DESTINATIONS - India

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Charismatic India

Traveling by elephant back, camel back, horseback as well as the more familiar motor vehicles, the active adventurer will find the Indian sub-continent, a vast land mass extending from the Himalayas in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south, replete with opportunities to combine adrenalin pumping excitement with a wide array of cultural opportunities.

 

Elder Expeditions is pleased to offer a two week plus unforgettable experience in this land of contrasting cultures, religions and languages.

Minimum participants: 2 | Maximum participants: 8

Languages: Hindi, English. For an additional fee, guides fluent in the following languages, in addition to English, may be arranged at the time of booking: Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: (Arrival Day)
We will be met at the Delhi International Airport by our Indian host and transferred to a local five star hotel. Although we will be on our own for dinner, our host will be available to give us suggestions.

Day 2: (Travel to Jim Corbett National Park)
After breakfast we will depart Delhi for the 250 kilometer (approximately 415 mile) drive to the Jim Corbett National Park, India’s oldest national park and a world renowned tiger conservation area. After checking into our five star resort facility, we will be at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 3: (Jim Corbett National Park)
After breakfast we will depart for a day of either a jeep or *elephant safari, depending on local conditions.

Overnight at our resort in the Jim Corbett National Park.

Day 4: (Jim Corbett National Park)
After breakfast we will depart for a second day of either a jeep or *elephant safari, depending on local conditions. The different areas of the park into which we will venture on Day 4 will give us a very different experience from Day 3.

Overnight at our resort in the Jim Corbett National Park.

All standard meals at the Jim Corbett Park are included in the tour cost.

Day 5: (Rishikesh)
After breakfast we will travel overland to the serene town of Rishikesh, the gateway to the Himalayas and a Hindu holy site. Upon arrival we will be treated to a welcome drink and then lunch followed by a camp orientation and briefing. After lunch we are free to choose in which of the numerous activities we want to engage. Examples of the choices available include: rock climbing, rappelling, beach volleyball, beach cricket, and kayaking, to name but a few. In the late evening we will relax by a bonfire followed by dinner. We will overnight in the camp’s deluxe tents.

Fees for most of the activities in Rishikesh are included in the tour cost.

Day 6: (Rishikesh)
The day will start with an early morning refreshing guided nature walk followed by breakfast. We will then change into our rafting gear and head to the Ganges, the living mother Goddess of India, where we will have the exhilarating experience of whitewater rafting over the thrilling class one through three rapids, some of which bear unusual names such as ‘Back Money’, ‘Three Blind Mice’, ‘Crossfire’, and ‘Body Surfing’. A delightful lunch will be served at Shivpuri on the river.

Our second day in Rishikesh will conclude with a bonfire, dinner and overnight in our deluxe tents.

All standard meals in Rishikesh are included in the tour cost.

Day 7: (Travel to Agra)
We will depart camp in the early morning to make the 6 a.m. train to Agra, home of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra at 3:50 p.m., we will be transferred to our four star hotel. Although we will be on our own for dinner, our host will be available to give us suggestions.

Day 8: (Agra)
Our morning sightseeing in Agra will include a visit to the Taj Mahal, the architectural marvel that was built in 1648 by Shahjahan as a tomb to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen Mumtal Mahal.

The remainder of our day in Agra will include other architectural masterpieces, a marble cutting center, and the local bazaar. During the afternoon there will be some shopping time.

Dinner will be on our own.

Day 9: (Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur)
After breakfast we will travel overland, a distance of 235 kilometers (approximately 145 miles) to Jaipur. Enroute we will stop at the architecturally beautiful city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Towards evening we will arrive in Jaipur. After checking into our five star hotel, we will be free for dinner. Although on our own, our host will be available to give us dinner suggestions.

Day 10: (Jaipur and Amber)
After breakfast we will head out on elephant back for an excursion to Amber.

After lunch (for which we will be on our own) we will tour Jaipur, known as the “Pink City” and also famous for its blue art, pottery and inlaid brass work.

Dinner on our own.

Day 11: (Rohetgarth)
After breakfast we will be driven 334 kilometers (approximately 205 miles) to Rohetgarth, a peaceful and tranquil town which has attracted writers from all corners of the world. After checking into our hotel (which has been classified a Heritage Hotel) we will be on our own for lunch which may be had in the hotel which offers some of the area’s best traditional cuisine. In the evening a two hour horse safari will permit us to take advantage of the area’s equestrian reputation.

Day 12: (Jaisalmer)
Following breakfast, we will set out for the 285 kilometer (approximately 175 mile) drive to Jaisalmer, the Golden City, which rises from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage.

We will have some free time between checking into our five star lodging and dinner. While we will be on our own for lunch and dinner, our host will be available to make recommendations.

Day 13: (Jaisalmer Camp)
After breakfast we will spend our morning touring the city of Jaisalmer. After lunch (on our own) we will be driven to Khuri / Sam to begin our camel ride through the sand dunes of the Thar Desert.

Dinner is included in the tour cost.

Overnight at our deluxe camp in the desert.

Day 14: (Camel Safari)
After breakfast we will set out by camel back towards Khuldara Village with a stop for lunch (provided in the tour).

In the evening we will be treated to a Rajasthani cultural program.

Overnight will be at our deluxe camp in the desert.

Standard meals while on the camel safari are included in the tour cost.

Day 15: (Jodhpur)
After breakfast we will be transferred overland to Jodhpur, the Gateway to the Thar desert. The city is known for its striking Forts, stately palaces and gracious buildings . Sightseeing in Jodhpur includes Mehranghar Fort built by the city`s founder five centuries ago , Jaswant Thada , Museum and Bazaar.

We will overnight in a five star hotel in Jodhpur.

Day 16: (Departure Day)
After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport where we will bid farewell to our Indian host and then board our flight to Delhi where we will connect for our onward journey.

2012 Dates
To Be Announced

PRICING
Per person for 2 or 3 people: $3775
Per person for 4 or 5 people: $3525
Per person for 6 or 7 people: $3375
Per person for 8 people: $3300

* $10.00 supplement applies to all elephant rides.

A deposit of $1887.50 is due at the time of booking. The final payment (calculated per the above schedule will depend on the number of final bookings) will be due forty days prior to the first day of the selected trip.

The group rate is available to guests booking as individuals if they are willing to share accommodations AND Elder Expeditions is able to match them with another willing guest.

The stated price includes all transportation from Day 1 arrival at the Delhi Airport to Day 16 departure, all lodging, meals as indicated, sporting and cultural activities, entry fees and permits and rental and safety equipment.

The tour price does not include, transportation to the Day 1 meeting point or from the Day 16 departure point, table beverages, phone calls, camera fees, tips, and items of a purely personal nature.

The following meals are NOT included in the tour price:
Day 1 - breakfast, lunch and dinner;
Day 7 through Day 12 - lunch and dinner;
Day 13 – lunch;
Day 15 – lunch and dinner.

FOOD and LODGING

Elder Expedition’s India destination includes a wide range of lodging, from five star hotels to deluxe tents. The day to day itinerary, above, indicates the lodging style for each night of the tour.

All breakfasts (except Day 1) are included. Because Indian cuisine is vastly different from western style food, the Elder Expeditions Indian expedition includes a comfortable mix of pre-arranged meals and as well as opportunities for participants to choose their own cuisine.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The activities on this trip do not require any particular experience or skill level. As our hosts can accommodate different physical activity abilities, a regularly active person as well as a beginner will be wholly at ease.

Sufficient instruction will be provided for participants who are beginners or who have limited experience with respect to any of the listed activities. All that is required is a spirit of fun and adventure as well as an open mind and a willingness to try something new.

Participants should be generally in good health and able to walk up to 6 steady uphill miles (9.9 km), ascending 1,500 feet

Elder Expeditions recommends that all participants engage in a physical conditioning and fitness program as part of trip preparation. Our fitness partner, Fit for Trips®, provides custom designed fitness programs designed especially for the activities of each of our ELDER EXPEDITIONS vacations.




TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

United States citizens are required to have:

  • a US passport, and
  • an Indian Tourist Visa*
  • Your passport must be valid for least six months beyond the date on which you apply for your visa.

    If you are in the United States, you may apply for your visa by mail or in person. For instructions, visit Travisa Outsourcing at: https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com.

    Travisa Outsourcing is a private company with which the Embassy of India has contracted for visa services in the United States.

    If you reside outside of the United States, you should contact the Embassy of India in the country where you are residing to ascertain the visa procurement process.

    If you are a citizen of other than the United States, you should contact the Embassy of India in the country where you are resident to ascertain the visa requirements for nationals of your country.

    *If you are of Indian origin or if you are the child or grandchild of a person who has held Indian nationality, you will be required to obtain an entry visa in lieu of a tourist visa. Instructions may be obtained by visiting: https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com.

    INOCULATIONS

    The Center for Disease Control recommends the following vaccinations when traveling to India:

  • Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Booster Shots. As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles, and a one-time dose of polio for adults.
  • Anti-malarial drugs.
  • Precautions against insect bites
  • Some kind of antibiotic from your medical doctor
  • Dysentery Tablets
  • Gamma Globulin
  • Viral Meningitis
  • Bring personal medicines, especially if you have diabetes, asthma, allergies, or other disorders that require a regular intake of medicines.

    There is no risk for yellow fever in the Indian Subcontinent. However, if you entering India from Africa or parts of Latin America, the Indian government requires Yellow Fever inoculation.

    Malaria is a preventable infection that can be fatal if left untreated. Prevent infection by taking prescription antimalarial drugs and protecting yourself against mosquito bites. Malaria risk in this region exists in some urban and many rural areas, depending on elevation. Most travelers to the Indian Subcontinent at risk for malaria and should take Mefloquine to prevent malaria.

    Dengue, filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, leishmaniasis, and plague are diseases carried by insects found in India. Protecting yourself against insect bites will help to prevent these diseases.

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