North India

Cultural and Trekking Adventure with Suzanne Al Houby

Level

Easy – Moderate

Duration

10 days

Time to travel

October-November  and February-July

Route

Arrival Delhi, Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Pathankot, Dharamsala, Guna Devi, Bahl Village , Dharamsala, Amritsar, Departure Amritsar

This 10-day trip takes you to India’s so-called Golden Triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur), with a rich backdrop of fascinating local culture, monumental architecture and historical splendor. You will also enjoy a memorable journey into Indian Himalayas with spectacular view of the snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar ranges and Kangra Valley. You’ll explore some of the most compelling highlights of northern India with mesmerizing enhance of Rajasthan culture with lots of fun activities, admire the historical monuments of Agra & Fatehpur Sikri, and journey towards Himalayas, where our carefully planned itinerary balances fabulous trekking and sublime views across the Himalayas with visits to local villages, finally ending up at the historic city of Amritsar.        

Facts

Facts:

Activity:  trekking, cultural sightseeing , camping

Highest Altitude: 2310 m

Our operation:

All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Our adventure activities give you the opportunity to connect with the local culture in a personally meaningful way.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel; Half day sightseeing of Delhi

Arrive at the International Airport of Delhi and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Afternoon, we proceed for the half-day sightseeing tour of Delhi covering Jama Masjid, is the largest mosque of Old Delhi and it was built between 1644 – 1658 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. Then visit Rajghat which is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi located on the bank of Yamuna River. It is located in Old Delhi opposite to the Red Fort and next to Chandni Chowk. Afterwards we drive pass through Colonial buildings such as the President’s House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931 and India Gate is a war memorial, also known as ‘All India War Memorial’. India Gate is 42m high located at the Centre of New Delhi across Rajpath. Evening drive back to Hotel for relax. Overnight at hotel.

Overnight Hotel Jivitesh http://www.jivitesh.com/ or similar.

Day 02: Drive to Jaipur with traditional Rajasthani Dinner (B, D)

After breakfast, drive towards Jaipur (Distance: 250km approx.)

Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City and is the colorful capital of Rajasthan with its rich cultural heritage and colorful past. It is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. Jaipur was established in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II the ruler of Amber and it is also known as ‘The City of Victory’. Reach Jaipur late in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel.

  

Evening drive to Chokhi Dhani – a model Rajasthani village where guests will have a feel of local culture. Reach the village and proceed for a walk around, see live traditional dance performances & puppet shows, enjoy short ride on camel back or bullock cart.

Later enjoy a traditional Rajasthani dinner at a Rajasthani Royal themed restaurant. After dinner return to hotel in Jaipur. Overnight at hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Heritage Palace http://theheritagepalace.com/ or similar

Day 03: Full day sightseeing of Jaipur (B, D)

Early morning Cycling tour of pink city (optional)

After breakfast, we drive to the ancient capital of Amber, 11 km away from Jaipur. Famous for its massive Amber Fort situated on the hill. Later, we proceed to visit the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Further we visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. We also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was specially built as a high screen wall so that the women of royal household could observe the street festivities while nobody can see them from outside.

Later, explore the bazaars with stunning Rickshaw ride in the pink city.

Late afternoon drive to Dera Amer for an exciting evening. Upon arrival guests will be greeted by resident elephants. After a short briefing on elephants by the caretakers, guests will participate in bathing and painting of elephants. Later proceed for an elephant safari through the nearby forest. Return to camp and enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

Overnight at hotel.

Overnight : Hotel Heritage Palace http://theheritagepalace.com/or similar

Day 4: Drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri (B)

After breakfast, drive towards Agra, en-route we visit Fatehpur Sikri. It was formally the capital of the Mughal Empire; this wonderfully preserved ‘ghost town’ was constructed by Emperor Akbar and it reflects his ideals in art, religion and architecture. The mosque is designed to hold ten thousand worshippers. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1585 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri due to lack of water, leaving this city much as we see it today. Reach Agra late in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. Evening free to relax at the hotel OR for independent activities.  Overnight at hotel.

Overnight Hotel Taj Villas http://www.hotelthetajvilas.com/ or similar

Day 5: Morning Sightseeing of Agra and later drive to Delhi to catch the Overnight train for Pathankot (B)

After breakfast, visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal (remains closed on every Friday). Taj Mahal is a symbol of eternal love which stands on the banks of River Yamuna; it was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj Mahal is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor.

Later also visit the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Mughal Emperors, whose mighty red sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jahangir and Shah Jahan.

Late afternoon drive to Delhi railway station to catch train to Pathankot. (Dep: 21:30hrs  Arr:06:00hrs)

Overnight: train

Day 6: Arrive Pathankot, drive to McLeodganj, later sightseeing of Dharamsala (B)

Arrive Pathankot railway station and drive towards Mc. Leodganj (Dharamsala) (Distance: 90km).

Dharamsala (2000m) is also known as Little Lhasa and home to his holiness Dalai Lama. Mcleodganj has one of the most mesmerising landscapes in the entire state of Himachal Pradesh.  Arrive and transfer to hotel for check-in for freshen up. Later visit Dalai Lama Temple in afternoon. Further visit Tibetan cultural center after that walk around the market and explore the surroundings. In the evening return back to hotel

Overnight Surya McLeod http://www.suryamcleod.com/ or similar.

Day 7: Hike to Guna Devi – Bahl (6hrs trek - B, L, D)

After breakfast, later in afternoon drive to Dharamkot (15mins drive) – starting point of the trek. We start walking through a leveled path for an hour to Naddi village. En-route we come across a Buddhist stupa and some meditation huts in the middle of the forest where old Tibetan monks lived and practiced meditation. From Naddi we have superb view of the peaks of Dhauladhar mountain range. Packed lunch enroute. We will continue walk for another one hour to reach Bhal village. It is steep ascent from here for another 1.5 – 2hrs to Guna Devi, a small Hindu temple in the middle of the forest, from where enjoy the most spectacular view of Dhauladhar range where mountains provide a flattering view of the Kullu Valley is thickly laid with Pine and Deodar trees covered with snow.

Later descend back to Bhal village where we spend chill night at camp with bonfire & dinner.

Overnight: camp

Day 8: Hike back to Dharamshala (3 hrs trek) (B)

After breakfast we start walking back to Dharamshala. The trek passes through Tibetan villages and will finally end up in McLeod Ganj.

Return to hotel and relax. Rest of the day free to explore the Himalayan town on your own.

Overnight Surya McLeod http://www.suryamcleod.com/ or similar.

Day 9: Drive to Amritsar (B)

After breakfast drive towards Amritsar. Reach Amritsar late in the evening & check-in to the hotel.

One of the most pristine cities with Guru-vaani humming from the Gurudwaras, Amritsar is renowned world over for the Golden Temple. Amritsar, literally meaning “holy pool of nectar” is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh Religion. 

If time Permits, evening attend the prayer ceremony at the Golden Temple, the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh community.

Overnight Hotel Ritz Plazahttp://www.ritzhotel.in/ or similar.

Day 10: Departure transfer to Amritsar airport for flight back home (B)

After breakfast, visit the Golden Temple and bazaars. Later transfer to Amritsar airport to board the flight for back home.

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Optional FB (full board meal plan) supplement cost:  USD 280 / KWD 86 per person

Optional Morning Cycling tour at Jaipur city cost:  USD 90 / KWD 28 per person

Trip Dates

2 February 2018

NOTES

All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change
All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.
The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions.

THIS INCLUDES

7 night Hotel accommodations on twin sharing bases, including breakfast as pet the hotels mentioned in above itinerary.
1Nights/2Days Trekking and Camping, including all trekking arrangements on full board with local trekking guide, camping equipment, full kitchen gear, camping staff, camping charges and support transportation as per the itinerary.
Tickets in overnight train journey from Delhi to Pathankot on 2nd Ac Sleeper train. Dep: 21:30Hrs Arr: 06:00Hrs.
All monument entrances at Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Dharamshala as per the sightseeing places mentioned in above itinerary.
English speaking Local cultural guides during the sightseeing.
Elephant bathing, painting & safari, followed by dinner at Dera Amer, Jaipur.
Visit and dinner at Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur
Lunch included on day trek 7 in Dharamshala.
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with driver, fuel and road taxes for the whole trip including journey, sightseeing and arrival/departure transfers as per the itinerary.
Service taxes 9%

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

International and domestic flights
Travel insurance
Visa and visa fees
Optional activities/ optional cycling tour
Meals not described / Optional FB supplement
Beverages
Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, beverages,
International departure tax
Gratuities
High season supplement

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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