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BEST SEASON

Oct- Nov; March - May

Grade

Gentle – Moderate

Duration

11 days

750 $ / Person

15-20 Persons

Focus: Culture, History, Education & Farming.
 

Season: Autumn, Good time for nature walks; Birds migrate down from the higher altitudes.
 

Avg. Temps: 28 – 32 Degrees Celsius
 

Wisdom: Light Cottons required, Earthy colors … hues of White, Beige, Green & Pink & Gray.
 

Overview

The idea behind these trips is to unravel the mystery that surrounds daily life in India. These are unique journeys that encompass understanding of its culture, history, heritage,legacy, customs & practices involving its men, women, young student community & various other self help groups. As an expert of foreign student travel in India, Banjaaray has by way of this trip attempted to showcase some of these facets including one farm trip to the gorgeous Himalayan region where students would be experiencing village farming practices conducted in an organic way & also help in some volunteer work as well. All in all a wonderful trip…

Mobile: +91 9899238167

Mail: info@banjaaray.com

MAJOR INCLUSIONS

  • TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED YES
  • BREAKFAST INCLUDED YES
  • ALL MONUMENTS TICKETS YES
  • HOTELS 4 / 5 STAR INCLUDED YES
  • GUIDE / ESCORT INCLUDED YES

DAY WISE ITINERARY

DAY 01 Depart UK/USA on overnight flight.

DAY 02 ARRIVAL IN DELHI

You arrive in Delhi today. You will be met on arrival and be assisted to the waiting coach outside. Transfer to your hotel in the city. After checking in, you freshen up; relax a while before embarking on the Old city tour. You go on a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk seeing typical Indian market scenes and the oldest spice bazaar. Later you visit Raj Ghat, the cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation. Return to your hotel for overnight stay. Rest of the evening shall be at leisure.

Hotel: TBA

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

DAY 03 DELHI – AGRA (240 KMS, 3-4 HRS)

You depart after breakfast for Agra. Today you see the famous Taj Mahal after reaching Agra. Hailed as the seventh wonder of the world, this monument of love & romance was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Taj is his glowing tribute to his lady love Mumtaz Mahal. The most complete and perfect of the wonders of the world; Taj was built in 1652 & took 22 years and 20,000 skilled artisans to complete.

You retire for the night at the hotel.

Hotel: TBA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 04 AGRA – DELHI – KATHGODAM - SILENT VALLEY FARM (3-4 HRS DRIVE, SHORT METRO RIDE, OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO KATHGODAM – DRIVE OF 2 HOURS)

Have breakfast at the hotel before you pack up & start your journey to Delhi. En-route you visit the Agra Fort. This fort lies across the river Yamuna. It was here that Aurangzeb, the third son of Shah Jahan, kept his father under house arrest. One can get a fantastic view of the Taj from the little octagonal tower at the fort.

Continue in your air conditioned buses to Delhi on the expressway. Disembark at the Botanical gardens just before you have entered Delhi. Board the Delhi metro here for a short distance to Akshardham temple. Alight down & get back on your coach for a small drive to Gandhi Nagar. A predominantly small scale textile manufacturing market place yet one of the largest in Asia, with mushrooming outlets in its lanes and open markets; Gandhi Nagar is a commercial/residential area in the East of the metropolis capital Delhi. It is known to most as the Asia’s biggest readymade garments/textile market. You can see a large number of shops & factories in its lanes & market places manufacturing & selling ready made garments at a frantic pace.

Later have dinner at city restaurant. Reach the railway station for an overnight train journey to Kathgodam. From here you get transported to the Silent Valley farm in the Himalayan region. A fabulous drive cutting across mountain cliffs on a zig zag highway, hair pin bends & culverts with overcast misty skies greeting you all along; Your coach drops you 1 ½ kms shy of the Farm on the roadside; From here you walk down hill for about 30 minutes to reach the beautiful farm.

Hotel: On Board Train

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 05 & 06 SILENT VALLEY FARM

Silent Valley is aptly called so for its peace & beauty. Built on a stepped hillock overlooking the vast valley & the open blue skies, Silent valet Farm is ensconced amidst the natures bountiful. It has a 100 years old heritage bungalow at its northern most point at the entry that can house 20 people at one time. Just at the Southernmost end, you have a pretty river Kalsa flowing down offering you an opportunity to swim in its deep pockets. It is a perfect hill retreat that offers panoramic views of mountains, trees, flower orchards & vegetable fields.

At the Farm, you learn the basics of farming, ploughing, irrigation, cultivation and harvesting. Being well maintained farm with equipment and all the facilities required for agricultural practices, you will receive tips on traditional farming, organic farming, modern techniques and playhouse farming. You also get to observe the sophisticated structure of bee civilization. From the guards at the hive entry, to the nurses tending the little, to the “energetic females” and “lazy males,” to the glaring elusive queen, each bee has a place inside this complex community.

Another opportunity shall be getting close to holy cows at the farm. Being friendly animals, you can learn how animals are looked after, how they are fed & how they are milked literally for a very engaging and inspiring experience.

Hotel: Silent Valley Farm

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 07 SILENT VALLEY FARM – CORBETT NATIONAL PARK (150 kms, 4-5 hrs)

You leave the farm after breakfast in the morning for Corbett. We recommend leaving before 8 am to be able to reach Corbett in time for the afternoon Safari in the Jungle. We can have breakfast packed for you from the hotel to be eaten on the coach. You shall also be served some Bananas, Apples, Chips & juice on the drive before reaching Corbett. Depending on what time you arrive, you either embark on a safari first & then go the hotel for the night or vice versa. The jeeps would have been lined up by the time you reach Ramnagar for your afternoon Safaris.

Corbett National Park: CNP is the largest Tiger Populated Reserve in the World & incidentally the first national park of India established in the year 1936. Named as Hailey National Park but got rechristened as the Corbett National Park in 1957 in the memory of Late Jim Corbett the great naturalist & eminent conservationist. The Tiger is obviously the biggest attraction in this park, and nothing beats the thrill of seeing a tiger in the wild. Other species include the leopard, elephant, bear, hog, Sambar deer and fox. The park has more than 300 species of birds. The common birds seen here are ducks, snipe egrets, herons, spotted eagle, harrier, woodpecker, darter, cormorants and thrushes.

Hotel: TBA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 08 & 09 CORBETT – RISHIKESH (160 KMS. 6-7 HRS)

After Breakfast & a head count & checking of luggage pieces, you drive to Rishikesh. Upon reaching here, you check in your hotel Great Ganga for the next 3 days.

You’ll then commence an afternoon walk along the river, amidst orchards and herb gardens to the Swarag Ashram, to witness the spectacular sunset Aarti, a daily prayer ceremony on the river bank, where scores of yellow-clad pupils of the ashram pray together.

The chanting of mantras and the setting sun make for a moving experience. Priests then place leaf boats loaded with flowers and candles into the river.

While in Rishikesh you visit various other Ashrams including the Parmarth Niketan. Ram Jhulla & the Beatles Ashram. It is here that the legendary George Harrison & John Lenin had composed some of their Best Music for their hit Albums in sixties & seventies. Run by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi trust for Transcendental Meditation, this place got very famous with the foreigners after the Beatles group visit. It is now a dilapidated assortment of caves, huts & large structures with the forest Department having taken over the premises.

You take a fascinating excursion to Brahmapuri Ashram, a community of sadhus (holy men) who live and meditate along the banks of the Ganges River. You’ll have the chance to interact with some of the sadhus as you visit the cave temples they meditate in.

You also go rafting in the Ganges. On the morning of 09th there is some easy white water rafting on the cards. Start your day with a refreshing cup of Tea/coffee at the hotel. Laze around a bit before settling for your breakfast. Leave for the Rafting expedition to Brahmapuri. Our rafting instructor/guide shall brief you on the safety & other aspects of the trip. Over the next three hours, you enjoy the mild rapids, twists & turns getting high on your adrenalin rush. Walk back to your hotel after the adventure.

You also get to cross the Ganges via the pedestrian suspension bridge to the left bank. The scene is surrealistic, with scampering monkeys, multi-storey temples, and Hindu pilgrims. You’ll stop for a cup of tea and cakes in a small café to revel in the atmosphere.

Hotel: The Great Ganga

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10 RISHIKESH – HARIDWAR – DELHI (1 HR DRIVE FOLLOWED BY 4 HOURS OF SHATABDI TRAIN CHAIR CAR TRAIN JOURNEY)

You leave Rishikesh after breakfast for a brief tour of the Ganges in Haridwar. Here you see the mighty Ganges in full flow & hundreds of devotees flocking on its Ghats either taking a holy dip or performing rituals. Pilgrims chanting hymns & Sadhus meditating; walk alongside the banks witnessing some spectacular religious rituals being performed by the devotees of the river. Tiny Kids getting tonsured, prayers being offered for the departed souls & various other activities as you progress into Lunch time at a restaurant; you then leave for Delhi by the evening train.

Upon arrival you are escorted to the Hotel for overnight stay.

Hotel: TBA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11 DELHI – DEPARTURE for UK

You check out from the hotel after breakfast. We drive you off to the airport for your return flight to the UK/USA (arriving the same day). Your tour ends today. We wish you a safe flight & happy memories.

Meals: Breakfast

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