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2003 Tour Group Members in Traditional Kullu Valley Dress
2003 Tour Group Members in
Traditional Kullu Valley Dress

On this pilgrimage to the world's greatest mountains, we explore the diversity of Himalayan Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism and the reflection of these spiritual traditions in contemporary village life.  Our encounters in the exquisite Himachal Pradesh valleys of Kangra and Kullu take us to temples, monasteries, nunneries, craft centers and folk festivals.

Our journey includes three days in  Dharamsala, residence of Tibet's leader-in-exile, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Later, we travel to Naggar to the sacred land of Nikolai and Helena Roerich, Russian artists and mystics who lived here for two decades from the 1920s.

Kangra Valley Friends
Kangra Valley Friends

Hanuman Temple

This tour is a wonderful introduction to Indian and Tibetan cultures.  It takes you off the beaten tourist track and immerses you in the vibrant colors, sights and sounds of village and small-town life.  I have traveled here for almost 20 years and made deep friendships with Indians and Tibetans who will welcome you to their homes.  Although there are opportunities for optional day-long treks, the program does not require extensive walking.

Tour Members write:

"John, thank you for a remarkable adventure. Your humor, generosity, wisdom and kindness made it all possible." 

Suzanne Addicott, Ashland, Oregon

"The learning has been exciting and profound. We are truly grateful for your creating this wonderful opportunity."

Bill & Joan Luff, Nelson, New Zealand

"India and the Himalayas and Tibet have always been my dream. You have helped me realise it."

Margaret Patterson, Queensland, Australia

Tibetan Masked Dancer

Tibetan Masked Dancer,
Kangra Valley

"John, you're a special person and an extraordinary tour leader. It's been another wonderful adventure!"

Dick Haid, Hamilton, Ohio

Young Tibetan nuns, Tashi Jong
Young Tibetan nuns,
Tashi Jong

Norbulingka Buddhist Temple,
String Game
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If your passion is for trekking, camping, fishing or jeep safaris in the high Himalaya, we warmly recommend our friends Gangadhar & Neelu Sharma, Directors of Acorn Travels. Well-respected Kullu Valley locals, they know the ropes and will take good care of you no matter how challenging the adventure you choose.

Gangadhar & Neelu Sharma
Acorn Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Naggar, Dt. Kullu
Himachal Pradesh 175130, India
Phone +91-98170-95192
Email: acorntour@yahoo.co.in

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