India: Hill Stations to Kashmir

Overview:

Kashmir is back on the tourist map offering some of the most pristine and wonderful countryside anywhere on the subcontinent. Wild Frontiers first returned in 2004 and since then we have been taking groups each year to walk the streets of Srinagar and float around the tranquil lakes.

Starting in Delhi the trip takes the “toy train” up to the Raj summer capital hill station of Shimla before making for the home of the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan government in exile in the twin towns of Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj. After paying our respects at the glorious Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, we will then journey north into the realms of Kashmir and on to Srinagar where we have three nights based in a houseboat on Dal Lake soaking up the atmosphere of this centuries old holiday idyll.

Highlights:

  • Witness the closing of the gate ceremony at the Wagah border between India and Pakistan
  • Ride the toy train through the Himalayas to the hill station of Shimla, the summer capital of the British Raj
  • Visit the Golden Temple of Amritsar, an important Sikh pilgrimage site
  • End the tour on a houseboat in the picturesque lake town of Srinagar, Kashmir
  • Spend time in Dharamsala, the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama and home of the Tibetan government in exile
  • Experience Delhi’s vibrant bazaar, beautiful mosque, towering minaret and interesting tomb

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport (typically in minibuses)
  • 13 nights' accommodation (9 nights in hotels including 2 nights in a heritage hotel in Amritsar and 1 night in a 5 star hotel in Delhi, 3 nights on the Royal Houseboats in Srinagar and 1 night on board the Delhi to Kalka overnight train)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)

ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 6

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 8

You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 4

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 8

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.

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