I14 Ladakh Gem of Indian Himalaya Tour
With the Home of the Dalai Lama & Amritsar
Friendly locals; Gompas & Palaces; Himalayan scenery; Colourful Hemis Festival; Khardung La Pass - highest vehicular pass in the world; McLeod Ganj: home of the Dalai Lama; Golden Temple at Amritsar
- DATES & PRICES
- FULL ITINERARY
- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Mon 06 Jul 2020||Sat 18 Jul 2020||$2850 USD|
The above prices are subject to an additional $127 for taxes/fees levied on flights that occur as part of the tour. The internal airfares ARE included (any exceptions are listed in red below), but we list the taxes separately on your invoice as they are beyond our control and can change at any time.
Optional Single Supplement: $833 USD (number of singles limited).
Our Ladakh Gem of Indian Himalaya tour explores this wonderfully remote and culturally distinct region in Northern India features breathtakingly situated ancient capitals, temples and monasteries, and some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the world.
It is often thought of as a smaller version of Tibet. Our 13-day trip includes the many highlights of Leh and the colours and sounds of the annual Hemis Festival, where monks and laymen wearing spectacular costumes and masks perform elaborate traditional dances.
A jeep excursion takes us to the dizzying heights of the Khardung La Pass, at 5470m/18,400 feet, the highest driveable pass in the world.
The tour continues McLeod Ganj, the home of the Dalai Lama in exile, and stops at Amritsar.
This is a very special travel experience offered only once a year; booking early is essential as extremely limited local flights and hotel space sells out well in advance.
Louise C. (Oakland, CA, US)
The parts I most enjoyed were; Leh town, our funky hotel, and all the Tibetan temples; Golden Temple; Loved the hotel in McCleod Ganj; the tea estate near McCleod Ganj was well worth the visit; Mehrauli and Humayan's tomb in Delhi; and the Tibetan children's village was better than expected too. Four of us walked (with guide) up to the cave behind Hemis Gompa (1 hour one way), and also to the upper monastery in Leh - real highlights for us. The marble cutting factory in Agra and Sringara were interesting - especially the boat ride and seeing the house boats.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hotel Crowne Plaza Okhla
Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla is an ideal abode for a comfortable and affordable stay. Rated as five-star hotel, it ... an integral part of prestigious hotel group called Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts. The hotel is beautifully nestled at the capital city with amidst of commercial and entertainment hubs of South Delhi. As the travel vacationer, you won't have any difficulty in reaching out at this wonderful property as it is not so far from national and international airports. You will be welcomed here with typical Indian hospitality by the courteous staff.
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Spic N Span Hotel
The Spic n Span is a new hotel constructed with traditional Ladakhi architecture with all modern facilities. It is located ... the heart of Leh town easily accessible to main market. Rooms: 35 well-furnished double rooms with attached bath with hot and cold shower.
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Breakfast and dinner are included daily. Evening meals on tour will be taken mostly at hotels. In India, most restaurants of an international standard are associated with hotels. In some locales we endeavour to break up the buffet dinners with a meal at a local restaurant but, overall, the imperatives of hygiene and quality dictate hotel meals.
All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees are included for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides.
Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas.
Seasonality and Weather
Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 2750m/9,000 ft at Kargil to 7672m/25,170 ft at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. Thus summer (July/August) temperatures rarely exceed 27C (84 F) in the shade, while in winter they may plummet to -20C, even in Leh. The thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes; it is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time!
YOU WILL EXPERIENCE TEMPERATURE EXTREMES ON THIS TOUR. BE PREPARED FOR INTENSE SUN AND SOME VERY CHILLY CONDITIONS.
SEASONAL FESTIVALS: Our date is set to coincide with the annual Hemis Festival which showcases the best of cultural heritage of the region. Splendid masked dances are performed to the accompaniment of cymbals, drums and long horns. A colourful fair, displaying some beautiful handicrafts, is the special highlight of the festival.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transportation is via private bus or Land Cruiser type vehicle depending on group size and/or conditions. Air conditioning/heat in vehicles are generally not available in this part of the world. Road conditions are generally quite poor and can be bumpy, and as with all mountain roads the occasional delay can occur due to landslides or adverse weather conditions. The roads are also quite twisty on the mountain sections; if you suffer from travel sickness you should bring your usual remedy.
You must be in good health to undertake this tour; we visit remote, high altitude areas (up to 5470m/18,400 ft on day trips - not overnight) with little to no medical facilities.
The tour is not physically strenuous though it is busy; you must be prepared for some early starts, be steady on your feet, and be able to endure some heat and long days of travel and/or sightseeing. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces.
Porters are available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
We will be staying in hotels with private bathrooms, and there will be hot water, though this is usually only available in the morning and evening. None of the hotels are centrally heated, although coal fires can sometimes be provided in the bedrooms at a small extra cost.
Generally hotels are comfortable and often spectacularly located, though simple with quirks that can range from charming to frustrating.
Our accommodation in Delhi cannot be considered "central" in a conventional sense. Delhi is a huge sprawling city with many districts and centres of interest/business.
Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Porters are generally available (see 'Inclusions').
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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