Jewels of the Crown - ShimlaWalks

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  • monastry stakna ladakhThis is a world class Jeep Safari Tour starts from Amritsar – The pool of Nectar and rises up to Ladakh – The Crown of India. Amritsar is known for its street food as kulchey chholey, folk dance – bhangra and the most holy place of the Sikhs – Golden Temple. A visit to Wagha border remains an attraction for everyone. After this enters Buddhism, as you approach Dharamsala – the seat of Dalai Lama. This Crown of India has many jewels in it, in the shapes of passes, lakes, monasteries, trekking trails, Moon-like landscapes and of course its chortans of various sizes. Gradually you enter the hills and drive over the world’s highest motor able roads and over the high passes providing breath taking visual delight to your heart, mind and eyes. The journey is through the spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain and old monasteries, highest and the largest lakes of the region viz Tsomoriri Lake and Pangong Lake.


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  • DAY ONE

    Station

    Arrival Delhi


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Royal Plaza or Similar

    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.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast


    DAY TWO

    Station

    Delhi – Amritsar


    Distance


    Commuting Time


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel / Home Stay

    Transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi Express to Amritsar.

    Amritsar, home of the Golden Temple, is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities in India. It is an important seat of Sikh history and culture. Being the gateway for travelers coming to India on the overland route from Central Asia, it soon became the center of various commercial activities. The Golden Temple was founded by the fourth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Ramdas, and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. It is famous for its full golden dome, one of the most sacred pilgrim sites for Sikhs. The Mandir is built on a 67-foot square of marble and is a two-storied structure. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the upper half of the building built with approximately 400 kg of gold leaf. The Golden Temple is surrounded by a number of other temples, such as the Durgiana Temple. After lunch we visit the Golden Temple of the Sikhs. We will circumambulate the temple, stopping periodically for moments of quiet reflection. The temple complex is like a small community, filled with many different activities. We will visit the kitchen where free meals are prepared by volunteers throughout the day; the temple where the holy book, Aad Guru Sahib, is read aloud from 4 am to 10 pm daily; and observe devotional rituals.

    Travel to the border town Wagah to see flag ceremony at dusk.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY THREE

    Station

    Amritsar – Dharamsala


    Distance

    200 km


    Commuting Time

    5 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Chonor Guest House (Subject to Availability as it has to be book well in advance

    We enter the hills today and gradually gain the elevation of 2000 meters. Drive to Dharamsala is through the farmlands and villages in the Himalayan foothills. On the way stop at Masroor temples, a temple built by cutting one single rock in 8th century. On arrival checkin to your hotel.

    Evening visit to the Dalai Lama Monastery.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY FOUR

    Station

    Dharamsala


    Distance


    Commuting Time


    Overnight Stay

    Chonor Guest House (Subject to Availability as it has to be book well in advance)

    Today we shall visit to the Bhagsunag, Tibetan Children’s Village and Narbulinga Institute where you can see the artists working on Thangka paintings.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY FIVE

    Station

    Dharamsala – Manali


    Distance

    240 km


    Commuting Time

    8 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Banon Resort or Similar

    Morning drive to Manali. On arrival check into your hotel. Enroute visit to the tea estates of Palampur town (240 kms/ 9 hrs)

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY SIX

    Station

    Manali

    Overnight Stay

    : Banon Resort or Similar

    Morning we drive to Dhungri Templ in the Cedar forest. And then drive to Naggar to visit Naggar Castle and Reorich Art Galley.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Dinner


    DAY SEVEN

    Station

    Manali – Kaylong


    Distance

    110km


    Commuting Time

    6 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Guest House

    Today we are going to cross over the first highest pass of this journey – Rohtang Pass (3900 m). Over the pass we enter Lahaul Valley and drive along river Chandera. The road is rugged and rough with some of its stretch tarred. On the way we shall visit the temple of Raja Ghepan at Sisu. Just after that is Tandi where river Chandera is joined by River Bhaga and further on it become Chenaab.
    Kaylong is the headquarter of Lahaul Valley. In the evening we shall visit to Khardong Monastery known for making Thangka paintings.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY EIGHT

    Station

    Keylong


    Distance


    Commuting Time


    Overnight Stay

    Guest House

    Today we shall drive to Pattan Valley known for growing hops, the only place in India. Visit to Trilokinath temple where Hindus and Buddhists worship together and then to Udaipur. The temple of Mrikula devi in Udaipur is said to have been built by Pandawas. The woodcarving inside the tiny structure is just amazing.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner




    DAY NINE

    Station

    Kaylong – Sarchu


    Distance

    110 km


    Commuting Time

    6 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Fixed Camp

    Drive over the second highest pass on the way. The view of snowcapped Himalayan peaks from the pass is just. ON the way there is a place called Darcha. This village got buried under a land slip in 1976. The huge boulders are still laying as they fell on the village as they are too big to move.

    Overnight stay at Camp, tents with attached facilities. Sarchu is the first highest place where we are going to sleep above tree line. Some of you might suffer from lack of oxygen so used the oxygen cylinders that we carry.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner



    DAY TEN

    Station

    Sarchu – Tsomoriri Lake


    Distance

    220


    Commuting Time

    10 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Grand Shangrila

    Today is going to be the longest drive but the most stunning landscape will come our way. Apart from the passes the other attraction today is Morey plain. This 45 kilometer long plateau used to be a lake in the past. A short stopover for a click is must in this area. On the way we shall also stop at Lake Tsokar, the salt water lake on this area. One can see heaps of salt laying around.

    Lake Tsomoriri Lake is one of the largest lakes of Ladakh. On a sunny day it resembles a pearl in the brown mountains with their tips covered with snow.

    Pack Lunch shall be carried.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner




    DAY ELEVEN

    Station

    Tsomoriri Lake


    Distance

    0 km

    Overnight Stay

    Fixed Camp

    Today we shall take rest and some time we shall spend in visiting the Village Korzok – one of the remotest villages in this area. Walk around the Lake and make good use of your camera.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner




    DAY TWELVE

    Station

    Tsomoriri – Leh


    Distance

    215 km


    Commuting Time

    9 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Oriental or Similar

    Drive to Leh, the head quarter and the capital city of Ladakh region. On arrival check into your hotel and relax.

    Packed lunch shall be carried.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner




    DAY THIRTEEN

    Station

    Leh – Pangong Lake


    Distance

    200 km


    Commuting Time

    8 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Fixed Camp / Home Stay

    Pangong Lake is the largest lake of this region situated at the elevation of 4350 meters, with the area of nearly 900 square kilometers. In 1962 after the Chinese aggression on India 60% of the lake was captured by the Chinese army.

    Packed lunch shall be carried.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


    DAY FOURTEEN

    Station

    Pangong – Leh


    Distance

    200


    Commuting Time

    8 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Oriental or Similar

    Drive back to Leh same way.

    Packed lunch shall be carried.

    Meal Plan :Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY FIFTEEN

    Station

    Leh – Nubra Valley


    Distance

    120 km


    Commuting Time

    5 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Fixed Camp / Home Stay

    Nubra Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the area. The major attraction of today’s journey is the drive over Khardong La – the highest motor able pass in the world (5600 m).

    Afternoon drive to Hunder to enjoy camel Safari on double humped Mongolian camel.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner

    DAY SIXTEENEEN

    Station

    Nubra – Panamik – Nubra


    Distance

    80 km


    Commuting Time

    Full-day visit


    Overnight Stay

    Fixed Camp / Home Stay


    Panamik is a scenic village at the Tibetan front. Fullday visit to Panamic and its surroundings.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY SEVENTEEN

    Station

    Nubra – Leh


    Distance

    120 km


    Commuting Time

    5 hours


    Overnight Stay

    Hotel Oriental or Similar


    Drive to Leh that same way. Evening free to stroll in Leh Bazaar.

    Meal Plan :Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY EIGHTEEN

    Station

    Leh


    Distance


    Commuting Time


    Overnight Stay

    : Hotel Oriental or Similar

    Today we spend visiting the monasteries in and around Leh. Visit to Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery Hemis Monastery and Stok Palace Museum. Hemis is the largest and the richest monastery of Indian Western Himalayas.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY NINTEEN

    Station

    Leh – Alchi – Likir – Leh


    Distance

    100 km


    Commuting Time

    Full-day tour


    Overnight Stay

    : Hotel Oriental or Similar

    Fullday visit to Likir and Alchi Monasteries. Alchi is one of the oldest monasteries in this region and is known for its wood carvings.

    Meal Plan : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY TWENTY

    Station

    Leh – Delhi


    Distance


    Commuting Time

    Morning transfer to the airport to board flight to Delhi. On arrival transfer to the hotel for wash and change. Later transfer to the International airport to catch flight to your next destination.

    Meal Plan : —

    In addition to this tour if you wish your visit to Taj Mahal or The Golden Triangle can be arranged on request.

  • 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 one

    1. One who enjoys in the unknown.
    2. One who is ready for the ups and downs of exploratory travel.
    3. One who loves the company of royalties.
    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.
    6. One who wants to know the history.

    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 recieve 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 tour till you are back.

    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

    • For this particular itinerary we use only the ancestral properties of the Royal Families around Shimla. For details kindly refer to the itinerary given below.
    • The electricity supply is 220-240V AC @ 50 Hz. You will require an adaptor of the 2 round pin variety.
    • Alcohol is available at all the three units we are using so you may order separately for it.
    • 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.


  • Minimum Number of Travelers Required : 02

    Maximum Number of Travelers Required : 20

    Cost : We will give you Cost on Per person basis.

    Our Cost will include :

    • All transport by air-conditioned Jeep. Jeep usage is done as per the following calculations.
    • 2 – 4 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.

      Our Cost will not include

    • 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 are given in Indian Rupees
    • Rates are subject to change as per the sudden fuel hike.

  • Will there be anyone to receive us at the International Airport in Delhi?

    Yes, you will be met by our representative, holding the placard with your name on it. From here you will be led to your hotel.

    What type accommodation we are going to stay in during the trip.

    Generally we use Homestays for all our tours. For this particular tour we are using the accommodation as follows :

    In Delhi : 4 start Hotel Royal Plaza or Similar.
    In Dhami : Here we are going to stay at Dhami House, the ancestral house of Kunwar Dushyant Singh, the son of the last official ruler of Dhami State. Around seventy years ago his father Rana Dilip Singh decided to move out of Darbar and built this house that Kunwar Dushyant inherited from him.
    In Ghorna : Jandev Castle was built by the Grand Father of Kunwar Anirudh Singh Jandev, to welcome the Viceroy. Today Jandev Castle is the Summer House of Anirudh Singh and a part of the house has been opened for the visitors to stay.
    In Shimla : Chapslee, the summer house of the King of Kapurthala and his son Kunwar Ratanjit Singh lives there now. There is no other house in whole of North India with such a rich collection of antiques.

    What about food in Delhi ?

    Your Guide knows Delhi very well, so please follow his recommendation.

    What about food at other places ?

    We always serve Home Cooked healthy food consisting of Veg and Non-Veg meals. It includes soups, bread, rice, curry, salad, dal, vegetables, non-vegetarian items and sweet dish. Good food ends with good tea so that is a part of the course. Except in Delhi at all other places we shall have breakfast and dinner with the family. Lunch, generally would be a packed lunch.

    Will there be anyone at Chandigarh Railway Station to meet us?

    You will be met by your Tour Guide at Chandigarh Railway Station who will escort you throughout the tour, till your departure at Kalka Railway Station on last day. You will be inform well in advance about his details.
    In Delhi you will be received by our another representative who will take you to your hotel and then to the International Airport.

    Are there any rooms that can be shared by more than two people?

    No. There are rooms only on twin sharing basis or Single rooms.

    What about my luggage? Who will take care of it?

    All your luggage shall be traveling with you. Your car has enough space to keep your luggage? Please travel light and go through the Check List given with the itinerary on our website.

    Will you have enough water during the trip?

    We use enough bottled water during the trip.

    Is this tour available on other dates apart from the fixed departures?

    Yes. You can fill up the form given along the itinerary and send us your requirement. We will see in case it can be arranged for the required dates, and inform you accordingly.