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1. Cheque payments shall be done in favour of “Isha Tours” payable at Mumbai. The tour can be booked with an advance of Rs. 10,000 per head for domestic tour. Balance amount has to be paid 45 days prior to the date of travel.

2. Tour Cost does not include Air/Rail fare. Railway/Air/Bus ticketing is not our business. It is a value added service provided by us to those who travel with us. And we are not charging any amount to provide these services. In case of fluctuations in Bus/Railway/Air fares the same shall be borne by the participants at an additional cost.

3. We are Tour organizers. We do not have any control over Airlines, Railways, Hotels, Transport Providers, or any other facilities which are being provided by a third party or local service provider. We are not responsible for the delay or deficiency in the services provided by other agencies. Also the Company does not have any control on schedule of opening and closing timings of tourist attractions. It is the responsibility of the tour participant to get in writing all facilities as promised to him by ISHA TOURS.

4. It is the responsibility of the tour Participants to collect their Air/Railway tickets & necessary travel documents (itinerary, hotel & transport voucher, Name and contact numbers of coordinators, etc) from the Company office before the departure of the tour and check them properly, against making the full payment. Prior to the travel it is responsibility of guest to check the schedule departure time of the Airline / Rail. The company will not be responsible for any intimation of any change in schedule of any mode of transport.

5. The registration amount paid at the time of booking, is a non –refundable and interest free amount. If guest fail (your list has fall) to pay the final payment we reserve the right to cancel the reservation. In case of billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice with correct pricing. In case of dishonored __ cheques , passengers will have to pay INR .500/- for every such transaction.

6. Because of the Computerization of tickets by the Railways, the berth/seat once reserved cannot be changed. Participants have to travel by the same berth/seat as mentioned in their ticket issued by the Railways.

7. If full payment is not made in time, the company reserves the right to cancel the booking with subsequent loss of deposit and apply the cancellation charges as mentioned herein.

8. All bookings for hotel accommodation/ground transport are blocked well in advance. We are liable to pay penalties to all our suppliers/vendors even though these services are not used as per the respective contract. If the Participant requests to cancel the tour in writing, the money refundable will be as follows:

Cancellation made Amt refundable
60 days or more prior to the date of departure 90% of the tour cost
60 to 45 days prior to the date of departure 80% of the tour cost
44 to 30 days prior to the date of departure 60 % of the tour cost
29 to 15 days prior to the date of departure 40% of the tour cost
Less than 15 days No refund
No money will be refunded If the cancellation is done within the last 15 days before the date of departure, or in case of “no Show’ on the tour.

9. Cancellation charges do not include air ticket cancellation and they will be levied separately. Air tickets issued on special fares are NON REFUNDABLE and Guest shall bear cancellation charges.

10. If any Participant wishes to deviate from the tour itinerary, the necessary changes will be made after mutual discussions. The additional supplementary costs will have to be made in full before the date of departure. In such cases the ‘Tour Cost” will be changed.

11. Isha Tours reserves the right to alter, amend, postpone, or cancel any of the tours advertised in the Brochure , Website without assigning any reason, whatsoever. Under circumstances of cancellation of any tour by the company, money paid by the participant will be fully refunded, but no compensation is payable.

12. No request for transfer, prepone or postponement of the tour date by the Participant will be entertained.

13. All the domestic tour prices attract service tax, which will be charged on the Tour Cost declared in the brochure.

14. All Group Departures will be operated on a customized basis (without tour escort & with MAP meal plan) in case of bookings of less than 15 passengers.

15. Your Tour Escort is your host, friend and guide on the tour. Please follow strictly all his instructions regarding timings and any other tips given by him.

16. For all tours, accommodations in the hotels made are in standard rooms only (as per the tour itinerary). Guest will have to abide by the check in and checkout time of the respective hotels. Laundry , telephone , mini bar, alcohols, beverages and food not on the tour menu, optional excursion excess baggage fees, shopping, paid toilet, are all items of a personal nature. These additional services, if availed by the guest, have to be paid for by the guest themselves.

17. We have taken care to select hotels at convenient locations, which are comfortable for the guest. Accommodation is generally provided on Twin sharing basis. Triple rooms are not larger than the twin rooms and the third bed is often a roll- way mattress put in a twin bedded room.

18. Food will not be provided during the Train/Air journey. Supply of Drinking Water during the Bus/Train journey or tour is not the Company’s responsibility. Expenses towards the same will have to be borne by the participant.

19. Group tours means the services provided are similar to all the guest‘s, special services cannot be given to any specific person in a group tour. The company will make reasonable attempt to accommodate the special needs of disabled travelers / senior citizens if informed at the time of booking, but the company shall not be held responsible in the event of it being unable to do so, nor shall be responsible in case of any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants , or others independent suppliers.

20. In the event that a passenger / joining passenger misses out on any part of the sightseeing due to delay on his part, or on the part of an outside services provider like an airline / rail he will not be entitled to claim refund for the same . No complaints / compensations and /or claiming of refund will be entertained for any sightseeing missed and / or the program being curtailed after commencement of the tour and / or before the due period due to any unavoidable circumstances and any reason beyond our control such as political , natural calamity , monument under renovation, VIP movement & security , heavy rush at sightseeing places road traffic congestion etc. for which there shall be no complaints / compensations and / or claiming of refunds.

21. Company is not liable for any personal injury, sickness, accident, loss, delay, discomfort, consequential loss and/or damage or any damage to baggage or personal effects howsoever caused.

22. If the Participant misbehaves in any manner causing inconvenience or annoyance to any tour Participant or causes damage to the property of the company or its sub agents, he/she will be asked to leave the tour by the tour Escort who has the right to do so. There will not be any compensation whatsoever in such cases.

23. Though shopping is an integral part of all tours, Isha tours neither recommends nor promotes any specific shops. The Company does not take any responsibility in case of any fault in the shopped items.

24. Smoking and drinking Alcohol is strictly prohibited during the Bus Journeys and in the Dinning Halls.

25. It is assumed that the Guests booking the tour are medically fit to travel on tour and also that s/he is aware about the tour program and the different activities that shall be undertaken during the tour. In case of any health related issues on tour, Guests are expected to be equipped to handle it on their own. Tour Manager can give assistance in such cases but it may not be possible to give complete attention.

26. The company may arrange still/video shooting during the tours. The Participants should have no objections to the shot material, which may be used by the company for publicity matter.

27. If due to natural calamities or unavoidable circumstances, the tour has to be cancelled or the route has to be modified then it will be done at the discretion of the Tour Escort and will be binding to all. The additional cost for such alteration will be borne by the participant.

28. If any guest has any complaint in respect of services provided by any of the independent contractors , the guest shall immediately notify the same to the independent contractor in writing and copy thereof shall be handed over to the tour escort , to enable to company to take up the matter with the independent contractor.

29. Any claim or complaint by the guest must be notified to the company in writing within 7 days after the tour completion date. No claim notified to the Company beyond this period will be entertained and the company shall incur no liability in respect thereof.

30. We may be constrained to disclose the information furnished by you, if such disclosure is required by law or by an order by court or the rules, regulations & enquiry by an govt./statutory agency having regulatory authority over the company.

31. Any dispute arising in respect of the tour shall be subject to Mumbai Jurisdiction.

We had a wonderful family vacation in Bhutan from 3rd May -11th May 2014, thanks to the nice arrangements made by you. The airport pick-up and drop was very timely and very good. The hotel that we stayed in Phuentsholing, Paro, Thimphu and finally at Lataguri were at very excellent locations. We had very relaxed stay at all of them. The hospitality at the hotels in was one of the best we have experienced, including the room, food and overall service. The Innova car that you had arranged for us all along our trip - was in excellent condition. The driver was always prompt, neat, took good care and drove very well. The guide in Bhutan was very good, he knew well and explained us to the best possible he could - very happily. Overall, we are extremely satisfied with the customized arrangements done by you and would surely recommend the destination as well as your services to our relatives and friends. Let us meet sometime, to discuss in detail. – Mr. Divakar Gokhale.

This is just to thank you and your colleagues at Isha Travels for a wonderful trip to Bhutan! Actually , this was our first trip with Isha Travels, hence we were a little unsure about the service and arrangements. You surely, proved us wrong ! All the arrangements, right from New Jal paiguri and up to Bagdogra, were excellent. Specially the hotels and resorts chosen by you were of top class and situated at a very scenic and picturesque spots. You, as our Tour Leader deserve all the credit for making our trip a very happy and most enjoyable one! Looking forward to another tour with Isha Travels & you....may be Ladakh! – Mr. Madhav Deshmukh.

We had great experience and very nice and comfortable stay on all the seven days tour to Bhutan. We would like to record your best support and active participation during the entire tour and your possitive and flexible approach was the best part of the tour we will be definitely would like to join once again with ISHA tours mostly this year end. Thanks for making our tour memorable and wonderful!!!!!!!!! – Mr. Bipin Pandit.

Thank you very much for the wonderful trip arrangement for Bhutan. This trip was really as it is named - "Bountiful Bhutan". Bhutan is very clean country (motivation/ inspiration behind our PM's agenda - Swach bharat Abhiyan), treasured its sacred heritage and tradition and ofcourse very humble people. I would also like to specially thank your team members - Salim, Kadu, KB Gurung. Down to earth and very humble. They tried their level best to comfort us and took very good care of my family and friends. Thank you very much for the hospitality extended to my family and friends. Hotels in Phuentsholing, Paro, Thimphu and finally at Lataguri were really good, cozy, neat and at par services extended. Food - no problem, as suggested by you / Smita we discussed our dinner menu with chef. Thank you for the suggestion. Do treat your other groups in Kadu's Restaurant - The Taste Restaurant, in Thimpu. I would also like to thank Mr. Rigzin - Proprietor of Galling Resort, Paro as he had given a separte room to my cousin - Rohit and did not charge any extra charges for the same. Dinning hall ambience, food is just awesome. The excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger nest) was an experience by itself. Thanks to KB who accompanied and motivated us. Similarly, the hotel in Lataguri - Suncity (Rosevalley) ambiance was just superb. It was really nice to hear the past experiences of Mr. Salim / Mr. Kadu / Mr. KBG / Mr. Rigzin. Would like to end at a happy note and once again thank you very much for everything. Looking forward for exploring more places. – Ms. Praneeta Honnalli.
GENERAL INFORMATION

Himachal is a state in Northern India. It is spread over 21,495 sq mi (55,670 km2),[3] and is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west and south-west, Haryana andUttarakhand on the south-east and by the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east.
Himachal Pradesh is famous for its abundant natural beauty. Hima means snow inSanskrit, and the literal meaning of the state’s name is In the lap of Himalayas. It was named by Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the great Sanskrit scholars of Himachal Pradesh. According to a 2005 Transparency Internationalsurvey. The state is also the first state in India to achieve the goal of having a bank account for every family. Himachal Pradesh is ranked the second-least corrupt state in the country after Kerala. Himachal Pradesh is divided into 12 districts namely, Kangra, Hamirpur, Mandi, Bilaspur, Una, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti, Sirmaur,Kinnaur, Kullu, Solan and Shimla. The state capital is Shimla which was formerly British India’s summer capital under the name Simla.

  • CLIMATE
  • Due to extreme variation in elevation, there is great variation in the climatic conditions of Himachal . The climate varies from hot and sub-humid tropical in the southern tracts to, with more elevation, cold, alpine and glacial in the northern and eastern mountain ranges.[10] The state has areas like Dharamsala that receive very heavy rainfall, as well as those like Lahaul and Spiti that are cold and almost rainless. Broadly, Himachal experiences three seasons: Summer, Winter and rainy season. Summer lasts from mid April till the end of June and most parts become very hot (except in alpine zone which experiences a mild summer) with the average temperature ranging from 28 to 32 °C (82 to 90 °F). Winter lasts from late November till mid March. Snowfall is common in alpine tracts (generally above 2,200 metres (7,218 ft) i.e. in the Higher and Trans-Himalayan region)

  • AGRICULTURE AND ECONOMY
  • Agriculture contributes nearly 45% to the net state domestic product. It is the main source of income as well as employment in Himachal. About 93% of the state population depends directly upon agriculture. The main cereals grown in the state are wheat, maize, rice and barley. Kangra, Mandi and the Paonta valley of Sirmaur (to some extent) are the major producers of the first three cereals, while barley is mostly cultivated in Shimla.
    it has gained a lot in other spheres of agricultural production such as seed potato, ginger, vegetables, vegetable seeds, mushrooms, chicory seeds, hops, olives and fig. Seed potato is mostly grown in the Shimla, Kullu andLahaul areas. Special efforts are being made to promote cultivation of crops like olives, figs, hops, mushrooms, flowers, pistachio nuts, sarda melon and saffron. Solan is the largest vegetable producing district in the state. The district of Sirmaur is also famous for growing flowers, and is the largest producer of flowers in the state. Himachal has abundant growth of fruits like apple, peaches, plums and berries. It is rightly called the ‘fruit bowl of India’. There are plenty of fruit orchards and fruits are exported to various parts of the country and abroad.
    Hydro Power is also one of the major source of income generation for the State.[18] Identified Hydroelectric Potential for the state is 23,000.43 MW in five rivers basins[19] i.e. (Yamuna, Satluj, Beas, Ravi and Chenab).
    Tourism in Himachal Pradesh is one of its major contributor to the state economy and growth. State is endowed with variety of landscape and vivid topographic features which attracts tourists from all the parts of the world. The state is also known for its adventure activities which includes Paragliding in Bir-billing and Solang valley, Rafting in Kullu, ice skating in Shimla, Boating in Bilaspur and various other activities like trekking, horse riding, Skiing, fishing etc. Shimla, the state capital, is home to Asia’s only natural ice skating rink.

  • FLORA AND FAUNA
  • The complete vegetation of this region relies on two factors – height and rainfall. The southernmost part of the state is at a lower altitude level and it contains both humid and subtropical dry broadleaf woodlands, along with subtropical moist broadleaf forests. The majority of area is covered by Himalayan subtropical broadleaf forests. Apart from this we also have some of the vegetation which is abundant with sal, sisham, chir pine, dry deciduous and moist broad-leafed forests. The landscape which falls in temperate regions has some of the prominent trees like oaks, deodar, blue pine, fir and spruce. The places that lie in top elevation have numerous trees that are sturdy and contain roots that run deep into the earth. Some of the commonly found trees in these regions include Alders, birches, rhododendrons and moist alpine scrubs. The rhododendron is a common type of tree in the Shimla region and this is seen in abundance in months between March to May.
    Lush Meadows and paddock can be seen along hillocks and steep lying areas. Post winter season the hilly regions and orchards are full of fruits. The pleasant climate helps numerous flower varieties like gladiolas, lilies, tulips, chrysanthemums, roses, marigolds, carnations etc to grow in abundance. The state government is dedicated in making the state ‘the flower basket of the world’ and for this there has been good initiative from all corners towards this commitment.
    The state is house for numerous species of habitat. The state is the resting place for approximately 1200 birds along with 359 animal species. Some of the animals which form members of this vast list are leopards, ghoral, snow leopard, musk deer (state animal) and Western Tragopan (state bird). The state is an ideal tourist destination for animal lovers as it hosts 12 main national parks & sanctuaries. The state also has the distinction of hosting maximum number of sanctuaries in Himalayan region. The Kullu district hosts The Great Himalayan National Park, which was established with the main aim to protect endangered fauna and flora of main Himalayan Mountains. Similarly Pin Valley National Park conserves the flora and fauna of popular cold desert.

  • RELIGION
  • Hinduism is the main religion in Himachal Pradesh. More than 98% of the total population belongs to Hindu, spread all over the state. Muslims are mainly in the Chamba and Solan districts. Buddhist are in the Lahul & Sapiti and Kinnour districts. Some of the most commonly spoken languages includes Hindi, Pahari, Dogri, Mandeali Kangri,Mandyali, Gojri and Kinnauri.

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