12 Day Discover Ladakh

Summary

Discover the strikingly beautiful region of Ladakh on this enchanting itinerary that is framed by visits to India’s bustling and vibrant city of Delhi. Begin your itinerary in Delhi, discovering its many unique buildings and the history behind them on a guided tour before venturing on to Ladakh. With its spectacular landscapes and various monasteries and historical sites, a trip to Ladakh is sure to be a memory that is treasured for life. During your stay you will have the chance to enjoy tours as well as visits to all the highlights of this region, all the while staying in luxury tented accommodation ensuring that at the end of an exciting day of exploration you have a comfortable basepoint to return to.

Price

From £3,430 per person based on 2 people sharing

Best time to go

The best time to visit Ladakh is between May and October.


Day 1: UK Departure
Depart on your overnight flight to Delhi.

 

Day 2: The Imperial, Delhi (BB)
After arriving at the airport in Delhi you will be met and transferred to The Imperial hotel where you will be staying for the next 2 nights. The rest of your day is to be spent at leisure so perhaps relax and freshen up at the hotel or get out and explore the lively and vibrant metropolis that is Delhi.

Day 3: The Imperial, Delhi (BB)
After breakfast at the hotel today you will have the chance to enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Old and New Delhi.  While you will have the chance to see many beautiful sights, visits to the Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb are sure to be highlights of today. Along your way you will also have the chance to drive past iconic buildings such as the Presidential Palace and the Parliament House.

 

Day 4: Chamba Camp, Thiksey (FB)
Rise early today and be transferred to the airport for your flight to Leh. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Chamba Camp, Thiksey, a beautiful luxury tented camp site situated amongst the serene surroundings of Ledakh. The rest of your day is to be spent at leisure and it is recommended you take it easy and relax as you allow your body to acclimatise to the high altitude.  

Day 5: Chamba Camp, Thiksey (FB)
Your morning today will be spent at leisure so perhaps take a stroll around the camp and admire the beauty or even opt for a spot of bird watching with the camp’s naturalist. Following on from lunch this afternoon you will have the chance to enjoy a tour of Leh, visiting landmarks such as Leh Palace, Ladakh Arts & Media Organisation Centre, and Munshi House, and conclude your tour with a visit to the stunning Shanti Stupa at sunset.

Day 6: Chamba Camp, Thiksey (FB)
This morning rise early for a visit to the Thiksey monastery located close to the camp where you will be able to perform the Morning Prayer at sunrise followed on by a tour of the monastery. After your visit return to camp for a leisurely breakfast and then have the rest of your morning free, you might opt to go for a bike ride through the stunning scenery or dependant on the oracle willing to give an audience you could even drive to Saboo village for a séance session.

This afternoon you will have the chance to explore more of the monastic treasures of Ladakh including the Alchi Monastery, an 11th Century building displaying Kashmiri influence in its art and architecture. Enjoy a packed lunch in a scenic spot before continuing on to Basgo Fort, the ruins of which reveal evidence of the invasions of the Mongols.

As an optional extra you could also add on a rafting excursion today, beginning with a drive through the pastoral countryside, arriving at the put-in point. Take a gentle rafting trip down the Indus River, floating past traditional Ladakhi villages, following a packed lunch continue to the fabled Alchi Monastery.

 

Day 7: Chamba Camp, Diskit (FB)
Your journey through Ladakh continues today as you depart the camp after breakfast and take a scenic route through awe-inspiring landscapes, seeing the Indus Valley and rich agricultural lands along the way. Enjoy a packed lunch in the village of Khalsar and continue onwards, driving past the famous sand dunes of Nubra, arrive at the village of Diskit where you will check in to the Chamba Camp Diskit.

This afternoon pay a visit to the village of Hundar and admire the Ladakhi houses and architecture. Pay visits to the Chamba Gompa and Monastery and Diskit Gompa – considered to be the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley.

Day 8: Chamba Camp, Diskit (FB)
Enjoy an early morning breakfast before embarking on a journey through the spectacular landscapes into the realm of the Balti dynasty and to the village of Turtuk. Admire the traditional houses known as Nanchang, the unique kitchen tools and sample the delicious apricots grown in the region. Enjoy a packed lunch before returning to the camp to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

 

Day 9: Chamba Camp, Thiksey (FB)
This morning, after breakfast, visit the famous sand dunes and enjoy an adventurous ride on the double hump Bactrian camel. Following the ride continue on a drive to Leh. On arrival in Leh, check into the Chamba Camp Thiksey. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax and unwind in the environs of the camp. (The sequence of the excursions can be changed depending on the weather conditions.)

Day 10: Chamba Camp, Thiksey (FB)
Today is left at leisure to explore the village of Thiksey, or there is the option to enjoy an additional excursion to Pangong Lake; take in the breath-taking views and setting of the blue lake set amidst the lofty Himalaya Mountains, a popular location for many Bollywood dance sequences. Following a picnic lunch return to the comfort of you camp in Leh.

 

Day 11: The Imperial, Delhi (BB)
After breakfast, you will be departure transfer to Leh airport to connect the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to The Imperial once more. The rest of your day is at leisure so perhaps have one last explore of the city and pick up some souvenirs.

 

Day 12: Departure
Today transfer back to the airport and depart on a daytime flight back home.

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Inclusions:
All flights, transfers, accommodation, meals and activities as specified.

Exclusions:
Transfers, meals and activities not specified, visas, insurance, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

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*We try to keep our 'from prices' as accurate as possible, but please do be aware that when travelling in peak times such as Christmas and school holidays, prices shown will vary considerably.

 


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