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WESTERN HIMALAYAS

© Incredible India
HIMACHAL PRADESH

DEAR ADVENTURER
I am thrilled to invite you to join me on this fascinating adventure that takes us from
the splendors of Delhi to the Kashmiri moonscapes of Ladakh and the princely states of
the Western Himalayas. A tapestry of spectacular natural wonders and exquisite cultural
landmarks, this is a true expedition.

These are ancient, mystical lands of soaring spaces and sacred places, where landscape dictates
livelihood and where history has inscribed long and complex chapters. From ancient moun-
taintop monasteries, including fabled Lamayuru, to tidy British hill stations… from bustling
and colorful bazaars to the serene Tibetan Buddhist complex of McLeod Ganj… experience
the richness of the Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh religions and the variety of birds and wildlife
that inhabit pine and cedar forests and verdant valleys.

Amazing Delhi makes for a perfect introduction to India’s infinite array of contrasts and
juxtapositions. Energetic bazaars, exquisite mosques, lavish palaces, and superb examples
of both British Raj and Mughal architecture are part of the sensory feast. From this kalei-
doscopic world, we fly to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, in the Trans-Himalaya region, and
a former commercial hub on the Asian Silk Road. Here, a sparse, majestic, and ultimately
peaceful world of soaring peaks and deep valleys greets visitors who, like us, come for the
monasteries and vistas that defy scale. We explore Hemis, Tikse, and Shay—ancient places
of spiritual pilgrimage. The architectural details, panoramic valley views, and sunsets are
photographic highlights. We also visit Lamayuru Monastery, the oldest spiritual center
in Ladakh with its legendary scenic backdrop.

In Palampur we witness the traditional Tara puja ceremony, hosted by nuns from the local
Dolma Ling Nunnery, and visit a Tibetan Children’s Village. The former British hill station
of McLeod Ganj has been the home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhist
refugees since 1960 and we take time to explore the Tibetan complex. Lovely Pragpur,
set among rolling hills, is home to dozens of elegant mansions built by venerable clans who
favored the cool setting amid panoramic hills.

We are very excited to be in the gracious town of Shimla, once the summer capital of India
under British rule, during the Dussehera Festival, which celebrates the victory of revered
Rama over the demon, Ravana. Songs, dances, and theatrical reenactments are all part of
this dazzling, and authentic, celebration.

Having spent much of the past thirty years in this area of the world, I am excited to return
and share with you my knowledge of Himalayan culture and history. Please join me in these
multi-faceted and magical lands.

Warmest regards,

Gary Wintz
Expedition Leader
DAY 5
LAMAYURU LEH ARE
Today we visit the superb
monasteries that punctuate
the isolated hills surrounding
Leh. Hemis, built in 1630, and
tucked into a spectacular valley,
houses a copper statue of Buddha,
a gem-studded chorten (Tibetan for
stupa), and sacred thankas (paintings
on cloth). After lunch we continue on to
beautiful Tikse, the home of 80 monks. Vistas
of the Indus Valley below are breathtaking.
The Shay Palace, the summer home of the
WESTERN HIMALAYAS Raja of Leh, is famous for its huge copper-gilt
Buddha statue.
18 DAYS
DAY 6
DAY 1 LEH / ALCHI
USA / DELHI, INDIA We follow the Indus River this morning,
Depart the USA on your independent flight enveloped by some of the most spectacular
to Delhi, India. scenery in the Himalayas, and make a short
detour to visit the monastery of Likir, built in
DAY 2 1065. We arrive in the picturesque village of
DELHI Alchi for a late lunch, then explore its ancient
Arrive Delhi late in the evening and transfer monastery, founded by a great 11th-century
to the Taj Palace hotel for the night.

DAY 3 LIKIR GOMPA


DELHI
After a morning at leisure and an early lunch,
we explore historic and energetic Delhi.
In Old Delhi, narrow lanes twist and turn
between leaning houses, revealing a slice of
daily life around every corner. We see the
magnificent Red Fort and the Jama Mosque
with its tapering minarets. New Delhi is a city
of wide boulevards and ordered open spaces.
We visit the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of
Mahatma Gandhi; the India Gate; and the
exquisite Islamic 13th-century brick minaret,
Qutub Minar. We return to the Taj Palace for
dinner and overnight.

DAY 4 © Exotic Journeys Ltd.

DELHI / LEH, LADAKH


Early this morning we fly to Leh, the capital translator. The views of evening sunsets here
of Ladakh in the Kashmir state, and once are among the most spectacular in Ladakh.
a major stop on the Asian Silk Road. We spend the night at the Alchi Resort.
Numerous castles, Buddhist temples, and
stupas speak of power and importance that DAY 7
endured millennia; rising behind the town ALCHI / LAMAYURU / LEH
is the 17th-century nine-story palace consid- We drive to Lamayuru Monastery today,
ered a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. the oldest spiritual center in Ladakh, set
Our first day is spent acclimating to the against its famous “moonscape”—a vast swath
high altitude. The next two nights are at of windswept high-mountain desert that
the Grand Dragon Hotel. backdrops the building. About 150 Buddhist
earthquake destroyed the opulent
EA OF DETAIL 11th-century Bajreshwari Devi
Lamayuru
Temple; completely rebuilt in 1920,
Leh
it remains a place of pilgrimage. The
JAMMU Alchi evening in Palampur, time permitting,
& KASHMIR LADAKH is free to explore the grounds of our
hotel, the Taragarh Palace. Or, visit
the Tashi Dzong Monastery with
views of surrounding tea gardens
Dharamsala-McLeod
Ganj and a handicrafts and carpet center.
HIMACHAL
PRADESH DAY 10
Palampur PALAMPUR /
Pragpur
DHARAMSALA – MCLEOD GANJ
Named after David McLeod, the
Shimla Lieutenant Governor of Punjab when
the hill station was founded in 1848,
Chandigarh McLeod Ganj is now the settlement
PUNJAB of Tibetan Buddhists who sought
refuge here in 1960. It is the current
home of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama. Our exploration begins at
INDIA the Namgyal Monastery, founded
by the third Dalai Lama in the late
16th century, and now home to more
than 180 monks. The multi-faceted
DELHI complex includes the Nechung
Monastery, seat of the state oracle;
MAP NOT TO SCALE
the Tibetan Medicine and Astrology
Center; and the Tibetan Institute of
monks reside here. The monastery is comprised Performing Arts. We return to Taragarh Palace
of a number of shrines with an exquisite collec- for dinner and an overnight.
tion of thankas, wood carvings, and statues.
We return late in the day to the Grand Dragon DAYS 11 & 12

Hotel for dinner and overnight. PALAMPUR


We spend two days exploring all the wonders
DAY 8 of Palampur—colonial architecture, temples,
LEH / CHANDIGARH and magnificent views are the hallmarks of this
Early this morning we transfer to the airport
for our flight to Chandigarh via Delhi. Upon
LEH
arrival we drive to the Kikar Lodge, surrounded
by 1,800-acres of Himalayan wilderness outside
Nupur Bedi. Time permitting enjoy a walk
to search for resident bird species such as
partridges, bulbuls, babblers, and peacocks.

DAY 9
CHANDIGARH / PALAMPUR
We depart for Palampur after breakfast,
stopping first at one of India’s holiest Sikh
temples, Anandpur Sahib. Following lunch
our drive takes us into the Kangra Valley, its
undulating terrain carpeted with pine forests
and terraced fields. Historic Kangra town over-
looks a series of waterfalls and is famous for its
ruined fort and beautiful temples. A huge 1905
thetheBeas
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summercapitalcapitalofof
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known
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“queenofofthethehills.”
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arranging
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a livelyfolkfolkplay,
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graceful
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dancesand andsongs,
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a trader’s
DAY
DAY 1313 bazaar
bazaarareareallallpart
partofofthe thegrand
grandshow.
show.
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leisuretotoenjoy
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enjoythe thespa.
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Garli-Pragpur,a panoramic
a panoramicarea areathat
thatis is DAY
DAY 1717
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Italianate-style
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DAY
DAY1818
DAY
DAY1414 DELHI
DELHI/ /USA
USA
PRAGPUR
PRAGPUR/ /SHIMLA
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anddrive
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homeward.
MEET
MEETOUR
OURLEADER
LEADER
GARY
GARY
WINTZ
WINTZ
– Gary
– Gary
graduated
graduated
cum cum
laudelaude
fromfromDunsDunsScotusScotus
College
College
in in
Michigan
Michigan
withwitha degree
a degree
in philosophy.
in philosophy.
He hasHe spent
has spent
mostmost
of the ofpast
the past
30 years
30 years
outside
outside
the USA
the USAresearching,
researching,
writing,
writing,
photographing,
photographing, and lecturing
and lecturingaboutabout
distant
distant
landslands
and cultures,
and cultures,
and has
and has
traveled
traveled
to over
to over
215 countries
215 countries
and territories.
and territories.
GaryGary
has worked
has workedon humanitarian
on humanitarian
projects
projects
throughout
throughout Asia Asia
and has
and contributed
has contributed his expertise
his expertise
to development
to development projects
projects
in Ethiopia
in Ethiopia
for UNICEF.
for UNICEF. In 1981
In 1981
he taught
he taught
as a foreign
as a foreign
expert expert
at Chengdu
at ChengduUniversity
University
of Science
of Science
and Technology
and Technology in Sichuan
in Sichuan
Province
Province
in China.
in China.
In 1982
In 1982
he washe employed
was employed
by Tibet
by Tibet
University
University
in Lhasa,
in Lhasa,
thus thus
becoming
becomingone of
onetheoffirst
the first
Westerners
Westernersto actually
to actually
residereside
in Tibet
in Tibet
sincesince
the communist
the communistChinese
Chinese
occupation.
occupation.GaryGaryhas met
has with
met with
His His
Holiness
Holiness
the Dalai
the Dalai
LamaLamamanymany
times.times.
SinceSince
19871987
GaryGary
has worked
has workedas a consultant
as a consultant
withwith
development
developmentorganizations
organizations
and for
andmedia
for media
projects
projects
throughout
throughoutSoutheast
Southeast
Asia Asia
and has
and lectured
has lectured
on contemporary
on contemporaryissuesissues
at various
at various
institutions.
institutions.
GaryGarycontinues
continues
to to
traveltravel
the world,
the world,
lecturing,
lecturing,
leading
leading
expeditions
expeditions
and tours
and tours
to exciting
to exciting
destinations,
destinations,
and and
sharing
sharing
his knowledge
his knowledge and experiences
and experiencesof such
of such
diverse
diverse
countries
countries
as Tibet,
as Tibet,
Vietnam,
Vietnam,
Laos,Laos,
Cambodia,
Cambodia,and Iran.
and Iran.

WHAT
WHATTOTO
EXPECT
EXPECT
Our OurWestern
Western
Himalayas
Himalayas expedition
expeditionrequires
requires
a moderate
a moderatedegreedegree
of physical
of physical
fitness
fitness
for walking
for walking
on rough
on rough
terrainterrain
and climbing
and climbing stonestone
steps.steps.
Temperatures
Temperatures will range
will range
fromfrom
the low
the 50s
low to
50slowto 70s
low °F70sin°Ftheinhigh
the high
altitude
altitude
destinations
destinations
to thetohigh-80s
the high-80s
°F °F
in Delhi.
in Delhi.
Clothing
Clothing
should should
include
include
layerslayers
and waterproof
and waterproof gear gear
in case
in case
of precipita-
of precipita-
tion.tion.
LadakhLadakh
is high
is high
altitudealtitude
desertdesert
withwith
the capital,
the capital,
Leh,Leh,
sitting
sitting
at nearly
at nearly
11,00011,000
feet. feet.
Altitude
Altitude
sickness
sickness
may may occuroccur
withwith
somesome individuals.
individuals.
Travelers
Travelers
withwith
a history
a history
of of
medical
medical
problems—particularly
problems—particularly cardiaccardiac
or respiratory
or respiratory
ailments—should
ailments—should consult
consult
a a
doctordoctor
beforebefore
deciding
deciding
to taketo take
this journey.
this journey.
WithWithrespect
respect
to altitude
to altitude
sickness,
sickness,
the drug
the drug
DiamoxDiamox
(Acetazolamide)
(Acetazolamide) has been
has been
found found
to helpto help
alleviate
alleviate
symptoms
symptoms considerably,
considerably,
and participants
and participantsshouldshould
consultconsult
withwiththeirtheir
physicians
physicians
on theonuse
theofusethis
of medication.
this medication.
Participants
Participants
shouldshould
also also
be aware
be aware
that that
somesomedays days
of theofitinerary
the itinerary
will include
will include
longerlonger
bus journeys,
bus journeys,
sometimes
sometimes over over
rough rough
roads.roads.
Participants
Participants
will most
will most
enjoyenjoy
the opportu-
the opportu-
nitiesnities
this fascinating
this fascinating
expedition
expedition
offersoffers
if theyif they
traveltravel
withwith
a sense
a sense
of humor,
of humor,
flexibility,
flexibility,
and aandspirit
a spirit
of adventure.
of adventure.

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LAKE DAL

VALLEY OF KASHMIR
OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION
“If there is paradise on earth then it is here, it is here, it is here in Kashmir.”
– Mughal Emperor Jehangir

An emerald jewel surrounded by soaring snow-capped mountains, glacier-fed rivers, and


pine forests, Kashmir has been a chosen place of retreat and recreation from the Mughal
emperors to the Raj. We hope you will join us after your journey through the cultural
tapestry of the Western Himalayas for three days in this natural and spiritual paradise
as we discover the wonders surrounding Srinagar and magical Lake Dal.

In the late 16th century, Mughal princes descended into this gentle valley from their
winter palaces in the foothills and created exquisite gardens. When the British first
arrived the regional maharajah denied them the right to land ownership, so they
creatively established themselves in high Victorian style—in clusters of lavish house-
boats on the tranquil waters of Lake Dal, with all the urban conveniences of Srinagar
accessible along the shores.
This tradition of accommodation continues today and a highlight of our journey is our
stay in deluxe houseboats, our base for daily explorations. We travel the lake by hand-
rowed wooden boats—shikara—which have long been a cultural symbol of the Kashmir,
visiting the photogenic floating markets where vendors softly paddle their over-laden
boats, offering both necessities and luxuries: fresh fruit, leather goods, woolens, deco-
rated boxes, silks, teas, and flowers. We also visit the fabled Mughal Gardens set against
breathtaking panoramas of mountain ranges and the lake. Here terraced lawns meet
the shores of Lake Dal, some cut by flowing canals lined with polished stones, others
shaded by leafy trees, and all of them a showcase of bright flowerbeds.

ITINERARY
DAY 1 DAY 4
Fly from Delhi to Srinagar; transfer to Fly to Delhi; transfer to Radisson Hotel
your houseboat on Lake Dal; afternoon for overnight.
shikara ride.
DAY 5
DAYS 2 & 3 Independent flight to USA and
Visit to Mughal gardens and floating homeward.
markets.
NOTE: Please see reservation form for rates and terms of conditions.
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traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a ments. Please read it carefully.
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Cover photos: Lamayuru Monastery © Paul Allen; statue at Ladakh, monks in Himachal Pradesh © Exotic Journeys Ltd.; temple © Gary Smith

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to pay a Single Supplement, if we are able to pair you and/or all other related travel services and assume no
with a roommate the supplement will be refunded. responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss, or
Please note that single accommodations are limited damage to person or property in connection with any
and cannot be guaranteed throughout. service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention,
annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine,
5. MEDICAL INFORMATION: Participation on strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any
an ECO program requires that you be in generally means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled,
good health. It is essential that persons with any civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions
medical problems and related dietary restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in
make them known to us well before departure. We transit or hotel services over which it has no control.
can counsel you on whether the expedition you have Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made
selected is appropriate for you. where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being
The tour leader has the right to disqualify any of the passengers.
participant at any time during the tour if he/she feels As described in item 7 above, all prices are subject
the participant is physically incapable and/or if a to change.
participant’s continued participation will jeopardize
either the individual involved or the group. There will As described in item 9 above, in the event that an
be no refund given under these circumstances. expedition must be cancelled, ECO is not responsible
for any personal expenses incurred by trip members
6. LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS: Luggage size in preparing for the program.
and weight limitations for both checked and carry-on
luggage, imposed by the airlines or as an operational On advancement of deposit to ECO, the depositor
requirement due to type of aircraft, will apply for acknowledges that he/she has read and understands
flights to/from/within this program. Specifications the above recited terms and conditions, and agrees
will be provided with pre-departure materials. to be bound by them.
7. FUEL COST INCREASES AND CURRENCY California Seller
FLUCTUATION: In order to keep rates as low as of Travel Program
possible, we do not build into the trip fare an allow- Registration #
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192 Nickerson Street #200 Seattle, WA 98109 USA


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RED FORT, DELHI

ECO-EXPEDITIONS

WESTERN HIMALAYAS
o WESTERN HIMALAYAS EXPEDITION
OCTOBER 3 – 20, 2010

o VALLEY OF KASHMIR OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION


OCTOBER 20 – 24, 2010

NAME #1 (as it appears on passport)

(preferred name)

NAME #2 (as it appears on passport)

(preferred name)

ADDRESS

CITY STATE ZIP COUNTRY

PHONE (home) (office)

FAX E-MAIL

ACCOMMODATIONS: o Twin o Share (roommate to be assigned) o Single


I AM/WE ARE: o Nonsmokers o Smokers
DEPOSIT INFORMATION:
o Enclosed is a deposit check for $ (25% per person of the program fare)
o Charge the 25% per person deposit to o VISA o MasterCard o American Express

Card Number Expires

Authorized Cardholder Signature Date


(Note: Credit cards accepted for deposits only)

I/We have read and understand the enclosed Terms & Conditions for this program, and
agree to abide by them.

SIGNATURE DATE

SIGNATURE DATE
Please complete and return this Reservation Form with your deposit to:
Reservation may be made online at www.zeco.com. EHIM1001

192 Nickerson Street #200 Seattle, WA 98109 USA


Tel: 206-285-4000 Toll-free: 1-800-628-8747
Fax: 206-285-5037 E-mail: info@zeco.com
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© Gary Smith

WESTERN HIMALAYAS

DATES & RATES


DATES
WESTERN HIMALAYAS EXPEDITION
OCTOBER 3 - 20, 2010 LEADER: GARY WINTZ

OPTIONAL KASHMIR EXTENSION


OCTOBER 20 - 24, 2010

RATES
WESTERN HIMALAYAS EXPEDITION:
$9,980 per person, double occupancy $2,280 single supplement*
Limited to 24 expedition members.

OPTIONAL KASHMIR EXTENSION:


$2,980 per person, double occupancy $580 single supplement*
Limited to 14 expedition members.

INCLUDED: All accommodations and group meals; group transfers; guided excursions
as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; all gratuities; domestic air
transportation within India.
NOT INCLUDED: Air transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges;
airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures;
passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry,
bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/fax/telephone charges.
AIR FARE: A tentative flight schedule is available upon request. Eco-Expeditions will
contact you approximately 180 days prior to the departure of this program to finalize
your flight plans. As of December 2009, the approximate economy air fare as listed
in the itinerary is $1,295 for New York / Delhi / New York. Additional fares from other
cities will be quoted as needed.
All rates are per person, quoted in U.S. dollars, and must be paid in U.S. dollars.
Rates and itineraries are subject to change.
* A limited number of single accommodations are available.

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