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Chamba Camp, Thiksey - Ladakh: The Land of the Lamas

Validity: From 15 May to 10 October 2017

Embark on a nomadic journey in canvas luxury. Unfurl the centuries-old culture of Ladakh, exploring her fascinating monuments, quaint monasteries enriched with ancient art forms, fairs and festivals. Be part of the region's unique rituals, enjoy the ancient sport of Polo, brought to Ladakh in the 17th century by the Royals. Try your hand at archery set amidst the most dramatic and breath-taking landscape. Raft on the gentle Indus River, stop for a delicious picnic lunch at the most picturesque hamlet. Experience Ladakh in all its splendour at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey (in the Leh Valley) brought to you by 'The Ultimate Travelling Camp'.


A land of varying landscapes, from white deserts to blue lakes, ice-capped mountains to lush valleys, Ladakh, like a dream captured in a snow globe, is a wildly beautiful milieu set between the Kunlun Mountains and the Himalayas. Located in a valley just north of the Indus River is Leh, the capital of Ladakh, a region often referred to as 'Little Tibet'. The centuries old culture of this picturesque capital city finds expression in its monuments, monasteries, oral literature, art forms, fairs and festivals.

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Highlights

  • You will be guests at a magical early morning, prayer ceremony at Thiksey Monastery
  • Watch a colourful sunset from Shanti Stupa overlooking the Old City of Leh
  • Discover the ancient treasure at Alchi
 
Chamba Camp, Thiksey - Ladakh: The Land of the Lamas

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1:Following your arrival at Leh, transfer to the Chamba camp in Thiksey. Soak in the serenity and picturesque surrounding as you relax and acclimatize.
  • Day 2:The Little Tibet Experience.
  • Day 3:Walk in the footsteps of Buddha.
  • Day 4:Two Paths to Nirvana.
  • Day 5:Bid farewell to the Land of the Lamas.
 
  • day-1

    Day 1: Following your arrival at Leh, transfer to the Chamba camp in Thiksey. Soak in the serenity and picturesque surrounding as you relax and acclimatize.

    This morning, following your arrival into Leh, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your residence, Chamba camp, Thiksey. Soak in the serenity of the surroundings as you are accorded a traditional Ladakhi welcome. You will be then accompanied to your well-appointed luxury tent after your check-in formalities at the reception tent is completed.
    There will be no activity on your day of arrival as it is medically mandated that you relax and undergo minimal exertion to enable you to acclimatize to the rarefied oxygen levels at this high-altitude. The excursion specialist at Chamba camp, Thiksey will meet with you to discuss the itinerary suggested and help you plan your excursions and make changes if required, to suit your interests, choices and leisure.

    You may take a stroll through the blessed hamlet of Thiksey and engage with the joyous local community and its pastoral lifestyle, immersing you to the scintillating peace and tranquility.

    Meal: Lunch and Dinner

    Overnight in Chamba camp, Thiksey

  • day-2

    Day 2: The Little Tibet Experience.

    Today brings a late start, leaving the morning free for you to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and walk around the camp site, taking in the sights and the peaceful milieu where each tent opens out on to alfalfa pastures. Enjoy the view of the willow trees as the wind gracefully brushes the branches and the rustling sound of the poplar trees create an aura of unmatched beauty and serenity, making you unwind and relax.

    Or, you may take an easy, invigorating walk in the vicinity of the camp through the lush farmlands of Nyerma, with insight into ancient knowledge of medicinal herbs, agricultural practices and religious life in the nunnery.

    Return to the camp for your lunch.

    This afternoon following lunch, you will visit the famed Matho Monastery.

    The village of Matho is located at the mouth of a deep gorge running out of the Zanskar Range and across the river Indus. Founded in 1410 by Lama Dunpa Dorje, it belongs to the Sakya Order. It is noted for its six-hundred-year-old thangkas and its conservation project of the monastery undertaken by local women and led by a spirited team from all parts of the globe.

    We then proceed on a gentle orientation tour of Leh. Our Leh City Heritage walk ushers you to the labyrinth of the by-lanes of Leh City under the gaze of the imposing 17th century nine storied Leh City Palace.

    Our walk takes you through this last big frontier town where everything from daily needed rations, locally spun woolen clothing, rugs, yak fur and yak tail and ritualistic items can be sourced. The city boulevard presents a cauldron of shops which sell Pashmina shawls, stoles to Tibetan handicraft items. A few scattered curio shops also offer Tibetan silver jewelry and traditional Ladakhi jewelry set with turquoise, jade and emerald.

    Your walk concludes near Chubi village where your vehicle will pick you up and take you to Shanti Stupa, perched upon a great vantage point over Leh, with spectacular views of this stone strewn landscape.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight in Chamba camp, Thiksey

  • day-3

    Day 3: Walk in the footsteps of Buddha.

    After a sumptuous breakfast, embark on a spiritual exploration of the monastic treasure of Ladakh.

    Driving through picturesque landscape along the River Indus, arrive at the fabled Alchi Monastery, built in the 11th century. Founded by Ringchen Zangpo, the Great Translator, the Alchi Gompa displays a Kashmiri influence in its art and architecture. Within the monastery you will see beautiful Tibetan and Gandhara style murals of Ladakh, frescos and images of the Buddha.

    On your way back from Alchi, you will drive past the Basgo fort, built in the 16th century. Basgo, literally "Cow's Head" in the local language, was the center of power and politics in this region at one point of time.

    Relish a delectable lunch in a picturesque setting in the hamlet of Nimmu before you drive back to your residence -Chamba camp, Thiksey.

    Alternatively, combine your visit to Alchi with our optional rafting excursion. The day begins with a drive through the pastoral countryside, arriving at the put-in point. Take a gentle rafting trip down the Indus River, floating past traditional Ladakhi villages, enjoying the mesmerizing views, and the contrast between the greenery of the Nimmu village on one bank and the stark barren landscape of the other. Relish a hot lunch at Sangam in a picturesque setting. Following lunch continue to the fabled Alchi Monastery.

    On your way back to camp, stop by at the hamlet of Nimmu for a gentle walk through the bountiful fields and savor a taste of local hospitality.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight in Chamba camp, Thiksey

  • day-4

    Day 4: Two Paths to Nirvana.

    An early morning start with tea and coffee followed by a visit to the Thiksey monastery, which stands about a kilometer from your camp. This beautiful monastery houses a two storey statue of the Maitreya Buddha seated on a lotus and boasts of a spectacular view of the Leh valley. At the monastery, you will have the privilege to participate in the Buddhist morning prayer ceremony at sunrise.

    Continue on a guided tour of the monastery, visiting the beautiful prayer room which has many handwritten and painted books as well as the temple dedicated to goddess Tara with her 21 images placed in glass-covered wooden shelves. You will also see small shrines devoted to the guardian divinities including Cham-Sing, the protector deity of Thiksey.
    Return to the camp for a hearty breakfast.

    The rest of the morning is free, allowing you time to relax and take in the pristine beauty around you.

    After a sumptuous lunch at camp, proceed to explore the jewel in the crown of the Drukpa lineage, the Hemis Monastery, the biggest monastic institution of Ladakh, situated about 23 kilometres (45 mins) from Thiksey. Built in a secluded valley, the monastery belongs to the Drukpa School or the Dragon Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Explore the many interesting facets of this institution, established under the patronage of King Senge Namygal in the 17th century, where young lamas are taught literature, history, philosophy, yoga and tantra. The monastery halls are adorned with beautiful statues and mural paintings.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight in Chamba camp, Thiksey

  • day-5

    Day 5: Bid farewell to the Land of the Lamas.

    Today you bid farewell to the enchanting and breath-taking mountainous and rugged terrain of Ladakh, as you proceed on you onward destination.

    Meal: Breakfast

Explore the jewel in the crown of drukpa lineage
Explore the jewel in the crown of drukpa lineage

Explore Hemis Monastery, The Jewel In The Crown Of The Drukpa Lineage

Included Explore Hemis Monastery, The Jewel In The Crown Of The Drukpa Lineage

  • Duration4 Hours
  • Distance40 km roundtrip
  • Day3

The Hemis Monastery, the largest monastic institution in Ladakh, is situated about 20 kilometres (1hr) from Thiksey. Built in a secluded valley, this monastery belongs to the Drukpa School or the Dragon Order of Mahayana Buddhism. It was established under the patronage of King Senge Namygal in the 13th century, and features beautiful statues and murals. At the Hemis Monastery, you’ll witness young lamas being taught various subjects, including literature, history, philosophy, yoga and tantra.

Discover Hemis Monastery and other centers of cultural and social significance while at our Chamba Camp in Thiksey.

Discover The Hidden Relics Of Thiksey Monastery
Discover The Hidden Relics Of Thiksey Monastery

Discover The Hidden Relics Of Thiksey Monastery

Included Discover The Hidden Relics Of Thiksey Monastery

  • DurationNA
  • DistanceNA
  • Day3

Ladakh's Thiksey Monastery is located about a kilometre away from our camp. This beautiful monastery boasts spectacular views of the eastern Indus Valley, and is home to a two-storey statue of the Maitreya Buddha seated on a lotus. The monastery offers our guests the privilege of participating in a beautiful prayer ceremony, which takes place at sunrise. The prayer room at Thiksey Monastery features many handwritten and painted books, as well as a temple dedicated to the goddess Tara with her 21 images placed in glass-fronted wooden shelves. You will also see small shrines devoted to guardian divinities, including Cham-Sing, the protector deity of Thiksey.

Cycling Tour
Cycling Tour

Ride with the Wind: Wari La

Optional Ride with the Wind: Wari La

  • Duration5-6 Hours
  • Distance105 km roundtrip
  • Day3

When in Ladakh, an early morning visit to Wari La is a must. One of the most scenic passes in Ladakh, Wari La is also the fourth-highest motorable road in the world. This pass connects two of the most exotic valleys in this trans-Himalayan region. Here you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the Nubra Valley, which lies beyond the pass, as well as the many villages that dot the Indus Valley. Wari La was opened only in 2008 as an alternative route into the Nubra Valley. Following a short safety briefing at the top, you'll be ready to cycle down the most extraordinary track that the Ladakhi Himalayas have to offer. The path criss-crosses its way down the mountainside into the green oasis of Sakti village. This exhilarating ride comes to an end at Kharu town.


Timeline Itinerary

1) Drive from Chamba Camp, Thiksey to Wari La Top
Altitute:5312 mtrs,17428 ft
Distance:52 Kms.
Time:02 hours drive time

2) Wari La Top to Lunch Stop
Distance:11 Kms.
Time:20 minutes drive time

3) Halt For Lunch
Altitute:4276 mtrs,14029 ft
Distance:52 Kms.
Time:1 ½ hours

4) Enjoy downhill mountain bike cycling from Kharu town through the picturesque hamlets of Takthok ,Sakti and Chemdey
Distance:26 Kms.
Time:1 ½ hours cycling

5) You also have an option to further cycle down from Kharu to Chamba Camp, Thiksey
Altitute:3550 mtrs,11647 ft
Distance:16 Kms.
Time:1 ½ hours cycling

Additional Services Included In This Optional Tour:

  • A back-up car at your service
  • The company of a knowledgeable guide throughout the tour
  • Choice of either packed or live picnic lunch
  • Appropriate safety cycling gears

Ancient Secrets of Nyerma -the Nunnery
Ancient Secrets of Nyerma -the Nunnery

Ancient Secrets of Nyerma -the Nunnery

Optional Ancient Secrets of Nyerma -the Nunnery

  • DurationNA
  • DistanceNA
  • Day1

The Nunnery at Nyerma, close to the TUTC camp, houses a school for a community of Buddhist nuns. It was established under the aegis of the present Khenpo Rinpoche of Thiksey, and is home to approximately 25 nuns from various parts of Ladakh, ranging in age from 11 to 87 years old. They practise meditation, study Buddhist philosophy and adhere to monastic practices. The nunnery is located within the precincts of the rich, ancient temple complex, founded by the Rinchen Zangpo, known as the Great Translator.

Evidence from the ruins that surround the nunnery suggests an ancient regional learning centre for Buddhist philosophical studies dating back to the 11th century. A peek into the stupas will give you a glimpse of some very special Buddhist paintings from a bygone era.

The village of Nyerma is also a mini-oasis in which many regional flora and fauna flourish. Here you'll get to learn about various indigenous herbs and plants used for medicines and cooking. Thiksey is one of the few Ladakhi villages that actually sits on the flat valley floor. The local community have taken to making mud bricks the traditional way, which is a fun thing to experience first-hand.

Seance with the Spirits
Seance with the Spirits

Seance with the Spirits

Optional Seance with the Spirits

  • Duration3-4 Hours
  • Distance25 km roundtrip
  • Day3

Buddhists are firm believers in the influence of the spirits on the material world. This influence is taken into consideration before any new venture or important activity is initiated. The lamas associated with the monasteries play the key role of mediator between the world of the humans and that of the spirits. Not only do they perform the rites necessary to appease the gods, they also take on the role of astrologers and oracles who can predict an auspicious time to start work. Whether it's for ploughing fields, picking the harvest, arranging a marriage or going on a journey, the lamas are consulted on almost everything.

In addition to a Seance Session with the Spirits, many other intriguing experiences can be enjoyed at TUTC.

Hiking Tour in Ladakh
Hiking Tour in Ladakh

Hiking Tour in Ladakh

Optional Hiking Tour in Ladakh

  • DurationNA
  • DistanceNA
  • Day1

The perfect hiking tour lets you experience the natural, rural and cultural treasures of a destination, without compromising on comfort. At TUTC, we have easy camp orientation walks, hikes to nearby nunneries, walks that take you over almost lunar landscapes and the many oases of happiness that are the hamlets of the valley. No matter what kind of adventure you prefer, Ladakh will not disappoint.

Inclusions

  • Prices include arrival and departure transfers to and from Leh airport by AC Innova.
  • Accommodation in Hollywood double or twin bedded luxury suite / presidential suite tents.
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary, including tea, coffee and soft beverages.
  • Guided excursions as specified in the tour program.
  • Still camera fees (not professional) as applicable.

Exclusions

  • Prices do not include international or domestic airfare.
  • Any optional tour mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Good and Service Tax of 5% shall apply on the total billing for all bookings. Subject to change without prior notice.
  • Taxes not mentioned in the package inclusions, insurance and gratuities on the campsite for housekeeping, food and beverage services.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages, porterage at airports / and railway stations.
  • Professional still and video camera fees.
  • Pre or post tour accommodation and any other tour extensions.

2017

Validity: From 15 May to 10 October 2017

LUXURY SUITE TENT

Luxury Suite Tent

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE TENT

Presidential Suite Tent

2017

Validity: From 15 May to 10 October 2017

  • Children between 1 year and 5 years are free provided they share the bed with parents.
  • Children (6 years - 11 years) travelling with the parents will be accommodated in the Luxury Suite Tent or Presidential Suite Tent.
    • All Costs are in INR.
    • The above costs are per person for the total package.
    • Good and Service Tax of 5% shall apply on the total billing shall apply for all bookings. Subject to change without prior notice.
    • Children below 5 years of age shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents.
    • The tour program is subject to change as per the prevailing political and local conditions.
    • Our services are from Leh airport to Leh airport.
    • Terms & Conditions apply.

    Terms and Conditions

    Once you have decided on the tour, please carefully read the following terms & conditions (Terms & Conditions), as these form the basis of your relationship with The Ultimate Travelling Camp Private Limited ('TUTC, ' Company', 'we', 'our' or 'us'). Except where otherwise stated, these booking conditions only apply to tour arrangements which you book with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you . All references in these booking conditions to 'tour', 'booking', 'contract', 'package', 'tour' or 'arrangements' mean such tour arrangements unless otherwise stated. In these booking conditions 'Client' 'you' and 'your' means all persons named on the booking or any of them as applicable (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date). Singular shall include the plural. Male shall include the female.

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    You may visit www.theultimatetravellingcamp.com and then choose the link to various campsites).

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    You may book directly or through your agent. All bookings are subject to our booking Terms & Conditions. The person who makes the booking must confirm acceptance of our booking Terms & Conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking assuming total responsibility. We will communicate by email in relation to your booking (including sending you documents such as your confirmation invoice) directly with you, if you have booked directly with us or via your agent if you have booked through your agent. You must accordingly check your emails on a regular basis and should print and retain hard copies of all confirmation documents, e-tickets, invoices, vouchers and other important communications. You may contact us by email for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment). All emails should be sent to reservations@tutc.com.

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    Booking through Travel Agent

    In cases where the travel agent through whom you have booked the tour, signs the Booking Form for and on behalf of the persons named in the Booking Form, it shall be deemed and construed that all the persons named in the Booking Form have duly authorized the said travel agent assuming total responsibility to sign on their behalf. The signing of the Booking Form by you and / or by your travel agent shall mean acceptance in totality of the Terms & Conditions contained herein by you and all of the Clients mentioned in the Booking Form.

    Any travel agent through whom you make a booking will relay information from you to us and vice versa. TUTC is neither liable / responsible for any failure by your travel agent to do this properly or in good time, nor for any advice given to you by your travel agent that did not originate from TUTC.

    The Company reserves the right to decline to register any person as Client for any tour or to cancel their registration without assigning any reason.

    How to Book

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    • Step 1: Visit www.theultimatetravellingcamp.com and select the link to a particular campsite.
    • Step 2: Read the tour packages, itineraries, pre tours, post tours, extension programs, inclusions, exclusions, terms and conditions and user agreement carefully before filling up the request call back form available on the website.

    Payment

    Please refer to our websites listed above for the price grid.

    Payment Schedule

    Payment Timeline (Prior to date of arrival at the camp) Amount to be paid
    Within 15 days of confirming the booking 25% of the total amount of the booking
    90 days prior to the date of arrival at the camp 50% of the total amount of the booking
    45 days prior to the date of arrival at the camp 100% of the total amount of the booking


    If this is not done, then the request will not be actioned and the booking will be treated as cancelled and relevant cancellation charges shall be applied following deduction for booked services. For cancellation charges please refer to the cancellation policy.

    On completion of the booking and payment formalities, a confirmation voucher with the itinerary will be emailed to you if you have booked directly or to your travel agent, if the booking is through your travel agent. It is your / travel agent's responsibility to check the confirmation voucher and any other related documents carefully and let us know immediately in the event of any error or inaccuracy as it may not be possible to make changes later. The final documentation containing the itinerary and the briefing sheet will be emailed to you or your agent 2 weeks prior to your arrival.

    Please further note that:

    On payment you will receive an acknowledgement for the amount paid.
    You will have to pay all bank charges.
    The prevailing rate of exchange on the date of the transaction would be applicable.
    The Company reserves the right to decline your booking /s for any tour or to cancel your booking without assigning any reason.
    Where we act only as agent for a third party supplier, we will have no liability / responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where those errors were made by ourselves.
    Travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by the Company.

    Payment Modes

    Swift Transfer
    You can make a Swift Transfer to the following account of 'Ultimate Travelling Camp':

    Benefeciary:
    The Ultimate Travelling Camp Pvt. Ltd

    Account No:
    913020006169814

    Bank:
    Axis Bank Ltd.

    Branch:
    Nariman Point

    Branch Address:
    Ground Floor, Atlanta, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400021

    Swift CODE:
    AXISINBB173

    The booking will be confirmed only post receipt of all the payments

    Special Requests / Medical Problems / Disabilities

    Where special requests for room, diet considerations etc. are required, TUTC must be made aware of these in writing at the time of booking. While every effort will be made to pass your requests onto the service providers concerned, we cannot guarantee they will be met.

    Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the service providers or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not a confirmation that the request will be met and that all special requests are subject to availability.

    If you have any medical condition / disability that may affect your ability to enjoy and participate fully in your arrangements, please provide us with full details before booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of the chosen arrangements and / or assist you with making your booking. You must also advise us in writing if any such disability or condition develops after your booking has been confirmed.

    TUTC reserves the right, where appropriate, to ask you to provide written certification of your medical fitness prior to departure. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain all necessary inoculations, take all necessary medication and follow all medical advice etc. in relation to your tour.

    Cancellation
    Any changes requested to your confirmed bookings must be made in writing to reservations@tutc.com as soon as possible. The requested changes, be it name change or date change will be treated as a fresh booking where confirmation will be subject to availability. Please note all bookings confirmed are non-transferable and will invite a cancellation charge as applicable.

    Cancellation Schedule

    Cancellation period (Prior to date of arrival at the camp) Cancellation Charges
    90 or more days prior to the date of arrival at the camp Nil
    90 - 61 days prior to the date of arrival at the camp** 25% of the total amount of the booking
    60 - 46 days prior to the date of arrival at the camp 50% of the total amount of the booking
    45 - 0 days prior or No show 100% of the total amount of the booking


    Should the tour booked be cancelled due to Force Majeure events, there will be no refund, as arrangements are made in advance. We recommend that you take personal insurance coverage to cover any such unforeseen loss.

    Further, we cannot accept liability / responsibility or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our agreement with you is prevented or affected by, or you otherwise suffer any damage or loss as a result of, 'Force Majeure'.

    Cancellation by You

    Should you wish to cancel your booking, you must communicate the cancellation by e-mail to TUTC at reservations@tutc.com and attach a scanned copy signed by the person who signed the Booking Form and / or by your travel agent. Such notification will only be deemed to have been given on receipt of your email, since we can only act once we have received the same. The computation of the period of notice of cancellation shall commence only from the time the email with the attached signed copy reaches TUTC on working days within working hours. Cancellations received on Fridays for tour departures that weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) will be treated as a day of departure cancellation. We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. not taken. No refund can be made on lost, mislaid or destroyed travel documents and / or vouchers.

    A cancellation charge is applicable to compensate us for making the booking and the possibility that we will be unable to resell your place in the time available. The cancellation policy above will apply. However, please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy.

    Alteration by You

    Any alteration to the services by you would be treated as a cancellation of the original service and any new arrangements will be regarded as an entirely new booking and would be subject to cancellation charges as mentioned in the chart above.

    If you wish to make any alterations to your booking (for example, change in arrival date) you must inform TUTC by email at reservations@tutc.com. The copy of the email should be signed by the client and / or by agent and the scanned copy with the signature should be sent to TUTC. In case the travel agent or any other person signs the Booking Form, it shall be conclusively presumed that the tour participants had given the necessary authority to such lead person / agent to sign the alteration request on their behalf assuming total responsibility and send the same to the company.

    Please note that:

    • It may not always be possible to make these requested changes and confirmation on the revised details will be subject to availability.
    • A provisional reservation only becomes guaranteed once full payment has been received and a voucher has been issued by TUTC.
    • Non-compliance with booking Terms & Conditions will automatically cancel a confirmed reservation without further notice.
    • If after the commencement of your tour, you request any alteration to your arrangements or accommodation, TUTC and their agents will do their best to implement it, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such an alteration being made, you will be liable for any cancellation / retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by TUTC and their agents in attempting to secure any revised arrangement.

    Itinerary Changes

    The right to vary, amend, alter or withdraw any particular itinerary or excursion rests entirely with the Company. Services however, will remain unchanged.

    Alteration and Cancellation by the Company

    The journeys are planned well in advance and changes may be unavoidable, may be due to circumstances amounting to "Force Majeure" or similar reasons beyond our control. TUTC reserves the right to cancel or alter any excursions and / or tours provided. TUTC may offer you alternative sightseeing excursions. If the accommodation becomes unavailable due to Force Majeure situations, TUTC will accommodate you in the best available hotel. TUTC would not be liable for any loss, costs, expenses, damages or for paying any compensation for such changes. TUTC cannot be held liable / responsible for any changes that may be caused due to Force Majeure situations. Please note that TUTC will not be liable to reimburse additional expenses undertaken by the Client in preparation for the tour. These include and are not limited to international tickets, used mileage awards and fees, cost of visas, immunizations, shots, etc. In case TUTC decides to make a refund for such changes, the same would be at the sole discretion of TUTC and will be without interest. There will be no refunds for any part of the stay or excursion that may be missed due to personal reasons. TUTC shall inform any changes that it may make to the services / itinerary to you / agent via its website listed earlier. You shall be deemed apprised of such changes.

    Amendment Schedule - Only applicable for Change in Dates

    Amendment period (Prior to date of arrival at the camp) Amendment Charges
    60 or more days prior to the date of arrival at the camp Nil
    60 - 31 days prior to the date of arrival at the camp 25% of the total amount of the booking
    30 - 16 days prior to the date of arrival at the camp 50% of the total amount of the booking
    15 - 0 days prior or No show 100% of the total amount of the booking


    Pricing and Surcharges

    Tour Cost means the tour cost mentioned in the Price Grid / e brochures and other payments such as taxes, surcharges etc. payable by the Client to the Company.

    The prices shown are based on known costs and exchange rates at the time of being published.

    What your tour price generally includes:

    • Arrival and departure transfers by car from nearest airport.
    • Accommodation in luxury suite tents / Presidential suite.
    • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary, including tea, coffee and soft beverages
    • Guided excursions as specified in the tour program
    • Still camera fees (not professional) as applicable
    • What your tour price generally excludes:
    • Prices do not include international or domestic airfare
    • Any optional tour mentioned in the itinerary
    • Gratuities to service staff including local guides and drivers
    • Applicable Good and Service Tax as 5% (subject to change, shall be payable extra).
    • Taxes not mentioned in the package inclusions and Insurance.
    • Expenses of a personal nature like telephone calls , laundry, alcoholic beverages, porterage at airports/ and railway stations
    • Professional still and video camera fees
    • Pre or post tour accommodation and any other tour extensions.

    Tour prices are subject to variation if there are increases due to governmental actions, additional taxes and exchange rates etc. Thus, in case of unforeseen increase in national or local taxation or adverse fluctuation in currency exchange rates, affecting the cost structures of the booked stay, TUTC reserves the right to impose a surcharge or revise the tour cost.

    In the event of any change in price of products of TUTC, after the booking and before the date of arrival, TUTC shall intimate such change in price, prior to the arrival of the Client, so as to enable TUTC to recover the difference in price from the Client.

    Child Policy

    • Child (1 - 5 years) - No charges and the child shall share the same bed as parents.
    • Child (1 - 5 years) - Should a child under this age group require an extra bed, a supplementary charge of INR 4,500 /- per night shall apply and he/she shall be accommodated in the same tent as his/her parents.
    • Child (6 - 11 years) - Should a child under this age group require an extra bed, a supplementary charge of INR 9,500 /- per night shall apply and he/she shall be accommodated in the same tent as his/her parents.
    • Child (6 - 11 years) - Should a child under this age group do not require an extra bed, a supplementary charge of INR 5,000 /- per night shall apply and he/she shall be accommodated in the same tent as his/her parents.

    Local Customs, Rules, Usages etc.

    You will have to strictly follow and respect the local customs, rules, usages etc.

    Smoking Policy

    Smoking is not permitted in the tents. There will be an area designated for smoking on the campsite.

    Travel Documents

    All the documents will be electronic documents and would be transmitted through e-mail. All documents and vouchers will be emailed only upon receipt of full payments for services booked. The final documentation containing the itinerary and travel vouchers will be emailed to you upon receipt of full payment.

    You must be in possession of a valid voucher; otherwise the stay will be refused. The voucher shall be valid only for the date and camp mentioned thereon and the voucher is non-transferable. Any unauthorized alterations or changes on the voucher shall render the voucher invalid.

    It is the responsibility of the person who makes the booking to ensure that all members of the party are in possession of all necessary travel, insurance and health documents and have all necessary vaccination certificates (where applicable) before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation or vaccinations / certificates must be paid by you. We regret we cannot accept any liability / responsibility, if you are refused entry anywhere due to failure on your part to carry correct documentation or have the correct vaccinations / certificates. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges, expenses or other financial penalty being imposed on, or incurred by us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly. If you are refused a visa, we cannot accept any liability / responsibility. If you are unable to travel as a result, you will be liable / responsible to pay our normal cancellation charges as mentioned hereinabove. The person who makes the booking is also responsible for ensuring that every member of your party has adequate travel insurance.

    Luggage

    All luggage is at all times is your responsibility. It is advisable that you use the safe deposit box provided in your tent to keep your valuables, passports and cash. Carrying of illegal items such as firearms, weapons, explosives, fireworks, narcotic substances, wildlife or wildlife products, animal and livestock etc. is prohibited.

    Acts of Commission / Omissions

    You shall be solely liable / responsible for your acts of commission and omission. You shall be liable to keep TUTC indemnified in respect of injury (including death), loss or damage caused to TUTC's property or employee or to any other person or such person's property. Neither TUTC nor its servants, agents or employees shall be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or effects.

    Complaints and Problems

    The relationship between TUTC and you shall be governed by the Terms & Conditions of booking which shall constitute a binding contract between TUTC and you and shall define the mutual rights, duties and liabilities of the parties.

    If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the stay, then this should be brought to the attention of the General Manager so that appropriate remedial action can be taken. Failing to do this, any right to compensation, which you may have, will be extinguished or reduced. In the unlikely event that the problem persists, please write to the TUTC Customer Service team either by email to feedback@tutc.com within 3 weeks of your return from the tour, providing us with the details of your booking reference and complaint. Any delay beyond the stipulated time may affect our ability to investigate the complaint and may impact the way that your complaint is dealt with.

    Waiver and Indemnity

    You hereby waive any claim you may have against TUTC, its servant, agents, employees or subcontractors (all of the aforementioned being collectively referred to as TUTC) for any injury and / or loss of any nature whatsoever (including without limiting the generality of the foregoing consequential loss) arising for any reason of any nature whatever directly or indirectly out of any aspect of the tour including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, any form of transport used for the purpose of the tour. This waiver shall also be binding on your executors, heirs, trustees, dependents and agents /tour operators etc.

    Further, you waive any claim against TUTC for any damage to, or loss of, property, or injury to, or death of, due to any act, or negligence of any airlines, surface transportation companies, sightseeing, adventure tours, optional tours, hotels or any person rendering any of the services or accommodations included. TUTC cannot be held liable / responsible for any claim, losses, damages for delay of luggage or other properties, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, upset and disappointment, distress or frustrations, whether physical or mental, resulting from the act or omission of any party providing services.

    You also agree that all the services and facilities provided to you are accepted voluntarily and with full knowledge that it may expose you to injury, danger or loss. You further agree that any statement, representation or information given to you by TUTC shall, unless given in writing, not prejudice this waiver in any manner whatsoever. You indemnify TUTC in respect of any claim that may be made by any third party against it arising out of any claim in respect of which you gave the aforementioned waiver.

    You also assume the risks and understand that all travel has inherent risk that may result in injury or death and that participation in activities, including but not limited to, driving, hiking, walking, touring, visiting archeological sites, walking on uneven surfaces, riding on rough roads, rafting, boating, canoeing, riding in helicopters, on trains, in boats, swimming, surfing, horseback or camel riding, adventure tour, wildlife safaris and any other activities. The information contained in the TUTC website / brochure / emailer and other marketing collaterals has been compiled with all reasonable care, is accurate to the best of our knowledge and is given in good faith.

    Refund

    There will be no refund for unutilized services unless specified and for cancellation of arrangements made at the camps in the wildlife locations and for special festivals. All cancellation and amendment charges will be applicable as per principal's policies on which TUTC has no control and you will be subject to the same.

    Our Liability to You

    We assure you that all arrangements for your tour will be made and provided with utmost skill and care. This means that we will accept responsibility if, for example, the contracted arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure on our part, our employees or service provider to use reasonable skill and care in making and providing the arrangements. Further, we will be responsible for what our employees do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment or carrying out work we had asked them to do.

    We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, cost or other claim of any description whatsoever which results from:

    1. The act(s) and / or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party; or
    2. The act(s) and / or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your arrangements and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable; or
    3. Any service or facility not arranged by us as part of our contract; or
    4. 'Force Majeure' as defined above.

    Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay, will be limited to the least of the amounts provided hereunder:

    • Public liability insurance taken by TUTC.
    • Any relevant international conventions or regulations which apply to the travel arrangements in question.
    • TUTC's liability for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, cost or other claim may be limited by relevant conditions as outlined in booking Terms & Conditions of TUTC.
    • The tour cost.

    We do not accept liability or responsibility for:

    1. Any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description which, based on the information that was given to us at the time of booking, we could not have foreseen that you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract.
    2. Any business losses
    3. TUTC does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage suffered as a result of any event beyond its control or the control of any agent or the third party carrier / supplier.
    4. The Company will not be liable for indirect or consequential loss or damage howsoever arising.
    5. TUTC accepts no liability for the consequences of cancellation or delay, other than as specified elsewhere herein.
    6. Except as otherwise provided in the Terms & Conditions, all luggage and personal effects are at all times the responsibility of the Clients and TUTC takes no responsibility for the same.


    Privacy of Information

    We try to maintain the privacy of the personal information provided by you. However, it would be necessary for us to share this information with other service providers who would be providing you service during the tour. We would also be constrained to disclose such information if we receive an order of the court, a requisition from any government or statutory authority, subpoena, or under any law, rules or regulations, such disclosure becomes necessary. The Company reserves the right to publish photographs / letters / web pictures /videos / emails taken by you during the tour. We reserve the right without notice to make use of any photography / film taken on the tour by our staff for general publicity purposes without payment or permission. TUTC prompts all its users to register online so that TUTC can send you updates and information on travel destinations. You have read the TUTC Privacy Policy, the terms of which are incorporated herein, and agree that the terms of such policy are reasonable. You consent to the use of your personal information by TUTC, its associate and group companies and / or its third party providers and distributors in accordance with the terms of and for the purposes set forth in the TUTC Privacy Policy.

    Conditions of Travel

    You are responsible to register with the representative of the Company at the appointed date, place and time and you would be treated as a no-show if you fail to do so. Under no circumstances would any refund be given for any unutilized services. You shall not behave in a manner which may cause distress or annoyance to other co-travellers or which may create the risk of danger or damage to property of the Company, co-travellers or others. In this event, you may be asked to leave the tour immediately. The Company shall be under no liability / responsibility to any such person.

    Communication

    The communication transmitted to your mailing address / email address on record shall be deemed to have been communicated to you. All communication from you to the Company has to be in writing, not orally. Where a booking is made directly by you with the Company, communications will be sent to you at your mailing address or e-mail address given in the Booking Form. Where a booking is made through a travel agent, communications from the Company will be sent to your agent through whom such booking has been received on your behalf and the agent would be responsible for transmitting such communication to you. All monies paid to the travel agent shall not constitute payment to us unless deposited by your agent with the Company. In case of publication of any travel scheme offering any discount or benefit by the Company, it shall have the sole right to withdraw such a scheme or discount at any time unless a specific assurance to the contrary is published.

    Insurance

    We strongly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance cover from your country of domicile for injury, illness, medical emergencies, death, accident, and adventure tours and activities loss of effects or luggage and tour cancellation. Kindly refer to the cancellation policy stated in our Booking Terms & Conditions. TUTC cannot be held liable / responsible if you purchase inadequate / improper insurance cover.

    You must provide TUTC with the name, address and telephone number of your insurer, your policy number and the 24-hour medical emergency telephone number. Any pre-existing medical conditions must be declared to your insurer and informed to us.

    Force Majeure

    In these booking conditions, 'Force Majeure' means any event which we / the supplier of the service(s) in question / the third party supplier could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include whether actual or threatened war, riot, civil strife, actual or threatened terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, disease, fire etc. and all similar events outside the control of the party concerned.

    Amendment & Interpretation

    TUTC reserves its absolute rights to amend these Booking Terms & Conditions without assigning any reasons and without giving any prior notice.

    As to the interpretation of the forgoing Booking Terms & Conditions, the decision of TUTC shall be final and binding upon you.

    Dispute Resolution Law and Jurisdiction

    Any dispute or differences between the parties shall be referred to arbitration to be conducted in accordance with provisions of The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 by a sole arbitrator to be appointed by TUTC. The seat of arbitration shall be at New Delhi, India. Arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in English language.

    Your relationship (and any contract you may have) with TUTC or with any third party supplier or any disputes or other matters arising from it shall be interpreted as per Indian Laws and Courts in New Delhi, India alone would have exclusive jurisdiction.

    By signing the Booking Form, you / your agent on your behalf are accepting these terms and conditions.

    Your Suggestions

    If you have any feedback or suggestions, which you might want to share with us, do email us at feedback@tutc.com.

    Luggage
    All your luggage at all times is your responsibility. It is advisable that you use the safe deposit box provided in your tent to keep your valuables, passports and cash. Carrying of illegal items such as firearms, weapons, explosives, fireworks, narcotic substances, wildlife or wildlife products, animal and livestock etc. is prohibited.

    Special Requests / Medical Problems / Disabilities
    Where special requests for room, diet considerations etc are required, TUTC must be made aware of these in writing at the time of booking. While every effort will be made to pass your requests onto the service providers concerned, we cannot guarantee they will be met.

    Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the service providers or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not a confirmation that the request will be met and that all special requests are subject to availability.

    If you have any medical condition / disability that may affect your ability to enjoy and participate fully in your arrangements, please provide us with full details before booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of the chosen arrangements and / or assist you with making your booking. You must also advise us in writing if any such disability or condition develops after your booking has been confirmed.

    TUTC reserves the right, where appropriate, to ask you to provide written certification of your medical fitness prior to departure. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain all necessary inoculations, take all necessary medication and follow all medical advice etc. in relation to your tour.

    Smoking Policy
    Smoking is not permitted in the tents. There will be an area designated for smoking on the campsite.

    Travel Documents
    All the documents will be electronic documents and would be transmitted through e-mail. All documents and vouchers will be emailed only upon receipt of full payments for services booked. The final documentation containing the itinerary and travel vouchers will be emailed to you upon receipt of full payment.

    You must be in possession of a valid voucher; otherwise the stay will be refused. The voucher shall be valid only for the date and camp mentioned thereon and the voucher is non-transferable. Any unauthorized alterations or changes on the voucher shall render the voucher invalid.

    It is the responsibility of the person who makes the booking to ensure that all members of the party are in possession of all necessary travel, insurance and health documents and have all necessary vaccination certificates (where applicable) before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation or vaccinations / certificates must be paid by you. We regret we cannot accept any liability / responsibility, if you are refused entry anywhere due to failure on your part to carry correct documentation or have the correct vaccinations / certificates. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines,surcharges, expenses or other financial penalty being imposed on, or incurred by us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly. If you are refused a visa, we cannot accept any liability / responsibility. If you are unable to travel as a result, you will be liable / responsible to pay our normal cancellation charges as mentioned hereinabove. The person who makes the booking is also responsible for ensuring that every member of your party has adequate travel insurance.

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