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Ladakh Explorer

Duration: 11 days
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Cultural adventure tour of Ladakh taking in Buddhist temples & monasteries, beautiful valleys and meadows and mountain lakes.

Ladakh, (or 'Little Tibet' or 'Little Shangri La' as it is sometimes known), means 'land of high passes' in Tibetan, and this is a spectacular part of the country with the plateau surrounded by high mountains, beautiful lakes and meadows, Buddhist temples and friendly people. Due to the remote location and severe winters, the region is cut off by road for much of the year, limiting the main tourist season to the summer months. We start in Delhi with a tour of the old and new sides to the city before flying north to Leh which will be our base for much of the India tour. We take the first couple of days relatively easy to help acclimatise to the high altitude (Leh sits at 3,500m) and take day trips out to visit some of Ladakh's most important and impressive monasteries. The region is dominated by Tibetan Buddhism and we'll learn more about how this influences daily life here. Our first visits are to the monasteries and temples at Alchi and Likir, and the Sangam Point where the Indus and Zanskar rivers merge. We will also drink butter tea with a local family, learn how to make momos, and try some traditional Tibetan archery.

Our next tour starts early so we can hear the morning chanting at Thiksey monastery and visit Hemis and Shey monasteries and the Stok Palace Museum. We then leave Leh for a few days and cross the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable road in the world, to the Nubra Valley, also known as the Valley of the Flowers. There are sand dunes and opportunities for camel rides here as well as meadows and fruit orchards. We'll visit Turtuk village, close to the Line of Control with Pakistan and taste their famous apricots, while checking the horizon for views of K2. We cross back over Khardung La on our way back to Leh, with the option of cycling down if you wish. Our final day trip is then to the beautiful Pangong Tso lake, one of Asia's largest brackish lakes. The lake's crystal clear blue waters are framed by the barren mountains making for a spectacular setting. Finally we fly back to Delhi to finish the tour. A range of options are available to extend the tour if you wish.

Highlights

Old & New Delhi, Leh, Magnetic Hill, Hemis Monastery, Shey Palace, Nubra Valley, Turtuk village, Pangong Tso Lake

Why you'll love this adventure

Start
Delhi, India
Finish
, India
Trip Duration
11 Days
Group Size
Min group size 1 and Max group size 14
Activity
Culture, Explorer
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Incentive Travel, Private Departure, Solo Traveller

Dates

From

Saturday

6 July 2024

To

Tuesday

16 July 2024

From

Saturday

3 August 2024

To

Tuesday

13 August 2024

From

Saturday

31 August 2024

To

Tuesday

10 September 2024

This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.

Itinerary

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What's included

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and a comfortable guesthouse/camp
  • All transport and transfers
  • Return domestic flights between Delhi and Leh
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Services of local tour leaders and specialist local guides
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (10 breakfasts & 2 dinners)

Trip notes

Price

From £1699.00 land only

Who is this trip for?

  • Suitable For Solo
  • Suitable For Couples
  • Suitable For Children
  • Suitable For Groups
  • Suitable For Students
  • Suitable For Business
  • Suitable For Wheelchairs

Additional notes

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Delhi
Once you arrive, one of our staff members will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel for the day. You’ll have some time to settle in, before we run through the itinerary and arrange a time to collect you tomorrow.
| OVERNIGHT: Delhi hotel
| EXTRAS: Extra day in Delhi – pre-tour, Single Room Supplement

Day 2: Exploring the Kathputli Colony and a visit to a haunted step well
We’ll start our day exploring the Kathputli Colony, an entertainment hub which sees India’s street performers such as magicians, snake charmers, acrobats and more gather to show of their unique craft. We’ll also be treated to some spectacular performances such as the Chari Dance, Kachchi Ghodi Dance, Puppet Show, Ghoomar Dance, Fire Show, Dandiya Dance, Bhawai Dance.
This afternoon, we’ll visit India Gate, a towering 42-metre Archway which shares a resemblance to France’s Arc de Triomphe. New Delhi is also the seat of India’s government and we’ll drive past the President’s Palace and the Parliament of India, before passing Humayun’s Tomb and the Bangla Sahab Gurudwara Sikh Temple.
Our final stop for the day is at the Agrasen ki Baoli step well, which is believed to be haunted. The thousands of bats and pigeons that call this step well home only adds to its eeriness.
| OVERNIGHT: Delhi hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3: Fly to Leh. Airport to hotel transfers included
Today we’ll board an early morning flight to Leh, the capital of the Ladakh region. We’ll transfer you to your hotel and you have the rest of the afternoon free to relax.
The action begins once more this evening, as we’ll be given an Indian cooking masterclass, as we learn how to make dumplings called momos, a popular delicacy on the streets of India. Once we’ve finished, we’ll enjoy our creations for dinner tonight.
| OVERNIGHT: Leh hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4: A sightseeing tour of Leh
We start our day with a visit to the Alchi village, home to some of India’s oldest and most beautiful temples. We’ll also make our way to Sangam and the unique Magnetic Hill, which creates an illusion that a slight downhill slope is an uphill slope.
We’ll also make our way to Likir, one of Ladakh’s most well preserved monasteries, before heading to the Sangam point, the meeting point of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers. Our day ends with a visit to a local family in Tingmosgang to try some butter tea, a popular drink of the locals here at the foothills of the Himalayas.
| OVERNIGHT: Leh hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5: The monasteries of Leh
Our day starts a little earlier, as we head to the Tibetan Thiksey Monastery, listening to the morning prayers of the monks, which includes chanting and the beating of drums.
We’ll then make our way to the Hemis and Shey Monasteries, before we try our hand at archery. Afterwards, we’ll our way to the Stok Palace Museum, built in the 14th century by Lama Lhawang Lotus, exploring the ancient artifacts such as royal crowns, copper coins, jewellry and much more.
We’ll end the day with a visit to the village of Stok, the current residency of the former royal family of Ladakh.
| OVERNIGHT: Leh hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6: Welcome to Hunder
After exploring Leh, we make our way to the Hunder, nestled in India’s Nubra Valley. Its often referred to as India’s ‘desert in the sky’ due to its sand dunes and barren landscapes.
We’ll have some time to settle in at our accommodation, we’ll make our way to the small village of Deskit. Its well known for is Diskit Gompa, a monastery famed for its beautifully arranged stone mounds, embossed with Buddhist prayers and mantras.
We have an option of camel-riding on Hunder’s sand dunes, which gives us an excellent opportunity to take in the beauty of the region.
| OVERNIGHT: Nubra Valley hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast

Day 7: Exploring the Turtuk Village
After exploring Hunder, we’ll make our way to the Turtuk Village today, home to over 4000 inhabitants. The drive may be long, but it is rewarding, as we take in the beauty of the mountain passes around us and the spectacular Nubra Valley.
You’ll be introduced to the line of control, a military control line between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Balti People – an ethnic group of Tibetan descent and the various fruits grown here, especially apricots, which are grown in four different varieties.
| OVERNIGHT: Nubra Valley hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8: Back to Leh. Optional activities available
Say your final goodbyes to the Turtuk Valley as we head back to Leh via the Nubra Valley. We’ll visit Ladakh’s oldest and largest Buddhist monasteries – the Deskit Monastery – which stands on a hill above the Shyok River. We’ll also visit the Maitreya statue, which looks down on the Shyok River below.
We have an option to cycle down the Khardung La mountain pass, which is at an altitude of 5359 meters and is approximately 40km from Leh. It’s believed to be the highest motorable road on the planet and you’ll be treated to magnificent views as you traverse down.
| OVERNIGHT: Leh hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast

Day 9: The crystal clear waters of Pangong Tso Lake
Today we’ll visit the Pangong Tso Lake, which is 4350 metres above sea level. Pangong Tso is Tibetan for ‘high grassland lake’, however it’s often named the ‘hollow lake’.
We’ll be mesmerised by its crystal clear waters and its amazing shade of blue created by the skies above. Pangong Tso stretches over India and China, making it one of the largest brackish lakes in Asia.
| OVERNIGHT: Leh hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast

Day 10: Travel back to Delhi
We leave Leh today as we board a flight to Delhi. One of our staff members will be there to meet us before transferring us to our hotel for the day.
You have the day free to yourself. There are a few half-day tour options are available to pre-book or arrange while in India (a few days notice is required) or go shopping and sightseeing on your own.
| OVERNIGHT: Delhi hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: New Delhi half day by car, Old Delhi half-day walking tour, Salam Balak Trust walk

Day 11: Time to say goodbye! Hotel to airport transfer included
We’ll say our final goodbyes before transfer you back to the airport to board your flight back home.
| OVERNIGHT: N/A
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Goa beach extension, Extra day in Delhi – post-tour, Spinmonkey cycling tour

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