A trip to India & Nepal with Jane and Duncan

“India is a beautiful mélange of history, culture, and adventure.”

It boasts of being one of the most diverse countries in the world, from the landscapes to the people and the culture. This signature tour of India allows one to get a glimpse of this diversity, here, explore the busy lanes of Old Delhi, experience romanticism at the Taj Mahal, a culture bursting with colors at Udaipur— the White city, Jaipur— the Pink city, and Jodphur— the Blue city and frolic with rich wildlife at the Ranthambore National Park! End this classic experience with a journey to Nepal where one can roam the UNESCO Heritage sites while encountering the unique Nepalese culture.

Highlights:

  • Taj Mahal at sunset
  • Jungle Safari in Ranthambore
  • Forts and palaces in Jaipur
  • Exploring Bhaktapur Durbar Square – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 01

Arrive in Delhi (14-Oct-17)

The city of tombs

Welcome to the city of tombs, we hope you had a pleasant flight. Our representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. Get some good rest today, before we begin our journey tomorrow. Overnight at Crowne Plaza, Delhi.

Day 02

Delhi (15-Oct-17)

Explore the charm of Old and New Delhi

India’s vibrant and bustling capital, New Delhi is a feast for the senses. A chaotic city, but with some of the most beautiful sights to see and explore. We will start our day with a visit to Old Delhi that has kept its old traditions alive and kicking till date. A quick drive past the Red Fort, the majestic fort which was the heart of India’s greatest Mughal Dynasty for over 200 years. Followed by a visit to the Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in the country. We then walk around in Chandni Chowk – one of the largest spice markets in Asia. The experience here is one not to be missed as you get to walk in the little alleys and see the market in action. Post lunch, we will explore New Delhi, that comprises of the very admirable Qutub Minar – a monument that stands at a height of 240 feet. From here we proceed to the Humayun’s Tomb rightly famed for its intricate, sensitive design and serene atmosphere. After this, we will drive to the India Gate, President’s House and the Parliament Street. Overnight at Crowne Plaza, Delhi.

Day 03

Delhi – Agra (16-Oct-17)

Symbol of love

Start the day with a good scrumptious breakfast, post which we will drive to Agra (210kms/3hrs). This city is blessed with two beautiful monuments that is a visual treat. First we will visit the Agra Fort built by the Mughal emperor Akbar that stands mighty as a symbol of vigor. At sunset we will admire the beauty of the Taj Mahal. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Words are never enough to describe its beauty as it is every bit as sublime as you would expect. Overnight at Four Points by Sheraton, Agra.

Day 04

Agra – Ranthambore (17-Oct-17)

Nature ready

It is that time of the trip when we will be heading closer to nature. However, before that we will halt at Fatehpur Sikri a deserted red sandstone city also built by Akbar, to visit the Bulund Darwaza, which is the largest gateway in the world. After this we will drive to Ranthambore. The evening will be at leisure. Overnight at The Shergarh Resort, Ranthambore.

Day 05

Ranthambore (18-Oct-17)

A wildlife retreat

Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest national parks in North India, and very famous for its tigers. We will go for both morning and afternoon jungle safaris. It is one of the best ways to see the majestic predator in its natural habitat. The evening is kept at leisure. Overnight The Shergarh Resort, Ranthambore.

Day 06

Ranthambore – Jaipur (19-Oct-17)

Off we go to the Pink City

This morning after breakfast we will drive from the lush green jungles to the city where all the buildings are painted in pink, Jaipur (150kms/3hrs 30mins). Surrounded by hills, dotted with forts, pink in color and pink in vibrancy, it is truly a magnetic city. Enjoy the city as the sun sets, as it looks absolutely magical. Walk around the local markets and interact with locals. Later in the evening we head to the Raj Mandir cinema hall, which is known for its antiquated architecture, to watch a movie. Overnight at Hilton, Jaipur.

Day 07

Jaipur (20-Oct-17)

Journeying through Jaipur

The aura of Jaipur is such that, it brings in euphoria to anyone who sets foot in the city. Let’s explore this beautiful city today, by starting with a visit to the Amer Fort, situated on a ridge outside Jaipur. There will be jeeps waiting for us to drive us up to the fort, which is an amalgamation of Hindu and Rajputana architecture, tastefully designed with red sandstone and marble. After this we will drive back to the city, and visit the Hawa Mahal, from the outside, popularly known as the Palace of Winds. Followed by a visit to the City Palace, which is a complex of courtyards, pavilions, palaces and gardens that offers an insight into how the maharajahs lived, as well as fascinating museum collections, from textiles to weapons. Lastly, a visit to the Jantar Mantar Observatory, which is indeed one of the most fascinating sites that features giant astronomical instruments that helps in measuring time, predict eclipses and determine the location of stars as the earth orbits around the sun – all with the naked eye. Overnight at Hilton, Jaipur.

Day 08

Jaipur – Khejarla (21-Oct-17)

City of Goddess Durga

This morning we will drive to the city of Goddess Durga, Khejarla (260kms/6hrs) located east of Jodhpur. It is an authentic village with a famous temple built in the honour of Durga, and is best known for its beautiful castle, now a five-star hotel. It was once a line of defense against Mughal armies coming from Delhi and Agra. Visiting Khejarla is a great way of heading off the usual tourist trails. Overnight at Fort Khejarla.

Day 09

Khejarla – Jodhpur (22-Oct-17)

Time for the Blue city

Let’s drive to Jodhpur today (84kms/2hrs), famously known as the ‘Blue City’. En-route, we will stop to photograph the sublime Indian landscape. Once we reach Jodhpur, we will do a city tour. Standing at the edge of the Thar Desert, this city has its own charismatic aura. Our time here cannot be completed without visiting the Mehrangarh Fort, which is one of the most impressive and formidable of forts in Rajasthan, the state of forts. It is situated on a high natural rock from where we get a wonderful panorama of the bustling city below. We will also be visiting Jaswant Thada, a real gem of late nineteenth-century fine architecture, and Mandore Gardens, famous for its exquisite sculptures. Overnight at Ranbanka Palace, Jodhpur.

Day 10

Jodhpur – Udaipur (23-Oct-17)

City of lakes

After a delicious breakfast we will drive to a city where everything is mostly white, Udaipur (265kms/6hrs), rightly considered as one of India’s most romantic cities, famous for its breathtaking palaces and lakes. In the evening, we can enjoy a boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola – a treat for all incurable romantics. From the lake you get a marvelous view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens running down to the waterside. Unsurprisingly, it is considered one of India’s premier wedding destinations. Overnight at Fateh Niwas, Udaipur.

Day 11

Udaipur (24-Oct-17)

A treat for romantics

Being in Udaipur, is like being in an enchanting land where awe-inspiring palaces dominates picture perfect lakes; havelis and temples are filled with mysteries, and folklore. Today we will start our day with a visit to the grand and majestic City Palace, built in granite and marble, surrounded by crenellated fort walls, and with incredible views of Lake Pichola. It gives you a glimpse into the life of part of the royal palace of the Maharaja of Udaipur and is beautifully preserved. Then we will proceed to the Garden of Maidens, locally known as ‘Sahelion-ki-bari’ – The place used to be a garden for the queen and her maids so they could go out and relax outdoors without being seen. Lastly we will end our day with a visit to the Jagdish temple, which is the main Vishnu temple in the center of town. Entered by a steep flight of steps, it’s most impressive for its exterior carvings. There are rows of elephants, horses and dancing figures low down and musicians and beautifully carved deities higher up. Overnight at Fateh Niwas, Udaipur.

Day 12

Udaipur – Delhi (25-Oct-17)

Back to Delhi

Today we bid goodbye to colorful Rajasthan and take a flight back to Delhi. In Delhi, we have arranged for something rather fun and interesting. We have a special Bollywood dance class with  an expert. Have fun dancing! Overnight at Crowne Plaza, Delhi.

Day 13

Delhi – Kathmandu (26-Oct-17)

Welcome to the hill kingdom

We have another reason to rejoice about today, as we are flying to Kathamandu, Nepal. This day is set aside for your leisure, catch up on some sleep or, if you wish, you can take a stroll around the markets nearby – there’s plenty to see and explore, so take this opportunity to get under the skin of Nepalese culture straight away! Overnight at Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu.

Day 14

Kathmandu (27-Oct-17)

Largest Buddhist stupa

As any other capital city, Kathmandu too has a lot to offer and take pride in. It is one of the busiest places in the country. Let’s start exploring it, with a heritage walk to Boudhnath, which is the world’s largest Buddhist Stupa and a site of great veneration for Buddhists. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal Mandala design. Hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha set into the niches around this huge structure make it even more mesmerizing. We will also be learning about Buddhism from a monk or a lama in the monastery located near Boudhanath. He will be more than happy to give you his blessings and answer all your questions about Buddhism. We can also place a prayer flag with assistance from the Lama and light a butter lamp. Enjoy high tea at a rooftop local restaurant overlooking the Boudhanath stupa afterwards. Post this, our next stop takes us to the Pashupatinath temple, situated on the banks of the Bagmati River, considered to be the most holy temple in the world of Nepalese Hinduism. The sight of a cremation being performed on the banks of the river is very common. Overnight at Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu.

Day 15

Kathmandu (27-Oct-17)

A fusion of history and culture

In the morning we will go to the Swayambhunath Stupa in the outskirts of Kathmandu, which is on a sacred hilltop, and invariably well-attended by gracefully-attired Buddhist pilgrims lighting butter lamps. If you listen carefully you can even hear the prayers amidst a backdrop of mountain peaks. In the afternoon, we head to Patan, a locale of Kathmandu, and a cradle of arts and architecture rightly admired for its Durbar Square, known for being one of the finest urban streets capes in the world. It is will be an exhilarating experience as it is home to many sadhus (holy men), who can be seen everywhere in their very distinctive white and orange dresses, dreadlocks and painted bodies. There are two Newari villages, namely Bungamati and Khokana, to be explored after this. Both have resolutely kept their roots alive – even beyond the traumas of the 2015 earthquake – giving us a genuine sense of the medieval era with its fine architecture and rich culture. Overnight at Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu.

Day 16

Kathmandu (29-Oct-17)

Explore Bhaktapur

We will drive to Bhaktapur, a treasure-trove of medieval art and architecture, which translates as ‘the city of devotees’. It is still largely a city of farmers, and the most authentic of the valley’s cities. Its tiled roofs, carved wooden facades and numerous courtyards continue to exude a highly-cherished medieval character. We will visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and the pottery square and see how this age-old craft tradition has survived over the years. Later we drive to the Bamboo School in Bhaktapur (known as Samata Siksha Niketan) which is well-known within the sphere of education in Nepal and so-called in reference to its bamboo design. The school has a very minimal fee, allowing children from poor and downtrodden families to attend. We will spend time with the students and the teachers and then drive to Kathmandu. We will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, and then visit Thamel. Spend time walking around in Thamel, famous for shopping. Then we can relax and enjoy quality time at a local café or restaurant. Tonight being our last night we will go for some culture high to Bhojan Griha for a farewell dinner. This place offers delicious authentic Nepali food along with a cultural program to treat our eyes. Overnight at Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu.

Day 17

Kathmandu – Departure (30-Oct-17)

See you soon

Like all good things come to an end, so does one of the most memorable trips. We hope you had the most amazing time exploring North India and Kathmandu. We surely did enjoy putting this tour together for you. Wishing you a wonderful journey back home! See you soon!

YOUR HOTELS (or similar):


Each destination has a unique character, a story. So we chose the most beautiful destinations, we also hand-picked the most suitable hotels for your comfort.

In addition, we offer you options to choose from depending on your budget and travel style that suits you.

You will stay in deluxe hotels.


THE PRICE INCLUDES


  • Accommodation in hotels listed in a double room with breakfast.
  • Full board in Ranthambore.
  • Ground transfers by private car with an English speaking driver in an Air-conditioned Car.
  • Flight – Udaipur to Delhi, Delhi to Kathmandu
  • Entrance fees at sites, museums and shows mentioned in the program
  • Safari in Ranthambore
  • Movie at Rajmandir, Jaipur
  • Jeep drive to Amer Fort, Jaipur
  • Boat ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur
  • One hour Bollywood dance session with an expert in Delhi
  • Farewell dinner at Bhojan Griha in Kathmandu
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All applicable taxes

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE


  • International Flight & Airport taxes (International)
  • Insurance and visa costs
  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Camera and Video charges
  • Tips to guides and drivers (allow about 5 $ / day / person)
  • 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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