Sikkim and Bhutan Tour

Thimphu

In this enchanting tour, you will Explore Sikkim and Bhutan, two of the most isolated Himalayan regions. Centuries-old Buddhist monasteries cling to mountain cliffs and rice paddies stair-step down steep hillsides. Your journey begins with arrival transfer to Darjeeling, where we include a ride on the narrow gauge mountain railway and sunrise over Kangchenjunga from Tiger Hill. Visit the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok and passing on to Rumtek, visit the Karmapa’s Monastery. Travel to Kalimpong, once an important trading post for these parts of the world.

From Kalimpong our road then descends into the plains known as Dooars, filled with lush tea garden. Cross into Phuentsholling, Bhutan. Discover Bhutan’s captivating cultural mix, reflected in its beautiful shrines, temples and handicrafts as you travel from south to western Bhutan; in the towns and villages of Paro, Thimpu and Punakha valley. Explore the Dzongs, ancient fortresses that once protected the kingdom.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bagdogra – Darjeeling (D)Arrive by flight in Bagdogra airport or in NJP/Siliguri train station.

Upon arrival, you are met by our Guide and driver,  and transferred to Darjeeling, which takes about 4 hours.

After high tea in the evening, take a stroll around Chowrastha Mall. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling (B/L/D) Early this morning- optional: (before dawn) drive to Tiger hill for sunrise view of the Himalayas.

After breakfast, visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Snow Leopard Breeding Centre. Walk down to Tibetan Self-help center, visit a tea estate and drive back to the hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon take a joy-ride on a toy train to Ghoom, which makes en-route stop at Batasia loop. On the way back, visit Old Ghoom monastery and the sprawling Dali Monastery complex. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3: Darjeeling – Gangtok (B/L/D)Drive through the tea gardens, descend through sub-tropical Teesta valley and enter Sikkim at Rangpo. After permit formalities, continue drive to Gangtok the capital of Sikkim (total 4hr).

Visit the institute of Tibetology and Deorali Dodrup Chorten monastery. In the evening at Gangtok, walk through MG Marg and visit Lal Bazaar.

Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Gangtok Sightseeing (B/L/D)This morning in Gangtok, visit the Enchey Monastery, drive to View Points such as Tashi view and Ganesh Tok, followed by visit of Flower Exhibition and stroll on the promontory near the White Hall and Palace complex.

Before lunch, visit the Cottage Industries showroom and workshop. Afternoon is free to rest or pursue your own interests. Overnight in hotel.

Day 5: Rumtek & Kalimpong (B/L/D)Drive for about 1 hr to Rumtek monastery on the opposite ridge of Gangtok.

After visiting the Rumtek, continue drive to Kalimpong (3hr). Visit Durpin Dara view point with a brief look at the monastery nearby. Visit other Monasteries, Orchid /Flower nursery, Churches and homes of the colonial era, Dr Grahams Homes campus, Deolo Hill view points, and the local bazaar. Overnight in hotel.

Day 6: Kalimpong – Phuentsholling, Bhutan (B/L/D) Descend Darjeeling hills and cross the Dooars Plains with Tea Gardens into Phuentsholing, Bhutan, located at the bottom of foothills.

Meet our Bhutanese Guide and stroll around the town. Overnight in hotel.

Day 7: Phuntsholing-Thimphu (B/L/D) Drive uphill to Thimphu after completing immigration formalities. En-route stop and visit Rinchending Monastery, other villages and towns along the way.

In Thimphu we will visit Tashichho Dzong and tour the town area in the evening.

tashichho dzong thimphu

Overnight in hotel.

Day 8: (B/L/D) Full day tour in the capital to cover all the major landmarks and interesting sights including local markets.

Thimphu

You can visit any sights or attractions based on your interest. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9: Thimphu – Punakha (B/L/D) Early drive across to Wangdiphodrang. Visit the town and view the fortress of Wangdue.

wangdue bhutan

Drive to Punakha and visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of two rivers. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro (B/L/D)Return drive across Dochula pass to Thimphu and continue drive to Paro (total 4 ½ hr drive). In Paro visit National Museum, Rinpung Dzong and stroll around the township.

Rinpung Dzong Paro

Overnight in hotel.

Day 11: Paro (Takstang trek) (B/L/D) Today, you have an option to hike upto Takstang or continue with the further sightseeing of the valley. Even after Taktsang, we have time to visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong, Kichu temple and a local farm house.

Overnight In Hotel

Day 12: Departure (B)Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight. Depending on the Druk Air schedule, you can fly to Delhi or Kolkata.

We can also suggest dates to coincide with local festivals in Bhutan or Sikkim.

Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition

Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition

Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition

Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition: The Suru & the Zanskar valleys in Ladakh are adorned with a number of majestic mountain peaks but it is the Nun Kun Massif which dominates the skyline and remains the focus of mountaineering in this region. The twin peaks of Nun (7135m) and Kun (7077m) are the highest in the Zanskar range. The two peaks are separated by a snowy plateau of about 4km in length. Pinnacle Peak (6930m) is the third highest mountain in this group. We aim to climb Kun which was first climbed by Italian mountaineer Mario Piacenza in 1913. It was only 58 years later that the mountain was successfully climbed again by an Indian Army Expedition. A 7000-er / 23,000 footer, Kun is a magnificent mountain & a formidable undertaking. The six day trek going over Kanji La is the best way to acclimatize for this high altitude climb. The climbing route includes a complex glacier approach, high angled snow slopes and a sharp ridge to the summit. At just over 7000m, the effect of high altitude is a significant factor, as is the remote location and possibility of extreme weather.

Trip Duration: 26 days

Grading: Demanding

Places Visited: Delhi, Leh, Kargil, Srinagar

Highlights: One of the highest mountain in the Zanskar Range in Ladakh. A perfect mountain to make a transition from 6000m to 7000m. Acclimatization trek through Kanji Valley.  A night in a houseboat at Dal Lake in Srinagar at the end of the Tour.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi, expedition briefing at IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation)
Day 2: Fly Delhi-Leh (3500m)
Day 3-4: Acclimatization & Sightseeing in Leh (3500m)
Day 5: Drive Leh to Kanji Village (3850m)
Day 6: Trek to base of Kanji La (4400m)
Day 7: Cross Kanji La (5,250m) and camp (4200m)
Day 8: End trek at Rangdum (4040m) and drive to Shafat / Gulmatongas (3650m)
Day 9: Sort out equipment and trek to Chasme (3995m)
Day 10: Trek Chasme to Base Camp (4300m)
Day 11-22: Climbing Period, Set up 3 camps above Base Camp (C1- 5300m, C2-6000m, C3-6300m)
Day 23: Trek Base Camp to Shafat (3650m)
Day 24: Drive Shafat to Kargil
Day 25: Drive Kargil to Srinagar
Day 26: Fly Srinagar to Delhi

Contact us for Detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to expect: Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concerns on this trip and we must be adequately prepared to deal with them.

Temperatures: High mountains usually generate and attract their own weather making it impossible to predict. Ladakh in general lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas and is completely dry & arid region but in the last couple of years due to inexplicable weather changes it has witnessed
Intermittent rainfall too. We should be prepared for the worst of the weather conditions.

The best part about climbing in the summers is that we have a lot of daylight, right from 5am to about 7pm. Be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions from -20 deg C in the nights, to hurricane force winds, to bright sunshine intensified by high altitude. This wide fluctuation in temperatures makes it especially important to bring everything on the equipment list.

Altitude: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude star ts to become a concern a nd one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly g et used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without a ny aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the summit bid.

Our trip leader s are widely experienced in these matters related to acclimatization & altitude sicknesses and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, y ou should seek the advice of y our doc tor or a specialist. We are always ready to give adv ice on this subject.

What to carry : Right from the start of the trek we would expect everyone to carry atleast 10-12 kgs so one doesn’t get weighed down at the higher altitudes. Apart from carrying rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. its recommended that everyone carry their sleeping bag, mattress and their thick jackets too. The idea is to get used to carrying a slightly heavier backpack which everyone needs to ca rry above Base Camp . So all you need is a 70-75L back pack and a duffel bag to go with the porters. A day pack would come in handy for your road tr avel. In y our main bag , pack similar things such a s clothes, washing thing s, camping equipment, climbing equipment etc. in separate stuff sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in y our bag. Your main bag should be a tough one with a lock, it would be carried by a porter. Once we leave the ABC we will have no porter support and one would be carrying one’s own clothes/sleeping bags/toiletries etc. Since every gram of what you are carrying matters on a climb like this its important to use your discretion while picking up equipment for this trip. For instance – one could have a super heavy duty sleeping bag meant for -25 deg C but it could easily weigh a kg more than a good -10 deg C bag. Pack your things needed for the climb in y our back pac k and see how much it weighs. It would feel thrice as heavy on the mountain. At the time of booking, we would be sending you a detailed checklist of things to bring.

Route : The expedition commences from Delhi. From there we fl y North to Leh , the capital of Ladakh in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. We spend the first three day s at Leh to do our first stage of acclimatization. A three days trek over Kanji -La brings us to the upper Suru valley where we have the Nun Kun massif. After crossing the Suru river it is 2 easy day’s walk to the Base Camp. Above Base Camp we would be setting up three more camps on the mountain. On the summit day we start the climb on the South East Ridge and finally get on to the East ridg e to get to the summit. We would be fixing 1000-1200m of ropes on our route between Camp1- II & between Camp III & summit. A small team of sherpas would accompany the expedition t o haul up the gear on the mountain and offer camping support a t the hig h camps.

Level of Climbing Skills needed : A fierce determination and a burning desire to climb the mountain are the essential pre -requisites for joining this expedition. One must have done a few high altitude treks and must have climbed some glaciated peaks above 6000m. One needs to be familiar with walking in snow and ice and must have a good standard of fitness. You should be familiar with Ice Axe arrest and crampon skills, the use of ascenders (jumar ) and descenders, and how to use your particular harness.

Pre-trip Conditioning: We suggest that you begin your training program at least 2 months prior to departure. Being physically ready is more important than years of climbing experience. Any form of aerobic training, such a s running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to g o on long hikes or climbs with a heav y pack a couple of times in a week. S inc e mountains are not eas ily accessible to most of us, climbing stair s with heavy backpack is recommended. Begin with a light pack and wor k your way up to approx. 50% of your body weight. At the time of booking, we would be sending you a training schedule to help you reac h high fitness levels for the climb. If you are not prepared, you may not be allowed to continue the climb.

Mental Preparation: Besides being physically fit and having climbing skills, you need to have the proper attitude and mental discipline. You will need to b e willing to work hard day after day, with few comforts. You may need to dig deep into y our reserves after a long day of climbing in bad weather to help set up camp, help a team member, or help with cooking at high camps. We would be melting snow to make water at high camps (7-9 days) and will have basic food to survive on. For every tent we would have butane gas with a burner each and people would be expected to make their own water and food (noodles / soup etc) in bad weather conditions. This climb is a s much about mental ability as it is about physical ability. 7 -9 days on the mountain would be very demanding but high motivation ca n overcome most of the difficulties. Waiting out storms and bad weather is quite difficult, especially at high altitude. Everyone must learn patience and relax!

Food: We will have a full serviced camp with camp cooks till Base Camp. On high camps each tent pair is expected to melt snow to make its own water and do some basic cooking. We will have a team of sherpas assist us with cooking at high camps. You could bring things which you enjoy eating – chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

Equipment List : At the time of booking you would be sent a detailed list of clothing and equipment required for the climb.

Documentation & Photograph : Each climbing member would be required to fill a Bio -Data form and provide us 4PP size photographs along with a copy of Passport for various permits. Each climber would also be required to sign an indemnity .

Medical Examination : Expedition members would be required to get a thorough medical examination from a doctor. The information would be treated with full confidentiality and would assist the Expedition Leader in decision making on the mountain.

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek: A classic trek offering a climb to a spectacular 6000m peak. Stok range lies on the southern skyline of Leh, the capital of Ladakh and Stok Kangri is the highest mountain on it. During the first three days set aside for acclimatization we visit the colorful monasteries of Shey & Thiksey and drive up to Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motor able passes. Having acclimatized we set off on our 3 day trek to Base Camp through the Rumbak village and over the Stok La. The climb up to the summit is technically straightforward and safe of any objective dangers. On the summit bid, we cross the glacier and then climb sleepily on to the south ridge, from where it is an exposed walk right up to the summit. It’s a challenging climb even for the fittest of climbers and is a great introduction to Himalayan mountaineering.

Trip Duration: 11 days

Grading: Demanding trek /Easy climb

Places Visited: Leh, Stok valley, Khardung La

Highlights: Perfect introduction to himalayan climbing. No previous climbing experience required. Buddhist monasteries and Leh. Khardung la (5570m), highest motorable Road on Earth.

Quick Itinerary:
Day 1 Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Day 2 Sightseeing around Leh
Day 3 Leh – Khardung La (5570m)- Leh. 5hrs
Day 4 Drive Leh to Zingchen (3385m). Trek to Rumbak (3880m). 4hrs
Day 5 Trek Rumbak to Chorten Chang (4250m). 6 – 7 hrs
Day 6 Trek Chorten Chang to Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975m). 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 7 Rest at the base camp
Day 8 Climb Stok Kangri (6153m) and return to Base camp. 12 – 15 hrs
Day 9 Spare day – Stok Kangri climb
Day 10 Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh. 6 – 7 hrs trek, 1 hr drive.
Day 11 Fly back to Delhi from Leh

Contact us for Detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to expect on Stok Kangri Climb: Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concern on this trip and we must be adequately prepared
to deal with them.

Equipment: For this trip you will need the following: Plastic double mountaineering boots or well insulated, 4-season mountaineering boots, crampons with front points, trekking poles, climbing harness, a couple of carabineers’, 4-season sleeping bag (at least 0 deg C), walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket or similar, down jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, daypack, head-lamp, water bottles, sun cream. A more detailed packing check list will be provided with your confirmation of booking. There are many equipment rental shops in Leh and we will assist you to pick any mountaineering gear you may need. Budget on spending atleast ` 3000 as rental for all mountaineering gear needed for the trip. Leh also has a lot of shops selling outdoor/camping gear. Things like trekking poles, headlamps, trekking trousers, fleece jackets etc can always be bought cheaply in Leh.

Temperatures: Ladakh lies north of the Great Himalayan Range and is hence unaffected by the monsoon clouds which shed all the rain
on hitting the Himalayas from the south. On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down in the valleys would be around 25°C, with night-time lows being around 15°C. At our highest camps, the night-time temperature could fall as low as minus 5°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh usually has very stable weather from June to September. However mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Altitude Consideration: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatised properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without any aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the summit bid.

Our trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

Baggage allowance: You would need to have two bags for the trip – the main baggage & the day pack. Your main baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals and it should not weigh more than 15 kgs. You would be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you an easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than plain day packs. Its a good idea to have slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the summit afternoon. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

Level of climbing skill needed: You do not need any climbing skills for this trip, good physical & mental fitness is the only pre-requsite. Stok Kangri is classified as a trekking peak and is a straightforward climb. Having experience of trekking in the Himalayas or to altitudes of 3500m would help. Climbs in the month of July sometimes encounter deep snow and some ice which is normally easier to climb on than climbing boulders & scree. Snow & Ice on the mountain would mean that climbing shoes, climbing harness, crampons & gaiters would come into play. The entire climbing kit can be hired in Leh.

Pre-trip conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least a month before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with heavy backpack is recommended At the time of booking, we would be sending you a training schedule to help you reach high fitness levels for the climb.

Food: We will have a full serviced camp with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favourite snack or some power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

First Aid: Accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced
in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.

Equipment List: At the time of booking you would be sent a detailed list of clothing and equipment required for the climb.

Documentation & Photograph: Each climbing member would be required to fill a Bio-Data form and provide us a scan of the PP size photograph along with a copy of Passport for various permits. Each climber would also be required to sign an indemnity form.

General Information

Language: Ladakhi is the local language in the region. English is taught in all secondary schools and institutions of higher education. You will find that a lot of people speak English, so you will not have any problems buying souvenirs or ordering in restaurants etc.

Joining arrangements and transfers: Leh airport is connected by direct flights from Delhi. In winters there are 2/3 flights every morning and it flight duration
is about 75mins. Since the flights are all early morning you might want to arrive in Delhi a day earlier. Do let us know if you would need help with finding accommodation in Delhi. You MUST provide our office full details of your flights, so that we can arrange your Leh Airport transfers.

Reference Books and Maps

Books:
• Leh and Trekking in Ladakh. Charlie Loram.
• Trekking in the Indian Himalaya. Weare. (L.Planet). • The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist.
• Ladakh, Crossroads of High Asia. Janet Rizvi.
Maps
• India – 150K Ladakh and Zanskar Tekking Maps. Editions Olizane. Scale: 1:150,000

Responsible Travel: We believe that along with the privilege of traveling in the wilderness comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. Indus Trips completely believes in the “take only memories, leave only footprints” philosophy and is very particular about leaving campsites and trails cleaner than we found them

Panpatia Col Trek

Panpatia Col Trek

Panpatia Col Trek

Panpatia Col Trek: Between two of the most haloed pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas lies a land that nurtures a legend worthy of difficult discovery and extreme exploration. A tale that has drawn feted explorers of the like of Meade, Shipton and Tilman, Martin Moran, Harish Kapadia, and countless other intrepid souls. They were all drawn by the lore that a priest from Badrinath would trek to Kedarnath in a day. The explorations, which began as early as 1934, have mostly come a cropper, with weather, terrain and nerves beating each party back. The prize of the exploration is the crossing of the Panpatia col, a pass that hides its approach within drifts of moraines, crevasses and massive icefalls. But a route across it exists, and we know that from the many reports submitted by the mountaineers, and the final successful crossing by a duo from West Bengal, in 2007. After extensive research and reading, and fresh from the successful crossing of this legendary route, we at Indus Trips are ready to open a once-hidden expanse of the Himalaya to the inquisitive of mind and sturdy of heart. Join us as we unravel the mythical Panpatia col bit by alluring bit.

Trip Duration: 15 days

Grading: Demanding

Highlights: A stunning high altitude crossing between Badrinath and Kedarnath. Exploratory Trekking at its best. Walk the 7km long Panpatia Plateau. Trek at the foot of Neelkanth, Parvati & Chaukhamba peaks.

Quick Itinerary
Day 00: Board the overnight train to Haridwar
Day 01: Reach Haridwar. Drive to Joshimath (1875m)
Day 02: Drive to Badrinath (3,133m) and drive back to Khirao
Day 03: Trek to Shepherd camp
Day 04: Trek to Snout camp
Day 05: Trek to Moraine Camp (4300m)
Day 06: Rest & acclimatize
Day 07: Trek to the base of Parvati Col.
Day 08: Trek to Panpatia Snowfield – Camp 1
Day 09: Trek to Panpatia Snowfield – Camp 11
Day 10: Across Panpatia Col (5260m), camp at Sujal Sarovar (4750m)
Day 11: Trek to Kachni.
Day 12: Trek to Nanu chatti
Day 13: Trek to Ransi & drive to Chopta
Day 14: Contingency day
Day 15: Drive to Haridwar to board the evening Shatabdi, arrive Delhi by 2245hrs.

Contact us for detailed itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

Is this a trip for you? People wishing to undertake this trip should have a high level of physical fitness, and previous experience of trekking to altitudes of at least 3500m. It is not necessary to have previous experience of technical climbing on snow and ice but you should be aware that during the crossing of the col, fixed rope may be used to safeguard the group while ascending or descending steep slopes and you must be comfortable with a certain degree of exposure to harsh weather conditions. Our trekking pace at altitude is dictated to a great extent by the need to acclimatize which imposes height gain limits on any day. With one or two notable exceptions the trekking day will be around four to six hours. Walking speed is further restricted by the sometimes difficult terrain, especially out of consideration for the porters.

What to expect : Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concerns on this trip and we must be adequately prepared to deal with them

Temperatures: Temperatures on the trek will vary from 15-20 degrees to minimum of -10 degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures would drop below freezing from Day 4-10 and at high camps close to Panpatia Col it could easily go down as low as -10 deg C. The two nights we camp on Panpatia Ice field and the night at Nilkanth base camp could be excessively cold. It is best to be fully prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. This trek runs before the monsoon season and the weather at this time is most stable and suited to trekking. However mountains do produce their own weather and some bad weather including rain and snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Altitude: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without the aid of additional oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought through and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the crossing of the col.

Our trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

Baggage allowance: You will need two bags for the trip – a main bag and a day pack. Your main bag on the trek will be carried by porters
and it should not weigh more than 15 kgs. Your personal climbing gear like climbing boots, harness etc would go in a communal bag and would not form part of this baggage limit. You need to be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than simpler day packs. It’s a good idea to have a slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the day we cross the col. We start that day quite early and cross the col in the afternoon and hence would be dealing with extremes of temperatures.
It is possible to leave a set of clean clothes in the vehicle which drops us at Khirao to be received at the end of the trek
at Ransi/Chopta.

Level of Skills needed : You do not need any technical climbing skills for this trip; good physical & mental fitness is the only pre-requisite. Experience of trekking in the Himalayas or to altitudes of 3500m and above would help.

Pre-trip Conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least two months before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with a heavy backpack is recommended.

Food : We will have fully serviced camps with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Garhwal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be more easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favorite snack or power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc. Alcohol is not permitted till we finish the trek at Ransi.

First Aid : A comprehensive first aid kit accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.

Equipment List : The checklist above covers all essential items needed for the trek. Each one of us will need climbing boots, climbing harness, crampons & gaiters for this trek which will be hired from IMF Delhi. If you have any personal climbing gear you should bring it along.

Documentation & Photograph : Each member will be required to send us personal details along with the scan of passport / photo ID proof (Indians only) and a scan of passport size photographs for various permits.

Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek: Ladakh really is a “Little Tibet”. Although Tibet is politically part of China today, Ladakh, like parts of Nepal, is situated on the Tibetan plateau. Ladakh has many Tibetan refugees who fled Tibet with the invasion from China. The daunting height of the Himalaya adds to its isolation, even today the main road routes to Ladakh remain closed for more than six months of each year. Until 1979, there were no regular civilian flights into Ladakh so from October to June the region was completely cut off. Today, it is full of amazing sights – strange gompas perched on soaring hilltops, dwarfed by snow capped mountains, the barren shattered looking landscapes splashed with small, brilliant patches of green and ancient palaces clinging to sheer rock walls. But most of all it is notable for its delightful people – friendly as only Tibetans can be and immensely colorful. One of the most popular trek in Ladakh – it is a perfect combination of beautiful transhimalayan landscape with ladakhi villages. There are good chances to spot some high altitude wildlife.

Trip Duration: 09 days

Grading: Moderate trek

Places Visited: Leh

Highlights: Trek along the Markha river. Confluence point of Zanskar & Indus rivers. Buddhist monasteries & the Leh.  Spectacular views from kongmaru la

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Day 02: Monastery visits in Leh (3500m)
Day 03: Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m) 4-5hrs
Day 04: Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m) 5-6hrs
Day 05: Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m) 5-6hrs
Day 06: Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m) 3-4hrs
Day 07: Trek Nimaling to Shang Sumdo(3660m) over the Kongmaru La (5130m) 6-7hrs
Day 08: Drive Shang Sumdo to Leh. 2-3 hrs
Day 09: Fly Leh to Delhi

Please contact us for Detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to Expect: Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concerns on this trip and we must be adequately prepared to deal with them

Temperatures and Climate: Ladakh lies north of the Great Himalayan Range and is hence unaffected by the monsoon clouds which shed all the rain on hitting the Himalayas from the south. On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down in the valleys would be around 25°C, with night-time lows being around 15°C. At our highest camps, the night-time temperature could fall as low as minus 5°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh usually has very stable weather from June to September. However mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Altitude: Once we get up to heights above 3000 m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without any aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized.

Our trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

Baggage Allowance: You would need to have two bags for the trip – the main baggage and the day pack. Your main baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals and it should not weigh more than 15 kg. You would be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you an easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than plain day packs. It’s a good idea to have slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the summit afternoon. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

Pre-Trip Conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least a month before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with heavy backpack is recommended.

Food: We will have a full serviced camp with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favorite snack or some power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

First Aid: First aid accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.

Equipment List: At the time of booking you would be sent a detailed list of clothing and other checklist required for the trek.

Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass is probably the best window to view the high Himalayan peaks. The views are simply breathtaking. Facing North, the vision sweeps from the gorges of Trishul in the east to the peaks of Kedarnath in the west – the Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Kamet, Gauri Parbat, Hathi Parbat, Nandadevi, Bethartoli, Dunagiri – (all high 6000 m or 7000 m peaks) are lined one after the other in a magnificent arc. Southwards the foothills stretch wave upon wave to the dim haze of the distant plains. The area is dotted with few remote villages where one also gets good insights into the local life.

Trip Duration: 8 days

Grading: Moderate

Highlights: Amazing view of peaks of Garhwal and Kamaun Himalaya – in the Nandadevi Biosphere Reserve

Places Visited: Haridwar, Pipalkoti Trek through verdant forests.

Quick Itinerary
Day 0: Board the overnight train from Delhi to arrive at Haridwar early in the morning.
Day 1: Drive Haridwar – Ghat
Day 2: Trek Ghat – Ghunni
Day 3: Trek Ghunni – Sem Kharak
Day 4: Trek Sem Kharak – Pana
Day 5: Trek Pana – Dhakwani
Day 6: Trek Dhakwani – Tali 4-5 hr
Day 7: Trek Tali – Auli, Drive to Pipalkoti (1400m)
Day 8: Drive Pipalkoti – Haridwar and board the evening Shatabdi to Delhi

Contact us for detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to Expect

Temperatures & climate:  Temperatures on the trip will vary from 20-30 degrees or to minimum 0-5 degrees Celsius. It’s best to be prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. The days are hot and the nights refreshingly cool. You should be ready for inclement weather in any case as storms build up rather quickly at altitude.

What to carry: Keep it light – although what you carry with you is a very personal decision. Some of our guests love to travel as light as possible while others are only happy when they have countless bits of equipment for every possible occurrence, most of which will never be used. The list we sent out covers all essentials that you must carry. What you are expected to carry during the day on the trail is a day pack – to carry things that you will need throughout the day, such as your camera, extra film rolls, water bottle, packed lunch, sweets, rehydration powders, waterproofs, toilet paper, a fleece or a jumper. It may be also advisable to carry a small flashlight in your daypack, just in case. Good footwear is very important – most trails in the Indian Himalayas are pretty rough and steep so a good pair of shoes is important. Socks, both for walking and a pair of warm ones for keeping feet warm inside the tent at night, is a good bet. It’s important to bring a broken in shoe than a brand new one which could cause severe blisters.

Clothes: A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woollen jumper or a mid- weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a `port-a-loo’) worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight. A good quality sleeping bag ensures a good night’s sleep after a long day outdoors. Do not compromise on your sleeping bag – err on the side of carrying a warmer bag, than carrying a light one which may give you many sleepless nights. Carry any and all personal medication that you may need, and it’s an absolute must to let us know well in advance should you be suffering from any particular ailment.

How to carry: It’s best to carry your belongings in a large, tough duffel bag or a big rucksack. Pack similar things such as clothes, washing things, camping equipment etc. in separate stuff sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in your bag. Your main bag should be a tough one as it will be on mule back, not the best place to be for a fragile backpack. While trekking you will need to carry a small daypack big enough to carry your camera, water bottle, packed lunch, a warm layer and wind/rain jacket.

Baggage allowance: Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your baggage whilst trekking should be no more than 12 kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Auli. You will get them at the end of the trek.

Daily Schedule: A day on a trek normally begins with tea soon after the first light after which you are expected to get ready and start packing your bag. After a hot breakfast at the lodge dining room, we start the day’s walk. Normally after walking 3-4 hrs we arrive at our lunch spot where we have lunch in one of the tea-houses. Lunch break is normally about an hour, or a little more. We continue walking after lunch and aim to reach our overnight stop by 3 or 4 p.m. This leaves plenty of time for exploring the place and for catching up on your diary or for reading. Dinner is served in the lodge dining room and is a three course meal. This is a great time of day for relaxing, meeting fellow trekkers and discussing the events of the trek etc.

Group Leader and Support Staff: The group will be accompanied by a trained and experienced mountain guide throughout the trek. The support crew will consist of cooking staff (along with mules and mule drivers), which would prepare the days meals for the days that we are camping out.

Food: Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. For the first couple of nights we could have fresh chicken with us and for the nights out in the wilderness we will have canned sausages, tuna etc & soya to supplement our protein requirements. You might want to carry your favorite snack or some power bars with you on the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled water with a dash of iodine.

Altitude Effect: Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other high altitude destinations because the most of the regions lie over 2600 meters (8500 ft). People in good health should not get alarmed by this but if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, you must take the advice of a doctor who has experience with the effects of altitude. We do not take heart or lung patients or pregnant mothers on such trips.

Medication & First Aid: Carry any and all personal medication that you may need and it’s an absolute must to let us know well in advance should you be suffering from any particular ailment. First Aid accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are Experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. It is advisable to have your own personal first aid kit consisting of a broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Electral, Dioralite etc). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea. It’s also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

Preparing for your trip: Try and get into shape before you come on a trekking trip. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and should be comfortable walking up to 6 hours on some days. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Jogging, squash, swimming, cycling, skipping etc are good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina.

Responsible Travel: We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.

Auden’s Col Trek

Audens Col Trek

Audens Col Trek

Auden’s Col Trek – Bordering Nepal and Tibet, the regions of Garhwal and Kumaon which together form Uttarakhand, are most famous for their holy sites including the source of India’s most sacred River Ganges which each year receives thousands of pilgrims. Located at the very center of the great Himalayan chain, Garhwal and Kumaon contain a host of 7,000 metre peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kamet and Trishul, and sub 7,000 metre expedition peaks such as the stunning Shivling, as well as over 250 peaks above 5500 metres, and this makes the region a mecca for mountaineers and trekkers. The Garhwal Himalayas are characterized by unsurpassed mountain scenery with soaring ridges, deep valleys and huge glaciers and this trek takes us right into the heart of the area. The word ‘Col’ is a geographical term for a saddle-like depression in a ridge between two peaks. Auden’s Col lies between Gangotri III (6537m) & Jogin I (6465m) and the crossing is one of the finest high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. Even in today’s day and age very little is known about this area and every year only a handful of people successfully cross the col.

Trip Duration: 15 days
Grading: Strenuous

Highlights : A stunning high altitude crossing between Gangotri and Kedarnath In the footsteps of explorer, Dr J B Auden. Descent from the Col to the Khatling glacier on fixed rope. Glacier walk on Khatling for two days

Places Visited: Uttarkashi, Gangotri

History: Dr John Bicknel Auden (1903-1991) was an English geologist & explorer and the elder brother of the poet W H Auden. In 1926 he joined the Geological Survey of India, where he remained until he retired in the early 1950s. He travelled extensively in the Karakorams and the Himalayas and did a lot of exploratory work. He completed the survey of the Biafo Glacier in Baltistan and traversed large areas of Nepal to study the effects of the earthquake which caused havoc in Bihar-Nepal in 1934. In 1939, towards the end of a two month long expedition in Garhwal, he tried to save several days of walking by trying to cut across the mountain range at the head of the Rudrugaira valley into the Bhilangana valley to the south, by crossing a pass now known as Auden’s Col. The crossing has not often been repeated after him.

Overview:  We begin by driving up the Bhagirathi valley right till the end of the road at Gangotri. From here we trek south towards the Gangotri range establishing a succession of alpine meadow camps. We spend two days resting at different altitudes to acclimatize before we attempt to cross the col on day 8 of the trip. The descent from the col down to the deeply crevassed Khatling Glacier is almost vertical and is done on fixed ropes. We spend two days and two nights walking down the Khatling glacier and continue along the Bhilangana river flowing out of the glacier. The last three days walk is through dense mixed himalayan forests, grassy meadows, shepherd encampments and some remote villages. There are some dramatic views of the high mountains including Thalaysagar. The trek finishes at Ghuttu where we spend a night at the GMVN Guest House and then drive down to Haridwar past Tehri Dam to board the train back to Delhi.

Quick Itinerary:
Day 00: Board the overnight train to Haridwar
Day 01: Arrive Haridwar and drive to Uttarkashi
Day 02: Drive to Gangotri (3050m)
Day 03: Acclimatisation Day in Gangotri (3050m)
Day 04: Trek from Gangotri to Nalla Camp (3760m)
Day 05: Nalla Camp – Rudrugaira Base Camp (4500m)
Day 06: Acclimatization Day
Day 07: Auden’s Col Base Camp (4800m)
Day 08: Cross Auden’s Col (5400m) & Descend to Khatling Glacier Camp I (5110m)
Day 09: Glacier Walk, Khatling Glacier Camp II (4210m)
Day 10: Exit Khatling Glacier and reach Khatling Cave / Tambakund (3400m)
Day 11/ 08Oct: Contingency day
Day 12/ 09Oct: Khatling Cave – Kharsoli (2880m)
Day 13/ 10Oct: Kharsoli – Gangi (2650m)
Day 14/ 11Oct: Gangi – Ghuttu (1550m)
Day 15/ 12Oct: Ghuttu – Delhi

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary for Audens Col Trek.

Important: This day-to-day schedule should be taken only as a general guide. Although we update our itineraries every year, to take into account such things as: changes to trekking routes and changes in the routing or availability of local transport, it is not possible to guarantee that any of our trips will run exactly according to the proposed itinerary. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions and difficulties with transportation, permission hassles for this trek, can lead to enforced changes. The trip leader would make the necessary changes after consultation with guests.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

Is this a trip for you? People wishing to undertake this trip should have a high level of physical fitness, and previous experience of trekking to altitudes of at least 3500m. It is not necessary to have previous experience of technical climbing on snow and ice but you should be aware that during the crossing of the col, fixed rope may be used to safeguard the group while ascending or descending steep slopes and you must be comfortable with a certain degree of exposure to harsh weather conditions. Our trekking pace at altitude is dictated to a great extent by the need to acclimatise which imposes height gain limits on any day. With one or two notable exceptions the trekking day will be around four to six hours. Walking speed is further restricted by the sometimes difficult terrain, especially out of consideration for the porters.

What to expect : Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concerns on this trip and we must be Adequately prepared to deal with them

Temperatures: Temperatures on the trek will vary from 15-20 degrees to minimum of -10 degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures
would drop below freezing from Day 4-12 and at high camps close to Auden’s Col it could easily go down as low as -10 deg C. The two nights we camp on Khatling Glacier and the night at Auden’s base camp could be excessively cold. It is best to be fully prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. This trek runs after the monsoon season and the weather at this time is most stable and suited to trekking. However mountains do produce their own weather and some bad weather including rain and snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Altitude: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without the aid of additional oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought through and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the crossing of the col.
Our trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any
temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

Baggage allowance: You will need two bags for the trip – a main bag and a day pack. Your main bag on the trek will be carried by porters and it should not weigh more than 15 kgs. Your personal climbing gear like climbing boots, harness etc would go in a communal bag and would not form part of this baggage limit. You need to be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than simpler day packs. It’s a good idea to have a slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the day we cross the col. We start that day quite early and cross the col in the afternoon and hence would be dealing with extremes of temperatures. It is possible to leave a set of clean clothes in the vehicle which drops us at Gangotri to be received at the end of the trek at Ghuttu.

Level of Skills needed: You do not need any technical climbing skills for this trip; good physical & mental fitness is the only pre-requisite. Experience of trekking in the Himalayas or to altitudes of 3500m and above would help.

Pre-trip Conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least two months before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with a heavy backpack is recommended.

Food : We will have fully serviced camps with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European all purchased in Garhwal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be more easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favorite snack or power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc. Alcohol is not permitted till we finish the trek at Ghuttu.

First Aid: A comprehensive first aid kit accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.

Equipment List: The checklist above covers all essential items needed for the trek. Each one of us will need climbing boots, climbing harness, crampons & gaiters for this trek which will be hired from NIM Uttarkashi. If you have any personal climbing gear you should bring it along.

Documentation & Photograph: Each member will be required to send us personal details along with the scan of passport / photo ID proof (Indians only) and a scan of passport size photographs for various permits.

Ladakh Festival Tour

Lahakh Festival

Lahakh Festival

The Ladakh Festival – 4 days

Leh, the former Kingdom of Lakakh sits on the rugged Himalayan plain with Buddhist monasteries perched on soaring hilltops, shattered looking landscapes splashed with small but brilliant patches of green and ancient palaces clinging to sheer rock walls. Join us to experience the colour and festivity of the annual Lahakh festival whilst discovering the sights of this magical city.

Date:  25 September – 28 September 2019

Tour Plan:

Day 1: Flight from Dehli to Leh

Friday. Delhi – Leh. Early morning flight from Delhi to Leh. Flight prices do vary and when booked in advance cost less. Flights can be booked with us or independently. Upon arrival to Leh onward transfer to your guesthouse where the remains of the day can be spent at leisure.

leh from aeroplane
leh from aeroplane

Leh is the capital of the former Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh that now sits in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The region is a vast highland desert sitting at 3524 metres above sea level, lying between the Karakoram and the Himalayan ranges characterized by a desolate moonlike landscape and snowy peaks. The town is still dominated by the now ruined Leh Palace, former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace. The 28 000 residents of the the city are predominantly Buddhists and accordingly, Leh is the very much the heart and soul of Buddhist culture in the region. Overnight – Leh & Ladakh

Day 2: The Ladakh Festival & city sightseeing tour

This morning the monastic festival of Leh comes to life with the rhythm of drumbeats and dance. The streets and alleys are blazing hues of every color and pulsate with life. Gathering at approximately 8am we take our spots to watch the inauguration procession of village people making their way down the mountain passes to the city wearing their finest gold and silver ornaments and exotic turquoise headdress.

Lahakh Festival

In tow with the procession we’ll arrive to the main market area of the city where the celebration continues on a grand scale with various cultural troupes and village contingents participating in full ceremonial costumes or traditional Ladakhi dresses singing songs and performing various dances to the tune of village folk music. As the parade arrives at the Polo ground participants break into a variety of folk and popular dances, presenting the best samples of the region’s performing arts and sporting events including archery and polo. Traditional Mask Dances of the monasteries can also be seen with monastery lamas wearing their ritual regalia in accompaniment to their elaborately decorated masks dance in slow, languorous movements to the rhythm of cymbals, flutes and trumpets. This is a truly amazing sight.

Lahakh Festival

It also may be possible to watch a polo match of the ‘Ladakh Festival Cup’ comprising of various polo teams in the region (subject to festival scheduling). Here in the western Himalayas the game is played in its original form with fewer rules and frenzied crowd involvement.

This afternoon offers a guided sightseeing tour of the town, dominated by Sengge Namgyal’s, nine storey palace. Sengge Namgyal a Buddhist and known as the Lion King was the King of Ladakh from 1616 to his death in 1642. His legacy lives in the many monasteries, palaces and shrines of Ladakh that were built under his reign. This grand nine story stone structure is one of the most captivating architectural ruins of the region. Built in traditional Tibetan style it sits on the foothills of the barren landscape. Constructed in the 17th century as the residential palace for the King to mark the reunifying Upper and Lower Ladakh, it showcases excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture with its colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.

Leh Palace leh ladakh

Above Leh Palace, on Namgyal Tsemo (Victory Peak) overlooking the town, are the ruins of the earliest royal residence at Leh a fortress type structure built by King Tashi Namgyal in the 16th century. In the bazaar the main sites to visit are the Jokhang, the new main Buddhist temple built in the 1980s by the Ladakh Buddhist association and an imposing mosque reflecting a mixture of Islamic and Tibetan architecture that accommodating more than 500 worshippers dating from the late 17th century situated opposite each other.

jokhang temple

Visits will also be made to Sankar Gompa to view the image of Avalokitesvara, inset with turquoise and shown with 1000 heads, arms and feet and 100000 eyes, Shanti Stupa – built to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and inaugurated by his holiness the Dalai Lama in 1985 and Stok Palace – a museum where in the Sengge Namgyal family heirlooms and relics are displayed. Overnight – Leh & Ladakh

Day 3: Shey and Thiksey Monestories, Hemis Gompa

Today offers guided tours of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries.

Shey Monastery

Shey monastery situated on a hilltop, 15km from Leh, was the summer palace of the royal family of the region. The monastery houses a two storey high-seated image of Buddha cast from copper and covered with gold leaf. It is also believed that Kings of Leh were born here in the monastery.

Thiksey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey monastery is situated on a hilltop and the views of the green Indus valley from its rooftop are splendid. This monastery has a number of chambers full of statues and stupas. Courtyard murals are bright and this imposing structure is in many respects a replica of Potala Palace in Lhasa.

Hemis-monastery-ladakh

Hemis Gompa is the biggest and wealthiest monastery in Ladakh which contains a large number of gold statues, stupas and thangkas, one of which is reputed to be the largest in existence and is exhibited once every 12 years. Overnight – Leh & Ladakh

Day 4: Leh to Delhi by flight

Leh – Delhi. Early this morning (dictated by flight times) we transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi (booked independently in addition to our tour cost) arriving at approximately 8:30am you will be transferred to the international airport for your connecting international flight.

Opt to extend your stay and explore the sites of Delhi. Additional tour accommodation is available in Delhi should you require. You may another of our tours that starts today, upon arrival to Delhi from Leh you will be transferred to your start hotel for the commencing of your new tour.

Pushkar Camel Fair Tour

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair – 5 days Tour of Delhi, Pushkar and Ajmer

Discover the fascinating spectacle of cattle trading, religious pilgrimage, celebration and festivity at Pushkar Camel Fair. Aside from the serious business of livestock trading, there’s the longest mustache competition, a camel beauty pageant, a cricket match, musicians, dancers, magicians and snake charmers hundreds of authentic stalls to explore.

Dates: 4 Nov, 2019 – 12 Nov, 2019

Tour Plan:

Day 1: Welcome to Delhi

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Today offers free time for you to explore the colourful sights of Delhi. Opt to visit the imposing Red Fort, Jama Masjid – India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat – the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation, Humayan’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. An airport to hotel arrival transfer can be arranged should you require. Overnight – Delhi

Day 2: Pushkar Camel Fair

This morning is an early start as we board the Ajmer Shatabadi express bound for Ajmer. Seated in the air conditioned chair class carriage and leaving the city behind we look out upon a landscape of golden desert studded with green fields of agriculture and peaceful villages. Upon arrival to Ajmer a short drive leads us to our accommodation, a kilometre from the uproarious gathering of the Pushkar Camel Fair.

For the next few nights we bed down in our comfortable Swiss style permanent tented camp. Each high roofed tent with solid flooring, proper beds and linen offers the facilities of air conditioning, en suite with a bath and hot and cold running water.

Pushkar Camel Fair

After lunch and time to freshen up we head over to the frenzy of activity and riot of colour that is associated Pushkar – possibly the world’s largest camel fair. Attracting some 300 000 visitors, 40 000 camel, cattle and horses the fair draws sightseers, pilgrims, nomads, breeders, herdsmen, farmers and traders with their accompanying family, livestock and wares from all over the state of Rajasthan. Pushkar is an authentic cultural spectacle that’s totally unique and promises to be good fun. Overnight – Pushkar

Day 3: Camel judging, cricket, music & magicians

Pushkar Camel Fair

Today offers a glimpse at the serious business of livestock trading and the judging of the best bovine and camelids in each category. There are also more light hearted activities on offer such as the camel running races, tug of war, awards for the best dressed camel and a beauty pageant. Take a look in at the longest moustache competition or keep score at the cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a random assortment of tourists. There are also vibrant folk music and dances, magic shows and various other traditional entertainment and competitions as well as hundreds of authentic stalls to explore, packed with jewelry and textiles from the surrounding areas.

Pushkar Camel Fair

This evening can be spent watching the various entertainments offered at our camp, outdoors and under a blanket of stars. Overnight – Pushkar

Day 4: Pushkar – bathing at the ghats

Today marks the start of the Kartik Poornima, a Hindu holy day celebrated on the full moon or the fifteenth lunar day in the month of Kartik. According to the Hindu scriptures the lake relates to Brahma, the god of all creation and is one of the five most holy Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. The Brahma temple here is the most important temple in Pushkar, and is in fact the only Brahma temple in the whole of the country.

Pushkar Lake
Pushkar Lake

On this day of celebration countless pilgrims swathed in colourful fabric converge for a holy dip in the sacred lake before the morning sun has cast its first rays on the earth. Surrounded by 52 bathing ghats (a series of steps leading to the lake), throngs of devotees line the water’s edge praying to the deities before washing away the sins of a lifetime.

brahma temple pushkar
brahma temple pushkar

After all sin has been absolved, the atmosphere is electric and the carnival, music, dancers, magicians, acrobats, snake charming, horse and camel racing continues. If all the excitement becomes to much and you’re in need a breath of fresh air remember you can always take stroll and explore any one of the 500 Hindu temples surrounding the lake and the local area.

This fascinating spectacle of cattle trading, religious worship, celebration and festivity at Pushkar during this time of year is globally famous. Your baggage allowance may not allow you to take home a camel, but you’re sure to find something truly unique and authentic here at the annual fair. Overnight – Pushkar

Day 5: Ajmer Sherif and onward to Delhi

Ajmer Sharif

Pushkar – Delhi. This morning offers free time before visiting the town of Ajmer Sherif. The most notable site is the resting place of the Sufi seer, Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chisti who died here in 1236 after six days of fasting and praying. Possibly the most important Muslim shrine in India fervent pilgrims patronize the shrine as did many of the Mughal rulers including that of Emperor Akbar.

Leading off the Dargah Bazaar we enter the shrine via a gateway of immensely beautifully intricately carved silver doors. In the courtyard stands two huge cauldrons with capacity of 2240 kg and 4480 litres! That’s a lot of chicken soup!

Onward to the station we board our train to Delhi arriving at 22:45 in the evening and transfer to the airport for your onward international flight.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival Tour

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Jaisalmer Desert Festival – 15 days Tour of Delhi Agra Jaipur and Rajasthan

Join us on a Rajput Extravaganza – the ultimate trip through the Land of the Rajput Kings with the unique opportunity to experience the exciting spectacle of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival. As the drums of Rajasthan beat out aloud brightly adorned elephants with their mahouts and tassel laden camels and riders, colourful floats, singers, dancers and marching bands will waltz on by in the city’s annual street parade.

Dates: 7 Feb 2020 – 9 Feb 2020

Tour Plan:

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Delhi, included transfer to hotel. Overnight – Delhi

Day 2: Sightseeing in Old & New Delhi

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid – India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat – the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specializing in classic Indian cuisine. Overnight – Delhi

Day 3: The Taj Mahal

 

taj mahal
taj mahal

Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here we explore the legendary Taj Mahal. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers. Continuing, we visit Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind it’s fortified walls. We also visit a marble craftshop. Overnight – Agra

Day 4: Jaipur

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

Agra – Jaipur. En route to Jaipur we visit the stunning former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri – Emperor Akbar’s vision in red sandstone. We enjoy lunch at Udai Vilas Palace in Bharatpur, before taking a walk in the traditional rural village of Peharsar. Later, in Jaipur, we visit a cotton trading/tailor shop where you can get clothing tailored for delivery to your hotel before we leave Jaipur! Overnight – Jaipur

Day 5: Jaipur

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur

This morning, we travel beyond Jaipur to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Why not bolt on an early morning amazing hot air balloon ride? Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. Overnight – Jaipur

Day 6: Surajgarh – rural India

beautiful-Havelis-of-the-Shekhawati-region

Jaipur – Surajgarh/ Shekhawati region. Today, we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region. The small towns in this region became important trading posts, a lasting legacy of which are the beautiful painted havelis (mansions) constructed by wealthy merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy an afternoon village walk. Overnight – Surajgarh

Day 7: Bikaner

junagarh fort
junagarh fort

Surajgarh – Bikaner. Travelling west, our next stop is the 14th century desert town of Bikaner. Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, much of the atmospheric old town which we will explore is still encircled by massive fortified walls. Within these walls are havelis, artisan shops and people going about their daily lives. We also visit the spectacular Junagarh Fort & museum, built between 1587 and 1593 during the rule of Rai Singh. Overnight – Bikaner (B)

Day 8: Jaisalmer

patwon ki haveli jaisalmer
patwon ki haveli jaisalmer

Bikaner – Jaisalmer. Driving through the Rajasthani Thar desert we arrive at the medieval caravan outpost of Jaisalmer, one of the jewels in India’s crown. Exquisite wood and yellow sandstone buildings dot the town and within Jaisalmer Fort are homes, hotels and shops hidden in ancient lane ways. Late afternoon and evening at lesiure. Overnight – Jaisalmer

Day 9: Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort

Today we have a wonderful opportunity to experience the exciting spectacle of the golden city’s grand parade. As the drums of Rajasthan beat out aloud brightly adorned elephants with their mahouts and tassel laden camels and riders, colourful floats, singers, dancers and marching bands will waltz on by in the city’s annual street parade. Bright and early this morning we take a guided tour of the Jaisalmer Fort. Afterward we’ll wait in readiness at the First Gate of mammoth stone fort. Here, with the honey colored fortress as a backdrop there will be plenty of photo opportunities as the procession marches by. Then, together we can walk alongside the festival and street parade as it weaves its way through the city streets of the Rajputs to gates of the town stadium.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

We too will enter the stadium (scheduled to arrive at 12 noon) and watch the festival events for an hour or so before continue with our city sightseeing tour (time permitting). Later in the afternoon after time to freshen up and have some lunch we enjoy a camel ride across the vast, rolling sand dunes of the desert. Overnight – Jaisalmer

Day 10: Jodhpur & the Mighty Thar Desert

Blue City Jodhpur

Jaisalmer – Jodhpur. An interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur, a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert. Dominated by Meherangarh Fort which sits majestically atop a hill, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City. This is because of the coloured houses in the old town, painted indigo. We’ll enjoy some touring in this colourful Rajasthani city, taking in the mighty fort and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower. Overnight – Jodhpur

Day 11: Ranakpur

ranakpur-jain-temple
ranakpur jain temple

Jodhpur – Ranakpur. Leaving Jodhpur, we drive to Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley and famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples. We’ll enjoy some exploration here and time to relax at our hotel. Overnight – Ranakpur (B)

Days 12 – 13: Udaipur – picturesque Lake Pichola

pichola lake udaipur
pichola lake udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur

Ranakpur – Udaipur. Continuing south, we arrive at Udaipur. An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan. A favorite amongst travelers, Udaipur is crammed full of palaces and temples. During our stay we’ll enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola, plus touring of the imposing City Palace, not to mention free time to explore and perhaps shop for colourful Rajasthani souvenirs and Indian spices. Overnight – Udaipur

Day 14: Fly back to Delhi

Udaipur – Delhi. Departure transfer to the airport to board a morning flight to Delhi / Mumbai, see note below. The afternoon is free for you to relax at the hotel or to head out and further explore Delhi. Overnight – Delhi

Day 15: Delhi

Saying goodbye to our new found friends, our tour ends, hotel check-out and included onward transfer to airport.

Holi and Elephant Festival Tour

Elephant Parade jaipur

Elephant Parade jaipur

Holi Festival and Elephant Parade Tour covers Delhi Agra and Jaipur – 8 Days

Combine a tour of the famous Golden Triangle with the exuberant festivities of Holi – India’s most dazzling celebration, and the Elephant Festival of Jaipur, when exquisitely decorated elephants from the Amber Fort parade through the showground and play the regal game of polo.

Dates: 9th and 10th March 2020

Tour Details:

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Delhi, included transfer to hotel. Free afternoon and evening. Overnight – Delhi

Day 2: Old & New Delhi

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

This morning, our welcome meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a Namaste Dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight – Delhi

Day 3: Jaipur

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

Delhi – Jaipur. Today, we drive to Jaipur. Affectionately known as the Pink City as Maharaja Ram Singh had all of the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. We enjoy a tour of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar – an old yet cleverly designed space observatory. Overnight – Jaipur

Day 4: The Elephant Festival of Jaipur

Early today, we travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort – a sprawling Rajput concoction which hugs the hill on which it was built and overlooks the hot plains below. We enjoy a stately elephant ride (Subject to Government regulations & availability) to the fort proper and tour the fort’s well-preserved interior and grounds.

Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort

This afternoon its festival time for the elephants of Jaipur and we will not be missing the parade! As we arrive to the showground at approx 4pm we’ll see camels and horses and lively folk dancers and musicians lead the carnival into Jaipur’s open air Rambagh Polo Ground. Groomed to perfection, glittering in gold, laden with silk tassels and intricately decorated with brightly coloured motifs, row upon row of elephants parade past the crowds.

Elephant Parade jaipur

Hoping to be ringside, we’ll witness the colourful celebrations which include the crowning of the Best Decorated Elephant, a regal match of polo played from elephant back and the comical bout of man verses elephant in a game of tug of war. The days activities come to a close at approx 7pm. Overnight – Jaipur (B)

Day 5: India celebrates Holi

Holi
Holi

Jaipur – Bharatpur via Peharsar. It’s an early start today as the Holi festivities bring thousands of devotees out onto the streets in dazzling colour and good cheer.

Celebrated all over India since ancient times, Holi is an annual festival which takes place on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna. Originally Holi was an agricultural festival celebrating the arrival of spring. In keeping with this tradition people now choose to celebrate the occasion by throwing brightly coloured spices or herbal powders into the air, symbolically they are ridding the gloom of winter and rejoicing in the colours and liveliness of spring.

Holi

Today the central ritual of Holi incorporates the applying and throwing of coloured water and powders on friends and family which gives the holiday its modern name ‘the Festival of Colour’. This ritual also believed to be based on events in Hindu mythology relating to Prahlad worshipping the god Vishnu and being set ablaze with his wicked aunt Holika. As the fire was lit Holika asked for forgiveness and Prahlad decreed that she would be remembered every year at Holi. Holi is also associated with Krishna’s playful splashing of the maids with water, but most of all it celebrates the coming of spring and the vibrancy of colour that the season brings.

Arriving at the small rural village of Perharsar, we tour a charming, rustic haveli (mansion house) with small courtyard and lawned gardens which has been carefully restored to its former glory. From here its a short drive to our hotel in Bharatpur.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park

After hotel check and time for lunch, you can pull up a chair and watch the Holi celebrations taking place out on the lawn. Later we will go to Keoladeo Ghana National Park for a late afternoon bicycle rickshaw ride and birdwatching. Overnight – Bharatpur

Day 6: The Taj Mahal – built for love

taj mahal
taj mahal

Bharatpur – Agra. En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal and witnessing a glorious golden sunset. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal in Agra is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols. Overnight – Agra

Day 7: Onward to Delhi

Agra – Delhi. After breakfast we return to Delhi, the latter part of the afternoon is free for you to relax or independently explore more of Delhi. Overnight – Delhi

Day 8: Delhi

Our tour concludes after breakfast. Goodbye India! We transfer you to the airport for your onward international flight.

Hola Mohalla Sikh Festival Tour

Hola Mohalla

Hola Mohalla

Hola Mohalla Sikh Festival – 5 days Tour Anandpur Sahib Punjab

Head north to the Punjab and attend the amazing Hola Mohalla Sikh Festival in Anandpur Sahib! Experience magnificent displays of horsemanship and exciting mock fighting (Gatka), witness the tremendous colors of the Sikh faith, including the stunning blue and orange blend of the Nehang Sikh Army.

Dates – 10 – 12 March 2020

Hola Mohalla Tour Details

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India! Arrive into New Delhi and be transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure exploring India’s capital. Overnight – Delhi

Days 2 – 3: Holla Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib

Delhi – Kangar Village. After breakfast on day 2 we climb aboard the Shatabdi Express train north to Chandigarh, passing through the picturesque state of Haryana which is blessed with lush green scenery and beautiful lakes and rivers. Upon arrival in Chandighar we are driven to the tranquil Kikar Lodge in Kangar Village. This is our base for the next 3 nights, while we attend the prestigious Hola Mohalla festival in the nearby holy city of Anandpur Sahib. Hola Mohalla is an annual 3 day festival which occurs during the first lunar month of Chet.

Hola Mohalla

We spend the remains of day 2 and day 3 at the Holla Mohalla Festival, where we’ll witness all the colorful festivities which include dramatic mock martial arts battles (known as Gatka), impressive displays of weaponry, archery and wrestling. There’s also music, poetry and prayers, singing and chanting, while food is served to pilgrims from all castes and creeds by women from the neighboring villages, who set up langars (community kitchens). This is impressive and humbling to watch as regardless of caste, all Sikh’s sit together.

hola mohalla

There are also exciting horse riding displays from the Nahib Sikh Army where the riders gallop bareback, performing tricks like riding astride two horses. One of the main attractions at the festival are the Nehangs – a prestigious armed Sikh order who wear a striking blend of blue and orange, with twisted moustaches and staggeringly giant embellished turbans. Any keen photographers will have a whale of a time here with all the amazing sights and vibrant colors on show. Overnight – Kangar Village

Day 4: Kikar

Today is yours to spend at leisure. Anyone who wants to return to the Hola Mohalla Festival can do so, or there are plenty of other forms of entertainment. The lodge is surrounded by nature trails for any keen walkers and wildlife is here in abundance. Sporting activities include volleyball and badminton and there’s the opportunity to take a leisurely buffalo cart or tractor ride. Overnight – Kangar Village

Day 5: Delhi

Kangar – Chandigarh – Delhi. Today we travel back to Chandigarh and explore its wonderful Rock Garden. This unique attraction displays numerous sculptures made entirely from industrial and urban waste. Look out for sculptures made out of mudguards and marbles, broken bangles and brake pads or even handle bars and hubcaps! Next we head over to Sukhna Lake. This picturesque manmade lake is 3 km in length and is very popular with water sports fans and is a great place to relax and unwind. Early this evening we travel by train back down to Delhi.

rock-garden-chandigarh

Once back in Delhi we are transferred back to the airport for onward journeys. Tour end.

If you are coming to India for the first time, have a few more days available then you may consider adding a Golden Triangle Tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to the above tour plan for a rich experience. This is the best option because the 3 cities have unique past, forts, palaces and museums which offer a unique insight into the past.

Day 6: Old Delhi

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

This morning meet you guide and the any members of the group who are starting their tour in Delhi at the Welcome Meeting. We’ll then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid – India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat – the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specialising in classic Indian cuisine. Overnight – Delhi

Day 7: Taj Mahal

taj mahal
taj mahal

Delhi – Agra. Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here, we take a motorised buggy to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers. Continuing, we visit Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind it’s fortified walls. Overnight – Agra

Day 8: Agra

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

Agra – Jaipur. En route to Jaipur, we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. We enjoy lunch at Udai Vilas Palace in Bharatpur, before taking a walk through the nearby rural village Peharsar. In Jaipur, we visit a cotton trading/tailor shop where you can get clothing tailored for delivery to your hotel before we leave! Overnight – Jaipur

Day 9: Jaipur

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur

Maybe opt for an early morning balloon flight over the pink city of Jaipur. Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. Overnight – Jaipur

Day 10: Village life, rural India

beautiful-Havelis-of-the-Shekhawati-region

Jaipur – Surajgarh/ Shekhawati region. Today, we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region. The small towns in this region became important trading posts, a lasting legacy of which are the beautiful painted havelis (mansions) constructed by wealthy merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. Afternoon village walk and time to relax. Overnight – Surajgarh

Day 11: Surajgarh to Delhi

Shekhawati region – Delhi. Returning to Delhi, the latter part of the afternoon is free for you to relax or independently explore more of Delhi. Overnight – Delhi

Day 12: Delhi

Saturday. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport.

Great Himalayan National Park Trek

Great Himalayan National Park Trekking Tour

Great Himalayan National Park Trekking TourGreat Himalayan National Park Trek

Dates: 2-9 November, 2018 (ex-Delhi).

Duration: 6 Days

What you get: Camping Experience, Wilderness Survival Lessons, Guided Trip on Flora and Fauna, Culture and History.

Great Himalayan National Park Trekking Tour

Detailed Itinerary

(02/11/18) Day 1:- Leave Delhi for overnight journey to Aut.

(03/11/18) Day 2:- Arrive at Aut. Drive from Aut to Shangarh village by jeep (70 km). Stay at Shangarh village (6,500 ft)…

(04/11/18) Day 3:- Trek (15 km) from Shangarh to Lapaa village (7,500 ft). Stay in tents.

(05/11/18) Day 4:- Steep trek (15 km) from Lapaa village to Dhela Thatch (12,500 ft).

(06/11/18) Day 5:- Explore Dhela Thatch, climb up to 14,500 ft or just soak in the view.

(07/11/18) Day 6:- Dhela Thatch to Shaktimaror (15 km downhill trek through a beautiful Himalayan forest of oak, rhododendron, cedar and pine beside a turquoise Sainj river.

(08/11/18) Day 7:- Shaktimaror to Niharni (7 km trek). Drive from Niharni to Aut for onward journey to Delhi.

(09/11/18) Day 8:- Reach Delhi in morning.

Cost : Rs 28,000 per person ex-Delhi, inclusive of all equipment, cook, meals and porter charges.

Booking amount: Rs 10,500/- (10,000 + 5% GST) NON-REFUNDABLE.

Last Date for Booking: 17 September 2018.

Balance to be paid by 17 October 2018. No refund after 17 October 2018.

Great Himalayan National Park Trekking Tour

We will provide the participants with a decent homestay at Shangarh and tent accommodation during the trek on a two-person/three-person sharing basis. The tents will be three-men or two-men tents.

Participants have to bring their own rucksacks.

Individual porters will be extra.

GST will be 5% extra.

Glimpses of Ladakh Tour

Leh Palace leh ladakh

Ladakh is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. The stark mountains; the moody sky; the sparse yet mesmerizing meadows; the whimsical rivers; the exotic lakes; and the challenging high altitude passes – you have to be in Ladakh to get intoxicated by all these shades of nature. The roof of India, Ladakh is unparalleled land that honestly requires no introduction. Ladakh tours have emerged out as the new favorite among both kinds of travelers; the ones who travel often, and the ones who do it less but do it in style. It doesn’t matter if you are an adventure junky or someone who travels with their whole pack for the experience, Ladakh has something for everyone. Our Glimpses of Ladakh Tour is for those who have only a few days to spare and yet want to experience the stunning beauty of Ladakh.

Itinerary: Leh – Spituk – Alchi – Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Leh

Duration: 4N/5D

DAY 01 : ARRIVAL LEH
Arrival at Leh airport and transfer to the Hotel.

leh from aeroplane
leh from aeroplane

Full day is t leisure to acclimatize yourself because of high altitude of Leh as it is 3500 Mtrs above the sea level. In the evening you will be visiting Leh Bazaar.

Leh-Bazaar
Leh Bazaar

Overnight stay at Hotel.

DAY 02 : LEH
Full day excursion to visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. It is quite interesting to visit the Thiksey monastery early in the morning to see “praying ceremony”. Also visit one of the biggest monasteries of Leh “Hemis”.

thiksey-monastery-ladakh
thiksey monastery ladakh

On the way back visit Shey Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 03 : LEH – SPITUK – ALCHI – ULEYTOKPO ( 80 KM, 3 HOURS )
After breakfast in the morning leave for Uletokpo camping which is one of the most beautiful camping in the Ladakh region. En-route visit Spituk Monastery.

Alchi-monastery
Alchi Monastery

Continue drive to visit Alchi monastery. It is the only monastery in the Ladakh on flat ground. By the lunch time, you will reach Uletokpo.

In the Evening, enjoy sitting on the bank of river coming down from the Ridzong side. Overnight stay at camp.

DAY 04 : ULETOKPO – LAMAYURU – LEH ( 180 KM, 6 HOURS)
Leave Uletokpo and drive towards Lamayuru via Khaltsi. Which is the oldest monasteries of ladakh region. This monastery was founded in the 10th Century.

lamayuru-monastery
lamayuru monastery

Late afternoon drive back to Leh for overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05 : DEPARTURE
Early morning transfer to Leh airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Enchanting Ladakh Tour

nubra valley

nubra valley

Dramatic mountains & landscapes, vibrant cultures & rich Buddhist heritage make Ladakh a popular holiday destination. Ladakh is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. The stark mountains; the moody sky; the sparse yet mesmerizing meadows; the whimsical rivers; the exotic lakes; and the challenging high altitude passes – you have to be in Ladakh to get intoxicated by all these shades of nature. The roof of India, Ladakh is unparalleled land that honestly requires no introduction.

Nubra Valley is at 150 km north from the main town of Leh and it a high altitude desert with stunning landscape. There are several ancient Gompas and palaces which are famous tourist attractions. The nearby villages are a great way to enjoy the beautiful view of the valley while taking a stroll. Moreover, The 32- meters high statue of Maitreya Buddha is the landmark of the valley and a famous tourist attraction too.

Pangong Tso Tibetan for “high grassland lake”, also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. Due to the briny water, the lake does not support aquatic life other than some ocean bugs called crustaceans by oceanographers. Pangong lake is home to many migrating birds in summer, and one can witness numerous ducks and gulls “surfing”.

Our Enchanting Ladakh Tour covers the most stunning locations, monasteries, gompas and palaces which deliver a truly memorable holiday experience.

Itinerary: Leh – Alchi – Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake – Leh

Duration: 7N/8D

DAY 01 : ARRIVAL LEH
Arrival at Leh airport and transfer to the Hotel. Full day is t leisure to acclimatize yourself because of high altitude of Leh as it is 3500 Mtrs above the sea level. In the evening you will be visiting Leh Bazaar. Overnight stay at Hotel.

leh from aeroplane
leh from aeroplane
Leh-Bazaar
Leh Bazaar

DAY 02 : LEH
Full day excursion to visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. It is quite interesting to visit the Thicksey monastery early in the morning to see “praying ceremony”. Also visit one of the biggest monasteries of Leh “Hemis”. On the way back visit Shey Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.

thiksey-monastery-ladakh
thiksey monastery ladakh

DAY 03 : LEH – SPITUK – ALCHI – ULEYTOKPO (80 KM, 3 HOURS)
After breakfast in the morning leave for Uletokpo camping which is one of the most beautiful camping in the Ladakh region. En-route visit Spituk Monastery. Continue drive to visit Alchi monastery. It is the only monastery in the Ladakh on flat ground. By the lunch time, you will reach Uletokpo. In the Evening, enjoy sitting on the bank of river coming down from the Ridzong side. Overnight stay at camp.

Alchi-monastery
Alchi Monastery

DAY 04 : ULETOKPO – LAMAYURU – LEH (180 KM, 6 HOURS)
Leave Uletokpo and drive towards Lamayuru via Khaltsi. Which is the oldest monasteries of ladakh region. This monastery was founded in the 10th Century. Late afternoon drive back to Leh for overnight stay at hotel.

lamayuru-monastery
lamayuru monastery

DAY 05 : LEH – NUBRA VALLEY (125 KM, 5 HOURS)
After the breakfast at the hotel drive to Nubra Valley with lunch box along. The Nubra valley lies in the north of leh and is accessible over the Khardungla pass 5600 Mtrs which is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The valley is on the trade route from leh to Khangar via Samsar and Karakoram passed. Enroute visit Disket and Hundar monastery. On arrival check in at Camp for overnight stay there.

nubra-valley-leh
Camel Ride Nubra Valley leh

DAY 06 : NUBRA – KHARDONG LA – LEH (130 KM, 5 HOURS)
After breakfast at the camp, drive to Leh with lunch box along. En route stop at Khardungla Pass ( 5359 m ) – world’s highest motorable pass. Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Chinese Central Asia. About 10,000 horses and camels used to take the route annually.

Khardungla-Pass
Khardungla Pass

Continue drive to Leh. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for shopping and independent activities. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 07 : LEH – PANGONG LAKE – LEH (320 KM)
After the Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft. third highest motorable road in the world. Arrive at Pangong the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Packed or Hot Lunch. Enjoy the beauty of lake on Banks of the Lake while appreciating the changing Colors of fascinating high altitude Lake.

Pangong Lake ladakh
Pangong Lake ladakh

Drive back to Leh by same route. Overnight stay.

DAY 08 : DEPARTURE
Early morning transfer to Leh airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Kashmir and Ladakh Tour

A picture perfect scene with snow clad-mountains, sparkling lakes with sailing shikaras, tuft of colorful tulips and steady houseboats inflate lungs of the onlookers. Kashmir, the northwestern province of the Indian subcontinent is a serene, scenic and sensual landscape that nurtures the valley as an ideal destination for holidays in Kashmir. A proud capital of the state, Srinagar invites all for a resplendent treat of sailing through the sparkling Dal Lake, a stroll through the gardens of Shalimar Bagh and seeking blessings at Jama Masjid and Shankaracharya Temple. Gulmarg, the land of ski resorts, carpets of flowers and quixotic ambiance invite you to experience nature at its best. It opens door for a world of adventure and priceless peace amidst the tranquil landscape that simultaneously inflates lungs with the onrush of adventure activities.

Dominated largely by long stretches of Scenic Mountains, the Valley of Kashmir covers an area of 224,739 sq km. The Great Himalaya range separates Kashmir from Ladakh. Ladakh is the highest altitude plateau region in India (much of it being over 3,000 m), incorporating parts of the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus River valley. In Ladakh the nature has rendered a magical, unbelievable and fantastic landscape which is extremely breathtaking. The people are gentle and their culture is rich and colorful, centering around the beliefs and practices of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, the predominant religion.

This popular tour of Kashmir and Ladakh combines two of the most sought after travel destinations in the world and promises a magnificent travel extravaganza.

Itinerary: Srinagar – Gulmarg – Sonmarg, Kargil – Lamayuru – Alchi – Likir – Phyang – Leh – Nubra – Khardung La

Duration: 12N/13D

DAY 01: DELHI
Arrival at Delhi. Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel. Later start your exploration of India with a city tour of Old Delhi that includes visit to Jama Masjid, built in 1650 A.D. and the amazing Red Fort which was the seat of Mughal Empire for more than 250 years. Also enjoy shopping the ancient bazaar of Chandni Chowk. Then drive past the imposing India Gate, Parliament Buildings and President House. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport
Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

DAY 2: DELHI – SRINAGAR (BY FLIGHT – 1 ½ HOURS)
Transfer to airport to catch flight for Srinagar. Arrival at Srinagar and transfer to Houseboat.

Srinagar is acclaimed to be one of the loveliest places in India, in terms of natural splendor. Set in the picturesque Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1730 meters, it is a tourist’s paradise. Afternoon enjoy Shikara (boat) ride at Dal Lake. which has, within its periphery, four enormous water bodies, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal, Gagribal and Nagin. The lake is not a flat, continuous mass of water, but an intricate labyrinth of waterways, that constitute a spectacular sight and an amazing locale to explore.

Overnight stay at Houseboat.

DAY 3: SRINAGAR
Half day tour of world famous Mughal Gardens, as the name suggests, built in the Mughal period is a marvel located in Srinagar. These gardens are beautifully decorated with bright flowerbeds, terraced lawns and well maintained cascading fountains. Visit Nishat Bagh (The garden of pleasure) and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love).

Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Houseboat.

DAY 4: SRINAGAR – GULMARG – SRINAGAR (110 KMS, 5 HOURS)
Full day tour of Gulmarg which is one of the most beautiful summer resorts in the valley. It is also popular for its golf course in summer season, the highest in the world and Skiing during winter season.

Enjoy the splendour of nature and the snowy mountains. You can have Gondola ride (cable car) from Gulmarg to Khalinmarg. In the evening return to Srinagar. Overnight at Houseboat.

DAY 5: SRINAGAR – SONMARG – KARGIL (225 KMS , 8 HOURS)
Leave in the morning and drive to Kargil. The road passes through panoramic village, Sonmarg (2740 Mtrs). Then drive through Zojila pass (3527 Mtrs) which is also called Gateway of Ladakh. Continue drive towards Drass (The second coldest inhabited place in the world) and stop here for tea and passport check. Another two and half hours drive will take you to Kargil (2710 Mtrs).

Kargil

After arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 6: KARGIL – LAMAYURU – ALCHI (175 KMS / 6 HOURS)
Morning departure for Leh. Today, you have to ascend three passes, so the day will be tiresome but panoramic too. First Buddhist village will be Mulbek. You have to cross the highest pass on Srinagar Leh route. At lunch time you will be at Lamayuru, Finally arrive Alchi which is the only monastery in ladakh on flat ground. This is also the largest and most famous of all of the temples and built by the great translator Ringchem Zangpo.

Alchi-monastery
Alchi Monastery

Overnight stay at Alchi.

DAY 07: ALCHI – LIKIR – PHYANG – SPITUK – LEH (80 KMS, 4 HOURS)
Morning departure for Leh and on the way visit Likir monastery which was founded in 14th century by Lama Dhwang Chosje, a great champion of meditation. Also visit Spituk and Phyang.

likir-monastery
likir monastery

Continue drive to Leh and after arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 08: LEH (MONASTERY TOUR)
Full day excursion to visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. It is quite interesting to visit the Thicksey monastery early in the morning to witness the “praying ceremony”. Also visit one of the biggest monasteries of Leh “Hemis”.

thiksey-monastery-ladakh
thiksey monastery ladakh

On the way back visit Shey Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 09: LEH – NUBRA (DISKIT & HUNDER) (130 KMS, 5 HOURS)
After early breakfast at the hotel departure for Nubra Valley with lunch box along. Stop en route and visit Disket and Hundar monastery.

The valley is on the trade route from leh to Khangar via Samsar and Karakoram passes. Apart from unparraled trekking opportunities, the valley has several Buddhist Gompas. Visit Diskit Gompa which is 350 years old. Overnight stay in Camp.

DAY 10: NUBRA VALLEY
After breakfast visit Panamik village. The incredible thing about the village is the superb irrigation system built over decades, the system though rudimentary provides an effective means to channel precious water during summer to the homes as well as the fields. Return to the camp for Hot Lunch.

Afternoon visit Samtaling monastery in Sumur village. This monastery belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama’s branch.

Samtaling-monastery-in-Sumur-village
Samtaling monastery in Sumur village

In the evening come back to camp for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 11: NUBRA – KHARDUNG LA – LEH (130 KM, 5 HOURS)
After breakfast at the camp, departure to Leh with lunch box along. En route stop at Khardungla Pass (5359 m) – world’s highest motorable pass. Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Chinese Central Asia.

Khardungla-Pass
Khardungla Pass

Continue drive to Leh and on arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for shopping and independent activities.

Leh-Bazaar
Leh Bazaar

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 12: LEH – DELHI (BY FLIGHT – 1 ¼ HOURS)
Morning transfer to airport to catch flight for Delhi.

leh from aeroplane
leh from aeroplane

Arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel. Then start tour of New Delhi which is in complete contrast with Old Delhi with wide tree lined avenues, parks and fountains surrounding the imposing Government and State Buildings. Drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament Buildings and President House. Visit Qutab Minar, built in 1193 A.D. It is a striking medieval tower of victory of Persian architecture style.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar

Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 13 : DELHI
Transfer to airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Taj Mahal Day Tour

taj mahal
taj mahal
taj mahal

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.An English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold best describes it as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.”

The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is said that Shah Jahan was so heartbroken after her death that he ordered the court into mourning for two years. Sometime after her death, Shah Jahan undertook the task of erecting the world’s most beautiful monument in the memory of his beloved. It took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the monument. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, his body was placed in a tomb next to the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. This magnificent monument came to be known as “Taj Mahal” and now counts amongst the Seven Wonders of the World.

The Taj Mahal has an amazing grace of perfection of proportions and grandeur of geometrical patterns of well appointed gardens enhancing the poise of the whole complex together add magnificence to the delicacy of this marvel of love, dedication and purity. The Taj displays its different moods through its varied shades. The Taj has as many shades as any kind of beauty can ever have! It is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening, golden when the moon shines and the intermediary variants during different hours of the day and during different seasons in a year.

delhi agra route map
delhi agra route map

Delhi to Agra distance – The aerial distance from New Delhi to Agra is 180 km while the road distance between New Delhi to Agra is 217 km.By Train it is 195 Km. There is/are 17 direct train(s) from New Delhi to Agra.

You can book a same day tour to Taj Mhal from New Delhi with Indus Trips. This tour starts early morning and we will pick you from your hotel or airport, drive you to Agra to visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. After a nice lunch we will start back for New Delhi and reach back by late evening. Drop to airport/ hotel as per your requirement.

Tour details are given below:

Same Day Tour of Taj Mahal by AC Cab from Delhi

07:30 am – Pick up from Hotel in Delhi to Agra by AC CAR

Morning drive to Agra – Journey time 3 Hours, via New Express Highway inclusive all tolls & taxes

10:30 – Meeting the guide on arrival in Agra city – Proceed to Taj Mahal 

Taj Mahal remain Closed for all visitors on Friday

12.30 – Just after the Taj Mahal – Excursion to the nearby Agra Fort

14:00 – Lunch Break in AC Restaurant

After you explore all day tour, drive back to Delhi, arrive by 18:00 pm

US$ 170 for Single Person

US$ 120 per person for Two People

US$ 100 Per Person for Three People

Inclusions

Delhi – Agra – Delhi Same Day Trip in Private AC CAR with Driver

English Speaking Guide Fee

AC Car – All Parking, Tolls, Road Tax, Driver & Fuel

Lunch & Drinks in Multi Cuisine Air Con Restaurant

Exclusions

Entrance Tickets fee Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
Any Alcohol, Wine, Beer Served with Lunch

Golden Triangle Tour

Elephant ride to the fort

Elephant ride to the fort

The evocative Golden Triangle in India is one of the country’s most popular tourist circuits. It is an ideal choice if you are traveling first time In India. It covers Delhi, the capital of India; Agra, the seat of the Taj Mahal, the Seventh Wonder of the World; and Jaipur, the land of the Rajputs. These three cities, when connected on the Indian map, look like a triangle; thus the name, Golden Triangle. Touring this circuit gives the visitor an idea of the rich historical past, the vibrant cultural heritage and the architectural splendor of India that can be witnessed from the magnificent forts, palaces, monuments, temples, mosques and gardens, among others.

Best time to visit: The best time to take a Golden Triangle tour is from October to February, when it becomes comfortable for sightseeing and participating in various outdoor activities. This time the landscapes also get ornamented with the flowering season, making the trip delightful and a memorable one.

Join us as we take you across the famous Golden Triangle Tour of North India. This 6 day package includes the national capital of India – Delhi, the pink city of Jaipur and Agra, the home of the Taj.

Itinerary: Delhi – Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi

Duration: 5N/6D

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

By: International Flight

Arrive Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel you are booked in. Overnight at hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Day 2: Delhi

Morning tour of Delhi visiting Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ), Also drive past President’s House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings. Overnight at hotel.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar
humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb
India Gate
India Gate

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (260 Kms/5 – 6 Hrs)

Morning drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at hotel. Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan was given a color coat of pink a century ago in honor of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Overnight at hotel.

Hawa Mahal jaipur
Hawa Mahal jaipur

Day 4: Jaipur

After breakfast visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. An elephant ride takes you to the top of the Fort and till main entrance, which houses several graceful buildings. Afternoon – tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds – a five storied structure of pink sandstone, was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal house to watch everyday life. Overnight at hotel.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur
City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Day 5: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (245 Kms/5 – 6 Hrs)

Drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri (Abandoned city) enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. Continue drive to Agra and upon arrival check in at your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri
Birbal Bhawan
Birbal Bhawan

Day 6: Agra – Delhi (204 Kms/4 – 5 Hrs) & Departure Delhi

By: International Flight

Morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Mughul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Afternoon drive to Delhi. Transfer to international airport to board flight for onward journey.

Tour End

Prices

Validity – 01st April to 30 Sept’2018

05 nights/06 Days – Delhi (2) – Jaipur (2) – Agra (1)

 03 Star Hotel Selection

01 Person traveling alone – USD 489/- per person net

02 person sharing room – USD 389/- per person

04 Star Hotel Selection

01 Person traveling alone – USD 549/- per person net

02 person sharing room – USD 419/- per person

05 Star Hotel Selection

01 Person traveling alone – USD 639/- per person net

02 person sharing room – USD 469/- per person

Tigers with Golden Triangle Tour

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

Golden Triangle Tour is the most popular tour in India. Starting from Delhi, Golden Triangle Tour also includes Agra and Jaipur as part of the tour. Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are three cities that capture your imagination and take you into the fascinating, decadent and passionate world of the Mughals and maharajas. This itinerary combines the standard Golden Triangle Tour with visits to the Tiger hotspots of India.

Ranthambore National Park is a vast wildlife reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, northern India. It is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. Its landmarks include the imposing 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, on a hilltop, and the Ganesh Mandir temple. Also in the park, Padam Talao Lake is known for its abundance of water lilies.

Bandhavgarh National Park is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This biodiverse park is known for its large population of royal Bengal tigers, especially in the central Tala zone. Other animals include white tigers, leopards and deer. The mix of tropical forest, Sal trees and grassland is home to scores of bird species, including eagles. To the south are the remains of the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort.

Kanha National Park, also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve, is a vast expanse of grassland and forest in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Tigers, jackals and wild pigs can be spotted in Kanha Meadows. The elevated plateau of Bamhnidadar is home to birds of prey. Animals often gather at the watering holes of Sondar Tank and Babathenga Tank. The park’s flora and fauna are documented in the park’s Kanha Museum.

Itinerary: Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore National Park – Agra – Umaria – Bandhavgarh National Park – Kanha National Park – Nagpur – Delhi

Duration: 13N/14D

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrive at Delhi

On arrival at Delhi international airport, our representative will receive you from the airport arrival lounge, after welcome with garland the representative will assist you till your comfortable check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Day 2: Delhi – Jaipur (259 Kms)

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, check in at pre-booked hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure, or you can visit local market in the evening, overnight stay at hotel.

Jaipur
Jaipur

Day 3: Jaipur

Morning after breakfast we will take you for an excursion to Amber fort, where one can ascend on Elephant back to reach this massive fort. Later in the afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur which includes massive City Palace, Natural Observatory & Palace of Winds. We will also explore the colorful market of Jaipur by the evening. Later transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort
amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur
City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Day 4: Jaipur – Ranthambore National Park

Morning after breakfast drive to Ranthambore National park, on arrival check in at Wildlife Resort. After lunch we will take for afternoon jeep safari into Ranthambore national park. Overnight stay at wildlife resort.

Ranthambore National Park Game Drive
Ranthambore National Park Game Drive

Day 5: Ranthambore National Park

Today will enter twice into the National Park on an open jeep to explore the National Park. Overnight stay at wildlife resort.

Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park

Day 6: Ranthambore National Park – Agra (235 Kms)

Morning after breakfast drive to Agra, Is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world – the “TAJ MAHAL”. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on the marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the afternoon free at leisure overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Agra – Umaria (By overnight Train)

Visit Taj Mahal at dawn. Then transfer to the railway station time to board train for Umaria. Overnight on board.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Day 8: Arrive Umaria – Bandhavgarh National Park (35 km)

Upon arrival at umaria railway station our representative will receive you and will transfer you till your hotel check in, at Bandhavgarh National Park. After fresh-n-up & lunch In the afternoon we will go on a jungle safari to the national park to counter’s with its impressive wildlife. Overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.

Bandhavgarh-National-Park-Spotted-Deer
Bandhavgarh-National-Park-Spotted-Deer

Day 9: Bandhavgarh National Park

We will continue on our scheduled Jeep safari to the National Park for wildlife viewing (for the same we will enter twice to the national park). Overnight stay at resort.

Bandhavgarh-National-Park
Bandhavgarh-National-Park

Day 10: Bandhavgarh National Park – Kanha National Park (250 km)

Today after our morning jeep safari to the national park, we will drive to will drive to Kipling’s country, Kanha National Park. En-Route visit to Fossil Park of Ghuguwa. Fossils belonging to 31 genera of 18 plant families have been identified and these fossils represent life as it occurred in this area some 65 million years ago.

Kanha-National-Park
Kanha National Park

Further continue drive to Kanha. On arrival check into the wildlife resort. After lunch we will explore the nearby area by walk. Overnight stay in Kanha.

Day 11: Kanha National park

Morning & afternoon Jeep safari to the National Park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.

Kanha-National-Park
Kanha National Park

Day 12: Kanha National park

We will continue on our scheduled Jeep safari to the National Park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.

Kanha National park
Kanha National park

Day 13: Kanha National Park – Nagpur (270 km) – Delhi (By flight)

After enjoying a lavish breakfast, we will drive to Nagpur airport. Upon arrival board the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi airport our representative will receive you & transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14: Delhi – Departure

Morning sightseeing tour of Delhi, including Red fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub minar and Lotus temple.

Red Fort Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar
Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple

Later transfer to the International airport on time, to board the flight for onward destination.

Tour End

Indian Classic Tour

Varanasi

Khajuraho

A classical India itinerary in which you will be visiting all the major tourist centers in North and Central India.

Itinerary: Delhi – Varanasi – Khajuraho – Orcha – Jhansi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Udaipur – Mumbai

Duration: 12N/13D

Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north. In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.

Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India, about 175 kilometres southeast of Jhansi. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

Orchha is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh state, India. The town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh some time after 1501, as the seat of an eponymous former princely state of central India, in the Bundelkhand region.

Jhansi is a historic city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It lies in the region of Bundelkhand on the banks of the Pahuj River, in the extreme south of Uttar Pradesh.

Agra is home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal (who died in childbirth in 1631). The imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones. This is set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets.

Fatehpur Sikri is a small city in northern India, just west of Agra, founded by a 16th-century Mughal emperor. Red sandstone buildings cluster at its center. Buland Darwaza gate is the entrance to Jama Masjid mosque. Nearby is the marble Tomb of Salim Chishti. Diwan-E-Khas hall has a carved central pillar. Jodha Bais Palace is a mix of Hindu and Mughal styles, next to the 5-story Panch Mahal that overlooks the site.

Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. At the center of its stately street grid (notable in India) stands the opulent, colonnaded City Palace complex. With gardens, courtyards and museums, part of it is still a royal residence.

Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrive at Delhi

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

You will arrive at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Indus Trips representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Upon arrival proceed for check in at your room.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: DELHI

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for a full day city tour of Old & New Delhi.

You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 – 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m. The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar

Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence.

humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb
India Gate
India Gate

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3:DELHI – VARANASI

BY: FLIGHT

After buffet breakfast in the hotel, today intime our representative would meet you at the hotel lobby and transferred you to the airport to board flight for Varanasi.

Upon arrival in Varanasi, you will be received by our representative and will transfer you from the airport to your hotel for check in.

The antiquity of Varanasi is veiled in immortal times and has been the centre of religion, learning and civilization since ages. It has an endearing universal mystique, which has to be experienced to be understood. The city gets its inherent charm from the location as it’s situated on west side of the Holy Ganges. The principal attraction being the bathing ghats that are always bustling with life at any given time of the day.

Varanasi
Varanasi

There is no Indian attraction like Varanasi. There are no architectural splendors, no exquisitely carved palaces or impregnable forts, and yet the city has an inherent charm. Situated on the west bank from the riverbank ghats to a winding maze of picturesque alleys overlooking tall houses alongside, dotted with temples. It is a fascinating area to wander around.

Sarnath
Sarnath

Afternoon, you will proceed for an excursion to Sarnath, a major Buddhist centre in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha, the ‘Awakened One’, delivered his first sermon here. It was sixth century then, when he also set in motion the wheel of law, the Dharmachakra. This dwelling place of the rishis, it was also known as ‘Rishipatana’ (the place of the Rishis or sages).

Buddha gave his first sermon in the Deer Park where he initiated his first five disciples into Buddhist monkshood. Buddhism found its roots in Sarnath, the birthplace of this way of life.

Varanasi Aarti
Varanasi Aarti

In the evening you would be taken to the Ghats to see the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony – an experience of life. The Ganga Aarti is a spectacular sight. Hundreds throng to the ghats to participate in this ceremony. Offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the river immediately following this ceremony and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: VARANASI

Early morning you will be taken on a visit to the ghats witnessing the Hindu pilgrims perform the rituals and following the centuries old tradition and belief that by dying in Varanasi or by immersing the mortal remains in the holy Ganges, it clears one from the birth circle and you are incarnated to human life in the next birth. You would be taking a boat cruise on the river Ganges around all the ghats and stopping at the important ones.

boat cruise on the river Ganges
boat cruise on the river Ganges

The riverfront, as seen from a boat, early in the morning, is a spiritually uplifting sight. This religious city is crowded with temples, and its labyrinth of streets with their throngs of people is exciting and enticing.

Return to your hotel for buffet breakfast.

Vishwanath Temple Varanasi
Vishwanath Temple Varanasi

Afternoon, you will visit Kashi-Vishwanath Temple, the most sacred of shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, the patron deity of Varanasi. Reconstructed in the 18th century, its gold plating on the ‘shikaras’ was a gift of the one-eyed Sikh king, Maharaja Ranjit Singh; Bharat Mata Mandir, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi is a unique temple dedicated to Mother India. It houses a relief map of India carved out of marble; and some other important temples.

Return to the hotel after the tour.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: VARANASI – KHAJURAHO

BY : FLIGHT

After buffet breakfast in the hotel, today intime our representative would meet you at the hotel lobby and transferred you to the airport to board flight for Khajuraho.

Upon arrival in Khajuraho, you will be received by our representative and will transfer you from the airport to your hotel for check in.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

In the realm of architecture, Khajuraho holds a unique position. The temples here were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. by the Chandela dynasty, who claims descent from the Moon God and a mortal, Hemavati, with whom the god fell in love. Most of the temples of the north were destroyed by invaders, but Khajuraho escaped and stands today as an island of beauty. The Chandelas built 85 temples and some 22 survive today. Architecturally the temples have some unique features. They stand on high platforms and do not have customary enclosures. Each temple has a large number of spires in ascending order representing man’s aspirations towards spiritual goals. They are ornately carved, with each frieze and sculpture depicting the genius of the men who carved it and the king who inspired them. Although famous for erotic depictions, these form only a small part of the wealth of the site. Taken in totality, the sculptures of Khajuraho depict the everyday life of the people and the court in the 10th and 11th centuries. Khajuraho is not something that can be described in words; it has to be experienced.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Afternoon,proceed for the sightseeing tour of Eastern and Western Group of Temples.

The tour of Khajuraho will concentrates on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven. They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty; the majorities were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana. Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition. You visit the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: KHAJURAHO – ORCHA – JHANSI – AGRA

BY : SURFACE / TRAIN

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Jhansi enroute visit Orchha.(190 KMS/8 HRS)

Once the capital of Bundelas, Orchha is now just a village, set amongst a complex of well preserved palace and temples.

Orchha Palace
Orchha Palace

It was founded in the early 16th century by Rajput chieftain, Radra Pratap and remained the capital of powerful Rajput Kingdom from 1583 till 1783. Orcha’s golden age was during the first half of the 17th century when Jehangir visited the city in 1606, a special palace, the Jehangir Mahal, was specially built for him. Later both Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb raided the city.

Orchha today is little more than a village with a population of only a couple of thousands and is definitely worth a visit.

Orchha Fort
Orchha Fort

You will visit the Orchha Fort. The fort is reached by an arched bridge and the three palaces set in an open courtyard within the fort are the first buildings to explore. The tiered Jahangir Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606. The Raj Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar Shah and has bold colorful murals inside. The third palace, is the Rai Praveen Mahal, which is a two storey brick structure set in the gardens of Anand Mahal.

Lakshminarayan Temple Orchha
Lakshminarayan Temple Orchha

Of the many temples within the fort, three are especially worth visiting. The Ram Raja Mandir was originally a palace and became a temple more by accident than design. An image of Ram was installed while the temple, The Chaturbhuj was being built for it. For some reason the image could not be moved from the palace and despite its spires and ornate decoration became a sacred place. Linked to the Ram Raja is the Lakshminarayan temple, the interiors of which have some of the best preserved murals and wall paintings in Orcha.

Proceed for lunch at a restaurant located in the hotel.

After lunch, You will be transferred to the Jhansi Railway Station to board train for Agra.

Upon arrival at Agra, you would be received by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Upon arrival proceed for check in at your hotel.

Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best. The massive but elegant Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar’s deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are each unique and outstanding. Their architectural genius can also be seen in the forts, palaces and aesthetically laid out gardens – each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era.

taj mahal
taj mahal

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: AGRA

Morning, you will proceed for a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Midway Tonga’s “horse carriages” would be waiting for you and will drop you at the gates of the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.

Return to the hotel for buffet breakfast.

In the afternoon, proceed for short city tour of Agra visiting the Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River.

Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR

BY : SURFACE

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Agra to Jaipur (240 KMS / 8 hours)

En-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

After your visit, proceed for lunch at a heritage site. After lunch continue your drive to Jaipur and upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Rajasthan’s kingdoms are an enduring legacy to India’s history. A land endowed with invincible forts, magnificent palaces ad waves of sand dunes and serene lakes. No other region in the country assembles the many paradoxes of India, as does the desert land of Rajasthan. By far it is the most colourful region in India.

Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: JAIPUR

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century.

Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.

Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort

An elephant/jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

Hawa Mahal jaipur
Hawa Mahal jaipur

En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

In the afternoon, you will visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets. Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour of Jaipur City.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: JAIPUR – UDAIPUR

BY : FLIGHT

Early Morning,  our representative would meet you at the hotel lobby and transferred you to the airport to board flight for Udaipur.

Upon arrival in Udaipur, you will be received by our representative and will transfer you from the airport to your hotel for check in.

Rajasthan is romantic with tales of valour and chivalry, and a history that brings to life forts and palaces and court intrigues. But Udaipur is different – an interlude for the diehard romantics. A splash of colour in colourful Rajasthan that’s brighter, tinged with the tones of local legends and lores. Here are lakes that come as a surprise in sandy Rajasthan, and forested hills where wildlife still abounds. And in the lakes or by their edges are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. There are rugged fortresses too — Chittaurgarh and Kumbalgarh, where the history of Udaipur is told as if it were but a page from yesterday. For in Udaipur the past lives and breathes with the present.

Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. As capital of the old Mewar State it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jehan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal.

Afternoon, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Udaipur City, also known as the City of Sunrise

city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur

First on your sightseeing tour you will proceed for a tour of the City Palace, which overlooks the Lake Pichola. The City Palace was built in 1725 of granite and marble with filigreed balconies, ornate windows and craftsmanship in glass. The royal palace walls stretch over a mile on the eastern side of the lake. Within the palace is a maze of courtyards, apartments and decorated halls. The rooms are covered with frescoes, displays of royal processions, stone and glass mosaics and ornamental doors and painted windows.

The marble throne in the coronation rooms was last used during the time Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-30) and nearby is the Sun Window installed by Maharaja Bhim Singh (1778-1828). This is the divine symbol of the house of Mewar, which traces its lineage to the Surya Vansha, descendants of the Sun. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the museums and the hall of public audiences, the private chambers of the royal ladies at the palace and Sahelion-ki-Badi.

Saheliyon ki bari udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur

Later, experience the hustle bustle of the old market at Udaipur. Walk past the spice shops, jewellery shops, utensil shops, jaggery shops, silver market, local meat and food shop. You shall walk through the areas where The Octopussy –James Bond film was shot.

pichola lake udaipur
pichola lake udaipur

Later enjoy a boat ride on lake pichola.

Return to the hotel after the tour.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: UDAIPUR – MUMBAI

BY : FLIGHT

Early Morning, our representative will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Airport to board flight for Mumbai:

Upon arrival at Mumbai, you would be received by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Rudyard Kipling extolled Mumbai as the ‘Mother of cities’. The history of Mumbai or Mumbai as it is now known, is the story of an incredible transformation from its foundation to its present day. The British built it expressly for trade and over the years it changed hands from the fishing village of the Kolis, through the Portuguese conquest, to Catharine of Aragon who took the seven islands of Mumbai as her dowry to Charles II of England. Mumbai was and still is the Gateway to India, commemorated by a monument of that name built to mark the visit of King George and his consort, Mary. Today, Mumbai is India’s premiere commercial and financial city and is ever on the move.

Afternoon, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch begin the city tour of Mumbai. The tour starts from the Gateway of India.

Gateway of India
Gateway of India

Gateway of India is the landmark of Bombay, which, was before the advent of air travel, the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. You will be then driven along Marine Drive, the sea – Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen’s Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U-shaped road light up, the view from south Bombay’s skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen’s Necklace.

Marine Drive Mumbai
Marine Drive Mumbai

Your first stop will be the Jain Temples, built of marble and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara. From the temples you will be driven along Malabar Hill via the Tower of Silence – a round stone construction on which Parsis place their dead to be eaten by the vultures and Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay’s reservoir. From here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive.

From Malabar Hill you will be driven to the Dhobi Ghats a huge open-air laundry, which makes an interesting viewing. Continue to Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Memorial), the house where the Father of the Nation stayed on his early visits to the city. The room, in which Gandhi stayed, preserved as it was, and the scenes of Gandhi’s life in photographs and models are of special interest.

Prince of Wales Museum
Prince of Wales Museum

The last stop before proceeding to the hotel is the Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays)– gothic and Moorish architecture in the striking confluence of styles that came to be known as Indo Saracenic. It boasts of a significant collection of Indus valley artifacts some of them dating back to more than 5000 years. Most impressive are the miniature paintings – nearly 2000 of them – from various stylistic schools of India.

Return to the hotel after the tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: MUMBAI

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to the Gateway of India to board the motor launch, which will take you to the famous Elephanta Caves (closed on Mondays).

Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves

The beautifully sculpted rock-cut temples on Elephant Island are 9 nautical miles from Bombay and are reached by taking a motor launch from Gateway of India. They are believed to have been created between 450 and 750 AD, when the island was known as Gharapuri, the Fortress City. The Portuguese renamed it Elephanta because of a large stone Elephant near the shore. The caves are reached by climbing 100 steps to the top of the hill.

After the tour you will return to the Gateway of India. Rest of the day you are free for independent activities.

Dinner at the hotel.

Late in the evening, our representative will meet you in time at Hotel lobby and transfer you to International airport to board your flight for back home.

Day 13: DEPART: MUMBAI

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

End of Tour

Grand Rajasthan Tour

sam-sand-dunes-jaisalmer
patwon ki haveli jaisalmer
patwon ki haveli jaisalmer

This is a comprehensive 2 weeks Rajasthan travel itinerary in which you will start in Delhi, and then visit all the major places of historical, geographical and cultural interest in Rajasthan. From Delhi you will first fly to Udaipur which is in South Rajasthan, and then we cover all the places moving up north, place by place as we trace our path back to India’s capital, but not before you have savored every colorful delicacy that Rajasthan has to serve. We invite you to explore the Land of Maharajas, which brings alive the royal legacy and vibrancy of India.

Itinerary: Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi

Duration: 14N/15D

MandawaIn the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place reminds one of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era.

Bikaner is surrounded by the Thar Desert. The city is known for the 16th-century Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls. Within the fort, the Prachina Museum displays traditional textiles and royal portraits. Nearby, the Karni Mata Temple is home to many rats considered sacred by Hindu devotees.

Jaisalmer also known as the “Golden City,” it’s distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Behind its massive walls stand the ornate Maharaja’s Palace and intricately carved Jain temples.

Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue.

The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabhanatha. Dharna Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. The temple honors Adinath, the first Tirthankar of the present half-cycle (avasarpiṇī) according to Jain cosmology.

Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.

Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert, in the northeastern Indian state of Rajasthan. It’s set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins.

 

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

You will arrive in the evening at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a JOY representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in at the hotel.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy.

The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Afternoon, you will proceed for combined sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi

You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive pas Red Fort (closed on Mondays & national holidays) – World Heritage Site, one of the most spectacular piece of Mughal Architecture. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms in length with the height varying from 18 mts.

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells.

New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started it in 1199. Pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns erected the attached Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque also built by him. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb

Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: DELHI – MANDAWA

After breakfast, you will be driven from Delhi to Mandawa (280 KMS / 6 Hours), a remote feudal principality in the centre of Shekhawati region, enroute visiting Jhun Jhun.

Upon arrival, proceed to check-in at your hotel.

mandawa fort
mandawa fort

The Rajput ruler of Mandawa built a fort in 1755 to protect this trading outpost that fell in the ancient caravan routes from China and Middle East. The township that grew around the fort attracted a large community of traders, who settled here. When the caravan traffic ceased in the late 18th century, the traders created business empires in other parts of the country, but returned to Mandawa build palatial mansions in their hometown.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: MANDAWA – BIKANER

After buffet breakfast, you will explore this storybook town of Mandawa known for its colourful frescoes on a wide variety of subjects ranging from religious to the erotic; from copies of popular English prints to witty social satire rendered in the inimitable style of local artist. Every home here is adorned with gaily-painted murals that illuminate the arid landscape.

mandawa frescoes
mandawa frescoes

Later you will be driven from Mandawa to Bikaner (170 KMS / 4 Hours).

Bikaner, situated in the northern part of Rajasthan, was founded in 1488 by a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur named Rao Bhikaji. Like Jaisalmer, this town was an important city on the great caravan trade route during the medieval period. The city is surrounded by high fortifications comprising a seven-kilometre long wall which encircles the old city and has five entrances—all constructed in the 18th century.

The city of Bikaner has seen several ups and downs in its eventful history. Its proximity to Delhi made it bear the brunt of Mughal invasions time and again. Legend has it that before embarking on his campaign, Rao Bhikaji sought the blessings of mystic Goddess Karni at Deshnoke. Since then the Karni Mata temple in Deshnoke continued to be patronized by the ruling family. Today hundreds of pilgrims flock the temple everyday to invoke the blessings of the Goddess, who is revered as an incarnation of Goddess Durga.

Bikaner is also called the camel country, being renowned for the best riding camels in the world. It is also the birthplace of the world famous Bikaneri bhujia and namkeen (a salted snack made of lentils). Being a desertscape, the summers are very hot in Bikaner. The best time to visit this place is in winters when the weather remains cool and tolerable.

Bikaner Camel Farms
Bikaner Camel Farms

Upon arrival proceed for check-in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: BIKANER

After breakfast visit Karni Mata Temple.Thirty kilometres south of Bikaner is the village of Deshnoke, where the famous Mata Karni Temple is situated. The 600-year-old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple has huge intricately carved silver gates donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh.

Karni Mata Temple
Karni Mata Temple

The temple plays host to thousands of rats that form the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and worshipped accordingly. You have to be very careful while entering the inner sanctum, because it is believed that if you accidentally step on a rat, a gold replica has to be made to compensate.

junagarh fort
junagarh fort

In the afternoon, you will proceed for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Visit Junagarh Fort, one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors. Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky.

Also visit Camel Breeding farm. Eight kilometres from Bikaner, the government-managed Camel Research and Breeding Farm is only one of its kinds in Asia. The farm carries out breeding and training of camels.

Evening drive to village Raisar, 15 Kms from Bikaner on Jaipur Highway, N.H. 11. you would be leaving for the desert camp with folk musician entertaining them. You would be welcomed in traditional way and dinner would be served with bonfire and folk music. After dinner, back to hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: BIKANER – JAISALMER

After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Bikaner to Jaisalmer (301 KMS / 06.30 Hours).

Jaisalmer, the golden beauty etched in yellow sandstone, standing tall against miles of gleaming sand. Founded in 1156 AD by Maharawal Jaisal, Jaisalmer’s location kept it almost untouched by outside influences and even during the days of the Raj, Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British.

Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel following which remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: JAISALMER

After buffet breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Jaisalmer. Our Fist stop will be the Jaisalmer Fort also known as Sonar Qila (the Golden Fort), the Jaisalmer fort shimmers like a mirage amidst the desolate beauty of the hot barren deserts of Rajasthan. Built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisala and reinforced by subsequent rulers, the fort situated on the Trikuta Hill had been the scene of many battles.

Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort

Standing at a height of 100 meters over the city, the fort houses a citadel within its huge ramparts. The world’s only living fort, about a quarter of city’s population lives within the fort’s walls. Jaisalmer Fort is sheer magic. Built entirely of yellow sandstone; it turns to a magical honey-gold as the sunsets. Several entrances like the Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoota Pol and the Hava Pol guard the Megh Durbar and the Jawahar Mahal. The main attractions inside the fort are the Raj Mahal (Royal palace), the Lakshminath temple and the Jain temples, which built between 12th and 15th centuries, are dedicated to Rikhabdev and Sambhavanth.

The city of Jaisalmer is famous for its intricately latticed Havelis, built by wealthy merchants. These beautiful sandstone buildings are still in very good conditions even today.

patwon ki haveli jaisalmer
patwon ki haveli jaisalmer

Visit the Patwon-Ki-Haveli – one of the most elaborate and magnificent of all Jaisalmer havelis, the Patwon-Ki-Haveli built by Guman Chand Patwa, one of the wealthiest merchant of the time took over fifty years to complete. Five storied high with some exquisite carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers, it is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. The haveli is built of yellow sandstone with a different design on every window and arch. As you enter the haveli through its magnificent arched gateway, you come across its delicately carved yellow-brown frontage with as many as 60 balconies overlooking it. One of the grandest mansions in Jaisalmer, the stone carving far surpasses in beauty the work on brocade and gold.

Salim Singh ki Haveli – believed to have been built about 300 years ago, the Salim Singh ki Haveli was the residence of the powerful Mohta clan – the hereditary ministers of the Jaisalmer rulers. Built in 1815 by Salim Singh, who was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of the princely state, the eight storied haveli boasts of 38 balconies, each with a different design. It also has a beautifully arched roof capped with blue cupolas and carved brackets in the form of peacocks. Located just below a hill, the haveli, it is said once had two additional wooden storey in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja’s palace, but the maharaja had the upper storey torn down. Today, a part of the haveli is still occupied.

Nathmalji ki Haveli is a late 19th century mansion that was built for Diwan Mohata Nathmal, then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. Designed by two Muslim brothers Hathi and Lulu, the left and right wings of the haveli was carved out differently by two brothers. Mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the haveli while the entire façade is embellished with a slew of detailing – horses, elephants, soldiers, flowers and birds. The walls are dominated by beautiful miniature paintings.

sam-sand-dunes-jaisalmer
sam-sand-dunes-jaisalmer

Late afternoon drive to Khuri/Sam Sand Dunes for a camelback ride into the desert to watch the sun set on this golden desert city, emitting a lustrous glow off the desert sand. Camel Safari is one of the unique ways to explore small villages in Rajasthan. Atop this ship of the desert embark on an exciting soft adventure. This safari is across India’s Thar Desert, one of the harshest environments in the world. Board camels to discover the rich desert culture and meet the colourful tribal people. The capital of this exotic region is the golden city of Jaisalmer. Here we’ll explore palaces, local markets, and venture down the narrow alleys to visit with the inhabitants of the intricately carved sandstone buildings.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: JAISALMER – JODHPUR

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (290 KMS / 5.30 Hours).

The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a wall 10km long, which was built about a century after the city was founded. From the fort you can clearly see where the old city ends and the new begins. The old city is fascinating jungle of winding streets of great interest to wander around. Eight gates lead out from the walled city. It’s one of the more interesting cities in India and those baggy-tight horse riding trousers, jodhpurs, took their name from this locale.

mehrangarh-fort-jodhpur
mehrangarh fort jodhpur

The Mehrangarh Fort is sprawled across a 125-meter high hill and is the most impressive and formidable fort in the fort-studded Rajasthan. On the wall adjacent to the Lahapol or “Iron Gate” are 15 handprints, the sati marks of the widows of Maharaja Man Singh who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843. Inside the fort, which is still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, there is a whole series of courtyards and palaces.

Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: JODHPUR – RANAKPUR – UDAIPUR

After breakfast visit the Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family.

Blue City Jodhpur
Blue City Jodhpur

North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thanda is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. The cenotaphs of members of the royal family who have died since Jaswant are close by his memorial; those who preceded him are remembered by chhatris at Mandor. This south-facing spot is also the best place from which to photograph the fort, looming above the sheer rocky Meherangarh plateau.

ranakpur-jain-temple
ranakpur jain temple

Later, you will be driven from Jodhpur to Udaipur (255 KMS / 6.30 hours) en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples, an exceptionally beautiful excursion through the rugged, wooded hills of Rajasthan to the Jain Temples of Ranakpur in the Aravalli Valley, to see one of the best complexes of Jain religion which is particularly noted for the grandiose scale of its architecture and the highly decorated ceilings, walls and 1444 different pillars. The priests of the temples did all the temple designing and their generations are still continuing the work.

Later continue your journey to Udaipur and upon arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Rajasthan is romantic with tales of valour and chivalry, and a history that brings to life forts and palaces and court intrigues. But Udaipur is different – an interlude for the diehard romantics. A splash of colour in colourful Rajasthan that’s brighter, tinged with the tones of local legends and lores. Here are lakes that come as a surprise in sandy Rajasthan, and forested hills where wildlife still abounds. And in the lakes or by their edges are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. There are rugged fortresses too — Chittaurgarh and Kumbalgarh, where the history of Udaipur is told as if it were but a page from yesterday. For in Udaipur the past lives and breathes with the present.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: UDAIPUR

After breakfast you will proceed to visit the vast and exquisite City Palace, a well-fortified, majestic white monument. The main entrance, a triple-arched gate named the Tripolia, was built in 1725 and is a marvel. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is also a fascinating sight.

City Palace udaipur
City Palace udaipur

Afternoon visit the Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.

jagdish temple udaipur
jagdish temple udaipur

Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids-of-Honor, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants. The garden brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens.

Saheliyon ki bari udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur

Later in the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace by common boat, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. You’ll see people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the massive City Palace and the old city.

pichola lake udaipur
pichola lake udaipur

Return to your hotel after sightseeing tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: UDAIPUR – PUSHKAR

After breakfast, you will be driven from Udaipur to Pushkar (285 Kms/06 Hours).

The village of Pushkar lies on the edge of the desert. At its heart is one of India’s most sacred lakes. There are 52 ghats around the lake, and numerous temples. The Brahma temple, especially, attracts pilgrims all year round. Apart from its religious significance, Pushkar is known for its Cattle and Camel fair held every year in the month of Kartik (October/November), which attracts visitors in their thousands. You can also witness and participate in the evening prayer meetings in the temples. Being a religious town, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are taboo.

Pushkar Lake
Pushkar Lake

Afternoon you will explore the city mainly visiting the Pushkar Lake Ghats and the Bramha Temple, which is one of its kind left In India today.

brahma temple pushkar
brahma temple pushkar

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: PUSHKAR- JAIPUR

After a leisurely buffet breakfast, you will proceed from Pushkar to Jaipur (150 Kms / 03 Hours).

Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.

Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur

Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: JAIPUR

After breakfast you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.

Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort

An elephant (alternatively by jeeps) will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

Hawa Mahal jaipur
Hawa Mahal jaipur

En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

Afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.

Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, but he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire’s “Tables”. The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in “Table.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: JAIPUR – AGRA

After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Jaipur to Agra (235 KMS / 6 hours).

The en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

After your visit, continue your drive to Agra and upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best. The massive but elegant Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar’s deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are each unique and outstanding. Their architectural genius can also be seen in the forts, palaces and aesthetically laid out gardens – each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era.

Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Overnight at the hotel

Day 14: AGRA – DELHI

Early morning you will proceed for Sunrise Tour of Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Midway Tonga’s “horse carriages” would be waiting for you and will drop you at the gates of the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.

taj mahal
taj mahal

Also visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Return to your hotel for buffet breakfast.

Post lunch you will check out from the hotel & you will be driven to Delhi (204 KMS / 3 – 4 Hours). Upon arrival in Delhi our representative will meet you and transfer you to local restaurant for having your dinner.

After dinner you will be transferred to International airport to board your flight back home. (NO ACCOMMODATION ENVISAGED FOR THIS DAY)

Day 15: DEPARTURE DELHI

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

Tour  End

Rajasthan Classical Tour

Blue City Jodhpur
Blue City Jodhpur
Blue City Jodhpur

Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are three historic cities that let you explore the fascinating, decadent and passionate world of the Mughals and maharajas. Combined with popular destinations in Rajasthan and northern India, this tour lets you the richness and diversity in every aspect of existence.

Itinerary: Delhi – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Bikaner – Jaipur – Agra – Jhansi – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi

Duration: 11N/12D

Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.

Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue.

Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center and a princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the “Golden City,” it’s distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Behind its massive walls stand the ornate Maharaja’s Palace and intricately carved Jain temples.

Bikaner surrounded by the Thar Desert. The city is known for the 16th-century Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls. Within the fort, the Prachina Museum displays traditional textiles and royal portraits. Nearby, the Karni Mata Temple is home to many rats considered sacred by Hindu devotees.

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India, about 175 kilometres southeast of Jhansi. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

This beautiful tour has everything a romantic at heart could ask for. It is ideal for couples, families and small groups.

Tour Plan

Day 1: ARRIVE DELHI

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

You will arrive in the evening at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in at the hotel.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: DELHI Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will proceed for combined sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.

You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive pas Red Fort (closed on Mondays & national holidays) – World Heritage Site, one of the most spectacular piece of Mughal Architecture. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms in length with the height varying from 18 mts. continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles.

The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started it in 1199. Pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns erected the attached Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque also built by him. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar
humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb
India Gate
India Gate

Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Delhi – UDAIPUR

BY: SURFACE

After breakfast, intime you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board your flight departing for Udaipur.

Upon arrival in Udaipur, you will be received by our representative and will transfer you from the airport to your hotel for check in.

Rajasthan is romantic with tales of valor and chivalry, and a history that brings to life forts and palaces and court intrigues. But Udaipur is different – an interlude for the diehard romantics. A splash of colour in colorful Rajasthan that’s brighter, tinged with the tones of local legends and lores. Here are lakes that come as a surprise in sandy Rajasthan, and forested hills where wildlife still abounds. And in the lakes or by their edges are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. There are rugged fortresses too — Chittaurgarh and Kumbalgarh, where the history of Udaipur is told as if it were but a page from yesterday. For in Udaipur the past lives and breathes with the present.

pichola lake udaipur
pichola lake udaipur

After breakfast you will proceed to visit the vast and exquisite City Palace, a well-fortified, majestic white monument. The main entrance, a triple-arched gate named the Tripolia, was built in 1725 and is a marvel. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is also a fascinating sight.

city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur

Afternoon visit the Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.

jagdish temple udaipur
jagdish temple udaipur

Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids-of-Honor, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants. The garden brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens.

Saheliyon ki bari udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur

Later in the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace by common boat, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. You’ll see people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the massive City Palace and the old city.

Lake Pichola Udaipur
Lake Pichola Udaipur

Return to your hotel after sightseeing tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: JODHPUR- JASALMER

BY: SURFACE

After early breakfast you will proceed to visit the The Mehrangarh Fort is sprawled across a 125-meter high hill and is the most impressive and formidable fort in the fort-studded Rajasthan. On the wall adjacent to the Lahapol or “Iron Gate” are 15 handprints, the sati marks of the widows of Maharaja Man Singh who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843. Inside the fort, which is still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, there is a whole series of courtyards and palaces.

Blue City Jodhpur
Blue City Jodhpur

Later visit the Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family.

mehrangarh-fort-jodhpur
mehrangarh fort jodhpur

North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thanda is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. The cenotaphs of members of the royal family who have died since Jaswant are close by his memorial; those who preceded him are remembered by chhatris at Mandor. This south-facing spot is also the best place from which to photograph the fort, looming above the sheer rocky Meherangarh plateau.

Jaswant Thada Jodhpur
Jaswant Thada Jodhpur

Aftenoon you will be driven Jodhpur to Bikaner (250 KMS/6-7 Hours)

Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: JASALMER -BIKANER

After breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Visit Junagarh Fort, one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors. Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky.

junagarh fort
junagarh fort

Also visit Camel Breeding farm. Eight kilometres from Bikaner, the government-managed Camel Research and Breeding Farm is only one of its kinds in Asia. The farm carries out breeding and training of camels.

Bikaner Camel Farms
Bikaner Camel Farms

Evening drive to village Raisar, 15 Kms from Bikaner on Jaipur Highway, N.H. 11. you would be leaving for the desert camp with folk musician entertaining them. You would be welcomed in traditional way and dinner would be served with bonfire and folk music. After dinner, back to hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: BIKANER – JAIPUR

BY: SURFACE

After breakfast, you will proceed from bikaner to Jaipur (321 Kms / 07-08 Hours), upon arrival check-in at the hotel.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: JAIPUR

Following buffet breakfast you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.

An elephant (alternatively by jeeps) will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort

En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

Afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.

Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, but he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire’s “Tables”. The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in “Table.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: JAIPUR – AGRA

BY: SURFACE

After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Jaipur to Agra (235 KMS / 6 hours) en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

After your visit, continue your drive to Agra and upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

The massive but elegant Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar’s deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are each unique and outstanding. Their architectural genius can also be seen in the forts, palaces and aesthetically laid out gardens – each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era.

Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Rest of the day free or at own

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: AGRA – JHANSI & JHANSI – KHAJURAHO

BY: TRAIN

After breakfast, In time our representative would meet you and transferred you to Agra cantt.railway station to board train for Jhansi.

Upon arrival in Jhansi, you will be driven to sightseeing places of Orcha

Orcha is a town situated near the Banks of Betwa River, which is located in Madhya Pradesh a state of India. It is a city of medieval times comprised of temples and splendid palaces of the past. Orcha has been a very mighty kingdom of Central India founded by Bundela Rajput Rudra Pratap. The palaces still have the glory of the past telling the tales and tastes of the rulers of those times.Orcha is of great interest of Tourists because it reflects ancient history of Kings and Kingdoms, which have vanquished the world over and their descendents are left with just the titles and memories of the past, with the modern civilization having tramped them in all corners of the world.

Orchha Palace
Orchha Palace

You will visit the Orchha Fort. The fort is reached by an arched bridge and the three palaces set in an open courtyard within the fort are the first buildings to explore. The tiered Jahangir Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606.

Orchha Fort
Orchha Fort

The Raj Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar Shah and has bold colorful murals inside. The third palace, is the Rai Praveen Mahal, which is a two storey brick structure set in the gardens of Anand Mahal.

Of the many temples within the fort, three are especially worth visiting. The Ram Raja Mandir was originally a palace and became a temple more by accident than design. An image of Ram was installed while the temple, The Chaturbhuj was being built for it.

For some reason the image could not be moved from the palace and despite its spires and ornate decoration became a sacred place. Linked to the Ram Raja is the Lakshminarayan temple, the interiors of which have some of the best preserved murals and wall paintings in Orcha.

Lakshminarayan Temple Orchha
Lakshminarayan Temple Orchha

After your visit continue your drive to Khajuraho (175 KMS/3 – 4 Hours)

Upon arrival proceed for check in at your hotel.

In the realm of architecture, Khajuraho holds a unique position. The temples here were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. by the Chandela dynasty, who claims descent from the Moon God and a mortal, Hemavati, with whom the god fell in love.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Most of the temples of the north were destroyed by invaders, but Khajuraho escaped and stands today as an island of beauty. The Chandelas built 85 temples and some 22 survive today. Architecturally the temples have some unique features. They stand on high platforms and do not have customary enclosures. Each temple has a large number of spires in ascending order representing man’s aspirations towards spiritual goals. They are ornately carved, with each frieze and sculpture depicting the genius of the men who carved it and the king who inspired them. Although famous for erotic depictions, these form only a small part of the wealth of the site. Taken in totality, the sculptures of Khajuraho depict the everyday life of the people and the court in the 10th and 11th centuries. Khajuraho is not something that can be described in words; it has to be experienced.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: KHAJURAHO – VARANASI

BY: FLIGHT

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Eastern and Western Group of Temples.

The tour of Khajuraho will concentrates on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven. They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty; the majorities were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition. You visit the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.

Intime you will be transferred to Khajuraho airport to board your flight departing for Varanasi.

Upon arrival in Varanasi, you will be received by our representative and will transfer you from the airport to your hotel for check in.

The antiquity of Varanasi is veiled in immortal times and has been the centre of religion, learning and civilization since ages. It has an endearing universal mystique, which has to be experienced to be understood. The city gets its inherent charm from the location as it’s situated on west side of the Holy Ganges.

The principal attraction being the bathing ghats that are always bustling with life at any given time of the day.

Varanasi Aarti
Varanasi Aarti

In the evening you would be taken to the Ghats to see the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony – an experience of life. The Ganga Aarti is a spectacular sight. Hundreds throng to the ghats to participate in this ceremony. Offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the river immediately following this ceremony and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: VARANASI – DELHI

BY: FLIGHT

Early morning you will be taken on a visit to the ghats witnessing the Hindu pilgrims perform the rituals and following the centuries old tradition and belief that by dying in Varanasi or by immersing the mortal remains in the holy Ganges, it clears one from the birth circle and you are incarnated to human life in the next birth.

Varanasi
Varanasi

You would be taking a boat cruise on the river Ganges around all the ghats and stopping at the important ones. The riverfront, as seen from a boat, early in the morning, is a spiritually uplifting sight. This religious city is crowded with temples, and its labyrinth of streets with their throngs of people is exciting and enticing.

Vishwanath Temple Varanasi
Vishwanath Temple Varanasi

Walk around Kashi-Vishwanath Temple, the most sacred of shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, the patron deity of Varanasi. Reconstructed in the 18th century, its gold plating on the ‘shikaras’ was a gift of the one-eyed Sikh king, Maharaja Ranjit Singh; Bharat Mata Mandir, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi is a unique temple dedicated to Mother India.

It houses a relief map of India carved out of marble and some other important temples.

Return to your hotel for buffet breakfast.

In the afternoon, we will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport to board flight for Delhi.

Upon arrival in Goa Airport our representative will meet you and proceed for check-in at the hotel.

Goa, this drop of golden sun on the West coast of India is bestowed upon by innumerable gifts: picturesque landscape, sun drenched beaches, historic monuments, pleasant climate, culinary expertise and above all hospitable people. You can create your own kind of holiday at the Idyllic seaside stretches – sun bathing in quiet secluded spot or choosing the exhilarating thrills of parasailing, speed boating, water skiing, wind surfing and deep-sea diving.

Goa Beach
Goa Beach

Overnight at the hotel

Day 12: DEPARTURE DELHI

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

 

Wildlife and Central India Tour

Bandhavgarh-National-Park

Bandhavgarh-National-Park

Watch the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger and more from close quarters. Explore the formidable forts and beautiful palaces, experience the richness of Indian culture and enjoy the luxurious Indian hospitality. This magnificent tour combines the Golden Triangle circuit of Delhi Agra and Jaipur with a tour of Central India, which is dotted with a number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Duration: 13N/14D

Itinerary: Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Chambal – Gwalior – Katni – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Raipur – Delhi

Ranthambore National Park is a vast wildlife reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, northern India. It is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. Its landmarks include the imposing 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, on a hilltop, and the Ganesh Mandir temple. Also in the park, Padam Talao Lake is known for its abundance of water lilies.

The National Chambal Sanctuary was set up in 1979 as a riverine sanctuary along an approximately 425 km length of the Chambal River and its ravines stretching over 2-6 km wide along the river for the protection of the Critically Endangered gharial, the red-crowned roof turtle and the Endangered Ganges river dolphin.

Gwalior is known for its palaces and temples, including the Sas Bahu Ka Mandir intricately carved Hindu temple. Ancient Gwalior Fort occupies a sandstone plateau overlooking the city and is accessed via a winding road lined with sacred Jain statues. Within the fort’s high walls is the 15th-century Gujari Mahal Palace, now an archaeological museum.

Bandhavgarh National Park is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This biodiverse park is known for its large population of royal Bengal tigers, especially in the central Tala zone. Other animals include white tigers, leopards and deer. The mix of tropical forest, Sal trees and grassland is home to scores of bird species, including eagles. To the south are the remains of the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort.

Kanha National Park, also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve, is a vast expanse of grassland and forest in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Tigers, jackals and wild pigs can be spotted in Kanha Meadows. The elevated plateau of Bamhnidadar is home to birds of prey. Animals often gather at the watering holes of Sondar Tank and Babathenga Tank. The park’s flora and fauna are documented in the park’s Kanha Museum.

Tour Plan:

Day1: ARRIVAL AT DELHI

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

When you land in New Delhi, following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative of ours will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal. The representative will escort you to the hotel you are booked in.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Delhi is the perfect example of modernity blending with tradition. India’s capital, Delhi is a city of mystery, magic and mayhem.India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds- the ancient with the modern. The first impression for any visitor traveling in from the airport is of a spacious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Day2: DELHI

There’s nothing more incredible than starting your day by absorbing yourself in the history and culture of a city which has so much to offer. Once upon a time ruled by the British and the Mughal Dynasty long before that, Delhi can quench your thirst for traveling with its beautiful monuments, mouthwatering dishes and delicious desserts.

After the tour of Old Delhi, our first stop in New Delhi will be Qutub Minar. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1199 and is still standing tall and proud in the heart of the city, being the tallest stone building. The second visit will be to Humayun’s tomb which brings to light the precise and neat Indo-Persian Architecture of the Tomb. A short visit to India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament Building is also included.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar
humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb
India Gate
India Gate

Day3: DELHI –JAIPUR (Surface: 256 kms / 5½ hrs)

Post breakfast, you will start with your 5.5 hours journey from Delhi to Jaipur.

On arriving Jaipur, you will check-in.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

Known for the tales of Rajput valour and chivalry, Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan and is also called the Pink City. Apart from being the most colorful region of India, it also houses palaces and forts of bygone time that behold the royal procession and splendour. These palaces and forts of yesteryear are now living monuments and are quite naturally accepted into the lifestyles of the people here. For the rest of the day, you will be free to stroll through the city on your own.

Day4: JAIPUR

After a filling and heavy breakfast, we will advance towards the Amber Fort overlooking the Moat lake. Built in the 17th century, the fort holds great importance to Indian history. It was the most successful fort of Mughal Emperor Akbarand its remains still spread over Aravalli hills. The fort expresses its rich culture with magnificent paintings, precious stones and inlaid mirrors. Next will be a short detour to the Palace of Winds or commonly known as Hawa Mahal. With its pink sandstone carvings and beautiful doorways, it is refreshing to the eyes.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur
Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort

Taking the tour further, we will glimpse the City Palace. With its embellished gardens and courtyards, the palace brings out the peaceful beauty of the palace.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

The next visit will be to Jantar Mantar.The largest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar was built by Sawai Jai Singh. He was very passionate about astronomy and also highly admired the progress and research in the field of science and technology.

Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Day5: JAIPUR – RANTHAMBORE

In the morning, we will begin the 3 hours journey from Jaipur to Ranthambore, the natural habitat of tigers.

On arriving, you will check-in at the hotel and late in the afternoon, we will move for the game drive into the Ranthambore National Park. Unfortunately due to increase in tourism and population increase in nearby villages and poaching the tiger population has decreased. The Ranthambore National park is not only the home of tigers but a variety of birds as well.

Ranthambore National Park Fort
Ranthambore National Park Fort

In 2005, there were 26 tigers recorded here which was very less as compared to 44 tigers recorded in 1982. But in 2008, 14 tiger cubs were recorded. This increase in the population of tigers was credited to the to the forest officers who made sustained efforts to curb poaching.

Day6: RANTHAMBORE

Who doesn’t love a peaceful drive in the heart of nature away from the noise and pollution with just beauty embedded at every step? Well this is what day 6 has to offer, rides around the national park and absorbing yourself in the peaceful environment.

Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park

Day7: RANTHAMBORE – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA

A fun and frolic journey to Fatehpur Sikri followed by the trip to Agra is what this day has to offer. Both the cities have volumes to tell us about the great Mughal period of our history, Fatehpur Sikri being the capital of Akbar’s Palace. More than 300 years old, these monuments still reflect the aura of the great emperors.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

How one could visit Agra and not pay his/her respects to the greatest monument of all times, The Taj Mahal. With its marble architecture with precious stones and gems, the symmetrical gardens and fountains and the scenic view of the Yamuna River flowing behind it, The Taj Mahal will mesmerize you with its beauty.

taj mahal
taj mahal

All the praises of the Taj Mahal somehow fall short when the beautiful masterpiece is right in front of your eyes. This day is completely devoted to admiring the elegance of the monument built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to express his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years and over 20,000 skilled artists to build this masterpiece which even after hundreds of years expresses the serenity of their love.

Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Later a visit to the Agra fort is something one can’t miss. The Mughal Architecture at its best with royal gateways and perfectly planned rooms and hallways, the Agra fort is a treat to the eyes. This will be followed by a drive to Chambal which would roughly take 2 hours.

Later in the evening, special walks will be arranged after your check in at the Jungle Lodge.

Day8: CHAMBAL

The natural habitat around the lodge and the banks of the Chambal River is refreshing. A river safari will be arranged during the day time with our best guides to delve into the serenity of the place. Our trained naturalists will accompany you so that you don’t miss a single fact about the animals and birds found there.

Boat Ride at Chambal River
Boat Ride at Chambal River
National Chambal Sanctuary
National Chambal Sanctuary

The evening is a time for light activities. One can go out for short walks or camel rides and just relax in the bounty of nature.

Day9: CHAMBAL – GWALIOR – KATNI

Post breakfast you will be driven to Gwalior which is roughly a 3 hour drive. Our main purpose here is to visit the Gwalior fort which was built in the 8th century by the Rajputs. It has also been praised as the ‘noblest specimen of Hindu architecture in North India by Cunningham. Our next visit will be to the Saas Bahu ka Mandir that brings together the unique styles of architecture and the Scandia school which is run by the royal family of Gwalior. A short visit to the royal residence and well as the tomb of Mohammed Ghaus who was a spiritual adviser of Akbar is also included. The tomb is an exceptional piece of early Mughal architecture.

Gwalior Fort
Gwalior Fort
sas bahu temple gwalior
sas bahu temple gwalior

Later you will board an overnight train to Katni from Gwalior.

Departure: 20:25 hrsby: Gondwana Express Train

Arrival: 05:15 (+1) hrs

Day10: KATNI – BANDHAVGARH

After our arrival at Katni railway station, we’ll be visiting the Bandhavgarh National Park.

Located in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is the traditional tiger country. It was here, that Rudyard Kipling got inspiration for his Jungle Book from.

Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park

The jeep Safari will take you around the National Park. It is a compact reserve of tigers, bamboo thickets, grasslands and various other plants and animals. It is the home of 22 species of wildlife and over 250 species of plants. Within the National Park is the Bandhavgarh fort with just the ruins remaining now.

All meals will be served at the hotel.

Day11: BANDHAVGARH

This day is given to relax and explore the serene beauty of the National Park. Safaris will be arranged during early morning and late afternoon.

Bandhavgarh-National-Park-Spotted-Deer
Bandhavgarh-National-Park-Spotted-Deer

Delicious meals will be served at the hotel.

Day12: BANDHAVGARH – KANHA (Surface: 290 kms / 7 hours)

Built in 1974, our next stop is the Kanha Tiger Reserve, a 7 hour drive from Badhavgarh for which we will depart early in the morning.

The sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and the meandering streams stretch over 940 sq. kms. and form the core for the Kanha Tiger Reserve. It was created in 1974 under the Project Tiger. This reserve is the only home to the famous Barasingha.

Kanha National park
Kanha National park

All the meals will be served at the hotel.

Day13: KANHA

So rich in wildlife, Kanha has a lot to offer to wildlife lovers. Spotting the deers along with tigers and many other animals becomes a great activity. Safaris will be arranged during the morning and the afternoon as well.

Kanha-National-Park
Kanha National Park
Kanha-National-Park
Kanha National Park

Meals will be served at the hotels.

Day14: KANHA – RAIPUR – DELHI

Our energy packed trip finally comes to its last day.

After breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred to Raipur Airport which is a 5 hour drive. The flight for New Delhi departs at 18:20 hrs and arrives at 20:10 hrs in Delhi.

Later you will be transferred to your respective international flight by one of our representatives.

Tour End

Kerala Tour

Kettuvallam

A complete travel itinerary of God’s Own Country – Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers. The scenic backwaters of Kerala comprise serene stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons located parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea. The backwater regions of Kerala are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The tranquil backwater cruises are a once in a lifetime experience. This mesmerizing tour of Kerala promises rich experiences and a memorable holiday!

Duration: 7N/8D

Itinerary: Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Allepey – Kovalam – Trivandrum

Tour Plan

Day 1:  COCHIN

On your arrival in Cochin, you will meet our representative who will take you to the hotel.

Kochi or more commonly known as Cochin is a city that has many parts. The prime location of this city on the west coast attracted the seafarers and the merchant ships that made frequent stops to collect spices, coffee and wood Enroute to Europe and West Asia. This made the city play a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in this region.

Kochi chinese fishnets in twilight Kochi, Kerala
Kochi chinese fishnets in twilight Kochi, Kerala

As a result, Cochin has flourished as a busy port city and commercial centre. Its seafront is a naval base and one of India’s busiest ports. Its twin city, Ernakulum, is an important railhead and industrial centre.

Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Mattancherry Dutch Palace

To start with the day’s tour, we will proceed to Mattancherry and visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue in India. It was built in 1568 and was destroyed by the Portuguese but was rebuilt by the Dutch. Our next stop will be the Dutch Palace. It was built in 1555 with special features in coronation hall and murals at Ramayana. From here, we will head to the Chinese Fishing Net. These fishing nets line the entrance to the harbor mouth. Although, these were originally introduced in the 14th century by the Chinese, they are today known by Portuguese names.

Jewish-Synagogue-Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church

Continuing with the city tour, we will next stop at the St. Francis Church. It was named after Santo Antonio and was dedicated to him as the patron saint of Portugal. It is the first church that was built in the new European influenced tradition. In 1524, Vasco De Gama died at the site and was buried there. After 14 years, his body was taken to Portugal and the church was renamed as St. Francis Church in 1663. Also, the original building was made of wood and was rebuilt later with bricks and stones.

Kathakali Dance
Kathakali Dance

In the evening, we will visit a Kathakali Dance centre. Kathakali is the most elaborate dance form of the Southern India. Kathakali is a classical dance form, nearly 300 years old and has brought transnational fame to Kerala. It is a combination of ballet, opera, masque and pantomime. It is a dance form that explicates stories from epics and Puranas. Heralded by the Kelikottu or the beating of drums in the accompaniment of the Chengila (gong), Kathakali is presented in temples after dusk falls.

Here, the day’s tour will end and you will be taken back to the hotel.

You will spend the night at the hotel.

Day 2: COCHIN – MUNNAR

After you have had your morning’s meal at the hotel, we will start the 5 hours journey from Cochin to Munnar.

Once you arrive in Munnar, you can proceed to check-in at the hotel.

Situated in the eastern part of Kerala, Munnar is a picturesque hill station encompassed by tea and coffee plantations. The town is known for its clean, neat and brightly painted ambience and is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams- Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kudala. This hill station is the most sought-after destination in South India due to its cozy weather, beautiful landscapes and the smell of the tea leaves. This was also the reason why British always moved to Munnar when the heat and humidity was on its peak in other parts of Kerala. The hills are covered with blooming flowers and are also house an exotic plant called Neelakurunji that flowers just once in 12 years. It is next scheduled to flower in 2012.

Munnar
Munnar

Day 3: MUNNAR

After breakfast, we will start the sightseeing tour and visit Madupetty Dam, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Athukkad Falls, Tea Museum, Blossom Park and Pothamedu Sunset point.

echo point munnar
echo point munnar

In the afternoon, we will head to the Rajamala National Park. It is precious but little-known and almost half the population of rare Nilgiri Tahrs is present here. It is situated at a distance of 15 kms from Munnar. It is a part of the Eravikulam National Park. Anaimudi, the highest peak in South India is also a part of this national park. This sanctuary is a steep hike up a winding trail and as you trudge up, streaks of clouds float past you. Apart from Tahrs, you can also see elephants, leopards, sambars, langurs, tigers, Malabar civets, barking deer and python.

Rajamala National Park
Rajamala National Park

A wild life safari into the Rajamala National Park is a great opportunity to come close and observe the habits and habitats of the timorous Tahrs. The total population of Nilgiri Tahrs is estimated to be over 1300 and Eravikulam-Rajamala region is the natural habitat to over 1000 of them. The visitors to Rajamala National Park are not allowed to stroll through the entire Eravikulam National Park because it is just a small part of it.

From here, we will head back to the hotel and you will have an overnight stay there.

Day 4: MUNNAR – THEKKADY

Post breakfast, we will proceed for the journey from Munnar to Thekkady.

On arriving in Thekkady, you can check-in at the hotel.

Periyar
Periyar

Thekkady, also known as Periyar, reminds us of elephants, chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. The National Park here has an absolutely thrilling flora and fauna. It is a habitat of a variety of animal species. For nature lovers, the Periyar Lake is a paradise. Here, you get an opportunity to observe the wild animals roaming in the jungle. The greatest attraction of this place is the sight of elephants that come down to play in the lake. Also, the Sanctuary Watch Tower in the interiors of the forest gives you a panoramic view of the entire park.

Sambar, bison, spotted deer, tigers, leopards, Malabar flying squirrels, stripe necked mongoose, etc are some other attractions of this park. There are also over 260 species of birds including Nilgiri Wood pigeons, blue-winged parakeets, white bellied tree pies, laughing thrushes and fly catchers.

You will spend the night at the hotel.

Day 5: THEKKADY

You will have the breakfast at the hotel and then we will proceed to the Periyar National Park to explore it by boat. One of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is situated in the confines of Western Ghats in the south Indian state of Kerala. Herds of elephants, wild pigs and gaurs wander near the Periyar Lake and can be observed from the launches that cruise the lake. Also, leopard, wild dog, barking deer and mouse deer can be seen near the lake.

Periyar-Lake-Boat-Ride
Periyar Lake Boat Ride

From here, we will move to visit the spice plantations.

These fields are really fascinating farms to wander in, for different sections of these farms are dedicated to different spices. Some of the spices you will find here are vanilla, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, bay leaf and sage. And it will not be bizarre to say that you will find the best of fenugreek, white and green pepper, rolls of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, star anise, coriander, cloves and the list is endless.

Spice Plantation Periyar
Spice Plantation Periyar

Continuing the tour, we will also visit Kajirapalli for Spice and Rubber Plantation.

From here, you will be driven back to the hotel and there you will have an overnight stay.

Day 6: THEKKADY – KUMARAKOM

After the breakfast, we will head to Kumarakom.

Kumarakom, also called the “Venice of the East”, is a veritable paradise lying in the lush backwaters of Kottayam in Kerala. The panoramic sights of palm fringed narrow canals through the paddy fields and the neat little hamlets lined up along the sides of these canals are unforgettable. The heartland of lagoons, palm fringed lakes and paddy fields, Kumarakom is interlinked with hundreds of winding canals, with typical slow slung country boats that carry everything from people to fish, rice and coconuts to different places.

Kumarakom
Kumarakom

After reaching Kumarakom, the rest of the day will be at leisure. You can lie in a hammock on the shores of Lake Vembanad which ripples under the vault of an impossibly large sky. Here, Darter birds go about their fishy business and you can relax in peace, but not silence. There is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary next door full of raucous neighbors and as soon as you sway a little, the scenery changes to a timber and tile mansion that seems to belong to this Earth, but to another time.

Kumarakom-Bird-Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

You will spend the night at the hotel.

Once you have breakfast, you will be free for the activities you wish to do.

In the afternoon, you will board the houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala.

These houseboats are also called “Ketuvallam” or the rice boats. The ride in the Vembanad Lake will the most romantic ride you will ever have with a night halt in the middle of the lake. Making an absolute cruiser of the twisting and meandering water streams, the backwaters make the centre of Kerala’s Travel Synopsis. What makes this journey spellbinding is the site of narrow canals crossing the exquisite villages, the lush green paddy fields and the tall coconut grooves.

houseboat-from-Kumarakom-to-Alleppey
houseboat from Kumarakom to Alleppey

You will have lunch and dinner in the houseboat and will spend the night there.

Day 7: ALLEPEY – KOVALAM

BY: ROAD

You will have breakfast in the houseboat and will check out from the boat at the Allepey Jetty. From there, your chauffeur will drive you to Kovalam.

Alleppey Boat Jetty
Alleppey Boat Jetty

When you arrive in Kovalam, you can proceed to check-in at the hotel and for the rest of the day you can take rest.

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach lying about 16 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. Since the 1930s, this beach has been the favorite haunt for tourists, especially Europeans and a visit here leaves you with immense pleasure. Here, you can go for sunbathing, swimming and herbal body toning massages. Also, exceptionally good cultural programmes are organized here.

Kerala Message
Kerala Message

You will have an overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast, you can enjoy the Ayurveda Treatment and yoga at the resort.

Ayurveda Treatment
Ayurveda Treatment

You will spend the night at the hotel.

Day 8: KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM  & DEPART TRIVANDRUM      

After breakfast, you will be taken to Trivandrum. There, our representative will meet you and take you to the airport where you will board your flight back home.

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Kerala Spices and Ayurveda Tour

Famous across the world as God’s own country – Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers. This is a comprehensive Kerala tour that includes a wellness package as well as a visit to all the major tourist spots in Kerala.

Duration: 8N/9D

Itinerary: Mumbai – Cochin – Periyar – Kumarakom – Houseboat – Marari – Cochin – Mumbai

Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial center, it’s India’s largest city. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city’s also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.

Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India’s coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.

Periyar National Park, also known as Periyar Tiger Reserve, is in the mountainous Western Ghats of Kerala, southern India. This wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers and a significant elephant population, as well as rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. In the park’s north, Periyar Lake is popular for boat rides. Farther north, spice plantations surround the town of Kumily.

Kumarakom is a village on Vembanad Lake in the backwaters of Kerala, southern India. It’s laced with canals, where houseboats ply the waters. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to many species including cuckoos and Siberian storks. Nearby, the Bay Island Driftwood Museum displays wooden sculptures. In the lake, Pathiramanal Island is a haven for rare migratory birds. Ancient Thazhathangady Mosque is east of Kumarakom.

Nestled in the Alappuzha District of Kerala, Marari Beach is a perfect location for holidaying with family or friends. This beach in Kerala is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands. The beach is quite beautiful and the name ‘Marari’ arises from ‘Mararikulum’, which is a local village on the Arabian Sea Coast.

 

Tour Plan

Day 1: Abroad / Mumbai

On your arrival at the Mumbai International Airport, you will be received by one of our representative who will further escort you to the Hotel. At the hotel you will be welcomed with the Indian traditions which include Aarti-Tikka and garlands.

mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport
mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport

Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 2: Mumbai

In the morning we will start our day’s tour with an hour’s boat ride across the Mumbai Harbor which will take us to the exuberant green Elephanta Island. There we will see the enormous and complex carved Elephanta caves which is said to be made in the 18th century. Also the marvelous three headed sculpture made by transforming rows of huge columns cut into solid rock from these three magnificent avenues will attract your attention. These three headed sculptures denotes Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer which all are dedicated to Shiva, showcasing the beauty and power and the various manifestations of overpowering Shiva.

Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves

In the afternoon we will start exploring the Mumbai city which is a blend of Victorian Gothic building from the time of British Raj and the contemporary style.

Gateway of India
Gateway of India
hanging gardens of mumbai
hanging gardens of mumbai
Marine Drive Mumbai
Marine Drive Mumbai

The tour will include the following:

  1. ‘Gateway of India’ overlooking the Harbour.
  2. The ‘Towers of Silence’
  3. Marine Drive
  4. The ‘Colaba Causeway’ – the commercial heart of Mumbai
  5. ‘Dhobi Ghat’, the unique and colourful outdoor ‘laundry’
  6. Drive upto the Malabar Hill to the lovely ‘Hanging Gardens’.
  7. The Kamla Nehru Park from where you will get a wonderful view of the city and the Arabian Sea
  8. Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 3: Mumbai – Cochin – Periyar

In the morning we will head to the Airport to catch the flight to Cochin. On arriving cochin you will be received and escorted to the hotel by our representative for lunch.

After Lunch we will drive to Periyar.

After reaching Periyar, you may proceed for check in at the hotel. Later we go visit Thekkady which is one of the largest wildlife reserves in India in Cardamon hills of the Western Ghats which is spread across 777 sq Kms. Rich in flora and fauna this place marks the best getaway situated among the hills.

 wildlife-sanctuary-of-Periyar

wildlife sanctuary of Periyar

Just outside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary you get to see a unique and luxurious Spice Village Resort which is set in a spice garden with around 37 cottages of thatched roofs surrounded by greenery.

Spice Plantation Periyar
Spice Plantation Periyar

Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

Day 4: Periyar – Kumarakom

Periyar-Lake-Boat-Ride
Periyar Lake Boat Ride

Go on a lovely cruise early in the morning on the lake of the popular wildlife sanctuary Periyar. Periyar – is a very important part of the wildlife sanctuary park, a dam on the river Periyar has created the artificial lake where you can see wildlife like wild elephants, Asiatic Deer, Black Buck and even Tiger quenching their thirst. Breakfast will be served when you return to the hotel and post breakfast you can take a walk around the Spice Village and see the various spices grown there with a guide. Later on take a drive through the ghats and see the endless tea plantations & upon reaching the fascinating countryside visit the tea estates on your way to Kumarakom.

Periyar
Periyar

Kumarakom – a backwater village, located on the shores of the Vembanad Lake. A holiday in Coconut Lagoon is a completely different and new experience. Every cottage is reconstructed in compliance with the ancient art of carpentry with every cottage or “tarawad” at least a 100 years old. Unwind at the shores and watch the native row boats in an environment so calm that the sky feels a palm’s length away.

 Vembanad Lake
Vembanad Lake

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5: Kumarakom – Houseboat

A peaceful morning at the Coconut Lagoon will be followed by the cruise on “vanjis” or the traditional country canoes and seeing the locals of the backwater villages hard at work. Next up is the visit to the lovely bird sanctuary. Lunch will be served at the hotel. Post lunch you get to ride the traditional rice boats or “Kettuvallam” through the quaint backwaters and small lakes while enjoying the scenic beauty of Kerala. To get the full experience of the lifestyle of the people living there you’ll be given a one bedroom house with a lounge with meals prepared on board from the grocery bought at the local markets and served hot.

Kettuvallam
Kettuvallam
Houseboat
Houseboat

Overnight stay on board.

Day 6: Houseboat – Marari

Fresh cooked breakfast will be served on board. Proceed to Alleppey & step off at Puthenangady Jetty. When you reach your destination head straight to Mararikulam. Mararikulam – along the coastline of Kerala you will find one of the most quaint and beautiful fishing village. Spend the remaining day doing activities you want to at this lovely beach with an endless line of coconut.

Alleppey Boat Jetty
Alleppey Boat Jetty

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7: Marari

Spend the whole day doing activities you find fun and utilize the facilities of the hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8: Marari – Cochin

COCHIN – one of the first settlements done by the European, Cochin came to be known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Many sailors have been tempted to visit the shores of this city because it’s full of lovely backwaters and ancient charm. On your entry to Cochin the first thing you need to do is check into the hotel tour of Cochin or “Kochi” as it is known locally. For an eternity travelers from all around the globe have been drawn towards the shore of Cochin and left their imprint on the town. The Cochin we see now is a lovely montage of these limitless influences. A few places to visit in Cochin are the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Church of St. Francis, the Bolghatty Palace & the famous Chinese fishing nets.

Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Jewish-Synagogue-Cochin
Jewish Synagogue Cochin
chinese fishnets Kochi
chinese fishnets Kochi

Cochin is blessed with one the best natural harbour and in the afternoon you get visit that. Alluvial soil deposits from the river has created many small island along the east and south side of the backwaters. Evenings will be full of fun and enjoyment as you get to experience the famous dance of ‘Kathakali’ and some make up demonstration. With more than 100 Mudras depicting Heroes, Kings, Heroines based on the famous Indian mythologies Kathakali has a 2000 year old history.

Kathakali Dance
Kathakali Dance

Dinner will be served at the hotel along with the overnight stay there.

Day 9: Cochin – Mumbai

In the Morning you leave for the airport to catch your flight to Mumbai. When you land in Mumbai you will meet with a representative who will transfer you to your hotels where you can relax and freshen up until you have to leave for the international airport for your flight.

mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport
mumbai chhatrapati shivaji international airport

Abroad – Mumbai

You will leave Mumbai and the tour will be commenced.

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