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$22 Day Trips & Excursions

Himalayan Historical Guided Day Tour in Shimla

Meet your tour guide at Christ Church (near Mall Rd, Lakkar Bazaarl) to start your walk through the town. Shimla acts as a hub for India's tourism sector. It is also home to a number of colleges and research institutions as well as multiple temples and palaces. The city's buildings are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures dating from the colonial era.The heritage walk starts from the Christ Church,which is located at the western shoulder of Jakhu Hill and east towards the Viceregal Lodge. Shimla has a number of places to visit. Local hangouts like The Mall and The Ridge are in the heart of the city. Most of the heritage buildings in the city are preserved in their original 'Tudorbethan' architecture. The former Viceregal Lodge, which now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and Wildflower Hall, now a luxury hotel, are some of the famous ones. During the walk your guide will take you through a number of old buildings such as Gaiety theatre, General Post Office, Imperial Bank, Railway Board Building, Gorton Castle, Knockdrin, Kennedy Cottage, Cecil Hotel,and Viceregal Lodge and you will find every building has a different style of architecture with many stories of the past. Your guide will narrate various facts and history about the old buildings as you enjoy the nature walk.The last point of your heritage walk is the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. After learning about Shimla history your tour ends and you can take local transportation by own expense) to your hotel or you can walk back to Christ Church, whichever you prefer.

$21 Private & Custom Tours

Private Half Day Local Shopping Tour of Shimla

Meet your guide at Christ Church at 10am or 1pm, depending on your choice, and proceed towards the most famous shopping markets. This private tour allows you to choose the markets you would like to visit.The best shopping areas in Shimla are the Lakkar Bazaar, The Mall, and the Government Emporium. The lower bazaar and the Tibetan bazaar are also well known shopping areas. You can select which markets you would like to visit, with your guide alongside you to make recommendations bases on your interests. Your guide will help you to bargain with local shop keepers and also explain to you about the local handicrafts and clothes. During the shopping walk tour you can visit following markets:Lakkar BazaarLocated on a narrow road adjoining the Ridge, the bazaar is popular for wooden decorative items and souvenirs.The MallThe Mall lies at the heart of all the shopping activities. Buzzing with shops, cafes, theaters, restaurants and a whole bunch of merriment, it is close to all places of interest.Himachal EmporiumIt is famous for local handicrafts. So if you are interested in locally-made handicrafts at pocket-friendly prices, Himachal Emporium is just the place for you.Lower BazarLocated just below the Ridge, it is hidden amongst crowded lanes and old buildings, Lower Bazaar, also known as Subzi Mandi, is extremely chaotic yet full of life.Tibetan MarketThis makeshift market is on Shimla’s slopes and is the perfect destination for those who love a good bargain.Your guide can also share recommendations on good places to stop for lunch or dinner (your own expense), in case you get hungry.  At the end of your tour, you will be take back to you at departure point.

$35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Half Day Temple Tour in Shimla

Meet your private guide at your hotel at your departure time and start your cultural tour into the immenseness of Indian Mythology.First, your guide will take you to the ancient Jakhoo Temple. It is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity, Hanuman. The temple has a mythological story attached to it dating back to the battle between Lord Rama and Ravana at Lanka.Your guide will explain the history of this temple. Here, you will attend morning Aarti ceremony. Aarti is a devotional ritual that uses fire as an offering. It's usually made in the form of a lit lamp. After taking the blessing of God and enjoy the morning prayer with music and bells, you will proceed to the next temple, Kali Bari.The Kali Bari temple is one amongst the most revered Kalika (embodiment of Goddess Shakti) temples in India. This temple was built in the year 1845 and is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala, which means that the temple has miraculous powers to fulfill all the desires of its devotees. It is from the name of Goddess Shyamala that Shimla derives its name. Explore this interesting legend as with your expert guide who will explain to you the significance of prime deity.Later on, you will enjoy Indian breakfast with tea to regain energy. Your guide will take you local restaurant where you will enjoy the breakfast.After breakfast, your guide will take you to the Sankat Mochan Temple, which is also dedicated to the Lord Hanuman. This temple is located at place where one can actually meditate and enjoy the calm and peaceful vicinity. Here, you will find lush, green trees surrounding the Sankat Mochan Temple. Your guide will tell you the story of this temple as well. After your visit to all temples, you will have learned some new historical knowledge. Your guide will then take you back to your hotel.

$35 Tours & Sightseeing

Shimla Half-Day Guided Walking Tour Including Lunch

Visit the the heart of Shimla and experience the vibrancy and adventure hidden in tangled alleyways and crowded bazaars. Begin your day like the locals, with a cup of chai tea at the local shop. Your experienced guide will then take you across the broad spectrum of Indian society, providing you with information about Shimla's culture along the way. You'll visit the city’s famous monuments and temples. You'll also observe the traditional Hindu rituals at a temple dedicated to various Hindu gods. Then, you'll share a home-cooked lunch with a host family.Additionally, you'll have the option to eat food from street vendors (at own expense), wander chaotic streets and alleyways, see the legacy of British imperialism at the British Raj and learn about India’s struggle for independence.Revenue from this experience will be reinvested in KPYM Himachal, which provides lessons and education for children in the local mountain community.

$120 Private & Custom Tours

Full day Varanasi local tour

Our driver will pick up you from hotel at 10 am   Your Varanasi day tour will start with visiting to Bharat Mata Temple, then visit Durga temple and proceed to Vanaras Hindu University. Varanasi is a Holi city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. explore the Varanasi silk industry, experience local people day to day life , local markets,   after lunch excursion to Sarnath - the very place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.  Must-see places in Sarnath are the Dhamekha stupa, Buddhist temples, the archaeological museum. Enjoy boat ride at river Ganga.   Evening  visit Ganga ghat to attend the Aarti ceremony. Then our driver will drop you at hotel.

$5649 Rail

Indian Odyssey by Rail

Travel like a local on this 54-day trip, exploring India by train from the northeast to the southwest. Skip the backpacking and let the train – and the innumerable beautiful sights – move you, from the Taj Mahal to the colours of Rajasthan to the ruins of Karnataka. This trip will hit some of the country’s highlights, with loads of time to hop off and get to know your surroundings in a way only a Rail tour allows. The trip won’t last forever, but the memories definitely will.

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