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India Cultural Journey

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 21 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 10 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: June
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 6600 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6600 US Dollar (USD)

Join us on this on this cultural heritage tour in the Indian Himalayas in the high mountain regions of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, India's "Little Tibet." Our trip is carefully planned for gradual acclimatization. The drive between Manali in the Kullu Valley and Leh in the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s greatest road trips. It crosses three major mountain ranges, including the Great Himalayan Range itself, on an unforgettable pass, the BaraLaChaLa. We'll walk through forests of cedar and pine, rustic mountain villages, visit age-old Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries, explore fascinating bazaars, ancient stopping places on the old trade routes between India and Tibet. These regions and their people have a timeless, untouched quality.

The first part of the trip is in the lush forested region of Himachal Pradesh, south of the Great Himalayan Range. Though influenced by European settlers – from Alexander the Great’s soldiers to the British who settled in these valleys in the 19th century – the cultural traditions and practices of archaic Hinduism remain largely unchanged from ancient times. The second part of the trip introduces us to Tibetan Buddhist culture. We drive over the Great Himalayan Range through remote Lahaul into the storybook high-altitude Tibetan Buddhist land of Ladakh. We stay in fine hotels and sample the local cuisine, as well as Indian and Continental. Road travel is by deluxe SUVs and in Delhi by a/c cars. This Himalayan adventure tour explores a still-thriving ancient way of life in a truly amazing part of the world. We hope you will join us.

Itinerary:
Delhi – Chandigarh – Kullu Valley – Naggar – Vashisht/Manali – Jispa – Leh/Shey – Thiksey – Hemis – Alchi – Lamayuru – Leh – Delhi.

Supplemental Tour Information:
The price of this trip is $6600 per person (add $1350 for single supplement), which includes all accommodation (all hotels with attached bath), meals (B, L, D), entrance fees, two flights Delhi-Chandigarh and Leh-Delhi, road travel by deluxe SUVs and a/c cars in Delhi, all international and domestic airport transfers. The price is based on double occupancy and a group size of 8-10 members. International airfare is not included.

Tour Guide Credentials:
Martin has a PhD in philosophy and has taught at universities in the States and Canada. He first visited India in 1965 when still an undergraduate at NYU. That two-month trip led to his life-long study of philosophy. After completing his PhD in philosophy in 1973 he intended to travel around the world for a year before becoming a professor, but came to a full stop when he reached India and has been there ever since, except for a two-year break when he returned to the States and taught philosophy at colleges in Florida and Rochester, New York. He never did make it all the way around the world.
Carol has a BA in Education and was a New York City public school teacher. She left the States on a round-the-world trip in 1974 and got stuck on India too.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

21-day tour cost
- $6600 per person based on double occupancy and a group size of 8-10 members
- $1350 for single supplement

Price Includes:
- All accommodation with attached bath
- Meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner), mineral water and soft drinks
- Entrance fees
- 2 Flights included: Delhi-Chandigarh and Leh-Delhi
- All Airport transfers
- Road travel by deluxe SUVs.

About This Supplier
Location: India
Joined InfoHub: May 2007

Carol and Martin Noval have lived in India for more than 25 years and since 1998 have been leading small group North India, Central India, Himalayan and South India cultural tours, Himalayan adventure tours and treks in Ladakh and Zanskar. We speak Hindi and are knowledgeable about most things Indian: history,...

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