Welcome to Camp Wild Dhauj

Walking & Hiking Luxury Holidays

Our Walking Journeys are grounding, immersive, experiential and soul searching. Come enjoy the crisps and fresh Himalayan air on a journey that takes you to visit monasteries, places and trails less frequented that are off the grid of regular tourist maps along with the ones popular and most visited. Whilst, we will include as many walking journeys in your trip, we will still be needing to use cars to reach far corners and remote locations to be able to take you on walking journeys that could be adventurous, experiential and immersive with beautiful landscapes.

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  1. Garhwal & Kumaon Himalayan Walks With Kumbh Mela - 2021

    10 Days/ 09 Nights

    Under Rs 2,000

    Per person per night

    Kumbh Mela Package 2021

    The youngest, largest and highest chain of mountains in the world, the Himalayas is one of the natural wonders of the earth. Cradled within lush sub-tropical forests of the foothills to the bitterly cold high altitude forests, is the bountiful flora and fauna that is a tribute to the nature lover and photographer of the wild. Our Multi-Activity adventure trip aims to provide an insight into the diversity and grandeur of Kumaon. The trip takes you through mysterious thick forests, deep valleys, snow-clad peaks, and the rugged, barren trails that offer a lingering thrill to the adventure seeker. This is enhanced by the cultural enigma of the land. From the lower altitude wilderness, where every flower truly enjoys the air that it breathes to the rough rocky terrain where the land formations set the hills on fire in their rich variant hues. From the first day of the rising sun to evening's deepest glow, the landscape unravels the untaught harmony of the primitive wild. The springtide blossoms, the whistling airborne species, the mysterious wild and the picturesque valleys come together to offer a romance hitherto unseen, unheard or untold.

    Kumbh Mela Festival 2021

    Haridwar Kumbh Mela -
    Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering in the world, is held every 12 years in rotation at the four holy places of Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik. The 2021 Maha Kumbh Mela will be held at Haridwar. It will witness the coming together of millions of pilgrims, accompanied by sadhus and different akharas, to take a dip in the holy River Ganges. The bathing dates for this mega event have already been announced and they are mentioned below.

    Rituals of Kumbh
    Although taking the dip in the sacred waters on all days of Kumbh beginning from Makar Sankranti is considered holy, yet there are some specific auspicious bathing dates. There are magnificent processions of saints and their disciples, members of various Akharas take part in the ritual of Shahi Snan at the start of Kumbh.

    Mythological Significance
    The origin of Kumbh Mela was transcribed by the 8th-century philosopher Shankara. The founding myth of the Kumbh Mela points out to the Puranas (compilation of ancient legends). It recounts how Gods and demons fought over the sacred pitcher (Kumbh) of Amrit (nectar of immortality) called the Ratna of Samudra Manthan.

     

    PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENTIAL TOUR

    (NANITAL, BINSAR, CORBETT, HARIDWAR & RISHIKESH )INDIA

     

    BEST SEASON - January to May

    NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 10 Days/ 09 Nights

     

     

    PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

    * Wildlife Safaris

    * British Era Remenences

    * Ancient Heritage Temples

    * Birding and Nature Walks

    * White Water Rafting

    * Walks & Hikes

    * Spiritual Experience

    * Maha Kumbh Mela 2021

    Haridwar Kumbh Mela Auspicious Bathing 2021 Dates

    January 14, 2021 (Thursday)
    Makar Sankranti Snan
    February 11, 2021 (Thursday) Mauni Amavasya and Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)
    February 16, 2021 (Tuesday) Basant Panchmi Snan
    February 27, 2021 (Saturday) Magh Purnima Snan
    March 11, 2021 (Thursday)  Maha Shivratri Pratham Shahi Snan - (Royal Bath) 
    March 28, 2021 (Sunday) Falgun Purnima Snan
    April 12, 2021 (Monday)  Somavati Amavasya Royal Bath
    April 13,2021 (Tuesday)  Nav Samvatsar Snan
    April 14, 2021 (Wednesday) Baisakhi  Pramukh Shahi Sanan (Main Royal Bath)
    April 21, 2021 (Wednesday)  Rama Navami  Snan
    April 27, 2021 (Tuesday)  Chaitra Purnima/Vasishnav Akhara Snan 
    May 26, 2021 (Wednesday) Vaishakh Adimasaha Purnima Snan

     

     

     

     

    Day

    Itinerary

    Distance

    01

     Delhi - Corbett National Park 

     (300Kms/ 7Hrs) 

    02

     Morning Jeep Safari / Drive to Binsar 

     (150Kms/ 5 Hrs)

    03

    Treks in the Binsar valley

    04

    Drive to Nainital Lake

     (10Kms/ 3 Hrs)

    05

    Hikes in & around Nainital

     (6Kms/ 2 Hors)

    06

    Hikes in & around Nainital

     (8Kms/ 3 Hrs)

    07

     Drive Nainital – Haridwar

     (230Kms/ 7 Hrs)

    08

     Haridwar Old City Walking Tour &  Kumbh Mela Experience

    09

    AM - Visit the Yoga Capital / Rishikesh Town / PM - Kumbh Mela   Experience

    10

    Early Morning Departure to Delhi

     




    Day 1: Delhi - Corbett National Park (300Kms/ 7Hrs)

    Drive to Corbett National Park. The park is named after the famous British hunter Jim Corbett and established in 1935 along the banks of the Ramganga River. It has dense Sal forests spread throughout and also has sub-Himalayan ranges at its background. Corbett National Park is famous for Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Spotted deer, Porcupine, Monitor Lizard, etc.

    Check into the hotel. After lunch, we leave for Jungle Jeep safari right inside the Heart of Reserve Forest Core Zones and have a view of flora and fauna and if You are Lucky, then the great Tiger. Return back to the hotel with great experience in the national park. In the evening, enjoy beach volleyball on the banks of the river.

    Overnight stay at Hotel.

     (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

     

    Day 2: Morning Jeep Safari / Drive to Binsar (150Kms/ 5 Hrs)

    Before Breakfast, we go for a game drive in the National Park

    Post breakfast drive to Binsar (5hrs drive).

    Arrive at the hotel and check-in at the Himalayan lodge

    After lunch, we visit an NGO. It is a cooperative of village women who use their traditional skills to produce beautiful products from high-quality raw materials. These creations are versatile and range from imaginative and high-quality shawls and pareos to unusual accessories and luxurious covers and textiles. The products range from Carpet, Pashmina works & woolen products), also one section of handicraft work of jute (like – bags other things).

    We go for a hike to a famous local Temple. It is a highly worshiped temple of the Kumaon Region. Devotees throng from all over India here. After crossing some beautiful Pine Forests and huge mountains, comes this beautiful temple. People hand their griefs and sorrows in the form of letters here. And when their wishes are fulfilled they come back again and hang a bell here as a ritual. One must visit this temple once in a lifetime.

    Return back to the Himalayan lodge/ Hotel

    Dinner and overnight stay at the Himalayan Lodge

     (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

     

    Day 3: Trek to Ancient Temples

    After Breakfast, we leave for a day-long trek to ancient temples

    Drive back to Binsar in the evening

    Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

    The ancient temples - one moves into the beautiful valley and passes by innumerable Deodar trees. Two large fairs are held at the temple - one at the occasion of Shivratri and the other in the month of Shravan (July-Aug). During the fair, people take holy dips in the Brahma Kund (pool) and worship Lord Shiva. On this day, fairs are also held in many other places.

     (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

     

     

    Day 4: Drive Binsar – Nainital Lake (100Kms/ 3 Hrs)/ Evening Hike in & around Nainital 

    Enjoy a spectacular view of the Himalayan range over morning tea. Post easy breakfast drive to Nainital.

    Arrive by noon and check into the hotel

    We walk down to explore Nainital.

    In the evening we go for a walk through the dense and serene forest.

    Drive back to the hotel

    Dinner & O/N stay at hotel

     (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)


     

     

    Day 5: Hike in & Around Nainital

    Witness snow-covered mountain tops emerging from clouds, offering different shades of sunlight and a mirror-like glare from far away. The views today offer an exceptional and bewitching view of the snow-covered Nanda Devi peak, Nanda Kot peak, and the Trishul peak.

    The picturesque landscape that this area exhibit is beyond words. We start a hike located 5 km away featuring ruins & a small waterfall. It is one of the Oldest, Ancient and Unseen places in Nainital If you seek Nature, Peace, History, and Solitude.

    After spending some time at leisure on the mall road, we drive back to the hotel

    Dinner & overnight at the hotel

    (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

     

     

    Day 6: Hike in & Around Nainital (8Kms/ 3 Hrs)

    Nainital is one of the famous tourist destinations of Nainital. The aerial view is obviously beautiful with a mighty 360-degree view of the Himalayas on one side, eagle view of Nainital Lake on the other side, and Khurpatal Kaladungi region view on the other side. From this quiet place, mountains of the Tibet border can also be seen. The view invites a lot of trekkers for its high altitude and forests of rhododendrons, cypresses, and soaring deodar that add to the thrill of the trek. The trek offers great exposure to the Kumaon flora and fauna. The trek on one side, trails along the Jim Corbett National park, and the other side give you a splendid view of the beauty Nainital is. The trek is a paradise for trekkers as it throws at you a mix of the trials which is uphill, steep, and beautiful. The forest becomes denser as you move uphill. The 6 km climb can be completed within a span of 1-2 hours. The peak offers fresh air and scenery which feels to be from a different world. With Himalayan ranges on one side, Nainital city and lake on other and picture-perfect greenery all around, the trek is highly rewarding.

    Return back to the hotel for a quiet evening after a great walk. Dinner & Overnight in the hotel 

    (Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 7: Drive Nainital – Haridwar (230Kms/ 7 Hrs)

    Early morning post breakfast, we drive to Haridwar

    Check into the Hotel

    In the evening, we go to experience Aarti at Har Ki Paudi Ghat - Haridwar is famous for Har ki Pauri and it's Ganga Aarti. Ganga aarti means worship of Ganga. Lots of people visit this place for Ganga aarti every day at 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm (Daily). The priests hold large fire bowls in their hands, the bells in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants of mantras flowing out in the air. People float diyas, with flowers on Ganga. The shadow reflects on the river and lighting ideas on flowing Ganga look so beautiful that cannot be expressed in words. It is a very fascinating experience to participate in the Ganga Aarati performed in the evening at Har Ki Pauri. This place is famous for its Ganga Aarti at dusk among tourists as well as devotees.

    Check into Hotel & Overnight in Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

     

     

    Day 08: Haridwar Old City Walking Tour &  Kumbh Mela Experience

    8:00 am - Post early breakfast, we experience a private spiritual ceremony for well being of all guests at the Ganga ghat with the priest

    9:00 am- 3 Hours heritage walk of the old Haridwar Town. Witness Asthi Visarjan- body ashes submersion in the holy River Ganga

    1:00 pm - Post lunch, drive to the Kumbh Mela site - Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela (/ˌkʊmb ˈmeɪlə/) is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism. It is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites: the Allahabad (Ganges-Yamuna Sarasvati rivers confluence), Haridwar (Ganges), Nashik (Godavari), and Ujjain (Shipra).

    2:00 pm - Experience Kumbh–Ganga Snan/ Bath in the River Ganges. Attend Hawan (Yajnas) / Mela Gatherings/ Rituals at the ghat

    Overnight in Hotel

     Meals: Breakfast Only

     

     

     

    Day 9: AM - Visit the Yoga Capital / Rishikesh Town / PM - Kumbh Mela Experience

    8:00 am - Post early breakfast, drive to Rishikesh town

    9:00 am Enjoy white water rafting

    11:00 am- 3 Hours heritage walk of the ancient Rishikesh Town. Visit Beatles Ashram, Laxman Jhula bridge- Discover the holy and religious places of Rishikesh in this journey. Visit Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Shivanand Ashram, Paramarth Niketan Temple, Swarg Ashram, Sapta Rishi Ashram, and many other religious shrines. Learn about Hinduism and religious practices practiced here. First, visit this Lakshman Jhula - see the popular hanging bridge across the holy Ganges River. It is 450 feet long and is built at an altitude of 70 feet from the river and is 3 km from the city of Rishikesh. After this, you will see Ram Jhoola - an iron suspension bridge over the Ganges River. Although it is designed for pedestrians, you will find many people riding their bicycles on it. Taste the various flavors of the city. After lunch, Shivanand Ashram, Paramnath Niketan Temple, Swarg Ashram, Ma Anandamayi Ashram, Sapta Rishi Ashram, The Beatles Ashram.
    2:00 pm - Post lunch, drive to the Kumbh Mela site

    3:30 pm - Experience Kumbh–Akharas/ Attend Hawan (Yajnas) / Mela Gatherings/ Rituals at the ghat

    Drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 10: Early Morning Departure to Delhi

     

    * We would be delighted to share with you the detailed itinerary which is certainly more exciting. Do write to us/ fill in the query form so that we may send you the program in specifics 

     

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  3. Delightful Himalayan Walks of Himachal Pradesh

    16 Days/ 15 Nights

    Under Rs 2,000

    Per person per night

    Himachal Tour Package Overview

    The hill state of Himachal Pradesh, sandwiched between Punjab and Tibet, encompasses the verdant Himalayan foothills, with orchards, forests, deep gorges, and roaring rivers. A sojourn that epitomizes and showcases the spiritual side of three distinguished cultures and religions, this journey takes you through the holy city of Amritsar, the headquarters of Tibetans in Dharamshala and the beautiful landscapes of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

     

    Delightful Himalayan Walks of Himachal Pradesh

    Amritsar, Dharamshala, Manali & Shimla 

    BEST SEASON - September to June

    NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 16 Days/ 15 Nights



    HIGHLIGHTS OF DELHI

    * Visit  Sikh Temple- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
    * Walking tour of Janpath & Connaught place
    * Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride Tour- Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Spice Market
    * Visit  Dilli Haat

     

    HIGHLIGHTS OF AMRITSAR

    * Visit Golden Temple
    * Village walk tour of Amritsar
    * Enjoy Wagah Border Ceremony

     

    HIGHLIGHTS OF DHARAMSHALA

    * H.H. Dalai Lama Temple, Tibetan Museum. 
    * Kora Walk, Astrology & Medical Center  
    * Kalachakra Temple,  Shopping in the local Tibetan market
    * Norbulingka institute & Visit the Doll museum
    * Kangra Fort

     

    HIGHLIGHTS OF MANALI

    * Breathtaking scenery of snow-capped peaks, pine forests and fruit orchards
    * Vashisht hot springs
    * Sacred Jogini waterfall.
    * High altitude drive– offering views of the sweeping valley and snow-capped mountain views.
    * Naggar Castle and Roerich Gallery housing paintings by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS OF SHIMLA

    * Heritage walk of Shimla covering Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens, Himalayan Aviary; the Himalayan Bird Park, Institute Of Advanced Studies
    * The Mall, the main shopping center of Shimla, the Christ Church & St. Michael's Cathedral was built in 1846-1857 the second oldest church of Northern India, Himachal * State Museum & Library located 2.5-km west of the scandal point 

     

    DAY

    SKETCH ITINERARY

    MEALS

    01

    Arrival at Delhi airport/rooms blocked for immediate occupancy

    -

    02

    New Delhi city tour: Sikh temple/ Walking tour of Connaught Place

    Breakfast, Langer(Lunch) at Gurudwara & Dinner

    03

    Delhi – Amritsar by train (6 Hrs, 450 km)

    Breakfast in the train, Lunch & Dinner

    04

    Early morning visit of Golden Temple/ In the evening Indo Pak border ceremony/ light & sound show

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    05

    Amritsar-Dharamshala (275Kms / 7hrs driving time)

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    06

    Treks in Dharamshala

    Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

    07

    Walks & drive-in & around Dharamshala

     Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    08

    Drive to Manali via Baijnath (250kms/ 7 hrs)

    Breakfast, Lunch in restaurant, Dinner

    09

    Treks in Manali 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    10

    Treks in Manali

     Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant &  Dinner

    11

     Drive to Shimla (250kms/ 7hrs)

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    12

    Heritage Walk in Shimla (6 Hrs)

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    13

    Mountain landscape walk around Shimla

     Breakfast,  Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    14

    Toy Train to Kandaghat (2 Hrs)/ Train to Delhi (3.5 Hrs)

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner in the train

    15

    Old Delhi walking tour (2-3 Hrs) & rickshaw ride / historical gardens walking tour

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    16

    Departure/ Transfer to Airport

    Breakfast



    DETAILED ITINERARY (15 NIGHTS/ 16 DAYS)



    DAY1: ARRIVAL AT DELHI AIRPORT/ROOMS BLOCKED FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY

    Welcome to Amritsar -! The city of the Golden temple by morning train from Delhi

    Dinner in the hotel

    Overnight stay at Amritsar

     

    No Meals




    Day 02 NEW DELHI CITY TOUR / SIKH TEMPLE/WALKING TOUR OF CONNAUGHT PLACE

    Today we visit New Delhi including seeing Bangla Sahib, Humayun’s tomb, Parliament House, India Gate.

    Walk to visit a Sikh temple – Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

    Visit Humayun’s Tomb

    Drive through the Lutyens City

    Walking tour in Connaught place's inner circle 

    Welcome dinner

    Transfer to hotel

    Overnight at Hotel 

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Langer(Lunch) at Gurudwara & Dinner

     



    DAY 03: DELHI – AMRITSAR BY TRAIN

    Welcome to Amritsar -! The city of the Golden temple by morning train from Delhi

    Dinner in the hotel

    Overnight stay at Amritsar

     

     
                                                                                                                                                                                            Meals: Breakfast in train, Lunch & Dinner



     

    DAY 4: VISIT OF GOLDEN TEMPLE/INDO PAK BORDER CEREMONY

    Visit Hari Mandir Sahib. Pay respects at Akal Takht Sahib, the oldest of the five Takhts. 
    Visit the very interesting Sikh Museum hosting old and ancient weapons of the Gurus.

    The golden temple which is also known as Harmandir Sahib located in Amritsar, Punjab, is considered the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion. Sikhs from all over the world visit the golden temple. Golden temple construction began in the year 1574 on land donated by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The temple is surrounded by a lake called Sarovar that is assumed to have water (holy water) inside it to take away the sins of people. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion founded in the fifteenth century in Punjab on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and ten successive Sikh Gurus. It is one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. The principal beliefs of Sikhism are faith and justice, in “Waheguru”, the almighty.  Sikhism advocates the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the name and message of God. Adherents of Sikhism are known as Sikhs and number over 26 million across the world.

    In the evening, visit the Wagah border. Indo-Pak Wagah border ceremony. The lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah border near Hussainiwala National Martyrs Memorial is a daily military practice that the security forces of India and Pakistan have jointly followed since 1959.

    Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at Amritsar

     

     



    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner




    DAY 05: DRIVE FROM AMRITSAR- DHARAMSHALA (275Kms / 7hrs driving time) 

    Enroute visit the Masrur 8th Century old monolithic temples cut out of one single sandstone rock decorated with sculptural ornamentation 

    The drive to visit the Kangra Fort 

    Overnight at Hotel in Dharamshala


    MASRUR ROCK TEMPLE: 40 km south of Dharamsala in Kangra valley are one of the only such type of Temple in the Himalayas. This 7th of 8th Century old monolithic temples have been cut out of one single sandstone rock and are decorated with sculptural ornamentation and seem to have been built in the same manner as the great temples of Kailash at Ellora in Maharashtra.


    KANGRA FORT: The Kangra Fort was built by the royal Rajput family of Kangra State (the Katoch dynasty), which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the Mahabharata epic. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India. The fort of Kangra resisted Akbar's siege in 1615. However, Akbar's son Jahangir successfully subdued the fort in 1620.  Kangra was at the time ruled by Raja Hari Chand Katoch of Kangra (also known as Raja Hari Chand Mughal Emperor Jahangir with the help of Suraj Mal garrisoned with his troops.

     

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

     



    DAY 06 FULL DAY TREK IN DHARAMSHALA (DHAULADHAR HIMALAYAS)

    Dharamshala (McLeod Ganj) is the home of Exiled Tibetan Spiritual leader and head His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  After the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, His Holiness Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet to India and since then He decided to make Dharamsala his home in Exile. His Holiness lives here with thousands of Tibetan refugees who escaped into India. Experience Tibetan monasteries, health alternative Tibetan medicine practitioners, enjoy the Tibetan flavors of McLeod Ganj in Dharamsala, refugees welfare associations selling Tibetan duvet covers, singing bowls, Buddhist Incense Sticks, Tibetan Prayer Beads & Wheel, etc amidst the throbbing flea market selling local Tibetan food, wine, and steamed momos!

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    DAY 07: WALKS & DRIVE-IN & AROUND DHARAMSHALA

    True Tibetan experience today as we explore the Upper Town of Dharamshala, McLeod Ganj, where the residence of the Dalai Lama is located. We'll see the Dalai Lama residence

    Experience the Kora holy walk (1 Hr) just outside the temple set in pristine wilderness, where you will see Buddhist monks and nuns chanting holy hymns. The entire route has small chortens and rocks painted with Tibetan scripts. 

    We'll see Tse Chokling Monastery, St John in the Wilderness Church, a village school, Tibetan Medical Centre, and Norbulingka Institute (a learning center for traditional Tibetan art and craft). 

    Lunch at Norbulingka 

    Drive back to Mcleodganj and enjoy a relaxed evening shopping and walking

    Drive back to the hotel for Dinner 

    Overnight at hotel

     

      

     

    DAY 08: DHARAMSHALA TO MANALI VIA BAIJNATH (250KMS/ 7 HRS)

    We travel deeper into the Himalayan foothills today to Manali, located at the head of the Kullu Valley. The drive takes us through the breathtaking scenery of snow-capped peaks, pine forests, and fruit orchards. We’ll make refreshment stops en route and also stop for a restaurant lunch. We stay in Manali for 4 nights. Enroute visit Baijnath temple in Palampur

     

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant &  Dinner

    BAIJNATH is a town in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 50 kilometers from Dharamshala which is the district headquarters. The very famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva (Baijnath) is situated here giving the town its name Baijnath is famous for its 13th-century temple dedicated to Shiva as Vaidyanath, ‘the Lord of physicians’. Originally known as Kiragrama, the village lies on the Pathankot-Mandi highway (National Highway No. 20) almost midway between Kangra and Mandi. The present name Baijnath became popular after the name of the temple. The village is located on the left bank of the river Binwa, a corrupt form of ancient Binduka, a tributary of river Beas.

     

    Manali - With mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet. Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. Manali, at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, is a hill station situated at a height of 2050m (6398 ft) in the Himalayas. Situated on the Beas river (Vyaas in Hindi) and near its source, it is a popular tourist spot for Indians in summer and a magical, snow-covered place in winter. A staging point for a number of treks and sports such as white-water rafting, Manali is also on the road to Ladakh via the valley of Lahaul and Spiti and the Rohtang Pass which is the main attraction near Manali

     




     

    DAY 9: TREKS IN & AROUND MANALI

    Drive back to the hotel

    Dinner at hotel

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner



     

    DAY 10 TREKS IN & AROUND MANALI

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner in the train


     

     DAY 11: DRIVE MANALI TO SHIMLA (250KMS/ 7HRS)

    Our journey today takes us to the hill station of Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Refreshment stops will be made en route, including lunch at a local restaurant. We stay in Shimla for 3 nights.

     

    Shimla (also spelled as 'Simla') derives its name from goddess 'Shayamla Devi', which is another manifestation of Goddess Kali. The capital of Himachal Pradesh came into light when the British discovered it in 1819. Till then, it was a part of the Nepalese kingdom. In 1864 Shimla was declared as the summer capital of India. After Independence, Shimla became the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh. In 1903 a rail line was constructed between Kalka and Shimla.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    DAY 12: HERITAGE WALK IN SHIMLA (6 HRS)

    The best way to explore this lovely hill town is on foot. Walkthrough the Lanes & Trails of this British Himalayan Town and know about the stories of the bygone era. The British built this town and left legacies. If you can manage to have an Ariel view of Shimla you will notice that the town is a museum of architecture. Victorian, post-Victorian, gothic, Georgian, Tudor, Moc-Tudor, Bavarian, neo, Lyutens, and modern all examples are there in one place. The entire length of this walk comes under Shimla’s Heritage Zone. Christ Church is the most prominent landmark of Shimla and from here the walk extends West towards the Viceregal Lodge. 

     

    Highlights of the Walk: The most imposing and attractive structures which include castles, temples, heritage hotels, banks, and government offices are the highlights of this walk. They are some of the best examples of British Architecture of the era and reveal the history and various interesting stories of the glorious past. They will compel you to glance at them from every angle. A brief description of some of them is given here. In general: we assemble at the Christ Church at the Ridge at 10 a.m. and begin our walking tour. 

    Starting Time: 10a.m

    Finish: 4p.m.

    Drive back to the hotel

    Dinner at hotel

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner



    DAY 13: HIKE IN & AROUND SHIMLA

    Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner




    DAY 14: TOY TRAIN EXPERIENCE IN SHIMLA/ TRAIN TO DELHI

    Our Toy Train journey today offers some spectacular views of the valleys as it twists its way down gradually from Shimla to Khandaghat (approx. 2 hours). 

    The Kalka–Shimla Railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge railway in North India which traverses a mostly-mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. It is known for dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages. The railway was built under the direction of Herbert Septimus Harington between 1898 and 1903 to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India during the British Raj, with the rest of the Indian rail system.

    We'll then take a short drive to Barog, where we'll have lunch before boarding our train to Delhi at Kalka (journey to Delhi approx 3.5 hours). 

    Dinner in train

    Arrive at Delhi. Check into the hotel

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner in the train



    DAY 15:OLD DELHI WALKING & RICKSHAW RIDE / HISTORICAL GARDENS WALKING TOUR 

    Drive to old Delhi for Rickshaw Tour and a walking tour

    “Rickshaw Ride” On our sightseeing Rickshaw tour of Old Delhi your senses will come alive as you will encounter the many captivating sights and sounds this amazing city has to offer. Rickshaw tour will make you familiar with the real roots of the place and give you a true taste of the city and make you sink in the frenzy of its colors, vivacity, and irresistible charm.

    During your rickshaw ride you will get to ride around:

     

    JAMA MASJID: Jama Masjid is the last work of Emperor Shah Jahan. Its construction began in 1650 and was completed within six years. You can relive the Mughal or Mogul history of Delhi passing through the splendid corridors of this ancient mosque. The Jama Masjid stands across the road in front of the Red Fort.

     

    CHANDNI CHOWK: Chandni Chowk or "Silver Square" is the most famous and historic street of Delhi, built around 300 years ago when the walled city of Shahjahanabad was established in the 17th century. Don't let the word "old" mislead you. The energy of the vibrant streets of Chandni Chowk is simply irresistible. This part of Delhi includes street food, vibrant bazaars where you can shop for some ancient artifacts and Jewellery.

     

    SPICE MARKET/KHARI BAOLI: Khari Baoli is a street in Delhi, India known for its wholesale grocery and Asia's largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food products like rice and tea. Operating since the 17th century, the market is situated near the historic Delhi Red Fort, on the Khari Baoli Road adjacent to Fatehpuri Masjid at the western end of the Chandni Chowk, and over the years has remained a tourist attraction, especially those in the heritage circuit of Old Delhi

     

    Walking tour of Old Delhi - We'll take you to the houses and alleys of old Delhi, it's one of the kind walks with locals of old Delhi so you'll get an opportunity to explore old Delhi like never before. Entering the narrow street of Old Delhi it seems we have gone back in time. It is an overwhelming experience. One negotiates people constantly brushing past, three-wheeler cycle rickshaws appearing from nowhere, hawkers, etc. Each time-worn house, structure, exquisitely carved Persian doors and windows of the Mughal era that waylays, has a story to tell. TIME: 8:30 am DURATION: 2-3 hours

    Lunch at the restaurant

    Lodhi Gardens is a city park situated in New Delhi, India. Spread over 90 acres (360,000 m2) it contains historical tombs of Mohammed Shah's, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodis - who ruled parts of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern-day Pakistan, from 1451 to 1526. The site is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. Lodi Gardens is popular for exercise and walking enthusiasts. The gardens are situated near Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb on Lodhi Road and are a hot spot for morning walks for the Delhites.

    Drive to explore Dilli Haat - an open-air food plaza and craft bazaar located in Delhi. Extensive foundation work, small thatched-roof cottages, and kiosks give the plaza a village atmosphere. Products offered may include rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, sophisticated fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk and wool fabrics. A number of shows promoting handicrafts and handlooms are held at the exhibition hall in the complex. The crafts market is a cavalcade of color, selling regional handicrafts. There are some gorgeous bits and pieces on offer; bargain hard. It’s also a good place to sample cheap, delicious regional specialties, with lots of food stands. Try out the famous henna tattoo in the haat.

    Drive back to hotel, wash & change

    Dinner at the hotel.

     


    Day 16 Departure

    Depart 
    Transfer to the airport for connecting flight back home

     

    * We would be delighted to share with you the detailed itinerary which is certainly more exciting. Do write to us/ fill in the query form so that we may send you the program in specifics 

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  5. Ladakh | Monasteries, Cold Desert & High Passes

    15 Days/ 14 Nights

    Under Rs 2,000

    Per person per night

    Spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enfold this magical Buddhist kingdom. Picture-perfect gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries) dramatically crown rocky outcrops next to fluttering prayer flags and whitewashed stupas, while prayer wheels spun clockwise release merit-making mantras. Gompa interiors are a riot of golden Buddhas and intricately colorful murals and home to red-robed monks. It's a little corner of Tibet marooned in the furthest reaches of India. Ladakh is most famous for breathtaking landscapes, the crystal clear skies, the highest mountain passes, thrilling adventure activities, Buddhist Monasteries, and festivals.

    Amongst the top attractions of the Ladakh are the Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tsomoriri Lake, Region of Kargil & Drass, and a number of Buddhist Monasteries like Hemis and Thiksey along with unsurpassed trekking trails. Ladakh, sometimes referred to as Little Tibet, is popular with tourists because it is home to one of the purest remaining examples of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Visitors come to see a preindustrial culture, tour the Buddhist monasteries, and take in the dramatic mountain vistas. Ladakh was an important crossroads on the ancient silk route trade, strategically located.


    BEST TIME TO VISIT:
    Access by surface routes starts opening by the months from mid-April onwards till Mid October. Though May to mid-September is considered to be the best season to enjoy the stunning beauty of the landscape of Ladakh.

    Ladakh is also a winter destination accessible by flights throughout the year. There are now nice centrally heated hotels in Leh & Kargil town. However, most trips will revolve around these accommodations.


    ACCESS BY ROAD & FLIGHT
    The two roads into the area from outside are the Zoji-La Pass via Kargil from Srinagar District from the Kashmir Valley and the high altitude Manali-Leh Highway from Himachal Pradesh. The Manali-Leh road is open only from May or June to October / November when snow is clear from several passes. The Srinagar-Leh road is open from April to November /December and is generally blocked by snow through the winter only at Zoji La Pass. Roads within Ladakh, except for Zanskar, are open all year round. Khardungla Pass to Nubra can get closed by snow for several days in winter and spring. Chang-La pass to Pangong Lake rarely closes.


    Permits and Borders
    Permits are required for all tourists to visit the "Inner Line" areas, i.e. Nubra Valley; Pangong Lake and the Durbuk Block that it lies in (i.e. north of the Changla Pass); Tso-Moriri and Tsokar Lakes and the area along the Indus River east of Upshi; and Dha-hanu and the area along the Indus River northwest of Khalatse. No special permit is required to visit most of Ladakh, including Leh and Kargil towns.
    Permits are not available for foreigners to go to the far reaches of each of the above-named areas close to the borders (or Line of Control, etc.) with Pakistan and China. For example, foreigners can go to the edge of Pangong Lake and Maan and Merak villages, but not along the edge of it to Phobrang or Chushul villages; they cannot proceed east up the Indus from the Mahe Bridge; and in Nubra, they can only go as far as Panamik to the north and Turtuk to the west.
    There are no border crossings open between Ladakh and neighboring regions of Tibet (under China).





     

    Monasteries, Cold Desert & High Passes

    Karakoram, Zanskar & Himalayan Ranges

    Enchanting Walks & Hikes in Supernatural Landscapes

    NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 15 Days/ 14 Nights

    Highlights of the Journey:

    * Visits & short Hikes to hidden Ancient Monasteries.
    * Ladakhi wetlands along the Indus.
    * Arid Moon Landscape of Lamayuru.
    * Rich Ladakhi heritage
    * Talk by Tibetan Medicine doctor popularly known as “Amchi”.
    * Meeting monks and yogis.
    * Culinary Journeys in remote locations.
    * Crossing High Mountain passes.
    * Awe striking azure lakes.
    * Yoga & meditation sessions

    DAY

    SKETCH ITINERARY

    MEALS

    01

    Arrive Delhi

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    02

    New Delhi City Tour

    Breakfast, Langer(Lunch) at Gurudwara & Dinner

    03

    Flight to Leh

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    04

    Short Walks to Shey, Thikse & Stakna Monasteries

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    05

    Hike to Rumbak Village, Land of Snow Leopards

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    06

    Hike to Sumda Chun Monastery/ Visit Alchi Monastery

    Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

    07

    Moon Landscapes near Lamayuru Monastery / Hike to Wanla through Gorge

     Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    08

    Cold Desert of Nubra Valley / Sand Dunes & Bactrian Double Humped Camels

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    09

    Walks Around 600 Year Old Ensa Monastery & Hidden Yarab Tso Lake

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    10

    Spectacular Day Trek to High Meadows in the Great Himalayan Range

     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    11

     Magnificent Drive Along the River Shyok to the Pangong Lake

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    12

    Nomadic Village High Grassland Lake Walk Hike

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    13

    Hike between 2 Monasteries / Meditate and interact with the Monks

     Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner

    14

    Leh Town Heritage Walk

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    15

    Flight to Delhi / International Flight Back Home

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



    DETAILED ITINERARY (14 NIGHTS/ 15 DAYS)



    Day 1: Arrive Delhi

    You will be greeted with a warm reception at the Delhi International airport and transferred to your hotel. Your rooms will be on hold on an immediate occupancy basis. Overnight at the hotel

    Meal: Nil



    DAY 2: New Delhi City Tour

    * Drive through the Lutyens City

    * Visit a Sikh temple – Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

    * Visit Humayun’s Tomb

    * Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Langer (Lunch) at Gurudwara, Dinner 






    Day 3: Flight to Leh

    Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Leh. All flights to Leh depart early starting from 0530 Hrs till 1030 Hrs. It’s a short flight of around 1:30 Hrs. 

    Arrive Leh and transfer to the hotel

    People start feeling the effect of high altitude after 3000 M altitude. Leh is situated at an altitude of 3500 M above sea level, therefore, this is recommended to have a complete rest on the day of arrival if flying directly to Leh. Effects of low oxygen levels: Low oxygen levels and a decrease in air pressure can be harmful to people who suffer from asthma, respiratory problems, and for senior citizens. It may get difficult for them to breathe. Everyone arriving in Leh by air has to keep a day free to simply acclimatize. Proper rest must be taken every day. Enough sleep, good food, and no exertion will help your body get used to the heights, and low oxygen.

     

    Breakfast will be served in the hotel. Rest and sleep ate highly recommended.

    Post lunch, we will drive for a short sightseeing and walking tour near the town Return to the hotel. The evening’s highlight will be a short meditation session in our magnificent yoga room with a great view of the Himalayan range. 

    Dinner and overnight in Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 







    Day 4: Short Walks in & Around Leh

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - Centuries palace and monasteries, breathtaking walk along the river and Ladakhi village, a great culinary experience, introduction to ancient science of Tibetan Medicine.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Early morning yoga and meditation session. 
    * 16th Century AD Monasteries
    * Ladakh’s biggest chorten fields
    * Outdoor barbeque lunch.
    * Visit a Tibetan Medicine Doctor. 
    * Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Hotel

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 






    Day 5: Hike to a Ladakhi Village within the National Park

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - A magical drive across the River Indus, A great walk-in the wilderness, Lunch in traditional Ladakhi house, Beautiful Spituk monastery. 


    HIGHLIGHTS

    Yoga and meditation session. 

    Walking / Hiking for 4 hours on a beautiful trail towards a Ladakhi village situated within the national park at an altitude of 4000m. It is home to a rich diversity of wildlife such as snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, blue sheep, Asiatic ibex, Ladakh urial, and more.

    Experiential lunch in a local traditional Ladakhi house.  

    Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 








    Day 6: Hike to a 1000-year-old Monastery

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - A beautiful drive and a great walk today to the One-thousand-year-old monasteries, a great luxury resort with a magical view of the River Indus.

    HIGHLIGHT

    * Yoga and meditation session.
    * A beautiful confluence of rivers
    * Willow groves 
    * One thousand year monastery
    * Walkthrough a gorge 
    * Unique style and workmanship of a monastery complex built between 958 and 1055. 
    * Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a great day of the walk and a visiting century-old culture

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 







    Day 7: Hikes in Moon Landscapes through Gorge

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - Beautiful landscape with the moonscape crater view, a majestic monastery. Fabulous trek.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Visit a Tibetan Buddhist oldest surviving monastery 
    * Hike over a 3700 meters pass - a magical walk through a gorge
    * Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a great day of the hike and a visiting century-old monastery and culture

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 






    The Nubra Valley

     is referred to as the “Valley of Flowers” in the Tibetan culture. The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachen River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The deep-cut Shayok and Nubra River Valleys offer tremendous scenery on a grand scale, with green oasis villages surrounded by thrillingly stark scree slopes, and harsh arid mountains, strongly reminiscent of Pakistan's Northern Areas. Permits are required by foreigners.



    Day 8: Cold Desert of Nubra Valley / Sand Dunes & Bactrian Double Humped Camels

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - Experience thin air at the 5370 meters,  dramatic walk to the dunes in the high cold desert of the world, walk along the river at Hundar

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Khardungla Pass at 5370 meters (highest motorable road in the world).
    * Famous Sand dunes, Bactrian camels
    * The Death River
    * A 550-year-old monastery belonging to Gelugpa monastery.
    * Dinner and overnight in the hotel after an impressive  day 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

    Overnight at Hotel (Nubra Valley)




    Day 9: Walks around 600 years Old Monastery & Hidden lake

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - A great secluded monastery, a great view, and lunch served at this spectacular location. A sacred lake hidden the hills.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Stunning view of the valley among hundreds of stupas
    * Remote 600-year-old Ensa Monastery
    * Fabulous valley views. 
    * Willow and poplar trees.
    * A spectacular tiny lake hidden in the small rolling hills
    * Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a grand explorations 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 






    Day 10: Spectacular Day Trek to High Meadows in the Great Himalayan range 

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - A spectacular trek in the Great Himalayan range showcasing beautiful meadows with a variety of wildflowers along Hundar River upstream 

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Beautiful meadows
    * Variety of wildflowers
    * Families of local shepherds
    * Yaks, sheep and cows grazing

    Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a magnificent trek 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 








    Stunning  Pangong Lake 

    Stretching around 150km (with the eastern two-thirds in Tibet), this mesmerizing lake plays an artist with a surreal palette of vivid colors – from Caribbean-style turquoise to leaden grey, depending on the light – contrasting magically with the surrounding khaki swirls of arid, snow-brushed mountains. 





    Day 11: Magnificent drive along the River Shyok  to the Pangong Lake 

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - Stunning drive over stunning Changla pass. Meetings with the monks at Chemdrey and Trakthok monasteries 

    HIGHLIGHTS

    After a timely breakfast, we start our car journey towards Pangong Lake. We will drive along the Shyok river, for the most part, today, the view will be rewarding, en-route we will enjoy picnic lunch at a  lovely location of a pristine gurgling stream. 

    After 4 hours of driving, we will be at the magnificently beautiful Pangong Lake. We will drive another hour or more along the lake to reach our camp at Mann village. 

    Post settling down, we go for a gentle walk along the lake, sit quietly in a secluded location, and meditate to the glory of the sunset.

    Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a great drive 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 






    Day 12: Nomadic Village High Grassland Lake Walk Hike

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - A great walk, spectacular scenery of the highest salt-water lake in the world and close up encounter with the nomads

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Sunrise at the lake 

    Five hours of hike 

    High Grassland Lake located at an altitude of 14,270 ft (4,350m) the highest salt-water lake in the world. The lake, it is believed, changes its color 4 – 5 times a day making it a spectacular visit. The plains and valleys of Ladakh(and Tibet) were once the land of nomads. Of course, with ever-changing times, nomads settled down in clusters that ultimately led to the small hamlets as we now see. There still remains, however, a precious few who have continued their nomadic lifestyle. Our walk gives a glimpse of the nomadic village, with small tent homes, herds of animals nearby and gives you a glimpse into their lives. Spend some time interacting with people here to get to know more about their routine and seasonal travels across the valley in search of greener pastures and trade.

    Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a great hiking day.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 









    Day 13: Hike to Monasteries / Meditate and interact with the Monks

    TODAY’S EXPERIENCE - Visit to 2 rarely visited monasteries. A great drive over 5360 M

    HIGHLIGHTS

    * Hike for 10kms
    * Meditate and interact with the monks.
    * Dinner and overnight in the hotel after a great hiking day.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 







    Day 14: Leh Town Heritage Walk

    HIGHLIGHTS 

    * Leh Palace constructed in 1600
    * Heritage walking tour 
    * Old Town of Leh
    * After a great visit to Leh town, we drive back to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 




    Day 15: Flight to Delhi / International flight back home

    Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Since May - September is hot months in Delhi, we take this day a bit easy. Enjoy the luxuries of the modern 5 Star hotel and relax after an amazing trip to Ladakh. 

    Delhi is also a modern city and has great luxurious malls next door. In the evening, we visit a mall offering great deals on international and Indian brands. Perhaps you would like to pick up some Indian souvenirs, dresses for friends and families and 

    Post farewell dinner, transfer to the international airport for flight back home 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

     

    * We would be delighted to share with you the detailed itinerary which is certainly more exciting. Do write to us/ fill in the query form so that we may send you the program in specifics 

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  7. Bhutan and India's Hill Stations

    17 Days/ 16 Nights

    Under Rs 2,000

    Per person per night

    Overview of West Bengal Tourism Darjeeling - An adventurous journey through the Himalayas to the Buddhist Kingdom with a visit to India. Stretch your legs and nourish your mind as you walk through Bhutan's isolated wilderness. Hike up slopes across wildflower meadows, visit lively villages, monasteries, and ancient temples. The Bhutanese take great pride in the sustainable tourism approach synchronized well with the values of Gross National Happiness. Bhutanese people are culturally rich, well educated, well informed, and fun-loving. This blend of ancient and modern cultures makes Bhutan captivating. Bhutan's unspoiled Himalayan landscape with snow-capped peaks rising above the ancient forests and charming time-honored villages beckon you. The Tiger’s Nest monastery, perched high on a cliff is a great adventure cultural experience awaiting you and if you can time it with the lively festivals, it will enhance the overall experience. Add monasteries, dzongs (majestic fortress)combined with spectacular touches (dance festivals) to this picture book. Bhutan's high-altitude trekking and moderate walking trails combined with the stunning flora and fauna is an experience no wonder called a Shangri-La. Active people who love to roam freely will love Bhutan walking holidays offering you exactly this.

    BHUTAN AND INDIA'S HILL STATIONS

    An adventurous journey through the Himalaya to the Buddhist Kingdom.

    BEST SEASON - October - April

    NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 17 Days/ 16 Nights



    PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

    * Experience the incredible sunrise at Tiger Hill.

    * Delight in walks through the Darjeeling tea plantation.

    * Be inspired by the high mountain scenery of the Himalayas.

    * Take the challenge of the hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery.



     

    DAY

    SKETCH ITINERARY

    MEALS

    01

    Arrival at Delhi airport/rooms blocked for immediate occupancy

    No meals

    02

    Full day New Delhi sightseeing 

     Breakfast, Langar(Lunch) at Gurudwara & Dinner

    03

    Flight to Bagdogra / Drive Darjeeling (95 kms/3 hrs. approx)

    Breakfast & Dinner

    04

    In Darjeeling - Toy Train Journey to Ghoom / Railway Museum / Walk upto Tiger Hill

    Breakfast & Dinner

    05

    In Darjeeling - Drive to Chitre & begin the walk from there (1.5 hrs. from Darjeeling) / Drive back from Meghma visit Hayden Hall enroute.

    Breakfast & Dinner

    06

    In Darjeeling - Tibetan Refugee Centre / Walk to the Tea Garden

    Breakfast & Dinner

    07

    Darjeeling to Kalimpong (60 Kms / 2 Hrs) via Tibetan Buddhist Monastery / Walk-In Kalimpong's Bustling Bazaar

    Breakfast & Dinner

    08

    Kalimpong - Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery / Walk to 6th Mile Village

    Breakfast & Dinner

    09

    In Kalimpong - Drive To Deollo Hills (6 Kms / 30 Mins) Narrow Path Walk / Visit To Dr Graham's School 

    Breakfast & Dinner

    10

    In Kalimpong – Visit Damsang Fort / Sakya Monastery

    Breakfast & Dinner

    11

    Kalimpong to Phuentsholing (180 Kms / 6 Hours Approx) Drive via Coronation Bridge

    Breakfast & Dinner

    12

    Phuntsholing to Thimphu (175 Kilometers /6 Hrs Approx) / Visit Memorial Chorten / Tashichho Dzong Monastery / Trashichhodzong fortress

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    13

    In Thimpu - Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary / Cheri Dorjidhen Monastery / National Institute of Zorig Chusum

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    14

    Visit Kuensel Phodrang / Dochula Monastery / Drive to Paro (65 Kms / 1 Hr. Approx) / Taktsang Palphug Monastery

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    15

    In Paro – Hike to Taktshang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest) / Kyichu Lakhang

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    16

    Flight back to Delhi – Old Delhi City Tour/ Wash And Change / Transfer to Airport

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    17

    Departure



    Details Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrival at Delhi Airport)/rooms Blocked for Immediate Occupancy

    On your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by a tour representative who will escort you to your hotel 

    Transfer to the hotel and check into your rooms 

    Overnight in a hotel in Delhi

    Meals: No meals

     

    Day 2 New Delhi City Tour / Sikh Temple/walking Tour of Connaught Place

    We visit New Delhi including seeing Bangla Sahib, Humayun’s tomb, Parliament House, India Gate. 

    Experience to cook/serve food “Langar” around 10,000 people in a day. Have a meal in the Gurudwara as “Langar” sitting on the floor in a queue (Pangat). Welcome BBQ dinner in a restaurant.

    Overnight at Hotel in Delhi

    Meals: Breakfast, Langar(Lunch) at Gurudwara & Dinner

     

    Day 3 - 6 Flight to Bagdogra / Walks in & Around Darjeeling

    This morning we enjoy a short flight from Delhi to Bagdogra located in West Bengal, followed by a scenic drive to Darjeeling, where we stay for four nights. 

     Highlights:

    * Toy Train Journey 

    * Walk to Tiger Hill (5 Kms Walk/1:30-2 Hrs)

    * Railway Museum 

    * Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary.

    * Himalayan flora with excellent views of the valley and mountains. View Mt Kanchenjunga (8586M) the third highest mountain in the world at sunrise.

    * Lovely Forested treks 

    * Tibetan Refugee Centre 

    * Walk-in tea gardens 

    * Tour of the tea factory

     

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

     

     

    Day 7 - 10 Drive to Kalimpong (60 Kms / 2 Hrs) / Walks in & Around Kalimpong

    This morning we drive to Kalimpong (60 km / 2 hrs.) visiting a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery en route.  
    Kalimpong is a famous hill station in the  Indian state of  West Bengal, located near the Teesta river, and was the gateway for trade between India and Tibet during the British era.  It is home to many monasteries and churches and enjoys a peaceful setting with panoramic views of the Himalayas. 

    Highlights:

    * Rice Fields and Cardamom Plantations Walks

    * Visit Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery. 

    * Meet a local herbal medicine practitioner.

    * Visit Dr. Graham's School a charity run school set up in 1900 by a Scottish missionary

    * Visit animal shelters and local farmlands producing market fruit and vegetables. 

    * Flower nursery and observe rare orchids. 

    * Damsang Fort Walk (8kms/ 4 Hrs)

    * Visit Sakya Monastery 


    BHUTAN SECTION STARTS

    Day 11 Drive to Indo- Bhutan Border at Phuntsholing (180 km / 6 Hours Approx.)

    This morning we will leave India behind and travel to Bhutan. Today is mainly a travel day (180 km / 6 hours approx) as we travel to the plains of West Bengal.

     

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

     



    Day 12 & 13 Drive to Thimpu (175 km /6 Hrs Appx) / City Visit

     This morning we left for Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan (175 km / 6 hr. Airport).

    Highlights: 

    * Experience procession by the royal grandson

    * Visit Trishichzongart -a beautiful medieval fort 

    * Walk to Cheri Dorjidhen Monastery

    * Visit National Institute of Zorig Chusum

    * * Drive through the countryside and to Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

     



    Day 14 & 15 Drive to Paro (65 Kms / 1 Hr App) 

     Highlights:

    * Visit Kuensel Phodrang, where the great Buddha Dordena lives.

    * Dochula Monastery

    * Visit Punakha, vibrant and colorful, with flagging prayer flags, cultivation on the terrace, and views of the flowing river.

     * Hike to Taktshang Lhakhang (Tiger's Nest monastery, one of Bhutan's most revered pilgrimage sites in the Buddhist world)

     * Kyichu Lakhang - which is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the state dating back to the 7th century.

     


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

     


    Day 16 Paro to Delhi by Flight/ Old Delhi City Tour Walking & Rickshaw Ride

    Arrive Delhi and transfer to Old Delhi for Rickshaw Tour and a walking tour

    On our rickshaw tour of "Rickshaw Rides" in Old Delhi, your condolences will come alive as you will encounter many captivating sights and feel that this amazing city has to offer. A rickshaw tour will introduce you to the true roots of the place and give you a true taste of the city and immerse you in a frenzy of its colors, vibrancy and attractive charm.

    Lunch in the restaurant

    Go back to the hotel, wash and change

    Dinner at the hotel.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

     



    Day 17: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for connecting flight to London

     

     

     

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  9. Walks & Hikes in Plantations & Hill Stations of South India

    17 Days/ 16 Nights

    Under Rs 2,000

    Per person per night

    About South India Walking Tour- Adventures in the South of India are a lavish contrast to the peaks and plains of Northern India. Many civilizations and dynasties have ruled for centuries. There are hundreds of amazing rock-cut shrines from the medieval era sculpted out by Hindus, Jains & Buddhists; Forts, Palaces, Mosques Palaces, and tombs of the Muslim dynasties. Multiple life is required to see this myriad of land . Our walks & hikes in this itinerary will take you to the foothills of the Banasura range through the semi-dry deciduous jungle, grassland. There is plenty of flora and fauna en route.
    Munnar’s scenery is breathtaking and at an altitude of around 1600m having the highest tea plantations globally. The views over the valley when the morning mist clears are second to none. Our walks take you through the Lakshmi Hills, a set of seven hills offering amazing views, and some mystical moments because of the mist and low clouds.
    The highlights of the trek are walks & hikes following the mountain ridge offering beautiful views around, amidst the tea plantations, throughout grasslands. Anaimudi peak (highest peak in South India) and Idukki reservoir (formed by Idukki dam will be the highlight. Visit the Kukkal caves were home, until recently to the Palaiyar tribes, who used to wear clothes made of leaves. Visit sheep farms in lovely meadows summit the Kukkal hill. Visit the conservation centers such as the elephant sanctuary at Guruvayoor where you will hopefully catch them at the bathing time!
    Farmers form the backbone of the villages. Spend an entire day with a farmer and getting introduced to rubber tapping and various procedures associated with it. Savour traditional meals, visit handicraft products making units, and introduction to medicinal plants are the other highlights of this itinerary.

    Walks & Hikes in Plantations & Hill Stations of South India

    BEST SEASON - October - April

    NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 17 Days/ 16 Nights



    CITY
    NIGHTS PROPOSED HOTELS STAR RATINGS
    Bangalore N/A No hotel  
    Mysore 1 night Sandesh The Prince/ Southern Star Mysuru 4*
    Kalpetta 3 nights Banasura Island Retreat/ Marmalade Springs Retreat/ Abad Brookside Lakkidi 4*
    Guruvayur 1 night Krishna Inn / Sopanam Heritage/ Guruvayur Gateway 4*
    Kumarakom 3 nights Whispering Palms/ Royal Riviera 4*
    Munnar 3 nights Abad Copper Castle/ Grand Plaza/ Rivulet Resorts/ Sterling Munnar 3.5/4*
    Kodaikanal 3 nights Great Trails Kodaikanal 4*
    Chennai 1 night Crowne Plaza Adyar/ Novotel Chamiers/ Radisson Blu 5*




    Details Itinerary
    Day 1 Mysore 144kms/3hrs Drive

    We arrive in Bangalore in time for breakfast and after time to freshen up

    We travel to Mysore. (approx. 3 hours drive). Later this afternoon we’ll enjoy a stroll around the town.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner




    Day 2 Wayanad/ Kalpetta

    This morning we’ll visit the splendid Maharaja’s Palace, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the surrounding Chamundi Hills, 

    We continue to the hill region of Wayanad, one of Kerala’s most beautiful regions (approx. 3.5 hours drive) We enjoy a three-night stay in Wayanad.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner




    Day 3 Wayanad/ Kalpetta, Hikes / Walks

    Distance: ~6km; Difficulty: Medium

    The morning drive will take you to the foothills of the mountain range, which is the start point for our superb walk today. The trail heads uphill almost immediately from the start point and continues uphill through the semi-dry deciduous jungle. It finally opens out into grassland before the last 200m dash over gravel. There is plenty of flora and fauna to take in en route, aided by your guides. 

    Post lunch, we will follow the trail downhill with the last section through coffee, pepper, and rubber plantations.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




    Day 4 Wayanad/ Kalpetta, Day with Farmer

    Farmers form the backbone of the villages. In a way to learn more, a specialized package spending an entire day with a farmer will be a first of its kind by a holiday maker. Starting off with a special breakfast at the farmer’s house, the guests are introduced to rubber tapping and various procedures associated with it. After the luxurious traditional Kerala lunch, the guests will be entertained in a treehouse in the evening. Visiting handicraft products, making units and introducing medicinal plants are the other highlights of the day.  A sumptuous evening feast will mark the end of the day.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




    Day 5 Guruvayur 160Kms/ 5 Hrs
    Visit the elephant sanctuary where we’ll hopefully catch them at the bathing time! We continue to the pilgrim town of Guruvayur for 1 night. Guruvayur is home to Kerala's most important and richest Krishna shrine and is an important pilgrimage site.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner



    Day 6 Kumarakom 133Kms/4 Hrs

    We make a stop at the coast today en route to Kumarakom, and have the chance to dip our toes in the Arabian sea! 

    This afternoon, we continue to Kumarakom, situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad, where we’ll stay for 3 nights

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner




    Day 7 Kumarakom 

    From our lakeside accommodation, we’ll spend our time here enjoying the famous backwaters of Kerala by boat, visiting local villages, taking a walk in a nature reserve and, for the early risers, a pre-dawn “quiet” walk to watch the sunrise.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 8 Kumarakom

    A full-day experience of the backwater countryside

    Activities - Canopy Ride (Covered Rowing Big Country Boat), Coconut Tree Climbing, Toddy Tapping, Screw pine Weaving, Coconut Leaf Weaving, Net Fishing, Coir Making, Paddy Field Visit, Village walk

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner



    Day 9 Munnar 150Kms/5 Hrs

    We travel to Munnar today (approx 5-hour drive) in the center of Kerala’s principal tea-growing region. In fact, Munnar has the highest tea plantations in the world. Munnar’s scenery is breathtaking and at an altitude of around 1600m, the views over the valley when the morning mist clears are second to none. 

    We stay in Munnar for 3 nights.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner



    Day 10 Munnar Hikes & Walks

    Distance: ~13km; 

    Difficulty: Easy-Medium

    Today’s walk is set of seven hills offering amazing views, and some mystical moments because of the mist and low clouds. The trek will start at the height of ~1420 meters through the tea plantations for about 30 to 40 minutes until you ascend the ridge. Subsequently, the rest of the trek follows the ridge which offers beautiful views around, through grasslands, of which one side will be rocky mountain slopes and the other side will be tea plantations, patches of Shola forest, and more. On a clear sky day, you can see Anaimudi peak (highest peak in South India) and Idukki reservoir (formed by Idukki dam - one of the highest arch dams in Asia and the third tallest dam in India). After spending some time at the top making sure to capture memories and take in the views, you will head back down the hill and end your tour where it began.

    Walks & Hikes

    While the previous day’s summit offers awesome views of the lowlands, today's trek offers terrific views of the Hills and the verdant green tea estates. The trek start point starts off easily enough through shola thickets. As we ascend, the trail emerges into grassland before some scrambling at the end. The summit at about 7200ft is often enveloped in a cool-mist which is very enjoyable after all the exertion. We will retrace our steps back.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

    Day 11 Kodaikanal 172Kms / 6-7 Hrs


    We leave Kerala today and head to the Raj-era hill station of Kodaikanal in the state of Tamil Nadu (approx. 6-7 hours drive). Today will primarily be a travel day, but stops will be made to stretch our legs and for refreshments. Kodai (as it is also known) is perched at an altitude of over 2,000 meters, on top of the Palani range, with breathtaking views over the Vagai plain. We stay in Kodai for 3 nights.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner



    Day 12 Kodaikanal

    Day Hike through Plateaus & Peak

    Distance:16 KM (up and down)

    Difficulty Level: Medium

    The trek goes through undulating steep sections, but nothing too difficult. En route, you can enjoy panoramic views of Dam and Hills.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     


    Day 13 Kodaikanal

    Day Hikes - Caves & Hills

    Distance:12 KM

    Difficulty Level: Medium

    These caves were home, until recently to the tribes, who used to wear clothes made of leaves. The trek starts from a village. The sheep farm has resulted in lovely meadows. Past here, the trail winds uphill until we make a summit of a hill. The terrain includes grassland and shola, with stretches of swampy ground.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     


    Day 14 Chennai 113Kms / 3Hrs

    We leave Kodai this morning and drive to Madurai (approx. 3 hours drive), one of the oldest cities in South Asia. We’ll visit the impressive Meenakshi- Sundareshwarar temple and perhaps be lucky enough to experience a colorful ritual or procession. 

    A late afternoon flight takes us to Chennai and transfer to the international airport

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

     


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