Sacred Wonders of the World - BBC One’s latest series
BBC1’s beautifully shot new three part series, Sacred Wonders, takes us to some of the world’s most famous landmarks that have been built in the name of religion. Whatever your religious beliefs, it's fair to say these man-made wonders are nothing short of magical.
Here are a few sacred wonders we'd be delighted to take you to.
December e-newsletter - New adventures in southeast Asia, Sri Lanka & India
New holidays in southeast Asia, Sri Lanka & India * New 2019/20 brochure now available * Request your brochure * Tailor Made Travel
Read our December e-newsletter here for a round up of all of our recent news and offers. If you'd like to receive our new e-newsletter, sign up here.
Help Mountain Kingdoms help Kerala
We were very saddened to see the devastating effects of the severe flooding in Kerala in Southern India last month. It is a destination which is very popular with Mountain Kingdoms’ clients and although none of our tours are affected, there are areas which have been truly devastated by the catastrophic flooding.
Joanna Lumley in India
Joanna Lumley makes a welcome return to our TV screens this week, taking us with her on an immersive, moving and thoroughly entertaining journey across the length and breadth of India. In a country that holds deep, personal connections, she explores its diverse landscapes, discovers its fascinating cultural traditions, learns about its modern day challenges and meets an extraordinarily eclectic mix of people.
Travelling to India just became simpler
Organising your holiday to the wonderful country of India has just become much easier. As of the 15th August 2015, the Indian government extended their e-Tourist Visa Scheme to include visitors from the UK. This means that British citizens can now obtain an Indian visa by applying online and paying a significantly lower price for their visa than previously.
A ride to save lives
This year, two admirable families are fundraising for Interburns by doing a trip from Kathmandu to Dhaka (K2D), all whilst travelling on motorbikes! During their journey the two families will meet both burns staff and patients from Nepal, through North East India and to Bangladesh.
Interburns is a worldwide charity dedicated to providing training, education, research and support with the aim of improving burn care treatment and prevention in less developed countries.
Mike’s Zanskar Dream Trek
Last summer trek leader Mike Ford led our Zanskar Dream Trek(renamed in 2018 to Wild Zanskar Trek) in Ladakh, India. He described it as an "absolutely amazing high-altitude trekking experience".
A new bridge for a new year - Zanskar twig bridge finished!
2014 has got off to a great start at Mountain Kingdoms - our twig bridge project in Zanskar is complete!
Over the past 5 years Mountain Kingdoms MD Steve Berry has raised £3000 to restore a traditional twig bridge in Padum and preserve an ancient culture. The project was overseen by the local King Punchok Dawa.
Zanskar is a small Tibetan Buddhist kingdom located in Ladakh, north west Indian Himalaya, and locked away from the outside world by snowed-up passes for all but a few months in the summer. Work has taken place on the bridge in winter when the river below is frozen and conditions can reach -30oC.
Now completed, it is an extraordinary structure which can be used by locals and trekkers alike. The twig bridge will form part of a new Mountain Kingdoms trek in Zanskar in September 2014. Kingdom of Zanskar Trek
A guide to trekking in the Himalaya
Cicerone has recently published a new guide – 'Trekking in
the Himalaya'. The inspirational guide book describes twenty of the best treks
in Nepal, Bhutan, India, Tibet and Pakistan. Eight authors, each an expert on
trekking in the Himalaya, have shared vivid accounts of their treks, as well as
stunning photos. One of the authors is our Managing Director, Steve Berry. In
this book, Steve writes about three of his most exciting adventures: Wild Zanskar Trek and the Nanda Devi Approach, both in India and Gangkar Punsum Approach in Bhutan.
North India floods – Oxfam appeal
Extreme weather conditions in Uttarakand, India, disrupted our Operations Manager, Niki Morgan's recent recconaissance trek to the Kuari Pass. Early monsoon rains, thought to be the heaviest in 80 years, have caused mass flooding in northern India. The torrential rain has damaged roads and homes, and triggered landslides. Aware of the devastation this has caused to those caught in the floods, Mountain Kingdoms is donating £500 to Oxfam's India flood relief appeal. Oxfam is providing humanitarian assistance to some of the worst affected.