Forts & Forests

In case you are a keen nature lover, a keen researcher and interested in knowing the history of various areas of the Himalayan foothills, this Village Walk is you. A real introduction to the Nature where you will have many chances to sit just next to the local kids, the village women and listen to their stories. They might not understand what all you say but still want to remain around you, look at you and some even dare to touch you. Blond haired and white skinned people are not a part of their daily routine so talk to them and let them enjoy your presence.

Walking in the Himalayan Foothills

  • Overview Map of the Walk



  • Built by a local king in 15th century, this fort on the top of the hills was to protect the area from the enemies. Without having any road connection the material was transported here on mules or collected from the surroundings.

    Today the ruins of the Fort can be seen scattered around and there is no way that it can be rebuilt. History remains dead here, in pieces and no one cares for it. Snow, sun or rain the stones walls remain open, without cover. Their only friends are the visitors, the villagers or the itinerant shepherds who sometime spend nights in them and leave some signs of life with them to return next year.

    Today the ruins of the Fort can be seen scattered around and there is no way that it can be rebuilt. History remains dead here, in pieces and no one cares for it. Snow, sun or rain the stones walls remain open, without cover. Their only friends are the visitors, the villagers or the itinerant shepherds who sometime spend nights in them and leave some signs of life with them to return next year.

    Most forts which were built in 12th-15th centuries were abandoned and consequently deteriorated over time. Some of them were later rebuilt and altered. Some castles were still used as living quarters until 19th-20th centuries, and so were continually modified.





    Trip Category

    Soft Adventure


    Number of Participants

    Minimum 2 and Maximum 8


    Trip Duration

    11 Days and 10 Nights



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  • DAY ONE

    Arrival Delhi

    Overnight Stay : Homestay.

    Welcome to India! You are met by our representative in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and customs formalities. Depart for your Home Stay to check in.

    Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast


    DAY TWO

    Delhi

    Overnight Stay : Homestay.

    Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi’s glorious renaissance. Start the day with a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi. Here you drive past Red Fort the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan’s symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city.

    Chandni Chowk was the commercial centre of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts.

    And a special treat awaits you – take a ride through this busy market on tricycle rickshaws.

    Visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial centre of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts.

    After noon visit New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920’s – it’s a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King’s architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the design and construction of Delhi’s eighth city – New Delhi. Lutyens designed an “Imperial City” having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.
    Today, your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. You will visit two monuments from Delhi’s past – Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar.


    DAY THREE

    Delhi – Chandigarh – Jibhi

    Overnight Stay : Homestay

    Transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi Express (Leaves at 0740 am and arrives Chandigarh at 11:20 am). On arrival pick up and drive to Jibhi. The initial drive is through the plains of Punjab and then suddenly enter the hills. Turn right from Larji and here you are in Tirthan alley. Tirthan is one of the most important tributaries of river Beas and is one of the greenest valleys of Indian Western Himalaya. It displays the actual examples of hill life in this part of the world.

    On arrival check into the home stay. This place is set up at the foot of Jalori pass and is surrounded by a lush green pine forest. The gargling sound of rivulet Jibhi keeps your attention attracted towards its waves and rapids.

    In the evening a group of local artists wait for us to entertain us with their local performance. These artists are present here in their local attires and with their local musical instrument*. As the performance ends our dinner waits for us.

    Musical Group shall be possible only for the group of minimum 6 people

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY FOUR

    Jibhi – Keuth – Jibhi

    Overnight Stay : Hotel / Guest House.

    Get ready by 6:30 am and drive for 15 km to walk up to Village Keuth to see the traditional Pooja in the morning at 7 am. This pooja takes place every morning at a local temple. The temple is built in a Pagoda shape and local material is used in its construction.

    Walk around and then return to have breakfast. After breakfast we drive to Bahu and hike up to a meadow. Pack lunch is carried along. Return and overnight stay at Home Stay.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY FIVE

    Jibhi – Sharchee

    Overnight Stay : Camp

    Our Village Walk begins today. Sharchee is the first village on this trail and is one of the most important too. Morning after breakfast we start our walk. We drive to Gushaini for five km and then climb up to Village Sharchee. It is all gradual climb up to Sharchee for about 10 km. The view on the way is just amazing and we walk through some of the remotely located village like Village Baddal and Village Sheer Shiadoo. These villages have no road connections and are accessible only though these trails. Stay overnight at Mobile Camp.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY SIX

    Sharchee – Basheer

    Overnight Stay : Camp / Homestay

    Today after breakfast we walk through the forest to Village Basheer. The walk is through the dense forest and the initial stretch is little strenuous but we walk with a normal pace and the beauty of this place will repeatedly ask you to pull out your camera. Walk through the dense forest and also some of the small villages which have scattered houses. We will sit in some of the houses and open up our packed lunch packets. Enjoy the glimpses of the Himalayan lifestyle. Lunch en route point so packed lunch is served here that is followed by an initial descend to Village Shjarchee, our today’s destination.

    After check into your tents relax for a while and then have a walk through the narrow streets of this old village. A temple of a local deity is an attraction. This is a large village in this valley with nearly 40 houses.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY SEVEN

    Basheer – Sajwar

    Overnight Stay : Camp

    A mix walk of descend and ascend, mostly walking along the ridge. During the walk you will be surprised to see people living in these remote regions where there are no road connections and the locals are not aware of the world outside. They might come to see you, surround you and may touch you. Children are keen to pose for your camera and women, although cannot speak in English but like to interact with you.

    Have lunch on the way and then ascend to walk up to Sajwad, our today’s destination.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY EIGHT

    Sajwar – Khanag

    Overnight Stay : Camp / Forest Rest House

    A gradual and easy walk brings us today to village the banks of a Middle altitude lake called Seolsar. The lake is in circular shape and has a small chalet type temple no its banks, of “Boodhi Nagin” – The Old Female Serpent. In the month of October every year a fair is held here. An old Villager runs a tea shop here and we can have our lunch at this place. From here we walk through a dense forest of Oak and Spruce for five kilometres to reach Jalori Pass. From here drive to Khanag Guest House. Here we camp at the grounds of the Guest house of stay at the Guest House.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY NINE

    Khanag – Shimla

    Overnight Stay : Hotel / Homestay

    Today after breakfast we drive to Shimla via Ani, Sainj and Narkanda. A 5 hour drive brings us to Shimla – A British Himalayan Town. Shimla has been the summer capital of the British Empire in India during the Raj.

    Shimla came into existence after the Gurkha British wars in 1816. From then till 1947 the British used it at a holiday resort and then as their Summer Capital. Completely developed by the British Officers Shimla takes you back to the bygone era as the town is a Victorian and post Victorian architecture. Large number of buildings built by the Imperial government remain scattered and the climate of the town has a clear resemblance to Europe.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY TEN

    Shimla

    Overnight Stay : Hotel / Homestay

    Shimla is a Walker’s paradise. Many people coming to Shimla regret if they miss it, so we keep here two nights for you so that you can walk through the Heritage Lanes of Shimla with your guide. There are beautiful Churches, A Viceregal Lodge now called Institute of Advanced Study, Army Heritage Museum, Annandale Ground, Gaiety theater and of course The Mall road – a busy street but meant only for the pedestrians.

    Lunch at : Ashiana Restaurant (once a Bandstand)

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner

    DAY ELEVEN

    Shimla – Delhi

    After a late breakfast we drive to Kalka (96 km – 3 hours) to board Shatabadi Express to Delhi. On arrival you are transfer to hotel shared rooms for wash, change and then late night transfer to the airport for flight home.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast

  • This Walking Tour is for those who enjoy walking & traveling without the knowledge of what is around and the next corner. Although we run these walking programs on fixed itineraries but still we keep the trips as flexible as possible for the convenience and comforts of our clients. In these trips we offer the opportunity to walk to some remote areas where every one wishes to go at least once in his or her life but due to certain reasons, such as health, or time sometimes can’t go there.

    This trip is for

    1. One who enjoys in the unknown.
    2. One who is ready for the ups and downs of exploratory travel.
    3. One who does not expect silky comforts during the trips.
    4. One who is prepared to pitch in and help when required.
    5. One who does not care what is there around and after the next curve.

    Health

    1. Before you travel to India it is advised that you should consult your doctor for up to date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses.
    2. Although a First Aid Box is always a part of our Kit still we recommend that you carry any personal medical requirements if you have.
    3. Please stick to sealed bottled water. It is cheap and easily available throughout. In car we are going to keep enough water for you.
    4. You should be in a reasonably fit state of health for this holiday. The drives are not very long except on the day 3. Most of the drive are 3 – 4 hours drive. No early morning get up except on the day you travel from Delhi to Chandigarh by train.

    Safety and Security

    1. Check with the embassy in your country and follow their advice for their latest travel information.
    2. It is recommended that you use a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards and other valuable items.
    3. Leave your valuable jewellery at home as you won’t need it while travelling.
    4. Keep your baggage under lock and key.

    Physical Rating

    1. The participant to this Walking Tour should have a certain level of fitness. You may be expected to walk for 5-6 hours a day with your own day pack. The luggage is left in the vehicle so no porters or mules are required to carry it.
    2. We shall be walking on the trails through the green area. The trails at a number of places are narrow, bumpy or dusty. At some places we might be crossing the streams or water flow. So due to these conditions we are likely to walk slowly and might become irritating for you. But only those shall enjoy this Walking Tour who know how to enjoy the Natural beauty and the landscape around.
    3. We are dead sure that the Geographical Carvings and the Landscape on this Walk is so stunning that it does not give you any opportunity to get irritated and leave your camera.
    4. Since we remain under the Tree line so the effects of altitude cannot be a problem, but sometimes if the gradient is steep for you then it is suggested to slow down and go gradually.

    Check List

    1. Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets.
    2. Health requirements arranged. 1 photocopy of above documents, Money: cash/credit card/ travellers’ cheques, Money pouch.
    3. Your personal First-Aid kit including rehydration salts, Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses due to harsh sunlight and exposure to high altitudes.
    4. Wide brim hat or umbrella
    5. Antibacterial hand gel, when water is scarce.
    6. Walking Boots – light weighted.
    7. Boot Protector.
    8. Thin Liner socks : 3 pairs
    9. Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day.
    10. Heavier outer socks.
    11. Tights, for Women. At least one pair.
    12. T – Shirts. Take several.
    13. Light weighted.
    14. Walking pants.
    15. Rain Pants.
    16. Warm socks.
    17. Alarm clock and torch/flashlight.
    18. Lightweight travel towel.
    19. Refillable water bottle, for filling from thermos.
    20. Ear plugs can be useful if avoid someone snoring in the group.
    21. Your own sleeping bag.
    22. Warm clothes. It is recommended to bring thermal under wear, and either a down or a fleece jacket.
    23. A wind proof jacket.
    24. A pair of gloves.
    25. A scarf or face mask for dust, Sarong for covering up when washing / showering.
    26. Underwear. Three pairs are enough.
    27. Bras. For Women, a couple.
    28. Tampons or Sanitary Napkins. They are easily available in the open market.
    29. Toilet Kit.
    30. Insect Repellent.
    31. Bug Powder.
    32. A candle, large and small rubber bands, plastic bags, tape extra pens etc.

    Season for this trip

    1. We have fix departure tours for this itinerary. You may chek the dates in fixed departure section. But you may also ask for a customised tour exclusively for yourself. In winter you might find snowy conditions or very cold anywhere in Himalayas in India above 8000 feet in elevation. Snow melts from spring onwards but also conditions vary from place to place.
    2. By the end of October onwards any place in the Western Himalayas can be very cold.
    3. From second half of July till third week of September is the Monsoon period in India so if you opt to go for this Walking Tour in these months you might have long rainy days.
    4. Remember that Himalayan climate is particularly dependant on two conditions, the elevation and the time of the year. So be prepared. A drop of 2 degree centigrade every 1000 feet gained in elevation is common.

    Weather Conditions

    1. July to September are the monsoon months in India and there could be some unforeseen problems like road blockages due to land slides or roads damages. So a change or delay in itinerary could be there or we reach the destination from some other route, however it is quite unlikely.
    2. Check out at www.accuweather.com for the latest news on the weather forecast in India.

    Dressing

    1. It is very important that when you are travelling to India, you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the locale culture, especially Ladies. In some area you might have some people gathering around you, touching you and looking at you for a long time, as you are a foreigner.
    2. As a general guideline full shirts and full length skirts or knee covered skirts are recommended. At some places or the religious buildings shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into buildings.
    3. At religious places you shall be required to cover your head. The cloth is provided by the temple. So kindly follow the tradition otherwise the authorities might not allow you to enter the premises.
    4. In India before entering all religious places you are required to remove your shoes. You can also bring a pair of floaters footwear those are easily available in the markets in India too, these footwear are easy to remove and wear.
    5. Women are sometimes not allowed to enter some of the religious places in the hills.

    Photography and Interaction with Local

    1. During our walks there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. You are allowed to take pictures but it is also suggested that you take permission before clicking their houses, lifestyle and them. One way to start any conversation is with pictures.
    2. Children in the villages might ask you to click their picture. If you have a digital camera you are click and show them on screen.
    3. Also if possible for you to bring some photos/postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country to show them.
    4. People in the hills are very simple and hospitable. They might ask you to come to their house and have a cup of tea as tea is a very common and untimely drink in India. They shall be very happy if you accept their invitation.

    Cultural Shock

    • India is a country which may be very different from something that you may have experienced before. And Specially when you in the interiors of the Himalayan Foothills it might be very different from other areas you have traveled to. In most of the villages here simplicity and poverty can result in initial culture shock. Some villages are still under the poverty line but they follow their traditions and culture strictly. So all this should be seen as an exciting new challenge.

  • Your Guide

    • You’ll be escorted by our guides who are having a very good English speaking skills and with excellent knowledge of the area and it’s history.
    • Our Delhi Guide will receive you in India and will escort you during your stay in the capital. Second Tour Guide will catch up you in Chandigarh and accompany you throughout your Village Walk till Kalka Railway Station.

    Travel Information

    • This tour begins from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. We meet you there and drive to your Home Stay in Delhi.
    • We have to purchase the train ticket from New Delhi to Chandigarh and Shimla to New Delhi, two months in advance.
    • All your luggage shall be put on the top of the car or in the dickey. Ask your driver to help you.
    • Travel in Delhi and Travel from Chandigarh till Shimla Railway Station shall be by Toyota Innova Cars.
    • In case you want to join us at Chandigarh then kindly let us know well in advance. The amount for the Delhi section then will be deducted from your total cost.

    Accommodation and Meals

    • You will be staying in home stays, camps and decent hotels. Throughout the trip you’ll be enjoying traditional Indian hospitality.
    • The electricity supply is 220-240V AC @ 50 Hz. You will require an adaptor of the 2 round pin variety.
    • Except Delhi the entire tour is on Full Board basis. Packed lunches are included on our walking days. At Delhi you have to pay for your  lunches and dinners.

    Travel Light

    • During the itinerary you will be traveling most of the time so pack as lightly as possible (stay under 10 kg/22lb). Most travellers carry their luggage in a back pack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice. Avoid Suitcases.
    • The mountains can be cold. Night time temperatures can be as low as 5 degrees, so bring a set of warmer clothes; thermal underclothes, being small and light, can be very useful. A warm jumper/jacket, cap, gloves and sunglasses no matter what time of the year, as we travel at altitudes above 3500m.


  • All prices are quoted on requirement. Kindly drop us a mail and we shall get back to you with the latest price.

    We will give you the price that will include the following

    • All transport by air-conditioned Jeep. Jeep usage is done as per the following calculations.
    • 2 – 3 Pax + Guide : 1 Jeep
    • 4 Pax + Guide : 2 Jeeps
    • Tour begins from pick up at New Delhi International Airport and ends at New Delhi International Airport.
    • Accommodation with Breakfast at 4 star Hotel in Delhi on twin sharing basis.
    • In case of Single traveler you have to pay the single room supplement amount separately.
    • All entrance fee at all places as per mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Services of a English Speaking Guide.
    • Enough water in the jeep during the travel.
    • Train Tickets from New Delhi to Chandigarh on Day 3.
    • Train Ticket by Toy Train from Shimla to Kalka and then by Shatabadi Express from Kalka to New Delhi 9 by Air-conditioned Chair Car.

      The Price will not include the following.

    • Any Airfare, Domestic or International.
    • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.
    • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.
    • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
    • Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Aerated)
    • Medical & Travel insurance.
    • Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks or natural calamity.
    • Any cost for any extended stays or extended tours.

     

    Important Information

    • All rates will be given in Indian National Rupees
    • The rates will remain subject to change as per the sudden fuel hike.

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