Delhi to Kashmir tour

“Discover some of India's most memorable places in style, experiencing hill trains and houseboats alongside the wonders of Amritsar, Shimla and 'Little Lhasa'.”


Delhi | heritage hill train | Shimla | Dharamsala ('Little Lhasa') | Amritsar | Kashmir houseboat stay

Description of Delhi to Kashmir tour

Kashmir is back on the tourist map, and its pristine and wonderful countryside of lakes and snow-capped peaks provides the perfect finale to this tour from expert operator Wild Frontiers.

Begin with a dip into some of the historic pleasures of India's capital Delhi, before boarding the iconic old “toy train” narrow gauge railway for the unforgettable ride up to the famous hill station of Shimla – former cool 'summer capital' of the Raj. You'll also enjoy local walks plus a drive to the market town of Palampur, amid forests and tea gardens in the Kangra valley.

Global political upheaval has seen the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan government placed in exile, and you'll visit its current Indian home in the town of Dharamsala, where visits to places like the Tashijong Monastery will explain why it has acquired the nickname 'Little Lhasa'.

Moving on into the Punjab, you'll have a chance to pay respects at the glorious Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar as it shimmers in evening sunlight, while pilgrims bathe in the adjacent waters of sacred Amrit Sarovar lake. Here, you'll also visit key sites such as Jallianwala Bagh and see the closing of the border ceremony at Wagah.

Flying north into the snow-capped realms of Kashmir your trip will draw to a close with several blissfully relaxing days afloat in the dreamy setting of a well-appointed houseboat on Dal Lake, soaking up the atmosphere of this centuries old holiday idyll.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.
We are promoting the natural beauty and ancient heritage of India through taking the UNESCO World Heritage Himalayan Queen ‘Toy Train’. UNESCO Sites are chosen by the UNESCO committee and must "bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to civilisation", "an important interchange of human values" or be outstanding examples of major stages of Earth's history or ecological and biological processes in evolution. Visiting such sites helps sustain the traditions and natural ecosystems of India through tourism.
Throughout most of the trip we will be travelling in minibuses. Travelling as a group in a small bus contributes less pollution than a multitude of vehicles. We will also take a train through the hills, reducing our footprint further. We will also be exploring many areas on foot and by boats, to not only soak up the amazing sights at a slower pace, but to reduce our environmental impact and footprint along our journey.

The Impacts of this Trip

This trip really gets beneath the surface of the landscape, meeting some of the less fortunate people of these troubled countries. Such visits not only help the communities financially but also break down boundaries over decades of misunderstanding. It will enable close interaction with clients and local people offering the chance to see how people live and learn about their livelihoods and culture through first-hand experience. Secondly and probably most importantly, you will be contributing directly communities and homes some of those most in need. On all of our tours, produce is purchased local (be it on the houseboats or on the road) and a number of people outside of the tourist community benefit from the tourist pound.

On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.


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