Adventure on the road to Ladakh

“Leh/Ladakh is the only place in India where you can find the double humped camel called Bactrian. A place with so many more, such interesting facts to be discovered.”

Go for the one of a kind adventure trips in India where you will get to experience an extra-ordinary journey. In this trip with adventure on the roads to Ladakh – explore the historical monuments, marvelous monasteries, beautiful temples, and drive on the highest motorable pass. Himachal and Ladakh are the best travel destinations for exploring the hills. People do not exaggerate when they call this place “heaven on earth.” Every nook and corner here will give you an experience of a lifetime.

Highlights:

  • Explore the historical monuments of Delhi
  • Visit McLeod Ganj, and the monasteries of Dharamsala
  • See the Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali
  • Navigate Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world
  • See Likir and Alchi Monastery in Alchi
Day 01

Arrive in Delhi

Capital city

Namaste and welcome to Delhi, the capital of India! Hope you had a good flight! Your first day here is for you to relax and get accustomed to the place. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02

Delhi

Charming Delhi

Today we will explore Old Delhi. Old Delhi has a captivating cornucopia of ancient monuments, narrow streets and vibrant markets, which you can experience for yourself as you cycle by rickshaw to the imposing Red Fort – a powerful reminder of the former glories of the legendary Mughal dynasty. After this, we remove ourselves from the chaos of the old city with a foray to Raj Ghat, which was the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation in 1948 and has a memorial dedicated to him. We follow this by returning to Old Delhi with a visit to the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and finally the frantic Chandni Chowk  famous for spices, inexpensive jewellery, fabrics, electronics and several popular eating joints. Despite the crowded lanes and constant, yet friendly beckoning from shopkeepers, it is a captivating place. Post lunch, we begin by visiting the impressive Qutub Minar, standing 73 meters tall and giving us an insight on what life used to be like centuries ago. We then proceed to explore the fifteenth century Humayun’s Tomb, rightly famed for its intricate, sensitive design and serene atmosphere. A visit to the heart of New Delhi – built by the British at the start of the twentieth century – will take in the iconic India Gate, as well as the President’s House and the Parliament Street. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 03

Delhi - Dharamsala

The residence of the Dalai Lama

Time for us to start our adventure! This morning, we will fly to Dharamsala. This serene spiritual place is home to the largest Tibetan temple outside of Tibet, and is the residence of the Dalai Lama in India. Upon our arrival, we will visit the Dhauladhar Range, one of the major attractions around here. From here we will proceed to visit the Norbulinka Institute, which is an institute preserving the Tibetan cultural heritage. Huge thangkas and paintings depicting the Tibetan lores are a beauty as well as an education in themselves — handmade dolls and doll houses also vividly depict Tibetan history here. Overnight in Dharamsala.

Day 04

Dharamsala

Explore Dharamsala

Every day is a perfect day to explore Dharamsala. We will be visiting McLeod Ganj, where we shall visit the Namgyal Monastery, where we can witness monks chanting prayers, the Kalachakra Temple, with its beautiful description of the 8 different stupas and colourful paintings and finally the Bhagsunath Temple, with its natural water reservoir. Towards the end of our day we will sit at a local café and relax, a fine way to today to a close. Overnight at Dharamsala.

Day 05

Dharamshala - Manali

On to Manali!

Time for us to bid Dharamsala goodbye and drive to Manali (215kms/6hrs 30mins). The entire drive is breathtaking. En-route we will stop over at the Baijnath Temple, a temple to Shiva which is particularly sacred to Hindus. Its elegant stone facade is adorned with intricate carvings. Overnight at Manali.

Day 06

Manali

Nestled in the mountains of Himachal

There is so much to see in Manali, so let’s explore it all. This place has views that will make you forget the tensions of city life. The sound of the flowing river, beauty of the pine-covered slopes and the fresh air of the hills will refresh and re-energise you. We will pay a visit to the Hadimba Devi Temple and the local market. Spend some time at the local restaurants in the evening and enjoy some live music. Overnight at Manali.

Day 07

Manali - Keylong

Scenic gompas of Keylong

Today we drive to Keylong (115kms/3hrs 30mins). The drive includes crossing Rohtang Pass and also making a pit stop at Khardung La Gompa. Khardung La claims to be the highest motorable pass; regardless of how true this is, the Gompa here is absolutely stunning. At Keylong, we will have the rest of the day to get some rest. Overnight in Keylong.

Day 08

Keylong - Sarchu

Camping at Sarchu

Time for some camping today at Sarchu (116kms). We will drive uphill to Baralacha La Pass. The scenery along the way will not let you go. Keep your camera ready at all times, as you wouldn’t want to miss capturing any of the beautiful sights. Get some rest at the campsite as the high altitude may make you feel unwell. If you feel fit, you are free to explore the places around the campsite. Overnight in Sarchu.

Day 09

Sarchu - Leh

Hello Leh

It is time for us to depart for a trip to  Leh (251kms/6hrs 30mins) by car, early in the morning. We will be driving along Rupshu plains, which will give us a chance to see some wildlife such as the Wild ass and Ibex. We will also be crossing the second highest motorable pass in the world, Tanglang La Pass, which is at height of 17,500 ft. Overnight in Leh.

Day 10

Leh

The land of monasteries

On the second day of this trip to Leh we will go sightseeing to some of the most popular religious and historical places such as the Sankar Gompa , home of the Lamas, and the Buddhist monument Shanti Stupa. Later in the evening, we we will take a stroll in the local markets. Overnight in Leh.

Day 11

Leh

Another day in beautiful Leh

Hope you had a good night’s sleep, as today we will spend some time trekking. While in Leh, a tour of the Indus Valley is a must. We will explore the palaces and temples in Shey, the collection of Tibetan books and artwork at the Thikse Monastery, the exceptional library of the Hemis Gompas, and the home of the former royal family, Stok Palace. Overnight in Leh.

Day 12

Leh - Alchi

Magnificent village of Likir

We will be driving to Alchi (60kms/1hr 30mins) today. En-route, we will make a pit stop at Likir Monastery, built on top of a mountain, overlooking the magnificent village of Likir. In Alchi, we will be visiting the famous Alchi Monastery to witness the rich artistic and spiritual details of the area’s Buddhist heritage. The Kashmiri Hindu kings of that period are also represented on the wall paintings of the monastery. Overnight in Alchi.

Day 13

Alchi – Leh

Back to Leh

After a wonderful day at the valley, it is time for us to drive back to Leh (60kms/1hr 30mins). Once in Leh, you have the rest of the day to yourself. Overnight in Leh.

Day 14

Leh – Delhi – Departure

See you soon

This morning, we fly back to Delhi. Once in Delhi, you will be transferred to the hotel for wash and change. Later depending on the departure time of your flight back home, you will be transferred to the airport. We do hope to see you soon again. Have a pleasant journey ahead!

LOW SEASON

(From April 01, 2018 – September 30, 2018)

Price Comfort
02 pers $ 2,485

HIGH SEASON

(From October 01, 2018 – March 31, 2019)

Price Comfort
02 pers $ 2,760

** These rate are not valid from December 21, 2018 – January 10, 2019

* price per person

THE PRICE INCLUDES


  • Accommodation in hotels listed in a double room.
  • Meal plan – Delhi is on Bed and Breakfast, rest of the places is on Full board(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Ground transfers by private car with an English speaking driver in an Air-conditioned Car.
  • Assistance of English Speaking Representative at Airport.
  • Monument entrances
  • Guide charges
  • All applicable taxes

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE


  • International Flight & Airport taxes (International)
  • Insurance and visa costs
  • Expenses of Personal nature such as Drinks, Camera and Video charges
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Flights – Delhi to Dharamshala, Leh to Delhi
  • Any other Expenses that are not mentioned above

YOUR HOTELS (or similar):


Each destination has a unique character, a story. So we choose the most beautiful destinations, we also choose the most charming hotels for you. In addition, we will offer you options to choose from depending on the style of travel that suits you. You will stay in comfortable, deluxe, luxury or ultra luxury hotels depending on your budget.

There are about 1.237 billion people in India, individuals who are witnesses to the deep and rich culture of this country. A dream destination, as it has been called, offering myriad sensations; the bustling city of Delhi, the serenity of the That desert, the Golden Temple, the majestic Jama Masjid, the colourful fabric souks and huge exotic spice markets, and the quiet back water of Kerela. A trip to India will surely awaken your senses.

Festivals

The pious celebrations reflect the culture and diversity of India. There are major festivals to consider from, while choosing your travel to India.

Pongal: It is a Tamil festival celebrating the harvest season. It is celebrated in Tamil Nadu in the month of January.

The desert festival: Jaisalmer – It is a colorful festival involving cultural events, musical performances, and various other happenings. It is celebrated in Jaisalmer in February.

Holi: The Festival of Colors is celebrated in and around India. Generally celebrated in the month of February or March.

Teej Festival: Jaipur: The festival is more geared towards women. It is a commitment to fast and pray to the gods to bless their marriages, which is celebrated in Rajasthan in the month of August.

Onam: The harvest festival of Kerela — annual in nature, it is celebrated to thank the gods for the wonderful harvest of rice. It is celebrated in the month of September.

Dussehra festival: Dussehra is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. This day falls in the month of September or October. People visit the Pooja Pandals wearing new clothes, prepare traditional food at home and celebrate the festival with their friends and families.

Diwali: The Festival of Lights is much more popular in northern India and is celebrated with great zeal, excitement and fire-crackers, usually on October or November.

Pushkar Fair: It is the largest 5- day camel fair where prized camels are exchanged. It is celebrated in Pushkar, Rajasthan in the month of October – November.

International Passport

For most trips, your passport will be enough. It must be valid for up to six months after your return trip. Passports can be easily obtained from your municipality, although there may be delays during holiday periods and holidays. Note that the passport is also required for children. For some destinations, it will be mandatory to send us a copy of your passport immediately after booking a trip.

Visa

Any nationality Australian, Belgian, Swiss, or Canadian will need a visa to visit India. For more information, please visit this site: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

We recommend you to get your visa 4 to 6 weeks before your arrival in India.

Minors traveling with an adult: Parents

When a minor is traveling with a parent, the officials at the airport might ask for proof of documents to confirm your relationship. Some countries require certificates such as a birth certificate. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country of destination regarding the requirements.

Minors traveling with an adult: Others

When a minor is traveling with someone other than the parents or a family member, some countries require a declaration by the relatives to give permission for this trip. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country of destination regarding the requirements.

Accommodation

Each destination has a unique character, a story. So we chose the most beautiful destinations, we also handpicked the most suitable hotels for your comfort. In addition, we offer options to choose according to your budget and travel style that suits you.

We offer three options in MOST of our programs:

Simple and comfortable – These are clean and comfortable hotels. They can also be old heritage havelis converted into hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 2-3 star categorization.

Deluxe – In this option, we offer a mix of charming and deluxe hotels. Some of them are heritage palaces, which are now famous contemporary hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 4-5 star categorization.

Luxury – For the ultimate luxury holiday, we have a collection of rustic, chic and stylish hotels combined with laid back indulgence and unmatched amenities. These international favorites are the best in the destinations.

Transport

Typically, Indian roads are in good condition. The presence of highways allows communication to all parts of India without many problems. However, we must recognize that some roads are in poor condition; it must account, on an average, 4 hours to cover a distance of 250 km.

Transport is a very significant part of your trip to India. We ensure the quality of the vehicles and the drivers are trained to show you the best landscapes, rural life, by the side of highways, and be attentive to all your requirements. The local traffic is chaotic, but you will certainly enjoy the journeys with our expert d hospitable drivers. All our trips are inclusive of transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary contracted and we will not surprise you by asking any additional fees for your small wishes.

Flights

The airline and the flight schedules are subject to change. P&M will keep you informed about the latest changes in the schedule, if any.

Land Package

The price in the website are indicative and may change as per the latest amendment given by the hotels or suppliers. However, P&M will honor the rates once they are offered to you and you have made the payment for the package, even partially. In the case of international or domestic flights, the additional airport taxes that are imposed by local authorities shall be passed to you.

It is also possible to book international flights with P&M. Since we have good connections with several airlines, we will be happy to assist you for your requirements.

These people are our most amazing assets, taking you on beautiful trips with P&M. Who can explain a city or town better than the locals? This is why we always work with the locals carrying a passion for their culture. Their knowledge of destinations is immaculate; eagerly indulging you to experience the journey of the moment. All destinations, most of the cities and towns have English-speaking local guides. These guides are employed by our local agents and get regular training’s pertaining to our requirements. We evaluate their performance after each trip based on your feedback’s.

The services of local guides are included in the program (if opted by you in the package). They not only show you around the city but also purchase the tickets at the monuments. They are available to answer any of your travel related queries.

Although P&M pays them with the standard rates of travel-based companies, they expect a tip at the end of the trip. We recommend a tip of 5 €/ day/ person.

Insurance

Unforeseen Circumstances

Although our travels are organized with detailed planning, the climate and other factors may change due to some unforeseen events. These however, should not spoil your travel or ruin your fun. In case such circumstances arise, be assured that you have 24/7 P&M support staff ready to offer the most suited solutions to your problems. We do our best to provide the quickest resolutions; nevertheless, we are not responsible for any factor beyond our control.

Weather

Weather conditions in India differ from one region to another and they depend entirely on the province you plan to visit. In North India, the best time is between mid-September and the end of March; for southern and central India, it is between October and March; in the western part — Darjeeling district, the summer is the best time; in the eastern part, Sikkim and Manipur, it is between October to March. If you plan to go to Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, summer is the best time to visit.

Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following vaccinations for travellers going to India (as well as being up to date with measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations):

  1. Viral hepatitis A and B
  2. Typhoid fever
  3. Tetanus
  4. Poliomyelitis

It’s a good idea to consult your government’s travel-health website before departure.

Credit cards & ATMs

In all cities and you can withdraw cash with a bank card with Master or VISA. Cash can be exchanged at a bank or the hotel where you are staying. Credit cards are accepted in most of the hotels, restaurants and shopping places except the very remote village areas. The banks at the international airports are open day and night.

Mobile in India

You have coverage with your cell phone in most parts of India. If you have international roaming on your phone, you can connect to  an Indian service as soon you land at any Delhi airport.

Gastronomy

Do I need to be a vegetarian in India?

No, contrary to popular belief that all Hindus are vegetarians, strict vegetarianism is limited to the southern area of Gujarat and some holy cities. However, do not dream of a beefsteak; the cow is sacred, however, some restaurants serve buffalo. The culinary differences between North and South are considerable because of the climate and historical influences. In the North, meat, bread and cereals are most common, as well as Mughlai cuisine, akin to those in the Middle East and Central Asia, where spices play a more important role than chilli. In the South, the staple meal is rice and a vegetarian dish — Dal, a kind of lentil soup or as a side dish or as a basic meal; the Thali is the ubiquitous dish, originally from South India, it is used throughout the country. You can also taste meat or fish curries and succulent tandoori (less strong than the curry).

Clothing

To respect the Indian culture, the dress code is something that the traveler should know. In religious places, people are expected to wear clothes that go beyond the knees. In Jain temples, do not carry leather goods like belts or sandals. Women are expected to cover their heads in some religious sites.

Electrical outlet

There is no reason for you not to take your electrical items due to electrical outlets, the Indian market has most adapters.

Internet

Wireless Internet is now available in most hotels however; some hotels have an additional charge for it. Wireless network is not available in regions such as Ladakh, Kargil and Alichi. In these areas, to access the Internet, you will need to spend some time in an Internet café.

What makes Parallels and Meridians different?

We believe that holidays should be planned thoughtfully. Hence, we spend a good amount of time planning and offering you products considering your requirements. Amazing journeys begin the moment you contact us for a personalized trip. We design programs exactly as you wish; you will always remain a partner in making it a dream holiday.

What can I expect in a holiday with Parallels and Meridians?

Our trips bring you closer to the local community and culture as you will be taken to some of the places where no tourists have gone before. Our travel experts are always in search of something new, inspirational and entertaining. These ideas are intricately designed around your style of travel, creating a perfect trip for you.

How do you create a style of travel?

People are different, and so are their ways of traveling. We speak to several people from different walks of life, locals, travelers, families, and even bloggers, to get a better idea on the ways they prefer to travel. The styles of travel are created through their contributions and the expertise of our travel designers. It is our success formula in making exceptional trips for you.

Why do you make the trips participative?

In our small endeavor to support the local community, we found this as the most encouraging and heartfelt experience for both our guests and ourselves. We don’t indulge into activities with big charitable organizations, but quietly do our bit with the help of our guests. Our projects are humble and mostly recommended by our guests. For example, teaching basic French to the drivers (while traveling with him) actually came from one of our guest.

Hotels

What are the different hotel combinations you offer?

Each destination has a unique character and history, so do their hotels. We have selected the best hotels as per your style and budget. We offer 3 options in most of our programs:

Simple and comfortable – These are clean and comfortable hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 2-3 star categorization.

Deluxe

– In this option, we offer a mix of charming and deluxe hotels. Some of them are heritage palaces, which are now famous contemporary hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 4-5 star categorization.

Luxury

– For the ultimate luxury holiday, we have a collection of rustic, chic and stylish hotels combined with laid back indulgence and unmatched amenities. These international favorites are the best in the destinations.

How many beds can we have in a room?

A room will usually have a double bed. Most hotels will be able to add one extra bed.

If we’re traveling as a family, can we have interconnected rooms?

Some hotels offer interconnected rooms. If they don’t have, we ask them to provide two rooms next to each other or on the same floor.

Can I choose my own set of hotels?

Yes, you can. Just send us your wish list and we will do our best to fulfill your requirements.

What is the category of hotels included in the itinerary on the website?

You will have the option to choose the categories of the hotels you want to stay in. There are a few exceptions, however, some places like villages in Rajasthan or hiking tents in Bhutan will not offer you luxury. We will clearly advice you on this.

How does Parallels and Meridians choose the hotels?

We choose hotels based on our personal experiences. We will not recommend a hotel unless we have stayed there ourselves or have it recommended by our contributors.

Transport

What kind of vehicle do you provide?

Generally, this depends on the number of people. We provide cars for two people and micro van for three and more people. All our vehicles have air-conditioning.

Can we choose our own type of vehicle?

Yes, you can. Just let us know while sending us the information for your trip.

Are we sharing the car with someone else?

No. The car is for private use and you will share it only the people you are travelling with.

Does the car stay at my disposal every day?

Yes, it does. Our drivers are flexible and will remain at your disposal.

Guide

Do we have a guide in every city?

Yes, a guide will be provided to you in each city unless there is no visit scheduled.

How do you select your guides?

We select guides who understand your interests and requirements. They carry a flair for their culture and tradition, offering the best experiences to our clients. All our tour guides are locals, have professional licenses and are known for their passion and knowledge of the destination. We only hire highly rated guides with years of experience.

How do I plan my trip with you?

Once a program is picked from the website and the query form is filled, our travel experts will start working on the program. They will carefully prepare a tailor-made itinerary for you and will present it in details. Your itinerary will be refined and polished until you are satisfied and happy to book with us. As it is very important for us to understand your requirements, please do not hesitate to ask questions and voice your concerns or desires.

I like one of your family programs. Can it be tailor-made for a couple?

Yes, it can. All our programs can be further tailored for your specific requirements. You will be amazed to see the countless possibilities in our programs as per your style.

Can I make my own itinerary?

Yes, you can. Simply fill the form or send us e-mail at hello@parallelsandmeridians.com

How do you decide your pricing?

The itineraries in the website have indicative pricing which may change as per your personalized travel request. We choose the most important sightseeing, destinations, guides and hotels, which makes a great holiday experience for our guests. As we do not want to surprise you with hidden costs, we always include essential costs in the program. Although we are not necessarily the cheapest, we do aim to offer exceptional overall value for money and rely on our clients for repeat business and recommendations for your future dream holidays.

Can I adjust my budget?

Of course, our experts can share plenty ideas with you, fitting your budget. However, we make sure that quality is never compromised. We immediately inform you with our inability to offer you something that is below standard or of low quality. It is always better to say no than to regret a bad holiday experience.

What is included in the cost of your packages?

Our services start the moment you arrive at your destination, where a representative will be awaiting your arrival. All accommodations, transfers, local flights as well as arranged activities, unless otherwise specified will be included. Our trips are on breakfast-only basis except some special meals like welcome lunch or a special farewell dinner.

Why don’t you offer trips on full board?

We could; however, you will agree with us that everybody has different tastes. Moreover, the local cuisine is also an important aspect of your trip. Why should we charge you extra for some meals in hotels and expensive restaurants, when you can enjoy the spontaneity of discovering restaurants on your own? This is why we intentionally refuse to include all meals in our itineraries. If you are on a safari or a trekking trip, all meals are included as these are remote areas without restaurant alternatives. In lieu of this, you will receive a list of recommended restaurants, where you can have a taste of authentic cuisines.

How do I get the assurance of my travel safety?

Having our headquarter in France, P&M provides all necessary financial and legal guarantees to our travelers. You not only get the best travel programs from us but also experience a memorable and safe travel arranged by our local correspondents with 24/24 assistance. To ensure that all our local agents offer best services, quality travel and assurance, we have an office in India supervising all the activities in Asia. In addition, for your peace of mind, we support you with a range of insurances to meet your needs.

Who will be taking care of my trip when I am on the go?

You will have a dedicated travel expert from the first moment of contact. The travel expert will work with you before and during the trip.

What are the different modes of payment you accept?

The different modes of payment we accept are bank transfer and online payment by credit or debit card. You can pay either 30 or 50% at the time of the booking and the remaining, one month prior to your travel.

How secure is my credit card for online payment?

As your trusted partner P&M guarantees secure payment via secure payment platform enabling you to make transactions by credit card or debit card. The credit or debit card details are never reserved with us for your complete peace of mind.

Where can I see the reviews on P&M?

All reviews given by our travellers are regularly uploaded to our website. Furthermore, many of our guests have shared their experiences with P&M at the sites of Trip Advisor and Trust Pilot. We are proud to share with you that; – 98% of our travelers rated our services excellent or very good – 97% of our travelers recommend our agency to their friends – 98% of our travelers would be willing to repeat the experience with P&M.

 

Traveling with us is the best way to come closer to the daily life of the locals. Impart your knowledge, skills and art with them. If you are an artist, a photographer, a cook or whichever skills you have that can be shared with the local community, please feel free to tell us about them, and we will organize a special activity for you at a right place to support them. In our very first communication with you, we will ask your interest and if you are willing to participate in an activity for even just one hour.

In 2016, our participants have already taught over 400 hours, the equivalent of 17 days!

Our conscious tourism does not end there; we constantly propose new participatory activities:

There are many young kids who aspire to take the job of ‘guide’. We are helping them to speak better English, or teaching them skills and techniques of travel guiding.

Post the earthquake, life is still struggling in Nepal. We are helping some small shops and businesses to get into the mainstream; not by giving money, but improvising some ideas to run their business more effectively.

“In your route, though you choose to take part in any one of these options, your trip will be the same number of days and the price will not change under any circumstances.”

How much do you donate?

Nothing Actually. We just need little bit of your time and involvement.

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