Kashmir small group holiday, India
Description of Kashmir small group holiday, India
The troubled years when conflict put Kashmir off-limits to foreign visitors have passed, and this is a chance to experience the diversity of this stunning region, complemented with the neighbouring Ladakh with its strong Tibetan Buddhist influences.
After exploring Old Delhi's Red Fort and Chandi Chowk, take a flight over the Himalayas to Leh. As well as visiting amazing monasteries including Tikse, Moatho & Shey, you'll explore the Nubra Valley – including a drive along the world's highest road (5600m) through some of the finest scenery in Ladakh. There are also on foot encounters with local villagers – and Bactrian camels.
Take the High Road to Kashmir over a 4000m pass to your next base in the spectacular Zanskar Valley. Camping amid Buddhist villages and monasteries, enjoy scenic village walks plus a visit to the Islamic town of Kargil.
After an incredible drive to Srinagar - with lunch at the strikingly beautiful Sonamarg – board a houseboat for three days afloat, taking in sights such as the Moghul Gardens, a visit to a floating market plus one last mountain jaunt day trip to Gulmarg to ride the world’s highest chairlift (3980m).
Price includes all activities/equipment, tour leaders, local guides and drivers, meals, mineral water, all transport (excluding international flights) , all accommodation and all entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary
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PlanetIn India we have developed unique relationships with many people, some of whom help us with our tours, others that simply live in the different regions to which we travel and through. Through our form of interactive, socially conscious tourism we have helped them adapt to the modern, changing world by providing an important additional income.
We are involved in several projects across the country: In Ladakh the “Ladakh Project” has brought solar lighting to families in the remote Nubra Valley; enabling them to grow and harvest crops and stockpile supplies to get them through the harsh winters.
In arid Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, we have implemented tree planting schemes (a hands on experience for some of our trips!) as well as helping directly with the financing of rural village schools. In Calcutta we support the Hope Foundation, an organisation devoted to helping and improving the living conditions of street children by offering education, health services and nutrition and to help give them a better chance in life.
PeopleAll our tours employ the services of local guides and drivers, stay in locally owned hotels and guesthouses – often staying in our guides villages and homes, which again diverts important funds directly into the area. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the locals financially, and our clients with the unique experience and social interaction.
We also support several NGOs around the world such as the TESFA community project in Ethiopia, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.