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Sri Lanka Group Tour – Jan’20

Sri Lanka Group Tour Itinerary (8 Days / 7 Nights)

Introduction

 

Astral Trips is organizing a guided group tour to Sri Lanka in the 3rd week of January 2020. We will be exploring pristine beaches, ancient cave temples, world’s best train ride, tea plantations, wildlife safari, local food, shopping and more.

Come let’s explore our neighboring country together! 

Dates: 18th – 25th January 2020

Day 1

Arrive in Colombo International Airport. We will be straightaway proceeding to the city of Dambulla to explore the following places.

Dambulla Royal Cave temple – As the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area.

Day 2

After breakfast, we will be exploring the following sights near Dambulla.

Sigiriya Rock – An ancient rock fortress located near Dambulla. We will be climbing the 200 metres high massive column of rock. This site was selected by King Kashyapa for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes.

Minneriya National Park Safari – A wildlife sanctuary popular for spotting wild elephants who are attracted to the grass fields on the edges of the reservoir. We will be going on a safari in the afternoon.

Day 3

After breakfast, we will be taking a short drive to the city of Kandy. Explore the following sights in Kandy:

  • Temple of the Tooth
  • Gadaladeniya Temple
  • Ambuluwawa Tower
  • Buddha Statue
  • Royal Palace of Kandy
  • Cultural Dance show

Stay overnight in Kandy.

Day 4

We will take the world’s most scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella. The train takes you through stunning landscapes of green and lush tea plantations, old lovely bridges, waterfalls, villages and mountain views.

Stay overnight in Ella.

Day 5

After breakfast, we will be exploring the sights located near Ella.

  • Nine Arch Bridge
  • Little Adam’s Peak
  • Lipton Seat
  • Diyaluma Waterfalls
  • Ravana Falls
  • Ella Rock

Stay overnight in Ella.

Day 6

After breakfast, we will drive to the town of Mirissa located in the South. Mirissa is a fishing port and one of Sri Lanka’s main whale and dolphin watching locations.

We will relax for the rest of the day at the beach.

Day 7

In the morning, we will go on a whale watching tour from Mirissa.

Post lunch, we will proceed to the city of Galle. We will explore the following sights near Galle:

  • Galle Dutch Fort
  • Galle Lighthouse
  • Hikkaduwa Beach
  • Unawatuna Beach

Day 8

Drive to Colombo & return flight to your destination.

Bookings open. Limited seats only available.

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Dharamshala – McLeodganj

 

You are looking at the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, one of the highest cricket arenas in the world. Situated amidst the Dhauladhar mountain range in Kangra Valley, it has hosted many national and international matches. Dharamshala also acts as the residence of the Dalai Lama, is home to many monasteries and the nearby Mcleodganj is well known for numerous treks like the Triund Trek.

Also, closer is the best paragliding point in India, Bir Billing. So trek, para-glide, camp or just enjoy the lush greenery, snow clad mountains and beautiful cafés here. You can also combine these places with a trip to Amritsar & Dalhousie.

Best time to visit here is from September to June. Connect with us for a customized itinerary.

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Dharamsala – McLeodganj – Bir Billing

Dharamsala-McLeodganj-Bir-Billing Trip (6 Days / 5 Nights)

Triund | Paragliding | Camping | H.H. Dalai Lama Temple | Dhauladhar Mountains

Day 1

Arrive in Delhi by afternoon. Proceed to McLeodganj by overnight bus.

Day 2

Explore the following places:

Bhagsu Waterfalls – Located at 2km away.

Dal Lake – A small lake located about 3 km from Mc Leodganj

Tsuglagkhang Dalai Lama Temple – Main temple complex of Dalai Lama

Pic Courtesy: McLeod Ganj

Naddi Village – See the wider view of the Dhauladhar range and beautiful sunset

Day 3

Explore the following places:

Triund Trek – Triund is at the foot of Dhauladhar ranges and is at a height of 2828m. Distance of 9kms from McLeodganj.

Pic courtesy: Triund website

Dharamkot – Views of the Kangra Valley and Dhauladhar ranges on the way to Triund hill.

St. John Church in the Wilderness – An Anglican church constructed in 1852 located in the forest.

Day 4

Check out from McLeodganj hotel. Take bus to Bir. (1.5 hours).  Camping at Bir-Billing. Enjoy a hike to nearby picturesque Bari village. Bonfire & dinner at camp site.

Day 5

Experience paragliding session for approx. 15 – 30 minutes from Billing with an experienced pilot.

Explore Barot valley near Bir, famous for scenic beauty and natural landscape. Barot is known for trout fish farming.

Take overnight bus to Delhi from Bir.

Day 6

Return flight to Mumbai.

Cost from Mumbai: ₹ 25,000 per person

Inclusions

  • Return economy airfare (subject to price fluctuations)
  • Stay with breakfast
  • Bus from Delhi-McLeodganj
  • Bus from Bir-Delhi
  • Paragliding & Camping in Billing
  • Dinner & Breakfast at camp site in Bir / Billing

Exclusions

  • Local transport to / from hotel
  • Lunch / Dinner
  • Any other entry fee
  • Any other taxes, charges outside this itinerary

Our Services

  • End-to-end support till your trip is completed
  • Resolve all your queries in regard to the trip
  • Recommend places to eat, local cafes, places to shop etc.
  • Off-beat locations to visit / things to do

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Spiti Valley

 Spiti Valley – Himachal Pradesh (9 Days / 8 Nights)

Introduction

Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain located high in the Himalaya mountains in Himachal Pradesh. Located at 200 kms from Manali.

This is a backpacking budget trip. I’ll be your trip leader to guide and give information about all the places which we will visit.

Highlights

Chandrataal Lake Camping | Gue Mummy | Homestay in remote location | Photographer’s Paradise | Visit beautiful Monasteries | Explore Spitian Culture

Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive in Chandigarh by Flight / Train. Take overnight bus from Chandigarh to Reckong Peo.

Day 2:

Arrive early morning at Reckong Peo and proceed to Tabo after breakfast.

Day 3:

Explore Tabo village & visit Gue mummy village.

Day 4:

Visit Dhangkar Monastery & hike to Dhangkar Lake. Proceed to Kaza.

Day 5:

Visit Kaza Monastery, Ki & Kibber, Tashigang village

Day 6:

Day trip to Hikkim, Komic & Langza

Day 7:

Drive to Chandrataal Lake via Losar & Kunzum La Pass (4590m). Camping at lakeside.

Day 8:

Drive from Chandrataal to Manali. Take night bus to Chandigarh.

Day 9:

Depart from Chandigarh

Inclusions:

  • Hotel / Homestay with Breakfast
  • Bus from Chandigarh to Reckong Peo to Tabo
  • Bus from Manali to Chandigarh
  • Taxi to visit places within Spiti & Chandrataal
  • Entry fees, if any

Exclusions:

  • Airfare to & from Chandigarh
  • Lunch / Dinner
  • Any other expenses outside the itinerary like tips, laundry etc

Tour Start Date:

11-August-2018 (Saturday)

Tour End Date:

19-August-2018 (Sunday)

Tour Cost:

₹ 23,000 per person on twin / triple sharing basis.

Limited travelers only.

Payment Method:

Upfront Booking Fee – ₹ 10,000

Balance within 30 days – ₹ 13,000

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Glimpse of Spiti

Kunzum La Pass

Losar Village

View of Spiti river

Langza Village