Phulara Ridge Trek

Phulara Ridge Trek

Uttarakhand 6 Days

Easy

30 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

3710 mts.


9450 + 5% GST

Sankri to Sankri

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Brief Description

The Phulara Ridge trek is one of the lesser explored Himalayan gems concealed within the extensive landscape of the Sankri range. It is a neighbor to the famous Kedarkantha trek and a perfect spot for all trekking enthusiasts looking for something new. Usually, a ridge comes as a part of many high-altitude Himalayan treks, but here it is the show stopper. Imagine a heavenly road on the summit point with a view of massive glaciers and peaks on both sides, there is no other ridge as prominent as the Phulara Ridge. Like a miniature version of the Great Wall of China, the Phulara Ridge twists and turns through several valleys and meadows of Uttarakhand. Though the trek allows us to spend more than 4 hours on this heavenly lane, a walk here is timeless and eternal.

This Himalayan haven is nestled at a height of 3,700M in Sankri, Uttarakhand. It is a 5-day trek with a dose of culture, nature, and adventure, ideal for both beginners and professional trekkers who are looking for a unique experience. In the course of 5 days, the trails of Phulara take us through some dense forest areas with mystical vibes, vast grasslands, and lush green meadows with panoramic vistas. The aftertaste of this place is sure to remind you of the The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.

The key highlight of this trek is walking on the ravishing ridge and the stunning views of the massive peaks Swargarohini (6,252M) and Kala Nag (6,387M). Until now, no one has climbed Swargarohini because it’s one of the holy peaks of Uttarakhand. Kala Nag aka Black Peak on the other hand is a renowned peak under the technical expedition category. Other than the ridge and the peaks, walking through the oak and pine trees, relishing the sunset at campsites, spotting wildflowers, crossing through the quaint Taluka village, and relaxing on the vast meadows are some of the other captivating highlights of this trek.

The best time to do this trek is during summers from May to June or before winters from September to October. On Bikat Rating Scale, this trek falls under level 2 – Easy. But, facing high altitudes and trekking for long distances requires adequate fitness levels and proper knowledge about gears. The trail of the Phulara Ridge trek comprises challenging ascents and long distances. Without enough leg strength and lung capacity, you won’t be able to enjoy the trek.

Whether you are an avid trekker in search of a new territory or are only just starting out on your journey into the world of trekking, Phulara Ridge is a trek worthy of consideration. Scroll down for itineraries, images, blogs, and other information.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Drive from Dehradun (640M) to Sankri (1,950M)

Distance covered: 197 Km

Duration: 9-10 Hours

The journey to Sankri begins from the capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun. If you have opted for transportation by Bikat Adventures, please ensure you board your vehicle from ISBT Dehradun latest by 7 AM. If you are traveling on your own to Sankri, the article below could come in handy in planning your trip.

How to Reach the Famous Base Village, Sankri

Sankri is located at a distance of 197 km from Dehradun and would take about 9-10 hours to cover, taking us to an altitude of 1,950M. It takes close to 2 hours and 20 km to cross through the city, after which the road starts to gain elevation and reveals a stunning cityscape of Dehradun. About 33 km in, the drive takes us through the spectacular hills of Mussoorie and the renowned Kempty falls. The roads here are long and winding and swift mountain streams run parallel to the roads in many sections.

After crossing Mussoorie, the landscape changes distinctly. Deep gorges are replaced by a canopy of blue pine forests that carry the fresh scent of the woods with the holy Yamuna River accompanying us throughout. Once we cover a distance of 140 km, we enter into a charming little village called Purola, our lunch point. We can wait for a while here and soak in the raw Pahadi (mountain lifestyle) culture and colours. The final stretch of 22 km to Sankri, however, steals the show as we drive through the infamous Govind National Park that is home to a plethora of exotic flora and fauna. The roads can be rough in some sections but the breathtaking views of the dense conifer forests, Tons River Valley and scattered apple orchids more than make up for the bumpy ride.

Expect to reach Sankri by 5 PM. Sankri is a lush green village that hosts some unparalleled views of Mt. Swargarohini, especially during sunset. During the peak winter season, that is December to February, snow starts to make an appearance from the entry of the village itself. We spend the night in homestays.

After check-in, we will be left with enough time to freshen up and explore the surrounding areas.


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Day 2

Sankri (1,950M) to Juda Ka Talab (2,773M)

Distance covered: 5 km

Duration: 5 Hours

The gradient for today’s trail is a mix of easy ascents and flat stretches. There are 2-3 water sources on the way as we gain a total of around 700 meters of altitude across 5 km.

We leave the accommodation by 9 AM and walk for a few minutes towards the entry point of the trek. Within a few 100 meters, the roadway ends, giving way to a trail route which takes us through the forest area. As we enter, small shrubs and tall pine trees accompany us on both sides of the trail. About 30 minutes and 1 km in, we are in the middle of a proper jungle with a mix of other trees like deodar, oak, and rhododendrons. Keep your ears sharp, eyes peeled and look up. You can hear and spot some exotic birds on treetops. Now look down, and you will notice squishy moss and brown ferns growing on the sides of small boulders. This setting continues for the next kilometer through a thicker region of the forest.

At the end of 2 km, we arrive at the first dhaba (canteen) of the day. The trail from the dhaba mildly ascends for 1 km and stops at a clearing. The iconic Basuriwala dhaba (flutist’s canteen) is located here. A hot cup of tea and some divine music from the flutist is a delectable delight you can never get in the city.

Beyond the clearing, we enter into the forest area again. The trails mildly ascend for another 1 km and land on a second clearing. Compared to the first grassland, the second clearing is fairly small in diameter. It provides for a good space to rest a while. Half a kilometer from the second clearing, a stunning lake appears in front of us. This is the legendary JKT – Juda Ka Talab. We stop here for lunch near the lake.

JKT – Juda Ka Talab is a famous alpine lake of the Sankri region. Legends believe that the almighty Lord Shiva was looking for a place to meditate. When he entered this clearing, he removed a few strands of hair from his head (juda – strands of hair) and made a divine lake here (talab meaning Lake). To sit next to the emerald green lake and observe the reflection of moving trees and clouds on its surface is surprisingly calming. When the wind brushes the dried leaves, they twirl, swirl, fall on the lake and float around.

JKT is also well known as a campsite for the Kedarkantha trek. The narrow trail that runs right next to the lake will take you to the peak of Kedarkantha. After lunch, we embark on the route opposite the Kedarkantha trail, get into the forest and walk for another 500 meters towards the third and final clearing of the day, our campsite right next to a small water stream.


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Day 3

Juda Ka Talab (2,773M) to Bhoj Gadi (3,400M)

Distance covered: 5 km

Duration: 5 hours

The gradient for today comprises of moderate ascents and meadow sections. There are adequate water sources throughout the route as we gain an altitude of around 700 meters.

We start at 9 AM and walk through a forest denser than the one we crossed yesterday. Once we cross a distance of 1 km, the flat jungle trails get narrower and start to incline upwards. Here, the roots of the trees protrude from the ground creating a natural facade to welcome you. Don’t try to lean or sit on them, sometimes they are flimsy and weak. You may fall. The trail continues to climb up for the next 500M until it reaches a wide grassland. The open area offers some of the most picturesque views of the Sankri range of mountains with locals going about their daily business.

The nature of the trail changes from this grassland. It starts to descend and leads us back inside the forest area. For 20 minutes and 1 km, the easy descend lands on a charming little bridge. Nimble waters find their way to rush under an old wooden log. We fill our water bottles here and get ready to go through the toughest climb of the day. The trails from the water stream incline at a 45–50 degree ascent for 500 meters. As soon as we climb this patch and reach the top, the tree line ends giving way to a grand skyline with lush meadows. This podium holds the views of the renowned Kedarkantha peak on one side and the humongous Phulara Ridge on the other. The Kedarkantha trek (3,810M) is a prominent winter trek of the Himalayan region in Uttarakhand, famous for its snowscape and white shades. During the months before winter, the brown and dry shades of this peak overpower the landscape as seen from the trails of the Phulara Ridge trek. The meadows take us up and down through its vast surface and silver-grey boulders. About half an hour from here, we reach Bhoj Gadi, our campsite for the day.

After settling down at the campsite, we rest and go to the top of the ridge for an acclimatization walk. We gain an altitude of 300 meters, spend some time and come back to get our body accustomed to the high altitude.

(Note: Airtel and BSNL networks are available on the top of the ridge.)


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Day 4

Bhoj Gadi (3,400M) to Pushtara (2,800M) via Phulara Ridge (3,700M)

Distance covered: 11 km

Duration: 7 hours

Today is the main day of the trek. Though the gradient is a mix of flat trails and easy descents, the real challenge for the day is the distance. There is just a single water source on the way, so it is advisable to carry 2 liters of water with you as you start your day.

Around 9 in the morning, we vacate our campsite and start walking along the trail that runs a little lower and parallel to the ridge. These trails are flat for the first kilometer, and then they gradually incline and lead us to the ridge. It is an easy, 50-minute hike. Once on top, brace yourself for some action-packed heavy winds. Hold on to your caps and phone, to keep them from blowing away. The Phulara Ridge is a prodigious architecture of nature. Whichever direction you face, you will be surprised by a wide range of exquisite mountains and deep layers of valleys. The 360-degree view tends to stay with you throughout your time on the ridge. The pathway takes you up and down, on shrubs with golden brown texture and red crops. As we keep walking further, the heads of many peaks appear in view and reveal their massive body when we get closer to their viewing range. Keep an eye out for the peaks of Swargarohini (6,252M) and Kala Nag (6,387M), enlightening us with their presence. The sheer amount of splendor on this trek is enough to amaze all your senses to the very core.

We continue for 3 km to reach an open plain right next to a water stream, which is our lunch point for the day. We wait for an hour, rest, revitalize and resume our trek. One kilometer into the journey, we reach our descending point. The land from the ridge on the descent point expands and transforms into the beautiful meadows of Pushtara. Walking on these lush green meadows is as easy as a walk in the park - stretch your arms, run and glide like a plane! This is an ideal spot for Frisbee as well.

After descending for 3.5 km on the meadows, we again enter into a dense forest area. The trails starting from the tree line are paved with stones. This is because of the frequent movement of the villagers and shepherds in search of firewood and fodder. The tree line extends for another 1.5 km and takes us to a small clearing next to a river stream, our campsite for the day.


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Day 5

Pushtara (2,800M) to Sankri (1,950M) via Taluka (2,108M)

Distance covered: 8 km (trek from Pushtara to Taluka) + 12 km (drive from Taluka to Sankri)

Duration: 5 hour trek + 1 hour drive 

Today’s gradient is composed of easy descents. There are 3-4 water streams on the way.

We start by 9 AM and descend through a dense forest area. The walk downhill is a labyrinth of dead logs intersecting the pathway, with creepers and wild vines growing longer and denser. The fallen tree logs serve as a base for other plants. Don’t forget to check this fallen art.

Another interesting aspect here is the zigzag pattern of the descending trail. If you are in the middle, you can easily notice the first person leading ahead and the last person coming behind. Once we cover a distance of 3 km, we walk out of the forest line and land on a T junction.

The path towards the right takes us on the trail of the famous Har Ki Dun (3,500M) trek and the path to the left takes us to the ancient village, Taluka. We take a left and walk on the antique lanes of Taluka. As we go through the village, we can witness the turquoise blue Supin River from the distance, heritage huts built on wood and sand, native villagers working on fields, and the vibrant colors of their attires. We walk for 1.5 km and finally reach the assembly point at the entrance of the village. The Phulara Ridge trek ends here.

Drive from Taluka to Sankri:

The drive from Taluka to Sankri is a short and exciting experience. A dedicated vehicle picks us up from the assembly point. This bumpy 12 km ride should take us an hour to cover. A peek through the window will give you a glimpse into the depth of the valley. If not butterflies, do not be surprised if you suddenly develop a tingling sensation in your stomach. Be on the lookout for the curious Himalayan ravens checking you out as you drive through the valley. After 6 km, we cross a small water stream. The dramatic effect of the vehicle splashing water as it drives through the stream does its share to induce childlike glee! On reaching Sankri, we rest our weary selves in the warmth of the homestay, hosted by a local family.


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Day 6

Sankri (1,950M) to Dehradhun (640M)

Distance covered: 197 Km

Duration: 9-10 Hours

We leave Sankri by 9 AM and reach the Dehradun ISBT bus terminus around 8 PM. Because of heavy traffic, the roadways from Sankri to Dehradun are prone to delays. If you are planning to travel by flight, it is advisable to stay for the night and plan your journey the next day.



Frequently Asked Questions

Pick your question

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Phulara Ridge trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For the novice, it is a great start to enter into the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first-timers. Therefore, it is recommended to maintain a good physical stamina and read extensively. Any experienced trekker would love to go on Kedarkantha trek for the love of its views and trekking.

Eligibility: Experience required

Since Phulara ridge trek is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running is recommended.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.

About the activity: Why should I go for this trek?

Phulara Ridge Trek

Phulara Rudge trek is a great option for beginners as well as seasoned trekkers. The USP of Phulara ridge trek is that one gets a complete experience of a ridge walk trek. Apart from the great experience the trail offers some of the prettiest campsites and also offers a 360-degree view of the peaks all around it. Phulara ridge trek - one of the most stunning treks in India is perfect for all trekkers looking for a distinct trek in the Western Garhwals.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best time to do the Phulara ridge trek is April to June and September to November.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The starting point of Phulara ridge trek is Sankri. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a base camp for Uttrakhand treks. It is 180 km from Dehradun. There are public buses and shared jeeps running between Dehradun and Sankri. You can also take a shared taxi that will cost you around INR 600. Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
By Road: There are no direct buses to Sankri from Delhi. There You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to Dehradun. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Sankri is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.
By Air: The nearest airport from Sankri is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 213 km away from Sankri. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

There is no mobile reception after Sankri.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

There are a number of places to visit in Dehradun and Mussoorie. Sahastradhara, a ‘thousand fold water spring’ is a famous tourist spot in Dehradun. The waters of the spring are believed to have medicinal properties. Robber’s Cave or Guchhi Pani is a famous picnic spot for fun-loving enthusiasts. Visit the holy Tapkeshwar temple on the bank of Asan River which is believed have one of the oldest Shivling. Enjoy the splash at much-touted Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. The highest place in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Admire the Kumaon and Garhwal Art & Culture at SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit for Kedarkantha trek is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

When you arrive in Dehradun you will be transferred to Sankri, your stay will be made at local guest house or homestay in Sankri. The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email few days prior the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

In winters, during the day, the temperature will range from 15-25 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 5 to 0 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

Chances of snow on the trek will be high in the month of May only.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Dehradun has a sufficiently large market. However, do not leave anything for last minute buying as there will be no time for shopping because of immediate transportation to Sankri. Sankri is a very small village and it would be difficult to find anything major there. Minor toiletries are available.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

The pickup will be from Outside ISBT, Dehradun at 7:00 AM to Sankri (the base village of the trek) and the drop on the last day will be at the same place in Dehradun by/before 10:00 PM.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Dehradun late in the evening. Make sure your bookings from this point to your respective destinations are late in the night, post 22:00 Hrs or early in the morning on the next day.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

It is mandatory to carry ID Proof for the trek. (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried along)


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Safety Equipments
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters and mules for carrying common luggage
  • Services of a Trek Leader
  • Transportation if specified in Itinerary

Whats Not Included?

  • Meals during road journeys
  • Meals during hotel/guest house stay
  • Carriage of Personal Bags during the trek
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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