The carriages rattle a little alarmingly as the venerable engine wheezes its way up the steep inclines and bends of the narrow gauge railway, trailing clouds of steam across the verdant landscape of Himachal Pradesh. Children laugh and wave, workers in the fields pause to watch as you chug past. The hill station of Shimla was once the summer capital of the British Colonial Raj, where they came to avoid the stifling city heat, and the architecture is in places more reminiscent of Dorking than Delhi. This is the gateway to the Himalayan foothills; the mountain air is crisp and cool, the landscapes panoramic, with snowy peaks the background to deep gorges, pine forests, tumbling rivers, orchard valleys and pretty villages. Walking here is an unparalleled delight.
India is simply inspiring in the richness of its history, scenery and culture. Witness the mystical atmosphere of first light prayers at the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the holiest Sikh shrine. Compare this with the ritual of the ceremonial sunset Retreat at Wagha Border, the only crossing between India and Pakistan. Southern India is a sensual contrast, where lush, fertile lands are watered by the monsoon rains. You’ll walk through emerald green plains, undulating hills, tea plantations and shola forests, explore inland waterways and waterfalls and cruise Kerala’s famous backwaters.
There’s a lifetime of stories and memories waiting for you on a Ramblers Walking Holiday in India.
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Our sister brand Chapters Experience Holidays is born of the success of our walking holidays and now encompass activities that even more closely complement the destinations we offer.