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Wednesday, September 30

Short Trips

We are always adding to our walks repertoire. With over 30 walks in Delhi, check out our short trips listed below!

  • All night stays will be either in homestays or budgeted hotels.
  • Cost effective group size: 6-12 people.
  • Ideal getaways when friends are visiting. If you feel you can provide half the group size (3-4 people) then you can provide the dates to suit your friends. The balance group can be made by inviting other heritage walkers of Delhi.
  • Short Trips can be tailor-made for any weekdays or weekends.
  • Depending on the place we travel by air, train car and then walk
  • Duration varies from 1 to 5 days

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The Ajanta Caves are 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to 6th century AD in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India.Astonishingly carved into hillside rock in the middle of nowhere are the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Both are an important UNESCO World Heritage site.There are 34 caves at Ellora dating from between the 6th and 11th centuries AD, The caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist, while the caves at Ellora are a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain.The most incomprehensible thing about the Ajanta and Ellora caves is that they were crafted by hand, with only a hammer and chisel. There are various cave complexes in India, but these are definitely the most spectacular. Isn’t this amazing? Is there another city in the world which is comparable? Is it Petra?

Immerse in the largest gathering of humanity at Prayagraj, India (formerly known as Allahabad). Experience The World’s Largest Spiritual Gathering. Kumbh is declared by UNESCO as an “the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. This will be held at Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.Experience tent living at our selection of eco-friendly, fully secured, clean and comfortable selection of luxury tents. All this amidst boat rides at sunrise & sunset, watch wrestlers performing and naga sadhus in astonishing nos. celebrated once every 12 years in each of the four places – banks of river Godavari in Nasik, river Kshipra in Ujjain, river Ganges in Haridwar, and at the Sangam of Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati in Allahabad.

Shekhawati is a semi-arid historical region located in the northeast part of Rajasthan, India. Marwari merchants in the 17 to 19 century constructed grand havelis in the Shekhawati region. Steeped in wealth and affluence, these merchants got busy outdoing others in building more grand edifices – homes, temples, step wells which were richly decorated both inside and outside with painted murals. The havelis are noted for their frescos depicting mythological and historical themes. Located on the corridor through which trading caravans moved freely between Delhi and the ports of Gujarat, Shekhawati was a prosperous region in the 19th century. With their multiplying wealth, they went on erecting colleges, cenotaphs, grander and grander havelis and – finally, when nothing else could be thought of – ordered that the havelis be painted.Can these havelis be compared to the affluence and grandeur of the Chettinad mansions in the South of India? Also this gem of Shekhawati lies hidden enroute to Jaipur from Delhi- Can you let this bypass you?

Nainital is a hill station in the state of Uttrakhand known as the glittering jewel in the Himalayan necklace with its incomparable beauty because of the Naini lake. Seat of the British governors, has some magnificent heritage sites. Close by is Mukteshwar a quiet expansive paradise spread over a 6 km ridge that overlooks the orchards of Ramgarh to the south & the Almora valley in the north. Mukteshwar offers magical 180 degrees views of the snow-capped Himalayas, beautiful orchards, dense coniferous forests with old colonial bungalows. Join us to trek and walk these stunning sites. Our stay to access both places are in stupendously charming homestays.

The Ajanta Caves are 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to 6th century AD in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India.Astonishingly carved into hillside rock in the middle of nowhere are the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Both are an important UNESCO World Heritage site.There are 34 caves at Ellora dating from between the 6th and 11th centuries AD, The caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist, while the caves at Ellora are a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain.The most incomprehensible thing about the Ajanta and Ellora caves is that they were crafted by hand, with only a hammer and chisel. There are various cave complexes in India, but these are definitely the most spectacular. Isn’t this amazing? Is there another city in the world which is comparable? Is it Petra?

Ina 2-3 day trip to Amritsar we learn about the stunning decorative work in the Golden Temple and walk through the old town. Along the way you will hear about the appalling Jallianwala Bagh episode of 1919: We can include 19th century restoration of Krishna paintings in Hindu temples and walk in the footsteps of history along the Grand Trunk Road.

Extend your trip with a visit to the fascinating world of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. The exciting extension also takes in historic ruins in Kangra valley plus pottery classes in Andretta village with the renowned studio potter Mini Singh.

Discover the Green & Historic Doon of Ruskin Bond. In a 3-day tour we discover historic Doon with nature trails, havelis in the old part of the city, old Rajpur village walks to follow the old Mussoorie trail, and Tibetan walks. We also visit an inspiring NGO in Purkal, which has a strong commitment to educating girl children and empowering women by making & selling quilted appliqué and patch work items.

Extend your trip to untouched Landour & Dhanaulti for more nature trails in the Mussoorie hills and the chance to see beautiful buildings from bygone colonial times.

Extend your trip with a visit to the fascinating world of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. The exciting extension also takes in historic ruins in Kangra valley plus pottery classes in Andretta village with the renowned studio potter Mini Singh.

Nainital is a hill station in the state of Uttrakhand known as the glittering jewel in the Himalayan necklace with its incomparable beauty because of the Naini lake. Seat of the British governors, has some magnificent heritage sites. Close by is Mukteshwar a quiet expansive paradise spread over a 6 km ridge that overlooks the orchards of Ramgarh to the south & the Almora valley in the north. Mukteshwar offers magical 180 degrees views of the snow-capped Himalayas, beautiful orchards, dense coniferous forests with old colonial bungalows. Join us to trek and walk these stunning sites. Our stay to access both places are in stupendously charming homestays.

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Lucknow – known as the city of the Nawabs – on this exciting 3-day tour. We will visit amazing Imambars, walk in the Old City, meet the Nawabs, see fascinating Mughal and British architecture, pursue the Mutiny Trail and meet Ram Advani, the noted bookseller, who is a treasure trove of oral tradition and Lucknow history. Nov. to March. Extend your Mutiny Trail to Kanpur, if you wish.
Enjoy 3 delightful days in the Himalayan paradise of Kashmir. Stay on one of famous houseboats on Nageen or Dal Lakes. Discover lovely Mughal gardens, Old City walks, unique Kashmiri mosques and serene Sufi shrines. This tour is offered every quarter to catch the seasons of autumn and purple saffron colours in Oct/ Nov., blossoms in March / April and for the lotus in bloom in the summer months. In March we have the option to extend our tour by 2 days to discover the undiscovered Jammu mainly for its old city and street foods.
Rajasthan is fascinating. Visit Amber and Jaipur for the old city walks with street foods, textiles, palaces, and forts. The glorious painted towns of Shekhawati are in pristine condition. The desert areas of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are famous for the blue and golden cities respectively. Add Udaipur for its havelis in the old city, and its palaces.
Kutch district in Gujarat is well known for its textiles, the white desert in the Rann of Kutch with flamingos and pelicans, and the picture-perfect moment where the Tropic of Cancer crosses the main highway en route to the Hodka village. Keep at least 5 days for this tour to immerse yourself in the crafts, village life, tribal culture and music of this fascinating world of desert people who are still stitching their lives together in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2001.