North India holiday, mountains and hidden villages

“Tailor-made two week tour from Delhi featuring overnight campsites, community projects and moderate treks on the Silk Route to over 13,000 feet. ”

Highlights

Delhi | fast-train to Shimla | British Raj Tour | Sarahan Temple | Kafnu | trek to Mulling, Kara and Kafnu | sustainable development project at local school | Tattapani hot springs | overnight camping | Taj Mahal |

Description of North India holiday, mountains and hidden villages

This diverse north India holiday takes travellers into a region that's brimming over with historical sites and stunning natural landscapes with the influence of the British Raj just as evident as the snow-capped peaks of the mighty Himalayas.

Travellers will be invited to play their part in preparing a two-week tailor-made holiday that's designed to incorporate many of the region's classic highlights as well as the hidden gems that can be found some way off the well-tramped tourist trail.

Social, religious and cultural customs all transpire to provide a rich and varied north India holiday that will take you overnight by train from Delhi to the temples and trekking trails surrounding the former summer citadel for the British Raj, Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh.

Travellers will do well to remember their hiking boots as the Himalayan foothills close to Shimla offer an amazing chance to experience life on the trekking trail where carved wooden houses dot the hillsides and fruit orchards and farmlands mark out a sustainable way of life far from the hectic markets and streets of Delhi.

As this is where our founding director grew up, you can rest assured that we work tirelessly to help local communities develop through sustainable tourism with numerous charitable projects feeding finances back into the rural areas where they're needed most including local schools and villages.

This really is an extraordinary two-week north India holiday and if you're planning on trekking and camping overnight in the Himalayas as well as relaxing in hot springs and gaining authentic insight into local lifestyles then right here is where you get to put your best foot forward on a flexible tailor made tour to suit you down to the ground and up to the clouds.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made and the best time to travel is between June and the end of October
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Responsible tourism: North India holiday, mountains and hidden villages

Environment

Our promise to sustain the environment:

Many of the places where we travel are environmentally pristine. We work with locals and those who travel with us to take simple actions to respect and protect the natural environment for this generation and the next.

On this trip you’ll see some practical initiatives we’ve taken on educating school children in Sarahan, Kafnu and in Tattapani on how they can minimise and manage waste, particularly plastics. This involves discussing wastes with both older and young generations together - to see how what lessons from older times can be followed again.

We and those who travel with us also have responsibilities for wastes created and it’s important that we demonstrate good practice to the locals. We minimise the use of plastics: bags, bottles and other items, using instead metal bottles or re-useable bags made from natural materials. You can get involved with our Asra Charity in helping convey these important messages and by recycling these wastes in Shimla. These are simple but life-changing tasks that will keep these beautiful areas clean.

Community

Our promise to support our communities:

An important element of any of our trips is to enable interaction between Travellers and local communities. Our Founder Director grew up in this region and so we know a good understanding of how best to support local people and their economy.

Many of those who travel with us are keen to get involved in a meaningful way in small projects but which have long-term benefits. On this trip you’ll see some practical initiatives we have taken such as supporting villagers to continue with local crafts that help pass on traditional skills to their children, bringing communities together and providing much needed income from sales of bags, baskets and mats sourced from local materials.

We have unique access to hilltop villages where these traditional and sustainable skills are dwindling but still practiced. Working through our Asra Charity, we are looking into developing regular workshops for villagers and possibly a craft centre, to provide them with space to make items and to sustain skills built up over centuries. The involvement of our Travellers can inspire and encourage locals.

Reviews of North India holiday, mountains and hidden villages

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Trek in the Himalayas from Kafnu to Kara, the Ghandi museum in Delhi & the Taj Mahal.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you like trekking, this is a fantastic peaceful environment for it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


My holiday benefited local people: the people who helped on the trek, local restaurants & shops, the guides, reps & drivers involved.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic experience especially by the fact the holiday was just tailored for me: it was just me on the trek with a guide, a helper, a horseman & 3 horses.

Reviewed on 07 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The view from our hotel roof of the lake and Palace Hotel at Udaipur; the beautiful and restful Humayun's Tomb in Delhi; staying in the Sarahan Temple guest house (until the 4am (amplified!) service started); the local wedding procession in Roghi, Himalchal Pradesh; the food at the simple Bouddhist Cafe in Sangla; and the challenge of finding rupees 3 days after all the 500 and 1000 rupee notes had been withdrawn from legal tender!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Discuss your plans with an expert. Our trip was designed by the holiday provider. He listened to what we wanted to do and worked with us to come up with the best itinerary for the time we had available. We would not have seen as
much, or had as a good a time, without his advice.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


As far as possible, we stayed in locally run hotels and ate in smaller locally run restaurants. Invariably we found the privately owned and run hotels and cafes were better quality than state owned/managed ones, and the money spent went to the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a return visit to India, although our last one was in 1987. It was great to see how positive, go-ahead and prosperous the country has become, without losing the colour, the culture and the mysticism that makes it India.

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