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Unique Experiences:

•  Get up and close with all of India’s greatest temptations, cultural diversities, ancient past and impressive natural surroundings
•  Experience Rajasthan’s desert and Maharaja fairy tale palaces, temples, camels and small cosy towns – and even catch a peak of Taj Majal at sunrise
•  Experience the Wildlife in North India including leopards and Indian elephants and enjoy the fascinating snow-capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas
•  Get lost in the mystic small towns of Manali, Mcloedganj and Dharamsala whilst getting to know more about India’s culture, religion and holy customs

Participants:

Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary.
You can be min. 1 and max. 8 travellers on this tour. You can book 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more participants.

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Trip Length: 18 Day(s) 17 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every day
Travel Season:

Be prepared for surprises as climate regularly contains large contrasts. The tour is not conducted during the period from 15th December to 31st March due to snow in the mountains. Further, only limited part of Corbett tiger reserve is open between July - October

Type of Transportation:

AC car

Type of Accommodation:

Upgraded budget hotels in standard room with AC (cooling only) and private bathroom.
Please note air-conditioning is not available in hotels at hill towns.

Physical Rate: 2/5
Child Policy:

Child age: Up to and including 6 years of age.
Child price: 1 child is free of charge if sharing bed with parents. Children aged over 6 years will be treated as adult.
We do not recommend: to take children below 6 years for a jungle ride.

Included in Price:

Accommodation: In upgraded budget hotels
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Transport: AC car w/road taxes and parking fees
Guide: Chauffeur who speaks basic English. Local guides for sight seeing in Jaipur and Agra
Others: Camel ride in Pushkar, 1 Jeep ride and with naturalist and park entry fees at Corbett tiger park.

Excluded from Price:

•  Meals other than the one mentioned in “Included in price”.
•  Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
•  Entry fees at the monuments
•  Personal guide for the whole trip
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.

Map

Locations Visited:
Delhi, Jaipur, Bikaner, Pushkar, Agra, Moradabad, Corbett National Park, Haridwar, Shimla, Manali, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Manikaran, Kasol valley, Dharamshala, Chandigarh
Start City:
Delhi
End City:
Delhi

Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi – Jaipur
Today, you will start your trip from Visit beyond Service Centre at 10:00 am and drive to Jaipur. Arrive in Jaipur and transferred to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. If time permits you may visit Birla Temple. Overnight in Hotel. (B)

Day 2: Jaipur
Today you have a guided tour in Jaipur includes a visit to the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, and Jantar-Mantar (a scientific observatory). The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is color-washed pink – the color of hospitality in Rajput tradition. Built in 1772 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur displays a remarkable harmony in architectural splendor. The only planned city of its time, a formidable wall encircles Jaipur. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 3: Jaipur - Bikaner
After breakfast, you will drive to Bikaner from Jaipur (250 km), which takes approx 5 hours. You visit Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple) and a camel farm in Bikaner. Karni Mata Temple is an exciting and very different temple, filled with hundreds of sacred rats, which all run around freely among people. It is 600 years old and an important temple for Hindu pilgrims. Bring socks, as shoes are banned inside, and the floor is littered with cereal and rat droppings! Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 4: Bikaner - Pushkar
After breakfast, you will drive to Pushkar (250 km) has a relaxed atmosphere and is an important city for pilgrims who come here to bathe in one of India's holy lakes. The afternoon is at your leisure, where we can recommend a walk around the lake. A small camel ride is also arranged. (B)

Day 5: Pushkar - Agra
Today after a long drive we reach Agra (270 km). Enroute we visit the ghost city Fatehpur Sikri. Time permitting; we’ll go for a sunset view of the Taj Mahal. The evening is at your leisure. (B)

Day 6: Agra - Moradabad
Today you will start the day watching the sunrise at the beautiful Taj Mahal mausoleum. After breakfast we visit the impressive Agra Fort (Red Fort) and drive to Moradabad (270 km). Moradabad was founded in 1600 by Murad, son of Shah Jahan (Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal). Moradabad is famous for its many shops and large exports of brass ornaments and statues to the West. (B)

Day 7: Moradabad - Corbett Tiger Park
After breakfast, you will drive to Moradabad to Corbett National Park which is located in the state of Uttaranchal in the foothills of Himalayas. The Ramganga River runs through the park's low mountains. Along the riverside are often crocodiles and freshwater turtles soaking in the sun. On the grass plains, south of the park's headquarters you'll find abundant wildlife: Indian elephants, leopards, jackals, langur monkeys, wild boars and others. In addition, there are over 500 bird species, including hornbills and sea eagles. Overnight at Resort. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Corbett Tiger Park
Today, you will spend entire day in the national park. You come on a jeep safari with a guide If you are lucky, you can get a glimpse of one of the park's tigers.
Note: if there is heavy rainfall, there is a risk that the jeep safari and elephant ride are cancelled due to security reasons. There will be alternative activities. Overnight at Resort. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Corbett Tiger Park - Haridwar
After breakfast, you will drive to Haridwar (150 km) -one of the seven sacred cities in India-lies at the foot of Shiwalik mountains where the Ganges leaves the mountains and spreads into the north Indian plains. The Ganges and the holy "Vishnu footprint" make it an important pilgrimage site. No alcohol is available and you cannot bring your own. Only Hindu vegetarian food is available in town. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 10: Haridwar - Shimla
After breakfast, you will drive to Shimla (2,205m) is a pleasant city with a strong British influence and a pleasant climate in summer. The city center-Mall Road-is often closed to vehicle traffic, which creates a relaxed atmosphere. The streets are steep and narrow, and the many well-preserved houses from the English colonial times. We recommend a hike up to Jakhu temple (40 mins). Overnight at hotel.(B)

Day 11: Simla - Manali
After breakfast, you will drive from Shimla to Manali (260 km), a well-developed mountain village in the Indian Himalayas (2,050m). The city is characterized by the fact that a large part of the city's residents come from neighbouring Tibet. From Manali you are likely to see snowy mountain peaks. Don’t miss the charming old town and the Tibetan bazaar. Overnight at hotel.(B)

Day 12: Rohtang Pass - Solang Valley
Today you can look forward to a truly beautiful drive up to Rohtang Pass (3,979m). At the mountain pass it is possible to go skiing, snowboarding, riding on yak, eat a light lunch or simply enjoy the amazing views of the Himalayan snow-capped mountain peaks. On the way back to Manali, we take a look at Solang Valley. There are opportunities for optional activities such as paragliding, four-wheel and off-road motorcycles, riding on horseback and shooting drills. (Any activities in the Solang Valley or Rohtang Pass are not included in price). Alternatively, you can choose to relax and enjoy the landscape. Overnight at hotel.(B)

Day 13: Mani Karan - Kasol Valley - Manali
Today you will visit Mani Karan, a sacred Hindu and Sikh pilgrimage site. There are many temples and the area has a hot spring, which some claim have healing properties. On the journey to / from Manali, you may take a break in the cozy backpacker stop Kasol. The city is nestled in the mountains and accompanied by a river. Overnight at hotel.(B)

Day 14: Manali
This day is completely free in Manali, where you can visit some of the city's temples, or perhaps take a trip to Old Manali, which is very different from the bustling city center. Overnight at hotel.(B)

Day 15: Manali - Dharamshala
Today after breakfast, you will drive from Manali to Dharamshala (240 km). The Dalai Lama's advocacy work has made Dharamshala known throughout the world, but it is actually in the nearby village of McLeod Ganj town that he lives in exile. Pilgrims and travellers come to soak in the Tibetan atmosphere, take courses in Buddhism and meditation, and trek in the beautiful, mountainous landscape. Overnight at hotel.(B)

Day 16: Dharamshala
In Dharamshala there is ample opportunity to get out and go for long walks in the scenic areas overlooking the Himalayan peaks at Bhagsu. When you need to relax, you can settle down at one of the many small cafes and enjoy the view. The city is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. Overnight at hotel.(B)

Day 17: Dharamshala - Chandigarh
Today after breakfast, you will drive from Dharamshala to Chandigarh (250 km) is a modern city, built in 1950's and designed by French architect Le Corbusier. It is also known to be one of India's cleanest and best-planned cities. The attractions include the popular park, Nek Chand's Fantasy Rock Garden, where you can see fantasy figures and landscapes, made from industrial waste. There is much to do here and it’s all yours to enjoy! (B)

Day 18: Chandigarh - Delhi
After breakfast you will drive back to Delhi (258km), arriving in the afternoon/evening. We will transfer you to your next pre-booked hotel, or you may proceed to your next destination. (B)

Important
Notice:
The Taj Mahal is closed every Friday, the Muslim day of rest. If your trip begins on Thursday then it will be in reverse order. Thus, you will see the Taj sun set view on the first day of your trip.

Key: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner

Please note: The massive monument Taj Mahal stands like a beautiful lady on the bank of river Yamuna in Agra. The beauty of Taj needs regular attention from the care takers, to keep it looking young, fresh and charming as always. This includes some beauty treatments and mud packs like some do face packs in beauty saloons. Taj is currently going under beautification, which may last until 2018 or beyond. So when you visit Agra chances are that some part of Taj is covered with a mud pack etc., this to cleanse the outer marble and keep it glowing as always.

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