Date: 29 September – 16 October 2018 | Duration: 18 Days | Prices: Land Arrangements $7,290 / £5,600
Lesley’s experience of India spans more than three decades, bringing to our travels wide personal experience of this vast country’s cultures, religions and unique textile heritage.
From Delhi we’ll head to Rishikesh, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, where the River Ganges flows through mountains, with its temples, ashrams and wandering holy men. We’ll continue by road to Chandigarh, designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier. The next day we journey on to Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh in the Himalayan foothills and once the summer capital of British India.
Westward then to Palampur in the beautiful Kangra Valley, surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests with incomparable views of the Dhauladhar mountain range. Here we’ll visit an Artist’s Colony in a traditional Indian village with its art gallery and well-known pottery. Culminating for this part of the journey with Dharamsala, home to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama we’ll immerse ourselves in the Tibetan community, its Buddhist culture and crafts, learning about the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, visiting temples, monasteries and nunneries.
We’ll then spend time at a private lakeside retreat, idyllic and peaceful with far-reaching views of Himalayan mountain peaks, situated off the beaten track with its fabulous bird life, fauna and flora. Staying here gives us the opportunity to explore this little-known area, visiting rural villages where traditional life remains timeless… a very personal experience. Finally to Amritsar, the spiritual and cultural home of the Sikhs, where we’ll visit the Golden Temple and the colorful markets in the Old City. Every step of the way there will be fantastic photographic opportunities!
From hill stations and rural villages to the bustle of local bazaars and the eternal silence of the mountains, a fabulous adventure awaits you!
This group is limited to maximum 14 persons only.