Home to the Dali Llama, Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj are stunning neighbouring towns set in the mountains of the Himalayan Foothills. Feeling worlds away from the hustle and bustle of India as you know it; Dharamsala is a place of calm and tranquillity. In monsoon season you must wake up early to view the incredible mountain scenery before the mist takes over and make sure you wrap up warm as the hills can be chilly. It has the feel of an alpine resort with plenty of places to walk around and soak up the wonderful atmosphere.
The travel bug bit Carol at a young age after joining her Dad on his round the world trip in Canada at the age of fourteen. Taking every opportunity to get away, Carol visited many places around the globe before embarking on a round the world trip which included trekking the Inca Trail, scuba diving with sharks in Australia, the jungles of Borneo and Everest Base Camp.
She went on to spend three months travelling throughout the Subcontinent. Since starting at Audley Carol has spent a month in Rajasthan and the Himalayan Foothills, exploring the bazaars and learning the secrets of Indian cooking, Nepal, where she spent time trekking and rafting, as well as watching wild elephants in the Chitwan National Park, and most recently Bhutan where she discovered the beauty of this Himalayan Mountain Kingdom. In her free time she enjoys planning her next adventure as well as trekking and making a home after a long time living out of a travel bag!
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At Fort Barli in Rajasthan you can explore the village of Barli by foot or by bullock cart and will get to meet the local cobbler and visit the local temple. You can not help but feel humbled by the welcome you will receive from the local children and villagers.
On return to the Fort you have a variety of other activities to choose from such as dressing in traditional Indian wedding attire and traditional henna paintings. You will be treated like one of the Maharani that lived here and will always remember the beautiful surrounds of this unique stay.
I'll never forget when…
Trekking in the Himalaya has got to be the highlight of my travels. We trekked for 12 days solid through constantly changing and incredible mountains and scenery. The view of Everest in the distance spurred me on and I felt humbled to be in its shadow. Although it was hugely challenging, every day was a huge reward and I always felt as though I had really deserved those frozen chocolate bars that I came to know and love. It was an experience that even now provokes goose bumps and one that I am sure I will always remember.