INDIA - A FUSION OF COLOUR, MUSIC & SOUL
A 17-Day inspirational journey of India: Sep 15-Oct 1, 2018
This tour is escorted by Paul Saltzman

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Paul Saltzman is a two-time Emmy Award winning film and television producer-director with over 300 productions to his credit. The documentary features Prom Night in Mississippi and The Last White Knight—Is Reconciliation Possible? are his most recent movies and feature Morgan Freeman. Paul is also a renowned author and photographer.

In 1968, he learned meditation at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India. There, he spent time with and photographed the Beatles. His photos have been judged “some of the best intimate shots” ever taken of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and have been seen in galleries worldwide.

In 2000, Paul released a book of his photographs, The Beatles in Rishikesh, with Penguin-Putnam; in 2006, he self-published the acclaimed Deluxe Limited Edition box set, The Beatles in India. In 2018, Insight Editions will release a hardcover edition of the Beatles In India with a 50th anniversary foreword by Pattie Boyd.

An Intimate Overview of India
India is a cornucopia of remarkable people and places, of music and soul. It is many, many cultures -- an amazing fusion of modern and ancient, of adventures and discoveries.
On this upcoming journey, we will be a small, intimate group, experiencing the great fusion of east and west that is India. The destinations you'll visit are as varied as the country -- the lush jungles of Kerala, modern Mumbai, the regal forts of the Rajasthani desert, the awe inspiring peaks of the high Himalayas. And, of course, the extraordinary Taj Mahal. Your tour promises to be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Get a Unique Perspective Most Tourists Never See
Working with Bestway, world-renowned filmmaker Paul Saltzman has designed a tour that promises you a unique perspective on this deeply soulful place. Along with sightseeing, we've arranged small, private music recitals, wandering and shopping, and conversations about life as we sip our cool drinks and watch some of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world.

50th Anniversary of the Beatles in India
It was in 1968 that the Beatles spent less than 7 weeks at the ashram in Rishikesh, India, and in that time wrote a remarkable 48 songs. It was also a turning point in the cultural contact between east and west. On our tour, we spend 3 nights in the peacefulness of Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Paul Saltzman was with the Beatles for a time at the Ashram.


Some of our highlights will include:

  • Traditional House Boats on the Kerala Backwaters
  • Bansuri Flute Performance by renowned musician Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
  • Experience the Taj Mahal at sunrise
  • Visit the house and memorial of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Storytelling at the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh
  • Optional Himalayan Trekking in Nepal
  • A Sumptuous Dinner on the Maharaja's Boat at the Lake Palace Hotel

A Note From Paul Saltzman

Long ago, I realized that if I could only visit one country during the rest of my life it would be India.

This upcoming journey is very special. My first trip to India, in 1968, was life changing. It was truly a healing journey that still beautifully reverberates in my heart—bringing so much joy, creativity and soul into my life. Now, 50 years later and on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles visit to Rishikesh, we will experience the joy, excitement and adventure of discovery.

India is many, many cultures—an amazing fusion of modern and ancient, of adventures and discoveries. I’ve been there more than 55 times, and each time is a new exploration. It’s the most colourful country of the many I’ve visited. It’s a cornucopia of remarkable people and places, of music and soul.

We will be a small intimate group, experiencing the great fusion of east and west that is India. Along with sightseeing; small, private music recitals; and wandering and shopping, we’ll occasionally talk about life as we sip a cool drink and watch some of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world. Above all, we’ll have great fun together.

This will be only the fourth time we've offered this tour, and you can read about the experiences of our previous travellers in our Testimonials.

So it is with great respect and pleasure that I welcome you to join me on this wonderful and exciting journey...
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: paul@sfl-films.com

Best Wishes,
Paul Saltzman
Tour Information
Tour Duration : 17 days
Min. Tour Size : 16 persons
Max. Tour Size : 24 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Sept 15, 2018: Arrive Trivandrum
(D)
Day 02: Sept 16, 2018: Kovalam
(B)
Day 03: Sept 17, 2018: Trivandrum/Alleppey (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Sept 18, 2018: Alleppey/Cochin (Drive) Cochin/Mumbai (Flight)
(B, D)
Day 05: Sept 19, 2018: Mumbai
(B, HT, D)
Day 06: Sept 20, 2018: Mumbai/Udaipur (Flight)
(B, D)
Day 07: Sept 21, 2018: Udaipur
(B)
Day 08: Sept 22, 2018: Udaipur/Jaipur (Flight)
(B)
Day 09: Sept 23, 2018: Jaipur
(B, D)
Day 10: Sept 24, 2018: Jaipur/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 11: Sept 25, 2018: Agra/New Delhi (Drive)
(B)
Day 12: Sept 26, 2018: Delhi
(B)
Day 13: Sept 27, 2018: Delhi/Haridwar (Train) Haridwar/Rishikesh (Drive)
(B)
Day 14: Sept 28, 2018: Rishikesh
(B)
Day 15: Sept 29, 2018: Rishikesh
(B, D)
Day 16: Sept 30, 2018: Rishikesh/Delhi (Train)
(B, D)
Day 17: Oct 01, 2018: Delhi/Home
(B)
Optional Himalayan Trek in Nepal (Sept 30 - Oct 05, 2018)
 
Day 16: Sep 30, 2018: Rishikesh/Dehradun (Drive) Dehradun/Delhi/Kathmandu (Flight)
Day 17: Oct 01, 2018: Kathamandu/Pokhara (Flight) Pokhara/Birethanti (1150m) (Trek 3-4 hours)
(B, L, D)
Day 18: Oct 02, 2018: Birethanti/Majgoun (Trek 2-3 hours)
(B, L, D)
Day 19: Oct 03, 2018: Majgoun/Chandrakot/Lumle (Trek 1.5 hours) & Lumle/Pokhara (Drive 1 hour)
(B)
Day 20: Oct 04, 2018: Pokhara/Kathmandu (Flight)
(B)
Day 21: Oct 05, 2018: Kathmandu/Departure (Flight)
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, HT=High Tea

Day 01: Sept 15, 2018: Arrive Trivandrum

Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with palms held together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are met and driven to Kovalam. After checking into our hotel, and before dinner, Paul Saltzman will welcome you on this unique journey at the Neera Bar outdoor patio. As an added treat, one lucky person will win a draw for Paul’s Limited Edition The Beatles in India (value $325).

Overnight: Vivanta By Taj Kovalam (2 Nights) (D)

Activities:
1. Welcome drink with Paul and book draw.

Day 02: Sept 16, 2018: Kovalam

Morning Yoga session, if you wish to join us. The day is free to relax on the beach, explore the local shops and surroundings, or visit nearby Trivandrum, Kerala’s capital. Those who want to go for Ayurveda can book this at the Taj Spa, which is one of the best spas in the south. Evening we join Paul for his slide show and talk, ‘Fusion of Music & Soul: Why the Beatles Came to India’, followed by conversation. (B)

Activities:
1. Morning Yoga session (optional)
2. ‘Fusion of Music & Soul: Why the Beatles Came to India.’ Slide show and talk

Day 03: Sept 17, 2018: Trivandrum/Alleppey (Drive)

Scenic coastal drive to Alleppey, where we board traditional rice boats—Ketuvallam—converted to house boats, and begin our magical journey through Kerala’s picturesque inland waterways, relaxing in the tranquility of the backwaters and lakes, experiencing the way of life and activity of the locals. A special treat is the authentic and exquisite Kerala cuisine cooked on board. Boats have one or two bedrooms.

Overnight: House Boat (1 night) (B, L, D)

Activities:
1. Night House Boat on Full Board Basis.

Day 04: Sept 18, 2018: Alleppey/Cochin (Drive) Cochin/Mumbai (Flight)

After breakfast, we disembark from our house boats and drive to Cochin Airport for our flight to the magical city of Mumbai, where we are transferred to our hotel. Evening we enjoy a scrumptious dinner in a private dining room at our hotel, prepared for us by the executive chef.

Overnight: Trident Hotel, Mumbai (2 Nights) (B, D)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Evening Dinner. (Pre Set Menu Dinner)

Day 05: Sept 19, 2018: Mumbai

Arrangements are in the works for a meeting with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, considered to be the foremost bansuri flute player of his generation. He may give us an informal recital. Pandit Chaurasia toured and recorded with George Harrison on ‘The Inner Light’ and George’s ‘Dark Horse Tour’. This will be followed by a guided city tour of Mumbai, including the famous Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market) and the Victoria Terminus, recently declared a World Heritage Site, and a pass by the EMI Studio where, in 1968, George Harrison recorded ‘The Inner Light’. Then we have a high tea in the heritage wing of the Taj Mahal Hotel followed by a private tour of the wing. (B, HT, D)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Meeting with Pandit Hariprasad (subject to availability).
2. Guided City Tour including visits to Chor Bazaar & Victoria Terminus (World Heritage Site)
3. High Tea at the heritage wing of the Taj Mahal hotel.
3. Private tour of the heritage wing (Subject to permission from hotel).

Day 06: Sept 20, 2018: Mumbai/Udaipur (Flight)

A short flight takes us into Rajasthan, to the city of Udaipur, named as the world’s 7th best city in 2007. We travel by bus and boat to the Lake Palace Hotel—Paul Saltzman’s “favourite hotel in the world.” Later in the evening, we enjoy dinner on the Royal Barge. ‘Gangaur’ is an antique royal barge of the House of Mewar. Its regal décor and vibrant splendor were featured in the James Bond film Octopussy and guests continue to enjoy its magnificence. Six rowers in traditional attire steer us around the mystical Lake Pichola while we unwind with cocktails and enjoy barbequed snacks and hors d’oeuvres served by our own personal butlers. The highlight of the evening is a floating buffet that attaches to our barge. Our chefs have created for you the finest Indian feast. Gentle, live music is on board.

Overnight: Hotel Taj Lake Palace (2 Nights) (B, D)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Dinner on the Royal Barge.

Day 07: Sept 21, 2018: Udaipur

Today we tour Udaipur, visiting the City Palace followed by a visit to the world-famous Crystal Gallery in the Fateh Prakash Palace. It has been hailed as the single largest private collection of crystal anywhere in the world. It was in 1877 that the Maharaja Sajjan Singh custom ordered this collection from the F&C Osler Co. in Birmingham. It includes a bewildering number of objects d'art, dinner sets, perfume bottles, decanters, glasses, washing bowls and even furniture, including the only crystal bed in the world. In the afternoon, we visit Sajjangarh Fort, the ‘Monsoon Palace’, high above Udaipur, affording a marvelous, panoramic view of the area.  En route to our hotel, we can visit an excellent gallery/fine crafts emporium. (B)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. City Tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace, Crystal Gallery, Saheliyon Ki Bari.
2. Visit Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace).
3. Gallery/Fine Crafts Emporium.

Day 08: Sept 22, 2018: Udaipur/Jaipur (Flight)

After breakfast, we take a short flight to Jaipur, capital of India’s most romantic state, Rajasthan. As we drive from Jaipur airport to the city, we’ll view a 23-minute video on a Jaipur family of Master Meenakari craftspeople who create exquisite gold and silver enamel jewelry, chess sets and more. The film, made by Paul Saltzman in 1975, follows Gopal Deen Dayal, age 11, as the craft is passed to him and his brothers by their father. We’ll visit them the next day in their home/workshop. Upon arrival at Jaipur we check in at the hotel.

Overnight: Jai Mahal Palace (2 Nights) (B)

Day 09: Sept 23, 2018: Jaipur

This morning, we are treated like the royalty of yesteryear with an elephant ride to Amber Fort, situated on top of a hill rendering a majestic panoramic view of the city. Amber was the capital of Rajasthan before Jaipur. The Palace is laid out on different levels on the hillside and surrounded by a fortress. A shopper’s paradise, Jaipur is noted for its gems, puppets and artisans, skilled in brass inlay, enamel, lacquer work and pottery. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, from where the ladies of the royal harem would watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Gopal’s home and workshop in the old bazaar area of Jaipur. Evening is dinner at the Diggi Palace, where we are entertained with a Rajasthani puppet show. Shopping at the bazaar is an option. (B, D)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Guided tour of Amber Fort.
2. City Palace.
3. Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).
4. Gopal and family home/workshop.
5. Dinner at Diggi Palace.

Day 10: Sept 24, 2018: Jaipur/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra (Drive)

After an early breakfast, we head out for a lovely countryside drive to Agra. En-route we visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We tour the Palace-Fort and also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty before continuing to Agra. On arrival in Agra, we check in to our hotel. Later we visit the Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son. We end our tour with a visit to several local shops and witness the complex art of inlaying precious and semiprecious stones in the world-famous marbles from the mines of Makrana. Later in the evening we have a gala dinner at the Peshwari Restaurant.

Overnight: ITC Mughal (1 Night) (B, D)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Guided tour of Fatehpur Sikri – World Heritage Site.
2. Guided tour of Agra Fort - World Heritage Site.
3. Gala Dinner at Peshwari Restaurant at the ITC Mughal Hotel

Day 11: Sept 25, 2018: Agra/New Delhi (Drive)

We begin our day with a sunrise visit to the most well-known of the ‘Seven Modern Wonders of the World’, the Taj Mahal. It is a unique and exquisite experience to stand in front of the huge wooden Mughal doors as they are swung open and be the first to view the Taj Mahal in the soft morning light, with the grounds empty. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, visiting the Taj is beyond any photographs or film one can view. While there, Paul will share a few of his favourite stories of the Taj and of ancient India. After breakfast, we drive to New Delhi. On arrival, we visit the famous Akshardham Temple complex, an amazing world of Indian Hindu culture, ornate with 20,000 statues, floral motifs, arches and exquisitely carved pillars. Built on the banks of the River Yamuna over a sprawling 100 acres of lush manicured lawns adorned with water fountains and carved pavilions, it cost $2 billion and took 5 years to construct. In the evening, we join Paul for his slide show and talk, ‘The Inner Journey. Fusion of East and West’, followed by conversation.

Overnight: The Taj Mahal Hotel (2 Nights) (B)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Guided sunrise visit to Taj Mahal—World Heritage Site.
2. Drive to Delhi.
3. Guided tour of Akshardham Complex.
4. ‘The Inner Journey. Fusion of East and West.’ Slide show and talk.

Day 12: Sept 26, 2018: Delhi

Today, we explore wonderful sights and experiences of New Delhi and Old Delhi. The British Raj built New Delhi as their capital, while Old Delhi is a reflection of both its Mughal past and the 7 city kingdoms of earlier times. We could easily spend a month exploring exotic corners of both cities and some of the highlights for today include:
Jama Masjid, in Old Delhi, is the second largest mosque in Asia and the most important in India. A center of Muslim importance, it was built in 1656 by Shah Jehan, builder of the Taj Mahal. The best views of Old Delhi are to be seen by climbing the narrow steps to the top observation level of one of its two towering minarets. We take bicycle rickshaws through the gullies, or narrow pathways, of Old Delhi, which hold the most wonderful specialty markets: spices, gold and silver, wedding saris, antiques and much more. Then we will drop in at the Rikhi Ram Music Store in Connaught Place where the Beatles shopped for their musical instruments. This is followed by our visit to Birla House, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi, where he spent his later months and where he was assassinated on January 30, 1948. It’s a museum and memorial to the man Nelson Mandela credits as his inspiration for non-violence. Time permitting, we visit Humayun’s tomb, the first Mughal garden tomb built by the Moghuls in 1570 which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Birla House—Residence of Mahatma Gandhi.
2. Old Delhi bazaars.
3. Jama Masjid Mosque.
4. Rikhi Ram Music Store.
5. Humayun’s tomb (time permitting).

Day 13: Sept 27, 2018: Delhi/Haridwar (Train) Haridwar/Rishikesh (Drive)

India has the world’s largest train network and it is said that on any given day there are some 25 million people on the trains of India. Any train journey adds a lot to the flavour of our Indian adventure. We take the deluxe, early-morning Shatabdi Express ride to the foothills of the Himalayas, to Haridwar, on the banks of River Ganges. Haridwar is a jumping off point for the short drive up to Rishikesh, one of the four holiest sites of Hinduism and a center for meditation, yoga and spiritual studies. It was the site, in 1968, of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram where the Beatles spent a number of weeks and Paul Saltzman spent a week with John, Paul, George and Ringo. In the evening, we’ll cross the Ganges by boat and join a candlelight Aarti ceremony on the Ghats of the Ganges at Parmath Ashram.

Overnight: Vasundhara Palace Hotel (3 Nights) (B)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Train from Delhi to Haridwar.
2. Aarti Ceremony at Parmarth Ashram.

Day 14: Sept 28, 2018: Rishikesh

After our morning yoga (optional) we cross the Ganges to visit the site of what used to be Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram at Raja Ji National Park. Here, we’ll sit by the edge of the cliff overlooking the Ganges, far below, where the Beatles sat for many hours. Their time at the ashram was their single most creative capsule of time—they wrote 48 songs in just a few short weeks. Overlooking the Ganges, Paul will lead a short meditation and share stories of his time with the Beatles at the Ashram. Afterwards we will stop at a typical Himalayan chai and fruit salad shop. ‘The Office’ is said to have the best chai in the whole of India. Rest of the day is free to indulge in the rejuvenation spa facilities offered at Rishikesh (treatments optional, by direct payment). (B)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Morning Yoga Session (optional).
2. Visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram – The Beatles Ashram.
3. Chai and fruit salad at ‘The Office’.
4. Spa treatments (optional).

Day 15: Sept 29, 2018: Rishikesh

Morning yoga session (optional). Balance of the day is free to enjoy activities such as white water rafting on the Ganges, or simply exploring the area. In the evening, we’ll join Paul for a slide show and talk appropriate for our imminent return to the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. ‘Overcoming Life’s Anxieties’ affords a magical way to overcome anxiety. At our culminating ‘goodbye’ dinner celebration,    Tour Certificates will be presented to all participants. (B, D)

Activities/Sites Visited:
1. Morning Yoga Session (optional).
2. White water rafting (optional, cost not included).
3. ‘Overcoming Life’s Anxieties.’ Slide show and talk.
4. Farewell dinner with Tour Certificate.

Day 16: Sept 30, 2018: Rishikesh/Delhi (Train)

For those ending the tour here, after breakfast we’ll be transferred to the railway station for your scenic and deluxe train ride to Delhi, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Dinner is served on board.

Overnight: Taj Mahal, New Delhi (1 Night) (B, D)

Day 17: Oct 01, 2018: Delhi/Home

Today we are transferred to Delhi airport for our flight to onward destinations. (B)

Note: all events are optional for you to participate. At any time, you are welcome to just put your feet up or wander the markets and shops. All meetings/recitals are subject to availability.

Optional Himalayan Trek in Nepal (Sept 30 - Oct 05, 2018)

Located between India and Tibet, Nepal offers a fantastic array of attractions for tourists. It is best known as the home of the Mt. Everest but there is much more to the country than just one mountain. Nepal is a fascinating land of ancient history, vibrant cultures and people and scenic grandeur. It is also one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and latitudinal variation. Nepal has a rich and a most diverse culture because of its unique location between the world’s two largest and ancient civilizations.

Nepal is the holy land of Lord Pashupatinath and Gautam Buddha, where the Hindus and Buddhists have coexisted for centuries in total harmony. Lord Buddha, the ‘light of Asia’, was born in Lumbini in Nepal’s southern plains, which makes Nepal a sacred pilgrimage destination for all Buddhists as well. The temple of Pashupatinath is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the four most important sites in the world for Shiva worshippers.

Day 16: Sep 30, 2018: Kathamandu/Pokhara (Flight) Pokhara/Birethanti (1150m) (Trek 3-4 hours)

From Rishikesh we are transferred to Dehradun airport for our flight to Delhi. In Delhi, we take our connecting flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred to our hotel.

Overnight: Yak & Yeti/Radisson (1 Night)

Day 17: Oct 01, 2018: Kathamandu/Pokhara (Flight) Pokhara/Lumle (Drive) Lumle/Majgoun (1400m) (Trek 2-3 hours)

Morning we are transferred to airport for our flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty situated at an altitude of 900m from sea level and 200kms west of Kathmandu valley. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.

Here we meet our guide and we drive for about an hour to Lumle, the start point of our trek. Aided by our team of porters we start our trek, which will follow a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker &
Downey's Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the village of Birethanti. Or you may choose to spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding river valley.

Overnight: Ker & Downey's Sanctuary Lodge (1 Night) (B, L, D)

Day 18: Oct 02, 2018: Birethanti/Majgoun (Trek 2-3 hours)

Following a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary lodge & trek to Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge at 1450 meters. The lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Trek time to the Lodge is just 2 hours. After lunch at the lodge, you will be escorted to the local village of Tanchok. There will be a talk at a local house, now made into a museum. The contents of the house illustrate how the local people live, together with the tools and implements of day-today traditional village life.

Overnight: Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge (1 Night) (B, L, D)

Day 19: Oct 03, 2018: Majgoun/Chandrakot/Lumle (Trek 1.5 hours) & Lumle/Pokhara (Drive 1 hour)

Early morning tea and coffee served on your verandah where you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the stunning scenery of the Annapurnas from several different locations around the Lodge. After breakfast we trek to the village of Chandrakot through forests with surrounding views of the valley and mountains. Chandrakot is at an altitude of 1580 m/ 5200 ft. After a further 30 minute walk we arrive at the village of Lumle, which is situated at 1620 m / 5300ft. This is where we meet our vehicle. From Lumle we return to Pokhara, a 1-hour journey. En route we can stop to visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp upon request.

Arrival in Pokhara and check in at hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Possibility of optional adventure activities in Pokhara like boat ride, Paragliding, Tower bungy, Zipline, Ultralight flight etc. Pokhara is center of adventure in Nepal. Stroll around Phewa Lake (on your own)

Overnight: Temple Tree Resort & Spa (1 Night) (B)

Day 20: Oct 04, 2018: Pokhara/Kathmandu (Flight)

Today we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Kathmandu. Later, half day visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath stupa.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in the heart of old city Kathmandu. The founding of the Durbar (Royal Palace) dates back to Licchavi times. With considerable renovations by Malla rulers and later the Ranas, construction was accomplished progressively over many centuries. There are around 50 temples in the vicinity. Visit the 17th Century Durbar complex, Hanuman Dhoka, Parvati temple, great Bell and Drum, Bhairav, Taleju Temple and array of temples grouped around it. A few steps away is the Temple of the Living Goddess, where the clients may catch a glimpse of the Kumari at one of the open windows overlooking the inner courtyard. All around the splendor of historical monuments is the hustle & bustle of the market place. Vegetable vendors,
trees of flutes, salesmen with their wares displayed on their person, souvenir hawkers, and street shop selling imported goods and tucked away in a quiet corner the glittering bead market for custom made bead necklaces.

Atop a green hillock west of Kathmandu stands the great stupa of Swoyambhunath, a site over 2,500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushree discovered the lotus of the ancient Valley Lake. Swoyambhunath offers a bird’s eye view of the Kathmandu city. This huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu. The faithful circumambulate of the stupa clockwise, turning the banks of prayer wheels.

Overnight:Yak & Yeti/ Radisson (1 Night) (B)

Day 21: Oct 05, 2018: Kathmandu/Departure (Flight)

Early morning optional Mt Everest Flight. After breakfast, we visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Departure transfer to airport for flight to onward destination. (B)

Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaon, is the home of medieval art & architecture and still retains its rich medieval aroma. A city of farmers, Bhaktapur is also known for its pottery and weaving. Bhaktapur is the most charming and the best preserved of the valley’s three cities. Visit the ancient gateway, Durbar Square the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Math and Palace of 55 windows. Walk to the famous Nyatapole temple, the five-storied temple in pagoda style, the tallest temple in the country guarded by a series of mythical animals and deities overlooking the Bhairav temple dedicated to the tantric deity of Bhairav. Hotel checkout time: 1200 hrs noon time.

Note***Post Additional Night in Kathmandu available – If interested to book, please ask!

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, HT=High Tea

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2018

September 15

Tour Price

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Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
September 15, 2018 US$ 6990 • CA$ 9087 (based on group size minimum 16 persons) US$ 1995 • CA$ 2594
Tour Deposit Amount is US$ 1500 per person


Notes

All daily events are optional for you to participate. At any time you are welcome to just put your feet up or wander the markets and shops. All meetings/recitals are subject to availability.

Lodge Trek in Nepal
Please note accommodation during the trek is typical of Nepal treks and is basic. Food will also be simple with limited variety. Treks in Nepal are to experience our unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural richness but not for comfort. No refunds for unused services. It is highly recommended that you do have adequate travel insurance to include emergency rescue and evacuation. Sherpa guides have limited knowledge of English.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Air and train within India on coach class
  • 16 nights Hotel accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 26 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, HT=High Tea)
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per the itinerary
  • Boat Ride at Lake Pichola – Udaipur
  • Exclusive Cocktails & Sumptuous Dinner on 150-year-old Boat “The Gangaur” at Udaipur
  • Entrance fees to museums & sites included in the itinerary
  • Honorariums for yoga, lecturers and folk dances
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
Not Included
  • International airfares (for assistance on air please give us a call)
  • Insurance/Indian visa fees
  • Tips/gratuities

Optional Himalayan Trek In Nepal (Sept 30 - Oct 05, 2018)
Departures Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Sept 30 - Oct 05, 2018 US$ 1455 • CA$ 1892
(based on group size minimum 4 persons)
US$ 360 • CA$ 468

Includes (Optional Himalayan Trek in Nepal)
- 2 nights in Kathmandu deluxe/superior rooms (5 star) with breakfast
- 2 nights accommodation at Ker & Downey lodges during the trek as per the program
- 1 night accommodation at Temple Tree Resort & Spa, deluxe room (4.5 star category) in Pokhara with breakfast
- All meals during the trek
- Airport transfers as per the program in Kathmandu & Pokhara on private basis
- One experienced Sherpa guide along with porters including their food, accommodation, allowance, insurance and equipment
- Annapurna entry fee & Trek permit (ACAP & TIMS)
- Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu as per the program including English speaking guide
- All applicable entrance fees for the monument included in the program

Not Included
- Airfares Dehradun/Delhi/ Kathmandu, Kathmandu/Pokhara & Kathmandu (currently at US$ 590 per person)
- Travel/Medical insurance, evacuation cost
- Tips to porters and sherpa


Estimated International Airfare
(International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1000

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 24 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

"We’ve done many tours and this is the best tour we've ever been on, and Paul was the best tour guide ever. The most wonderful thing about this "experience", is the memories that pop up at the least expected time.  I have never had this happen to me before and find it quite exquisite!"
-- Cheryl & Joe of BC, Canada

"Your tour of India was so incredible!!  I cannot thank you enough, Paul. From the very special fellow tour members to the unique experiences of music and culture, you created a set of experiences which have changed me and will be forever memorable."
-- Cathy of TX, USA

"The trip was everything we expected and more.  We enjoyed each and every day from the south to the north and all the days in between.  We have been on a number of organized tours and the India tour will stand out as one of the highlights of our travel experiences."
-- Linda & Ken of ON, Canada

"It was a mind and heart-expanding experience, Paul. I experienced India in a more personal and meaningful way because of your meditation experience and love for the culture."
-- Anne of ON, Canada

"So many fine folks to share this fine adventure with. This magical excursion to India was transformative in so many ways.  Like the gift that keeps giving."
-- Charles of TX, USA

"I feel extremely lucky to have made this amazing journey. I personally had the most glorious time on this trip and am so thankful to Paul and to Bestway for creating it."
-- Laura of IN, USA

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