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Tea for Two

Tea for Two

Breakaway

  • West Bengal
  • 2-5 Days
  • Above 20000

Where: West Bengal (Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong)
When: All year round
How long: 4 days
How much: Rs 68,500 + 5% GST (for 2); includes stay at a stately British colonial home as per plan on double occupancy basis including breakfast and dinner, services of chauffeur and car hire through the trip (3N/4D ex-Bagdogra) and local sightseeing.

What to expect:

Everyone’s heard of the aphrodisiac qualities of oysters. Many attest to how chocolate can inflame passions. But few know how love can brew anew in a tea plantation. This special experience will let you discover new facets to your love, in the verdant surroundings of Darjeeling. Experiences include a special tea-tasting session with the resident master brewer, walks in the tea garden, wine-and-cheese picnic and, of course, sight seeing forays into the town and surrounding areas.

Read more: http://www.break-away.in/breakaways/42/tea-for-two-only-for-me-and-you

ALIGN - High-altitude Acclimatisation Activities

ALIGN - High-altitude Acclimatisation Activities

Desert Bloom

  • Ladakh
  • 1 Day
  • Under 5000

Where: Leh Town, Ladakh
When: April to October
How long: 1 day
How much: Rs 1,350 per person; inclusdes special lunch platter, traditional tea tasting, cost of travel-journaling session with graphic designer and travel curator Nishita Mohta, guided walk through Leh Market or Central Asian Museum (as per traveller’s choice) and session introducing acclimatisation, medical safety and responsible tourism in Ladakh

What to expect:

‘Align’ has been designed as the perfect solution to the dilemma that travellers often face on their first day in Ladakh—what to do while allowing the body to acclimatise to the low oxygen levels and dry climate at 11,000 feet in Leh Town? To align both your body and mind to this new destination, Desert Bloom treats you to a wholesome lunch and all the inside knowledge about wellness precautions to be taken during your time here. This is followed by the Travel Journaling session, which is your perfect primer into the lifestyle and ecology of Ladakh. You are now ready to be a Responsible Traveller in Ladakh. After a tea-tasting session, you step out for a light acclimatisation walk guided by a travel facilitator, during which you explore the hidden lanes in the heart of Leh Town—the Main Bazaar.

Read more: https://www.desertbloom.in/experiences

Garhwal Trek and Raft

Garhwal Trek and Raft

Aquaterra Adventures

  • Uttarakhand
  • 10-20 Days
  • Above 20000

Where: Uttarakhand
When: April 14 to 24, 2020
How long: 11 days
How much: Rs 79,000 (+5% GST)

What to expect:

This one is for the experienced trekkers and adventurers. The trip involves trekking and rafting in the stunning landscape of the Garhwal Himalayas. The trek takes you through oak and rhododendron forests, across picturesque meadows, along spectacular ridges, through pristine snow covered mountains and up to the summit of Pangarchulla. The rafting part of the trip is a multi-day river adventure down the Alaknanda river to Rudraprayag. You get to negotiate over 85 Class 3+ and 4 rapids during the 70m river run!

Read more: https://aquaterra.in/trips/garhwal-trek-raft-uttarakhand/#!/about

India Beyond Obvious - Thriving Ancient Tamizh Culture

India Beyond Obvious - Thriving Ancient Tamizh Culture

Shakti Holidays

  • Tamil Nadu
  • 10-20 Days
  • Above 20000

Where: Tamil Nadu
When: August 2 to 13, 2020
How long: 12 nights
How much: 2,195 (over Rs 1.6 lakh) on twin share; includes accommodation, meals, local transport, services of experienced local guides, domestic airfare from Delhi to Chennai and from Cochin to final point of departure in India and tour leader and entrance fees.

What to expect:

The tour, which is aimed at foreign travellers to India, is focused on Tamil Nadu. A culture-focused tour, this trip offers an exploration of Tamil literature, dance, temple architecture, historic river management systems. weaving and textile heritage and local food, among other experiences. The tour covers Chennai, Pondicherry, Madurai and kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu and parts of Kerala. It also includes a quick trip to Taj Mahal in Agra for those touching down in Delhi. 

Read more: https://www.shaktiholidaysindia.in/thriving-ancient-tamizh-culture

 

Holi in Sangla – Women’s Only Trip

Holi in Sangla – Women’s Only Trip

The Bucket List Tales

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 5-10 Days
  • 10000 to 20000

Where: Sangla Valley, Himachal Pradesh
When: March 7 to 12, 2020
How long: 6 days
How much: Rs 15,500 (+5% GST); includes accommodation, meals, transportation from and to Chandigarh, services of experienced trip leaders and local guides and experiences as per itinerary.

What to expect:

The Bucket List Tales is taking women to Sangla this Holi. Of the six days, three days are dedicated to celebrating the festival of colours with the locals in a fun and safe environment. Experience the unique local traditions and festivities and enjoy the local festive cuisine.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/thebucketlisttales/posts/2930055753706211

The Best of Mysore Walk

The Best of Mysore Walk

Gully Tours

  • Karnataka
  • 1 Day
  • Under 5000

Where: Mysore, Karnataka
When: All year round 
How long: 3 hours
How much: Rs 1400 per person

What to expect:

This guided tour traces the story of Mysore. Learn about the opulent lives of the maharajas and how one of the richest men on the planet lived. Explore a century-old market, the plaza around Dufferin clock tower where the locals gather and the evening bazaar. Taste the delicious Mysore Pak, Mysore Masala Dosa, Mysore Churumuri - the list of gastronomical delights from the city goes on. This is a tour that has all the right ingredients - history, food, culture and fun. 

Read more: https://gully.tours/destination/mysore/best-of-mysore.html

The Altaghat Quest - A Rainforest Expedition with Kadars

The Altaghat Quest - A Rainforest Expedition with Kadars

The Papyrus Itineraries

  • Tamil Nadu
  • 1 Day
  • Under 5000

Where: Valparai, Tamil Nadu
When: June to January
How long: 1 day
How much: Rs 4,500; includes all three meals of the day, naturalist fee, guide fee, trekking, birding, herping and other activities and taxes. 

What to expect:

This is a guided walk in the remote rainforests of Anamalais in the Southern Western Ghatsto experience and explore by foot and to understand the lesser known wildlife and forest landscapes, led by native indigenous Kadar tribes of the region. A group of conservationists acquired 175 acres of erstwhile coffee plantations in the Anamalais, named it Altaghat and re-wilded it. Travellers, who want to take back only memories and leave nothing behind, are allowed to explore this land under the watchful guidance of members of the Kadar tribe who have called this land their home for generations.

Read more: https://www.thepapyrusitineraries.in/

From Bundi with Love

From Bundi with Love

The Bucket List Tales

  • Rajasthan
  • 2-5 Days
  • 10000 to 20000

Where: Bundi, Rajasthan  
When: February 26 to March 2, 2020
How long: 5 days
How much: Rs 16,700 (+ 5% GST); includes accommodation for 3 nights on twin-sharing basis, all meals, transportation from Delhi to Delhi, guided tours as per itinerary and services of experienced trip leaders. 

What to expect:

Bundi is a beautiful little town tucked away in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. This town has been an inspiration to personalities like Rabindranath Tagore and Rudyard Kipling! This trip is for those who love art, culture, photography, food, serenity and slow travel. On this trip you will see 15,000-years-old rock paintings, visit the Chitrashala - Bundi School of Art, explore a 14th century fort, try pottery making in a village, witness the beauty of one of the most stunning grand canyons in India, stay at a heritage haveli by a lake and eat as much Rajasthani food as you can!

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/thebucketlisttales/

Walk with the Pardhis

Walk with the Pardhis

Last Wilderness Foundation

  • Madhya Pradesh
  • 1 Day
  • Under 5000

Where: Panna, Madhya Pradesh  
When: All year round
How long: 1 day
How much: Rs 250 per person

What to expect:

Reconnect with the wilderness and learn how to ‘read’ the forest with some of the most expert trackers in Madhya Pradesh. The Pardhi community were traditionally hunters, but now with support from the Last Wilderness Foundation they have become forest guides and use their age-old knowledge of the forest and the skills of identifying animal tracks and signs to offer guests a forest experience unlike any other. They share their knowledge about the forest, its trees, animals and birds, and are also fantastic mimics, mimicing the calls of different birds and animals in the wilderness. The walk also allows you to enjoy the raw beauty of Panna and listen to breathtaking stories of the forest from the Pardhi guides.

Read more: http://thelastwilderness.org/contribution-to-conservation/

Kareri Lake Trek

Kareri Lake Trek

Holiday Moods Adventures

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 5000 to 10000

Where: near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
When: March to June and September to December
How long: 3 days
How much: Rs 6,600

What to expect:

Adventure travel company Holiday Moods Adventures offers the Kareri Lake Trek as a weekend getaway from Dharamshala. The trekking route is through gorgeous alpine forests and follows theKhauli River. The trek covers 29km and sees participants climb up to 3,000m to the Lake that lies below the Minkiani Peak. This trek is lets travellers to Dharamshala escape the town’s crowds and explore pristine Himachali mountainscape in all its glory.

Read more: https://www.holidaymoods.in/trek-to-kareri-lake-new-route

Rural Sindhudurg Experience

Rural Sindhudurg Experience

Swadesee

  • Maharasthra
  • 2-5 Days
  • 5000 to 10000

Where: Sindhudurg, Maharashtra
When: February 28 to March 1, 2020; March 27 to March 29, 2020; May 1 to May 3, 2020
How long: 3 days
How much: Rs 9,990; includes all local transport from and to Kudal station, guided walks around villages, forts, beaches and forests, cultural immersions such as culinary workshops, local dance and games, overnight stay at neat and clean village homes and local Konkani meals during the stay.

What to expect:

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and bucolic natural beauty of rural Sindhudurg on this three-day long experience, entirely led and operated by local Konkani women. Guests get to explore virgin beaches, spot diverse marine and bird life such as dolphins and hornbills, visit massive sea forts and understand Konkani culture and traditions directly from local villagers. Also, eat delicious home cooked Konkani meals.

Read more: https://swadesee.com/product/footsteps-in-the-sand-a-weekend-in-rural-sindhudurg/

Rolla-Shilt Thatch Trek

Rolla-Shilt Thatch Trek

Sunshine Himalayan Adventures

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 2-5 Days
  • 10000 to 20000

Where: Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
When: All year round
How long: 5 days
How much: Rs 3,000 per person per day head. Includes Kullu-to-Kullu transport,food , trekking arrangements, stay and GST.

What to expect:

This programme is one of the classics of Sunshine Himalayan Adventures in the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), a UNESCO World Heritage site. The trip includes treks from Rolla to Shilt Meadow and to Rakhundi Top. These treks take participants through amazingly thick jungles full of Monal Pheasants (a large plump pheasant with a loud, ringing call), deer and other wild animals like Himalayan Tahr and Black Bear.

Read more: http://www.sunshineadventure.com/shilt-thatch-trek.php