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Motorbike Expedition-Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland

Motorbike Expedition-Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland

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Best Time to go: October to March

The unforgettable experience of this motorbike expedition to Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya begins in Guwahati, from where you ride to Kaziranga and then to Tezpur. The trip is well planned to get you adjusted to the regional weather conditions in the beginning, and rough riding on muddy sections and winding roads in the later part. Enjoy some of the best sights on this venture after arriving in the Dirang Valley. This is a popular stop for tourists, travelling between Guwahati and Tawang. The latter is also your next destination on this North East motor bike expedition. Only accessible through Sela Pass, this place is near the Indo-China border, and it features the second largest monastery in the world. On your visit to this monastery or gompa, witness the awe-inspiring murals on the walls of its dukhang or the assembly hall. Sangetsar Lake is another prominent attraction near the town of Tawang that you visit. From here, passing through Bomdila, reach Nameri. Staying in ecological tents here would be an amazing experience.

Now, a relatively easier ride on National Highway 52, followed by tough biking through the forests of Arunachal Pradesh, leads to Ziro. While on the way to Daporijo, you may get a chance to witness the culture and heritage of the tribal people of the region. Along, near the confluence of the Siyom and Sipu Rivers is the next destination on this motorbike expedition to North East. Take the adventure to the next level by engaging in river rafting in Pasighat, the oldest town in Arunachal Pradesh. The 120-km ride from Pasighat to Roing is one of the toughest sections of this journey as it will take you on unpaved tracks, mud sections and dry river beds. Spend the next day in Chowkham, and then move to Dibrugarh with a small stop in Digboi. The latter features the oldest operational oil refinery anywhere on earth. You may just get a glimpse of the one-horned rhinoceros when you take an elephant ride in Kaziranga National Park. In the last leg of this excursion, ride to Guwahati and disperse.

15 nights / 16 Days

Tour Plan

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Day 01: Arrival in Guwahati

On arrival in Guwahati, meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Utilise the time to run system checks on your bikes, and get briefed about the upcoming events of the motorbike expedition to Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland. Later, enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.
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Day 02: Guwahati to Tezpur (approx. 180 km)

Move out of Guwahati, and cross the Brahmaputra River via the Saraighat bridge on the way to Tezpur. Most of the journey is on smooth, well-paved highways, and this presents a good opportunity to get used to the weather of the region and the peculiarities of your bikes. On reaching Tezpur, transfer to your lodging for an overnight stay.
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Day 03 Tezpur to Dirang Valley (approx. 195 km)

While biking from Tezpur to the Dirang Valley, stop at the Bhalukpong check gate. This is where you cross the state border and enter Arunachal Pradesh. Your official government permit, necessary to head deeper into the state, will be checked here, and the shops in the area are perfect to buy consumables. Upon resuming the trip, pass a few small towns, including Tenga and Bomdila while travelling towards the Dirang Valley. The latter is a mesmerising region, with forested mountains surrounding it and the Dirang River flowing through. On reaching here, transfer to your lodging for an overnight stay.
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Day 04: Dirang Valley to Tawang (approx. 195 km)

The destination for today is Tawang town, which is located in the western part of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of almost 10000 feet, the famous hill station is quite close to the India-China and India-Bhutan borders. En route this town, cross Sela Pass, which is at an altitude of about 13700 feet connects Tawang to the rest of the country. From the pass, follow the descending road that contains numerous hairpin bends to a valley, and then start ascending. On reaching the destination, transfer to your lodging and enjoy an overnight stay.
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Day 05: Tawang – Sangetsar Lake – Tawang Monastery – Tawang

This phase of the motorbike expedition to Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland takes you to the mesmerising Sangetsar Lake. Formed after a flash flood, which occurred in the year 1973, this waterbody has now become a major point of interest for tourists. On your way to the lake, pass several other waterbodies of the area. Also during the journey, reach the highest altitude you touch on this tour that is about 14500 feet. If there is time, a visit to Tawang Monastery may also be organised. Tawang gompa is the largest such site in India, and the second largest in the world. Post the visit, return to the lodging for an overnight stay.
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Day 06: Tawang to Bomdila (approx. 240 km)

Travelling on the same route, through which you rode earlier, head towards Bomdila, located beyond the Dirang Valley. At an altitude of over 7000 feet, it is a small town, offering sights of spellbinding landscape and snow-capped mountain peaks of the Great Himalayan Range. On reaching Bomdila, transfer to your lodging and enjoy a rejuvenating sleep.
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Day 07: Bomdila to Nameri (Approx. 125 km)

Riding down from Bomdila, enter the state of Assam, and reach the camping property in the vicinity of Nameri National Park. You can take a rejuvenating walk along the Kameng River or just rest in their ecological tents. Later, enjoy a relaxing sleep in your tents.
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Day 08: Nameri to Ziro (approx. 300 km)

Driving for about 200 km on National Highway 52, end the easy part of biking, and then continue on the road through the forests of Arunachal Pradesh after entering it yet again. On reaching Ziro, transfer to your lodging and enjoy an overnight stay.
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Day 09: Ziro to Daporijo (approx. 170 km)

This leg of the tour will entail a long, tough ride on narrow winding roads, so make sure that you have rested enough at night. Meandering through an even thicker forest than the previous day, continue towards Daporijo. Also during this road trip, pass the villages of the animist tribes of the state. On reaching Daporijo, move to your lodging for an overnight stay.
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Day 10: Daporijo to Along (160 km)

The venture now transports you to Along, a small market town near the confluence of the Sipu and Siyom Rivers. It has also become a popular travel destination owing to some awe-inspiring views of the verdant hills that it offers. On reaching here, transfer to the lodging for an overnight stay.
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Days 11: Along to Pasighat (approx. 95 km)

This is going to be a relatively shorter day of driving than others on the trip. Travel along the Brahmaputra River, and make your way to Pasighat, one of the oldest towns in Arunachal Pradesh. Situated in the East Siang district, it was established by the British in the year 1911. On reaching Pasighat, enjoy a relaxing overnight stay in the campsite on the banks of the stream.
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Day 12: Pasighat to Roing (120 km)

In this section of the motorbike expedition to North East, leave Pasighat and head to Roing. Riding towards your destination, traverse the watershed area of the Brahmaputra River. Also, go past some villages, inhabited by the Adi and Idu Mishmi ethnic groups. Further ahead, cross the Dibang River and some other small streams that flow through this region. Dry river beds, fords, mud sections and unpaved tracks make the drive challenging and exciting. On reaching Roing, transfer to your lodging to enjoy a rejuvenating sleep.
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Day 13: Roing to Dibrugarh (approx. 150 km)

During this stretch of the motorbike expedition to North East, drive to Dibrugarh. Popularly known as the Tea City of India, Dibrugarh is spread over an area of about 25.5 sq km and is one of the largest cities in Northeast India. While on the way to here, make a small stop in the town of Digboi. Established in 1901, the oldest operational oil refinery in the world is located here. On reaching Dibrugarh, transfer to your lodging and enjoy a rejuvenating sleep.
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Days 14: Dibrugarh to Kaziranga (approx. 250 km)

In the morning, leave Dibrugarh and follow National Highway 37 towards Kaziranga National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most well-known wildlife hotspots of India. On arrival here, take an elephant ride to witness the various animals and floral species of the region. Complete the adventure with a Jeep ride, and if you are lucky, then you might just get a glimpse of the rare one-horned rhinoceros. The overnight stay for today and the following day is arranged in the Kaziranga National Park area itself.
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Day 15: Kaziranga to Guwahati (approx. 190 km)

Continuing the North East motor bike expedition on National Highway 37 along the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River, move to Guwahati. This is where this amazing trip started, and this is where it is going to end. The ride is easy and on the 4-lane well-built roads, allowing the experience to culminate smoothly. On reaching Guwahati, disperse and move to your next destination.
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Day 16: Departure from Guwahati.

Tour ends…
MAP: Breakfast and dinner included

Includes
  • All Accommodation – 15 nights
  • Breakfast and Dinner - All day
  • Back up: Pickup truck with comprehensive First Aid Kit and a FA qualified personnel.
  • Mechanic with all required tools and spares,
  •  Road captain
  • Bottled water – Ample packaged bottled water during transfers and ride
  • All necessary interline permits
Excludes
  • Air Fare/Train fare.
  • Meals which are not included in cost.
  • Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips & gratuity, mineral water, soft & hard drinks, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, porterage.
  • Jeep safari and elephant safari in Kaziranga
  • Entrance Fees.
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
  • GST & Travel Insurance.
  • Anything which is not include in the inclusion.


BOOKING CONDITIONS

All holidays advertised in our brochures and our website are operated by LiFEKINE Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd.  (hereinafter called ‘the company’, ‘LiFELINE’ or ‘we’) and are sold subject to the following conditions:

Bookings Deposits
  • The person making the booking (the ‘lead name’) must be 18 years old or over and possess the legal capacity and authority to make the bookings and accept the Booking Conditions and General Information on behalf of everyone in their group.
  • The tour booking will be confirmed only upon receipt of advance of 25% of the tour cost, along with completed Personal Information Form along with PAN CARD COPY.
  • 25% of the tour price to be paid 45 days prior to the date of departure
  • Balance 50% of the tour price to be paid 30 days prior to the date of departure
  • Late Bookings: Bookings made within 30 days of the departure date will be processed only on receipt of 100% payment.
  • All extra services and charges such as rail and air fares, transfers and transport, hotel and any other similar services which are not included in the tour cost will be confirmed only on receipt of 100% advance.
  • Your booking will be considered as confirmed only if there is no default in the above payment procedure.


Please Note:
For tours operated outside India, US Dollar or Euro price will be valid for Indian & Foreign Nationals. A contract will exist between “lIfeline Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd.” and the client only after we have received the payment in full and in accordance with the terms and conditions along with a completed Personal Information Form.

Remittance & Payments:
The payment can be made either by Online transfer through NEFT, IMPS or cash, cheque , Demand Draft in favour of ‘LiFE LINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT. LTD..’ payable at Pune.

Payment can be made directly to our following bank accounts:
Transfer of Funds from within India and Abroad

 
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*In case of remittance made directly please intimate us the payment details via email to accounts@lifelinetravels.in

Changes and cancellations

Cancellation or change on flight booking
In relation to flight bookings, please note that if the cancellation means that the airline charges a cancellation fee or if the change means that the cost of your booking has increased, you will need to pay such extra charges or costs in addition to our charges outlined on your receipt or booking confirmation.

The cancellation and amendment terms of flights are the applicable terms of the airline. You should contact the airline directly to cancel or make amendments to flights. Usually fares for low cost flights are non-refundable. In the event that you decide to cancel your low cost flight, our service fee and any amendment charges are non-refundable. If the reason for your cancellation is covered by the terms of any insurance policy you have purchased, you may be able to reclaim any applicable non-refunded fares or cancellation charges from the insurers.

Please note that flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on your booking confirmation or e-ticket. If you plan not to take a flight as booked, please contact the airline as far in advance as possible to discuss your options. If you do not check in on time for a confirmed reservation, the airline may register you as a ‘no-show’, which could result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerary being cancelled and/or render your ticket void.

If you wish to cancel your booking because you are unable to comply with the passport, visa and other immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary, the terms and conditions of the airline will apply and we accept no responsibility for any charges incurred.

Standard Cancellation Policy for Fixed Departure Tours
In the event of any cancellation by you, we would need a notification from you in writing. If we receive the cancellation notification from you before 45 days prior to the date of departure the 80% advance amount shall be refunded without cancellation charge for the tour. If we receive the notification in 0-45 days prior to the date of reporting, cancellation charges shall be levied as per the following terms:
  • Cancellation between 45 to 31 days before date of departure: 25% of tour price + cancellation charges for other services.
  • Cancellation between 30 to 16 days before date of departure: 50% of tour price + cancellation charges for other services.
  • Cancellation between 15 to 10 days before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + cancellation charges for other services.
  • Cancellation between 9 to the day of departure: 100% of tour cost + cancellation charges for other services.


Cancellation Policy for Package & Customized Tour:
In case of change in the group size (partial cancellation) our standard cancellation policy will not be applicable. Due to cancellations revised cost will be quoted for the revised group size and the cancellation charges if any for any confirmed arrangements and services will also be charged. But if the entire group cancels the tour, the standard cancellation policy of Fixed Departure Tour will be applicable.

Alteration by You
  • If you wish to alter your tour booking and/or other accommodation and travel arrangements, you need to inform us in writing via email / letter. We will try our best to make the changes subject to feasibility and availability. However there will be an additional charge incurred as a result of cancellation of accommodation, transport arrangement and other services. We may charge at our discretion a service charge for changes made, to cover our administration cost.
  • If you wish to alter your booking after commencement of your tour, we accept no liability for any loss, damage or additional expense and cannot guarantee any refund or reimbursement of any expenses paid by you.


Refund
If you cancel your booking, you may be entitled to a partial refund. In addition to the cancellation terms and conditions of your Supplier(s), our standard fees will apply as may be outlined on your receipt or booking confirmation.

The refundable portion of your purchase price (if any) will be refunded to you once we have received the funds back from the Supplier(s). To the extent we are refunded by the Supplier, we shall pass this refund onto you. We are not responsible for a Supplier’s failure to pay a refund.

Alteration by ‘LIFELINE’: 
  • It is unlikely that LiFELINE will make alterations in the tour. We plan the arrangements many months in advance and may have to occasionally make alterations. If we need to make any major alterations in the scheduled itinerary before reporting date due to unavoidable circumstances, we will try and notify you as soon as possible. You will have a choice of either accepting or cancelling your booking in which case we shall refund you the advance received after deducting an administration fee of INR 5000/- per person for international tours and INR 3500/ - per person for domestic tours
  • In case of any extensions / changes in tour itinerary, after commencement of your tour, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, extra expenses at actual will be payable to “LiFELINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT.LTD.”


Cancellation by ‘LiFELINE’ & Refunds
  • “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” reserves the right to cancel a Fixed Departure Tour if the minimum numbers of persons as specified, do not book on that tour. We strongly suggest you not to make any non-refundable air bookings and other travel arrangements, till you receive a final confirmation from us minimum 30 days in advance.
  • “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” reserves the right to refuse or cancel any booking if we consider it necessary. In such cases, we shall refund all the money that you have paid.
  • Upon commencement of your tour, “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” reserves the right to refuse a member to continue the tour in case of misconduct or bad health or unfit to travel. In such cases, we shall not refund any money that you have paid.
  • Refunds will not be given for unused services on the tour.


If cancellation or alteration by “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.”  is caused by events including war or threat of war, strikes, civil strife, riots, terrorist activities, natural disaster, technical or political difficulties affecting air or ground transport, or events amounting to force majeure, this will naturally limit our liability. If such events occur before the date of departure, we will do our best to make alternative arrangements. If these arrangements are not acceptable, then we will make a refund, after deducting any cancellation charges imposed by any other suppliers providing the service component of the tour, plus an administration fee of INR 5000/- per person.

Special Request:
We will try and fulfil your special requests, if any and will pass on the information to our associates and other service providers but do not guarantee that the requests will be carried out.

Price and Service Variation:
“LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” does not accept responsibility for any change in prices or variation of services as stated. All services and prices are subject to change without notice.

Independent Arrangements & Claims against Third Parties
  • Any arrangements you make independently which do not form part of the tour are entirely at your own risk. Where you book any excursions or additional travel arrangements while on your holiday, we act only as your booking agent.
  • In case you are delayed in joining the group at Ex. Destination before the time specified, the group would continue as per the schedule. We will make our best efforts to make alternative travel arrangements so you can join the group as early as possible, but all the additional expenses for these arrangements will be charged additional and the payment needs to be done in our office or to the tour leader in cash on the tour.
  • If you, or any member of your party, suffer death, illness or injury while on holiday arising out of an activity which does not form part of your tour arrangements, we shall at our discretion, offer advice, guidance and assistance to help you in resolving any dispute or claim or grievance you may have against a third party.


Authority on the Tour:
By accepting the terms and conditions, you agree to accept the authority and decisions made by employees, group leaders, agents, suppliers while on tour. If in the opinion of any of these, your health or conduct appears likely to endanger the progress of a tour you may be excluded from the whole of, or a part of, the tour. In the case of ill-health we may make such arrangements as we deem necessary and recover the costs thereof from you. If you commit an illegal act we shall cease to have responsibility to or for you.

GENERAL INFORMATION

All holidays advertised in our brochure and our website are operated by “LiFELINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT. LTD.”   (Hereinafter called ‘the company’, ‘LIFELINE’ or ‘we’ or “LIFELINE TOURS”).
LIFELINE TOURS:
‘LIFELINE’ is one of the leading organiser of Holidays offering a wide choice of destinations, a variety of activities and of flexible duration. Our tours are designed for people who like holidays which are Leisure, offbeat, educational, special interest, agricultural and many different and interspersed by activities such as biking, photography, cycling, walking,  trekking , self drive or camping and for the past 14 years it has been our endeavor to surpass these expectations.

Our emphasis is on enjoyable, safety, comfort and a life full local experience. Our tours are designed to be accessible to all who are in good health and enjoy the outdoors. Of course we include the better known sights but we understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing. We therefore build in free time for you to either take part in optional excursions or to explore independently - an important part of any trip. We operate tours in small group sizes so that, we can give personalized attention, be flexible and have a lesser impact on local culture and environment.

You have a choice of joining our Group Departure Tour, choosing a Package Tour or customizing a tour as per your requirements.

GROUP DEPARTURE TOUR:
These tours are for people who would like to travel with likeminded people. On these tours, comforts are ensured wherever possible and travel experience is the prime objective. These tours are scheduled and announced on specific dates for fixed durations and prices through our brochure and/or on our website. The tour would operate only if the requisite number of people book on that particular tour. If a lesser number of people sign up for a particular tour, we may cancel the tour. The cancellation of such a tour will be announced at least 30 days prior to its departure date.

Reporting time & venue are specified in the Itinerary wherein the time limit for reporting at a particular venue is stated. The reporting venue can be at Hotel or at the Airport/Railway Station. In case of Hotels the reporting will be anytime on or after the time specified in the itinerary.

In case of the reporting venue being Airport/Railway Station the reporting time will be as specified in the itinerary as the entire group will assemble at the given time for further travel to your destination.

Dispersal time & venue are specified in the Itinerary wherein the time of dispersal at a particular venue is stated. Dispersal time in the itinerary should be considered as an expected time of dispersal and you should take into consideration delays due to traffic, breakdowns, etc. Further your return travel arrangements should take into account the flight reporting time.

PACKAGED TOUR:
These are tours designed by us, which you can choose as per your dates, but the itineraries are fixed. The prices are quoted depending upon the group size. In a few regions, the choice of accommodation may be limited. We prefer accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis wherever possible, but at a few remote destinations accommodation is offered only on a half or full board meal plan, giving us no other option. Please check the meal plan specified for the tour. These tours are not escorted by LIFELINE ‘Tour Leaders’.

Please Note:
The nature of our tours takes us to far and remote areas, where at times the choice of accommodation is limited. A few hotels / Inns / resorts in such remote places may not be up to the standards and expectations that you have. These accommodations may not have room service, any television or intercom facilities, may have fixed timings for meals, no backup for electricity failures and the staff may not be trained and may lack communication skills. The above classification is just a guideline of what one should expect. In many package tours there could be a mix of accommodation due to limitations of availability. In case of any doubts please feel free to ask us for more clarification.

CUSTOMIZED TOURS: These tours are customized or designed for a particular group or individuals as per their dates and for the duration they want. The price would be quoted depending on the group size and the specified requirements. For such tours, we advise and make suggestions on accommodation, transport, itinerary, duration, various activities and many more details to add value to the experience. Such tours are not escorted by our Tour Leaders, unless specified. As a valued customer we will be sharing the first two itineraries free of charge. However, we would be charging a non-refundable fee [Tour Customization Fee] of INR 5,000/- for every two Itineraries that would be made henceforth. This amount will be adjusted against the final tour payment.

Conditions of Carriage and Limitations:
  • Before booking with us, we would advise you to consider the challenging nature of the tour. Our tours often require a substantial amount of flexibility from you during the journey. The itineraries outlined in the brochure and on our website must be seen as an indication of our intention, rather than a contractual obligation on our part. Unforeseen local conditions or events may sometimes necessitate changes to the itinerary, accommodation or means of transport. We accept your booking, on the understanding that you realize the potential hazards involved in this kind of tour, including injury, disease or loss/damage to personal property, inconvenience and discomfort.
  • Where “LiFELINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT. LTD.” provides services it will do so with due care and skill. “LiFELINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT. LTD.” is not responsible for the acts and omissions of others, including guides, transport and accommodation providers or for any loss, damage or expense (including loss of money paid in advance) which you may incur as a consequence of the acts and omissions of others.


Photography and Feedbacks:
Any images of you taken on any of our tours may be used by LIFELINE without charge in all media for marketing and promotional purpose, including without limitation promotional materials of any kind such as brochures, slides, video shows or the internet and without obtaining further consent. Any written feedback or testimonial or comments may also be used by the company for promotional purposes as detailed above. In case, if you have any reservations on the same, you must intimate the tour leader in advance.

Health Requirements:
We will be able to advise on mandatory health requirements [(by way of example and not by way of limitation) yellow fever vaccine is required by Indian Authorities on your return after travel to any African country, etc.]; however we are not medical experts. It would be your responsibility to obtain proper and detailed medical advice prior to travel for the latest health requirements, recommendations for your destination and any costs. Where you do not do so, and either, are not allowed to enter any country, or suffer personal injury or death as a result, we have no liability to you for any cost, loss or damage which you suffer nor will we refund you the cost of any unused portion of your travel arrangements. If you are suffering from any health issues or if you are on any medication or have any allergies you need to keep us informed via written communication and also need to specify on the personal information form. The tour leader also needs to be informed before the start of the tour.

Complaints In the unlikely event of you being dissatisfied with your tour, you must inform both your tour leader and the relevant LIFELINE associate of the shortfall in service immediately. In case of any grievance not being equably settled during your tour, complaints must be made in writing within 15 days of the end of your holiday to our office. Disputes or claims, if any, will be settled only under the jurisdiction of PUNE in the state of Maharashtra - India.
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