Himalaya’s in bloom tour
“Andrew and I went on Liz Light's 2017 Himalayas in Bloom tour, and enjoyed just about every minute. Sikkim is a stunning yet challenging part of India, even for seasoned travellers, and we were glad of Liz's meticulous planning on where to stay and what to do. We were glad too to have such friendly and knowledgeable local guides, and skilled drivers. Sikkim is a botanical hotspot: not just the fabled rhododendrons, but magnolias and orchids and daphnes growing wild in their native habitat. But we got to visit temples and markets too, and ate delicious food. Highly recommended.”
Penny Deans & Andrew Gawith, Wellington, 2017
“Sikkim is a unique part of India, remote with an extraordinary range in elevation – rivers to mountains – and noted as a global hot-spot for the biodiversity of its plants and animals. It was fascinating to see how people live in such an awe-inspiring and essentially vertical landscape. We enjoyed so many things – the charming hotels, the plant nurseries and meeting notable plants-people, the friendly hospitality, the food, the hilarious road signs, the lines of potted plants along the window sills and rooves of houses, the children dressed immaculately in school uniform, the walks in the wilderness and seeing familiar plants in their natural habitat, the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and especially the company of a great bunch of fellow travellers. We felt fortunate to have Liz organizing all the day-to-day requirements of travelling and generally looking after us. Our Sikkimese guide Sailesh was a wonderful host and with his two knowledgeable plantsmen guides and his careful drivers, we were treated to an exhilarating and most memorable adventure.”
Marion & Robin Ransom, Matakana, 2017
“I have always wanted to see some of the plants in my garden growing in their natural habitat so when I read about a trip to the Himalayas I was immediately smitten. Sikkim was magical. We saw many rhododendrons in flower, magnificent magnolias on hillsides, hundreds of orchids and much more.
Fee Weaver, Wellington, 2017
“It was a wonderful trip and one of contrasts. We went from 38 degrees in Delhi to snow on the lower slopes of the Himalayas in Sikkim. We saw stunning scenery: snow-capped mountains, rivers and waterfalls. We trekked through National Parks and into Nepal looking for rhododendrons, magnolias and orchids in their natural habitat. We visited local plant nurseries and met local experts. All our guides were trained botanists and our main guide, who had a wonderful, outgoing personality and was great fun, goes regularly to Kew Gardens and gives talks on Himalayan plants. Other high lights were visiting a couple of monasteries and seeing young trainee monks, little boys, running around and playing like children everywhere. We also had the privilege of being invited to observe a thanksgiving ceremony in one of the monasteries. Hearing the chanting, the trumpets and the drums was an awe-inspiring experience. We stayed in some heritage hotels that were full of history and of course the service there was superb.”
Ngaire, Auckland, 2017
"Sikkim is definitely worth the journey. Amazing people who have adapted to a challenging mountainous environment, spectacular scenery and the most interesting road journeys."
Ginny, Wanganui 2017