China Span + One Globe

Date:  March 18-April 3, 2019

Limit:  5 people

India is a vibrant and dynamic tourist destination. It has one of the world’s oldest civilizations with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritages. It is hugely diverse and challenging to navigate. We have specially designed a trip taking you to see the very unique and contrasting aspects of India. We will celebrate the exciting color throwing festival of Holi and travel to the hidden parts in south Himalaya endowed with splendid natural beauties.

Holi is a Hindu festival and one of India’s most colorful and raucous festivals. It marks the end of winter and welcomes the new spring season. There is a darker side why Holi is celebrated. Hindus believe it is one day of the year that the Gods look away, where they can rid themselves of their evil demons before starting anew. The color is supposed to signify the sins and with it being washed off at the end of the day you are reborn clean. On this day, the strict Indian social norms are thrown away and men and women from all walks of life, enjoy each other’s company. By spending several days in the temple towns where Lord Krishna was born and raised for an intimate glimpse into the rich cultures. There will be fantastic shows in the temples, colorful processions which culminate in the final day of color throwing.

Leaving Delhi, we will fly to Darjeeling, a popular hill station in West Bengal since its establishment by the British in the mid-1800s. It is a small town with sprawling tea estates and colonial period buildings. Here we can see magnificent views from the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga down to the swollen rivers in the valleys. An interesting experience not to miss is a joyride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, loving called the “Toy Train”. It is a 2-feet narrow gauge train constructed between 1879 and 1881 and will take us through beautiful mountain and villages.

From Darjeeling, we will take a land trip into Sikkim , a hideout paradise from the chaotic urban life. A part of the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim is the least populous and second smallest among the Indian states. It is filled with natural beauty from snow-covered mountains to lush green valleys. Nearly 40% of the total area is forested. We will reach Pelling, another beautiful hill station famous for its tranquil monasteries, lush biospheres, sparking waterfalls and shimmering lakes. Located at an altitude of 6800 feet, if offers stunning views of mountains in the region. We will proceed to the famous Temi tea gardens, where the steep slopes of the hills are filled with lush tea plants. The snow-capped peak of Khangchendzonga makes the perfect backdrop. This is the only tea garden in Sikkim using the organic method as per the guidelines of the Institute of Marketecology (IMO) of Switzerland. We will move on to Pelling, Spring is a magical time in Sikkim, filled with colorful rhododendrons. We will have a chance to experience it in the picturesque Yumthang Valley. Situated at an elevation of 11700 feet, it is known as the “valley of flowers” due to its unique location above the line where no trees grown. The grazing yaks among blooming Himalayan flowers and stretches of land filled with a large collection of rhododendrons create a truly unforgettable scene.

This is a carefully planned trip incorporating the vibrant color throwing Holi Festival and beautiful towns in the Himalayas on the off-the-beaten-path. Come and join us!

Color Throwing, Darjeeling & Sikkim

Price:  $5200

Day 1. arrive in Delhi

Day 2-4. to Mathura, Holi Festival

Day 5. to Delhi

Day 6-8. to Darjeeling

Day 9-10. to Pelling (Sikkim)

Day 11. to Temi Tea Garden

Day 12-13. to Lumthang Valley

Day 14-15. to Gangtok

Day 16. to Delhi

Day 17. trip ends.