Day 1 : Delhi
Now these are 3-wheel cycles with a sofa seat at the back. The Rickshawalla (Rickshaw driver) sits on a small cushion in the front and two passengers on the sofa seat behind. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. The ride would be accompanied by peals of laughter both from the passengers as well as the onlookers.
Amber Fort on Jeep
The grandeur of Amber Fort is simply mesmerizing, to say the least. Set on the dry & aging Aravali Hills that overlooks the Maota Lake at its forefront. We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a Jeep. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.
Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds is a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens.
The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The palace lies in the heart of the city and occupies the whole central grid. The fortified wall has seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and animals that lived in jungles, which surrounded the wall that time. Next, we visit the Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date.
This abandoned capital of the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empire’s splendor. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings.
Once the thriving capital of the Mughals for 10 years, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar during the 16th century. A perfect city with a unique architectural opulence that was divided into religious and secular parts, all in a constructive style with well-sculpted buildings.
One of the major highlights of the city of Agra - the magnificent Agra Fort is the symbol of power, strength and valor, as it stands today in full glory. Built by Emperor Akbar, it narrates the fascinating tales of the Mughal Empire as well as its glorious past. Besides, this imposing fort has a wonderful mixture of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles that will engage you and enthrall you.
city tour of New Delhi
Our tour includes a visit to the Qutab Minar - 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Then, we will continue our expedition with a drive to the Lutyens Delhi which is considered to be the corridors of power and serenity. Our tour includes a drive pass through the Rashtrapati Bhawan, this vast, intricate work of mixed Mughal and Western architecture is one of the largest presidential residences in the world We will also visit the Parliament House as well as witness the majestic India Gate – a powerful tribute to our brave soldiers.
Following our drive pass to the Lutyens Delhi area, we will now visit the Humayun’s Tomb (1586), built by the Emperor’s widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture.
tour of Old Delhi
Old Delhi is one of the best places to observe the great colossal of cultural and social convergence of old and new. This itinerary is packed with visits to the Jamma Mosque (1650) and a drive through the fabled area of Chandni Chowk (aptly translates to Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi. Visit the Raj Ghat and nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and thereafter Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.
The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaws. Now these are 3-wheel cycles with a sofa seat at the back. The Rickshawala (Rickshaw driver) sits on a small cushion in the front and two passengers on the sofa seat behind. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the color of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. The ride would be accompanied by peals of laughter both from the passengers as well as the onlookers. (Please do expect some shops closed on Sundays)
The city of Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amer who ruled from 1688 to 1758.The construction of the city began in 1727 and took four years to complete the major roads, offices, and palaces. The city was divided into nine blocks, two of which contained the state buildings and palaces, with the remaining seven allotted to the public.Jaipur has many cultural sites like Jawahar Kala Kendra formed by Architect Charles Correa and Ravindra Manch. Government Central Museum hosts several arts and antiquities. There is a government museum at Hawa Mahal and an art gallery at Viratnagar. There are statues depicting Rajasthani culture around the city.
The Moonlight Garden was an extension of the Taj Mahal Garden - on the other side of the river. In 1652 Aurangzeb wrote to his father telling of a visit to 'the blessed tomb' and commenting that 'the Mahtab Garden was completely inundated and has lost its charm, but soon it will regain its verdancy. The octagonal pool and the pavilion around it are in splendid condition.' The Mahtab Bagh was lost under the mud but re-excavated in the 1990s. Originally, the garden was planted with fragrant flowers and used in the cool of the night as a place from which to view the Taj Mahal reflected in the octagonal pool and in the river.
Nominated amongst the 7 wonders of the world and with the highest number of votes, the Taj has this amazing aura about it, and, quite rightly so. No matter how much you have heard about the place, or, no matter how high your expectation be, the actual viewing always exceeds the most ambitious expectation. There is absolute perfection in symmetry. Not a stone is out of place or out of balance. Then, talk about the detailed inlay work of semi precious stones. You could look at a small flower with 64 petals - each petal is a precious stone, and, so are the hair thin veins that separate each petal. Of course, all this arrives in a gigantic size!
Indian home experience
The Home experience is typically designed to give you a ‘feel’ and insight into Indian family life as well as to enjoy Indian hospitality and homemade Indian food.
City of sunrise
Founded in 1567 by Maharana Udai Singh, from the lineage of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar - the decedents of the sun God. A city where the sun never sets, where tradition and a strict code of heroism were happily united with a love of fine living. A city that has come to be an oasis of romance in the warrior state of Rajasthan.
Udaipur is a cool oasis in the dry heart of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic city in a state where every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell. The huge city palace towering over the Lake Pichola is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design and affords the very fine view of the lake and the city from the upper terraces. The Jagadish temple next to the city palace enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and his vehicle- a mighty bird called garuda - in a brass image. The temple is a very fine example of Indo-Aryan Art.
The banks of Lake Pichola provides an interesting glimpse of the daily bathing and the laundry that takes place here. Looking across the lake, with the city and its great palace rising up behind the island palace, is a scene of rare beauty.The island palace on the Lake called Jagmandir Palace is quite fascinating. The Palace provided inspirations and ideas to the builder of the Taj Mahal.
Rajasthan is located on the north-western side of India, where it comprises most of the wide and inhospitable Thar Desert (also known as the "Rajasthan Desert" and "Great Indian Desert").The magical land of Rajasthan is famous for its historical sites, rich culture and festivities. Traveling to Rajasthan can be a lifetime experience for anyone. Our colorful tours of Rajasthan presents a variety of forts, palaces, wildlife safaris, desert safaris in charming sand dunes and the mouth-watering cuisines of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the most colorful state of India and it presents a perfect combination of natural beauty, old culture, romantic sites, and chivalry. Tourism in Rajasthan plays a major role in the economy and development of Rajasthan state, therefore Rajasthan tourism is one of the major earning sources of many in this historical state.
Optional Yoga classes at Sardargarh
This can be booked directly at the resort the previous day. The class would be for 1 hour and conducted on the terrace of the Fort’s ramparts with great views overlooking for miles the primitive countryside. Popular asanas (Yogic positions) would be taught.
guided tour of Jodhpur
The Mehrangarh Fort, in olden days, must have been impregnable since its rocky base is scraped straight down making it nearly impossible to ascend. Once inside, royal palaces abound with the fascinating history and priceless jewels, on to the armory and Jaswant Tara - the Royal Crematorium.
Clock Tower Bazaar
The Clock Town Bazaar is one of India’s largest and most colorful wholesale markets especially with respect to clothes, fabrics, spices, vegetables etc. It is a fantastic experience to walk through the place observing and photographing this incredible spectacle of vibrant lifestyles and incredible colors.
Camel Rides at Sardargarh
The horse safaris and camel safaris happen through the surrounding and adjoining tribal lands of Sardargarh.They have well bred and schooled horses in their stables.
The city got its name from the two Rivers - Varuna and Assi - which meets here and happens to be the tributaries of the River Ganges. However, mention of Ganga is incomplete without the mention of the Spirituality of Varanasi where we witness the performance of rituals that define the very essence of a devout Hindu's life. These rituals have been performed and retained over centuries. Water is offered to the rising Sun, a dip in the Ganges for self-purification is undertaken, food to the departed souls are offered, head shaving, the sacred thread ceremony happens on the banks of Mother Ganges. The city also reflects the ultimate culmination of man's material existence. When the journey of life is achieved, the final and the most auspicious send-off to the other world happens from the Manikarnika Ghats (banks).
sacred Ganges for a boat ride
Every morning at dawn hundreds of worshippers can be seen bathing in the sacred waters of the Ganges. The great river banks are lined with an endless chain of stone steps—the Ghats—that stretch from one end of the city to the other. These Ghats form an impressive part of the religious landscape of the city. Proceeding downstream at a leisurely pace, you would be pointed out the significant temples and buildings as well as the changing architectural style. Life and death go hand in hand in Varanasi. While young people seek prosperity and protection from harmful influences, the older generation comes to Varanasi to cleanse their souls in the forgiving waters in preparation for their ultimate dissolution. Believing that anyone who dies in the river of life in Varanasi gains freedom from the cycle of birth and death, the City of Light has become a haven for the sick and aged waiting out their final days. The smoke that billows from the crematoriums on the edge of the river gives testimony to their final release from life’s earthly confines. We would dock our boat at Manikarnika (Cremation) Ghat. On any given day, anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred corpses are cremated here; the Ghat is assiduous with activity as the cremated bodies threw up smoke and fire.
guided tour of Cochin
A cluster of islands and peninsulas where ancient Phoenician, Arab, Jewish, Chinese, and European traders came from afar in search of prized spices, tea, and hardwoods. Here these influences merged with the traditional culture to create a Hindu Renaissance reflected in the town’s fine architecture and its perfection of art and dance forms that are a focus of your stay in Cochin. Visit the ancient Jewish Town, the historic Mattanchery “Dutch Palace” and Fort Cochin, the oldest European settlement in India. Photograph the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets and other indelible marks of early traders.
Kathakali dance drama
The power and heartiness of Kathakali dance drama are simply memorable, as it enacts episodes from great Indian epics. The extremely stylized gestures, the elaborate make-up, the masks and the splendid costumes of these all-male dancers, recreates an incomparable sense of pageantry.
Nature walks & bird watching
There are various kinds of spices cultivated in Periyar. The most abundantly found spice in Periyar is pepper. However, there is a variety of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and curry leaves on the slanting slopes of the spice plantation in God’s own country. We will also visit the Sahyadri Organic tea factory in Peermade, a recent venture of the PDS. There are specially designed vantage points for you to view this factory housed in a white-washed building.A true bliss for nature walks, bird watching, taste the various spices and breathe in the fragrant air while exploring this beautiful land of Kerala. Pick up a few packets of the tea and spices grown here that make for a good buy.
forest & village visit
A forest is a whole life in itself - one would definitely experience in one’s lifetime. The exciting birdlife of Periyar comprises of darters, cormorants, kingfishers, great hornbills (the great Malabar hornbill) and racket-tailed drongoes. The reptilian population boasts of monitor lizards that can be spotted basking in the sun, on the rocks along the lakeshore, especially in the cooler months. Pythons, king cobras, flying lizards, flying squirrels, flying snakes and to top it all, flying frogs are the other inhabitants of this amazing sanctuary. There are a few fascinating tribal villages around the Periyar, primarily the Manan and Oorali tribes.The Manans are ace fishermen, and a few of them still indulge in the traditional, if dangerous, practice of collecting the honey of large and deadly hill bees. The Ooralis build tree dwellings, though not as residences, but watchtowers to keep wild pigs, and elephants from ruining their crops.
A rafting experience through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve is a lifetime experience. The rafting is for about three hours and one gets a panoramic view of forest-clad hills reflected on the lake. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake.
On the journey, we would stop a few times to interact with locals as well as walk through the countryside to explore the traditional and ethnic lifestyles. It’s a travel through extensive tea and spice plantations and for the most part of our trip; the air is rendered with the fragrance of tea and spices. Munnar, a hill station on the Western Ghats and with its lakes, reservoirs, forests and tea estates is the Nature-Lovers's Paradise. It is beautifully situated at the confluence of three rivers - the Muthirappuzh, Nallathanni, and Kundala. Munnar is a major center of Kerala's tea industry.
The Tea Museum was built & inaugurated by Tata Tea as an effort to keep the history of tea plantation in India intact. Also, the Munnar Tea Museum houses some of the exclusive artifacts like the 'Pelton Wheel' used in the power generation plant, the original Tea roller, and, an ancient rail engine wheel of the Kundale Valley that shuttled men and material between Munnar. Besides this Museum is a tribute to the efforts of all the unsung heroes who were determined to make Munnar a major tea plantation center in Kerala, India.
Mattupetty Dam, located near Munnar in Idukki District, is One of the most visited tourist spots of Munnar. The dam will definitely enthrall you by its lush green trees, magnum views, and, crystal clear water. A cruise here is an exhilarating experience, offering occasional sightings of elephant, gaur, and sambar.
Eravikulam National Park
In 97 Sq. Km of a high rolling plateau at an elevation of 2000 mts, Eravikulam National Park is home to some rare and endangered animals including Nilgiri Tahars along with other wildlife as well as some 120 species of birds. It is also an ideal place for trekking and other adventure activities.
If you have a long determined aspiration or desire to feel the clouds as well as fly all along with them, make sure you don’t miss on this amazing destination. The Top Station is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Besides, it also offers a splendid view of the majestic Western Ghats and the valley of Theni district.
Echo Point is located at a distance of 13 km from Munnar town. If one desires to scream and hear their voices being echoed till far out and wide then Echo Point is the place to be. The moist, moldy acres of mountains spread out here are hitherto beautiful and call for one to let their spirits out, quite literally. Some of the popular activities of this destination are trekking, and, nature walks.
Activities in Kumarkoram
You can also enjoy the optional Ayurvedic body massage at the resort. You could also choose to explore the surrounding tribal villages, visit the nearby water bird sanctuary or ride through the narrow backwater channels of Kerala.
The materials that go into the making of houseboat are all local and Eco-friendly; bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats carpets etc. The main wood used is "Anjali ". The Houseboat provides all comforts - Beds, a kitchen, western toilets and an upper deck. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. The cuisine is of traditional Kerala flavor along with the local Specialties - delicious fish and prawns.
Ranthambhore is known to have India's Friendliest tigers Assured of protection; these nocturnal creatures are seen often in the day. Sprawled on the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges of Rajasthan, Ranthambhore National Park encompasses an area of 410 Sq. km. in which lives a healthy population of about 40 tigers. A large number of deer inhabit the area and leopards are occasionally sighted. The Pandam Taloa lake, located adjacent to the Jogi Mahal hunting lodge, is the park's favorite water source. Smaller pools at Raj Bagh and Milak also attract a variety of wildlife The best way to explore Ranthambore is in canter as the park is well connected by arterial roads and tracks. Some of the popular sighting areas are Nal Ghati, Lahpur, Bakuala, Anantpur and the Kachida valley. Mammals: Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Indian hare mongoose. Birds: Bonelli's eagle, crested serpent eagle, great Indian horned owl, gray partridge sandgrouse, quail, spurfowl, common peafowl, tree pie, paradise flycatcher, pheasant tailed jacana, painted stork, black stork, spoonbill, green pigeon, ducks.
guided tour of Bangalore
Bangalore has a number of tourist places. Apart from the numerous gardens, it also has some historical sites and other places of interest that are worth visiting and seeing. The Vidhan Soudha or the State Secretariat, built in 1954, is the main attraction of this city. It is a marvel of modern architecture and is a fine amalgamation of traditional Dravidian and modern styles. Cubbon Park, the 120-hectare park located near the Vidhan Soudha, has a number of neo-classical style government buildings. The Government Museum of Bangalore (one of India's oldest museums) and the Visvesvaraya Technological and Industrial Museum are important museums within the city. The Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, which holds a number of flower shows, especially during the Republic Day (26th January), is located on the southern fringes of the city. The 18th-century Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace are other important places of interest to the traveler.
One of the magnificent forts of Rajasthan, It is an extravagant creation by men of a bygone era Situated amidst the mountains and deep forests of Chuppun, the 250-year-old fortress can be seen from far as it dominates the landscape. The Mahal (Palace) of the Ravala (Fort) with 21 suites are today part of the Sardargarh Heritage Hotel. Each suite here has its own ethnic decor. Though all modern comforts that discerning western tourists seek are provided, but, as far as possible, the authentic elements of the Fort have been retained in the Hotel, thus recreating the romance and nostalgia of the era when the powers of the maharaja were at its zenith.
Train Ride At Sardargarh
We will go native today, and travel with the villagers through the exceedingly fascinating countryside and landscapes. The track passes through a breathtaking scenery of Ravli Sanctuary, with 100 feet high bridges, two long tunnels, waterfalls, thick jungle, and above all an unchanged ambiance of a bygone era. The track is cut on a cliff side and one comes down to almost one thousand feet. All along one can only appreciate the Herculean effort by the engineers in 1928. The safety devices are most amusing. At one place the driver has to get down physically to change the track (when gone down). We ride on a meter gauge local train, having wooden sleepers, accompanying villagers traveling to Marwar. One travels through a ghat section and descends 1200 feet to Phulad Railway Station. En route we stop at GoramGhat flag station where monkeys descend from neighboring scrub jungle to feed on articles given by the villages. Your car awaits you at Phulad 19 Km away that brings you back to Sardargarh.
Village Safari at Sardargarh
We proceed on a jeep safari of the local tribal villages. During the safari, we would be accompanied by the members of the Royal family. Traditional tribal villages, ethnic occupations, primitive homes arranged on the basis of caste as well as professional affinity and above all the unmistakable respect and regard for the feudal lords by the natives in spite of the latter having only titular power is something that converts the village safari to experiencing a Living Museum compared to experiencing a living museum. As the sun tends to mellow the village erupts into activity. The shepherds are returning with their stock and the women get set to milk the cows and then visit the local well to fetch water or bring the produce from the field. We will walk into homes to see how cooking is done traditional clay ovens. A bite of jaggery is offered to you as a mark of traditional welcome. Witnessing the making of traditional chunky Gold and silver jewelry too would be fascinating. The marble cutters of the village are a hit. Usually, a small souvenir is handed to each guest for the sake of memory. We also pay our respects to the Holy man of the region – a hermit with the long flowing beard as well as hair and someone who has not uttered a word for seven years! The safari takes us to local farms where we witness primitive means of harvesting and farming using hand tools.The Safari culminates at the bank of the serene lake Manohar Sagar at sunset. We enjoy a breather with refreshments. The lake is also a bird watchers paradise with a variety of resident birds available. The sight of the setting sun on the horizon is a very uplifting experience.
At Rohet, one is transported into a world of the past, a world of honor and of chivalry, of glory and of pride; a world of vibrant colors and spectacular magnificence. Past centuries come to life at the historic boundary walls of Rohet- the 16th century fortified deserted home of a Rajput clan. Within the precincts of these time weathered walls is our hotel, the impressive Rohetgarh Fort- a bastion of proud Rajput traditions bathed in the ambiance of unmistakable Rajasthani culture where one can, even today experience the famed warm and courteous Rajput hospitality. Frescoes on the tall gateway, brightly painted in the traditional style, using traditional motifs and color schemes herald your entry to this charmed world the bygone era. The gateway leads to a compound where a profusion of flowers frames the archways in welcome. The portico is a warm and informal place decorated with the artifacts and trophies of many years. Exquisitely carved furniture, delicate hand block prints, original paintings, and photographs decorate your rooms, which though redolent with the romance of a bygone era, provide all the modern amenities. Antique hunting rifles, shields & spearheads, daggers and original paintings form the backdrop of the dining room. The swimming pool here is in beautiful settings and is an oasis in a dessert.
The food at Rohetgarh is special; each recipe is both traditional and typical, handed down the generations and jealously guarded to retain its pristine flavors. You savor only the very best of Rajasthani cuisine’s, food favored by the Royalty. The 16th-century descendants of the Rathore ruling family still live here and host the guests. The members of the Royal family interact with the guests and interesting stories and anecdotes are narrated.
This beautiful heritage hotel was built in 1920, by Maharaj Ratan Singhji of Raoti who was a keen horse lover and one of the greatest polo players of his time. A truly traditional yet subtle contemporary palace that offers you Old World elegance, with the modern comforts of a classic heritage hotel and the essence of being a guest of the Maharaj’s family.
A perfect place to experience the true essence of Rajasthan’s hospitality. Talabgaon inherits the rich culture of the Rajasthan region reflecting the ancient Indian way of life. Taking you back in time to the simple way of life within a timeless setting. There are rich and varied cultures within the villages which are often depicted as symbolic of the state. Rich in music and dance culture with its own distinct style that plays a major part of the local traditions and celebrations. It is not only an ideal base to see the haveli's and experience traditional lifestyles, but, staying here is a unique experience in itself. The resort, with its serene atmosphere and old world charm re - creates a romantic charm of a regal bygone era.
The “House” unveils the rich tradition of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan with its long-winded courtyards, kind fountains, mirrored pools, and gardens. Moreover, the rooms are fully loaded with all the essential and modern amenities, as well as personalized service keeping in mind leisure as well as corporate travelers. Also, the timeless artifacts of the “House” take you into the era of royals; while the evenings are livened up by the customized candle light dinner setup on the rooftop (on request). The local musicians and dancers add to your colorful Rajasthan experience while you savor the delicious Rajasthani cuisines and specialty desserts.
Old City Walk
Evening, guided walks along the lanes and bye-lanes of the old city. The city is best-explored on foot and only the inquisitive visitor willing to go into the rastaas (streets) and galis (lanes) will feel the spirit of the city. Jaipur’s colorful bazaars tantalize the eye with enameled blue pottery, exquisite gem-studded jewelry, engraved brass work traditional block-printed fabrics and brightly patterned dhurrie rugs together with traditional crafts and miniature painting.
We suggest that you indulge and involve yourself in activities depending upon your interests. We could suggest some of the possible activities as below:
Jeep Safari: This is an exciting drive through primitive and tribal villages, towns & countryside where traditions centuries old still permeate lifestyles. We would have opportunities to witness traditional lifestyles existing and regenerating over centuries. The smoothened mud floors of the village huts remind one of the simple and traditional living here. Once in the villages, we would also have a chance to walk and explore the area, interact with the locals, walk into schools witness the atmosphere in temples, village squares etc.
Horse rides & Camel Rides: Talabgaon Castle has pioneered unique horse safaris and camel safaris throughout the surrounding and adjoining tribal lands of Dausa. They have well bred and schooled horses in their stables and also own a number of their own camels. If interested in a longer safari, you could ride to their mud house on dry river bed with Tea / Coffee & cookies.
The 1000-year-old temples of Khajuraho depict sex so explicitly. This is a lesson for the Ideologists. 1000 years back there were no taboos on sex. It was seen as an education and different postures as well as theories were overtly pronounced as seen in the temple carvings. This is something that is unimaginable in today's world and times. Besides, this sensual venue is a world heritage site, and, such explicit Kamasutra carvings are unique. Khajuraho itself is nothing more than a village and one can very easily walk from one end of the town to the other in 30 minutes! Yet, the place is unique and has a global identity.
Western Group of Temples
The sexual fantasies displayed in the sculptures are mind-boggling. It speaks very highly of the artistic creativity and imagination of the sculptors. The frank depiction of uninhibited sex does hint towards a liberated society and times where people believed in dealing openly with all aspects of life. The graphic and realistic illustrated scenes of lovemaking elaborated on the Tantric texts.
Besides experiencing a great, traditional accommodation in stunning natural settings, we also want you to experience a typical back of beyond unhurried Athoor village that has remained frozen in time. We suggest that you simply stroll through the village at your own pace, absorbing the atmosphere and watching as the rural life unfolds. On the track you will pass a Hindu Temple situated under a Banyan Tree, Continuing your stroll you will pass Banana Plantations, fields of Chilli and Groundnuts, and of course hundreds upon hundreds of Coconut Trees. The villagers whose Way of life is dependent on agriculture, are Very friendly and will welcome you. Some of the Cardamom House staff either hail from, or are living in Athoor and will ensure that they are there to help you, introduce you to people and help with the devilishly difficult Tamil language, Athoor is truly an unspoiled Indian Village waiting to be discovered.
Kanha National Park
Yes!! We know that you are aware of the fact that this magnetic jungle is the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel “The Jungle Book” and, this is where my friend, we welcome you to the world of Tigers, Monkeys, Birds, Civets, Langurs, Hyenas, and, the likes. Imagine, exploring the jungle and building up a friendship with these fun loving creatures who are all set to make your visit an unforgettable one. Kanha is also famous for its animal conservation efforts made in collaboration and cooperation with the local resident communities. One of the famous success stories of the park is the survival of the Barasingha (swamp deer), which has been brought back from the brink of extinction. Kanha’s terrain, with its wide open grasslands, makes it one of the best parks to spot tigers. A heightened attraction within the Park is Bamni Dadar, popularly known as Sunset Point that offers the most awe-inspiring backdrop of the sunset against grazing Sambhars (Indian Deer) and Gaurs (Indian Bison), magnifying the natural splendor of the area; the bird life is equally rich and over 260 species have been recorded.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park, situated amid the airy Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh, has established a reputation as one of the best places in India to observe Tigers. Although a relatively small reserve when first established in 1968, it was enlarged twenty years later to include adjacent tracts of Sal forest and this extension has proved very beneficial for the Tiger population. The 105 square kilometers of the park area, open for tourists is estimated to have a population of 22 tigers, a density of one tiger for every 4.77 square kilometers.
Like many Tiger reserves in India, the area was formerly the hunting reserve of a Maharaja and contains much evidence of its royal associations, most spectacular being the ruins of a huge hilltop fort, which dominates the center of the reserve. Bandhavgarh is somewhat isolated in the rural heart of India but the long overnight train journey from Delhi is well worth the effort and visitors are richly rewarded by a fine selection of wildlife and the real chance of never to be forgotten encounters with the greatest of the big cats.
Kaziranga National Park
The main attractions of this game park are the one horned Rhino, and, riding on the elephants you get mighty close to these exquisite species. You also have an opportunity to view herds of elephants as well as wild buffaloes. However, the vegetation of the park does not afford much opportunity to view tigers. Actually, this is the best park to take pictures of the Rhino as on top of elephants you get as close to 5 meters of the Rhino!
A very small town with one major road (actually, lane). The entire town spreads around the Brahma Temple and the Lake. This is the only Brahma (Creator) temple in the world. You will get to feel and hear the different sounds coming from near and far - witness and experience the sound of bells, drums, chants, and, the smell of freshly lit incense sticks. A truly uplifting experience.
All the major dynasties of the South have left their relics and monuments here for us to get transported into the world of South Indian art & architecture. The Srirangapatnam Fort, protected by a double wall, is the center of attraction here. It was built in 1454 by Thimmanna, a local head and later renovated by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.
We ride 40 Kms to Somnathapuram, a place well known for its elaborate carvings and miniature sculptures. A Hoysala temple dedicated to Lord Kesava is also located here.
The city of lingering aroma of Jasmine, Musk, rose, sandalwood, etc. This is so because Mysore is one of the major manufacturers of incense sticks through scores of family owned factories. The city is also a crafts center. It is an extremely friendly and easy going city and at an altitude of 770 meters it has a wonderful climate. The Maharaja’s Palace (1907) is a huge building in Indo - Saracenic style of architecture; it hosts an extravaganza of stained glass, mirrors, gilt and gaudy colors, beautifully carved wooden doors, mosaic floors and a series of historically important paintings.
City Tour of Mysore
The day is planned to explore Mysore. This salubrious and charming city lies 770-m above sea level is an easy-going city famous for its silk and is also a thriving sandalwood and incense center. The city is steeped in history. The Mysore Palace, built in Indo - Saracenic style is one of the largest and most brilliant palaces in India. It's a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors, gilt, and colors. There are beautiful carved wooden doors, mosaic floors, as well as exquisite paintings. Halfway up the Chamundi Hill is the Nandi Bull, a 4.8 m monolith. It was carved out of solid rock and is one of the largest in India. Hordes of pilgrims come here throughout the year. Right on top, is the 2000-year-old Chamundeswari Temple. The temple provides a typical festive atmosphere without overwhelming religious overtures.
Cardamom House, situated in stunningly beautiful surroundings on a hillside of the Western Ghats over-looking a monsoon dependent 400-acre lake. Cardamom House is owned and managed by Dr. Chris Lucas, a retired English physician, ably assisted by 6 Indian staff. All rooms have either twin or separate double-bedded accommodation, face south, and have modern western style bathroom facilities en-suite with solar heated hot water. The water comes from deep bore wells and is potale. With just two guests to each staff member we can assure that you will, be personally looked after and "spoiled rotten" during your stay. The meals are prepared using only the freshest produce purchased daily from the local markets and the house takes great pride in the variety of food that they serve.
The site of the 17mtr monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali - believed to be the world’s tallest monolithic statue. From here we will continue our drive to Hassan. We stop a few times for pictures such as a line of village women carrying grass over their heads in huge sprawling bundles - the head hardly visible.
The temples in typical Dravidian style are excellent examples of traditional Hindu architecture. These temples are the cream of what remain the most artistically exuberant periods of Hindu cultural development. The wealth of sculptural details on the temples makes them easily the most outstanding example of art and architecture. Every inch of the outside wall and much of the interiors are covered with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, scenes from wars, hunting, agriculture, music and dance and some very sensual sculptures explicitly portraying the amorous lifestyles of the dancing girls. The life outside the temples is extremely busy and colorful. Pilgrims, bare feet with horizontal or vertical sandalwood paste smearing on their foreheads and wearing traditionally colored saffron or black pilgrim’s costumes move in and out of the temple complex with flowers and other offerings in their hands. The pavement flower shops, shops selling religious artifacts, the fruit and tea stalls with pilgrims flocking around, add color and character to the place.
Nestled in the Yamani Hills on the banks of the majestic river Tungabhadra and 7 km from Hampi lies this resort. Swift flowing Tungabudra river criss-crosses to create an awesome array of naturally sculpted rock formations. This network of eroded boulders, make a beautiful sight of the resort. A sight that leaves you gazed on in wonder. From the vantage points of our luxury cottage, savour this unique and unspoilt glimpse of nature’s wonderment, the water and rock formations that leave you spellbound. The closest you can get to paradise on Earth.
Founded in the 14th Century, this was the glorious capital city of a flourishing dynasty that was great patrons of art and architecture. The remains can still be seen in the vast ruins of Hampi, which historians have praised as 'greater than Rome'. Hampi is famous for its ruins belonging to the erstwhile medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar and it has been declared a World Heritage site. The temples of Hampi, its monolithic sculptures and monuments, attract the traveler because of their excellent workmanship. The Hindu style of architecture found at Hampi reflects the splendor of the Vijayanagar Empire. The rugged landscape adds to the historic ambience of this site.
Badami is famous for its rock-cut cave temples. These temples have been carved out on the red sandstone hills that surround the town. There are four cave temples at Badami. These temples date back to the 6th and 7th centuries AD and ornately carved with figures of Hindu deities. Three temples are dedicated to Hindu gods. The fourth one is a Jain temple and was built much later. Near these caves lies the 5th-century Agastyatirtha Tank, dotted with Bhuthnath temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The archeological museum is located near this tank, which in turn is near the historic Badami fort.
Goa is not just about beaches, parties, discos or nightlife. There is an air of bohemia permeating here. One could walk and sit at a ledge, or, sit in a family run cafe and watch the world go by. Once here, you will have several options become available to us where an inner sense of joy and contentment is experienced. We must tell you it’s a happy place for the travelers of all age. Besides, Goa offers relaxation in totality. All aspects of relaxation can be achieved here - massages, spa, beach, food, and above all a disarming hospitality of the place.
Ozran Heights Beach Resort
The Ozran beach called the ‘Ozran Heights – this ideal venue is located between Anjuna and the beautiful Vagator beach. This is a nice and an alluring resort in Goa. Here we stay in the sea view cottages. Besides, the Ozran Heights is in the most happening place in north Goa. Also, the beach is only a few steps away. There are restaurants and bazaars at walking distances from the hotel. However, you could also use those cabs that are parked opposite the gate of the hotel. We would suggest that you use them to visit the Brittos restaurant on Bagha beach or the Suza Lobo restaurant on the Calangute beach. These are just about 10 to 15 minutes from your hotel. Yes please, there are night clubs here too. Actually, we also suggest that one of the evenings you visit the Anjuna night bazaar (25 minutes drive from your hotel). This is extremely fascinating with all kinds of impromptu shops, live music, dance and local food. On your way back, you could stop at the Suza Lobo restaurant for dinner. Following this, you could visit the night club. This would be a lovely evening.
Nothing can be said about the magic of these places as everything is self explanatory. Aihole is famous as the "cradle of the Indian Architecture". We will also visit Pattadakal – Situated on the left bank of the Malaprabha River, a world heritage centre, and, has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture.
Start the tour with a spice plantation visit for a lip smacking cup of tea and a pleasant walk around the plantation area to learn about the various spices and crops grown here. Later, we shall visit the 2 main Churches in Goa namely the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Se Cathedral. You will also be taken for a short driving tour of Old Goa which will include the St. Augustine’s tower, the Vice Roys Arch and the View Point from the Capella de Monte after which you shall head to Panjim city. Post the tour of Old Goa, you would get an authentic experience of the local life which will be very engaging. This experience will take you to see Panjim/Fontainhas while riding on a Motorcycle taxi called a Pilot: Goa is one of the only places in India where you will see these motorcycle taxis that date back from the Portuguese era.
We first visit the 400-year-old BRAGANZA HOUSE—a living relic of Portuguese history and culture in India. The two wings of the house are occupied by two branches of the Braganza family, the Menezes Braganza’s and the Braganza Pereira’s. Here you can see the style in which the wealthy landed gentry must have lived until the land reformation that followed Independence in 1947; the great rooms are filled with treasures, including beautiful period furniture and Chinese porcelain. Our next stop would be the Goa Chitra Museum, an ethnographical museum, which is also a reflection to our civilization - In the planning of the museum, much importance has been given to the concept that represents the lifestyle of our ancestors, their indigenous methods, craftsmanship, art, and their folklore. The original 200 privately collected items have grown to more than 4000 objects on display. The Museum nevertheless preserves its universality in its collections of artifacts representing the culture of ancient Goa. Our final stop would be at Palacio Do Deao. This 213 year old mansion which was built by a Portuguese nobleman, who was the Dean of the Church, and the founder of Quepem town. The house is built in an unusual style by blending different elements of Hindu and Portuguese architecture. Another outstanding feature of this erstwhile mansion is the lush gardens which have managed to preserve their historical features and elegance. We also have our sumptuous lunch here.
Spnd timee at the elephant village where humans, Spices, and animals live in true harmony - Upon reaching the farm, you will be greeted by the locals in a traditional way, welcome drinks will be served. This is followed by a guided tour of the plantation farm. At the Elephant Village possibilities are endless - swim in the pristine waters or ride or give the elephants a swash in the river. The locals will explain the advantages and importance of the herbs that are grown in this nature’s bounty. Apart from that, you can savor a traditional lunch, purchase some of the handmade spices produces in the farm.
It is 13 kms from Darjeeling and one can see beautiful sunrise and Himalayan Range like Kanchandzonga , Mount Everest etc. One can see the horizon changing colors just before sunrise and then the entire Himalayan range turn golden. It is truly a majestic sight.
This is oldest Monastery in the area which was built in 1875 and one can see the image of Mythey Buddha 15ft. height on the way back from Tiger Hill.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
To encourage the youngsters to learn Mountaineering and other adventure sports related to climbing, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was started in Darjeeling. This institute is dedicated to Tenzing Norgay, the first one to climb the Everest. This inspiring institute also houses a Museum that has various equipments that was by Tenzing Norgay while climbing the Everest. Also, one can visit the Himalayan Zoological Park next to the institute where one can see Himalayan animals like the Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Yak, Himalayan Black Bear and several varieties of birds.
One of the important aspect of our tour is to bring to you the world heritage train tides on the hills of Darjeeling, Ooty, and Shimla. The trains have a unique zigzag motion of gaining height while climbing the hills. During the course of a journey, please do not be surprised to see a bicycle or a swift walker overtake your train! We are not travelling in a hurry, but, to make for a once in a lifetime journey where incredible of natural beauty become available to the traveler at every twist and turn. The stations on the way are typical, and, display a unique character of their own. An encroaching reminder of the days of the Raj.
Goomtee Resort, a 100 year old heritage property (including a tea estate) preserved in the most genuine fashion - at an altitude of about 4150 feet. This nature’s retreat is all about clean ambience, green slopes, great sightseeing, personalized service, and a memory of a lifetime. The resort was formerly built by a British planter, Mr. Henry to promote tea plantation in India, and live in a place where the way of life is “officially Green”. The Bungalow is now being converted into a resort to give you the feel of the past, and an exclusive taste of the vintage Darjeeling tea. Besides, one can opt for a number of activities including tea tasting, or, learn about history and present practices of tea making in Darjeeling, India.
You could almost touch the range. Even the shadows of the great peaks are clearly visible. Sunrise here is soul stirring! The reflections of the rising Sun on the snow capped peaks is magical and cannot be duplicated in words. We also visit the Pemayangtse monastery, which is the second oldest monastery in Sikkim and belongs to the Tantric –Nyingma—Pa sect established by an Indian teacher. The sects’ monasteries are characterised by a prominent image of the teacher along with two female consorts, and this monastery is the head of all others in Sikkim. The sect followers wear red caps. We would also visit the peaceful and tranquil Khechipalri Lake.
excursion of Rumtek
The original monastery was built by a ruler of Sikkim. However, a new monastery replicating the former one was built in the 16th century. Thus, though the monastery is new, it enshrines all that is best in traditional Tibetan monastic architecture. When seen in the clear light of Sikkim, this magnificent building with its red pillars, brilliantly painted fretwork and superbly glowing murals glitters like a jewel set in the green hills.
The capital of the Sikkim State, Gangtok occupies the West Side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipool River. The scenery is spectacular and there are excellent views of the entire Kanchanjunga range from many points in the vicinity. We first visit the Tsuk- la -Khang chapel. It is the Buddhist principal place of worship and assembly and the repository of a large collection of scriptures. It is a beautiful and impressive building, its interior covered with murals. Lavishly decorated altars hold images of the Buddha, bodhisattavas, and tantric deities. There are also several interesting wooden carvings. The Namgyalk Institute of Tibetology. Established in the 1958 this unique monastery built in a traditional style promotes research on the language and traditions of Tibet, as well as on Mahayana Buddhism. Next week we visit the Orchid Sanctuary close to the Institute. Enclosed by a peaceful forest, the orchid sanctuary has a majority of 454 species of orchids found in Sikkim a kilometre away is a huge white chorten with a golden apex. Next to it is a monastery for young lamas with a shrine containing a huge image of an Indian teacher of Buddhism in Tibet? The Institute of Cottage Industries specialises in producing hand-woven carpets, blankets, shawls, Leapcha weaves, patterned decorative paper and Choktse tables, exquisitely carved in relief.
The kitchen is the heart of the Ladakhi house. These are people for whom food is so central it forms the basis of their all-purpose greeting, "Julay", an economical word used for hello, goodbye, please and thank you. Its literal translation is "good digestion"; it reflects their philosophy that if you have good digestion, you have everything.
A small town in comparison to Leh. Shey Palace was built in early 17th century AD by Deldan Namgyal as a memorial for his father, Singay Namgyal. The palace houses a three storey copper statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. Overlooking the Shey palace are the ruins of the fort built by the first king of Ladakh, Lhachen Spalgigon. Shey also has a very large scattering of stupas all across its landscape.
Uley Ethnic Resort
The place is right in the lap of nature and you would very much enjoy the feel of the breeze, the scent of flowers, delightful nature walks, views of the snow capped Himalayas and the gentling rolling sound of the Indus river. If you are a bird lover there are great possibilities of viewing a variety of birds.
One can still find the small caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves from the rest of the world except for an one feet square outlet window from where they accept the one time meal of the day. Also close by is a nunnery. Food and clothing besides shelter is provided to the Nuns. There are a few very old retired Nuns. A visit here shows us the day to day living of the Nuns, as well as the trainings they receive here and also an opportunity to witness the performance of the evening prayers.
Every twist and turn brings to you new vistas of natural beauty. But, wait till you get to the ‘Lamayuru Moonland’. We look down on this landscape which appears to be a dusty surface of the Moon itself with craters & hills. The snow rising in the backdrop of this sandy script reminds you that you are in Ladakh. Also, the landscape around Lamayuru monastery is one of most spectacular things one could WITNESS on earth. Popularly known as, "Yangdrung Gomp" is situated 126 km west of Leh, on the Leh - Srinagar highway. In ancient times there was a huge lake in this place. The great saint Nyimagung, made a prophesy saying: " May a monastery be founded in this place" and he then offered a votive water offering to all the naga serpent spirits who were the guardians of that place. The grains of that corn that formed part of this offering were carried by the waves of different places along the cliff side by the edge of the lake and when they had become mixed with the earth they sprouted forth as corn in the shape of a swastika. At the time when a monastery was later founded there it was called Yangdrung "swastika". In the 11th century the mahasiddha Naropa came to this place and the cave where he resided and meditated is still to be seen today. Then Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator came and built many temples and stupas and so the teachings of the Kadampa School came to flourish greatly there. Thereafter, for many years the monastery was administered by the Red Hats order of the Tibetan Buddhism., but later it was taken over by Digungpa order. Then the rituals and observances of the Digung Kargud School were introduced and the monastery received the name of Yangdrung Tharpaling.
The village of Alchi in lower Ladakh is to be considered one of the most important cultural sites throughout the Himalayas. Consisting of four separate hamlets, the village contains numerous historic monuments of different ages and in various states of repair, the oldest and most famousof which is a monastic complex. The 1,000-year-old three-storied Himalayan temple, with its unique murals and iconography, is a fragile wooden structure. Confirmed a World Heritage site by UNESCO, this is one of only four surviving monasteries of the 108 founded by the Great Translator, Lotsava Rinchen bZangpo in the later 10 th and early 11 th century. The temple preserves some of the finest examples of Kashmiri art of the period.
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
Located 25 miles from Leh. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is the holiest site for Sikh community from around the world. This is the place where Guru Nanak Ji, the founder of Sikh religion, is believed to have annihilated a demon.
This journey takes us past picturesque villages of Shey and Thiskey, and turns off the Indus valley by the side-valley of Chemrey and Sakti. The Ladakh range is crossed by the Chang-la (18,000 feet / 5,475 m), which despite its great elevation is one of the easier, passes, remaining open for much of the year even in winter, apart from periods of actual snowfall. Tangse, just beyond the foot of the pass, has an ancient temple. But, the main attraction of this circuit is the Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. This is a breathtaking scene of natural beauty. Spectacular views are to be had of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north. Their reflections shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake's brackish waters. At an altitude can be seen glaciers and snowcapped peaks of the Pangong range. There are also a scattering of tiny villages along the lake's southern shore are the summer homes of a scanty population of the nomadic herds people of Tibet and southeast Ladakh. The nomads cultivate sparse crops of barley and peas in summer.
Inaccessible for all but a couple of months in the year, its high passes closed by the winter snows. In comparison to the Indus valley which is cooler the Nubra is a comparatively warm valley where walnut, apricot, apple and mulberry trees grow and yak, sheep and goats graze in small forests and along the river Shyok. The journey brings us excellent view of great Karakoram Range. In the ancient times the fertile Nubra Valley formed a part of the overland route between Tibet and Turkestan. Once dotted with garlands of camel and yak caravans, this Silk Route glen is also known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ of Ladakh, and is amongst the greenest valleys in the region. During early summer, Nubra is clad in endless bushes of yellow and pink wild roses, and once the valley is through with the season of roses around August, a carpet of wild lavender lies gently on it.
This unique safari has always proved to be a fascinating part of a Ladakh Visit. The 'ship of desert' is something more than just a mode of transport in the frozen desert of Ladakh. It is probably the most remarkable experience of your trip, rolling on the back of a camel exploring the remotest areas and villages of the Nubra Valley.
Located 17 km on the main highway from Leh in the direction of Manali. The present day monastery founded by Paldan Sherab, overlooking the village below, was not the original location. It was originally built at Stakmo. This spledid monastery also hosts the beautiful festival of Thiksey Gustor.
There happens a spectacular ceremony, where the Sikhs put their holy book (Guru Granth Sahib) to sleep. The priests carry the books over their head to place them in a golden palanquin. The book is then carried to an inner chamber in the Palanquin to the accompaniment of bugles and drums and the chanting of the name of the Lord. The palanquin itself is carried by devotees in turns. It is quite a special sight. The book is again placed in the main sanctum similarly in the morning.
The temple with a shinny pure gold dome, is beautifully situated in the center of a lake (The Holy Tank). And is approached by a causeway .All around the lake are marble walkways and various other temple buildings. The community kitchen, which feeds over a thousand people continuously, is spectacular. The huge utensils to prepare the food and the chapattis (breads) - 20 to 25 at a time - are a mind-boggling sight. However, besides the physical beauty of the place, the strong and tranquil spiritual atmosphere of the place is soul stirring without being overwhelming. The constant recitation of the holy book brings a certain sense of peace to the individual. We walk through the temple complex and try soak in the atmosphere. We would also have an opportunity to meet some Sikh religious leaders who would talk to us about the basic tenets of Sikhism. Also, just outside the Golden Temple are various shops that sell Sikh religious artifacts like swords (decorative), bracelets, combs, small daggers etc.
The martyr’s memorial where thousands of innocent Indians were cordoned off by the British and fired. The well where several Indians jumped to escape the bullets as well as bullet marks and a museum of pictures can be still seen here.
Each evening a very impressive lowering of guards ceremony is performed along with a march past by soldiers of both countries in synchronization to the accompaniment of bugles. The soldiers of both countries wear ceremonial dresses. It is quite a spectacular sight to see the same thing happening on both sides of the border.
Dharamshala a very scenic and peaceful hill station which has the added attraction of its strong Tibetan influence. It was here that the Dalai Lama and his followers had fled after the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Ofcourse, we would have opportunities to stop on the way to interact with the locals as well as enjoy the incredible natural beauty of the region.
The Kangra Valley, where Heritage Village Pragpur is located, is panoramic and replete with history. It is the home of the famous Kangra school of painting and probably the world's - most certainly India's - oldest ruling lineage comes from here.The core area of Pragpur is notified as a "Heritage Village", and, along with the nearby village of Garli, the surrounding area is a Hertitage Zone. The Soods are a special community laying claim to being Agnivanshis - born of a sacred fire - with references to them in ancient Hindu texts like the Rig Veda. At the time when Simla was the summer capital of the British Raj the Soods from around Pragpur owned more than half of it, and they still continue to be the dominant community. The site chosen for Pragpur lies in the shade of the Dhauladhar mountains - the white ranges - and is said to be so located as to receive the astral benefic influence of prayers that have been offered for thousands of years at three nearby ancient SHAKTI (Primordial Energy) Temples of Bajreswari (Kangra), Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni. Founded about 3 centuries ago Pragpur has held onto the essence of an earlier era - unchanged shops, cobbled streets, ornamental village tank, mud plastered and slate roofed houses. A travel to this venue is a veritable journey through a living museum.
Heritage Tour of Shimla
The entire walk would explore the Shimla Heritage Zone. The most imposing and attractive structure include castles, temple, heritage hotels, banks and government offices are the highlights of this walk. They are some of the best examples of British Architecture of the era and reveal the nostalgic history of this once summer capital of the British. Your guide would narrate various interesting stories of the glorious past of Shimla. The walk is sure to leave an indelible imprint upon your heart.. Light refreshment during a walk. Christ Church is the most prominent landmark of Shimla and from here the walk extends West towards the Vice regal Lodge. During the walk we could have a remarkable view of the varied European and English architectural styles. Victorian, post Victorian, gothic, Georgian, Tudor, Moc-Tudor, Bavarian, neo, Lyutens, and modern all example are all there at one place.
We travel to the Royal principality of Dhami through hairpin bends, and, undulating terrain that exposes incredible vistas of natural beauty at every twist and turn. We reach directly to the Palace of The Royal family. Here, for the rest of the day we would be the guest of the royal family of Kunwar Sahib. He will plan the schedule for the day. Kunwar Sahib himself is a well- known naturalist and a bird watcher. We will walk around his estate spotting some rare species of birds in these hills. We will also visit a local village to witness traditional living unchanged over time. An important engagement in the village would be a visit to the home of Mr. Chet Ram a gunsmith for four generation. The village walk makes for a delightful contact with the traditional villagers, and, brings to you the experience of the real colors of Dhami.
Also, Kunwar Dushyant’s wife is a perfect cook - get introduced to the local cuisine. You can also take part in a cooking session where you learn the subtle use of spices and herbs that go in the making of various curries. An enriching Experience is to be had during the interactions with Kunwar Dushyant and his family. Following high tea, we would drive back to our hotel in Shimla, and, bid goodbye to the Royal family.
This magic garden covers an area of 6 acres. An amazing venue to witness a startling work of a man who turned a dumping ground, and waste materials into an immortal work of imagery. This park is a different world altogether, a space where lies the beauty of abstraction. Next, we visit the Sukhna Lake , which is an artificial Lake covering area of 3 sq. kms .We can take walks along the shores of this artificial lake. Next, we visit the Secretariat and High Court buildings of Chandigarh, which are veritable proofs of the architectural talent of La Corbousier.They, are models of modernity. One can enjoy an excellent view of the city from the roof of the Secretariat.
As beautiful as a dream, the city of Chandigarh is for real. So organized, and well planned - the architectural wonders, the beautiful gardens, calm and serene Sukhna Lake, the powerful Bhakra Nangal Dam, and, the renowned markets of sector 17 - each and every destination of the city is like a beautiful verse, waiting to be realized.
Spread on both sides of the river Jhelum - the Dal and Nagin lakes enhance the picturesque setting of Kashmir, while the changing play of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is equally attractive to visitors around the year. The waterways with their own quaint lifestyle, the unique Houseboat, the blossoming gardens, water sports activities, shopping for lovingly handcrafted souvenirs and the nearby resorts make it a cherished spot among those looking for a memorable holiday.
The larger and more elaborate pleasure garden of the Mughals is the Shalimar Bagh, four kms away. Laid out by Emperor Jahangir for Nur Jahan, this garden is also divided into four terraces and has a water channel running down its centre. On the topmost terrace is the pavilion reserved for the royal visitors. Supported by stunning black marble pillars, the pavilion had tiny niches that were used to keep fragrant flowers in the day and light up the pavilion with lamps at night.
We will also visit the important mosques of Srinagar is the large Jamia Masjid built in 1674. The mosque has thick wooden pillars, each made from an entire deodar tree. One of the oldest mosques in Kashmir, the foundation of the building was said to have been laid as far back as 1398 by Sultan Sikandar. To the southeast is the Rozahbal Mosque, for some esoteric and strange reason known as the ‘tomb of Jesus’. Across the River Jhelum lies the Pattar Masjid, built in 1623 for the Empress Nur Jahan. The mosque was later renamed as the Shahi Masjid.
The beauty of Dal Lake is etenal that God has graced this city which is often compared to Venice. You will get a view of some very interesting places & life around the lake.
This is a very unique sight. We climb several trails to suddenly find this lush meadow. There are towering pine trees and snow capped mountains - the view is breathtakingly spiritual.
Aru and Chandanwari
Aru is grassland surrounded by a gorge on one side. This place is a beautiful shaded valley of the Lidder River. Encircling and protecting Aru, are the conifer Spread Mountains with occasional flash of high, snow-covered peaks rising against the blue sky. The one of the most beautiful hill resort of Kashmir is still, serene and idyllic.There are small hamlets of wood-and-stone houses, some of them in the typical Gujjar-shepherd style with flat roofs, squat and backed against the hillside.
Chandawari marks the beginning of the very famous Amarnath trek. We will also visit the “Betaab Valley” is the place where they shot the famous scenes from movie Betaab. Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari from Pahalgam is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Filmgoers will recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several Bollywood movie scenes.
One of the most popular hill resort in the Kashmir valley. Since it has the advantage of the beautiful Lidder River running right through the town and the temperatures do not drop so low giving the travelers once in a lifetime experience. The creation of Heaven, Pahalgam is located at the confluence of the Aru & Sheshnag Rivers and surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks rising behind them.
Bamboo Safari is an amazing wilderness lodge where you can relax, unwind, and rejuvenate yourself... Besides, the lodge is designed keeping in mind the local environs, and carefully combined with smart well-wooded furnishings. Moreover, this beautiful place allows you to get back into the lap of nature, far from the madding crowd, but never too far from comfort and luxury. In addition, each room has a private verandah that looks out over the dramatic wilds around the camp, as well as open to sky large bath tub (available in ground floor rooms).
Tadoba Tiger Reserve is spread over with a core area of 625 sq km and a bigger buffer zone of 1102 sq km. For safari you can also opt for battery operated Eco Rangers, available at the Bamboo lodge. We will also look for the less seen animals like the leopard cat, jungle cat and the rusty spotted cat. Leopards are also a rare sight, and we will try to track one down. Moreover, this amazing national park is an infinite treasure trove of innumerable species of trees and plants. In addition to that, our other highlight includes: sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, bison, barking deer, nil gai, sambar, and cheatal.
proceed on a nature walk
Nature Walk is a unique experience that would make your visit to Tadoba even more unique and memorable. This amazing walk gives you the perfect opportunity to observe the quaint country-life as well as local flora & fauna of this region - an ideal place to spot some rare species of birds such as, Wall creeper, Spot Bellied Eagle, Owl, Great Hornbill, and Crested Kingfisher to just name a few.
City Tour of Kolkata
Flower Market: It can also be termed as Heritage Market. Beneath the east end of Howrah Bridge, Mullick Ghat Kolkata Flower Market is eastern India's largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and people sitting on the ground. Around 2,000 flower growers from the surrounding areas come to sell their flowers and garlands and during the wedding and festive season probably double that number. One can spend hours watching the hustle and the beautiful colours from the bridge.
Howrah Bridge: It is popularly known as Rabindra Setu. Howrah Bridge in Kolkata spans over river Hooghly and is considered to be a marvellous engineering work by the British. The Howrah Bridge is enumerated amongst the busiest cantilever bridge in the World. It took nearly about 7 long years to construct the Howrah Bridge. The cantilever bridge of Howrah was completed in 1943. The Howrah Bridge in Kolkata was opened to traffic and public in the same year. The total expenditure of making the bridge was nearly £2,500,000.
Kumartuli: This unique artisan village dates back 400 years, making it perhaps the oldest of its kind in the world. It is the lifeblood of Bengal’s biggest festival and keeps the Puja fervor alive among Bengali communities in other countries. Around 250 artists work to produce 40,000 idols a year, including 3500 images of Durga. With more than a thousand workers assisting the artisans, Kumartuli is a mini industry. It exports 50 Durga idols to virtually all corners of the world, including UK, USA, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.
Jain Temples: The temple is dedicated to Paresnath, who was the 23rd Jain Tirthankaras, and he is worshipped by the Jains, and this is one of the most important Jain temples in Kolkata. The place is famous all over that is why devout Jains from distant parts of India flock to the Temple precincts al round the year. The temple consists of four temples inside of it. The deity of Lord Sitalnathji is seated in the sanctum sanctorum, and his diamond-studded forehead is a major attraction for the visitors.
Photography not allowed inside.
Guests have to remove shoes to enter main temple.
Marble Palace: Located in the northern part of the city and certainly a worth watching place. It houses an age-old art gallery owned by the Mallick family of Chorbagan. Built in 1855 with Italian marbles by one of Bengal's richest landlord Raja Rajendra Mallick Bahadur, this art gallery personifies the earliest effort at collecting by a private individual.
Photography not allowed inside. Guests have to remove shoes to enter main building.
Closed on Monday, Thursday & National Holidays.
College Street Book Market: Kolkatans are well-known for their passion for books and this area is a treasure for the book lovers of the city, you can find of them every day spending hours browsing through the loads of new books or bargaining for buying a second hand one. Some of the Kolkata’s most renowned academic institutions like Kolkata University, Presidency College, Kolkata Medical College and Sanskrit College are also located in this street.
Closed on Sunday & National Holidays.
Indian Coffee House: Also known as "Albert Hall", this is the most favourite gathering place for the writers, intellectuals, artists and students for many decades. Casual chatting for hours about any issue is the most favourite social activity of any Bengali and here in this large historical and legendary café, entire day you can find hundreds of Kolkatan's are busy discussing about their favourite issue over a cup of coffee.
The Ajanta caves depict the stories of Buddhism spanning from the period from 200 B.C. and 650 A.D. These caves were discovered in the 19th century by some British Officers who had been on a tiger hunt. These 29 caves were built by Buddhist monks using simple tools like hammer & chisel. These caves were the retreats of Buddhist monks who taught and performed rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, the ancient seats of learning. The elaborate and exquisite sculptures and paintings depict stories from Jataka tales. The caves also house images of nymphs and princesses.
Ellora caves, which were carved during 350 A.D. to 700 A.D. these structures represent the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. These caves 34 in number are the finest example of cave temple architecture housing elaborate facades and exquisite interiors. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain.
City Tour of Mumbai
GATEWAY OF INDIA (Stop Over): - This 26m high triple-arch gateway grandeur was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of George V and Queen Mary to India. The gateway of India overlooks the Arabian Sea, next to Taj Mahal Hotel and has several ferries to take tourist to the nearby Elephanta caves and Alibaug.
PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM OF WESTERN INDIA (Stop Over) : Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, this building houses one of the finest collections of Indian artin the world. Designed by George Wittet and completed in 1914 it marked the visit of the Prince of Wales. The museum has three main sections - art, archeology and natural history.
MANI BHAWAN (GANDHI MUSEUM) (Stop Over): - This bungalow on Leburnun road was Mahatma Gandhi's Bombay house from 1917-1934, it is now converted into a museum in his memory. Besides the plain spartan room, there are pictures of events from his life, a research library, and a mini theatre showing films (on request for group only) on Gandhi and India's struggle of independence.
FLORA FOUNTAIN (HUTATMA CHOWK) (Drive Pass): - This fountain is situated in a square in the heart of the city surrounded by banks, and other offices. It is named after the Roman Goddess of Abundance. Erected in 1869 to honor the Governor of Mumbai, Sir Bartle Frere for dismantling the Fort and shaping much of modern Mumbai.
VICTORIA TERMINUS (CHHTRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS (Drive Pass): - The headquarters of Central Railways, it is one of the most complex suburban railways system in India. It is also the terminus for many inter-city trains. This is the city's most celebrated Gothic structure. Lavishly decorated with sculptures, it was designed by William Stevens and was opened in 1887 to coincide with the Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee celebrations. Makes a striking sight with its cathedral like spires, turrets, arches, Corinthian columns & stained glass windows
MUNICIPAL CORPORATION BUILDING (Drive Pass): - This is next to the Victoria Terminus, is a Gothic structure blended with Indian motifs was designed by F.W Stevens and stands like a guardian angel over Mumbai city. It was constructed in the year 1893. This building creates a very serene effect on the spectator with its dome and 255 feet high tower.
UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI (Drive Pass): The original campus is in Fort, Mumbai, near the southern end of the city of Mumbai. It houses the administrative division of the university. It is built in the Gothic style of architecture and also includes a library which holds many original manuscripts. The University of Bombay was established at the Fort Campus in 1857.
HIGHCOURT OF MUMBAI (Drive Pass): The High Court of Mumbai was inaugurated on 14 August 1862. Although the name of the city was changed from Bombay to Mumbai in 1995, the Court as an institution did not follow suit and remained as the Bombay High Court. The work on the present building of the High Court was commenced in April 1871 and completed in November 1878.
RAJABAI CLOCK TOWERS (Drive Pass): - Situated next to the Mumbai High Courts, in the gardens of Mumbai University. This 280 feet high gothic clock tower is part of the University Library, has five elaborately decorated storeys ornamented with statues in oriental grab representing India's various castes and sects. Designed by Sir Gilbert Scott and built by late Seth Premchand Raichand in memory of his beloved mother Rajabai in 1878.
MARINE DRIVE (NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA ROAD) (Drive Pass): - It was built in 1920 on land reclaimed from the Back Bay. This beautiful promenade stretches from Nariman Point to Chowpatty in crescent shape along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea. On one side is the Arabian Sea and on the other is the gracious British-type high rises. When lit up at night the entire drive gleams like the "Queen's Necklace". Horse driven Victoria rides are available
from either ends of the promenade.
NARIMAN POINT (Drive Pass): - Situated at one end of Marine Drive this land reclaimed from the sea is now built over with cities tallest and most elegant skyscrappers. Pleasure seekers come here to take a walk on the wide promenade or to sit on the concrete benches, relax in the cool sea breeze and enjoy the breathtaking view of Marine Drive.
HANGING GARDENS - Malabar Hill (Stop Over): - Built in 1880 and renovated in 1921. It is landscaped on top of three reservoirs which stores 30 million gallons of water to supply to the city.
KAMALA NEHRU PARK - Malabar Hill (Stop Over): - Adjoining the hanging gardens is Kamala Nehru Park built in 1952 and named after the wife of the then Prime Minister Nehru. It coverrs an area of 4000 sq. yards and from here one enjoys a magnificent view of Marine Drive. It also has "old Lady's Shoe" built of concrete ment for children to play in.
DHOBI GHAT (THE PUBLIC LAUNDARY) (Stop Over): - Mumbai’s unique outdoor laundry system is called Dhobi Ghat is where chaos, color, activity and sounds mix together in a freakish blend. It’s a fascinating place where Mumbai's laundry gets done. Clothes are hand washed by hundreds of Dhobis (laundry men and women) on concrete sinks and hung on clotheslines.
CRAWFORD MARKET (Stop Over):- Crawford Market is situated to the north of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai. It lies just contrary the headquarters of Mumbai Police.Authoritatively known as Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market, Crawford Market is counted in the midst of the popular shopping areas of the city. Crawford Market has been built as per the Norman and Gothic style of architecture. At a height of 50 feet above its ground is a porthole awning, which brings sunlight into the market.The exteriors of Crawford Market stand festooned with wall paintings, which depict the images of Indian farmers in wheat fields. On the inside, one finds the tone fountains designed by Lockwood Kipling, father of the acclaimed novelist - Rudyard Kipling. Spread over an area of approximately 22,471 sq m (24,000 sq ft). This market is the perfect place to buy food items and fruits.
HORNIMAN CIRCLE (Drive Pass): Horniman Circle Gardens is a huge park of Mumbai, which sprawls over an area of 10.101 sq m. It is located in the Fort District of South Mumbai. The park is situated amidst premier banks and was initially known as Bombay Greens. Horniman Circle Garden dates back to the 18th Century, when it was laid down with the purpose of providing an open space to the locals living in the walled city area. Since the garden has been planted with trees of every season; it blossoms with lush greenery throughout the year.
ASIATIC LIBRARY (Drive Pass): - Asiatic Society Of Bombay Library started in 1804 by Sir James Mackintosh along with the startup of Literary society of Bombay in those days. Its one of the paid membership libraries in Mumbai with about 25 to 30,000 rare collections of books with Annual membership fees of Rs. 1000 to 1500 and Rs.10,000 to 15,000 for life time membership with a refundable security deposit of Rs.500/- only. Members are allowed to borrow total of fifteen books and three magazines. This library has a dust free air conditioned laboratory to store books which was built in 1991 whose purpose is to conserve old books and so now it is one of the famous rare collection old books library of Mumbai.
PARSI TOWER OF SILENCE (Drive Pass): - This Structure of Mumbai don’t have Perfect definition of name, Just know as ‘Tower of Silence’ or Parsee Bawdi on top of Malabar hills surrounded at about 55 acres which is believed that after death, Body of the parsi people are sent
to this Bavdi (Bawdi) a circular big structure like ‘Well’ which is consumed by Birds like Eagles and Vultures. It is a part of there tradition as they Believe that the death body should not spoil the environmental air, water or Soil by cremating in it. This place is also called as ‘Dakhma / Dokhma’ which denoted place for the dead. It is located very high up in the hill and strictly allowed for members of Parsi community. This community in Mumbai came from Iran in 9th Century AD and Built this structure for deads, Which consists of 3 rings, first for Male Bodies, Second for Female Bodies and Final one for Children. It is also believed to be best environmental friendly way of disposing bodies after death.
The capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The Tamillians are the proud inheritors of a rich cultural heritage, which is one of the main reasons for their beliefs of superiority over the hybridized culture of North India. Fort St. George (1653), built by the British, presently houses the State secretariat and the legislative assembly. The Fort has an interesting museum with fascinating collections of memorabilia from the early days of the British Raj. St. Mary’s Church (1678-80), was the first English church and the oldest surviving in India. The High court building, built of red sandstone has an interesting archaeological section and a bronze gallery. The former has an interesting collection of all major and ancient south Indian dynasties. The bronze section has interesting collections of Chola (9th century) bronze art. The High Court, built in Indo-Sracenic style is supposed to be the largest judicial building in the world after the Court Of England. The Kapaleshwar temple is an ancient Shiva temple in typical Dravidian (south Indian) style. Near the temple, the San Thome Cathedral (originally built in 1504), is a Roman Catholic Church believed to have the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle.
The tiny village of Khichan has a popular appeal with the bird watching community. The local people offer large amounts of grain to birds every morning and this has attracted large numbers of Demoiselle Cranes to usurp this food supply. Indeed, a great spectacle to watch these Cranesswoop down to an especially created rectangular enclosure, for their early breakfast. The feeding session lasts for an hour and a half, one group takes off as another settles. Their flight across the backdrop of the traditional mansions of the village, presents wonderful opportunities forphotography, as do the feeding birds on the ground.
Udai Bilas Palace
The history of Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur, Rajasthan dates from the mid-19th century, when Maharawal Udai Singhji-II, a great patron of art and architecture built a wing of bluish grey local stone " Pareva" overlooking the lake and the " Ek Thambia Mahal," featuring intricate sculptured pillars and panels, ornate balconies, balustrades, bracketed windows, arches and frieze of marble carvings, a veritable marvel of Rajput architecture. Still the royal residence, the Palace offers accommodation in the houseguest tradition with seventeen spacious and lavishly appointed bedrooms. No two rooms are alike; each room enchants with its own personality, spaciousness and modern comforts and offers a unique experience. The Furnishings are mostly from the 20th century art-deco style, marble bathrooms with English fixtures and running hot and cold water.
Hamlets of Dungarpur
Dungarpur is the stronghold of Bheels, a tribe whose history of occupancy in the Aravalli Range is said to date back to 4000 B.C. They are one of the oldest and most primitive tribes of the world. We will witness and photograph age-old tribal lifestyles and customs handed down over the centuries. You would have an opportunity to meet villagers who have never seen white people!! Say hello to people, allow them to get used to you and then, you may go ahead with your pictures. You would soon end up as the pied piper followed by scores of noisy and happy children!!!
The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The basement is of 48, 000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex. The main temple is of Chaumukh or four-face temple dedicated to Adinath.
The Kumbalgarh Fort is one of the beautifully preserved and one of the most majestic forts of India. 13 mountain peaks surround the impregnable fortress of Kumbalgarh (54 Kms) at a height of 3281 ft. Seven towering gateways pierce the massive walls of this prominent fortress of Mewar. The young Udai Singh founder of Udaipur took shelter here from his treacherous uncles. These impregnable walls dotted with cannonballs defeated Emperor Akbar.
Dewalokam, is the venue where Professor Jose and his family live on the premises – an organic farm with goats, cows, buffalo, pigs, chickens, ducks and guineas fowls. Delicious Kerala dishes are prepared for guests using the farm produce. From the patio of your room you can see the Sahyadris mountains (the local name for the Western Ghats), beyond the river and forest.
The organic farm of Dewalokam produces almost all the vegetables, fruits and spices. This beautiful resort is in the Spice Belt of Kerala. The Birthplace of spices like pepper, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, curry leaves, etc. Almost all the vegetables used in the kitchen are produced on the farm. A walk in the garden, plucking, smelling, and, tasting, will enrich your earth experience. In these plantations you will see many of the spices growing that you buy in the Departmental Stores.
You will be explained significance of various spices and measures that we need to bear in mind when preparing South Indian recipes. This is also hands on experience; either makes or breaks your dinner.
This would be a great opportunity to get up close to the birds and a variety of vegetation as well as bloom. You also get to see medicinal and ornamental plants that are found in the vicinity.
This is an easy activity that is possible for all age groups. The Rafting takes us deep into the forest for a true nature experience.
ride on a public bus
Upon arrival we will walk through the rubber estate to the village where we will witness traditional dwellings, interact with the natives, learn about their beliefs, as well as practices, and, get a better understanding of people and culture. Along the way you will also get to see a rubber factory started by the British in 1913. Following the walk, we would have a special ride in a unique public transport – the local tuktuk!
Built mostly using rock, stones and mud from the area, the architecture of Kofiland is contemporary and influenced in no small measure by the profusion of nature. A lake formed between adjacent hill slopes is however the central motif, casting its bewitching allures into all the cottages that offer splendid views from the balcony. Set between the lobby and pool, is the resort’s multi cuisine restaurant elegantly appointed with robust wood furniture, and, earth toned fabrics, serves the distinctive flavors of the different cultures of Kerala that are bound to delight a discerning plate.
A naturalist will accompany introduce us to various spices and plants. The walk winds through the vines of pepper and vanilla, past cardamom bushes and tracts of clove, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and nutmeg. Besides, there is also a café and an Organic store set at the entrance to the plantation. Here you can refresh yourself and also buy some exclusive organic souvenirs for your near and dear ones.
Manan and Oorali tribes
The Manans are ace fishermen, and a few of them still indulge in the traditional, if dangerous, practice of collecting the honey of large and deadly hill bees. The Ooralis build tree dwellings, though not as residences, but watchtowers to keep wild pigs, and elephants from ruining their crops.
In the tea gardens, we would see plucking of tea leaves by women and storing in beautiful bamboo baskets on their back, strapped to their foreheads. From here we will proceed to witness the multi-staged tea processing in the factory. You would notice how the leaves are dried, crushed, and, different grades are finally made. Of course you will also have an opportunity to buy what you have just seen.
oldest cities of southern India
Madurai has been a centre of pilgrimage, for centuries. The Meenakshi temple, the main architectural attraction here, is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture, with gopurams or multi pillared halls, covered from top to bottom, in a profusion of multicoloured images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures.The well-organized confusion caused by pilgrims in traditional clothes, pavement shops of all shades,holy men in robes of different colours etc add an unmistakable shade and atmosphere to this fascinating Temple City.
Tirumala Nayak Palace
A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple.
guided tour of Ooty
The town’s general appearance is an unlikely combination of Southern England and Australia, with single -storey stone cottages surrounded by trees, fenced flower gardens scattered along leafy, winding lanes with tall eucalypti stands covering the otherwise barren hilltops. The other main reminders of the British period are the stone Churches and the huge boy's school with its landscaped gardens at the bottom of Ooty's famous lake. There is also the terraced and very English Botanical Gardens, in which the Government House stands on the lower slopes of Doddabetta (2623m), the highest peak in Tamil Nadu. From the top of Doddabeta you can see Connor, Wellington,Coimbatore, Mettupalayam and, on a clear day, as far as Mysore.
tour of Coonor
Coonoor promises to be an experience that is sure to remain embedded in some corner of your mind all your life. A lovely hill station nestled in the lap of the Nilgiris, Coonoor enchants each and every visitor with its classic scenic beauty. The green carpeted hills, the beautiful valleys, the cascades, the impressive variety of wild flowers and birds all combine to make Coonoor one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. A Tour to Coonoor is coveted by all holiday makers. Nature has indeed bestowed this land with a lot of scenic beauty that is a treat to the eyes of all those on a trip to Coonoor. The sprawling meadows, the tea plantations, the surplus of greenery, the abundance of the vibrant sunflowers, the gorgeous marigold, the fiery rhododendron render Coonoor a heavenly touch. Other than the picture perfect landscape which draws visitors over and again, there are various other Tourist Attractions in Coonoor which are no less alluring. The Sim’s Park, thePasteur Institute, the Pomological Institute all deserve to be a part of your sight seeing trip when on a tour to Coonoor.
If you are an adventurous & curious soul, then go explore the jungle at night - naturalists will skilfully escort you around the areas just outside the resort and by the Kabini's waterline that harbour a small universe of creatures that do most of their living at night.
leading to the temple
The well-organized confusion caused by pilgrims in traditional clothes, pavement shops of all shades, holy men in robes of different colors etc add an unmistakable color and atmosphere to this fascinating Temple City.
The SpiceTree is a luxury boutique Resort and Spa center. This beautiful resort is the perfect destination for those wanting to get away from it all. At SpiceTree, you have everything that you expect from Munnar, but much more by way of peace, freshness, tranquility, and, total privacy. Each room of the resort is just wonderful and offers a soothing feel with energy saving warm lights, wooden floor, a sofa cum bed by the window, a balcony with a coffee table; all add up to make for a cozy warm experience.
Surrounded by the Tata Tea plantations and evergreen forests - the view of this imposing dam can also be enjoyed by taking a boat trip. The scenic beauty of this place is simply astounding. Lots of wading birds can also be seen here.
This small village is one of the oldest migrations for the high range region of the central part of Kerala. We are offering a tour to explore Bison Valley to reveal its ‘Spice’ tradition using the guidance of a trained team of experts who have an in-depth knowledge about this area and its valuable place in history. During the tour of this place you will get a chance to take a glimpse into the life and cultural activities of the people living in this village valley who are mainly spice growers and farmers. Down below, in the valley you will also witness paddy fields that again add yet uniqueness to this area. These paddy fields are perhaps the rarest at this very high altitude. Guests also visit a variety of plantation to witness their day to day working, and also interact with the locals. Prominent plantations would be that of tea and cardamom. If willing, you may also indulge in soft treks, or nature walks. This beautiful valed village depicts a different culture and has a totally different story to tell compared to Munnar’s colonial plantation culture.
South Indian dishes
Kerala has always been famous all over the world for its exotic spices. This would be an ideal activity if you wish to experience the true flavors and preparations of South Indian food in a comfortable manner. The chef will introduce you to some of the popular and traditional recipes of Kerala, and make it look easy for you. This would be an ideal activity if you wish to experience the true flavors and preparations in an easy and relaxed manner.
optional yoga and meditation
You may choose to take your Yoga practice a step beyond the physical exercise. The resident yoga master is highly experienced in the monastic traditions of yoga. He will take you through the journey of yoga, meditation, and, Pranayama in order to discover the potential of your body and mind.
Here you are drawn into the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe. While you discover a vernacular dimension to luxury that’s truly liberating, the resort gives you a wildlife experience like no other. Inspired in design by the Hadis or tribal villages, this picturesque resort of sweeping panoramic vistas, is bordered on two sides by the Kabini River.
The park derives its name from the combination of two Kannada words—'Nagar,' meaning snake, and 'hole,' meaning streams. True to its name, quite a few serpentine streams fork through the rich tropical forests of the park. The original forest was once an exclusive hunting ground for the erstwhile Maharajas of Mysore. Nagarhole Park is counted among India’s best wildlife parks. It has a large elephant and bison population besides other game and birds. The topography is undulating with several permanent and seasonal streams and tanks. The forest cover generally consists of a moist deciduous thick jungle with a thirty-meter high top. The rich tropical forests, flourishing green swamps and numerous water resources make Nagarhole National Park an ideal habitat for wildlife. The forest is home to animals like the four-horned antelope, sloth bear, jungle cat, civet, spotted deer, elephant, wild dog, flying fox, tiger, panther, gaur (Indian bison), sambhar, wild boar, black-naped hare, bonnet macaque, and pangolin. Cobras, crocodiles, kraits, pythons, vipers, and several species of lizards are also found here. Among the 250 bird species found here, the prominent ones are the common babbler, bee-eater, bulbul, dove, crested serpent, hornbill, Malabar pied, alexandrine, peacock, woodpecker, warbler, great Indian reed, eagle, crested hawk, golden-back parakeet, and the southern tree pie. Nagarhole is worth visiting at the height of the dry season, when wild animals can be spotted in large numbers near sources of water.
amazing wildlife of Nagarhole
Here, films on Indian Wildlife by eminent filmmakers will be shown every alternate evening thus enhancing your knowledge on wild life.
A troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers will perform their traditional dance to the accompaniment of two wooden drums and one wind instrument. It is an invocation to the gods to join them and bless the occasion. It is performed by the light of a campfire near the main swimming pool.
Watch out for the amazing patterns in which fruits and vegetables are heaped upwards as hills.The adjoining local bazaar is also a very popular spot with local Indian shoppers where all things needed for daily use can be found.
The place is located on the pristine Lake Ashtamudi that connects the backwaters of Kerala to the Arabian Sea. The Glorious landscapes and grand vistas of the magnificent palm shaped ‘eight-armed’ Ashtamudi Lake will surely mesmerize you to the fullest. After a warm welcome in true Kerala style you will get to see and witness this delightful and lustrous resort. The wooden flooring, the typical architecture, the sequence balcony, and the spectacular view- water till the horizon. Besides, the resort offers several fascinating options that include, Ayurveda, Canoe Riding, and several fascinating excursions and visits that we would indulge into.
But wait, what is sightseeing without shopping!! From Handicrafts to Antiquue, from Eco friendly clothing, too, Banana chips, silk sarees, yummy Kerala sweets, we get to see and notice the crafts as well as traditional foods of Kerala.
fascinating sites of the region
We would witness cashew nut processing using traditional techniques such as, Cleaning, Soaking, Roasting, Shelling, Separation, Drying, Peeling, Grading, Rehumidification, and Packing. The entire process will enthrall you with a lively experience. Next, we would visit to the Police Museum, where you will trace the history and development of the police force. You also get to eye witnesses the police arms of the 18th and 19th centuries. After your educative and interactive outing, now ride on to Quilon Beach and Gandhi Park. The Beach also has a Park of international standard and widely famous in the region.
Ideally located at the juncture of Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada River. Your journey would be in a country boat into the perfect typical backwater villages of Kerala. Named in the honor of Resident Colonel John Munroe of the former Princely State of Travancore. This beaultiful island Village is a fascinating destination where one can witness various activities including Coir retting processes, Coir weaving, fishing, prawn feeding, migratory birds, etc. Then there are attractions of Canal and waterways, coconut palms, mangroves, and, the beautiful tiny island of Pathupara. In other words, you are transported to a World of remoteness, natural beauty, and, ethnic lifestyles- All co-existing in unique harmony.
unique Canoe Ride
You get to see fishing using traditional nets and boats Witness rare Birds and, natural fish farm. We also notice Coir making centres.In other words, a visit to Munroe Island bestows upon you the opportunity to get yourselves soaked in the lives of Village folks engaged in different activities for their livelihood. You can also get a taste of the flavors of spicy Kerala cuisine from the Village.
An eco-friendly resort set in hundreds of acres of greenery that exudes the most exotic experience of South India. Built in traditional Kerala Architecture: carved stone pillars, granite sculptures, tiled roofs, mud walls that enclose the cottage, blends amazingly with modern luxuries: private pools and Jacuzzis. Each cottage is an oasis of tranquility and serenity. The restaurant, pool, and spa bring in elements of water, earth, and air. Lily ponds line with the wooden walkways leading to the infinity pool which stretches all around the restaurant. Enjoy the soothing sound of the lake water lapping by the shore and feel the gentle breeze as you sip your cuppa by the lake.
Once you are on the country roads with the lakes appearing and disappearing on the sides - you will pass self - Sufficient gardens growing Mangoes, Jackfruit, Tapioca, Guava, Coconut, Cashew nut, Banana, as well as South India’s very own - herbs and spices. Good spread out rainfall and good soil ensures lush green surroundings. For an adventurous soul, we know no height and elevation matters so, let’s climb on a steep path, rough roads through tropical pathways that finally lead you to the magical twin peaks of KaliMalai and KuruchuMalai. One can make this journey either entirely by foot or by jeep. Arrive at the top for an eagle’s eye view of the Chittar Lake as well as Pechipara Reservoirs. Get soaked in a divine ambiance as you encounter – cool moisture bearing clouds floating at untouchable distance. On a clear day onecan actually see as far as the sea at Kolachel – a fishing hamlet nearby.
We first explore KaliMalai- a very old landmark, was one of the three positions used to triangulate and map the entire district, way back in 1858 by the East India Company. Tribesmen, who lived in these regions, primarily used a small shrine here. Today, people from far come to offer their Pooja (Prayers) to the Devi (Goddess).
Next we will walk to KuruchuMalai, an annual pilgrimage of Christians in the region which is believed to atone for all sins. An equal number of believers throng to the hillock on the festive days.
During your visit to these shrines, you may offer your prayers to the deity with a lamp at KaliMalai and a candle at KuruchuMalai. Meditate – Reflect – perhaps some yoga on the hill breathing in the fresh oxygen laden air.
Vattarpara Tribal Resettlement.
The dwellers of the forest included Tribesman locally called “ Kani Kara” who derived their life and food from collecting and selling forest produce - primarily honey, herbs, etc. Just with basic comforts these people still live their lives which have a very small footprint on nature. During our visit, we stay at their home interact with the Tribes, and, receive a fulfilling feeling of the destination. Though the Tribal’s are no longer isolated, but they prefer to live in their simple mud – walled houses.
1000 acre plantation
We stop to see and understand the many different species of plants and trees - Teak, Mahogany, Jack fruit and Peepal trees in addition to the ever popular Coconut, Banana, and, Rubber. Learn Cultivation practices and environmental precautions taken in the estate. Watch out for many colored insects and small medicinal plants and flowers in the undergrowth.
A well appointed and an eco-friendly Homestay. As you negotiate the winding bylanes of Fort Kochi to reach Secret Garden, it strikes you how apt the name is. The small lane gives no indication of the oasis of charm that lies at the end. The original house is 100 years old with two floors typical of the 19th century style, where, many windows were built to allow cross-ventilation. A small pool shimmers blue in front of the house. At the back, the serene garden has a circular yoga area around an old mango tree. You will also enjoy the wholesome breakfast with homemade bread, organic jams from the mountains, along with strong hot coffee. For the weary minds and bodies rejuvenation is to be had at Secret Garden where you could attend morning Yoga sessions, and, undertake Ayurvedic massage treatments at the healing center close by. A place big enough to ensure privacy, but, small enough to feel at home. This is what would make your stay at Secret Garden a truly memorable experience.
Mahatma Gandhi had lived in this house from 9 September 1947 to 30 January 1948. Thus, the hallowed house treasures many memories of the last 144 days of his life. The building has been converted into a National Memorial of the Father of the Nation. The preserves include the room where Mahatma Gandhi lived and the prayer ground where he held a mass congregation every evening. It was here where assassin’s bullets felled Gandhi ji. The building and the landscape have been preserved as they were in those days. The Memorial consists of: (a) Visual Aspects to perpetuate the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and the noble ideals he represented, (b) Educative Aspects to focus concentrated attention on certain values of life that made Gandhi a Mahatma, and (c) Service Aspects to introduce activities in order to sub serve certain felt needs. On display in the Museum are photographs, sculptures, paintings, frescos, inscriptions on rocks and relics pertaining to the years Mahatma Gandhi spent here. The meagre personal effects of Gandhi too are carefully preserved. A larger than life statue of Mahatma Gandhi, with a boy and a girl holding a dove in their hands standing on either side, emerging out of the globe, symbolising his universal concern for the poor and the deprived, welcomes the visitor at the main entrance of the Gandhi Smriti. It is the work of the renowned sculptor Sri Ram Sutar. The legend at the base of the sculpture says, "My Life is My Message". A Martyr's Column stands at the spot where the Father of the Nation was assassinated, commemorating the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi as the embodiment of all the sufferings and sacrifices that characterised the long struggle for India's Freedom.
Bahai House of Worship
This beautiful temple is made of white marble and is in the shape of a blooming Lotus. This is a great sight. Inside the building there exists a prayer hall where people can sit and meditate. periodically religious verses from major religions are recited.
food and walking tour
While on the walking tour, we would wander through the winding narrow lanes bustling with activity. The walk would enable to us an opportunity to interact with local residents, skilled craftsmen and traditional traders. The idea is not only to bring to the visitor the history and tradition of the place, but, to also bring to you face to face with the people who have made it possible for this heritage to generate and sustain for centuries.
Bengali cuisine is perhaps the only food style in the Indian region which still holds its authenticity over 1000 years. Though Bengal was once ruled by the Mughal emperor and, once was even the capital of British-colonized India the authenticity of food styles was preserved and enriched over the years. Bengali food is an all-time favorite for many for its spicy, aromatic and mouth watering flavors. Bengali Cuisine generally consists of a variety of rice dishes and fresh water fish delicacies. The food enlists delicious rice main courses, curries, fish dishes, chicken cuisines, pulses, fries, chutneys, Bengali sweets, snacks and many more. We will follow in that tradition and take you on a cultural and culinary tour to the Bengali house of the family where cooking demonstration and dinner has been arranged. You will meet your guide in the hotel lobby and from there you will visit a local market for a brief introduction to the different kinds of vegetables and spices used for Bengali cooking. On arrival at the host family’s house you will be welcomed in a traditional way. After you settle yourself you will be served a non-alcoholic drink, tea or coffee as per your preference. Over the drinks you get introduced with the ingredients used for cooking and slowly learn to cook the dishes selected by you. You can choose to cook any 02 dishes from the agreed menu of the evening. Finally, relish the dish cooked by you along with other dishes pre-cooked by the house wives, and, served in a platter.
walking tour of Kolkata
The ever-vital hub of traditional Bengali culture, ‘the natives’ area’, Sovabazar is all this and much more. The walk brings to us a fascinatingly cosmopolitan blend of the seemingly incongruous architectural forms (from Islamic to Baroque, from Victorian to Bengali) which made up the old world dwellings of the city’s wealthier Bengalis. No one who wishes to savor the authentic flavor of Bengali culture and cuisine can afford to miss out on this walk. Bengali lunch (pre fixed set menu) will be served at the end of the tour in a specialty restaurant -Bhajahari Manna. Bengali meal and sweets are famous worldwide and it would be a crime not to treat your-self during the visit to kolkata. Fresh water fish would be the highlight of the tour.
Butt Claremont Houseboat
This family-run House Boat has been beautifully built with cedar woods and furnished with carved wooden pieces and Kashmiri objects d’art. The interior of the House Boat is carefully done with all the basic necessities, and offers a perfect seclusion from your busy city life. The front veranda of the House Boat provides stunning views of the Himalayan range and the lotus-flowers that dot the lake. Besides, at night you can even dine under the endless canopy of brilliant stars, lulled by the gentle lapping of water.
Mohabbatein the Taj
A play that depicts the saga of love. The drama is set in the 16th century and portrays the lavishness and grandeur of the Mughal era. The performance is based on the story behind the making of Taj Mahal. The eternal love story of Emperor Shahjahan & his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal resulted in the creation of one of the wonders of our world – The Taj Mahal. Moreover, this live performance is enacted by over 80 professional artists backed by latest light & sound technologies. The larger than life costumes and the extravagant setting delightfully portrays the 16th century Mughal era. The climax being the unexpected out of this world appearance of the most precious jewel the Taj Mahal on the stage! Which is made up of with the same material from which original Taj is made up of. The latter displays the same inlay work and the geometrical structure, as does the Taj Mahal the world adores. The show does create a period feel and a perspective for viewing the Taj Mahal. Though the show runs in Hindi & Urdu language, interpretation facility is available through earphones for major world languages as English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Persian.
Mother Teresas Missionaries of Charity
Founded by the Nobel laureate St. Mother Teresa, who had selflessly devoted the majority of her life to serving the downtrodden in India.
Agra by Night
A perfect opportunity to view many of Agra’s famous landmarks at its floodlit best. Start the tour with a visit to the charming Agra Fort which marvels deep in the pages of Mughal history. Next, we will visit the Dhobi Ghat – a well-known open air Laundromat where washers, (locally known as Dhobis), work in the open to wash the clothes (as part of their job routine). Plus, on the tour we will visit the Kali temple (Hindu temple of Goddess Kali), a popular Gurdwara (Sikh temple), the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, and the Tirupati Balaji Temple. Furthermore, we will now visit the Sadar Bazar (marketplace), where we will stroll around the narrow alleys of the market, and taste some delicious snacks as well as sweets including the famous “Agra Ka Petha” (said to have originated in the kitchens of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan). Finally, we will visit a local Indian home and spend some quality time, chit chatting with the members of the family.
Bagore ki Haveli
We have option doing something speacial while at Udaipur. We are visiting an ancient mansion (Haveli) to witness a variety folk dances of the region. Dance in Rajasthan is a rhythm. Eyes, faces, hands and feet move to varying moods, reflecting an idiom of the perfection of an ancient art. Rajasthan, with its vast variety of dynasties and traditions has been a veritable treasure house of dance forms for untold centuries. The folk dances are simple without being naive, for, behind its simplicity lie both profoundity of conception and a directness of expression which are of great artistic value.
blue city of Jodhpur
Experience the romantic & rugged land of Jodhpur that seems to have popped right out of a fairy tale. What makes this city so enticing is its culture and ethos that has been beautifully retained since centuries. A unique surprise of Jodhpur is the unusual presence of its ancient “Blue City”. Dotted with indigo colored clusters of houses separated by narrow lanes, the blue city is a heaving self –contained ecosystem of life. Homes, bazaars, temples, ethnic occupation, and, a riot of colors jostle with each other to grab your attention. Walk through the market areas, also mingle with the locals; explore the unique street foods, and witness the legacies inherited over centuries miraculously unfold right before your eyes.
The design of houses remains, as they were a couple of centuries back and so are the lifestyle of people occupying them. This is because most of the families continue to work for generations for the rural (though only titular now) hence there is a sense of continuity. The houses are arranged in narrow lanes and have small windows from where the shy child or the girl peeps. This is the city believed to be the home of the most handsome men and women in Rajasthan.
desert lands of Jaisalmer
A real Indian experience; that one should not miss upon. On this tour we will take you on a desert experience that includes visits to historical monuments, a haunted village and a desert village. However, the highlight is undoubtedly the camel ride, which will end in the sand dunes - as the Sun sets over the horizon. Following the sunset experience, you will be served dinner before bedding down for the night under the stars - A truly romantic experience is in store as we have time, and opportunity to admire nature, and, catch up with one’s own self.
Nagaur’s massive 12th-century Ahhichatragarh Fort is a magnificent 35-acre jumble of elaborately frescoed halls, temples, graceful colonnades and Mughal pleasure gardens.
An elegant 27-room hotel spread across a cluster of 18th-century havelis, originally built for the queens of the Maharaja of Jodhpur and now carefully restored with the modern traveler in mind. Each of the 10 lavish havelis has its own courtyard, an open-air living room. The hotel’s common spaces are lovely, too: an open-sided dining pavilion and lounge, an air-conditioned restaurant, a central courtyard with fountains, ponds, peacocks and pomegranate trees, and a pool so inviting you can barely muster the energy to visit the enchanting palace and museum complex next door.. You may not be a Maharaja, but a stay at Ranvas will make you feel like royalty
Considered one of the finest examples of Rajput-Mughal architecture in the region. We also learn about the enormous challenges of restoring its elaborate frescoes, water systems, walls and gardens, many of which had fallen into ruin.
Kite Flying Tour
India is a land of fairs, festivals and celebrations. You enter this amazing country with a lot of expectations and India never lets you down. During your time, you will learn from your guide the history of kite flying in Jaipur, how and where kites are made and of course you will have the chance to test your skills and fly your own! We start this guided tour with a visit to a Kite shop in a colorful local bazaar where you will meet the shopkeepers, and, learn about the materials used in the process of traditional kite making. Next, you will be introduced to a local family in the old city of Jaipur where you will receive a traditional welcome into their home and head to their rooftop. Here, you will spend quality time with the family who will share their family history, traditions and local perspective with you. Enjoy tea, coffee and refreshments while getting a kite flying lesson and maybe trying your luck in a Kite fight!!
This is the place where his last rites were performed on the evening of 31st January, 1948. The memorial was built using black marble, and Gandhi's last words ‘Hey Ram’ (Oh, God) is inscribed on the platform - with a flame lit constantly. Indeed, an uplifting experience that will remain close to your heart.
A large complex of temples, made of pink sandstone and white marble. The Akshardham Temple was built by the Swaminarayan sect as a spiritual center of prayer and learning and as a resource center for the study of Indian Culture. Spread over 30 acres on the Eastern Bank of the Yamuna, the Akshardham Temple is a synthesis of Indian architectural styles. The design of the Akshardham Temple is inspired by temples from different parts of India. The sources include the temples of Badrinath in North India, Somnath in West India and Konark in East India. With a complex of temples and shrines set amidst sprawling lawns, prayer halls and spaces for meditation and communal gatherings, the Akshardham Temple is a new landmark in the National Capital Region. The Akshardham Temple is a religious and cultural highlight of Delhi.
Kingdom of dreams
keeping the children’s interest in mind, we have a fascinating climax where you witness an excellent Bollywood style entertainment at a venue called Kingdom Of Dreams. Actually, the place does provide a fantastic glimpse of India's cultural heritage stretching from ancient time to modern day Bollywood. Also, the fare is laid of in a very friendly and an easy to understand fashion. The tour quotes in the attached proposal include the cost for this experience incorporating the transport involved and the Platinum Ticket for the highlight of this place - The Bollywood Dance & Drama Show.
Royal Buggy Ride
Royal Buggy was once a symbol of power for the Mughal emperors. Now you too can experience it!! Driven by four beautiful horses, this splendid Buggy will surely enthrall you with its colorful decoration of marigold keeping true to Indian traditions. The driver of this Royal Buggy will take you back to the days when the Maharaja was their passenger by wearing the same outfit. Our representative will pick you up from your hotel in Agra and will drive you directly to the point where we board the buggy. The ride will be as much fun for the passengers as for the onlookers. There would be hand waves, giggles, and laughter!! We believe that India is not just about the destination; it's about living the experience.
slums of South Delhi
In our special tour, the focus is not on the poverty – the idea is to engage with the local community and see their way of living. Through this tour, visitors also witness a wide range of activities like: embroidery, bakery, clothes recycling as well as manufacturing, and many more. These items are created in innovative ways and in very small spaces!! One could learn a lot from the people in the slums. There is a sense of community that exists in the area. A lot of people have come here from different parts of the country to live in this tiny neighborhood of Delhi, and this diversity is apparent in the temples and mosques that stand side by side. At the end of this inspiring session, the tour would give you a delicate insight into human relationships, and, the indomitable human spirit that seeks to survive as well as thrive against the harshest challenges posed by destiny.
Uncover the different flavors
Our major highlights would include a visit to the Jama Masjid, Nai Sadak (famous for books), Chandni Chowk market (literally meaning the moonlit square), Darba Kalan (a 17th century jewel street), Kinari bazaar (a market, especially for wedding & traditional outfits), Kari Baoli (Asia’s largest spice market), as well as the Paranthewali Gali( Lane of stuffed breads). Moreover, the people and the streets here have many tales to tell you about the glorious past of Delhi!! Yes, please, this magical experience will give you a perfect opportunity to discover the less known heritage and intrigues of this ancient part of Delhi that holds in its bosom so many stories going back centuries. At night everything is seen under a light of enlightenment.
Old Fort walk
One of the oldest forts in India, the Purana Qilla (Old Fort) was located on the banks of the River Yamuna before the River changed its course.This marvelous fort was constructed by the Mughal emperor Humayun – the Old Fort was the proud foundation, and beginning of the Mughal era of art and architecture in India. Now standing mostly in ruins, the Old Fort once served as the seat of power for a number of glorious emperors, including the Mughal Emperor Humayun, and Sher Shah Suri of the Sur Dynasty. Of all the surviving buildings in the old fort complex, the Sher Mandal and the Quila-I-kunha Mosque are notable, and add to the grandeur of the fort.
Situated on a majestic plateau, concealed in a horseshoe formation of the billion-year-old Aravalli ranges, Neemrana Fort Palace is a destination in itself that will enthrall you with all its grandeur and opulence.
unspoiled town of Neemrana
We will also have an opportunity to witness traditional homes, fields and places of worship. The local temple would be a fascinating venue. Here, we will observe the hustle and bustle of a typical Indian temple as pilgrims and devotees arrive to pay their respects in traditional dresses. We will also have opportunities to explore the various slender streets of Neemrana as well as interact with the locals of this beautiful village. Now, as we reach the trading part of the village, on the sideways we will notice markets full of silver jewelry, clothes, fabrics, food, and just about anything and everything that one would need to buy - a (perfect) souvenir from the state of the Kings, and, the queens. Further, we pass through the Potter’s street to meet and join the artisans to observe their day at work. Yes, Please, you can also try your hand at the potter’s wheel to get a hands on and an authentic experience. Further, the walk continues to the famous step well of Neemrana. This was used by the royal family in the past. About a hundred steps lead to the wall, and, the stepwell has a grand entrance with ancient steps that meanders nine stories below the ground. Historically, this was used as a caravanserai by tired travelers as also for simply storing water. All in all you will experience the romance and the spirituality of being a part of the world that is long lost to our times.
The Nizamuddin Dargah walk
To break away from Delhi’s well groomed heritage sites we will visit the tomb of Hazrat Nizamudin Auliya - one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Muslims throughout South Asia. This historical walk takes you through the narrow markets surrounding the Dargah (Tomb) with beautiful lights and decorations around. The mausoleum complex also houses tombs of renowned poets Amir Khusro, and Mirza Ghalib, as well as Shah Jahan’s daughter and princess companion Jehan Ara Begum. Certainly, there is something magical and peaceful about this venue which stays with you even after leaving the place. Oh Yes!! Don’t forget to tie up the red threads to the lattice screens of the tomb which, according to the belief has a power to fulfill all your wishes.
Mehrauli Archaeological walk
For those who want a slice of Indian history and a taste of its architectural brilliance this special walk is just an ideal tour for you. Once we enter the park and start our journey, we will be greeted by the most imposing examples of Indo-Islamic architecture - the tomb of Sultan Balban, the ruler of the Slave Dynasty. Next, we will come across the most recorgnized structure in the park - the Jamali Kamali, a mosque built by Maulana Jamali a poet and a Sufi saint who lived in the 1500's during the period of the Lodis and, the Mughal rule. This beautiful mosque is a fine example of decorative work in plaster and tiles, adorned with beautiful verses written by Jamali himself. Walk a few steps ahead, to Metcalfe's canopy, modified and built by Thomas Metcalfe, who was a British agent in the courts of Akbar Shah 2 and Bahadur Shah Zafar 2. The man was so much in love with Delhi that he bought a country house on the lands of Muhammad Mirza Quli Khan and filled his property with many structures, there were even signs of a dried-up water body close to his house. Then, to the west of the park is the peaceful three-storey step well, Rajon ki Baoli, which is said to be built by Daulat Khan during the regime of Sultan Sikandar Lodi; another popular landmark in the park. The grand Baoli has been known to be used as a residence by local masons for some time (Rajon meaning Builders) and hence this name - even now, a sense of serenity and calm pervades the interiors of this wonderful place.
outskirts of Amritsar
The journey will take you into the heart of the Sikh land where you experience the richest hospitality as extended by the lion hearted Punjabis. As you arrive at the village, prepare yourself for a traditional welcome with ’Tikka’(Blessing) and offer of flowers along with Punjab’s real drink - sweet Lassi!! You are now hopefully ready to immerse yourself in the traditional richness of this remote village. Tread the narrow by-lanes of the village, or, ride in a tractor to arrive at a flour mill to witness the process of grain being converted into wheat flour. Among our several other visits, we would also be at the carpet weaving home enterprise, where you learn the art of weaving a carpet. That’s not all, you can experience a bullock cart ride through the lush green fields and alongside witness how fresh vegetables and fruits grow. During our stay in the village, we will also visit the village Gurdwara (Sikh Temple), the atmosphere here made by the pilgrims, chanting of hymns etc. is a very moving experience. Lastly, we will also have an opportunity to visit the home of locals where you enjoy the delicious Punjabi food as well as join the ladies of the house in their cooking activities. The Punjabis are well known for their friendliness and jovial nature. Enjoy your stay here; spending time with village families helps you to know more about their culture, norms, and, way of living. Following lunch, and, with added interactions with the natives, we bid farewell to the Village.
Tamara resort in Coorg
(Children Below 12 Years Age DO-NOT Have Access To The Resort Owing To The Steep Gradient Of The Terrain.)
An ideal nature hideout for the discerning traveler: those looking to give the outside world amiss, in a relaxing setting close to Nature! Here, one will also relish the whiff of culinary delights as well as enjoy the rustic simplicity that piques your taste in the kitchen. In addition to that, at Tamara one can enjoy the simple pleasures of life by opting for various activities including Yoga & meditation sessions, exploring the scenic landscapes of the region, visit the nearby plantation farm, or, you can even walk the Bird Watching trails to discover the unique avifauna of this hill country. Besides, we believe, this is the venue for peace, and calmness - at its most secluded best. One will feel like on top of the planet. Everything else will look less significant - all the material possessions will matter, but not at this moment of upliftment.
Yoga and meditation sessions
You may choose to take your Yoga practice a step beyond the physical exercise. The resident yoga master is highly experienced in the monastic traditions of yoga. He will take you through the journey of yoga, meditation, and, Pranayama in order to discover the true potential of your body and mind. You can then include these in your daily life. Imbibing the simple philosophies helps make life so much more peaceful.
In spite of the grime and the squalor, Dharavi is an area bustling with activity, with an economy estimated to be worth US $ 500 million, and many rags-to-riches stories. Dharavi is as old as Bombay. The original inhabitants of Dharavi were kolis, the fisher folk, who lived at the edge of the creek that came in from the Arabian Sea. A dam at Sion, adjacent to Dharavi, caused the creek to dry up. Dharavi's fisher folk were deprived of their traditional sustenance, and the newly emerged land from the marshes provided space for new communities to move in. The first migrants were people from Maharashtra, and in particular from the Konkan coast, as well from Gujarat. Potters from Saurashtra were allocated land in Dharavi to establish what is even today called Kumbharwada. The other settlers were direct migrants to the city, many of them trained in a trade or a craft. Muslim tanners from Tamil Nadu migrated to Dharavi and set up the leather tanning industry.
Witness the wonders of untainted nature, and get a taste of life at its most rooted and joyous best. Also, great opportunities are offered while treading the path less traveled, as you discover a better you. Your spirits are rejuvenated as you not only explore virgin nature at its stark best, but also get to have the opportunity to make that delicate human contact with people whose live has escaped being touched by our times.
special plantation walk
The Kabbinakad Estate which is nestled in the steep and densely shaded hills of the majestic Western Ghats. We will stop to see and understand the many different species of plants and trees - Arabica, Robusta, and Cardamom plantations interspersed with pepper vines on silver-oak and hardwood species in a magnificent ecosystem. Also, involve yourself with the cultivation practices and environmental precautions taken in the estate.
Blossoms to Brew
One can indulge in a hands on experience about the various process involved in making coffee, and also one can savor the processed coffee that the Tamara especially crafted for you.
unexplored gems of the region
The area is considered as one of the best venues to spot several species of birds - migratory as well as resident. Some of the major birds seen here are Malabar Trogons, Nilgiri Laughing-Thrushes, Great Black Woodpeckers, and Malabar Whistling-Thrushes to just name a few.
This beautiful resort celebrates the art and ethnicity of Kerala in its truest and brightest form. This beautiful resort is nestled on the banks of the legendary Chaliyar River, and inspired by the Nalukettu style of architecture. Indeed, the Kadavu resort is ideal for leisure travellers wanting to spend some wonderful time in God’s own country. Also, one can indulge in variety of activities whilst your stay at Kadavu including kayaking and canoeing on the river, nature walks, as well as Ayurveda & Spa sessions.
The law-interpreting monument of the High Court, built between 1951-57 has a double roof, projecting over the office block like a parasol or an inverted umbrella. The magnificent outward sweep of the upper roof is symbolic of protection and justice to the people. The three vertical piers, rising 60 feet from the floor and painted in bright colors from the grand entrance to the building. A gigantic egg-crate screen covers the building façade. On the rear walls of the court rooms, hand the giant woolen tapestries designed by Le Corbusier.
Roluos Group Of Temples
The Roluos Group of monuments mark the beginning of Khmer classical art, and they represent some of the earliest great temples built by the Khmer. They served as the capital of Indravarman (who reigned from 877 to 889). Lolei was built on an islet by Yasovarman I (who ruled from 889 to 910), the founder of the first city of Angkor. The sandstone carvings in the niches of the temples are notable as are the Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts. Preah Ko was erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century in dedication to his deified ancestors in 880. There are inscriptions in Sanskrit on the doorsteps of each temple. Bakong was built and dedicated to Shiva by Indravarman I, and is the largest and most interesting of the Roluos Group of temples and still has an active Buddhist monastery.
silk farm and silk production
This half-day tour will introduce visitors to the traditional Khmer skills of silk production. Leave from the hotel to Puok Silk Farm, located in the countryside.
City of Phnom Penh
Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendors hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business. Start your tour at Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital; according to legend, the city began here when a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues and built the temple to house them. Afterward, see the splendor of Cambodia's royal heritage by visiting the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoni, the adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, and the elegant National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer art.
Angkor Wat (2 hours): The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol of Cambodia and the highlight of your visit to this fascinating country.
Angkor Thom (2.5 hours): The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga.
Visit Preah Khan (1 hour): Preah Khan is a temple built by King Jayavarman Vii with towering enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting.
tour of Angkor
Banteay Srei Temple (90 minutes):
Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art & architecture.
Banteay Samre (30 minutes)
Banteay Samre is a mid-12th-century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu.
Ta Prohm temple (2 hours):
Ta Prohm is one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.
Pre Rup Temple (30 minutes):
Pre Rup was built by Rajendravarman Ii (ruled 944 to 968), it consists of a pyramid-shaped temple with the uppermost of the three tiers carrying five square shrines arranged as a quincunx. The name means turning the body and refers to the traditional method of cremation.
Srah Srang Temple at sunset:
Srah Srang is a basin east of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 meters with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple.
Spider Market in Skuon
This small crossroads town of Skuon is famous for an unusual delicacy; here, spider merchants sell different varieties of large, furry arachnids for locals and adventurous travelers to snack on.
explore this modern-day city
The Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building or the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from Cds and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more.
the modern day capital of Vietnam
Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shophouses invite an exciting exploration by walking, while its many beautiful public spaces; lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards, and monuments; give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals.
1. Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex: The Mausoleum is closed in the afternoons, on Mondays and Fridays, and closes annually in October and November for restoration (only viewable from the outside). Continue to the Presidential Palace (may be viewed from the outside only). Stroll through the park to HO CHI Minh Stilt House, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.
2. The Temple of Literature: A peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, this monument is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university. In one courtyard, giant stone tortoises bear style on their backs, listing the accomplishments of graduating scholars.
excursion to Thuy Bieu village
Around 8.30 AM, embark on boat at Toa Kham wharf and start a cruise on Perfume River. Stop at Dong Ba Market to select your preferred ingredients for your cooking class. Make a stop to visit the iconic Thien MU Pagoda. Back to the boat for a scenic cruise to Thuy Bieu Village. Upon arrival, walk or bike tour around the village. Visit a garden house as well as an ancient ancestral temple and get the chance to communicate with local people. Visit families making incense or joss paper and learn more about the traditions of Vietnamese people. Back to Thuy Bieu restaurant for cooking class, enjoy preparing lunch along with the chief's instruction. Have lunch with Hue traditional dishes which you have cooked. Bath your foot in the medicinal herbs water - a traditional therapeutically practices and enjoy foot massage by blind people. End of this tour at Thuy Bieu Village.
boat trip on the Thu Bon River
The exquisitely preserved merchant town of Hoi An was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999. The colorful shop houses and temples reflect a diverse heritage, dating back to the 16th and 17th century when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving center of traditional crafts and a shoppers paradise, best explored on foot. Wander through the cobbled streets, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central Market and the small Harbour where colorfully painted boats are moored. The walking tour will include visits to a Private House, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting; to one of the Family Chapels built by prominent merchants and official families as centers for ancestor worship; and to a typical Chinese-Style Pagoda or Assembly Hall. Continue to Sa Huynh Museum, located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, it contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. Visit a handicraft workshop in Hoi An where local products are being made by the industry itself. Finally, continue to the famous Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. In the afternoon, board a local boat and cruise down the THU BON River, enjoying the unspoiled countryside and stopping to visit a Pottery Village and a Woodcarving Village before returning to Hoi An harbour.
Cai Rang Floating Market
In the early morning, set out by boat to explore CAI Rang Floating Market, the biggest and most bustling of the Mekong Delta markets, which attracts fruit and vegetable vendors from all over the region. Buyers with smaller boats weave between the large barges selling wholesale produce. Each vendor advertises fresh samples of their wares on long poles that tower overhead above the colorful boats. By boat through the market, watching people haggle and trade, and possibly sample some of the fruit. By 9 am, the activity has died down and it is time to return to the pier after exploring some of the backwaters and canals.
excursion by boat trip
Journey to the Mekong Delta to Ben Luc and Tan An. Take a boat trip on Mekong River to TAN Thach (Ben Tre) where local handicrafts and sweets from coconut are produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits, a performance of traditional songs, and observe the local life. Take a short ride on the motor cart to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Proceed by small sampan boats through the small canals and observe daily life along the riverbanks, stopping for a leisurely stroll.
excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels
Never discovered by American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapons factories. Today, walk through the area and learn about the day to day life of the Vietcong, bear witness to the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.
sightseeing in Saigon
A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity, and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorbikes, chatting on cell phones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense. Begin the tour of this exciting city with a tour of the historic center, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel DE Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Afterward, dive into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975, signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. Continue to the harrowing WAR RemnanTS Museum, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War. Inside are detailed photographic exhibitions; outside is a collection of tanks, planes, and weapons. A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions. Afterward driving to the historic center to visit Emperor OF Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon's most interesting pagodas.
beautiful city of Luang Prabang
Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995. Begin your tour with Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng, the crown jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold stenciled murals. From there, stroll down the main street (Wat Street) of Luang Prabang. Time permitting, stop at some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene.
sightseeing in Luang Prabang
In the morning, visit a local market to see the bustle and activity of the early morning. Continue to the National Museum (Royal Palace), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the-century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. Then, visit Hor Phrabang. In the right front corner room of the Palace which opens to the outside, is a collection of the palace's most prized art, including the Phrabang, cast of a gold, silver and bronze alloy. This Buddha stands at 83 cm tall and weighs around 50 kg. Afterward, visit Wat Mai.
Tham Pak Ou Caves
Travel up the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the Tham Pak Ou Caves. These extraordinary caves are filled with Buddha images, of every style and material imaginable. On the way to Pak Ou Cave, stop at Ban Xang Hai Village (If time permits, open 6.00 am - 15.00 pm and closed every major Buddhist holiday), a local village famous for the production of Lao Lao, the local rice wine whiskey.
weaving village of Ban Xang Khong
Visit Ban Xang Khong, a village near Luang Prabang well known for its traditional handwoven cotton and silk, as well as a production of the local SA (mulberry) paper.
sightseeing in Yangon
Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with tree-shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops. The city became the capital only in 1885 when the British completed their conquest of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay's brief period as capital of the last Burmese kingdom ended. Start the tour at the Sule Pagoda, a gleaming octagonal pagoda that stands squarely at the center of the city. Finally, continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colors of twilight. Then, visit Yuzana Plaza and Bahan Market, which are near Shwedagon Pagoda.
excursion to Mingun and Inwa
Explore the ruins of the vast Mingun Paya, a monument to human ambition. Had it been completed, its size would have dwarfed all contemporary pagodas. Continue by vehicle to Inwa (previously known as Ava), another former royal capital, but now a quiet rural oasis situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Enjoy a leisurely ride by horse and cart around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery; Maha Aungmyay Bonza Kyung; and Nan Myint Tower. On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make the famous alms bowls out of iron.
Khaung Daing Village with canoe ride
Travel to visit Khaung Daing Village and board a small wooden canoe to observe the unique life of the Intha people. Paddle peacefully around the village to visit the cottage industry where traditional silk is made.
excursion by boat on Inle Lake
Enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake and discover its calm serenity, still waters and colorful brush strokes of floating vegetation and slow moving fishing canoes. Rolling high hills hug the lake on all sides, as the lake's shore and islands host 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery and meditate on the one of a kind skill of the local fishermen who make use of their legs in a unique rowing technique to glide themselves gracefully around the lake. Visit the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market and an Intha village around the lake. The day also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (Lotus and silk weaving villages) and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.
major attractions of Bangkok
Start the day visiting two of the most impressive sights in the city. The Reclining Buddha at Wat Po is an enormous Buddha, covered in gold leaf and lying majestically on its side. The Grand Palace has no equal and is a must see for every visitor to Bangkok. Built by King Rama I in 1782 it was the center of power for more than 150 years; today it is Bangkok's most celebrated landmark. Within the compound is the Temple of The Emerald Buddha - Wat Pra Kaew - which houses Thailand's most precious image of the Lord Buddha. Lunch will be served at a Thai restaurant near the river. Next, travel along the picturesque Chao Phraya River and through the klongs (canals) of Thonburi. Observe and photograph the serene family homes and temples along the waterways which gave the city the name Venice of the East. Finally, pay a visit to one of the city's most photographed sites, the shimmering Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). The majestic shrine has a pagoda of 79 m high. It is decorated with glazed ceramic pieces that reflect the sun's rays and give the temple its name.
Doi Suthep with City Temples
Drive to visit the mountain temple Wat Doi Suthep, which is situated on a hill, 1050 m high. On clear days, you will enjoy a fantastic view over the town and the province. Then drive back to the old town area, then change vehicle to Trishaw. Drive through the most historic areas of Chiang Mai, Visit Wat Phra Singh which houses the beautiful Lai Kham Chapel with its exquisite wood carving and northern style murals. Afterward, visit Wat Chedi Luang, containing an enormous Pagoda, which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. Continue on to visit the real local life of Chiang Mai. Muang Mai market. Much of the food has come straight from the farm and in some parts of the market, the farmers sell their wares directly.
Doi Inthanon National Park and Hill Tribe Villages
Lying south of Chiang Mai, the granite mass of Doi Inthanon, 8,500 feet above sea level, is the highest summit in the country. Doi Inthanon is the tail of the Himalaya mountain range, designated as a national park, the moist natural environment is a paradise for birds as it has almost 400 species, animals, flowers, and faunas.
After a final steep climb, the summit is surprisingly flat, though misty, cool and breezy. Walk shortly to see a small Stupa contains the remains of Chao Inthawichayanon the last independent ruler of Chiang Mai. Enjoy exploring around Ang-Kha Nature Trail at the highest peak viewing beautiful Fern & Moss as well as White & Red Rhododendrons (bloom only during Jan – Feb). Visit the Twin Pagodas built by the Thai Airforce in honor of their Majesties King and Queen for their 60th Birthday Anniversaries. Stop on the way down to shop atHmong Tribal Market who trades various kinds of vegetation, temperature fruits and flowers from their own farm. Lunch will be served at the local restaurant. The Last stop will be made at Wachiratarn Waterfall. Relax by fresh and clear fall for freshening up after a long day touring. Transfer back to Chiang Mai.
Elephant camp and Orchid Farm
See how the elephants are trained from the young age onwards, and watch them demonstrate what they have learned. (Optional service: you may book an elephant ride through the jungle for 1 hour). Afterward, visit a nearby Orchid farm before returning to Chiang Mai.
Streetfood of Chiang Mai
Pick up from the hotel in the evening then, drive to Chang Puek Gate market. See the real local street food market included Thai and Northern Thai food. Try to choose one of a variety of food for yourself. Our guide will assist you in choosing the food. You will have a chance to try Thai dessert also.
traditional junk through Halong Bay
Depart from Hanoi to Halong Bay; en route take a short stop for a break. Transfer with a tender to the comfortable junk and enjoy a welcome drink aboard. Begin the cruise through majestic Halong Bay while lunch is served. Enjoy the magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragon's teeth. The junk continues cruising through a fishing village on the bay and passes the spectacular limestone caves dotted around the bay. Soak up the sun on the top deck with optional onboard activities: sunbathing, and photo opportunities. In the evening the chef will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes and other traditional dishes.
Tai Chi exercise
After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Check out luggage and bid tidings to beautiful Halong Bay.
cruise down the THU BON River
Certainly, you will enjoy the unspoiled countryside and an unhurried pace of life. On the trip, you will also visit a Pottery Village and a Woodcarving Village before returning to Hoi An harbor.
excursion to My Son
Journey to MY SON, the former religious center of the Champa Kingdom, a sophisticated civilization which held sway over the region from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Today, all that is left are five archaeological sites from different periods, in a beautifully green setting of hills and winding streams. After a brief visit to the Visitor'S Centre for an overview of Cham history and culture, visit each ruin, in turn, walking along forested paths.
temples of Angkor
The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor WAT is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.
Preah Khan: a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 meters.
Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, fairy-like atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favorite with visitors.
Phang Nga Bay Island
Your first stop will be at Wat Tham Suwanakhuha (Buddha Cave Temple). Appreciate The temple and the various Buddha artifacts and pay respect to the 15 Meters long reclining Buddha statue. Afterward, you will take a boat and head out to explore the spectacular scenery of Phang-nga bay and the surrounding Khao Majoo the mangrove forest and the limestone mountains at Tham Lod (Grotto). Visit Ping Gan and Khao Tapoo better known as "James Bond Island" (The man with the golden gun). Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at the fishing village at Koh Panyee. On the way back visit the factory of cashew nut processing and the Gems Gallery. Transfer back to the hotel.
Phi Phi Island Tour in a Speed Boat
By joining speedboat to Phi Phi island. Enjoy a swim/snorkel stop at its beach. Drive to Phi Phi Ley famous for its bird's nests. (Join speedboat transfer timing: 45 mins. Capacity 30 pax per boat). Pick up from your hotel and arrive at the prestigious Royal Phuket Marina. Depart from Maya Bay and Phi Phi Island, Relax Maya Bay (where "The Beach" was partially filmed), Snorkeling and Swimming in clear water at Loh Samah and Pileh Cove, Sightseeing the Viking Cave now home to bird nest producing swallows, Feeding the local inhabitants at "The Monkey Beach", Appreciate the magnificent marine life at the Hin Klang (Great Coral Reef). Lunch will be served at Phi Phi Natural Resort (Private beach). After lunch, Explore to "Bamboo Island" is the flat beautiful island that perfectly blends with white sand and crystal clear water. Take your Relaxing on the beach or Swimming and Snorkeling. There is also a nice coral reef near the beach.
Old City from the Mount of Olives
Walk downhill to the Kidron Valley and enter the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations also called the Basilica of Agony. In this area, the oldest Olive trees in the Holy Land, dating back to ancient times We will enter the Old City through one of its ancient gates, then proceed to the Wailing Wall – the remnant of Solomon’s Temple – and touch its ancient stones. We will view the Temple Mount and see the Dome of the Rock. We will continue through the Western Wall Tunnels to the Pools of Bethesda, the Via Dolorosa, and the Arab Market. We will visit the Holy Sepulchre – the largest Church in Jerusalem. On to the Jewish Quarter, where we will see the renovated Cardo (the once main north-south colonnaded Roman Street) and its excavations.
Acre, visit this Medieval Port
Continue to Caesarea, where we will explore the ruins of the Roman and the Crusader City. We will see the reconstructed Roman city and Theatre, the walls from the times of the Crusaders and the prison where St. Paul was held in captivity before being sent to Rome. This was also the place where the first gentile was converted to Christianity. As we leave the beautiful walls and moat, we will pass the remains of the Roman horse racing theater, the Hippodrome. We will stop at the amazing remains of the Roman Aqueduct, which has been beautifully preserved under the sand dunes for 2000 years. We will then continue to the city of Tel Aviv for a view of the city and onto the Old Port of Jaffa to view this beautiful place.
A floating resort in Kumbalanghi - this place is specially designed to give the holidayer an experience of a lifetime. A resort that literally floats on water! Yes, it has been made possible, just a few meters from the great Arabian Sea, on the famed backwaters of Kerala. Built in the form of floating boat-like cottages anchored to a common floating jetty, the Aquatic Resort is surrounded by 30 acres of pristine greenery. Whether it is a dive into the blue hued floating pool, or angling for fish by the green tinged backwaters, or even better, watching the setting orange flamed Sun from the comfort of your private deck while the migratory birds flutter by. A day of pampering can also include massages and Ayurvedic treatments, and if you are game for some outdoor leisure, pick a bicycle and ride into the nearby villages for a taste of rural Kerala.
Marari Beach Resort
Talking of beaches and beach resorts it does not get better than this. Also, there are a variety of activities that you can undertake here. You could hire cycles and bike along nearby tribal villages of the fishing community. While on the beach you could play Beach Volleyball or in the resort there are options of Tennis and badminton too.
It is an unprecedented destination offering a rare opportunity to enjoy Rajasthan's desert life, culture, wildlife & beauty. The place provides every comfort the modern traveler could wish for; luxurious accommodation, mouth watering cuisine & an incredible Rajasthani hospitality. Built in the style of a traditional desert village, the resort complex is spread over 5 acres. Constructed using local materials & techniques. Also, Manvar offers great outdoor adventure and a taste of the Thar Desert. We would enjoy jeep safaris and a camel safari today to the Mustard and Red Chili fields in the middle of the desert.. We would also witness traditional desert villages and lifestyles unchanged for centuries.
Once you arrive in Marrakech you are bound to have a feeling of excitement and energy of thousand sensations. This beautiful place is also surrounded by palm groves hidden in snowy mountains, and therefore the most beautiful scenery to be the witness here. Inside the hustle and bustle of the city’s center, you will discover both the world of old and new. There is a sturdy competition between both the Worlds but at the same time they are perfectly blended and complimenting each other.
major attractions of Marrakesh
Likewise, your steps will take you to El Bahia Palace and Dar Si Said Museum, thereafter you will visit the old downtown known by The Medina where you will have the opportunity to explore the 14th-century Ben Youssef Medersa which is the Ex-Islamic College, founded by Abu al-Hasan & Sultan Merinid.
Also, your trip to this part of the world would not be complete unless you will visit the Almoravid Dynasty Koubba, the Marrakech Museum of Art and finally the labyrinth of narrow covered alleyways of the famous Souqs. The tour ends late in the afternoon at the busy and hectic Jamaa Elfna square, where open air entertainment competes with food stalls to attract your attention.
coastal city of Essaouira
We recommend you to visit this city using Marrakech as your springboard and enjoy a memorable trip of two and a half hours through the cultures of argans and breathtaking landscapes. We will stop for a while to see one of the argan’s cooperatives where you will see women heating nuts and using a manual mill where they turn the stone and get the edible Argan Oil. Once you arrive there, you will remark that Essaouira seems to have escaped the excesses of modernity and offers to you a wonderful diving off a traditional Morocco especially when you go through its blue Medina Alleys where you can visit the municipal market, the jewelry alley-ways , you will also have the chance to explore the spirit of art particularly when you head to the artisanal complex where you will see with a naked eye the simplicity and the creativity of the artisans working on marquetry, silver, and golden objects.
major tourist destination in South Morocco
Rebuilt, after it was completely destroyed in the earthquake of 1960, Agadir has managed itself to establish as a premier beach gateway in Morocco. The area is a combination of a living ethnological museum, bazaar and art workshops. When you stroll around the area you will discover - local painters, craftsmen, jewelers and carpenters regularly use the studios and open spaces to showcase their art and latest ware.
Atlas Mountains by a 4WD car
Here, you are going to discover several Berber villages hung in the mountain, meet the Berbers share a cup of tea with them and see how they live in an unexplored landscape. Once you arrive you will get a taste of luxury at Sir Richard Branson Kasbah Tamadot. The Kasbah was a wealthy Italian antique dealer’s residence before becoming one of the rare properties Virgin Limited. It was spotted by Sir Richard Branson during one of his balloon rides over the Atlas Mountains.
remnants of the stone-age
These Dolmens are believed to be the dwelling places of the inhabitants of this area during the stone-age. These now stand as the monumental witness of a pre- historic era. Little is known about them through written history, but they were apparently the rulers of this beautiful land. Ideal for photography, one can experience some great views of the mountains covered in lush green vegetation from here.
Cruise along the Dubai Creek in a traditional wooden Dhow is an unforgettable experience which showcase the true spirit of Dubai. The traditional dhow glides silently through the Dubai waters and this tour offers an intriguingly different view of this beautiful city. Admire the architecture of places such as the National Bank of Dubai and the Chamber of Commerce building. Enjoy an International buffet dinner before returning to the pier. This beautiful journey which lasts for about 2 hours is highly recommended to all.
exciting desert safari
You will be picked from your Dubai hotel and your tour begins with an unforgettable roller coaster drive in the desert over the magnificent Sand Dunes. Here, we will stop for pictures while we head towards the camel farm for a short visit. Next, we will proceed towards our desert camp with a stop en route to experience a memorable desert sunset. A traditional welcome awaits you with an Arabic coffee, tea, and dates while the charcoal fires and the traditional oven is lit in preparation for the evening dinner. You can also get a henna tattoo or experience an unforgettable camel ride while we wait for the highlight of the evening which includes an exotic belly performance. The evening ends with a delicious three-course barbecue meal with a variety of meats and salads served beneath the starlit skies, accompanied by authentic Arabic music. After dinner, we will drive back to the city.
city tour of Sharjah
This tour will introduce you to the Emirate of Sharjah, also known as the 'City of Culture'. In this emirate, one of the landmarks to photographers is the King Faisal Mosque, which is currently the largest mosque in the Emirates. We will continue our tour to the renovated Fort of Sharjah, which was originally built in 1820. The Al Naboodah House, the museum for cultural heritage is the next place to explore. This district is also known as the museum area. In the Islamic Museum, you will have an interesting introduction to all aspects of the Islamic culture. A quick stroll to the adjacent souks of 'Al Arsa' and to the 'Majarrah Souk' will take you to our next venue which is the souk ''Blue Souk” - a treasure chest full of carpets, jewelry, and handicrafts. You will certainly find your right souvenir here.
Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding with an amazing mountain-themed wintery settings Ski Dubai has 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and gradient, the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters. You can certainly test your skills on the world's first indoor black run or practice your turns on the gentle beginner slopes.
city tour of Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Many of its striking examples of modern architecture show intriguing interpretations of Islamic themes captured in today's materials. Shimmering skyscrapers, villas and palaces line our route along the Riviera-style corniche with its blue Gulf waters and enticing offshore islands.
Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo
You will be visiting the famous Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo inside Dubai mall during your shopping. The 10-million liter Dubai Aquarium tank, located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall, is the largest suspended aquariums in the world. It houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Over 300 sharks and rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world. There are numerous ways for visitors to experience the main Aquarium tank, which measures 51 meters in length, 20 meters in width and 11 meters in height.
Samburu Game Reserve
Samburu is rather dry. This makes visibility very good as the vegetation is not that thick. Lion, leopards, as well as cheetahs, can be found here. The elephant herds are also pretty active in this park, and at times they do scare away a pride of lions.
Crater floor in Ngorongoro
It offers unsurpassed viewing of rare black rhinoceros, which are undisturbed by vehicles and allow viewing at close range. Some of its other 25,000 residents include lion, elephant, hyena, wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, ostrich and an abundance of pink flamingos on Lake Magadi.
We will first go to Memphis, a capital of Ancient Egypt. We’ll also see the carved limestone colossus of Ramses II. We will then visit the necropolis at Saqqara, where king Zoser's step pyramid was "built to last 'till the ends of time".Afterwards, we will head towards the Pyramids of Giza. Next, we will visit the solar boat museum, whose main attraction is an ancient Egyptian cedar wood boat dating back 4,500 years. We will then drive into the old Cairo to explore the city’s cultural landmarks. We shall also visit the colossal statue of the great sphinx, which has stood guard over the pyramids for more than 4,500 years. It is the ultimate symbol of ancient Egypt with human head and the lion's body.
museum of antiquities in Cairo
Here, the museum houses the greatest collection of pharaonic treasures. Our guide will show you the highlights of these artifacts, including the Tutankhamen collection of golden treasures. We will contue to visit the historical landmarks of the country. Next, we will begin with the visit to citadel commanding a complete view of the city. It was completed in 1183, was surrounded by sturdy walls and towers to withstand attacks from Christian crusaders. We will visit from inside the beautifully decorated mosque of Mohammed Ali. Following your time in Coptic Cairo, here we will also visit the famous suspended church (hanging church), dating to the late 4th and early 5th century. Next, we will explore the Khan el - Khalili market, where you can bargain for various items such as rugs, perfumes, copper, leather crafts, and, many more.
Rawla Narlai represents style, and combines subtle opulence with abundant adventure. Surrounded by woods and hills, this beautiful property is a marvelous extension of Rajasthan’s regalia and entourage. The interiors of this wonderful palace are as appealing as what is outside. The tastefully furnished rooms involve many crafts that showcase the local architectural styles and craftsmanship of the area. On the whole, it would be an exciting and enjoyable treat in an environment full of splendor and lavishness.
Eastern group of Temples
The temples of Khajuraho form a magnum opus... an expression as well as the creation of Indian sculptors of yore. Built by the Chandela kings following the tradition of Tantric art. Although, some may find it erotic, but, the philosophy behind the temples is much more deep and vast. They are in fact a celebration of life!
Flying Fox Adventure
Enjoy the Flying Fox experience - a Zip line tour. It is a unique and exhilarating journey between battlements, hill forts and ridge tops located at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Neemrana Fort Palace near Delhi. Adored the breath-taking views as you fly down a series of ultra-strong steel zip lines, securely attached by a harness and pulley – propelled simply by gravity. Trained instructors accompany you to ensure your safety and entertain you with their local knowledge.
traditional lifestyles and occupations
As the Central Government have been taking various initiatives to promote rural tourism in India, Kumbalangni has been selected as the ideal destination to represent India's village tourism. This coastal hamlet provides an enthralling glimpse of the simple and prosperous living of the villagers, and also unravels the age-old, magnificent cultural heritage of the place. Once you enter into the village, you have many activities awaiting for you.
At The Top Of A Coconut Tree
You are now hopefully ready to immerse yourself in the traditional richness of this beautiful village. Learn how the times changed, as the local farmers will show you two ways of climbing a coconut tree - the painstaking old way with a thalappu, and the modern way using the latest instruments. At the end of this enriching session, treat yourself to fresh tender coconut.
Taste of Tender Coconut
Now, get a chance to take a glimpse into the life of these simple villagers of Kerala. Take pleasure in the beauty of green paddy fields in a house of a local villager. Also, taste some sweet coconut water and tender coconut while here.
Continue with your delightful journey and reach the next stopover, a coconut grove. Learn how toddy being tapped from a coconut tree. Besides, if you feel like you can even taste this famed Kerala beverage, fresh out of the pot.
At this time, learn the art of waving coconut leaves as well as you can also try your hand at it.
Accompany the villagers as they take you in the local pond to provide you with some tried and true fishing tips. Watch in wonder as one of the villagers casts a net and catch a few with ease.
Bagan (or Pagan) is an old city that was the capital of the first Burmese Imperium. There are more than 2,000 pagodas and temples to be found in this fascinating city where one can embark on a spiritual and historical journey of self-realization & bliss. Indeed, Bagan is an ideal destination to visit regardless of the time of the year. The perfect climate of Bagan enables you to explore this ancient city with ease all year round.
This fun-loving, friendly capital is located on the banks of the Mekong River, and, Thailand as its border, Vientiane had traded with neighboring Countries - hence, a rich historical overview of South East Asia can be had from here. Vientiane has the famous Buddha Park, which has a painting of Asian Motifs. The city may not reveal its beauty at first sight, but as you spend a few days here visiting its unusual sights, or, taste its excellent food, you will soon feel at home.
The exotic, as well as the high-octane Vietnamese Capital of Hanoi, is a full-scale assault on the senses. It's crumbly; lemon-hued colonial architecture is certainly a feast for one’s eyes. The city is divided into old and new quarters. The narrow alleys in the old quarter known as the 36 Streets – each of them being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there. Also, Hanoi is considered as Asia’s most scenic capital. Just don’t expect a sleepy moment. It’s a lively city on the rise along with the beautiful seascapes of Halong Bay.
The name Rhodo Valley is derived from the name of a tree Rhodendrum which is spotted widely in this area with deep red flowers. Rhodo valley is the home to numerous endemic species, many of which are facing annihilation. Various walking trails have been introduced by the Kerala Forest Department where you may feel the pulse of raw nature at its best. Accompanying your trek will be experienced guides enlightening you with information about this beautiful unexplored valley. Moreover, another highlight of the tour would be your stay at Rhodo Mansion, where you can indulge in a number of outdoor activities like sightseeing, and, a campfire can also be arranged for you. The calming effect of the lit fire will help you to relax and reminisce about the eventful day you had. The water from the natural springs, light from the clear sky, the storage lanterns, instant cooked local cuisine, etc. Surely, your stay stay will make you wonder as to how much on earth – just for making your stay memorable!!
The peak is considered as a hotspot of biodiversity and has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. The trail will take you through a variety of habitats like meadows, Shola forests, and, Pine plantations. The area is also widely known for its rich wildlife – notably elephants, sambar (deer), sloth bear and the Nilgiri Tahr (mountains goats) – the latter being endemic and endangered.
boat through the Halong Bay
We will board on a traditional wooden junk for cruising through the bay. Here, we will also be served our lunch. Following the meal, the cruise passes by beautiful rock formations with such names as Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong), and Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). At the core of the islets, there is a wonderful cave to visit called Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto).
Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh
Khai Dinh was the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty and was constructed between 1920 and 1931. Take some time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere, wandering among the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards and lotus ponds. Afterward, visit the Imperial Tomb OF Khai Dinh, dramatically located on a hillside. The last of the monumental tombs of the Nguyen dynasty, completed in 1931, this tomb incorporates distinct European elements into the traditional Vietnamese architecture.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
Kuang Si waterfall is located in a perfect natural ambiance of Luang Prabang, this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. Enjoy swimming in the clear water or just relax in the natural environment - an experience to remember and cherish.
Dubai is a place of fascinating contrast, a distinctive blend of east and west, old and new; a compact destination where Desert, beach, Shopping, Sporting, Dining and various other activities can be enjoyed within short distances and minimal transfers. Also, Lying on the waters of the southern gulf, backed by a majestic desert, Dubai offers year-round sunshine and excellent weather conditions.
Sambor Prei Kuk
Situated on the outskirts of Kampong Thom, Sambor Prei Kuk is Cambodia’s one of the most imperative monuments of the Pre-Angkorian era. This was the capital of Chenla Kingdom during the sixth century that was built by King Isanavarman 1, known as Isanapura. Now mostly in ruins at a vibrant forest setting that secretly narrates the fascinating tales of the royal past of Cambodia. Once here, we suggest that you explore the main central area of the remainings that will give you a perfect insight into the various architectural styles of Cambodia.
Tuol Sleng Museum
Tuol Sleng Museum now stood as a stark reminder of the horrific past that this place has once gone through. Before 1975, this is where children studied & learn how to become better in their respective lives. However, after Khmer Rouge Regime took over Cambodia they turned Tuol Svay Prey High School into an interrogation and torture facility center for the ones who stood against the government. Even now, the time has stood its presence as you observe the photographs of the prisoners who were once tortured here and later murdered – among thousands of prisoners only seven came out alive.
A lively port on the banks of the Mekong River, Kampong Cham boasts itself of some breathtaking colonial-era architecture. Once here, we have several opportunities to explore this quaint little town as well as soak in the countryside and visit the Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill).
Boat through the Halong Bay
Embark on a charming traditional wooden boat for cruising through the bay. Enroute lunch will be served. The cruise passes amidst the beautiful rock formations with name such as Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong), and Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). At the core of the islets, there is a wonderful cave to visit called Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto). Disembark at Halong pier.
excursion to the Killing Fields
In a peaceful rural setting just outside Phnom Penh, the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek which provides a stark reminder of the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime. This was the place where thousands of people were killed here between the years of 1975 and 1978 and were buried in mass graves.
city of two expressions
It is home to some of the world’s tallest buildings, as well as scores of trendy bars and restaurants. However, look just beyond the main streets and you will discover a multicultural flair that endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of various cultures with narrow alleyways packed with traditional lane houses where life is undisturbed, and kind.
Pudong Financial District and the Jinmao Tower
A new and bustling district, Pudong offers visitors some of the most modern attractions, businesses, skyscrapers and shopping malls, all featuring the latest in entertainment, technology and fashion.
guided city tour of Shanghai.
First, we will visit the Yuyuan Garden - a beautiful backyard with decorative fountains and pavilions, giving the place a genuine Chinese ambiance. Next on our list is the Old City of Shanghai, which is also known as the Chinese city, an old business street that houses a perfect blend of tourist attractions, shops, entertainment and cultural exhibits. One of the best places in the world to observe the vast cultural and social convergence of old and new. Also, one of the major highlights of our tour would be the visit to the Jade Buddha temple in the western part of Shanghai. This maverick temple was built between 1918 & 1928, and one of Shanghai’s few active Buddhist monasteries that add a kind of richness to our busy modern society. The tour concludes with a visit to Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center, French Concession, and Xintiandi, an urban locale that holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city.
Located in the center of the city. This beautiful museum offers a unique insight into the history and culture of China. It has a wide array of exhibits, depicting the glorious years of Chinese history.
A must-do shopping destination attracting thousands of fashion lovers from all over the world. Lastly, we will end our tour with a visit to the Renmim Square, Expo axis, and China Hall.
richer ambience of China
We will start our tour with humble Administrator’s Garden - surrounded by trees, bushes, architectures, and oddly shaped rocks are arranged in a way to create interest, and elements.We will also do a boat tour along Grand canal and a walking at Pingjiang Road and an exploration of the Silk Embroidery Exhibition center.
water town in Jiangsu province
Located within the Kunshan county-level (30km southeast of Suzhou). Besides, Zhouzhuang is one of the major tourist destinations in China - one of the most renowned water townships in the country, noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the most ethnic local traditions as well as customs.
fast train to Hangzhou
On our arrival, we will visit the West Lake, and have a beautiful cruise on the river to enjoy our wonderful time here. Besides, the West Lake is like a brilliant pearl embedded in the beautiful and fertile shores of the East China Sea near the mouth of the Hangzhou Bay. On the tour, we will also visit the Ling yin Temple and Hangzhou’s Tea village.
islands of Hong Kong
Lantau is by far the biggest of the islands of Hong Kong and has been enhanced by the addition of the causeway to Chep Lap Kok, the new, world-class Airport which is frequently voted the “Best Airport in the World”. The airport was built by land reclamation and the levelling of the island which was Chep Lap Kok to make the runways and airport buildings.
guided tour of Lantau Island
Ngong Ping Cable Car: Ngong Ping Cable Car connects Tung Chung and Ngong Ping. The 5.7km cable car journey offers visitors spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of South China Sea, Hong Kong International Airport, North Lantau Country Park and Giant Buddha.
Po Lin Monastery: Know as the "Buddhist Kingdom in the South". Po Lin Monastery is the most popular Buddhist temple in HK. One of the tallest outdoor seated Buddha statues at the Po Lin Monastery becomes a site of Pilgrimage and is visited by Buddhists' from all over the world.
Museum beneath The Buddha: There are 3 floors beneath the Buddha statue: The Hall of Universe, The Hall of Benevolent Merit, and The Hall of Remembrance. One of the most renowned features inside is a relic of Sakyamuni, consisting of some of his alleged cremated remains.
Vegetarian Lunch At Po Lin Monastery: At the Po Lin Monastery, here you will be served a Chinese Vegetarian cuisine, which is a cultural heritage of ancient China. Besides, the Po Lin Monastery is famous for providing high quality Buddhist vegetarian cuisine in Hong Kong. Nowadays, the chefs can prepare the vegetarian food with a taste similar to the typical Chinese cuisine.
Tai O Fishing Village: Tai O, also known as the " Venice of the East " was once the largest inhabited settlement on Lantau Island. The village's stilt houses on the waterfront, offer a glimpse into Hong Kong's past and provide a striking contrast with the modern city.
The Stilts House: A boat trip ride to cruise around the old fishing village is included. A highlight of the cruise is the stilt house, unusual, interconnected structures on water that form a tightly-knit fishing community for villagers to live in.
Ngong Ping Village: It is set on a 1.5 hectare site on Lantau Island, adjacent of Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal and the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. This amazing cultural themed village has been architecturally designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area.
Hong Kong Island
The main business section is in Central district spreading east and west to Sheung Wan/Kennedy Town and to Causeway Bay and North Point, all on the northern side of the Island. To the south, there are four areas set aside as Country Parks, namely Pok Fu Lam Country Park, Aberdeen Country Park, Tai Tam Tuk Country Park and finally Shek O Country Park. There are many wonderful walks that criss-cross all these parks and they are well marked and often give distances and times for each of the walks. Also at bus stops, there are maps to show the area and often notes on the flora and fauna.
Peak Tram to Victoria peak
After taking 3 years to build, the Peak Tram opened for use in May 1888, Thea has been improved and upgraded since then, the last upgrade taking the number of passengers to 120 per trip. The journey ends at 1809 ft above sea level where there is the Peak Tower famous for the panoramic view of Hong Kong Harbour and Kowloon. After this photo opportunity, the tour continues with a drive past the beautiful beach at Repulse Bay. Thought to be named either because HMS Repulse was based there for a short time or because before being built on it was a famous pirate hideout, and the British Navy drove them out. To ensure they do not return a road was built and then houses constructed in the area. Later came the Repulse Bay Hotel, an old picture of which is seen on the left. This brought many other people to the area and was very popular because of the beach and fine views. This area is now one of the most expensive residential areas of Hong Kong. Arriving at the old fishing port of Stanley, there is time to browse the many shops and stalls in Stanley Market, a popular bargain hunting center for clothes, paintings, and souvenirs. Pictured right is the waterfront street, now full of cafes and restaurants, a great place to sit out and enjoy a bit of people-watching. After this, pass by Deep Water Bay before arriving in Aberdeen, and old fishing village where boat dwellers still spend almost their entire life on sampans.Pictured left is one of the working sampans, taking fishermen from their large fishing boats to the jetty. At the end of the tour, an extra attraction is a factory visit for a behind-the-scenes look at the fine craftsmanship in the orient.
performance of Ganges Aarti
We enjoy a special evening cruise on the Ganges. See the Hindu devotees performing the "Puja" with lighted lamps. The view is very mesmerizing and the ambiance is spectacular in the backdrop of the beating of cymbals and bells as well as the incessant chantings.
Mount Popa, a cylindrical hill that rises sharply from the surrounding plain, and is considered to be the home of Myanmar's most important spirits. Ascend the mountain via a winding covered staircase watched by the various monkeys that populate the area.
Buddhist city of Sarnath
It is here that the Buddha preached his first sermons after attaining enlightenment.
Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buddhists
Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centers since it was here that Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.
Nalanda & Rajgir
Rajgir -The picturesque Rajgir or Rajagriha as it was known in the past (literally, the abode of kings) is surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and 5 hills. During the lifetime of the Buddha, this was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. The hills and caves surrounding Rajagriha were home to spiritual teachers, ranging from the materialism of the early Charavaka school to the metaphysics of Upanishadic philosophers. Like many others in search of truth, Prince Siddhartha, after he renounced his royal heritage came to this city to seek the path of Salvation. Nalanda -Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. It derived its name from Na-alam-da, meaning Insatiable in Giving, one of the names by which the Lord Buddha was known. From here we continue our drive to Patna.
Sravasti en route visiting Kapilvastu
The capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. The city believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravast, has age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. In Sravasti visit Saheth - Maheth & Jetvan.
Food Walking Tour in the Nawabi city of Lucknow
The culinary delicacies of Lucknow illustrate the harmonious blending of diverse and royal influences over the centuries. This special food walk will let you through the by-lanes of this miraculous place. You would have a perfect glimpse of the variety of mouth-watering foods cooked on the streets - an attribute for which Lucknow is renowned in India. Besides, food in Lucknow has its own identity. The city has given this country unique, and tasty delicacies like kormas, kaliya, nahari-kulchas, roomali rotis, warqi parathas and above all kebabs–of different types.
For a Royal feel and experience of Lucknow, we propose a special hotel, “Lebua Lucknow” (http://www.lebua.com/lebua-lucknow) - a Luxury Boutique (Heritage) Property located in the Central part of the city. This sprawling mansion was originally built in 1936, and, overlooks a huge lush green lawn that transcends into an expression of freedom of mind, body, and soul. Besides, at Lebua one would notice a perfect blend of modern hospitality and traditional ethos that will ensure to every traveler a feel of the rich culture, and traditions of Lucknow. In addition to that, the people of Lucknow love their glorious past, and one notices that in the way they talk about the city’s historical legacy, and, the hospitality with which they engage with you.
historical wonders of Lucknow
The last Nawab (Ruler) of Lucknow, Wajid Ali Shah loved the city so much that when he had to leave the city to the British empire - he recited: “Jab Chhod chale Lucknow Nagri, Kahen haal ke hum par kya guzri” (when I left the city of Lucknow, I left my soul back in the city). In the new era as well, Lucknow has retained all its old world charm- a culture that combines emotional warmth, a high degree of sophistication, courtesy and a love for gracious living. Besides, here, your eyes will travel through the remains of the historic settlements, now lost in time, but, secretly reveal a story of a glorious past. The tour consists of the historically significant monuments such as Bara Imambara, the Residency, Rumi Darwaza, the Clock tower, La Martiniere College, and more.
A boutique heritage hotel which is a complete expression of Calcutta, once the center of power and excellence. This ancient house is all set to revive memories of Colonial era through its imperial accommodation, and nostalgia that date back to many years. The carefully done architectural style, and décor will give you a sense of the smallest of attention that has been given to every detail. As each room features unique colonial design, beautifully carved tile flooring, as well as delightfully restored Indian vintage furniture’s. Also, if you want to spend some quality time while sipping your favourite drink and tasting some of the mouth-watering delicacies – the hotel’s restaurant is best suited for that. After all, Luxury can be defined as a state of great comfort and elegance, and, this is what you will like and enjoy when you step into Courtyard.
popular and believed temples in Kolkata
At first, we drive to BelurMath, a beautiful temple, ashram built by Swami Vivekananda in loving memory of his teacher Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa who preached for the unity of all religions and redefines the idea of each one of them. Also, BelurMath is the international headquarter of the Ramakrishna Mission which was established as a place of pilgrimage for people of different religious faiths. Following our uplifting experience in BelurMath, we will now sail to Dakhineswar by private local motorized boat to Dakhineswar Kali Temple. This temple has many interesting legends and stories attached to it. The construction of this fabulous temple was initialized in the year 1847 and got completed in 1855. Located on the bank of the Ganges, and, dedicated to Goddess Kali. The atmosphere here is simply magical as you witness and experience the sound of bells, drums, chants, and, the smell of freshly lit incense sticks.
Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
While traversing through the road less traveled, one often finds oneself entangled amidst a plethora of moods - good, bad, and, the ugly. The Sunderban Tiger Reserve is one such venue that evokes a variety of emotions in the illustrious company of the Royal Bengal Tigers who live here. A connecting 3 hours drive from Kolkata in the southern suburbs of West Bengal is to be found the hidden wonders of Sunderban. This is a forest like no other. Recognized as a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” Sunderbans is the world’s largest delta, and, mangrove swamp. Supported by numerous rivers and lakes, nature has designed this place with utmost care and precision. The safaris here take place on a boat. The Tiger chooses to oblige you with his audience when this indisputable Ruler of the Sunderban comes out to quench its thirst. Besides, the Sunderbans are a great place for birdwatching, including some very rare breeds, such as the brown-winged kingfisher. You can also head to one of the several watchtowers for a panoramic view of one of the world’s most unique and magnetic forests. One cannot thank nature for its magnanimity. It is an experience to sail inside the core area of the dense forest of shorter size mangroves with full of wildlife and various beautiful birds of dazzling plumage.
Sunderban Tiger Camp
This beautiful resort offers rustic luxury at the very edge of adventure. Local craft and traditional expertise have been used at all quarters to ensure that the Sunderban Tiger Camp blend harmoniously with the unique eco-system of Sunderbans.
boat safari in the jungles of Sunderbans
Our adventure runs through the creeks and canals of the Sunderban Tiger Reserve forest to Sajnekhali Watchtower and Mangrove Interpretation Centre whilst refreshments are served on board. As the sun sets in the distant horizon we return to the resort to refresh and join us for Hi-Tea with Snacks by the evening bonfire.
native village of Dayapur
You will encounter many wonderful sights as you learn about the lifestyle, local crafts, cuisines, and way of life of the local villagers. Observe their indigenous farming methods and how their houses are completely mud made with small entrances. Our tour will pass through the village market and eventually end at the resort for refreshments followed by a dinner to end another day in the reserve forest.
Located just outside of Kolkata in the green lands of Bengal. An erstwhile old palace belonged earlier to the Zamindars (landlords) is now converted into a Heritage hotel which is surrounded by a farmland and picturesque views of the surrounding countryside. This palace hotel is now replete with decorative colonial architectural motifs, breezy balconies, and graceful colonnades; it was formerly the headquarters of a small kingdom ruled by the Mandal family of Bengal. Also, at Bawali, though there are no structured tours, but, you have an opportunity to explore the serene beauty of the surroundings. You can walk through the village, engage with the locals, witness their simple lifestyles, and, let your heart be overwhelmed by the disarming hospitality of the natives.
walk through the countryside around
Here, you will get to hear the different echoes coming from far & wide, and also you will witness the ancient temples, the generous ‘pukurs’ (small fish ponds), the village sounds of temple bells, and, the hustle of morning chores. You will get to observe despite a mobile phone in every villager’s hand, time seems to stalled the pace seems slower and nature spreads her tranquil touches everywhere. All in all, you will experience the romance and the spirituality of being a part of the world that is long lost to our times.
5 Krishna temples
Witness these beautiful temples and experience the sound of bells, drums, chants, and, the smell of freshly lit incense sticks. A truly uplifting experience.
Cycling tour around the countryside
This would be a delightful way to imbibe the overflowing natural bounty of this primitive region. You could also stop at the local temples, ponds, etc. Most importantly why not set up a burst of giggles amongst the children, and, amazement for the adults as they encounter a rare foreign visitor to their obscure world.
amazingly fascinating religious town
According to legend, the origin of Pushkar dates back to the time when Lord Brahma was on his way in search of a tranquil land to perform a ‘Yagna’. A lotus fell from the hand of the Lord into this valley. A lake sprang up on this spot and was dedicated to him. A Brahma temple located here, which is supposed to be the only temple dedicated to this God is a popular place of pilgrimage. It would be fascinating to walk through the maze of narrow lanes and streets.
The fair is initially devoted
Their owners, dressed in colorful attires use all their persuasive skills to sell them at most competitive prices. The festival offers a perfect opportunity to the local people, especially the womenfolk purchase the most exquisite jewelry items. The garment stall selling various garments with attractive tie n dye work, patchwork and tattoo shops add to the colors of the festivals.
As the fair approaches a climax, it’s time for the merriment. The fair observes various breathtakingly competitive events including camel races, musical chairs and beauty contest. There are jugglers, fire dancers and a variety of swings that make this festival an absolutely awesome event.
Savitri Temple located on a cliff
A ropeway (cable car) to the top is planned for your excursion to the top. The outstanding view once you reach the venue is worth the visit and effort. Besides, this is a popular pilgrimage site for the travelers desiring to learn about Indian mythology which is just old as time. Here, experience the sound of bells, drums, chants, and, the smell of freshly lit incense sticks. A truly uplifting experience.
Women who fought back to life (Acid attack victims) are the real fighters as they have started to lead a normal life by running a one of its kind café, 'Sheroes Hangout' - An air of unhurried informality hangs in the air at Sheroes, aided by bamboo furniture and Bollywood music. Times are now different for these ladies as they work in the different capacities in the café – from a cook, waiter, cleaner to managing accounts. Alongside, one can find a boutique store too. The café also has a reading section that has become extremely popular among visitors and locals alike.
a beautiful heritage “Haveli” (mansion) situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga, a mere 500 meters walk through the Bazaar from the sacred "Har ki Pauri" at Haridwar. It stands at the gateway to the Devbhumi – the abode of the Gods and the "Char Dham Yatra". The Haveli is an architectural marvel, where the ancient structure has been restored to recreate the old - world charm with modern day hospitality. The interiors of The Haveli are interestingly reminiscent of old Indian Mythological times where there are balanced tones of tranquility & comfort.
explore the unending list of attractions in Haridwar
Har-Ki-Pauri, the sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari. Haridwar abounds with several Hindu temples and Ashrams (Hermitages). More than the architectural designs, it is the spiritual ambiance of the place that is so striking. The Daksh Mahadev Temple is an ancient shrine situated to the south of Kankhal town. This temple was constructed by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810. Kankhal has several other temples and ashrams too. The Sapt Rishi Ashram is situated along the Haridwar-Rishikesh road. The Ganges flows in seven streams in front of this Ashram, hence this place is also called Sapt Sarovar. The Kanva Rishi Ashram has situated around 42 km from Haridwar. The ashram is on the banks of the Malini River along the forest road to Kotdwar. Other important places to visit are the Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, and Shanti Kunj.
walk across over the bridge
The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga aarti ceremony at the ghat. The synchronized chanting of prayers that takes place during the Aarti is a very uplifting experience.
Sadhaka Grama Ashram
This is the place for the systematic practices of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition come from the ancient cave monasteries of the Himalayas. The Tradition has an unbroken lineage of Guru and disciples relationships which is known to be at least 5,000 years old, and which traces its roots through the history of mankind and back to the primal energy or primal consciousness of the universe. You may let us know, if this sounds good, we will then revert to you with the relevant detail as per your interest & need.
Coconut Lagoon Resort
This wonderful backwater resort is hailed as a “Living” Kerala village re-created with real old Keralan homes, some dating back to 200 years. At Coconut Lagoon, you have everything that you expect from a Kumarakom experience, but much more by way of peace, freshness, tranquility, and, total privacy. The rooms of this heritage bungalow are well equipped with all the modern facilities backed by the special quality of Indian hospitality. Also, you can go out canoeing along the lakes and streams of this delightful resort.
visit the Shanta Durga Temple
We then go on further to the spice plantation for a lip-smacking cup of tea and a pleasant walk around the plantation to learn about the various spices and crops grown there. Later we shall visit the 2 main Churches in Goa namely the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Se Cathedral. You will also be taken for a short driving tour of Old Goa which will include the St. Augustine’s tower, the Vice Roys Arch and the View Point from the Capella de Monte after which you shall head to Panjim city.
local life which will be very engaging
This experience will take you to see Panjim/Fontainhas while riding on a Motorcycle taxi called a Pilot: Goa is one of the only places in India where you will see these motorcycle taxis that date back from the Portuguese era. They are a group of hardy men who brave long hours in the sun and the rain ferrying students, teachers, senior citizens and fisherwomen about their business. This is also a unique way to see Goa and a way you can really feel the pulse of the small town of Panjim and its Latin Quarter Fontainhas. So put on your helmet, get on the back of a bike and travel like a local. Your guide and AC Innova/vehicle will be following you so that you can get in after you complete this ride.
tour we break for lunch
Here we will have the lunch hosted by a respected citizen, who is usually elderly and retired from the tourism business or a teacher or banker who will engage you with great stories of the life in Goa in the years gone by etc. Most of them grew up in the Portuguese rule and have some very interesting stories that they will narrate to you.
en route visiting Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram is a Hindu Holy City and capital of the Pallava dynasty from the 7th to 9th centuries AD, is renowned for temples and silk, and you will see plenty of both. The temples range in date from the 8th to the 17th century. The latest building was impressive in its size, the height of its gopuram, the intricacy of its carvings and wealth of color, but, the earliest temples, of golden sandstone, are more aesthetically pleasing, the only color provided is by a flock of ring-necked parakeets.
Across the road is a workshop where men sit at a loom, weaving fabrics that you will recognize immediately as "Madras cotton". However, Silk-weaving takes place on a grander scale than the cotton-weaving in this town dotted with cottage workshops. You could visit a factory where all the processes of spinning, dyeing, and weaving take place. Of special note would be exquisite wedding saris made to order - the silk is heavily interwoven with gold thread. The sari and blouse are woven together so as to ensure a perfect match.
proceed on a tour of Mahabalipuram
The sculpture here is particularly interesting because, instead of Gods & Goddesses, the sculpture shows scenes from contemporary day to day life - women milking cows, pompous dignitaries, young girls primping and posing in street corners or swinging their hips in artful come-ons. Mahabalipuram is an easy going village of essentially two streets and positioned at the foot of the low-lying boulder-strewn hill where most of the fascinating temples and the rock cut carvings are to be found. It affords a wonderful combination of an excellent beach, good seafood and the fascinating remains of an ancient Indian Kingdom.
The French, Britain's strongest rivals for the control of India, established their foothold here and only relinquished it in 1954. The town still has the feel of a French provincial town, with its library, epicene, imposing Hotel de Ville, a memorial to Franco-Indians killed in the Great War and statue of Joan of Arc. The houses could be anywhere in southern France and bear the familiar white numbers on a blue ground. Street names, too, are shown in white on blue - rue St Louis, rue de la Caserne and so on. During a pleasant afternoon stroll, you could hear French spoken frequently
major attraction of this little city
The Pondicherry Museum is home to some of the most exquisite collections of architecture and sculpture. Pondicherry also has a pleasant beach alongside promenade and historical monuments. Some of the other interesting sites include the Bharti and Bharthidasan Memorial museums and the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Kumbakonam and Darasuram
Kumbakonam is flooded with temples of large size. There are as many as sixty temples, in and around Kumbakonam within 40-km of the radius. Of the many temples in Kumbakonam, the oldest Shaiva face is the Adikumbeshwara and the oldest Vaishnava fane, the Sri Sarangapani.
Darasuram is a 'Sculptor's Dream in stone', musical pillars, Mandapam in the shape of a chariot, a wealth of sculpture and painting are synonymous with Airavateshvara Temple. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a well-preserved example of 12th century Chola architecture. Darasuram is an ancient town about 380 km south of Chennai in Tamil Nadu and also boasts a silk weaving center. The original name of Darasuram was Rajarajapuram, which later got corrupted into Darasuram.
tour of Thanjavur Palace
It has huge halls, spacious corridors, observation & arsenal towers, and a shady courtyard. Though many sections of the palace are in ruins restoration work has been taken up. The palace houses a library, a museum, and an art gallery. The Royal Museum displays many items from the kings who ruled the place in past. The eclectic collection of royal memorabilia can fascinate any visitor. The Royal cloths, hunting weapons, the head gears and much more such items are enough to catch the attention of anyone. There are two Durbar halls where the rulers held public meetings. Though they have not been renovated, they are in good shape.The Nayak hall of the palace is occupied by the Art Gallery. This gallery has an excellent collection of artifacts from the Chola dynasty during the 8th and 9th century. The bronze and granite statues reflect the height of craftsmanship obtained during those days. The bell tower which was put under restoration work has emerged very differently from the rest of the structure after renovation. But it is worth going up the tower to have a good view of the surrounding area. Next to the art gallery is the Saraswathi Mahal Library with an amazing collection of manuscripts on palm leaves and paper. The library is not open to the public. But one can always go to the museum to have a look at the full Ramayana written on Palm leaf or a set of explicit prints of prisoners.
sightseeing of Tanjore
See the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara. The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which were taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp- an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. You will also visit the Palace and its Art Gallery, which contains several granite and bronze statues of the Chola period.
proceed to Rockfort Temple
The 83m high Rock Fort is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3.800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas. The sheer abruptness of its rise is a thrill in itself, but the actual center of attraction is not the fort itself, of which very little remains, but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where there are inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century.B.C. Hardly anything remains of the ramparts but the Main Guard Gate is still intact. The fort played an important part during the Carnatic wars and according to an inscription, mainly contributed to lay the foundations of the British Empire in India.
At the top of the rock is the Uchipillaiyar Koil, a temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of Tiruchirappalli. A flight of steps leads to the Mathrubutheswarar of Thayumanaswami temple, dedicated to Lord Siva where the lingam is a projection of the rock itself. Below the Siva temple is the two Pallava cave temples that have beautiful sculptures of the 6th and 7th centuries. At the foot of the Rock Fort are a tank and a pavilion which is used during the float festival of the temples. Near the tank is the house where Robert Clive lived when he was in Tiruchirappalli and there is an 18th century Church built by Reverend Schwartz of Denmark
The temple elephant in rock fort temple collects donations, giving a blessing and hands over the money to his "boss
we ride to Tirumayam
Tirumayam has two cave temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, which are visited by a large number of devotees. Mahendravarman and Narasimhavarman Pallava built the cave temples, which lie adjacent to each other.
Knysna Elephant Park
Walk in the indigenous rainforest, enjoy an environmental awareness experience, where you can feed, hug & touch the elephants.In 1994 three young elephants, harry, sally & Dumas returned to the home of their ancestors, where vast herds of elephant & buffalo once roamed. They have since been joined by other elephants in need of a permanent home. Learn about the sad and mystical story of the Knysna elephants – the world’s southernmost elephants. The park offers a rare and exciting opportunity to get close to these gentle giants, who live in a controlled, free range environment.
Plettenberg Bay to visit Monkeyland
Take a guided tour of the world’s first free-roaming primate sanctuary. Home to many varied species of monkey from several continents; from the black lemurs of Madagascar to the squirrel monkeys of South America.
Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, the beautiful Mossel Bay is a coastal village and harbor of the World Famous Garden Route. This popular holiday town is surrounded by a sunbathed peninsula and the refreshing waters of the Indian Ocean.
world capital of the ostrich industry
Enjoy a tour of an ostrich farm to learn all about the world’s biggest bird. This maverick bird lays the largest egg and has the most beautiful eyes and feathers. Your tour includes feeding an ostrich by hand, a visit to a breeding camp & you may also ride an ostrich.
excursion to Cape Town
Cape Town is set in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. It is dominated by the mood-setting table mountain, which cradles the busy commercial hub of the city between itself and the Atlantic ocean. The city has a wide range of attractions that include a diverse mix of cultural, historical and heritage sites, as well as a host of outdoor and leisure activities - from entertainment, nature and the environment to world-class wining and dining.
luxury hotel Udaivilas
This unique luxury resort is set in thirty acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, decorative fountains, and pavilions, giving it a genuine Rajasthani ambiance. This Hotel is an ideal base to explore the fabled city of Udaipur, renowned for its palaces, lakes and colorful bazaars.
The Oberoi Rajvilas
Amongst the most preferred luxury hotels in India, the distinctive character of The Oberoi Rajvilas revives the gracious lifestyles of India’s legendary Rajput princes. Located in 32 acres of beautiful gardens, pools, and fountains, in the peaceful Rajasthani countryside, the hotel is an oasis of elegance and luxury. A visit to Jaipur unfolds with private excursions to its many exotic attractions; palaces, forts, festivals, and bazaars. A unique way of life awaits discovery in this magical region of Rajasthan. The Oberoi Rajvilas is the perfect hotel in Jaipur to begin and end your experience of this city.
The hotel of whimsical charm has several attractions. However, being in the city of the Taj Mahal, the most relevant charm of the hotels is the unhindered view of the Taj Mahal from your bedroom. It is the most beautiful and an amazingly uplifting sight. Only 600 meters from the Taj Mahal stands this luxury resort. Discerning travelers can now appreciate the fabulous Taj Mahal while enjoying world-class luxury. The elaborate Mughal gardens, terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions complement the classical architecture of the hotel.
This wonderful venue is located on the banks of the sacred Ganges where the Ganga ‘Aarti’ is held every evening. Certainly, this is the venue for those who are looking for an immersive cultural experience as it undeniably enjoys a wonderful location and comes with its own private ‘Ghat’. Lovingly restored over a period of ten years, the Brijrama still retains much of its original charm and features hand-painted ceilings embellished with gold leaf, murals, and beautiful stone carvings. Also, when you stay at Brijrama, you can indulge in various fascinating activities including early morning yoga sessions, or, relax in the palace courtyard while you listen to some of the most traditional Indian classical music being rendered especially for you in the evenings.
sightseeing in Beijing
The tour through Beijing shows you many of the colorful facets of this large metropolitan city. The highlights are certainly the Temple of Heaven and history-laden Tiananmen Square, two of the city’s most famous sights, but it also includes recent achievements in the area of contemporary architecture such as the new “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium and several of Beijing’s futuristic sky scrapers.
Great Wall, the eighth wonder of the world
The giant wall extends for more than 6000 km through the countryside. On the way, you visit a pearl cultivation farm and the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Ming Tombs and the Spirit Way.
transferred to your train
The change of trains is necessary because of the different track gauges in the two countries. In the growing city of Erlian, you have some time to explore the colourful local market before your Russian train sets off towards Mongolia.
During two extended photo-stops, you have a chance to explore and record the scenic beauty of the lake and its setting. A short boat excursion from Port Baikal takes you out onto the lake. You can take a swim in the lake if you wish and visit a picturesque Baikal village. Dinner is a Baikal-style picnic on the lakeshore with a view of the incredible natural surroundings (if weather permitting).
landscapes of eastern Siberia
On board of the train, you enjoy entertaining lectures about Siberia. A social get-together complete with caviar and vodka tasting makes you familiar with Russian hospitality.
Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia
You are greeted with bread and salt in the traditional Russian way, the city tour includes the chance to see the mighty Ob River, the market, and the Opera house.
Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Ural Federal District
The city is known as the place where the Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. During a tour you see the Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood which was built in 2003 to commemorate that tragic historic event, the city center attractively restored in 2009. Yekaterinburg is the frontier between the European and the Asian continent, we visit the obelisk monument which serves as a reminder of this fact.
Kazan, the Tartar capital
During the city tour, you see Tartar mosques and the most famous Russian Orthodox cathedral. You also take a tour of Kazan’s Kremlin where you learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tartars, the Cossacks, and Russians.
richest and most dynamic cities
At noon you visit the Kremlin grounds with its magnificent cathedral. Several of the building interiors can also be viewed. After dinner, discover the city’s magic during an hour-long “City of Lights” tour including a stop at Red Square and visit underground to see two of the most beautiful metro stations.
A pleasant covered market containing crafts from all corners of Myanmar, gems, fabrics and more. (The market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).
well-known pagodas, including Botataung Pagoda
Named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from India over 2000 years ago. We will also visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a reclining Buddha that is almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago. It has been housed in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan, only a short distance north-east beyond the Shwedagon Paya. Finally, we will witness the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of your visit to Yangon. One of the most sacred and religious spots in Myanmar, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha.
Salay with a boat ride on the Irrawaddy River
It will be an experience to cruise along the Irrawaddy River by boat from Bagan to Salay. However, Rivers has their own mood swings so it may be necessary to disembark the boat at Chauk and continue by vehicle. Whatever may be the case, you will enjoy your time here. Explore the typical lifestyles and the natural beauty in this unspoiled Burmese town. Our major attractions on the tour would include a visit to Yoke Son Kyaung, the oldest surviving wooden monastery with beautiful carvings of court life and scenes from the epic Ramayana. Here, you will also experience a peaceful atmosphere away from all the strain and the stress of the world. Next, we will visit Mann Paya which is located at the west of Payathonzu, a modern pagoda housing a 6m gold Buddha made of straw lacquer. Besides, you can have a close watch of the rustic lifestyle of the region.Our progress would be slower, but, we would stress on witnessing the virgin beauty and tranquility of this remote part of the world.
experience a hot air Baloon flight over
We know being in a Hot air Baloon is always a childhood dream of yours – and the city is the perfect venue to experience an affordable and stunning hot air balloon tour.
sightseeing tour in Mandalay
Mandalay is one of the largest cities of Myanmar as well as a cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty per cent of the country's monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar. Here we will first visit, the Mahamuni Paya. The Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm of gold leaf. En route to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of Gold-Leaf Beating, where gold is painstakingly hammered into tissue-thin squares. Before breaking for lunch, visit a Craft Workshop specializing in one of the arts for which the city is famous: bronze-casting, marble-carving, wood-carving, or puppetry.
most interesting temples and palaces
Begin at Shwenandaw Kyaung or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen. Continue to Kyauktawgyi Paya, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Continue to Kuthodaw Paya, known also as "the world's biggest book". Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble Numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitaka or Buddhist scriptures. The final stop is at Shwe Kyin Old Monastery, an old monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill which was built during the period of King Mindon.
continue by vehicle to Inwa
Enjoy a leisurely ride by horse and cart around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery; Maha Aungmyay Bonza Kyaung; and Nan Myint Tower. On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make the famous alms bowls out of iron.
explore Sagaing and Amarapura
Take a stroll through the plantations and the village and visit some of the workshops to see the craftsmen practicing furniture making, wood carving, and bronze casting. Cross the Irrawaddy River via Yadanapon Bridge, also known as New Ava Bridge, and enjoy the views of the Old Ava Bridge built by the British in 1934. The bridge leads you into Sagaing, the spiritual center of Myanmar where hundreds of white, silver and gold pagodas and monasteries dot the hilly landscape. Visit U Min Thoe Se Pagodas containing 45 Buddha images, and the 17th-century Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda which boasts a number of Buddhist relics. Carry on up Sagaing Hill to see Sun U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda and to admire the sweeping views of the city and the Irrawaddy River. Stop in one of the small villages to discover the unique craft of making paper dolls. See how the dolls are molded, and then decorated with gold paper and paint. Keep a look out for the paper dolls in the shape of owls as these are believed to bring good luck and fortune to the owner. Continue to Amarapura to see exquisite fabrics being produced in the silk weaving workshops. Then head to the famous U Bein Bridge, built from teak and stretching for over one kilometer across Taung Thaman Lake. Linger here for a while to take photos of the breathtaking sunset, before returning to Mandalay.
Pyin Oo Lwin by horse cart
In the morning, head just east of the town to explore the Peik Chin Caves, a large Hindu-Buddhist shrine developed by local Nepalis and adorned with modern Buddha images and models of Myanmar's most famous pagodas.
Later, visit the Botanical Gardens, which feature wide expanses of manicured grass, large flower beds, natural forest, rose gardens and an orchid house. Enjoy the views of the town from the tower in Botanical Garden. Colonel May used Turkish prisoners of war to develop this 237-acre botanical garden during Wwii. See the Purcell Tower, situated near the entrance to the town. The tower was a gift from Queen Victoria, who offered an identical tower to Cape Town in South Africa.
We will also visit Church Of The Immaculate Conception, which features a large brick sanctuary with a belltower and cruciform floor plan. The vaulted wooden ceilings and well-appointed interior are impressive.
Then, visit Pwe Kauk Waterfall in the afternoon.
Pindaya Caves are ensconced in a limestone ridge overlooking the lake. Inside the cavern, there are more than 8000 Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer, and cement, and they are arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. See the Shwe U Min Paya, a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. Beginning on the full moon of Tabaung (February/March), Pindaya hosts a colorful pagoda festival at Shwe U Min.
excursion by boat to Indein on Inle Lake
Travel by boat to the western shore of the lake to a stairway leading to the hidden Indein temple complex. Located on the shore of the lake, this site consists of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and greens.
along with the other Hill Forts
The fort was built in the 17th century by Maharaja Mansingh, but its grace and charm don't seem to get faded by the time. While on the way to Amer Fort, we can stop at the other attractions of Jaipur, such as Hawa Mahal, City Palace, and Jantar Mantar.
visit the Ranthambore National Park
Sprawled on the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges of Rajasthan this rambling national park encompasses an area of 410 Sq. km where lives a healthy population of about 40 tigers. A large number of deer inhabit the area and leopards are occasionally sighted. Some of the popular sightings are Nal Ghati, Lahpur, Bakula, Anantapur and the Kachida valley. Mammals: Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Indian hare mongoose.
Chittorgarh Fort on the Gamberi River
This architectural wonder is one of the most majestic forts of India. There are seven gateways to enter in the fort and has several divine temples and ruins of battlefields that are revealing its history. Tell your guide to narrate the heart-wrenching custom of Jauhar (An ancient Hindu tradition where women committed suicide if falling into the hands of invaders!) which took place in this fort.
The Deccan Odyssey offers you a memorable and comfortable way of touring if you have limited time. You pack in a lot in seven days. Most of the distances are covered at night while you are sleeping amidst the dreams.
train rolls into Bijapur
Established by Kalyani Chalukyas between 10th and 11th centuries, Bijapur is a popular city in Karnataka - a historic capital of the Sultans of Deccan. When the Bijapur was under the support of the Adil Shah dynasty, the city was one among the renowned cities of the country surpassing great cities like that of Agra and Delhi.
Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur
As the name suggests, the Gol Gumbaz is a round dome, the structure of the dome celebrates the grandeur of Deccan art and architecture. Later, we will proceed to the Jumma Masjid (one of the first mosques in India), Malik-e-Maidan (the largest medieval cannon in the world), Mehtar Mahal (it is a 17th century ornamental entrance to a mosque), Ibrahim Rouza (one of the Islamic monuments comprising of a 24 m high minarets).
weaving village of Guledgudda
Here you can witness the hand and power looms of Ilkal and Khan. Get familiarized with the weaving process, or, you can enjoy the sightseeing at Badami, its rock-cut caves, and beautifully sculptured temples.
as the train reaches Hospet
Visit the well-known World Heritage Sites of Hampi, which is extremely popular for its brilliant constructions of ancient monuments.First, we will visit the most legendary attraction of Hampi, the Narasimha statue. Later, we will visit the Mustard Ganesh. Here, you will witness an elephant God statue. Enjoy the architectural splendors around and take a long walk along the banks of the Tungabhadra River. After visiting the Virupaksha Temple, we will proceed to visit the Vittala Temple, which exhibits the architecture of the Vijayanagara Empire.
explore the Royal Center
The Royal center constitutes of courtly and military structures that were once the citadel of Vijayanagara Kings. Thereafter, we will visit the Queen’s Bath (ancient-royal stepped tank), Mahanavami Dibba, Hazararama Temple, Queens Enclosure along with its Lotus Mahal and the Elephant Stables. As we have done with exploring in and around Hampi, now we will get back to the Hospet Station to board our Deccan.
royal city of the Nizams
Formerly, Hyderabad was named after Bhagmati, who was the Hindu wife of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, later changed to Islam religion with a name Hyder Mahal.
Return to the comforts of the luxury train
You may also stroll around the vibrant bazaars of Hyderabad, where you can put your hands on the various shopping, articles such as pearls, lace bangles and ittars (perfumes).
The city has been named after the last Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb - one can spot major Mughal influences in every nook and corner of the city. Also, Aurangabad is home to the Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Caves of Ellora
These caves are considered as one of the finest examples of cave-temple architecture in India. The site includes 34 rock-cut caves that represent Hindu, Buddhist, and art that dates back to the 4th to 5th century AD. There are 12 Buddhist caves to the south, 17 Hindu caves in the center, and the 5 Jain caves to the north. The most important attraction of the caves is the Kailash temple. The temple is believed to be a replica of Shiva’s celestial abode on Mt. Kailash.
in and around Port Blair
Covering the CELLULAR JAIL, The Cellular Jail has a pride of place in India’s freedom struggle. Many a stalwart were imprisoned here. Declared a national memorial, this three-story prison constructed by Britishers in 1906, is a pilgrimage destination for freedom fighters. This colossal edifice has mutely witnessed the most treacherous of inhumane atrocities borne by the convicts, who were mostly freedom fighters. ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUM, NAVAL MARINE MUSEUM and COTTAGE INDUSTRIES EMPORIUM ( Shopping ).
visit Ross Island
The former residence and administrative island of the British during their rule of South East Asia were nicknamed the Paris of the East. This island was completely destroyed in an earthquake, now in ruins.
inter-island ferry to Havelock Island
The Island (often just called Havelock) is one of the most beautiful and largest islands of Ritchie's Archipelago and is a placid heaven like no other. Situated 54 km northeast of the South Andamans with an area of 92 Sq.Kms she offers a breathe taking the trail of nature expeditions. The island is primarily populated by Bengali settlers. This picturesque Island with beautiful sandy beaches and the lush green forest is also rated as the seventh most beautiful island in the world. It hosts two of the world’s most renowned beaches; Radhanagar Beach. The Island also has the biggest concentration of breathtaking diving and snorkeling sites, thus acting as a paradise to marine world explorers.
the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago
Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it.
visited by ringed and bearded seals
The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.
face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier
The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.
home to bearded and ringed seals
At the entrance, there is even the possibility to spot blue whales. After cruising among the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in the Zodiacs, you then view the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with their thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, you may attempt a landing on Nordaustlandet. Here reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses are likely sights. As with Liefdefjorden, you can take an alternate west Spitsbergen route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen.
in the Seven Islands
Here you reach 80° north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, so the ship may park for several hours among the pack ice before wheeling around west again.
polar bears and elusive Greenland
About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones – this is where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface – that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, you have a good chance of sighting minke whales.
haul out in Forlandsundet
Alternatively, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation.
north toward the island of Grimsey
Arriving late that night, you anchor near town and may catch your first sight of the magical northern lights shining overhead.
landing on the island of Grimsey
Afterward you embark on a guided walk across the Arctic Circle. (A sign on the island marks the coordinates at 66:34° north.) The Arctic Circle is the most northerly of Earth’s five major circles of latitude. Boarding the ship again, you sail toward the small town of Húsavík. As you cross Skjafandi Bay, you have a good chance of spotting whales.
visit the local whale museum
In the afternoon you sail across Skjafandi Bay, where humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises may appear. You spend the night at sea.
eventually come to an end
You return to Akureyri in the early morning hours, disembarking after breakfast at 09:00 hours. (There’s no bus on this day.) The voyage is over, but you have made memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
southern tip of South America
Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.
an abundance of wildlife
These islands are largely unknown gems, primarily remembered for the war between the UK and Argentina in 1982. Not only do various species of bird live here, but chances are great you’ll see both Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island may show you anything from breeding Magellanic and gentoo penguins to numerous waders and passerine birds (including Cobb’s wren and the tussock-bird) live here. And on Saunders Island, you can see the black-browed albatross and its sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and gentoo penguins are also found here.
The capital of the Falklands
You can see several century-old clipper ships in the surrounding area, silent witnesses to the hardships of 19th-century sailors. The small but interesting museum is also worth a visit, covering the early days of the settlement up to the Falkland War. Approximately 2,100 people live in the capital, where you are free to wander at will – through admission fees to local attractions are not included.
South Georgia activity site on day seven
Over the next several days, you have a chance to visit the following sites: Prion Island – This location is closed during the early part of the breeding season (November 20 – January 7). The previous summer’s wandering albatross chicks are almost ready to fledge, and adults are seeking out their old partners after a year and a half at sea. Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour – These locations not only house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia, they’re also three of the largest breeding beaches for southern elephant seals in the world.
king penguins now walk the streets and elephant seals
You might see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave . Cooper Bay – A great place for a Zodiac cruise, this bay also houses a rookery of macaroni penguins. King penguins, pintails, and giant petrels may also appear here.
South Orkney archipelago
The personnel here will happily show you their facility, where you can enjoy great views of the surrounding glaciers. If a visit here isn’t possible, you might land in Signy Island’s Shingle Cove instead.
sail into the Weddell Sea
Here colossal tabular icebergs herald your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Paulet Island, with its large population of Adélie penguins, is a possible stop. You might also visit Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where you have the chance to set foot on the Continent. In good conditions, your time in the Weddell Sea may be extended.
The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they do offer subtle pleasures: There’s a wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and no small amount of fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant petrels). Chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals often haul out onto the beach near Cámara Base, an Argentine scientific research station on Half Moon Island. In Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. Here you find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and thousands of cape petrels – along with a number of kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels also nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. This extended voyage provides you the chance to sail even farther down the ice-sculpted western Antarctic Peninsula.
journey in Antarctica
In Neko Harbour or Paradise Bay, you may be able to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in an epic landscape of alpine peaks and mammoth glaciers calving at sea level. Humpback whales and minke whales are also spotted in this area. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags.
Antarctica amidst the snow and imagery
Cuverville Island is a potential stop in the early hours of your last landing day. Here you can pick around the rocks (if the snow is not too deep) and enjoy the morning in good company: The largest gentoo penguin rookery of the Antarctic Peninsula lives here. You depart at noon, depending on conditions on the Drake Passage.
have your cameras ready
Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at a carpet village, we learn how carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Tonight, don't miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers... a night you won't forget!
morning flight to Istanbul
Upon arrival, tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.
ancient city and theatre
This afternoon we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before driving back to our hotel.
Admire the Olympian Zeus and Hadrians Arch
At the Acropolis visit the museum, the towering entrance of Propylaia, the Temple of Nike and the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon.
free to explore this ancient city
Tonight you meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. Overnight Athens.
Temple of Artemis
Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at a carpet village, we learn how carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
the ancient city of Hierapolis
Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.
tour of Casablanca
We'll visit the central market, the Royal Palace, the Habous district, Mohamed V Square, the Anfa residential area and the exterior of the impressive Hassan II Mosque on the seafront. After lunch, we'll head to Rabat, Morocco's administrative capital and tour the old town, including the Royal Palace (Mechouar), the Oudaya Kasbah, Hassan Tower, and Mohamed V Mausoleum.
Berber town of Meknes
Formerly the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, he transformed the town, constructing intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country. Next is the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. We finish the day with a short drive to the mediaeval city of Fez.
Fez is a labyrinth of souks
We delve into the fascinating history of the city with a full tour encompassing the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, Nejjarine fountain and the Bou Anania Medersa. We also spend time confusing our senses in the cacophony of noise surrounding the heady alleyways of Medieval Medina, home to tanneries, carpet shops and local restaurants before heading to Fez to explore the cities many varied souks.
begin our journey back to Marrakesh
Along the way, we'll make a short stop in beautiful Beni Mellal which dates back to 1688. You'll arrive back into Marrakech this evening and the remainder of the day is free for some last minute exploration or shopping.
explore Marrakesh further
a great chance for some final sightseeing and shopping in the bazaars. Alternatively, a hot air balloon flight or quad biking trip are also available this morning. After lunch, we drive back to Casablanca for our final evening (if you wish, you can stay on in Marrakech and finish the tour here).
overlooking Jordan Valley
continue to one of the best preserved Roman cities of the Decapolis (Jerash).
panoramic view of the Jordan Valley
Continue to Madaba and visit the oldest known mosaic map of the Holy Land in the St George Byzantine Church.
Sightseeing in Saigon
A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the convergence of traditional and modern life. Begin the trip into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.
Emperor of Jade Pagoda
One of Saigon's most interesting pagodas. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
River Life by private Sampan Cai Be
Arrive Cai Be jetty at 10:00 am. Visit an ancient house and stop along the way to provide glimpses of local cottage industries: coconut candy and puffed rice (the local equivalent of popcorn), products that provide a living for the river people. Lunch in a colonial-style villa. After lunch, back on Cai Be Princess and head to Vinh Long, via the Dong Phu Canal. Stop on the way to visit historic An Binh Church. Crossing to Co Chien River, disembark at Vinh Long Pier at around 4:30 pm.
sightseeing in Danang
Danang is a thriving regional centre and one of the largest cities in Vietnam. Tour the Cham Museum, an elegant colonial building which now houses the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world and briefly pass Non-Nuoc Beach, a famous spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam-American War in the 1960s. The Non-Nuoc Beach stretches for many kilometres north and south of the Marble Mountains. During the American War, soldiers were airlifted here for 'rest and relaxation'.
Continue south to Hoi An
Stopping en route to visit the Marble Mountains, five stone hillocks, once islands, that now rise sharply from the surrounding rice fields. Riddled with caves and shrines, they are said to each represents one of the five elements of the universe.
boat trip on the Thu Bon River
The exquisitely preserved merchant town of Hoi An was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999. Its colourful shophouses and temples reflect a diverse heritage, dating back to the 16th and 17th century when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving centre of traditional crafts and a shopper's paradise, best explored on foot.
Wander through the cobbled streets, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central market and the small harbour where colourfully painted boats are moored. The walking tour will include visits to a private house, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting; to one of the family chapels built by prominent merchants and official families as centres for ancestor worship; and to a typical Chinese-style Pagoda or assembly hall. Continue to Sa Huynh Museum, located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, it contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. Visit a handicraft workshop in Hoi An where local products are being made by the industry itself. Finally, continue to the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream.
cruise down the Thu Bon River
Enjoying the unspoiled countryside and stopping to visit a pottery village and a woodcarving village before returning to Hoi An harbour.enjoying the unspoiled countryside and stopping to visit a pottery village and a woodcarving village before returning to Hoi An harbour.
by electric scooter
08:00 am We will pick you up at your hotel in the centre of Hoi An and on your scooter to start exploring Hoi An's hidden gems and charismatic locals. Then, we will take the boat at Cam Nam Port to visit Duy Hai Fishing Village. Our boat takes about 45 minutes to transfer to there. Duy Hai Fishing Village is a local fish market 10 minutes down the river to the banks of Duy Hai. After a short ferry trip, you will see the fishermen bring in their catch from a night at sea on the river delta. You will have a quick look at the fish market and popped into a small business which makes fish sauce from fermented anchovies. After then, we will come to Thuan Tinh Port at Cam Thanh and take Scooter to the house of farmer and experience whole process of wet rice cultivation. You will have a chance working as a real rice farmer at this farmer's rice field with a friendly water buffalo, even riding a water buffalo for a while on the field for photos. Watch the farmer demonstrates ploughing the rice paddy traditionally with a water buffalo. They will help you get to know the process in working in the rice paddy fields, how to plough soil by buffalos, harrowing soil, transplanting baby wet rice, scooping water, irrigation and harvesting techniques. After then, we will relax and enjoy special lunch at a local meal in here. After your lunch, we will finish the tour.
experience street foods
Set off at 18.00 pm in time to see the city come alive with street sellers and food stalls. Walk around the narrow streets and then pull up a plastic stool at some of the outdoor street cafes and try Vietnamese favourites such as grilled skewers, several kinds of Pho, or hot pot during the cooler winter months. Finish off with a cup of Vietnamese coffee or a glass of sweet sugar cane juice.
Sightseeing in Luang Prabang
Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995. Start the day at Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat), the oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat dating back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stencilled murals. From there, stroll down the main street of Luang Prabang, stopping at some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene.
Continue to the National Museum(Royal Palace), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the-century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. Then, visit Hor Phrabang. In the right front corner room of the Palace which opens to the outside, is a collection of the palace's most prized art, including the Phrabang, cast of a gold, silver and bronze alloy. This Buddha stands at 83 cm tall and weighs around 50 kg. Afterwards, visit Wat Mai.
La Vela Cruise through Halong Bay
Arrive at Tuan Chau Island. Transfer to cruise ship. Welcome drink - cruise briefing, safety instructions, check-in cabins. Depart to Halong Bay - cruise and programme commence. Enjoy lunch while the cruise sails passing by magnificent sceneries of the World Heritage site. In the afternoon, explore Sung Sot cave, hiking up and down 600 steps to the magnificent limestone formations of the biggest and most marvellous cave in Halong bay or enjoy kayaking (with supplement) around Luon cave area. Back to the vessel and participate in a cooking demonstration with cruise's chef.
early morning Tai Chi session
Relax on board or go visit Titov island. Back on board enjoy breakfast, check out and return to Tuan Chau Island. End of the program.
Sightseeing in Angkor
Explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom, enclosed by a wall and wide moats. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper Kings, Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure, and Phimeanakas. Continue to the mysterious Bayon Temple to explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and photograph the beautiful giant smiling stone faces.Visit Ta Prohm, one of the most spectacular temples of Angkor. The jungle around this temple has not been cleared and it looks very much as it would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across it. Also, visit the beautiful and ethereal Banteay Srei. Built from pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Finally, watch the sunset over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.
opportunity to explore and discover Angkor
The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.
floating village and visit Phsar Chah
Take a boat ride to Chong Kneas Village to view the scenery and day to day life of the communities living around the lake. Visit Psah Chah Market, originally destroyed by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and reopened in 1996. It has many interesting food stalls and souvenir shops.
Khai Island by Join Speed Boat
Pick up from your hotel. Depart from the pier at Royal Phuket Marina. Arrive at Phang Nga Bay and pass Panak and Hong Island. At Koh Hong, we will explore by canoes. Visit Koh Tapu, known as James Bond Island. Then go to through Mangrove swamp and pass Tham Lod Noi and Lod Yai. Lunch at Koh Panyi, a Muslim village built on pillars. Depart to Khai Nai Island Relax, snorkel and sunbathing at Koh Khai Nai.
your prow aimed for the Falkland Islands
Golfo Nuevo is renowned for its visiting southern right whales, so you have a good chance of spotting one as you sail toward the open ocean.
opulence of wildlife
These islands are largely unknown gems, primarily remembered for the war between the UK and Argentina in 1982. Not only do various species of bird live here, but chances are great you’ll see both Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.
Steeple Jason is a wild and rarely visited island
Weather and swell conditions dictate the journey here. Carcass Island – Despite its name, this island is pleasantly rodent-free and hence bounteous with birdlife. Anything from breeding Magellanic and gentoo penguins to numerous waders and passerine birds (including Cobb’s wren and the tussock-bird) live here.
continues through the beautiful islands
Saunders Island – Here you can see the black-browed albatross and its sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and gentoo penguins are also found here. West Point Island – Thick with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper penguins. Grave Cove – Nesting gentoo penguins and excellent hiking opportunities abound here. Volunteer Point – A large white-sand beach, somewhat exposed but with a large king penguin rookery and other plentiful birdlife. Sparrow Cove/ Kidney Cove – The hike up Mt. Low (204 meters, 669 feet) affords great views of Kidney Cove and Port Stanley.
the capital and seat of Falkland culture
Port Stanley has some South American traits mixed in with a little Victorian charm: colourful houses, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs. You can see several century-old clipper ships in the surrounding area, silent witnesses to the hardships of 19th-century sailors. The small but interesting museum is also worth a visit, covering the early days of the settlement up to the Falkland War. Approximately 2,100 people live in the capital, where you’re free to wander at will – through admission fees to local attractions are not included.
virgin part of the world and arrive at Sandy Bay
Nearby Big Pond offers excellent wildlife opportunities, featuring the dark-faced Ground-tyrant and Magellanic snipe. There’s also an easy walk to see gentoo penguins, Magellanic penguins, rockhopper penguins, and king cormorants. Sea Lion Island – Very exposed, so you need some luck to make a landing here. But if a stop is possible, it’s well worth the trip: This island is home to the largest breeding colony of southern elephant seals in the archipelago, with approximately 2,000 individuals on the northern beaches this time of year. A decent hike leads you to a southern sea lion haul-out. Coffin’s Harbour – This location is a reasonable walk from the landing site at the New Island South Wildlife Reserve, providing views of nesting black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper penguins. A more strenuous hike to Landsend Bluff may also show you some South American fur seals. The site of the only land-based whaling station on the Falkland Islands is south of the landing beach. New Island North Nature Reserve – Landing here requires a special permit. If received, you can make a farewell visit to the black-browed albatrosses (among other bird species) and South American fur seals that make the Falklands their home.
arrive and disembark in Ushuaia
It is commonly held to be the world’s southernmost city, located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago – nicknamed the “End of the World.” Even so, the memories you’ve made on this expedition will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
Gurdwara Shri Bangla Sahib
One of the most important historical and sacred pilgrimage destinations of the Sikh community in India and the most sacred among the destinations in Delhi. It was actually a Haveli or Bangla, where Guru Hari Krishan, the eighth Sikh Guru of the Sikhs, stayed during his tour to Delhi in 1664. The Guru was entertained as a royal guest by Mirza Raja Jai Singh in this Bangla. Later this Bangla became the memoir of the Guru and was later converted to the Gurudwara. It is estimated that more than 10,000 visitors visit this Gurudwara every day.
The Ramathra village is a blissful holiday spot in the gorgeous countryside which is surrounded by a lake. You can go on a village safari and explore the neighborhood, interact with the local school children, go boating or bird watching or simply wander around the village to refresh you with the sight of alluring nature. These are exciting experiences in primitive and tribal villages, towns & country-side where traditions centuries old still permeate lifestyles.
designed luxury tent set against
With its high ceilings and screened windows, each tent is decorated with modern teak furniture and ethnic furnishings. The sleeping chamber has comfortable beds and night tables with reading lamps. The sitting room with its cushioned chairs, coffee table, and writing desk provides ample room to enjoy morning tea, or, simply relax. A private and spacious bathhouse built of stone is attached to your tent, and include hot water, flush toilet, tiled showers and a dressing area. Also, a huge diversity of avian fauna is to be found around the fort as well as along the marshes below the fort, and, during the course of your walks to neighboring villages. However, a very exciting bird watching experience is to be had at the tranquil Kalisil Lake which has more than 200 different species of bird life. Besides being a rich feeding ground for ducks, storks, and cormorants who visit the place every winter, there are large numbers of local waterfowl like kingfishers, sarus cranes, stilts, egrets, and herons to see year round. The range of bird activity is stunning. On our way back, the views of the fort perched on the hill with the lake in the foreground are absolutely breath-taking.
Trek to old fort ruins
The fort has a strong perimeter wall crowned with parapets. Its ramparts are wide and offer a spectacular view from the hilltop. Inside there is a multi-story palace, parts of which are being restored using traditional building techniques and local craftspeople.
fascinating activity that you may book yourself
We round of your exciting engagement with nature by undertaking a Night Safari. A bone-rattling jeep safari through the wild areas at night where you could spot local wildlife like hyenas, wild foxes, hares, caracals, jackals, etc. caught in the dazzling beam of a spotlight - a unique adventure that will remain a thrill all your life.
school run by Tibetan refugees
It is heart rendering to see how these helpless people over the years have struggled to be self-sufficient. The love and compassion that exists between inmates are only to be seen to be believed. We would also visit the Tibetan crafts village where Tibetan refugees are imparted training for making various handicrafts, carpets as well as tailoring.
visit the Norbulingka Institute
The Institute has its own temple, museum, hospital and meditation hall. We would meet with monks here to learn more about Buddhism. Of special mention here are the magnificent miniature paintings done by students here. It is great to see the students sketch a design and then paint it on canvas. We would visit the Dalai Lama’s Palace and temple in the afternoon and meet with the spiritual leaders to know more about the plight of Tibetans, their future, the problems they face in India etc. If the Dalai Lama is their in Dharamshala at the same time as we are, every effort would be made to have a personal audience with him, the Tibetan Buddhism’s deity of Universal Compassion. It is special meeting him, not because of his title or the high degree of reverence that the people of Tibet hold him in; but more because how it feels in his company. Several strong impressions remain about the meeting, including the way in which he gives his whole attention to questions. There is wisdom in his thinking which comes through clearly in his words, filled as they are with common sense and realism. His firm handshake, his sense of compassion, his sense of humour, his highly infectious and kind laughter are some of the everlasting images of the Dalai Lama.
Jain and Hindu temples and the charming sandstone palace
The fort stands on a sandstone precipice 91 m above the surrounding plain. The forts size is impressive, and the first Mughal Emperor Babur described it as “The pearl amongst fortresses of Hind.” The JaiVilasPalace is a much more recent structure, designed by Lt Colonel Sir Michael Filose in 1872. It resembles an Italian palazzo in places using painted sandstone to imitate marble. Part of the palace is the residence of the present Maharaja, but 35 rooms house the ScindiaMuseum, which displays an eccentric collection of royal possessions, curiosities, and memorabilia. Of particular note here is the extraordinary Durbar Hall, approached by a crystal staircase. Inside the hall hang two of the world’s largest chandeliers, each weighing 3 ½ tons. In keeping with the idiosyncrasies of the Scindia Maharajas, the dining room beneath the Durbar Hall still displays a battery operated silver train set that transported cigars, dry fruit, and drinks around the table after dinner. The Royal Chattris or memorials are dedicated to a Gwalior Maharaja. The lighted images are still clothed and “fed” daily, and it is best to visit here in the early afternoon when the images are shown after their afternoon nap.
The medieval city of Orchha
seems to have frozen in time, its palaces and temples still retaining their original grandeur. The city, located by the side of the beautiful Betwariver, was founded by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, in the 16th century. The word Orchha means 'hidden'. When the Tughlaqs, who were ruling Delhi in the 15th century, pushed the Bundelkhand rajas out of Garkhundar, they retreated to distant Orchha. Apart from the famous landmarks like JehangirMahal, the Laxmi Narayan temple, the area is peppered with fascinating little shrines and memorials, all of which add to the overwhelming feeling of nostalgia, the city evokes in the visitor.
several possibilities at your own pace
Anaimudi (2694 m), the highest peak in southern India, is nearby and the views from here are incredible. Munnar offers some great possibility for nature walks and visits to nearby tribal villages where people, though poor are extremely friendly, charming and hospitable. The ethnic lifestyles, traditional homes and the traditional occupation with ethnic tools and implements provides an incredible experience. The forests that surround Munnar are still rich in wildlife. The hills surrounding Munnar are home to one of the world's rarest mountain goats, Nilgiri Tahr. The tropical forests are inhabited by elephants, tigers, deer, and gaur (bison) Munnar is a bird watcher’s delight with a variety of birds that are supported by the evergreen vegetation of the region. If one seeks a sense of peace, a desire to communicate with nature and most importantly participate in a journey through a living museum, Munnar is the place that seeks to provide all this in a heavenly setting.
optional Ayurvedic body massage at the resort
You could also choose to explore the surrounding tribal villages, visit the nearby water bird sanctuary or ride through the narrow backwater channels through the back of beyond Kerala.
a detailed tea tasting experience
You will be briefed on the production of tea, and introduced to the different varieties of tea available in Munnar. The session ends with high tea.
The Tadzong building was partially damaged by the September 2011 earthquake. Nevertheless, all the important artifacts are on display in the new museum building. The collection consists of antique textiles, old painting, embroideries, statues, and photographs. Next, we will stroll through Paro Dzong. A dzong is a large building that can hold around 500 people during the medieval days. The dzongs functioned as forts and also as the seat of the monkhood. Now the district administrator occupies half of the dzong while the other half is used by the monks. This is typical of all dzongs of Bhutan. After the dzong visit takes a nice walk down the cobbled steps that culminate at the wooden cantilever bridge.
old collections of textile and other rare articles
Next visit the handicraft centers, traditional paper making factory and the memorial temple which depicts the Buddhist teachings in form of paintings and statues. Originally the memorial temple was initiated by the Third King, revered by his subjects as “Father of Modern Bhutan”. He knew that lots of negative elements would come with modernity so as a protection against such elements this temple was planned. His son the Fourth King completed the temple after the demise of the Third King. So it is commonly known as the memorial temple. Have lunch in one of the town restaurants.
visit the weekly farmers
Here we watch farmers selling their farm products. Just few minutes from the Farmers’ Market is the National Stadium. Take a moment to watch some Bhutanese archers at the game. Then we proceed for a visit to Zilukha Nunnery. In the same vicinity we visit Takin enclosure. Takin is the National Animal of Bhutan (an animal that looks half goat and half cow). Towards evening we will drive to the Buddha hill to enjoy the great view of Thimphu valley and absorb the sanctity of the gigantic Buddha.
fallen forefathers on this special day begins
You will then have the chance to visit Chunuk Bair to visit the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine before heading to Chunuk Bair Memorial to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service. Unfortunately, the Australian service at the Lone Pine memorial has been canceled.
ANZAC Day Dawn Service
We become aware of the almost deafening silence as the moving service to commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day begins. You will then have the chance to visit the Chunuk Bair Memorial to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service.
We then head to Morocco
We will enjoy a tour of the old city including visits to the Royal Palace, Oudaya Garden & Kasbah, and the Hassan Tower Mosque. Next is the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD 40. Finally, we visit the Berber town of Meknes. Formerly the capital of Morocco, constructed of intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country. Our day will end with the short drive to Fez where we spend the night.
heady alleyways of the Medieval Medina
Home to a labyrinth of souks, mosques, spice filled streets, tanneries, carpet shops and local restaurants before heading to Fez Jdid to explore the cities many varied souks.
Arabic feeling cities you will see in Morocco
Next, we head on through the hills to the town of Midelt where we check into our hotel and in the afternoon enjoy a fun cooking class where we learn how to prepare and cook Morocco's classic dish of couscous.
desert to Merzouga and the famous Erg Chebbi sand desert
Here we transfer to camels and take a sunset camel ride through the sand dunes to a traditional Berber camp nestled right on the edge of the dunes. You can enjoy a hearty Bedouin meal and a campfire this evening, often with local musicians helping enhance the atmosphere. You spend the night sleeping in comfortable Berber camel-hair tents.
light moves during the day
We'll also drive through the Dades Canyon with its steep winding access road with numerous switchbacks providing great views of the steep cliffs and the river below which rushes dramatically through the gorge. Finally, we continue along the 'Road of a Thousand Kasbahs' through the scenic Draa Valley to Ouarzazate, or 'place of no noise'.
amazing scenery in the area
Today's main highlight though is a tour of Morocco's most well known Kasbah at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou.
intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship
Then we head to the lively souks and bazaars in Marrakech's famous medina. Home to many different types of traders these narrow and winding streets are bustling with activity and full of sights sounds and smells uniquely Moroccan. Today's tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square, a perfect place to finish our tour of Morocco.
everywhere so have your cameras ready!
Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village, we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value. Tonight, don't miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers... a night you won't forget!
Cochrane Place seems to be stuck in time.
A 19th-century bungalow located 30 kilometers south of its more glamorous neighbor, Darjeeling. This heritage stay is a charming mishmash of cozy wooden cabins, expensive art, and tea-themed whatnots. Here, you will also relish the whiff of the Colonial culinary delights as well as to enjoy the rustic simplicity that piques your taste in the kitchen, of this heavenly place.
Makaibari Tea Estate factory
The Makaibari estate is currently owned by Mr. Rajah Banerjee, the present chairman, continues his family’s legacy with the biodynamic practices that he has introduced in order to grow top-quality organic tea. Also, these factories are home to some of the most innovative, exclusive and expensive teas in the world. The guide will also take you through the various process of tea making, as well as stories of this lost part of the world.
Local sightseeing in Kurseong
We will visit Eagle's Craig, Dow Hill, Pine Forest & Park, as well as the great freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Museum.
complimentary tea tasting/sampling session
Here, we will try a variety of Darjeeling, Assam and the other blends that are offered at award-winning café Chai Country.
Chamba Camp, Thiksey
Moreover, the beautiful, well-appointed tents provide the perfect home away from home. From plush bed linen on our four-poster beds to our custom designed and handcrafted furniture, thick carpets and luxurious bathroom suites, the Chamba Camp has everything that your heart would desire. All overseen by your very own personal butler. Live like royalty and revel in our tents, perched on solid wooden decks. Step out into your own private sit-out area that offers stunning 360 degrees panoramic views of the mystical mountains and dramatic landscapes. The triple-layered tents have enhanced natural insulation to keep you warm and comfortable, while the all-weather fire resistant canvas reinforces your serenity. Plus, the chefs in the house, prepare both Indian and continental meals that will transport you to a culinary heaven.
then the Shanti Stupa at dusk
Shanti Stupa is situated at a height of 4267 meters overlooking the Leh city, it gives a panoramic view of surrounding snow-capped mountains. Situated at a distance of about 5 km drives able road from the Leh city or one can reach here by climbing 500 steps. The location of Shanti Stupa is such that it is visible from all over the Leh city.
excursion to the famous monasteries
it is interesting to visit early in the morning to enjoy the praying ceremony at Thiksey monastery located about a kilometer away from the camp. This beautiful monastery boasts spectacular views of the eastern Indus Valley and is home to a two-story statue of the Maitreya Buddha seated on a lotus. The monastery offers the privilege of participating in a beautiful prayer ceremony, which takes place at sunrise. The prayer room at Thiksey Monastery features many handwritten and printed books, as well as a temple dedicated to the goddess Tara with her 21 images placed in glass-fronted wooden shelves. You will also see small shrines devoted to guardian divinities, including Cham-Sing, the protector deity of Thiksey.
drive to the Hemis monastery
Built in a secluded valley, this monastery belongs to the Drukpa School or the Dragon Order of Mahayana Buddhism. It was established under the patronage of King Senge Namgyal in the 13th century and features beautiful statues and murals. At the Hemis Monastery, you’ll witness young lamas being taught various subjects, including literature, history, philosophy, yoga, and tantra.
we cross over Khardung La
You can enjoy this staggering location at an elevation of 5,359m.This is an exquisite place and the amount of satisfaction as well as bliss you will experience is immeasurable. A journey through this motorable road is beyond most of our wildest dreams - a frolic yet a bold place.
local community with the land
As someone has rightly said that “Traveling is not sightseeing”, and, we have always believed in that. Enjoy a delectable lunch in the local farmlands.
through a gorgeous stretch of sand dunes
The main attractions in this area are the Bactarian Double Humped Camels. This is the ancient Silk route and these animals were abandoned by the traders. Successive generations have procreated over centuries. This evening we enjoy camel ride over the Sand Dunes. This is a high mountain desert country with fertile dots of land in between. Sand dunes eclipse the mountains; rock and snow-capped mountains rising majestically against a pastel landscape. Truly a soul-stirring experience where you experience communion with nature
day tour to Turtuk with an additional cost
Turtuk draws in travelers from all over the world, for its the last village before the Pakistan border. The last remaining stretch of land where the Balti culture can be witnessed. Besides, you have a village full of fairytale landscapes, intriguing history, and smiling people! A unique opportunity for a private tour of the village, as well as visit the king’s palace with the King of Turtuk, Yabgo Mohammad Khan Kacho, followed by a picnic set up in the fields.
mystical Diskit monastery
Explore the quaint and private areas of the monastery. The Diskit Monastery belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a sub-Gompa of the Thiksey monastery and has a statue of the Chorinpoche “the crowned Buddha” in the prayer hall, a huge drum and several images of fierce guardian deities. An elevated cupola of the monastery depicts a fresco of the Tashilhunpo Monastery of Tibet.
Kohima Camp, Nagaland
Nestled in a solitary deep forest at an altitude of 1650 m (5,445) surrounded by gorgeous mountains. The camp location rests on a gentle slope in an untouched, thickly forested area. It recreates a safari-inspired canvas luxury theme, interspersed with decadent colonial charms. Moreover, the super-luxurious tents are appointed with hand-crafted furniture, plush bed linen, astonishingly lovely bathrooms, thick carpets, and your personal butler on call for anything that you might need. The cuisine at the camp is prepared by acclaimed chefs from locally sourced fresh ingredients and is by far the best in the state.
Danish colony of Serampore to Barrackpore
Land and take a walk through the cantonment – past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House – to get a better understanding of India's journey to independence.
erstwhile Governor-General of French India
Sail upstream past the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura before landing to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly. With verses from the Koran written on its walls, the Imambara is an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. Sail into the night to a mooring near Kalna.
attractive terracotta temples
Continue on through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple which dominates the skyline. As the headquarters of ISKCON or the Hare Krishna movement, the temple receives over a million singing and dancing devotees a year from around the world. Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari.
a charming riverside village
Interact with the locals of Matiari and witness the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Later, cruise on and visit the battlefield of Plassey where, in 1757, Robert Clive, the Commander-in-Chief of British India, defeated Siraj-udDaulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, to change the course of Indian history. Moor close to Murshidabad for the night.
holy Kamakhya temple.
With its tantric rites and animal sacrifice, the more squeamish among us may prefer to content themselves with the exteriors. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves cemetery before embarking on your cruise vessel. We set sail and cruise for about an hour and a half upstream to Kurua on the north bank.
mesmerizing atmosphere of the Kumbh Mela
Wake up at dawn and immerse yourself in a session of yoga and breathing exercises to the melodious chimes of the temple bells, resonating from the 'Kumbh City' in the distance. Enjoy tea and cookies as you feel the energy to encapsulate your senses.
Post breakfast, set course on a gentle paced walk through the world's largest, temporary tented city where the Akharas have their presence. An Akhara is a place of practice with facilities for boarding, lodging, and training on the path of spiritual enlightenment. The Juna Akhara, with over 400,000 sanyasis is perhaps one of the largest sects present at the Kumbh Mela. They are also considered to be the most fascinating.
The sadhus are divided into four major categories - Nagas (Sanyasis), Vairagi (Mundies), Udasi and Nirmala (Nanak Sahi). These four categories are then further organized into different Akharas. There exists a predetermined order which the various Akharas follow during the Shahi procession on the specific bathing days.
A vast majority of the members of this Akhara are Naga Babas (naked ascetics). Considered to be the defenders of the Sanatan Dharma, these sanyasis march naked, covered in holy ash during the bathing rituals at the Kumbh. This elite brotherhood of naga sadhus and sanyasis are regarded as the "holiest of holy men" by the Hindu believers and much of the attention of those arriving at the Kumbh revolves around them.
enjoy interacting with spiritual leaders at camp
Arise at dawn and soak in the vibrations during your session of yoga and deep breathing exercises, followed by a healthy breakfast.
Post breakfast, prepare yourself for a mesmerizing experience with an exclusive boat ride to the holy Sangam (confluence) to observe the Kumbh Mela from a unique vantage point. View the banks flanked by devotees performing different rites and rituals, or taking the holy dip unaffected by the freezing cold waters of the river.
Note: The boat ride is subject to availability.
Return to the camp for lunch and some leisure time. Alternatively, you may choose to explore the fascinating sights of Allahabad. Visit renowned sites such as Mankameshwar Temple - dedicated to Lord Shiva and the belief goes that what's wished for does come true. Take a stroll to Saraswati Ghat - a very famous bathing ghat followed by a visit to the Alopi Temple which is unique as there is no statue of a deity in the temple; however, a wooden carriage is worshipped.
Note: The optional excursion to Allahabad City will not be available on bathing dates and a day prior to the bathing date.
You may also choose to spend the afternoon at the camp interacting with spiritual experts.
last independent Nawab of Bengal
Continue a little way upstream to where the great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront. Built by an English architect in 1837, the palace hosts an extensive collection of pictures, China, weapons and other objects. Carry on to visit the great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace. Built in the classical Georgian style by rich local merchants, Katgola Palace represents the other side of the coin of the 'White Mughal' period when English and Indian cultures came close to fusion.
gorgeous miniature terracotta temples
This is rural India at its most idyllic. Continue up the lower Ganges (or the Hooghly), which transforms into a charming waterway twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards. Carry on up along canal section to a mooring close to the Farakka Barrage.
go on a full-day excursion by road to Gaur,
This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities, first under the Hindus in the 12th century, then as the Muslim capital of Eastern India from the 14th to the 16th century. There are plentiful remains of mosques, palaces and gateways and you visit a number of the most interesting before rejoining the ship in the evening above the Farakka lock gate to continue your cruise upstream.
proceed for city tour of Darjeeling
This morning we will proceed for a city tour of Darjeeling - a place of the Thunderbolt often referred to as the “Queen of the Hills”, it remains just as alluring with its tiny waterfalls, little villages and a narrow gauge railway track. Surrounded by World Famous Tea Gardens and snow capped mountains, Darjeeling remains one of the most exotic destinations. Graeme Westlake in his book ‘An introduction to hill stations on India’ refers to Darjeeling as having “A view Scarcely Unrivalled on Earth”.
Following breakfast, we will visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute/Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park:- The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was started in Darjeeling when Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest to give training to learn Mountaineering and other adventure sports related to mountaineering and in that Institute one can see equipment etc.used by Mr. Tenzing Norgay and Everest Museum having complete details on Everest attached to institute one can visit Himalayan Zoological Park where one can see Himalayan animals like Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Yak, Himalayan Black Bear and several varieties of birds.
We will conclude our day with a visit to the Tibetan Self- Helf Centre Or Refugee Centre:- This institute is run by Tibetan Refugees to preserve their handicrafts and one can see making of Tibetan Carpets, Leather work, Paintings and Wooden work etc.
we will visit spice plantation
The spice plantation in Periyar is one of the major spice plantations in Kerala since different spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation. A prime attraction of this beautiful land is a sprawling tea estates which cover much of the landscape of Periyar. There are various kinds of spices cultivated in Periyar. The most abundantly found spice here is pepper. However, there is a variety of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and curry leaves on the slanting slopes.
Here, we have the option for nature walks, bird watching, taste the various spices and breathe in the fragrant air while exploring this beautiful heaven in Periyar.
we experience a unique time with elephants
This two hour tour offers you the chance to experience the idyllic natural beauty of Thekkady and getting up close and personal with Kerala’s iconic elephants. Start off on elephant back for a marvelous trek through the nearby forest, a beautiful & very exotic experience for your memories of Thekkady. You get quality time with the elephants, starting with a ride through the jungle & ending in the river where you can bathe them. Your adventure includes witnessing elephants timber dragging and, hand feeding of these wonderful animals. After a genuinely thrilling experience you will be served a refreshing cup of a Tea or Coffee.
half day city tour of Mumbai
GATEWAY OF INDIA (Stop Over) : - This 26m high triple-arch gateway grandeur was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of George V and Queen Mary to India. The gateway of India overlooks the Arabian Sea, next to Taj Mahal Hotel and has several ferries to take tourist to the nearby Elephanta caves and Alibaug.
PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM OF WESTERN INDIA (Stop Over) : Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, this building houses one of the finest collections of Indian artin the world. Designed by George Wittet and completed in 1914 it marked the visit of the Prince of Wales. The museum has three main sections - art, archeology and natural history.
MANI BHAWAN (GANDHI MUSEUM) (Stop Over): - This bungalow on Leburnun road was Mahatma Gandhi's Bombay house from 1917-1934, it is now converted into a museum in his memory. Besides the plain spartan room, there are pictures of events from his life, a research library, and a mini theatre showing films (on request for group only) on Gandhi and India's struggle of independence.
FLORA FOUNTAIN (HUTATMA CHOWK) (Drive Pass): - This fountain is situated in a square in the heart of the city surrounded by banks, and other offices. It is named after the Roman Goddess of Abundance. Erected in 1869 to honor the Governor of Mumbai, Sir Bartle Frere for dismantling the Fort and shaping much of modern Mumbai.
VICTORIA TERMINUS (CHHTRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS (Drive Pass): - The headquarters of Central Railways, it is one of the most complex suburban railways system in India. It is also the terminus for many inter-city trains. This is the city's most celebrated Gothic structure. Lavishly decorated with sculptures, it was designed by William Stevens and was opened in 1887 to coincide with the Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee celebrations. Makes a striking sight with its cathedral like spires, turrets, arches, Corinthian columns & stained glass windows
MUNICIPAL CORPORATION BUILDING (Drive Pass) : - This is next to the Victoria Terminus, is a Gothic structure blended with Indian motifs was designed by F.W Stevens and stands like a guardian angel over Mumbai city. It was constructed in the year 1893. This building creates a very serene effect on the spectator with its dome and 255 feet high tower.
HIGHCOURT OF MUMBAI (Drive Pass) : The High Court of Mumbai was inaugurated on 14 August 1862. Although the name of the city was changed from Bombay to Mumbai in 1995, the Court as an institution did not follow suit and remained as the Bombay High Court. The work on the present building of the High Court was commenced in April 1871 and completed in November 1878.
RAJABAI CLOCK TOWERS (Drive Pass) : - Situated next to the Mumbai High Courts, in the gardens of Mumbai University. This 280 feet high gothic clock tower is part of the University Library, has five elaborately decorated storeys ornamented with statues in oriental grab representing India's various castes and sects. Designed by Sir Gilbert Scott and built by late Seth Premchand Raichand in memory of his beloved mother Rajabai in 1878.
MARINE DRIVE (NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA ROAD) (Drive Pass) : - It was built in 1920 on land reclaimed from the Back Bay. This beautiful promenade stretches from Nariman Point to Chowpatty in crescent shape along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea. On one side is the Arabian Sea and on the other is the gracious British-type high rises. When lit up at night the entire drive gleams like the "Queen's Necklace". Horse driven Victoria rides are available from either ends of the promenade.
NARIMAN POINT (Drive Pass) : - Situated at one end of Marine Drive this land reclaimed from the sea is now built over with cities tallest and most elegant skyscrappers. Pleasure seekers come here to take a walk on the wide promenade or to sit on the concrete benches, relax in the cool sea breeze and enjoy the breathtaking view of Marine Drive.
KAMALA NEHRU PARK - Malabar Hill (Stop Over) : - Adjoining the hanging gardens is Kamala Nehru Park built in 1952 and named after the wife of the then Prime Minister Nehru. It coverrs an area of 4000 sq. yards and from here one enjoys a magnificent view of Marine Drive. It also has "old Lady's Shoe" built of concrete ment for children to play in.
DHOBI GHAT (THE PUBLIC LAUNDARY) (Stop Over) : - Mumbai’s unique outdoor laundry system is called Dhobi Ghat is where chaos, color, activity and sounds mix together in a freakish blend. It’s a fascinating place where Mumbai's laundry gets done. Clothes are hand washed by hundreds of Dhobis (laundry men and women) on concrete sinks and hung on clotheslines.
HORNIMAN CIRCLE (Drive Pass ) : Horniman Circle Gardens is a huge park of Mumbai, which sprawls over an area of 10.101 sq m. It is located in the Fort District of South Mumbai. The park is situated amidst premier banks and was initially known as Bombay Greens. Horniman Circle Garden dates back to the 18th Century, when it was laid down with the purpose of providing an open space to the locals living in the walled city area. Since the garden has been planted with trees of every season; it blossoms with lush greenery throughout the year.
Bazaars of Mumbai
The city is a bustling, diverse metropolis with a flare of its own. The entrepreneurial spirit and pulsating pace of life offers a sharp contrast to much of the rest of India. We will start the walking tour of the ‘native’ bazaar areas of Bhuleshwar, which literally means “where even God looses Himself”. The tour is a mix of energetic street market, color, and multi – cultural mix of mosques, temples and cuisines.
The walking tour covers different places such as Crawford Market, (officially Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market). This is one of South Mumbai’s most famous market heaving with activity. The market is housed in a building that resembles Victorian London, but over-run with a crazy riot of local colour. It is the most popular shopping precinct of Bombay. The main building is listed in the Heritage List of buildings, and, is one of the largest wholesale markets of Mumbai.
From Crawford Market, we would walk into the nearby lanes, to see the traditional bazaar areas, for a real feel of how Mumbai lives and shops each day. This is a major attraction. Mumbai is a city that lives not in its monuments or buildings, but in its streets and markets and people. We also visit the Jama Masjid area. Here, India’s oldest Muslim community, arrived during the 6th Century AD)
Making your way through old parts of Mumbai can be both exhilarating and chaotic; mainly because the narrow roads of the city have little space for walking without nudging the next person but at the same time it holds those ancient stories which could possibly be overlooked in a casual exploration of the city. We receive the typical sense of the place as we walk towards Mirchi Galli (spices market) a place that is lost in time, and, where you will find all kinds of spices (whole and ground) and dry fruits available in Mumbai. From a variety of Kashmiri chillies to turmeric, cumin seeds, cinnamon, mustard seeds and much more are to be found in this Spice Market.
Then, our walking tour brings us to Mangaldas Market (the cloth market). Traditionally home to traders from Gujarat, the bazaar is a great place to browse for Indian textiles and traditional clothes. From here we continue to walk towards Zaveri Bazaar - the most sought-after jewelry market of Mumbai where everyone’s crazy about gold, Phool Galli (Flower Street) -a world exists within Mumbai, where work begins at 4 am! Another bazaar where the air is rendered with the aroma of various fragrances would be the flower market where supplies are brought for purchase by retail traders. The tour culminates at the Mumbadevi Temple (The temple that gave the city its name), and the picturesque Madhav Baug. (A 123 year old area where idols of different deities are available)
set off on foot to explore the inner city
Through a twisted maze of narrow alleys, home to numerous shrines and pilgrim shops, we walk back a few centuries. Life here has stood still for years. The homes, the shops and even the cattle have not changed over the centuries. It is a brilliant nostalgic experience of timelessness!
We will have a different view of life at Widows Ashram, and how it can be so unfair to some. Since Varanasi is a religious city many Widow Ashrams are constructed by people who want to make charity, NGOs and government to give shelter to dying, helpless and old widows. Reason of such a big number of Widow Ashrams is also that widows are abandoned in Varanasi to die as it is believed that one who dies in Varanasi gets salvation. What will surprise you after meeting these widows is that they are not all from poor families. Some of them are from good middle class families who have been sent to Varanasi because of social beliefs related to the death of a women’s husband. The widows here have been rehabilitated, and are offered training in various crafts and skills. Hence, they have a feeling of worth and all is not lost.
Matri Bhawan is the place where people arrive to die. People often take the “last train to Varanasi”. When people are old, sick or about to die, they arrive on their last leg on a train to Varanasi. Here, there are volunteers and NGOs who collect them at the station, and , bring them to places as Matri Bhawan. Matri means “Mother” and, Bhawan means “Home”. The old arrive at their Mother’s Home awaiting acceptance to paradise. This should be a unique aspect to your India tour.
Panna Meena ka Kund
This beautiful place was constructed during sixteenth century. The place was mainly utilized as a place of social meetings. People from nearby places come here for getting water, swimming or just to hang out with their loved ones. During ancient times, this place was utilized mainly as water protects pool. This beautiful Kund has a unique architecture and styling. This Kund was designed by a Brahmin and constructed by craftsmen and engineers.
guided walks along the lanes and bye-lanes
The city is best-explored on foot and only the inquisitive visitor willing to go into the rastaas (streets) and galis (lanes) will feel the spirit of the city. Jaipur’s colorful bazaars tantalize the eye with enameled blue pottery, exquisite gem-studded jewelry, engraved brass work traditional block-printed fabrics and brightly patterned dhurrie rugs together with traditional crafts and miniature painting.
rehabilitation of underprivileged women
Yes, please, we are talking about an interactive workshop with women who have seen and have been through many hardships in life. However, they have refused to accept the commands of destiny, and have carved a unique path that has started to wield results and bring smiles to their families as well. We start our session with a warm welcome by the ladies at the workshop where they will greet you with a bright smile, and will share the stories of their past. They explain more about their work here, and how this NGO has helped to stand on their own in their respective lives. Then, these ladies will encourage you to participate with them where they demonstrate the various nuances of making beautiful and elegant handicraft items. With their not-so-good English they will converse with you, but, you will probably understand everything as language is no more
a barrier when hearts attempt to communicate with each other.
As the name suggests, this place on a hill top is one of the greatest spots in Darjeeling to observe the panoramic views of the mountains and it also has a temple at the summit called the Mahakal Temple. The Observatory Hill is located at the Mall area and is encircled at its bottom by the Mall Road. As you walk along the Mall road, you will see the Observatory Hill rising on one side. The rewards of the walk are awesome. As you take the Mall road from the right side of Chow rasta Mall, about 100 yards away you will find flights of stairs that lead towards the Observatory Hill and the Mahakal Temple. This is the city center of Darjeeling and a lovely place to walk and be with the locals. You could shop at local crafts store or sit on the first floor of the Keventers restaurant sipping coffee and watch the world go by.
The trek from Manebhanjang to Tonglu covering 11 Kms (5 hrs) is steep up. Tonglu faces Darjeeling and Kurseong and commands excellent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Tonglu: A peak on Singalila Range, at an altitude of 10,074 feet high, Tonglu is generally known as Tumling among the native of the district. Tumling offers magnificent view of the distant Mount Kanchenjunga
Rinchenpong, in Sikkim in north east India, is an area that sums up this lush state. Fed by beautiful rivers, Sikkim boasts some of the most exotic flora and fauna in the country and fantastic views of Kanchenjunga Mountain. At an altitude of about 5576ft, Rinchenpong is the latest addition to the tourist map of West Sikkim. The place is famous for the beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains. Apart from the natural beauty of the surroundings, the place is also quite significant from historical point of view.
Yangsum Heritage Farm
Built back in 1833, the mountain farm was majorly refurbished more recently in 1966, but without losing its old-style sensi-bilities or respect for the vibrant local culture. Owned and managed by the hospitable and well-informed Tashi couple, Thendup and Pema - this rambling 44-acre working farm cultivates a wide range of grains and crops besides edible tubers surrounded by forests of pine, chestnut, magnolia and Himalayan alder. Also, home-cooked food is definitely an important reason for surrendering to Yangsum.
It takes you to the ruins of its ancient citadel standing forlorn on a misty hilltop. Hike up to centuries-old Buddhist gompas () and explore a different world altogether where young lamas study and go about their daily routine. Find your bliss in quiet meditation, chanting, spinning prayer wheels or explore the hilly terrain and sacred lakes.
we will take culinary lessons in Sikkimese cuisine
An excellent opportunity to be taught traditional receipts and cooking methods of Sikkim on a wood burning hearth. The farmhouse serves various Sikkimese cuisines which are prepared from fully organic vegetables cultivated in the farm premises.
Gently seated in the southern part of Sikkim, Buddha Park is a must visit place for every traveller. This famous attraction serves as an important landmark to the Buddhist community; it was constructed on account of the 2550th birth anniversary of Lord Gautama Buddha in 2006. And to erect the 130 - foot high statue Ravangla was chosen. This divine comeliness fenced in by lush eco garden also helps promote pilgrimage tourism in Sikkim.
Pangthang is 11 km drive from Gangtok and a km away from Tashi View Point. The trek begins at the premises of the G. B. Pant Institute from where within an upward climb of 3 hours you reach the top of Tinjure at 7,500 ft. Tinjure is called so because it is the meeting point of three ranges. From the observation tower you can see Gangtok town to the east, Phodong and Phensang to the North and Khangchendzonga range to the west. The plains of West Bengal too can be seen on a clear day. After that again walk back to Pangthang which is 2.5 Hrs walk
Each evening a very impressive lowering of guard’s ceremony is performed along with a march past by soldiers of both countries in synchronization to the accompaniment of bugles. The soldiers of both countries wear ceremonial dresses. It is quite a spectacular sight to see the same thing happening on both sides of the border.
The martyr’s memorial where thousands of innocent Indians were cordoned off by the British and fired. The well where several Indians jumped to escape the bullets as well as bullet marks and a museum of pictures can be still seen here.
special tour of Kolkata
After breakfast, we will proceed on a special tour of Kolkata that will highlight the cultural potpourri of this city that is affectionately known as “City Of Joy”. We will start our tour with a visit to the Dalhousie Square from where once the British ruled the roost. The red building reminds us of a time of a colonial era which is very present even now. We will then visit the Mausoleum of Job Charnock situated in St. John’s Church where you will have an insight into the life & times of this Englishman. Job Charnock was widely known as the founder of Kolkata, but, the 2003 ruling of Calcutta High Court deniedhim the legacy. However, history will remember him with its own observation.
Then, we will have a Bazaar Tour where you get to feel the warmth of the people, the passion, and, the love for their city. First, we will visit the Flower Market, beneath the east end of Howrah Bridge; this is eastern India’s largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and people sitting on the ground. Then, we will visit the Burra Bazar area, which is a world in itself. The Marwaris from Rajasthan migrated here a long time ago, and, made it their home. Actually, you would notice a unique ecosystem where their business and, dwellings coexist in a colorful harmony. These unique bleeding’s have indeed contributed to Kolkata’s thrilling cultural legacy.
Following our Bazzar tour, we will be visiting the Synagogues of Kolkata including the Maghen David Synagogue. Built in 1884, Maghen David literally means the Shield of David. The entrance sees the Star of David, one of the three synagogues which have the most beautiful interiors. Marble floor, shiny chandeliers, and Belgium stained glass windows give this place its exotic look.
Later, we will also visit the St. Paul’s Cathedral, known as the first Episcopal Church of the eastern world. It is an Anglican cathedral of the Church of North India. Besides, being a religious site, the cathedral is also an architectural marvel. St. Paul‘s Cathedral is 247 feet in length, 81 feet in width and 114 feet at transept. The flagstaff rises to a height of 175 feet above groundlevel.
Next, we will be visiting the The Park Street cemetery. It is one of the first non-church cemeteries in the world. In the 19th century, it was known as the ‘Great Christian Burial ground’ in Asia. The cemetery was named after “Park Street” after the private deer park built by Sir Elijah Impey around Vansittart’s garden house. The cemetery served as a burial ground for the European expatriates who were settled in Calcutta during the colonial period. The cemetery houses the graves of many notable European figures of the regal era. Most distinguished tombs are those of ‘Rose Aymler’, beloved of the poet Walter Savage Langdor, Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, the initiator of the Young Bengal Movement who lived an eventful life for a short period of just 22 years; Charles Dickens’ son, Sir William Jones, founder of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta in 1796, David Drummond, C. F. Andrews and Michael Madhusudan Dutta, the illustrious and anglicized poet of Bengal.
We will also be visiting the Victoria Memorial, the exquisite marble building of Victoria Memorial stands tall in all its glory. As beautifully it is designed as carefully it has been curated and looks picturesque during the dusk as well as in the sunrise. Also, the Victoria Memorial Hall exhibits some of the finest collections of paintings from the colonial era. From portraits of eminent colonial administrators to paintings of Indians princes and rulers, the collection exhibits a diverse range of themes and mediums.
Later, following our tour, we will also visit Mother Teresa’s 'Missionaries of Charity'. Kolkata, apart from housing several worship places, also houses the sacred sanctum of social work, called 'Missionaries of Charity'. It is essentially a Roman Catholic religious order, founded in 1950, by Mother Teresa in Kolkata (then Calcutta), which works for the poor and destitute. Started with just 12 volunteers, this order has now spread to 133 nations of the world, with about 4,500 permanent women volunteers called 'Sisters'. ‘Missionaries of Charity’ in Kolkata works for the real needy and deprived section of society. It helps the sick, orphans, lepers, AIDS victims, abandoned elderly, mentally challenged people, refugees and ex-prostitutes. The charity has 19 homes in Kolkata; each of them working for a specific cause, e.g. NirmalHriday - the home for pure heart, working for the sick, dying and destitute in the city of Kolkata. Other homes include Shanti Nagar - the city of peace, meant for leprosy patients and NirmalaShishuBhawan, meant for orphaned kids. The Missionary also works for educating the street children of Kolkata.
This unique artisan village dates back 400 years, making it perhaps the oldest of its kind in the world. It is the lifeblood of Bengal‘s biggest festival and keeps the Puja fervor alive among Bengali communities in other countries. Around 250 artists work to produce 40,000 idols a year, including 3500 images of Durga. With more than a thousand workers assisting the artisans, Kumartuli is a mini industry. It exports 50 Durgaidols to virtually all corners of the world, including UK, USA, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.
Built in 1835 by a Raja from the prosperous Mallick family, this resplendent mansion is as grand as it is curious. Its marble-draped halls are overstuffed with dusty statues of thinkers and dancing girls, much Victoriana, ample Belgian glassware, game trophies and fine paintings, including originals by Murillo, Reynolds and Rubens.
College Street Book Market
Kolkatans are well-known for their passion for books and this area is a treasure for the book lovers of the city - you can find of them every day spending hours browsing through the loads of new books or bargaining for buying a second hand one. Some of the Kolkata‘s most renowned academic institutions like Kolkata University, Presidency College, Kolkata Medical College and Sanskrit College are also located in this street. Closed on Sunday & National Holidays.
Indian Coffee house
Also known as "Albert Hall", this is the most favourite gathering place for the writers, intellectuals, artists and students for many decades. Casual chatting for hours about any issue is the most favourite social activity of any Bengali and here in this large historical and legendary café, entire day you can find hundreds of Kolkatan's are busy discussing about their favourite issue over a cup of coffee.
Bhim Chandra Nag sweet shop
They specialize in a mouth-watering sweet called Ledikeni, a light reddish-brown fried sweet ball made of chena and flour and soaked in sugar syrup. The sweet was first prepared by Bhim Chandra Nag for Lady Canning, the wife of Charles Canning - the Governor-General of India during 1856-62. Ledikeni, a unique variation of gulabjamun (North Indian Delicacy), originated in the mid-19th century.
At 5:30 PM, our representative would meet & greet you at your Hotel/address in Delhi and would introduce India and your tour to you.
Welcome to our tour, or as we say ‘atithi devo bhava’ (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!
A unique night tour of Old Delhi will start at 6:30 PM - one of the best examples in the world where you can witness the cultural mixtures of “old and new”. Uncover the different flavors of “Purani Dilli” (Old Delhi) through the narrow alleys, and shops in a safe manner.
The walk takes about 2.5 hours.
At 9:30 PM, we will drop you at your address / hotel in Delhi