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41telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Indian Subcontinent Northeast IndiaA lighting from the overnight sleeper train from Calcutta, we drive into the Himalayan foothills to the atmospheric British Raj hill station of Darjeeling. A short distance from here we begin our trek, through villages and rhododendron forests to reach the crest of the Singalila Ridge. Following the broad ridge line we trek northwards for five days, with Kangchenjunga in view, before transferring into Sikkim itself by road. Now well acclimatised, we continue to trek deeper into the Himalaya, camping in beautiful meadows surrounded by magnificent high peaks. The Goecha La pass 4,900m/16,000ft, strewn with prayer flags, makes a truly memorable sunrise viewpoint across to Kangchenjunga.L eaving Calcutta, we take the sleeper train westward to Siliguri and then drive to the bustling bazaar town of Kalimpong, with its rich trading heritage. Entering Sikkim we spend time in the ancient Kindgom's capital, Gangtok, and visit the impressive Rumtek Monastery before travelling to Darjeeling. Here we embark on a trek once taken by officers of the British Raj, escaping the summer heat of the plains. Following, in parts, the border between India and Nepal, the trail has stupendous views of the world's third highest mountain, Kangchenjunga (8,586m/28,168ft) and the broader Himalayan chain. Once back in Darjeeling we enjoy a ride on the famous 'toy train' and a final sunrise over Kangchenjunga from nearby Tiger Hill. C reated for Mountain Kingdoms by a British ex-pat who has many years experience of travelling in Nagaland, this is truly a unique tour. From Calcutta we fly to Dibrugarh, on the banks of the Brahmaputra, and travel on into Nagaland, home to 16 traditional warrior tribes. We will be warmly welcomed by the head man and village people who consider the comfort and well-being of their guests to be a matter of honour and prestige. We will stay in village accommodation, including a tree house, take gentle nature walks and have the opportunity to see and share a way of life largely unaffected by the 21st century.Extend your holiday - why not consider visiting Kaziranga National Park one of India's very best game parks? Detailed information and prices available from our office: 0845 330 8579Kangchenjunga, Goecha La & Singalila Ridge A classic trek in the shadow of mighty Kangchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft). Singalila Ridge Top Walk A Himalayan trekking gem, offering magnificent panoramic views, including, on a clear day, Everest herself. Nagaland - India's Northeast Frontier A unique journey into the heart of the tribal lands of the Nagas. £1,735£1,820£1,530£1,610£2,850£2,310£2,425£2,095£2,195£3,385Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 09 Apr - Mon 02 May 11Sat 15 Oct - Mon 07 Nov 11Sat 24 Mar - Mon 16 Apr 12Sat 09 Apr - Mon 25 Apr 11Sat 01 Oct - Mon 17 Oct 11Sat 31 Mar - Mon 16 Apr 12Sat 19 Nov - Sun 04 Dec 11On Trek: 14 days Local Leader:Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 7 Camping: 13 Train: 1Optional: Single Room £295 Single Tent £90Insurance: £99On Trek: 6 days Local Leader:Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 8 Camping: 6 Train: 1Optional: Single Room £295 Single Tent £55Insurance: £95Appointed Leader: John EdwardsAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 2 Lodges: 4 Homestays: 3 Camping: 5Optional: Single Room £365Insurance: £77Trek | Duration: 24 DaysTrek | Duration: 17 DaysCultural Tour | Duration: 16 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clientsGrade: Vigorous/StrenuousGrade: Moderate Views of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu from the Singalila Ridge, Andrew ChartersFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comSee Kangchenjunga from the Nepalese side - see page 37Other Cultural Tours - see pages 12, 13, 20, 26, 42, 43, 47, 50, 51, 53, 58

42Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comNorthwest India The Indian SubcontinentR ajasthan is a world of rugged desert landscapes, romantic warrior forts and impressive royal palaces. Here we will explore some of the 'must see' highlights such as the lakeside town of Udaipur, the Amber Palace in Jaipur and atmospheric Jodhpur. Our accommodation is always distinctive. We will stay in stylish heritage hotels created from former palaces, and comfortable cottages as guests of the local landowner. We will also spend two nights in luxury tents in an idyllic lakeside spot where we can watch wildlife and birds whilst sipping a sundowner. Finally we visit the Taj Mahal as a fitting finale to this unforgettable holiday.Private departures We can also offer this trip as a private holiday. Prices vary by season but start from £2,555 per person Land Only for a minimum of two people sharing. International flights available from £550.O ur holiday begins in Amritsar with a tour of the glittering Golden Temple. We continue with an exploration of some of the little known gems of rural Himachal Pradesh such as Pragpur and Palampur, as well as Manali and the renowned hill station of Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama. No trip to the region would be complete without a promenade along the Mall at Shimla, the summer capital of the British Raj. There is a ride on the narrow-gauge mountain 'toy train', and visits to Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples and calming hot springs.We also have time to relax and enjoy the fascinating heritage properties in which we will be staying: a converted Maharajah's palace, the best hotel in Shimla (the Cecil), a converted Judges' Court and the wonderfully quirky Mrs Bandhari's Guest House in Amritsar.D ramatic canyons, majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls together with the holy waters of India's most sacred river, make this trip a feast for the soul and senses. We begin with an acclimatisation trek near Rudraprayag, which provides commanding views of the Garhwal Himalaya, and takes us through lush terraced hills, pristine forests and villages. We then transfer to Gangotri, one of India's most sacred pilgrimage sites, where we witness the daily puja at the temple and Hindu devotees bathing at the water's edge. As we trek from Gangotri to Tapovan (4,463m/14,294ft), every twist in the trail reveals another stunning 6,000m Himalayan giant. Our campsite at Tapovan must rate as one of the most awe-inspiring in the world, as we gaze at Mount Shivling's elegant peak - rising like a great deity before us. First Class Tour of Rajasthan This wonderful new trip captures the romance and colour of Royal Rajasthan. Gentle Trekking Indian Hill Stations & the Golden Temple Gentle walks exploring Indian culture and the history of the British Raj.The Source of the Ganges, Garhwal A spectacular trek with the perfect blend of cultural interest and physical challenge. £2,450£2,550£1,950£1,985£1,565£1,625£2,895£2,995£2,395£2,440£2,020£2,075Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 12 Feb - Sun 27 Feb 11Flight IncludedSat 19 Nov - Sun 04 Dec 11Fri 11 Mar - Sat 26 Mar 11Fri 28 Oct - Sat 12 Nov 11Sat 21 May - Sun 05 Jun 11Sat 08 Oct - Sun 23 Oct 11Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 13 Luxury Camping: 2Optional:Single Room tbcInsurance: £77Day Walks: 7 Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 12 Guest House: 2Optional: Single Room £550Insurance: £95On Trek: 10 days Local Leader Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Guesthouses: 2 Camping: 8 Train: 1Optional: Single Room £280Single Tent £45Insurance: £95 Cultural Tour | Duration: 16 DaysTrek | Duration: 16 DaysTrek | Duration: 16 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 3 clientsGrade: GentleGrade: Vigorous For detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comOther Cultural Tours - see pages 12, 13, 20, 26, 41, 43, 47, 50, 51, 53, 58Haridwar, Source of the Ganges, Andi HarrisonGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients