Places Visited: Delhi, Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg
When asked on his deathbed if there was anything in the world he desired, the Mughal Emperor Jehangir allegedly replied ‘only Kashmir’. After completing our 12-day tour of India’s paradise valley, you’ll understand why. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the region enjoys a gentle climate and breathtaking scenery. In spring, its saffron fields form startling stripes of purple, framed by drifts of apple blossom and soaring hillsides.
Political unrest has blighted this heaven-on-earth for decades, but in recent years peace has returned to the valley, along with the tourists, who are once again gliding across Dal Lake in canopied shikaras and shopping for fine pashmina shawls in the bazaars of Srinagar. As well as the highlights of the capital, this tour takes you into the nearby mountains where you can try your hand at trout fishing on the Liddar River, trek on horseback to Gujjar shepherds’ villages and ascend to 4,000m in a ski lift for sublime Himalayan vistas.