Dharamsala and the Dalai Lama
India, Trek & Walk, 10 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch at the hotel. The afternoon is free for sightseeing or relaxing. We take the evening sleeper train to Pathankot.
Day 2: We arrive Pathankot in the early morning and transfer to Mcleod Ganj by road (3.5hrs). In the afternoon we have a walking tour of Mcleod Ganj including the Dalai Lama's Palace, Tibetan Library and St John's Church. Overnight hotel.
Day 3: Today we meet our trekking crew and start our trek. We walk from Mcleod Ganj (1760m) to Kareri Village (1985m). This gentle ascent and walk takes us through traditional Gaddi shepherd villages and terraced fields. Approx 4 hours walking. We set up camp by a river and watermill.
Day 4: Another leisurely walk today from Kareri to Bhaga (2475m). We ascend gently through village fields and rhododendron forests. These forests are home of pheasants, bears and leopards (although unfortunately you are unlikely to see the latter two animals!). We stop of a relaxed lunch and then complete our walk. Approx 4 hours walking. We camp in a valley below the spectacular Dhaula Dhar peaks.
Day 5: Trek to Dharamkot (2000m). We walk through a woodland reserve overlooking the beautiful Kangra Valley. Then we continue through forest back to the rural villages. Approx 5 hours walking. Overnight at camp.
Day 6: We trek to Triund today which is situated at 2850 metres, the highest point of our holiday. The path takes us steady uphill for about 3 hours to a ridge below the mighty Dhaula Dhar and overlooking the valley. Overnight at camp.
Day 7: This morning we return to Mcleod Ganj, which takes us about 3 hours. After lunch, we travel by road, or small-gauge railway to Andretta. This is a pottery village where we have a tour of potters at work and can purchase some of their wares if we wish. We overnight at a restored private house.
Day 8: This morning we have a tour of the local tea gardens, followed by lunch at Taragarh Palace hotel. In the afternoon we transfer to Judges Court World Heritage Village where we overnight in a hotel.
Day 9: We have the morning to explore on the area on foot. In the afternoon we transfer back to Pathankot and return to Delhi on the overnight sleeper train.
Day 10: We arrive in Delhi in the early morning and transfer to a hotel where we have the use of 'day rooms' to refresh ourselves. KE Land Only package services end with a transfer to Delhi Airport, usually in the early afternoon.