Trip Leader: Mr Danny Nason
Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas if required. Please ensure that your child’s passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of arrival at their destination.
Tourist Visas for India are non-extendable, non-convertible and there should be a gap of 2 months between two successive visits to India for the nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistani origin and Stateless persons.
“INDIA FOR ADVENTURE”
Snow Leopard Adventures School Trips aim to introduce students to the natural and cultural heritage of India. India Adventures includes a wide array of soft adventure activities such as rafting, trekking, cycling, nature walk, zip lining as well as environment sensitization and interaction with local children.
Tremendous emphasis on safety, meticulous planning, “Eco sense” and, of course, fun form the foundation of all our school trips. Add to that efficient staff, state of the art equipment and excellent camp cuisine and you have a typical Snow Leopard Adventures Eco tour.
Meet and greet by Snow Leopard Adventures team members at Delhi International airport and transfer to the hotel.
Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.
Overnight in Delhi hotel.
Morning wake up followed by breakfast. Post Breakfast, we drive past Lutyen’s Delhi which houses the Parliament House, the Presidential Estate and the India Gate. This part of Delhi was designed by the English architect, Edwin Lutyens, when India was part of the British Empire.
We go for a tour of New Delhi that includes a visit to the Qutab Minar.
Qutab Minar: Started by Qutubuddin Aibhak in 1199 as a victory tower and completed by the Sultan’s successor, Iltutmish, it is the tallest stone tower in India. The 72.5 m tower tapers from a base of 14.32 meters to a top of 2.75 m. The interiors of the tower are decorated with Islamic calligraphy.
Lunch at a restaurant in Delhi. Post lunch, visit Gandhi Smriti (memorial) Museum – is the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 4 months of his life before he was assassinated in 1948. The Government of India later converted it into a national memorial and dedicated it to Gandhiji.
An imposing statue, of Mahatma Gandhi with a girl and a boy holding a dove in their hands emerging from a globe, greets a visitor at the entrance of the memorial. The memorial has been designed to highlight the various aspects of the life of Mahatma, his ideas, principles and values. The Gandhi Smriti museum has some of his personal belongings along with some rare photographs, relics and frescos.
Kingdom of Dreams is a grand palace-like structure with lavish interiors. It offers authentic cuisine, live entertainment in the form of musicals, dramas etc. After dinner at Culture Gulley, we proceed for the show at Kingdom of Dreams. Culture Gulley is a grand, plush, air conditioned food court located inside Kingdom of Dreams. It showcases cuisines, street performances and artisans from all over India.
Overnight in Delhi hotel.
Early morning, we depart from the hotel to the railway station with a packed breakfast. Board Dehradun Shatabdi Express train to Haridwar. At Haridwar Railway station, we are met by Snow Leopard Adventures Team members.
Haridwar is a sacred town for the Hindus. Located at the base of the Shivalik hills, it is in this town that the River Ganges enters the plains. We drive past ‘Har ki Pauri’- the bathing ghats, where devout Hindus line up for a dip in the Ganges. A dip in its holy waters is said to wash away sins of a lifetime.
Arrival at camp, Camp Briefing and Lunch at camp. Post lunch we go for a short hike to a nearby Garhwali village. The hike takes us through a typical Garhwali Indian village where students can get a glimpse of village life in India.
Overnight at Smow Leopard’s Adventure Camp
Early morning wake up call for yoga. This is followed by breakfast.
Post breakfast, we drive to the start point of the activity today – “Fall to Fall” trek. The first half of the trek is an uphill climb. After about 30 minutes of hiking we take a short detour to a nearby waterfall, to see some stalactites formations. It is also a good spot for photographs.
After a short break at the waterfall, we get back to the trail and continue our gradual ascent. The trail passes through a typical hill village called Patna. At the village the students can see a variety of fruit trees and agricultural fields planted with seasonal crop. We walk to another village called Simal Khet – the highest point of our trek.
We stop at a vantage point for a picnic lunch. This point offers a panoramic view of the valley and the Ganga River. Post lunch, we descend for about 2 hours and return to camp. All along the trail, we find indigenous vegetation and trees found in this area including Bhimal, Rohini etc.
We drive to Rishikesh and explore this interesting town followed by the “aarti” ceremony on the banks of Ganga.
In Hindu homes and temples, the “Aarti” ceremony performed at twilight, is one of the most important tasks of the day. The lighting of lamp, as the sun is setting, is supposed to ensure the presence of god of light and fire in the house. Amid singing and chanting of devotional songs and hymns, the devotees line up along the banks of the river and float lit earthen lamps, “diyas”, in the Holy Ganga. The sight of the flickering flames of thousands of “diyas” on the river is awesome.
Drive back to camp.
Overnight at Camp Leopard Heights.
Early morning wake up followed by a session of yoga. Post breakfast, we go for a fun rafting trip on the Ganga. Conclude rafting at Rishikesh and drive back to camp.
Lunch at the camp.
Post lunch, we will go for an exciting session of Rock Climbing, Rappelling. Later we enjoy the exciting and adventurous zip line activity.
Zip lining is an adventure sport that is becoming very popular the world over. The equipment needed for a zip-line tour includes a steel cable stretched between two points of different elevations, a pulley and a harness. On zip line tours, the adventurer is securely harnessed, hooked on to a pulley, which in turn is hooked on to a cable. You step off the first platform harnessed and the gradient between the two points and gravity will “zip” you along to the other platform. The exciting Zip lining activity in Shivpuri is the first zip line across River Ganges and entails the person zipping 400 metres across the Ganges river and 65 metres above the river from Snow Leopard Adventures Camp Panther to Leopard Heights, our camp picturesquely located in the hill opposite Shivpuri village.
Evening at leisure followed by dinner around the campfire.
Overnight at Camp Leopard Heights.
Early morning wake up call. Breakfast at camp. Post breakfast depart for Devprayag. Devprayag is at the confluence of two very sacred rivers, the Bhagirathi River and the Alaknanda River. At Devprayag, these two rivers merge to form the Ganges River. We start the rafting from Devprayag. A fairly calm day on the river. This is a good stretch to practice river skills/ swimming/ body surfing. Lunch on an isolated beach on the river. We conclude rafting and drive back to camp
In the evening, cooking session by our chef followed by dinner around a campfire.
Overnight at Camp Panther.
Early morning wake up followed by breakfast. Post breakfast, time to pack and relax and further we drive to Dehradun Airport to board the flight to Delhi with packed snacks. On arrival at New Delhi airport, we are met by Snow Leopard Adventures Team members and transfer to restaurant for lunch. Post lunch visit at Dilli Haat for Indian curios and artificial jewellery.
Dilli Haat is a handicraft bazaar located in the heart of Delhi. Dilli Haat has crafts stalls from different states of India.
Celebration dinner after shopping.
After dinner, transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport to onward flight.