Filled with the colour, majesty and romance of ages past, India is one of the most intoxicating destinations on earth. From the towering peaks of the Himalayas, to the spice scented jungles of the Malabar coast, this is a country of astonishing cultural diversity and scenic grandeur. Here the cultural influences of the Buddha and the British Raj live side by side with the opulent grace of the Moghul emperors and the idyllic backwaters of the Western Ghats. Whilst beyond the bustling streets of Delhi and Lahore lie the hidden mountain kingdoms of the Himalayas, where isolated monasteries and shamanistic beliefs still cling to the sacred peaks as they have for centuries.
With 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, it is the perfect time to visit and join in the celebrations.
Join WF founder, Jonny Bealby, who fell for the charms of India almost 30 years ago. The lure of the land has enticed him back time and time again, initially as a backpacker, then using a Goan beach as a quiet hideaway for a year to write, before returning to follow in the footsteps of his heroes from English literature, Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot, from Rudyard Kipling’s short story ‘The Man Who Would Be King’. He travelled across remote parts of India, Pakistan and into war-torn Afghanistan in search of the mythical lands of Kafiristan. ‘For A Pagan Song’, the book about these travels, gave rise to the idea of forming Wild Frontiers. Taking his first group trip to Ladakh 15 years ago and going on to lead over 30 trips across all corners of India, he now returns regularly to visit friends and check in on the Wild Frontiers Delhi office.