, bustling bazaars and the world's mightiest peaks. Encounter India's web of colonial-era railways as you travel from the majestic Taj Mahal to Lucknow and Varanasi, then fly to Nepal where wildlife encounters and stupas round off the tour.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Delhi

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Delhi via Dubai.

2
Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Embark on a short tour of New Delhi, Driving past the India Gate, President's House, Parliament Building and visit the Birla Temple.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Delhi

Discover Old Delhi and New Delhi on a rickshaw tour. Travel past the Red Fort and to the Humayun's Tomb. Journey to the Gandhi Memorial and to Qutab Minar.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Delhi to Agra

Board your morning train to Agra. On arrival, make your way to the Taj Mahal. Continue on to the Agra Fort and explore this vast red sandstone complex.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Agra to Lucknow

Today's scenic train ride takes you from Agra to Lucknow. On arrival, check into the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure, free to relax or explore.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Lucknow

After breakfast, visit the Hazratganj Market and the 1857 Memorial Museum. Also Juma Masjid mosque, Sikander Bagh, and Chota Imambara. Pass the gateway of Rumi Darwaza, Taluqdar Hall, Husainabad Clock Tower and Kaiserbagh Palace. Enjoy Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Aminabad bazaar and the facade of Chattar Manzil before returning to your hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Lucknow to Varanasi

Take a train from Lucknow to Varanasi and after check-in at your hotel in Varanasi, an evening tour leads to the banks of the sacred Ganges River and Witness the captivating Ganga Aarti ceremony.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Varanasi to Kathmandu, via Delhi

Enjoy a morning boat trip on the Ganges, and disembark for a walking tour through old town. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu, via Delhi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Kathmandu

After Breakfast, see the stupa of Swayanbhunath. Travel to Kathmandu Valley, and see Patan and Krishna Temple. Return to Kathmandu for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Kathmandu to Chitwan

Today starts with a visit to Pashupatinath temple, a sacred Hindu temple. Depart Kathmandu and drive to Chitwan, arriving in time for an afternoon visit to Tharu village. Return to your hotel for dinner and an entertaining Tharu dance program.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Chitwan

Explore Chitwan National Park and enjoy a canoe ride up the Rapti River and then visit a elephant breeding centre. Drive to Suaraha and watch elephants with the chance (at a fee) for a personal shower. After lunch, explore the jungle on a guided safari on the back of an Elephant, led by the local mahouts.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Chitwan to Bandipur

Depart Chitwan on a scenic journey to Bandipur, stopping en route for lunch. On arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Bandipur

A full-day tour of Bandipur exploring its network of winding lanes, traditional Newari architecture and buzzing bazaar, flanked by pagoda-style temples. From your lofty vantage point, take in the sunset and sunrise over the Manaslu mountain range and enjoy spectacular mountain views.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Bandipur to Kathmandu

Following breakfast, make your way to Kathmandu for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Kathmandu to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flights to London, via Dubai.

  • 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. British Passport Holders do not need to obtain a visa for Nepal prior to departure, a Nepalese visa can be purchased on arrival in Kathmandu. This will cost around USD $25, so please have this ready in USD cash together with three passport size photos. We recommend that you check the following website before travelling for all the most up to date advice and requirements for entry into Nepal http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa.php

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 £49pp 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.
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.

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 a good level of fitness & normal mobility. It involves climbing steep 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 35. 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 by a local guide in each of the cities that 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. The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). In India and Nepal US Dollars and UK sterling are both often accepted should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. There are ATMs in Thimphu and Paro but they generally only accept local cards, therefore, it is important that you take sufficient cash to exchange with 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. Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip in India this will be collected by your guide at the end of this part of the tour. It is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency or give coins as these are difficult to exchange. For Nepal, we recommend you tip both your driver and guide approximately £3.00 ($5.00) per person per day in total. Should you wish to tip in Bhutan, we recommend you tip your guide approx. USD $5 per person per day and your driver approx. USD $3 per person per day.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2020 Dates
16 Jan 202030 Jan 2020£2471.00
07 May 202021 May 2020£2632.00
04 Jun 202018 Jun 2020£2644.00
01 Oct 202015 Oct 2020£2414.00
29 Oct 202012 Nov 2020£2793.00
2021 Dates
14 Jan 202128 Jan 2021£2471.00
04 Feb 202118 Feb 2021£2690.00
11 Mar 202125 Mar 2021£2552.00
06 May 202120 May 2021£2632.00
03 Jun 202117 Jun 2021£2644.00
30 Sep 202114 Oct 2021£2414.00
28 Oct 202111 Nov 2021£2805.00
Itinerary Changes

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

9 °C / 34 °C

When to go

Weather

Amritsar

Delhi

Kathmandu

What to pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sandals
  • Long, lightweight skirts, trousers and tops (to keep your legs and arms covered when going into religious buildings)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Mosquito/Insect Repellent
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel.
  • Electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
Tour Map
India and Nepal by Rail 2020 Route Map
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