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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Ladakh Explorer tour
Cultural Culture Ladakh Explorer package

Ladakh Explorer

Encounters Travel
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 2,509 $ 228 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Kathputli Colony
  • Explore Leh
  • Visit Turtuk
  • Explore Pangong Tso Lake

Short Description

Fly from Delhi to the high Himalayan region of Ladakh, see Buddhist temples and monasteries, the ice blue Pangong Tso lake, the Valley of the Flowers, Turtuk Village and drive the highest motorable road in the world

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Delhi
End City Delhi

Destinations

India

Cities & Attractions

Delhi

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Trip Includes

  • 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)

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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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Only ground transport

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Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 12

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  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for driver and/or tour guide
  • Any other items not mentioned above

Meals Included:

10 Breakfast

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