Asian Cultural Expert, Gary Wintz, to Lead Zegrahm Expeditions’ Western Himalayas Itinerary

Asian Cultural Expert, Gary Wintz, to Lead Zegrahm Expeditions’ Western Himalayas Itinerary

SEATTLE, WA, JUNE 1, 2010—This October, a small group of travelers will explore India’s rarely-visited high country in the company of well-known Asian cultural expert, Gary Wintz.Expertleaders and unique destinations are a hallmark of all Zegrahm Expeditions’ itineraries and their Western Himalayas expedition is no exception.

Gary Wintz has an impressive list of career highlights and, among his many accomplishments, Gary has worked on several humanitarian projects throughout Asia and parts of Africa; lectured at Tibet University in Lhasa where he was one the first Westerners to reside in Tibet since the communist Chinese occupation; and had an ongoing friendship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

“Having spent much of the past 30 years in this area of the world, I am thrilled to return and share my knowledge of Himalayan culture and history with the inquisitive and adventurous travelers that Zegrahm Expeditions attracts,” says Gary.

Gary will lead adventurers from the splendors of Delhi to the Kashmiri moonscapes of Ladakh and the princely states of the Western Himalayas. From ancient mountaintop monasteries and temples to colorful, bustling bazaars, travelers experience the richness of the Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh religions, plus a vast variety of birds and wildlife in cedar forests and verdant valleys. Highlights include:

  • The Dussehera Festival in Shimla, which celebrates the victorious homecoming of Rama, the epic hero of the Ramayana. Enjoy a lively folk play, colorful processions, Natti dances and songs, and a trader's bazaar.
  • Near Palampur, visit the Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, home to 200 nuns who invite travelers to participate in a traditional, lamp-lighting ceremony.
  • In Chandigarh, instead of watching traditional dance as most tourists do, travelers on this expedition will become students of the traditional folk dances. Men and women are split up and the men are taught the Bangra while the ladies learn the Gidda.

Departures include October 3, 2010 and October 4, 2011, Dussehera festival takes place during the 2010 expedition only. Per person, double occupancy rate is $9,980 for this 18 day itinerary. To learn more about this expedition, Gary Wintz, and Zegrahm Expeditions, visit www.zegrahm.com.

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Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc., founded in 1990, is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents. For more information, please access www.zegrahm.com.