Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh is famous for its abundant natural beauty. After the war between Nepal and Britain, also known as the Anglo-Gorkha War (1814 to 1816), the British colonial government came into power. In 1950 Himachal was declared a union territory, but after the State of Himachal Pradesh Act 1971, Himachal emerged as the 18th state of the Republic of India. Hima means snow in Sanskrit, and the literal meaning of the state's name is In the lap of Himalayas. It was named by Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the great Sanskrit scholars of Himachal Pradesh.

Referred to as dev bhoomi or "Land of God", Himachal Pradesh is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Uttar Pradesh on the south and Uttaranchal on the east. The word "Himachal" means the abode of snow. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and the total area of the state is 55,673 square km. The state is covered with immense natural beauty and is, undoubtedly, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. A majority of the area is mountainous with lofty ranges, deep valleys, swaying waterfalls and lush greenery. The climate varies extremely from one place to the other, providing heavy rainfalls to some area and no rainfall to others. Being high in altitude, snowfall is a common sight in most parts of the state. There are 12 districts in the state which are further subdivided into blocks and towns and villages for administrative convenience. Himachal Pradesh is known to be the second least corrupt state in the country. Owing to the huge production of apples, Himachal Pradesh is also known as the 'State of Apples'.

Country India
Area 55,673 km2 (21,495 sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Languages spoken English & Hindi
Currency Indian Rupees
Visa requirements No Visa needed for Indians

Places of interest

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BILASPUR
Formerly the seat of the ruler of the State is now submerged in the Gobind Sagar,it was situated on the south east side of the Satluj. Bilaspur Township is situated just above the old town of Bilaspur at an height of 670 m. above sea level. The new Bilaspur Township can be truely described as the first planned hill town of the country. The pleasure of a visit will be enhanced manifold when a motor launch is preferred as the means of travel, gliding through cool and enchanting waters of the lake.The Nalwari or annual cattle fair is held at Bilaspur for four or five days in March / April, the occasion is marked by wrestling and other amusements. Cattle are brought from Nalagarh and neighboring parts of Punjab. For accommodation, Himachal Tourism's Hotel Lake View and pvt hotels are available at Bilaspur.

CHAMBA
The town of Chamba, the district headquarter of Chamba district is situated in the western Himalayas. The town stands on a plateau on the right bank of the Ravi river valley between Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges south of the inner Himalayas. This town was founded by Raja Sahil Varman when he conquered the lower Rani valley from the petty chiefs called Ranas and Thakurs in the beginning of 10th Century. It seems the original name of the town was Champa as mentioned in Kalhan's Rajtarangani. In the bansauli or genealogical rolls of the Chamba Rajas a reference occurs of place which was adorned with highly fragrant Champaka trees and guarded by Goddess Champavati or more popularly known as Chameshni. The temple was built by Sahil Varman in the honour of his daughter Champavati who is worshipped as a goddess in Chamba. Champavati temple became the family temple of the ruling family.

DALHOUSIE
Dalhousie (2036 m) is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over the five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British Governer General Lord Dalhousie. It was popular with the British Army personnel in 1860's. The town's varying altitude shades it with a variety of vegetation that includes stately grooves of pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendrowns. Rich in colonial architecture, the town preserves some beautiful churches. St. John church is the oldest one built in 1863, St. Francis was built in 1894, St. Andrew in 1903 and St. Patric in 1909.
There are also magnificent views of Chamba valley and the mighty Dhauladhar range with its awe-inspiring snow covered peaks filling an entire horizon. By road Dalhousie is about 555 km from Delhi, 52 km from Chamba via Banikhet and 46 km via Khajjiar and the nearest railhead at Pathankot is 85 km away.

DHARAMSHALA
This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 17 kms north- east of Kangra town. This hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The snowline is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than at any other hill resort and it is possible to make a day's trek to a snow-point after an early morning's start. Dharamshala is also the headquarter of the Kangra district.
In 1905, tragedy struck Dharamshala when an earthquake levelled it completely. After its reconstruction, Dharamshala flourished as a quiet health resort. It is divided into two distinct parts. Lower Dharamshala has civil offices and business establishments with courts. Kotwali bazar and Upper Dharamshala comprise of places with names which bear witness to its history like McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Since 1960, when it became a temporary headquarter of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to international fame as "The Little Lhasa in India". Mcleodganj is 9 km from Dharamshala.
In and around Dharamshala, one can visit the Kangra Art museum at Kotwali bazar, War memorial, Kunal Pathri temple and tea gardens on way to Kunal Pathri. There is also a beautiful Cricket stadium in the city facing mighty Dhauladhar

KINNAUR
Located in the dizzying heights of the Himalayas, with passes that remain closed for six months linking them with the rest of the world, Kinnaur, Spiti & Lahaul were till now a forbidden land. Only a chosen few were granted permission to visit this secret world, officials, Moravian missionaries who settled here in 1853 and a few mountaineers.

Sangla Valley

Now this area has been opened for the daring and adventurous to discover what had been hidden from the world for centuries.
From the riotous green of the Sangla Valley filled with orchards of apricots, peaches, chilgozas and apples to the magnificent desolation of the Hangrang Valley, Mother Nature's portrait is an ever changing one in Kinnaur. This land lying on the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, ringed by the majestic mountain of the Himalayan and Dhauladhar range is the land of plenty. The gushing rivers of Kinnaur abound in Trout-the angler's prize catch, their waters have over the centuries chiseled beautiful gorges across this picturesque land and nurtured one of the most unique societies on there banks. In the lush land live the descendants of the Kinners-the demi gods of the Hindu pantheon, whose deeds have been immortalized in epics and the poems of ancient Sanskrit poets.

KANGRA
The Kangra valley is one of the most picturesque valleys of lower Himalayas. The valley, sheltered by the sublime Dhauladhar range, is green and luxuriant. It provides a tremendous contrast in nature of places to be visited. Dharamshala is full of Buddhist air whereas ancient Hindu Temples like Bajreshwari Devi, Chamunda Devi, Baijnath Shiv temple and Jwala Devi ji dot the country side.
The history of Kangra valley dates back to the Vedic times more than 3500 years ago. The area was exposed to successive invasions, the last being the British domination of the princes of many small the hill states. Despite the onslaughts and political upheavals, the arts and crafts of the region continued to develop and found lyrical expressions. Crafts like the exquisitely designed shawls and miniature paintings of this region are internationally appreciated.

LAHAUL
Lahaul and Spiti are two remote Himalayan Valleys of H.P. lying on the Indo-Tibet border. Strange, exciting, primitive, these valleys are unsurpassed in mountain scape, in the rugged beauty of their rocky escapements and the splendor of their snow covered peaks.
Lahaul is marked by a central mass of uniformly high mountains and massive glaciers. The two rivers, Chandra and Bhaga which rise on either side of the Baralacha La, flow through the narrow Chandra and Bhaga valleys. Lahaul is a land of fascinating Buddhist art and culture. The monasteries of Lahaul-Spiti are rich repositories of ancient murals, thankas, wood carving and golden images of Padmasambhava. The valley lies at a height of 2745 metres above sea level. Summer in this valley is cool and pleasant with green grass and alpine flowers. There are little monsoon in both these valleys and this enables climbers & trekkers to enjoy a long and unbroken season in perpetual sunshine to explore the wilderness and grandeur of the inner Himalaya. This unique feature makes Lahul-Spiti as an ideal destination for tourists and trekkers in the month of July, August and September. Keylong is 115 kms. from Manali and is the District Headquarters of Lahul-Spiti District.

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MANALI
Just 40 kms away from Kullu to the north, Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath taking. One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, the Beas river with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite resort for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Bara Bhangal (Kangra), and Zanskar ranges. From temples to antiquity, to picturesque sight-seeing spots and adventure activities, Manali is a popular resort for all seasons and for all travellers.

MANDI
The historic town of Mandi (800 m) is built along the banks of the river Beas. It has long been an important commercial centre and the sage Mandva is said to have meditated here. This one time capital of the princely state of Mandi is a fast developing town that still retains much of its original charm and character. Today, it is a district headquarters. Mandi is renowned for its 81 old stone temples and their enormous range of fine carving, it is often called the 'Varanasi of the Hills'. The town has remains of old palaces and notable examples of 'colonial' architecture. The temples of Bhutnath, Trilokinath, Panchvaktra and Shyamakali are among the more famous ones. The week long international Shivratri fair in Mandi is the major attraction of the area every year. In the year 2012 the fair was celebrated from 21st to 27th February. In the fair the activities like cultural programmes in the evenings, exhibitions, sports etc. attracts the tourists as well as locals.

SHIMLA
With all its intricacies, history seems to have been the mortar for every brick and stone that has built Shimla. As the summer capital of British India for well over a century it was the seat of one of the most powerful governments in the world. From its cedar-shaded heights, one fifth of the human race was ruled and the decisions made those decades ago affect our lives to the present day.
The town of Shimla rose in the nineteenth century when the Gurkha Wars came to an end in 1815-16 and the victorious British decided to retain certain pockets as military outposts and sanitaria. In 1822 the most rigorous of dandies and the greatest of sticklers for form Captain Charles Pratt Kennedy, Political Agent to the Hill States directed that a house be built for him at the village whose name is variously reported as Sheyamalaya Shumlah, Shimlu and Shemlah. Kennedy House led the vanguard of the hundred-odd houses that were to scatter themselves by 1841 over every level or gently inclining space. Lured by the climate and terrain scores of European invalids began moving to the station and the only stipulation of the local chief who owned the land was that no tree be cut or cattle slaughtered.
Today the town is distinctive for its variety of architecture. It has one of the rare surviving urban forests, made all the more unique, for its species are temperate to alpine ones in what is otherwise a tropical zone. And then Shimla's famous Mall offers one of the longest stretches of pedestrian shopping in the world.

SPITI

SPITI
It is called "Little Tibet" because it has almost the same terrain, vegetation & climate.
Spiti is the sub division of Lahaul & Spiti district with its hqrs. at Kaza. It is called "Little Tibet" because it has almost the same terrain, vegetation & climate . Spiti also means "Middle Country". It lies between Tibet, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Lahaul & Kulu. From Shimla via Kinnaur there is a motorable road which remains open upto Kaza for 8 to 9 months. About 10kms. ahead of Pooh, satluj enters India near Shipki la & Spiti river joins it at Khab. The road then goes to Sumdo via Hangrang valley. From Sumdo Spiti valley starts. The Spiti river flows fast through deep gorges at some places. The valley is not wide but there are villages and some fields where people grow barley, buck- wheat, peas & vegetables. It has an area of 4800 sq. kms. Some inhabitants have adopted Budhism as there faith and Bhoti is the spoken language. The people are simple and honest. The main Spiti valley is split into eastern and western valleys. They are connected with Ladakh & Tibet on eastern side & Kinnaur and Kulu on western side through high passes.
Giu Village: Located near the Indo-Tibet border, the village has a naturally preserved unique Mummy, which is more than 500 years old and is an attraction for the visitors. The village Giu is situated at a height of approx 10,000 feet above the sea level. The mummy in the village is placed in a room constructed on a hilltop. It is believed that this mummy is of a Lama, who died at the age of around 45 years and was found in a sitting posture. Presently, the mummy is kept in an open glass box. Giu village is approximately 10 km from Giu nallah and village is connected with link road. Giu nallah is between Sumdo and Tabo.

Culture and history

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Himachal was one of the few states that had remained largely untouched by external customs, largely due to its difficult terrain. With the technological advancements, the state has changed very rapidly.
Himachal Pradesh is a multireligional, multicultural as well as multilingual state like other Indian states. Some of the most commonly spoken languages are Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari, Dogri, Mandeali, Kangri and Kinnauri. The Hindu communities residing in Himachal include the Brahmins, Rajputs, Kannets, Rathis and Kolis. There are also tribal population in the state which mainly comprise Gaddis, Kinnars, Gujjars, Pangawals and Lahaulis.

Himachal is well known for its handicrafts. The carpets, leather works, shawls, paintings, metalware, woodwork and paintings are worth appreciating. Pashmina shawl is one of the products which is highly in demand not only in Himachal but all over the country. Himachali caps are also famous art work of the people.
Local music and dance reflects the cultural identity of the state. Through their dance and music, they entreat their gods during local festivals and other special occasions.
Apart from the fairs and festivals that are celebrated all over India, there are number of other fairs and festivals, including the temple fairs in nearly every region that are of great significance to Himachal Pradesh. The day to day food of Himachalis is very similar to the rest of the north India. They too have lentil, broth, rice, vegetables and bread. As compared to other states in north India non-vegetarian cuisine is more preferred. Some of the specialities of Himachal include Manee,Madeera,Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and chutney of Til.

Himachal Pradesh has a rich history because it has been inhabited by several clans of people at different ages from the beginning of civilization. The earliest of all were the people from the Indus Valley civilization, during the second and third millennium BC, and they came here from Gangetic plains only to live life more peacefully. Soon, the Mongolians occupied the region and they were followed by the Aryans.

According to the Indian epics, Himachal Pradesh was a conglomeration of several small republics or Janpadas, each constituting a state as well as a cultural unit. Then came the Mughals and kings like Mahmud Ghaznavi, Sikandar Lodi, Timur, etc had conquered many places of the state to establish their supremacy.
After their kingdom started declining, the Gorkhas captured the land but ended up losing the territory to the British in the Anglo-Gorkha war. The British were completely smitten by the sheer beauty of the area and continued with their supremacy over the place from 1858 to 1914. Post-Independence, 30 princely states of the area were brought together to form Himachal Pradesh in 1948. When Punjab got geographically reorganised, some parts were included in the latter. In 1971, Himachal Pradesh emerged as the 18th state of the Indian Union.

SITT HIMACHAL PRADESH PACKAGE : 001 (07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS)

DAY 1 : CHAKKI BANK RAILWAY STATION - DALHOUSIE
Pick up from Chakki Bank railway station meet & greet drive to Dalhousie check in hotel evening free for mall road overnight at hotel.

DAY 2 : DALHOUSIE - KHAJJIAR - CHAMBA - DALHOUSIE
After breakfast drive to Khajjiar via Lakkarmandi & Kala top ( Wild life Sanctuary ) reach Khajjiar known as Mini Switzerland evening back to Dalhousie visit Panjpulla,. drive to Chamba via rock garden and dam site reach Chamba the district headquarters famous for its ancient temples & museum evening back to hotel.

DAY 3 : DALHOUSIE - DHARAMSHALA
Check out hotel and drive Dharamshala check in hotel after some rest visit Bhagsu water fall,Mcleodganj,Dalai Lama monastery,Naddi and dal lake evening back to hotel.

DAY 4 : DHARMSHALA
A day to walk around in Dharmshala and Mcleod Gang. Mcleod Gang is also known as little Lahsa (Capital of Tibet), full of Tibetan handicraft shop and small restaurants run by young Tibetans entrepreneurs. There are some Tibetan Reserch Institute and small Factories Tibetan herbal medicines here. Overnight hotel.

DAY 5 : DHARAMSHALA - PALAMPUR - MANALI
Check out & drive to Manali via Palampur tea gardens, Baijnath, Mandi, Pandoh dam reach Manali check in hotel overnight at hotel.

DAY 6 : MANALI
A day to explore Manali the queen of hill station. Our dat start slowly after breakfast with a stroll from 500 years old wooden carved "hidimba Devi Temple". The stroll continue further to Old Manali village, which is known after the great hindu sage Manu. We further walk up to the next village of Goshal and crossour way through River Bias to a very spectacular water fall called Jogni fall. Next village is Vashisht , where you can enjot the hot sulpher in the springs,. If you feel tired of walking, take a tuk tuk ride to the down town. Free evening for own activities. Overnight hotel.

DAY 7 : MANALI- SOLANG- SNOW POINT-MANALI
Morning drive to Solang to enjoy Paragliding or skiing (optional). Continue to snow point which is the maxi,um approachable road towards Rohtang pass depending on the snow condition (3978 mts). Afternoon visit Rorich Art gallery and Nagar Castle at Nagar. Overnight hotel.

DAY 8 : DEPARTURE
Today free day in Manali and evening transfer to Bus station for onwarj jopurney to Delhi.
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2. According to tour itinerary all Transfer & Sightseeing.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

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SITT HIMACHAL PRADESH PACKAGE: 002 (08 NIGHTS / 09 DAYS)

DAY-1 : ARRIVAL CHANDIGARH-SHIMLA
Arriving at Chandigarh. On arrival and drive 90 km to Shimla. Shimla is capital of Himachal state. Overnight hotel.

DAY-2 : SHIMLA
Morning drive to visit naldera and Kufri. Afternoon drive to Mall road-lined with English looking houses as Shimla was the summer capital of India during British rule and most of the buildings are constructed by British people. You can also visit Indian Institute of Advance Studies. The Institute is housed in the Viceroy Lodge, which was built in 1884-88 during the british times.After Overnight hotel.

DAY-3 : SHIMLA-MANALI
After breakfast drive 270 km 8-9 hours (Including places) to Manali visit Himachal Photo Darshan photo gallery displaying the photographs taken by local photographer Mr. Birbal Sharma. Photo gallery exhibited 300 enlarged photographs dealing with the lifestyle and culture of the people of the state. After visit the gallery drive to Manali. Overnight hotel.

DAY-4 : MANALI
A day to explore Manali the queen of hill station. Our dat start slowly after breakfast with a stroll from 500 years old wooden carved "hidimba Devi Temple". The stroll continue further to Old Manali village, which is known after the great hindu sage Manu. We further walk up to the next village of Goshal and crossour way through River Bias to a very spectacular water fall called Jogni fall. Next village is Vashisht , where you can enjot the hot sulpher in the springs,. If you feel tired of walking, take a tuk tuk ride to the down town. Free evening for own activities. Overnight hotel.

DAY-5 : MANALI- SOLANG- SNOW POINT-MANALI
Morning drive to Solang to enjoy Paragliding or skiing (optional). Continue to snow point which is the maxi,um approachable road towards Rohtang pass depending on the snow condition (3978 mts). Afternoon visit Rorich Art gallery and Nagar Castle at Nagar. Overnight hotel.

DAY-6 : MANALI-DHARMSHALA
Morning drive 260km to Dharmshala . On arrival transfer to hotel. Located on a hilltop in Dholadhar range of mountains, Dharmshala is the headquarter of Tibetan Exile Government headed by the Dalai Lama, who fled here with his followers after the Chinese invasion on Tibet. Overnight hotel.

DAY-7 : DHARMSHALA
A day to walk around in Dharmshala and Mcleod Gang. Mcleod Gang is also known as little Lahsa (Capital of Tibet), full of Tibetan handicraft shop and small restaurants run by young Tibetans entrepreneurs. There are some Tibetan Reserch Institute and small Factories Tibetan herbal medicines here. Overnight hotel.

DAY-8 : DHARMSHALA-AMRITSAR
Early morning drive 200 km to Amritsar. Amritsar- the holy town of theSikhs,has grown from a secred village pond into a spiritual temporal center of sikh culture. The city gets its name from the pool to Amritsar (Pool of nectar), Which was constructed by the fourth religious preceptor of the sikh faith. Golden temple or Darbar sahib is the most secred temple for sikha. It is a symbol of the magnificence and strength of the sikh people all over the world. Its architecture includes, symbol associated with other places of worship.Evening drive to visit Wagah Border. Wagah , the India-Pakistan Border to view the flag ceremony. Overnight hotel.

DAY-9 : AMRITSAR-DELHI-FLY HOME
Early morning transfer to railway station. We cross the fertile plains of the Punjab back to Delhi. Breakfast will be served on board. There is time for s visit Old Delhi , and shopping the afternoon.
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Cost Includes:

1. All accommodations.
2. According to tour itinerary all Transfer & Sightseeing.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.

SITT - GREEN DOOARS PACKAGE : 002 (06 NIGHTS/07 DAYS)

DAY 01): DELHI TO MANALI
Arrival Manali and after some rest we will visit Hidimba temple, Hot spring village Vashisht and Buddhist Monastery. Overnight Hotel.

DAY 02): MANALI TO SOLANG-MANALI
In the morning after breakfast we will drive 13km to Solang, Solang is the hub of all the adventure activities . Here we do some fun ski. Evening we will drive back to Manali. Overnight Hotel.

DAY 03): MANALI TO VILLAGE HIKE-MANALI
In the morning after bfast we will start our day village hike. In the evning we will come back to Manali. Overnight Hotel.

DAY 04): MANALI-RAFTING-NAGAR-MANALI
After breakfast 20km drive to Rafting point. After rafting we will go to visit Nagar, a heritage village. Return back to Manali town. Overnight Hotel.

DAY 05): MANALI
Today we do abseiling and free for some shopping. Evening departure.
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Cost Includes:

1. All accommodations.
2. According to tour itinerary all Transfer & Sightseeing.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.