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Travel is so much more than just visiting a place, taking pictures so you can show you’ve been there and moving onto the next place without another thought. For us, travel is all about those priceless experiencesof which you’ll still be sharing stories decades later.

We love being travelers, not tourists, by traveling in a laid-back style. We believe travel is all about stepping outside of the comfort zone; testing the boundaries and exploring the world that exists outside the familiar bubble. We strive to create as many memories and moments during our trip as possible.

We believe the beauty of travel is that it immerses you into new territories, opens your heart and soul, often changing and transforming your perspective on the world, meeting new people, learning new languages, relishing new cuisines, witnessing and appreciating different cultures, traditions and lifestyle.

We are committed to take the discerning travelers to explore the undisturbed areas to experience and appreciate nature and cultural heritage of the place. We support the hosts who preserve and maintain the ecological integrity of the environment and contribute to the development of the local community.

We invest time and resources researching to determine whether a trip appeals to our travel sensibilities to feature them.

We invite you to join us in a travel experience that positively impacts the people and places we treasure.

Travel like a local!!!

Warm regards,

R.P. Sarathy,


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Treasures of Thailand



Embark on this ultimate 10-day trip to Thailand covering the country’s most iconic spots and natural wonders. This is a truly exciting experience you will cherish for a lifetime. I T I N E R A R Y DAY 01: ARRIVAL BANGKOK (-/-/-) Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand! Enjoy the first evening in the magical city of Bangkok, a legendary destination known from songs, films and countless travel tales. Enjoy the city’s nightlife! Walk into one of the many exuberant bars in the area. DAY 02: BANGKOK (B/-/-) ~ Wat Traimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha ~ Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. ~ Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, as well as the largest single Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas), also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. ~ Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. DAY 03: BANGKOK – CHIANG MAI (B/-/-) ~ Fly to Chiang Mai ~ Wat Suan Dok, a 48-metre-high Sri Lankan-style chedi, ~ Wat Phra Sing complex comprising more than 60 buildings ~ 14th-century Wat Chedi Luang, an ancient rustic temple ~ Wat Chet Yot and Wat Chiang Man DAY 04: CHIANG MAI (B/-/-) ~ Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a climb of 309-step naga staircase or via cable car (at cost). ~ Warorot Market ~ Khantoke dinner, a traditional northern Thai feast DAY 05: CHIANG MAI – PAI (B/L/D) ~ Pai, a picturesque valet located at north of Chiang Mai. ~ Memorial Bridge, an antiquated iron-wooden bridge built during World War II. ~ Yellow House, an English cottage style mansion DAY 06: PAI – CHIANG MAI (B/L/-) ~ Yun Lai Viewpoint ~ Santichon Village ~ Relish the authentic Yunnan local food ~ Pai Canyon ~ Na Mor Night Bazaar DAY 07: CHIANG MAI – PHUKET (B/-/-) ~ Iconic beaches like Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai ~ Kata Noi, Kata, Karon and Kho Poo Island ~ Wang Thalang Lapidary gem factory ~ Wat Chalong ~ Gypsy Village at Rawai Beach ~ Phromthep Cape DAY 08: PHUKET – PHI PHI ISLAND (B/-/-) ~ Speedboat cruise to Phi Phi Islands ~ Bamboo Island ~ Snorkel off Yoong Island ~ Monkey beach ~ Phi Phi Don ~ Viking Cave ~ Maya Bay DAY 9: BID ADIEU (B/-/-) It's time to say goodbye to Thailand! Tour ends. Pick-up at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Bangkok & drop-off at Phuket Airport (HKT) Pls ensure that you arrive before 12 Noon on the Start Date & book your return ticket for your flight after 3:00PM on the End Date. T R I P C O S T INR 27,000 per person (Including the Booking Fee) These rates are for Indian Nationals only.  Maximum of 14 members (13 participants + 01 facilitator).  Minimum of 8 participants required to conduct the trip. Please do check with us before booking your air tickets.  Suitable for singles / solo travelers / small group of friends / couples  Suitable for members between the age group of 16-55 years. We do take members above 55 years too based on their physical fitness. For further details & booking your slot, email us at [masked] or Call / WhatsApp at[masked]

OK! Onam in Kerala: A Cultural Spectacle



Let's Go Kerala this Onam! A cultural extravaganza not to be missed. Folk music, graceful dances, extravagant feast, vivacious games, bejeweled elephant parades, traditional snake boat races and flamboyant flower decorations, primeval martial arts performances all of these make Onam the festival of happiness and merriment. The harvest festival of Onam is based on the myth of the homecoming of King Mahabali, a demon king who gave Kerala its golden age. Onam celebrations are spread across 10 days and culminates on Thiruvonam day. Come... experience the authenticity of Kerala with us. EXPERIENCES:- } Kathakali (Traditional Dance Drama) } Kalaripayattu (Martial Arts) } Onam Sadhya (Grand vegetarian feast served on a banana leaf comprising of 26 dishes, at times even more) } Temple visit (Celebrate the festival with drum beats and elephant parade) } Aranmula Vallamkali (Snake Boat Race) } Kettuvallam (Spend a night on-board houseboat, meandering through the backwaters) } Konni (Feed baby elephants, help the mahouts in bathing the majestic babies in the river, interact with the mahouts) } and many more... TRIP DATES Start Date: 10th September 2019 (pick-up from Kochi Airport or Ernakulam Station) End Date: 16th September 2019 (drop at Kochi Airport or Ernakulam Station) Pls ensure that you arrive before 11 AM on the Start Date and book your return ticket for your train / flight after 3 PM on the End Date. TRIP COST Rs.18,000/- per person for the entire trip (6 nights / 7 days) Please invite your family and friends to join. The trip will have a maximum of 16 participants only. Please confirm your participation by paying Rs.5000/- to book your seat. INCLUSIONS → Accommodation for 5 nights in simple, comfy Home-stays & 1 night Houseboat stay on double / triple sharing basis. → Meal starts with Dinner on 1st Day and ends with the Breakfast on the 7th Day. (Fixed Menu - Simple but hygienic vegetarian food). → One Lavish Onam Sadhya feast → Transfer from Kochi / Ernakulam & back. → Entry Fees in places of interest → Kalaripayattu & Kathakali Entry → Guide charges, wherever required → Country Boat ride → All applicable taxes & service charges EXCLUSIONS → Train, Air, Bus fare from/to Kochi → Food / Snacks other than mentioned above → Camera charges, if any. → Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guests directly. → Personal expenses such as laundry, room heater charges, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, tips, medicines, etc. → Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’. Pls call / WhatsApp at[masked] or email: [masked] for more details.

Bali - A Tranquil Escapade


Also known as the Land of the Gods, Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty of lush green rice terraces, intricately carved temples, challenging surf, idyllic deserted beaches, mesmerizing traditional art performances, excellent dining and nightlife, alluring shopping experiences, the enchanting beauty of Bali will simply leave you hungry for more. Witness postcard-pretty vistas… White sandy beaches… Tropical coral reefs… Aesthetic temples… All this awaits you on this trip to Bali. What more do you expect!!! ITINERARY: Day 00 (28th Sept) | Arrive in Bali Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Bali. On arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, we’ll be transferred to the home-stay / guest-house (check-in after 15:00 Hrs). Free to relax. You can opt to go out shopping or just stroll in the streets. Not part of the package. Day 01 (29th Sept) | Ubud Today we head to Ubud, the artistic and cultural heart of Bali. The charming Julia Roberts starrer “EAT PRAY LOVE” popular Ubud, is surrounded by lush rice paddies and steep ravines setting the stage for breathtaking scenery. Famous for its historical temples, yoga retreats and cultural classes, art galleries, day trips and more, Ubud, is the right-choice to begin our 7-day sojourn in Bali. Much of the charm of Ubud lies in the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the unspoiled local villages which are well worth exploring on foot. Wander around the market or get up close with the long tailed macaques’ monkeys at the monkey forest. End the day with an easy straight-forward walk on a beautiful trail through rice fields and scenic grasslands affording gorgeous views of the river valley below. If you’re a foodie, try the smoothies, vegan or simply try some street food. Known as one of the top places in Bali to experience and appreciate Balinese culture, Ubud has a more traditional, vibrant and laid-back nightlife than the fancier and more hard-partying places in the south. When it comes to deciding what to do at night in Ubud, you will be selecting from a number of friendly bars and pubs where you can experience excellent live music. If you are looking for some more traditional culture at night, check out a performance of some Balinese dancing. Spend you evenings as you feel like! If these fail to interest you, get a spa done. Day 02 (30th Sept) | Ubud & Around Go all out on today’s full day experience. We start the day with a trip to an impressive waterfall, unique for its lush green surroundings and heavy water flow, perfect for swimming and enjoying the fresh water. We then visit a stunning landscape that features a waterfall, river and an ancient temple. We then visit a temple famous for its natural spring water which is frequented by the locals for a cleansing ritual bathing. We’ll have lunch overlooking an active volcano and the glistening Volcanic Crater Lake. After lunch, we spend our afternoon wandering around the famous rice terraces of Ubud, the area’s most well known and frequently photographed. Have you ever heard of Luwak coffee, Indonesia’s world famous coffee? Learn about the unusual method of producing the coffee at a local coffee plantation, which involves the coffee berries being eaten and defecated by Asian palm civets, then collecting the part-digested beans from the forest floor. After sampling the other coffees and teas made at the plantation, perhaps opt to taste a Luwak coffee too. Day 03 (1st Oct) | Udub – Munduk Another full day of exciting experiences awaits us. Today, we drive to Lake Beratan, one of Bedugul’s three natural lakes. Admire the views of the peaceful waters and snap photos of the 17th-century temple of Beratan located on a small island on the lake. Continue north, turning off the main road to a small mountain road overlooking the Twin Lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan. Stop to click photos at the viewpoints and enjoy the scenery before descending to the beautiful remote and wonderfully scenic area of Munduk. Check in to our cozy home-stay with the scenic view of the misty mountains. Interact with the hosts to understand the Balinese culture and lifestyle. Day 04 (2nd Oct) | Munduk – Seminyak Munduk is the perfect location for hiking due to its lush tropical rainforests, stunning waterfalls and relatively cool temperature (20°-25°C) due to its elevation. Because of the exceptional weather and plenty of rainfall, many fruits, vegetables and spices are grown here contributing to its ‘Garden of Eden’ feel. There are three picture perfect waterfalls around this place that are sure to take your breathe away! We drive to each one of them and yes, two of them require a half hour hike but it’s worth the effort. We spend time absorbing in their beauty. Forget not to carry your swimwear as the blue waters are so inviting to swim and cool down. We end the day with a visit to the infamous sea-side Tanah Lot, a pilgrimage site and temple set dramatically on a rock in the sea. Day 05 (3rd Oct) | Island Day Trip Early morning, we leave Seminyak to get the boat to Penida Island, an unexplored gem of Bali. Expect white-sand beaches with silky blue waters, 200 meter high coastal cliff drops and absolutely untouched nature. It’s really surprising!!! How this little wonderland in spite of being just about 30-40 minute boat ride from Bali managed to elude the tourist radar. We explore the beautiful beaches of the island for the whole day. If you’re keen in snorkeling, this is the right place to do it. We conclude the day trip and take our return boat to Sanur and then to Seminyak. Day 06 (4th Oct) | Seminyak It’s beach time! The lengthy coastline, breezy beaches and bright skies are inviting enough to try the water sport of your choice. Take time to relax at the beach for more fun in the sun, try a traditional Balinese massage or do some souvenir shopping. Post lunch, we drive to the illustrious temple of Uluwatu perched on the edge of a rocky cliff. Built in the 11th century, the temple provides a glimpse into the ancient life in this enchanting seaside setting. Enjoy a stunning view of the Indian Ocean from 70 meters above sea level and spend time exploring the scenery and befriending the monkeys that inhabit the temple. Enjoy a mesmerizing Kecak Fire Dance performance during sunset. On return to Seminyak, hit the best night-club in town tonight and rock! It’s our last night together, so let’s make the most of the time before we bid goodbye tomorrow. Day 07 (5th Oct) | Bid Adieu!!! The morning is free at leisure until transfer to Airport in Denpasar for the departure flight. We bid good bye to each other & head home with sweet memories. TRIP DATES: Start Date: September 30, 2019 (Sunday) End Date: October 5, 2019 (Saturday) Pick-up / Drop-off at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Pls ensure that you arrive before 9AM on the Day 01 and book your return flight ticket after 3PM on Day 07. TRIP COST: INR 25,000 per person Ø These rates are for Indian Nationals only. Ø The trip will have a maximum of 14 participants only. (13 participants + 01 facilitator). Please invite your family & friends to join.. Ø Minimum of 6 participants required to conduct the trip. Please do check with us before booking your air tickets. Ø Suitable for singles / solo travelers / small group of friends / couples Ø Suitable for members between the age group of 16-55 years. We do take members above 55 years too based on their physical fitness. Please confirm your participation by paying Rs.5,000/- (Non-refundable Booking Fee**) to book your seat. Rest to be paid 60 days before the tour start date. Pls write to us at [masked] for our Bank Account Details to transfer the Booking Fee (or) pay via Google Pay at[masked]. Your spot will be confirmed as soon as we receive your Booking Fee. INCLUSIONS: ✓ Accommodation on double / triple sharing basis depending on the room size in spic-and-span Home-stays / Hotels / Guesthouses for 6 nights / 7 days. Married couples get a separate room. ✓ Morning Tea & Daily Breakfast at our place of stay ✓ Group airport transfer for arrival and departure in Denpasar airport. If your flight arrival is at a different time, extra charges will be applicable. ✓ Local sightseeing by an exclusive vehicle. Not at disposal. ✓ Boat charges to Penida Island ✓ Entry tickets to Kecak Fire Dance & Barong Dance Show ✓ English speaking Guide, wherever required ✓ Service charges & Taxes EXCLUSIONS: × Air fare from / to Bali × Food / Snacks / Beverages other than mentioned above × Visa arrangements × Overseas Insurance × Entry tickets to places of interest × Camera charges × Snorkeling & Water sports charges × Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guests directly. × Personal expenses such as laundry, room heater charges, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips, medicines, etc. × Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’. For further details & booking your slot, email us at [masked] or Call/WhatsApp at[masked]

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Mystical Ladakh - with Hemis Festival



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