India: Vale of Kashmir
15 April to 30 April 2017
“If there be Paradise on earth it is here, it is here, it is here”
(Emperor Shah Jehan)
“Who has not heard of the Vale of Cashmere with its roses the brightest that earth ever gave, its temples, and grottos, and fountains as clear as the love-lighted eyes that hung over their wave”
(Thomas Moore 1779-1852)
Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a many-faceted diamond, changing its character with the seasons and always extravagantly beautiful. Three Himalayan ranges - Karakoram, Zanskar and Pir Panjal - snow-capped, majestic, frame the landscape. They are the birthplace of great rivers which flow down into the valleys below, forested with wild orchards and lily-laden lakes.
It is not enough to say that Kashmir is beautiful. Kashmir has captured within its territories the quintessence of all the elements that poetry demands of nature, awesome grandeur, serenity and wild profusion of colour. The Mughals, who celebrated beauty, planted their symmetrical gardens and added a further dimension to the valleys of Kashmir. They also left behind a heritage of exquisite artisanship among the people, making the handicrafts of the land prized the world over.
Lead by Julie Presser, principal of The Adelaide Secondary School of English. Julie lived and worked in India in the mid-nineteen eighties and has also been a keen traveller to many Asian destinations since 1975. Following the completion of her Post-Graduate Certificate “Including Studies of Asia in Curriculum” from Flinders University, she has participated in and escorted a number of study tours for educators and leaders to Thailand, Laos, Korea, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, India and Nepal
Departure date: 15 April 2017
Duration: 15 nights
Hotel Standards: 3.5 - 4 star standard, Deluxe Houseboats in Kashmir
Price per person twin share: AUD 4952.00
Single Supplement: AUD 1263.00
Airfare with Singapore Airlines from Adelaide: AUD 1530.00
Prices for hotels and airfares are subject to variation without notice due to changes or new local or international government regulations.
Please note: This tour has attracted significant interest and requests. For final information you are advised to book your place as soon as possible after publication of the prices as numbers will be limited.
Final payment due and close of booking: Friday, 17 February 2017
Costs have been based on prices prevailing at the time of the finalization of the tour program and are subject to change based on currency exchange fluctuations, your departure city (other than Adelaide) and minimum group size contingency.
Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and additional charges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking.
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