The programme for Selective Asia’s 18th and newest destination, India, has expanded with the addition of a new journey in the Foothills of the Himalayas.

 It comes as a straight off-the-peg 13-day trip but, as with all the company’s fully tailor-made holidays, it’s designed to be adapted to accommodate individual interests, budget and available travelling time.

 With the emphasis on India’s many spiritual sites as well as on mountainous terrain, tea plantations and a former British hill station, the result is a varied and fascinating insight into a region of sacred ceremonies, historical cities, and centres of mysticism and pilgrimage.

 From a street food tour in Old Delhi to the holy city of Haridwar where the Ganges emerges from the Himalayan foothills; from unique, post-Independence Chandigarh to Ayurvedic bazaar and heritage walking tours, and from the cooler climes of Shimla and the hill station of Palampur to the hiking of the Kangra Valley, the trip also includes “must-do stops” such as Amritsar, riding a “toy train” in the foothills, and ‘Little Lhasa’ – home to the Dalai Lama.

 Gemma Wilson of Selective Asia’s product team says: “India is our newest destination but, as with everything we do across our award-winning programme, we aim to do it differently. That means not merely taking the ‘greatest hits’ and repackaging them; it means working in partnership with our colleagues on the ground and, most importantly, our clients to take big ideas and turn them into unique, timeless memories.

 “S0, with the Foothills of the Himalayas as an example, it could be uncovering life in Delhi beyond the majestic boulevards and tree-lined avenues; following in the footsteps of The Beatles with a stop at the Parmath Niketan Ashram – or designing your trip around November time when there is the opportunity to attend the teachings of the Dalai Lama.”

 The 13-day Foothills of the Himalayas costs from £2131 per person excluding flights (based on two travelling) and staying in first class accommodation on a B&B basis. The trip is organised on a fully tailor-made basis with private guides and drivers throughout.

 For further information go to or call 01273 670001.


January 20, 2020

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