What are typical meals like?

Bhutanese, Indian, continental. Your breakfast & dinner are in the hotel you will be staying, in which case, the food willbe served on a buffet system. Whereas , your lunch will be served in local restaurant in Ala carte system.  

What kind of accommodation is available?

There is a wide range of hotel available in Sikkim especially in Gangtok, Darjeeling and Siliguri. Beside these places accommodations are basic in North Sikkim only. On our most of the tour we use best possible hotel in town but please check it out once before you book your trip.

Where do we get water during the trip?

Your guide will provide you with all the water you need during your trek. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem. During the trek, we provide you with ample boiled drinking water. Also some guests they bring their own purification drops or tablets to add to the boiled water.

Is the water safe to drink?

Your guide will be in charge of all your water needs. He will make sure all water is boiled and treated with iodine. Iodine is 100% effective in killing the bacteria in water. Also guest generally bring their own purification drops or tablets this applies for Trek as for culture tours, access to bottled water is readily available in car , restaurant, hotels etc.

How safe is the food?

Food safety is always a big concern when visiting a foreign country. This is why we do our best to choose the hotels/lodges and restaurants with clean and sanitary kitchens. On our treks, we provide a cook to prepare safe and tasty meals with our own set of cookery as well as hygienic cleaning facilities. The food we serve on camping trips is completely safe. Other important aspect is the water, on trek we give boiled water. And in most cases, guests they bring their own purification drops or tablets. As for culture tours- you will have access to bottled water throughout.

What are the telecom facilities?


You can buy Tourist sim card in Gangtok using your Passport. Mobile connection are pretty good all over the state. You can add internet data, talk time to your phone  and avail connectivity.


What about landslides? At what time of years is it active?

Sikkim is a landslide prone area and in the monsoons many parts of Sikkim are cut off. The repairs are taken care of by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), who does a great job of clearing the roads as fast as possible. With the border close by, it is also imperative from the defence point of view to keep the roads as clear as possible. `Transshipments’ across landslides are common and can be an adventurous experience!

What shopping can I do there?

First and foremost are the handicrafts. Reliable shops are the Govt. Institute of Cottage Industry in Gangtok or the Dalai Lama Trust Fund shop in the basement of Hotel Tibet. These are also available in other shops, but browse around for an idea of prices. You can check out the canvas wall hangings, thankas, prayer wheels, Tibetan carpets, rugs and jewellery, particularly the exquisitely carved dragon sets in silver and gold inlaid with precious stones, which are unique to Sikkim. Sikkim tea and cardamom are other good buys.

What about adventure sports in Sikkim and Darjeeling?

For the outdoor buff, Sikkim offers a wide circuit of trekking routes. River rafting on the Teesta and the Rangit rivers is also an option. Recently, helicopter flights to Mt. Khangchendzonga have also been started from Gangtok. Please let us know for more details. Paragliding in Gangtok and Darjeeling are recently added to the list.

How safe is the destination that I would like to visit?

We can never guarantee that an area is one hundred percent safe. However, we take the safety of our travellers as our top most priority. Our staff  would not operate in an area where we consider there to be a significant risk.

Which trip do you recommend?

This is always the most difficult question to answer. Every tour on our list has something different to offer. And each trip has its own laudable attributes. This is rather subjective based on your interests and inclinations. Once we understand your propensities, we will frame an itinerary based on it.

As Sikkim and Darjeeling Border with Nepal, China Bhutan and close-by to Bangladesh. How safe is it?

As Sikkim and Darjeeling Border with Nepal, China Bhutan and close-by to Bangladesh. How safe is it?

Sikkim is the safest state  in India.As there had been no record of political turmoil, anti social or anti national activities  even though it shares border with Nepal, China & Bhutan. On other hand, Darjeeling had seen some internal
political turmoil in past, but tourists were never bothered on these grounds. Now, things are much better from tourism perspective and back to normal even after Covid lockdown.


Are there exceptions to the Inner Line Permits (Sikkim) regime?

Existing guidelines require that nationals of Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar can be given Inner Line Permits only after approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi. Further all Bhutan nationals are exempt from the requirement of obtaining ILPs. They do not require to obtain permits to enter Sikkim. Permits to foreign diplomats and members of United Nations and International Organisations holding diplomatic/official passports are issued only at Delhi by the Ministry of External Affairs.

What is the duration of these inner line permits?

Normally the permits are issued for a duration of fifteen days for the specific purpose of tourism only. Once in Sikkim these permits can be further extended for 30 more days in two spells of 15 days each. These extensions are granted only at Gangtok by State Home Department. Extensions beyond the period of forty-five days are vary rarely given. Foreigners who wish to stay in Sikkim for purposes other than tourism for longer period of time are required to apply directly to the to Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi. Extension of Inner Line Permit beyond 30 days can be obtained from the Foreigner’s Registration Office at Gangtok and Superintendent of Police at Namchi, South, Mangan, North, and Gyalshing, West for further period of 30 days.

Are there any entry restrictions or permissions needed?

Foreigners need a permit to enter Sikkim, however we take care of your all the permit when you travel with us. Indian Tourist traveling to North Sikkim and Tsangu lake need to avail permit which is taken care by our organization.

Do I need a special permit to visit Sikkim, Darjeeling and North East India?

Sikkim is still a restricted area and one still requires a special inner line permit to enter Sikkim along with your Indian visa. You only require a valid Indian visa to visit Darjeeling, Assam and Meghalaya, whereas a special inner line permit is required to visit Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Manipur. Foreigners are still not permitted to enter Nagaland and Tripura.

You may obtain the Sikkim permit from the Indian missions at your respective countries and have it endorsed on your Indian visa informing them that you will be travelling to Sikkim or on your arrival at Bagdogra airport where counter for Sikkim tourism office is located if not then at Sikkim tourism office located in Sikkim Nationalised transport premises in Siliguri which is about 25 minutes drive from the nearest airport Bagdogra. If you are still unable to get your permit to enter Sikkim for any reason, you may get it at the Sikkim-Bengal border (Rangpo). Maximum validity of Sikkim permit is 15 days and if required it can be extended at Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. We shall however provide you with all the necessary assistance on your arrival to Bagdogra. You will require to have a passport size photo

Do I, as a US citizen, need a Restricted Area Permit for Sikkim in addition to my Indian Visa if I am on your Bhutan, Sikkim, Darjeeling Tour?

Yes, you do need Restricted Area permit or popularly called Inner line permit to travel to Sikkim specifically. It can be obtained after providing Indian Visa, Passport and 2 passport size photo at immigration check post  in the border town at Rangpo.

However if you on our tour, you need not have to arrange anything, other than bringing 2 passport size photos. We do the rest for you.

What are Inner Line Permits (Sikkim)?

The entire State of Sikkim is under the restricted/protected area regime under the Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order, 1963 and Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958. Under these two Orders issued under tha Foreigners Act, 1946 no foreigner can enter or stay in the State of Sikkim without obtaining permits from the designated authorities. These permits, officially termed Restricted Area permits/Protected Area Permits, are popularly known as Inner Line Permits.

Who can issue Inner Line Permits (Sikkim)?

Who can issue Inner Line Permits (Sikkim)?

The following competent authorities have been designated to issue inner line permits:

All Indian Missions abroad

Ministry of Home Affairs

All Foreigners Registration Officers

Immigration Officers at Airports at Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai and New Delhi

Deputy Commissioner, Darjeeling


Deputy Secretary/Under Secretary, Home Department, Govt. of West Bengal, Calcutta

Government of Sikkim

Chief Secretary, Gangtok

Home Secretary, Gangtok

Secretary, Tourism, Gangtok

I.G.P. of Police, Gangtok


Resident Commissioner, Sikkim House, New Delhi

Deputy Secretary, Tourism, Siliguri

Resident Commissioner, STCS, Calcutta

Tourism Officer, Rangpo

Clearly, there are numerous authorities from which to obtain inner line permits. If one plans in advance it is best to take an endorsement on the visa itself for permission to visit Sikkim from Indian Missions when applying for Visa to visit India. Once in India, it could be most convenient to approach Government of Sikkim authorities at Delhi, Calcutta and Siliguri.

When is the best time to visit Delhi and the surrounding regions?

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surrounding regions

The best time to visit New Delhi is either during the months of October and November or February and March. Rest of the year the climate in New Delhi is either too hot or too cold. The distance from the sea gives Delhi an extreme type of continental climate. The summers in Delhi are very hot and winters very cold. The temperature range varies from 45 degrees in summers to 4 degrees in winters. The winters are marked by mist and fog in the mornings and often sun is seen in the afternoons. The cold wave from the Himalayan region makes winters very chilly. In summers the heat wave is immense and adequate precaution has to be taken before going out in the hot summer afternoons.

The climate can be categorized into three seasons.

Summer Season in New Delhi

Summer season starts from the month of April and continues up to the month of July. During the summer season, temperature lies in the range of 25°C to 45°C and its also pretty humid as well. Wearing light clothes, a hat in sunshade, drinking lot of fluid are some of the precautionary steps that people need to take care about while travelling in summers.

Monsoon Season in New Delhi

Monsoon season lies in the month of July to mid September. Temperature lies in the range of 30 °C to 35°C .Rainfall is regarded as great relief from the hot and humid climate of the region. Light clothes are also preferred by the people as daily wear. It is the best time to visit Delhi.

Winter Season in New Delhi

Winter in Delhi has extreme cold and low temperature. The season starts from the month of December and continues till the month of January .The temperature remains in the range of 22°c to 5°C during winters. Warm and woolen clothes are the most preferred wear during the winters.

Temperature and Rainfall table

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Graphical representation

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I arrive early and connecting flight is at evening at Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi. Is there any set up within the airport premises to rest, relax or sleep on hourly basis?

At Delhi Airport there are PODS, which has single and double beds for rents. They are currently at $10 per hour for single and $14 per hour for double.  They are located opposite to the International departure area (near Gate 17). They cannot be booked in advance. And the business Lounge,  Shower and Nap Louges too.
The other alternative is to stay at Eaton hotel.
See the below link to see more details

How do I obtain a visa to India?

A visa to India is mandatory for foreign nationals visiting India unless they are coming from visa exempted countries. They are obtainable at the Indian Missions, Consulates, High Commissions Overseas. And also Visa on Arrival and electronic travel authorization has been avail to 180 countries as per the notification on February 2014, and expected to come into action from October 2014.

The visas are valid for the period issued. They range from a 15 day period to up to a six month period for tourists. They are valid from the date of issue and it is wise to start travel as soon as the visa is obtained to take advantage of the entire period of visa validity. Once obtained, visas can be extended in India, (depending on the application) at the local “Foreigners Registration Office” located in every major city in India.

What are the health precautions for travel to India?

It is worthwhile to get vaccinations and immunizations against the following prior to travel to India. Tetanus and Diphtheria, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Meningococcal meningitis, TB, Rabies and Japanese B encephalitis. Record all vaccinations in the International Health Certificate available at your local Physician or Health department.
International tourists should carry their Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate conforming to International Health Regulations, if they originate or are transiting through countries where Yellow Fever is endemic. International travelers / tourists originating from the USA, UK and Canada do not require any mandatory vaccinations.
The International Health Certificate is not normally asked for by immigration officials; however it is better to carry one. It may be of immense help in case of a medical emergency.

To avoid Malaria and  Dengue fever, carrying mosquito repellents, nets, and using sprays against insects in rooms is usually sufficient. Taking a first aid kit carrying adhesive bandages, thermometer, water-purification tablets, antibiotics, antiseptic creams and mosquito repellents is recommended.

Transit airport hotel in Delhi without visa

The procedure is as follow, once you disembark  in Delhi, hotel representative will meet you on the gate and he/she will assist with the claim of your luggages.Or, if they are not around, you will be assisted  by staff toward the next course of action in transfer desk in transist. However please ensure that you don’t walk further away from the transfer desk towards Immigration checkpoint. Consequently, it may invite delays or  held you up for questioning.
After you meet the hotel staff,  Then walk for 8 to 10 minutes  to reach  the hotel in international wing ( level 5). The following day the hotel representative will again help with the transfer of your luggages and escort you  till the departure gate in level 2 for your Druk Air flight.
As for boarding pass of Druk Air, the hotel will assist in obtaining it for which 72 hours prior information window is necessary. And also copy of your druk air ticket and passport copy along with it.
In any case, you have to send an email stating your requirements and they will let you know the documents and details required for the process.

How many terminals does the Delhi airport have?

Indra Gandhi International Airport has the following terminals:

Terminal 1D – Domestic departures for Indigo, Go Air, Spice Jet.

Terminal 1C – Domestic arrivals for Indigo, Go Air, Spice Jet.

Terminal 3 – All international flights operate from Terminal 3. The Upper Level of Terminal

3 caters to Departures while the Lower Level of Terminal 3 is reserved for Arrivals.

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Indra Gandhi International Airpor

Domestic flights operating from Terminal 3 are: Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Jetlite, Jet Konnect, Fly Kingfisher, Kingfisher Red.

What is the transist procedure, luggage transfer and arrangment of boarding Pass?

Check in counters are available only in departure and open three hours prior to departure time.
Pre check in can be done on basis of your passport, ticket and Visa verification, which can be scanned and send to Delhi Station. Once the documents are satisfactory we will be issuing the boarding pass in advance and make them available in transit area generally in transist/ transfer  desk. It is strongly advised not to go beyond the desk and further across immigration check point. Consequently it may result in delays or held you up for the questionings.
For luggage, once you land in Delhi, inform the ground staff of arrival flight, once informed it will be official responsibility  to handle the transiting along with baggage to hand over to Drukair ,  On our hand we will too coordinate from our end.
In case the waiting hours are more , guest can have the option of transit hotel too.(Eaton Smart transist Hotel). Once you booked the hotel , they will provide all facilitation from their end from flight  arrival till Druk departure  which include boarding pass service , baggage service, assistance for arrival and departure.

Eaton Smart New Delhi Transist Hotel.

Concerning the information for  transist procedure and related documents to be sent, please find the corresponding email address of station manager for Druk Air in Delhi
delkkkb@drukair.com.bt  CC to anshu.c@drukair.com.bt

Is Wi-Fi facility available at the airport?

The complete airport is wifi enabled. To access internet, the system prompts for the browser to enter the mobile number after which a username and password to access internet is sent to the user.

Which are the best places to explore around Delhi?

Capital city Delhi is surrounded by many popular places where you can visit. Starting from pilgrimages to enthralling scenic sites and from wildlife hotspots to heritage sites, a few hours drive from Delhi can take you to all these places. Here are some favourites for avid travellers who would like to visit places nearby Delhi:


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The majestic city of Agra is situated at about 210 km from Delhi. Homing the reminiscent of the grand Mughal era, Agra nestles marvels like the Taj Mahal, Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri that are now declared as UNESCO World heritage sites. These magnificent monuments built in architectural brilliance by the Mughals are thronged with tourists throughout the year. Taj Mahal has received accolades all across the globe and is counted as one among the seven wonders of the world.


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A renowned pilgrim spot situated in the state of Uttarakhand, around 200 kms away from Delhi. Haridwar shelters a number of holy temples like Mansa Devi temple and Hari ki pauri and embarks way to the sacred shrine Char Dham, more specifically Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The place also features excellent scenic beauty being surrounded placid rivers and verdant hills.


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A paradise for adventure sports enthusiasts and devotees alike, Rishikesh situated 228 kms away from Delhi is one of the most famous vacation spots in India. The place emerged as the World capital of Yoga when the Beatles paid a visit to the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Only a short drive of 4 hours can get you to this place. Once you are at Rishikesh do try the plethora of watersports that is being offered to pump up your adrenaline.

Corbett National Park

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A major eco tourism destination located 235 kms away and a minimum 4 hours drive from Delhi. Corbett National park was the first tiger reserve under the Project Tiger in India. It is an abode for many majestic animals like the Asiatic Elephant, Royal Bengal Tiger and many other wild animals. The exhilarating terrain, streams and rivers portrays the bounty of nature in the land. A number of tourists turn up every year at this National Park to experience the abundance of mother nature. The open jeep safaris and the walk along the forest pathways is an enthralling experience for the visitors of this National Park.


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The ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is located 269 kms from Delhi. This sprightly city of Rajasthan is rich in cultural heritage and laden with numerous age old monuments. Jaipur beckons wayfarers, backpackers, avid travelers and tourists of all ages. A drive of 5 hours from Delhi, this place is a must visit. Apart from sheltering majestic monuments across the city, Jaipur also features exquisite artistry and handicrafts of the local people.

Which are the most famous places to buy handicrafts from in New Delhi?

When it comes to interesting pieces or handicraft, Delhi has a lot to offer. It’s an every collector paradise. You can easily walk into one of these stores and pick up a queer piece that you can gift or maybe just put in your drawing room. Some of the best places to pick up handicrafts in Delhi are:

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Delhi Emporium


State Emporiums: There is a whole complex on Baba Kharak Singh Marg dedicated to local handicrafts of different states, with multiple shops. This is perhaps the best place to pick up handicrafts when you are in Delhi, because while you could be picking up a Pashmina Shawl from the Kashmir State Emporium 5 minutes ago, you could then be checking out intricate silver jewellery fromRajasthan next.  These shops also stock guidebooks about the respective destinations- you might want to pick up some for planning your next vacation. Not a good place to bargain because these are fixed price shops.

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Chandni Chowk (Pottery Shop)


Chandni Chowk: A typical bazaar located in Old Delhi, welcome to the hub of shopping in the Capital. These streets are always bustling with life and while you may love to catch a bargain here, if you don’t like crowded places this might not exactly be your cup of tea. The days see the little shops here come to life with colours and calls, and these very lanes double for a food street in the evening, where you can sample some of the tastiest and cheapest North Indian snacks. These old shops house handicrafts of silver, laces and chikankari from all over India.

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Shop at Delhi Haat Market


Delhi Haat: Want to get a real feel of rural India when on your trip to Delhi? Head to the beautifully done up environs of Delhi Haat. You will find here local handicrafts showcased by craftsmen from various states all over the country. Ranging from Punjabi jootis to Rajasthani Silver Jewellery, you can shop for colourful, fancy items as memorabilia and gifting options from here. Famous among travellers and residents alike, not only is this place a shopper’s favourite, it is also a foodie’s paradise as one can sample indigenous cuisines here from various states.

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Cottage Industry Handicraft emporium in Delhi


Cottage Industry Handicraft Emporium: Established for the purpose of furthering cottage industries and furthering by the Government of India, the Cottage Industry Handicraft Emporium houses a variety of handicrafts, furnishings, jewellery and accessories and accents you could use to do up your home or to present to someone.  This one place you could pick up Khadi fabric from, or even buy select teas and other folk beverages. Conveniently located in Connaught Place, you won’t have much problem finding this one. While Delhi Haat and Chandni Chowk are places you can bargain, refrain from the same at Cottage Industry Handicraft Emporium and State Emporiums, as these outlets are government run and you can be assured of a fair price.

How safe is Delhi for the tourists?

Adequate number of police officers are deputed in proper uniform outside the Arrival Hall and parking area. You can contact the nearest police officer to report about any undesirable elements and touts that you come across at the airport. Delhi Police keeps a check on these undesirable elements and touts at the airport. Active participation from the tourists in this drive is desired.

Delhi can be pretty safe provided you exercise  precautions and be aware of your surroundings. Some of the things that you should keep in mind are

1. Don’t travel alone especially after 10 pm. (this goes for both males and females)

2. Keep quick stunning devices (taser guns) or pepper spray with you. Regular sharp objects can also be used to your advantage (like keys and pens if stabbed with enough force can cause enough injury to your assailant).

3. Avoid walking close to a parked vehicle specially if it is a secluded area. Also many kidnappers/muggers/assaulters try to get you to come closer by asking for directions. Make sure you always answer from a safe distance.

4. Call the police helpline number 100 or 1091 (women and senior citizen helpline number). Be articulate and to the point when you speak to the operator.

5. Don’t be over-friendly with strangers.

What are the top sightseeing spots in Delhi?

Delhi is usually considered to be synonymous with sightseeing. This might be quite true, for any duration of your trip will seem insufficient to completely explore the historical monuments that Delhi has on offer.  Following are the top sightseeing spots in Delhi

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Qutub Minar In Delhi

Think Delhi and you’re probably thinking about Mughal emperors. However, the pre Mughal dynasties also left behind a mark on the scene of architecture and a theQutub Minar complex stands tall as an evidence of this. The most outstanding structure here is the Qutub Minar, a huge brick minaret, the tallest of its kind in the world. Built by Qutub ud din Aibak and Iltutmish, it’s a pity that visitors are not allowed to climb the stairs inside the minaret, which lead right to the top of the structure to a height of some 72 metres. At the base of the minar is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid. Another curiosity-inducing piece of architecture here is the Iron Pillar. This 7 metre high pillar has withstood elements of nature over centuries and has an interesting legend behind it. The legend goes that if you can stand with your back to the pillar and hold both your hands from behind your back, your wish will be granted.

Timings: 6am to 6pm,Address: Mehrauli,New Delhi

Red Fort

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Red Fort in Delhi

Built way back in the 1638 century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Red Fort was the epitome of Mughal pomp in India. The walls of the fort alone are about 2 km long, and at one time, it used to be surrounded by a deep forbidding moat, which could only be crossed by a wooden drawbridge. This grand structure in Red Stone is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, from where the Prime Minister addresses the nation every year on Independence Day. The Red Fort, with its beautifully manicured gardens and imposing structures like the Diwan-i-Khasand Diwan-i-Am is nothing short of enthralling. Inside the fort premises, you’ll find a whole host of buildings and gardens, including zenanas like Mumtaz Mahal (now a museum) and Hayat Bakhsh Bagh (or “life-bestowing garden”), which are in themselves a sight to behold. Not to be missed is the evening light and sound show, which beautifully re-enacts some of the greatest moments of Indian history.

Timings: 9am to 5pm, Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, New Delhi

Akshardham Temple

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Get mesmerised by the sheer architectural wonder that is this temple, spread over a whopping 30 acres. Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, this beauty has been built completely without steel, with ornate pillars, domes and statues of all divine saints and Sadhu’s of India. Plan at least a half day trip here to explore it to the extent it deserves. Try their Museum Tour and the Neelkanth Darshan to fully understand the significance of the temple and its deities. You could even do a small picnic in the lawns there. Capture this place in your mind, for photography is prohibited here. Parking is allowed within the complex, for a maximum of 6 hrs, though parking slots are limited. It would be wise to reach earlier if you’re taking to the wheel!

Timings: 11am to 8pm (Monday closed), Address: On NH 24, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi India

Baha’i House of Worship

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Fondly known as the Lotus Temple by locals and tourists alike, this place of worship of the Baha’i sect is literally constructed in the shape of a large, white lotus flower. An architectural landmark in itself, this beautiful temple is flocked by people from all religion, a living example of the openness and equality promoted by Baha’i laws. Experience calm like never before, for the main temple area prohibits visitors from making any noise. This exemplifies the true nature of Buddhisttraditions, which lays emphasis on meditation as a way to experience divinity. Enjoy the lush green surroundings and maybe even lounge around for a picnic.
Timings: 9am to 7pm (Monday closed), Address: Bahapur, Kalkaji, New Delhi

India Gate

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If you’re flying to Delhi, you can probably spot this architectural beauty through your flight’s window on a clear day, or when it is beautifully lit up during evenings. This Arc-de-Triomphe at the crossroads of Lutyens’ Delhi, built in 1931, is a tribute to the 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1, fighting for the British. The Amar Jawan Jyoti at the centre here is in tribute of the unknown soldier. The area has a water-stream, an erstwhile boating spot, and sprawling green lawns, ideal for a stroll in the morning or evening. It is also dotted abundantly with ice-cream vendors, hawkers and people who organise camel and elephant rides, making it a favourite spot for Delhiites to go picnicking. India Gate is also renowned for the grand Indian Republic Day Parade, hosted here every year on 26th January.

Timings: Open all day long, Address: India Gate, New Delhi

This list is only indicative of what you could see in Delhi. Depending on the time you have, there’s lots more to see in terms of monuments, parks, museums, etc – stuff that will keep making you come back to Delhi for more, and yet, always making you wish you had more time.

When does the Mughal Gardens open each year?

Mughal Gardens open sometime during mid-February to mid-March. Unfortunately, the exact opening dates for the year 2014 have not been released yet.

What is the distance between Delhi to Agra ( Taj Mahal) and what are the mode of transportations?

The distance between Agra and Delhi is approx. 210 kms. People uses road or rail to travel. The most popular way of getting from Delhi to Agra is by train. It’s possible to visit the Taj Mahal in a day from Delhi if you catch the right trains. It will take you 2-3 hours to get there, and 2-3 hours to return. Here’s what you need to know about trains from Delhi to Agra.

The main railway station in Delhi is New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), near Paharganj.

Trains to Agra also depart Delhi from H Nizamuddin Railway Station, which is around 20 minutes from New Delhi Railway Station.

The main railway station in Agra is Agra Cantt. (AGC).

Early Morning Delhi to Agra Trains

These Delhi Agra trains all have chairs, not sleepers.

The fastest morning train from Delhi to Agra is the12002 Bhopal Shatabdi. It departs New Delhi Railway Station at 6.15 a.m. and arrives at Agra at 8.12 a.m… The train runs every day except Friday.

The 2280 Taj Express Superfast from Delhi H Nizamuddin Railway Station to Agra is also popular. It departs at 7.10 a.m. and arrives in Agra at 10.07 a.m. The train runs every day.

Late Afternoon Agra to Delhi Trains

These Agra Delhi trains all have chairs, not sleepers.

The 2279 Taj Express returns to Delhi from Agra at 6.55 p.m. daily. It arrives at H Nizamuddin Railway Station at 10.p.m.

The 12001 NDLS Shatabdi departs Agra at 8.30 p.m. and arrives at New Delhi Railway Station at 10.30 p.m., daily except Friday. It’s the fastest train from Agra to Delhi.

Other Delhi to Agra Trains

There are many other sleeper trains that run from Delhi to Agra, and vice-versa, during the day. They can be found by searching the Indian Railways website. However, the trains listed above are the most reliable and most likely to run on time.

Another mean of transport to Agra is by road. The distance is 210 kms and it takes 2 ½ to 3 hr depending on the traffic.

What are the dates for night viewing of the Taj Mahal?

Detail of Full Moon days is as follows

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How is the general behavior of people in India for foreigners ?

Indian people are quite hospitable and friendly. Do not feel offended if they stare at you. It is just curiosity on their part. Most of the people will also go out of the way to help tourists and properly guide them. Don’t feel offended if Indians ask you some personal questions like how much do you earn, are you married, do you have kids, etc. They are just a little curious and mean no offence. It is just their way of getting friendly.

Are there any timings for night viewing of the Taj Mahal? What is the limit of batch allowed to view the Taj Mahal?

Yes, night view is allowed between 20:30 to 00:30 hour only and the duration of visit is 30 minutes. The maximum no. of people allowed are 400, divided in 8 batches of 50 people each.

What is the baggage limit for domestic flights in India?

As per the recent notification, standard practice to allow the baggage limit is 15 kg or 33 lbs  to the maximum for all the airline operating domestically,except India Airlines, where it varies as per the classification of tickets, for economy class it is 15 kg or 33 lbs, executive 35 kg or 77 lbs and first class 40 kg or 88 lbs, in addition to it they permit cabin luggage with weight not Exceeding 7 kg or 15 lbs. For instance, Spice Jet permits the checked baggage up to 15 Kg. per passenger in case of domestic flights and apart from that a complimentary carry on of a small handbag for personal items will be permitted as the cabin baggage. Other items like a laptop computer, an overcoat or a blanket, an umbrella or a walking stick, some amount of reading material, a small camera, and infant’s food for the passengers traveling with an Infant is also permitted as cabin baggage. Passengers are allowed to carry a maximum of one piece of cabin baggage, as specified in BCAS guidelines, with a maximum weight of 7 kg. The dimensions of the Cabin Baggage should not exceed (L+B+H) – 55+35+25 totaling 115cms for flights operating the Boeing aircraft (737-800/900 ER) and (L+B+H) – 50+35+23 totaling 108cms for the flights operating Bombardier Q400 aircrafts.

Luggage structure for Indian Domestic Airlines Windhorse Tours
Luggage Structure of Indian domestic airlines

What are the attraction and sights other than Taj Mahal in Agra? What is weather like in Agra?

Agra Map Windhorse Tours
Agra Map

What are the attraction and sights other than Taj Mahal in Agra? What is weather like in Agra?

Whenever we think Agra, the beautiful Taj Mahal never fails to come to our mind. Situated on the bank of river Yamuna is the former capital of Hindustan. Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri along with Taj Mahal are listed in UNESCO World Heritage. There are also many other buildings and tombs from Agra’s day of glory. So it provide more than one reason to visit Agra.


Agra features a semiarid climate that borders on a humid subtropical climate. The city features mild winters, hot and dry summers and a monsoon season. However the monsoons, though substantial in Agra, are not quite as heavy as the monsoon in other parts of India. This is a primary factor in Agra featuring a semiarid climate as opposed to a humid subtropical climate.

Agra Windhorse Tours
Climate Data Of Agra

Taj Mahal : Agra is famous as being home to one of the seven wonders of the world-the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal  is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian,Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.

Taj Mahal Windhorse Tours

Agra Fort Windhorse Tours
Agra Fort

Agra Fort : Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite building, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Aam, Diwani-I-Khas and musanman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment beside Jahangirs place, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.

fatehpur Sikri 2 Windhorse Tours
Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri : Imposing gateways and light- hearted palaces were built in red sandstone within this fortified city only to be abandoned a few years later. Among its many architectural game are the places for his queens – Jodha Bai, Mariyam and his Turkish sultana, built in varying styles, each perfect in itself.

Itmad Ud Daulahs Tomb Windhorse Tours
Itmad Ud Daulah’s Tomb


Itmad – Ud Daula : To the north of the fort and across the river Yamuna are several fine examples of Mughal architecture. The Itmad -Ud -Daula as a by the Empress Noor Jehan as a memorial to her father

Chini Ka Rauza Agra Windhorse Tours
Chini Ka Rauza, Agra


Chini Ka Rauzaa : The tomb of Afzal Khan, the persian poet and minister at Shah Jehan’s court gets its name from the brightly coloured glazed tiles that decorate it . Lies just 1km beyond itmad -ud -daula.

Sikandra Windhorse Tours

Sikandara : Welcome to Sikandra, a suburb of Agra, only 13 km. From the Agra Fort. The last resting place of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Akbar was the greatest of the Mughal emperors and one of the most secular minded royalties of his time. He was the heir to a long tradition of oriental refinement, a great patron of the arts, literature, philosophy and science. A visit to Akbar’s monument opens before one, the completeness of Akbar’s personality as completely as the Taj Mahal does of Mumtaz Mahal’s.

Diwan e Khas Agra Windhorse Tours
Diwan-e-Khas, Agra

The Diwan-e-Khas entirely unique in its concept is a tall vaulted room with an intricately carved central pillar and capital supporting a platform that once held the emperor’s throne. Narrow galleries link this to the corners of the room where it is believed his ministers sat The airy panch mahal a 5 storied structure rising in pyramidal fashion was probably used by the ladies of the court. Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the finest building here, the marble tomb of Salim Chisti enclosed by finely carved, lacy marble screens. The Buland Darwaza, an imposing gateway 54 m high was built to commemorate Akbar’s Aligarh the famous university town is a center of Islamic studies. The city is also noted for its handicrafts and metal ware.

What type of ground transportation is used? Will the coach be modern and comfortable?

This depend largely on where you are travelling and number of member in you group. For group of 7 and above we use Toyota Coaster Bus. Group of 3 to 7 Toyota Hiace Bus. For customize tour below 2 members we use Hyundai (Tucson or Santa Fe)

Which is the best possible sector to fly to Nepal?

Most of the international flight is connected to Kathmandu.

Royal Nepal Airlines is the national flag carrier. Thai Airways operates daily flights between Bangkok and Kathmandu. Other airlines flying in and out of Kathmandu are Qatar Airlines, Gulf Airways, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Druk Air, Air China, Biman Bangladesh and Pakistan International Airlines etc.

By Surface

The popular entry points used by tourist to enter Nepal by surface Kakarbhitta

How often do the flight operate from Lhasa to Kathmandu during winter season?

During the winter season, there ‘ll be daily flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?

Yes! Nepal visa is available upon arrival at the entry points such as the airports or border crossings.. To avoid long queue in entry port, you can download  online and complete the  application form, attach PP size photo and bring it with you to the immigration counter. Current Visa fees upon arrival as follows:

15 Days – 30 USD

30 Days – 50 USD

90 Days – 125 USD

Please note that if you are planning to stay longer, it is best to obtain visa at the airport rather than extending once you are there, as it costs a bit higher for extension and the process is lengthy having to spend half a day or more at the immigration office.

How to enter Nepal?

  1. By air:Some of the major international airlines operating schedule services to Nepal are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. By air, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (only one international airport) located in the heart of Kathmandu City.
  2. By Road:There are several entry points by land route mainly from Nepal / Indian borders and China/Tibet Border.

Scheduled public, as well as tourist buses, run to and from Kathmandu. Travelling by bus is 10 to 12 hours of a long drive in return for fascinating mountainous views and snail tail roads that meet above the clouds.

What kind of transport do you use on the trip?

We use private tourist/private vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, and van or land cruiser Jeep or Scorpio. These small light vehicles are more maneuverable and flexible enabling us to take you through the Narrow and hilly roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are conditioned. Apart from this, there is an option to use Local Buses, Tourist Buses (where available), Airplane, (where available).