Experience a mix of soft adventure in the Himalayan Foothills including rafting, trekking and safari. The tour covers both the cultural and natural aspects of the region. From Delhi you head north across the plains, then up through the Himalayan foothills to explore the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site of Rishikesh. Continue your journey towards east to Corbett for spectacular days of game viewing in India's most famous Jim Corbett national park. The outstanding natural beauty of northern India will stimulate your mind and senses, leaving indelible memories: the fresh mountain air, a bird on the wing, the majesty of sunrise over the Himalayas all together a memory impossible to erase. The leisurely three day visit to Almora will gives you a true experience of “Kumaon” the local life where old traditions and culture are still part of daily life.
About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS
The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protections TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, TCF, ATAC, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of destination. Our reputation is built on providing world class service with real personal touches that make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.
“You Rely on us and we rely on experience”
Himalayan Valley- 11 Days/10 Nights (Private Car Tour)
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Meet and assistance by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Executive and transfer to the hotel for two nights stay at Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
Enjoy breakfast and start full day sightseeing tour Visit Qutub Minar, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Gandhi Memorial and Chandni Chowk with rickshaw ride. (B,D)
(Jama Masjid is closed on every Friday)
Day 03: Delhi – Haridwar
Morning in time transfer to railway station to board fast train to Haridwar and a short drive to Rishikesh, considered one of India’s seven Hindu holy cities situated at the confluence of Ganges and Chandrabagha. It is home to many ashrams offering spiritual learning, yoga and meditation. Remaining afternoon is free to explore and stay two nights in Rishikesh. (B,D)
Day 04: Rishikesh
Today enjoy River Rafting in Ganges and get your adrenal running. Later in the evening visit Rishikesh to see prayer ceremony by the banks of Ganges which is entirely a different experience in comparison to the prayer ceremony at Haridwar. (B,D)
Day 05: Rishikesh – Corbett
Today travel to Corbett National Park – the oldest national park of India named after legendary Jim Corbett, who mastered the art of killing man eating tigers to save the local populace. His tales still does the round of the villages around Corbett and his house in Kaladhungi, now converted into museum, evening will be spent at leisure. Stay two nights at Jim Corbett. (B,D)
Day 06: Wildlife Safari
Today enjoy a safari on the back of an elephant, a fantastic experience! Later after lunch a jeep safari to the grassland to view the wildlife especially the evasive tiger. (B,L,D)
Day 07: Corbett - Almora
Today travel to Almora. Established in 1815, enjoy the distinction of being the first British hill station in India. Here you can experience lifestyle of the Kumaon people. In the evening you will have an opportunity to sample the local Kumaon cuisine while staying three nights at Almora. (B,L,D)
Day 08: Almora
Enjoy leisurely breakfast and relax at the nature resorts or explore this beautiful hill resort town. (B,L,D)
Day 09: Almora – Delhi
Today after leisurely breakfast transfer to Kathgodam railway station to board express train for a short journey to Delhi. Stay overnight in Delhi. (B,D)
Day 10: Delhi Departure
After leisurely breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Delhi airport where you board your onward flight home. (B)
Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dinning place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
Do some exploring before the trip begins or add couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.
Add-On (Short Tour packages)
Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way. Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions. With all arrangements made for you they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.
Private Car Tours
Our private car tour is not about leaving you alone to explore destinations or country; it’s all about giving you to opportunity to choose your own dates and travel at your own pace and leisure in your own private car with a driver. Your itinerary will be private, personalised and flexible which can be chosen from our selections or customised according to your request. Your private local English speaking guide will escort you in each destination during sightseeing tour, and when you want to explore the town on your own; you are absolutely free to do so.
Our Group and Private Car tours have been designed to feature a selection of the destination’s highlights, but they may not meet all of your requirements. At TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS we are proud to offer expert tailor-made services that enable us to put together your perfect holiday. Perhaps you would like to vary the standard of accommodation or modes of transport. On the other hand, you may want to create an entirely individual itinerary that includes destinations and experiences not covered in the featured itineraries. Whatever your needs, we are happy to design a personalised itinerary and quote without obligation.
“The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”
What better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than to get away from the daily hectic schedule and escape to a place of sheer relaxation and comfort.
A perfect family holiday is like a Pandora’s Box of excitement, relaxation, fun, good times and wonderful memories that will be cherished for a life time. Let us tailor your every wish for that ideal family time together, a dream come true and an experience that will be passed down from generations.
This itinerary can be customised to create your family holiday.
What Makes Us Different?
Being your Local Travel Wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must see and must do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.
Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, elephant or camel or horse ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.
All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share room with travel companion. For single traveller we do offer single room and price is available on request.
You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases.
100% Protected Holiday
We are a member of IATA, TCF, ATAC and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.
No Hidden Cost
We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. For more details please refer to the tour inclusions.
Value for Money
Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power help us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts add incredible value for your dollar.
Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off
Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.
Multi Trip Discount 5% Off
If you have the time why not combine two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.
BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family
The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is not only keen to visit a destination but would also like to do things differently. Is there a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?
Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.
(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)
24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices
Apart from 24/7 helpline for emergency assistance; our guest relation manager will call you to make sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.
The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights. We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.
Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency. Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. Its your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.
Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a per-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.
Type of Accommodation
As there is so much to see and do in India during the day therefore everyone deserves a good night sleep. We choose quality accommodation according to the category you are travelling in, based on providing a place of rest that offers not only comfort but also an authentic experience rather than staying in a hotel that could by anywhere in the world. Every hotel might be different according to location, amenities and services. While selecting hotel we consider great location, private bathroom facilities and air-conditioning to name few.
Comfort: 3 star hotels offering basic and clean private facilities.
Deluxe: 4 Star hotels, Palaces and Heritage properties offering above average to very good facilities.
Luxury: 5 star hotels, Palace and Heritage properties offering full range of facilities and exceptional services with unique feature.
The cities which do not have more choice of hotels, the best suitable category of hotel is provided.
It is also possible to take a combination of comfort, deluxe and luxury accommodation in one itinerary.
Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence basic 3* or best available hotel in the itinerary except at some location where 4* and 5* hotel options are offered.
In Bhutan itinerary basis 3* hotel accommodation is used unless requested.
Selecting Your Holiday Type
Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;
Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.
Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.
Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be on highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.
Travelling In India
The key to travelling in India is patience! Distances can sometimes be vast, roads are often congested and rustic and time is not necessarily of the essence. With many different options of travel, each will bring with it a different perspective of this fascination country.
Our Small Group and Independent tours use a variety of transport options to get you from city to city. From Private car, deluxe charter coaches, to domestic airline and air-conditioned trains, you’ll be taken from hotel to hotel in comfort.
India has one of the largest rail networks in the world with over 60,000 kms of tract and 7,000 stations. Travelling by train in India can be an experience in itself and a wonderful way to get in touch with the locals.
Passport & Visas
India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals and you must obtain an Indian visa prior to leaving home as visa processing varies country to country. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in India. Travel to Sikkim requires a special permit; application may be made when applying for a standard Indian visa at the local Indian High Commission.
As of 25 Sep 2013 nationals and passport holder of New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxem Bourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar can avail visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay fee along with require documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact high commission of India for updated information.
Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka required visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained atleast 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. Fee will apply.
Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. Fee will apply.
Bhutan: All foreign nationals require visa for Bhutan.
Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.
Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.
Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc
Myanmar: Visa is required for all nationalities.
Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require international flight details, clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Myanmar. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Myanmar.
HOW TO BOOK
You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travelers over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel. By booking through travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here.
Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!
Day 1 – Arrival/Delhi
On arrival you will be welcomed by our Tour Executive at the airport lounge with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS signboard. Transfer to hotel where you will receive a traditional welcome with Garland while hotel formalities are completed. Stay overnight in Delhi. (No Meals)
Day 2 – Delhi
Sprawling on the banks of the river Yamuna, Delhi, the capital of India, typifies the soul of the country. The city conceals within its bosom the remains of a civilization that flourished over the last five thousand years. Several rulers ruled over Delhi and left behind numerous architectural wonders. After breakfast and briefing, mesmerise yourself in the splendid sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi tour and witness the legacy of that past which survives in the many monuments left behind by the regents. Your Guided sightseeing tour includes visit to the Qutab Minar; the 234-step tower dating to 1193, drive passes India Gate; honouring the 90,000 Indian soldiers who laid their lives in World War I, Gandhi Memorial; the simple black marble slab honouring Mahatma Gandhi. Next on your visit are two renowned 17th-century landmarks: Lal Qila, the Red Fort palaces which you drive pass and the Jama Masjid, literally meaning the Friday Mosque, India’s principal and biggest mosque, the most elegant mosque in India with its black and white onion domes and minarets. Also visit Chandni Chowk, which was Shahjahanabad’s Main Street in 1650, faces the majestic Red Fort. It originally had a central canal running down its full length, and when moonlight reflected off the water it got the name Chandni Chowk or ‘Avenue of Moonlight’. The canals have long since gone and it is now a chaotically bustling area, typical of real India, containing a mix of stalls, shops, food outlets and temples. Between the mosque and Chandni Chowk is a narrow shop-lined street along which you will be transported by cycle rickshaws on your most photogenic journey of the tour. The locals go shopping here like nowhere else. Evening return back to hotel for overnight stay. (B,D)
Day 3 - Delhi / Haridwar/Rishikesh (Dehradun Shatabdi: 12017-ETD: 0650hrs/1125 hrs)
Morning transfer to railway station in time to board fast train to Haridwar. Arrive Haridwar and drive to Rishikesh (25 Kms, 1 hour) considered one of India’s seven Hindu holy cities situated at the confluence of Ganges and Chandrabagha. It is home to many ashrams offering spiritual learning, yoga and meditation. For generations Rishikesh has been a rest stop for holy men and pilgrims heading into the Himalaya seeking purity. Check in at your designated hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Rishikesh. (B,D)
Day 4 – Rishikesh
Wake up early and head for Shivpuri to indulge in River Rafting in Ganges and get your adrenal running. Get into your rafting gear, follow carefully the safety briefing and all about white water rafting and you are ready to thrill yourself with the rafting experience. Raft down rapids like "Three Blind Mice", "Crossfire", "Body surfing", "Return to Sender", "Roller Coaster", "Golf Course" and lot more. End the trip near Laxman Jhula. Return back to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Later in the evening visit Rishikesh to witness prayer ceremony by the banks of Ganges and experience peace and tranquillity an experience heavenly but heavily contrast to the morning experience. return back to hotel for overnight stay at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 5 - Rishikesh / Corbett(250 Kms, 5-6 hours)
After breakfast drive to Corbett National Park – the oldest national park of India named after legendary Jim Corbett, who mastered the art of killing “man eaters” tigers to save the locals. His tales still does the round of the villages around Corbett and his house in Kaladhungi, now converted into museum, shall still gives you a feeling of his presence. Passing through the villages and towns, closely watching the countryside of India, you will reach Corbett to check in at the hotel. Evening spent at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 6 - Corbett
This morning you have a safari by elephant, a fantastic experience! Corbett National Park -The heavenly abode for adventure lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, Corbett National Park is set in the Shivalik foothills of the Himalayas in Uttaranchal. River rafting and elephant rides are the favourite activities of the tourists here across the 520 sq km of India's first national park along the bank of Ramganga river. It is also known for Sal tree as its main flora. It is named after the hunter-naturalist Jim Corbett, who suggested the conception of this wildlife sanctuary, Over 50 mammals, 600 birds and 25 reptile species have been spotted here but the highlight of course is the Indian Tigers, Leopards and Gharials, the rare fish eating, long-nosed crocodiles. Return to the Hotel for Breakfast. Later after Lunch go on a jeep safari to the grassland to view the wildlife especially the evasive tiger. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 7 – Corbett/Almora ( 5 hours drive)
After breakfast drive to Almora today. Established in 1815, Almora enjoys the distinction of being the first British hill station in India. The virgin hill station of Almora teems with scenic beauty and is fortunate to have been blessed by Mother Nature in abundant and it is evident from the bountiful nature. The location of the city has a quaint shape since Almora is located on a horse shoe shaped hillock. The hillock is covered with lush greenery making the city overflow with natural bounty. The buildings and estates around Almora town reflect a curious mixture of British colonial and Kumaoni architecture. Here you can have a sit down and admire the views before your first walk into the foothills, you will experience the mountain lifestyle of the Kumaon people. Overnight at Kalmatia Sangam. (B,L,D)
Day 8 – Almora
Options of soft treks or excursion to Binsar Sanctuary. Overnight at Kalmatia Sangam. (B,L,D)
Day 09 – Almora/Kathgodam/Delhi (Kathgodam Anant Vihar Shatabdi: ETD:15:45 hrs/ETA2115 hrs)
Morning at leisure, later drive back to Kathgodam in time to board train for Delhi. On arrival met and assisted by our tour executive and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Delhi. (B,L,D)
After leisurely breakfast check out from the Hotel and in time transfer to the Airport to board the onward flight. (B)
2015 - 2016
Make this your Family Tour - Child under 5 years old stays free.
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Grade: Easy to Moderate
Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facility
Private air-condition vehicle with Chauffeur
Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Services of an English speaking guide at Delhi
One Rafting session at Rishikesh
One Jeep Safari for Corbett National Park
Elephant back safari at Corbett
Village walks at Almora
Air conditioned chair car train tickets for sector Delhi – Haridwar & Kathgodam - Delhi
Entry fee/Monument entrance charges
Arrival Departure Assistance
All current applicable taxes
Any international or domestic airfares
Train fares other than specified in the what's included section
Airport taxes, visa & passport fees
Extra baggage charges
Early check in or late check out
Meals other than specified in the what's included section
Tips & gratuities
Travel & medical insurance
Camera & video permits
Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay
Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, postage etc
Any optional excursion or tour
Entry charges at monuments/forts etc
Any other expense not mentioned in the what's included section
Country Visited: India (Capital: New Delhi)
Overland travel by private air-conditioned car with driver
Itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements
Order sightseeing may vary according to local conditions
Normal Hotel check-in/out 1200 hours
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz -Type C (European 2-pin), Type D (Old British 3-pin)
Time Zone: GMT +5.5 hours
Ask for pre and post accommodation