Nepal – Bhutan & Sikkim Tour
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Nepal – Bhutan & Sikkim Tour
● Kathmandu● Paro ● Thimpu ● Punkha● Kalimpong● Gangtok● Darjeeling
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The tour gives you a unique chance to experience mystical Himalayan Kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan besides Sikkim and Darjeeling in north East India. Start your tour with Capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, so rich in architecture and culture that the entire valley has earned the status of World Heritage Site. Next, fly to the hidden dragon kingdom of Bhutan. The ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ will allure you with ancient cultures, architecture, exotic festivals and the timeless practice of Buddhism. We then drive to an old kingdom of Sikkim located between Nepal and Bhutan which is now part of India. Encompassed by pure natural beauty, this small but captivating state offers a spectacular view of mighty Kanchenjunga. Towards the end, visit Darjeeling popularly known as the “Queen of the Hills” and also famous for Darjeeling Tea and home to Himalayan Railway that is also now a world heritage site.
The landlocked country, Nepal is a Birthplace of the Buddha, home of Gurkhas, roof of the world, land of legend and beauty. Within its intricate lanes, Nepal contains an absolutely remarkable diversity of cultures and landscapes. The mystics ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ has an allure of ancient cultures, architecture, exotic festivals and the timeless practice of Buddhism. A trip to the unparalleled destination of North East India, Sikkim discloses some of the amazing tourist destinations. Encompassed by pure natural beauty, this small but captivating state offers a spectacular view of mighty Kanchenjunga.
Day 1: Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Located in Kathmandu Valley, city is the cultural center. The city boasts of several tourist attractions that are worth exploring.
Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu
In the morning city tour of Kathmandu.
We will start our Kathmandu sightseeing tour with a visit to Durbar Square, which was a royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century. The palace is also known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square. The square is surrounded by wonderful architecture displaying the skills of Newar craftsman. It is a UNSECO World Heritage Site.
Then we will move ahead to visit one of most beautiful attractions in the city, Kumari Chowk. It is a house of the living goddess. The Kumari is a young girl who is the reincarnation of Taleju. She was discovered when she was about four years old after passing many tests. She did not show fear from the severed head of a water buffalo; she had to select items that belonged to the last incarnation of the Kumari from many objects to prove that she was the reincarnation of the Goddess.
Then we will move forward to see Swayambhunath. It is an ancient religious complex that is perched high in the Kathmandu valley. It is also known as the monkey temple and is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The complex encompasses a stupa, temples and shrines and provides a spectacular view of Kathmandu valley.
Afternoon, we shall visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath.
Pashupatinath Temple, the oldest Hindu shrine in Nepal and also the most sacred place of worship for Hindus. The temple is dedicated to Lord Pashupatinath. It is a UNSECO World Heritage Site.
Then we shall go to visit Boudhnath Stupa which is the largest stupa in Asia. The stupa is located on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu, built in 14th century after Mughal invaded the city. Being the holiest Buddhist Temple outside Tibet, it is a center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu.
Overnight stay at hotel.
In the morning visit Bhadgaon or Bhaktapur as it is now called.
Bhaktapur is the best preserved city of the country. Till date, the former name of the city- Bhadgaon meaning the City of Devotees -is used by locals. Bhaktapur houses three major squares full of lofty temples that comprise some of the finest sacred architecture in the entire country.
In the afternoon we shall visit once a ferociously self-governing city-state, Patan is located in the suburb of Kathmandu, detached only by the misty Baghmati River. A visit to Patan is remarkable because of Durbar Square as it has best collection of temples and palaces. It comprises of the Royal Palace, which encompasses an opulently ornamented bathtub, and the two-tiered brick Jagannarayan Temple.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4:Kathmandu – Paro
Transfer to Kathmandu airport to board a flight to Paro to visit Bhutan.
Arrive at Paro airport and transfer to hotel.
The beautiful valley of Paro is situated on the confluence of two rivers and is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom. Fertile rice fields and crystalline rivers gushing down the valley, traditional style houses are make it a picturesque valley.
Rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5: PARO
In the morning visit Drukgyel Dzong, also known as Fortress of the victorious Bhutanese. It was erected by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in year 1696 to commemorate victory over the Tibetan armies. Though the fortress has been destroyed in a fire, site of ruins still remains very impressive.
Proceed through the valley to visit Ta Dzong, the national museum. Housed in 17th century watch tower, it offers picturesque views over the valley. The national museum houses a unique collection of fine arts, textiles, jewelry, handicrafts and the most popular section of the museum is stamp hall. The hall has a unique collection of 3 D stamps, record stamps, silken stamps, embosses stamps and very famous around the world triangular yeti stamp.
Take a short tour down to Rinpung Dzong was built in 1646 AD by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. A stroll to Dzong through the bridge offers a panoramic view of the Dzong. It is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese monastery.
Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro town.
Stroll around the market and return to hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Paro – Thimpu(65 KM, 2 Hours )
After breakfast leave for Thimpu.
Arrive and check in at hotel.
Thimpu is the capital city of fascinating country, Bhutan. A large gate and a stupa welcome visitor to the city. Thimpu’s charm is still prevalent in the juxtaposition of old and new. Thimpu is not only famous for traditional Buddhist monasteries, but it also offers cafes, bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. If you are looking for the balance between the old and the new then this city is the key to that treasure.
Visit Memorial Chorten
. Established in 1974 as a memorial to the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, this large Tibetan style chorten is one of the most visible religious sites of the city. The overwhelmed chorten, with its lofty golden dome, is ornamented with opulently painted extensions facing the basic four directions, and features intricate mandalas, figurines and a temple devoted to the popular king.
Changgangkha Temple is one of the oldest temples in Thimpu valley. It was Built in 15th century by the founder of Drukpa sect. The temple was renovated at the end of 20th century and resembles a fortress. This sacred site is mostly visited to seek blessing from the deity. One should not miss an excellent view of Back Bora from here.
Built by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa in 1641, Tashicho Dzong is one of the most impressive structures of Bhutan. The structure is the seat of Bhutanese government. The northern part of the dzong is still a summer residence of the royal family.
Also visit National Library and the school of arts and crafts.
The national library is the main spiritual repository and research facility dedicated to preservation and promotion of the rich literary, cultural and religious heritage of our country. if you are interested in Bhutanese religion, history, traditions and lifestyle, then a visit to this library is a must as it a treasure trove of documents related to Bhutan.
Day 7: Thimpu – Punakah -Thimpu
ThimpuDay excursion to Punakha, the road winds up to from Simtokha Dzong into Pine forest and through villages for 20 km. Punakha is regarded as the winter capital of the country. The Punakha valley offers the first glimpse of the Himalayan Range. It is breathtaking to watch the sun setting and the distant mountains changing its hues.
Visit Punakha Dzong which is strategically located at the confluence of two rivers. It served as Bhutan’s winter capital for over 300 years. Built in 1637 by Ngawang Namgyel, it is the most glorious structure that dominates the valley.
Drive back to Thimpu for overnight stay.
Day 8: Thimpu – Phuntsholing(180 KM, 6 Hours )
Breakfast at the hotel and then leave for Phuntsholing.
En-route stop and visit Chukha Hydel Project.
Chukha Hydel Project is one of the largest investments undertaken in Bhutan in the history. It offers a scenic view to the tourist of the surroundings. The lush green mountains and gushing water streams have made it a great stopover for the tourist.
Arrive at Phuntsholing and check in at hotel.
Phuntsholing is a gateway to Bhutan. It shows a fascinating mix of cultures, people, languages and costumes. The town offers a scenic view of the Himalayan slopes covered with orchids.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9: Phuntsholing – Gangtok(170 KM, 7 Hours )
In the morning leave for Kalimpong and after arrival check in at hotel.
Perched on a Himalayan crest enclosed with lush green forests and overlooking the meandering Teesta River, Kalimpong is a captivating hill station near Darjeeling. Kalimpong is a tranquil town situated in the lap of Nature from where the skyline of mountains resembles a green ocean and Kanchenjunga offers a imposing view when one gazes at it from Deolo Hill.
Drive to old Bhutanese Ruins where old Bhutanese monastery stood.
Go for shopping of interesting souvenirs at Haat Bazaar.
Haat Bazaar in Kalimpong is a local village market that is set up on every Wednesday and Saturday. It is a scenic market as you can experience the lifestyle and culture of local people. You can savor the taste of local food such as momos, alu thukpa, and phambis. Rishi Road offers you to buy wonderful items such as Dallay Khorsani, Kalimpong cheese and lollypops, fing, handmade paper products, Tibetan art and crafts.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10: Kalimpong – Gangtok
GangtokIn the morning drive to Gangtok.
Gangtok, capital city of Sikkim State, is a perfectly landscaped town which is nestled amidst some spectacular sceneries and glorious snowcapped hills. Gangtok became a popular tourist pilgrimage because of the magnificent and extraordinary Buddhist monasteries. Due to these beautiful monasteries, Gangtok has earned the title of “Land of Monasteries”. Gangtok is also a land of bright sunrise and lush greens, which inspires, impresses and enchants all.
Arrive and check in at hotel.
In the afternoon leave for sightseeing of Gangtok. We will first visit Directorate of handicrafts and handlooms is a major center for learning in Sikkim. The center preserves languishing tradition of culture through its vibrant art and craft. Established in the year 1957, the center is a hub of activity, development and progress. Some of the items that can be found in center are Thangka paintings, wooden carved, carpets, handlooms, cane and bamboo works.
Then visit Enchey Monastery. Established in 1909, Enchey monastery belongs to Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. The monastery is located over a stunning ridge of a hill. The monastery provides a wonderful view of Mount Kanchenjunga. The monastery houses number of images of gods, Goddesses, and religious objects, topped with shining golden cupola. Buddha, Loki Sharia and Guru Padmasambhava are worshipped in the monastery.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11: Gangtok
In the morning visit Do Drul Chorten Stupa. Situated on a hillock, Do Drul Chorten Stupa is one of the most important Chortens of Sikkim. The place is marked by its golden dome, which is visible from various places of the city. It is believed that the place was haunted by evil spirits and in order to remove those evil spirits, Trulshig Rinpoche built a stupa.
Hanuman Tok temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is perched beautifully over a hill. The temple offers a magnificent view of the capital city Gangtok.
Research Institute of Tibetology founded in 1958 to promote the religion, culture, history, art and craft of the Tibetan culture. It houses a library which is a trove of largest collection of Tibetan works. The museum holds a huge collection of statues, ritual objects, traditional art objects, Thangkas and ancient manuscripts in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Lepcha.
The Ganesh tok temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The path leading to the temple is decorated with colorful flags and each flag has a sacred inscription written. It is the most famous temple in Sikkim.
Tashi view point offers a delightful view of Mount Kanchenjunga. It offers an unforgettable view of sunrise where you witness the mountains changing various hues.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12: Gangtok – Dargeeling
In the morning transfer to Darjeeling.
Darjeeling is a beautiful hill resort located in the eastern Himalayas and has earned the title of Queen of Hills. This small hill resort is cuddled up modestly on the lap of Eastern Himalayan ranges and boasts of burbling rivers, lush green meadows, flowering valleys, gushing waterfalls, majestic mountains and the main magnetism – gleaming peak of Mount Kanchenjunga. During the British Raj, the hill resort was the popular summer resort.
Arrive and check in at hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Dargeeling
Early morning, drive to tiger hill by jeep to get a wonderful view of the sunrise on the Himalayas. Tiger Hill is located at the distance of 11 km from Darjeeling and provides a spectacular view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga.
Later enjoy Toy train joy ride between Darjeeling and Ghum Monastery. The Toy Train built between 1879 and 1881, is so special that it has been given the UNESCO World Heritage status. It is a romantic journey and a unique ride with picturesque mountain views. The train passes by many village and you can have a glimpse of children waving at you while you take this relaxes and charming ride through the hills.
Later go for city tour of Darjeeling, we will first visit Mountaineering Institute. Established in 1954, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling was set up to encourage mountaineering as a sport. The institute was built to commemorate the success of Tenzing so that he could impart his skills to all those who were interested in mountaineering. The complex comprises of a Swiss stylized house for Sherpa trainers, residential school for mountaineering students, and a well-equipped museum which displays mountaineering artifacts and many expedition displays.
Then we shall visit Lebong Race Course, highest racecourse in Asia. It is beautifully nestled in the lap of the Himalayas and aromatic tea gardens.
Darjeeling is known as the Mecca of Tea as it boasts of sprawling tea estates. There are 80 Odd Tea Gardens in Darjeeling. You can spend some time in Tea gardens, visit the tea factory, glare the role of a tea taster, and talk to the tea pickers, taste fresh brewed tea.
Day 14: Kalimpong – Bagdogra Airport(95 KM, 3 Hours )
In the Morning transfer to Bagdogra airport to board a flight to onward destination.
3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Diwali)
4, 11, 18, 25 (Holi Week)
7, 14, 21, 28 (Pushkar)
2, 9, 16, 23, 30
5, 12, 19, 26
6, 13, 20, 27
2, 9, 16, 23, 30
4, 11, 18, 25
6, 13, 20, 27
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
6, 13, 20, 27 (Holi)
5, 12, 19, 26*
*Dates in bold indicate important festival period.
Nett per person cost
Minimum 02 person
Airfare: Economy Class
Additional Services Supplements
01 pax traveling alone
Accompanying language speaking guide till Jaipur. (2 pax)
Validity: From April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016 |
* Indicative price subject to change at the time of issue.
TOUR COST INCLUDES
● Accommodation based on double/twin sharing room at the hotels mentioned or similar for 13 nights.
● Accommodation will be on bed and breakfast basis.
● Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle with driver for transfers, excursions and sightseeing.
● The entrance to places of tourist interest mentioned in the itinerary. (Single visit per site).
● Services of English or any other language speaking local guide throughout the trip.
● (Accommodation and meals in different hotels)
● Rickshaw ride in Jaipur.
● Use of non-polluting electric bus in Fatehpur Sikri.
● Welcome and assistance on arrival and departure by our airport representative.
● All road toll charges, parking fee, fuel cost, interstate taxes, and porter services at all hotels and stations.
● Currently applicable taxes.
TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
● International air fare.
● Visa fee and service charges if service provided for issuance of visas.
● Expense of personal nature like drinks, and also food drinks not forming part of the group menus, room service or mini-bar consumption, laundry, medical expenses, telephony and internet services, camera or video camera fee at monuments and tips.
● Personal Insurance is not included in the cost, hence any cost involving health which may include any type of medical expense or medication and any
cost derived due to illness would be charged extra. It is advised to take a personal travel insurance
● Cost of Optional or add-on tours unless mentioned otherwise.
● Airport taxes and airport departure tax normally included in the international tickets.
● Meals other than those mentioned as included in the itinerary.
● Services not mentioned in the 'The price includes' box.
● Travellers should carry a valid tourist visa for
● The price provided is based on the prices and taxes existing at the time of calculation. Any increase in the airfare, in routing due to withdrawal of existing flights, taxes change if any would be advised at the time of booking.
● Any change in rate of exchange leading to an increase in the cost of the tour, which may come into effect prior to departure would be informed at the time of booking.
● Minimum reporting time in India for International flights in India is three hours and for internal flights is hour and a half.
● Child without bed - Is an individual under 12 years of age, sharing the room with 2 Full Paying adults and without a bed.
● Triple rooms do not exist in India, most hotels use roll away beds which is placed once you arrive at the hotel. The room size is the same as a Double Room.
● Once an air ticket is issued, any change of date or cancellation would attract a penalty charge levied by the airlines. Your sales officer will advise you the
amount at the time of making the date change.
● The tour will be operated, subject to a minimum of 06 full paying adult passengers. In the event that the group size is less than 06 adult passengers, you will be given an option of travelling as an individual tourist with private services. Additional supplement might apply. The Tour will be conducted on a seat-in-coach basis for group strength of 20- 25 persons, with the assistance of a local representative.
● Travel Insurance for the duration of the tour is not included in the tour price. However, any passengers who wish to take an insurance cover can request for it at an additional charges.
● The right to vary, amend or withdraw any particular itinerary, departure or excursion rests entirely with the company. Due to demand in particular airline in/ out points may change. Service, will however remain unchanged. Hotels / Flights / Airlines / Itinerary / Route subject to change without notice
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It is the capital of India since 1912 and the second most populous city in the country . Located in the center of the province of Delhi, is divided into two parts ( old and new ) and it can be admired forts, palaces , tombs and temples of the most varied styles with government buildings in colonial style, modern industries , trades and residential areas all with modern amenities . We recommend visiting the Red Fort, the Jama Masijd , Raj Ghat and the India Gate in the Old Town . In the new area we suggest the Qutab Minar, Birla Temple and the Sikh Temple.
The Kingdom’s capital city is home to approximately 100,000 inhabitants including the Royal family. This bustling little city is the main center of commerce, religion and government in the country.
Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers, however it still retains its’ cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization.Thimphu is one of the few towns in Bhutan that have been equipped with ATM banking facilities and is a good place to stock up on some currency.
One of the most curious features of Thimphu is that it is the only capital city in the world that does not use traffic lights. Instead a few major intersections have policemen standing in elaborately decorated booths (small pavilions), directing traffic with exaggerated hand motions. The juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modernity make Thimphu the ideal location for visitors to break away from their tour itinerary and just immerse themselves in the lifestyle of contemporary Bhutanese.
Dochula pass is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.
Known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens- the construction of these108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The pass is also popular spiritual destination for both locals and tourists because an important temple is located on the crest of Dochula pass.
The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple) was built in honor of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The past and future appears to merge in the details of the lhakhang (temple) and its structure tells the story of a supreme warrior figure, whose vision pierces the distant future in a fine blend of history and mythology.
Bhutanese families enjoy visiting the pass during holidays and weekends to picnic and simply enjoy the scenery. It is common to see families and groups of friends seated amongst the chortens, enjoying a packed lunch and hot tea. For tourists this is ideal location to capture beautiful pictures of Himalayan mountain range during clear, warm days.
Punakha Dzongkhag has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of the most majestic structures in the country.
On October 13, 2011, the wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his fiancé, Jetsun Pema, was held at the Punakha Dzong.
Punakha valley has a pleasant climate with warm winters and hot summers. It is located at an average elevation of 1200 meters above sea level. Owing to the favorable climatic conditions, rice grows very well in this region and is the main cash crop cultivated here.
Two major rivers in Bhutan the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu converge in this valley. Punakha Dzong is built at the confluence of these two rivers and is an especially beautiful sight on sunny days with sunlight reflecting off the water onto its white-washed walls.
In addition to its structural beauty, Punakha Dzong is notable for containing the preserved remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifer of Bhutan as well as a sacred relic known as the Ranjung Karsapani. This relic is a self-created image of Avalokiteswara that miraculously emerged from the vertebrae of Tsangpa Gyarey the founder of the Drukpa School when he was cremated.
Wangdue Dzong has 14 temples, including Kunrey (assembly hall of monks). The Goenkhang has a figure of gonpo (Mahakala) carved on a stone slab.
Wangdue Dzong was razed to the ground on 26 June 2012. It is believed that the fire is caused by electrical short circuit. Though most of the Dzong expect for one monastery was destroyed, religious and historical relic managed to be rescued by volunteers and care keepers.
The name Simtokha literally means “Atop a Demon” and the legend associated with the dzong’s construction tells us that it was built in order to subdue an evil spirit that was harassing travelers in the region.
The dzong was modeled after the Gyal Gyad Tshel Institute of Ralung (Tibet) and is quite distinctive as its Utse or central tower has 12 sides. A large statue of Yeshay Gonpo (Mahakala) the chief protective deity of Bhutan is housed inside the Utse. Another interesting aspect of the dzong is that it contains the bed chambers of both Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and Jigme Namgyel two of the most important figures in Bhutanese history. Zhabdrung was the leader that first united Bhutan as a nation and Jigme Namgyel was the father of the first King of Bhutan Ugyen Wangchuck.
The dzong houses countless statues and paintings of various Buddhas, deities and religious figures including The Eight Manifestations of Guru Rimpoche, Jampelyang the Bodhisattava of Wisdom, Shakya Gyalpo the Buddha of Compassion and many more, all carved and painted in exquisite detail.
Paro valley extends from the confluence of the Paro Chhu and the Wang Chhu rivers at Chuzom upto Mt. Jomolhari at the Tibetan border to the North. This picturesque region is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom and is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley.
Accentuating the natural beauty are the many elegant, traditional-style houses that dot the valley and surrounding hills. Paro town has been growing rapidly in recent years and there are plenty of restaurants, bakeries and cafes to choose from. One of the distinctive features of Paro town is that it is situated in a flat valley bottom and follows a grid-like pattern. The central plaza is adorned with a large prayer wheel and a small amphitheater at which events such as concerts are often organized
Visitors often spend several days in Paro as there are over 155 temples and monasteries in this area, some dating as far back as 14th century. Among them is the temple that is considered Bhutan’s most iconic landmark Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest. This awe-inspiring temple was constructed upon a sheer cliff face, hundreds of meters above forests of oak and rhododendrons and the valley floor. Dzongdrakha Temple and Kila Gompa are secondary examples of cliff-side temples that are also located in Paro Dzongkhag.
The country’s first international airport is located in Paro. Due to the close proximity of the airport and the many historical and religious sites in the region there are a large number of luxurious, high-end tourist resorts in Paro.
Paro is also home to the National museum. The museum is set in Paro Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower that now displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artwork including traditional costumes, armour, weaponry and handcrafted implements for daily life. The collection at the National Museum preserves a snap-shot of the rich cultural traditions of the country.
Another site worth visiting Paro is Drugyel dzong or The Fortress of the Victorious Bhutanese. This dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 to commemorate his victory over marauding Tibetan armies. Though the fortress was destroyed by fire in 1951, the ruins remain an impressive and imposing sight.
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First Class 40 Kgs.
Executive Class 35 Kgs.
Economy Class (Y,B,M & H) 20 Kgs.
Economy Class (K,Q,V,W,G,L,U,S,T,X, N & E) 15 Kgs.
Infants not entitled to a seat (All economy classes) Nil
Local festivals may fall on the date of travel and it is possible that the visits to places of interest are modified by the local government or authorities for which we cannot be held responsible. The program would be amended accordingly so that none of the visits included are missed on an alternative provided.
(Wildlife Safari/ Boat ride/ Desert & Rural Safari/ Bicycle & Rickshaw Ride/ Animal Rides)
Boats: To take part in any boat ride, you need to be of average mobility to be able to climb on and off all these boats unaided; able to disembark onto makeshift docks without handrails, or onto muddy and slippery riverbanks.
Canters: These are large, open trucks with wooden bench seats in the back and used for safaris on sharing basis in the national parks.
Elephant ride at Amber Fort (Jaipur): Elephant rides can either be taken to the fort or from the fort based on the directives received from the Rajasthan State Tourism Board and are booked on first come-first serve basis. As such for Elephant ride at Amber Fort, an early departure from the hotel is recommended. Also note Elephant ride to or from the Fort is subject to same being operational and may be stopped due to various reasons by Rajasthan State Tourism Board
Important: At all times, our Tour Managers, Local Guides, and Representatives will assist and brief guests about these activities but cannot guarantee the uninterrupted services during their stay in Indian Subcontinent. All guests must bear full responsibilities for such activities releasing Indior Tours, its associates, its directors, its agents of any claim. It would be in your interest to buy a suitable insurance to cover all risks associated with such travel.
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In order not to encourage begging, we suggest that you should not distribute anything during your visits (candy, money, toys, pens etc.).Should you wish to made donations in cash or kind, please consult your guide who would provide you with the best advice.
We suggest that you spend your money to buy locally produced things made my local craftsmen and take them to the country of your origin and contribute to the local economy thus providing work to those in need.
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