Specialist tour operator to India, Indus Tours have launched an exciting new summer programme to Kashmir in Northern India for 2010 that will include touring along the soon to be opened ‘Old Mughal Road’ - a route traversed by the caravans of Mughal emperors and their royal armies more than four centuries ago - as well as breaks at what is deemed to be the State’s most luxurious hotel ’Vivanta by Taj’ when it opens in April 2010.
Complementing Indus Tours highly successful escorted and independent touring programme, which takes travellers on spectacular journeys from Srinagar’s famous Lake Dal with its picturesque houseboats to flowering meadow lands in the foothills of the Himalayas and on to the soaring mountain ranges of Ladakh, the 84 kilometre ‘Old Mughal Road’ from Kashmir to Jammu will open up a spectacular new area for adventure and nature tourism.
Yasin Zargar, Managing Director, commented: “Scheduled to open in summer to the public, we hope to bring to life to this spectacular road which has remained largely untouched since Mughal emperor Shah Jahan travelled the route nearly 500 years ago.
“With Kashmir formerly coined ‘Heaven on Earth’ by those who over the centuries arduously travelled to spend the summer months there, we aim to capture this sentiment with our new tours. Blending the area’s rich Mughal history with activities such as hiking and wildlife watching, travellers will be taken on a captivating journey through sublime wilderness to small isolated villages and ancient fortifications as well as some of the Mughals’ favourite spots along the route such as Noori Chamb waterfall which, for its sheer beauty, was named after Emperor Jahangir’s wife.”
In addition to the ‘Old Mughal Road’ tours, Indus Tours are working closely with the spectacular new 89-room property ’Vivanta by Taj’. Exquisitely spread out over six acres on a hilltop location with breath-taking views over the famous Tulip Gardens and Dal Lake,
’Vivanta by Taj’ will offer contemporary villa accommodation with all the traditional Taj touches.
“Tourism to Jammu and Kashmir is seeing a distinct upswing. With the opening of a luxury hotel of this magnitude in Srinagar in January, we now have the opportunity to provide travellers with a majestic experience like no other.” added Mr Zargar.
With full details of the new tours will be announced in the New Year, Indus Tours Kashmir summer programme currently comprises two independent itineraries – Kashmir The Secret Garden (9 days, from £1598/person including flights) and Vale of Kashmir and Little Tibet (14 days, from £2382/person including flights) and two 9 day escorted tours with Royal Geographic Society Fellow Joan Pollack for departures 4 June 2010 and 3 September 2010 (from £1995/person including flights). The company also specialises in creating bespoke itineraries to the region for travellers with particular requests or requirements. Over the winter months, Indus Tours also run a specialist ski programme ‘Ski India’ to Gulmarg in Kashmir.