Day 1, Mumbai
This morning we visit Elephanta Caves: dating back to somewhere between 450-750AD, the rock-cut caves are a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos brimming with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and located approximately an hour’s boat ride from the Gateway of India.
After a break for lunch, we take in the Gateway of India – one of India’s most endearing land-marks and the point where visitors originally arrived at the country, it also symbolises the former power of the British Raj. Perhaps sample bhelpuri (Mumbai’s favourite snack) at Chowpatty Beach along what is known as Marine Drive. Later visit the Rajabal clock tower, the Jain Temple and Dhobi Talao before delving into the Prince of Wales Museum where you have the opportunity to see some of the rarest, most ancient exhibits of Indian history.
Next, soak up the serenity of the Hanging Gardens, also known as the Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, which were laid out in the early 1880’s over Bombay’s main reservoir. We finish in Crawford Market, possessing has elements of both the Flemmish Architecture and looks like it would seem more comfortable in Victorian London.
No meals included.
Step into the colourful, pulsating heart of India’s capital. Head to the home of a local host for a traditional, hands-on cooking experience. Ask questions about life in Delhi, help with the cooking, note down the family recipes or simply enjoy a friendly conversation around the kitchen table with your host – this is the perfect introduction to both the food and lifestyle of India.
Delhi is a gold mine of historic sights and architectural feats, so start the morning with a piping hot chai before embarking on a cultural adventure around the city. Discover the sensory delights of the Old Town’s marketplace, sampling food, bargaining with locals and winding through narrow alleyways. In the evening, hit the town for a delicious food tour around the city. Sample an array of local delicacies, have your hands painted by a henna artist and learn the difference between paneer tikka and panipuri.
With a thorough introduction to Indian food under your belt, it’s time to wrap up this Bite-size Break of Delhi. So, perhaps head to your new favorite chai tea or samosa vendor for a final morning pick me up before exploring the rest of the city (or country) at your own pace.
Day 1 Chiang Mai
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok (1B, 1L, 1D)
We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek. Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies. Additional Notes: The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience! Included Activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 1 Transport: Pickup truck (1.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam (1B, 1L, 1D)
You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft. Included Activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 2
Day 4 Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)
After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore. Included Activities: Bamboo Rafting to Lahu Village Lahu Village Visit Bamboo Rafting to Shan Village Transport: Pickup truck (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 5 Chiang Mai (1B)
Depart at any time.
Feel cares melt away as the last of the whirring traffic and city sounds fade and the serene nature of Vietnam’s countryside envelops you. Startling green mountainsides, cascading patchwork rice paddies and picturesque houses and villages greet us at Mai Chau. Enjoy a delicious, traditional lunch with a local family and learn about the culture, customs and lifestyle of the people living in this region of Vietnam. After lunch, cycle through this breathtaking landscape visiting villages, riding past rice paddies and stopping to meet locals as they work in the fields or wander the paths. Return to the homestay in time to watch the sun sink behind the mountain, and perhaps help prepare the night’s meal or relax with a drink and wile away the hours.
After a scrumptious breakfast, strap on the walking shoes and take to the hills on a trek along the traditional paths of the area. Visit villages of the White Thai people, exchanging smiles and learning about their everyday lives and customs. The scenery of this area is stunning so have cameras at the ready and, as there is no rush, there is plenty of opportunity to stop and simply take in the wonder of this special part of Vietnam. Return to the homestay for lunch, then it’s time to say farewell to our hosts and gorgeous Mau Chau and return to the vibrant streets of Hanoi.
Day 1: Jodhpur
Arrive in Jodhpur and be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Jodhpur
Explore Jodhpur on a guided tour of the city. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort. Towering 122m above town on a steep ridge, this is one of the country’s largest fortifications and contains several palaces. Stop in at the clock tower at the foot of the hills and wander the vibrant Sadar Market with its myriad alleyways and specialty local goods.
Day 3: Jodhpur
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast today.