Kashmir & The Himalayas Tours & Holidays

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The Himalayas is the world's mightiest mountain range.

No other chain can boast summits of over 8,000 metres - there are 14 such peaks in the Greater Himalaya - and hundreds over 7,000 metres. It stretches 2,700km across the subcontinent from Assam to Pakistan; in the east, Namche Barwa stands sentinel, while the west is guarded by the awesome Nanga Parbat.

The term Himalaya means 'Abode of Snow' and its icy peaks and ridges have long since inspired the poets. From its heavenly ...

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Visit Dal Lake floating market

Visit Dal Lake floating market

Board your shikara early in the morning and catch a glimpse of a unique sunrise market held on Dal Lake, where locals haggle and barter for their daily supplies of fruit, vegetables and colourful flowers.

Ride the Toy Train

Ride the Toy Train

Take a nostalgic train journey on the infamous Toy Train from Darjeeling. Wind your way along green hillsides, through quaint hilltop towns, accompanied by the plumes of steam as you whistle through the mountains.

Meet Kashmiri artisans

Meet Kashmiri artisans

Wander along the hidden lanes of Srinagar to see the traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and see master artisans at work. You will gain an understanding of the processes, and meet the artisans who have created these works of art over the years.

Discover Darjeeling's tea

Discover Darjeeling's tea

Explore the famous tea plantations surrounding Darjeeling. The backdrop of the Himalayas makes for a stunning setting as you amble through the hills passing local "tea-pickers" hard at work.

Explore villages on foot

Explore villages on foot

Get off the beaten track and explore Kumaoni villages, absorbing the stunning scenery of the Himalayas. Chat to the locals outside their elegantly converted village homes, enjoy some refreshments en route and learn more about life in this rural untouched area.

Consult an Oracle

Consult an Oracle

Tap into your spirituality and contemplate your future with the assistance of a local village oracle. There is an opportunity to visit one of these revered oracles resident in one of the villages close to Leh and observe this tradition phenomena in person.

Explore the Indus Monasteries

Explore the Indus Monasteries

Head out of town to the tranquil and stunning monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey and Matho. Swathed in the eye-catching Buddhist imagery and other-worldly gods and idols, the monasteries give you an opportunity to peruse some amazing rituals and beliefs.

Go on a jeep safari in Corbett NP

Go on a jeep safari in Corbett NP

Head out into the jungle in search of tigers, elephants, leopards and the critically endangered Gharial, as well as a diverse species of birds. End your afternoon safari as the sun slowly sets, a wonderful time of day to spot numerous species of wildlife.



Located in the central Kumaon region of Uttaranchal the town of Almora, otherwise known as the "Switzerland Of India" was founded in 1560. This picturesque hill station is known for its scenic beauty, gushing rivers and waterfalls and ancient temples. Stone…

Corbett National Park

Corbett is one of the finest National Parks in India. The park covers an area of 500 sq. km. and comprises the broad valley of the Ramganga River in the foothills of the Himalayas. This has resulted in diverse habitat and given the park scenic charm and some…


Best known for its tea and Himalayan Railway Darjeeling is a small town in the lesser Himalayan Mountain range. The surrounding landscape provides the perfect setting for many outdoor activities including trekking and river rafting as well as stunning views of…


Situated just to the north of the Indus Valley, high in the arid heart of the great Karakoram Mountain range, Leh sits at the crossroads of High Asia. For centuries it looked to the north, towards Tibet and Central Asia, for its influences and from the town's…


As the summer capital of the British Raj, Shimla - or Simla as it used to be known - was once the seat of power for more than one fifth of the world's population. For almost a hundred years (from 1864 to 1939) the entire colonial administration debunked en…


Old Srinagar puts one in mind of London before the fire. Founded in the sixth century by Raja Pravarasen and beautifully located around a number of lakes, Srinagar, 'the beautiful city', is divided in two by the river Jhelum that is crossed by a number of…


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Chamba Camp Thiksey, Leh

A new and innovative award winning addition to the growing number of luxury camps in India, The Ultimate Travelling Camp's originality resides in the fact that the camps are all mobile, being in…
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Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

A fantastic boutique lodging situated just outside Darjeeling, this lovely little plantation retreat lies above the banks of the River Rungeet, deep in the Himalaya and is overlooked by the…
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Mary Budden Estate, Almora

Tucked away high in the forest of Uttarakhand the Mary Budden Estate is a true haven of luxury set in one of the last pristine natural environments still to be encountered in India. A windy road leads…
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Sukoon Houseboat, Srinagar

Opened in April 2013, the former Neil Armstrong houseboat is easily the most luxurious on either lake. Owned and run by Altaf Chapri, a real visionary in the world of Indian boutique tourist…
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Village Homes Ladakh, Leh

This is simply one of our favourite products on the subcontinent. Though Ladakh has long been on the map for backpackers, mostly staying in and around Leh, it is has not yet come on the radar of the…

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Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers India though you should be upto- date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of India so we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments. 


In India the official unit of currency is the Indian Rupee (INR).  

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com  

 Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your guides will be able to advise you accordingly.   

In Southern India people are used to foreign visitors, but traditionally clothing is quite modest and so you should bear this in mind when packing for your trip. Vest-style tops should be avoided, and women may find a scarf or shawl useful on occasions to cover their chest and shoulders.  

Kashmiris and Buddhist Ladakhis are modest dressers and therefore while out of the privacy of the houseboats or guesthouses, both sexes should wear a reasonable amount of clothing, covering legs and shoulders. When in Kashmir, visiting the mosques, ladies should cover their heads with headscarves and men should wear trousers and long-sleeved shirts.   

Shoulders and legs should be covered when visiting temples and other important religious sites. Shoes must also be removed when visiting important places in India; it is therefore a good idea to carry a pair of socks with you as the floors can get very hot!  

Important: Please note, in the Tamil Nadu region, men and women must wear traditional Indian attire when visiting temples and religious sites. Your guide will be able to advise you on what is appropriate and where clothing can be purchased.  

Normal summer clothes are fine if visitors appreciate that India is a conservative country and respect local sensibilities. Long t-shirts and shorts are usually acceptable however it is worth noting that women especially can attract unwanted attention and therefore may feel more comfortable wearing longer less revealing attire. We would recommend investing in some light cotton trousers, shirts and lightweight jumpers.  

Language & Religion 

In India, the major language is Hindi, with 17 other official regional languages and English as a common language for all. Religion is mainly Hinduism alongside Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Christianity.   


India is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com  

Food and drink 

One of the great myths about travelling in India is that the food is poor. We are delighted to inform you that on our trips this is definitely not the case. Indeed, many people find the delicious food to be one of the highlights of a visit to India. The food can be quite spicy, so it may be worth asking how hot the dishes are likely to be before purchasing them if you are not a fan of spicy food.   

For the more adventurous eater, India is a never-ending snack. An incredible array of delicious street food is available throughout the country with local delicacies to be found in each state. Ask your guide or driver for their recommendations. Conventional street food safety wisdom is to avoid any raw veg that hasn’t been peeled as it will have been washed in local tap water.  

India is the perfect place for vegetarians, and those with special dietary needs can also generally be catered for easily. Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible so we can make any arrangements to cater for your needs.  

Most alcohol is available but often hard to get hold of and the quality is sometimes questionable. For a decent shot of Scotch at sundown it’s probably best to buy it duty free.  Beer is available throughout most of the country from the restaurants and accommodation venues that we use.