September 2017 News

By November 16, 2017News

Hi Everyone and Fellow Travelers

I have great news about the WESTERN HIMALAYAS. Here it is…

There’s been such huge response to this tour, with thirty five of you now interested, that I’m adding an October 2018 date to the April 2019 departure already scheduled.  The reason for 2 departures is because I will only take MAXIMUM 14 persons on this journey. No need to decide right now – you have yet to see the itinerary – though as always, it will help my logistics to know which departure date would suit you!

Accommodation is reserved for both departures in some fabulous destinations. I’ll be using local guides who live in the area, some of whom are very longtime friends. I’m really delighted to have these opportunities to introduce you to places, people and crafts I have known over so many years.

My Newsletter next month will have the fuller itinerary and more details, as will my website,  but here’s what I can already say about the new tour:

29 September – 16 October 2018 | 18 days
1-18 April 2019 | 18 days

Experience Tibetan culture, Himalayan hill stations & rural villages in the Northern Indian states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab… flamboyant temples, extraordinary vistas and crafts combining ancient skills with 21st century passion.

From Delhi we’ll head to Rishikesh, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, where the Holy 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 Simla, capital of Himachal Pradesh, set 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, originally established in the 1920s with its art gallery and well-known pottery, meeting the people closely associated with this small and vibrant community.  Culminating for this part of the journey with Dharamshala, home to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama where we immerse ourselves in the Tibetan community, its Buddhist culture and crafts, learning about the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, visiting their flamboyant temples, monasteries and nunneries.

We’ll spend time at an a small 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 and a basket maker, where traditional life remains timeless… a very personal experience.  Finally to Amritsar, the spiritual and cultural home of the Sikhs, where we visit the Golden Temple and markets in the Old City.  Every step of the way there will be fantastic photographic opportunities!

From mountains and hill stations to rural villages, local bazars and traditional crafts, from bustle and excitement to the eternal silence of the mountains … a fabulous adventure awaits you!