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Shimla Walks
Shimla Walks

Shimla Walks

4.5/5 - Excellent
Headquarters in Shimla, India
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TOURS
7
AGE RANGE
18-75
RESPONSE RATE
100%
RESPONSE TIME
0-1h
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  • Highly experienced English speaking guides
  • Numerous adventurous itineraries in the Himalayas
  • Promoting sustainable tourism
  • High Customer Satisfaction

We live in the lap of Himalaya and for ages we have been roaming around in these rugged mountains. We have been to the interiors and to the remotest regions where the accessibility for the most is almost impossible. Glaciers, high altitude lakes, high passes, forest...

We live in the lap of Himalaya and for ages we have been roaming around in these rugged mountains. We have been to the interiors and to the remotest regions where the accessibility for the most is almost impossible. Glaciers, high altitude lakes, high passes, forests, rivers, remotely located villages, architecture, lifestyle, culture and history all of them collectively form Himalaya. We keep roaming in these hills from the foothills to the high regions. During our visits we observe, enjoy, collect information and design the trips from the point of view of our clients. Many of our tours include visits to the remotest parts of Himalaya and we try to design the tours that provide more fun and more information. Still we keep the comfort of our clients in mind so that the program does not become exhausting for you.  The tours that we offer have been designed after the personal visits to the places and after having personal experiences. After spending years and years since 1993, in the tourism industry, we have created a variety of trips in the Himalayas. Sumit, the founder of Astounding Himalayas, has travelled across the hills, valleys, passes, lakes, villages, forests, on foot, on road and in the cars. He has been a tours leader for several years and still considers himself as a Guide.  We are passionate about our work and exploring the areas is our first need and requirement that helps us designing new trips and experiences. We like to work with the local communities. New ideas keep coming up in the world and in the industry of tourism and with their help, we keep adding new tours to our menu. We prefer to work with the locals. For accommodation, our first choice is Home Stay. We visit them, inspect them and if we feel something new to be added to make the services better, we educate them. We make them a part of our team, support them and make them feel confident.  As service providers through our parent company Shimla Walks, we provide handling services to the various Travel Companies from across the world. With our own fleet of vehicles and team of guides, we are capable to cater to people from all walks of life.

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4 Shimla Walks Reviews

Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Average
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Rather Poor
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Bad
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Accommodation
4 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
4.5 / 5
Value for money
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Guide
5 / 5
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  • J
    All The Heritage
    4.0 - Good
    Written on October 8, 2018
    Collected from hotel on time by our guide whose English was good enough for us to explain that we may need to alter the itinerary due to illness. He was mindfu…
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    Shimla Walks commented on this review
    Thanks a lot Jim for this lovely feedback. We are always there to serve you better and provide you the best of your holiday in Indian Himalaya.
  • S
    All The Heritage
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on October 4, 2018
    A group of female teachers have taken part in three guided walk/tours with Summit. Each time the tour was well organised, informative and we were very well look…
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    Shimla Walks commented on this review
    Thanks a lot Sue. It was great to meet all of you and we are always there to serve you better.
  •  reviewer 3
    Cultural Extravaganza - Jeep Safari in Indian Western Himalaya
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on October 3, 2018
    We enjoyed every day of this tour. Romantic places changed with adventure by driving in extreme situations. Old Temples, breathtaking hights, nature as well in…
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    Shimla Walks commented on this review
    Thanks a lot Mam for joining us. It was great to have you with us on this journey. We try to improve more and more by adding more frills to the itineraries.
  • A
    All The Heritage
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on October 1, 2018
    Excellent and Just Superb
    Shimla Walks commented on this review
    Thanks a lot Saurabh.

About Shimla Walks

We live in the lap of Himalaya and for ages we have been roaming around in these rugged mountains. We have been to the interiors and to the remotest regions where the accessibility for the most is almost impossible. Glaciers, high altitude lakes, high passes, forests, rivers, remotely located villages, architecture, lifestyle, culture and history all of them collectively form Himalaya. We keep roaming in these hills from the foothills to the high regions. During our visits we observe, enjoy, collect information and design the trips from the point of view of our clients. Many of our tours include visits to the remotest parts of Himalaya and we try to design the tours that provide more fun and more information. Still we keep the comfort of our clients in mind so that the program does not become exhausting for you.  The tours that we offer have been designed after the personal visits to the places and after having personal experiences. After spending years and years since 1993, in the tourism industry, we have created a variety of trips in the Himalayas. Sumit, the founder of Astounding Himalayas, has travelled across the hills, valleys, passes, lakes, villages, forests, on foot, on road and in the cars. He has been a tours leader for several years and still considers himself as a Guide.  We are passionate about our work and exploring the areas is our first need and requirement that helps us designing new trips and experiences. We like to work with the local communities. New ideas keep coming up in the world and in the industry of tourism and with their help, we keep adding new tours to our menu. We prefer to work with the locals. For accommodation, our first choice is Home Stay. We visit them, inspect them and if we feel something new to be added to make the services better, we educate them. We make them a part of our team, support them and make them feel confident.  As service providers through our parent company Shimla Walks, we provide handling services to the various Travel Companies from across the world. With our own fleet of vehicles and team of guides, we are capable to cater to people from all walks of life.

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • Will I get the chance to take photos and interact with the locals?

     During our trips there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. You are allowed to take pictures but it
    is also suggested that you take permission before clicking their houses, lifestyle and them. One way to start any
    conversation is with pictures.
     Children in the villages might ask you to click their picture. If you have a digital camera you are click and show them on
    screen.
     Also if possible for you to bring some photos/postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals
    peculiar to your country to show them.
     People in the hills are very simple and hospitable. They might ask you to come to their house and have a cup of tea as tea
    is a very common and untimely drink in India. They shall be very happy if you accept their invitation.

  • What would be the appropriate dressing when taking one of your tours?

     It is very important that when you are travelling to India, you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the local
    culture, especially Ladies. In some area you might have some people gathering around you, touching you and looking at
    you for a long time, as you are a foreigner.
     As a general guideline full shirts and full length skirts or knee covered skirts are recommended. At some places or the
    religious buildings shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into buildings.
     At religious places you shall be required to cover your head. The cloth is provided by the temple. So kindly follow the
    tradition other wise the authorities might not allow you to enter the premises.
     In India before entering all religious places you are required to remove your shoes. You can also bring a pair of floaters
    footwear those are easily available in the markets in India too, these footwear are easy to remove and wear.
     Women are sometimes not allowed to enter some of the religious places in the hills.

  • What should I bring as luggage?

     During the itinerary you will be traveling most of the time so pack as lightly as possible (stay under 10 kg/22lb). Most
    travelers carry their luggage in a back pack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice. Avoid
    Suitcases.
     The mountains can be cold. Night time temperatures can be as low as 5 degrees, so bring a set of warmer clothes;
    thermal underclothes, being small and light, can be very useful. A warm jumper/jacket, cap, gloves and sunglasses no
    matter what time of the year, as we travel at altitudes above 3500m.

    Suggested items:
     Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets.
     Health requirements arranged. 1 photocopy of above documents, Money: cash/credit card/ travelers
    cheques, Money pouch.
     Your personal First-Aid kit including rehydration salts, Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses due to harsh
    sunlight and exposure to high altitudes.
     Wide brim hat or umbrella
     Antibacterial hand gel, when water is scarce.
     Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day.
     Walking Boots – light weighted.
     Boot Protector.
     Thin Liner socks : 3 pairs
     Heavier outer socks.
     Tights, for Women. At least one pair.
     T – Shirts. Take several.
     Light weighted.
     Walking pants.
     Rain Pants.
     Warm socks.
     Alarm clock and torch/flashlight.
     Lightweight travel towel.
     Refillable water bottle, for filling from thermos.
     Ear plugs can be useful if avoind someone snoring in the group.
     Your own sleeping bag.
     Warm clothes. It is recommended to bring thermal under wear, and either a down or a fleece jacket.
     A wind proof jacket.
     A pair of gloves.
     A scarf or face mask for dust, Sarong for covering up when washing / showering.
     Underwear. Three pairs are enough.
     Bras. For Women, a couple.
     Tampons or Sanitary Napkins. They are easily available in the open market.
     Toilet Kit.
     Insect Repellent.
     Bug Powder.
     A candle, large and small rubber bands, plastic bags, tape extra pens etc.

  • What is the Himalayan weather like during the different seasons?

     In spring you might find snowy conditions or very cold anywhere in Himalayas in India above 8000 feet in elevation. Snow
    melts from spring onwards but also conditions vary from place to place.
     By the end of October any place in the Western Himalayas can be very cold.
     From second half of July till third week of September is the Monsoon period in India so if you opt to go for a jeep Tours in
    these months you might have long rainy days.
     Remember that Himalayan climate is particularly dependent on two conditions, the elevation and the time of the year. So
    be prepared. A drop of 2 degree centigrade every 1000 feet gained in elevation is common.
     July to September are the monsoon months in India and there could be some unforeseen problems like road blockages
    due to land slides or roads damages. So a change or delay in itinerary could be there or we reach the destination from
    some other route, however it is quite unlikely.
     Check out the India Meteorological web site for the latest news on the weather
    forecast in India.

  • What kind of accommodation types do your tours include

    Hotels, Guest Houses, Home Stay.

     During these Jeep Tours we shall be traveling away from the usual and crowded tourist places. So most of the time we
    shall be staying in guest houses / small hotels / tents.
     Although all the accommodation units used are decided after a personal visit and have attached toilets and bathrooms but
    may not be able to provide hot water showers. Body sponging is possible at the places where showers are not available.

  • What is the physical rating of your tours?

     The participant should have a certain level of fitness. You may be expected to walk for 5-6 hours a day with your own day
    pack.
     We shall be driving in the hills through the green area and be reaching the brown area commonly known as Cold Desert.
    The road at a number of places are narrow, bumpy or dusty. At some places we might be crossing the streams or water
    flow. So due to these conditions we are likely to drive slowly and might become irritating for you. But only those shall enjoy
    these drives who know how to enjoy the Natural beauty and the landscape around.
     We are dead sure that the Geographical Carvings and the Landscape on these drives is so stunning that it does not give
    you any opportunity to get irritated and leave your camera.
     Since we shall be above the Tree line so the effects of altitude can be a problem, but sometimes if the gradient is steep
    for you then it is suggested to slow down and go gradually.

  • Are the tours you offer suitable for everyone?

    These Jeep Tours / Walks are for those who enjoy traveling without the knowledge of what is around and the next corner.
    Although we run these programs on fixed itineraries but still we keep the trips as flexible as possible for the convenience
    and comforts of our clients. In these trips we offer the opportunity to walk to some remote areas where every one wishes
    to go at least once in his or her life but due to certain reasons, such as health, or time sometimes can’t go there.

    The following is to inform you that these trips require a very Special Type of Traveler;
     One who enjoys in the unknown.
     One who is ready for the ups and downs of exploratory travel.
     One who does not expect silky comforts during the trips.
     One who is prepared to pitch in and help when required.
     One who does not care what is there around and after the next curve.

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