Ladakh


14 Days / 13 Nights

LADAKH

Often referred to as ‘Little Tibet’, Ladakh is one of the most remote states in India. It separates the western Himalayan peaks from the vast Tibetan plateau, and is an area of immense beauty with a striking contrast between the desert-like rocky landscape and the irrigated green fields near the rivers. In the Nubra valley, sand dunes are sculpted by the wind while elsewhere stunning glacial lakes are home to a myriad of migratory birds.

Leh, dominated by the eight-storey Leh Palace, is a convenient base to explore the many impressive gompas, ancient monasteries and spectacular countryside. The glittering Shanti stupa towers over Leh from a high, rocky ridge. Visible from almost anywhere is the 16th-century Tsemo fort housing a small Buddhist shrine. Leh offers a glimpse into an age-old way of life that has remained little changed for centuries. Make sure to pop into Lala’s Art Café with its home-made cakes and art and photography exhibitions. Due to the high altitude, you will need time to acclimatise in Leh.

LADAKH

Often referred to as ‘Little Tibet’, Ladakh is one of the most remote states in India. It separates the western Himalayan peaks from the vast Tibetan plateau, and is an area of immense beauty with a striking contrast between the desert-like rocky landscape and the irrigated green fields near the rivers. In the Nubra valley, sand dunes are sculpted by the wind while elsewhere stunning glacial lakes are home to a myriad of migratory birds.

Leh, dominated by the eight-storey Leh Palace, is a convenient base to explore the many impressive gompas, ancient monasteries and spectacular countryside. The glittering Shanti stupa towers over Leh from a high, rocky ridge. Visible from almost anywhere is the 16th-century Tsemo fort housing a small Buddhist shrine. Leh offers a glimpse into an age-old way of life that has remained little changed for centuries. Make sure to pop into Lala’s Art Café with its home-made cakes and art and photography exhibitions. Due to the high altitude, you will need time to acclimatise in Leh.

ITINERARIES

Day 1: Fly to Delhi (N)
Day 2 Delhi : Transfer to the LaLiT New Delhi for a 2-night stay. (N)
Day 3 Delhi : Sightseeing in New Delhi. (B)
Day 4 Fly To Leh : Morning flight to Leh. On arrival, check into the Grand Dragon for 3 nights. Upgrade to the Chamba Camp Thiksey from £945. Remainder of the day at leisure to acclimatise to the altitude. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Leh : Visit Matho monastery and take an orientation tour of Leh visiting the 17thcentury palace and Shanti stupa. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Leh : Participate in an early morning prayer ceremony at Thiksey monastery and later visit the Hemis monastery. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Nubra valley : Drive to the Nubra Valley for 2 nights at the Nubra Organic Retreat. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Nubra valley : Full-day tour of the spectacular Nubra valley including the village of Turtuk. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Leh : Morning camel-back ride in the Nubra valley. Return to Leh via the Khardung La mountain pass. Overnight at the Grand Dragon. (B, L, D)
Day 10 To Delhi : Explore Amber fort, the City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. (B)
Day 11 Agra : Take the Gatimaan Express to Agra. Afternoon sightseeing of the Red fort and Baby Taj. Overnight stay at Trident Agra. (B)
Day 12 Jaipur : View sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Drive to Jaipur for 2 nights at Shapura House. (B)
Day 13 Jaipur : Full-day sightseeing of Amber fort, City Palace, the Jantar Mantar observatory and the local bazaars. (B)
Day 14 : Fly home via Mumbai (B)
Day 1: Fly to Delhi (N)
Day 2 Delhi : Transfer to the LaLiT New Delhi for a 2-night stay. (N)
Day 3 Delhi : Sightseeing in New Delhi. (B)
Day 4 Fly To Leh : Morning flight to Leh. On arrival, check into the Grand Dragon for 3 nights. Upgrade to the Chamba Camp Thiksey from £945. Remainder of the day at leisure to acclimatise to the altitude. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Leh : Visit Matho monastery and take an orientation tour of Leh visiting the 17thcentury palace and Shanti stupa. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Leh : Participate in an early morning prayer ceremony at Thiksey monastery and later visit the Hemis monastery. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Nubra valley : Drive to the Nubra Valley for 2 nights at the Nubra Organic Retreat. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Nubra valley : Full-day tour of the spectacular Nubra valley including the village of Turtuk. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Leh : Morning camel-back ride in the Nubra valley. Return to Leh via the Khardung La mountain pass. Overnight at the Grand Dragon. (B, L, D)
Day 10 To Delhi : Explore Amber fort, the City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. (B)
Day 11 Agra : Take the Gatimaan Express to Agra. Afternoon sightseeing of the Red fort and Baby Taj. Overnight stay at Trident Agra. (B)
Day 12 Jaipur : View sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Drive to Jaipur for 2 nights at Shapura House. (B)
Day 13 Jaipur : Full-day sightseeing of Amber fort, City Palace, the Jantar Mantar observatory and the local bazaars. (B)
Day 14 : Fly home via Mumbai (B)