2018 – 2019 tours now open for booking

By Debbie Kindness | November 7, 2017

For those of you who like to plan your overseas holidays well in advance, or at least browse and get some ideas, our group tour program up until July 2019 is now online and all tours are open for booking.We have 15 tours over 5 countries in South Asia for you to choose from.India From our original Essence

Experience Ladakh – the ‘Top of the World’

By Debbie Kindness | October 17, 2017

Ladakh in the North-Western Indian Himalayas really feels like the top of the world. Travelling there overland makes it feel even more so as you cross high pass after high pass.  The group at Khardung La Pass This past June/July we took our inaugural tour into Ladakh & Kashmir over 3 and a bit weeks of truly astounding

Ladakh & Kashmir – Across the Top of the World – Srinagar & Delhi

By Debbie Kindness | September 28, 2017

 Welcome to day 23 of our Top of the World tour.This morning we were up early to visit the floating vegetable markets, where local farmers sell their produce – all from their small canoes. A lot of bargaining and bartering went on and it was fabulous to see. After returning to the houseboats for a very relaxed and decadant brunch

Ladakh & Kashmir – Across the Top of the World – Srinagar

By Debbie Kindness | September 26, 2017

 Welcome to days 20-22 of our Top of the World tour.Today, day 20, we have travelled to Srinagar over our final pass of the tour – the Zoji La, a treacherous pass at 3528m (11575ft) that links the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Descending into clouds and mist as we left Ladakh, we passed by the campsite of Baltal, with

Ladakh & Kashmir – Across the Top of the World – Leh-Kargil highway

By Debbie Kindness | September 24, 2017

 Welcome to days 18 & 19 of our Top of the World tour.Today, day 18, we are leaving Leh (our base for the past week) behind us and heading west towards Kashmir. It’s a fab day – one of the best of the trip as we explore a couple of fascinating village fortress/monasteries. First up as we head

Ladakh & Kashmir – Across the Top of the World – Leh

By Debbie Kindness | September 22, 2017

 Welcome to day 17 of our Top of the World tour.We’re back in Leh where we first headed to check out the nearby villages of Shey and Thiksey. We also visited the Shanti Stupa, a large white Buddhist stupa built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhists. We’re now exploring Leh town, catching up on a bit of retail

Ladakh & Kashmir – Across the Top of the World – Khardung La

By Debbie Kindness | September 20, 2017

Welcome to Day 15 of our Top of the World tourToday we’re heading back over the Khardung La to Leh but have stopped to meet these local Ladakhis who are waiting to greet a high lama who is passing by enroute to Diskit Monastery where he’ll receive the Dalai Lama in a couple of days. We are

Ladakh & Kashmir – Across the Top of the World – Nubra Valley

By Debbie Kindness | September 18, 2017

Welcome to Days 13 and 14 of our Top of the World tourToday we are in the Nubra Valley. We departed Leh this morning for a 6 hour drive over the 4th pass of our journey and the Highest Motorable pass in the world – the Khardung La at 5602m (18380ft). After a breathless stop at the top of the

Ladakh & Kashmir – Across the Top of the World – Hemis Festival

By Debbie Kindness | September 16, 2017

Welcome to Day 12 of our Top of the World tourToday we are at the Hemis Festival. This morning we’ve driven 40km to the village of Hemis and up to the monastery which is hidden away in a gorge. Hemis gompa is the largest and richest monastery in Ladakh and plays host to this festival every year. The

Ladakh & Kashmir – Across the Top of the World – Manali to Leh Highway

By Debbie Kindness | September 14, 2017

Welcome to Days 9-11 of our Top of the World tourIt’s day 9 and today is our first journey into the high Himalayas and our first pass – the notorious Rohtang Pass at 3980m (13058ft). Rains over the past couple of days have caused a couple of landslides overnight that have delayed our journey. Sitting in traffic jams

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