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Eat Pray Love and Travel India - on request from October to March
 
From To
available on request October to March

 

Grade: Easy - Moderate

 
 

08 days 07 nights – Inspired by the book Eat Pray Love by American author Elizabeth Gilbert and the current 2010 film of the same name starring Julia Roberts, this 8 day cultural tour is a great introduction to some of the many truly beautiful, inspiring and wonderful highlights of India. Immerse yourself in local colour and culture as you travel from the colour and contrasts of Delhi to the temples and ashrams of the sacred pilgrimage areas of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Explore the silk, silver and spice markets in Old Delhi. Marvel at the beauty of the Taj Mahal, a stunning monument to love and imagination. Walk the halls of ancient forts and royal residences and lose yourself in the lanes of quiet villages. Watch the tiny candle rafts illuminate the holy River Ganges during the sacred Aarti ceremony at Rishikesh and soak up the many delights of this enchanting land of contrasts, colour, spirituality and amazing diversity.

Land only price per person (join in Delhi).

 
  Group Size 2 - 10  
  heritage hotels and haveli £895  
  Flight UK to Delhi from £300  
  Single hotel supplement £510  
 

 


Gardens of India - a botanical tour
 

Private trips available on request based on your preferred dates of travel. Best times to visit are mid February to mid April and September to end October

From To
mid February to mid April September to end October

 

Grade: Easy tour

 
 

09 days – This wonderful garden tour focuses on exploring some of the very best and most interesting gardens of India. From the riot of colour and fragrance of Delhi's dawn flower market to the bizarre modernist sculptures of Nech Chand gardens. From the blooms of Asia’s biggest rose garden and Asia’s largest outdoor landscaped cacti and succulents garden to the beautiful mountain top gardens and landscapes of the hillstation of Shimla. This is a wonderful introduction to some of the most interesting gardens of India as well as the beauty, colour, culture and landscapes of this varied and fascinating country.

Land only price per person (join in Delhi).

 
  Group Size 2 - 6 7 - 12  
  4 star heritage and luxury hotels £1295 £1195  
  Flight UK to Delhi from £300  
  Single hotel supplement £665  
 

 


Wilderness Trek - Kanchenjunga Massif and Goeche La
 

Private trips available on request based on your preferred dates of travel. Best times to visit are in Spring from March to end of May and in Autumn from the end of September to early November.

From To
Spring season from March end of May
Autumn from end of September early November

 

Grade: Moderate-Strenuous

Max Elevation: 4940m

 
 

17 days – Trek to the Goche La pass in the West Sikkim Himalayas. Travel over high mountain passes through virgin forests and breathtaking valleys surrounded by snow clad mountains. Enjoy magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga Range from Dzongri and close ups of the Kanchenjunga Massif from Goecha La. Encounter nomadic yak herders and explore traditional nomadic villages and ancient monasteries amid stunning wilderness landscapes. Beautiful scenic drives through typical Sikkimese countryside of terraced rice fields, orange orchards, cardamom and ginger plantations. Trek through tropical jungle on into temperate forests including magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and silver firs, past cool mountain streams. The snow clad peaks of Narsing, Tenzing Kang and Pandim are so near you feel you can touch them. Camp beside serene Lake Samity,a sacred lake and place of pilgrimage for devout Buddhists. Trek through glacial moraines over high Goecha La pass into North Sikkim for magnificent views of the Kangchenjunga Massif. Travel on through moss and lichen filled jungle to reach Yuksom where the first Chogyal (Religious King) of Sikkim was crowned in 1642. Visit revered Pemayangste Monastery before travelling on to experience the sights and sounds of Darjeeling. Visit local tea gardens and take a ride on the toy train to Ghoom before the return flight to Delhi.

Land only price per person (join in Delhi).

 
  Group Size 2 - 6 7 - 12  
  Luxury & deluxe hotels & tented camps £1855 £1695  
  Flight Delhi to Bagdogra return from £250  
  Flight UK to Delhi from £300  
  Single hotel/camp supplement £595  
 

 


Markha Valley Trek
 

Private trips available on request based on your preferred dates of travel. Best times to visit are the summer months from June to the end of August

From To
start of June end of August

 

Grade: Strenuous

Max Elevation:5100m

 
 

14 days – This is one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the world and the best short trek in the magical and timeless land of Ladakh, often known as Little Tibet. Trek into the Hemis National Park where the trail ventures high into the Himalaya, crossing two high mountain passes and circling the edge of the Indus Valley before descending into Zanskar. Travel through dramatic terrain ranging from beautiful narrow valleys to vast wide open expanses and moonscapes, past picturesque villages and hilltops dotted with grand ancient monasteries in an area where Tibetan Buddhism still flourishes.This is the land of the elusive Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Lammergier and Golden Eagle. As you trek to the upper end of the Markha Valley the reward is truely spectacular views of jagged snow capped peaks before crossing the high Gongmarlu pass and descending to famous Hemis Monastery where this memorable trek ends.

Land only price per person (join in Delhi).

 
  Group Size 2 - 6 7 - 12  
  Four star hotel Delhi A category hotel in Ladakh & tented camp on trek bed and breakfast in Delhi, full board on trek £1395 £1195  
  Flight Delhi to Leh economy return from £360  
  Flight UK to Delhi from £300  
  Single hotel/camp supplement £495  
 

 


The Hemis Festival in Ladakh July
 

Private trips available on request based on your preferred dates of travel. Best times to visit are from June to October

From To
07 July 13 July

 

Grade: Easy tour max elevation 5260m

 
 

07 days – This short tour combines a visit to the colourful Hemis Festival held each year in June or July as well as exploring the local area. Ladakh lies in the far north of India although culturally and geographically it is closer to Tibet and it is one of the last remaining enclaves of Tibetan Buddhism. Shrouded in a mist of myth and mystery, this land of monks and monasteries rises gracefully from the upper half of the Indus basin. The focal point of this tour is the wonderful Tse-Chu festival at Hemis. Hemis Tse Chu is a two-day festival and is the biggest and most famous of the monastic festivals of Ladakh. It is dedicated to Padmasambhava the patron saint of Tibetan Buddhism and the one who brought Buddhism from India to Tibet. The festival takes an auspicious turn every 12 years in the Tibetan Year of the Monkey when the two-storey high 'Thankga' depicting Padmasambhava is displayed. This famous Thankga richly embroidered with pearls and and semi-precious stones is due to be displayed next in AD 2016. A visit to the Hemis festival is a must see event and a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture and tradition as you watch the colourful dance dramas, masked dances and ceremonies. As well as enjoying the festival and exploring Leh and the surrounding area you'll also travel along the highest motorable road pass in the world on a day excursion and scenic drive over the high Khardong La pass at 5260m with stunning views from the top over the Indus Valley to the endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar Range.

Land only price per person (join in Delhi).

 
  Group Size 2 - 6 7 - 12  
  3 star hotel in Delhi and good A category hotels in Leh £525 £495  
  Flight Leh to Delhi economy return from £350  
  Flight UK to Delhi from £300  
  Single hotel supplement £200  
 

 


Ladakh Trans Himalayan jeep safari
 

Private trips available on request based on your preferred dates of travel. Best times to visit are from June to October

From To
start of June end of October

 

Grade: Moderate max elevation 5325m

 
 

14 days – Ladakh the remote borderland at the end of the Western Himalayas and cut off for the road communication for seven months of the year is now accessible from Manali in Himachal Pradesh through the highest mountain passes in the world.This overland safari begins in the green, verdant valleys of Kullu-Manali, skirts around the mysterious valleys of Lahoul and Spiti, climbs over high passes as high as Tanglang (5112m) and Baralacha (4891m) to the awesome vistas of the tableland of " Little Tibet". During this journey you'll drive across three major mountain ranges of-the Greater Himalayas, Zanskar and Ladakh-to the foothills of the highest mountain mass of the world, the Karakorams or Mustagh, encompassing the world's second highest peak, K2 (8611 m.). In between high passes and grotesque gorges you'll traverse extensive, stark moonscapes, the legendary Moore plains and the surrealistic steppes of Sarchu. The valley heights range between 1700m to 4600m where cold, wild, winds scrape the rubble and whistle past a lonesome Chorten or a Mani (prayer) stone wall. Atop high passes you'll come face-to face with a maze of snow-capped mountain tops and serrated craggy ridges which hide some of the world's largest glaciers outside the polar region. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the Valley of Flowers and is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram & Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. This both stunning and daunting terrain has not deterred the lone wayfarer or the trade caravans of old who traveled back and forth on this route on foot, camel and yak, carrying spices, brocades and jewels and whose ancient travelers carried cross currents of culture and ethnic variations, transferring this Trans-Himalayan land into a rich repository of myriad cultural and religious influences from mainland India, Tibet and Central Asia.

Land only price per person (join in Delhi).

 
  Group Size 2 - 6 7 - 12  
  Four star hotel in Delhi, local hotels, guesthouses & tented camp during overland tour £1395 £1195  
  Flight Leh to Delhi one way from £195  
  Flight UK to Delhi from £300  
  Single hotel/camp supplement £625  
 

 


Singalila Ridge Trek
 

Private trips available on request based on your preferred dates of travel. Best times to visit are in Spring from March to the start of May and in Autumn from the start of October to December.

From To
Spring season from March start of May
Autumn from October December

 

Grade: Moderate-Strenuous

Max Elevation: 3636m

 
 

13 days – This trek beginning and ending in Darjeeling takes you along the famed Singalila Range to Sandakphu and Phalut. On the way you will pass through spectacular forests of silver fir, rhododendrons, chestnuts, oaks, magnolias and hemlock. A springtime trek reveals not only stunning views of the mountains but whole hillsides covered with rhododendron and magnolia flowers. A post monsoon trek reveals the mountains in crisper glory when the rains have washed away the haze. The trail from Sandakphu to Phalut is an exhilarating experience with awesome views of four of the world’s highest mountains: Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga in one glance. From Tumling enjoy fine views of the Nepalese valleys and the plains of North Bengal with the snow fed Teesta to the east, Koshi to the West. Climb through beautiful rhododendron, silver fir, chestnut and pine forests. Visit the Black Pond at Kalpokhari where the water is black and never freezes and travel through the Valley of Poison. Bathe in fresh mountain streams and haggle at local bazaars before your return to the charms of Kathmandu. Visit World Heritage sites and relax in the vibrant capital.

Land only price per person (join in Delhi).

 
  Group Size 2 - 6 7 - 12  
  Four star & deluxe hotels, tented camps & lodges £1395 £1295  
  Flight Delhi to Bagdogra economy return from £250  
  Flight UK to Delhi from £300  
  Single hotel/lodge/camp supplement £515  
 

 


In the footsteps of Buddha
 

Private trips available on request based on your preferred dates of travel. Best times to visit are in Spring from March to the end of April and in Autumn from the end of September to end of November.

From To
Spring season from March end of April
Autumn from end September end of November

 

Grade: Easy (tour)

 
 

15 days – Follow in the footsteps of Lord Buddha on this wonderful tour through India and Nepal. From Delhi travel to Dharamsala, often referred to as Little Lhasa and the seat in exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Visit the Eternal City of Varanasi on the banks of the sacred River Ganges for an early morning boat ride along the ghats before exploring nearby temples. Visit stunning Mahabodhi Temple a fascinating architectural amalgamation of many centuries and cultures amd the site of the Bodhi tree under which it is said Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. You’ll also visit Kushinagar a revered place for Buddhist pilgrims wher the Mahaparinirvana temple houses the huge statue of the Reclining Buddha excavated in 1876 and now a memorial sites to the Kings of old. Travelling across the border into Nepal you'll explore the sacred gardens at Lumbini in the south of Nepal where Lord Buddha is reputed to have been born and where the Ashokan Pillar erected in 250BC is the oldest known monument in Nepal. From here travel on to the vibrant capital Kathmandu where you’ll visit stunning World Heritage Sites before returning to Delhi where your tour ends.

Land only price per person (join in Delhii).

 
  Group Size 2 - 6 7 - 12  
  Luxury heritage & deluxe hotels £1695 £1395  
  Flight Delhi to Varansi one way from £95  
  Flight Kathmandu to Delhi one way from £100  
  Flight UK to Delhi from £300  
  Single hotel supplement £710  
 
 
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