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Introductory
Activities
  • Adventure touring
  • Community Project
Accommodation
  • 07 nights hotel
  • 05 nights shared accommodation at Jhamtse Gatsal community
  • 03 night eco resort
Meals
  • 15 Dinners
  • 15 Lunches
  • 16 Breakfasts

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: JG16

Trip highlights


  • Take an epic overland journey in to one of the most inspiring communities in the world
  • Spend time within the Jhamtse Gatsal community, meeting the teachers, caregivers, children and founder, a former Buddhist Monk - Lobsang Phunksok
  • Work alongside members of the Jhamtse Gatsal community to help build new residences for the students and teachers
  • Visit the largest old Tibetan monastery in south east Asia - Tawang Monastery
  • A visit to Nameri National Park to spot elephants, tiger, leopard, barking deer as well as the plethora of exotic birdlife
  • Experience authentic Buddhist life
  • Head to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal

If you’ve been fortunate enough to watch “Tashi and the Monk”, then you’ll know about Jhamtse Gatsal, the incredible community, school and home that has been created in northeast India for 90 children ranging in age from toddler to adolescent. The children in the community are those in greatest need from nearby villages. They all come from impoverished families, they may be orphans, and they are typically malnourished and neglected. Each one has a background of adversity. The goal of Jhamtse Gatsal is to provide these children with better lives, helping them to achieve their fullest potential and to become good human beings. The founder, and former Buddhist Monk Lobsang Phunksok, who trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has instilled in the teachers, amalas and children the three pillars of intelligent mind, kind heart and healthy body and these values permeate their learning and life. This is a truly unique opportunity to raise funds for the education and care of these children, and to stay in their community and work alongside them to build new residences for the students and teachers. The experience is combined with a wildlife safari and some wonderful sightseeing to discover the beautiful landscapes and rich culture of this unique, ethnically Tibetan, region of India.


The time has come to take a journey in to one of the most remote parts of India and one of the most amazing projects in the world. On this trip you will have some amazing experiences and create some life long memories, but first you have some serious travelling to do!

Meals:  B,L,D

Rise early for a transfer to the domestic airport for 5:30am group flight to Guwahati. From Guwahati we drive in private vehicle to Tezpur. Tezpur is the fastest growing city on the banks of the river Brahmaputra and is known for its many beautiful parks. Overnight in Hotel in Tezpur. Drive: 240kms / approx. 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today following breakfast we drive to Dirang, en-route we visit the Tipi Orchid Sanctuary established in 1989 by the government of Arunachal Pradesh to protect rare and endangered species of orchids. Dirang is home to the Monpa tribes and is known as the gateway to the Tawang Valley and serves as a good place to stop for a short while. On arrival in Dirang we visit the Dirang Dzong built in the 17th century to ward off invasions and used in the Vietnam war as a jail. These days Monpa tribes live a unique lifestyle in Dirang Dzong fort. Overnight in a hotel in at Dirang. Drive: 180kms / approx. 7 hours (including visits)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today after breakfast we drive to Tawang. Tawang is connected to Tezpur and Guwahati by Sela Pass that has an elevation of 4170 m /13,700 ft. Sela Pass offers incredible views of the Himalaya and the hundreds of lake below, including the glacier fed Sela Lake, also known as Paradise Lake because of its beauty. As we approach Tawang we stop at the Jaswantgarh Memorial that stands testimony to an Indian soldier's bravery, as well as the 330 foot high Nuranang Falls. Overnight in hotel in Tawang.  Drive: 160kms | approx. 07-08 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Following breakfast and a lazy morning in Tawang, we drive 2 hours to reach Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community. We are welcomed by the community and spend the rest of the day settling in and getting acquainted with the community. Overnight in shared accommodation in the community.

Meals:  B,L,D

During the next four days we will work alongside community members to help build new residences for the students and teachers. We will experience the loving vibrancy of this remarkable community first hand, as we are surrounded by the warm, welcoming and enthusiastic children. During these work days we will take a half day off to do the circuit hike to the huge Tara Monument, overlooking Jhamtse Gatsal, and visible from Bhutan and Chinese Tibet. Lobsang Phuntsok will join us for the final evening meal. Overnight in shared accommodation in the community. 

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we take our last breakfast with our friends at Jhamtse Gatsal. Once we've said our goodbyes we drive to Bomdila. Overnight in a hotel in Bomdila. Drive: 190kms / approx. 7-8 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will drive to Nameri National Park, where we’ll stay for two nights at the eco camp in the National Park. When we arrive at the park we will take a tribal village walk and enjoy a traditional Assamese Bihu Dance in the evening. Overnight at Eco Camp in Nameri National Park. Drive: 130kms / approx. 5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After a very early breakfast we drive to Guwahati for the flight to Delhi to start the next part of our advrenture! Overnight in Delhi at hotel. Drive: 240kms / approx. 6-7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

his morning we visit the Raj Ghat which is the cremation ground of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi and continue to the Humayun's Tomb which is believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Himayun. Its design and layout is based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. The Qutab Minar has walls inscribed with intricately carved quotations from the Koran and is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world. We drive past the Red Fort and in the early afternoon journey by road 200km (approx 4 hours) to Agra. Overnight Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

We depart the hotel early this morning and make our way to the Taj Mahal to watch as the sun rises over this extraordinary building. Built by Shah Jahan’s as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal the beauty of this structure is unmatched. On the death of his beloved wife, in wild extravagance, Shah Jahan built her this memorial. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this wealth of white marble and precious stone. We have time to walk the corridors and gardens before continuing on to the Agra Fort. With its grand courtyards, royal pavilions and palaces the Agra Fort is a fitting testimony to the Great Moghuls – Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan – during the era when Agra was the capital of the Moghul Empire. The most impressive part of the Fort is the Dewan-e-Am, where the Emperor sat on his throne to dispense to his subjects, and the Dewan-e-Khas where he received foreign dignitaries. A brief visit is also made to the marble inlay workshop - where one can see the art that went into the inlay work at the Taj Mahal. This workshop has brought back into India this almost forgotten art style, tomb of Itmad-ud-dullah, father of Queen Nur Jehan – a two storied tomb bearing mosaics in inlaid semi-precious stones. You will then return to your hotel where you will have free time. If time permits you should visit Itimad-ud-Daulah, known as the ‘Baby Taj’; it was built before the Taj Mahal by Nur Jahan, queen of Jehangir, for her parents. The first Mughal building to be faced with white marble and where ‘pietra dura’, (precious stones inlaid into marble) was first used. Or alternatively head down to the Yamuna River and take a small boat across the river to get a glimpse of the Taj Mahal from a different angle and a different perspective - truly magical. Agra is a great place to try barbecue meats (kebabs) mixed with Indian spices. Petha, pieces of white pumpkin dipped in sugar syrup, and Gajak, a crumbly sweet made with sesame and jaggery, are delicious local sweets and sold everywhere - try them.

Meals:  B,L,D


Inclusions

  • 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 15 dinners
  • airport transfers on day 01 & 16
  • 07 nights hotel, 03 nights eco resort on twin share basis
  • 5 nights shared accommodation at Jhamtse Gatsal
  • expert English and Hindi speaking World Expeditions guide who remains with the group throughout the itinerary
  • all necessary permits, taxes and passes
  • private road vehicles with drivers
  • flights Delhi - Guwahati - Delhi
  • visit to Tawang Monastery, War Memorial and Ani Gompa
  • one time entry and nature walk inside Nameri National Park with a naturalist guide
  • all costs associated with the community project work at Jhamtse Gatsal
  • £1000 donation to the Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community

  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, bottled mineral water, soft drinks, alcohol etc
  • Optional activities and sightseeing during free time
  • Still/video camera fees at monuments

Essential Information

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