India and Kashmir Holiday ToursINDIA & KASHMIR
India as a tourist destination has expanded out of all recognition in the last few years with new areas being offered almost every day. We want to introduce you to some of these and begin by including that most beautiful part of the subcontinent KASHMIR and which is still not as well visited as it once was years ago. We are concentrating here on India Kashmir as Pakistan Kashmir is more difficult of access at the moment due to the long years of political problems and disputes.
Srinagar is the capital of this most beautiful mountain state. It is situated in the heart of the Kashmir valley with the lovely lakes of Dal and Nagin enhanced by this backcloth of mountains. It is ideal for that relaxed holiday, staying on the Luxury lake houseboats and trailing through the lakes by shikara with excursions to the Moghul Gardens and the surrounding mountain resorts of Gulmarg and Phalgam. Our Victorian forbears thought so and traditionally developed the idea of Houseboat luxury some 150 years ago. Now we should renew the experience.
The surrounding resorts are also ideal for walking and trekking or pony riding. The Amarnath Trek is a famous religious festival or Yatra that takes place during the months of July and August and is tough walking but most rewarding religiously and physically. Travelling through the mountains and making contact with the devout pilgrims can be an uplifting experience.
Note. Our Indian colleagues can arrange visits to almost anywhere in India if you have the mind to do so.
Tour Kashmir Journey Costs:
1/2 persons - £1,735 each.
3/4 persons - £1,535 each.
5/6 persons - £1,335 each.
7-9 persons - £1,200 each.
10/11 persons - £1,125 each.
Included in cost – Hotel and Houseboat Accommodation including breakfast and dinner. Delhi hotels, breakfast only, Ground transport, air conditioned only for Delhi. Jammu, Amritsar. Rest of places by non air conditioned. Vehicles depending on size of group. English speaking guide throughout. Entrance fees. Train ticket Amritsar to Delhi – A/C chair class. Trip to Vegetable market and boat ride on Srinagar lakes. Airport group transfers.
Not included in costs –Insurance, drinks, laundry, tips, camera fees, items for personal use. Single room supplement - allow £424
FLIGHT - Delhi to Srinagar between £90 and £145 per person.
TOUR OPTIONAL EXTRAS
1. For those who have the time at the end of our main Kashmir Journey tour and are new to India we have a 4 day optional extra Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Delhi. The delights of Moghul India by car with driver/ English speaking guide, all hotel accommodation, meals and site entrance fees. The delights of the Taj Mahal and the deserted city of Fatephur Sikri are also included.
2 persons travellling together on twin room sharing basis for the whole tour £385 per person.
3/4 persons travelling together on twin room sharing basis £345 per person.
5/6 persons travelling together on twin room sharing basis £300 per person.
2. Leh. Before our Kashmir Journey main tour begins. A 5 days option to Leh is possible. Day 1. A flight from Delhi to Leh, overnight in Leh.
Day 2/3. Excursions in and around Leh city and the Monasterys around.
Day 4. By road to Kargil through exciting country and overnight Kargil.
Day 5. Down the mountains and arrive in Srinagar to join Main tour.
Costs - minimum 2 persons from £575 each plus Delhi-Leh flight £85-£255.
KASHMIR - SRINAGAR HOUSEBOAT STAYS
There are several categories of Houseboat and two main lakes for your stay, Dal Lake and Nagin Lake. Each Houseboat is easily within reach of Srinagar city and all offer a full service of full board, and use of the Shikara to ferry you about to the shore. Most of the De lux boats have three to four bedrooms each with facilities with a separate dining room and lounge room and a verandah overlooking the lake. The Summer months are idyllic but the boats are available throughout the year. Although the months of Nov to Feb are cold. The original concept of these Houseboats was a Victorian one of relaxation and of escaping from the heat of the Plains of India. Today the concept is very similar except that most people wish to escape from the stress of modern living and work, whether it be 2 days or two weeks.
Individual daily houseboat cost.
De-lux - full board per day - double room £90 - single room £80
Half board per double room £80 - single room £75
There are many excursions to be made in and around Srinagar. The Old city, the beautiful Moghul Gardens of Shalimar and Nishat, the Lake backwaters where birds abound. Further afield are the meadows and hill slopes of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg.
Ground tour cost. £650 per person.
KASHMIR AMARNATH CAVE PILGRIMAGE - 11 DAYS (houseboats and trek)
23rd July 2016
Throughout July and August of every year many thousands of Hindu Pilgrims travel to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva at the Amarnath Cave. Situated at a height of 3,800 metres the Cave is where Lord Shiva is traditionally known to have meditated. The Cave enshrines naturally formed ice lingams which wax and wane with the moon. The 46km trek passes through magnificent scenery but not least you will be in the company of some of India's most esoteric peoples, Saddhus of all shades and many, many friendly, excited and devout pilgrims. We begin from, and end at, the de lux Houseboats on Dal Lake before returning to Delhi with a stay at the Imperial Hotel.
Ground Tour cost - £1,870 per person, for 4/5 persons plus £1,770 per person.
Included in tour cost - Delhi Hotel (day 1 and day 10) twin accommodation and breakfast
Full board de lux Houseboats, all trekking/cooking equipment, tented accommodation, cook, baggage ponies, meals on trek. Trekking guide, city guide, Group airport transfers.
Not included - International and Internal flights, visa, insurance main meals in Delhi, individual airport transfers (allow from £90 to £150 for internal flight Delhi return).
Trip Notes. The actual trek itself is quite tough and anyone with a respiratory or a heart condition should not consider it. The trek route is very well protected by Indian Army units who patrol the surrounding mountains and slopes through which we trek.
Note. To maximise your time in India before or after your Trek, we have many short trips available. Agra, Jaipur and Rajasthan can be added. Even a trip to Nepal and Tibet for 7/8/9 days. After all you are height acclimatised.
Please contact us for further details and prices. Tours can be arranged arround your requirements. Alternative dates may be available, please enquire.