The foothills of the Himalayas

In the year 2000 the northern state of Uttaranchal was carved out of the hill areas of Uttar Pradesh. It is a small state filled to the brim with religious sites, wildlife reserves and cool hills that invite escape.

You can visit temples, ashrams and yoga centres at the holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, float on a rubber raft along the Ganges, go on wildlife safaris in Corbett National Park, and follow trekking trails or relax in picturesque hill stations like Nainital and Ramgarh or Dehra Dun and Mussoorie.


From being a fairly isolated hill station famous only for the Indian equivalent to Eton, the Doon School, Dehra Dun has grown into a busy state capital with half a dozen schools, an army training institute and the wonderfully informative Forest Research Institute. It is best however, to enjoy Dehra Dun from the quiet of the hills that surround it, and the home-stay of Shaheen Bagh offers just that.

But the state is most famous for its sacred cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar. Colourful bazaars sell the flowers, powders and material required for the elaborate evening ceremonies that are performed in both cities. These cities were the focus for all those interested in Oriental philosophy and religion in the glory days of the 70's and even today they continue to weave their particular tantric magic on visitors.

Located in the hills above Dehra Dun, Mussoorie attracted the British for its salubrious climate. Mussoorie's restorative powers may have faded just that little bit but there are still charming corners to be found in the Tibetan settlement of Happy Valley and along the mist shrouded paths of Landour.

The other favourite hill station of the British Raj, Nainital also features many colonial buildings and Gothic churches. Nainital's famous lake is said to be the emerald green eye of goddess Sati, wife of Shiva. Today however, it's better known for it horse-riding and boating activities than its mythical importance.

Ramgarh and its surrounding areas are famous for their fruit orchards. Fruit grown here includes plums, peaches, pears and apples. Many writers and thinkers have been drawn to the beauty of Ramgarh and some of India's leading industrial families continue to own sprawling orchards.

Corbett National Park protects part of the wooded forests bordering the Shivalik Mountains in the south. It is home to over 100 tigers, 600 odd species of birds, wild elephants and a variety of deer. The varying vegetation and clear water rivulets of the park help to make Corbett is one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in India.

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Rishikesh & Haridwar Ashrams & Sadhus

North of Delhi is the holy city of Haridwar where pilgrims bathe in this especially sacred spot of the Ganga, almost comparable to Varanasi. Just up-river is Rishikesh, a popular place to come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism.

4 Days

EUR 336

Corbett National Park The call of the wild

Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, Corbett is not only India's very first National Park, but also its most beautiful. The 520 sq kilometers area of the park encompasses hills, river valleys, thick forests and grasslands, making it home to a large array of wildlife. Corbett National Park is also covered under the Project Tiger, which is the largest wildlife conservation initiative ever unde

4 Days

EUR 576

North India in Style Enjoy India's highlights in comfort

This tour combines the well-known cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra with lesser-known but equally attractive places off the beaten track. You stay in some heritage properties which are widely diverse in their architecture, location and atmosphere, but they all offer a unique experience. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the deserts of Rajasthan, this is a remarkable journey that will prov

15 Days

EUR 1,513