USD 1000 Per Person
April - September
14 Days / 13 Nights
April - September
Chhattisgarh is a state located in central India, known for its rich cultural heritage, natural beauty,diverse wildlife and Some of the most important tribes. The Tour Will start from capital city fo Raipur and take you to Kawardha, jagdalpur, kanker, Kanger Valley National park and end in Jagdalpur, then you will return to Raipur. from Jagdalpur you will be going to visit tribal villages of Gond, Muria and Baiga Tribes. Kawardha and kanker are former royal estates and had a very glorious past, they have many intersting monuments to visit. A visit to chitrakoot Water falls is also a pleasnt expericne for the eyes. but the main attraction of the tour shall be the visits of Gond, Bhuria and Bhil Tribes. There you will be able to know more about these ancient Tribes, which has kept their Traditions and way of living intact. The Tour shall end in raipur.
On arrival in Raipur, Meet with MTA Representative. Drive to Kawardha. Check-in to the hotel and overnight stay at Kawardha.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Radha Krishna temple, it was built by the present Maharajas forebear Raja Ujiyar Singh 180 years ago. The underground rooms where the Sadhus practised their special ceremonies of ritualistic asceticism can still be seen. While a walk around the adjacent Ujiyar Sagar (Holy water tank) provides many different & interesting views of the temple as well as an insight into the everyday activities of the people. Next visit for Saroda Reservoir, it is covered 500 acres of lowland. Alternatively it is a wonderfully peaceful place to simply sit & read or contemplate your surroundings for a while. The sunsets here are beautiful & capturing one on film to take home is quite inspiring. After that go for visiting Bhoramdeo Temple. Bhoramdeo Temple bears a striking resemblance to the Sun Temple of Konark. It is popularly known as the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh as it also resembles the Khajuraho Temple. It is the main temple among the bunch of four ancient temples in this region - Madwa Mahal, Istaliq Temple, Cherki Mahal and Bhoramdeo temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Enjoy the Pushpa Sarovar (lake) where beautiful Paradise Fly-Catcher birds can be spotted among the trees & bushes. At the end visit the Baiga & Gond Tribal villages. They adhere rigidly to a simple & primitive lifestyle & live alongside nature in the heart of the remote forested areas. They are a gentle peace-loving people who make even the slightest incident a cause for celebration. Return to the hotel and overnight at Kawardha.
Breakfast in the morning, transfer to Kanker. Arrive at Kanker, checkin to the hotel and overnight stay.
After breakfast, the Bastar tribal experience begins. In South of Kanker you will visit Keshkal Ghat, which marks the border of Bastar 500m above the plain. You will see here the special nature of North Bastar with a visit to a colorful weekly MARKET. It gives you a great opportunity to meet the local people. Then visit the Narayanpur. It is known for its unique handicrafts. Handicrafts from this place are known as the best in the Bastar region. It offers many items such as bell metal, wrought iron, woodcraft and bamboo artifacts. You can also visit Ramakrishna Mission Center. At Kondagaon and Narayanpur discover some of Bastar’s finest handicrafts, and the people who make them. Return to the hotel and overnight at Kanker.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Jagdalpur. On arrival, check-in to the hotel and overnight stay at Jagdalpur.
Morning breakfast at the hotel transfer to a famous attraction of the place, Kanger Valley National Park. The Kanger National Park is known for its unique wildlife and beautiful surroundings. It is considered the finest of all virgin forest areas on earth. The park also has large deposits of limestone which are present in the form of caves. On your visit to this national park, do pay a visit to the limestone caves which are famous for the beautiful formations of stalactite and stalagmite. To add more fun to your tour, you can enjoy picnic lunch near the Tiratgarh Fall (at your own cost). Enjoy some great time while enjoying breathtaking views of the surroundings. Overnight at Jagdalpur.
After having breakfast, go out for sightseeing. Visit the Chitrakoot Falls which are well-known as the ‘Niagara Falls of India’. Here, enjoy the beauty of these waterfalls and take back a memorable experience of this alluring place. After sightseeing back to Jagdalpur. En-route, visit the famous Anthropological Museum, which is known to present an interesting insight into Bastar’s tribal culture. You can shop for terracotta handicrafts on the way. Return to the hotel and stay overnight in Jagdalpur.
This morning, after the breakfast, leave for some fun time to ‘haat’ which is the weekly market of Jagdalpur. Have a look at the local tribal life which the haat showcases. And then spend the rest of the day at leisure in hotel or you can explore the place. Overnight in Jagdalpur.
Breakfast in the morning proceed to Raipur by road. On arrival in Raipur, check-in to the hotel and stay at overnight in Raipur.
After breakfast, you will proceed for local sightseeing of Raipur. Visit City Center, Sita Nadi Sanctuary, Nandavan Garden & Mahamaya Temple. Return to the hotel & overnight in Raipur.
Have your breakfast and then visit Budhapara Lake & Vivekanada Ashram. Later, take a transfer to the airport and board a flight to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi fight for your onward journey. Get back home with some wonderful memories.
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A valid passport is required for at least six months before Boarding the Flight. We encourage you to check the validity of the passport and we advise you to bring a photocopy of your passport and the page of the visa obtained, or carry multiple copies of ETA, useful in case of loss.
INDIAN CONSULAR VISA
To enter India, an entry visa issued by the Indian Embassy is required. It is categorically necessary that all travellers, whose itinerary includes leaving and returning to the country, have obtained a double or multiple visas. During the flight to India you will be given a disembarkation form to be filled in with your data and to be delivered to passport control. The detachable part completed with the customs declaration will be returned to you, and must then be handed over to the customs upon leaving the airport.
Air tickets for flights within India or between India and Nepal, if not included in the intercontinental flight, will be collected by your companion or our representative and will be delivered to you upon arrival. Flights within India and between Nepal are the trickiest part of the journey. We recommend a lot of patience, because it is not uncommon for flights to suffer delays, cancellations or make intermediate stops not foreseen at the time of booking. It is therefore essential to always go to the airport on time (about 2 hours before the flight). In the event of cancellations, however, the companies, according to the new regulations, will refund the cost of the ticket but have no obligation to re-route. The rebooking will then be done by our local office by purchasing a new ticket. Purchasing it on the same day, the same fare as the canceled flight is not always available. In case this exceeds that of the cancelled flight, the difference must be paid directly on the spot. If there are no other flights on the scheduled route, a land transfer by car/bus will be provided in lieu of the ticket.
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
Since recently (August 2013) both on intercontinental flights and on internal flights, the companies are very strict in calculating the weight of the baggage and each additional kilogram is subjected to an extra payment according to the rules of the company itself. In this regard, we report the scheme concerning the baggage allowance for the economy class granted by each airline for flights within India and between India and Nepal:
Hand Baggage Weight
Checkin Luggage Weight
7 kg + Laptop
7 kg + Laptop
Indigo & Spice Jet
7 kg + Laptop
7 kg + Laptop
7 kg + Laptop
The company has the right to apply an extra cost for each kilogram exceeding the above, (indicatively from 4 to 8-euro per kg).
LOCAL GUIDES AND ESCORT TOURS
For the entire duration of the group tour, starting from your arrival in India, you will be assisted by a Tour Escort or local Guide (for individual tourists) in each city who will take care of every technical-organizational detail. The tour escort will also act as a local guide in the cities for which he is licensed. In the others he will be accompanied by a local foreign speaking guide or English-speaking guide as per the provisions of the Indian government. In the latter case, he will provide for the translation.
In many cities of India, in fact, there are no local guides speaking foreign languages (especially in southern India, central India and some parts of Rajasthan), or there are few.
We remind you that passport, telephone and valuable accessories in general must always be kept by the passenger and never left unattended, as no service facility takes charge of any loss/theft during the tour. It is also good to have all the emergency bank numbers with you in case of need.
In India, tipping is a custom rooted in local custom. The amount of tips is at the discretion of the passengers, but as a rule they are in the local custom. In restaurants it is customary to leave 10% of the bill as a tip.
A basic tip:
For half day drive with driver Rs. 300/ full day Rs. 500.
For porters Rs. 70 per bag
For Half Day Local Guide Rs. 500/ Full Day Rs. 800
Per Day Escorts Rs. 1000
(The amount is in total and refers to a group of 2/3 people, it can be increased if you are traveling in a group with more people)
For groups, even small in number but with tour escorts, it is advisable to give the guide a sum at the beginning of the tour (approximately 40/45 euros for 7/9 day tours) and he will distribute them appropriately, thus avoiding boring and continuous collections.
N.B. (This figure does not include a possible tip for the companion)
The rooms are available until 12.00 on the day of departure. In India there is no day use system, therefore if the rooms want to be kept until departure they will have to be paid for the entire following night.
We inform you that the check-in procedure can take place via online check-in, which can be implemented from the airlines' websites or via the automatic check-in devices specifically installed at the airport.
The most pleasant season runs from mid-November to March, with moderate heat and low rainfall. The maximum temperatures vary from 27° to 30°, the minimums from 16° to 22°. In March the temperatures begin to rise with highs reaching 38°. The month of August records the peak of the monsoon season (from June to October) which invests the south-western regions with rainfall that varies in intensity according to the areas, limited in some to severe thunderstorms. In October and in the first half of November the south-eastern part of India is affected by a north-east monsoon.
Clothing must take into account the period and the regions where you go. In southern India, light clothing can be worn all year round, without forgetting long trousers and long-sleeved shirts to protect against insects. During visits to the temples, excessively small clothing should be avoided. For those traveling to the northern regions, warmer clothing is needed, as the temperature can approach freezing in winter. In the desert region of Rajasthan the temperature varies a lot between day and night.
In India the variety of handicraft production is practically infinite. Indian muslins, canvases, silks and brocades have enjoyed worldwide fame since ancient times and have been appreciated for the quality of the fabric, the beauty and resistance of the colors, the originality of the designs. Even today the brightly colored silk saris, embroidered or woven with gold or silver threads, the brocades of Varanasi as well as the cottons of Rajasthan, the wool or wool and silk carpets of Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are renowned. The manufacture of fabrics is just one aspect of the varied and rich Indian craftsmanship which ranges from wood carving (teak, sandalwood, rosewood, ebony) spread almost everywhere, especially in Karnataka, to Agra marble inlays or the stone sculptures of Orissa, from ceramics to hand-painted lacquers, from brass and copper pottery to bamboo and leather objects. The skill of the Indians in the cutting and processing of semi-precious and precious stones has been known since ancient times. Haggling in the bazaars is common practice.
Do not buy souvenirs that cost animals their lives or harm nature.
FOOD AND DRINK
It is recommended to drink only bottled or boiled water (found in almost all restaurants and hotels). Carefully avoid tap water and ice in drinks. It is advisable to consume only well-cooked foods and packaged foods, avoiding raw vegetables and fruit that cannot be peeled.
In India there is a great variety of doctors practicing the most diverse forms of therapy and the only hospital in Europe is located in Delhi. It is advisable to bring from Italy tablets against any gastrointestinal disorders and medicines that are difficult to find locally.
Before entering the temples, mosques and or gurdwaras it is essential to take off your shoes, generally it is allowed to keep your socks on. To avoid discomfort, do not bring leather articles of any kind with you, because they could arouse some opposition. Inside places of worship, tourists can move as they please and sometimes attend religious rites, for which it is preferable to wear modest clothes, avoiding tops, skirts and shorts. A small donation will be welcome.
The folded hands namaste is the typical Indian greeting and its use will be greatly appreciated. Especially in cities, men will gladly shake hands with tourists; in fact, this gesture is considered particularly cordial. The majority of Indian women, on the other hand, are reluctant to shake hands with a man, both Indian and foreign (a possible refusal should not be considered an offense) and are generally surprised by the informality of relations between the two sexes used in western countries. In private homes you will be welcomed as guests of honor and your lack of familiarity with local customs and traditions will be understood and accepted. If you should be tempted to eat with your fingers, remember to use onlyyour right hand.
Indian cuisine varies according to the regions, with notable differences between the southern and northern regions, but has as a common feature the wise use of spices which are used not only to flavor foods but also to aid digestion. In the north it looks remarkably like that of Middle Eastern or Central Asian countries; there is great use of chili (hot pepper), the staple food is wheat, and various types of unleavened bread are consumed, such as pooris or chappatis. The meats are quite common, naturally not beef. In the south, where the Muslim influence has been less strong, vegetarian diets prevail, and the cuisine revolves around rice, consumed in an infinite variety of ways. The highly savory taste of Indian foods is related to the blend of spices frequently used in food preparation. These mixtures (kari) can accompany various vegetables, chicken or lamb meat, fish or rice. Rogan josh (lamb curry), gishtaba (spiced meatballs with yoghurt), korna (vegetable meat-based stews) are very common in the north. In the south, various vegetable dishes are widespread, including bhujia (a vegetable curry) and along the coasts, fish dishes, the Cochin prawns are delicious. Perhaps the most common dishes throughout India are, however, the simple dhal, essentially a lentil soup, and the thali, the typical vegetarian dish, usually served on a tray with small bowls full of vegetables accompanied by large -of quantity of rice. Among the desserts, kulfi, the typical pistachio ice cream, is very common, while tropical fruit is very abundant. It is a frequent habit to conclude the meal by chewing pal, a mixture of spices, betel nuts and other powders, all wrapped up in an edible leaf. Tea is the most popular drink and some varieties of Indian tea are famous all over the world. Try the rice beer.
In India a large number of local languages are spoken, very different from region to region, among which Hindi is the official one. English represents a strong instrument of national cohesion and is very widespread, especially in hotels or in places frequented by Westerners.
Religion forms an integral part of India's complex tradition. Four of the most important faiths in the world meet on this territory: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam and among these the first two were born in India. furthermore, this country which welcomed the Jews and the Parsees (followers of Zoroaster), who then integrated into Indian life, gave rise to Jainism, Sikhism and other innumerable cults and regional sects of lesser importance and which for centuries have acted and interacted with each other.
They usually already include exit taxes from the country. However, we recommend checking at the airport, as these are subject to change regulations.
The cellular network is active in the country, however Italian cell phones are only active in the main cities and it is therefore advisable to purchase a card locally. To call from India the area code is 0039. To call India dial 0091.
No mandatory vaccination is required for travelers from Italy. Before travelling, it is advisable to consult the competent ASL on the need to carry out vaccinations or appropriate prophylaxis. In general, subject to medical opinion, vaccinations against: diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, tuberculosis, polio and tetanus booster are recommended. However, we recommend checking the Viaggiare Sicuri website at the link http://www.viaggiaresicuri.it/index.php?india
The legal tender in India is the Indian Rupee. It is advisable to have currency in US dollars especially for entrances, Euros are also welcome. No Indian currency can be brought into the country or exported, while any amount of foreign currency can be imported. It is very complicated to exchange the Rupee in another currency, so it is advisable to buy in such quantities as to no longer have liquids in local currency at the time of departure. Credit cards, preferably from the VISA circuit, are accepted both in authorized shops and in hotels in large cities, where automated bank branches can also be used.
Our guides and professional escorts have experience in the area and in-depth cultural preparation. We can provide Guides in differenr languages also in most of the sectors but in some areas there shall be only english speaking Guides available, Such as Ladakh and the Himalayan areas, Kindly do check it with our travel experts regarding the availabiluty.
Means of transport
Our organization boasts a large fleet of new generation air-conditioned means of transport: from standard or deluxe cars (2/3 pax) to Overland vehicles (2/3 pax); from minibuses (4/8 pax) to grand tour buses (10/40 pax), with professional English speaking drivers, always attentive to the needs of travelers. The roads that connect the main cities of India are generally good. Indian Traffic conditions limit the transfer times to an average of 50 km per hour.
Hotels and tented camps
In Indian Subcontinent, the official category of hotels does not guarantee international standards and does not always correspond to the expectations of the traveler. The structures that MTA chooses, from luxury hotels, to Heritage Hotels (former residences of the Maharajas), to lower category hotels, are periodically supervised by our staff. In the Himalayan areas of Ladakh, hotels are provided among the best existing and standard tented camps with limited comfort, where a good spirit of adaptation is required.
The Major airports where International flights Land are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Almost all of the major International Airliens have theor scheduled flights from these cities. including Swiss, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, BrusselsAirlines and Etihad.
Our Product Managers are available to travelers to develop personalized itineraries (for individuals or groups) and offer ad hoc programming, designed with maximum flexibility and with smallest details, for those who want to immerse themselves in the magic and spirituality of " Land of the Gods” outside the classic Itineraries or with programs already present in the catalog. MTA is also available to develop personalized travels in cinema, nature, sports, honeymoons, incentive travel, business tourism and medical tourism in India.
To obtain an entry visa to India it is essential to have a passport valid for 6 months from the date of travel (with at least three consecutive free pages), and two passport photos. you can apply for ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) The Link of the website is https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa Kindly check for permission Granted on ETA before boarding your flight.