- A gift when you book your trip with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
- International flights included
- A useful gift is given to you on arrival
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Private car & driver for all road transfers
- Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
- Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
- Meals as per itinerary (BB = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
- Entrances to all monument and places of interest include
- Guided walk in Old Delhi
- Experience Indian domestic train journey
- Kumaoni Village Walk to remote areas
- Full Board while in the Kumaoni region
- Meet local villagers and experience their way of life
- Beautiful views of the Himalayas
- Walkthrough Rhododendron forests
- Underfoot mica shining gold & silver as you walk through the valleys
- No cars in the valleys, nothing but bird song, very peaceful
- Learn the way of life of remote village people
- Live in remote local communities for 3 nights
Our Tour features the following locations
DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.
ALMORA: Almora burst into prominence as the summer capital of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon in the year 1560. A magical land awaits you at Almora where romantic fruit blossoms, clear blue skies, and lush greenery engulf you in their beauty, presenting the most beautiful experiences. Your adventure starts on an exciting walking tour where you stay in villages overnight; witness terraced fields, hidden waterfalls, fiery rhododendron forests (which look even better during Spring) and the pedestrian-only Lalal Bazaar. Local customs are a big part of Almora and walking past old village roads bring you closer to the local way of life where ancient traditions are still very much alive where song, and cultural beliefs dominate everyday life. Almora is as quaint and serene as it gets, but it is also a fascinating place to shop and explore the Indian culture.
DEORA, PALIU & SOKYATAL VILLAGES: The village walks lead through picturesque villages along terraced fields, waterfalls, along a winding stream and pine, cedar, oak and rhododendron forests. (If you can make it between mid Feb. and Apr. you will be rewarded with the lovely sight of the rhododendron flowers in bloom – a blaze of color). The walks vary from gentle to slightly steep and take you between 1450m to 2250m.
Walking on the old village trails, you pass through several villages where the houses have wonderfully carved doors and windows. This walking tour gives you a realistic impression of Kumaoni local life, where the old traditions and culture are still part of their daily routine lives. You pass villages where the castes are strictly segregated, walk through terraced fields then along traditional irrigation channels.