Hill-Stations to Kashmir Discovery
India, Discovery, 13 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,555 (land only) - from $2,135 (land only)
- Tour through the Western Himalaya from Shimla to Srinagar
- A discovery holiday to Dharamsala and the Dalai Lama
- Amritsar and the Golden Temple - high point of the Sikh Religion
- Spend four nights on a deluxe Dal Lake houseboat
- Delhi Airport transfers, internal flights and all meals included
This discovery holiday takes us on a journey across the Western Himalaya, through the state of Himachal Pradesh, the 'Land of Unmoving Snows', a state composed of a series of river valleys that straddle the ancient trade routes to Central Asia and the Indian peninsula. It passes through Shimla the summer capital of the English during the British Raj. The hill-station retains its nostalgic charm, harking back to days when the British officers, their families in tow, sojourned in these hills to escape the summer heat of the plains. The excursion continues through the world of Tibetan Buddhism, with its myriad deities, powerfully atmospheric temples and monasteries, colourful religious art and esoteric ritual. We will experience this fascinating world in and around Dharamsala, where the two most prestigious Tibetan spiritual leaders, the Dalai Lama and the young Gyalwa Karmapa, are currently based. A night spent in Paragpur gives us the opportunity to walk through the only Heritage Village in India and to enjoy a stay in the charming Judges Court. Visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holy place of the Sikhs Religion concludes the first part of this great holiday. We then fly north to Srinagar, where we spend 4 nights on a deluxe houseboat on Dal Lake and enjoy 3 days of sightseeing amongst the Mughal Gardens, markets, temples and mellow valleys of beautiful Kashmir.
Is this holiday for you?
This touring and sightseeing adventure holiday incorporates many of the highlights of the Western Himalaya in northern India. There is a fair amount of travelling, as we journey between Delhi, Shimla, Dharamsala and Amritsar. However, the driving and train travel that we undertake is famously scenic and we have opted to fly up to Srinagar and back from there to Delhi to cut travelling time as much as possible. There will inevitably be some walking on city streets and on good trails during a discovery holiday of this type. These walks will be short - this is not a trekking holiday.