22N/23D Enchanting South India Tour

temples-at-Halebid

This offbeat tour of South India is an enchanting journey through the amazing forts, palaces and temples of South India. Experience the unique culture and colorful traditions. Explore the past, walk through the spice gardens, ride and elephant and cruise through the famous Kerala backwaters in comfort and style. This extended tour of South India is a must for couples, families and small groups.

Destinations – Bangalore – Hassan – Coorg – Mysore – Wayanad – Calicut – Cochin – Munnar – Madurai – Periyar – Kumarakom – Kovalam

Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrival in Bangalore Airport

Arrive in Bangalore Airport. Following Customs, Immigration formalities and baggage collection, an INDUS TRIPS Airport Representative will meet you outside the Arrival Hall, after which you will transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 1200 Noon, early check-in would be subject to availability.

Bangalore Airport

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at Bangalore

Day 2 Bangalore – Shravanabelagola –  Hassan

After Breakfast at residing hotel proceed to Hassan enroute visit shravanabelagola, a famous Jain pilgrim site.

shravanabelagola

A 17m high monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara standing atop the Vindhyagiri hills makes this site world famous later drive to Hassan, the name of the city derives from the name of the goddess Hassanamba. The city was founded by Channa Krishnappa Naik in the eleventh century. The tenth to the thirteenth century, the beauty of Hoysala art could flourish.

Overnight at Hassan

Day 3 Hassan – Belur – Halibedu – Hassan

After Breakfast visit Belur and Halebedu,this day is dedicated to visit major art sites of the Hindus and especially the Hoysala dynasty.

Hoysala Temple at Belur

Located a few kilometres from Hassan, Belur is the first site built by the Hoysala dynasty (eleventh and twelfth centuries), a star.

Hoysala Temple at Belur

The many and admirable reliefs recount battle scenes between the Cholas Vishnuvardhana, neighboring Tamil Nadu.

temples-at-Halebid

A Halebid, Hoysaleshwara temple listed as a jewel in the quality of its sculptures. No detail is overlooked in this breath-taking panorama of the great Hindu monuments.

Overnight at Hassan

Day 04 Hassan – Coorg

After breakfast drive to Coorg, A hedonist’s paradise, Coorg is a dream you’ll never forget. Hills, old-world charm, coffee, amazing food, vivid cultures and warm hospitality – there’s something in the air of Coorg that makes all things beautiful.

Remainder of the day at leisure to relax.

Overnight at Coorg

Day 05 Coorg

After breakfast, visit to the Byalkuppe Tibetan settlements in India

Byalkuppe Tibetan settlements

The town is mainly inhabited by Tibetans, an estimated 7,000 Tibetans live in the settlements; these were established on land leased by the state government to accommodate some of the Tibetan expatriates who came to resettle in India after 1959. Bylakuppe consists of a number of agricultural settlements, colonies are close to each other, and has number of monasteries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera Monastery, the smaller Tashilunpo Monastery (both in the Gelug tradition) and Namdroling Monastery (in the Nyingma tradition). Bylakuppe also has many Buddhist universities for advanced Buddhist practices.

Overnight at Coorg

Day 06 Coorg – Mysore

After the breakfast have a drive to the silk city “Mysore”.

Devaraja Market

In the evening if you feel free have a walk to Devaraja Market to see the eye-catching flowers, colour powders, vegetables, spices, incense oils, well arranged fruit market housed in an old heritage building.

Overnight at Mysore.

Day 07 Mysore

After breakfast, full day Sightseeing of “Mysore” – the heritage city.  In the morning, have a visit to the famous Mysore Maharaja Palace built in Indo Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades.

Mysore Maharaja Palace

This palace is the treasure house of exquisite art, carvings and paintings from all over the World. Then drive to Chamundi Hills to visit the famous Chamundeshwari temple and the Bull temple.

In the evening drive to Srirangapatna – an historic site, the capital city of great Muslim warrior Tipu Sultan.  The main attractions here are Ranganathaswamy temple, Tipu’s summer palace (Daria Dalut Bagh) and Gumbaz.

Palace-of-Tipu-Sultan

Overnight at Mysore.

Day 08 Mysore –Wayanad

After breakfast at residing hotel, proceed to Wayanad (141 kms ; 4.5 hrs ).

Karalad Lake

Wayanad set in the picturesque Western Ghats and mountains at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level. Littered with tropical rain forests, dense hills, rolling paddy fields, spice plantations and valleys, Wayanad is a hitherto undiscovered location offering breathtaking views.

Edakal Caves

Evening visit Edakal Caves, the Caves are two natural rock formations believed to have been formed by a large split in a huge rock. The carvings inside are extremely beautiful. A trek up the majestic Ambukuthi Hills is required to reach these caves. The aroma of coffee stays with you the entire way. It is truly a surreal experience as we step into the palms of history.

Overnight at Wayanad

Day 09 Wayanad – Calicut

After breakfast, drive to Calicut (220 Kms/05 Hours) en-route visit Pookode Lake, a scenic fresh water lake surrounded by forest, where you can take a gentle walk around. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel.  Afternoon, proceed for visit to same famous places like Kappad beach, the place where Vasco da Gama set foot for the first time when he came to India on May 27, 1498. There is a small stone monument at the beach to commemorate that event.

Kappad beach

Pazhassiraja Museum is located on the East Hill. It is run by the State Archeological Department. Ancient mural paintings, antique bronzes, old coins, models of temples, and megalithic structures are on display here.Situated next to Pazhassirajah Museum is an art gallery displaying paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. On this beach are also situated Calicut Town Center, Lions Club, and a lighthouse.

Pazhassiraja Museum

Two crumbling piers, more than hundred years old, stand out into sea at Kozhikode beach. The beach is easily accessible from the city and provides a good view of the setting sun. The place also has a Marine Life Aquarium open whole day. Mananchira, which was the palace tank of King Mana Vikrama, has been now turned into a traditional architectural splendor with carpeted green grass and surrounded by ethnic buildings. The place also has a musical fountain.

mananchira calicut

Overnight at Calicut

Day 10 Calicut – Cochin

After the breakfast, drive to Cochin (190 Kms/04 Hours) Fort Cochin – the mix of culture of Portuguese, Dutch and British.

Jewish-Synagogue-Cochin

In the afternoon have a visit to 16th century Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry palace also known as Dutch Palace.

Mattancherry Dutch Palace

Have a walk in the Jew Town.

Overnight at Cochin.

Day 11 Cochin

After breakfast, full day sightseeing of Cochin.  First, have a visit to Chinese Fishing nets and fish markets.

Kochi chinese fishnets

Near to this place, have a visit to St.Francis Church, where you can see the tomb of Portuguese sailor Vasco-da-gama, then to Santa Cruz Basilica – a catholic church and Dutch cemetery.

Kathakali-dance

In the evening, attend the traditional dance show of Kerala”Kathakali”.

Overnight at Cochin.

Day 12 Cochin – Munnar

After breakfast, drive to “Munnar”- the meeting point of three rivers. Munnar has beautiful landscapes with a view of natural tea plantations, waterfalls, greeny mountains, the villages on the sloppy areas.

tea gardens munnar

Upon arrival check-in at hotel

Overnight at Munnar

Day 13 Munnar

After Breakfast, visit Eravikulam park – the main inhabitant of the Eravikulam park is Nilgiri Tahr. Now the park has the largest known population of Tahrs existing in the world.

eravikulam national park munnar

Visit Tea museum followed by a tea plantation visit. :- The museum set up at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar The Tata Tea Museum diligently portrays the growth of Munnar tea estates, veritably conveyed through some of the displays like the rudimentary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. Visitors to the museum can satiate their curiosity on various stages of tea processing and also learn a thing or two about the production of black tea. Have a visit to the famous Eravikulam National Park and Mattupatty Dam.  Have a walk in the spice markets.

Overnight at Munnar

Day 14 Munnar – Madurai

After breakfast, drive to Madurai (180 Kms/04 Hours) Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Afternoon, proceed for sightseeing tour of Madurai.

meenakshi temple madurai

Visit to pilgrimage site Meenakshi Amman Temple, historical monument Tirumalai Nayak Palace being the most prominent. Back to hotel relax for while. Post dinner take you to Meenakshi Temple once again to attend Madurai temple night ceremony.

Bedtime of the God

Overnight at Madurai.

Day 15 Madurai – Periyar

Post a leisure breakfast drive to Periyar and check in at hotel.

Spice Plantation Periyar

Periyar is on 1000 meters above the sea level and is rich in spice growing. 95% pepper in India is produced from here. Vasco de Gama was the first European to land at the Malabar Coast in 1498 A.D. in search of spices. Pepper in those days was exported against the equal weight of gold, so in the beginning of 15th century pepper was called black gold.

Later afternoon visits a Spice Garden to see different varieties of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, clove, vanilla, ginger, tea and coffee growing in their natural environment.

Overnight at Periyar

Day 16 Periyar

Morning enjoy Elephant package which is 02-hour activity with Timber dragging, Elephant bath & shower, Elephant feeding, Photo session and command and a short Elephant joy ride.

Afternoon enjoy common boat ride at Periyar Lake which has a unique aquatic ecosystem the numerous little islets in the lake are witness to the intricate inherent interrelationship among the terrestrial aquatic and subterranean life forms. A boat cruise on the Lake is perhaps the best way to watch the wildlife in the reserve.

Overnight at Periyar

Day 17 Periyar – Kumarakom

After breakfast drive to Kumarakom, enjoy the real country side of Kerala with amazing Backwaters, Day at leisure today, relax in nature or enjoy the hotel amenities.

Kumarakom

Overnight in Kumarakom.

Day 18 Kumarakom – Alleppey Houseboat

After Breakfast at residing hotel drive to Alleppey to Board your Houseboat. The houseboat cruise takes you through the intricate maze of backwaters, mesmerizing and surprising you at every turn with its serene beauty & simple charm.

houseboat-from-Kumarakom-to-Alleppey

Enjoy the countryside of Kerala at its best. Soak your eyes & soul with array of coconut trees & endless paddy fields. You will also get chance to take a small stroll through the villages & interact with the locals. Have a cruise in the backwaters of “Vembanadu” Lake.  Your boat will be stopped at one place around 5 :30 PM and have a dinner in the houseboat (AC will work in night only and authentic Kerala Cuisine will be served)

Overnight on board

Day 19 Alleppey – Kovalam

kovalam kerala

After breakfast drive to Kovalam via Trivandrum, On arrival check-in at hotel and rest of the day at leisure / Overnight at Kovalam

Day 20 Kovalam

After breakfast, day at leisure (No Transportation envisaged)

Kovalam Beach

Overnight at Kovalam

Day 21 Kovalam

After breakfast, day at leisure (No Transportation envisaged)

Overnight at Kovalam

Day 22 Kovalam – Bangalore (by Flight)

Post Breakfast Drop at Trivandrum Airport to catch flight to Bangalore

Upon arrival at Bangalore Airport transfer to Hotel and Check-in

Afternoon, you will proceed for sightseeing tour of Bangalore – you will take a tour to Vidhan Soudha, the Nandi Temple, the Lal Bagh Garden and Iskon Temple. The rich heritage, beautiful gardens, magnificent palaces, broad avenues & sacred temples attracts the visitors.

bull temple bangaloreBangalores-botanical-gardens

Overnight at Bangalore

Day 23 Bangalore Airport Drop

After Breakfast drop at Bangalore Airport to Catch the flight to Home.

End of Tour

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1N/2D Taj Mahal Moonlight Tour from Delhi

Taj Mahal on a Full Moon Night

“The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.”  ― Rabindranath Tagore

Sorrow was never so beautiful. India’s Taj Mahal, fashioned from marble and heartbreak, was built by Mogul emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved consort, Empress Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth.

Shah Jahan and Mumtaj Mahal
Shah Jahan and Mumtaj Mahal

There is no better way to experience Taj other than a Moonlight tour. It is for lovers, poets, writers and people who value richness of emotions. Plan this tour with the one you love and we promise that you will cherish those memories forever.

Taj Mahal Moonlight Tour Dates 2019 – 2020

Taj Mahal Moonlight Tour Dates

1N/2D Taj Mahal Moonlight Tour from Delhi

Delhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Delhi

Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi – Agra

We will start early from Delhi Hotel/Airport/Home and drive to Agra. We will visit Sikandra on our way to Agra city. Upon arrival at Agra we will check-in at the hotel.

Sikandra Agra

Later we will visit the famous Red Fort of Agra, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb, after a brief struggle for power. It is from the Red Fort that the old emperor gazed upon Taj Mahal, the tomb of his beloved queen Mumtaj.

Red Fort Agra

In the Night we will proceed to Taj Mahal, which was constructed between 1631 A.D and 1654 A.D. The construction is said to have been done by a workforce of 22,000 and took some 20 years to complete.

Taj Mahal Moonlight Tour

 Information About Visit Taj Mahal in Full Moon Night:

* Only 5 nights per month are allowed for Taj Mahal Moonlight Tours, 2 days before and 2 days after full moon night date.

* The time for viewing is from 8-30 p.m. to 12-30 in eight batches of 50 persons for half an hour duration. The visitors of the night viewing of Taj Mahal have to report at Shilpagram complex half an hour in advance of the viewing time.

* The night viewing tickets of Taj Mahal should be purchased one day in advance of the date of night viewing.

After spending some enchanting moments at Taj, we will drive back to the hotel for a good night sleep.

Day 02: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Delhi 

Taj-Mahal

After breakfast, if you desire, we will visit Taj Mahal again or drive to Delhi. On the way we will visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned mughal city.

fatehpur sikri

The story goes that Sheikh Salim Chishti was a Sufi saint who blessed the Akbar with his first son and heir, who was named Salim after him and later came to be known as Jahangir. Fatehpur Sikri was planned as a great town by Akbar with great care and planning in the honor of Sheikh Salim Chisti but had to be abandoned after fifteen years due to acute shortage of water.

We will reach Delhi around 5:00PM. Drop at Airport/Hotel/Home.

End of Tour

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12N/13D Odisha Rural Tour

Odisha Tribals

Odisha (formerly Orissa), an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples. Kond is one of the largest tribe in Odisha who worship hills, nature, and streams. Sauras. Sauras is one of the ancient tribes in India that also find their mention in the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Bonda. Santhals. Gonds. Bhumias. 

Odisha Tribals

Odisha has a rich cultural and artistic heritage. Due to the reign of many different rulers in the past, arts and crafts in Odisha underwent many changes giving an artistic diversity today in the forms of traditional handicrafts, painting and carving, dance and music.

Major handicrafts in Odisha include applique work, brass and bell metal, silver filigree and stone carving. Other forms include Lacquer, Papier Mache, and tribal combs, handlooms and wood and traditional stone carving.

Odisha Art

12N/13D Odisha Rural Tour

This tour presents a unique opportunity to visit the tribal villages of the artisans, farmers & tribals in Odisha. These artisans have preserved their craft for hundreds of years through the generations. It is amazing to see them work in the same way as their ancestors would have ages back and produce amazing works or art in a minimalist setting. Our tribal tour of Odisha is a must for western artists and craftmen who would like to explore ancient art forms.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Bhubaneshwar. Transfer to hotel.

Day 02: City tour of Bhubaneshwar, covering Temples & Caves. Overnight at Bhubaneshwar.

Bhubaneswar Temple

Day 03: After breakfast we will start our excursion to Nuapatna (Weaving Village), Sadeibareni ( Dokra Metal work village) & Padmakesharpur(Snake Charmers Village).

Nuapatna weavers
Nuapatna weavers
dokra metal art
dokra metal art
Padmakesarpur snake charmers
Padmakesarpur snake charmers

Overnight at Bhubaneshwar.

Day 04: Drive to Puri enroute visiting 64yogini village with Bell Metal work village, Pipli Applique work village & Raghurajpur Artisan’s village.

64 Yogini Village Odisha
64 Yogini Village Odisha
Bell Metal Work Odisha
Bell Metal Work Odisha
Pipli Applique work odisha
Pipli Applique work odisha
Raghurajpur Artisan’s village odisha
Raghurajpur Artisan’s village odisha

Overnight at Puri.

Day 05: Early morning visit of Potters’ village.

Potters village odisha
Potters village odisha

Excursion to Konark enroute visiting Stone Carvers village & Fishermen’ village.

Stone-Carvers-village-odisha
Stone-Carvers-village-odisha
Fishermen village odisha
Fishermen village odisha

Overnight at Puri.

Day 06: City tour of Puri & drive to Bhubaneshwar.

Puri Jagannath Temple

Overnight at Bhubaneshwar.

Day 07: Drive to Baliguda. Overnight at Baliguda.

baliguda
baliguda

Day 08: Visit of Kutia Kondh village & drive to Rayagada.

Kutia Kondh villageOvernight at Rayagada.

Day 09: Visit of Dongria Kondh village & drive to Jeypore.

Dongria Kondh village
Dongria Kondh village

Overnight at Jeypore.

Day 10: Visit of Bonda & Gadaba villages.

Bonda & Gadaba villages
Bonda & Gadaba villages

Overnight at Jeypore.

Day 11: Visit of Paraja village & market.

Paraja village
Paraja village

Overnight at Jeypore.

Day 12: Visit of Dhruba villages & their market. Dhuruba village odishaDrive to Vishakhapatnam.

Day 13: Departure transfer to the airport for the onward connection.

End of Tour

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4N/5D Hola Mohalla Sikh Festival Tour

Hola Mohalla Sikh Festival

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 March to 12 March 2020

11N/12D Hola Mohalla Sikh Festival Tour

Delhi – Anandpur Sahib – Kikar – Delhi

Itinerary

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 Chandigarh we are driven to the tranquil Kikar Lodge in Kangar Village.

Kikar Lodge

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 Sikh Festival

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.

Hola Mohalla Sikh FestivalThere’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 Sikh Festival

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.

rock-garden-chandigarhLook 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.

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

OPTION – Add on 6 days Golden Triangle tour of Delhi Agra Jaipur!

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

This morning We’ll 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.

Red FortJama Masjid DelhiMahatma Gandhi's Memorial DelhiTonight, we enjoy Dinner at a restaurant specializing in classic Indian cuisine. Overnight – Delhi

Day 7: Taj Mahal

Delhi – Agra. Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here, we will visit the legendary Taj Mahal.

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

Agra – Jaipur. En route to Jaipur, we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water.

fatehpur sikri

We enjoy lunch at Udai Vilas Palace in Bharatpur, before taking a walk through the nearby rural village Peharsar. Overnight – Jaipur

Day 9: Jaipur

amber fort jaipurAfter breakfast we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort.

Elephant ride to the fort

An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza.

City Palace jaipur Jantar Mantar jaipurLater 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

Jaipur – Surajgarh/ Shekhawati region. Today, we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region.

beautiful-Havelis-of-the-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.

End of Tour

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4N/5D Andaman Nicobar Islands Tour

Andaman Nicobar Islands

Andaman Nicobar Islands Tour

4N/5D Andaman Nicobar Islands Tour

Port Blair – Havelock Island – Coral Island – Port Blair

Itinerary

Day 1: Port Blair

Pick up from Port Blair airport and transfer to the hotel.

Rest for a while and get ready for a sightseeing tour of Port Blair.

Corbyns Cove Beach

Visit Corbyn’s Cove Beach – serene and unspoiled soft sandy beach, set in picturesque background of lush green coconut palms and pleasant blue sea ideal for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and sun bathing.

cellular jail port blair

Thereafter proceed to visit Cellular Jail – the prison used by the British especially to exile the freedom fighters followed by the enchanting Sound and Light Show at Cellular Jail – which narrates the saga of the Indian freedom struggle. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Port Blair –- Havelock Island 

Early morning get ready to proceed to Havelock Island which is around 54 km from Port Blair (4 hours) by ferry.

The Radha Nagar Beach Havelock Island

Enjoy your afternoon at The Radha Nagar Beach one of the most popular beaches on Havelock. It  was named “Best Beach in Asia” by Time in 2004. Get your best snorkeling experience here.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3: Havelock Island -Port Blair 

After check out at 9am, day free for own activity. (Optional Tour: Elephant Beach).  Sail for Port Blair in the evening. Upon return from Havelock Island, transfer to Hotel.

Elephant Beach Havelock Island

Overnight stay at respective Hotel / Resort at Port Blair.

Day 4: Port Blair- Full- day excursion to Coral Island

Today proceed for a full- day excursion to Coral Island. Watch coral reefs, exotic varieties of beautiful ornamental fishes and the marine life. With white sand beaches and surrounded by the pristine beauty of Nature, it is an ideal place for snorkeling and Scuba diving.

coral island andaman

After North Bay, Visit Ross Island -the former residential and administrative island of the British during their rule of South East Asia, was nick named the Paris of the East.

Harbour Cruise at Viper Island andaman

This island now homes the ruins of the church, Chief Commissioner’s house, the Cathedral and graveyard of the British. You could see peacocks and  the deer walking by your side. Now proceed for Harbour Cruise at Viper Island. You could see the vessel Viper, is believed, met with an accident and its wreckage was abandoned near the island.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5: Leave Port Blair

Check out from the hotel and proceed to Port Blair airport for your onward journey.

End of Tour

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6N/7D Ganges River Cruise Tour

Hooghly River

Varanasi

6N/7D Ganges River Cruise Tour

Sailing down the Ganges, as it is popularly known, is a leisurely and slow pace trip through the heart of India captures the essence of life along the Ganges.

You start sailing from Allahabad (It is also called Prayagraj – one of the four places associated with Maha Kumbh that takes place every 12 years) to Varanasi – the oldest living city in the world. During the course it also offers a chance to explore and enjoy the rural culture from close. The trip can also be extended to include the marvels of Mughal and Rajputana architecture in Agra and Rajasthan with all its glory.

Tour Details

DAY 01: DELHI – ALLAHABAD

Report at Delhi Railway Station to board overnight train to Allahabad.

Sangam Allahabad

ALLAHABAD : one of the sacred cities of Hinduism & also one of the oldest in India. Formely known as Prayag, in commemoration of a sacrifice by Lord Brahama, Allahabad stands at the confluence of two of India’s holiest rivers, the Ganga & the Yamuna. The Sangam as the confluence is called, is the venue of many sacred fairs & rituals and attracts thousand of pilgrims throughout the year. Akbar visited Prayag in 1575 & founded a new city by the name of Illahas, which has now become a modern Allahabad. The city was an important cantonment during the British Raj and has now some beautiful remains of colonial architecture.

DAY 02: ALLAHABAD – SITAMADHI – MURDGHAT

Met upon arrival at Allahabad Railway Station and proceed to hotel for breakfast, wash and change. If time permits take a short tour of Anand Bhawan (the birth place of first Prime Minister of India, Late Jawahar Lal Nehru), etc.

Anand Bhawan

After the short sightseeing drive to Sitamadhi Ghat approx 70 kms in 01 to 02 hrs. Set sail upon arrival.

Allahabad

Lunch will be served on boat. Sail till 1800 hrs to arrive at Murdghat by covering appox 30 kms and pitch up tents on the river bank for dinner and overnight stay.

Murdghat

DAY 03: MURDGHAT – MIRZAPUR

Morning after breakfast start sailing further downstream, eastwards to reach Mirzapur by covering appox 50 kms. If you are lucky you can catch the wind and sail smoothly and can feel the speed also.

MirzapurLunch will be served on boat around 1200 hrs. En-route visit the Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali who is the gardien of Vindhyachal Mountain Ranges by noon. Sail further towards Mirzapur. Mirzapur is well known for its Hand Woven Cotton, Woolen Carpets and Brass ware. Arrive and pitchup camp beyond Mirzapur on the banks of the river for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 04: MIRZAPUR – VARANASI

Morning after breakfast sail towards Varanasi. Enroute visit Medieval Fort of Chunar, built by legendry King Vikramaditya, appox at 0800 hrs. Now the fort has been converted as training centre for the Uttar Pradesh Police. You are allowed to see only a little portion. On the way to the fort there is a Cemetery of Britishers who had a short spell of power at Chunar.

Sail further towards Varanasi, stopping at Ramnagar to see the Palace Museum with its collection of weapons of different types, Palinquins, Ivory Items, Cars etc. appox at 1200 hrs.

Ramnagar fort Varanasi Ramnagar Palace MuseumLunch is served on the boat. River trip terminates at the first of the ghats, Lanka Ghat. Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 05: VARANASI

VARANASI : Also known as Banaras. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world & the ultimate pilgrimage for Hindus who believe that to die in the city is to attain instant salvation. Situation on the banks of the Ganga, Varanasi is the tract of holy land lying between the rivers Varuna & Assi which flow into Ganga. Varanasi is also known as Kashi, the city of light, since on of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” are installed here.

Varanasi

Morning after breakfast proceed to SARNATH . After Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya he came to Sarnath. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC & the 11th century AD.

Banaras Hindu UniversityAfternoon visit the famous Banaras Hindu University. One of the oldest educational University in India. Founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya as a centre for the study of Indian art, culture, music & also for sanskrit. Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

DAY 06: VARANASI

Early morning proceed for the exciting Boat Cruise on the Holy River Ganges to witness the Sunrise. You can see locals as well as pilgrims standing in waist deep water praying to the rising sun and offering flowers and lighting oil lamps. On the ghats is situated the cremation ground where nearby itself people are engaged in washing cloths, vessels, animals.

Varanasi

Enjoy the cruise and proceed for a short Temple tour covering Kashi Vishwanath temple also known as Golden Temple (Entry is restricted here) one can see the golden domes from the roof of an adjacent building, Bharat Mata temple (which is dedicated to whole of India), Kali Temple (known as Monkey temple because of their presence at all times).

Vishwanath Temple Varanasi

After lunch departure transfer to railway station in time to board the train for Delhi. Overnight in the train.

DAY 07: DELHI

Morning arrive at Delhi Railway Station.

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2n/3D Neemrana Tour

Neemrana Fort

neemrana fort

2n/3D Neemrana Tour from Delhi

Delhi – Neemrana – Delhi

Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi to Neemrana

Morning drive to Neemrana. Neemrana is an ancient historical town in Alwar district of Rajasthan, situated at 122 km from Delhi on Delhi-Jaipur highway in Behror tehsil. On arrival check at hotel Neemrana Fort and Palace. Neemrana offers a vibrant site for magical weekend getaways, feasts and celebrations, Overnight stay at hotel.

Neemrana Fort

Neemrana is an ancient historical town in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India, situated at 84 km from Gurgaon; 122 km from Delhi and 150 km from Jaipur on the Delhi-Jaipur highway in Neemrana tehsil.

Neemrana is a 15th century citadel which is now a heritage hotel. Neemrana Fort is spread into seven palace wings built over 12 layers tiered into a hill across 2.5 hectares / 6 acres of garden-palace. There are Hanging gardens, two pools, Ayurvedic spa, and India’s first zip-line which is a great experience to adventure lovers.

Neemrana Fort

Neemrana Fort-Palace is perhaps the most convenient luxury holiday destination near Delhi.

On weekends, there are cultural performances organized by the Neemrana Music Foundation. Also, there are a wide range of activities such as camel cart rides, vintage car rides and more!

Day 02: Neemrana

Morning enjoy the Spa therapy. Relax and Rejuvenate your body and mind for an amazing experience.

Neemrana Spa Neemrana Spa

Optional – Zip Line or Flying fox.

Overnight stay at resort .

Day 03: Neemrana to Delhi

After breakfast we will drive back to the Delhi. Drop at Home/Hotel/Airport

End of Tour

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16 Days Offbeat Rajasthan Tour

Jojawar

Go for desert safari, meet the tribals, experience a ride through the desert, enjoy an evening under the stars, enjoy the folk dance and music, visit formidable forts and stunning palaces, beautiful havelis and humble villages, enjoy the world famous rajasthani hospitality and cuisine. Our Offbeat Rajasthan Tour is a travel extravaganza that takes you across the Land of Maharajas in comfort and style. Experience the richness of culture and traditions that make Rajasthan one of the top travel destinations.

Duration:  16 Days / 15 Nights

Places:  Delhi > Pushkar > Jojawar > Udaipur > Jodhpur > Dabdi > Osian > Sodakore > Jaisalmer > Sam > Bikaner > Mandawa > Jaipur > Delhi

16 Days Offbeat Rajasthan Tour from Delhi

Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome to Delhi

Delhi International Airport

Welcome to the political and Cultural Capital of India – Delhi. Traditional welcome at the airport by our representative and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Delhi – Pushkar (390 km from Delhi, 07 hrs drive)

After a early breakfast proceed half day sightseeing tour of Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British Empire.

Rashtrapati BhawanVisit the India Gate and the grand Government buildings, the President’s House, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial and also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple and the 11th century Qutab Minar.

Qutub Minar

After lunch we leave for Pushkar. On arrival check in to the hotel and freshen up. An interesting dinner under the stars with the Rajasthani cultural folk music and dances awaits you. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 3: Pushkar

brahma temple pushkar

After breakfast, go for a full day sightseeing and visit the Brahma temple (said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity) Pushkar Lake, Man Mahal and Savitri temple in Pushkar.

Pushkar Lake

Also visit the famous Dargah Sharif at Ajmer. Relax at the resort after a full day of sightseeing and shopping. Overnight at the resort in Pushkar.

Ajmer Sharif

Day 4: Pushkar – Jojawar (160 km from Pushkar, 3½ hrs drive)

After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and enjoy a beautiful drive to Jojawar. Check in to the hotel and lunch at the hotel. After lunch we proceed for an amazing insight into the village life and its surroundings on the back of the famous Marwari Horses.

Jojawar

Return back well in time to enjoy the Rajasthani dinner, dance and music, a perfect end to a lovely day. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 5: Jojawar

A very exciting day awaits you; after breakfast we start the day with train Safari which is one of the major attractions at Jojawar.

jojawar train safariThe train safari takes you through the beautiful & scenic Aravallis passing through tunnels and bridges overlooking the dazzling lake and the forest around it. This gives a good insight into the local tribal life.

The train journey will be followed by the Jeep safari organized to the neighboring tribal and Rebari settlements where one could interact and peep into the rich rural culture of Rajasthan and later visit a famous tribal horse lord temple where high tea is served just around sunset.

jojawar jeep safariEnthusiasts could also opt for four wheel driving. A real exciting day comes to an end and we look forward to a beautiful dinner under the stars.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 6: Jojawar – Udaipur (150 km from Jojawar, 3hrs drive)

After breakfast we drive to Udaipur, the city of lakes. The city was built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot in the continent of India.

City Palace udaipur

jagdish temple udaipur

Saheliyon ki bari udaipur

pichola lake udaipur

Visit the City Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Sahelion Ki Bari (Queen’s resort for their friends) Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. We will also visit the Shilpgram, a tribute to the Rajasthani rural life and the craftsmen.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Udaipur.

Day 7: Udaipur – Jodhpur (185 kms from Udaipur, 4-5 hrs drive)

After breakfast proceed by road to Jodhpur. Enroute visit the Ranakpur Jain Temples.

Ranakpur Jain Temple

Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, and for a much older Sun Temple which lies opposite the former. In general, the Jain temples of Ranakpur present a distinct style of their own. The ceilings of the temples are adorned with foliage scroll work and geometric patterns. The top and bottom part of the domes are joined by Brackets with figures of deities on them.

Arrival in Jodhpur and visit the Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum.

Umaid Bhawan Palace MuseumEvening at leisure and over night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 8: Jodhpur – Dabdi (70 kms from Jodhpur, 1½ hrs drive)

Check out of the hotel after an early morning breakfast and start the day with the morning sight seeing of Jodhpur which includes the massive Mehrangarh fort.

mehrangarh-fort-jodhpur

This massive Mehrangarh fort came first and around it grew the city of Jodhpur protected by a high stone wall with seven gates and countless bastions) en route Osian.

osianOn arrival at the resort we begin our adventure of the camel safari. Packed lunch will be served in the afternoon arrival at village Bikamkor with a packed lunch. On arrival you will be met by our Safari staff and Camel riders. Then start your Camel Safari for village Dabdi, a two hour ride. Just before sunset, arrive at your exclusive mobile safari camp. Enjoy an evening under the stars followed by a candlelit dinner. Over night at the Dabdi dunes. Distance covered-9 kms.

Day 9: Dabdi – Osian

After breakfast we will start our safari through the Thar Desert. After a four hour ride we approach the oasis village ‘Khetasar’ where we visit the local weavers and the potters. Here lunch will be served by the oasis or at a village hut. After lunch resume the safari for the resort covering a total distance of 25 Km.

Khetasar

Alternatively for those not wanting to proceed to the resort by camel, Jeeps will be waiting to take you to the resort and there the afternoon can be spent enjoying the swimming pool located on the highest sand-dune.

Evening folk entertainment followed by dinner. Overnight at the resort in Osian.

Day 10 : Osian – Sodakore (200 kms from Osian, 5 hrs drive)

After breakfast take a short tour of the famous Osian Temples and then proceed to Sodakore.

osian-templesOsian temple is a cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 11th  centuries. The city was a major religious centre of the kingdom of Marwar during the Pratihara dynasty. Of the 18 shrines in the group, the Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira stands out in their grace and architecture.

Sodakore

Arrival at the nature resort in Sodakore which offers Organic food, farm fresh dairy and poultry products. In the evening enjoy the village safaris interacting with the vibrant village community and a walk around the Amla Orchard.

Overnight at the resort with cultural dinner.

Day 11 : Sodakore – Jaisalmer – Sam (110 kms from Sodakore, 3 hrs drive)

Check out of the resort after breakfast and proceed for sightseeing of Jaisalmer which includes the golden-hued Jaisalmer fort, Nathmalji ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim singh ki Haveli.

Jaisalmer Fort

patwon ki haveli jaisalmer

After sightseeing of Jaisalmer proceed for the Sam Sand Dunes, the perfect place to enjoy & experience a desert life.

jaisalmerEnjoy the sun set on the back of Camel in the dunes followed by dance, music, cocktails and dinner in the dunes under the stars.

Overnight at the camp in Sam.

Day 12 : Sam – Bikaner (380 kms from Jaisalmer, 6-7 hrs drive)

After breakfast proceed by road to Bikaner enjoying the small villages and rural sights of Rajasthan with its sand dunes. Over night stay in Bikaner.

Day 13 : Bikaner – Mandawa (190 km from Bikaner, 4hrs drive)

junagarh-fort-palaceAfter breakfast visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588-1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Mughal Emperor Akbar’s army followed by the Karnimata Temple at Deshnok; famous as the rat temple.

Karni Mata Temple Karni Mata Temple

Also visit the prestigious camel breeding farm in the evening around 1530hrs and proceed to Mandawa, a small and bustling town in the Shekhawati region lying north of Jaipur.

beautiful-Havelis-of-the-Shekhawati-region

Its importance lies in the splendidly frescoed havelis or mansions – mostly constructed by the prosperous merchants, between the 18th and 20th centuries.

Overnight at the hotel in Mandawa.

Day 14: Mandawa – Jaipur (160 km from Mandawa, 4hrs drive)

After brunch check out of the hotel and start for Jaipur. Arrival in Jaipur by the evening and check in to the hotel.

Day 15 : Jaipur

amber fort jaipur

Full day sightseeing of Jaipur which includes places of interest like the City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort.

City Palace jaipur

Jantar Mantar jaipurThe steep approach to the Amber Palace gives you an opportunity to enjoy an elephant ride up the hill like a King and a Queen with a scintillating view of the lake below surrounded by hills.

Elephant ride to the fort

Late evening free for independent activities or shopping. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16 : Jaipur – Delhi (260 km from Jaipur, 5 hrs drive approx))

After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Delhi Airport as per your further flight.

End of Tour

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7 Days Odisha Tour

Konark temple

Odisha (formerly Orissa), an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples. Our tour of Odisha from Bhubaneswar is an enchanting journey which explores Odisha’s unique past, the art forms and a visit to the Bhitarkanika National Park. If you like history, ancient temples, mysterious manuscripts and wildlife, then this tour is for you. It is also a treat for photographers and nature lovers!

Duration:  7 Days / 6 Nights

Places:  Bhubaneswar > Puri > Raghurajpur > Pipili > Bhubaneswar > Ratnagiri > Udaygiri > Lalitagiri > Ratnagiri > Bhubaneswar

7 Days Odisha Tour from Bhubaneswar

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Bhubaneswar

Arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport. On arrival meet & assist at the airport followed by transfer to puri.

Bhubaneswar Airport

Over Nights stay at Hotel.

Day 02: Konark Tour (35 km from Puri)

After breakfast, visit to Konark temple (Sun Temple).

Konark templeKonark temple is a 13th century sun temple (also known as black pagoda). It was constructed by oxidized & weathered sandstone. It is one of the seventh wonder of India.

golden beach of puri

Back to Puri. Leisure time to spend at golden beach of puri (One of the finest beach of India).

Over Night stay at Puri.

Day 03 : Puri – Raghurajpur – Pipili – Bhubaneswar (75 km)

After breakfast check out from Hotel.

raghurajpur patachitra raghurajpur patachitraProceed towards Raghurajpur (Patachitra village), 12 km from Puri. After that proceed towards color village of Pipili. It is famous for designing beautiful appliqué handicrafts. It is a town of artisans famous for their colorful fabrics. After that proceed towards Bhubaneswar. Check in to hotel. Over night stay at Bhubaneswar.

Day 04: Bhubaneswar Sightseeing

dhauli bhubaneswar

After Breakfast proceed towards Dhauli where Emperor Ashoka after the bloody battle & his victory over the kingdom of kalinga renounced warfare & embraced the teaching of Buddha.

ashoka rock edict dhauliAlso visit the Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa built in the early 1970 &  the two ancient rock edict dating from 260 BC which outline Ashokas detained instructions to his administrators to rule with gentleness & fairness.

khandagiri CavesAfter that proceed towards Khandagiri & udaygiri, the caves of Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hills) command a unique position in the filed of history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. Back to Hotel. Dinner at hotel. Over night stay at Bhubaneswar.

Day 05 : Ratnagiri – Udaygiri – Lalitagiri (110 km from Bhubaneswar)

After a relaxed morning drive towards Ratnagiri. Check in to hotels.

ratnagiri odishaUdayagiri Caves udayagiri odisha

Campus of Pushpagiri University at Lalitgiri lalitgiri odishaPost lunch proceed towards Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, Lalitgiri ( Buddhist Monasteries, stupas and museums) also Known as diamond triangle of Buddhist heritage.  Also visit at the Campus of Pushpagiri University at Lalitgiri.

Back to Hotel. Overnight at Ratnagiri.

Day 06 : Bhitarkanika National Park (110 km distance from Ratnagiri) 

After breakfast proceed towards Bhitarkanika . It is famous for Salt Water crocodile, Indian Python, deer.

Bhitarkanika National Park Bhitarkanika is a hot-spot of biodiversity. It’s home  to largest population of giant salt water crocodile in India.

Bhitarkanika National Park

Also home to more than 215 species of birds including amazing eight variety of Kingfishers. It is the second largest viable Mangrove  Eco-System in India Harbors more than 70 species of Mangrove and its associates.

Bhitarkanika National Park Gahirmatha is known to be one of the largest rookery for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.

Back to Hotel. Overnight at Ratnagiri.

Day 07 : Airport Drop

Post breakfast check out from hotel. Proceed towards Bhubaneswar by NH- 5. Drop to the Airport for further journey back home.

End of Tour

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16 Days Leh to Amritsar Tour

Leh Palace leh ladakh

This beautiful Leh to Amritsar Tour of North India is one of our most popular tour packages and has been perfected over the years to deliver most awesome experiences any traveler would wish for. This tour plan is best for families and small groups, photographers, writers and for those who are lovers at heart.

Duration:  16 Days / 15 Nights

Places:  Delhi > Leh > Likir > Alchi > Leh > Tsokar > Jispa > Manali > McLeodganj > Amritsar > Delhi

16 Days Leh to Amritsar Tour

Tour Details

Day-1. Arrive Delhi

Meet assistance at airport and transfer to hotel.

Delhi International Airport

Overnight hotel

Day-2 Flight Delhi-Leh.

Transfer to the domestic terminal for the spectacular early morning flight over the Himalaya to Leh.

Leh

The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude (3,500m). Overnight Hotel.

Day-3.  In Leh

After breakfast full day sightseeing of famous monasteries Shey, & Thiksey. Afternoon visit Shankar monastery.

Shey Monastery

Overnight hotel

Day-4. Leh-Likir-Alchi

Drive to monastery at Likir, a beautiful building, reminiscent of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. From here we drive to Yangtang village from where there is the option to walk to Rizong monastery, set hidden in a valley.

Rizong monastery

This solitary gompa is renowned for its strict monastic teachings. Just below in a grove of apricots is a small nunnery, which is inhabited by young nuns from the Nubra Valley who have come here to study Buddhism. After Rizong we rejoin the Indus again, which we follow to Saspol. Just after the village we cross this mighty river and drive to Alchi, a pretty village set in a grove of apricot trees. Barley fields surround the village and at harvest time the village is a buzz of activity.

Alchi Village

Overnight in Traditional Guest House

Day-5. In Alchi

We visit the famous Alchi Monastery.

Alchi-monasteryThe main attraction in Alchi is the monastery, which is the most important cultural site in Ladakh. Built in the 11th century, it is a treasure trove of early Buddhist art in the Kashmiri tradition, a style quite different from the Tibetan art found in Ladakh’s other monasteries. It was founded by Rinchen Zangpo who was said to have built 108 temples in Ladakh and is responsible for reviving interest in Buddhism at that time.

lamayuru-monastery

Next we make an excursion to Lamayuru. The drive takes us through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ladakh. This part of Ladakh is where 50 million years ago the continents crashed together and the Himalaya were formed. There will be time to explore the monastery and the village before driving back to Alchi. Overnight in Traditional Guest House

Day-6. Drive to Leh

After breakfast we drive back to Leh visiting Basgo Fort en route.

Basgo Fort Ladakh

The rest of the afternoon is free for individual exploration. The old town and the local bazaar are well worth a visit. Overnight Hotel

Day-7.Free day in Leh. 

There are options to visit some of the monasteries in the Leh valley, or to take a jeep trip to the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 5,602m.

Khardungla-Pass

These activities can be arranged and paid for locally and your leader will have details. Overnight Hotel

Day-8. Drive to Tsokar Lake 6 Hrs drive

 An early start as we leave Leh and begin our journey along the legendary road from Leh to Manali across the Great Himalayan Range.

tsokar-lake-in-ladakh

This journey rates as one of the classic road journeys of the world. From Leh we follow the Indus River for a short while before turning away to climb to the Taglang La. At 5,328 m., this pass is the second highest road pass in the world. The road winds its way up through a spectacular landscape to the prayer flags at the top. Descending from the pass we leave the main road for a while to visit Tsokar Lake. We camp about a mile from the lake (due to ecological reasons camping is not allowed on the lake shore). Overnight Fixed Camp

Day-9. Tsokar – Jispa 8-9 Hrs drive

A long drive today as we climb through a stunning wind eroded landscape of earth and rock pillars to the Nakli La and further on to the Lachalung La.

Lachalung La

We then descend the Gata Loops, an amazing series of 22 hairpin bends. The highest point today is Baralacha Pass (4,845m, Continue driving to Jispa for the night. Overnight Guest House

Day-10. Drive to Manali

Crossing our last pass, the Rhotang La (3,985 m). This takes us over the Himalayas and from here the scenery changes dramatically – we leave the barren mountains behind and descend into the green and fertile Kulu Valley to Manali.

manali market

Overnight Hotel

Day-11.  In Manali

We have a full day to explore Manali. Manali is surrounded by beautiful fir and pine forests and there are lovely walks in and around the town. The ancient wooden Hadimba Devi Temple is the most important temple in Manali.

Hadimba Devi Temple

Overnight Hotel

Day-12: Manali-Mandi 6 Hrs drive

Drive to Mandi. En-route we will visit Rewalsar where a charming hilltop lake is revered by Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists, who have each built their temples on its banks.

Rewalsar Lake

Overnight Hotel

Days-13/14.  McLeodganj

Today we drive to the hill station of Dharamsala. This was a quiet unassuming town until 1959. This all changed when H.H Dalai Lama settled here after fleeing from Tibet at the time of the Chinese invasion.

McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj is the upper part of the town and is the area with the greatest Tibetan influence and is where we are based for two nights. We have a full day to explore the town.

Day-15. McLeodganj- Amritsar

We drive to Amritsar, the Sikh’s holiest city and in the afternoon we visit the Golden Temple, their main shrine.

Golden Temple Amritsar

Golden Temple Amritsar

We can also visit the nearby Jalianwala Gardens, site of the notorious massacre under General Dyer in 1919, which led to 319 Sikhs being shot by British troops.

Jallianwala Bagh

Overnight Hotel

Day-16. Transfer to Airport. Depart Home

End of Tour

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