The Himalayas have remained the natural frontiers of India over centuries. The Himalayas have challenged mankind from time immemorial to explore and discover her natural and cultural treasures that have been lovingly treasured in her bosom with eternal love. We on our part invite you to tread along with us on this fascinating voyage across the Himalayas ranging from Darjeeling & Sikkim in the East to the harsh, yet charming frozen deserts of Ladakh.
The majestic beauty of the Himalayas is legendary. Darjeeling, at the end of a breathtakingly beautiful journey through the mountains, has reigned supreme as the queen of Hill Stations. Facing the towering Himalayas and surround by high green hills covered with coniferous forests, Darjeeling is perched at an altitude of 2134 mtrs amidst the shadow of the mighty Kanchanjunga. The town of Darjeeling is a maze of steps and terraces. It is studded with exotic little bazaars, lovely villas, forests and gardens. Some parts of the city air are filled with the aroma of the world famous Darjeeling tea, which is processed here. The views of the Kanchanjunga from the Observatory Hill, the suns play on the Everest seen from the nearby Tiger Hill are unforgettable experiences. Walks through the gardens growing the finest tea in the world, a ride down to the valley or just relaxing on the Mall road are all exquisite experiences.
Sikkim has often been described as the nearest thing to paradise. Here the swift Teesta river cleaves her serpentine track through precipitous slopes of bamboo and wild banana, rising to forest of orchid festooned trees towering like cathedrals. Overlooking the mountain clinging capital city of Gangtok, is the mighty Kanchanjungathe snow mantled regal protective deity of Sikkim. The people of Sikkim cocooned for centuries by protective mountains, had countless generations to develop their own lifestyles untouched by the hurrying world outside. They structured their dress, folklore and cuisines around their ancient faith in their green home which rises from 250 mtrs to frigid 8,500mtrs, where nothing grows and the ice never melts, Their sense of colour was honed by their orchids and butterflies, blue poppies and wild rhododendrons. Their dance captures the savage force of nature in which waterspouts over icy lakes became dragons of the air swishing their scaly tails
Sandwiched between the towering peaks of the western Himalayas and vast Tibetan plateau, Ladakh is the highest, least populated and most inaccessible region in India. The name derives from Ladags meaning 'high passes' and its arid, corrugated landscape of chaotic ridges, twisted and exposed geological strata, snow-capped peaks, dark gorges and wide valleys offer some of the most spectacular views in the whole country.
At various times in the past, Ladakh has been politically part of Tibet and its influence is still prominent today. The Ladakhi people are principally of Tibetan origin and Buddhism is still practiced here with active Gompas, or monasteries, overlooking the valleys from their solitary positions on top of many a craggy cliff.
To sit on the roof terrace of our hotel in Leh, enjoying the sweeping 360 degree views of the Indus Valley, the snowcapped Karakoram peaks and the gorgeous mountain sunshine, while listening to the most beautiful incantation of bells, chimes, flutes and choral voices drifting up from the hillside monastery, is truly n uplifting experience. To sit sipping warm butter-chai(Ladakhi Tea), with a kind, craggy-faced Lama inside the monastery while he proudly describes his residences' remarkable 700-year history is a privilege indeed.
Our trip starts with a spectacular flight over the Himalayas to Leh, and exploration of the town and some of the most important monasteries along the Indus Valley. We then drive westwards, following the Indus river. The journey takes us from village to village through a spectacular multi-coloured landscape. We have opportunities for gentle walking with plenty of time to enjoy the views.
We also reach the exquisite Nubra Valley that lies north of Leh, and leads to the peaks of the eastern Karakoram. An Inner Line area until very recently, we can testify to its reputation of being the most beautiful region in Ladakh. Double humped camel caravans historically used to trade between Yarkand (Central Asia) and Leh and would have passed this way. Many famous explorers also passed through including the Bullock - Workmans, Francis Younghusband, and Dr John Longstaff. This is that part of the world where sand dunes and snow capped mountains exists simultaneously. We have opportunities to explore the dessert on top of our double humped camels.