Walking gives you the opportunity to discover more – whether it’s the details in nature or the everyday life in towns and villages. If you are planning a trekking tour anyway, you might like to start with day hikes beforehand. Or we might put together a nice mix of day hikes on foot in a tour plan. Or there may be only 1-2 opportunities for walking/hiking during a trip. Or… We can pick out the right one for you from various lengths and levels of difficulty. Even short tours of 1-2 hours are worth walking. In addition to fixed routes, there is of course also aimless strolling – ideally suited for individual discoveries!
There are opportunities for day hikes in all mountain areas of our destinations. We can often choose between strenuous longer tours with more metres in altitude or almost flat walks. On foot, we can get a better feel for the area and its distances. And the flora and fauna can also be seen much better this way. If you like, you can also book special guides with botanical knowledge and/or good animal observation skills for some tours. Other tours with clear directions can be done on your own if you feel like discovering something yourself. You can go in a loop with the same start/end point or also a route where you are picked up at the end.
In the cities, in addition to the usual sightseeing tours, there are also guided themed walks (food, special architecture (e.g. Soviet mosaics in Bishkek), district, etc.). But it is also exciting to just stroll around. There is soooo much to discover in terms of people, shops, restaurants, temples, manufactories, statues, architecture, special features….. With the help of your mobile phone, you can easily find your way around – or you can simply get lost and then take a taxi or a rickshaw back. If you want to start out on your own: you’re welcome to!
Villages are also good for walking and hiking. If it is a large village with houses far apart or if the surroundings are included (often recommended to walk through the adjacent fields or pastures), it can well be called a hike, in some compact villages it is more like a walk. Here, too, it is easy to discover details, a lot of everyday life is visible and you might even have a chat with the villagers. How is the water supply, how do people earn their living, what grows, how is the architecture, which animals are visible (in many villages of Rajasthan, for example, peacocks are indigenous), are there religious sites, different parts of the village, which houses indicate wealthier inhabitants, etc. These tours can be undertaken with guides, who also function well as translators, or alone. Orientation is usually not difficult.
Of course, you can experience beautiful scenery not only in the mountains, but also on the flatter terrain. For example, a camel tour in the busy Thar Desert with a picnic lunch is nice. You don’t have to sit on the camel the whole time, but can also walk alongside. Or you can walk along the river in the Tirthan Valley, the beaches in Goa offer kilometre-long tours or you can stroll through one of India’s wine-growing regions, e.g. in Maharashtra or Karnataka.