The Indian Himalayas, also known to locals as “the Abode of Snow”, have long fascinated and awed travellers. The far-flung region has acted as a natural and political barrier for centuries.
Its isolation has contributed to the preservation of different communities, cultures and religion along the entire northern boundary of India. The predominantly-Buddhist Himachal Pradesh offers great topographic diversity from high altitude desert to dense forests, cultivated terraces to orchards with a constant mountain backdrop. Coming down the hills is Punjab, home to Indian Sikhs and famed for the holy Amritsar Golden Temple. The source of great rivers flows into the gorgeous lush valleys of Islamic Kashmir – and is a wonderful base for anything from a luxurious houseboat stay to fantastic trekking. Ladakh or "Little Tibet" is tucked in rugged lunar landscape and filled with mystical monasteries.
Hike off the beaten path along a trail of tastefully decorated village houses with glorious views while experiencing hospitality of the rural folks in villages where time seem to have stood still. This itinerary covers Leh and the outstanding monasteries such as Tiksey, Hemis and Stok, but the emphasis is to less accessible areas.
It’s said that India resides in its villages – this program gives the full rural experience of the unspoilt remote villages of the Indian Himalayans in comfortable restored village houses. Complete the experience with a luxury mountain resort experience, a wildlife adventure or a spa retreat.
This journey between Ladakh and Kashmir crosses some of the most spectacular terrain in the world, from the lush valleys of Kashmir to the rugged beauty of Ladakhi plateau. Stay on a luxurious houseboat, get lost in the bustling bazaars and soak in the mountain landscape!
The spiritual journey takes you across stunning changing landscapes and diverse cultures from Himachal Pradesh to Punjab - from small wayside shrines to the glorious Golden Temple of Amritsar and the Tibetan monasteries of Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama.