Monday, December 24, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
After returning back home we would like to express our sincere thanks for all efforts and services of Mercury Travel during our stay in India from November 16th to 30th 2012.
Usually, people complain in writing and but don’t spend time for making compliments for good work. But we would like to comment preferably on the various good experiences we made during this time in India.
Our comments in detail:
1. Bangalore: excellent guide with very good knowledge and very good guiding strategy; excellent hotel (Taj) with nice room and excellent service
2. Hassan: nice hotel (Hoysala Village Resort) with very good food for lunch and dinner
3. Belur Halebid: knowledgeable friendly guide
4. Mysore: hotel Quorum is not recommendable –at least for European guests; no green around at all; full AC in dark rooms; windows cannot be opened; cramped corridors and rooms; unpleasant restaurant; totally misleading photos in the internet but friendly general manager who was helpful by finding and booking other place; we have changed to Royal Orchid Metropole hotel where the rooms are nice and spacious, pretty garden and stunning court for dinner and breakfast; excellent food and service
5. Very helpful and knowledgeable guide in Mysore
6. Ooty: Hotel Taj Savoy very nice and charming with excellent food and service; guide OK; visit of botanic garden is not recommendable as almost 100% non-Indian, mostly European plants are exhibited which are found in our own garden at home
7. For the car ride from Ooty to Cochin more than 6 hours should be calculated, 7 to 8 hours appears more correct; brake for lunch should be scheduled
8. Cochin: Taj Malabar best hotel and service during our tour; extremely nice and knowledgeable guide with good feeling of guest’s interests; we were very pleased by meeting Mr. K.Pavanan, assistant manager of Mercury Travels at the hotel
9. Aleppey – houseboat: not very good; poor accommodation and limited service; low standard food; 1 night at the boat is more than sufficient.
10. After 4 to 5 hours of boat trip we decided to proceed to Kovalam hotel Surya Samudra and asked Mr. Pavanan by telephone for his help. Within less than 15 minutes he arranged for everything, i.e. driver and hotel booking. Please transfer our sincere thanks to him for his extremely good service.
11. Kovalam hotel Surya Samudra: very good hotel with super service and very good food; nice evening music events
12. Driver from Bangalore to Trivandrum airport (above stations 1 to 11): friendly, good, and fast driver; it was nice to find sweets, road maps and guidebooks in the car;
13. Jaipur Rambagh Palace: wonderful romantic hotel with excellent service and food; please transfer our sincere thanks to Ms Preety of Rambagh Palace who was extremely helpful when fixing problems with bad tailor recommended by the guide. Guide has good German language knowledge
14. Pushkar hotel Ananta Spa & Resort: nice hotel, presumably best and most quiet hotel in this area and during this time period (camel fair); good food, improvable service
15. Guide: far most best guide during this trip through India; most intelligent guiding tours through the town with special places and comprehensive information about town, culture, religion, mores, and practices. Helpful representative of Mercury tours when we requested for additional day of guiding
16. Very safe driver
17. Friendly and helpful guy during pick up from and bringing back to airport (Mr. Paukaj Pareek of Rajasthan Tours)
18. Friendly and helpful guy (Mr. Harshwadhan Trivedi) during pick up from Mumbai domestic airport and bringing us to international airport. He saved us more than 1 hour waiting time by bringing us through a tricky entrance to the gate
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
With the most awe-inspiring natural landscapes under an incessant Middle
Eastern Sun, Oman offers you an enchanting experience. From vibrant old-world
culture to modern diversity, from steep mountains to beautiful wadis (valleys and
river beds), from sand deserts to spectacular beaches, from adventure pursuits
for adrenaline junkies to gentle thrills for families, Oman has it all to ensure a
fabulous Arabian holiday experience.
Muscat, the capital city, is the pulsating heart of the country. Popularly known
as "Arabia's jewel”, Muscat lies sparkling white, topped with golden minarets in the
middle of a maze of brown pleated mountains that reach down to the Arabian Sea.
The older part of the city has many forts, castles, mosques and towers dotting the
landscape. Of particular note are Jalali and Mirani Forts flanking Al Alam Palace. Among
the city highlights are the majestic architecture of the Royal Opera House beaming with
plays and performances of international stature and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque,
the Corniche with its promenade, and the old souq of Muttrah - an ideal spot to buy
souvenirs and treasures.
Greater Muscat showcases eminent business properties, world-class highways, upscale
suburbs rooted in traditional Islamic architecture, elegant mosques, large green parks,
archaeological sites, museums and world-class hotels. The intermingling of ancient
cultural heritage and modern style allows Oman to preserve its historic character while
enjoying its contemporary spirit.
For culture buffs, Muscat is conveniently located for trips to explore the Nizwa Fort, the
400-year-old town of Al Hamra, the rocky terrain of Jebel Shams or the coastal Sur. For
families, what better way to bond together than over fun experiences like bumpy rides
on rolling sand dunes, whale and dolphin-spotting experiences or simply relaxing at a
Bedouin camp. For adrenalin junkies, Muscat is the gateway to go wadi bashing through
the Wadi Shab, sand dune bashing at the Wahiba Sands, embark on a mountain safari
through the Hajjar mountains, quad biking, trekking or caves exploring.
One of the must-visit destinations in Oman is Sur, a placid coastal town, famous for its
dhow shipyards (and presumed home of the legendary Sinbad the Sailor) with an en
route stop at the Wadi Shab.
Nizwa, with its historical buildings and imposing fort, is also famous for its souq
that sells everything from local artefacts, spices, dates, gold and silverware. See the
silversmiths hammer patterns into the hilts of khanjars. Amble through the souk for a
glimpse of the traditional Omani lifestyle.
The awe-inspiring Wahiba Sands are a vast mass of red and white sand with dunes rising
up to 150 meters. Experience life at the Bedouin camps in the desert where Bedouin
herders still wander from waterhole to waterhole.
Another must-visit is the Ras Al Jinz for turtle-watching. It the only place in the
world where you can watch the nesting process of the endangered green turtles, the
loggerhead turtle, the hawksbill turtle and the Olive Ridley turtle.
Nicknamed as the "Norway of the Middle East" because of the inlets likened to
Norway's fjords, Musandam offers amazing views of fjords in placid waters, marine life
and secluded beaches.
Oman has some of the best beaches along its 1700 km long coastline. From the placid
waves and stillness of the sea to the crashing surf and palm fringed shores of golden
sand, Oman’s pristine beaches and quiet coves with its rugged and rocky coastline are
Enjoy swimming, diving, snorkeling, boating, surfing and beach combing at the popular
Qurum beach, Bandar Al-Jissah, Sawadi beach or Al Bustan beach. See the beautiful
coral reef formations and marine life whilst diving off Daymaniyat Islands or around
Muscat. The Oman Dive Centre, located at a private cove between Qantab and Barr
Al Jissah, is an ideal place for those who’d like to learn diving or take advanced diving
courses while on a holiday in the sun.
Discover Oman, a magical country in the Arabian Gulf with Mercury Travels
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
According to legend, the lost city of Atlantis was once a glorious empire founded by the sea-god Poseidon.
As you tiptoe around the maze of underground passageways and snaking tunnels, and explore the submerged boulevards and winding streets of the Lost Chambers suite, you know that you've found it.
The magnificent Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, an extraordinary hotel situated on a palm-shaped island, is the perfect base for a desert holiday
Watch sharks, eels, seahorses, piranhas and 65,000 other species of marine life float by while you admire the lost city from your underwater bedroom.
Be spellbound by the scintillating views of the Palm Jumeirah islands and the azure Arabian Gulf outside your window.
Surrender to surging whitewater rapids, only to find yourself in a shark-infested lagoon at the Aquaventure Waterpark. Cool off in Dolphin Bay, with the friendliest dolphins ever.
Try your hand at windsurfing, sea kayaking and sailing, or just take in the action from your chaise longue on a private beach, cocktail in hand.
Enjoy an intimate dining experience at the stylish Mediterranean restaurant Ossiano, just one of 19 gourmet restaurants conjuring up delectable French, Italian, Catalan, Middle-Eastern and Japanese cuisine, including the Michelin star Ronda Locatelli and the award-winning Nobu.
Experience Dubai like never before on an incredible holiday with Mercury Travels. In this mesmerizing oasis, no surprise will be beyond your reach.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
That’s right! Kangaroo. In South Australia, we’ve got a large, really large island called Kangaroo Island. Teeming with an incredibly diverse range of wildlife including over a million kangaroos. Wow!
is also the country’s capital of food, wine and festivals! Voted Australia’s most liveable city,
Adelaide is well connected with direct international and domestic flights in addition tointerstate coaches and train services. It’s a well planned city, easy to explore by foot, embraced
by the sea on one side and charming hills on the other. Base yourself here to explore Adelaide
Hills, Barossa Valley wine region and of course, Kangaroo Island.
Foodies Heaven. Over 700 restaurants offer value for money Chinese, Italian, Thai, Australian and Indian cuisines. Great choice for vegetarians too. Say cheers with delicious South Australian wines.
A twenty minute drive takes you up to Adelaide Hills. Visit quaint towns, full of hertitage
An hour away from Adelaide, lies the picturesque, Tuscany-like landscape of the Barossa Valley. It’s the world’s most famous Shiraz wine producing region. Over 60 wineries invite you in for wine tasting. At the wine visitor centres of Jacobs Creek, Wolf Blass, learn all about how wine is made. In fact, blend your own wine at Penfolds winery. Put your name on the bottle and say cheers with friends back home. What a treat!
One third of Kangaroo Island is protected as conservation and national parks. Imagine this. Seals basking on quiet beaches. Koalas munching on gum trees. Echidnas wandering around without a care. Kangaroos and wallabies hopping and skipping at every turn. The award winning
Parndana Wildlife Park is famous for its birds. At the Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre, find out where Fairy Penguins go wandering at night.
So come to South Australia. Whether you are a nature lover, gastronomic foodie, wineconnoisseur or adventure seeker. Just remember any holiday to Australia is incomplete without Kangaroo Island. It’s a place that is sure to make your family go “WOW!”
Call Mercury Travels now
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
- Go see a movie with friends or rent one and make some
popcorn as it will be a whole lot cheaper and you can talk during the movie.
- Go to the mall and spend some cash. Nothing passes the time for me better than shopping Try not to spend too much money on things you don’t really need like I do.
- Go to your nearest bookstore and pick up a book that you have been wanting to read. Go home.. light a candle and relax with a warm throw blanket, your robe and the fireplace on. If you don’t have a fireplace then buy that video that looks a fireplace on your tv
- Watch TV… I know you probably do this all the time and you want some different ideas but I had to throw this one in there.. Try watching a different station than you normally watch
- Play an indoor sport with some friends like racquetball or table tennis. Throw a few beers in the mix and you have hours to act goofy and have some fun
- Play a board game or work on a puzzle. Nothing says fun like a bit of Scrabble
- >Add yourself to some new sites. If you’ve never gone on Ebay and seen what it was about.. Sign yourself up and do a little browsing. You can also go on Facebook, Twitter, UStream, Youtube,MySpace or millions of others. Try adding random people and maybe you might meet your new best friend
- Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you have to stay inside.. Put on some waterproof gear and bring your camera to take pictures of the creepy crawlies you don’t see when it’s sunny outside.. Bring a friend along and compare pics.
- Go on a hike if you like that sort of thing. I personally don’t… well it’s not that I don’t its just that I’m lazy.. Pack a lunch and a friend and make
- sure to dress warm. This way you don’t get too hot and there won’t be many people on the trail.
- Have a tent party! Ask your friends to bring over their tents, sleeping bags, tarps, food and b.y.o.b and pitch your tents in your back yard if you have one. If you don’t then just make some blanket tents and lots of pillows.. You could play some bored games, video games, paint each others toe nails, play drinking games, watch scary movies or just talk about old times..
If you have any more suggestions on what you can do in the rain we would love to hear it… Please leave a comment below..
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
- Karnala: Lush greenery dotted with gurgling streams and waterfalls await naturalists and picnickers just 60 km from Mumbai. “The panoramic view of the rain-drenched Sahyadri Mountains and waterfalls from the Karnala Fort are a sight to behold. We rounded off our trip with a visit to the Karnala bird sanctuary!” says Rishi, a software consultant who has lived in Ohio for five years and visited Karnala for the first time.
- Mulshi: A quick getaway that’s a three-hour drive from Mumbai, Mulshi Dam and its scenic surroundings are the perfect destination in the monsoons. Indulge in a trek in the Hattihant and Pagota hill ranges, drive around or enjoy boating in the Mulshi Lake.
- Malshej Ghat: “Explore the Sahyadri Mountains at Malshej,” says avid trekker Prashant, an accountant residing in New York for 10 years. “If you’re lucky you could spot rabbits, peacocks, leopards and the elusive tiger. A visit to Khireshwar to see the flamingos and climb the famous Harishchandragad Fort make for an exciting fun-filled weekend in the rains,” he adds.
- Lohgad Fort: Take a train to Lonavala and another one from there to Malavli to head for Lohgad Fort, an absolute trekker’s delight. The view from the top includes the Tung and Tikona hills, Duke’s Nose and the Pavana Dam. “You are literally swept off your feet at The Wind Spot, at the entrance of the fort! Two days spent on the Visapur trek exploring the Karla and Bhaje Caves make it an action-packed weekend,” says Sneha, a lawyer and travel aficionado for whom Chicago has been home for three years now.
- Kashid: Located on SH60 is a sleepy village town where silken sands of an arched shoreline, nestled in the hills against a blue-white facade await you. A stroll on the beach as the gentle drizzle comes down, doing nothing else but indulging in delicious seafood – monsoon weekends at Kashid are that lazy and laid back.
Lonavala: If you’re looking for a walk in the clouds in the monsoons without getting too far away from Mumbai you should head for Lonavala. The MTDC Resort at Karla is a comfortable place to stay at a reasonable price. Be prepared for a madding crowd at the Koraigad Fort on a rain-drenched Sunday after splashing about at the Bhushi Dam on Saturday.
- Matheran: A mere 100 km from Mumbai this picturesque hill station is a delight to visit. Panorama Point, Porcupine Point and One Tree Hill offer some picturesque views of the surrounding hills and valleys. A boat ride in the Charlotte Lake and a trek up Mount Berry are other things you can do.
- Murud-Janjira: A drive along picturesque beaches and palm fringed pathways, followed by a jetty ride – and the historic Janjira Fort stands before you. Explore every nook and cranny for it took 22 years to build, and don’t forget to stop at the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary and the Nawab’s Palace!
- Kihim Beach: A fun-filled weekend in the rains at this spot includes exploring the Kankeshwar Temple and the Colaba Fort, playing cricket and beach volleyball, and indulging in a little bit of lazing around. Stay away from swimming though.
- Nagoan: A 120 km from Mumbai is an excellent weekend getaway option. Strolling on the beach, lounging around and feasting on healthy organic food amidst lush greenery, Nagoan is the stuff restful weekends are made of.