DELHI - Capital of
India and a mixture of Hindu, Muslim and British architecture.
The city consists of 2 parts - Old Delhi which was the capital
of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and
New Delhi the imperial city created by the British.
Capital of the Punjab, and purposely built in the 1950's by
the French architect, Le Corbusier.
( 2300ft or 700m ) Picturesque town overlooking a beautiful lake,
with boating and swimming.
- ( 3900ft or 1200m ) Remaining isolated for centuries until
a road was built, it contains a colourful mixture of local
ethnic tribes, Nepalese, Tibetans and Indians. The rich
soil, plentiful water supply and ideal climate provides
perfect conditions for beautiful terraced rice paddies and
a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.
KULU - Situated on the Beas River and
is the gateway to the Kulu Valley. It has many Hindu temples
and a vibrant market for the surrounding villagers to come
and trade their wares.
MANALI - ( 4600ft or 1400m ) The last town
before the road winds its way up to Ladakh and the Tibetan
plateau. A beautiful and vibrant town with spectactular
scenery, temples and a wide variety of people.
LADAKH - This
region of India marks the boundary between the peaks of
the western Himalayas and the vast Tibestan Plateau. The
culture is Buddhism with close cultural and trading ties
with Tibet. The scenery provides an ever changing experience
- from the many lush river valleys connected by high altitude
passes....to the stark, barren plateau with nomadic villages
and herders, all complemented with the high Himalayan peaks
in the background. The region has many whitewashed gompas
(monasteries) and forts perched on rocky outcrops.
LEH - ( 11500ft or 3500m ) Located in
the Indus River valley. It has a wide variety of 30,000 people.....Indians, Tibetans and Nepalese.
This ancient town is a labyrinth of alleyways and is dominated by the Leh palace and fort.
WORLD'S HIGHEST MOTORABLE
ROAD - A side trip from Leh to
the Khardung La which is the world's highest motorable
road at 18380ft or 5600m.
HIGH HIMALAYAN PASSES - There are several
high altitude passes en route to Leh - Rohtang La ( 13050ft or 3978m ),
Baralacha La ( 16050ft or 4890m ), Lachalung La ( 16600ft or 5065m )
and Taglang La ( 17480ft or 5328m ).
AGRA - It has a magnificent
fort, a perfectly preserved but abandoned Moghul city called
Fatehpur Sikri and one of the most famous buildings in
the world - the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was constructed by Emperor
Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal between 1632
and 1653. Although the Taj is amazingly graceful from almost
any angle its the close up detail which is really astounding.
Semi precious stones are inlaid into the marble in beautiful
patterns and with superb craftmanship.