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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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A fantastic trip which covered so many religions, landscapes and local rituals. An off the beaten yrack tour with a lot to offer.
Definitely The Golden Temple in Amritsar closely followed by the Delai Lamas temple in McCleod Ganj.
Phillippa was fantastic. Her knowledge of the area was outstanding. She was always helpful and organised.
Do this trip. You won't regret it.6
A tour of northern India which really offers you two very contrasting experiences of this amazing country. Starting in the Punjab at Amritsar with the Golden Temple you get to sense the devotion and frenetic energy this place creates; moving up to the mountains you experience a totally different way of life as seen through the lives of the different communities, contrasting completely with the tourist hotspot that is Agra and all its sights to end with.
The major tourist sights do not disappoint, living up to expectations and not being spoilt by seeing some of them again after 30 years but it was the mountain sections of this trip that really inspired me. The rural villages and shrines that we spent time in on the way up to McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala showed a way of life that had not changed; the Tibetan communities we spent time with revealled an insight to their nature and aspirations - the opportunity to attend an audience with the Dalai Lama was an unexpected bonus, the more because it is not available generally. Shimla was a gem, if cold at night and the descent to the Plains an experience to savour on the 'Toy Train'.
Jeremy, Philippa's husband, was a real find. Stepping in to cover the trip he revealled a depth of knowledge and understanding of India that rivalled that of Mark Tully! The perfect guide, he negotiated the difficulties encountered on the trip with consimate ease and when faced with a real crisis created by the government decision to demonitarise the large currency notes at 3 hours notice, his experience of living in India for so long proved invaluable in easing our way through the remainder of the trip. A true scholar and a gent as well as a brilliant travelling companion.
In November bear in mind that the mountains are cold at night though quite warm in the day so layers are in order. Many of the hotels have their own quirky hot water systems so make sure the porter who brings your bags to the room shows you how to turn on the boiler if it is room based - sink plugs are also not to be relied on so bring a travel plug!
An excellent trip that gives a real insight into the India that is away from the tourist route but also incorporates major sights, a superb balance of an itinery that needs to be experienced.
This was a truly spectacular trip introducing us to some utterly enchanting, captivating and magical places. It really felt as if we were off the beaten track until the last couple of days when we arrived in Delhi and Agra. We visited many small, beautiful, authentic Indian villages where the only tourists that were ever seen were probably on this trip! We visited many temples from various faiths, some of the tiny Hindu temples were amazing, including the rock cut temple at Masroor. But others were just as spectacular including the Tibetan temples in McLeod Ganj, and we finished in Agra to visit the Mughul monuments including the spectacular Taj Mahal. Visiting so many small places off the beaten track really allowed us to experience the amazing, beautiful, open hearted people of India, which was one of the highlights for me. The Viceroy's Toy Train from Shimla to Kalka was also a amazing experience. A highly recommended trip , and a perfect introduction to an awesome country away from the hassle and chaos of the tourist hot spots.
The most amazing part of the trip for me were the visits to The Golden Temple at Amritsar on the very first night and subsequent first morning. It is a spectacular place, a fabulous building but it is the people that really made it come alive! Thousands of beautiful friendly, colourful, happy Sikhs undertaking their pilgrimage to their holiest temple. They were so welcoming, and it was an extraordinary introduction to the colour, warmth and joy of India. We were befriended by so many people, and found ourselves regularly asked to be in photographs with other visitors. The kitchens were also amazing, hundreds of volunteers helping out, absolute chaos and noise in total synchronisation as everything was cooked and cleaned up in no time for sittings every 15 minutes or so. It was the perfect way to start the trip on a high! I will never forget this wonderful place and its wonderful people.
Philippa was absolutely amazing. As a long term resident of McLeod Ganj she knew the various cultures inside and out, introduced us to some wonderful intimate places off the usual tourist trail. We visited the Tibetan Nunnery, and a local health centre doing great things, both places where Philippa herself worked and volunteered. She had a amazing knowledge of Buddhism as a practitioner and also the other faiths that added real depth to our visits to the many temples and holy places. A fabulous tour leader. Can't thank her enough.
It's not an arduous trip in terms of physical exertion but there is a fair amount of travelling on quite small roads in the north of the country, short distances can take quite a while to cover, some days we were travelling for 5/6 hours although there were regular breaks. The food was fantastic and there were few issues in the group with upset stomachs. Some of the hotels were less than spectacular but the worst is likely to be changed!
It was a brilliant trip, with an amazing leader, and a great group of people. A highly recommended to introduction to India, that has only fuelled my desire to return! Soon!
The hotels you stay at will all be good quality, with en suite facilities. As such, towels are usually provided but it's always a good idea to pack a small emergency one in the end of your bag as well, just in case. You may have an odd night where the standard is slightly lower but this will usually be due to where you are and, as such, limited by what is available.
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
A popular restaurant situated in Old Delhi on the ground floor of Hotel Broadway is the Chor Bizarre Restaurant. It has good selection of North Indian and Kashmiri cuisine. The hotel also regularly has Indian Cultural programme in the evenings that you are recommended to check with the hotel/restaurant beforehand for reservations should you want to watch it. Also being a popular restaurant it is advisable that you make an advance table booking to avoid disappointment.
Niraj Chand Shrestha - Customer Operations
Fancy a night out in India just like the locals? Head to a Bollywood movie and join the local in an evening packed with entertainment. The Bollywood masala movies are a mixture of dance, drama and musical with a break in between as most of these are lengthy 3 hours movies. This gives you the option to leave the theatre should you want to do that! The songs and dances make it like a 60’s musical where you could have the whole locals singing and dancing to the tune. Some movies become hits only because of these. Movie theatres that you may want to visit are; Raj Mandir in Jaipur, Odeon in Canaught Place, New Delhi, Filmistan, Karol Bagh in New Delhi - but all cities have theatres. A word of warning- try to avoid the rush when entering and exiting the theatre and the crowded area and keep valuables with close to you zipped at all times and enjoy the show.
Niraj Chand Shrestha - Customer Operations
Where do you start?! Half the joy of shopping in India is the sheer scale of what's on offer, from upscale boutiques in New Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta to the crowded and sweaty markets of pretty much any town or village you come to. Handicrafts, art, leather goods, spices, hand carved statues, silk, the list goes on - all the way to cheap knock offs of western brands!
Remember, outside of the proper shops, haggling is the key but don't waste your time trying to split the difference over a few pence - the best result is when everyone comes away happy!
Charlotte Taylor - India Operations
Any time I go out, I normally just take sterling cash which, as long as you excercise the normal degree of common sense you would at home, is safe and easy. The India rupee is a closed currency, meaning you can only get it upon arrival in the country. There are exchange facilities at all arrival airports, and ATMs are available pretty much everywhere as well in case you need to top up along the way.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
There is a real mix available and you won't be disappointed! The local cuisine is predominantly vegetarian, with lots of rice. You can enjoy everything from traditional spicy curries to stalls selling tasty sweets and deserts and even right the way to western style grub, if it all gets a bit too much. Vegetarians and 'non-spicy' food people are easily catered for, and the leader will make sure a wide range of dishes are ordered for each meal.
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
Unfortunately we are not qualified to answer all your questions in regards to travel health, so we strongly recommend you contact your GP or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.
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Charlotte Taylor - India Operations
A definite place to visit when you have an extra day in Delhi is a trip to the new Akshardham Temple. Situated on the outskirts of New Delhi in the embankment of River Yamuna, this sprawling Swaminarayan Akshardham spreads over 100 acres of land and is renowned for its carved pillars, water fountains and 20,000 statues. Made from white marble and pink stone this new temple was only completed in 2005 which makes it less well known by Western tourists or the guide books. A visit to the temple is the perfect way to explore the amazing world of Indian culture and get a unique view of the Hindu religion.
Other ‘must see’ places are the Red Fort, Humayum’s Tomb (a forerunner to the Taj Mahal), Qutab Minar, Tuqulaquabad, Purana Quila.
The National Museum is very interesting as is the Gandhi Smriti, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
- Customer Operations
India has delicious food to cater for all preferences but, like anywhere in the world, hygiene is important. Keeping your hands well washed before eating, staying as hydrated as possible and sticking to bottled water is the best protection against an upset tum. Otherwise, mashed potato is apparently a good cure!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
No. Indian visas must be pre-arranged in advance. Check the Indian embassy website for details.
Will Shoubridge - Agency Sales
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