A high altitude journey across the Indian Himalaya
From the plains of India across the Indian Himalaya to Ladakh, scenically, religiously and culturally this is a spectacular and diverse trip. From Amritsar, famous for the Sikh Golden Temple, we drive up into the foothills of the Himalaya to Dharamsala, home to the exiled Dalai Lama, and McLeod Ganj. We head further into the hills to Manali, a popular Indian hill station, before travelling north across the Indian Himalaya, onto the Tibetan Plateau, and into Ladakh. Ladakh’s centuries old culture finds expression in the monasteries and festivals.
FESTIVAL DEPARTURES: Every year most of the monasteries in Ladakh hold a masked dance festival. This is a time when temples are open to the local people to come and worship. The main attraction, however, are the masked dances, which symbolise the success of Buddhism in overcoming evil forces and demons. For further information please see the trip notes.