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Participant Concept

Small Group Explorations:

A Visit Beyond Small Group Exploration normally has no more than 2-5 people. It is not a
group tour in a big tour bus and expect therefore that you might only be 2 on the tour. And
being few, you can go places less travelled. Small group explorations bring you closer to
local life, increase flexibility and take you beyond the ordinary.

Shared Group Experiences:

A Shared Groups Experience normally has more than 2 participants in the group, but expect up
to at least 12. Most likely, you will therefore share your experience with others. Most
shared group experiences have fixed departure days so please check the booking calendar to
reserve your preferred day.
 

*Rajasthan to Himalayas - 18 Days

There is much to see and experience in India and it is impossible to achieve everything in one trip. However, in Visit Beyond we have put together a special tour for those who want a taste of India’s temptations and an exciting cultural diversity - you can experience Rajasthan’s desert and Maharaja fairytale palaces, temples, camels, elephants, small cosy towns, and the fascinating snow-capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas, and a lot more.

Description
Trip length:
18 Day(s) 17 Night(s)
Unique Experience:
● 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
Locations Visited:
● Rajasthan and Agra
● Corbett Tiger Park
● Haridwar, Manali, Dharmshala
● Chandigarh
Please see itinerary for more locations
Start City:
Delhi
End City:
Delhi
Physical rate:
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.
Tour departure day(s):
Every day
Participants:
Small Group Exploration
Minimum 1* and maximum 8 participants
*Note that it is possible to book 1 person, but price is higher and we cannot guarantee more participants on the tour.

PRIVATE TOUR : Please note, that this tour can be done as a private tour. Please contact us for more details and booking.
Children 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: Elephant ride in Jaipur, Camel ride in Pushkar, 1 Jeep ride and 1 Elephant joy ride (subject to availability) 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.
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
Essential to bring:
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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. Over night in Hotel. (B)

Day 2: Jaipur
Today you have a guided tour in Jaipur includes a visit to the Amber Fort with an Elephant ride, 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 and ride atop an elephant (sub to availability). 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

General Information

NEED TO KNOW

Acting Responsible - Arrival Information - Child Explorers - Emergency Contact - Expect the Unexpected - Feedback - Guides - Health and Fitness - Luggage Storage - Optional Activities - Running Late? - Safety and Security - The Law and "the Man"- Travel Documents and Visas - Travel Insurance - Weather

NICE TO KNOW

Additional Expenditures - Departure Tax - Keeping in Touch - Meals - Money - Respectful Dress - Share your Explorations… - Tipping - What to bring

NEED TO KNOW

Acting Responsible

Travelling responsibly is a pillar of the Visit Beyond philosophy. To us, it means two things: respect for the environment and respect for local cultures. We practice low-impact tourism and make every effort to preserve the environment. We refuse to treat local people as mere photo-ops and insist that you engage with locals as human beings. You will get a better trip this way.

Arrival Information

If you have booked an arrival package, you can expect a Visit Beyond representative waiting for you at the airport, train- or bus station with a Visit Beyond sign or your name. Please refer to your booking vouchers to get the specific and detailed information for your own booking. In case of emergency please call locally at 093 101 40833, 098 181 61194 or 011 2353 9018. Visit Beyond does not offer refunds for missed transfers due to a change in flight or delays. Should your plane or train be delayed, please contact us immediately. Any additional cost you may incur to get to your destination is at your own expense.

Child Explorers

Visit Beyond welcomes travellers of all ages but some tours are more suitable for children than others. Please make yourself aware of children rules under each tour and determine if a given trip is suitable for your family. An adult must accompany children and young people under the age of 18. An adult is defined as anyone aged 18 or above. All enquiries with respect to children are subject to review and approval by Visit Beyond. Visit Beyond reserves the right to restrict the number of travellers under the age of 18 on tours to secure optimal operation.

Please note, that the above refers to child travellers only and not to child prices. These may be seen under each individual tour, if applicable.

Emergency Contact

In the event of a genuine crisis or emergency, Visit Beyond’s India office can be reached on Tel: +91 9310140833 and +91 9818161194. During office hours (Monday – Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-14:00) you may contact us at +91 11 23539018. For further contact details please use the following page: http://www.visitbeyond.com/contact-us

Expect the Unexpected

Visit Beyond, as the name implies, brings you places that are beyond the well-worn tourist path. Out there, things sometimes go wrong and if they do, it is imperative that you tell your guide or tour leader/coordinator immediately. They are best suited to help however way they can. If this does not suffice, your guide will contact our local manager. Note also that Visit Beyond trips are likely to offer circumstances that involve risks and by booking a tour with Visit Beyond, you acknowledge and accept any and all risk associated herewith.

This said, please expect and appreciate the unexpected. We try to bring you closer to local life and here English may not always be spoken and despite a global world, cultural differences still greatly exists. You will get a much better experience if you bring an open mind, a great smile, patience and willingness to meet the locals at eyelevel.

Feedback

How do you find your Visit Beyond experience? We would love to hear from you and always welcome constructive feedback. Please contact us on the following addresses: http://www.visitbeyond.com/contact-us

In the event of discrepancies or dissatisfaction, please file the complaint to your guide and local Visit Beyond office as soon as it arises. Doing so, we have a better chance of meeting your needs instantly and ensure you get a good experience. Note that you waive any complaints if you cannot reasonably demonstrate that the complaint was made immediately.

If you, contrary to expectation, remain unsatisfied then please file a written complaint to your travel consultant through which you have booked the service. This must be done within 15 days of the end of the service. Visit Beyond will not accept any liability for claims received after this period.

Guides

Visit Beyond provides experienced, local, English-speaking guides who know the destination and region well. We encourage you to ask all the questions you may have. For some tours you will have a driver only, who speaks basic English, but are however easy to communicate with. Also you will get local tour guides for sightseeing in some of the cities you pass. Please refer to tour overview and itinerary for further clarification.

Health and Fitness

For all tours, please closely read the itinerary and note the physical rating to decide if you are fit to participate. As a general rule of thumb and to get the most out of your trip, we recommend a good physical health and if in doubt, consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country. We do not walk at altitude nor set distance records, but some treks/outdoor activities can still be demanding. Expect hilly terrain and high temperatures. Visit Beyond and its guides reserve the right to exclude a participant or change/shorten the route without refund, if said traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to him/herself or to the group.

Small and very handy first aid kits should be readily available in your home country. We recommend you purchase a kit before departure along with any personal medication you may require. Do not rely on guides, as they are legally prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache medicine and antibiotics.

If you suffer from any conditions, physical, mental or otherwise, you are obligated to notify Visit Beyond in writing prior to booking. Visit Beyond reserves the right to decline a booking if said conditions pose a danger. Likewise, failure to notify Visit Beyond of any such condition may result in your denial of travel. Similarly, travellers should be aware that Asian countries have medical standards and facilities that may vary greatly from what you are used to in your home country. Women who are or think they may be pregnant must consult a physician before engaging in any activity with Visit Beyond or before booking any trips. Any person who is concerned about their ability to travel should contact Visit Beyond and will then be recommended a trip suitable for these specific needs (if available).

Special Health & Fitness for diving:

Before you begin your dive course, you must complete a medical test. If you suffer, or have suffered, from asthma, hay fever or allergies, you must bring a doctors certificate stating that you are physically capable of withstanding the kind of strain that diving may cause. We recommend that you obtain a doctors certificate in advance in case you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned diseases.

Luggage Storage

Visit Beyond provides luggage storage at all of our service offices, both for the day and if you go on a tour for several days. When going on a tour and you come back to our office, we recommend that you only bring what is needed for the tour and leave larger bags behind for better and easier commuting.

Please do not store perishable goods or eatables, which might invite insects and rodents. Although we take good care of the stored luggage, Visit Beyond will not be liable in case of damage or otherwise.

Optional Activities

On some of our tours, there may be free time and/or options for additional activities. These are not included in the tour and do not form a contract. Visit Beyond is not responsible for anything that may arise from a traveller taking part in optional activities. Optional activities are undertaken at the cost of the traveller.

Running Late?

Please always respect the departure times when stated in itinerary. These are carefully considered to ensure you the most comfortable journey and to ensure you make opening times where applicable. In case you, contrary to expectations, are running late for a tour departure, please use the contact details on the front of your voucher to alert Visit Beyond. If we do not hear from you the tour will depart at latest 15 minutes after stated departure time and no refund will be given in case you miss the departure. Further, any additional cost due to missed connection that is public transport, train or flight shall be taken care by the customer.

Safety and Security

Most national governments provide updated advice services on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you stay updated on your government's advice for the latest travel information – before departure and while on the road.

Visit Beyond endeavours to conduct its operations safely and your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. However, Visit Beyond is not liable to you in the event of injury, death, financial loss or any other damages incurred as a result of Force Majeure, e.g., political turmoil, riots, war, landslides, flooding, etc. Visit Beyond requires you to carry insurance that covers such unforeseeable circumstances.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking and water based activities such as swimming, snorkeling and diving inherently holds an element of danger and excitement. While we take every precaution to ensure these are carried out in agreement with operating standards, please have a balanced approach to safety and note that participation will always be at your own risk.

The Law and "the Man"

Visit Beyond does not tolerate illegal drugs nor do we tolerate visiting prostitutes. This goes even though it may be common among certain communities we visit. Possession of illegal drugs is a crime punishable by death in India. Visit Beyond and guides reserve the right to immediately expel from the group anyone engaging in these activities.

Travel Documents and Visas

Note that most nationalities are required to obtain visas for travelling to certain countries in Asia. You are yourself responsible for obtaining valid visa to enter India, if needed. Consult your embassy’s website in the destination country or the destination’s embassy website in their country for the latest visa requirements. If you are in doubt of who to contact, please feel free to send us an email: india@visitbeyond.com

Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. Visit Beyond cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions in regards to visa rules.

Travel Insurance

Valid personal travel insurance is a prerequisite to participate in any activity or tour organised by Visit Beyond. It should as a minimum, but not exclusively, cover medical expenses, personal injury, repatriation and evacuation. Further amendments to your policy, such as trip cancellation, and loss of luggage and personal effect are not required, but strongly encouraged. Visit Beyond will not be held liable for lost or stolen luggage and reserves the right to deny participation in any activity or tour if you do not hold valid travel insurance. You must be able to provide proof of insurance if requested by Visit Beyond or any of its representatives.

Weather

Visit Beyond operates trips in India throughout the year—including the rainy season—and changes may result from inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to change the itinerary according to such circumstances as we see fit to ensure the best experience for our travellers.

NICE TO KNOW

Additional Expenditures

Take into account your personal spending habits when deciding how much money to bring. Are meals included? How much will you drink and party? How many souvenirs do you intend to bring home? Remember to include tips in your calculations and we also recommend keeping an emergency fund for unforeseen circumstances beyond our and your control.

Departure Tax:

There is no departure tax at Indira Gandhi International Airport at present time, however we recommend that you always recheck before leaving for the airport. This due to said information being subject to change without notice and Visit Beyond is not liable for unexpected charges levied on departing tourists.

Keeping in Touch

It is a good idea to leave your booking agent’s contact details or Visit Beyond’s contact information with friends or family in your home country in case of emergencies.

Meals

Visit Beyond gives you the opportunity to try authentic Indian food. When meals are not included, your guide/driver will be able to suggest restaurants and the best dishes during your trip. Notify your guide/driver/tour leader of allergies or dietary restrictions.

Money

We recommend withdrawing money from ATMs, which are widely available throughout India. This has the advantage of keeping your money safe in the bank – not vulnerable in your back pocket. Remember to bring your bank’s emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen. You might also consider bringing a spare card in case one gets stolen. Remember to keep them separated. We recommend you bring some spare cash in USD in case of emergency.

Respectful Dress

Remember that dressing is generally conservative throughout Asia – especially outside major cities. Visit Beyond therefore strongly recommends modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid tank tops on the beach and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants/trousers that cover the legs and shirts that cover their shoulders in temples and religious sites.

Share your Explorations…

…With your loved ones and fellow travellers. Had a beyond ordinary experience? Challenged your personal boundaries or just shared a beautiful moment despite cultural differences?

Post pictures and impressions on Facebook.com/VisitBeyond and/or share with the hashtag #VisitBeyond

Tipping

Visit Beyond employs local guides who greatly appreciate recognition of services rendered. Tipping about INR 200 per day (if you are happy with the service) is appropriate, but not compulsory. We suggest INR 100 per day for porters (if applicable). For drivers who render services for several days in a row, INR 100+ per day is appropriate. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

At small restaurants you may want to round up to the nearest INR 10. At upscale restaurants, a tip of 5 to 10% is appreciated. (Note that upscale restaurants often levy a 10% service charge on the bill. Additional tipping is at your discretion).

What to bring

Pack according to the tour you have chosen. If you’re going trekking, bring appropriate shoes. If you’re going diving, bring your suit etc. Visit Beyond encourages you to pack only necessities. Although there are some tours and trips in which you can leave your luggage behind for a day’s excursion, we generally require you to carry your own gear. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to pack in a backpack with straps and back support and a smaller daypack. We strongly discouragehard case luggage!

What you plan to bring we will leave up to you, but generally remember all your travel documents and keep a copy of your passport as well as your travel insurance card on you at all times. Give priority to lightweight and fast drying clothes just as long sleeved shirts and trousers are recommended for trekking and chilly evenings. If you are travelling in the rainy season, remember umbrella or waterproof shield. Lastly respect local culture and bring appropriate clothes for temples and religious sites. You might also find it useful to bring a phrase book – just a couple of words in the local language will give you tremendous credit. Lastly, we are in the tropics so remember sunscreen and insect repellent!

Please check Visitbeyond.com to see, if there is anything essential to bring for your particular tour.

Validity:

The above has been written in good faith and every effort has been made to accurately reflect Visit Beyond’s policies. It should be seen as general guidelines and information provided as a service to the traveller. Visit Beyond cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or unintentional misrepresentation that may appear in this document or on its website. The Client solely bares the responsibility for staying updated on travel requirements, rules and regulations at any time. Updated 23rd Jun 2014.

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Disclaimer

This itinerary is an accurate account of your trip. Please note, however, that we regularly update each trip according to customer recommendations and changes on the ground. Varying conditions and unforeseen circumstances may alter this itinerary, which does not represent a contract between Visit Beyond and its customers. As your trip approaches, we recommend you check visitbeyond.com for the most accurate and up-to-date itinerary.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking, and water activities including swimming, snorkeling and diving are done at your own risk. Visit Beyond recommends purchasing travel insurance before leaving your home country. We can recommend Gouda travel insurance for our European customers.

We reserve the right to make changes without prior notice.

 
 
 

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