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After seeing Eat Pray Love, you must’ve wondered if Bali is as magical as shown in the movie. Well, let us tell you that it is that magical and more; all your dreams and dragons and longings rolled into one. This small island is surprisingly packed with breath-taking scenery, vibrant culture and endless activities. Temples, oceans, exotic culture, rice-fields, beach-side evening markets, water sports, Film Festivals; just name it and it has it. Take a bike tour or just waddle around, Bali has so much beauty to offer, it will sweep you right off your feet.

The adventurous souls can trek up to the Mount Batur Bali, an active volcano which promises spectacular sunrises and volcano-steam cooked food. The coffee fanatics can visit Bali Agrotourism, to sample the unusually processed Coffee Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world. The ones looking for pampering and calm can book themselves into the various herbal- cleansing spas or get the famed Balinese massage that takes away all the stress gathered in a lifetime and transports the mind to a luxurious oblivion. Seminyak and Kuta is loved for its glorious beaches and melting sunsets. The ocean lovers can sunbathe on their shores with colourful mocktails gleaming in the sunshine or can surf the waves of Kuta, Uluwatu and Dreamland, or simply opt for a romantic sunset boat ride to spot the Dolphins in their realm. The night animals on the other hand, need to be in Kuta as the sun sets; that’s when some of the most legendary parties begin here! As for the ones loving temple architecture, there is no scarcity of it here. Intricately carved temples are found everywhere.

The Balineese food needs special mention. It is noted for its use of pork. Rice being the staple food of the region, it is prepared in a variety of ways and is served with spicy, tangy chutneys and pork. Local dishes include Babi guling — roast suckling pig served with rice, Bebek betutu —duck roasted in banana leaves over charcoal, Sate lilit —seafood satay wrapped around a twig of lemongrass and Urutan —spicy pork sausage.

Be it a honeymoon you are planning or a single getaway, a family trip or an all friends tour, Bali has something for each one’s heart. Eat Pray Love in Bali, pronto!

Best Time to Visit:

We’ve already said that Himachal is excellent throughout the year. Yet, so that you get the best out of Himachal, we have divided it into seasons.

May to June and September to October is an absolute adventure for trekking and climbing.

July to September, which is during the monsoon, we suggest you visit Spiti Valley and Lahaul. They are considerably dry during this period and definitely warrant a visit.

Come November till April, the access to these valleys is blocked with snow. However, this is the best time for ski-enthusiasts to visit.

How to Reach:

You can reach Himachal by either drifting on air (by flight!) or going choo-choo on land!

Only the daring take the ‘Vroom-Vroom’ path! (by road)

If you are taking a flight:

Himachal Pradesh has 3 domestic airports. They are situated at Gaggal, Bhuntar and Jubbarhatti. These connect Delhi and Chandigarh to Himachal.

If you are taking a train:

Well, Himachal isn’t exactly a flat surface so laying railway lines must have been pretty tricky.

However, you can reach Himachal Pradesh by rail.

The longest railroad connecting Punjab to Himachal starts from Pathankot and ends at Jogindernagar.

There’s a toy train too! Remember Jab We Met? Yeah, well, that train actually exists and takes you on a beautiful route from Shimla to Kalka. Kalka is pretty well connected to other major Indian cities.

If you are taking a flight:

Himachal Pradesh has 3 domestic airports. They are situated at Gaggal, Bhuntar and Jubbarhatti. These connect Delhi and Chandigarh to Himachal.

If you are taking the road:

As we said, the terrain of Himachal is quite exciting during monsoons and winters. This also translates to deadly and risky!

Imagine long, winding roads overlooking awe-inspiring landscapes. Imagine driving at leisure basking in ethereal natural glory! You don’t have to imagine this if you visit Himachal in the good seasons.

The network of roads in Himachal is well connected across all the major cities and towns. Elevated roads are closed during monsoons and winters due to the risk of snowfalls and landslides.

There are regular bus services from Amble, Chail, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Kullu, Manali, Mandi, Pathankot and Shimla. Taxis can also be hired from nearby places to reach Himachal Pradesh.

Accommodation:

From Government Hotels to Resorts, Himachal has an array of comfortable options for accommodation.

Top Destinations Himachal Pradesh:

Shimla:

During the British rule, Shimla, or Simla as it was previously known, served as India’s summer capital.

Now it serves as the capital of Himachal Pradesh only. It was termed as the ‘Queen of Hills’ by the English and is a hub for tourist activity. With pleasant and enjoyable summers and cold and snowy winters, Shimla is simply an exquisite location.

Kasauli:

Serene, gorgeous, friendly, here are some adjectives which can be used to describe Kasauli. Trust us, there are many more.

A place filled with rustic beauty, Kasauli is a beautiful, quiet little place. Yes! It’s got cobbled roads, discrete dingy shops, quaint houses, maintained estates, it’s like a O’Henry wrote this place into existence.

Parwanoo:

Situated on the border between Himachal and Haryana, Parwanoo is a petite hill station.

Adorned with superb landscapes, towering peaks and meandering roads, Parwanoo is an exciting spot for tourists to enjoy excursions, picnics and more.

Thanedar:

Elevated at a height of 7700 ft, Thanedar is located about 80 kms away from Shimla.

At this height, you are privy to amazing, panoramic views of the ranges around this place.

Residing on the Old Hindustan-Tibet road, clouds wrap around this place like a blanket whereas the Sutlej sparkles in a valley below, around 6000 ft below!

Sangla Valley:

Sangla Valley is located at a height of 2700 mts and is a part of Kinnaur. The Kinnauris settled on the banks of the Baspa River amidst tall, hefty mountains. The Sangla Valley is rich in flora and fauna and traditional culture. That doesn’t mean it lacks in adventure in any way.

It is famous for scenic, leisurely walks, fishing, trekking and adventure sports ( Rappeling, rock climbing, etc).

If all of this doesn’t interest you, a nap in the striking Apple orchards will surely change your mind.

Sojha:

The exquisite nature of Sojha is something to die for!

It’s actually a little village linking Shimla and Kullu districts, a small distance away from the Jalori Pass.

At Sojha, you have to be careful because you are sure to be seduced by nature.

Amidst a number of scenic views, watching the dawn break over the horizon of Sojha is simply transcendental.

Narkanda:

This location is frequented by ski-enthusiasts in large numbers.

Maybe it’s the dense, tropical forest or perhaps the Apple Orchards. Just Kidding, Nakanda, along with the forest and the orchards, is a perfect spot for skiing.

Actually, it’s an amazing location for people who are looking for some solitude and tranquillity.

Encircled by high mountains, Narkanda is snuggled in privacy.

And they also have Cherries and Apples!

Manali:

Residing at the base of the Kullu Valley, is, what can definitely be called, paradise!

Located on the northern side of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is elevated at a height of 2625 mts above sea level.

You definitely don’t need us to tell you the beauty of Manali. However, Manali also serves as the entrance to Spiti Valley, Lahaul, and Ladakh. Bet you didn’t know that

The Kullu valley:

Also called as the ‘Valley of Gods’, the Dussehra celebrations of Kullu valley are quite famous.

Snuggled between Manali and Shimla, this valley celebrated the victory of Lord Rama for seven straight days.

Apart from the natural beauty bestowed upon this place, it also has a fascinating intra-mountain tunnel called the ‘Aut tunnel’.

The weather is pleasant and enjoyable most of the year. However from December till February, it goes below zero and Kullu Valley is subjected to heavy snowfall.

Dharamsala:

The town of the Dalai Lama; that’s all the introduction this place needs.

Located in the Kangra district, Dharamsala is divided into two distinct regions. The Upper Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj) and the Lower Dharamsala.

The Upper Dharamshala is where the current Dalai Lama, Tenzing Gyatso, resides along with a large number of Tibetan exiles. Dharamsala is elevated at an height of 4780 feet and is dubbed as the ‘Scotland of India’ thanks to the scenic landscapes.

Dalhousie:

The best time for paying a visit to Dalhousie is in the summer. The funny thing about Dalhousie is that it sports Victorian architecture widely but also serves as a repository of Hindu culture.

A lot of our ancient art and handicraft techniques have passed from generation to generation among the locals here.

Dalhouse also has ancient Hindu temples which take us back into time. Established in 1854 by the English as a hill station, Dalhousie also serves as the entrance for the Chamba district.

Palampur:

Located at the union of the plains and the hills, the scenery at Palampur is vivid and contrasting. With plains on one side and the majestic snow-covered hills on the other side, this location is simply amazing. In the setting of this stunning settlement stands the Dhauladhar mountain range. They remain snow-covered for most part of the year.

Palampur is well-known for being a green hill station in recognition of the surrounding tea gardens and pine forests.

Charges

Adult - (above 10 years) on Twin Sharing - Rs.23,800/- + air fare (appro Rs.9000/-)

Adult - (above 10 years) on Triple Sharing - Rs.21,800/- + air fare (appro Rs.9000/-)

Child - (between 5 - 10 years sharing same room with parents) - Rs.20,800/- + air fare (appro Rs.9000/-)

Discount Applicable - Rs.1,500/- per person on the above charges for all!


Charges Include

  1. Jaipur - Ranthambhore - Jaipur Surface tranposrt in AC Innova
  2. Accomodation on sharing basis at resort in Ranthambhore
  3. All meal charges form & up to Jaipur (Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea or Coffee and Dinner
  4. 5 Safaris in the National Park
  5. Guide Fee and Permit Charges
  6. Fort visit


Charges Exclude

  1. Rail / Air fare up to and from Jaipur
  2. Bottled Mineral water / cold drinks / snacks purchased during the journey or at the campsite.
  3. Any personla expenses (Room service charges, Laundry, Portage, etc)
  4. Any medical expenses incurred if any
  5. Any charges arising due to conditions / circumstances beyond the control of organizer (Globe n Beyond™)
  6. Any other charges not mentioned in 'Charges Include' above.

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