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About Kepri

India

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Duration: 17 days
Excluding flights
All meals & activities included

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Delhi, The Capital

  • Delhi's frenzied bazaars & modern city life
  • Nehru & Gandhi’s memorials by the Yamuna River
  • India Gate, Presidential Palace & Bahai Lotus Temple
  • Taste some of the country’s best Indian cuisine
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Days 1 - 2 - Delhi, The Capital (Description)

We will immerse ourselves in India's colorful and vibrant capital of 20 million people and experience the contrasts between Delhi's frenzied bazaars and its modern city life. Wake and shine to a beautiful Delhi day. After a good breakfast at the hotel, we will meet our local guide and begin our historical discoveries with the great India Gate. From the gate, we will walk to Rahstrapti Bhavan (the President’s Palace), then to the Parliament building and finally to Connaught Place. After a good local meal, we will head to the modern Lotus Bahai Temple and then to the banks of the Yamuna River to commemorate India's greatest leaders like Nerhu and Gandhi and visit their beautiful memorials. In the late evening we will go to some of Delhi's best bazaars for an introduction to India's local craft (tapestry, clothing, furniture, etc.). We will have the chance to buy some local outfits to use for the rest of the trip. Our lunches and dinners will be at some of the best restaurants in New Delhi with specialties from the North and South of India. We will definitely be eating more than usual, but don’t worry; we will make sure we burn the calories through various outdoor activities.

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Shimla & The Himalayas

  • Breathtaking train-ride to Shimla
  • Trekking amongst the Himalya mountain range
  • Isolated Hindu temples guarded by monkeys
  • Staying in one of the country’s best ecolodges
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Day 3 - Shimla & The Himalayas (Description)

This day marks the entry into the land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh, at the footsteps of the Himalayas. We will stop at one of the authentic dhabas on the way for a fresh breakfast. From Kalka, we will take a fun and breathtaking train ride all the way to Shimla. Shimla is a small town in the middle of the Himalayas and an ideal spot for summer time. The town was India's summer capital under British rule. We will first have lunch in town and then take a bus ride to our camp, only about 5 Km away from Shimla. The camp covers 100 hectares of western Himalayan forest, and we will be living in the middle of that forest. The camp is located at an altitude of around 2050 meters. We will settle in, freshen up, and then it would be time for a small trek in the forest. We will end the day with a nice dinner and a bonfire.

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Day 4 - Shimla & The Himalayas (Description)

Today we will trek for about 6-7 hours in the Himalayan forest. If weather permits we will do more trekking in the evening rather than the morning. The views of the Himalayas around the camp are just spectacular. We will cross rivers, bridges and waterfalls high up in the mountains, and have lunch in the middle of the forest. We will be accompanied by a local guide who will teach us about the Himalayan fauna and flora throughout the day. We will trek back to the camp before sunset and have a nice barbecue to end a perfect day.

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Day 5 - Shimla & The Himalayas (Description)

We will start the day with a little meditation and yoga session to relax our minds and bodies. We will be cycling through the forests today and follow different trails up on the mountains. In the evening, we will visit some of India's most isolated Hindu temples on high cliffs. The temples in the area are homes to very large communities of monkeys (Rhesus Monkeys and Gray Langurs) - watch out for your camera and glasses! We will end the day with a dinner at the camp with good music and time to exchange and mingle with the camp family and the other guests.

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Haridwar, Rishikesh & The Holy Ganges

  • Whitewater rafting in the “Ganga”
  • Discovering Hinduism in Haridwar & Rishikesh
  • Getting purified in the Holy Ganges
  • Learning yoga & experiencing a real Ashram
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Day 6 - Haridwar, Rishikesh & The Holy Ganges (Description)

We will get up early to leave for Haridwar – one of the 7 holiest cities in India. The Hindus considered it the Gateway to God, as the Devas are said to have left their footprints here. After settling in our hotel, we will walk around the Ganges and observe first hand a typical Hindu ritual with a priest by the banks of the Holy River. One of the symbols of Haridwar is a very large statue of Lord Shiva, the tallest statue of its kind in the country after the statue of Murudeshwara. We will have dinner in one of the town's best local restaurants.

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Day 7 - Haridwar, Rishikesh & The Holy Ganges (Description)

After a good breakfast, we will head out for a whitewater rafting adventure around Rishikesh, a little distance North of Haridwar. In Rishikesh, we will cross the Ganges via hanging bridges to reach the Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula Temples. The latter having an impressive architecture and holding a large number of bells that pilgrims ring as they pass through. The beautiful sounds of these bells are an important part of the spirituality of the place. In the evening, we will have a nice lunch out in the open, relax in the sun and experience a real yoga Ashram where we will learn to meditate while literally standing on our heads! After the yoga session, we will head back to Haridwar for dinner and take a walk around the city before retiring to our quarters.

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Day 8 - Haridwar, Rishikesh & The Holy Ganges (Description)

We will continue our spiritual adventure on this day and visit various temples in Haridwar, including two of the most important temples for Hindus. The Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temples, located on two different hilltops, are the perfect place to observe India’s yoga capital from high above. We will also have time to relax and to meditate by the banks of the Ganges and finish the day with another yoga session. Of course, good local cuisine and Masala Chai are on today's menu.

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Agra, The Moguls & The Taj Mahal

  • Agra’s world-famous Taj Mahal
  • Learning about India's Mogul culture and history
  • Visiting the palace complex of Akbar The Great
  • Treating our palettes to some of the country's best food
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Day 9 - Agra, The Moguls & The Taj Mahal (Description)

Today we will leave early in the morning to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal. Accompanied by a local guide and expert, we will visit the Taj Mahal and the Agra (Red) Fort and delve ourselves back in time to India's Mogul ancient empire. The Taj Mahal, one of the new wonders of the world, was built for the empress Mumtaz by her husband, the emperor Shah Jahan. The Agra Fort is where the once largest known diamond in the world (the Koh-i-Noor) was kept before it was seized by the East India Company and became part of the British Crown Jewels. In the evening, we will take a walk in the beautiful Mogul gardens. We will have our lunch and dinner in some of the best restaurants of Agra.

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Day 10 - Agra, The Moguls & The Taj Mahal (Description)

The hunt for the Mogul empire continues today with a special focus on one of India's most beautiful and complex constructions in the city of Fatehpur Sikri (the formal capital of the Mogul Empire), the palace complex of Akbar the great (Shah Jahan's grandfather). It is considered to be Emperor Akbar’s crowning architectural legacy, with its numerous palaces, halls and masjids. No wonder Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it takes hours to visit this gigantic masterpiece. After our visit inside the palace, we will have lunch in Fatehpur Sikri before returning back to Agra for a tour of the market. We will have dinner in one of Agra's best restaurants and retire for the night.

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Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Elephant safari to track the Indian Bengal tigers
  • Exploring one of India's best-preserved wildlife sanctuaries
  • Bird-watching with seasoned veterans
  • Experiencing the thrill of a night safari in an open Jeep
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Day 11 - Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary (Description)

We will hop on a bus to the Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary where we will arrive late in the afternoon. The sanctuary is one of the best-managed national parks in Asia where Kipling got his inspiration for the Jungle Book. First, we will settle in our guesthouse and get introduced to the local family who runs the place. After a good meal, we will go out for an introductory walk in the outskirts of the National Park accompanied by a local ranger. The jungle in Kanha is one of the richest wildlife reserves in India where a healthy population of tigers live. After the walk, we will come back to the guesthouse to relax and enjoy an evening surrounded by pure and serene nature. Of course, local food is served with all-you-can-drink Masala tea.

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Days 12 - 13 - Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary (Description)

In Kanha, we will be taken miles away from the developed world in the middle of vast jungles and get the chance to discover one of the richest wildlife sanctuaries on earth. Through different elephant and jeep safaris we will have the unique opportunity to track some of the world's biggest felines, the Bengal tigers, and come face to face with this almost extinct species. The sanctuary is also home to hundreds of bird species like the peacocks, black ibis, bee-eaters, herons, steppe eagles, as well as bison, the Barasingha (a native swamp deer native to India and Nepal), monkeys and many more.

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Jaipur, Pushkar & The Thar Desert

  • Discovering Jaipur's architecture, palaces & markets
  • Camel riding through the Thar Desert around Pushkar
  • Visiting the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma
  • Staying in one of Rajasthan's most beautiful Maharaja palaces
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Day 14 - Jaipur, Pushkar & The Thar Desert (Description)

Today we will take a train ride to Jaipur – the Pink City where we will arrive in the late afternoon / early evening. We plan to visit the city markets where some of India's best rugs and textile products are found and we will end the day with a dinner at one of the best restaurants in Jaipur. We are spending the two nights in Jaipur in a charming and beautifully decorated hotel.

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Day 15 - Jaipur, Pushkar & The Thar Desert (Description)

After a good breakfast we will go out to see the true Maharaja life style visiting the various palaces - Hawa Mahal, Amber Mahal and the City Palace. Jaipur was the first planned city in India, so we will get to see some of the oldest architectures of the country. We will also visit a beautiful fort, the Jal Mahal, a palace that sits in the center of the Man Sagar Lake. Tonight, we will have a delicious traditional dinner in one of India's best restaurants where we will also be enjoying the typical Rajasthan music and dance.

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Day 16 - Jaipur, Pushkar & The Thar Desert (Description)

We leave Jaipur early in the morning to get to Pushkar for a full day of outdoor activities. Pushkar features a scenic desert landscape and we plan to take a 3-4 hour camel ride to explore the surrounding Thar Desert. The town has bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. Pushkar in Sanskrit means blue lotus. After lunch, we will visit the only temple in the world that is completely dedicated to Lord Brahma and will walk around the old, narrow alleys of Pushkar. Those who wish will also have the option to get into one of the most beautiful Sikh temples in India and hike up the Saraswati temple for a scenic view over the Pushkar Lake and its 52 Ghats. We will spend our last night in the Rajasthan in one of its most beautiful Maharaja palaces right on the Pushkar Lake.

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Old Delhi & Its Markets

  • Old Delhi & its Indo-Islamic culture and architecture
  • Exploring Delhi’s busy markets & souvenir shopping
  • Jama Masjid: one of India’s oldest mosques
  • Dining in one of Delhi's best restaurants
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Day 17 - Old Delhi & Its Markets (Description)

This day is dedicated to Old Delhi and its Islamic and Mogul culture. We will start by visiting Jama Masjid - one of the oldest and largest mosques in India and Qutab Minar - the world' tallest brick minaret and one of the most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. We will also visit one of the most hustling and bustling markets of Old Delhi - Chandni Chowk, where you can get some amazing bargains. We will also visit the picturesque Old Fort (a UNESCO Heritage Site) before going to one of Delhi's best local restaurants for our last dinner.

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Day 18 - Old Delhi & Its Markets (Description)

We will visit a few sites by the River Yamuna, and end the day with a visit to Dilli Haat – a very nice food plaza and craft bazaar. This is the best place to find something truly authentic in this continuously modernized Asian city.